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.

Motorola to push Linux-based handsets in 2007

Motorola plans to push sales of Linux-based handsets in the US and European markets starting in 2007, with a plan being for Linux to support over 50% of the handsets released by Motorola, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers that are familiar with Motorola's handset roadmap.

ATI releases first GDDR4 memory graphics card

Markham (ON) - ATI today announced two new high-end and two entry-level graphics cards. The Radeon X1950 series carries the firm's brand-new R580 graphics chip and introduces GDDR4 graphics memory running at 2 GHz to enthusiasts. The manufacturer claims that the new cards X1950 XTX flagship card beats the performance of rivaling dual-GPU solutions.

Lenovo intros Thinkpad notebook with HSDPA wireless broadband

Lenovo today added to its existing line of EVDO wireless broadband-capable notebooks two Thinkpad T60 models that can be ordered with built-in support for Cingular's UMTS/HSDPA network.

Wholesale USB flash stick prices sink to new lows

Hong Kong (China) - Just how low can USB flash stick prices go? Try $12.99 for a 1 GB USB flash stick. Starline International Group is selling USB sticks as a promotional offer, but the average consumer can't exactly run out and buy them. A minimum quantity must be ordered and the company requires several days of lead time to produce them.

Nvidia disputes Dell XPS 700 customer assertions of inaccurate parts list

Santa Clara (CA) - This afternoon, senior Nvidia spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo disputed the likelihood of reports emerging from Dell that the first Pentium D 900-series-based XPS 700 units being shipped do not contain Nvidia's top-of-the-line nForce 590 chipset as advertised, but instead a solution reached in Dell's own laboratories. "Based on my understanding," Del Rizzo told TG Daily this afternoon, "they are in fact using the Nvidia nForce 590 SLI MCP."

$100 laptop field-trials on the horizon

Reports that trials of the $100 laptop project will kick off in Thailand alone have been quashed by Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association.

Pre-N sales boost wireless market - report

Sales of draft 802.11n wireless access points boosted general wireless sales last quarter according to a recently released report by the Dell'Oro Group. The market research firm said 802.11n routers took 8 percent of the router market revenue during the 2nd quarter. Overall revenues were up 30% from the same quarter in 2005.

Core 2 Duo processors now included in Tom's Hardware's CPU charts

Tom's Hardware has updated its interactive CPU charts with the latest processors from Intel and AMD.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 invades AMD territory on price/performance chart

Santa Clara (CA) - The latest round of seasonal CPU charts updates from Tom's Hardware Guide reveals what we expected, now that we've had a chance to test Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 dual-core CPU: At $247 average selling price, according to today's figures from PriceGrabber, it could be the most powerful CPU you can buy today for the fewest least until figures from the E6300 are tallied.

BFG announces Nforce 590 motherboard

BFG will is gearing up to offer its first SLI motherboard. The company today announced that it will be launching an Nforce 590 SLI-based motherboard in October.

SanDisk gambles more flash will set Sansa e280 MP3 apart from Ipod, Zune

Milpitas (CA) - Beating Apple to the punch by a month, SanDisk - which battles for the #2 MP3 player spot with Creative Labs - announced this morning it is boosting the maximum on-board flash capacity of its Sansa e200 series from 6 GB to 8 GB, and capping the new e280's price at $249. Prior to today, you could find the 4 GB e260 selling for $249; now, its MSRP has dropped to $179.99.

Motherboard makers prepare shift of ATI chipsets to AMD-based solutions

The impact of a combined AMD-ATI Technologies has begun to be felt in Taiwan, with motherboard makers likely to reduce or even suspend their efforts to develop Intel-based motherboards built utilizing chipsets from ATI, while switching more resources to manufacturing models with ATI's AMD-based chipsets, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Lite-On IT to produce HD-DVD burners in March 2007

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007.

ATI improves OpenGL and Direct3D performance with Catalyst 6.8 driver

ATI today released a new version of its Catalyst driver package. The eighth update for this year focuses on OpenGL and Direct3D applications which improve game performance by up to 30%, ATI claims.