Alpha Networks ready to produce Google Talk-enabled Wi-Fi phones

Taiwan-based Alpha Networks is ready to mass produce Google Talk-enabled WiFi phones, with commercial production set to begin in accordance with clients' product roadmaps, according to company CTO Tim Kang.

Inventec postpones production of Palm's Treo 700p

Inventec Appliances may not be able to start volume production of Palm's PDA phone, the Treo 700p, until September, due to related software problems, according to market sources.

Gateway intros $1200 Core 2 Duo desktop PC

Gateway today announced the new E-6610 series as flagship of its business desktop PC portfolio. The computers come standard with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and can be configured with standard PC or workstation components. Prices start near the $1000 mark for a base system. Consumers are promised to get their PC by mid-August.

Apple security update plugs holes in Mac OS X

Apple Computer on Tuesday clamped down on a number of vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system that could pose as backdoors for hackers or malicious users.

Holographic storage on track for December ship date

The first holographic storage media will begin shipping by Christmas, executives at media maker Hitachi Maxell have indicated.

KDE 3.5.4 released

The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.4, a maintenance release.

Dell halts PDA development

Dell apparently halted R&D development of PDA products since the middle of 2005, when Dell's Taiwan Design Center (TDC) completed development of the PC vendor's last Axim-series device, which was manufactured by High Tech Computer (HTC), according to market sources.

Nvidia to launch MCP61S IGP chipset by end of August

Nvidia is expected to launch its MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for the AMD AM2 platform at the end of August, unspecified motherboard makers noted.

Intel unveils NOR flash products for low-cost handsets

Intel on Tuesday introduced its first NOR flash products aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment.

UPDATE: First Core 2 Duo T7600 performance and battery benchmarks

Munich (Germany) and Chicago (IL) - Tom's Hardware has received one of the very few available final test units of Intel's Core 2 Duo T-series CPUs, formerly code-named "Merom". During its initial two benchmark runs, the chip delivered first evidence that it can be up to 20% faster than Core Duo ("Yonah"), while consuming less or equal power. Our update includes an slide show with benchmark numbers.

Autodesk announces 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8

Autodesk is demonstrating the upcoming versions of 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at the Siggraph convention in Boston. Both applications will support 64-bit Windows operating systems and Maya 8 will support 64-bit on Linux.

AMD and IBM try next-gen power saving architecture for 'System x' servers

New York (NY) - In an elaborate unveiling ceremony featuring no less than the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team, senior executives from IBM and AMD, including AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, introduced a new line of IBM xSeries blade servers - now re-christened "IBM System x" - that promises to slash operations and maintenance costs through the creative use of Opteron processors.

Nvidia intros 80 billion pixels/s graphics machine

If you wondered about Nvidia's business options once ATI has been acquired by AMD, here's one idea: High-end graphics.

Airmagnet ships VoFi Analyzer

AirMagnet today said its VoFi Analyzer has started shipping. The company said that the Analyzer is the first solution to provide automatic analysis of encrypted voice-over-WLAN (VoWLAN) networks.

Accton to start volume shipments of Skype Wi-Fi phones in August

Taiwan-based Accton Technology is expected to begin volume shipments of its Skype-enabled Wi-Fi phones to two of its subsidiaries, Edge-Core and SMC Networks, as well as US-based Belkin in August, according to sources at Accton.

After the AMD / ATI merger: Will Nvidia GeForce still compete with ATI Radeon?

Markham (Ontario) - The key reason processor producer AMD sought to merge with graphics card manufacturer ATI was to enable itself to produce a complete performance platform for mobile computers, complete with CPU, chipset, and GPU. That ATI was one of the world's two principal producers of high-performance graphics cards for OEMs and system builders was an incidental bonus, based on TG Daily's assessment of the information given it by both companies.

Microsoft to charge for beta software

Microsoft is set to charge a nominal fee for Office 2007 Beta 2 downloads, a move that runs counter to the practice held by most software companies.

Mercury intros Cell accelerator board for PC workstations

Boston (MA) - If you are attracted by the processing power of the Cell processor, but don't want to give up your existing PC environment or invest in a completely new workstation environment, Mercury may have a solution for you: The company offers a PCI express accelerator board with Cell processor that promises a whopping 180 GFlops performance boost.

Ruckus Wireless announces Metro Wi-Fi home gateway

Ruckus Wireless today announced the commercial availability of a wireless home gateway designed for connection to city-wide Wi-Fi networks at "better than DSL speeds".

Delayed shipments of Intel G965 chipset may interrupt Conroe's march

On 27 July when Intel announced its Core 2 Duo CPU lineup based on the Intel Core microarchitecture, the chip giant did not yet start shipments of its G965 chipset that may later appear as the chip giant's first chipset with DirectX 10 integrated graphics processor (IGP), according to unspecified motherboard makers in Taiwan.