Microsoft to promote online purchase and upgrade of Vista

Microsoft announced today that it will allow consumers to purchase, upgrade, or add additional licenses of Windows Vista online, marking the first time the software giant has turned to digital distribution for one of its operating systems.

Oracle rains down 51 security fixes

Oracle, the huge database company based in Redwood Shores California, has released 51 security fixes for its database products. The fixes come as part of a 'Critical Patch Update' that happens quarterly.

Intel to launch 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset next week

Originally scheduled for Q2 launch, Intel's new Wi-Fi chipset code-named "Kedron" will be unveiled at an event next Tuesday, TG Daily has learned.

Microsoft claims 100 million IE7 installations

Microsoft claims that Internet Explorer has been installed on more than 100 million computers in less than three months.

A-Data shows off massive 128 GB solid state drive

A-Data, a Taiwanese memory and peripheral company, has shown off prototypes of an upcoming solid-state drive for ExpressCard, IDE and SATA interfaces. Mainly built for notebook computers, the drives have capacities of 32, 64 and 128 GB.

Extreme communication, Microsoft style

You may be able to close the door to your office, but that won't save you from meetings and colleagues that are trying to get a hold of you, at least if Microsoft and Nortel have their way. The two firms today announced the first step towards their "unified communications" vision, which could allow corporations to create global cubical offices.

Dell goes tough with first rugged notebook

Throwing its hat into the relatively uncrowded ring of rugged laptop computers, Dell today announced the Latitude ATG D620, a new notebook PC that meets military standards for a variety of environmental and accidental factors.

Blackberry Pearl goes white

T-Mobile, along with Blackberry creator Research in Motion (RIM), recently unveiled a new white version of the popular Blackberry Pearl model, offering U.S. customers a different design from the existing "piano black" handset.

Silicon Systems announces 1.8" flash hard drive

Silicon Systems, a provider of commercial solid state storage solutions, today added a 1.8" flash hard drive to its existing 2.5" line of products. The new drive is available with a capacity of up to 16 GB.

Seagate introduces 15K rpm 2.5" hard drive

Seagate claims to have developed the world's fastest hard drive: The new Savvio 15K expands the existing 2.5" SAS enterprise hard drive series with two 15,000 rpm models. According to Seagate, the drive will not only increase the storage performance in rackserver environments but provide greater power efficiency and reliability as well.

Intel to retire 90 nm Pentium 4 600 processors

Intel informed system builders that it is phasing out its remaining three 90 nm Pentium 4 600-series processors.

Cellphone explodes in man's pocket

A 59-year-old man was found in a California hotel room with second and third degree burns because the cell phone he had in his pocket exploded and started a small fire in the room, according to a story by the Associated Press.

Intel aims for one million quad-core processors by mid-2007

The production volume of Intel's quad-core processors is still very limited, but the company hopes to deliver a total of one million Kentsfield and Clovertown processors by the time AMD announces its first processor with four cores.

Firefox 3.0 launch scheduled for Q3/Q4 2007

Mozilla has released the first comprehensive feature list and roadmap for its Firefox web browser. The organization currently considers up to 50 updates and new features for Firefox and intends to make the software available within this year.

The Apple iPhone: Hit or miss?

Like a lot of folks, when I first saw the iPhone, I was blown away with its potential. But my job is not to look at what everyone sees, but to see what is being missed both in terms of opportunities and threats and this thing has a great deal on both sides.

CES 2007: The $100 OLPC laptop in detail

The One Laptop Per Child project is inching towards final production: Prototypes are currently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show and we have used the opportunity to play around with the devices shown by Marvell, which provides the wireless chips for the device. Get a close-up look at the $100 laptop in our slideshow.

Alienware announces desktop PC with Intel's latest quad-core processor

Alienware said it "will" launch Intel's second quad-core desktop processor, the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600, on its Area-51 7500 desktop system.

SGI to offer Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 on Altix systems

SGI today announced that it will offer Microsoft's Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 on its Altix XE cluster systems based on quad-core and dual-core Intel Xeon processors. The software will be made available beginning in March of this year.

Google releases Earth 4 final

Google has released a new version of what is the firm's most prominent applications next to its core search engine. Earth 4 features hundreds of new 3D buildings that were created either by Google employees or by users around the world with Google's SketchUp application.

Apple's history lesson: The iPhone and AppleTV

San Francisco (CA) - Apple CEO Steve Jobs is not known for making moderate claims, so even his opening remark at his Macworld Expo keynote - "We are going to make history today" - was not really a surprise. But Apple could very well have a new winner on its hand: Not necessarily the iTV, which is now called the AppleTV, but a rather stunning cellphone, which makes the old Rokr iTunes phone a thing of the past.