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."

Microsoft muscles into the client security market

Symantec's and McAfee's worst nightmare has arrived. Microsoft has launched a beta version of their Forefront Client Security solution which fights spyware, viruses and rootkits. The software is aimed towards corporate customers who need a management server along with client protection.

Lenovo tablet PC automatically turns screen

Lenovo today announced a new feature in an updates series of its Thinkpad X60 tablet PC.

Airlines to build iPod connectivity into jets

Your iPod not only connects into the stereo system of your car, but will soon also hook up to the in-flight entertainment systems in airplanes of Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United.

Samsung joins the perpendicular hard drive party

Samsung today announced that it has begun offering 2.5" notebook hard drives that integrate perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. The new "M80" series is available in SATA and PATA versions with capacities of 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB.

AMD launches "stream processor" accelerator board

Tampa (FL) - AMD today introduced what it calls the world's first dedicated stream processor. What sounds like a completely new product is in fact based on the R580 graphics processor used in Radeon X1900 graphics cards built by the firm's graphics division, formerly known as ATI. The slightly modified GPU promises to inject massive floating point performance into computers.

Lite-On IT launches 20x DVD burner

Lite-On IT has beaten rival first-tier optical disc drive (ODD) competitors, such as Sony and Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) by launching what it claims to be the world's first 20x DVD burners.

Cingular/Samsung rolls out hip, yet professional BlackJack phone

Cingular and Samsung are partnering up to release a new phone that is cool enough to play music and video while being professional enough for the office. The BlackJack cameraphone comes with Bluetooth 2.0 and is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0. Data streaming is provided on Cingular's 3G BroadbandConnect high-speed service.

Opinion: Should you switch to quad-core now?

Admitted, the question whether to upgrade or not to upgrade to a quad-core processor won't be really problem many buyers of these pricey new processors will spend much time on. If you got the money to spend and it has to best, you will go after the QX6700.

Intel unleashes quad-core processors

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel is firing up the second stage of its Core microarchitecture: Not quite four months after the company regained the performance crown in the desktop and DP server processor segment, Intel is first to launch CPUs with four cores: The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 rings in a new era for desktop processors, while the Xeon 5300 series spearheads the firm's DP server lineup.M/b>

Dell first to officially roll out quad-core system

Round Rock (TX) - Dell received the honor of unveiling the first quad-core desktop computer. Just hours before Intel will formally announce its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor, Dell announced the XPS 710, which looks like a regular XPS gaming system but hides one of the first quad-core CPUs you can buy - for at least $3700.

Zune zooms out to retailers across the country

Redmond (WA) - Officially kicking into gear in the one product area where Apple has a dwarfing advantage over Microsoft, the software giant today prepared to cut the ribbon on its Zune portable media player, which will officially launch tomorrow. As a late entrant to a market with a high rate of product failure, Microsoft has a lot of work to do.

Singapore wireless freeloader faces three years imprisonment

You better think twice before accessing another person's wireless network in Singapore. 17-year-old Garyl Tan Jia Luo is the first person accused of violating the country's Computer Misuse Act and now faces up to three years imprisonment. Authorities say he used his laptop to access his neighbors wireless access point.

Sun open sources Java

Sun Microsystems has announced that it is releasing its Java technology as open source under the GNU General Public License version two. Java Platform Standard Edition, Java Micro Edition and Platform Enterprise Edition will fall under the GPSv2 license. The Java Development Kit will also be released as free software.