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IBM relaunches PC division

Computing giant IBM has a new name and a new strategy for capturing market share in the PC business. Currently, the PC inventor's market share languishes in third place behind Dell and Hewlett Packard with less than half their worldwide sales, writes Steve Malone. IBM admits that companies like Dell have been better at selling …
PC Pro, 21 Nov 2002
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Hyper-Threading: best thing since sliced thread?

When Intel starts adding the initials 'HT' to its Pentium 4 stickers, you know that Hyper-Threading is going to be a mainstream buzzword in no time, writes Ben Hardwidge. Hyper-Threading has been doing the rounds for a few months already, but was previously an exclusive possession of Xeon servers and workstations. We first saw …
PC Pro, 14 Nov 2002
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Microsoft, Panasonic propose (another) CD standard

Microsoft, Panasonic and Fujifilm have announced a new format for CDs which they hope will establish a new standard and bring the world of PCs, DVDs and other CD formats together, writes Steve Malone. The new format called HighMAT - High Performance Media Access Technology - is a new way to organise the data on the CD which …
PC Pro, 18 Oct 2002
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Borland JBuilder 7

VERDICT: It's laden with features, but at version 7 JBuilder faces stiff competition from leaner, more modular alternatives. SPECIFICATIONS: Written in Java and runs on JDK 1.3.1 and anywhere that JDK runs. Supports Windows NT 4, 2000 or XP, Red Hat Linux, Solaris on UltraSPARC II or higher and Mac OS X. PRICE: £2,149 ( …
PC Pro, 18 Oct 2002
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Office 11 Beta due within a month

The next version of Microsoft Office - codenamed office 11 - is not yet in beta, says Microsoft, but it is due within a month, Alun Williams writes. Yesterday Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft already had the next Office release in beta, but this is not quite the case. 'We're not in beta yet', the Microsoft Office XP …
PC Pro, 11 Oct 2002
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VIA backs Bluetooth

The short-range wireless technology got another boost yesterday, as Taiwanese processor and board maker VIA licensed Bluetooth intellectual properties from Ericsson, Matt Whipp writes. It remains unclear how VIA will deploy Bluetooth in its product range, although adding the technology to the chips it sells to manufacturers of …
PC Pro, 02 Oct 2002
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Recycling is so PC

A new company, Key Computers, is to offer cheap computers, notebooks and peripherals and tackle the growing mountain of waste computer products in the UK, Matt Whipp writes. Prices start from £199.99 including VAT, credit card charges and delivery for an Internet-ready system based on a 233Mhz Pentium, a 1.6Gb hard drive and …
PC Pro, 20 Sep 2002
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Intel's future is 3D

Higher processor performance, with greater power efficiency, is promised by Intel's research in transistor design, writes Alun Williams. As opposed to traditional 'flat' transistors, Intel suggests a future for a 3D design. Transistors, of course, are the mini On-Off switches that are combined to build microprocessors. …
PC Pro, 20 Sep 2002