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 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.

HP Unveils Compaq 2230s Ultraportable

From LAPTOP Magazine: Last night, HP announced the Compaq 2230s, a 12.1-inch business notebook running on Intel’s new Centrino 2 platform. HP hasn’t announced a starting price yet, but given that it’s part of HP’s entry-level “s” line, we expect it to be pretty affordable. Thanks to the built-in DVD burner, it starts at 4.1 pounds, which is heavy for an ultraportable.

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IBM Takes Aim at Microsoft With Linux Partnerships

From DailyTech: Another computer show, another bull’s-eye painted squarely on the chest of Microsoft and its Windows operating system.

During the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, IBM announced it will work alongside several different Linux vendors to help offer middleware through several different distributions.

Adobe warns of bogus Flash Player installers

From InfoWorld: Hackers are trying to dupe people into downloading malicious software labeled as Adobe Systems' Flash Player, prompting a warning from the company.

Adobe is advising users to ignore links on social-networking sites that lead to other Web sites purportedly hosting Flash Player, as those sites often have malicious software.

"If the download is from an unfamiliar URL or an IP address, you should be suspicious," Adobe's advisory said.

AT&T Dives Into Cloud Computing

From PC World: Following the lead of IBM, Amazon and Google, AT&T on Tuesday said it is entering the cloud computing market with the worldwide launch of a service called AT&T Synaptic Hosting.

The AT&T application hosting service builds on technology the company acquired when it bought USinternetworking in 2006 and five of its data centers located in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The company plans to add more to the cloud service over time.

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