Canon rains down four cameras before Photokina 2006

Amstelveen (The Netherlands) - Canon is raining down four new cameras just before the huge Photokina photography conference in Germany. The cameras are aimed at consumers and use the new DIGIC III image processing chip. All the cameras shoot from 7.1 to 10.0 Megapixel pictures and take full-motion VGA video.

Microsoft unveils Zune media player

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today introduced what the company hopes will challenge the market dominance of Apple's Ipod. Zune is the first media player in this segment to offer Wi-Fi connectivity and carries a name that will allow Microsoft to create a competing brand and product family.

Microsoft to announce Zune player this morning

Microsoft to announce Zune player this morning Microsoft is expected to formally announce its Zune portable media player this morning. Zune will be going head-to-head with Apple's Ipod. According to reports published earlier, the player will be available with a 30 GB hard drive, a 3" color screen and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. Pricing for the player is expected to be in the $300 range. UPDATE: Microsoft launches Zune media player

Sony unveils VAIO N notebook for the home

Sony has unveiled the VAIO N series notebook computer line, saying its design can complement any home's motif, and its features will appeal to users who want to balance form with function.

Epson starts volume production of new HTPS panels

Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) has completed development and begun volume production of its new D6 series of high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT-LCD panels equipped with hybrid driving technology that further enhances the performance of 3LCD type front-projectors and large-screen LCD project-ion TVs.

Viewsonic debuts Ipod LCD monitor

ViewSonic has showcased the world's first "Made for Ipod" LCD monitor, which features an integrated Ipod dock, at the 2006 Apple Expo in Paris. The ViewDock series LCD monitor has received authorization from Apple, and the new monitors will hit US, Europe and Taiwan markets in November. More here at DigiTimes.

Microsoft announces "ultimate" $250 keyboard set

Redmond (WA) - So you already have sunk your savings into that dual-core PC with dual-graphics and a large flat panel display. If your keyboard and mouse of you sparkling new system now look like the plastic dash in a $75,000 Corvette, then there's a solution. Microsoft will soon be offering new "desktop" sets consisting of fancy keyboards and mice.

Barclays Bank customers hit by phishing attack

Security software specialist Panda Software said that it has detected a large scale phishing attack that is directed against customers Barclays Bank's online services.

The hard drive turns 50

The hard drive on Wednesday turned 50.

Western Digital intros its first perpendicular hard drive

Lake Forest (CA) - Western Digital (WD) has caught up with other hard drive manufacturers such as Seagate, Toshiba and Hitachi and is offering its first hard drive that uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The new 2.5" Scorpio drive stores up to 160 GB. Competitor Toshiba announced a reduced-size 1.8" PMR drive.

Dell's AMD computers now available

Round Rock (TX) - Following Michael Dell's announcement yesterday, Dell today released configuration pages for its initial AMD-based systems this morning. The computers can be ordered now and the company promises to begin shipping the built-to-order systems later this week. Dell heavily promotes the green party, which indicates a long-term commitment to AMD.

Mushkin announces 2 GB performance memory modules

Mushkin today said that it will begin offering DDR2-533 MHz memory modules with a capacity of 2 GB.

Microsoft patches new Office flaw

Microsoft has released its monthly set of security patches, fixing a critical flaw in Office.

IBM rolls out first Cell-based blade server

Armonk (NY) - IBM announced availability of what the company calls the first "generally available" computer system with a Cell processor. While the CPU is best known as the power plant of Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, it is marketed as a viable resource in computing-intensive fields, such as the medical, defense, animation, aerospace and oil industries, as well.

Micron speeds up reduced latency DRAM

Micron Technologies announced its next-generation networking memory. The company enhanced its reduced latency dynamic RAM (RLDRAM) II memory to enable faster data transfer across a network.

TG Video: Panasonic's Toughbook 18 dropped, shaken and soaked

Los Angeles (CA) - Can your laptop take a beating and keep on ticking? Panasonic believes their line of rugged 'Toughbook' notebooks can take almost any type of abuse and company representatives happily demonstrated this fact on video. Watch as a Toughbook CF-18 is dropped multiple times, shaken and soaked in water.

Samsung to offer Belkin MP3 player accessories

Samsung Electronics, in an attempt to boost sales of its MP3 players, will offer various MP3 player accessories to be made by US-based Belkin on an ODM basis, with volume production to begin later this quarter at the earliest and Taiwan to be among the markets for the first launch, according to Samsung Electronics Taiwan.

Intel to launch Core 2 Duo T5200 CPU in October - sources

Intel plans to start offering an entry-level Core 2 Duo processor, the T5200, for OEM notebook makers in October, in order to compete with AMD's entry-level Mobile Turion 64x2 CPUs, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. The planned launch of the T5200 CPU, which is not on Intel's initial roadmap for its Merom-series processors, apparently follows a previous Intel practice, when it launched two "unofficial" Core Duo CPUs, the T2250 and T2050, in June for the entry-level notebook segment, the sources noted.

Price drop for microSD cards expected

With Samsung Electronics expected to soon beginning supplying 63 nm NAND flash, Taiwan memory module makers, including A-Data Technology, Transcend Information, and Power Quotient International (PQI), plan to launch 1 GB microSD cards in October, in an effort to challenge the dominance of SanDisk and Kingston Technology in the high-density microSD market, according to industry sources

DRAM market to remain strong through 2008, says Inotera's Kau

Inotera Memories president Charles Kao during the ongoing SEMICON Taiwan 2006 show that the DRAM market will remain strong through 2008, with the company going to advance the passage of a budget for a second-stage capacity expansion plan at its soon-to-be completed second 12" fab.