Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.

HP may ship color version of Lightscribe later this year

Careful reading of the Lightscribe user guide included with Hewlett-Packard's Lightscribe-capable DVD burners reveals an expansion of the CD labeling technology. Lightscribe CD and DVD burners use specially coated recordable CDs and DVDs to directly "etch" labels onto the discs.

Lite-On IT may offer SATA DVD burners in Q4

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, is planning production of DVD burners supporting the SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) interface standard, according to industry sources.

Sun luring enterprise customers away from Intel

Santa Clara (CA) - Sun today announced new AMD-based performance datacenter servers, which can carry up to 16 processors or up to 24 TB of storage space in one 4U chassis. The new models are squarely aimed at the Intel-based competition and Sun hopes that the sparkling AMD Opteron brand will once again fuel the firm's growth in the x86 server segment.

Microsoft releases free encrypted folder app

Microsoft has released a free application that allows users to create an encrypted and password-protected folder. Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 works on Windows XP and Media Center Editions with Service Pack 2 and is meant to provide a consumer-level of protection. Microsoft warns that it is "not intended to provide security against hackers."

Canon releases seven photo and all-in-one printers

While much of the country is baking in high summer temperatures, Canon is raining down printers - seven to be exact. All of the printers are in Canon's PIXMA line-up with three being photo printers and the remaining four being all-in-one printers. The new photo printers can print pictures that last up to 100 years, while the all-in-one printers can print up to 22 black and white pages per minute. Canon's new iP6700D photo printer

Lotus Notes now available for Linux

Lotus Notes, IBM's former top titan of groupware, is now officially available for Linux. Notes which had previously been available to 125 million Windows and Mac users will now also run under the Eclipse Java framework inside of Linux machines. Existing users can freely port their licenses over to Linux.

Freescale first to put MRAM into mass production

Austin (TX) - Freescale, the former semiconductor arm of Motorola, today announced commercial availability of magneto-resistive random access memory, short MRAM. The technology could become a threat to common memory technologies such as SRAM, DRAM and even Flash, but faces the challenge to catch up with the capacity of its established competition.

No AMD K8L processor for AM3 socket until 2008, say sources

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recently indicated that its new K8L processor for its next-generation Socket AM3 platform will not be available until 2008, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

ATI hits first with HDMI and HDCP

A flurry of new graphics cards featuring HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports and supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) are set to hit the market this summer, with graphics card vendors GeCube and Sapphire announcing products in the past few days, while Tul will soon announce its HDCP-supporting PowerColor X1600 Pro.

Intel aims for 32 cores by 2010

Chicago (IL) and Westlake Village (CA) - Five years ago, Intel envisioned processors running at 20 GHz by the end of this decade. Today we know that the future will look different. CPUs will sacrifice clock speed over core count: Intel's first "many core" CPU, will run at only two thirds of the clock speed of today's fastest Xeon CPU - but achieve 15x the performance, thanks to 32 cores.

Via rolls out mini chipset for UMPCs

Miniaturization of hardware components that use less power the today's devices will be critical for the success of future ultra mobile PCs, short UMPCs. Via is taking the segment seriously and if first to offer a single-chipset solution - a package that combines northbridge and southbridge - that is targeted for use in UMPCs.

"Print" key derails copy protection in first-gen HD software

Copy protection has never been more sophisticated than in the high-definition age: An armada of hardware and software aims to fend off hackers and restrict access to high-definition content and prevent especially movies from being copied. But at least for now, you don't have to take the back road to disable HD copy protection. Just use the front door.

AUO to launch more widescreen panels in H2

AU Optronics (AUO) will launch a series of widescreen panels in the second half of 2006 to pad out its widescreen panel line up, the company said.

Asian Excel versions hit by spreadsheet vulnerability

Security company Secunia identified a new vulnerability in Asian versions of Microsoft Excel style sheets that theoretically allows malicious code to be executed.

Microsoft to issue seven security updates on 11 July

Microsoft is preparing a total of seven security patches for Windows and Office in is security update package for July.

Microsoft includes Encarta with Student software

Microsoft will offer an updated version of its "Student" software that includes a few new features as well as the encyclopedia Encarta Premium 2007.

Microsoft to offer "bridge" to ODF in Office 2007

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft is bending to the forces promoting the Open Document Format (ODF) and announced that it will be offering an open-source add-in for Office 2007 applications that will be able to translate its Open XML formats into ODF.

Microsoft approves Intel 915 chipsets for Vista

Although Intel is experiencing heavy GP chipset (915GM) inventory pressure as it transitions to the Napa platform, industry players noted that the chip giant may gain relief from Microsoft, which has approved the 915GM chipset - as well as the desktop 915G IGP chipset - for supporting the Vista operating system (OS).

Promos 1 Gbit DDR3 samples to be available in H1 2007

DRAM vendor Promos Technologies announced that its third 300mm facility (Fab 4), which will be built in Daya Township, Taichung County, will mainly operate as a DRAM fab, but the company does not reject the idea to allocate some capacity there for manufacturing NAND flash memory chips.