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BT Retail talks down costs, talks up revenues

BT Retail CEO Pierre Danon today outlined his plans to cut massive costs from the company's bottom line, defending its core revenues and delivering at least three per cent annual revenue growth over the next three years. BT Retail aims to grow revenues in two areas; extending existing business through new initiatives - bringing …
James Watson, 04 Dec 2001
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Sharp Linux PDA needs apps now!

Software company Trolltech has announced a worldwide developer contest, starting today, to generate apps for Sharp's upcoming Linux-based handheld, the Zaurus SL-5500. Sharp has just demoed the final version of the PDA in California, but will only make it available for sale, "in early 2002". Alas, Sharp has promised there will …
James Watson, 04 Dec 2001
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Amazon buys Egghead.com

Amazon has acquired what's left of ailing dotcom Egghead.com. It is temporarily redirecting traffic to a site in its electronics section until it can relaunch Egghead properly. Amazon will get Egghead's URL, intellectual property and business documentation, but not full use of its customer information, due to privacy policy …
James Watson, 04 Dec 2001

HP e3000 death is wrong

Two thirds of companies using HP's e3000 hardware platform don't support its decision to end support for the platform, according to a survey of more than 1,000 users. Last month, HP announced end of support dates for its range of e3000 servers and their associated upgrade kits, as well as the MPE/iX operating system. MPE ships …
James Watson, 04 Dec 2001
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Mobile phones name that tune

Philips has developed an m-commerce app which lets mobile phone users identify and buy a song playing on the radio. It works like this: dial a service provider, put your handset near the source of the music for a few seconds and then receive the track title - with an offer to buy - via text message. Developed by CryptoTec, a …
James Watson, 03 Dec 2001
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Deckhand killed playing PlayStation

An Australian deckhand was electrocuted while thumbing the controller of a Sony PlayStation when a wave smashed into the boat's wheelhouse. The 19-year old man, Richard Wells, was sitting at a metal table playing with the console when a huge wave broke through the cabin window. The trawler was lying off the southern Queensland …
James Watson, 03 Dec 2001
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Synad builds dual mode WLAN chipset

Synad, a fabless UK-based chipmaker, today announced Mercury5G, the "world's first dual mode WLAN chipset", straddling both 802.11b and 802.11a networks. The chipset will allow client-side NICs to connect to existing 11Mbps 802.11b networks communicating at 2.4GHz, as well as the new 54Mbps 802.11a networks, which speak on the …
James Watson, 03 Dec 2001
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AMD uses ads to explain QuantiSpeed

AMD is kicking off a European marketing campaign, 'A New Kind Of Fast' to promote the brand, help users understand its QuantiSpeed branding and convince them that Megahertz don't matter. This is its biggest advertising splash in Europe, covering print and broadcast media in 17 key markets through 2002, although it doesn't say …
James Watson, 30 Nov 2001
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BTopenworld – download beats, beat up on gamers

BTopenworld will take its next charge at the holy grail of profitable online content in January with music and gaming subscription offers. First out of the gates is a classical music service, in partnership with music provider Classical.com. Users can listen online to a catalogue of 5,000 tracks, search through its Amazon-like …
James Watson, 30 Nov 2001
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Jaguar workers face sack over ‘inappropriate’ emails

Eleven workers at Jaguar's Halewood, UK factory are facing the sack, with another 19 lined up for possible disciplinary action, after circulating "inappropriate" emails around the office. Jaguar does not comment on what kind of "inappropriate material" had been sent, although an icLiverpool source claims the mails contained …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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Dabs.com offers free online credit

Online retailer dabs.com is offering its customers interest free online financing for any purchase over the value of £500. The site teamed up with Halifax-Cetelem to create an online finance approval process. Check-out with more than £500 of goods, choose the interest free finance payment option, fill in your details, wait …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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Time bulks up retail lines

Time Computers' retail stores will have an additional 250 product items on the shelves from Monday. The company add a range of consumable goods (cartridges, paper, etc.), as well as stand-alone goods like digital cameras, scanners and printers. Buyers can also pick up on various deals like a free DVD player with selected PCs or …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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Toshiba drops desktops in US

Toshiba will stop selling its desktop PCs in the US after pushing them unsuccessfully for the past four years. It will focus instead on its various mobile products, such as notebooks, portable servers and wireless networking. Since getting into desktop sales there in early 1997, it never claimed more than one per cent of the …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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IBM drops 1200 chip workers

IBM says it will cut around 1000 jobs from its semiconductor division due to the market downturn, nearly five per cent of the unit's staff. It will also chop 180 jobs from its storage technology unit. The microelectronics unit produces processors, circuit boards and other chips for various global customers, as well as other IBM …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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StorageTek feeds TimberWolf

Tape news StorageTek has beefed up its high-end TimberWolf 9710 tape libraries by adding support for the recently-released T9840B tape drive, as well as SDLT drives. The company says T9840B is one of the speediest drives around, allowing a transfer rate of up to 19MB per second. This nearly doubles TimberWolf's previous 10MB transfer …
James Watson, 28 Nov 2001
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Fujitsu sues Samsung over mobile phone patents

Fujitsu Media Devices is suing Samsung Electro-Mechanics in the US for infringements on its mobile phone component patents. Fujitsu hopes to stop Samsung from importing and selling various components in the US, reports the FT. Fujitsu says its efforts to negotiate with the Korean company over the past two years have been …
James Watson, 28 Nov 2001
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DiData buys Belgian reseller

Networking equipment reseller Dimension Data has acquired Planet CTI, a Belgian computer telephony integrator, for E2.4 million. Planet CTI specialises in delivering CTI middleware with call centre technologies to its customers around Europe, using partnerships with Genesys, Siebel and Accenture. Its customer list includes …
James Watson, 28 Nov 2001
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UK IT salaries hold steady

Salaries for IT professionals increased 1.65 per cent in the third quarter, an overall average of £31,191 for the UK. London-based workers are the highest paid of the lot, with an average salary of £39,395, an increase of 3.5 per cent over the last quarter. Scotland had the largest increase at 5.4 per cent, bringing its average …
James Watson, 28 Nov 2001
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Microsoft's eHome out of the closet

Microsoft came out of the closet yesterday on its eHome strategy with a talk from Mike Toutonghi, the man in charge. The title of the presentation, "Thinking outside the box: distributing the power of the PC throughout the home", tells you most of what you need to know. Your Windows-powered PC will deliver entertainment the way …
James Watson, 27 Nov 2001
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Europe semicon sales fall

European semiconductor revenues will be $29 billion this year, a 33 per cent drop from 2000. Worldwide, revenues for the sector are set to fall 35 per cent, according to new numbers out from Gartner Dataquest. The research company says 2001 will mark the largest semiconductor revenue downturn ever recorded. On the plus side, …
James Watson, 27 Nov 2001
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Mobo wrestling and maxing 3DMark

HWRoundup Mobo wrestling Tom's Hardware Guide gets its hands on with thirteen motherboards, putting VIA's KT266A chipset head to head with nVidia's nForce 420D. Oh the whole, nVidia feels the force of a VIA smackdown, with a board from Soltek holding the champion's belt at the end of it all. Soyo made a close runner up in the race. The …
James Watson, 27 Nov 2001
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Grey software is not black and white

UK resellers selling cheap Microsoft software are not necessarily flogging pirated goods. Microsoft is currently locked in legal proceedings with two UK businesses regarding the sale of what it says are counterfeit products, and which the resellers say are products acquired legitimately on the grey market. Matthew Rippon, a …
James Watson, 27 Nov 2001
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Law firm urges caution over BSA piracy forms

A major corporate law firm is advising UK companies which receive a software audit form from the Business Software Alliance to "Proceed with Care!" when deciding whether to complete it. According to DLA, anyone who returns the form in good faith "could simply be providing the BSA with the evidence it needs to take action …
James Watson, 26 Nov 2001
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Infineon slams Samsung DRAM ‘artificial pricing’

The recent surge in DRAM prices is the result of manipulation by Korean producer Samsung, rather than a ramp-up in demand, Ulrich Shumacher, chief executive of Infineon, claims. According to Schumacher, DRAM pricing should have dropped due to chip supply still exceeding demand when Hynix's creditors rescued it last month. …
James Watson, 26 Nov 2001
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Lastminute: two quarters to break even

Lastminute.com says its operations in the UK and France will break even in approximately two quarters. The company's full year financial results, announced today, shows various belt-tightening measures are paying off in a reduction of cash outflow, while sales have shown strong improvement from the last quarter. Quarter-on- …
James Watson, 23 Nov 2001