Viewsonic debuts Ipod LCD monitor

ViewSonic has showcased the world's first "Made for Ipod" LCD monitor, which features an integrated Ipod dock, at the 2006 Apple Expo in Paris. The ViewDock series LCD monitor has received authorization from Apple, and the new monitors will hit US, Europe and Taiwan markets in November. More here at DigiTimes.

Microsoft announces "ultimate" $250 keyboard set

Redmond (WA) - So you already have sunk your savings into that dual-core PC with dual-graphics and a large flat panel display. If your keyboard and mouse of you sparkling new system now look like the plastic dash in a $75,000 Corvette, then there's a solution. Microsoft will soon be offering new "desktop" sets consisting of fancy keyboards and mice.

The hard drive turns 50

The hard drive on Wednesday turned 50.

Western Digital intros its first perpendicular hard drive

Lake Forest (CA) - Western Digital (WD) has caught up with other hard drive manufacturers such as Seagate, Toshiba and Hitachi and is offering its first hard drive that uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The new 2.5" Scorpio drive stores up to 160 GB. Competitor Toshiba announced a reduced-size 1.8" PMR drive.

Dell's AMD computers now available

Round Rock (TX) - Following Michael Dell's announcement yesterday, Dell today released configuration pages for its initial AMD-based systems this morning. The computers can be ordered now and the company promises to begin shipping the built-to-order systems later this week. Dell heavily promotes the green party, which indicates a long-term commitment to AMD.

Mushkin announces 2 GB performance memory modules

Mushkin today said that it will begin offering DDR2-533 MHz memory modules with a capacity of 2 GB.

Microsoft patches new Office flaw

Microsoft has released its monthly set of security patches, fixing a critical flaw in Office.

IBM rolls out first Cell-based blade server

Armonk (NY) - IBM announced availability of what the company calls the first "generally available" computer system with a Cell processor. While the CPU is best known as the power plant of Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, it is marketed as a viable resource in computing-intensive fields, such as the medical, defense, animation, aerospace and oil industries, as well.

Micron speeds up reduced latency DRAM

Micron Technologies announced its next-generation networking memory. The company enhanced its reduced latency dynamic RAM (RLDRAM) II memory to enable faster data transfer across a network.

Intel to launch Core 2 Duo T5200 CPU in October - sources

Intel plans to start offering an entry-level Core 2 Duo processor, the T5200, for OEM notebook makers in October, in order to compete with AMD's entry-level Mobile Turion 64x2 CPUs, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. The planned launch of the T5200 CPU, which is not on Intel's initial roadmap for its Merom-series processors, apparently follows a previous Intel practice, when it launched two "unofficial" Core Duo CPUs, the T2250 and T2050, in June for the entry-level notebook segment, the sources noted.

Price drop for microSD cards expected

With Samsung Electronics expected to soon beginning supplying 63 nm NAND flash, Taiwan memory module makers, including A-Data Technology, Transcend Information, and Power Quotient International (PQI), plan to launch 1 GB microSD cards in October, in an effort to challenge the dominance of SanDisk and Kingston Technology in the high-density microSD market, according to industry sources

DRAM market to remain strong through 2008, says Inotera's Kau

Inotera Memories president Charles Kao during the ongoing SEMICON Taiwan 2006 show that the DRAM market will remain strong through 2008, with the company going to advance the passage of a budget for a second-stage capacity expansion plan at its soon-to-be completed second 12" fab.

Dell to roll out first AMD desktops tomorrow

New York (NY) - Dell chairman Michael Dell announced during the firm's "Technology Day," held today in New York, that the company will begin offering AMD-based desktop computers starting this Wednesday.

Microsoft targets earlier ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX ship date

ASP.NET developers won't have to wait until next year to use Microsoft's AJAX server controls and client-side JavaScript library if things go according to plan.

Microsoft unleashes Live Search - a first look

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft released its Live Search engine late Monday in an effort to catch up with market leaders Google and Yahoo. It is Microsoft's most aggressive move against Google yet and shows promising, unique features. But Live.com may not reveal its true potential just yet: Search could become the core tool for a next generation of applications and services.

Memory-Tech and Toshiba develop triple-layer HD DVD / DVD

In a joint project, Memory-Tech and Toshiba today announced that the two firms have developed a one-side, three-layer disc for both DVD and HD DVD formats. The new technology will pave the way to higher capacity hybrid storage on a single disc.

LGE accelerates LCD TV plant construction plan

LG Electronics (LGE) recently announced it plans to start producing LCD TVs at its new production line in Wroclaw, Poland in September, about six months earlier than its original schedule.

Samsung announces 40 nm Flash, predicts 20 nm devices

Seoul (Korea) - There's still room left for NAND Flash to scale. According to Samsung, the technology may shrink into 20 nm structures, down from the common 70 and 60 nm today. Samsung also presented the memory it will position to replace NOR Flash: Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) promises a 30x increases in speed and 10 times the life span of flash.

Preview: Tom's Hardware benchmarks Intel's first quad-core "Kentsfield"

Culver City (CA) - Intel's first quad-core processor "Kentsfield" has found its way into the Tom's Hardware test lab. Several weeks before Intel will provide evaluation processors to the press, Tom's Hardware was able to obtain a qualification sample: The quad-core was sent through the entire test parcours and showed impressive performance.

Facebook responds to member revolt by instituting new privacy controls

Social networking websites are all about sharing information, but is it possible to share too much? That's the question some Facebook.com members are asking after the website added new features that let members track their friends. More than 700,000 members have voiced the opposition to the new features and some have called them "stalkerish". Facebook now has implemented privacy controls to block user information from other members.