16th December 1999 Archive
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Have they learned nothing from history?
Kingston Technology said yesterday that Microsoft is recommending that people use 128MB of memory as a bare minimum for its up-and-coming Win2000 operating system. Executives at the company were visibly rubbing their hands with glee at the news, as they expect the take up of Windows 2000 to be adopted by large corporations, big …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 09:40
SO-near but yet SO-far
While Intel is still robustly in denial over the collapse of its Rambus strategy for notebook PCs, reliable sources have said that mobile RIMMs will not arrive in quantity until the second half of next year. According to a close Intel partner, companies will still manufacture SO-RIMMs for notebook machines, but technical and …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 10:50
Puts eggs into e-commerce visualisation, whatever that is...
Creations normally take about a week, give or take a day, but in the case of MetaCreations, around half the staff are being given two weeks notice of a reverse creation. The company has decided to do a radical restructuring by stopping its professional graphics business and putting all its eggs into what it calls its e-commerce …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 11:52
Phone meets PDA in European market
Casio and Siemens are to develop a Windows CE-based wireless PDA-cum-phone, the two companies announced yesterday, with the device's first public showing set for next February's CeBIT show in Hanover. The finer points of the device's spec aren't yet known, but the two companies say it will feature a colour screen, wireless Net …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 12:52
But x86 technology does soar to the skies
A source at a US defence firm has written us to re-assure the people of the world that they need not fear that missiles will use the elusive Coppermine microprocessor. That follows reports that we carried about an erratumnotbug found in some batches of the CuMine chip. The reader, who wishes to remain anonymous for entirely …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 13:13
AOL Europe not to float in Paris - but AOL France may well do
AOL Europe has claimed the comments of one of its own executives that its French operation is to float on the Paris Bourse are "simply false". Speaking at a press conference yesterday, AOL France chief executive Stephane Treppoz said the company would be listed on the French stock exchange next year. He also said French …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 13:16
Will Chipzilla 2000 be a caring, sharing giant?
Sources have told The Register that the 10th of January 2000 is an extremely important day for the Intel-Rambus partnership. On that date, Intel exclusivity with Rambus expires, allowing the chip giant to discuss other, alternative memory technologies. The clause in the contract means that Intel may get very excited by things …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 13:29
Coming to a handset near you, RSN...
The BBC and Vodafone are teaming up to develop news services for mobile phones. Tony Hall, CEO of BBC News, and Alan Harper, MD of Vodafone UK, are expected to provide details of the agreement later today, says the Financial Times. The BBC has already conducted trials with other operators, and the deal with Vodafone can be seen …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 14:47
Going offline for a very long time, says judge
A vicious mugger who hunted down businessmen carrying laptops was this week warned he faced years in prison. Neville Smicle, 23, left two of his five victims with fractured skulls, while almost severing the ear of another. Isleworth Crown Court heard on Tuesday how the man struck on three separate evenings in Ealing, Hammersmith …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 15:43
Naughty Commission's been sitting on its hands too hard...
A French software reseller may have forced the European Commission to reopen an investigation into Microsoft, following a decision by a European court earlier today. The Commission dismissed a complaint made to it by Micro Leader Business in 1996 last year, but the EU's lower court, the Court of First Instance, has now ruled …
Business 16 Dec 1999, 17:10
- Product Round-up Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
- Geek's Guide to Britain BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily
- Geek's Guide to Britain The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex
- Review: Sony Xperia SP
- Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report