PowerColor to launch passively cooled X1950 Pro and XT cards

PowerColor and Arctic Cooling will launch in the first quarter of 2007 a solution for PowerColor's X1950 Pro and X1950 XT passive cards, which are claimed to be the fastest passive cards in the world, according to industry sources.

Samsung starts supplying SD cards from December

Being a major advocate of the MultiMediaCard (MMC) format, Samsung Electronics started supplying SecureDigital (SD) cards in finished goods form to memory module makers from December and is not requiring downstream customers to pay the 6% SD licensing fee, according to sources at memory module makers.

TI unveils management chips for multi-cell, Li-ion battery packs

Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled several new battery management ICs, including its next-generation Impedance Track "gas gauge" chipset, to improve battery performance and protect multi-cell, lithium-based battery packs used in notebooks and other systems.

Verizon to build trans-pacific optical system

In a sign of the stronger economic ties between the U.S. and China, Verizon Communications is part of a plan to spend $500 million building the first high-speed optical communications line linking the two countries.

Intel silently revs Core 2 Duo CPUs

Intel has silently improved its Core 2 Duo line-up.

Opera adds phishing filter to browser

Opera has added a phishing filter to warn about fraudulent websites in its newest browser. Upon browsing to a website, Opera 9.1 will check the address against a database of possible scam websites. Fraudulent sites will be marked with a red exclamation point next to the address, while good sites will have a yellow padlock beside the address.

800 MHz enough to run Vista, says Microsoft

Microsoft has an answer for all those who have been wondering whether to buy a new computer or upgrade the hardware for Windows Vista. The company has posted the minimum requirements for Windows Vista, and there is a good chance that your four or five year old PC can run Vista.

Opinion: Can AMD reinvent the microprocessor?

Groundbreaking developments in the microprocessor space typically come along once a decade. Think about the Gigahertz race in the late 90s and the multi-core trend started last year. AMD is now convinced that multi-core may be a short-lived era and shifts towards what it calls "APUs." But: is it really a breakaway from multi-core and can AMD establish a new type of CPU all by itself?

Skype TV coming soon

Skype may be good for something other than Internet calls. According to the Financial Times, the company is working on a peer-to-peer television service that could legally deliver videos to millions of users. Code-named 'The Venice Project', the service will stream videos and encrypt videos directly from the content owners and Skype hopes this will bypass copyright issues that have dogged other video sharing sites.

Lightscribe CD disc labeling now available in five colors

Hewlett-Packard today announced the availability of color Lightscribe CDs, which join the plain grey etching on a gold background. The labeling is still a monochromatic process, but can now be applied to discs with red, orange, yellow, blue and green backgrounds.

Linksys launches Skype iPhone

Linksys today launched a new phone that many expected to be announced by Apple in early January: A device with the name iPhone will be available from wireless equipment maker Linksys in the first quarter of next year.

Matsushita readies safer lithium-ion batteries with high capacity

Matsushita Electric Industrial today announced that one of its subsidiaries, Matsushita Battery Industrial (MBI) is now ready to mass produce a new type of lithium-ion battery, which incorporates new technology improving safety.

Hynix introduces 60nm made DDR2 800 MHz modules

Hynix Semiconductor today introduced a family of components and high capacity modules based on its 60 nm-made 1 Gbit DDR2 DRAM chips.

XFX releases 630 MHz, triple-x Geforce 8800 graphics card

Graphics card vendor XFX today announced its first two overclocked add-in cards.

Boeing fires employee whose laptop was stolen

Boeing, the giant aerospace company, has fired an employee who had a very important laptop stolen. The computer contained the personal information of approximately 400,000 current and retired company employees. The data had been downloaded from company servers and was not encrypted.

Yahoo fixes critical Messenger flaw

Yahoo has issued a patch for a vulnerability in Yahoo! Messenger that could allow attackers to crash chat sessions and execute code. The vulnerability was rated as "Highly Critical" by the Secunia security website and involved an ActiveX module inside of the popular chat program.

Microsoft updates Vista in latest piracy crackdown

Microsoft released an update to Windows Vista that will shut down unauthorized versions of the OS that allow users to skip the product's activation system.

Adobe to roll out Photoshop CS3 beta

Adobe has announced that it will be releasing a beta version of their upcoming Photoshop CS3 tomorrow. The program will be available for both Mac and Windows computers and should be available in the morning on the Adobe Labs website.

How low can prices go: 2 GB Compact Flash for $47 at Costco

Digital camera fanatics will like this deal that we spied at our local Costco. The warehouse chain is now selling SanDisk Ultra II 2 GB Compact Flash cards for $48. The actual price is about $80, but you get an instant rebate of $32 at the register.

Crucial Technology finally gets into the microSD market

Crucial Technology has begun selling 512 MB and 1 GB microSD memory card. The cards are tinier cousins of the familiar SD card and are mainly used in cellular phones. The cards include an adapter that let users pop the card into a normal SD card slot.