New Google toolbar gives Firefox a Chrome look

From CNET News.com: Google released a second beta of its toolbar software for Firefox that gives the browser a prominent feature of Google's own Chrome.

Windows 7 less annoying, but also less secure?

From CNET News.com: Microsoft's efforts to make Windows 7 less annoying than Vista may also be making it less secure than its predecessor.

With Windows Vista, the operating system popped up a warning any time a major change was being made to the system, whether by the OS or by a third-party application. With Windows 7, users can choose how often to be notified, with the current default set to notify only when a third-party application is making a change.

Samsung Develops 4Gb DDR3 for 32GB RDIMMs

From Tom's Hardware: Using its 50 nm technology, Samsung has made the world’s first 4 Gb DDR3 DRAM chip. "We have leveraged our strength in innovation to develop the first 4Gb DDR3, in leading the industry to higher DRAM densities," said Kevin Lee, vice president, technical marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

SanDisk Nearly Becomes Fabless Flash Memory Vendor

From X-bit Labs: SanDisk on Thursday said that it had signed a definitive agreement with Toshiba to restructure the Flash manufacturing joint ventures operating at the 300mm Fab 3 and Fab 4. The result of the agreement will be basic SanDisk’s transition to fabless flash-based products manufacturing,

NEC to lay off 20,000 as economy bites

From InfoWorld: NEC plans to lay off 20,000 workers, close factories and withdraw from some business areas as a result of the poor economic conditions, it said Friday.

The company, one of Japan's biggest electrical and electronics companies, will lay off 9,500 staff in Japan, look to early retirement for a further 450 domestic staff, and cut 9,000 workers overseas.

Researchers cool CPUs with nano-size fridges

From InfoWorld: Cramming ever more transistors into CPUs has not troubled chip makers Intel and AMD. The problem, rather, has been how to handle the extreme heat generated by the movement of so many electrons in such a tiny space.

With heat sinks and fans not up to the task of cooling the 100 degree Celsius and greater chips, makers stopped trying to raise processor speeds several years ago and moved to building multi-core CPUs instead.

Dell to Make Google and Microsoft Phones – Really?

From PC World: Just when you thought there are enough not-so-good looking and overrated phones out there, Dell is said to announce two iPhone and Blackberry competitors sometime next month. Code named MePhone (hopefully not the final name), the phones will run on Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile respectively.

Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support

From CNET News.com: With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft's site it's actually Apple's Safari browser, sidestepping a compatibility issue that had caused problems using the site.

GPU Shipments Drop Significantly in Q4 2008

From DailyTech: With major computer component sales being very tightly dependant on the sales of computers, a downturn in the PC market inevitably leads to a downturn in component sales like memory, GPU, and CPUs. The latest GPU shipment numbers from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) are in and things don’t look good for the GPU market.

Opera Mini 4.2 for Android Released

From DailyTech: After years of experience playing the underdog to Microsoft and Mozilla, and producing some of the lightest and fastest browsers around, Opera is seeing great success in the mobile market. Opera markets two browsers in the mobile realm: Opera Mobile (a more traditional, full featured browser) and Opera Mini, a lightweight browser which uses java to deliver precompressed content with requests and compression being handled by Opera's servers.

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