8th > December > 2004 Archive
So, it's true. IBM, creator of the original PC in 1981, has sold its computer business to Chinese assembler Lenovo, formerly the Legend Group. Lenovo will pay Big Blue $1.25bn, with $650m in cash, and IBM will retain an 18.9 per cent stake in the joint venture. Lenovo will be IBM's preferred supplier and retains the right to use the brand for five years. The deal excludes IBM's eServer x86 PC servers.
Toshiba and fellow Japanese technology company Memory-Tech have developed the obvious successor to DualDisc: a disc that incorporates both DVD and an HD DVD playback surfaces.
Is Google News' chief scientist, Krishna Bharat, actually a robot? From an interview in the current issue of Wired magazine, it's increasingly difficult to conclude that Bharat could convincingly pass the Turing Test. Every time Google News is criticized for bias, Bharat is wheeled to field out an identical reply. He claims that humans can't be held responsible for what appears on his website - because machines are in charge.
Dell and Sun Microsystems actually agree on something. Both companies think Red Hat's Linux operating system and services are too expensive.
Exclusive So why did IBM agree to sell its PC division to Lenovo for $1.25bn? And how did Big Blue break the news to thousands of worried staffers, not only in the company's Personal Computing Division, but throughout out the increasingly high-end oriented firm?
Microsoft has strolled a little closer to delivering an update for Windows Server 2003 by showing a release candidate service pack for the OS.
Madasafish.com is hiring a "pukka celebrity" to star in a TV commercial plugging its new broadband service.
PeopleSoft customers are getting more comfortable with the idea of an Oracle takeover - at least they are according to Oracle's co-president Charles Phillips.
Interview It would be very easy to paint the newly appointed Ombudsman to Internet overseeing organisation ICANN as a heroic figure. The fact that he hasn't been is either a missed trick or a reassuring sign that substance is more important than style - we can't be sure which.
Nvidia will roll out a Pentium 4-oriented nForce chipset by the end of Q1 2005, the company has confirmed.
A survey carried out for the think tank Reform claims 81 per cent of the British public favour the introduction of compulsory ID cards, with 29 per cent thinking it would be a very good idea, and 52 per cent a good idea. The survey, of 1,022 adults, was carried out by ICM between 1st and 2nd December, and reflects the largely non fact-based public viewpoint that cards are harmless, would tackle terror, fraud and illegal immigration, and 'what have you got to hide anyway?'
UK mobile phone network O2 is to bring a more compact version of its XDA II PocketPC phone, through the device will initially only be made available to its Far Eastern customers.
Dodgy Christmas lights are being blamed for knocking over broadband connections, with imported flashing lights that don't meet UK electrical standards fingered as the worst offenders.
IBM has decided against buying the Irish arm of disaster recovery company Schlumberger, following a decision by the Competition Authority to block the deal.
HP's board have discussed splitting up the company on three separate occasions, Carly Fiorina, CEO, revealed yesterday. She told a meeting of financial analysts: "The board looked at this analytically and dispassionately and in detail three separate times...and each time the board...came to the same, unanimous conclusion," Reuters reports.
Singapore Airlines will add in-flight Wi-Fi to its Singapore-London route during Q1 2005, the first step in the carrier's plan to bring live TV to passengers by the middle of next year.
Cisco yesterday said it is on track to meet Wall Street estimates for 13 per cent growth in its current financial year. Analysts expect revenues of $24.81bn - $22.05bn for FY2005, which ends next July.
US mobile firm Sprint has detailed what it will spend on upgrading its network and getting it ready for 3G services.
Dutch government plans to adopt Microsoft software for 245,000 desktop PCs have caused a stir among Dutch MPs, online magazine Webwereld reports.
Letters to letters. We don't like to get too post-modern here at Reg Towers but we've received a fine selection of letters in response to a previous selection of letters we published. Offshoring or outsourcing is something every Reg reader has an opinion on, and we've yet to hear from two readers who agree.
Colombian coca plant farmers have developed genetically modified strains of the plant, the Financial Times claims.
Ofcom boss Stephen Carter has squared up to BT over plans to overhaul the UK telco. On Monday BT signalled that it won't comply with new regulatory demands made by Ofcom if such moves are too damaging for its business.
Intel CEO Craig Barrett reinforced his optimistic outlook for 2005 when he claimed the "missteps" the chip maker made this year are now behind it.
A Las Vegas adult services operator is making a federal case of his longstanding claim that cyber security weaknesses at the local phone company have permitted hackers to hijack calls intended for his stable of in-room entertainers - reprising a complaint that state regulators rejected in 2002.
A US adult content payment processing firm has agreed to tear up disputed bills of $17m to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. Alyon Technologies has agreed not to pursue an estimated 200,000 consumers for their supposed use of adult videotext services.
Nortel Networks says it will finally be able to post financial results for 2003 on 10 January next year - after a series of delays.
AOL is culling 750 workers at its HQ in Northern Virginia, three weeks after announcing plans to split the business into four divisions.
Update PalmSource is to create a new version of the Palm OS with Linux at its core, the company said today after announcing a plan to buy Chinese phone software company China MobileSoft (CMS).
The UK will miss its targets for carbon dioxide emissions reduction, unless it pulls its socks up, The Department of the Environment said today. The Government wants to cut CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 20 per cent by 2010. but this goal, will not be reached, as things stand.
Virgin Mobile is in talks with several Chinese mobile operators about starting operations in the country.
UK-based digital music company Wippit has secured content distribution licences from the two remaining major labels that have thus far eluded it: Warner and Universal.
A London-based debt recovery software specialist has paid a £39,500 fine for using unlicensed software. This settles a copyright infringement claim brought by the Business Software Alliance against London Bridge Software Holdings for its illegal use of software, including Macromedia products.
Amazon.com suffered an embarrassing outage earlier this week, but promised customers that problems with its IT systems had been rapidly fixed. This claim, however, has come under closer scrutiny from Amazon users in the UK, US and Canada. Many members of Amazon's Seller marketplace say the company has been suffering from long-standing problems during the peak holiday shopping season. And, to the dismay of Amazon PR, the company's IT staff agrees with the sellers.
According to a survey conducted by British ISP Homecall, 23 per cent of Britons are getting broadband for the porn, and it's by far the most important factor in getting wired. 12 per cent cited access to music videos, 8 per cent access to movie trailers, and a gratifying 9 per cent for radio, which is undergoing a renaissance in the UK. Sometimes new media can be the best thing to happen to old media.
The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether or not consumers should be permitted to shop for wine via the Internet and have it delivered directly to their doors. Hundreds of millions of dollars in state taxes and distributors' commissions are at stake, so the notion is being fought vigorously by states and industry lobbyists.