Intel "vPro" business desktops arrive

Stressed out IT managers may get some help with the availability of PCs based on Intel's "vPro" platform. The computers, part of the firm's professional business platform, use the Q965 chipset that not only integrate virtualization, but also Intel's second generation Active Management Technology with a circuit breaker support.

Trolltech predicts first open Linux phones in 2007

Mobile Linux application platform vendor Trolltech ASA predicts that the first phones running an open version of the OS, to which native apps can be downloaded, will appear in 2007.

New filing seen as proof of Apple cell phone

A recent Apple Computer patent filing for a multi-functional handheld device is proof that the company has greater ambitions such as a smart cell phone, one Wall Street analyst says.

Is your PC HD ready?

Chicago (IL) - Ever wondered, if your current PC has enough horsepower to handle the next generation of multimedia? No, we are not talking about a Vista ready PC, but simply a system that is capable of displaying HD movies. Cyberlink has a surprise for you - get ready for a major overhaul or to throw out your PC, if you don't own a dual-core processor.

IBM ships Broadway CPU for Nintendo Wii console

Armonk (NY) - IBM today announced that it has begun shipping the microprocessor that will be built into Nintendo's upcoming Wii video game system. Nintendo has a multi-year contract with IBM to create millions of the microchips, code-named "Broadway," which are specially designed with the Wii's unique game play interface in mind.

Asus to use VIA chipsets for Intel-based motherboards

ASRock, an Asustek Computer subsidiary focusing on entry-level motherboards, will significantly increase the adoption of integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipsets from VIA Technologies for Intel-based motherboards while lowering the proportion of motherboards with ATI chipsets, indicated sources who have seen the company's latest roadmap.

BenQ adds 22" to widescreen LCD monitor line up

BenQ recently launched a 22" LCD monitor to its existing widescreen LCD monitor line, 17-, 19-, 20-, 24" models.

Primera releases "affordable" CD/DVD duplicator and labeler

Plymouth (MN) - DVD production is usually a slow and boring process requiring you to stare at a burner and then label the disc. Primera's promises to end this boredom with it new automated CD/DVD duplicator and labeler. The Bravo SE Disc Publisher can burn and label up to 20 discs in one session. It can even print virtually waterproof labels.

AOL calls developers on AIM phoneline

A programming contest for the most innovative and useful applications on the AIM Phoneline platform will pay out $4500 in prizes.

HP intros 30" widescreen LCD

Perhaps in competition to Apple's 30" Cinema HD display, HP have announced a November release of the LP 3065, a widescreen 30" with black surround.

Blackberry goes multimedia with new Pearl smartphone

Research in Motion expands its reach deeper into the mainstream with the release of the new "Pearl" smartphone. The phone does not quite follow the security focus that made the Blackberry brand famous: Pearl is much more a lifestyle multimedia smartphone with an attached secure push email feature.

Company releases 'Hybrio' ready-to-use rechargeable batteries

Ever ripped open a package of rechargeable batteries and discovered that you still had to charge them before you actually can use them? Now Uniross and its new subsidiary North American Battery Company (NABC) are releasing a new rechargeable battery that can be used right away. The company claims the batteries will retain their charge for months and can be recharged up to 500 times.

Windows Vista RC1 now available for public download

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft released a public download of Windows Vista RC1 through its customer preview program (CPP). Before you run to get your time-limited early Vista copy, be sure to make your way through Microsoft's release notes to cover all other upgrades that are necessary to run the new operating system without hiccups.

Samsung adopts ARM technology for Blu-ray player

ARM on September 6 announced that Samsung Electronics has licensed ARM Jazelle software technology for deployment in the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc (BD) player. The ARM Jazelle Java Technology Enabling Kit (JTEK) software licensed by Samsung was originally developed for the mobile handset market. More here at DigiTimes.

Infineon may team up with UMC on handset RF transceiver chips

Infineon Technologies is now evaluating the possibility to outsource production of handset-use radio frequency (RF) transceivers, considering United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) as a possible partner, according to Arun Palwankar, marketing director of Infineon's RF business in the Asia-Pacific region.

IBM to build Cell supercomputer for DOE

Washington, D.C. - IBM will construct a new supercomputer for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The system will combine Cell and Opteron processors and deliver more than twice the combined performance of the DOE's BlueGene/L and ASC Purple systems, which are currently ranked #1 and #3 on the Top 500 supercomputer list.

Vonage reaches 2 million subscribers, far from profitability

Vonage yesterday announced it had passed the 2 million-subscriber mark, but at least one analyst said the company needs to more than double its size to reach profitability.

Apple mobile phone due early 2007, analyst claims

Analysts are predicting that Apple will launch a mobile phone in the first half of 2007.

More cache for more speed: AMD launches Athlon 64 X2 5200+

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD has begun offering a new processor in its mainstream dual-core lineup. The 5200+ joins the Athlon 64 X2 series as new flagship. There no clock speed increase, but AMD has integrated twice the cache of the 5000+ and re-enters the $400+ segment of CPUs. The update of the desktop X2 series came without much fanfare this morning. A quick look at the technical data of the 5200+ may provide a justification for the rather quiet introduction as the chips simply brings up the clock speed of 4800+ processor to the 5000+ level.

Nvidia releases 7900 GS, announces 7950 GT graphics chips

Santa Clara (CA) - Nvidia updated its graphics chip portfolio with the new mainstream chip 7900 GS, which will be available in graphic cards selling between $200 and $250. The 7950 GT will follow next week and aim for the hardcore PC gamer and a prices between $300 and $350. A handful of companies have already pledged availability of the GPUs in their latest graphics cards.