Verizon launches first Flash Lite mobile apps in US

Verizon Wireless yesterday announced it was the first US carrier to make available Adobe Systems' Flash Lite for mobile applications.

DVD Jon cracks Apple's iTunes

Jon Lech Johansen, aka DVD Jon, has done it again by hacking Apple's iTunes encryption. Johansen claims this allows people to move their purchased songs to other players which could break Apple's stronghold in the online music business. He has also formed a new company, aptly named DoubleTwist, to license the hack to third-party music stores and even to Apple.

Sub-$500 AMD notebooks from Dell to hit the market in November

Dell is set to begin shipping notebooks that feature AMD CPUs from the last week of October, according to Taiwan-based notebook makers.

Apple accelerates Macbook Pro with Core 2 Duo CPUs

Cupertino (CA) - Apple has upgraded its premium notebooks with Intel's latest dual-core processors. The company promises that the new CPUs will speed up the Macbook Pro by up to 39%. As in previous system versions, Apple limits processor choices and in the most recent case, to Intel's fastest chips. The Macbook Pro now comes standard with a T7400, 2.13 GHz CPU, which integrates 4 MB of L2 cache. The 2 MB T5600 (1.83 GHz) and T5400 (1.66 GHz) as well as the T7200 (2.0 GHz, 4 MB) are not offered for the Macbook Pro.

A $600 Turion 64 notebook from the grocery store

Aldi, a retail chain that is specialized on low-priced and basic household needs, will be offering a notebook in the U.S, beginning next week.

New SanDisk flash drives to offer token-based authentication

SanDisk has introduced a new token-based authentication system for select USB flash drives. The "TrustedSignins" system will use two-factor authentication to create one-time passwords for secure online transactions. The passwords are created after the user plugs in the USB flash drive and types in a user name and password.

U.S. media manufacturers support HD DVD as next-gen media format

The American Independent Media Manufacturers Association (AIMMA) has voted to support HD DVD as the next-generation blue-laser format at an October 10 general meeting, according to a press release issued by the organization, but Taiwan pre-recorded optical disc makers still see Hollywood studios as being the key decision makers in terms of adoption of next-generation DVD standards.

L International announces quad-core 24 hour laptop

Your dual-core notebook may soon be obsolete because one company is working on a quad-core laptop that could last 24 hours on a single charge. L International has announced that it is building a fuel-cell powered laptop that runs on either hydrogen or methanol. The laptops will also have a touch-sensitive OLED screen which can operate as a "virtual keyboard".

New Motorola Rokr phone ditches Apple Itunes

Chicago (IL) - Motorola's first generation Rokr phone never met the expectations users had in an Itunes phone. So it is just consequential that the second generation does not only bring a new, more Razr-like design and drops Itunes in favor of another, competing media player. Documents published in the FCC database reveal that the new Rokr will remain a phone that will be very much focused on handling multimedia, but it will be a significant departure from today's model.

Apple files for iPhone trademark - rumor

Culver City (CA) - The long rumored Apple iPhone may become a reality soon. According to the Apple Insider, an online rumor site specializing in anonymous news tips, Apple has files for a trademark for the iPhone. The site says the September 15th filing is still under examination. Click here to see the iPhone's competition ...

Final shipment of Intel Napa products set for end-2008

Intel will complete the last shipment of its 65nm dual-core Yonah processors used in the Napa platform in November of 2008, notebook makers familiar with Intel's latest product roadmap indicated.

Spectec integrates Wi-Fi in microSD card

SD cards with WiFi compatibility have been around for a while. They are used to provide wireless access to PDAs, smartphones, and other compatible electronics.

LG sweetens phone selection with new Chocolate

Not wanting to get rid of its top-selling handset brand, LG today announced that it will be releasing a new phone unofficially dubbed the new version of the Chocolate.

Quanta reportedly starts test production of $100 notebook

Quanta Computer has started test production for the US$100 notebook project initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, and samples should be available as early as November, according to sources within Taiwan's IC design sector.

Intel looks to attract leading notebook vendors for CBB initiative

Next year, the notebook market may see products based on Intel's Common Building Block (CBB) initiative introduced by leading brands, according to sources.

Apple iPods now come with viruses

Cupertino (CA) - It was bound to happen sooner or later, Apple is warning that some of its new iPods are infected with a Windows virus. Apple says that a "small number" of video iPods, produced after September 12th 2006, were infected with the RavMonE.exe virus. The company has received fewer than 25 reports of infected iPods.

Sony recalls own laptop batteries

Chicago (IL) - Sony announced today that it is recalling batteries from its own Vaio notebook computers in Japan and China, adding to the seemingly never-ending list of computer manufacturers affected by a massive recall of Sony brand laptop batteries. An exploded Dell: The beginning of the Sony battery recall disaster...

Lenovo offers biometrically protected hard drives

Lenovo is partnering with Utimaco to offer new ThinkPad notebooks with biometrically secured hard drives. Utimaco has integrated their SafeGuard Easy 4.3 program which will encrypt all the entire hard drive with a fingerprint swipe on select ThinkPad notebooks.

Panasonic intros new Toughbook notebooks

Seacaucus (NJ) - Panasonic today announced new additions to its Toughbook series of notebook computers, the company's line of durable, rugged laptops. Soon to be available, the CF-19 tablet PC and CF-30 clamshell notebook contain the latest technology in battery life, wireless connectivity, and screen display, according to Panasonic.

Darth Vader meets television - Toshiba's Head Mounted Display

Toshiba is developing a new head mounted display system that gives a 360-degree view on a domed 40-centimeter large screen. A photo of this large television-shaped helmet appears in the UK-based paper The Daily Mail. Not much is known about the display because all we see is a model, presumably female because you really can't tell, watching a screen full of clouds.