Friday, 31 January 2003
Subscribers: 'Retreat!' Despite an aggressive promotion campaign,
the number of AOL subscribers fell for the first time ever on a quarterly
basis, dropping by 170,000 in the last three months of 2002.
Delays 64-Bit Processor. AMD announced that the introduction of 64-bit
Opteron processor for servers and workstations will take place on April
22. The Athlon64 desktop and mobile processors will be introduction
in September 2003. The Athlon XP 3000+ will be introduced on February
10 and the Athlon XP 3200+ processor is expected mid-2003. AMD
Execs Still Vague On Athlon 64 Launch.
IBM Be the Next Computer Chip King? Despite
its strength in the mainframe chip and integrated circuit markets,
IBM has never entered the PC processor fray. Since the announcement
of the PowerPC 970 last October, however, that may be changing.
Waveguides Provide View of single Molecules. Researchers
at Cornell University perforated a chip with two million "holes" that
serve as nanoscale waveguides, allowing them to film individual molecules
during chemical reactions. "We call it a zero-mode waveguide," quipped
postdoctoral fellow Michael Levene (shown).
Internet is Cutting Into TV Time. Television
executives have more to fear than a future filled with gross-out reality
shows. The Internet is rapidly eroding television viewing hours and emerging
as a powerful information medium in its own right, according to a study
being released today by the University of California-Los Angeles.
Vs. USB 2.0. Which
is the best standard for connecting your peripherals?
Say Microsoft Security Effort Failing. Computer security experts
said on Thursday the recent "SQL Slammer" worm, the worst
in more than a year, is evidence that Microsoft year-old security push
is not working.
Rejoins International Fusion Project
Chess Blunder Hands Win to Computer Program
Students Admit to Using Cell Phones to Cheat
30 January 2003
TW Posts Loss of Nearly $100 Billion. AOL Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday
posted a 2002 net loss of nearly $100 billion -- the largest annual loss
in U.S. corporate history -- and in a sign of further turmoil, media
mogul Ted Turner said he would step down as vice chairman.
You're On Cell Phone Camera! Take quick snaps and e-mail them with
these wireless phones, but don't count on the photos to be keepers.
Voice Over IP Is on Hold. Slow
adoption of devices that allow users to place calls over the open Internet
is due partly to technical problems -- packet jitter, missing and dropped
packets, and compression hurdles -- and partly to security concerns.
Weighs Code Release After Slammer. "Loose
lips sink ships."
Finds Different Routes? Other companies'
products that use the flawed Microsoft database software could have
amplified the SQL worm's impact, say researchers.
Wins Appeal on fraud, Infringment Ruling. A federal appeals court
reversed a lower court decision that Rambus had committed fraud in its
dealings with a JEDEC standards committee. It also reinstated Rambus'
claim that Infineon had infringed upon its patents. FTC
Likely to Ignore Rambus Court Victory. Appeals
court reverses fraud conviction, FTC proceeding with antitrust case.
SPOTs: Microsoft Uses FM in New Generation of gadgets. When Microsoft
researchers wanted to know how to bring the Internet to everyday devices
like the wristwatch, they turned to the sleepy technology of FM radio. Suunto
Ponders the Next Killer App. Thinking machines and robotic devices
that replace human assistants are among the potential killer applications
that could transform the electronics industry.
Light, Green Light: A 2-Tone L.E.D. to Simplify Screens. With
O.L.E.D.'s (organic light-emitting diodes) you can roll up your display
and put it in your pocket and it weighs an ounce, not a pound.
Fires Underwater Jet Engine. A revolutionary new steam engine may
soon be powering speedboats more efficiently, cleanly and safely than
conventional outboard motors.
Recalls 80,000 Large-Screen, Analog TVs. About
80,000 large-screen, analog Zenith Electronics Corp. televisions are
being recalled for repair because they may be a fire hazard.
Teleport Quantum Bits Over Long Distance
Uncover How Brain Perceives Color
to Origins of Universe
Connection Beats 4Q Expectations
29 January 2003
Certifications and What They're Really Worth. Do
these programs actually benefit IT employees, or are they merely expensive
pieces of paper?
Rolls-out World’s Fastest DDR3 SRAM. Samsung Electronics today announced
the development of what it calls the world’s fastest DDR3 SRAM technology.
Announces New Power Macs, 20-inch Display. The company announced
speedbumped Power Macs this morning as well as a new 20-inch display
and price cuts to the rest of the display line.
Extends Support Period for Windows NT Server 4.0
Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it
will extend pay-per-incident and premier support for Windows NT Server 4.0
Show Homer Got it Right
Tuesday, 28 January 2003
the PDA Limits. The
new Sony Clié PEG-NZ90 is busting out of the handheld category—and probably
anything else that tries to contain it.
Gets Under Microsoft's Skin. E-mails show
that even the company's servers weren't protected from SQL Slammer.
Explore Java POS Systems. Retailers are beginning to check out platform-neutral
Java-based system as they revamp their point-of-sale operations.
to Launch World’s first 802.11a/g WLAN Products Next Month. Shortly after
its launch of 802.11g-standard products two weeks ago, D-Link will release
the world’s first WLAN routers and network interface cards (NICs) supporting
the 802.11a and 802.11g standards next month.
Stacks Chips to Create Hybrid ICs. Startup
Xanoptix Inc. has developed a wafer-scale manufacturing process that
allows silicon die, optical semiconductors and compound semiconductors
such as gallium arsenide and indium phosphide chips to be stacked into
three-dimensional structures to create hybrid ICs.
Cable MODEMs Using TI´s Silicon and Software Recieve PacketCable 1.0
27 January 2003
Recovering From Slammer Attack. After slowing or halting Web traffic
around the world this weekend, the Internet is recovering Monday from
the attack of the Slammer worm, even as some networks reported a new
wave of disruptions Monday morning.
Moves to Stop DRAM Production at Promos
In a move that could bring production of memory chips to a halt at one of
Taiwan's largest memory makers and bring about a shortage of PC memory chips,
German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG announced Monday it was immediately
terminating a technology licensing deal with Promos Technologies Inc.
Automates Setup for IP Voice. Enhancements to the operating systems
of Cisco switches and routers should make it easier to use data networks
for voice calls and multimedia, a move that could cut costs and open
the door to new capabilities.
Apache of the Future. The Apache Web server is the rock-solid foundation
that powers approximately two-thirds of all Web sites on the Internet,
but the Apache Project, which is in charge of the software's development,
has found migration to version 2.0 slow going. What does the future
hold for the world's most popular Web server?
Turn to Linux, Stunt Microsoft Growth. Microsoft
still owns about 42 percent of the market, but Linux is gradually
gaining speed with 26 percent of all servers being shipped with the
free software. Unix has about 12 percent.
Launches World’s Thinnest and Lightest Tablet PC. NEC’s new Tablet
PC, measuring 15mm (0.6 inches) thick and weighing 999 grams (2.2 pounds),
is the world’s thinnest and lightest Tablet PC.
Audio to Deliver Seven Hours of Music. The
fidelity of the new standard will be far better than current CD and minidisc
10 Laser Printers
Sunday, 26 January 2003
Worm Slows Global Net Traffic. Experts
called it the most damaging attack on the Internet in 18 months as
networks across Asia, Europe and America were effectively shut down
for hours Saturday afternoon.
24 January 2003
says sales are picking up steam.
Bulletin: PC Recovery Seems Far Off as Prices Plummet. The
combination of weak demand from PC OEMs and a spate of inventory reductions
by memory traders and distributors sent DRAM prices down dramatically
on the U.S. spot market this week.
Maker Preps Digital Network Platform. If all goes well for a small
band of engineers at Gibson Labs in Sunnyvale, Calif., this will be the
year they put commercial electric guitars on an Ethernet network for
the first time.
Kills Funding for Pentagon Data Mining Program. Amendment
to budget bill would stop all funding until military can prove to Congress
the controversial program does not violate privacy rights of Americans.
to DVD—No Card Required. A
first look at the Adaptec VideOh! DVD and Dazzle Digital Video Creator
150—two solutions that can help turn VHS videos into DVDs.
Card-Size Hard Drive Can Hold 5GB. Cheap, thin, flexible StorCard
expected to become available this year. Storcard
Like a Drug in Heart Disease, Study Finds
Thursday, 23 January 2003
manufacturers back off proprietary OSes.
Sony and Matsushita will no longer support their respective homegrown
operating systems as they begin work on a consumer electronics version
Rolls-out Industry’s First 4GB DDR Memory Module. The
DIMM encompasses thirty-six 1Gbit DDR components.
Aims to Free Future Processors of Sockets.
Responding to growing demand for small form factor and low-price PCs,
VIA will move towards developing low-power and socket-free processors.
Said to Gain Market Share in Fourth Quarter. AMD's
share jumped from 13.6% in terms of units for the third quarter of
2002, to 17% in the fourth quarter of last year.
the Mac Become the Unix Workstation of Choice? At
the recent Macworld gathering, Apple announced it is officially working
on X11 for Mac OS X.
SuSE Linux Boasts MS Office Compatibility.
Linux vendor SuSE has released software that enables Linux desktop
users to run Microsoft Office programs.
RElease Another nForce2-based Motherboard. The
EP-8RGA+ has built-in VGA with GeForce4 MX graphics core. Specs.
in network service rated 'critical.'
Overtakes Japan as Second Biggest PC Market
Fusion Could Power NASA Spacecraft. Travel
to Mars in six weeks...
Tuesday, 21 January 2003
Goes Corporate. As
the LinuxWorld expo kicks off today in New York, it's increasingly
clear that corporate America has bought into the open-source movement.
the Safari Hype. Apple's new Safari Web browser has taken off faster
than a brushfire on the Serengeti Plain. When asked to list his
favorite Safari features, Adam Engst, publisher of the TidBits
newsletter and contributing editor at Macworld, told NewsFactor: "Speed.
Adding New Antar Line. According
to company sources, VIA Technologies expects to sell six million processors,
up from nearly two million in 2002, and turn profitable this year.
Chip Market Comes Of Age. Cavium
signs a deal to put security chips on ABIT motherboards in the first
of a wave of deals that are expected to be unveiled in coming months.
Gates Is Waiting for the Perfect PC. The desire to fulfill his original
vision for the PC is what keeps him from retiring, Gates said.
20 January 2003
Key Products Launch This Eeek at LinuxWorld. IBM,
SuSE and The SCO Group are planning to make some noise this week at the LinuxWorld show
in New York.
Unveils New CD Copy Protection. The software
giant announces new digital rights software aimed at helping music
labels control unauthorized copying of CDs, one of the biggest thorns
in the ailing industry's side.
Labels Bring Back Net Music Giveaway. Major
music and technology companies announced on Monday they will bring
back a promotion they tried six months ago involving the give-away
of free music to attract customers to their nascent Internet music
Friday, 17 January 2003
of the Open Source Databases. Of these
two leading contenders, MySQL and PostgreSQL, is one right for your
company? If so, which one?
Wrestles Top Spot From Dell. Hewlett-Packard
regains its position as the world's largest PC maker in the fourth
quarter; the industry also reports an increase of shipments for the
quarter and for 2002.
Roundup: Microsoft, IBM, Sun. Three
bellwethers of the tech industry reported earnings today, with Microsoft
and IBM posting gains, and Sun reporting a quarterly loss.
Posts Q4 Revenue Growth, but Income Drops. Including
$405 million in charges, IBM reported fourth-quarter income from continuing
operations of $1.9 billion, down from $2.6 billion in 2001's fourth
Reports Greater-Than-Expected Loss. AMD reported sales of
$686,430,000 and a net loss of $854,740,000 for the quarter ended December
29, 2002. The net loss amounted to $2.49 per share. In the fourth
quarter of 2001, AMD reported sales of $951,873,000 and a net loss
of $15,842,000, or $0.05 per share. Press
Reports Loss for 2002 as Prices Erode. For
2002, the South Portland, Maine, semiconductor supplier lost $2.5 million,
or 2 cents per share, on sales of $1.41 billion, compared to a loss of
$41.7 million, or 42 cents per share, on sales of $1.40 billion in 2001.
to Pay Dividend; Earnings Better than Expected. After
resisting the idea of giving cash back to shareholders even as its
coffers swelled, Microsoft on Thursday announced its first dividend...
two-for-one stock split.
Electromagnets to Moor Ships
Banana 'Will be Extinct in 10 Years'
16 January 2003
Program Lets Most U.S. Taxpayers File Returns for Free on Internet. The
Free File government partnership with private tax filing services will
make a range of tax software available to at least 60 percent, or 78
million, taxpayers through the April 15 deadline.
Said to Make Debut in April. 64-bit Opteron processors from
AMD are expected to be launched in April.
Told to Ship Java in 120 days. A federal judge
orders the software giant to begin shipping Sun's Java with Windows
within 120 days, after the companies battle over implementing a ruling
he made last month.
distributor sinks under financial woes.
Profit Soared 160% in 2002
15 January 2003
Profits and Sales Rose in Fourth Quarter. Fourth-quarter
revenue was $7.2 billion, up 10% sequentially and up 3% year-over-year.
Lets Governments Review Windows Code. Microsoft will give governments
and international organizations access to the programming code underlying
several versions of its Windows operating system to allay security concerns.
SiS to Introduce New Serial ATA-supporting Chips. With the Serial
ATA (SATA) standard is expected to enter the market mainstream with
Intel’s introduction of its Springdale platform in the second quarter,
Taiwanese chipset designers VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems
(SiS) are planning to launch chips supporting the standard.
10 DVD Drives
14 January 2003
Designs Security in a Chip. Transmet
plans to offer a processor with embedded security features, as it
races against much-larger rival Intel in the mobile computing market.
Case of the Incredible Shrinking PCs. Two new multimedia-focused
computers are also space savers.
Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP. The
launch of the Thoroughbred B cores means that the demands on processor
cooling units have also increased...
Virus uses shared
network folders to infect Windows machines.
Signs for the Ad Industry. The
U.S. ad market should experience a 6 percent increase in 2003.
Monday, 13 January 2003
Seeks to Cash-in With Retailers. The
PC maker says it will enter the market for retail point-of-sale equipment
with a new line of electronic cash registers. It'll be up against IBM
Reaches $1.1 Billion Settlement With California Consumers. Proceeds
settlement with consumers
in California, who accused the software giant of violating the state's
antitrust and unfair competition laws, will be distributed in the form
of vouchers redeemable for computers and software products.
2003: Picks and Pans. From neat digital home gear to bizarre
celebrity sightings, here are the best, worst, and silliest of consumer
Set to Challenge Windows on Desktop. Bought
the latest whiz-bang personal computer, but don't know what to do with
your older, fully functional PC? One option would be to try breathing
new life into it with Linux...
15 Notebook PCs
TFT LCD Producers Doubled Sales Last Year
10 January 2003
Reinvents Its Destination. The
Gateway Media Center PC's giant plasma display is one of the best values
on the market, since other plasma TVs go for about the same price—without
Data Storage in Tiny Devices. A fast emerging trend is the development
of smart, digital data devices. Cell phones already can capture and send
digital photos wirelessly, for example. To cram a mountain of data into
ever-smaller units, companies are developing novel -- and tiny -- storage
Gets Networked. Owners of TiVo's Series 2 Digital Video Recorders
will soon be able to add their unit to a home network, so they can share
content among PCs, Macs, and other networked TiVo units in the home.
Sets Sights on High-end Desktop Graphics. DeltaChrome,
unveiled at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, forms
the core of a family of graphics processors S3 plans to roll out this
Hat Linux 8.1 To Ship in April, Corporate Desktop Due In Late 2003.
Red Hat plans to fortify its desktop Linux lineup by shipping Red Hat
Linux 8.1 in April, a 32-bit technical workstation this quarter and
a full-fledged corporate desktop in the next six to 12 months.
Thursday, 9 January 2003
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan.
Unveils Smart Wristwatches. Bill
Gates kicked off the CES Wednesday evening by unveiling the first products
based on a futuristic technology that can turn everyday items into "smart
objects" that receive information through the airwaves. Inside
the Biggest Electronics Show in the World. Sony,
Toshiba, D-Link and many more are making major product announcements
at this huge and super-hot show. HP,
Sony Link PC to Stereo and TV. Both
have launched products that turn a PC into a server of music and images
for the home stereo and TV, suggesting that information technology (IT)
may yet converge with consumer electronics. CES
Preview: From Tiny Storage to Giant TVs. Wireless
wonders, awesome audio, digicam dreams, and ways to keep it all running
fill annual event.
Printer' Promises Industrial Revolution. Ink-jet printing technology
that prints fully assembled electric and electronic gadgets in one go
could signal the end of assembly lines... The idea of printing a light
bulb may seem bizarre, but US engineers are now developing an ink-jet
printing technology to do just that...
Worm, Lirva, is Spreading. Lures
victims with a mention of plucky Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, then
steals Microsoft Windows passwords and sends them to e-mail addresses
Memory Spot Prices Drop Under $6. DDR
spot prices for 256Mbit products plunged below US$6 for the first time
in five months, reaching US$5.80-5.90 on January.
and AMD to Collaborate in Chip Technology. The
companies will develop processes based on silicon-on-insulator transistors,
copper interconnects and improved "low-k dielectric" insulation.
The agreement includes collaboration on 65 and 45nm technologies to be
implemented on 300mm silicon wafers.
'Switch' Campaign Shifts to UNIX Crowd. Apple
Computer this week targeted UNIX users (in addition to Microsoft Windows
users) in its drive to "switch" non-Mac users to its OS X platform. Switching
OS X to the user's hardware may be a better idea.
Artists Make Hay on Online Auction Sites
Way for Segways? More Cities May Ban Scooter
8 January 2003
projects its DVD recorder shipments to grow four-fold next fiscal year.
Pioneer projects shipping 700,000 DVD recorders in fiscal year 2003 (April
2003-March 2004), up from an estimated 170,000 units this fiscal year.
Industry to Grow 20% in 2003, Report Says. After dipping in early
2003, a surge in PC shipments will see the DRAM market reach $18.5 billion
'Smart Displays' Begin Shipping. Microsoft's
plan to let people access their PCs from wireless "Smart Displays" located
about the home draws closer to reality this week.
Laptops Get Jumbo Screen. Jobs wows Macworld attendees with
his 17-inche screen.
Sharply Lowers Expectations For Fourth Quarter
Tuesday, 7 January 2003
and Shuttle Announce Small Form-Factor PC. Shuttle’s
SN41G2, is a shoebox-sized, barebone PC based on the NVIDIA nForce2
Launches New and Improved Media Player. Updated versions of Windows
Media Player and Windows Movie Maker may be available for non-Windows
operating systems. Download after
Monitor, TV Shipments Grew in 2002. LCD
(liquid crystal display) monitor shipments grew to a record high and
demand for LCD TVs surged last year.
Permits Long-distance Manipulation of Image Files. Sandia
National Labs is developing a system that allows an image to be viewed
and manipulated over the Internet while remaining stored on a secure
server far away.
may shake up broadband market. U.S.
regulators plan a major overhaul in telecom policy that could strengthen
the hand of local phone monopolies.
Expo Keynote Coverage. Jobs
says that 2003 is "the year of the notebook for Apple."
6 January 2003
Motherboard Smackdown. It's
quite impressive how the Athlon XP 2700+, running at roughly 2.17GHz,
keeps up with the Pentium 4 in quite a number of applications... The
point here is that the boards just run. It's very reminiscent of installing
motherboards with Intel core logic. You install them, set up the BIOS
once, and go. The boards are stable, fast and we never witnessed any
serious system crashes.
Ships Serial ATA PC TO Customers. Offering up to 120 Gbytes
of Seagate Serial ATA storage, the Millenia 910i can be configured
with up to two Seagate hard drives for Serial ATA RAID 1, 0.
Smallest Hard Drive Now Bigger: 4GB on a One-inch Disk. The
4GB Microdrive is expected to be available in the Fall of 2003.
Growth Forecast for Chip Industry. The
worldwide semiconductor, electronic equipment and component markets will
return to robust growth in 2003 after two poor years, according to the
latest forecasts from iSuppli Corp.
Releases Titanium Beta 2; Official Name To Be Exchange Server 2003. Exchange
Server 2003 will offer significant performance improvements, enhancements
to the user interface in Outlook 11...
Look: Sanyo Delivers Combo Camera/Phone
Q&A. How to record streaming audio off the Internet.
Friday, 3 January 2003
Supply to Exceed Demand by 7.3%, Says Nikkei MA. DRAM
output will swell 66% to 816,900 terabits due to more advanced technology. PC
shipments will grow 10%...
Spies at the Gate. Use
of software that monitors Internet activity without a user's knowledge
is on the rise...
IT Spending to Grow 4 Percent in 2003. Study
shows Linux, outsourcing, wireless sales will be strong. Tech
Spending May Not Recover This Year. Contrary
to other upbeat views for a near-term recovery in the battered sector,
a Goldman Sachs survey showed technology buyers surveyed at the end
of 2002 were more frugal than they had been earlier in the year.
Continues Desktop March. The good
news for Linux as an operating system for the desktop could become
No. 2 behind Windows as early as next year, but advocates believe
its growth is slower than expected.
Attic -- Significant Historical Artifacts from IBM's Collection.
IBM has helped to chronicle and contribute to the 400-year history of
mechanized calculation by collecting a number of significant counting
and reckoning tools and devices -- including abacuses, slide rules, calculators,
arithmometers and tabulators...
and IBM Complete Hard Disk Drive Agreement. No More IBM HDDs...
2 January 2003
PC Sales Good Enough. Desktop
sales were weak, but notebooks were strong.
EL Material to Generate Brighter Displays. Unlike today's electroluminescent
materials which can emit light of one color only, the new material
can switch the emitted light between two colors depending on the direction
of the applied current flow.
vendors Brace for 90-nm challenge in 2003. The
ramp-up to 90-nanometer chips will give the electronic design automation
industry a strong focus in 2003.
Virus Lingers into the New Year. Although
the spread of the virus appears to be slowing, it is still ranked as
a "medium risk" to both home and corporate users.