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HW Roundup India strikes
Welcome, then, to ItIQOnline, a very literate site - as you'd expect from India - which also seems to have a top story about Hewlett-Packard up there.
Granny allergic to PCs – official
Pity, all you geeks, hackers and crackers, poor Joan Stock of Saltford, Bristol, who can't go near a PC without experiencing terrible headaches.
UK users prepare anti-Apple protest action
A band of Brit Mac users is planning to disrupt Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech at Apple Expo Paris next week, according to an email from the group mailed to just about every Mac news site on the planet.
Apple identifies alleged lead secrets leaker
UpdatedApple has discovered the identity of at least one of its employees who's been craftily passing company secrets to the press.
MacOS X public beta in two weeks – Jobs
Steve Jobs astonished the Mac faithful at San Francisco's Seybold Seminars by announcing MacOS X for Intel hardware, and a range of new Apple-branded consumer appliances.
PowerPC G4 Plus breaks 1GHz barrier
Motorola has begun sampling its next-generation PowerPC 74xx processor, aka the G4e or G4 Plus.
Apple moots IBM Power 4 as G4 successor?
Is IBM working on a version of its server-oriented Power 4 CPU - aka Gigaprocessor - tailored to Apple's motherboards? That's certainly what one Mac-oriented rumour site is claiming, citing Big Blue sources.
Xtrem unveils 1.2GHz Mac
A little-known Swedish start-up is claiming to have crashed the 1GHz barrier ahead of Apple - and by using only a single PowerPC processor.
How to survive Whistler
Leading Windows customisation outfit Stardock Systems will release a major rewrite of WindowBlinds, 2.0 in beta form on Monday, and it's available to Object Desktop subscribers now.
World Online denies plug-pulling
World Online has moved to quash consumer fears that it is about to ditch unmetered Net access.
Apple raises legal sword over rumour sites
Apple yesterday fired off a broadside toward Mac-oriented rumour Web sites and their sources in an attempt to block leaks of future product announcements.
MS has yet another crack at handheld PCs
The operating system formerly known as Windows CE is coming round for yet another go, this time in the shape of the Handheld PC 2000 form factor. Microsoft's abject failure so far to make a serious go of the handheld/PDA market, or even to nail down a proper definition and stick to it, clearly hasn't convinced the company that it might as well just give up.
Pop.com film site flickers out
Another dotcom has crashed. But, interestingly, it never actually started. So why do we care about Pop.com? Because it was loosely connected with celebrities of course. Apparently it was backed by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, although no evidence for this exists. It was going to be a film site, and spent $7 million of the $50 million given to it by Paul Allen before it gave up the ghost, without actually ever going live. Daft world we live in.
Bidders named for fixed wireless auction
The government has announced the approved bidders for the fixed wireless auctions, starting 16 October. Fifty-one companies expressed their interest in July and this list has been cut down to 12. The "broadband fixed wireless access services licences" will allow fast, permanently connected Internet access without the need for cable or telephone connections.
Clinton's emails an historical goldmine
The 40 million emails sent between Bill Clinton and his White House staff in the last eight years will be a historical goldmine, presidential biographer Stanley Kutler has said.
We all still want Bluetooth
According to some kinda research or other, everyone is still mad for Bluetooth - despite the fact that it's beginning to look like a universal con job.
CallNet in ‘destructive’ whispering campaign
The new head of World CallNet has refused to comment on allegations that only a handful of its unmetered punters have signed up to its new unmetered service.
Sega unwraps SegaNet
Sega today launched SegaNet, its ISP and online gaming service aimed at both PC users and owners of its own games machine, Dreamcast, as expected.
Hitachi plans Transmeta Crusoe notebook for November
Hitachi today confirmed that it would be using Transmeta's Crusoe in notebooks from November, and added that it will roll out Crusoe Linux Internet appliances at the same time. The company was one of a clutch of Japanese supporters announced by Transmeta CEO Dave Ditzel earlier this year, and one by one these now seem to be falling into line.
Intel not shipping the best drivers for its Easton mobo
One of the few criticisms in our review of Intel's otherwise tasty D815EEA Easton mobo was the rather rudimentary audio capabilities of the board unless it was equipped with the optional SoundBlaster audio chip.
IBM shows off wireless ThinkPads
IBM will today show off its fresh ThinkPad i series which will allow punters to get online wirelessly.
Mobile commerce bit of a non-starter
A report by Forrester Research (The Reg's favourite research company) has said what we've been going on about for ages: that's purchasing goods over mobile phones, PDAs and interactive TVs is a white elephant.
Acer lost £450 million on cancelled IBM contract
Acer lost NT$20 billion (£450 million) in sales this year because IBM cancelled a contract for its Aptiva desktop PCs.
Hardware Roundup take two
Seeing as we just found a whole bunch of stuff that came out after our first hardware roundup earlier today, we thought we'd bring you up to date.
Intel shoots self in foot. Twice
We're obviously going to have to stop writing nice things about Intel, because no sooner do we praise Chipzilla for doing something well, than it all goes horribly pear-shaped.
Email details UN man's last hours
The United Nations has released the final email sent by one of its three workers killed yesterday in West Timor just hours before militiamen hacked them to death and set fire to their bodies, the BBC reported today.
Hi-tech dollars buy US election
The PR farce that is the US Presidential election looks like it may be won on IT and cyberdollars.
You will enjoy yourselves. That Microsoft party in full
And so Microsoft is 25 years old. To celebrate, it hosted a party last night in metallic nightclub Legends (just off Saville Row, London). On arrival, we were bemused when handed a large round badge with our name written beneath the large moniker "Cher". What's all this about?, we asked. It will all become clear, a PR exec informed us. And so, stashing it in our pocket, leaving the glass of cheap red wine at the bar and grabbing a cold beer, we watched the night unfold.