Stories by Tom Mainelli

Intel launches 933MHz PIII

Intel launches its 933-MHz Pentium III yesterday, amid considerably less hype than surrounded the company's 1-GHz chip announcement in March. But while the 933-MHz chip might not pack the same emotional wallop as hitting a gigahertz, PC World tests show it performs almost as well--and 933-MHz systems should cost less.

Cell Phone Plays MP3s

Cell phone and MP3 player, together at last. LG Information & Communications Ltd. now offers a cell phone called the CyON MP3 that includes an MP3 decoder and a slot for SanDisk's removable MultiMediaCard for storing songs. But don't plan a trip to the superstore yet: This product is only available in Korea.

Ricoh Unveils 10X Rewritable CD-RWs

CD-Rewritable technology is picking up speed with an announcement Monday by Ricoh Co. of drives and discs capable of up to 10X rewrite speeds. But there's a catch: The new discs won't always work in existing CD-RW drives.

Play Games With Your Phone

Most people don't consider their cell phone fun, but Nokia Corp. wants to change that. This week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) show here, the company launched its Mobile Entertainment Service by demonstrating networked games running on tiny cell phone screens.

Dell tops in corporate satisfaction

Dell Computer makes its corporate customers very happy, and after a rough stretch Compaq Computer is once again in the good graces of most buyers. This assessment comes from a study released on Monday by Technology Businesses Research.

Compaq Bundles Wireless Home Nets

Compaq Computer Corp. is extending its wireless home-networking reach, announcing yesterday it is bundling products from Proxim Inc. based on the HomeRF standard.

Yamaha Offers Faster CD Rewrite

Yamaha Corp. announced yesterday its CRW8824 series of CD-Rewritable drives that will rewrite to a CD-RW disc at 8X speed, twice as fast as today's standard CD-RW drives. The drives will also write once to a CD-Recordable disc at 8X, and will read at a maximum rate of 24X.

Dell Clips Flat-Panel Display Prices

Reacting to improving flat-panel supplies and pricing, Dell Computer Corp. on Wednesday chopped the cost of its 15- and 17-inch flat-panel desktop displays.

Three Minutes with David Ditzel

In January, Transmeta Corp. ended five years of secrecy when it unveiled two models--the TM3120 and TM5400--of its Crusoe processor designed for portable computing. The company recently closed an $88 million round of financing, including investments by America Online, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony. PC World talked with the company's chief operating officer, David Ditzel, about the products behind the hype and why he thinks Transmeta can challenge chip king Intel.

AMD announces K6 successor: Duron

With its Athlon processor successfully challenging Intel at the higher end of the PC processor market, Advanced Micro Devices returns to its roots in the low-end chip market with its announcement yesterday of a new processor named Duron for value-priced PCs.

WINHEC - Debating the Role of Rambus

Is Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory too expensive and unnecessary to become a mainstream memory technology? Or is it an up-and-comer that will be everywhere soon?

AMD's Duron Targets Value PCs

With its Athlon processor successfully challenging Intel Corp. at the higher end of the PC processor market, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. returns to its roots in the low-end chip market with its announcement Thursday of a new processor named Duron for value-priced PCs.

Debating the Role of Rambus

Is Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory too expensive and unnecessary to become a mainstream memory technology? Or is it an up-and-comer that will be everywhere soon?