Google's PowerMeter Lets You Know If the Lights Are on



From PC World: Google is testing software that will let consumers get detailed information on how much electricity they're using, which could help households reduce consumption by as much as 15 percent, the company said Monday.

The software, Google PowerMeter, integrates...

SanDisk to begin making 'X4' flash chips



From CNET News.com: SanDisk is disclosing at a San Francisco technology conference Tuesday that it will begin mass production of memory chips that will allow consumers to store up to 64GB of data on tiny flash cards.

The Milpitas, Calif., company's X4 technology will pack...

Kaspersky Customer Database Exposed by Hackers



From DailyTech: Security firm Kaspersky Security has been left embarrassed after a hacker informed them that a customer information database was left exposed for 11 days before the security firm was able to secure it.

"Honestly, this is not good for any company and...

Firms take steps to head off encryption dangers



From InfoWorld: The growing call to encrypt stored data is raising questions among users and analysts fearful that a lost password or damaged drive could bury important information forever.

Some industry observers believe that a new Trusted Computing Group (TCG) standard...

Microsoft dumps Ultimate Extras from Windows 7



From InfoWorld: Microsoft will not offer "Ultimate Extras" in Window 7, the company has confirmed, saying it abandoned the heavily-criticized concept to focus on "existing features."

"Our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn't have the capacity to continue to...

Speedy Chip Needs Far Less Juice



From PC World: Mobile computing devices that need charging once a day would need it just once a month with a new type of chip that uses a thirtieth of the power of conventional chips and is seven times faster by virtue of underlying logic that embraces error in its calculations....

Intel cancels Taiwan forum due to economy



From CNET News.com: Production isn't the only thing being scaled back at Intel because of the world economy. The world's largest chipmaker will cancel its developer conference in Taiwan this year and scale back the one in Beijing.

The Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan typically...

Microsoft readies smartphone assault on Apple



From CNET News.com: Microsoft is gearing up to take on rival Apple in the smartphone market.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Microsoft is getting ready to launch an online marketplace akin to Apple's App Store. In August, Microsoft had started looking for people...

More Dell Mini 10 Details Trickle Out



From Tom's Hardware: The thing is, though, that that Mini 10 isn’t out available yet, making it hard to judge against the other 10-inch netbooks on the street. Still, we liked what we saw at CES 2009 and are eager to learn more.

Dell’s still keeping its cards close to its...

Intel Accelerates Core i7



From Tom's Hardware: Although prior Intel roadmaps did not mention Core i7 processors faster than the existing 3.2-GHz 965 Extreme Edition, the chip maker finally decided to introduce two faster models in the second quarter of this year.

Core i7-975 Extreme will be the...
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