Microsoft takes another shot at JPEG with HD Photo format

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has been working on its own image format for some time: First information about the Windows Media Photo format became available a little over a year ago. Now Microsoft is ready to let users test the new format, renamed to “HD Photo,” in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

AT&T, Verizon working on remotely controlling DVRs

Verizon and AT&T are concurrently working on new services that will allow users to control TV-connected DVRs from their cell phones.

Berlin in 3D in Google Earth

Hamburg, Germany, announced a few weeks ago that it planned to become the first 3D city for Google Earth, but Germany’s capital has won the race in the end: The city today published a plug-in for Google Earth that includes more than 44,000 buildings in 3D. Extra: Slideshow

Adobe to extend Photoshop with animation, rendering features

Adobe today said that it will unveil two versions of its flagship image editing software Photoshop on March 27. In addition to the regular “CS3” version, there will be a “CS3 Extended” package that will integrate animation and rendering capabilities.

Intel to improve video, vertex shading in its IGCs

Intel is trying to convince entry-level gamers to accept integrated graphics with a new hardware vertex shader for its G965 graphics chip. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the company showed off some demos of popular first person shooters on the chip and also challenged journalists to pick out the integrated graphics-powered computer against a computer running a discrete card.

Samsung ships first hybrid hard drive

Samsung has begun shipping what the company claims is the first hybrid hard drive on the market. The new MH80 series is making its way to “select OEM customers” and will be available in retail outlets soon, the manufacturer said.

Archos unveils new WiFi PMP

Denver (CO) - Archos today introduced a new portable media player that it says is the first of its kind with a 7" screen and Wi-Fi capabilities. The Archos 704-WiFi has a screen resolution of 800 x 400 pixels and is presented in a 5"x7" size.  The device comes with an 80 GB internal hard drive, enough for around 100 hours of video.

AnyDVD HD now copies Blu-ray discs, too

St. John’s (Antigua) – Slysoft claims to have bypassed virtually any copy protection technology that is integrated in the high-definition disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray. Following the previously announced HD DVD ripper, the software now also supports Blu-ray discs and allows you to play both formats on computers without HDCP chips.

Samsung's UMPC runs Windows Vista

Samsung announced today that its Q1P ultra mobile PC (UMPC) is its first UMPC to get Windows Vista certification.

Fujitsu intros first 2.5” 7200 rpm hard drive with SATA 2.5 interface

Tokyo (Japan) – Fujitsu today announced the first 7200 rpm notebook hard drives that come with a 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA 2.5 interface, as opposed to the widely available 1.5 Gb/s port. The new MHW2 BJ series drives effectively double the maximum data throughput from 150 MB/s to 300 MB/s. According to the manufacturer, the platters of the drives, which are available in 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB capacities, spin with 7200 rpm and enable a read seek time of 10.5 ms and a write seek time of 12.5 ms.  

Nvidia introduces two high-end workstation graphics cards

Are you a CAD or raytracing professional with several thousand dollars to burn? If so then Nvidia has two brand new Quadro cards for you.

SATA revision 2.6 addresses SFF PC and UMPC needs

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has posted a revision of the SATA specification, which includes enhancements for native command queuing and small form factor environments.

Analysis: AMD mainstream CPU prices hit record lows in U.S. retail

Columbus (OH) - Following a later than expected launch of the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ and 6000+ processors, prices of AMD’s mainstream CPUs have dropped to levels lower than we've seen over the past 21 weeks. AMD is in a critical phase where it needs to stabilize its processor prices and maintain competitiveness with Intel at the same time. Consumers are benefiting from a competition that is still heating up.

Samsung announces mass production of 60 nm DRAM

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has begun mass producing DRAM modules with 60 nanometer technology.

Adobe developing online version of Photoshop

Adobe is developing an online and free version of its popular Photoshop picture editing program.

Public comment period on free nationwide wireless broadband closing today

Silicon Valley startup M2Z Networks is inching closer towards its proposed nationwide wireless broadband network that promises to provide free Internet access to 95% of the U.S. population.

Verizon launches new mobile TV service

Verizon announced that it has launched a new mobile TV service, bringing 24-hour programming of eight channels.

Intel upgrades entry-level Core 2 Duo chipset

Intel will be offering a slightly upgraded version of its 945GC integrated graphics chipset for Core 2 Duo, Pentium D and Pentium 4 HT processors beginning in early April of this year.

Google touts new click fraud prevention systems

In an effort to block fraudulent and invalid clicks on Google Ad links, Google will be adding several prevention methods.

Lenovo recalls 205,000 laptop batteries

Though it's not on the scale of last year's Sony recall, Lenovo is forced to recall notebook batteries because of of an overheating problem.