Sony NEC Optiarc: Blu-ray Disc drive prices to drop 50% by 2008

By 2008, prices for Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives will drop 50% from current levels amid aggressive development by various related brands and makers, according to Shuji Minami, general manager, product business group of Sony NEC Optiarc.

Sony announces BWU-100A Blu-ray Disc burner

On November 16, Sony introduced its internal Blu-ray Disc (BD) burner model, the BWU-100A, to be sold in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of $1006.

Foxconn International reportedly to manufacture smartphones for Nokia

Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics, is reportedly going to strengthen its cooperation with Nokia, with the company expected to manufacture smartphones for the Finnish handset vendor, according to sources at a local securities house.

Mercora launches mobile music service for Windows-based phones

Mercora has launched its 'M' mobile music service for Windows-based phones. The service starts as a downloadable application and gives access to over 100,000 channels of streaming radio. Users form social networks and can browse each others music. Libraries can be searched by artist, genre and style. 'M' channels are streamed over the air in compressed Ogg/Vorbis format and the company claims the sound is "CD-quality". The service integrates with Bluetooth and compatible phones can send the music to Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Apple said to have ordered 10 million iPhones

A Taiwanese source has confirmed that an Apple iPhone is now in production and that more than 10 million will be available by January when Apple Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs will formally launch the new iPhone at Macworld in January in San Francisco.

Nikon introduces $600 digital SLR camera

As if this year's D-SLR war wasn't already intense enough, Nikon has again upped the ante with its latest low-end D-SLR, the D40.

Spam attack aims to push company stock

Antivirus specialist Panda Software said that it has detected "massive amounts" of spam that are distributed to push sales of stocks of West Excelsior Enterprise.

Sprint to put Microsoft search on its mobile phones

Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel said on Wednesday it will place Microsoft's search engine on its mobile phones, marking the software maker's most significant step to gain a U.S. foothold in the budding mobile Internet search market.

AOL releases AIM 6.0

It has been nearly a year since AOL launched its next generation Triton AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) client.

Viewsonic introduces 42" LCD network display

Continuing to provide affordable digital signage solutions, Viewsonic has unveiled its 42" ND4210w LCD network display.

Catalyst 6.11 driver for Radeon graphics cards released

AMD's graphics division, formerly known as ATI, has released its November graphics driver update. Version 6.11 brings a few performance enhancements, especially for Call of Duty 2.

Slingbox updates models, talks innovative use

Sling Media has a modest, but noticeable presence at this year's EHX. On top of the list is the latest version of the Slingbox, the Pro model, which has three different source inputs to allow users to watch content from their TV, DVD player, video camera, and others, anywhere in the world. We also heard about some of the unconventional uses people have been experimenting with using their Slingbox devices.

Corel releases Winzip 11

Corel today announced a new version of the compression utility Winzip. The 11th generation of the software introduces support for the archive formats RAR and BZ2 as well as additional features for handling image files.

Pimp your desktop with a 40-core workstation

TyanPSC announced what likely could be considered the ultimate multi-core desktop computer system that money can buy today. The new Typhoon 600 combines ten Intel quad-core processors for a maximum performance of 256 GFlops.

Microsoft takes Office Live out of beta

Microsoft today announced the final version of Office Live, an online productivity suite that assists small business in setting up websites, manage business tasks and purchase advertising on Live.com. The basic service offers free domain registration and free web hosting.

OSD introduces new PLED display

OSD Display recently announced a new PLED (polymer organic light-emitting diode) display with significant power saving.

LG.Philips LCD to launch 19" and 22" widescreen LCD monitor panels in 1H 2007

LG.Philips LCD (LPL) plans to roll out 19" widescreen and 22" widescreen LCD monitor panels in the first quarter and the second quarter of 2007, respectively, according to market sources.

Dude, Second Life's getting a Dell store

Further adding to the integration of real life into the online PC hit Second Life, Dell today announced that it has opened up an online store in the virtual world where subscribers will be able to purchase products, including computers, and have them shipped to their real life house.

Sun announces 1.2 TFlop rack server

Sun today announced its new blade server 8000p at the supercomputing conference SC06. The extension of the existing 8000 model increases the density of the rack by 50% and squeezes 30 instead of 20 blades into one rack.

Microsoft rolls out six Windows patches

Microsoft rolled out several updates today as part of its monthly patch cycle, sometimes called "Patch Tuesday."