AMD releases Catalyst 7.4 graphics driver

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

Wireless audit finds unauthorized hotspots at IRS offices

In an internal audit, inspectors at the Internal Revenue Service have found unauthorized wireless devices at several offices which could allow hackers to compromise taxpayer information.

Blackberry outage hits North America

For several hours last night, millions of BlackBerry users weren’t able to receive or send emails because of a service interruption.

Google Phone expected to ship by the end of this year

Digitimes today refreshed the speculation that Google could soon become a player in the cellphone market. According to the company, HTC has begun manufacturing the handsets and will be shipping by the end of this year.

Pioneer unveils $300 Blu-ray Disc Combo drive

Pioneer on April 17 debuted its BDC-S02 Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo drive model in Beijing, for immediate launch in China and later in other markets around the world at a recommended retail price of $299, according to Pioneer's Taiwan subsidiary Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan.

Micron introduces new power-efficient Aspen DDR2

Micron Technology today introduced its new Aspen DDR2 memory family of energy-efficient products, featuring the low-voltage (LV) DDR2 in reduced chip count (RCC) memory modules.

IDF: Intel releases 45 nm Penryn benchmark numbers

Beijing (China) – Don’t pretend you haven’t been waiting for these numbers: Is Penryn really as good as Intel claims? As long as we have not reviewed the CPU in our labs, we can’t say for sure. But if the chip is as capable as the benchmark results provided by Intel indicate, then it is clear that Intel has no intentions of handing the performance crown over to AMD.  

Samsung joins Nokia in mobile TV initiative

Samsung and Nokia have joined forces to work on a universal mobile TV platform that could help to bring interoperability to a medium that's currently rife with proprietary boundaries.

Google announces free presentation software

Google has formally announced a free presentation application that will supplement its web-based Docs and Spreadsheet programs.

IDF: Intel reanimates its 90 nm Pentium M CPU

Intel began the second day of its Spring IDF with keynotes covering the firm’s mobile processors – including the upcoming Santa Rosa platform, the 45 nm mobile Penryn processor, the first WiMax chipset as well as a new generation of UMPCs, which revives the 90 nm Pentium M processor.

Mercury Computer Systems claims 10X improvement in HD encoding speed

Video professionals know that high-definition video can look great at high bitrates, but encoding such video can be a painful process.  Mercury Computer Systems has announced a ten-fold improvement in AVC/H.264 encoding times with an encoding engine built on the Cell Broadband Engine, the same chip that is used in Sony’s PlayStation 3 console.

Workers give up passwords for chocolate and a smile

Most companies have secrets protected by passwords, but according to a recent study those passwords can be obtained with just a candy bar and a smile.

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.

AVG updates security suite for Vista compatibility

Computer security vendor Grisoft has updated its AVG Internet Security suite for Vista.

Zero day flaw hits Windows DNS

A new worm has been discovered by Internet security company Sophos, which it says can make computers vulnerable to remotely controlled attacks.

New USB spec could reduce charging times

The USB Implementers Forums has announced a new charging specification that increases the current available to devices.

IDF: Sun preps first Intel-based servers

Intel and Sun demonstrated a Xeon 5100-based server running Sun’s Solaris operating system.

Sharp working on new mobile phone LCD

Sharp is working on new LCD panels that could bring sharper, faster-moving images to cell phone screens.

Nvidia extends DirectX 10 cards into the mainstream

Nvidia today launched the second wave of DirectX 10 graphics cards, which now reach into the entry-level and mainstream market. The announcement comes several weeks before AMD is expected to introduce its first family of DirectX 10-capable graphics chips.

Toshiba commercializes 56 nm-made 16 GB embedded NAND flash production

Toshiba today announced that the company has commercialized a new series of 16 GB embedded NAND flash memory devices which is compliant with the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) version 4.2 standard for mobile consumer products.