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.

AMD aims for major 65 nm transition by mid-2007

Sunnyvale (CA) - In a briefing with journalists, AMD provided and updated outlook on its future processor and manufacturing plans. The firms 65 nm processors will be introduced in December. The company trails Intel by about 12 months, but AMD believes it will make the jump to a product line that consists mainly of 65 nm CPUs within half a year.

Sandisk to offer flash memory card for Nintendo Wii

Sandisk piggybacks on the launch of Nintendo's Wii and said that will be offering a "special edition" SD memory card when the game console launches this weekend.

Windows Vista available through MSDN

Microsoft today released a download of the final version of Windows Vista through its developer network MSDN.

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.