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.

Matrox unveils DualHead2Go Digital Edition external multi-display upgrade for PCs

Matrox Graphics has announced its DualHead2Go Digital Edition external multi-display upgrade device featuring digital outputs.

Nvidia taps into Windows SideShow

Nvidia announced the latest version of its Preface Personal Media Display platform, a secondary processor and display subsystem that enables users to access information from their notebook or PC when the main system is powered down.

Ritek 32 GB solid-state drives coming in Q2

In addition to being one of the top-two optical disc makers in Taiwan, Ritek has extended its presence to the memory business through its RiDATA-branded memory cards and the company is now preparing for volume shipments of its first NAND flash-based solid-state drive (SSD) in the second quarter of 2007, according to company IA planning division manager Richard Lin.

2008 Infiniti QX gets a hard drive-based nav and sound system

Infiniti announced its second car that will use a 2.5" hard drive to store digital music. The firm's refreshed SUV monster, the QX model, will offer a hard drive as storage unit for digital music as standard equipment for the 2008 model year, which will go on sale in April.

Patch issued for WMF vulnerability

A patch has been released for a vulnerability in the productivity suite, a problem rated as "highly critical".

Security bug found in PDF reader

Web users are being urged to upgrade their Adobe reader software as a security flaw is found in older versions of the program.