SlySoft invites beta testers for upcoming HD-DVD ripper

Antigua (West Indies) - SlySoft, a company known for its CD/DVD ripping software, is inviting the public to test drive its HD-DVD ripping program. Beta testers of AnyDVD HD can "remaster" the high-definition discs and, according to SlySoft, rip out first tracks and advertisements.  

Microsoft patches 20 security holes in February update

Microsoft's monthly security update for February has gone live. Though it marks the first update since the consumer release of Windows Vista, none of the 20 fixes are for the new operating system.

Shuttle launches quad-core SFF workstations

Small Form factor PC company Shuttle announced the availability of the XPC P2 3700w line of high performance workstations, becoming the company's first set of products to include quad-core technology.

V Cast adds new BET mobile TV channel

Verizon today announced that it has added the first new TV channel of 2007 to its multimedia V Cast service, in a new partnership with BET Networks that brings many of the basic cable channel's shows to the mobile service for the first time.

Oasis ratifies Open Document Format 1.1

Oasis has approved version 1.1 of the Open Document Format (ODF), which provides an alternative and open file format for documents created with office applications. ODF 1.1 includes accessibility improvements for users with disabilities.

Valentines Day brings virus and spam

Engagement rings, roses and chocolates are often associated with Valentines Day, but computer users will also be receiving viruses and email spam.

AMD releases new Imageon media processors for cellphones

AMD introduced three new media processors that promise to enhance the graphics and video capability of cellphones.

VA loses laptop with 1.8 million records

The Veterans Administration has lost yet another laptop and this one contains a staggering 1.8 million records.  Personnel at the Birmingham Alabama VA Medical Center lost the laptop on January 22, but the first reports didn’t come out until February 2nd.

Microsoft: We’ll talk about the next Windows when we are ready

Microsoft has issued a statement on reports that the successor of Windows Vista will be released in 2009.

New Adobe Flash Lite adds video

The condensed version of Flash technology designed for cell phones will include support for video playback on mobile platforms with the new version of Flash Lite.

DOJ Report: FBI loses three laptops a month

A Department of Justice audit has found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation loses approximately three laptops per month.

A thin client computer for $140

If a thin client system is all you need in a corporate environment, then here’s a new low-cost alternative. Devon IT announced a thin client terminal with prices starting at $140.

Samsung intros world's thinnest phone

Barcelona (Spain) - At the 3GSM world conference today, Samsung is showing off what it claims is the world's thinnest consumer cell phone, at a thickness not much bigger than a layer of tree bark. The U100, part of Samsung's Ultra Edition II line of sleek handsets, measures in at just 5.9 millimeters thick.  That's about the same as a Type II Compact Flash card, and it's half as thick as what the iPhone is reported to be.  

EA mulling iPhone games

Redwood City (CA) - The name of the device is still in question as part of a legal controversy, but Apple's tentatively titled iPhone has already attracted the world's largest video game publisher, as Electronic Arts has announced initial plans to work on developing games for the new handset, reports Business Week.

Motorola debuts bendable cell phone

Motorola has shown off a new bendable cell phone at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona. The Motorola Z8 is a slider-type phone that actually bends to take the shape of your head. Cnet has some of the first pictures.

Coraid pushes SATA over the Ethernet

System administrators who need a lot of network storage may want to look into Coraid's serial ATA over Ethernet.

TI’s OMAP 3 processor plays 720p HD video

Barcelona (Spain) – Texas Instruments (TI) has added three new processors to its handheld application processor lineup. On the high-end, the company now offers a platform that decodes high-definition video, supports 12 megapixel digital cameras and can play Shader Model 3-based video games.

BeOS fans resurrect OS

BeOS fans are bringing back their favorite operating system as the Haiku OS.

Micron bundles mobile DRAM and NAND flash

Micron will begin offering memory solutions for cellphones that combine DRAM and NAND flash memory in one package.

Another Pearl: RIM announces Blackberry 8800

Barcelona (Spain) – Research in Motion (RIM) today announced a new Blackberry smartphone. The new 8800 merges the form factor of the traditional Blackberry with the piano-black design of the 8100. The new phone comes with integrated GPS and a n illuminated “Pearl” trackball. Other than the original 8100 Pearl, the 8800 tries to appeal to traditional Blackberry customers with a security-focused, but enhanced feature set. As the original Blackberry devices, the 8800 is wider than the 8100 and offers a full QWERTY keyboard.