20th > September > 2000 Archive
Via Technology ForumThe CEO and president of Via kicked off the company's technology forum this morning by claiming cheap PCs will fill and satisfy the needs of the rapidly growing worldwide Internet market.
Via Technology ForumThe vice president of sales and marketing for AMD in Asia Pacific today confirmed that pushing into the commercial and enterprise market was a high priority for the firm.
The end of October has been confirmed as the launch date for Intel's Willamette, aka Pentium 4. As we reported a couple of months back, the original launch date for the chip was to be the middle of October, but for what we assume to be marketing considerations, that date has now slipped to the very end of the month.
Napster-like sites will cost record labels $3.1 billion by 2005.
Remaining tight-lipped as ever over forthcoming products, Intel today refused to confirm or deny that three new mobile chips are to launch on Monday.
Y2K has been blamed for Compel reporting a steep fall in full-year pre-tax profits from £12.7 million to £2.08 million
The CEO of excite@home is to resign, making it the third top nob departure at the US Net media company this year. George Bell became Excite's first CEO in 1996. He will stay on as chairman until the end of next year. Shares slipped a little on the news.
HSBC - the high street-cum Internet bank - was vandalised earlier today by an unknown e-vandal whinging about the high price of fuel.
Via Technology ForumCan it be a coincidence that memory companies Hyundai, Micron and Infineon all said today at this forum in Taipei that DDR (double data rate) memory was going great guns and would dominate the PC market by this time next year?
Top author Frederick Forsyth has followed in Stephen King's footsteps and announced that his next book will be available on the Net only. The book, called Quintet, will be a series of five short stories and fans will be asked to pay £2 to read each story.
TaipeiChanges that Transmeta is making to the specifications of its Crusoe microprocessors have forced FIC to delay its Aqua 3200, it has emerged.
Intel's latest server mobo, the snappily-named SBT2, announced at the end of last month, is now shipping. The board supports two 133MHz FSB Xeons at up to 1GHz apiece.
BT has started boosting the image of its mobile division BT Wireless, providing the first evidence that it finally plans to go ahead with its much vaulted float.
California-based Juniper Networks, builder of Internet backbone routers, is ready for a rumble with Cisco by bringing out a couple of edge routers to sit where corporate networks intersect with the public Net.
World Online UK has capped the number of hours its punters can stay online as part of its inclusive unmetered package, effectively upping the price for Net access.
AnalysisIt's tricky to work out Microsoft's product strategy for dealing with possible judicial break up, particularly as the company claims it doesn't have one. But a close study of Bill Gates' speeches and TV appearance in Australia last week, supplemented by some other sources and some guess work gives us some clues. It is clear enough that Microsoft wants a strategy that will make break-up as difficult as possible, but nevertheless, it has a plan, of sorts.
Struggling Corel has obtained some equity financing from an anonymous institutional investor who clearly must have confidence that the share price will go up.
It's an irritating, time-consuming and often unnecessary part of any conversation involving Web sites, but worry no more. What are we on about? Tautology. "Double-u, double-u, double-u dot". It's a pain in the arse, admit it.
The number of US households accessing the Internet from non-PC devices grew 12 per cent in the second quarter of the year.
Handspring is launching next Monday an add-on cartridge, called VisorPhone, that turns a PDA into a cell phone.
A major trade war may be looming between the US and the European Union over billions of dollars of tax breaks for exports by major US companies like Microsoft and Intel.
Oftel wants to see an independent Telecoms Ombudsman appointed to resolve disputes between consumers and the industry.
Chemicals used in the making of VDU cases could be causing illness and allergies in office workers according to a new study reported in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
A fax that arrived at Vulture Central this morning seemed too good to be true: "Unlimited free calls for your mobile workforce". Blimey! Let's get it, we cried.
Chick's Hardware (love the name) has posted a review of the Videologic Vivid 32Mb video card based on the Kyro chipset. Plenty of FSAA and T-buffer technology, and not a mention of polygons per second, honest. Well, maybe a small mention, so don't sue us alright?
The Liberal Democrat's Party convention has brought a few more people out of the shadows and into the fight against aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill.
IBM has announced a $65 million (£45 million) investment plan where it will be doing the old fostering of ties with European Web consultancy companies. Big Blur will spend $15 million this year and $50 million next year on "building alliances" with Internet consultancy firm through its Web Integrator Initiative.
It's still a major taboo in our culture - which is odd because every single person spends a long time and a lot of effort in confronting/understanding it. What are we on about? Death, of course.
Here's an interesting one. Budgens - most well known for its late-night b2 newsagents - has decided to shut down its online shopping service Budgens Direct. The Net's rubbish, the company said (well, we're paraphrasing, it actually said: "We believe that we can continue to deliver greater value to our shareholders by focusing on our core proposition of fresh-food based neighbourhood stores"). Tesco isn't quite in agreement and announced at almost the same time that it will be expanding its online presence to include over 1,000 electrical products. (Interestingly, the goods include the DVD player that was the focus of some extensive hacking efforts in February.)
No, said the Via spin doctors. No, said the Via technologist, no way said the Via marketing people but the answer, tinged with a note of venom, is yes.
Handspring, the Palm-compatible PDA company, will launch upmarket 16bit colour models that trump Palm's current colour offerings according to ZDNet.
Just so you know what a carpet-soiling, leg-humping snippy little lapdog the FBI's Carnivore really is, firewall outfit Network Ice has hacked out a bit of C source code called 'Altivore', enabling anyone to cobble up an e-mail sniffer with virtually the same underwhelming capabilities and based on the same principles.