AOL opens new AIM tools to developers

AOL today announced the beta launch of AIM Whimsicals, a new set of Web-based application programming interfaces (APIs) that give Internet developers the tools to embed AIM services and features directly into any Web site.

Samsug to releases fanless sub-notebook

Samsung Electronci has introduced a new two and a half pound sub-notebook that uses no fans. The Sens Q40 notebook is powered by an Intel Centrino U1400 processor and Samsung claims the battery will last up to 3.5 hours.

Office 2007 spins to gold status

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today announced that it has completed the code for the latest version of its business software suite, Microsoft Office 2007, confirming its availability to businesses this month, and general release to consumers by early next year. Click here to see first impressions from Office 2007 ...

VoodooPC introduces Quad-Core computer

Following yesterday's lifting of the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core NDAs, VoodooPC is now introducing a quad-core powered computer. The enthusiast PC maker is upgrading its Omen line with the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.

Nvidia releases WHQL HD driver, ATI first to offer Vista RTM driver

Nvidia and ATI have updated their graphics drivers with two distinct features: Nvidia is now offering HD DVD and Blu-ray playback capability with Purevideo HD and ATI is first to get a certified driver for the final version Windows Vista out the door.

Google rolls out Gmail mobile phone app

Addicts of Google's free Gmail email service can now grab their emails from their mobile phones and PDAs. Google is release a new Java application that directly hooks into Gmail. The application works with over one hundred popular phones including many from Blackberry and Samsung.

MSN Music gets replaced with Zune Marketplace

In an attempt to form a strong partnership like iPod/iTunes, Microsoft has announced that it will be closing the doors on its MSN Music store in favor of the Zune Marketplace, the music store platform connected to Microsoft's upcoming portable media device.

Apple comes out with new 8 GB Ipod Nano Red

Adding to its extensive library of Ipod models, Apple today announced plans to release an 8 GB version of its special edition Ipod Nano Red. Set to launch in stores this weekend for $249, it will try to bring back interest in the HIV/AIDS charity that was tied to the original Ipod Nano Red.

AMD preps launch of three FX processors for 4x4 platform

AMD remains very secretive about its two-processor 4x4 platform, which aims to decrease the performance gap to Intel's dual-core and upcoming quad-core processors on the very high-end of the enthusiast PC segment. A new roadmap provides more insight in the firm's CPU plans for the next year or so - and indicates that AMD is collecting enough CPU supply to launch 4x4 on a broad basis.

Nvidia enables HD DVD and Blu-ray movies with PureVideo HD technology

Movie lovers can now build a PC to enjoy an HD DVD or Blu-ray experience with the release of new Nvidia ForceWare drivers featuring Nvidia PureVideo HD technology, the graphics company has announced.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 applications to hit market in Q4

After Microsoft rolled out its Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system (OS) for embedded systems on November 1, the company said the OS has already been adopted by numerous makers with end products to hit the market in the fourth quarter.

Ben announces 19" LCD monitors with Windows Vista certification

BenQ recently announced two of its 19" LCD monitors, DP93GX+ and DP93GS, have received Windows Vista Basic certification.

Touch-screen iPod coming our way?

According to several eagle-eyed media sources, Apple may have leaked the existence of an upcoming touch-screen iPod. The leak comes from a sentence on Apple's developer website which says, "beginning with the touch-screen models."

Cingular debuts mobile music service

Becoming the latest wireless service provider to enter the digital music arena, Cingular today launched a mobile music service that it claims offers better features than its competitors.

Internet grows to over 100 million websites

According to Internet monitoring firm Netcraft, the Internet has blossomed to more than 100 million websites this month. According to the report, new online stores and the explosion of blogs helped to reach the new milestone so quickly.

Sony to bring out world's lightest notebook computer

According to a Reuters story, Sony has announced plans to introduce what it's calling the world's lightest notebook computer to Japanese consumers some time in December, in an attempt to bring back some positive attention to Sony after the huge notebook battery recall disaster that continues to have an impact on the company.

Panasonic eliminates lead in plasma TVs

Today, Panasonic announced that for all of the new Plasma Display Panels (PDPs) released in 2006, none of them contained lead oxide, claiming it has become the world's first company to achieve such a milestone. The electronics manufacturer says that with the elimination of lead, the displays don't weigh as much, and are more environmentally friendly, without compromising picture quality.

Business Vista, Office slated for November 30

Barely meeting the announced November release date for the business versions of Office 2007 and the operating system Windows Vista, Microsoft has confirmed that the two software products will be released on 30 November.

Lite-On IT said to ship 18x LightScribe DVD burners to HP in November

While Lite-On IT is expected to start shipping 18x DVD burners to Hewlett-Packard (HP) this month, the growing tension in competition between Lite-On IT, Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) facilitated OEM prices to further drop, according to sources at Taiwan-based optical disk drive (ODD) makers.

Intel 'Kentsfield' quad-core benchmarks to flood the Net

Culver City (CA) - You can expect a flood of benchmarks for Intel's quad-core 'Kentsfield' processor to hit the Internet in the next day. Intel's latest chip is officially called the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and is an enthusiast chip aimed at high-end gamers, graphical artists and others who run multi-threaded applications. Early benchmarks from Tom's Hardware Guide show the chip easily beating previous generation Core 2 Duo processors in some benchmarks, but the new chip is only marginally better in other tests.