Samsung and Cingular are partnering up to roll out the first High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) phone to the US. The Samsung SGH-zx20 is a Bluetooth-enabled cameraphone that can play videos, download ringtones, and acces webpages. Users will be able to surf Cingular's 3G network at up to 1 Mb/s.
The only organization able to make the anything-goes WLAN industry toe the line has decided to take a less objective approach. The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced it plans to adopt a two-phase plan that includes certification of draft status 802.11n products.
Dulles (VA) - The rebuilding of AOL continues at a breakneck pace today, as the company deploys more services to generate revenue to replace the diminishing amount it was receiving from its ISP business - which it is essentially jettisoning. Today, AOL is launching its Music Now service, which incorporates the streaming infrastructure it acquired last November from Circuit City, plus the core of music licenses it acquired from Spinner.com back in 1999.
Performance memory makers are upping the speed of their flasghip memory devices, a few megahertz at a time. Following Corsair, which yesterday announced a $650, 1111 MHz PC-8889 2 GB memory kit, OCZ today announced a 1120 Mhz PC-9000 device.
Sub-$200 Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS-based graphics cards are expected to appear in the channel market from August 30, targeted to compete with the ATI Radeon X1650XT series, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.
Toshiba today announced the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB flash memories, which will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory.
With its DDR2 in all densities already being fabricated at the 80-nanometer node, Samsung Electronics today announced the mass production of 1 Gbit DDR2 DRAM.
Santa Clara (CA) - Intel launched eight new dual-core Xeon MP processors late Thursday. The new CPUs go head-to-head with AMD's Opteron 8000 series processors and are based on the "Tulsa" core which uses the power-hungry Netburst architecture that is being phased in all other product lines such as desktop and DP server processor families. Still, Intel promises that Tulsa drops power consumption by up to 30%.
Forget 1 GHz memory, 1111 MHz is what you need. In what appears to be an accelerating race between performance memory manufacturers, Corsair has taken the lead. The company today announced its "DHX XMS2 Dominator memory series," which includes the first PC2-8888 memory. The modules are clocked at 1111 MHz at CAS 4 settings. Corsair also offers a "regular" and "lower-cost" PC2-8500 (1066 MHz, CL-5) version of the new memory.
El Segundo (CA) - Studio quality microphones often require big audio inputs not commonly available on a computer. MXL Microphones announced a new condenser microphone that plugs into a computer's USB port. The company claims the MXL USB.006 microphone will bring "big rich studio" sound to both PCs and Macs.
Miami (FL) - Ever since its acquisition up until today, Alienware had been considered the premium, custom, ultra-cool, real PC division of the otherwise wrinkled-polyester Dell. But today's introduction by Alienware of a lightweight notebook powered by a Core 2 Duo T5500, in a decently distinctive case, selling for $849, signals that the division is aiming for a new and possibly lucrative market: Call it the "economy sport" class.
Tom's Hardware has updated its popular VGA Charts that allow readers to compare the performance and value of two graphics cards in various benchmark disciplines side by side.
Fremont (CA) - Plextor today announced that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray writer for PC in October of this year. The PX-B900A is an internal ATAPI drive that will include software to playback Blu-ray movies on computer systems with Windows XP and Vista.
Round Rock (TX) - Several notebook builders are expected to announce the first wave of Core 2 Duo systems today. This includes Dell, which has deployed the new processor, previously code-named ""Merom"", across its product family of XPS, Inspiron and Latitude notebooks as well as Precision mobile workstations. The company promises that it will begin shipping the new notebooks within a week.
Sharp recently announced that it has developed what it claims is the smallest wireless LAN module for portable devices with the lowest electricity consumption ever.
High-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are in short supply because of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console, according to sources with passive components makers.
Atheros today announced the launch of a cost-optimized draft 802.11n chipset featuring a 2x2 MIMO design. It also introduced a line of network processors.
LG, which recently unveiled its stylish "Chocolate" cellphone, will soon be offering a Bluetooth headset that matches the look and feel of the phone. First pictures of the device have appeared on the Internet this week.
Some web surfers on Culver City's free wireless network won't be able to access some content anymore. The Southern California city has installed network filters to prohibit pornographic and peer-to-peer traffic. City officials ordered filtering the content after they noticed some users are downloading pornographic content.
Redmond (WA) - A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Reuters this afternoon that an MP3 player, for which Toshiba has filed for a license with the FCC, is actually the Zune player that Toshiba will apparently be manufacturing on behalf of Microsoft. The application was for a 30 GB hard drive MP3 player with a 3" color display.