Sony to launch BluRay PC in AU 30 June

Sony to launch BluRay PC in AU 30 June

Sony will launch its first BluRay product in Australia on 30th June along with what it says will be Australia’s smallest and lightest notebook. The launch event to be held at the Heritage Ballroom of the Westin Hotel in Sydney will include high profile Sony executives including the Australian managing director Carl Rose and senior…

Seagate’s self-encrypting hard drive

Seagate's self-encrypting hard drive

The guy who sold his notebook on eBay and found his embarrassing personal photos and details published on the internet [caution: offensive content] must be kicking himself that he didn’t data-scrub the hard-drive properly.If only he’d had Seagate’s new self-encrypting hard-drive that was announced today. It has inbuilt AES-128 encryption and Seagate claims the encryption…

Cashing in on the colour of iPod

Cashing in on the colour of iPod

“Sexy slim and now available in white!” the press release screams (in a seductive attempt to distract you from the blindingly simple innovation at work here). That’s right folks it’s the same phone but the colour has changed. We’re talking about the new *white* Samsung Z510. But even if you catch onto Samsung’s cunning game…

Vista gets a speed boost

Vista gets a speed boost

One of the more interesting features of Windows Vista designed to enhance performance is ReadyBoost. The concept is intriguingly simple – plug a fast USB thumb drive into the machine and Vista will treat it as a high-speed RAM cache. The idea is that once you’ve plugged in the drive and told Windows how much…

Windows graphics system to be overhauled

Windows graphics system to be overhauled

Microsoft is to overhaul Windows’ graphic driver model after realising that the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 A¢a‚¬” which will ship with Vista A¢a‚¬” needs improvement in the way it shares GPU resources between programs and Windows itself. Steve Pronovost of Microsoft’s DirectX team disclosed at WinHEC in Seattle last week that although the…

Microsoft backs Samsung over Intel

Microsoft backs Samsung over Intel

Shortly after the launch of Windows Vista Beta 2 Microsoft Windows Performance Group team member Gabriel Aul (right) said that Windows Vista’s “SuperFetch” capability would work best with Samsung brand hybrid flash hard drives with Microsoft “ReadyDrive” technology built in. One of Vista’s key selling features is SuperFetch which monitors usage habits and rather than…