18th > November > 2002 Archive
As expected, Sun Microsystems Inc will today roll out its long-awaited "WildCat" high-performance system interconnect technology for its Sun Fire Unix server line, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. When Sun said it would be able to build UltraSparc servers with hundreds of processors, WildCat was the integral technology …
Microsoft Corp has refused to comment on reports that the European Commission is reviewing complaints from competitors that it is using its dominance in the operating system market to build its position in the growing mobile software space. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the EC officials have received …
The founder and former CEO of MobilCom AG, Gerhard Schmid, has finally agreed to hand over his 32% stake in the carrier to a trustee, a move that should pave the way for the rescue bid organized by the German government. France Telecom will be financing the 7bn euro ($7bn) bail-out, which has been in jeopardy for the past …
IBM has created a wireless web services toolkit that uses open source implementations of popular XML-based standards for devices with a small footprint. The company's Web Services Tool Kit for Mobile Devices, posted to IBM's alphaWorks web site, uses kSOAP and kXML for Java web services and gSOAP for C-based web services …
Further proof has emerged for the theory that the integrated software and service providers are gaining share on the specialist, point product providers. Dataquest has just completed its assessment of the market and concludes that, '...top-tier software vendors are gaining revenue share at the expense of the pure-play vendor'.
AMD is showing off a prototype 64-bit Windows OS running on its upcoming 64-bit Opteron processors. OK, so it's jam tomorrow, but the fact that AMD is showing this in public means that tomorrow is not too far away.
HP is claiming thinnest and lightest Pocket PC, for the iPAQ h1910, launched today in the US for an estimated street price of $299.
Vodafone is suing NTL over allegations that the cableco overcharged the mobile phone giant for the rental of fixed line telephony services.
Nominet has warned Net users to be on their guard after receiving a "flood" of complaints about the sale tactics of a company called Domain Registrar Services Limited (DRS).
Has Hilary Benn MP become the UK's Minister for Cyborging? An article in yesterday's Observer newspaper might imply he's dangerously near to it. The story, unfortunately, starts the usual hares about people-chipping in its lead-in paragraphs, which does kind of obscure the real story lurking beneath.
Nvidia may be market leader in most areas of graphics chips, but when it comes to the notebook segments, it loses out on sales and performance to arch-rival ATI.
Last week, AMD announced that it is to pink-slip 2,000 employees - 15 per cent of the workforce. Today, it has issued an estimate of the accountancy hit it will take in Q4. The AMD beancounters are showing the now-legendary precision of the US accountancy profession, coming in with a range of between $300m and $600m pre-tax and $563 million to $863 million on an after-tax basis, for restructuring costs. Don't they know?
Cisco Systems last week announced a major revamp of its IP Communications products line.
MPs are to hold a public inquiry covering data retention and the Internet and its effects on ISPs.
It's been a long time coming, but today Nvidia’s next-gen graphics chip family, the NV30, gets its first official public airing. And a new moniker: step forward the Nvidia GeForce FX, a name intended to convey a "new age of cinematic visual effects for the desktop".
Pity Russell Simpson, joint owner of Suffolk-based resellers Greengage Computer Products, who has not only forked out an undisclosed sum in compensation for unwittingly flogging counterfeit copies of Microsoft software, but sentenced to the stocks too.
The CEO of Microsoft Israel has played the FUD card against Linux, raising doubts about the provenance of the intellectual property in the software, and advising potential customers to seek indemnification from the supplier in the event of patent infringement.
As revealed on US breakfast telly this morning, Dean Kamen's Segway<</a> is on sale from today via the Amazon 'early adoptors' club. Delivery is US-only and your $4950 machine actually ships in March at the earliest (although in a bid for even more publicity, 30 consumers will be hand-picked to receive their Segways before Christmas).
There was an amusing item in today's Mirror which told how mobile phone giant, Vodafone, hired actors recently to play "the crowd" at the launch of the company's new phone.
BT has unveiled a wireless ADSL broadband modem that allows up to ten people to share a single broadband connection.
Meenakshi Parameshwaran - a 19-year-old from Ilford - has been voted the brightest female computing student in the UK.
A computer clerk who ran an online library of child porn was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey this week. In a four-day period, almost 3,000 people visited the free website of 20-year old Londoner Darren Guest.
Web site tip-offs to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) have led to heavy software piracy fines for two UK companies.
Mobile phone network O2 has pulled back the release of Nokia's classy new 7210 'fashion phone', citing problems with the version of the software it has been testing.
Wireless LAN specialist Agere picked opening day at Comdex to announce prototype wireless LAN chips capable of transmitting data at 162Mbps in the 5GHz band occupied by emerging 802.11a kit.
Brushing aside pessimism about the industry's medium term potential, Nokia's CEO says the mobile phone industry is on the verge of substantial growth.
Dell today starts selling its first own-brand handheld, a Pocket PC PDA retailing from $199 (after something called a mail-in rebate of $50). Called the Dell Axim X5, the basic model comes with a 300MHz Intel XScale CPU and 32MB of SDRAM and 32MB of Flash Rom. A more fully-specced device with a 400MHz XScale chip, 64MB of SDRAM, 48MB of Flash ROM, and a USB cradle starts at $299 (also with the $50 mail-in rebate).