18th > November > 2002 Archive
Top tier software vendors get toppier
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 runs 64-bit MS Windows OS on K8
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 claims thinnest, lightest Pocket PC
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 accuses NTL of overcharging
Vodafone is suing NTL over allegations that the cableco overcharged the mobile phone giant for the rental of fixed line telephony services.
Nominet warns of dodgy domain sales tactics
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).
UK Home Office unit looking at electronic offender tagging
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 take GeForce 4200 to Go
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.
AMD re-org bill could be $600m (And the rest)
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 refreshes IP convergence line
Cisco Systems last week announced a major revamp of its IP Communications products line.
MPs probe impact of data retention laws
MPs are to hold a public inquiry covering data retention and the Internet and its effects on ISPs.
Nvidia outs GeForce FX
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".
MS anti-piracy crew puts Suffolk dealer in the stocks
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.
MS exec rattles sabre, suggests Linux could infringe patents
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.
Segways go on sale. No need to walk ever again
As revealed on US breakfast telly this morning, Dean Kamen's Segway< 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).
Vodafone exits stage left to actor jibes
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 unveils wireless ADSL modem
BT has unveiled a wireless ADSL broadband modem that allows up to ten people to share a single broadband connection.
Computing A-level star wins laptop
Meenakshi Parameshwaran - a 19-year-old from Ilford - has been voted the brightest female computing student in the UK.
Child porn ‘librarian’ jailed for 2 years
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.
BSA whacks two UK firms for piracy
Web site tip-offs to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) have led to heavy software piracy fines for two UK companies.
O2 puts Nokia 7210 on hold, claiming software problems
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.
Agere demos 162Mbps wireless LAN chip
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.
Nokia predicts 1.5bn mobile users by 2005
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 debuts own-brand handheld
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).