Microsoft: Windows Vista RC 1 "complete"

Microsoft took a major step towards the release of Windows Vista on Friday, when Jim Allchin, co-president of the firm's platforms & services division, announced that Windows Vista RC1 is done!"

CPU core control key to power efficiency, says AMD

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD's quad-core architecture won't be released until mid-2007, but the company is already discussing some features of the new Opterons and Athlons. Power consumption will remain a center piece of AMD's product strategy: Clock speed control of the individual cores will allow the chips to remain in the same power envelope as their dual-core predecessors.

Shuttle rolls out Core 2 Duo SFF computer

City of Industry (CA) - Shuttle has rolled out their newest small form factor computer built specially for Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. Running the 975X Express chipset, the Shuttle P2 3700 can support up to 8 GB of RAM and four hard drives. There's even enough space to dual PCI Express graphics cards.

Pretec announces 16 GB USB stick

The next generation of USB sticks is knocking on our doors: Pretec is the first company to announce a device that packs 16 GB of storage space into the form factor of a common USB Flash stick. The new I-Disk II can save the contents of more than three regular DVDs or 23 CDs. There is enough storage space for about 10,000 digital images or 4000 MP3 music files. Pretec claims that the memory stick runs at a speed of 166x, offering a data transfer rate of about 25 MB/s.

TDK shows off 200 GB Blu-ray disc

TDK has announced a prototype Blu-ray disc that can store a massive 200 GB of data. The single-sided, six layer disc can store up to 18 hours of high definition video.

Samsung adds speakers to latest MP3 player

Ridgefield Park (NJ) - Samsung today announced a new challenger for Apple's Ipod Nano. The new "K5" does not only come in a stylish package and sufficient storage space; the device also comes with a unique new feature: A pair of slide-out speakers.

Sandisk unveils Sansa c200 MP3 Player

Berlin (Germany) - Sandisk today introduced the latest addition to its line of MP3 players with the Sansa c200, which supports WMA and MP3 playback, an FM tuner, and a built-in microphone for audio recording. Equipped with up to 2 GB of flash memory in a standard configuration, the capacity can be expanded with MicroSD cards.

Samsung to raise prices for 17" LCD panels

Samsung Electronics may begin quoting its 17" monitor panels at $125 for September, according to sources.

Samsung Corning to roll out FFL backlight units for 40" range TVs

Having developed flat fluorescent lamp (FFL) backlight units (BLUs) for 32" LCD TVs, Samsung Corning plans to start volume producing FFL BLUs for 40" and 46" TVs soon, the company said.

Wi-Fire antenna promises to triple Wi-Fi range

A small startup company is developing a wireless antenna that promises to dramatically extend range. According to documents filed with the FCC, hField Technologies is developing its "Wi-Fire" wi-fi b/g antenna system which plugs into a USB port. Using a combination of directional and powered amplification, the antenna promises to triple wireless range for the "seriously mobile" user.

Glendale, CA going wireless

Glendale, a suburb just north-east of Los Angeles, is going wireless. The City Council voted on Tuesday to request proposals to make a city-wide wi-fi network. Tourists, residents and businesses would be able to access the network for a "reasonable fee", according to Steven Hronek, the city's communications director.

DirectTV to test VoIP offerings

DirectTV, a television satellite company, will start testing VoIP. The company is partnering up with Vistula Communications Services in a six month trial.

Pretec releases monster size 8 GB SDHC card

Pretec today announced an 8GB SDHC card, which the company claims is the highest capacity SD card announced so far. Pretec expects mass production of the device by the end of the year.

First Skype phones without need for PC connection announced

With over 100 million customers already tapped into the voice-over IP messenger, Skype is now accessible through the first pair of cordless phones that integrate Skype software with a traditional landline phone, without the need to connect to a PC. The new phones will function almost identically to a regular handset - with the exception of emergency calls.

New NV44-based GPU gives another chance to GeForce 6200 with Turbocache

Graphics cards featuring Nvidia's new GeForce 7100 GS graphics processor unit (GPU), which was recently added to the company's entry-level product lineup, will hit the market in the middle of September, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

STMicroelectronics announces new 32 Mb flash memory for automotive use

STMicroelectronics on August 30 announced a new and enhanced version of its 32 Mb flash memory chip that is intended specifically for the automotive market.

Books for all: Google offers full book downloads

Google has begun offering full-text downloads of many older books. Google's Book search now has a "full view" option which lets people search for full-text books. Web surfers can flip through these one page at a time or they can download the books in PDF format.

"Seamless" triple-monitor announced

Stock traders and flight simulator addicts will probably drool over Seamless Display's new triple-monitor display. The Radius320 display uses special lenses to virtually erase the pesky seam lines between the monitors and gives an almost uninterrupted picture.

Sierra Wireless to offer HSDPA, EV-DO Rev A via USB

Not a day's passed after we caught word of Sprint's launch of Novatel's S720 PC Card do we hear that Sierra Wireless has a proverbial one-two punch of WWAN modems up its sleeve, this time of the USB variety.

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