Velocity Micro announces first pre-configured Geforce 8800 PC

Enthusiast PC builder Velocity Micro is first out of the gate to announce a computer that is available with Nvidia's new Geforce 8800 graphics cards. The standard configuration of the "Velocity Raptor" is priced at $7400 and includes two EVGA 768 MB Geforce 8800 GTX cards, an EVGA-built Nforce 680i motherboard, Intel's Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, four 150 GB WD Raptor hard drives in RAID configuration, as well as a 18X and an 16x DVD burner. A monitor is not included in this setup.

Nvidia fires away with new Geforce 8800 GPU

Nvidia today introduced its latest and greatest graphics chip, the Geforce 8800. Previously code-named G80, the new GPU offers more functionality and a significant rise in the sheer power of the GPU - including DirectX 10 support and a capable physics engine. Extra: Image Gallery

Dell's first quad-core systems indicate hefty premium for Kentsfield CPU

Dell today began offering the option of adding Intel's upcoming quad-core Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processors to selected models of its PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations. While the official tray price of the desktop CPU QX6700 remains at $1000, Dell will be charging a substantial premium for the privilege of using one of the first quad-core CPUs.

Skype 3.0 intros moderated chats

Skype today released the first public beta version of its next-generation Instant messenger and VoIP client. Described as a ""major milestone release,"" Skype 3.0 will become more social and more mainstream with a public chat feature that allows users to create their own chatrooms in a matter in a matter of minutes. Extra: Image Gallery

Apple goes with Core 2 Duo for new MacBooks

Furthering its recent partnership with Intel, Apple today unveiled its latest line of MacBook notebook computers, highlighting the fact that they now include Intel's Core 2 Duo processors.

Via launches PCI Express chipset for Via processor platforms

VIA Technologies announced the Via CN800 digital media IGP chipset, featuring support for PCIe and integrated Via UniChrome Pro graphics with hardware MPEG-2 playback and DuoView dual monitor output.

SiS obtains PCI-SIG certification for two chips

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) today announced that its SiS671FX northbridge and SiS968 southbridge have passed PCI Express 1.1 compliance testing conducted by the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), and both products will be soon listed in the PCIe integrators list on the PCI-SIG website.

Intel Roadmap update #2: Flash cache coming to your notebook

Chicago (IL) - In this second edition of our Intel roadmap update, we are focusing on Intel's mobile product lineup for 2007. Similar to the desktop, there aren't big processor plans, with the exception of slight Core 2 Duo T updates. The real news next year will be the Santa Rosa platform: Expect notebooks to run faster with flash cache and see new features such as integrated wireless broadband.

AeroVironment's handheld UAV wins Popular Science award

AeroVironment's handheld and hand thrown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has won Popular Science's award for the Best of What's New in Aviation and Space. The Wasp UAV is the smallest aerial vehicle in used by the United States military, weighing less than one pound and has a wingspan of 1.3 feet.

Windows users vulnerable to "extremely critical" site coding bug

According to advisories published by several security companies, there is a new security flaw that can be exploited through Microsoft's XML Core Services, causing affected users to lose control of their computers in what a security company is calling an "extremely critical" vulnerability.

Texas Instruments introduces first DDR3 memory register

Dallas (TX) - Texas Instruments (TI) today announced what the company claims to be the first fully-integrated register and phase-locked loop (PLL) for DDR3 registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMMs). The chip supports, according to the manufacturer, data rates of 800 to 1066 mega transfers per second (MT/s).

AMD brings X1900 graphics to the Apple Power Mac G5 Quad

AMD has announced the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance, according to the company.

Micro-Star to use Dual CoreCell technology in all motherboards

Micro-Star International (MSI) has applied its self-developed Dual CoreCell optimization technology to its Platinum and Diamond series motherboards and is extending the application to all motherboards in the first quarter of 2007, according to industry sources.

Nvidia announces new drivers for 3D software

Nvidia has announced the immediate availability of its MAXtreme 9 D3D and POWERdraft 2007 - new performance drivers developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, for 3ds Max 9 software and AutoCAD 2007 software.

Compal ships record amount of notebooks in October

Compal Electronics shipped a company record 1.65 million notebooks in October, with revenues also hitting a record $976.36 million, due to strong seasonality, according to company spokesman Gary Lu.

Xensource promises faster and cheaper virtualization

Xensource has released a beta of its upcoming XenEnterprise 3.1 virtualization software that will be one-fifth the price of VMWare. XenEnterprise will run Windows and Linux operating systems in virtual environments and the company claims it will be even faster than VMWare.

Starbucks loses four laptops with 60,000 Social Security numbers

Starbucks Corporation is missing four laptops which contain nearly 60,000 names and Social Security numbers of current and former employees. The laptops were supposed to be stored in a closet, but an employee discovered that they were missing way back in September.

NTP back with a vengeance - sues Palm

NTP, the company famous for suing Research in Motion, has filed another patent infringement lawsuit, this time against Palm. The complaint filed in United States District Court in Virginia requests that Palm stop selling devices and of course punitive damages.

Microsoft lanches 3D maps for Web search

Microsoft said on Monday it introduced three-dimensional maps of 15 U.S. cities in an effort to beef up its Web search offering to better compete with market leader Google.

Dell starts selling AMD-powered Latitude notebooks

Dell has introduced an AMD-powered Latitude notebook computer. The Latitude 131L is powered by an AMD mobile Sempron processor, but customers can order the Turion 64 X2 dual-core processor an an option. An integrated graphics chip powers the 15.4" wide-screen display.