OCZ Improves Performance of Premium Solid-State Drives

From X-bit Labs: OCZ Technology Group this week unveiled its new family of solid-state drives (SSDs) that are aimed at premium-class desktop or laptop systems. The novelties offer larger DRAM cache as well as better performance and will overshadow the company’s Vertex-series SSDs launched about half year ago.

Conficker still infecting 50,000 PCs per day

From InfoWorld: The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers.

Microsoft: Still No Vista SP2 for You

From PC World: Although Microsoft quietly delivered Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week, the company has still has not made the upgrade available to other users.

Intel's Tukwila slips yet again

From CNET News.com: Intel released a statement Thursday on the schedule changes. It reads in part:

"During final system-level testing, we identified an opportunity to further enhance application scalability best optimized for high-end systems. This will result in a change to the Tukwila shipping schedule to Q1 2010.

Best Buy to Sell Palm Pre for $200 with Contract

From DailyTech: The Palm Pre is shaping up to be a hot property when it’s released next month. The Pre features Palm's new webOS and will become only the second smart phone on the market to use multi-touch (the iPhone being the first). The phone hits the market on June 6.

Intel Talks "Pineview" and Moblin v2.0

From DailyTech: Intel is the largest chipmaker in the world and dominates the CPU market. The company also holds the majority of the GPU market thanks to its integrated graphics processors that are inside most of the notebooks and netbooks on the current market.

Western Digital Adds 2TB HDD for AV/Surveillance Market

From DailyTech: Hard drives are found inside a litany of devices today from notebooks and netbooks to MP3 players and DVRs. One thing that every industry has a need for is higher storage capacities, less power consumption and better performance.

Dell taps Via Nano chips for low-power server

From CNET News.com: Dell has unveiled a new server for Web applications that uses Via Technologies' Nano processors to reduce power consumption and increase density in the data center.

Up to 12 of the new XS11-VX8 servers can be fitted into into an industry-standard 2U chassis, each using 15 watts of power while idle and 29 watts at full load. The company claims the new server can reduce total cost of ownership by up to 34 percent.

Nvidia cites ongoing 'failure' problem in some laptops

From CNET News.com: Nvidia said that some notebooks with its chips continue to have "failure" issues, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.

In the Form 10-Q filing, Nvidia stated that though it does not continue to see "abnormal failure rates" in systems using Nvidia products," some notebooks are still affected.

Windows 7 Optimized for HyperThreading

From Tom's Hardware: HyperThreading was cool. It was an innovative way to process threads concurrently without actually having two physical CPU cores. Of course, then we got two (or more) physical cores with the Core 2 processor, and so went away HyperThreading. But now HyperThreading is back with Intel’s Nehalem and even Atom processors supporting the technology, and Microsoft’s optimizing Windows 7 for it.

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