Friday, 28 February 2003
Prices in Free-Fall. DDR spot prices for 256Mbit products were sent
down 4.1% on Wednesday to an average of US$2.87 and has the market worried
that prices will collapse to US$2. Consolidation
Not Helping DRAM Industry.
Electron Entanglement Boosts Quantum Computing. Quantum physics weirdness
can be exploited to give an electron more than one spin state at the
same time. Electrons can also be "entangled" so that interacting
with one also affects the other, no matter how far apart they are.
IT Jobs. Unsurprisingly,
information security specialists will be among the most sought-after
and well-paid tech workers in 2003.
Notebook Barebone Ever. It
features no display, no CPU, no RAM and no HDD, but only the “case”
with keyboard and touchpad.
to Online Tax Preparation Sites
Powers Vancouver Science World Dome
27 February 2003
Future in the Home Goes Up for Debate
Price cuts to equipment, home network ownership and the strength of the Ethernet
will all play a part in determining whether wireline or wireless will win
out in the end.
gets green light for N/MCI project with EDS
N/MCI contractor EDS is set to deploy
hundreds of thousands of intranet seats.
Your Own Wireless Network
Your laptop can be connected to a wireless phone that can serve as a modem,
or it can be equipped with a wireless modem...
Flaw Found in Windows ME
Microsoft issued a software patch for what it calls
a critical weak spot in its Windows Millennium Edition operating system that
could allow attacks on a victim's computer.
Dust" Technology Brings Record Hard Disk Drive Capacity to HP
Using the Hitachi Travelstar 80GN with patented "Pixie Dust" technology,
the HP Pavilion ze5300 will be the first notebook to offer a record-breaking
80 GB of storage.
Shows Feasibility of Immersion Lithography
In immersion lithography, the space between the projection lens and the wafer
is filled with a liquid.
Takes on AMD Athlon 64 With Prescott 3.40GHz Chip
Clear the Decks for Intel's Socket T
to Launch 400MHz FSB Athlon XP Proceessor in May
Population Forecast Falls
Designs Perfect Automotive Engine
Eat Yellow Worms
26 February 2003
Spending To Rise - For Now. After an extended period of IT spending
cuts, tech budgets are likely to improve this year.
help HP to a Profit Despite Soft US Revenue. Hewlett-Packard Co.
reported a healthy profit Tuesday for its first fiscal quarter of 2003,
helped by a return into the black for its PC business.
Mobo Makers: March Sales Prospects Optimistic. Prospects for the
motherboard business in March appear better than expected.
Bills Server-on-a-chip Plan as 'Third Wave'. Declaring a new era
in computer design, Sun announced plans for an aggressive approach to
multi-core, multithreaded processors that essentially puts a server on
Molecule May Help Enhance Cancer Treatments. Scientists
have identified a molecule they believe could improve cancer treatments
and help protect people from the lethal effects of high levels of radiation
in a nuclear attack.
25 February 2003
Alliance Plans for 11g Testing. The industry consortium that tests
for interoperability between 802.11 products has established its time
table for certifying products based on the soon-to-be-finalized 2.4GHz
LAN Market Seen Growing After Slow Start. Sales
of telecommunications hardware used in wireless local-area networks
will grow more than 60 percent through 2006...
Joins DVD+RW Alliance. The
DVD+RW Alliance claims its format is the better one because DVDs created
on a PC can be played back on most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives in
Tax Deal Faces New Challenges. An agreement designed to win retailers'
support for taxing their online sales faces a new test, as several states
are objecting to the deal's amnesty provision.
Confidence Plummets. Confidence
In Economy Drops To Near-Decade Low.
to Revive Napster service. Pioneering on-line music service is getting
another lease on life with the launch by year's end of a legal, subscription-based
Pushes XP Switch. The
software giant launches a central Web site with tools to help businesses
that are considering a switch to Windows XP.
and AMD Cut Desktop Processor Prices
DNA Computer Functions Sans Fuel
Build Tiny Balls
Monday, 24 February 2003
Sales Seen Growing 8.9 Percent. The ailing semiconductor industry,
which barely grew last year, will see sales rise 8.9 percent this year,
with stronger business technology spending in the second half of the
year outweighing a weak first quarter.
Aim to Eliminate BIOS. One
of the last and least-loved remnants of the original IBM PC is about
to get its marching orders, Intel predicts.
recent spike in "spyware" accelerates an arms race as consumers
seek to guard their privacy.
OEMS Squeezed by Minimum Buy Policies.
Already cash-poor because of weak end-market demand, small electronics OEMs
complain they are being further squeezed by supplier policies that are
forcing them to buy more components than they need.
Worm Spreads Across Internet
Find Gene Variation That Helps Determine How Much You Hurt
Friday, 21 February 2003
Real Computer Chip Speed Barrier. A glance at the components that
make up a computer shows that pinning down computer performance is far
more complicated than merely measuring chip speed or choosing a type
on Slow Road to 64-bit Chips. AMD
and Apple are in hot pursuit of higher-capacity desktop chips, but
Intel is years away from that path.
Crack E-Mail Code, but Minimal Impact Seen. Researchers
at a Swiss university have cracked the technology used to keep people
from eavesdropping on e-mail sent over the Web, but U.S. experts said
on Thursday that the impact would likely be minimal.
Battery May Power Next-Gen Gadgets. A radical new design that promises
to revamp and rewire a decades-old staple of electronics -- the battery
-- may also be the elusive blueprint for powering so-called "micro-electromechanical
systems," or MEMS, futuristic devices no wider than a human hair.
Companies Suffer from Gray Market Boom-Study. The
high-tech industry is losing $5 billion in annual profits and stands
to lose even more as branded information technology products are diverted
from distribution channels into the so-called gray market, according
to a study released on Thursday.
of Intel Pentium 4 Core Temperature on CPU Performance. Tests
showed that even a little core temperature increase from 72 to 75 deg
C might result in a 10% performance drop by Pentium 4 3.06GHz.
Future Chip Sets to Boost Speech Recognition
Fish Act Like Sheep
20 February 2003
Microsoft Exec Tells Microsoft to Embrace Open-source. Microsoft
must take an approach that favors and embraces the diversity of open
source software or face oblivion.
Offers First Laptop, New Custom PC. The company famous for bashing
Microsoft and developing a Linux operating system alternative to Windows
releases a laptop geared to lure cost-conscious consumers and a 'family-friendly'
personal computer. $799
Messages Unlock Internet Payments Protocol. A fundamental flaw in
the technology used to secure online credit card transactions and other
communications is discovered.
Record-Fast Combo Drive. Samsung
SM-348 48X CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive.
Semi to Cut Jobs, Sell Units. The
chipmaker will reduce its work force by 5 percent and sell two of its
divisions as part of a restructuring plan, the company says.
Demonstrates Serial ATA Command Queuing On New Barracuda. Serial
ATA Native Command Queuing is similar in some ways to SCSI command queuing,
but SCSI allows 256 queue levels. Serial
Provides More Prescott Processor Info. Prescott will be Intel's main
weapon against AMD's Athlon 64.
Makers Flock to Intel's DDR400 Standard. After
Intel on Wednesday formally acknowledged that its new Springdale and
Canterwood chipsets will support DDR400 memory, a bevy of DRAM producers
rushed out announcements that their DDR400 chips and modules have been
validated by the processor titan.
Linksys Hooked on Networking. Companies developing technology to
bridge gap between PCs and consumer electronics.
Keeps Phone Competition, Loosens Broadband
19 February 2003
To Lay Off About 1,800 Workers. Micron
Technology, the world's second largest computer memory chip maker, announced
on Tuesday that it is laying off 10 percent of its worldwide labor force
of over 18,000.
Releases Ambitious Creator Upgrade. Roxio's
Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 now lets you author DVDs and manage your
music and photos.
Users Tap Into Home Networking. As high-speed Net connections become
increasingly widespread, more consumers are getting hooked on home networking
Plans Landmark Vote on Broadband. But
the FCC's painstaking internal deliberations also highlight an ideological
conflict between two wildly different views of how to keep broadband
prices low and competition robust: Should federal regulations be strengthened
to buy AltaVista. Search engine deal valued at $140-million.
Cards gain PCI Express Connection. The
so-called New Card spec provides a 2.5-Gbit/second Express channel
for PC cards that could handle functions like Gigabit Ethernet controllers
or 1394b interfaces.
Photo Film Announces Two New Digital Cameras. Fuji
Photo Film today announced two new firsts for the company’s digital camera
line: the first 6.2-megapixel camera for consumers and the first camera
using a new fourth-generation, 3.1-megapixel Super CCD.
Details Forthcoming MPUs, Chipsets. At
IDF, Intel reveals details of its forthcoming Prescott, Centrino and
Tejas microprocessors, plus the accompanying Canterwood and Springdale
Discovered in Lotus Software. Three software security
flaws could allow attackers to run malicious code on machines running
IBM's Lotus Domino or iNotes software.
Your Next PC Have a Panic Button? BIOS
maker builds PC "bomb shelter" to safeguard utilities, apps,
and maybe more.
and Water Do Mix After All
18 February 2003
Shipments Forecast to Grow 7.9% This Year. A
large number of aging PCs purchased to address Y2K concerns are reaching
the end of their lives.
of Credit Card Accounts Hacked. MasterCard, Visa account security
breached when hackers reportedly break into a third-party payment processor's
To Trot Out DB2 Express, Domino And Tivoli Brethren. IBM
this week plans to formally unveil an Express version of its DB2 database
that's tailored for midmarket customers and their supporting partners.
Paths Diverge at Intel. Chips in desktops
and notebooks will start to go their separate ways in 2003 with the introduction
of two new processor families that Intel will tout this week at its Developer
Forum (IDF). IDF
DDR Memory Dips Below US$3. DRAM spot prices have tumbled 15% within
the past three transaction days.
Protein Could Make New Chip Material. A misfolded yeast protein,
used to conduct electricity, could produce dramatically smaller computer
chips and more powerful sensors.
Power a Step Forward But Not `Non-polluting'. Says
(and answers) what I have been saying all along: Where ya going
to get the hydrogen?
Chip Equipment Sales Jumped 43%
Password Flaw Discovered in Windows XP
Monday, 17 February 2003
Web Access in the Clouds. Coffee,
tea or WiFi? Travelers will soon be able to surf the 'Net and
send e-mail from thousands of feet in the air as Boeing Connexion business
unit and a group of global airlines push to offer Web access in the ultimate
The Processor Winners Are... The Microprocessor Report analysts’
choice awards are out, and the winners aren’t always who you’d expect.
PC Processors: AMD won for its Athlon 64 processor...
Server Processors: Intel won for its Itanium 2
Discloses New details of Redwood Interface. Rambus
claimed this is 10 times faster than the current highest speed 667MHz
processor front side buses.
From VHS to DVD, Via Your PC. Fortunately,
the same digital technology that may eventually doom the VCR also allows
you to salvage a collection of decaying VHS tapes.
Solar Panels to Clothe Future Buildings. Buildings of the future
could be "clothed" in a flexible, power-generating material
that looks like denim.
Look for Space-time 'Atoms'
14 February 2003
Standard Looks to Make DVD Obsolete.
Blu-Ray drives use a blue laser that allows them to pack information
onto a disk more finely. They can store up to 27 GBytes of data, more
than 5 times the capacity of a DVD.
Releases IE Patch to Fix IE Patch. Earlier patch prevented
users from entering web sites where they had previously registered.
Endorses Merging Telephone, Internet Numbers. The
Department of Commerce said it will support an electronic-numbering system,
known as ENUM, which would allow consumers to specify a single identifier
for their telephone numbers, e-mail and Instant Messaging addresses,
fax numbers, and mobile phone numbers.
Stocks Up After Dell Eases Worry. Dell's confident first-quarter
outlook gave computer makers a boost on Friday, as it eased concerns
that technology sales had all but evaporated amid talk about war.
10 15-Inch LCD Monitors. Sub-$400 models from NEC and Compaq capture
Source Threatens Java Servers. Competitive
pressure from open-source software is threatening to redraw the Java
application server landscape, just as it has shaken up the operating
Heart Plans to Test artificial Heart
Thursday, 13 February 2003
Patch Can Lock Users Out of Web Sites. A
recent Microsoft security patch for Internet Explorer (IE) can lock users
out of certain Web sites and Microsoft's own MSN e-mail service.
Eyes the Virtual Datacenter.
Microsoft hopes to play alongside Sun, HP and others in developing "virtual
datacenter" software that will make it easier to manage applications
running across groups of servers.
for Linux is a Cultural One - Thus Far.
One doesn't think of Microsoft as a cultural force, yet the behemoth
has figured in two major cultural clashes. The first pitted Macintosh
against Windows loyalists; the second is a confrontation between Linux
and Windows supporters.
Announces Single-Chip Cellular Processor. The PXA800F takes Intel
a step closer to its Personal Internet Client Architecture, Intel's development
blueprint for designing wireless handheld devices that combine voice
and Net access. Intel
Unveils Internet-on-a-chip Processor.
Developers Programmers or Engineers? Software project
Halves CD Burning Cost. A cheaper
Rhapsody? Indeed, Listen.com links with Lycos to offer CD burning for
49 cents per tune.
Half a Terabyte With LaCie's Big Disk. LaCie
Group SA in Australia has released what it claims to be the world's highest
capacity portable drives, dubbed the Big Disk.
Identify Genetic Marker for Longevity. Scientists
for the first time have identified a common genetic mutation in people over
100 years old, a finding they say could be a key to discovering a way to
avoid the ravages of aging.
Farewell to the Floppy. Face
it: Floppy disks are headed for the technological junk heap, along
with reel-to-reel tape and 8mm film. But we come here not to mourn
the floppy, but to praise it. Not
so fast! Just because Apple has done it and Dell is doing it does not
mean all of us are going to do it just yet.
to Launch World’s First One-million-pixel Camera Phone
Kyoto Institute Develop Garbage-Powered Bio-Fuel Cells
Matter Found, Partially Squaring Cosmic Accounting Sheets
12 February 2003
Hat Gets Thumbs-Up from U.S. Government. Red
Hat's Advanced Server platform has become the first open source application
to receive a key U.S. government certification, the Defense Department's
Common Operating Environment (COE), clearing the way for its use in critical
Dual-Core Itanium “Montecito” to Feature a New Bus and 18MB of L3 Cache. A
rather unique feature of the CPU will become its size: about one billion
iPAQ Raises the Bar. Loaded with features, including a biometric
fingerprint scanner, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 is a top-of-the-line
PDA that sacrifices nothing.
Connects Gadgets to Laptop. The
company is introducing a portable PC that can read the tiny flash memory
cards used by digital cameras and MP3 players.
to Launch World’s First 52x CD-RW and DVD Combo Drive. Samsung
Electronics will launch the world’s first 52x CD-RW and DVD combo drive.
Says: Americans Want To Can Spam. Spam is a pain and users want it
11 Becomes Office 2003, Second Beta Due Soon. The
next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Office, now known as Office 11, will
likely be called Office 2003 from the release of the second beta version
early next month, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans.
gets on Search Bandwagon. Web portal
MSN is testing a new search service that touts faster, tidier results,
in what is the latest development in a fast-moving contest to help
people find what they're looking for online.
Optics Give Ground scope a Steady Gaze. Astronomers at the University
of Arizona are adding an adaptive optics mirror to a telescope that will
offer three times better resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope.
Technology Sees Through Objects. Everything
gives off terahertz radiation naturally, and like radio waves--but unlike
heat or light--the waves can pass through some solid objects.
Photograph Shows Universe Forming
Tuesday, 11 February 2003
Server Sales Nearly Double. U.S.
sales of servers running Linux nearly doubled in last year's fourth
quarter from a year earlier, according to new statistics from market
researcher Gartner Dataquest.
Guru Says Industry Growth Will Continue for Decade.
Intel's chairman emeritus, best known as the father of "Moore's
Law," said Monday, growth in the semiconductor industry would
equal the growth in the world's gross domestic product by 2017 if the
industry continued its scorching pace.
Named Brand of the Year. A poll by Interbrand finds Google the top
global brand in 2002, beating out Apple and even Coke.
Industry Unveils Net Sales Tracking Tag. A music industry trade body
launched Monday electronic identity tags to keep tabs on Internet music
Take Charge Again. Tech
companies find that today's market runs according to buyers' needs,
not the latest hype.
Linux Certification Worth It?. Two
of the most well known are the Red Hat Certified Engineer and Linux
Professional Institute credentials. Which one should an up-and-coming
Linux guru choose to prove his or her knowledge -- and increase the
chances of landing a job in this difficult market?
Cools on Linux Support for Itanium. IBM
has pulled back on its work tuning the Linux operating system for
Intel's Itanium processor, in a move that possibly points to a larger
shift away from the fledgling processor...
Rolls-out 13 New Products. The
new hardware products range from low-end blade servers that sell for
$1,800 each to 12-processor servers that cost $64,000.
to Expand Forever
10 February 2003
Introduces the Athlon XP 3000+ (2.17 GHz) Processor. New "Barton" core
has a total of 640 KByte on-chip cache' (L2 cache is 512 KB), up from
384 KB (256 KB L2) on previous chips. Barton:
512 KB Athlon XP Reviewed. New
Athlon is Good Fit for White Boxes.
Take Hold as Digital Imaging Platform. Mobile phones with built-in
camera capabilities are becoming a dominant digital imaging platform...
Challenges Microsoft Licensing. A
California woman sues Microsoft, Symantec and others, claiming the
companies misled consumers with their "shrink wrap" licensing
Patches Patch for NT 4.0. After removing links to a security patch
that caused the NT 4.0 operating system to fail, Microsoft posted an
updated patch that fixes the NT 4.0 problem.
Renames Electronic Forms Software. XDocs will now be called InfoPath
and will be part of Office 11 by mid-2003.
Reports Loss After Tantalum Charge. Vishay's passive business, particularly
capacitors, continued to drag down earnings because of global overcapacity
and eroding prices...
Friday, 7 February 2003
Reach Gets Broader. Internet users are disbanding dial-up for high-speed,
as global sales of broadband modems in 2002 increased by 52 percent.
Peek: Windows XP's Successor. Leaked
Longhorn code previews several interface tweaks, new file system.
Capacitors Muck up Motherboards. A
mistake in the stolen formulation of the electrolyte in a capacitor has
wrecked hundreds of PCs/motherboards and may wreck still more in what
is an industry-wide problem.
6 February 2003
Disks Go Way of Nehru Jacket. Dell will stop putting the
drives in its desktop computers next month and offer them only as an
Gnome Wants to Get Along. The
launch of the latest edition of the Gnome desktop software for Linux
and Unix operating systems marks a new attitude among its developers:
Integration is key.
Digital to Launch Consumer 10K RPM Drives. Serial
ATA promised for next Tuesday.
Dot-Com Retailers Begin Levying Sales Tax. Some
of the nation's largest retailers this week started voluntarily collecting
taxes on all of their online sales.
Said to Gain Back Market Share From Intel. AMD
gained back a little processor market share from Intel in the fourth
quarter of 2002, achieving a 13.8% share, up from 11.6% in the previous
period, according to Mercury Research.
and Nvidia Settle Xbox Chip Pricing Dispute.
In addition to resolving this pricing dispute, the two companies have
agreed to collaborate on future cost reductions for the Xbox.
Releases Anti-Slammer Tools. The company offers
a trio of software utilities to help systems administrators check the
SQL Server 2000 database for the Slammer worm and to address vulnerabilities.
Look at Nvidia's Geforce FX. In initial
tests, the newest 3D graphics beast has a loud bark but an uneven bite.
and Beyond. What's next? Smaller hardware, wireless everywhere,
and (at long last) true convergence.
5 February 2003
to Make Its Own Opterons? "If Opteron takes off... we will OEM
it." Referring to AMD's 64-bit processor.
Hopes to Give New Life to Desktop Linux. Linux vendors and open source
organizations form a consortium with the intent to evangelize Linux on
the desktop to the masses.
May Force Microsoft to Cut Prices. SEC filing
reveals software giant's fears as the Penguin marches on... "To
the extent that the open source model gains increasing market acceptance,
sales of the company's products may decline, the company may have to
reduce the prices it charges for its products, and revenues and operating
margins may consequently decline."
State of Samba. In a nutshell, this powerhouse program allows
file and device sharing between various Windows and Unix-based operating
systems. And there are good reasons why IT managers should consider using
to Network Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows.
Printed on Paper. Cypak's technology
is being used in "Electronic Compliance Packaging" (EPC) for
drug trials. The label on the pack of pills is made using EPC; every
time a patient takes one of the pills the EPC records the date and time
4 February 2003
Storage Leap Could Produce Film Library on a Disk. Souped-up magnetic
fields that put the brakes on fleeing electrons soon may be corralled
themselves to create computer disk drives that can store and access at
least 40 times more data than today's comparatively puny models. Terabit
hard disk drives may be coming sooner rather than later.
Gives Sneak Peek Of NetWare 6.5. Novell
offered a sneak peek of its next-generation network operating system,
NetWare 6.5, an upgrade with advanced browser-based portal and team
services, storage services, business-continuity options and a built-in
application server for Web services.
Intros Athlon MP Processor 2600+. AMD introduces its Athlon MP processor
2600+, the latest in its line of multiprocessors for servers and workstations
and the company's highest performance 32-bit MPU.
Court Issues Stay in Microsoft, Sun Java Fight. An appeals court
late today granted the stay pending a full hearing on whether Microsoft
should be required to include Sun's Java in the Windows operating system.
to Standardize Web Services in Next J2EE.
Sun will incorporate an important specification with the next version
of its enterprise Java platform that is designed to ensure interoperability
among Web services applications.
to Sell Stand-alone LindowsOS
Prepares Nationwide Launch of Smart Cards.
Pulls Security Patch That Crashes NT 4.0
Monday, 3 February 2003
Build a Home for Wi-Fi. Communities
across the United States experiment with wireless access as a way
to reinvigorate downtowns. And one approach is building a Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Own Music and Picture Show. These devices
act as a bridge between your PCs and your home entertainment system,
pulling digital audio and photo files from the PC hard drives and playing
them on your stereo or TV. $300 wireless; $200 wired. All-In-One
Living Room Gadgets Arrive.
Makers Rally Around Atheros' Wi-Fi Chips.
Four of the top five PC manufacturers last week said that they will equip
their notebook computers with Atheros' dual-band 802.11 chipset to achieve
wireless LAN functionality.
Chip Sales Up 1.3% in Recovery Year. Global
semiconductor sales reached $12.5 billion in December 2002, bringing
total revenue for the year to $140.7 billion, a 1.3 percent increase
from the 2001 level of $138.9 billion...
Whiskers Make Huge Memory Storage. New, tiny magnetic sensors could
help break a technical barrier to ushering in the next generation of
computer disk storage capacity...
Bedeviled at Broadband Crossroads. AOL's revelation
that subscriber numbers have dropped underscores the tough transition
facing the ISP as the industry shifts from dial-up to high-speed services.
the First Skirmish in the Battle. The introduction of video-on-demand
(VOD) has spurred set-top box players to sharpen their swords, readying
themselves to battle for the central network position in America's
Saturday, 1 February 2003
Disaster - Columbia Breaks Up Over Texas On Reentry - All Seven Astronauts