Hackers clone radio-chip passports

Passports and other ID cards incorporating radio chips can be remotely spied on, jammed and even copied, computer experts revealed at a major conference that ended on Sunday.

Unisys reports missing PC containing veteran personal data

Unisys has lost a desktop computer used for its work with the Department of Veterans Affairs that contains personal information on as many of 38,000 veterans.

More Microsoft Office speech recognition features demoed at conference

New York (NY) - At an early morning session of Day 2 of the SpeechTEK conference, which is focused on speech recognition technologies, Microsoft demonstrated more of the integrated speech recognition features that the company plans to unveil in its upcoming Office Communications Server 2007, an enterprise networking extension to Office.

New Mac OS X 'Leopard' features may leave the door open for Vista

San Francisco (CA) - Banners outside Moscone Center - the site of today's Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference - were unveiled this morning, revealing the latest look at Apple's marketing campaign for its next version of Mac OS X, formerly code-named "Leopard." The signs read, "Introducing Vista 2.0."

Lenovo to use Athlon, Sempron CPUs in Thinkcentre PCs

Raleigh (NC) - AMD scored another design win today with Lenovo announcing that it will build Athlon 64 and Sempron processors into a business-targeted desktop PC: After the J series for home users, the Thinkcentre A60 series is the second model to offer AMD's CPUs as an alternative to Intel processors.

Mac Pro, new Xserve will feature dual Intel Xeons, will start shipping today

It's Intel Xeon 5100 processors - not Core 2 Duos - that will be at the heart of the new Mac Pro series announced this morning. In fact, they'll have a dual-processor configuration for four simultaneous cores, replacing the old Power G5 "quad" configuration. And confirming speculation from last week, Nvidia's 7300 GT card will come standard, although an ATI Radeon is being offered as an upgrade.

Google warns of malware on websites

Google has begun warning users about visiting websites that include malware capable of damaging computers. Security software, including the latest beta of McAfee's upcoming Internet Security Suite and Microsoft's OneCare Live, have been offering a similar functionality, but a warning delivered directly by a search engine is a fairly new trend.

Apple developers' conference may see gaps filled in PowerMac, Ipod product lines

An entire industry has been formed around managing the guessing game of what Apple will announce next. But as with any industry that constitutes a good part of the American economy, when speculation becomes part of the business, meeting the expectations of the best speculators can be interpreted by the market at large as a disappointment. If Apple doesn't give any hints as to an "iPhone" or an e-book next Monday at the WWDC in San Francisco, will that be seen as bad news?

Xilinx preps 45nm FPGA launch, admits stiff challenges in structured ASICs

Xilinx regards a process shrink on programmable logic as a "must" if its is to achieve a competitive cost structure, and the company expects to debut products at the 45nm node in 2008, said company Asia Pacific marketing director Cheng Hsin Nan.

AMD aims to ship more than million Socket 754 Sempron CPUs in emerging markets in Q3

AMD aims to ship a total of 1.41 million of Socket 754 Sempron CPUs in emerging markets in the third quarter, trying to clear the present inventory as well as enlarge its market share, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

Gateway intros $1200 Core 2 Duo desktop PC

Gateway today announced the new E-6610 series as flagship of its business desktop PC portfolio. The computers come standard with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and can be configured with standard PC or workstation components. Prices start near the $1000 mark for a base system. Consumers are promised to get their PC by mid-August.

Apple security update plugs holes in Mac OS X

Apple Computer on Tuesday clamped down on a number of vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system that could pose as backdoors for hackers or malicious users.

Holographic storage on track for December ship date

The first holographic storage media will begin shipping by Christmas, executives at media maker Hitachi Maxell have indicated.

KDE 3.5.4 released

The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.4, a maintenance release.

Nvidia to launch MCP61S IGP chipset by end of August

Nvidia is expected to launch its MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for the AMD AM2 platform at the end of August, unspecified motherboard makers noted.

Intel unveils NOR flash products for low-cost handsets

Intel on Tuesday introduced its first NOR flash products aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment.

UPDATE: First Core 2 Duo T7600 performance and battery benchmarks

Munich (Germany) and Chicago (IL) - Tom's Hardware has received one of the very few available final test units of Intel's Core 2 Duo T-series CPUs, formerly code-named "Merom". During its initial two benchmark runs, the chip delivered first evidence that it can be up to 20% faster than Core Duo ("Yonah"), while consuming less or equal power. Our update includes an slide show with benchmark numbers.

Autodesk announces 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8

Autodesk is demonstrating the upcoming versions of 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at the Siggraph convention in Boston. Both applications will support 64-bit Windows operating systems and Maya 8 will support 64-bit on Linux.

AMD and IBM try next-gen power saving architecture for 'System x' servers

New York (NY) - In an elaborate unveiling ceremony featuring no less than the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team, senior executives from IBM and AMD, including AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, introduced a new line of IBM xSeries blade servers - now re-christened "IBM System x" - that promises to slash operations and maintenance costs through the creative use of Opteron processors.

Nvidia intros 80 billion pixels/s graphics machine

If you wondered about Nvidia's business options once ATI has been acquired by AMD, here's one idea: High-end graphics.