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.

T-Mobile USA adds Dash smartphone

T-Mobile USA is taking the wraps off of a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, dubbed the T-Mobile Dash. The device will be available exclusively from T-Mobile beginning Oct. 25.

Intel quad-core QX6700 reaches system builders

Chicago (IL) - Intel has begun shipping its first quad-core processor "Kentsfield," which will be officially called Core 2 Extreme QX6700 to system builders. Industry sources have confirmed to TG Daily that the processor has entered a stage of system testing, which indicates that the processors is on track for a mid-November launch.

Beam music from your Ipod to your stero with Belkin's TuneStage II

Belkin announced a new version of its TuneStage Bluetooth music system which beams music to home stereo systems. The TuneStage II uses a small transmitter on the Ipod and a receiver that is wired to stereo system. Users can search their playlists, adjust volume and play music from up to 30 feet away from the receiver.

UPDATE: Google combines spreadsheets and word processing

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 releases ten patches in its October security update

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.

DVD Forum to offer China-specific HD DVD-ROM format

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 introduces 30" widescreen LCD monitor

Samsung Electronics America yesterday introduced SyncMaster 305T, a widescreen, high-resolution 30" LCD monitor.

Transcend and TwinMos launch 4 GB and 8 GB SDHC cards

Transcend Information and TwinMos Technologies have separately launched 4 GB and 8 GB secure digital high-capacity (SDHC) cards.

Symbol introduces new wearable computer

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.

Terra Soft moves past Apple with first Cell-based supercomputing cluster

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 announces new line of desktop replacement laptops

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 ending support for Windows XP Service Pack 1

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.

AMD schedules 65 nm "Taylor" launch for Q2 2007

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 launches DLP projector for less than $1000

Viewsonic announced a DLP (digital light processing) front-projector priced at less than $1000, for business and home use.

NEC to sample high-brightness 12.1" LCD module

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 rolls out 2ms 22" widescreen LCD monitor

Asustek Computer last week debuted its 22" widescreen LCD monitor (MW221U) featuring a response time of 2ms.

Onkyo to ship wireless USB audio transmitter

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 announces new protection against Zero-Day exploits

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 wireless routers to support WiFi User Protection Bill

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.