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.

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.