3rd April 2002 Archive
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Reaches a third of users
Verizon Wireless LLC said yesterday it has rolled out its "third generation" Express Network to thirteen more US cities, meaning it can offer higher-speed mobile data services to 72 million people and a third of its own user base. Express Network is based on 1XRTT, the technology that allows high bit rates over CDMA …
Mobile 3 Apr 2002, 07:25
table> Hewlett Packard's storage division is matching the attention-getting efforts of its counterpart at potential merger partner Compaq, and has announced what it called a "global strategy" in the area of greatest overlap between the two storage organizations, Tim Stammers writes. HP's announcement concerning its …
Data Center 3 Apr 2002, 07:27
Big strings attached
Taiwan's chip vendors are to be allowed to invest in silicon factories on the Chinese mainland, but only after if their domestic factories are brought up to the state of the art. Last week, Taiwanese premier Yu Shyi-kun said that the government had decided to liberalize "small scale and low level investments" on the …
Channel 3 Apr 2002, 07:28
Palm Inc is to support Microsoft Pocket PC-powered devices with a new wireless database access product designed to help firm up its own enterprise credentials. The move marks an unprecedented step for Santa Clara, California-based Palm, which has only previously supported devices based on its own Palm OS. As such, it is …
Mobile 3 Apr 2002, 07:29
An American woman is taking Sony Online to court after her son committed suicide last Thanksgiving. The man was logged on to Everquest just minutes before he shot himself, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Despite repeatedly suffering epileptic fits while playing the game, 21 year old Shawn Woolley played up to twelve …
Personal 3 Apr 2002, 07:39
We spotted this new online publication recently in our regular trawl of Newsnow.co.uk, our favourite news aggregation service. It's called Guy Kewney's Mobile Campaign, and it does what it says on the tin. It's a news-and-views campaign to improve the lamentable state of wireless communications in Britain, and it's run by Guy …
Mobile 3 Apr 2002, 08:42
Through the square Window?
A $30 million advertising campaign jointly funded by Microsoft and Unisys to trumpet the superiority of Windows over "closed" Unix systems has turned into a public relations nightmare for the two companies. The pair launched the wehavethewayout.com website last week, with some ambivalent imagery apparently inviting cornered …
Data Center 3 Apr 2002, 09:01
Calpers, America's biggest pension fund, wants Gateway to change the way it elects board members. It is unhappy with the PC maker's financial performance, and it reckons that the directors of the company have it too cosy, the pension fund told the San Jose Mercury. Currently, Gateway's six board members have three years tenure …
Business 3 Apr 2002, 09:07
ATI yesterday released a Mac board version of the Radeon 8500, its top performing graphics chip. The card is called the RADEON 8500 MAC EDITION, it retails at $299 and it supports Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. ATI is running a trade-in promo for PowerMac G4 owners on its web site. Customers get a $150 rebate (on their Radeon 8500 Mac …
Mac Channel 3 Apr 2002, 10:17
Change your prefs now, to avoid spam barrage
Media 3 Apr 2002, 10:19
But does Gates maybe not think Jean Chrétien's important?
Bill Gates was tricked into believing a mimic on the phone to him was in fact Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, according to a Globe & Mail report. That isn't exactly unusual, as a string of famous people have been conned on-air by Marc-Antoine Audette, but it seems Bill isn't particularly keen to take calls from the Prime …
Software 3 Apr 2002, 10:22
Supping with devil, dangers thereof...
Liberate Technologies CEO Mitchell Kertzman was yesterday accused of trying to cut a an interactive TV deal with Microsoft in exchange for his support in fighting a breakup of the company. As part of Microsoft's defence in the Unsettling States (the continuation of US v MS by other means) antitrust action Kertzman was confronted …
Software 3 Apr 2002, 10:30
'Orchestrated campaign of anti-competitive behaviour'
Freeserve has launched a stinging attack against BT claiming the monster telco is running an "orchestrated campaign of anti-competitive behaviour". The UK's largest ISP has called on telecoms regulator Oftel to investigate allegations that BT is attempting to stifle competition in a bid to become the dominant player for retail …
Broadband 3 Apr 2002, 14:00
O Lucky Man!
A computer technician saw his convictions for maliciously spreading a computer virus struck out after a court decided his actions caused minimal financial loss. Last September, Herbert Pierre-Louis was found guilty by a jury of two counts of deliberately infecting the computer systems of his former employer, Purity Wholesale …
Security 3 Apr 2002, 14:03
PDA shipments are set to grow by 18 per cent this year, according to the crystal ball gazers at Gartner Dataquest. They reckon some 15.5 million PDAs will be shipped in 2002 - up from 13 million units last year. While this growth is impressive, Gartner Dataquest notes that it is well down on the 114 per cent growth in …
Personal 3 Apr 2002, 14:13