New Fujitsu optical head promises terabit per square inch recording

Fujitsui has developed a new optical drive element that could one day achieve one terabit per square inch recording. The element is for thermally assisted magnetic drives and helps focus heat onto a hard drive platter so that a magnetic head can record more data. The new head element, along with perpendicular recording technology, will help hard drive companies increase capacities.

Vista, Office launch hits Nasdaq

New York (NY) - Today at its stock trading home, the Nasdaq building, Microsoft cut the ribbon on the anticipated updates to Windows XP and Office 2003 as the business versions of Vista and Office 2007 made their official debut today. Impressions from the Windows Vista launch in New York ...

Gateway offering draft 11n wireless options

Gateway Computer has joined other PC manufacturers in offering draft 802.11n wireless options for its consumer lines of desktop and notebook PCs.

AMD demonstrates first native quad-core CPU

Berkeley (CA) - Intel was first out of the gate with a quad-core processor, AMD will offer the first native quad-core chip - four processors that are integrated in one piece of silicon. The company today offered a first glimpse at a 4-way, quad-core Opteron processor system during its annual analyst conference.

Ibuypower announces sub-$2000 Quad FX system

Chicago (IL) - Ibuypower was one of the first system builders to offer AMD's new Quad FX platform, previously code-named 4x4. The basic configuration of the computer runs for less than $2000 and includes two FX-70 processors, a 500 watt power supply, 512 MB of memory one Geforce 6600 graphics card and an 80 GB hard drive. A look at AMD's Quad FX platform ...

AMD launches 4x4 platform Quad FX

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today announced availability of its four-core platform knows as ""4x4."" Called Quad FX, the technology represents the new flagship enthusiast platform from AMD, but it isn't quite the Core 2 Quad beater many expected. It is much more a cutting edge workstation platform - with all advantages and disadvantages. A look at AMD's Quad FX platform ...

Scientists publish details about antique computer

The mystery over the purpose of a sophisticated geared "calculator" built in the 2nd century BC has finally been solved.

Verizon adds Revver to V Cast

Further attaching itself to the idea of watching user videos on mobile phones, Verizon today announced a deal with Revver, just a day after confirming a similar partnership with YouTube.

Google Answers axed

Inquisitive Internet users will no longer be able to ask new questions on Google Answers, as the search giant announced on its blog that the online Q&A service is officially canned.

Mobo makers: CPU wars to enter new level with 45 nm Penryn in 2007

In response to the news that Intel has started making prototypes of 45nm Penryn processors, motherboard makers said they expect CPU wars to enter a new level with dual-core processors operating at frequencies of 3GHz and higher in 2007.

Samsung and LG.Philips LCD producing monitor panels at next-generation plants - sources

Industry sources recently indicated that Samsung Electronics and LG.Philips LCD (LPL) both are using their next-generation plants to produce LCD monitor panels, with Samsung producing 17" monitor panels at its seventh-generation (7G) plant and LPL using its 7.5G plant to make 19" monitor panels.

Marvell rolls out Intel's next-gen Xscale processor

Santa Clara (CA) - It has been a long, and sometimes seemingly uncertain, way for the Monahans processor. More than a year after the CPUs first demonstration and almost half a year of Marvell's acquisition of Intel's applications and communications processor business, the new Xscale processor has finally arrived.

New Skype phone doesn't need a computer

Denmark-based RTX Products will be releasing a dual-mode Skype phone that doesn't require a computer. The cordless Dualphone 3088 can plug into either a broadband Ethernet connection or a landline. RTX Products claims the phone has enough battery power to last 10 hours of talking or 140 hours on standby.

Xandros Desktop Professional tries to pry Windows out of the office

Xandros has released a new version of their Linux desktop that promises to replace Windows operating systems in the office. Xandros Desktop - Professional is network compatible with Windows network servers allowing machines to access shared folders, NTFS partitions and even Exchange servers.

Verizon to offer mobile version of YouTube

Bedminster (NJ) - Giving more steam to the runaway train known as YouTube, Verizon today officially announced its plan to incorporate the video sharing site with its V Cast multimedia service. The new mobile YouTube platform is planned to be available in early December, with no additional cost to the $15 monthly V Cast service. As part of the partnership, Verizon will be the exclusive mobile provider of YouTube content for an undisclosed length of time.

Publish pictures and view RSS news with Opera Mini 3.0

Mobile phone users are getting a new Opera Mini browser that can publish pictures and grab RSS news feeds. Opera Mini 3.0 is Opera's latest version of the free browser and should work with most web-enabled phones. Among the browser's more notable features is the photo sharing capability within the browser and the RSS news feeds which can be sorted by date or source.

Samsung develops cell phone fuel cell charger

Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology has developed a fuel cell that can charge a mobile phone in a few hours. The small 180g cell generates 2 watts of power from combining hydrogen, methanol and air. Researchers say test units have successfully charged phones 200 times in a row.

Lenovo adds widescreen models to T-series Thinkpads

Following the widescreen trend, Lenovo today announced its second Thinkpad model that is now available with a 15.4" widescreen LCD: T60 widescreen models are selling for $1400 and up.

Foxconn expects to ship 10 million own-brand motherboards in 2006

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry), which has just announced a deal with Singapore-based IT product distributor eSys Technologies to distribute PC components in Taiwan's retail market, expects its own-brand motherboard shipments to reach 10 million units this year, according to company sources.

Symantec releases antivirus beta software for Windows Vista

Symantec, next to McAfee, has been the key voice in criticizing Microsoft's decision to lock down the Windows Vista system Kernel and provide less access to one of the core elements - which could result in incompatibilities of the operating system and some antivirus software packages.