Samsung, Microsoft in talks to speed up SSDs on Vista

From InfoWorld: Samsung isn't just pushing the envelope in storage capacity of SSDs (solid-state drives), it is also working with software makers to boost SSD performance on operating systems.

The company on Wednesday said it was in talks with Microsoft to improve the performance of SSDs on the Windows OS.

HP Considering Touchscreens for Next Mini-Note

From PC World: Hewlett-Packard is considering a range of new technologies for the next version of its popular 2133 Mini-Note netbook, including touchscreens.

"When we send out the Mini-Note to education it always comes back with a lot of finger prints on the screen," said Phil Devlin, manager of product marketing at HP's mobile business unit in the Asia Pacific, during a recent interview. That tells him people are looking for touchscreen technology.

Mozilla experiments with a universal content reader, Snowl

From CNET News.com: Mozilla has released a 0.1 version of Snowl (official blog post), an experimental add-in for Firefox that reads news and nanoblog feeds. It's an attempt to marry together the incoming separate content streams that many of us have feeding on to our desktops full time: News and blog stories via RSS, and social and personal communications from services like Twitter.

Three Internet Search Leaders Work Together on Code for Dealing with China

From DailyTech: Microsoft and Yahoo might not be able to agree on anything concerning a buyout of Yahoo's search service, but there is one thing the two companies can agree on -- a code of conduct for dealing with China is needed.

AMD Officially Announces 790GX Chipset

From DailyTech: AMD officially announced its new AMD 790GX platform today. The 790GX is aimed at the performance computer users and packs in a host of features. One of the main features of the 790GX is advanced overclocking capability when paired with Phenom Black Edition processors.

Pioneer: 500GB Blu-Ray Disc Becomes Feasible.

From X-bit Labs: Just a little than a month after Pioneer Corp. unveiled its technology that could power Blu-ray disc (BD) media with 400GB capacity, the company said that its technologies also allow creating 500GB Blu-ray disc. The company this time did not remain tight-lipped over the timeframe when half a terabyte optical discs are set to become available and provided a guidance.

Asustek plans more Eee PC netbooks

From InfoWorld: Asustek Computer (Asus) plans to launch as many as three new Eee PC netbook models in the next few months as shipments of the popular devices take off.

The Taiwanese computer maker estimates it will sell between 1.5 million and 1.8 million Eee PCs in the third quarter, up from 1 million in the second quarter.

Logitech Offers Bluetooth Mac DiNovo Keyboard

From PC World: Logitech on Wednesday introduced the DiNovo Edge Mac Edition. It ships this month for $159.99.

The diNovo Edge is 1/2 inch thick and sports a high-gloss, semi-translucent frame made of Plexiglas. An aluminum palm rest and soft-orange backlighting complement an anodized silver finish.

Google offers 'Insights for Search'

From CNET News.com: Google has taken its popular Google Trends and launched a spin-off product called Google Insights for Search. Geared toward advertisers, it's a tool to track a particular search term's popularity across the Web and geographic regions of the world.

For Google, this can help boost advertiser confidence and potentially win its program some new converts who would've otherwise been skeptical regarding how effectively they could target an online ad campaign.

Vista Computers Half the Cost of Macs on Average

From DailyTech: Many people are eying the ultra-portable bargain notebook market thanks to up-and-comers like Lenovo's IdeaPad S10 and the MSI Wind. Chipmakers like Intel and VIA are struggling to keep up with demand for the bargain machines. However, lost amid the ruckus is an equally significant trend in slightly higher-end model pricing.

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