Virgin Atlantic bans Apple and Dell laptop batteries

Virgin Atlantic Airways says it will ban passengers from using Apple and Dell laptops running on battery power for all international flights. Passengers on the U.K.-based airline carrying the laptops can bring them aboard only after removing the battery and storing it in carry-on luggage, according to the company. Read the complete story here. (Newsfactor)

LG.Philips LCD develops TFT LCD panel for next-generation mobile phones

LG.Philips LCD announced on September 14 that it has developed what it claims is the industry's first TFT LCD panel for next-generation mobile phones.

Sony unveils VAIO N notebook for the home

Sony has unveiled the VAIO N series notebook computer line, saying its design can complement any home's motif, and its features will appeal to users who want to balance form with function.

Samsung to offer Belkin MP3 player accessories

Samsung Electronics, in an attempt to boost sales of its MP3 players, will offer various MP3 player accessories to be made by US-based Belkin on an ODM basis, with volume production to begin later this quarter at the earliest and Taiwan to be among the markets for the first launch, according to Samsung Electronics Taiwan.

Nvidia Goforce powers mobile TV phones

Nvidia announced that its NVIDIA GoForce handheld graphics processing units (GPUs) are utilized in some of the world's first mobile TV production roll outs.

Trolltech predicts first open Linux phones in 2007

Mobile Linux application platform vendor Trolltech ASA predicts that the first phones running an open version of the OS, to which native apps can be downloaded, will appear in 2007.

New filing seen as proof of Apple cell phone

A recent Apple Computer patent filing for a multi-functional handheld device is proof that the company has greater ambitions such as a smart cell phone, one Wall Street analyst says.

Apple mobile phone due early 2007, analyst claims

Analysts are predicting that Apple will launch a mobile phone in the first half of 2007.

New Ipods set for launch on 12 Sep?

In a digital invitation sent out to US-based media this morning, Apple confirmed that it will hold a special event on 12 September to introduce new products and services.

Motorola to push Linux-based handsets in 2007

Motorola plans to push sales of Linux-based handsets in the US and European markets starting in 2007, with a plan being for Linux to support over 50% of the handsets released by Motorola, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers that are familiar with Motorola's handset roadmap.

$100 laptop field-trials on the horizon

Reports that trials of the $100 laptop project will kick off in Thailand alone have been quashed by Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association.

Logitech unveils killer Ipod speaker

Logitech has just released details of its forthcoming Ipod stereo speaker system, the Logitech AudioStation.

New Ipod may have wireless capabilities

Apple Computer is expected to launch soon a new Ipod that supports wireless capabilities so as to compete with Microsoft's planned year-end launch of its Zune-branded MP3 players, according to market sources.

Taiwan market: Demand for AMD Turion 64 X2 rising fast

With demand for AMD Turion 64 X2 processors in Taiwan picking up fast, AMD expects the dual-core processors to be utilized in over 50% of Turion-based notebooks shipped to the Taiwan market by the end of 2006.

Microsoft Zune to be priced at $299?

It looks like the Zune is going to launch at $299, according to retailers that are set to sell the Microsoft portable music player.

Jobs talks up Apple cell phone

Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs has been boasting about his company's much-rumored iPod cell phone amongst inner circles, AppleInsider has been told.

Dell to equip AMD-based notebooks with ATI graphics chips

Forthcoming Dell's AMD-based notebooks, which are expected to be available in late October or early November, will be equipped with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chips, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

Merom-based notebooks to support Nvidia SLI

Nvidia will soon announce that Merom-based notebooks (Merom is a codename that Intel used for its recently announced T-series mobile Core 2 Duo processors) support its dual-graphics SLI technology, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. The sources pointed out that Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of Nvidia, attended Intel's recent launch of Core 2 Duo processors in Silicon Valley, considering this as a sign of possible cooperation between Intel and Nvidia.

ASP for dual-core Yonah notebooks drop to less than $1000

Notebook vendors, including Dell, Acer and Hewlett-Packard (HP), have begun cutting prices for Intel Core Duo notebooks that feature the Yonah T2300E CPU, in an attempt to accelerate inventory clearance of Sonoma models prior to the launch of Merom-based systems, according to sources.

Intel posts security fixes for Centrino wireless chipset

Intel has updated the software behind its Centrino chip bundle to fix three security vulnerabilities that, in one case, could allow an attacker to execute code remotely on a laptop.