AOL's new Music Now service gears up for the Zune era

Dulles (VA) - The rebuilding of AOL continues at a breakneck pace today, as the company deploys more services to generate revenue to replace the diminishing amount it was receiving from its ISP business - which it is essentially jettisoning. Today, AOL is launching its Music Now service, which incorporates the streaming infrastructure it acquired last November from Circuit City, plus the core of music licenses it acquired from Spinner.com back in 1999.

OCZ counters Corsair with 1120 MHz memory

Performance memory makers are upping the speed of their flasghip memory devices, a few megahertz at a time. Following Corsair, which yesterday announced a $650, 1111 MHz PC-8889 2 GB memory kit, OCZ today announced a 1120 Mhz PC-9000 device.

Nvidia to counter ATI in mid-range segment with Geforce 7900 GS

Sub-$200 Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS-based graphics cards are expected to appear in the channel market from August 30, targeted to compete with the ATI Radeon X1650XT series, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

Toshiba to launch new USB flash-memory series

Toshiba today announced the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB flash memories, which will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory.

Samsung to build 1 Gbit DDR2 SDRAM at 80nm

With its DDR2 in all densities already being fabricated at the 80-nanometer node, Samsung Electronics today announced the mass production of 1 Gbit DDR2 DRAM.

Intel refreshes Xeon MP series with new Tulsa processors

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel launched eight new dual-core Xeon MP processors late Thursday. The new CPUs go head-to-head with AMD's Opteron 8000 series processors and are based on the "Tulsa" core which uses the power-hungry Netburst architecture that is being phased in all other product lines such as desktop and DP server processor families. Still, Intel promises that Tulsa drops power consumption by up to 30%.

Corsair introduces 1111 MHz "Dominator" memory

Forget 1 GHz memory, 1111 MHz is what you need. In what appears to be an accelerating race between performance memory manufacturers, Corsair has taken the lead. The company today announced its "DHX XMS2 Dominator memory series," which includes the first PC2-8888 memory. The modules are clocked at 1111 MHz at CAS 4 settings. Corsair also offers a "regular" and "lower-cost" PC2-8500 (1066 MHz, CL-5) version of the new memory.

MXL Microphones promises studio quality sound in a USB microphone

El Segundo (CA) - Studio quality microphones often require big audio inputs not commonly available on a computer. MXL Microphones announced a new condenser microphone that plugs into a computer's USB port. The company claims the MXL USB.006 microphone will bring "big rich studio" sound to both PCs and Macs.

Tom's Hardware launches updated Interactive VGA Charts

Tom's Hardware has updated its popular VGA Charts that allow readers to compare the performance and value of two graphics cards in various benchmark disciplines side by side.

Plextor to ship Blu-ray burner in October

Fremont (CA) - Plextor today announced that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray writer for PC in October of this year. The PX-B900A is an internal ATAPI drive that will include software to playback Blu-ray movies on computer systems with Windows XP and Vista.

Dell, others roll out Core 2 Duo notebooks

Round Rock (TX) - Several notebook builders are expected to announce the first wave of Core 2 Duo systems today. This includes Dell, which has deployed the new processor, previously code-named ""Merom"", across its product family of XPS, Inspiron and Latitude notebooks as well as Precision mobile workstations. The company promises that it will begin shipping the new notebooks within a week.

High-capacitance MLCCs said to be in shortage due to Sony PS3

High-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are in short supply because of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console, according to sources with passive components makers.

Panda Software launches "ultra-light" anti-virus software

Panda Software has released a new antivirus package that claims to have an ultra-light memory footprint. The Antivirus 2007 software combines an antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware scanners and can be installed on up to two machines for one price.

Sony's battery troubles could turn into windfall for Korean firms

Sony's battery recalls could help boost sales Korean battery makers. Following the recalls of Apple and Dell notebooks batteries, Korean newspapers are betting that their hometown favorites such as Samsung will gain market share.

With ATI focused on AMD, new opportunities seen for VIA and SiS

Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI's rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated.

Tul launches PowerColor X1950 graphics cards for enthusiasts

Tul, a Taiwan-based provider of ATI-based graphic cards, on August 24 introduced its PowerColor X1950 XTX and CrossFire graphic cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

A closer look at ATI's current price/performance lead over Nvidia

Markham (Ontario) - As we reported yesterday, in the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled Tuesday from PriceGrabber and Froogle, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.

Logitech puts a double-spin on mice

Fremont (CA) - Computer mice are fairly boring devices and companies have tried adding lasers, vibration sensors and scrolling wheels to spice them up. Now Logitech has announced its new MX and VX Revolution mouse line that has not one, but two metal scrolling wheels that can scroll through thousands of pages in a single flick. The wheel can also select words inside of documents or search the Internet.

Apple increases its share in the notebook market, but desktop sales decline

Global shipments of Apple Computer's Intel-based laptops totaled 780,000-800,000 units in the second quarter of this year, with the MacBook becoming a hot model in the mainstream market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers, citing data available from IDC and Gartner Dataquest.

ATI releases first GDDR4 memory graphics card

Markham (ON) - ATI today announced two new high-end and two entry-level graphics cards. The Radeon X1950 series carries the firm's brand-new R580 graphics chip and introduces GDDR4 graphics memory running at 2 GHz to enthusiasts. The manufacturer claims that the new cards X1950 XTX flagship card beats the performance of rivaling dual-GPU solutions.