26th > March > 2001 Archive

AMD nails IBM to Hammer mast

AMD is to use proprietary IBM silicon on insulator (SOI) technology in its forthcoming 64-bit Hammer microprocessor family.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2001

EU recycling law to cost Dixons £17m a year

Dixons, UK's biggest computer goods and consumer electronics retailer, reckons that new EU recycling laws will cost it £17m a year. The directive will add an estimated £500 million a year in costs to industry in the UK alone, much of which will inevitably pass on to consumers in the form of higher charges, Sunday Business reports.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2001

BTopenworld to fold?

BT has declined to comment on weekend press reports that it is to scrap it retail Internet division, BTopenworld, and return it to the telco's main business.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2001

‘Universal’ key claimed to disable MS Office XP security

Microsoft's vaunted Product Activation protection technology may not have been fully implemented in Office XP after all. Product keys claimed to be "universal" have been circulating on the Web for some weeks now, and a WinXP beta tester's newsgroup posting forwarded to The Register suggests that use of one of these keys circumvents the activation process.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2001

Via's Cyrix III – out and about

Via's Cyrix III processor is now out and about, and it'll be aimed at sub-$500 PCs.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2001

Bob Geldof sells Deckchair.com

Sir Bob Geldof's travel Web site Deckchair.com has been sold to rival World Travel Holdings for £3.2 million, with a possible £6 million over the next three years depending how well it performs.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2001

BT's problems pile up

It's been a bad weekend for the head boys at BT with the Sunday newspapers going to town on its £30 billion debt problem, falling share price and calls for senior management to resign.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2001

IBM plays favourites with Linux distros

The head of IBM's Linux business has predicted consolidation among distributors of the open source operating system - and named the handful of players Big Blue is backing for success in the forthcoming shake-out.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2001

Mobile industry turns back on pre-pay market

UpdatedAs we predicted on Friday, the decision by One2One to double the price of its pay-as-you-go phones and concentrate instead on contract customers has sparked similar action by other UK mobile companies.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2001

PC price war coming warn analysts

This year will see the outbreak of price war in the desktop and notebook PC markets as vendors battle for customers, market researcher Gartner Group has warned.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2001

AOL UK bans time

AOL UK has forbidden its employees from wearing watches or looking at the time.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2001

Game winds up players with 3am phone calls

Time was when games kept you awake all night playing them. Now they keep you awake all night even when you're not playing them.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2001

TSMC takes Nvidia GeForce 3 to volume production

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is punching out 0.15 micron Nvidia GeForce 3 graphics chips in "full production" quantities.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2001

Madasafish boots 200 abusers

Scottish ISP, Madasafish, has kicked off up to 200 Net users for "abusing" the service.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2001

Transmeta preps pumped up Crusoe

David Ditzel, chief technology officer of low-powered chip maker Transmeta, said the industry would see "much greater" performance improvements than the traditional 20 per cent per silicon generation, when it ships the next version of its Crusoe processor.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2001

Affinity losses widen

Shares in Affinity Internet rose more than 22 per cent by the close of play despite announcing earlier today that operating loss increased threefold last year.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2001

Danes are universe's keenest netizens

The Danes are the world's keenest netizens, while the US has the biggest percentage of women online, a survey out today claims.
Linda Harrison, 26 Mar 2001

Bluetooth demos flop at CeBit

Mobile computing and next generation phones were two of the technologies most at evidence at CeBit this year.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2001

What good are computers anyway?

Part 42In this infrequent, irregular section, we will argue the case for the existence and widespread adoption of computers. This week: Foot and Mouth disease.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2001

British, American scientists discover Gelsinger co-efficient

CompetitionBritish and American scientists have succeeded in discovering one of the most elusive technical challenges in semiconductor science: the Gelsinger co-efficient. The Gelsinger co-efficient is the point at which Intel's VP Pat Gelsinger overheats. Usually in mid-keynote.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2001

Public interest cited in DVD descrambler appeal

Lawyers representing 2600.com, which got into hot water for making a DVD descrambler called DeCSS available on line, have filed a brief with the appellate court rebutting claims made by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and others including the US Government.
Thomas C Greene, 26 Mar 2001

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