3Com has announced the immediate availability in the UK, US and Canada of a new super-switch that combines your normal switch with a firewall, anti-virus, content-filtering and intrusion detection - in short, a network's security all in one box.
The 3Com Security Switch 6200 isn't cheap though, coming in at $25,000 a piece. Unsurprisingly, 3Com is aiming it at medium-to-large businesses.
A trio of handheld computers from Sony Electronics has received wireless regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
The grant for the three Clie devices came down from the U.S. federal agency last week. While Sony representatives declined to comment on the handhelds or their availability, wireless products are generally released shortly after the FCC deems that they do not interfere with other products. In the past three years, Sony has announced new handhelds in March.
Long-awaited NVIDIA nForce3 250 core-logic originally scheduled to come in Fall 2003, is nearly here by now, it seems. NVIDIA recently confirmed the existence of the product in one of its public statements, while DFI and Chaintech are showing off its nForce3 250-based mainboard at Consumer Electronics Show 2004.
Devices will be size of a handheld, have a hard drive, Wi-Fi and VGA display, vendor claims. A new type of mobile device that is barely larger than a standard handheld but runs Windows XP on an i86 processor was unveiled this week at the CES. Vendors said the device, which they are dubbing the ultra-personal computer (UPC), will be available in the second half of this year. Development of the device is being encouraged by Transmeta, which has a line of i86-compatible processors that is small enough and has sufficient heat dissipation to be put into devices without cooling fans.
A number of Internet news sites have claimed that Microsoft and Sony will take the wraps off their next generation console offerings at events next spring - but what exactly might be shown is not discussed.
Rumour reporting site C&VG was first out of the blocks with a story stating that Microsoft will show its next console, allegedly codenamed 'Xenon', at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose next March - ahead of Sony unveiling the PS3 at E3 in May.