Wednesday, 30 April 2003
Unwraps Smart Graphics Studio. Smart
Graphics Studio relies on the World Wide Web Consortium-certified Scalabale
Vector Graphics schema for visualizing information using XML.
Microsoft Applications Will Not Run on Windows 2003. Users migrating
to Windows Server 2003 have been warned that many current Microsoft applications
will not run on the recently launched server operating system. Windows
Server 2003: Early Users Take the Plunge. Microsoft
launched its long-delayed Windows Server 2003 operating system last week,
but some users couldn't wait.
Is the Problem, says Microsoft. Providing reliable, easy-to-install
patches expensive and troublesome, says security chief. Come
on! The problem is releasing software that requires a lot of patches
to Release Its Fastest Desktop Chip. The
company is set to deliver its new Athlon XP 3200+ processor, sporting
a 400MHz system bus, during the first half of the month, say sources
familiar with the company's plans.
On Board with Itanium. The launch of IBM's x450 four-way server
signifies a major commitment to Intel's Itanium technology.
Eyes Rebirth with New Copiers, Lower Prices.
Plans to take aim at its toughest rivals with a raft of low- to
mid-level digital copiers and printers, as part of efforts to go on the
attack after years of scandal and losses.
Virginia Law Makes Spam a Felony. Under
the law, senders can be prosecuted if they consciously alter either
e-mail header or other routing information and attempt to send either
10,000 messages within a 24-hour period or 100,000 in a 30-day period.
2003 in Taiwan Postponed, Dates Uncertain. The 2003 Computex trade
show, originally scheduled for June 2-6, will be postponed to the second
half of this year.
Pave Way for 'Nanobots'
Camera Outperforms Expectations
Plasmas Destroy Bacteria
Tuesday, 29 April 2003
Raises Quarterly Dividend. Its
board raised the quarterly dividend by about 7 percent to 16 cents a
Makes Strides on New Windows. A
more advanced test version of Windows XP's successor has leaked onto
the Web, and analysts say it indicates that Microsoft has stepped up
work to deliver the new operating system.
to Spam Week. Wacky stunts? Spammers in the slammer? Bounties on
unscrupulous mass e-mailers? While the FTC listens, Congress talks tough. Do-Not-Spam
List Proposed. Senator says a national registry could prevent unwanted
Innovators See Biggest Gains from Small Hacks.
Music Service Offers Songs for 99 Cents
Discovery Uncovers Cancer-proof Mouse
Monday, 28 April 2003
Hits Milestone in Effort to Enhance Ethernet. Remote Direct Memory
Access (RDMA) helps reduce latency in data transfers between systems
by directly placing data from one system's main memory to another's without
the need for extensive buffering or CPU intervention. RDMA
To Unveil Wi Fi Phone. Cisco Systems is launching in June a mobile
phone that uses the popular WiFi wireless technology.
Cuts Celeron Prices. Intel
lowered its high-end Celeron processor prices, with cuts reaching around
Has Been Boxed Into a Corner. Intel
has created a situation in which it has really only three places to sell
its CPUs: HP, Dell and white-box (or custom-systems) manufacturers.
File-swapping Tools Are Legal. A
federal judge hands a stunning court victory to file-swapping services
Streamcast and Grokster, dismissing much of the music and film industries'
lawsuits against them. The ruling in no way validates the legality
of downloading copyrighted music online.
Produce Nano-magnetic Computer Memory. Computer
hard drive capacity could be increased a hundredfold by using a common
protein to fabricate nano-scale magnetic particles.
Embraces Linux! (Sort Of). Whoa,
stop the train. Microsoft porting to Linux?
Friday, 25 April 2003
founder Opens Door to DRM. Linus
Torvalds, the founder of the Linux operating system, threw a curve ball
to the open-source programming community Thursday.
Unveils New Windows. Microsoft launches Windows Server
2003, Visual Studio.Net 2003. Ballmer:
No Sleep Lost Over Linux.
to Delay Office Debut. The
software maker is preparing a new test release of its upcoming Office
2003 desktop software, which will delay the debut until later this
to Offer Emulation Software for Intel 64-bit Itanium Processors to
Emulate Intel 32-bit Pentiums/Xeons.
Computex May be Delayed or Canceled. The
2003 Computex trade show in Taipei, originally scheduled for June 2-6,
may be delayed or even canceled as a result of the worsening SARS outbreak.
Goes From Rags to Riches. The e-commerce sector has emerged as a
rare bright spot on the Internet with projections that B2C revenues will
reach $133 billion by 2005.
Mightier Than Spam? Spam has gone
from minor nuisance to major problem in a fairly short period of time.
Some industry estimates place the annual cost of lost productivity
due to spam glutting corporate in-boxes in the billions of dollars...
Thursday, 24 April 2003
Seeks Public Comment On Power Line Broadband. Hailing
the step as a "monumental moment," the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) voted Wednesday to solicit public comment on broadband
Internet service delivered over ordinary electric power lines, a step
that could create widespread competition for cable modem and DSL (Digital
Subscriber Line) services.
Linux PC Comes-out Swinging. VIA
and U.S.-based PC maker Mini-Box have unveiled a tiny desktop computer
featuring an embedded Linux operating system... the
size of a dictionary and weighs about two pounds. More
Server 2003 Prepares for Grand Entrance. Microsoft will debut its
newest server operating system today, marking the beginning of the company's
quest to take on big iron in the datacenter and boasting deep integration
with the rest of its product line.
Plunder Life's Tool Chest. DNA is both bricks and blueprint - an
Releases Critical Patches
Wednesday, 23 April 2003
Windows XP Patch Can Slow-down PCs. The
patch, which Microsoft calls the Q811493 hotfix, can cause computers
running Windows XP to slow down to a crawl, affected users say.
Return to Profit, Sales Up in Q1. AOL
Time Warner (AOLTW) returned to profit in the first quarter as revenue
in its movie and TV business increased and restructuring measures
Support for AMD Opteron Processors.
PC-Doctor, Inc., a leading global developer of hardware diagnostic
and system information tools, announced that PC‑Doctor will
now test AMD Opteron processors and AMD64 solutions to help ensure
quality, industry standardization and to reduce product returns.
Designers Put Greater Emphasis On New K7 Products. Despite
the long-awaited launch of K8-core Opteron processors from AMD, chipset
designers are currently occupying themselves more in preparing products
for AMD’s upcoming K7-platform, 400MHz FSB (front-side bus) Athlon XP
processors, aimed at the relatively larger desktop market.
Heyday Coming to an End, Says Noted EE. There
will come a time when chip vendors won't be able to double the number
of transistors on a chip every two to three years as they have for the
last forty years.
Tuesday, 22 April 2003
Introduces the 64-bit Opteron Processor for Servers and Workstations. AMD
Releases Opteron: It's Hammer Time! AMD64 technology represents
the first true crossover from 32 bits to 64 bits for the x86 line.
In contrast to Itanium's IA64 architecture, AMD64 kept 32-bit processing
a priority, since there is huge software base out there. The result:
a microprocessor that runs both 32-bit software and 64-bit software
very well. IBM
Backs Opteron Server Chip. Big
Blue says it will use the brand new server chip in future server hardware
because it will enable it to answer customers' requests for a high-performance
server at a lower price. Microsoft
and AMD Jointly Developed Hammer Chips. Opteron Launch Dell, HP
evaluating Opterons, IBM and Fujitsu Siemens making them. NVIDIA
Extends NVIDIA nForce Platform Into Professional Workstation Market. NVIDIA
nForce3 Professional is Company's First Platform Solution for 64-bit
AMD Opteron(TM) Processor. VIA
Announces Chipset Support for the New AMD Opteron Processor. VIA
Apollo K8T400M Chipset leverages HyperTransport™ technology, VIA Ultra
V-Link and integrated SATA/RAID to provide the bandwidth necessary
to feed demanding enterprise class applications. MSI
Announces K8D Master Dual AMD Opteron Server Platform. The
K8D Master incorporates built-in 64-bit Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 3 PCI-X
slots, 2 32-bit PCI slots, onboard ATI Rage XL graphics (8MB) and 6
slots of DDR333 DIMMs supporting up to 12GB memory. Opteron:
Pushing x86 to the Limit. Is the Opteron a Real Sledgehammer? We
(Ace's) think it is.
Resumes New Pentium 4 Shipments. Intel
is again shipping its new 3GHz Pentium 4 processor, a week after it halted
shipments due to the discovery of an "anomaly," an Intel spokesman
said Monday. PC makers that use the chip in their systems have been supplied
with a software update to fix the issue.
PC Shipments Up 5.5%. Worldwide
PC shipments totalled 34.5 million units in Q1, a 5.5 percent increase
from the same period last year and a better start overall for the year,
according to preliminary results from Gartner.
vs. DSL--Which Is Faster? Cable modems
are 50 percent faster on average than DSL connections, according
to a new study that also lists the companies offering the fastest
Monday, 21 April 2003
Debuts 64-bit Processor at 32-bit Prices. AMD
today rolled out its long-awaited 64-bit processor line for servers--a
family of chips that threatens Intel Corp. by offering 64-bit performance
at 32-bit prices (actually,
the official launch is tomorrow).
The company is also working on a desktop version, codenamed ClawHammer--which
has been delayed several times and will not be introduced until September
of this year. AMD
Rolls Dice on Opteron Chip. Advanced Micro Devices will come
out with a new chip on Tuesday--and once again, everything is on the
Opteron Targets Server Gap. AMD
is aiming Opteron at the market sweet spot of two- and four-way servers,
giving IT managers a platform to link 32-bit X86 applications with the
growing suite of 64-bit enterprise software. AMD
Puts 32-bit Twist On 64-bit Opteron. New chip may force Intel
to play catch-up. AMD
Athlon 64 Performance Preview. We
(X-bit) managed to get our hands on an engineering sample of the AMD
Athlon 64 2800+ processor... SuSE
Offers Linux for Opteron. The
company releases a version of Linux tuned for AMD's Opteron processor,
set to launch Tuesday, with rival Red Hat planning its own product for
Open Source Apple's Salvation? While Microsoft complains
bitterly about open source, Apple has found a way to have its cake
and eat it too.
To Invest Billions In Next-Generation Entertainment Chip. Sony
will invest about 200 billion yen (U.S. $1.66 billion) over the next
three years to produce advanced chips that will be used in its next-generation
computer entertainment system.
Monitors Taking Greater Share of Monitor Shipments. Sharp increase
in 1st Quarter.
Drive Prices Seen Headed for Further Erosion. The
disk drive market is again facing strong pricing pressures that have
forced manufacturers to reinstate sales incentives in an attempt to lure
back skittish distributors.
Mystery Fees for Web Services. Web firms face investigations of 'cramming'--charging
via telcos for unordered services.
Ad Outlook Brightens. More
and more, traditional advertisers are cooing over digital media--a
sound that's music to the ears of Web publishers still stricken by
the dot-com bust.
You've Tried WiFi, There's No Going Back
Cuts Some Processor Prices
Bomb" Knocks-out Hepatitis
Friday, 18 April 2003
Certification Glut. With more than 200,000
IT professionals certified as MCSEs on Microsoft Windows 2000 alone,
there is growing frustration over the limited opportunities for these
specialists in today's contracted marketplace.
Is Back on Top of Worldwide PC Shipments. Dell
capitalized on a shift in buying from consumers to commercial customers
in the first quarter, retaking the lead in worldwide PC shipments from
Posts $200M Loss in 1Q. Struggling
computer-maker Gateway on Thursday posted a first-quarter net loss of
$200 million, which it attributed to its restructuring efforts and the
Prices Reflect AMD Confidence. The
Opteron processors for midrange servers coming next week from Advanced
Micro Devices will range in speed from 1.4GHz to 1.8GHz, said sources,
and AMD is apparently not thinking small on price.
Designers to See Gloomy 1Q Results. Taiwan chipset designer ALi Corporation
posted a first-quarter loss of NT$94 million, a record loss for the past
Research Offers Peek at Future. Spam busters, terabyte databases,
and cleaner code are top projects.
and Chips Feed WLAN Frenzy. Engim
is rolling out what it believes will be a disruptive approach to wireless
LAN chip design in the form of a multi-channel, multi-band switching
to Recall 20,000 More Vaio PCs Due to Glitch. Sony
said it would recall 20,000 Vaio desktop personal computers sold in Japan
between September 2002 and January 2003 to replace defective power supply
Thursday, 17 April 2003
vs. Cisco: Network Switch Showdown? Dell
seems to be making inroads into the low end of Cisco's market.
Skin Merges Electronics, Nerves. Electronics
on and in the skin will be possible within this decade with electronics
linked to the nerves by 2015.
Posts Wider First-Quarter Loss. The
company's net loss for the quarter was $146 million, or 42 cents a share,
compared with a loss of $9.16 million, or 3 cents a share, a year earlier.
2000 SR-1 Registration Bug Strikes Corporates.
Windows 2000 PCs running a specific version of Office 2000 have been
hit by sudden, unexpected requests to continually register the software
Drops .Net Label From Server Software. The
company is unveiling a new branding approach for its server-software
products to synch up with next week's launch of Windows Server 2003
and to clarify the muddled .Net label.
Warn Not to Apply Microsoft Patch. Security
companies find dubious content in Windows 2000 fix...
Wednesday, 16 April 2003
speeds up Pentium 4-M, Celerons. PC makers have begun beefing up
their notebooks with a trio of new mobile processors from Intel.
Tuesday, 15 April 2003
Chip Market Faces 2003 Slowdown. According
to market research firm Semico worldwide semiconductor market is facing
an impending slowdown, and 2003 could be yet another weak year.
AMD to Cut Processor Prices... on high-end products as they introduce
new processors during the next few weeks to stimulate demand.
Drive Packs More Data. Plextor has announced a new CD-rewritable
drive that can squeeze 40 percent more data into standard blank discs.
Code Spelled-out in Three Billion DNA 'Letters'
Monday, 14 April 2003
Major combat in Iraq ends in 27 days with
the fall or Tikrit
Turns Up Heat With Linux Push. Novell
will make a major push for Linux by supporting both the NetWare and
Linux kernels in the next version of NetWare, now known as 7.0 Novell
Delays New Pentium 4 Chip. A possible
glitch with a new processor has thrown a wrench into Intel's plans
to bring out new silicon for high-performance chips for top-of-the-line
Mix Promises to Increase Fuel Cell Performance. Supercharging fuel
cells by premixing the fuel with oxygen holds out the promise of superslim
fuel cells that can be manufactured on a printing press.
Friday, 11 April 2003
Introduce Junk E-Mail Bill. Two
U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday seeking to cut down on "spam," the
unwanted junk e-mail that by some estimates accounts for 40 percent of
e-mail traffic worldwide.
Source Alternative: NetBSD. NetBSD's
main claim to fame, so to speak, is its portability. Although ports
of Linux are available for several platforms, NetBSD blows the penguin's
doors off when it comes to platform support.
Limits XML in Office 2003. A
distinction between professional and standard versions of Office 2003
means some customers may not get all the features they've been expecting,
including broad support for Web services.
Takes Ultra Wideband to 220M bps
Thursday, 10 April 2003
Confirms Windows for AMD Opteron Processor. Microsoft
will release a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 and Windows
XP for AMD's forthcoming Opteron and
Digital Lights Up World’s Largest 7,200 RPM External Hard Drive.
New LED-illuminated Design Showcases 250 GB Capacity FireWire/USB 2.0
Combo Special Edition External Hard Drives.
Offers Free Networking Software. The
software will be available as a free bundled addition with applications
from third-party developers, who are also receiving the product gratis.
The package includes Web access, collaborative tools and security management.
Wednesday, 9 April 2003
Wednesday, 2 April 2003
Networking Market Poised To Explode. The
market for home networking products stands to nearly triple over the
next five years.
the White Box the Right Box for Dell? Dell
Computer has conquered servers and workstations, moved into printers
and even sells its own PDA. But its foray into making "white-box" PCs
isn't exactly going smoothly.
Dials-in Internet Telephony. A new version of Microsoft's operating
system for small devices, due in June, can be used to make IP phones,
the software maker will reveal Wednesday.
unveils Office 2003 lineup. When
Microsoft Corp. releases its Office 2003 suite in June, several new application
bundles will join the Office lineup, including a high-end Professional
edition and a new Small Business edition.
Makes the Chips Fly. Faster
Celerons will appeal to the business market and new chipsets will put
users on a faster bus.
Tests Point to Lost Panel on Shuttle
Tuesday, 1 April 2003
Virus Spreads to Human. [Tuesday,
April 01, 2003] A software developer from Houston, Texas has become the
first human to contract a computer virus, microbiologists have confirmed.
Tax Moratorium Bill Gains Support. More
than 100 members of the U.S. Congress have sponsored a bill that would
make permanent a five-year moratorium against levying taxes on the
Internet that aren't levied elsewhere. The tax moratorium, in
effect since 1998, will expire Nov. 1.
Lays-off 420 Customer Call Center Employees. America
Online (AOL) has laid off 420 customer service call center employees
in an effort to further reduce costs.
Dumps Its Own Branded Linux for Established Vendors. A
seven-month effort to establish its own branded Linux distribution is
being ended by Sun Microsystems Inc. because of customer opposition to
yet another Linux version in the marketplace.
Holes in RealPlayer, QuickTime. Security flaws in two of the most
popular digital media players have put millions of PCs at the mercy of
Slapped With 57% Import Duties. The U.S. Commerce Department imposed
the duty on imported DRAMs because of illegal Korean government subsidies
to the chipmaker. But Hynix says it can work around the sanctions.
Blood Kills Human Cancer Cells