Sharp announces tiny wireless LAN module with record low power consumption

Sharp recently announced that it has developed what it claims is the smallest wireless LAN module for portable devices with the lowest electricity consumption ever.

High-capacitance MLCCs said to be in shortage due to Sony PS3

High-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are in short supply because of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console, according to sources with passive components makers.

Atheros releases "cost optimized" draft 11n chipset and network processor line

Atheros today announced the launch of a cost-optimized draft 802.11n chipset featuring a 2x2 MIMO design. It also introduced a line of network processors.

LG preps a Chocolate headset

LG, which recently unveiled its stylish "Chocolate" cellphone, will soon be offering a Bluetooth headset that matches the look and feel of the phone. First pictures of the device have appeared on the Internet this week.

Culver City starts filtering Wi-Fi access

Some web surfers on Culver City's free wireless network won't be able to access some content anymore. The Southern California city has installed network filters to prohibit pornographic and peer-to-peer traffic. City officials ordered filtering the content after they noticed some users are downloading pornographic content.

Toshiba will manufacture wireless Zune for Microsoft, photos reveal

Redmond (WA) - A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Reuters this afternoon that an MP3 player, for which Toshiba has filed for a license with the FCC, is actually the Zune player that Toshiba will apparently be manufacturing on behalf of Microsoft. The application was for a 30 GB hard drive MP3 player with a 3" color display.

Panda Software launches "ultra-light" anti-virus software

Panda Software has released a new antivirus package that claims to have an ultra-light memory footprint. The Antivirus 2007 software combines an antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware scanners and can be installed on up to two machines for one price.

Sony's battery troubles could turn into windfall for Korean firms

Sony's battery recalls could help boost sales Korean battery makers. Following the recalls of Apple and Dell notebooks batteries, Korean newspapers are betting that their hometown favorites such as Samsung will gain market share.

Canon to release AA battery-powered 10 MP Powershot at $399

Lake Success (NY) - Three years ago, Canon introduced its Powershot A-series digital cameras, with the idea of introducing creative photographers' features into the consumer market. Today, the company announced some boosts to that product line, replacing the A700 introduced just last February with the A710 IS, boosting image size from 6.0 to 7.1 Mp; and bolstering the A600 line with two new models, of which one will boost the image size to from 7.1 to 10 Mp.

With ATI focused on AMD, new opportunities seen for VIA and SiS

Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI's rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated.

Tul launches PowerColor X1950 graphics cards for enthusiasts

Tul, a Taiwan-based provider of ATI-based graphic cards, on August 24 introduced its PowerColor X1950 XTX and CrossFire graphic cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

Gateway "believes" its notebook batteries are safe

Gateway, the nation's third largest PC manufacturer, today said that it "believes" that its notebook batteries are not affected by problems that prompted Dell and Apple to recall a total of almost six million notebook batteries. "Based on available information and our suppliers' input, we do not believe our systems are at risk for the same malfunctions that caused our competitors to issue battery recalls. It appears that a combination of factors led to the fault requiring the recalls, and this combination is not present in our systems," the company said.

A closer look at ATI's current price/performance lead over Nvidia

Markham (Ontario) - As we reported yesterday, in the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled Tuesday from PriceGrabber and Froogle, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.

Logitech puts a double-spin on mice

Fremont (CA) - Computer mice are fairly boring devices and companies have tried adding lasers, vibration sensors and scrolling wheels to spice them up. Now Logitech has announced its new MX and VX Revolution mouse line that has not one, but two metal scrolling wheels that can scroll through thousands of pages in a single flick. The wheel can also select words inside of documents or search the Internet.

Microsoft announces Internet Explorer 7 RC1

Microsoft today released the first release candidate of its Internet Explorer 7 web browser. The "RC1" does not add new features over the most recent beta, but includes fine-tunings to prepare the software for official launch.

Sony-manufactured laptop battery recall impacts Apple Ibook, PowerBook

Cupertino (CA) - It turns out Dell was not the only notebook computer manufacturer to whom certain Sony-made lithium ion batteries were supplied. This morning, Apple announced it is cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in recalling batteries for an estimated 1.8 million iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 units, 700,000 of which are believed to have been sold in the US.

Canon's unveils 10.1-megapixel, self-cleaning new Digital Rebel XTi

Canon has updated its Digital Rebel camera line with the bigger, cleaner and cheaper Rebel XTi. The new camera shoots in 10.1 megapixel resolution and has a larger and brighter 2.5" inch LCD screen. It has a self-cleaning image sensor; something that Canon says isn't available on any other camera.

Apple settles dispute with Creative, paying $100 million for license

Cuperino (CA) - In a surprising move that essentially acknowledges that Creative Labs did indeed come up with the idea of subdividing lists of songs by genre for MP3 players first, Apple and Creative jointly announced this morning that Apple has purchased a perpetual right to license the menuing scheme covered by a patent awarded to Creative last year, for a flat $100 million fee.

DeKalb County, GA to fine crashing cellphone-talking drivers

A county in George has enacted a law that will fine drivers who crash, while talking on cellphones, up to $500. The DeKalb County law punishes drivers who are in a collision involving "death, injury or damage" and is the first of its kind in the state and one of the first in the nation.

Apple increases its share in the notebook market, but desktop sales decline

Global shipments of Apple Computer's Intel-based laptops totaled 780,000-800,000 units in the second quarter of this year, with the MacBook becoming a hot model in the mainstream market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers, citing data available from IDC and Gartner Dataquest.