AMD Vows to Ramp Up 32nm Microprocessors in 2010

From X-bit Labs: For years Advanced Micro Devices was considerably behind Intel Corp. in terms of new fabrication process adoption. But after spinning off manufacturing operations into a separate business entity known as The Foundry Company, the chip designer hopes to shrink the gap with the market leader and start selling its first 32nm chips in 2010.

Sony Unveils Promising New Megazoom

From InfoWorld: Amid a slew of new announcements that also included connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players, Sony today took the wraps off of its new Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 digital camera, a 20x optical zoom camera that has the ability to stitch together up to 100 images in one second in its "Sweep Panorama" mode.

Pentax Adds 24x Megazoom to Its Arsenal

From PC World: Joining the ranks of Olympus, Kodak, Canon, and Nikon, who all announced new megazoom fixed-lens cameras at CES and in the months since, Pentax today unwrapped its new 24x optical zoom X70 camera at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show in Las Vegas.

The 12-megapixel X70 has a zoom range of 26mm on the wide-angle end to 624mm on the telephoto end, as well as sensor-shifting mechanical image stabilization.

Microsoft says research budget may create new jobs

From CNET News.com: Microsoft may create up to 3,000 jobs as it raises investment in research and development by $1 billion this year, its chief operating officer said Tuesday.

"Realignment of the company will help us reassign people and could allow us to create some 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs," Kevin Turner said here at CeBit, Europe's biggest technology trade fair.

Touchscreens Move Into New Product Segments

From DailyTech: According to IMS Research, 230 million touchscreen handsets are expected to ship this year -- in 2007, when Apple introduced the iPhone, only 30 million touchscreen devices shipped. At Mobile World Congress this year there were a number of new touch-enabled phones introduced.

Old iMac Reincarnated as Dreamcast Game Console

From PC World: If old iMacs that lived immoral lives of sin are reincarnated into garbage disposals and Zunes, then the ones that lived noble and righteous lives are clearly reborn as Sega Dreamcasts.

Intel, TSMC Announce Atom Partnership

From DailyTech: Producing the silicon chips at the heart of the myriad of electronic devices we take for granted today is becoming more and more expensive. As a result of this predicament, many companies that once built their own chips are now outsourcing the manufacturing of chips to other sources.

Facebook fights new Koobface worm, another rogue app

From CNET News.com: Like flies to cow dung, rogue apps are swarming to Facebook.

The popular social-networking site has been hit by what's believed to be the fourth rogue app in a week or so and is investigating the spread of a new variant of the Koobface worm, according to security firm Trend Micro.

The Koobface worm spreads via a message from a Facebook friend that includes a link to what looks like a video, Rik Ferguson wrote on the Trend Micro blog.

AMD appoints new chairman, closes plant deal

From CNET News.com: AMD on Monday announced that Bruce Claflin has been appointed chairman of its board of directors. Claflin replaces Ruiz, who retired from AMD's board. Ruiz is now chairman of the board of The Foundry Company--the chip manufacturing concern that was spun off officially on Monday.

Worm Freezes Laptop Fan, Overheats CPU

From Tom's Hardware: Typically, when we think of a computer worm, we immediately think of a normal, code-based virus. If only that were the case. One gentleman's computer had a real, live worm, crawl into his laptop and do some serious damage.

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