Jakob Nielsen on how Apple blew it, how Linux will blow it, and the Next Big Thing
On life after WAP... Wireless content is still the same kind of gold rush as the web, and people aren't thinking whether it makes sense to sell X [via wireless data] just as it didn't make sense to sell X, such as pet food, on the Web. I still believe in e-commerce, but not for everything.
AMD nails Hammer specs
MPFAs expected Chimpzilla disclosed new information about its first 64bit CPU Hammer today at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose.
Compaq UK auctions end of line, refurbs
Compaq UK is setting out its stall as the purveyor of secondhand and unwanted new PCs. Its own PCs, mind you - the company is flogging the kit through a new auction site, powered by Fairmarket.
Channel faces cash crisis
Resellers in Europe and the US are bracing themselves for a very tough Q4, amid signs of a "significant weakening in corporate purchasing plans" on both sides of the Atlantic.
Concert ends – no applause
BT and AT&T today announced the death of Concert, their heavily loss-making joint venture targeting international business.
Big Biz loves e-biz
Global ecommerce is alive and kicking, and big businesses around the world are continuing to invest in the technology, according to survey from Accenture, the management consultancy firm with the funny name.
IBM debuts 1GHz PowerPC G3
IBM launched a 1GHz G3-class PowerPC processor, the 750FX, yesterday - a couple of days ahead of its scheduled introduction, but who's counting?
Microsoft apologises to Novell but court case continues
Microsoft has formally apologised to Novell for sending out advertising suggesting the company's operating system NetWare was obsolete and wouldn't be supported in future. It has promised not to repeat the allegations and will send out "corrective" information to the same 3,000 Novell customers it originally targeted.
Will MS cut a deal with Europe over WinXP?
Is the European Commission investigating Windows XP, or isn't it? Or, is it considering whether to investigate it, or isn't it? Yes and no, according to authoritative EU sources this week.
Handspring Treo smartphones give Graffiti the thumbs down
Handspring has taken the wraps off its Treo smartphone - its first product not only to embrace integrated wireless comunications but to turn its back on the Graffiti character-entry system the company's co-founder, Jeff Hawkins, invented.
Recording industry exploits WTC tragedy to hack you
Capitol Hill lobbyists representing the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) tried to attach a self-serving amendment to recent anti-terror legislation which would have made it legal for copyright owners to hack computer networks in search of copyright-infringing material and destroy them, Wired News reports.
The451.com is dead
Paid-for IT news site The451.com is officially dead. Its majority owner Durlacher announced to the stock market this morning that receivers had been appointed yesterday for the site's company 45Onecom Ltd.
Tiny goes large
Tiny Computers has won a Powerhouse concession contract, which will see it open 140 new stores over the coming 18 months. This will almost double its store count from its existing 143 showroom-style stores and create around 450 jobs.
MS anthrax letter un-confirmed
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia announced Monday that a letter returned from Malaysia to a Microsoft licensing division office in Reno, Nevada has tested negative for anthrax spores.
HPaQ must die – major investor
Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are being urged to scrap their $19.7 billion merger by a US value-investment fund which owns shares in both businesses.
Jungle apologises for crap service
Jungle.com has apologised to customers for its particularly poor service of late, which it admits stems from a new computer system it installed on 24 September. Customers are now faced with a 21-day guaranteed delivery time, as opposed to the 3 to 5-day service the site has offered previously.
BT-spin off offers 400% network performance supercharge
A BT-backed firm aims to tackle network performance problems with a different approach to content distribution.
Stephen Hawking predicts bio-engineering catastrophe
The synthesized voice of Professor Stephen Hawking has tinnily decreed that the sort of bio-engineering he enthusiastically advocated last month is actually going to doom humanity unless we colonize other worlds, the Telegraph reports.
IBM kicks EMC where it hurts
Things don't get any easier at EMC. While much of the world's media is speculating, quite stupidly, on its imminent acquisition by IBM, those people that actually use EMC kit are keeping a beady eye on the firm's fortunes.
Intel announces 1.5, 2GHz Mobile Pentium 4
Intel yesterday confirmed it will release Mobile Pentium 4 processors next year, at speeds in excess of 1.5GHz during the first half of 2002 and at 2GHz in the latter part of the year.
Apple ships PPC7440-based 667MHz PowerBook G4
Apple has just introduced upgraded Titanium PowerBook G4s, as we predicted.
Apple upgrades iBook to 600MHz
Apple has confirmed last week's reports from resellers than an updated iBook was on the way: it has announced a 600MHz version of the consumer notebook.
Dual 800MHz Power Mac G4 Server shows at last
Apple has shipped the long-awaited dual 800MHz Power Mac G4 Server it had been expected to launch at Apple Expo Paris (until that show was cancelled after the 11 September terrorist attacks).
Tiny sums don't add up – Time
Tiny has overestimated the market on its Powerhouse announcement earlier today and will "have to work very hard to hit its turnover target of nearly £720,000 per store".
Bonfield acknowledges his Concert failure
Sir Peter Bonfield has acknowledged his failure as chief exec of BT to bring the money-burning monster that was Concert under control.
What went wrong with Jungle's new computer system
Jungle.com has got back to us to explain exactly what went wrong with its new management computer system and why customers have faced significant delays in getting their orders in the past few weeks.
Compaq on speed with 1GHz 64-bit Alpha boxen
Compaq has introduced a server geared to ecommerce, telecoms and supercomputing environments which it reckons is the industry's most powerful mid-range bit of tin.
UK govt to turn Hastings into ‘e-city’
The UK government is considering spending £100 million to turn East Sussex coast town Hastings into an "e-city".
SirCam blitz is damp squib
SirCam, the bandwidth-munching, privacy-invading, mass-mailing virus, has failed to wipe the hard disks of infected users today, thanks to a bug in the worm's code.
Tiny's home entertainment boxes disappoint
Tiny Computers' foray into home entertainment PC centres hasn't been the success the company hoped for. The device was one idea intended to help Tiny stave off the ravages of the skinny-margin retail PC business.
Cisco ADSL adapters can melt through plastic
Cisco is voluntarily recalling approximately 95,000 ADSL router power adapters which could pose a fire risk.
Sun peppers low-end with McKinley-killer Jalapeno
MPFYou wait ages for a new bus, then two come along at once.
Optical computing ushers in 10GHz chips
MPFOptical computing has been talked about ever since we were knee-high to a PDP-8, but former Intel luminary Bill Pohlmann thinks it's now only just around the corner.
Gillingham FC fan hires plane to protest Web site ban
A fan of Gillingham Football Club, Alan Liptrott, resorted to hiring a plane with the banner "Lift the Ban on Alan" dragged behind it on Saturday after he was refused entry from the team's ground due to his supporters' Web site.
How green is your PC (disposal policy)?
Another day, another survey proving how crap companies are in dealing with disposal of unwanted computer hardware.
SA's finest chopped up for bush meat
The biggest tech news to come from South Africa (SA) this week was the shock report that Siltek, the holding company for a variety of mostly distribution-focused businesses, has applied for provisional liquidation.
HP's two-core Mako chip waves hello, goodbye
MPFNot withstanding the outcome of the SirCam merger, HP's own chip designers are pressing on heroically.