Bluetooth 3.0 Specifications Announced

From DailyTech: The latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, was officially launched during a recent meeting among the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

Based off of the 802.11 protocol, Bluetooth 3.0 will increase transfer speeds from 3Mbps up to an impressive 23Mbps, according to Bluetooth supporters. The technology is based on Wi-Fi standards and offers power-saving benefits that weren't available with Bluetooth 2.1.

Microsoft to Bundle Two Full Games with Xbox 360 Elite Console

From X-bit Labs: Microsoft Corp. will bundle two popular video games with its Xbox 360 Elite game console that already comes with impressive amount of accessories. The move will help the software giant to boost sales in the U.S., Japan and other regions where it sells the system, but not in Europe, where the Xbox 360 is not truly successful.

Microsoft could be a winner in Sun-Oracle deal

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has had few critics more vocal than Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun Chairman Scott McNealy. With their companies set to merge in a blockbuster $7.4 billion deal announced Monday, is it time for Microsoft to worry?

If Oracle retools itself as a systems vendor, as it suggested that it might, that could put pressure on server vendors such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard to cozy up more with Microsoft, which does not operate a competing hardware business.

Sharp Debuts Laptop With Optical-sensor LCD Pad

From PC World: Sharp will soon put on sale in Japan a first-of-its-kind laptop that replaces the traditional trackpad with an LCD panel with an embedded optical sensor.

IBM revenue falls more than expected

From CNET IBM's quarterly revenue fell by a bigger-than-expected 11 percent as the slowdown in corporate spending hurt even one of the healthiest U.S. technology companies.

But higher margins helped IBM's first-quarter profit beat Wall Street estimates, and the company affirmed its full-year earnings outlook -- helping to limit the fall in IBM shares to 1.6 percent after hours.

Netbook Windows XP Licenses Dip to $15 Per Machine

From DailyTech: Microsoft, on the other hand, takes the opposite approach, shooting for volume despite sinking prices, something other analysts favor. Microsoft is aiming to conquer the ultra-low and low-cost markets, which primarily revolves around the netbook and MID (mobile internet devices) industry.

Ad Wars: Apple Fights Back With Four "Get a Mac" Commercials

AMD SB850 Chipset Specs, Roadmap Revealed

Intel to Release Six-Core Chips for Desktops in a Year

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. is projected to release its first six-core microprocessors for desktops in the second quarter of 2010, nearly two years after the company began shipments of six-core chips for high-end x86 servers.

Microsoft leaks Windows 7 RC delivery date

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 in little more than two weeks, the company's Web site revealed Saturday.

According to a page posted on Microsoft's partner program site, Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) may be available to paying subscribers to Microsoft's developer and IT services before May 5. Partners will be allowed to download the release candidate on that date, the first Tuesday of the month.

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