Internet phone quality disappoints - survey

Despite its increasing popularity, it is no secret that VoIP phone calls cannot quite replace a regular phone, if reliability and call quality is important. A new study now indicates that voice quality has not improved over time; Brix Networks claims that VoIP quality has decreased "significantly and steadily over the last 18 months."

Power outage knocks out Myspace

Social networking site MySpace.com was inaccessible for more than 90 minutes as a result of a power outage in its data center.

D-Link releases Securespot all-in-one security appliance

D-Link wants to end all of your virus and SPAM troubles with its new Securespot appliance. The palm-sized box, which fits in between your router and Cable/DSL modem, promises to stop viruses, spam, popups and other nasty malware coming into your network. Parents can even control their children's Internet access times through a web-based control panel.

Microsoft releases beta of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront

Microsoft has released new beta versions of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange. IT administrators can test out beta version 2 of Microsoft's famous email server program and the new Exchange-specific security gateway, Forefront Security. Exchange 2007 supports 11 languages and has new features such as continuous database backup, enhanced web access and voice access.

Powerspec to introduce overclocked Core 2 Extreme PC

PC makers are gearing up to announce their refreshed lines of desktop and notebook PCs when Intel will launch its Core 2 Duo processors this Thursday. One of the first companies to announce a system is Powerspec - the desktop brand of notebook builder Winbook - which will be offering a decked out enthusiast system.

Intel to launch Merom, Conroe on Thursday

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today confirmed that it will introduce its Core 2 Duo processor will officially launch this Thursday at an event held at the firm's Santa Clara headquarter. Several hundred journalists and analysts are expected to attend the event.

Asante to re-enter SOHO router biz

Asante Networks today announced that it will begin shipments of two SOHO routers in Q4 of this year.

Microsoft confirms 'Zune' device to compete with Ipod

In an exclusive interview with Billboard magazine that appeared only in print today, MSN entertainment marketing vice president Chris Stephenson officially stated Microsoft is indeed working on an MP3 player device to compete with Apple's iPod.

Abit recalls AN9 32X motherboards

Abit today said that its quality control department found that "rough handling during shipments" may have damaged "a small number of units from the early manufacturing of the AN9 32X product line."

Microsoft's answer to Ipod could come in October :BetaNews

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AMD to take on Intel with accelerated roadmap, native quad-core

Sunnyvale (CA) - Following a rather sobering quarter result, AMD answers Intel's challenge and the intent to bring new processors faster to market than initially planned: The company announced during its Q2 conference call that it will launch 45 nm processors in the first half of 2008 or about six months earlier than expected by industry experts.

Tul announces ATI X1600 graphics card with HDMI support

Computer users who are interested in building a high-definition capable home entertainment PCs will soon be able to purchase graphics cards that support HD input and output.

Nvidia 7600 GS AGP cards launching today

AGP isn't dead yet and graphic chip developers and add-in-card manufacturers are responding to apparently still existing demand. Nvidia quietly launched an AGP version of its 7600 GS with first cards surfacing today.

Gizmo Project launches free PC-to-landline calls

San Diego (CA) - If you need to make an occasional phone call to another landline or mobile phone, there's a good chance that a basic service will be completely free: Sipphone, developer of the Gizmo Project, today said it would offer free calls in the U.S. and 60 countries around the globe.

Sandisk announces "world's fastest" compact flash cards

When you're a digital camera enthusiast, missing a critical action shot can be embarrassing; but when you are a pro, a missed shot is costly. Sandisk has announced a new line of fast Compact Flash cards that could help eliminate missed shots.

Acer debuts 22" widescreen LCD monitor

Acer recently launched a 22" widescreen LCD monitor.

New AIM Pro includes Outlook integration and desktop sharing

Do you use AOL Instant Messenger, but want something a little more professional? Now AOL is releasing AIM Pro aimed at businesses and professionals. Most people are familiar with AIM's buddy lists and text chat functions, but AIM Pro adds business features like Outlook calendar integration along with desktop sharing through WebEx. AIM Pro also has a cleaner look because there are no more advertisements.

Intel to launch quad-core processors in Q4

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today said that it has notified its partners that it has accelerated the roadmap for its quad-core processors. The launch has been pulled from the first half of 2007 into the fourth quarter of this year - in time to compete with AMD's 4x4 platform. Intel also indicated that the Pentium brand will move into the value segment of PCs.

Sony to ship Blu-ray writer in August for $750

New York (NY) - Sony confirmed that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray burner "on or around" 18 August. The model BWU-100A will sell as an internal drive for $750.

Microsoft relents on default search engine in IE7, letting users choose

Washington (DC) - Giving journalists another opportunity to use the phrase "bending to pressure" with respect to Microsoft, the company demonstrated another curious and uncharacteristic about-face today, stating it will allow users to choose which search engine to use as the default for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. In the current beta and previous editions, when an existing choice had not been listed in the System Registry, an IE7 installation presumed the default search engine as Windows Live Search.