AMD skips IDF, 4X4 has to wait

Culver City (CA) - Several major companies are hurriedly preparing products and announcements to coincide with next week's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF), but traditional gate-crasher AMD will be missing. For the first time in several years, AMD will not be luring journalists away - and it will not preview or announce its Core 2 Quadro competitor "4x4".

GE to roll out Skype phone

GE joins the growing list of companies that are offering Skype functionality in the package of a regular cordless phone. The GE 28300EE2 is based Thomson's DECT 6.0 model, which promises to deliver interference-free call quality. GE will be making the system available as a 2-phone, with the possibility to add four more devices. The 28300EE2 will surface sometime this fall for a suggested retail price of $150.

Notebook makers meet to discuss new battery standards

Amidst a flurry of notebook battery recalls, several notebook makers including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo have met in San Jose to discuss possible new battery standards. Sony, the battery manufacturer at the center of recent battery recalls, was not invited to the meeting, according to Sony spokesman John Dolak. It's unclear if Apple attended the meeting.

Intel to start shipping dual-core Celeron M CPUs in small volumes in Q4

Reinforcing its lineup of entry-level 64-bit dual-core processors, Intel plans to start small-volume shipments of two 65nm Celeron M CPUs, the Celeron M 520 and the Celeron M 530, in the fourth quarter of this year, with mass shipments scheduled for the following quarter, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

MSI unveils P965 Platinum mobo with Crossfire support

Micro Star International (MSI) unveiled its P965 Platinum motherboard, which the company claims is the industry's first motherboard based on Intel's P965 chipsets supporting ATI's Crossfire dual-card graphics technology for the gaming market.

Single-core Conroe to appear as Pentium E1000 and Celeron 400 series

Intel's single-core Conroe-L processors will appear in two family series, with the Pentium E1000 scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2007, while the Celeron 400 will arrive one quarter later, according to Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have reviewed Intel's latest desktop CPU roadmap.

Intel to restructure 1-way server product range

Intel will redefine its 1-way server product range into high-end and entry-level lines in order to tune to the growing adoption of servers for personal or home office use, according to industry sources.

Microsoft Zune phone may hurt sales of Windows Mobile-based phones

Microsoft's plan to launch a Zune-branded phone might hurt sales of its Windows Mobile platform products since it may compete with Windows Mobile-based mobile devices, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.

Toshiba recalls 340,000 notebook batteries

Chicago (IL) - Toshiba is the third company to announce major recall of Sony-built notebook batteries within the past five weeks. Following 4.1 million Dell notebooks and 1.8 million Apple computers, Toshiba today said that it is recalling 340,000 notebooks worldwide and 100,000 in the U.S. to replace their battery packs.

GDDR4 set to rock the graphics world

GDDR4 is the fastest memory standard to date.

Worm alert: AIM users at risk

FaceTime Communications said Monday the security firm's researchers have identified a new worm that could potentially affect 21.7 million AOL Instant Messenger users.

CTIA 2006 Wrap-up: Phones, laptops and even some skateboarders

Los Angeles (CA) - Last week's CTIA Wireless convention at the Los Angeles Convention center drew thousands of attendees and exhibitors. Companies showed off their latest phones, laptops and other electronics in a setting that seemed eerily like the Consumer Electronics Show or the now defunct COMDEX convention. If you couldn't attend CTIA, the following picture gallery and links will help fill you in on the major product news.

Intel quad-core Kentsfield to be named Core 2 Quadro

Intel is expected by the end of this month to officially name its Kentsfield quad-core desktop processor as the "Core 2 Quadro," with the first model to be an Extreme version, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, which will be available starting in mid-November, according to sources at leading Taiwan motherboard makers. The QX6700, which will be clocked at 2.66 GHz, will target the high-end gaming market as well as to counter AMD's fourth quarter introduction of its Socket-AM2 Athlon 64 FX-64 CPU (3.0 GHz core speed, 2x1MB L2 cache), the sources noted.

ATI to launch RD600 in October

ATI Technologies, set to be acquired by AMD, has rescheduled the launch of its RD600 chipset supporting the Intel platform until October, with motherboard makers showing reluctance to roll out products based on the new chipset, according to sources.

Dual-core Celeron M to arrive in Q1 2007

Intel is expected to introduce a lineup of 64-bit dual-core Celeron M processors to the notebook market in the first quarter of 2007, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

Asustek announces availability of R2H UMPCs and R1H tablet PCs

Asustek Computer announced the availability of its two tablet PCs, including a 7" touch-screen Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), the R2H.

Real Networks embeds Rhapsody music service into Sandisk MP3 players

Real Networks and Sandisk have partnered up to offer MP3 players with pre-loaded music and Real Networks' Rhapsody music service. A new "Sansa Rhapsody" player, based on the Sansa e200 player, will come with almost 32 hours of music from popular artists. The players will also synchronize purchased songs from Rhapsody into the players.

The hidden potential in your graphics card: A supercomputer?

Redwood City (CA) - The most powerful computing device in your PC may not be that dual-core processor, but your average graphics card. Interest in tapping the hidden processing power in graphics processor has been growing over the past two years, but Peakstream is the first company to actually offer a solution to create a supercomputer based on graphics cards.

Virgin Atlantic bans Apple and Dell laptop batteries

Virgin Atlantic Airways says it will ban passengers from using Apple and Dell laptops running on battery power for all international flights. Passengers on the U.K.-based airline carrying the laptops can bring them aboard only after removing the battery and storing it in carry-on luggage, according to the company. Read the complete story here. (Newsfactor)

New version of Adobe Acrobat headed for November

Adobe announced a new version of its document management software Acrobat. Version 8 introduces the ability to connect to a virtual meeting room for real-time Web conferencing.