14th > November > 2000 Archive
Azlan interims, Datrontech death throes, distie mergers
Azlan, the networking equipment distie to IT training firm, more than doubled its profits to £3.74m (1999: £1.67m) for the six months to September 30. Sales climbed 35 per cent to £261.7m.
Bertelsmann eyeing up Liquid Audio?
Is Bertelsmann out to acquire Liquid Audio? That was the key rumour doing the rounds at the Webnoize 2000 conference yesterday.
Crusoe a loser in wrong tree bark-a-thon
Transmeta's code morphing technology may be terribly elegant, and LongRun power management may be more sophisticated than either Intel's SpeedStep or AMD's PowerNow, but the sad fact is that elegance and sophistication do not a world-beating product make.
AMD demos 1.5GHz Athlon
AMD has an Athlon running at 1.5GHz at Comdex, but the company still says production Palomino chips will only hit this speed sometime in Q2 next year, by which time Intel's P4 will be running at over 2GHz.
BT messes with Swiss 3G auction
BT has started its £10 billion disposal programme with the sale of a minority share in Swiss telecoms company Sunrise for £460 million. Unfortunately, this had the knock-on effect of pulling Sunrise out of the auction for Swiss 3G licences - just 10 minutes after it started. There are now four bidders left for four licences and the Swiss government is not happy at having lost out on a few billion pounds. In fact, in an eerie echo of the Italian 3G auction, the Swiss government has launched an investigation into BT. Oh dear. We wonder if it will cost BT £1.2 billion this time round.
World Online raided in insider trading probe
The HQ of World Online was raided today over allegations of insider trading at the Dutch ISP.
Seagate releases monster 180GB drive
The launch of Seagate's Barracuda 180 has pushed back the finish line again in the race to have the largest hard drive on the planet. Anyone wanting to hold the title must now produce a drive with more than 180GB of space.
Palm CTO rubbishes ‘3000 man years’ of Symbian OS work
Palm looks certain to go it alone in the smartphone derby after delivering a bitter attack on potential parter Symbian to The Register. We doorstepped Palm's Chief Techology Officer, Bill Maggs, who said Symbian's "3000 man years" of effort wasn't what Palm needed, and criticised the consortium's "one core solution". That's wildly incorrect but, hey - he said it, and we wrote it down. Maggs began by denying that PalmOS would need to be drastically rewritten to cope with real time demands.
Transmeta talks 256-bit Crusoe
Skirting around recent corporate setbacks - IBM and Compaq (?) - Transmeta says it will bump up both hardware and software for its Crusoe processors next year. A morphing upgrade to the current Crusoes will offer 20 per cent performance or efficiency improvements - OEMs can choose either, and it's a flashable software upgrade. Transmeta will build 128 VLIW Crusoes next year and 256 bit successors in 2002, marketing Veep Ed McKernan told us.
New compilers for P4, Itanic
Intel has released version 5.0 of its C++ and Fortran compilers with extensions to utilise the new features available in the upcoming 32-bit Pentium 4, due for launch next Monday. There's also a pre-release version for the 64-bit Itanium which can be used on systems based on Intel 32-bit Pentium processors to create 64-bit executables.
Fixed wireless auction a complete shambles
Bloody hell. The hyped auction for broadband fixed wireless access (acronymised to BFWA) has fallen flat on its face just days after it kicked off, with more than half of the UK yet to even receive a bid.
DoCoMo's i-mode enjoys 20-fold sales leap
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has said revenues form data transmissions over its i-mode service have leaped 20-fold in the last six months to ¥117.2 billion ($1.1 billion).
Jerry Pournelle launches verbal tirade against disabled journalist
Veteran science fiction author and Byte columnist Jerry Pournelle launched an astonishing verbal assault in a Las Vegas eaterie yesterday which left a disabled local journalist in tears.
Freeserve: the worst customer service in the world?
UK ISP Freeserve has gone one step further in alienating its customers by sending out hundreds of thousands of emails demanding payment within seven days or risk being cut off Freeserve Time altogether.
Be takes new slant on Net appliance biz
Be yesterday introduced a suite of server-side software tools that will allow BeIA-based Net appliance providers to manage their installed base of machines.
Palm finally offers PalmOS 3.5 upgrade
Palm has launched its Mobile Internet Kit, which allows Palm III, V and m100 PDAs hook up to the Net via a cellphone connection.
Americans stuff $11.6bn into Xmas e-tail stocking
Around 6.3 million American shoppers are expected to spend the majority of their Christmas budget online this season.
Playboy.com pulled back from IPO
Playboy Enterprises has pulled Playboy.com out of its IPO before it could make any kind of splash.
Totally random: mobile phone spam
Vodafone and the data protection commissioner have joined forces in an attempt to shut down a mobile spam company, Webcom International.
AMD firms up roadmap details
Chimpzilla now says it won't have a 2GHz processor on the market until the 64-bit ClawHammer arrives some time in the first half of 2002 - a full year after Intel's P4 hits the same speed. The four and eight-way server variant, SledgeHammer, will sample in Q1 2002 and go into production in Q2.
IBM is a mean green recycling machine
The greens have a new ally in keeping the planet clean, at least in the US, as IBM has announced that it has signed up to a new initiative to help people recycle unwanted computer hardware.
Cheaper, faster Rambus on the way
Samsung has begun mass production of 0.17 micron Rambus DRAMs. The company says the new technology is being used to produce RDRAMs with densities of 128, 144, and 288Mb.
RIP just got scarier
A suggested amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, put forward by Lord Falconer, aims to automatically exempt all cases of Tribunals concerning the RIP Act from disclosure.
NSI dodges naughty domain name lawsuit
Network Solutions has dodged a lawsuit over its refusal to register domain names containing naughty words.
Chipzilla, HP target Apple's Cube
Hewlett-Packard and Intel are taking Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube head on with their own highly compact PC design, codenamed Deep Forest.
ICANN: the Internet's answer to Stalin
There is apparently no end to ICANN's God-like arrogance. Not content with turning the Internet into more and more of a gentlemen's club, it is now attempting to do the old dictator's trick of rewriting history to eliminate its enemies.
UK Net population jumps 40% to 11 million
The number of people using the Net has jumped by 40 per cent in the past year, from 7.8 million to 11 million in the UK. There are more women online than before, more children and more over 35s.
HWRoundup Peek at the P4
Dan of Dansdata has got some benchmarks for the P4. Dan said, [rather smugly we think but we are also forgiving, so that's OK] that he decided it would be easier to sit and wait for Intel to send him one than it would be to traipse over to Comdex. Handily ignoring any warnings not to open various boxes, he managed to get a few tests done. Go here for the results.
eBay, QXL hit in piracy swoop
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) attacked online auction sites as the devil's spawn today.
Semiconductor sales to slump in 2002
Semiconductor sales will hit a slump in 2002, Gartner warned today.