Epson develops frame buffer embedded digital video encoder for NTSC and PAL systems

Seiko Epson has announced the S1D13771 digital video encoder LSI to be added to digital video systems for TV output from embedded products. With a built-in display buffer, high-performance DAC and high-quality scalar providing bi-cubic input/output scaling, the S1D13771 enables the production of high-quality TV output with low material cost, according to the company.

OSD introduces 7" WVGA LED-based TFT LCD

OSD Displays has introduced a new 7" WVGA transflective TFT LCD with white LED backlighting. This new low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) TFT LCD is fully Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant, according to the company.

LGE opens new PDP module plant in Mexico

LG Electronics (LG) said it started operations at its PDP (plasma display panel) module plant in Mexico on October 25, 2006, according to a press release from the company.LGE started building its PDP module faculties in Reynosa, Mexico in early 2006 with the plant to assemble PDPs from LGE's Gumi plant in South Korea.

First 7/7.5G LCD plant in China expected online by 2009, says research firm

China-based Shanghai SVA-NEC Liquid Crystal Display (SVA-NEC) will be the first China panel maker to invest in a seventh-generation (7G)/7.5G TFT LCD plant with the plant expected to come online in 2009 at the soonest, according to research firm Displaybank.SVA-NEC's 6G plant will also enter mass production in 2008.

Fujitsu updates notice, reports Sony battery incident

On October 24, 2006, Fujitsu received a report from a customer in Japan that a Fujitsu notebook with a battery pack subject to a recent replacement program by Sony had an incident in which the battery pack overheated and sparked. After investigating the incident together with Sony, it has been concluded that the incident resulted from the Sony-made battery pack, and Fujitsu is now pursuing further detailed investigations.

QuickVid - Logitech Z10 Speakers

Culver City (CA) - Logitech is trying to spice up normally boring speakers with its new Z10 series. The speakers have a touch-sensitive control panel and an LCD panel that can display CPU and RAM usage along with typical song information. You can see the speakers in operation in the following video.

Metasploit tool going wireless

Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch and other computer security researchers are adding wireless exploit tools into the upcoming version 3.0 of the Metasploit penetration testing toolkit. The tools will allow hackers to inject raw packets into wireless streams and potentially crash or takeover systems.

MySpace accounts compromised by phishers?

Netcraft said that it has discovered that social networking site MySpace appears to have been compromised by phishers who have presented a spoof login form on the main site.

Red Hat promises to keep charging customers double

Red Hat has struck out against Oracle's Linux support move by reassuring customers that it won't lower its prices.

Dell recommends 2 GB of memory for Vista

After Samsung, Dell is the second major company that tells its customers that Vista may need more system memory than what Microsoft is listing in its system requirements. According to a report in the Seattle Post Intelligencer (SPI), chief executive officer Kevin Rollins promoted an upgrade to 2 GB.

IBM promises cooler chips with capillary-action and water jets

IBM's Zurich labs have developed a new heatsink and water-cooling that promises to cool chips up to six times better than conventional air cooling. The heatsink contains tiny channels similar to the capillaries you would see in tree leaves and in human circulator systems. The channels allow either water or heatsink compound to spread more uniformly and thereby dissipate more heat.

Gigabyte mobo receives Vista premium certification

With Windows Vista being finalized these days, it's time to have a closer look at operating system support when you buy a new computer or add-ons.

Touchscreen Ipod on the way?

According to a patent filed by Apple, it appears that the company may be working on a new version of its market share leading Ipod music player that will incorporate touch-sensitive controls. Specifically, the patent is for an "electronic device having a display and a surrounding touch sensitive bezel for user interface and control."

Foxconn to ship 15.4" Macbook to Apple in May 2007

Foxconn Electronics will produce a 15.4" MacBook model for Apple for the first time, with shipments to commence in May 2007, according to sources at notebook makers.

Samsung SDI to volume produce AM OLED in Q1 2007

Samsung SDI plans to volume produce 2- to 2.6" QVGA active-matrix (AM) OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels in the first quarter of 2006, according to sources at the maker.

Microsoft releases Windows Desktop Search 3.0

Redmond (WA) - Just one week after the release of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has released its latest incarnation of the Windows Desktop Search (WDS). WDS 3.0 searches through all types of documents including emails, music and even your Outlook appointments. Click here for WDS 3.0 screenshots...

Walmart sells "world's most energy efficient" notebook

Notebook maker Everex claims that it is offering nothing less than the "world's most energy efficient" notebook. Based on Via's C7-M processor, the 15.4" form factor computer is available for about $500 at Walmart.

Secunia claims second IE7 flaw

Just one week after claiming that users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 browser could be at risk to an online attack, Danish security vendor Secunia ApS is reporting a new bug in the browser.

Verizon launches first Flash Lite mobile apps in US

Verizon Wireless yesterday announced it was the first US carrier to make available Adobe Systems' Flash Lite for mobile applications.

Adobe releases public beta of Soundbooth audio editing program - gallery

Adobe has released a public beta of their upcoming Soundbooth audio editing program. You can think of it as Photoshop for your sound and music files. Soundbooth allows users to remove noise, clicks and pops and low-frequency rumble from audio files. It can also add voice-overs and has some rudimentary music production tools.