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.

IDF kickoff: Going after AMD, and beyond

Beijing (China) – Intel has opened its Spring IDF in Beijing with a flood of announcements. The company revealed first performance numbers of its upcoming 45 nm Penryn processors, half a dozen technology projects including a floating point accelerator, an update to its 80-core research processor and a new enthusiast PC platform that will house two quad-core processors. Can you spot the AMD angle?  

IDF: Intel’s mobile platform goes quad-core, adds WiMax

Beijing (China) – Intel has begun briefing media representatives on the day before the official opening of its Spring Developer Forum, which is held in Beijing this year. Mooly Eden, one of the key personalities behind Intel’s Core 2 Duo discussed the features of the upcoming Santa Rosa platform and the 45 nm CPU Penryn, which Intel believes will become a gaming monster.  

Toshiba announces notebooks with Intel’s 802.11n wireless chipset

Toshiba today announced six new notebooks. Three notebooks include Intel’s 802.11n debut chipset “Kedron”, one offers a 17” screen for less than $1000 and if you need lots of storage space than Toshiba offers up to 280 GB on two hard drives.

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.

D-Link adds wireless management to 10/100 smart switch

D-Link today announced that it will soon add wireless management features to its DES-1228P 24-Port 10/100 smart switch with PoE.

Always On Wireless spiffs up dialup wireless router

Always On Wireless today announced its WiFlyer+v wireless router that supports wireless networking of dial-up or broadband Internet connections.

Intel introduces 9 TB quad-core storage server

San Diego (CA) – Intel today introduced a 2U storage server that can house up to twelve hard drives. Processing power is provided one quad-core or up to two dual-core Xeon processors.

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.

Intel to to launch QX6850 in Q3

Intel has scheduled to boost the proportion of dual-core processors in its product line up in the second quarter and will launch the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 in the third quarter.

200 GB for your pocket

Irvine (CA) – The next generation of portable hard drive capacity has arrived. Toshiba is first to move offer 200 GB of storage space in an external, portable 2.5” hard drive.While it will be increasingly difficult for hard drives in the 1.8” class to defend themselves against approaching flash-based solid state disks (SSDs), the 2.5” arena appears to be seeing accelerating development as well as a moiré and more competitive environment.  

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.

AMD CPU prices drop nearly 50% over past half year

Columbus (OH) - As we continue to look back over the past 28 weeks of data, we have collected of processor prices, this week we delve into specific products that have seen the biggest changes in just six months. Something we noticed right away is that there are completely different trends in the way AMD and Intel prices have shifted.  While Intel provides us with sporadic peaks and drops, AMD has mostly seen constant price reductions over the previous 28 weeks.

AMD donates servers to Groklaw

AMD has donated two dual-core servers to the popular open source news website