Live Search coming to Nokia phones

Espoo (Finland) - Nokia has struck a deal with Microsoft to embed a mobile version of its Live Search into select Nokia phones. The service will allow users to search for specific items such as stock prices and loval movie show times from their cellphone. Predominantly available for the Nokia N-series of multimedia smartphone handsets, Live Search will complement the existing Mobile Search platform that comes pre-installed on Nokia's high-end phones. Live Search will also be available on select models on Nokia's line of series 60 phones.

ATI supports Crossfire dual-graphics on Intel 965 motherboards

ATI released a new version of its Catalyst graphics driver. Besides the usual game performance improvements, ATI claims that the 6.9 package adds dual-graphics support to motherboards based on Intel's 965 chipset for Core 2 Duo processors.

Intel Pentium D 935 and Core 2 Duo E4300 to debut in January 2007

Intel plans to introduce the Pentium D 935 and Core 2 Duo E4300 desktop CPUs, priced at $133 and $163 respectively, in January 2007, motherboard makers have revealed.

Epson develops world's slimmest e-paper

Seiko Epson has developed the world's slimmest electronic paper (e-paper), according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Ramtron extends its serial memory portfolio with new 512 kb FRAM

Ramtron International, a developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has expanded its portfolio of serial memory products with the launch of the FM24C512, a half-megabit nonvolatile FRAM product with an industry standard 2-wire serial interface.

Nokia unveils 6288 3G slide phone

Further strengthening its portfolio of 3G devices, Nokia on Wednesday unveiled the Nokia 6288, a 3G slide phone that features a video playback capability.

Cray, Sun, IBM support AMD's Torrenza platform

AMD today announced a first wave of companies that are "evaluating" the firm's "Torrenza" platform. According to AMD, Cray, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM and Sun Microsystems "have endorsed Torrenza as an open innovation initiative" and are currently "evaluating" the AMD technology.

Dell laptop catches fire at Yahoo research building

Santa Clara (CA) - In what has become an almost daily occurrence, another Dell laptop has caught on fire, this time at Yahoo's Silicon Valley research center in Santa Clara. The fire caused several hundred employees to stream out of the office tower, but fortunately no one was injured. Employees returned to work approximately 45 minutes later.

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.