Monday, 31 March 2003
Sales Up 18%. While February marked the second month of sequential
decline, SIA sees hope in the month's $1.8 billion year-over-year growth
in chip sales. Global
Chip Sales Disappoint and Stocks Fall.
a Bunch of Cheap PCs Together and What Do You Have? An Economic Revolution.
the Digital Living Room. Hewlett-Packard
is now making another stab at reconnecting digital music with living-room
stereos, and this time it's got the basics right.
LEDs Herald Flexible Displays. Of the several display technologies
that have been identified as candidates to enable high-performance (full-color,
higher-resolution, video image) flexible displays, organic light-emitting
diodes (OLEDs) are the closest to reaching critical mass in terms of
both development activity and industry adoption.
Gets Ready To Rumble With Microsoft.
Adobe Systems is making changes to Acrobat that could mean lower desktop
licensing costs for many businesses but higher prices for design and
Reveals Nanocrystal Chip. The
company says it has a prototype of a flash-memory chip that could help
the flash industry overcome looming technical hurdles. Moto
Lab Builds 4-Mbit 'Nanocrystal' Memory.
Beefs Up Wi-Fi Security in XP. Microsoft releases a free XP download
with support for Wi-Fi Protected Access, an alternative to the WEP protocol.
Price Cut targets Small Firms. Solomon, Great Plains and Navision
software lines to get new, lower price tags.
Headaches for Sendmail. A remotely exploitable vulnerability in the
open source message transfer agent leaves the Sendmail organization scrambling
over the weekend to prevent attacks on unpatched servers.
Friday, 28 March 2003
Plug-and-Print Solution Can Connect to Printers Up to 1,200 Feet Away.
IBM's new plug-and-print Wi-Fi adapter provides businesses with instant,
high-speed, wireless network print capabilities.
Server 2003 Goes To Manufacturing. Microsoft is expected to announce
Friday that its long awaited Windows Server 2003, the first major server
upgrade in three years, has finally been released to manufacturing.
Group Cooks-up Wired Kitchen. The
Internet Home Alliance, a group hoping to expand the market for funky
connected devices into the home, is set to unveil a prototype of a Web-connected
kitchen that lets people control their appliances remotely.
Upgrades Desktop Linux. Version 9.1 of the OS includes
KDE 3.1, Gnome 2.2.
Would Allow Check Transfer Electronically. U.S.
lawmakers want to let banks exchange checks by electronic image, a process
they say will speed up check clearing, benefit consumers and make banks
Hits 'Fat-finger' Scam
Population Set on Shrinking Course
Thursday, 27 March 2003
Companies Charged With Gouging Broadband Customers. U.S.
consumer groups charged that cable companies were gouging customers
who only subscribe to high-speed Internet service but not cable television,
and asked antitrust enforcers to investigate.
Frees Flash From the Browser. Macromedia
hopes to make its Flash animation player a "first-class citizen" on
PCs with a new addition that allows the software to operate outside
a Web browser.
Xerox Chip to Cut Fiber Costs. The
company says its new chip, which is about the size of a fingertip,
will greatly diminish the cost of connecting homes and offices
to fiber cables in the ground.
IT Spending to Increase Steadily, Report Says. Even
with the downturn, overall enterprise IT spending increased 3 percent
between 2001 and 2002.
TV Makers Preparing Internet TV Specs.
Five Japanese TV manufacturers will form a working group to hammer
out technical specifications by October for digital TVs with Internet
Puts 29-inch Flat CRT TV, DVD and VCR in One Package
Wednesday, 26 March 2003
to Produce Nvidia Chips. The
graphics chipmaker inked a manufacturing deal with Big Blue so it could
avoid putting all of its graphics chips in one basket.
Says Anti-Telemarketing List Ready by October. Consumers
will be able to place their phone numbers on the list starting in
July, and as of October most telemarketers will not be allowed to
call those numbers.
Times Get Longer for Some ICs Wednesday. The days of instant supply
and low prices for semiconductors are coming to an end as demand catches
up with supply.
Suppliers Defend Price Hikes. No longer able or willing to absorb
the mounting costs of petroleum byproducts used to manufacture cables,
some suppliers are raising prices despite concerns their customers may
object and seek out lower-priced competitors.
Says 'You've got Voicemail!'. America
Online (AOL) is turning up the volume on its premium offerings, introducing
a voicemail service that also allows users to receive home voicemails
in their e-mail inboxes, as well as access AOL e-mail over the phone.
PC to Rec Room. Consumer electronics vendors are betting that
you'll spring for a new category of products designed to move your music
and memories from your computer to your existing TV and stereo gear over
a wired--or wireless--network.
eke-out More Market Share. PC
manufacturers shipped a total of about 30.5 million notebooks in 2002,
accounting for about 23.5 percent of the worldwide PC market.
Server to Ship in Parts. Microsoft
will ship many important Windows Server 2003 components after the product
launches next month, a strategy shift that means more updates between
major new releases.
First Transparent Transistor. Engineers
at Oregon State University have created the world's first transparent
transistor, a see-through electronics component that could open the
door to many new products.
Hubble, New Telescope Likely to Rewrite Astronomy Textbooks. A
new space telescope to be launched in mid-April should open another window
on the universe, pulling into focus objects too cold, distant or clouded
by dust for other observatories to see.
Slows Light at Room Temperature
Tuesday, 25 March 2003
Osborne, Computing Pioneer, Dies At 64.
Adam Osborne, the creator of the 23 pound Osborne-1, dies yesterday. Tech
old timers will likely remember the Osborne, the first commercial portable
Puts Pressures on Retailers, Report Says. According
to Forrester Research, broadband results in smarter, more demanding shoppers,
who also spend more money.
Networks Unveils New, Longer-Range Wireless PC Card. The SMC2532W-B
2.4GHz 802.11b High Power Wireless PC Card features an operating range
of up to 2,700 feet.
Bails Out of W3C. In a sign
of growing discord over Web services guidelines, Microsoft has pulled
out of a key Web services standards working group
Caps Hotmail to Prevent Spamming. Company reduces number
of messages users can send to 100 per day.
Hat Hits 9 on March 31st. Red
Hat will make Red Hat Linux 9 available to Red Hat Network subscribers
on March 31, a week before users can download it from Red Hat's site
or buy it in retail stores.
Launches Personal and Workgroup Printers. Dell marked its entry into
a market long dominated by rival HP, announcing four printers for personal
and workgroup use.
Data Tape in Good Condition, Says NASA. The magnetic tape from Columbia's
data recorder could provide vital new clues in the search for the cause
of the disaster.
Lens Could Significantly Enhance Object Resolution
24 March 2003
Serves Up Opteron Plans. AMD
plans to ship the Opteron processor line on April 22,a move that would
put the vendor in both the 64-bit and server-based processor markets.
The 64-bit version of AMD's desktop processor, Athlon 64, initially was
slated to ship earlier this year, but the company delayed its release
Kicks-off Mass Production of DDR-II. Samsung Electronics today announced
that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first 1GB DDR-II
dual in-line memory module (DIMM), based on 512Mbit DDR-II components.
Feeds Its First Printers. The
company next week intends to launch two laser jets and a multifunction
inkjet that will be priced in the same range as similar models from
21 March 2003
Hides Data, IDs Inside Music Files. SunnComm
Technologies says it has licensed a new product that can hide data,
video, software or an identifying watermark inside music files.
Prompts Digital Mayhem. The
onset of the Iraq war is prompting a flood of cyberattacks and malicious
e-mail worms, as hackers of all stripes and colors seize an opportunity
to wreak online havoc.
Advertisers Using Online More. Top traditional advertisers have begun
to finally make online advertising a noticeable part of the media mix,
according to new research by Nielsen//NetRatings.
Finds Solar Trend That Can Warm Climate. Since
the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits during times
of quiet sunspot activity has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade,
according to a study.
Thursday, 20 March 2003
to Buy Linksys in $500M Stock Deal. Cisco Systems Inc. is back on
the acquisition road, with plans to snap up wireless vendor Linksys in
a stock deal valued at US$500 million.
Expands DSL Lines as MSN Shifts Strategy. With broadband sign-ups
on the rise, the telco upgrades DSL-ready lines as Microsoft's MSN tweaks
its Internet strategy away from dial-up users.
News Keeps Pace With Fast-moving Iraq Situation. The
Internet has once again proved itself a mainstream medium for the
instant coverage of major news events, with online newspapers in
most Asian countries posting minute-by-minute updates of the Iraq
war on their sites.
Writers Take Advantage of War. A
new e-mail worm is tricking people into opening dangerous attachments
by promising military satellite images of Iraq.
19 March 2003
Iraqi War Starts
PC Challenges Windows, Mac. New
low-cost computers using alternative Linux-based operating system reach
retail outlets in Canada.
Windows 2000 Patch Can Lock System. The patch, announced
Monday, is incompatible with 12 previous software fixes and computers
with any of those fixes won't reboot.
Delivers 4Gbyte DIMM to Intel. Micron supplies Intel with what
it claims is the industry's first 4Gbyte DDR SDRAM registered dual in-line
Sector Hit Hard With Job Cuts. The
technology industry has shed 10 percent of its work force over the
last two years, a new report shows, and downtrodden dot-commers continue
to feel the pain.
AOL Survive? The problem is that inclusive services like this with
their captive audiences always assumed there was some sort of pot of
gold at the end of the online rainbow. There isn't. In their current
forms, both AOL and MSN are just fooling themselves.
Introduces SATA Adapter. Adaptec
unveiled a two-port SATA adapter
card that supports up to two SATA hard drives and RAID 0, RAID 1 and
JBOD (non-RAID) capabilities.
Glitch May Have Caused Drug Labeling Errors. California
HMO Kaiser Permanente said this week that the computer problem was caused
by a power outage.
Unveils New Developer Program, Portal. Sun
Microsystems on Wednesday unveiled a new program aimed at helping developers
build Web services using Sun ONE software, company executives said in
a press conference at the Web Services Edge conference here.
Silk Delivers Finest Optical Fibers. Use of the threads enables the
creation of ultra-thin, hollow fibers that are narrow enough for the
fastest nanoscale optical circuits. Interesting
Mountains Out of Molecules. At IBM
Research, Phaedon Avouris spends his days delving into the basic
behavior of matter and takes a no-nonsense approach to nanotechnology.
10 17-Inch Monitors
Killer: Yep, It's a Virus...
Tuesday, 18 March 2003
Cuts Jobs, Shutters Stores. The
PC maker has begun notifying 1,900 employees of layoffs and intends
to shutter 76 of its retail stores in the next week as part of its
plan to return to profitability.
the Slow Lane.
the TV, Digitally. With
the multitude of options now available for recording TV digitally, the
death knell for VCRs.
Quietly Forms Polymer Electronics Project. Perhaps the best-kept
secret in the electronics industry at the moment is the upcoming deadline
for non-European companies to join the biggest polymer electronics R&D
program ever. Called PolyApply, the project is due to shut out applicants
from North America and Asia as of April 24.
may sound like old news, but KM is worth another look -- thanks to a
host of maturing KM-enabling technologies and a need for enterprise efficiency.
firms Look to Plug Samba Hole. A
major flaw in the software for sharing Windows files from a Linux server
has open-source firms warning companies to apply a patch.
Warns of Exploit in Windows 2000, IIS
17 March 2003
Unveils a Chip Called Wanda. Texas Instruments brings
out a 3-in-1 design for mobile devices, which it said is the world's
first to integrate cell phone networking, 802.11, and Bluetooth technologies. Nextel
Plans Smartphone, Wi-Fi Phones.
Linux Announces Play at Home Version. Hoping
to attract a wider audience, SuSE Linux Thursday said it is making
a friendlier "home user" version of its operating system
available starting next month.
Friday, 14 March 2003
to Cut-down on Pirated TurboTax Rankles Users. Web
chat rooms have buzzed with customer complaints that Intuit's addition
of Macrovision's SafeCast technology, which ties each TurboTax program
to a single computer, violates privacy and puts users' machines at
risk of damage.
Companies Fear New 100-hour Discs. The recording industry condemns
the launch of two systems that will allow people copy up to 100 hours
of music onto a single disk.
PC Sales Prediction Softens. PC sales will grow in 2003, but at a
slower pace than earlier expected, due in large part to cutbacks in PC
spending by governments and education. 6.9% instead of 8.3%.
SiS Report Chip Shortage Again. VIA
and SiS reportedly are experiencing tight chip supply, as demand from
motherboard makers for the first quarter has appeared to be better than
Nanotech Funding Expected to Hit $1 Billion. The urgency is being
driven in part by growing international competition. Estimates of Japan's
investment in nanotechnology R&D run as high as $500 million a year.
Wi-Fi Ever: 802.11g. Early products are fast, affordable, and work
with popular 802.11b gear.
Expands on Plan to simplify Data Center. The
Dynamic Systems Initiative is supposed to make it easier for companies
to deploy and manage applications across large groups of servers.
13 March 2003
Push Ultrawideband as Wireless Alternative. Several
vendors are pushing to forge a new wireless networking standard from
an emerging technology that could greatly increase the transfer rate
between wireless devices. Its range would be less than that of
WiFi, however, at about 10 meters.
Cards Get Smaller, Faster, Cheaper. New cards offer more storage
(up to 4GB), at the lowest prices yet.
10 DVD Drives. DVD-RW drives
are approaching $200.
Food Cuts Belching Beasts' Methane
First Brain Prosthesis Revealed
12 March 2003
Starts in Hanover, Germany
Launches Power Over Ethernet Family. Power
over Ethernet (PoE) removes the need for separate A/C power connections
for each IP phone, network device and wireless access point. 3Com's
new devices conform to the IEEE P802.af draft
standard that is due to be ratified by June.
Web Buoys Gloomy Tech Companies. The
high-speed Internet has emerged as a beacon for firms at CeBIT, the
world's largest electronics trade fair, as computer gear makers,
telecoms operators and consumers embrace the technology.
Recorders on the Up. The average price of a DVD recorder will fall
to $600 this year and to $450 in 2004.
flicks on IM Webcam. Microsoft said it has begun offering Webcam
functionality on its MSN Messenger instant messaging software, heating
up the battle of features against America Online and Yahoo.
Quirky Digital Cameras Debut. With
digicams that fit into a tin of Altoids and models the size of hockey
pucks, several camera makers are unveiling tiny cameras for the spy in
all of us.
Pops Pop-Ups. AOL announced it would install a pop-up-blocking option
on the browsers of all users of its AOL 8.0 Internet service, following
up on its decision to ban third-party pop-up ads in October with its much-hyped
launch of AOL 8.0.
and AMD Roll-out Notebook Processors. Dueling
processors is to be the theme Wednesday on both sides of the Atlantic,
as Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. roll out their newest
chips for notebook computers.
Memory Contract Prices Down 11-12% in Early March. Contract prices
for 256Mbit DDR in early March softened their slide and a price rebound
could happen in the second half of this month.
Code Red Worm Variant Raising Alarms. A new version of the Code Red
worm is spreading on the Internet.
Lab Construction Begins. The Diamond synchrotron being built in Oxfordshire
at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) will probe deep into the
basic structure of matter and materials.
to Help Cows Milk Themselves
11 March 2003
TV Market to See Rapid Growth. The
DTV market is growing faster than predicted, due in part to an FCC mandate
that DTV tuners be integrated into all TV sets sold in the United States
larger than 13-inches by mid-2007.
Shows off 54-inch Flat Screen Telly. The
company will introduce the new 54" TFT LCD screen at CeBIT in Hangover [sic,
SCO Clash Over Unix License. IBM says it has an ironclad contract
to ship Unix products. SCO's reaction? "Hogwash!"
OS Emulation Come of Age? How can
users cope with the need to run programs written for different operating
systems? One solution is to "emulate" the OS they need. OS
emulation has been around for years, but it has been plagued by performance
and compatibility problems. Has this technology's time finally come?
Passwords Open New Can of Worms. If
your password is password. You could be contributing to the spread
of worms and viruses, which use a limited lexicon to exploit bad
as Doughnut: New Data, New Debate. "Cosmologists
have built a house of cards and it stands," said Dr. James Peebles,
a cosmologist at Princeton.
Monday, 10 March 2003
Europe's New Economy Expo. Three years after the Nasdaq bubble
popped, the technology trade show remains a much-hyped phenomenon.
This week, Europe's biggest tech expo, CeBIT, kicks off in Hannover,
Kicks Off Giant Office Beta Program. Microsoft Corp. today is set
to release the public beta of the of the next version of Microsoft Office,
aiming to reach half a million users in one of its biggest programs ever
to test out new software. Office
2003—A Major Overhaul. Microsoft
Unveils Office 2003 Beta 2. Prerelease suite gives first look at
note-taking, XML apps. The
Office 2003 beta can be ordered here for $19.95.
to Release StarOffice 6.1 Beta Next Week. In
a bid to bolster competition in the enterprise market for desktop productivity
software, Sun is positioning StarOffice as an alternative to Microsoft's
at Edge of Wireless Revolution? The chipmaker
is betting that wireless technology will be the biggest thing since
the browser. New notebooks coming Wednesday may be an indication of
whether the company is right.
Makers Pin Hopes on 3D LCDs. Several
Japanese companies this week announced that they will establish a consortium
to promote products and applications for 3D stereographic liquid-crystal
displays (LCDs), in an effort to bring the technology into the commercial
Announces Launch KT400A Motherboard Chipset for the AMD Athlon XP Processor.
DDR400 memory and serial
ATA hard disk support.
Slowly Worms Its Way on Net. It leaves two
Trojan horse programs in its wake and may pave the way for a distributed
denial of service attack, but experts are not yet rating the worm as
a high risk to PC users.
CEO: New Chip Winning Key Customers. Advanced
Micro Devices is gaining share in the memory market from rival
Intel and is poised to lure major computer makers to its new heavy-duty
Transmeta Chip Shows Athlon64 Flair.
Transmeta's TM8000 chip will feature an entirely new architecture,
executives say, but it will also share some design ideas with the upcoming
Athlon64 from Advanced Micro Devices.
Silencing Could Wipe-out Farm Pests
7 March 2003
Heightens RAID Chip War With VT6420. VIA Technologies on March 6
introduced its Serial ATA (SATA)/RAID controller chip, the VT6420, further
heightening the competition in the RAID chip market this year.
Issues First-Ever Dividend. 8 cents a share.
Offers Double the Battery Life, Lab Says. Adding a controlled amount
of silicon to the graphite normally used in the anode of a lithium-ion
battery may double the energy storage capacity of that battery.
Sues IBM Over Linux, Seeks $1 Billion. Unix
developer The SCO Group has filed a law suit against IBM charging it
with misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and other
illegal actions related to IBM's Linux business.
Court Rejects Net Porn Law. The
Child Online Protection Act, a federal law aimed at curbing Internet
pornography, violates Americans' free speech rights and is unconstitutional,
an appeals court rules.
Finds Hybrid Cars Greener Than Hydrogen Cars. Hydrogen
fuel-cell vehicles have low emissions and energy use on the road, but
converting a hydrocarbon fuel such as natural gas or gasoline into
hydrogen to fuel such vehicles uses substantial energy and emits greenhouse
Converts Apple 2e Into Intel Inside Machine
Thursday, 6 March 2003
Warns Against Buying Uncertified Wi-Fi Devices. Jumping
on the 802.11g bandwagon may result in interoperability problems with
other 802.11g devices, as well as older 802.11b wireless LAN technology.
ATI Release Dueling Graphics Chips. The two largest graphics chipmakers
square off at a Gamers conference in the Silicon Valley with their long-awaited
GeForce FX and RADEON processors.
Computer Owner Shoots Up Machine. George
Doughty hung his latest hunting trophy on the wall of his Sportsman's
Bar and Restaurant. Then he went to jail.
Microsoft, It's 'Greenwich' Beta Time.
Microsoft is set to make a showing in the enterprise instant messaging
and collaboration market Thursday with the release of a beta version
of its real-time communications server software technology, codenamed "Greenwich."
Firms Get Better Bang for IT Buck. Companies
in Europe are spending almost twice the percentage of their revenue
on IT than U.S. companies.
Semi Narrows Loss...
Chip Spot Prices Up; Module Prices Down
the Internet's Unique Role in advertising
Cold War Over Fat Cats?
5 March 2003
Boards on Top of Mobo Makers’ Program Lists for CeBIT. Motherboards
based on Intel’s new 865 (Springdale) and 875 (Canterwood) chipsets are
expected to enjoy the sole spotlight at the CeBIT
Hannover exhibition beginning next week, as Taiwanese chipset designers
have still not obtained technology licensing for the 800MHz FSB (front-side
bus) standard, the new feature of the Springdale platform.
AMD in Server Wars. Growing popularity
of multi-processor Linux supercomputing clusters has opened the door
for smaller manufacturers.
Prototypes Methanol Fuel Cell for Laptops. The
new fuel cell gives about five hours of operation with 50 milliliters
Office Beta all Set to Launch. Most
Office applications will be able to save information as XML,
greatly facilitating the exchange of data between applications. This
could help many businesses free up valuable content locked in Office
Start-up Readies 64-bit Processor. One
of the country's most promising start-ups, BLX IC Design Corp., Ltd.,
is closing in on a 500-MHz microprocessor that it will market toward
China's leading server vendors.
10 Ink Jet Printers
Slashes Risk of Mouth and Throat Cancers. The humble painkiller aspirin
adds to its already impressive repertoire of beneficial effects.
Tuesday, 4 March 2003
Builders Deride Microsoft Pricing. Solution
providers heatedly and repeatedly questioned a top Microsoft channel
executive during a public appearance, seeking answers about why the software
giant continues to provide pricing advantages to large computer makers
at their expense.
Recalls 5-Year-Old Monitor. The 15-inch G51 could begin smoking and
War Continues; 802.11b WLAN Cards to Plunge to US$10 in 2H.
Dipping to near US$10 from the current US$16-17, as new players, both
chip suppliers and equipment makers, try to get a foothold in the already
vs. Radeon Heavyweight Clash Heads 12-product Fight Card. Competition
in the graphics chip market is expected to be pushed to a new high of
intensity in the second quarter as Nvidia and ATI Technologies plan to
roll out a total of 12 products.
in Store for Next Windows. An early test version of the OS hints
at radical changes in file management and search features.
IT Spending Predicted for 2003. IT spending is expected to grow slightly
in 2003, according to two new reports released Monday, as technology
buyers grapple with a continued economic downturn and the prospect of
a U.S.-led war with Iraq.
Price Increase for Windows Server 2003. The
list price for Windows Server 2003 will be identical to pricing for
its predecessor Windows 2000. MS
Aims at Linux With $399 Server 2003, Web Edition. Get
and FreeBSD do it better for nothing.
Reports Critical Hole in Flash Player. Affected
version installed on 75 percent of PCs worldwide.
Human DNA: Less in Common. Researchers
used a powerful biological computer chip that can scan the entire genetic
make up of an organism, that is, its whole genome.
In A Fly
Leaf Inspires Waterproofing Scheme
Server Flaw Could Spawn Next Slammer Worm
3 March 2003
Steps Outside the PC Box With Centrino. Intel
already lets vendors use an ``Intel Inside'' logo. Now, the company will
``certify'' coffee shops, hotels and other wireless hotspots it deems
compatible with the Centrino package.
Unveils First Blue-Laser DVD Recorder. Sony will start sales next
month of the world's first DVD recorder that uses blue laser light and
can pack a two-hour high-definition TV program onto a single disc. Discs
hold up to 23 gigabytes of data.
Salaries Stable in '02, Higher for Government, Defense Jobs.
Salaries for technology workers were stable in 2002, though IT workers
in government and defense saw average gains of 7%.
Chip Sales Fall 2.4%. While January's global semiconductor sales
fall, SIA sticks by its estimate for near 20 percent growth in 2003.
Chip Price War to Erupt With Intel’s New ICH5R. A price war is looming
in the RAID chip market, as Intel is set to launch its RAID-enabled ICH5R
south bridge chips shortly this month and other chipset designers such
as VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are also planning
to introduce similar products later this year.
GHz PowerPC 970? (CPU). IBM has raised
its previous estimate and is now specifying the chip will run at a range
of frequencies between 1.8 GHz and 2.5 GHz.
Launches Its First Megapixel CMOS Sensor. Specifications point to
Plans Three-phase Moon Exploration. It could begin by 2005, say officials,
who also hint that the motivation for the missions is to mine the Moon's