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Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. Consumer Desktop
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The IdeaCentre K210 release follows Lenovo's launch this year of IdeaPad consumer notebooks outside of China.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Overland Buys Snap, Adaptec Gets Out of NAS Biz
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Today Adaptec dumped their money loosing Snap Appliance division, once as much a mindshare leader in NAS as NetApp, to Overland Storage for $3.6 million after buying it just 4 years ago for $100 million. Overland gets a quality line of NAS appliances to add to its mix of tape libraries, REO VTL/disk backup appliances and Ultamus Fibre Channel RAID arrays along with a sublet of Snap's plant and around 50 employees. Adaptec will keep the top of the line 700 series iSCSI arrays and get to concentr
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
France Telecom's Latest Effort To Buy TeliaSonera Collapses
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
France Telecom and Sweden's TeliaSonera would have presented a major competitive threat to Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Martian Soil Points Toward Possibility Of Life
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
NASA says the soil appears similar to that found in Antarctica's dry upper valleys and the salts it contains are another indication of the presence of water.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
Canadian iPhone 3G Service Plans Require 3-Year Contract
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Rogers said there would be no unlimited data plans, and prices range from $60 to $115 a month.
MetroPCS' 'Open' Network Signals Single-Network Shift
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Sprint, Verizon, and Alltel phones can now be used on the MetroFlash flat-rate wireless service for a $40 a-month fee.
Nokia Focuses On Style With Supernova Cameraphones
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Three of the new phones have exchangeable front and back colors, and all the phones feature a stylish design, bold colors, and multimedia options.
Google's Latest App Connects PCs To TVs
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Devices that could communicate with the Google software include the video-game consoles PlayStation and Xbox 360 as well as HP's high-definition TVs.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Apple May Offer Remote Control App For iPhone, iPod
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The remote control application would presumably work via a Wi-Fi connection, since the iPhone and iPod Touch support the wireless technology.
Virgin Mobile Officially Buys Helio For $39 Million
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Helio has approximately 170,000 subscribers on one-year or two-year contracts who will be absorbed into Virgin Mobile's existing 5.1 million prepaid customer base.
Gadgets Gone Wild At Digital Experience 2008
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Digital Experience, a safari jungle-themed consumer electronics showcase in New York, featured RIM's Blackberry Bold, Eye-Fi's wireless memory cards, several GPS devices, and digital cameras from Canon.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
NASA Unveils 128-Screen Visualization System
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The "hyperwall-2" consists of a 23-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall liquid crystal display capable of rendering a quarter-billion pixel graphics.
NFL, ESPN Offer Stadiums For 'White Space' Spectrum Tests
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The football league suggested the FCC could use the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium and the Washington Redskins' FedExField in Landover, Md.
Palm Awaits Future Products As Revenues Decline
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company continues to struggle with a reported a loss of $43.4 million, despite the success of the Centro.
Mobile Linux Groups Join Forces To Advance OS
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
In the face of increasing competition from Nokia and Google, mobile Linux group LiPS has merged with the LiMo Foundation.
Verizon 'Dares' LG Touchscreen Phone Release
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The LG Dare packs 3G capabilities, full HTML-browsing, and a 3.2-megapixel camera into a stylish frame.
Apple Expected To Build As Many As 17M iPhones This Year
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
An investment bank forecasted increased production volumes for Apple's iPhone, iPod, notebook, and desktop lines.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Should The U.S. Nationalize The Internet?
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
The Internet faces many problems from companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. Greedy businesses threaten innovation by trying to put an end to net neutrality, media companies want to control every Internet-connected device in an effort to lock down distribution channels, and spammers and other fraudsters have pretty much taken over e-mail. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that Vint Cerf, the so-called "father of the Internet," says maybe we should think of the Intern
Dell Unveils Colorful Line Of Midlevel Notebooks
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The Studio line notebooks are powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and come standard with a built-in Webcam, 802.11b/g wireless, and Windows Vista.
Power Your Cell Phone With Wind, Or By Waving Arms
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
People attending the Glastonbury Festival in England will find new ways to recharge their cell phones.
RIM Reports Surge In Revenue, Profit
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company's first quarter earnings more than doubled from the year before, and it added 2.3 million subscribers.
Government Search Engine Expands With Vivisimo
News  |  6/26/2008  | bolsters its search affiliate program to enhance news, images, frequently asked questions, maps, and weather forecasts, as well as government contact information.
Microsoft To Buy Mobile Services Company MobiComp
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Among MobiComp's customers are Vodafone, clothing company Esprit, and a number of mobile carriers including ones from Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
Chrysler Unveils Rolling Hotspot For 2009 Models
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
For the user who has to be always connected, the Wi-Fi system offers speeds of 600 to 800 Kbps on the downlink and 200 Kbps on the uplink.
Mobile Gaming Revenue To Hit $4.5 Billion
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Growth in emerging markets and a proliferation of mobile devices will be the key drivers, according to a Gartner report.
Moving To The Cloud, Businesses Encounter Turbulence
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
A "thought shift" is required before big business will shift core business databases to the cloud, said a Google software engineer.
Google, Microsoft Back Online Health Records Privacy Framework
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The Markle Foundation rolled out a set of best practices backed by medical professionals, health insurers, consumer groups, healthcare providers, employer coalitions, and tech companies.
VMware Finds Partner To Push Virtualization In China
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Inspur Servers, the leading Chinese server maker, will sell, distribute, and support VMware's Infrastructure suite.
Virgin Mobile Reportedly Ready To Buy Helio
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The $50 million deal would bring Helio users under the Virgin Mobile brand.
New Laws Make Now The Time To Get A Bluetooth Headset
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
You know the joke, right? Whats the first thing to do after getting in a car accident? Hang up the phone! Driving while holding your cell phone to your ear has always been dangerous, but its about to become illegal in several more states. To avoid accidents and tickets, get yourself a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, and make sure to use it.
AMD Ships Teraflops Line Of Graphics Cards
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
AMD's new line of graphics cards is capable of a trillion calculations per second, double the computing power of the company's previous generation of high-end cards.
Panasonic Unveils Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The CF-U1, the first ultra-mobile PC in the Toughbook product line, is 7 inches wide, 6 inches deep, and 2 inches high.
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