11th > December > 2000 Archive
Windows Media Player 7 has been given a Bonus Pack. This allows you to convert MP3 files to Windows Media format, cutting file sizes in half while preserving the sound quality. Which is what Microsoft claims, in any event. The pack also includes eight new skins and nineteen new visual effects, as well as an importer to use Winamp skins.
Online music company Liquid Audio is looking to buy the technological remains of failed media sharing service, Scour.
Intel's 1Ku tray prices have been chopped today, bringing a 1.4GHz P4 down by 11 per cent to $574. The 1.5GHz part remains unchanged at $819. Unlike boxed P4s, tray processors - aimed at the largest PC makers - do not come bundled with 128MB of RDRAM.
Legal rottweiler Rambus' pending court case against Infineon has been postponed due to the judge being promoted.
Analysis Intel must be quite eager to put the 20th Century behind it, given that this is the second calendar year in a row that it has a) suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or b) fouled up on its strategy, that answer depending on whether you believe in kismet or kiss-ass.
Intel has built what it claims is the world's smallest and fastest CMOS transistor. The company says that within the next five to ten years (nice accurate bit of futurology there) it will be able to build microprocessors containing more than 400 million transistors, running at 10GHz and operating at less than 1V.
Not to be outdone by Chipzilla's price cuts today, AMD is chopping its prices too.
Telewest has canned plans to provide DSL services to residential customers, pulling an estimated £1 billion from the coffers at BT and putting a serious dent in Tony Blair's plans to get everyone going digital.
A Gateway shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that it misled investors about financial statements.
Four investors accused of together making almost $120,000 trading on inside information on IBM's acquisition of Lotus have been judged guilty as charged.
US radio stations will have to pay extra to stream their shows on the Internet, the US Copyright Office has ruled.
Graphics behemoth Nvidia warns in its quarterly SEC form 10Q filing that it has been advised by Rambus it may be in breach of patents.
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest cellphone company, will soon allow i-Mode users to access its mobile Internet service from the US and Europe.
Computer virus writers are disguising viruses as anti-virus updates in an attempt to trick users into running malicious code.
This month, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) tells off BT and Network Associates for fibbing, and tears into Sega for making a racist joke.
Future Publishing has pulled the plug on the magazine it planned to launch in competition with Computeractive, the consumer/hobbyist title from Dutch publisher VNU.
Anyone who thinks that they can get past the eagle eyes of Vulture Central's competition invigilators would do well to read the following tale.
IBM today unveiled the technology that will drive its PowerPC and Power processors down to 0.13 micron - and speeds up to 10GHz.
There was a one in 250 chance that debris from a proposed burn-up of the Iridium global satellite network could have hit someone on Earth, according to Nasa scientists.
US distributor Tech Data now lists the baby P4 1.3GHz with 128MB RDRAM, despite Intel maintaining its official response of refusing to comment on unannounced products.
Two things on at the good Doctor's. A round up of gargantuan proportions from Lord Kryo, who puts 17, count 'em, 17 coolers under the metaphorical microscope. The message is that perfection is impossible to attain, and there isn't one cooler to do the job. As always it depends on what you want from it. The review starts here but if you just want the recommendations, go here.
Analysis Don't look now, but the cyber 'missile gap' might be turning into an issue. Speaking at Microsoft's Safenet 2000 conference on Friday, top White House security official Richard Clarke painted a grim picture of foreign powers setting up cyber warfare squads intent on unleashing an electronic Pearl Harbor on the USA.
A US doctor has won an Internet libel case, which his lawyers believe is the first judgement based on an anonymous Net message.
Ouch! AMD has joined the ranks of US tech companies to issue a profit warning. There may be safety in numbers, but AMD has left it a little late - just a few weeks ago the company boasted it was producing and selling record numbers of Athlons. The company says it is still sold out on Athlons, so that means it must be taking a bath on Duron.
We recently came across an InfoWorld.com item suggesting that an HTML 'bug' implanted in spam could be a major boon to malicious hackers. The technique mentioned involves embedding a link to a tiny, one-pixel image on the spammer's server.