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Taiwan needs to exploit China

Computex The Computex tradeshow in Taiwan kicked off with industry and trade officials saying how much they need to exploit China's cheap labour, land, and huge market for computers - but not give it enough resources to compete against Taiwan.
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Desktop components in notebooks catch on

Computex Korean hardware outfit KDS is ploughing a happy field bunging desktop components into its notebook range.
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AMD shows off multiprocessing platform

Computex AMD has introduced its first multiprocessing-capable platform for one- and two-way servers and workstations at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan.
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iomart extends DSL reach

Scottish broadband outfit iomart is to begin trials of a new DSL service later this summer which will make high-speed Net access accessible for more users.
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256Mb DDR on show

Computex Mosel Vitelic has been showing off 256Mb DDR SDRAM on its stand at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan.
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Just call it 'GNU/Linux', insists Sun founder

Richard Stallman's singular crusade to have Linux christened GNU/Linux got praise from an unexpected quarter yesterday.
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VIA P4 chipset spanks the Intel 850

Computex VIA has given a live head-to-head demo of its P4 chipset running against the Intel 850 chipset, using the 3D Mark 2001 bench test software.

US to get Nokia's 9210 ‘ultimate geek phone’ after all

JavaOne North Americans will, after all, be able to use the world's most coveted phone. Later today we gather, Nokia President Pekka Ala-Pietilä will announce that the 9210 communicator will be tailored for the US market in his keynote at JavaOne in San Francisco.
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Labour's last election txt message mocks Hague

Labour is to send its second and last election text message tomorrow - just one day before the general election.
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Uni chess course aims to spawn smarter supercomputers

Aberdeen University is to set up postgraduate courses in chess which it hopes will lead to the development of supercomputers even smarter at the game than grandmasters like Gary Kasparov.
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ASPs are the next big thing, after all

ASPs, as Application Service Providers are familiarly known, were not so long ago supposed to be the next big channel thing. However, customers have been less ready to commit to ASP-style firms. There has been an inevitable backlash among financial and IT analysts.
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Napster nears deal with music industry

Napster has almost reached agreement over a licensing deal with three of the big five record companies.
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Internet trade show spurns web, sticks to paper

Internet World At 10 o'clock the doors at Internet World 2001 opened with scores of people eager to get their first peek at the companies on show. A minute later and this hack was witness to the show's first argument.

Ballmer calls for Nokia partnership, Nokia coughs politely

Speaking in Helsinki yesterday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wished out loud for an "even deeper partnership with Nokia." This however would not appear to be the first sign of a rapprochement between the two companies - Nokia reps said as far as they were aware, Ballmer wasn't actually meeting anyone from the company this trip. They may even have given the teensiest impression of being largely unaware that Dr Evil was in town in the first place.
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MS Enterprise resellers should adapt or die

IDC has warned Microsoft's enterprise resellers they will need to change their business model if they want to survive the upcoming software licensing changes.
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ORBS' death: Alan Brown replies

Following the surprise disappearance of anti-spam company ORBS from the Internet, we have received a succinct email from its head Alan Brown over its demise. "I am unable to talk about anything. Alan."
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Playstation bootlegger escapes jail

A Northern Irish man has received a suspended prison sentence for counterfeiting games software.
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UK PC games industry: What recession?

The PC games industry stayed buoyant in the first quarter, with sales up five per cent on the previous year.
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Net malaise blamed for iomart lay-offs

iomart, the Scottish broadband provider, is to make up to 50 people redundant, it announced today. The company says it has "launched a consultation process with staff to restructure the organisation".
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Dead in the watermark, SDMI turns to chips, players?

A recent Federal filing by the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) reveals a massive cull/defection of members, and a small clutch of additions who may in some ways be related. The filing can be seen here, or is mirrored at Cyptome target="new"here.
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Wear your ATI graphics chip with pride

Xybernaut has selected the ATI Rage Mobility graphics chips to power its new Mobility Assistant wearable computer.
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Tele2 trumpets wireless broadband

Internet World Tele2 is to expand its broadband wireless network over the next 12 weeks, the operator announced at Internet World.
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Euro dotcom execs fear the Order of the Boot

Almost half of Europe's dotcom elite are panicking about losing their jobs.
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Net confessions fail to get Vatican blessing

The Roman Catholic Church has ruled out the forgiving of sins online.
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Nortel touts the light fantastic

Nortel will give the first live demonstration of its OPTera Connect PX photonic switch, at the Supercomm 2001 trade show in Atlanta this week.
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e-Envoy to speak at MS-sponsored Digital UK summit

The Office of the e-Envoy is now sending out a revised statement on the Government Gateway and its little problem with non Microsoft browsers and operating systems, but Government Gateway Statement2.doc (still in Word format, natch) adds little or nothing to the feast; meanwhile it emerges that e-Envoy Andrew Pinder is a featured speaker at the Digital Britain Summit 2001.
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Maxtor gets 20GB 541DX off to OEMs

Maxtor has started shipping its 20GB 541DX hard drives to OEMs in volume. It claims the 5400 RPM Ultra ATA/100 hard drive offers a higher areal density than rival products.
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Java is not a hairball – Official

JavaOne Sun brushed aside the 'Put Java On A Diet' by saying that developers want more, not fewer features. And Register readers overwhelmingly agree with Big Mauve.
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LibDems should win election

The Liberal Democrats should form the next government but are unlikely to, because people are unwilling to question their beliefs.
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Hague's concession speech leaked; Blair appoints himself to cabinet

Here's a site worth checking out - BrainsTrust.co.uk. Pitching itself as the British Onion, it heartily embarks on that grand voyage of satire that had provided some of the most memorable sketches of politicians and celebrities in the last fifty years.
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Small biz cool to broadband

Small businesses in the UK fail to see the business benefits of broadband Internet access, even if it were more readily available.
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AMD unveils MP Athlon – but no big-name partners

Munich AMD has announced the multi-processing version of the latest Athlon iteration, based on the Palomino core, and the 760MP chipset that supports it, as predicted by world+dog.
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PSINet UK promises it's still alive

Internet World Troubled ISP PSINet has sought to reassure customers that it's still operating in the UK.
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Tiscali unveils new-look high command

Internet World Fresh from shedding 300 jobs Tiscali UK is making its first public appearance as a newly unified company.
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Linux outfit in metatags ‘oversight’

A US outfit has been caught using rivals' trademarks in its Linux Web site metatags.