Vista to go: Sandisk improves U3 flash drives with Microsoft’s help

U3 sticks, flash based memory devices that allow users to carry launch ready applications on chewing-gum sized portable storage, have been around for a while, but never really conquered the market. Sandisk now has convinced Microsoft to help market the next version of U3 sticks in the hope to attract more eyeballs and wallets.

Sun beams out Java FX

Sun Microsystems has introduced Java FX, a new suite of products that it hopes can mount more competition against Flash and Microsoft Silverlight.

Sun releases JavaFX as scripting language for consumer electronics

Java is making its way deeper into the consumer electronics space as Sun pitches a new scripting language as application platform for devices ranging from mobile phones to Blu-ray players as well as web browsers.

Roxio intros iPod, iPhone, Apple TV video software

Roxio today debuted Crunch, a Mac-specific software program designed for video conversion to the myriad video players from Apple.

Microsoft rolls out new Windows Live Hotmail

Microsoft has upgraded its 9-year-old free Hotmail email service by adding a larger mailbox and extra connectivity.

New version of Hotmail to launch next week

Microsoft will update Hotmail.com on Monday to give users more storage and enhanced connectivity to Messenger, but not much else.

Google takes its calendar on the go

Google Calendar is making a move to cell phones with the addition of SMS alerts.

Dell to preinstall Ubuntu Linux on computers

Just one week after bringing back Windows XP to some of its desktop and notebook computers, Dell today announced that it will begin offering “select” consumer desktop and notebook computers in a preinstalled Ubuntu Linux configuration.

Next Windows Server available for public beta testing

Microsoft has made its upcoming Windows Server, dubbed “Longhorn” available for beta testers.  Anyone with a Microsoft Live ID can download Longhorn Beta 3 and try out some of the new features like the read-only domain controller and PowerShell.

Pinnacle Studio 11 gets priced, dated

Avid Technology today shed light on the latest version of its consumer video editing software, Pinnacle Studio 11.

Microsoft to give away Windows/Office package for $3

Microsoft on Thursday announced its most aggressive move yet to reach more people that do not have the financial resources to purchase a modern, functional software environment: The company will offer a complete software package built around Windows and Office for $3.

AMD releases Catalyst 7.4 graphics driver

AMD’s graphics division today announced its April driver package for Radeon-based graphics cards.

Windows Media Player plug-in reaches Firefox

Microsoft this week launched a new plug-in for Firefox that allows its proprietary media player to run on embedded web page scripts on the Mozilla browser.

HD video playback and recording added to Nero

Nero is updating its Nero 7 Ultra Edition Enhanced to include high-definition video playback and recording.

Adobe rolls out betas of pro video tools

Adobe is showing off its latest video editing tools to broadcast professionals at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.

Microsoft debuts commercial HD DVD encoder SDK

At the National Association of Broadcasters, Microsoft is showcasing a new software development kit (SDK) that provides developers the core HD DVD video encoding technology used by Hollywood studios today.

Apple cuts the ribbon on new Final Cut Studio

Apple today unveiled its first major update of the Mac-specific Final Cut Studio video editing suite.

Adobe ships Creative Suite 3

Adobe has begun shipping the new CS3 versions of its creativity tools as well as the standard and premium versions of its recently announced Creative Suite 3.

Microsoft posts Office Communications Server 2007 beta

Microsoft has posted a public beta of its Office Communications Server 2007 software.

Linux fragmentation not a cellular OS killer, says IMS Research

Fragmentation is one of the most common complaints levied against Linux as a cellular OS and, at present, there is a relatively high degree of variation in Linux-based solutions when compared to other platforms such as Symbian or Windows Mobile, but this should not hamper the OS in the long term, according to research firm IMS Research.