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MTV, Real, and Wal-Mart shake up digital music

The digital music industry is headed for a crossroads, as more stores and record labels try out DRM-free music sales, and as some of the bigger names in digital music team up to offer a new service.

IDF - Intel promises more efficiency with Penryn

During the first day of its Intel Developer forum in San Francisco this week, the chip giant set launch dates for its next generation of microprocessors, demonstrated future CPU designs that support up to eight cores, and looked ahead to the manufact...

Windows Mobile 6: New e-mail options

Windows Mobile 6--Microsoft's generally modest update of its operating system for handheld devices and smart phones--will debut by midyear with enhancements for e-mail and editing of Office documents.

Microsoft Zune

Microsoft's potential iPod assassin has already hit the shops in the US, but the timing of the Zune's appearance in Australia remains shrouded in mystery. So are we missing out on a gadget that's unmissable? Not exactly.

Microsoft's Zune won't replace your iPod

Microsoft's first portable MP3 and video player has finally arrived. The Zune goes on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday, and though I doubt many people are lining up PlayStation 3-style to get their hands on one, its slick interface and vaunted wireless so...

Four cores may not beat two cores

Tests show that Intel's first quad-core chip, the 2.66-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700, should bring impressive speed boosts to complex video-editing and 3D-rendering work. But while you might think that since two cores are good, four cores will be twice a...

Apple's new and improved iPod

Refinement: that's what you get out of Apple's latest iPod, which comes with a brighter screen and an extra 20GB of storage. I tested the US$349 iPod--the 80GB flagship of the revamped line--and found a music player that's about as good as there is.

Zen V Plus

Say what you will about the patent dispute between Creative and Apple, both companies make some darned good MP3 players. Creative's latest effort--the Zen V line of flash-based player--is aimed right at Apple's popular iPod Nano line. And judging by ...

First benchmarks for Intel's quad-core processor

The first benchmarks of Intel's quad-core Kentsfield processor are here, and the chip is showing some impressive speed in multithreaded applications. As with the Core 2 Duo launch, Intel supervised testing at its preview events this week, so we'll ha...

Plugged In: Two CPUs too slow? Try four

PC World U.S. senior editor Eric Dahl investigates Intel's planned Quad-core systems, the impending competition between Leopard and Vista, Samsung's low-cost storage solution and other current and future gadget essentials.

Logitech Z-5450

Logitech's latest high-end speakers should appeal to anyone who has ever tripped over cables or laboured to hide the wires connecting a surround-sound setup.

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