Mobile phone gamers value price and familiarity - report

Telephia, a mobile market research firm, has released a report which states the majority of mobile phone gamers base their purchases on price and familiarity. Low prices and free trials entice 59% and 48% of people to buy games, while 43% buy games that they know from consoles or PCs.

Skype preloaded on new SanDisk U3 Cruzer Smart Drives

SanDisk has announced a line of Cruzer flash drives which come with Skype preloaded. The new U3 Cruzer line of drives can also hold user preferences, applications and browser favorites. Capacities start at 512 MB for the regular Cruzer and go up to 2 GB for the Cruser Titanium.

Canon releases seven photo and all-in-one printers

While much of the country is baking in high summer temperatures, Canon is raining down printers - seven to be exact. All of the printers are in Canon's PIXMA line-up with three being photo printers and the remaining four being all-in-one printers. The new photo printers can print pictures that last up to 100 years, while the all-in-one printers can print up to 22 black and white pages per minute. Canon's new iP6700D photo printer

Seagate offers 1 TB NAS device for homes and small businesses

Seagate Maxtor is offering a new network storage device that can hold up to 1 TB of information. The Maxtor Shared Storage II device has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting flash drives or additional hard drives. The Shared Storage II uses two hard-drives which can be mirrored for data protection.

Lotus Notes now available for Linux

Lotus Notes, IBM's former top titan of groupware, is now officially available for Linux. Notes which had previously been available to 125 million Windows and Mac users will now also run under the Eclipse Java framework inside of Linux machines. Existing users can freely port their licenses over to Linux.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 RC available for download

Mozilla has released the download of the first beta of its Firefox 2.0 browser a few days early.

Freescale first to put MRAM into mass production

Austin (TX) - Freescale, the former semiconductor arm of Motorola, today announced commercial availability of magneto-resistive random access memory, short MRAM. The technology could become a threat to common memory technologies such as SRAM, DRAM and even Flash, but faces the challenge to catch up with the capacity of its established competition.

No AMD K8L processor for AM3 socket until 2008, say sources

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recently indicated that its new K8L processor for its next-generation Socket AM3 platform will not be available until 2008, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

ATI hits first with HDMI and HDCP

A flurry of new graphics cards featuring HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports and supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) are set to hit the market this summer, with graphics card vendors GeCube and Sapphire announcing products in the past few days, while Tul will soon announce its HDCP-supporting PowerColor X1600 Pro.

Intel aims for 32 cores by 2010

Chicago (IL) and Westlake Village (CA) - Five years ago, Intel envisioned processors running at 20 GHz by the end of this decade. Today we know that the future will look different. CPUs will sacrifice clock speed over core count: Intel's first "many core" CPU, will run at only two thirds of the clock speed of today's fastest Xeon CPU - but achieve 15x the performance, thanks to 32 cores.

Samsung intros Z5 MP3 players

Samsung hopes to challenge Apple's MP3 player dominance with the new YP-Z5 line of players. The flash players come in 1 to 4 GB capacities and seem to be squarely aimed at Apple's Ipod Nano players. The Z5 players are slightly larger than the Nano, sporting a larger 1.8" display and promise to have a longer battery life.

Microsoft releases Activesync update

Microsoft has posted a new version of its Activesync software for Windows Mobile devices. Version 4.2 can synchronize handhelds with data on a PC via Bluetooth, USB or an infrared connection.

Via rolls out mini chipset for UMPCs

Miniaturization of hardware components that use less power the today's devices will be critical for the success of future ultra mobile PCs, short UMPCs. Via is taking the segment seriously and if first to offer a single-chipset solution - a package that combines northbridge and southbridge - that is targeted for use in UMPCs.

Microsoft denies demoing 'Ipod killer' to music industry execs

Redmond (WA) - In a carefully worded response this morning, a Microsoft spokesperson denied his company's participation in a demonstration of a portable music device capable of wireless networking to music industry executives, calling a Bloomberg report on Wednesday and a Associated Press report this morning "speculation and rumors." However, the spokesperson stopped short of denying a demonstration of such a device from someone took place.

South Korea to block VoIP to U.S. military bases - report

at between American VoIP companies and the South Korean government has threatened to shut down a communications channel between U.S. soldiers and their families. The South Korean Ministry of Information and Communications, their rough equivalent to our FCC, is trying to block and shut down several VoIP services including AT&T CallVantage, Lingo, Skype and Vonage.

"Print" key derails copy protection in first-gen HD software

Copy protection has never been more sophisticated than in the high-definition age: An armada of hardware and software aims to fend off hackers and restrict access to high-definition content and prevent especially movies from being copied. But at least for now, you don't have to take the back road to disable HD copy protection. Just use the front door.

AUO to launch more widescreen panels in H2

AU Optronics (AUO) will launch a series of widescreen panels in the second half of 2006 to pad out its widescreen panel line up, the company said.

Motorola to roll out mobile Wimax solutions in 2007

Motorola plans to start volume production of mobile Wimax (802.16e) solutions, including network infrastructure and data cards, in 2007, with the company likely to cooperate with Taiwan-based makers to develop terminal-end products, according to Fang Yuan, technology director for the networking and business communications unit of Motorola Greater China.

Asian Excel versions hit by spreadsheet vulnerability

Security company Secunia identified a new vulnerability in Asian versions of Microsoft Excel style sheets that theoretically allows malicious code to be executed.

Microsoft to issue seven security updates on 11 July

Microsoft is preparing a total of seven security patches for Windows and Office in is security update package for July.