Seattle (WA) - RealNetworks today announced that they have launched Rhapsody 4.0, the latest version of their music subscription and purchasing service. Complementarily, SanDisk has released the first set of MP3 players that are optimized to store and play back music in users' Rhapsody accounts. Still sort of fresh on the heels of the bevy of iPod and iTunes announcements last month, Rhapsody 4.0's launch gives the music streaming service a visual overhaul and a couple functionality tweaks.
Nvidia shares rocketed up almost 10% in Wednesday's trading as rumors flew about a possible takeover from Intel. More than 22 million Nvidia shares traded on Wednesday with prices rising about 9.8%. So far this morning, stock prices have dipped about 2% to $30.45 a share.
Redmond (WA) - Windows Vista will introduce new tools that aim to make pirated versions less attractive and prompt users to activate a legally obtained copy of the operating system. Deeply integrated into the core of the software, Microsoft will reserve functionality such as the Aero Glass interface and Flash acceleration for Windows Vista versions that are validated.
Charles Chou, an analyst at Fubon Securities, commented that the tight supply of low-end Intel Celeron and AMD Socket AM2 Sempron CPUs became apparent in the middle of September, with the two chip vendors gearing up to accelerate each platform's transition by the fourth quarter of 2006.
Industry sources noted that AMD has validated its 65 nm CPU production at Singapore-based foundry Chartered Semiconductor and volume production of AMD's 65 nm CPU lineup at Chartered is slated for the first half of 2007.
Asustek Computer will begin shipping third-generation (3G) smartphones based on Intel's mobile platform to European telecom service providers including Vodafone and O2 in the fourth quarter of this year, but these will be the last Asustek 3G smartphones based on Intel's platform, according to industry sources.
IBM has introduced two single-core PowerPC processors that use up to 50% less power than previous models. The PowerPC 750CL is a 32-bit processor with speeds ranging from 400MHz to 1GHz. The 970GX is a much more powerful 32 and 64-bit chip that runs from 1.2 to 2.5 GHz.
Camera phones and webcams could get even smaller because Micron has introduced their new 1/5" wide 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. The MT9M019 sensor captures 1280 by 1024 pixel pictures at 30 fps or 640 by 480 pixels at 60 fps. Micron claims the low-light sensitivity of the sensor is about 1 lux which is equal to one candle.
Amazon-owned A9 never had much consumer usage but it was one of the most innovative and interesting search engines, with many distinctive features.
Dulles (VA) - Do you want AOL, but can't stand the CDs or the monthly charges? Now, the company is offering its famous Internet service for free with its OpenRide client. Meant mainly for broadband users, OpenRide combines a browser, email and other functions into a single four pane window. The software is freely downloadable and doesn't have any monthly subscription cost.
Fujitsu today announced today that it recalled approximately 287,000 notebook computers equipped with Sony-built batteries. The total number of recalled notebooks with Sony batteries has now topped 7.5 million.
Last week, Fujitsu said that their computers were affected by the defective Sony batteries, but did not announce how many would be recalled.
Analyst Rob Enderle looks for TG Daily into his crystal ball: The market for gaming PCs is about to go through some massive changes as the Dell acquisition of Alienware and the HP acquisition of VoodooPC matures. Join us for a look ahead to see what could result from the deals, assumed both will be successful. How will Alienware and VoodooPC compete with each other in the future?
The much reported Firefox vulnerabilities and exploits from the Toorcon computer security conference appear to be greatly exaggerated. A pair of hackers claimed to have found 30 undisclosed vulnerabilities on the popular browser and even boasted that they could execute malicious code. Now, one of the hackers, Mischa Spiegelmock, has apologized for the talk, saying that its main purpose was "to be humorous".
The wireless keyboard and mouse could become a lot less power hungry if a new radio technology called Wibree fulfils expectations.
Think of it as a car alarm and kill switch for your phone. A London-based company has developed Remote XT, new security software that makes a stolen cell phone scream and lock itself. The program also wipes all the data from the phone.
Being the first to buy new tech isn't always the best strategy and this may be especially true for wireless networking products. Jump on the train of non-standardized products - such as draft-n devices - too quickly and you may end up with a router that is incompatible with final products. However, Asus breaks away from the industry by offering a guarantee for a free upgrade.
Wireless equipment maker D-Link today announced its first phone that not only offers a Wi-Fi feature set, but also works as a regular, unlocked cellphone.
Ageia today announced version 2.6 of its "PhysX" software development kit (SDK), which integrates support for different Linux flavors as well as the 64-bit variant of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
Chicago (IL) - AMD will keep to its promise to ship its first 65 nm processors by the end of this year. The limited supply of the new chip generation, code-named "Brisbane", will be flanked by 90 nm dual-core CPUs with increased clock speed and more L2 cache: Three new processors, led by the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, will bring AMD closer to the performance of Intel's Core 2 Duo.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has postponed launch of its Socket AM3 processors to the middle of 2008, from an originally scheduled third-quarter 2007, according to motherboard makers.