7th August 2001 Archive

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Dell notebook production explodes…

Dell is set to become Taiwanese notebook maker Compal's largest client during the rest of 2001, taking over from Hewlett-Packard.
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Chip wafer sales way down in Q2

Indications of just how bad the second quarter of the year really was for the world's chip makers continue to surface. This time it's the latest pronouncement from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
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Declining DRAM prices does for Nanya profits

Memory maker Nanya has slashed its 2001 profit forecast, transforming with a stroke of its red pen a NT$2.3 billion ($66.53 million) profit into a NT$5.86 billion loss.
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Register downed by Router Failure

You may have noticed that The Register has been down for - oh - 20 hours or so. The site was also down on Monday afternoon for a couple of hours - and most of Sunday too.
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Is UD playing fair in the P2P quest for cancer drugs?

Next month the one millionth person will download the screensaver that Oxford University boffins say will knock four years off the process of finding potential cancer-fighting drugs.
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Asia/Pacific to top Net usage by 2003

Asia/Pacific will leap-frog the US to become the world's largest Internet market within three years, according to the latest number crunching from analysts at Gartner Dataquest.
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F-Secure cans one in five workers

F-Secure, the Finnish security specialist, has narrowed its losses after offloading one in five of its workers.
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Internet frees nicotine addicts from life of penury

God bless the Internet and God bless Chris Gurney. Chris is a smoker, an unrepentant smoker, but one that finds it a little annoying that 20 cigarettes cost nearly £5 - the vast majority of which goes to the government in tax.
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Nude Net use all the rage in Yorkshire

One in ten Web users in Yorkshire have confessed to accessing the Net in the buff, according to a survey conducted by NOP on behalf of AOL UK.
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Brits not trusted to work at home

Brits spend more hours chained to their office desks than their European cousins - because British bosses simply don't trust their staff to work at home instead of in the office.
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Google is in the black

Search engine Google is making a profit and has done so for the past two quarters, according to Eric Schmidt, its new CEO and former boss of Novell.
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Business shuns bid to name kiddie after company

A US couple who tried to find a corporate sponsor for their baby son have failed to find a bidder.
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Ryanair profits keep leaping

Ryanair, the low-cost airline that has seen enormous success on the back of its Internet-oriented strategy, has seen Q1 profits jump 28 per cent year-on-year.
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Sklyarov freed on Bail

A federal judge has released Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer arrested under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act at the request of Adobe.
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McAfee files patents for security as a service

McAfee has filed a patent for delivering security software as a service over the Web - a move that is almost certain to stir up controversy in the anti-virus biz.
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BT cuts broadband wholesale prices – again

BT Wholesale is to cut the cost of its business-class IPStream broadband products from 1 September, it confirmed today.
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Mesh Elite P4 1.8GT

Review Processor speeds seem to be without ceiling. A year ago the Pentium III had yet to touch 1GHz - now, 12 months on, the Pentium 4 is nudging 2GHz. Intel's 2GHz chip is expected later this month - for now, the highest Pentium clock speed you can buy is 1.8GHz.
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Trium Mondo GPRS

Reg Smartphone Roundup Earlier this year Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard were chastised by US advertising regulators for effectively claiming the PocketPC platform offered out-of-the-box wireless Net access. It didn't, and M$ shouldn't have said as much.
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Wireless security is even flakier than we thought

Security researchers have published details of the weaknesses in encryption techniques widely used to secure wireless networks.
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MS poised to switch Windows file systems with Blackcomb

The pieces are coming together for a clear shift in the way Microsoft does data storage. It is coming full circle, right back to the unified storage model of Cairo, promised but not delivered back in the early 1990s as the super-OS built upon Windows NT.