LGE accelerates LCD TV plant construction plan

LG Electronics (LGE) recently announced it plans to start producing LCD TVs at its new production line in Wroclaw, Poland in September, about six months earlier than its original schedule.

Samsung announces 40 nm Flash, predicts 20 nm devices

Seoul (Korea) - There's still room left for NAND Flash to scale. According to Samsung, the technology may shrink into 20 nm structures, down from the common 70 and 60 nm today. Samsung also presented the memory it will position to replace NOR Flash: Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) promises a 30x increases in speed and 10 times the life span of flash.

Linksys prepping Wi-Fi Skype phone?

Culver City (CA) - According to information posted on the FCC ID registration website on Thursday, it looks like Linksys could be jumping into the Wi-Fi Skype phone fray. The registration documents for the WIP310 at first appear to be for a phone similar to the SIP-based WIP300 that is already available. But a more careful look at the documents reveals a "Skype-certified" WIP320 model.

Preview: Tom's Hardware benchmarks Intel's first quad-core "Kentsfield"

Culver City (CA) - Intel's first quad-core processor "Kentsfield" has found its way into the Tom's Hardware test lab. Several weeks before Intel will provide evaluation processors to the press, Tom's Hardware was able to obtain a qualification sample: The quad-core was sent through the entire test parcours and showed impressive performance.

Facebook responds to member revolt by instituting new privacy controls

Social networking websites are all about sharing information, but is it possible to share too much? That's the question some Facebook.com members are asking after the website added new features that let members track their friends. More than 700,000 members have voiced the opposition to the new features and some have called them "stalkerish". Facebook now has implemented privacy controls to block user information from other members.

Samsung Telecom accused of hosting malicious code

Samsung Telecommunications America has malicious code on its website that disables antivirus programs, modifies registry keys and logs keystrokes when users attempt to download information from the site.

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.