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.

Sony finds defects in some of its digital cameras

Sony said it has found defects in some of its popular Cyber-shot digital cameras, the latest quality problem to strike the Japanese company whose image was severely tarnished by a massive battery recall earlier this year.

Lacie ships 2 TB RAID-able desktop drive

Lacie has begun shipping its 2 TB Biggest FW800 storage box, a unit that packs in four lock-in-place hot-swappable 500GB SATA drives and a dinky LCD status panel.

Verizon launches "Env" phone

Verizon Wireless today released the "Env", its latest V Cast phone, as the official successor to LG's "The V" phone. With a Sidekick-type design and interface, Verizon is calling it "the ultimate in coverged device."

Apple and ViewSonic to unveil 17" widescreen LCD monitors soon

LCD vendors such as ViewSonic and Apple are set to launch 17" widescreen LCD monitors by year-end or the first quarter of 2007, according to industry sources.

Palm launches Treo 680 smartphone

Sunnyvale (CA) - Palm today launched the previously announced Treo 680, which currently complements the firm's smartphone portfolio, but is expected to succeed the aging 650 model. The 680 comes in flashy colors and Palm hopes that the new model, while not offering groundbreaking new features, can regain lost market share.

Dell and HP shipping more PCs with 1GB DRAM to boost demand during wait for Vista

Dell and Hewlett Packard (HP) are increasing the proportion of their PCs with 1GB DRAM modules in order to stimulate the market, which is in a lull as consumers wait for the launch of Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS), according to sources with DRAM makers.

VoodooPC shines out new 30" monitor

VoodooPC is beginning to make some use of the products of its new owner, Hewlett-Packard (HP). The boutique PC builder announced the availability of a new 30" flat panel monitor, describing it is a high-performance monitor that consumers can purchase with select desktop computers.

No defects in PS3 stamping parts, says maker

Taiwan-based G-Shank Enterprise stated that stamping parts it manufactured for Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles have no defects and should not cause malfunction of the console's card reader, according to a November 20 filing the company made with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

UMC builds 45 nm SRAM chips

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) today said it has successfully produced functional 45-nm SRAM chips featuring a bit cell size of less than 0.25 square microns.

Apple would face many challenges with iPhone - Opinion

With reports circulating that an iPhone from Apple Computer is likely to debut in the first half of 2007, the introduction of an iPhone could have an adverse impact on sales of music handsets by other vendors should Apple's first order for an iPhone total 12 million units as reported earlier.

Samsung develops credit card-thin LCD panel

Samsung today said that it has built the world's thinnest LCD panel and developed a new technology that allows the creation of thinner LCD displays in cellphones.

OCZ's 1150 MHz memory integrates liquid cooling

If you enjoy squeezing every bit of performance out of your computer, then you are used to dealing with large and potent cooling systems already.

XNA Studio Express supported by Vista with Visual Studio updates

Microsoft confirmed that its XNA Game Studio Express development tool, which lets users create Windows and Xbox video games, will be supported by the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Google Page Creator automatically builds mobile sites

Google has expanded the feature set of its free WYSIWIG HTML editor. The Page Creator now can handle up to five different pages on up to five different .googlepages.com URLs. The tool now also comes with a basic image editor as well as a feature that automatically generates a mobile version of each site.

Second Life hit by worm

Second Life had to close its cyber gates for a short time on Sunday after a 'grey goo' virus attacked the virtual world.

Intel's "Kedron" Wi-Fi interface gets FCC approval

Chicago (IL) - Public records of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicate that Intel has received clearance for its wireless component of its upcoming "Santa Rosa" platform. Scheduled for launch in Q2 of next year, Santa Rosa will include the main chipset "Crestline" and the Wi-Fi link "Kedron," Intel's first 802.11n capable network chip.

MSI unveils quad-core supporting motherboards

Micro-Star International (MSI) on November 17 unveiled its P6N Diamond (Nvidia 680i chipset) and P6N SLI Platinum (Nvidia 650i chipset) motherboards which support Intel's quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700.

Toshiba first to offer Class 4 8 GB SDHC card

Toshiba today announced the global launch of the latest addition to its new series of high-capacity secure digital high capacity (SDHC) memory cards: an 8 GB Class 4 memory card, claiming it the first in the industry.