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

Project-a-Phone announces overhead projector for the cellphone

Project-a-Phone, a company that makes products for projection of cell phone screens, today announced the launch of the ICD-5000 Image Capture and Display system. The ICD-5000 allows cell phone owners to display the content on their mobile screen to a computer, monitor, or projection screen.

Maxtor hard drives get Seagate genes

Seagate today introduced new hard drives under the recently acquired Maxtor brand. The desktop series has been "refreshed" and there is a new Maxtor mobile hard drive - both now carry the core technology of other Seagate drives, but will not offer the same capacities of their more premium sister models.

Samson unveils Podcast studio for your pocket

Ontario (CA) - Samson, makers of professional audio gear, has released the Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder, which promises to capture professional sounding audio to SD cards. The H4 has two condenser microphones that are mounted for stereo sound capture. Samson representatives told us the integrated microphones can sweep a room and record true stereo sound without any channel dropouts.

Nvidia to launch DirectX 10 chip in mid-November

Nvidia is expected to announce the world's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), in the middle of November, graphics card makers revealed.

Lite-On IT to start volume production of Blu-ray disc burner

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, recently unveiled a Blu-ray Disc (BD) burner.

Toshiba unveils slim HD DVD write drive for notebooks

Toshiba on October 2 unveiled a slim HD DVD drive for notebooks, the SD-L902A, that can read and write to HD DVD, standard DVD and CD discs with sample shipments of the new drive scheduled to start by year-end.

IBM, Infineon, Chartered and Samsung tape out 45nm chips

The collaboration between IBM, Infineon Technologies, Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics on 45nm production process has progressed, with the first tape out proceeding at IBM's 12" fab, and other members of the alliance stating they are on schedule to introduce their own production by end of 2006, according to officials from the companies at a recent Chartered technology forum in Santa Clara.

HTC to ship Ipaq rx5915 to HP in October

High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to begin volume shipments of the Ipaq rx5915 GPS-enabled PDA to Hewlett-Packard (HP) this month, according to market sources.

Captain Obvious to the rescue - CPSC releases tips on how to avoid laptop fires

With all the laptops going up in flames recently, the United States government, specifically the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is given some helpful tips on how to prevent such a catastrophe. While some of the tips are indeed useful, many of the others are painfully obvious and leave us scratching our heads.