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.

Wilson Cellular shows of cellphone signal booster in a box - video

Los Angeles (CA) - At the CTIA Wireless convention in Los Angeles, Wilson Cellular showed us its mobile phone repeater kit that can add up to 3 watts of power to a phone signal. The kits contain amplifiers, antennas and enough battery power to give 12 hours of talk time. Company representatives showed off the kit in the following video.

Track people and valuables within 1 inch accuracy - video

Los Angeles (CA) - Lost and stolen electronics are a fact of life for many businesses, but UK-based and aptly named Covert Asset Tracking Systems Ltd (CATSeye) promises to help recover items with itsline of electronic tracking devices. The company makes matchbook-sized transmitters that can be tracked with GPS, GSM phone towers or even radio frequency. Company reps gave us a quick video demo at the Los Angeles CTIA Wireless convention and even claimed to find items down to one-inch accuracy.

Nvidia beats ATI to 80 nm

With availability of the GeForce Go 7700 graphics processing unit (GPU), Nvidia has beat ATI Technologies to the punch in the 80 nm manufacturing process.

HP needs more discs for Lightscribe to keep edge, say disc makers

Hewlett-Packard (HP) needs to convince more Taiwan-based makers of optical discs to increase production of Lightscribe CD-R and DVD discs in order to remain competitive against Labelflash, the other competing direct disc labeling technology, according to makers of optical discs in Taiwan.

Qimonda and Nanya achieve qualification of 75 nm DRAM technology

Qimonda and Nanya Technology announced the successful qualification of its 75 nm DRAM trench technology and that they will first offer a 512 Mbit DDR2 memory chip as the first product using the technology.

80 nm may be transitional process in DRAM migration to 70 nm

DRAM makers using either trench or stack technology seem to be facing a bottleneck on their migration to 70 nm from 90 nm processes, and are putting out 80 nm products as a transitional process in the meantime, according to industry sources.

Throw away your pens, OCR hits mobiles phones - video

Los Angeles (CA) - Optical character recognition, the automatic conversion of typed or written text into digital format, has grown up - or more accurately shrunk down to mobile phones. ABBYY has developed an SDK that converts mobile phone pictures into digital text that can then be automatically entered into the phone's address book.

Sierra Wireless shows off USB-based wireless broadband card - video

Los Angeles (CA) - Mobile high-tech workers can't always stop by a wireless hotspot to get an Internet connection. In coming months, carriers will be widening coverage while offering faster, almost wire-speed, service to phones and laptops. Sierra Wireless will make several new laptop adapters and showed them off at the CTIA Wireless convention. Company officials demonstrated an EVDO and HSDPA card and even gave us a sneak preview of an upcoming USB-cradled WWAN modem.

Nvidia chips speed video decoding on mobile phones - video

Los Angeles (CA) - Mobile phones are now able to show smooth, high-quality video thanks to Nvidia's mobile graphics chips. The Nvidia GoForce 5500 chips can decode full-length movies and television shows in H.264 format. At the CTIA Wireless convention in Los Angeles, Nvidia representatives showed us just how good the video can look. See for yourself in the following video.

Netgear shows off Skype Wi-Fi phone at CTIA - video

Los Angeles (CA) - Big network companies are furiously adding mobile phones to their traditional routers, switches and network cards. At the CTIA Wireless Convention in Los Angeles, Netgear demonstrated its Skype-enabled Wi-Fi phone and showed it off on video. The SPH101 connects with 802.11g wireless and doesn't require a computer.

1 GB on the tip of your finger - Kingston's MicroSD Card on video

Los Angeles (CA) - How small can flash memory go? Well, Kingston has released a 1-GB MicroSD card that can fit on your fingertip. At the CTIA Wireless convention, Mike Sager of Kingston told us the card is mainly meant for mobile phones, but it does come with an adapter to fit an SD card slot. We show on video just how small the cards are... just don't sneeze or you may never find the card again.

Microsoft releases Office system 2007 tooling

Taking another step towards the release of the next version of Office, Microsoft has just made available tooling for Visual Studio developers who want to turn out applications for the upcoming Office 2007.

AMD shelves FB-DIMMs

AMD took FB-DIMMs off the roadmap for 2008.

Symantec updates Internet security software

Symantec has launched new versions of two of its Internet security software titles. Norton Antivirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 provide computers with safeguards against spyware, viruses, and even phishing schemes.

Panasonic rolls out stylish and light Toughbooks

Los Angeles (CA) - Panasonic has introduced a pair of rugged laptops that are not only stylish, but also light. The sub-four pound Toughbook CF-T5 and CF-W5 have magnesium-alloy cases and can withstand shock, drops and compression. Company representatives showed off the laptops on video and even flipped open the very small optical drive.

VIA C7-D processor targets the environmentally conscientious

VIA Technologies on September 13 announced its VIA C7-D processor for desktop PCs, with a power consumption of 20 watts at 1.8 GHz.

Asustek G965-based motherboards with Shader Model 3.0 support expected later

Products utilizing Intel's G965 Express chipset with Shader Model 3.0 support are not among Asustek Computer's current motherboard offerings, though the company released its ASUS P5B-V series in August, featuring the Intel Core 2 processor/G965 chipset platform without Shader Model 3.0, sources indicated.