IBM releases new lower power PowerPC processors

IBM has introduced two single-core PowerPC processors that use up to 50% less power than previous models. The PowerPC 750CL is a 32-bit processor with speeds ranging from 400MHz to 1GHz. The 970GX is a much more powerful 32 and 64-bit chip that runs from 1.2 to 2.5 GHz.

Micron introduces 1/5" camera sensor

Camera phones and webcams could get even smaller because Micron has introduced their new 1/5" wide 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. The MT9M019 sensor captures 1280 by 1024 pixel pictures at 30 fps or 640 by 480 pixels at 60 fps. Micron claims the low-light sensitivity of the sensor is about 1 lux which is equal to one candle.

Amazon's A9 search drops block view & yellow pages

Amazon-owned A9 never had much consumer usage but it was one of the most innovative and interesting search engines, with many distinctive features.

AOL releases free client software

Dulles (VA) - Do you want AOL, but can't stand the CDs or the monthly charges? Now, the company is offering its famous Internet service for free with its OpenRide client. Meant mainly for broadband users, OpenRide combines a browser, email and other functions into a single four pane window. The software is freely downloadable and doesn't have any monthly subscription cost.

Fujitsu adds to Sony battery recall count

Fujitsu today announced today that it recalled approximately 287,000 notebook computers equipped with Sony-built batteries. The total number of recalled notebooks with Sony batteries has now topped 7.5 million. Last week, Fujitsu said that their computers were affected by the defective Sony batteries, but did not announce how many would be recalled.

Alienware vs. VoodooPC, 3 years out

Analyst Rob Enderle looks for TG Daily into his crystal ball: The market for gaming PCs is about to go through some massive changes as the Dell acquisition of Alienware and the HP acquisition of VoodooPC matures. Join us for a look ahead to see what could result from the deals, assumed both will be successful. How will Alienware and VoodooPC compete with each other in the future?

The Firefox exploit that wasn't - Hackers backpedal

The much reported Firefox vulnerabilities and exploits from the Toorcon computer security conference appear to be greatly exaggerated. A pair of hackers claimed to have found 30 undisclosed vulnerabilities on the popular browser and even boasted that they could execute malicious code. Now, one of the hackers, Mischa Spiegelmock, has apologized for the talk, saying that its main purpose was "to be humorous".

Nokia hatches Bluetooth's little brother

The wireless keyboard and mouse could become a lot less power hungry if a new radio technology called Wibree fulfils expectations.

Cellphone thieves to get an earful with new anti-theft software

Think of it as a car alarm and kill switch for your phone. A London-based company has developed Remote XT, new security software that makes a stolen cell phone scream and lock itself. The program also wipes all the data from the phone.

Asus first to guarantee free upgrade of draft-802.11n products

Being the first to buy new tech isn't always the best strategy and this may be especially true for wireless networking products. Jump on the train of non-standardized products - such as draft-n devices - too quickly and you may end up with a router that is incompatible with final products. However, Asus breaks away from the industry by offering a guarantee for a free upgrade.

D-Link announces Wi-Fi capable cellphone

Wireless equipment maker D-Link today announced its first phone that not only offers a Wi-Fi feature set, but also works as a regular, unlocked cellphone.

Ageia physics SDK now supports Vista 64-bit, Linux

Ageia today announced version 2.6 of its "PhysX" software development kit (SDK), which integrates support for different Linux flavors as well as the 64-bit variant of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

AMD to release first 65 nm processors in December

Chicago (IL) - AMD will keep to its promise to ship its first 65 nm processors by the end of this year. The limited supply of the new chip generation, code-named "Brisbane", will be flanked by 90 nm dual-core CPUs with increased clock speed and more L2 cache: Three new processors, led by the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, will bring AMD closer to the performance of Intel's Core 2 Duo.

AMD to postpone DDR3 adoption, first quad-core K8L resident Socket AM2+

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has postponed launch of its Socket AM3 processors to the middle of 2008, from an originally scheduled third-quarter 2007, according to motherboard makers.

AMD to ship 90% of desktop CPUs at 65 nm by end-2007

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is proceeding to switch 90% of its desktop-processor production to the 65 nm node by the end of 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD's latest roadmap.

AMD to launch quad-core K8L platform in Q3 2007

AMD has indicated to motherboard makers that it will advance the launch of its quad-core K8L desktop platform to the third quarter of 2007, according to sources at the motherboard makers.

Notebook makers scramble for CPU supply

Unexpectedly strong demand in the notebook market has resulted in CPU shortages, sending notebook makers scrambling to secure CPU supply for the fourth-quarter high season, according to industry sources.

OCZ Technology unveils 8GB USB flash drive

Everyone and their mother seem to be jumping on the credit card-sized USB flash drives. Now OCZ Technology is announcing an 8GB model USB 2.0 drive that measures the same thickness of about 3-4 credit cards. The OCZ Mega-Kart comes in black and has an LED light that blinks when the drive is accessed. The Mega-Kart comes with a one year warranty. No release date or price has been announced.

Imorphosis shows off automatic podcast downloader

Are you a podcast addict, but can't stand the hassle or the time needed to download all your new episodes? Imorphosis, a San Ramon, CA-based company, is developing a podcast appliance that automatically downloads and synchronizes podcasts to your Ipod and most other MP3 players. The ivory white docking unit has a Cat 5 Ethernet connection to directly download the podcasts, without a computer.

Critical Firefox flaw exposed

Chicago (IL) - According to media reports, a pair of hackers said on Saturday that the Firefox Web browser, commonly perceived as the safer and more customizable alternative to market leader Internet Explorer, is critically flawed. A presentation on the flaw was shown during the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego. UPDATE 10/3/2006 7:08 PM EST: The Firefox exploit that wasn't - Hackers backpedal