Google is expected to introduce today a hybrid version of its online spreadsheet and word processing applications today. As such, Writely, the company Google acquired for online word processing, will lose its original name in favor of the new title "Google Docs"..
Microsoft has released its regular monthly security update and issued a wave of ten patches. Microsoft encountered problems with the initial distribution of the patch yesterday, but the sftware maker's security team was able to fix some problems that were widely publicized.
The DVD Forum plans to draw up a blue-laser HD DVD-ROM format specifically for and only available in the China market in response to the request by two China-based organizations, the government-sponsored Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center (OMNERC) and the state-run China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC).
Samsung Electronics America yesterday introduced SyncMaster 305T, a widescreen, high-resolution 30" LCD monitor.
Transcend Information and TwinMos Technologies have separately launched 4 GB and 8 GB secure digital high-capacity (SDHC) cards.
Symbol Technologies has released a new computer that can be worn on either the hip or the wrist. The WT400 line of computers have a 2.8" 320 by 240 pixel screen, 128 MB of RAM and use an Intel XScale PXA270 520 MHz processor. Designed to be used mainly as a product scanner in busy stockrooms, the computers are ruggedized against bumps and 4-foot drops to concrete.
The announcement last year that Apple was moving to Intel-based hardware might have seemed like a fatal blow to Terra Soft Solutions, a company best-known for the Yellow Dog Linux distro.
Toshiba has announced a new line of desktop replacement laptops sporting Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and external TV tuners. The Satellite P105 series has a 17-inch display and weighs 7.1 pounds. Two models in the line, the P105-S6124 and S6134 will have USB external TV tuners and be loaded with Windows XP Media Center 2005. They will use the 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 along with 2 GB of DDR2 and either a 160 or 200 GB Serial-ATA hard drive.
Microsoft is going to end support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and 1a next Tuesday. The company will only give critical updates and security fixes for users who have or upgrade to Service Pack 2.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will announce the Rev G Turion 64 X2 and Mobile Sempron CPU lineups, which will debut as the chip vendor's first 65 nm-made mobile processors, in 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD's latest CPU roadmap.
Viewsonic announced a DLP (digital light processing) front-projector priced at less than $1000, for business and home use.
NEC LCD Technologies recently announced that it will begin shipping samples of its new 12.1-inch super video graphics array (SVGA) TFT-LCD module.
Asustek Computer last week debuted its 22" widescreen LCD monitor (MW221U) featuring a response time of 2ms.
Before you get excited, let's stop right here: Onkyo does not have on of the first wireless USB, short W-USB, audio transmitters. But the company apparently will offer a USB device that can wirelessly transmit audio streams from a PC to a home stereo system just in time for the Christmas season.
F-Secure has announced a new version of the Internet Security protection suite that promises to protect against Zero-Day exploits. Internet Security 2007 will have so-called "DeepGuard" technology that analyzes newly installed programs and stops them if anything suspicious is found. The company claims the new system is more proactive and can stop previously unknown threats.
Netgear has announced that it will support the protection measures in the "WiFi User Protection Bill" recently signed into law in California. Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill which requires access point manufacturers to include warnings in the configuration menus and stickers on the retail boxes. Presumably, future Netgear routers would include such warnings.
OCZ Technology Group has introduced a new modular power supply with a sustained output of 600 watts. The PSU will hopefully lessen cable clutter because only the necessary power cables need to be attached. The titanium mirrored case comes with two PCI-Express cables and a 4/8 pin CPU auxiliary fan connector.
Sonic Solutions today said that it has licensed Macrovision software to provide what the firms call the industry's first comprehensive protection solution for custom manufacturing of secure DVDs. The two companies claim the new partnership allows them to provide worthwhile security solutions for content owners who have been wary of insufficient digital ripping protection on DVDs.
As reported on the official Microsoft blog, version 1.0 of Slam, a social networking application for Windows Mobile devices, has been released. Slam allows users to send text and picture messages in bulk to an entire group of pre-defined mobile numbers.
Mozilla recently released a new version of its Firefox 2.0 Release Candidate 2, a publicly available preview of an overhauled version of the current Firefox Web browser.