Microsoft confirms Zune HD coming this fall

From CNET Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed its plans to take on the iPod Touch with a new, touch-screen Zune that will be able to surf the Web, play high-definition movies, and tune in to digital radio.

Intel Previews Eight-Core Nehalem-EX Xeon Servers

From DailyTech: Intel launched its Xeon 5500 series of server CPUs using Nehalem architecture at the end of March. Using lessons learned from the Core i7, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer managed to achieve impressive performance gains while cutting power consumption dramatically. Sales have been impressive, and the company expects that it will account for 50% of all dual socket (2S) server sales by August.

ASUS Offers Bold Growth Predictions

From DailyTech: The netbook is a massive success thanks in part to the current global economic recession. Consumers with less cash to spend are looking to the low cost netbooks rather than full notebook computers. Virtually every computer maker is now offering a netbook computer, the lone holdout is Apple.

Intel Projected to Release Core i5 Microprocessors in September

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. plans to release its next-generation performance-mainstream microprocessors code-named Lynnfield in September this year, which is considerably later compared to the original schedule. The delay is believed to be a result of the global financial slump.

32GB iPhone looking more likely

Does Microsoft's new LLC point to a search deal?

From CNET Microsoft last week registered a limited liability company (LLC) in Delaware, stoking speculation that it is planning an acquisition or joint venture. If true, Microsoft may be planning a little bit more than a demo of its search engine and a big ad campaign to promote it.

In a research report, Jeffries analyst Katherine Egbert wrote:

Nokia Launches Ovi Store Globally

From DailyTech: The Apple App Store has been an unmitigated success for the company. It has spawned a host of competitive offerings from virtually every other smartphone maker hoping to grab some of the success for themselves in a time when phone makers need all the profits they can get.

SSD Prices Could be Cut in Half Due to New JMicron Flash Controller & 32nm NAND Flash

From DailyTech: DailyTech has learned that JMicron will be unveiling a new NAND flash controller for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs) in the near future. The JMF612 chip uses an ARM9 core in a 289-ball TFBGA package, and will support the use of up to 256MB of DDR or DDR2 DRAM as an external cache.

AMD to Win Cyberdyne Systems CPU Contract

From X-bit Labs: The main contenders for the bid are shaping up to be Santa Clara-based Intel, Armonk-based IBM, and Sunnyvale-based AMD. Speculation abounds as to AMD’s upper hand in the bid due to its shared geographic location and similar corporate culture.

Google Chrome gains speed, privacy improvements

From InfoWorld: Google's Chrome browser is now faster and has gained the ability for users to hide thumbnails on its New Tab page. The update, internally called Chrome 2, is being automatically rolled out to current users and is also available for download, according to Chrome team member Darin Fisher, writing in the Google corporate blog.


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