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Seagate builds film drives for Kodak

Eastman Kodak and Seagate are joining forces to create improved APS-camera-to-computer technology bridges. The alliance covers marketing, manufacturing and sales, and the two companies will work to develop the next generation of film drives. Under the terms of the deal, Seagate gets exclusive manufacture and sales rights for …
Lucy Kewney, 17 Sep 1998
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OEM deal strengthens Hitachi enterprise storage line-up

Hitachi Data Systems Europe has signed an OEM agreement with Sutmyn Storage, to distribute the American company's Scimitar Virtual Tape Systems across Europe. Sutmyn has also certified Hitachi Freedom Storage 5700E and 7700E disk storage systems for use with its VTS (Virtual Tape Server) solution. The Scimitar VTS provides the …
Lucy Kewney, 17 Sep 1998
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Adaptec credit outlook worsens

Standard and Poor’s has marked down Adaptec’s credit rating from “stable” to “negative outlook”. The credit agency concluded that sustained weak margins or diminished financial flexibility could lead to lower ratings next year. Adaptec says that the change in outlook is due to challenges inherent in its business realignment …
Lucy Kewney, 16 Sep 1998
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Rambus validates integration

Rambus has announced a component validation programme, designed to smooth the transition to Direct Rambus memory systems next year. Standard procedures required for verification in the new system will make it easier for customers to integrate the new products, Rambus said. Validation procedures are being established for all the …
Lucy Kewney, 16 Sep 1998
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Blair Y2K job scheme turns to dust

Tony Blair's crusade to recruit and train 20,000 millennium bug-busters is fizzling out into a very damp squib. The Government has set aside £26 million for the progamme, which has attracted just 24 recruits in its first three months, The Times reports. With a budget of over £1 million per pupil, the standard of teaching had …
Lucy Kewney, 16 Sep 1998
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Intel pushes thin server ‘appliances’

Intel is targeting the burgeoning small business sector with a new line of thin server appliance products that it says will make it easy and cheap to network between two and 50 PCs. The products will be sold as part of Intel's InBusiness product line and will be available this year. Brad Romney, Intel's small business networking …
Lucy Kewney, 15 Sep 1998
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NatSemi signs up for Tut HomeRun

National Semiconductor is preparing for an explosion in home networking by licensing Tut Systems' HomeRun technology for use on its single-chip Ethernet physical layer transceiver solution. Financial details were not released. Tut's system is intended to use existing phone cabling in the home to run networks. Analysts estimate …
Lucy Kewney, 15 Sep 1998
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Storming performance from Psion Dacom

Psion Dacom reported 79 per cent sales growth in the first half of 1998. Sales rose to $40.5 million, up from $22.6 million in the same period last year. The company said that this reflected rapid expansion of all its major markets worldwide, and was optimistic about its future prospects. Psion Dacom has established partnerships …
Lucy Kewney, 15 Sep 1998
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Dutch policeman nabbed in Microsoft raid

A Dutch policeman was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods, after the National Crime Squad intercepted a van with 20,000 Microsoft Windows 95 Upgrade CD-ROMs on board. Two others, a Dutch national and a UK national, were arrested and charged with handling stolen goods worth £1.5 million. The CDs, believed to be stolen …
Lucy Kewney, 14 Sep 1998
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Diamond bundles Internet music with RIO

Diamond Multimedia's newly launched Rio PMP300 portable music player will be marketed with licensed content from the MP3.com Web site. Diamond will bundled 100 songs from MP3.com with the new product. Under the terms of the deal, each organisation will provide the other with “aggressive” promotion and advertising. Ken Wirt, …
Lucy Kewney, 14 Sep 1998
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Artecon consolidates UK beachhead

California-based storage specialist Artecon is looking for channel partners to join its distribution team now that it is firmly established in the UK following the completion of its merger with Storage Dimensions. Account manager Robert Taylor commented: "We are looking for new distributors. A reseller must be able to add …
Lucy Kewney, 14 Sep 1998
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Lass gets rusticated at Oxford University

At Oxford University, the president of the Students Union was alleged to have used her PC to cheat on an exam. For one question, she allegedly downloaded an essay she had, in true BBC programme Blue Peter-style, prepared earlier. A spokeswoman for the university said that she had no idea how a student could get online - if she …
Lucy Kewney, 09 Sep 1998
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MSN gets revamp

Microsoft Network (MSN) is launching an update of its Portal site, msn.co.uk 1.6. The changes to the site, designed to make it easier to navigate, have been based on feedback from users in the UK. The new version will be launched 16 September. The feedback came in the form of emails from users and research using focus groups. …
Lucy Kewney, 09 Sep 1998
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Poor people buy PCs too

Confirmation that the computer is no longer the sole domain of the middle class, nerdy male comes from Forrester Research, a US market research company. According to a new report, the rest of the population - women, non graduates and poor people - are now buying PCs. First time buyers will account for 40 per cent of the 1999 PC …
Lucy Kewney, 07 Sep 1998
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NEC Direct transplants to Livingston

NEC Direct has moved its corporate sales office to its plant in Livingston, near Edinburgh, from Maidenhead. Manufacturing of NEC's Powermate and Versa notebook ranges will move to the plant from France and Japan, next year. All personnel were told about the move about six months ago, and those that did not want to relocate were …
Lucy Kewney, 04 Sep 1998
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Cadence snaps up Ambit

Cadence is aggressively pursuing the system-on-a-chip (SOC) market with the acquisition of Ambit, developer of critical design automation technology used in SOC design. The deal is worth $260 million, and will be paid in cash. Ambit, a privately-held company and currently an OEM partner of Cadence, offers a leading-edge product …
Lucy Kewney, 04 Sep 1998
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UK hard disk component vendor bought

Two Japanese giants have joined forces to buy UK disk equipment maker Nordiko. The two companies, precision equipment maker Shimadzu and semiconductor trader Marubun, will spend a total of £22 million on Nordiko to create what they say will be the largest producer of next- generation computer hard disk equipment. Of the two …
Lucy Kewney, 04 Sep 1998
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Eicon name removed from Holocaust slave labour suit

A subsidiary of Eicon Technology was wrongly named in a Holocaust slave labour lawsuit, but the company has now been removed from the list of defendants. The complaint, filed against the company last Sunday in the US District Court, Eastern District of New York, accused it of the use of slave labour during World War II. The …
Lucy Kewney, 03 Sep 1998
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Creative proposes Value for SoundBlaster Live!

Creative Labs has launched a lower-cost version of its new Sound Blaster Live! audio card. The "Value" version of the card will start shipping next week in the States at an RRP of $99.99, the company said. A Spokesman for Creative Labs said that a Pan-European release is planned for some time before Christmas, but that no dates …
Lucy Kewney, 03 Sep 1998
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4Front posts improved Q2 profits

4Front Technologies has posted its results for the quarter ending July 31, showing a 46 per cent increase in revenue on the same period last year. Net income in Q2 was $1.235 million on total revenue of $27.42 million. In the comparable period last year, net income was $677,000 on revenue of $18.8 million. Anil Doshi, chairman …
Lucy Kewney, 03 Sep 1998
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VESA flat-packs monitor standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has approved a proposal, submitted by Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, to begin work on the DFP interface. The immediate aim of the project is to make DFP proposal and P&D standard fully compatible standards, and in the long term, to shift the industry to the P&D standard. The DFP …
Lucy Kewney, 03 Sep 1998
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Psion sales up, but palmtops down

Following the announcement of its first half results, Psion has said that it is in talks with Matsushita and other industry players about taking a minority equity stake in the recently formed Symbian venture. Symbian was started with Nokia and Ericsson earlier this year and Motorola is due to sign up next month. At that stage, …
Lucy Kewney, 02 Sep 1998
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Time snaps up Office World concessions

Time Computers has added another dimension to its sales operations with the announcement that it is to sell its computers through rented space in Office World, the Swiss owned retail superstore operation. Time, the system building arm of Lancashire-based Granville Technology, will become the third in line to take the in-store …
Lucy Kewney, 02 Sep 1998
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Asda signs Viglen for back to school PCs

Asda is cashing in on the start of the computer buying season , with a Back to School drive to sell cut price PCs. The supermarket chain will have PCs for sale in every store, retailing at £799. Asda claims this is £200 cheaper than most other outlets. The hardware is being supplied by Amstrad subsidiary Viglen, and will carry …
Lucy Kewney, 01 Sep 1998
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HP bundles free backup software with Sure Store

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a new software package to be distributed free with its Sure Store range of tape drives. This comes as Banner, a US research company release the finding of a recently completed study of the market for backup software in the US, UK and Europe. The research found that the three most important features …
Lucy Kewney, 01 Sep 1998