NEC intros solar-powered monitor battery

Making an early mark in the green electronics market for the new year, NEC today announced the availability of a solar-powered system that uses energy from the sun with a reduced amount of regular electricity, and is compatible with the entire line of its desktop monitors.

Fuji snaps out three new Finepix cameras

Two new entry-level cameras join a $300 model as the latest round of additions to Fuji's line of Finepix digital cameras. Each of them is set to debut later this year.

Thermaltake launches Purepower RX series power supplies with 140 mm fan

Thermaltake Technology announced the launched of its new line of Purepower RX series ultra-low noise power supplies incorporating the ultra-silent 140 mm fan found on Thermaltake's high-end Toughpower Series power supplies.

Sanyo announces 1 GB multimedia phone

Sanyo and Sprint have announced a new multimedia phone with 1 GB of internal memory. The Sanyo M1 phone can hold up to 16 hours of music along with pictures, videos and voice recordings. Being part of the Sprint's 3G network, the phone will be able to download songs and watch up to 50 channels of audio and video. There will also be a pay-per-view service that will stream full-length feature films.

First OEM holographic storage systems on the way

Longmont (CO) - Having shipped an apparently small number of holographic storage systems in late 2006 and in the first days of 2007, Inphase today said that it has signed Germany-based DSM as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of its Tapestry drives.

Digium releases VoIP 'software appliance'

Asterisk creator Digium today announced what it calls its "first software appliance", aimed at getting an Asterisk-based VoIP PBX up and running within 30 minutes.

Atheros intros dual-band draft 11n chipset and wireless network processors

Atheros today launched its "highest performance 802.11n solution to date".

Intellon says powerline IPTV biz is good

Powerline networking chipmaker Intellon yesterday announced that twelve service providers in Europe and Asia are using its HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline chipsets for in-home standard definition IPTV distribution.

SpectraLink announces dual-band enterprise Wi-Fi phones

SpectraLink today announced its next-generation Wi-Fi telephony handsets. The new NetLink 8000 Series handsets are said to be the first commercially available "enterprise-grade" handsets to support 802.11a, b and g WLANs.

Apple and HP to launch LED-based notebooks

Although US-based brands such as Apple and Hewlett Packard (HP) are expected to launch notebooks using LEDs as the backlight source starting from the second quarter 2007, Taiwan-based LED makers will not be the major beneficiaries, according to industry sources.

Samsung readies flash memory for 32 GB solid state disk

Seoul (Korea) - Samsung said that it has begun sampling of 50 nm NAND flash memory chips that are required to build the long announced 32 GB 2.5" solid state disk (SSD). The flash drive is expected to replace traditional hard drives in higher end notebooks and offer significant advantages in data transfer rates as well as power consumption.

Hitachi offers new NAS-aimed multimedia search

The embedded business group division of Hitachi has teamed up with digital home technology provider Blue Peach to offer the NAS Digital Media Server, the flagship device offering the two companies' new multimedia content management system.

Diamond ships PC HDTV tuner

PC component manufacturer Diamond Multimedia today announced that it has begun shipping the HDTV100, a USB PC TV tuner that can receive HD signals, in addition to UHF/VHF and analog cable channels.

Sparkle overclocks Nvidia's 8800 graphics chips

Chicago (IL) - Graphics card vendor Sparkle today said that it has released the "world's first overclocked Geforce 8800 GTX and GTS graphics cards." Compared to the specifications of Nvidia's reference card with core clocks of 575 MHz (GTX) and 500 MHz (GTS) as well as memory clocks of 1800 MHz (GTX) and 1600 MHz (GTS), the Sparkle cards arrive with 630 MHz and 560 MHz cores and 1960 MHz and 1720 MHz memory. Pricing has not been announced.

Quicktime bug poses immediate threat

An exploit in the Apple Quicktime application is the headliner in a project known as the Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB), aimed at unveiling security holes in the Mac OS X operating systems.

New Year worm disguised in celebratory e-mail

As much of a sign of the new year as the big ball in New York City is the sighting of the first spread of a computer worm. In this case, it hit users in the form of an e-mail with the subject line "Happy New Year!"

Via boosts use of self-developed C7 processor in consumer electronics

VIA Technologies, seeing that adoption of its self-developed C7 processor by industrial PC (IPC) makers in Taiwan has been short of expectation, is seeking to deploy its processor in other markets such as digital consumer electronics, entry-level notebook PCs and thin-client PCs, according to industry sources.

Wrapping up the 2006 processor prices story - UPDATE

  It is our final processor price/performance article of the year - and what a year it was! 2006 not only saw dual-core processors entering the mainstream, it was also a year of new milestone releases and fierce price battles. In short, the heart of your computer deserves your attention again. As our last installment for 2006, we're going to take a look at the big shifts that happened this year, how we got to where we are today and what we can expect for 2007.

OCZ wants a slice of the enthusiast graphics market

Sunnyvale (CA) - OCZ announced that it will expand its product portfolio from enthusiast memory into the graphics card space. The first device is a card based on Nvidia's 8800 GTX graphics processor with G80 core. Nvidia's Geforce 8800 GTX and GTS in pictures ...

VIA announces EPIA Mini-ITX platform for x86-based consumer electronics

VIA Technologies has announced VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX motherboards, the company's first series of platforms featuring the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.