Gears of War goes gold

Microsoft Game Studios, along with developer Epic Games, announced on Wednesday that they have completed the production of the anticipated Xbox 360 game Gears of War. Set to launch nationwide on 12 November, it is Microsoft's big video game entry in the week-long period of highly anticipated mid-November product launches. Screenshots of Gears of War ...

Firefox 2.0 bug hunt getting into gear

Chicago (IL) - Microsoft had to deal with the first security issues of Internet Explorer 7.0 on the first day of the browser's release. Firefox appears to be ok as of now, but Italian website Pianeta PC, claims that a security hole that was already patched for 1.x versions of Firefox is resurfacing in 2.0 - and allows malignant programmers to create Javascript code that causes the browser to crash.

Spansion selected as main flash memory supplier for Lenovo handsets

Spansion announced it was selected by Lenovo Mobile Communications Technology as the principal supplier of flash memory to be used in handset products.

Shuttle small factor computers now Energy Star compliant

Shuttle, the makers of small form factor computers, has announced that its systems are now Energy Star Compliant and use up to 70% less electricity than non-compliant computers. The computers achieve compliance by entering power saving mode when inactive.

DVD Jon cracks Apple's iTunes

Jon Lech Johansen, aka DVD Jon, has done it again by hacking Apple's iTunes encryption. Johansen claims this allows people to move their purchased songs to other players which could break Apple's stronghold in the online music business. He has also formed a new company, aptly named DoubleTwist, to license the hack to third-party music stores and even to Apple.

Solar cells could power most of your home in the future

Sylmar (CA) - Almost all your electricity comes from a local power plant, usually of a coal, natural gas or nuclear variety, but in the future most of this electricity could come from high-efficiency solar cells. Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, is currently producing cells that are almost 40% efficient and promise even higher efficiencies in the future. Company executives and engineers explained how the solar cells work and even gave us a tour of their Sylmar California factory.

Adobe's Digital Editions nears public beta

Adobe Systems Inc will introduce the public beta of Digital Editions on October 24, said to be a rich internet application built from the ground up for digital publishing.

Novell ships real-time SMP x86 Linux

Novell is now shipping its real-time Linux implementation.

Google offers customizable search engines

Google has launched a new service that allows users to create customized search engines.

Fedora Core 6 makes its debut

Red Hat released its latest version in the Fedora Project, Fedora Core 6. The software incorporates new features, including new GUI management tools, better and faster updating tools, and accessibility to third-party Red Hat Package Management (RPM) repositories, according to Red Hat.

Sub-$500 AMD notebooks from Dell to hit the market in November

Dell is set to begin shipping notebooks that feature AMD CPUs from the last week of October, according to Taiwan-based notebook makers.

Rambus aims to offer PCIe Gen2 PHY solution on 65 nm with TSMC by mid-2007

Conducting its own developer forum in Hsinchu on October 25, Rambus is using the event to promote its physical-layer (PHY) interface solution supporting the upcoming PCIe 2.0 (Gen2) specification.

AMD's "Fusion" processor to merge CPU and GPU

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today announced that it has completed the acquisition of graphics chip developer ATI. The company does not waste any time to make use of the acquired knowledge: In 2007, AMD will be upgrading its mobile platform and offer a Centrino-like platform as well as integrated solutions for commercial and media systems. And there will be a processor with built-in graphics.

Microsoft releases final version of Windows Defender

Microsoft released the final version of its proprietary antispyware application, Windows Defender. The security tool, which saw its last public beta release in February, is a free download for US customers running Windows and promises to protect PC owners from malicious spyware hacks entering their systems.

D-Link offers power line home network kit

D-Link, the company best known for its home networking products, today announced the availability of a new device, the "Power Line Network Kit", which allows consumers to expand an existing home network through existing electrical wiring.

Sonic Wall intros 3G wireless network security appliance

Sonic Wall yesterday introduced the Sonic Wall TZ 190, a network security appliance for 3G wireless broadband connections.

Apple accelerates Macbook Pro with Core 2 Duo CPUs

Cupertino (CA) - Apple has upgraded its premium notebooks with Intel's latest dual-core processors. The company promises that the new CPUs will speed up the Macbook Pro by up to 39%. As in previous system versions, Apple limits processor choices and in the most recent case, to Intel's fastest chips. The Macbook Pro now comes standard with a T7400, 2.13 GHz CPU, which integrates 4 MB of L2 cache. The 2 MB T5600 (1.83 GHz) and T5400 (1.66 GHz) as well as the T7200 (2.0 GHz, 4 MB) are not offered for the Macbook Pro.

Wiquest wireless USB adapter earns FCC certification

Fabless UWB semiconductor company Wiquest Communications today announced that its wireless USB external adapter reference design has been approved by the FCC.

AOpen XC Cube system provide 64-bit processing

Small form factor (SFF) system supplier AOpen has announced the XC Cube EZ945 as a new member to its XC Cube series.

Firefox 2.0 hits the Web

Chicago (IL) - Following on the heels of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla has released version 2.0 of its web browser. The software was released unofficially on Monday, a few days short of the browser's second birthday and a download count that is closing in on 250 million.