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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
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RM Group continues education market dominance

Educational reseller RM Group to continue its market dominance as the next academic year is set to begin, according to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. The company's share have rise from just over 150 pence to nearly 400 pence in the last year on the back of speculation of government funding being directed its way. Mark Loveland, an …
Lucy Kewney, 27 Aug 1998
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Cyrix links up with the channel

NatSemi sub Cyrix is to make it easier to communicate within the channel. The supplier has announced that more than 450 companies are now registered on its Cyrix Link programme, targeting system integrators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Members get news updates from Cyrix in a fortnightly newsletter, technical …
Lucy Kewney, 27 Aug 1998
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Datrontech turns to commodity networks

Datrontech is launching a new division, Datrontech Networking, to target the small and medium business market. This new section will be promoting network computing to the PC builder community and is intended to complement the higher end networking division, Data Connectivity. The new division aims to increase network competency …
Lucy Kewney, 27 Aug 1998
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Solid Data turbo-charges RAID systems

Cashing in on the plummeting DRAM market, Solid Data Systems, formerly Database Excelleration Systems, is releasing a line of SCSI-attached solid-state drives designed for I/O-intensive applications such as online transaction processing, Internet services and digital media. Gene Bowles, president of Solid Data said: "These are …
Lucy Kewney, 27 Aug 1998
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Berkeley bought by Fore in swap of stock

Fore Systems bought Berkeley Networks, a maker of NT based routing switches, in a stock swap valued at as much as estimated $250 million. The acquisition will bring large scale gigabit Ethernet backbone switches to Fore’s ATM based product line. It also broadens the scope of the company, known for its specialisation, giving …
Lucy Kewney, 26 Aug 1998
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Survey: Flat panel LCDs will boom

The flat panel display market will grow by at least 20 per cent per year for the next five years, from 184.6 million units in 1998 to 600.5 million units in 2003. These findings are based on a study of sales of major end use applications of the displays, carried out by Semico Research. Most of the growth will be spurred by the …
Lucy Kewney, 26 Aug 1998
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Hard drives a tender subject for Western Digital

Western Digital is investigating the possibility of outsourcing its US maintenance and repair services, following the example of its European arm. The manufacturer confirmed that it has invited some storage specialists, including UK companies, to submit tenders for the project. The company is keen to stress that the final go …
Lucy Kewney, 26 Aug 1998
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Hercules unchained

ELSA, a PC peripherals developer, has bought Hercules, the one-time pacesetter in the graphics card market, for $8.5 million in cash. The deal includes the transfer of all assets, including brand rights, and some of Hercules' liabilities to ELSA. Hercules generated revenue of $30 million in 1997. Hercules was one of the first …
Lucy Kewney, 25 Aug 1998
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CD-RW is the new floppy

CD-RW has the potential to become the next universal data-interchange medium for computers, a position the 1.44MB 3.5-inch floppy disk has held since the late 1980, Hewlett-Packard says. The first CD technology to be used with computers was CD-ROM, a read-only technology. In the early 1990s, CD-Recordable (CD-R) drives became …
Lucy Kewney, 25 Aug 1998
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HDD market set to steady

The hard disk drive (HDD) market will level out in the next six months, buoyed up by the Christmas season and the manufacturers cut backs earlier in the year. Prices will continue to fall, but the rate of the decline will decrease as availability falls in line with demand. The industry has been suffering from a chronic …
Lucy Kewney, 24 Aug 1998
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Channel to get educated by IT Net

IT Network is to educate the channel. The company is providing specialist IT training videos from its Web site, designed to provide resellers and end users with relevant and concise information about the information technology world. Richard Williams, editor of the IT Network, said: “In an information age where having immediate …
Lucy Kewney, 24 Aug 1998
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UK online banking to lose out to competition

Seven million people will be banking online by 2003, but UK companies could lose out to new competitors by not offering enough to consumers. According to a report from Fletcher Research, the Web’s potential in the financial market is huge, but online offerings are currently poor. The report’s findings show that as UK customers …
Lucy Kewney, 24 Aug 1998
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Lan switches drive networking world

LAN switches have driven the worldwide networking equipment industry in the second quarter of 1998 as revenues bettered $2.1 billion. This represents a 78 per cent increase over the same period last year according to preliminary figures from researchers at Dataquest, part of the Gartner group. Cisco still leads the LAN switch …
Lucy Kewney, 21 Aug 1998
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Novell does well in Q3

Novell’s third quarter results have beaten analysts' expectations, benefiting from the delayed release of Microsoft’s NT 5.0. The company points to the cost cuts and new products as significant factors in the success. Net income for the period ending 31st July was $26.6 million, compared with a loss of $87.7 million the year …
Lucy Kewney, 21 Aug 1998
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Lucent sued by DATA RACE

DATA RACE is suing Lucent technologies for patent infringement. The company is asking the Court to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Lucent from marketing and selling the Virtual Telephone system. It has filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in San Antonio, Texas, seeking damages and a permanent injunction …
Lucy Kewney, 20 Aug 1998
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Return of the Mac

Apple has reported record consumer demand for the iMac, which went on sale in America on August 15. The computer is leaving shops as fast as Apple can get it on the shelves. Many dealers have reported sell outs and are taking orders for delivery this coming weekend and further ahead. Apple is going all out to sell the iMac, and …
Lucy Kewney, 20 Aug 1998
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Seagate puts all optical eggs in Quinta basket

Seagate Technology is changing the way its subsidiary,Quinta, goes to market with OAW optically assisted Winchester (OAW) technology. In an effort to streamline its operations and avoid duplication of infrastructure, all research into optical storage technologies, including OAW will be done by Quinta. The company hopes this will …
Lucy Kewney, 20 Aug 1998
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Microsoft sued by yet another developer

Bristol Technology joins the growing ranks of institutions suing Microsoft for anti competitive behaviour. The suit, filed under the Sherman Antitrust Act in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, alleges that Microsoft injured Bristol and others in the software industry through predatory manipulation of the access to …
Lucy Kewney, 20 Aug 1998
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HP warns of Asia job cuts

Following its third quarter results showing its slimmest growth for years, Hewlett-Packard says it may have to cut jobs in the Asia Pacific region. This announcement casts doubt on the safety of over 25,000 jobs throughout Asia in 74 sales offices and 18 manufacturing plants. Richard Warmington, MD of HP's Asian operations, said …
Lucy Kewney, 19 Aug 1998
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People to suffer in year 2000

The millennium bug could prove fatal, not just to computers but to people as well, according to MPs on the public accounts committee, and research from bug hunters at Prove It 2000. Meanwhile, John Prescott, deputy prime minister, assured the country that the government had the problem under control. MP’s on the committee said …
Lucy Kewney, 19 Aug 1998
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Netscape gets back in the black

Netscape Communications has broken even in its third quarter, surpassing Wall Street estimates. Revenues for the quarter ending July 31 were $150.2 million – a ten per cent increase on the $136 million of the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $88,000 compared with a net loss of $45 million. Since Netscape …
Lucy Kewney, 19 Aug 1998
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Tadpole takes out another minnow

Tadpole Technology, the Cambridge based specialist workstation and mobile computer systems manufacturer is taking out the competition, by taking it over. Tadpole is buying one of its US rivals, RDI, in a $6 million reverse take over. Tadpole’s directors will retain control of the board of the new group. The deal is being funded …
Lucy Kewney, 19 Aug 1998
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Dell sales rocket in titanic year

1998 has been a bloody year for PC manufacturers. Inventory overhang, margin pressure, plummeting prices, the Asian contagion, has ensured a nasty time is being had by almost all. the outstanding exception is of course, Dell, the Austin-Texas direct PC manufacturer, which turned in an superb set of Q2 results yesterday. By its …
Lucy Kewney, 19 Aug 1998
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Lucent strikes unified messaging deal with Sun

Lucent and Sun have teamed up to develop unified messaging systems that will combine voicemail, email and faxes on a single network. This is not the first unified messaging system, but the two technology companies claim to be the first to try to make it work on a corporate scale. Customers will be able to access a three types of …
Lucy Kewney, 18 Aug 1998
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Size does matter, monitor manufacturerers claim

Fourteen members of the Computer Suppliers Federation have joined forces to sponsor research into the impact of monitor size on office productivity. The project, titled Monitors Matter, will be carried out by City University in London. The CSF says that the aim of the research is to educate businesses on the elements to consider …
Lucy Kewney, 18 Aug 1998