In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: The Toys Of Summer 2. Today's Top Story - AMD Outlines Processor Road Map 3. Breaking News - PaineWebber Systems Admin Faces Trial For Computer Sabotage - VA Shake-Up Follows Identity Theft - Symantec Spells Out Answers To Microsoft - Newest Ransomware Threat: Buy Drugs Or Else - Yahoo Makes Web Video Search More Like TV Channels - State IT Budgets Still Tight - Computerized Records Help UNC Health Care Doctors Treat Patients - Europe To Crack Down On Chip Tax Fraud - AMD Will Continue To 'Reinvent' The Tech Industry, Ruiz Pledges - IBM Touts Missing Link To Utility Computing And Shared IT Resources - Sun CEO Schwartz Plans To Cut Up To 5,000 Jobs - Half Of Tech Pros Planning To Look For New Jobs, Survey Says 4. Grab Bag - Senior Home Mixes Tracking Technology With Freedom (NPR) - Outward Bound For Robots (Technology Review) - Diary Of A Spam-Hungry Madman (Wired) 5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech - The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide - Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling - Segway Scooters Take New Direction - Review: Treo 700p - Review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR - Hot Apps: SkyMap Pro 11 6. Voice Of Authority - DMCA Takedown: A Double-Edged Sword 7. White Papers - IBM Deep Computing Visualization 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day: "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James
1. Editor's Note: The Toys Of Summer Summer doesn't really start until June 21, but most of us count Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the season. And you'll be dancing in the streets after you read "The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide."
We didn't let just any gadget into our guide. For instance, we considered including these innovative solar-powered bags from Voltaic Systems that you can use to recharge your small electronic devices. It's a brilliant concept and perfect for summertime, but $240 is too much to pay for a bag that ugly. Hint to Voltaic: Hire a decent designer and you just might have a hit on your hands.
Other near misses were tiny portable XM satellite radio players from Samsung and Pioneer that double as MP3 players. We love the idea of listening to satellite radio wherever we go this summer, but short battery life and stingy amounts of storage kept these devices off our list.
So kick back with a cold beverage of your choice and find out which products will help you make the most of your summer. If you've got other great gadgets for summer, we'd love to hear about them. Add your faves at my blog entry.
AMD Outlines Processor Road Map No. 2 chipmaker plans to roll out more advanced chip designs, faster processors for servers, and cooler ones for notebooks.
3. Breaking News
PaineWebber Systems Admin Faces Trial For Computer Sabotage The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday for a former employee charged with building and planting malicious code that took down two-thirds of the company's network, hindering investment trading for several weeks and racking up $3 million in recovery costs. But the defendant's lawyer says the cops got the wrong man.
VA Shake-Up Follows Identity Theft Heads are rolling at the VA after the agency's data debacle in which 26.5 million veterans' identities were stolen in a residential burglary.
Symantec Spells Out Answers To Microsoft Symantec spells out how it will compete with Microsoft for consumers' security business, but again declines to promise that its by-subscription security service will be available this year.
Yahoo Makes Web Video Search More Like TV Channels Among the changes Yahoo is introducing to its video search service is a simple way for users to subscribe to and watch "channels," or groups of videos related by video maker, programmer, or keyword topic.
Europe To Crack Down On Chip Tax Fraud The EU Tax Commissioner will urge 25 EU member countries to back a plan designed to prevent cross-border tax dodging. The plan would change the VAT levy to once-only, at the point of sale.
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The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide From a top-of-the-line cycling computer to the perfect GPS for road trips and a digital camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand, these 17 amazing devices will help you make the most of your summer.
Segway Scooters Take New Direction Although popular in Europe, the electric scooters haven't caught on here en masse. The company is hoping the rising price of gas and a new consumer finance program will change that.
Review: Treo 700p Palm has fixed the memory issues, increased the quality of the camera, and made a host of improvements that add up to the best Treo ever—and for Palm OS fans, the best smart phone you can buy anywhere.
Hot Apps: SkyMap Pro 11 Explore heavenly bodies (of the celestial kind) with awesome power, speed, and intuitive ease of use.
6. Voice Of Authority
DMCA Takedown: A Double-Edged Sword One of the most powerful provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is also one of its most dangerous—and most widely abused, says Matt McKenzie.
7. White Papers
IBM Deep Computing Visualization Get the scoop on IBM's Deep Computing Visualization framework, connecting IBM xSeries IntelliStation workstations in a scalable graphics configuration that uses commodity components.
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