Air travellers to be RFID tagged?

A new RFID tag has been designed and its inventors claim it could improve airport security by tracking passengers as they mingle in the departure lounge.

Memory upgrade slows Microsoft Vista right down

Vista has rather an illogical performance rating tool. It tests some of your computer subsystems and gives you a total score that can give you an indication whether or not your machine is fit for Vista.

Fujitsu to introduce flash-drive laptops

Fujitsu is on the verge of building laptops that offer flash memory instead of the conventional hard disk drive (HDD), according to a report in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Microsoft adjusts EU, Korean versions of Vista

Redmond (WA) - Following recent complaints by companies such as Symantec and McAfee, Microsoft today announced that it will revise the feature set of Windows Vista, which is on track for a global launch in January 2007. The European and Korean editions will see changes in the areas of security, search and the new file format XPS, the company said.

Apple releases red Ipod Nano to support AIDS effort

Cupertino (CA) - Apple today expanded its Ipod Nano line with a bright red model, which contributes a portion of its revenues to RED, an organization founded by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver dedicated to battle AIDS in Africa. Click here to see images of the new Ipod models ...

Intel gives 910- and 915-chipsets one year to live

In addition to pushing the 945-series as the mainstream chipset solutions for entry-level PC systems in the first half of 2007, Intel has decided not to accept orders for 910- and 915-series chipsets starting from March of next year, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Sharp introduces high-contrast in-car LCD display

Sharp announced the development of its high-contrast ratio in-car LCD applications and highlighted that the contrast ratio of 1500:1 achieves the industry's highest level.

OSD Displays releases low-cost 1.5" full color OLED display

OSD Displays recently introduced a new low-cost 1.5" color OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display.

Santa Clara university student wins Tom's Hardware Guide's $10K PC

Brendan Duda, a mechanical engineering major at Santa Clara University, had been thinking about upgrading his old computer, but now he doesn't have to. Duda has won the Tom's Hardware Guide tenth-year anniversary computer which is valued at more than $10,000. The massive computer with an equally massive 30" Apple Cinema display now resides in Duda's frat house room near the university.

Intel announces first dual-mode WiMax chipset

Intel has announced its first dual-mode baseband chipset that supports both the fixed 802.16-2004 and mobile 802.16e-2005 specs for WiMax networks.

Palm unveils slim Treo smartphone, integrates Google Maps

New York (NY) - Palm today took the wraps off a new Treo smartphone, which will become available within a few weeks in the U.S. The new phone maintains the general appeal of its predecessors, but packs more features in a smaller, more colorful form factor. Palm also has begun offering Google Maps for the Treo as a free download.

Wireless USB hub slated for November arrival

Y-E Data, a developer and manufacturer of computer peripherals, announced plans to bring a new wireless connection hub to consumers in November. The hub can be used, with a connection to a USB dongle, to provide a wireless connection to most USB devices, according to Y-E Data.

Nvidia announces new high-end mobile GPU

Nvidia today announced a new flagship graphics processor for notebooks. The GeForce Go 7950 GTX GPU promises joins the current 90 nm chip lineup of the company and promises more speed for performance-tuned mobile computers.

Sony intros Vaio C-Series notebooks

London (England) - Sony today announced details about its new C-Series line of Vaio laptop computers, the first of which will be available at the end of October. Before the end of the holiday shopping season, the notebook will be available in five different colors. Sonys marketing people explain that the "C" in C-Series stands for "choice", "color", "cosmopolitan", and "chic" and according to an announcement made today, the new laptops will be available in silver, pink, green, grey, and black by the end of November. Each model also comes with a matching color carrying case.

Sony developing video Ipod competitor

Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today. Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today. The announcement reportedly was made during a news conference in which Sony displayed the upcoming new music-only Walkman players. The vague confirmation came from Sony's senior vice president, who claimed, "We are developing a product that handles images, but I cannot make any comment on specific plans."

Ruckus Wireless and Slim Devices team for in-home music streaming

Slim Devices and Ruckus Wireless today announced a marketing partnership to offer a high reliability, "stutter-free" in-home wireless digital music system.

Infrant refreshes ReadyNAS NV

Infrant Technologies today announced an updated version of its ReadyNAS NV RAID NAS.

Intel's PM96/GM965 chipsets to be rolled out as scheduled - sources

The development of Intel's forthcoming PM965/GM965 chipsets (codenamed Crestine) for its Santa Rosa platform is on track, which will allow the chip giant to roll out the chips in March 2007 as scheduled, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

WLAN the dominant remote connectivity choice for mobile US professionals

The latest survey from Strategy Analytics has confirmed that the dial-up connection is well on its way to obsolescence as a remote access mode for roving US workers.

NEC to launch two TFT-LCD modules for portable information devices

NEC LCD Technologies today announced it will begin shipping samples of two new amorphous-silicon (a-Si) TFT-LCD displays at the end of December.