25th > September > 2000 Archive
As we predicted last week here, three new flavours of Intel mobile processors duly arrived today.
The Palm platform has been hit with its first true virus. Dubbed Phage, after a germ-ridden bunch of aliens in Star Trek: Voyager, the virus infects Palm-based applications.
Jerry Sanders, AMD founder and head honcho, has anointed Hector de Ruiz to replace him as chief executive.
US universities have told Metallica lawyer Howard King to take a hike - they will not block the use of Napster on their networks as he has requested.
PC makers are terribly keen on awards - they look good in ads, don't you know - and so they go in for as many as possible, sending out truckloads of systems for review in the hope of winning Editor's Choice from some two-bit PC monthly, or even a prestigious Register Golden Vulture™ award.
Analyst Thomas Sepenzis of CIBC Oppenheimer got his name in the papers this weekend by generating a 22 per cent hike in PalmOS licensee Handspring's share price on Friday.
The three men arrested at the end of August for trying to defraud online bank Egg, plus another man and a woman, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud.
Palm and Motorola are to merge the cellphone and the PDA and jointly market a co-branded phone-cum-organiser the year after next, the two companies will announce today.
Adobe is expanding its corporate philanthropy concept to donate software to schools and other worthy causes in France, Germany, the UK and Japan.
Great Universal Stores is launching the online equivalent of the Green Shield stamps gift programme. Internet users will be rewarded for reading and responding to email offers, completing surveys, or buying something. GUS is allying with US group MyPoints, in which it has a 10 per cent stake, to run the scheme. GUS bought online retailer Jungle.com at the start of September.
WAP phones are never going to be a big thing according to IBM executives speaking at a briefing at the company's offices in Austin, Texas.
Britain will have solved its telecoms problems by this time next year according to David Edmonds, top dog at British telecoms regulator, Oftel.
It was perhaps inevitable - mobiles have become so ubiquitous that the initial joy and optimism has turned sour and even the industry's previously unshakeable confidence is slipping. The story about mobiles being sneaked out the country has been recycled, 3G continues to take flack and WAP is still crap.
Fujitsu will release its first Transmeta-based notebooks next month - the second PC company to announce officially product based on the chip company's Crusoe CPU. That announcement will take place later today.
Litigation is business by other means, as Creative Technology's $32 million takeover of moribund rival Aureal Semiconductor proves.
InterviewA catscrap is raging in the US between two females claiming the title of the world's Most Downloaded Woman. Danni Ashe, famed owner of adult site Danni's Hard Drive and one of the blondes involved in the battle, gives The Register her side of the story as well as an insight into the lucrative world of cyberporn.
Reg tips its beak to the Sunday Times - and to David Hewson in particular - for his assassination of BT in yesterday's bumper edition of the weekend read.
AMD today announced a new worldwide scheme to allay fears about the reliability of Athlon and Duron PCs.
Barclays today beat Egg to become Britain's most visited online bank.
Iomega has finally launched its anticipated digital music player - dubbed HipZip - it's attempt not only to break into a new market but to boost sales of its ailing Clik disk format.
The Intel dominoes continue to fall with Micron Electronics succumbing for the first time to AMD's charms.
David Edmonds - the head of Oftel - is taking full responsibility for Local Loop Unbundling (LLU).
Getting talentless tarts to the number one slot has just got harder with the announcement that from 1 October online sales of albums will be included in the UK charts.
One of the lads over at Tom's Hardware has done another AMD v Intel type comparison, but not just for speed or oomph this time. Today's foray into the competitive realm is looking for specifics. Which manufacturer caters best for MPEG-4? Click here for answers.
Bertelsmann, which describes itself as "the most international media company", has gone mad for the Internet (probably because it has a big stake in every other kind of media). Not only has it started up a new venture with iSyndicate to get in the content provision market but it is also offering employees dirt cheap PCs/laptops just so they can "enjoy the Internet experience".
According to an unnamed German Finance Ministry official quoted by the WSJ, it Intel's profit warning on Thursday - which resulted in a general sharp intake of stock - may have been the catalyst that finalised the US decision to support the Euro on Friday.
Signs that the goalposts are moving again were - appropriately enough - embedded in the spin surrounding Microsoft's push for CE and NT Embedded at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose today. The company came up with quite a lot of not very obviously interesting stuff designed to put some oomph back into the somewhat underperforming embedded and appliance division marketing spiel, but way, way down at the bottom there was a strange blurt about the operating system that comes after Whistler.
The Gartner Group issued a scalding advisory this morning claiming that Microsoft's amended policy on reimaging Windows CDs will net Redmond an extra $11billion in revenue.