Art Lebedev scraps $1200 b/w Optimus keyboard

Chicago (IL) - Russian design studio had some bad - or good, depending on your perspective - news over the weekend. The Optimus LED keyboard, which was announced to be made available for pre-order in a limited edition for $1200 a piece later this year - has been canceled. The good news here is that design studio perhaps figured out that $1200 for a b/w LED keyboard that was originally promised to come with color LED keys to cost as much as a good cellphone did not make much sense.

Sandisk and Sony introduce Memory Stick "Pro-HG" format

Sandisk and Sony think we need another flash format and are introducing the Memory Stick "Pro-HG" card. The cards are a faster and bigger version of the Memory Stick Pro cards and can transfer up to 60 MB/sec while having a capacity of up to 32 GB.

HP touts global mobile broadband notebook

HP has partnered with Cingular and offers a notebook that could be considered the ultimate mobile broadband device at this time. In addition to the common Wi-Fi connectivity, the nc6400 comes with integrated UMTS/HSDPA-based technology that provides users with more high-speed Internet alternatives than before.

Dell ships $3700 Blu-ray notebook

In the latest development in the war between next-generation DVD formats, PC maker Dell today announced availability of a pre-installed Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive as an option in its top-end notebook computer.

Fujitsu announces 300 GB notebook hard drive

Sunnyvale (CA) - If you considered the impact of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) on hard drives, as rather negligible so Fujitsu's announcement this morning may change your opinion: The company said it will begin shipping monstrous 250 GB and 300 GB notebook hard drives in the first quarter of 2007.

Lite-On IT launches its first BD burner in Japan

Lite-On IT recently launched its LH-2B1S serial ATA Blu-ray Disc (BD) Triple Writer, the company's first BD burner, in Japan at a retail price of 70,000 yen (US$600), with the price significantly lower than BD burners offered by other vendors, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Critical bug hits Windows Media Player

Hackers have posted up code that exploits a critical bug in Windows Media Player. The bug is in how Media Player opens an .ASX playlist and affects Media Player versions 9 and 10. Exploiting the bug could allow someone to take control of the computer.

Take a guess: Who is chairing the revision of laptop battery standards?

The IEEE is forming a group to revise the IEEE 1625 standard for lithium-ion laptop batteries and guess which two companies will chair it ... wait for it ... Sony and Dell. These two companies have extensive experience in exploding batteries which makes them eminently qualified to chair the group. Dude, your Dell just exploded...

Microsoft Exchange 2007 released to manufacturing

Microsoft said that it has signed off the next version of the Exchange server software for mass production.

InterWorking Labs announces portable $1500 network emulator

InterWorking Labs today announced Mini Maxwell, a portable, low-cost network emulator.

Windows Vista to make PCs 20% more expensive, says iSuppli

El Segundo (CA) - The introduction of Windows Vista will have an immediate impact on the investment that is required to build a PC. The often discussed memory upgrade that is required to achieve a decent Windows Vista experience, will increase the bill of materials by about 20%, market research firm iSuppli estimates in a report released today.

Nvidia to roll out integrated MCP 73 chipset for the Intel platform in Q1 07

Nvidia will introduce its first integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset (MCP 73) for the Intel platform in the first quarter of 2007 at the earliest, according to industry sources.

HowTo Video Training Page - Skype 3 Videos added

We've always brought you news about new hardware and software, but wouldn't it be great to actually learn how to use the darn stuff? Our new HowTo video section contain short, high-quality videos that clearly explain new features or show how to perform important tasks.

Adobe releases Acrobat 8

Adobe Acrobat, the popular PDF reader and creator, is getting a face-lift with its new version 8. Adobe has just released new versions of its Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Professional which includes a streamlined menu bar, GPU acceleration and built-in document security.

Belkin's WiFi Skype phone partners up with Boingo Hot Spots

Belkin's new Wi-Fi Skype phone will now work with more than 60,000 Boingo Hot Spots around the world. People who buy a Boingo unlimited account for $7.95 a month will be able to make free Skype calls in more than 60 countries.

Critical vulnerability hits Microsoft Word

Microsoft and third-party security sites are warning of a new "extremely critical" Microsoft Word vulnerability. Specially crafted Word documents could corrupt a computer's memory and allow attackers to gain system access. Both Windows and Macintosh computers are affected.

Cryptocard unveils new security service

Authentication technology company Cryptocard has unveiled a new service in its security bundle that helps to prevent password theft.

1.3 million Japanese cell-phone batteries recalled

We've all heard about overheating laptop batteries, but in Japan NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi Electric are recalling 1.3 million potentially hot potato cellular phone batteries. The companies said the batteries were all made before June 2006 and could overheat and catch on fire. NTT says it knows of at least 18 cases where the batteries have either ruptured or overheated.

Homeowner thrown in jail for noisy cellphone call

An Eastpointe Michigan woman has been thrown in jail after one of her house guests walked outside to use a cell phone. 23-year-old Carmen Granata was cited for violating the city noise ordnance and was given 30 days in county jail along with two years of probation.

Samsung intros 18X SATA Lightscribe DVD burner

Samsung today announced what the company claims to be the world's first 18x DVD rewriteable drive that connects to a PC via Serial ATA (SATA).