Aopen announces 18x DVD burner

Aopen has launched a DVD burner, the DSW1218P, a half-height optical disc drive (ODD) that can read and write DVD +/- R/RW, DVD +/- R DL, DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW formats at speeds up to 18x.

Spansion to make quad Mirror Bit flash memory by 2007

Following the demonstration of four-bit-per cell flash memory silicon that was produced under MirrorBit quad technology, Spansion said it plans to move production to 90 nm by year-end of this year with a maximum density range of up to 2 Gbit.

Velocity Micro to sell enthusiast notebook at Best Buy

Best Buy will expand its mobile computer offering into the gaming segment: Velocity Micro today said that its "NoteMagix L80x Ultra" will be available for about $2000 through the retailer.

Emachines announces $520 dual-core system

Dual-core processors have reached the entry-level computer market. Emachines today announced its T5212 system, which comes with an Intel first-generation dual-core processor, plenty of RAM and hard disk storage for $520.

Face detection expands to Fuji digital SLR cameras in early 2007

Fuji today said that it will ship its Finepix S5 Pro digital SLR camera in early 2007. The camera will be compatible with Nikon F-mount lenses, including the Nikkor AF-D/G and AF-S series.

Microsoft Releases New Build of Windows Vista

Microsoft has released an interim build of Windows Vista to its usual testers as well as to some 100,000 of the participants in its Customer Preview Program.

Apple premiers Aperture 1.5 at Photokina

Apple Computer has released Aperture 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow.

Iogear announces germ-killing computer mouse

Chicaho (IL) - It's no secret that computer keyboards and mice are among the most likely places to harbor immense populations of bacteria. Iogear promises at least a partial solution to this common problem with a new mouse that claims to kill germs by simply getting in contact with its surface.

Adobe ships Photoshop Elements 5.0, Premiere Elements 3.0

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that the latest installments to the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software have been shipped to retailers nationwide.

AMD sends "Multi-Core Processing for Dummies" to IDF

Last week, AMD somewhat surprisingly confirmed that it won't book a hotel room to host press briefings parallel to the Fall Intel Developer Forum, which will open its doors on Tuesday, 26 September. However, AMD couldn't help to completely abandon the tradition of taking advantage of the event and sent out a booklet to tech journalists. Presented as a special edition of a popular tutorial series, we received a "Multicore Processing for Dummies" in our mail. The 32-page booklet, published by Wiley, is accompanied by a note that states:

SDRAM shows buoyant signs amid insufficient supply

The buoyant price trend of SDRAM is likely to persist, thanks to seasonal effects and limited supply from leading players, according to industry players.

Samsung increases DRAM output on 0.11-micron node

Samsung Electronics has increased its DRAM output that is using a 0.11-micron process at its 8" fabs to meet growing demand, as it still has issues at its 80nm node, according to market sources.

Micron samples DDR3 memory

Boise (ID) - Micron is the second major DRAM manufacturer to announce sample shipments of next-generation DDR3 modules and claims to be the first company to ship 1 Gb devices with a capacity of up to 2 GB. DDR3 promises to double the speed of today's DDR2 memory and is expected to become available on high-end desktop computers in late 2007.

Intel installs Wimax on remote Amazon island

Intel will spend $1 billion over the next five years with its World Ahead Program to help close the digital divide between developed and developing nations.

VOX lets mobile phone users bounce calls through Skype

Skype fans can now use their mobile phones to stay connected with their contacts. VoxLib has released its VOX for Skype software which lets people call their Skype buddies and listen to voicemail simply by dialing their SkypeIn account. Almost any phone and carrier will work with VOX because the software is installed on the computer instead of the phone.

Novell prepares real-time SUSE Linux

The fruits of Novell's development agreement with real-time systems specialist Concurrent Computer will be released in October in the form of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real-Time, according to reports.

Vista upgrade coupon to prolong strong notebook sales

Although notebook makers noted that news concerning a Vista launch delay would not affect sales this quarter, Microsoft's Vista free upgrade coupon, due to be available in October, will drive more consumers to purchase a PC in the fourth quarter and PC makers expect the hot season effect to last through the first quarter of 2007.

TomTom to launch 2.8" PND

TomTom, a manufacturer of GPS (global positioning system) navigation products, will launch GPS PNDs (portable navigation devices) with a small-size screen of 2.8" - the first time this screen size has been offered under the TomTom brand - according to OEM makers in Taiwan.

Anydata to offer compact USB EVDO modem

Wireless broadband capability will soon extend beyond today's PC cards that typically limit their use to notebooks that still include such a slot. We recently got a sneak preview of Sierra Wireless' external USB EVDO modem and it appears that Anydata will also be rolling out such a device soon. Anydata received FCC approval for their ADU-E100D modem, paving the way for an introduction in the near future. The device has a footprint slightly larger than a business card and will weigh 124 g (about 4 ounces), including the integrated battery, and connects to a PC via USB 2.0.

Charter rolls out 10 Mb/s cable Internet service

Cable Internet service is usually fast, but apparently not fast enough for Charter Communications: The company is rolling out a 10 Mb/s (downlink, 1 Mb/s up) service. Charter partners with F-Secure to provide anti-virus, anti-spyware and root-kit detection services. Customers will also receive personal firewall software.