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September 2004

Thursday, 30 September

Chip Set Pushes Powerline Networking Rates to 85 Mbs. Intellon is pushing up the data rate of home powerline networks with the release of a new chipset.

August Chip Sales Up 34.2%. Semi sales grew to $18.2 billion in August...

IE--Embraced, Extended, Extinct? Despite all appearances, Microsoft insists it hasn't lost interest in Web browsers.

New Standard Java Spec Emerges. After years of coordination and testing, the JCP produces J2SE v. 5.0 -- also known as 'Project Tiger.'

Free Your Memory. CD and DVD burners with integrated Flash card readers release you from the limits of memory cards.

Linksys Unveils Home Networking Strategy. Linksys sees the future of home networking: voice-over-IP (VoIP).

Desktop Linux a Vehicle for Pirating Windows. PCs running Linux are growing in popularity in part because they can be loaded with a pirated copy of Windows, according to a study from analyst Gartner.

US Patent Office Rejects Microsoft's FAT Patents

Toshiba Unveils Flat-Panel SED TV

Clever Cars Can Read Road Signs

’Table Top’ Particle Accelerators a Step Closer

Fuel Cell Celebrates One Year

Wednesday, 29 September

IBM Reclaims Top Supercomputer Crown for U.S. For the first time since 2002, Japan's Earth Simulator is not the most powerful supercomputer on the planet.

HD-DVD Standard Earns Approval. The DVD Forum has approved the physical disc specifications for the rewritable version of HD-DVDs (High Definition/High Density-DVDs), taking the format an important step nearer to mass production.

JPEG Exploit Could Beat Antivirus Software. Antivirus software could be ill-prepared to protect corporate networks from the latest Windows vulnerability--innocent-looking JPEG files that contain security attacks.

World Wide Web Inventor Warns Of Patent Licensing Royalty Threat. Speaking at the Emerging Technologies Conference at M.I.T., World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said royalty-free standards are key to advancing the online world.

Better Browser Now The Best

SpaceShipOne Lands After Heart-stopping Ride

Dawn of the Galaxies

Tuesday, 28 September

Bank of America to Deploy 180,000 IP Phones. Bank of America announced plans for a corporate-wide IP telephony rollout that will eventually put an IP phone on every BoA employee’s desktop.

Trojan Horse Exploits Image Flaw. Internet watchers say they've spotted infected images that could implant a back door into a Windows computer if they are viewed.

Surface Chemistry May Extend Technology for Making Transistors

Aurora Over a Communications Tower

Monday, 27 September

IDC: Commercial PC Demand Grows. The research firm revises its forecast to illustrate growth at highest level since mid-1999, though the future is not so rosy.

Adobe Proposes New Digital Photo Standard. Adobe Systems is proposing new universal format for digital photos.

Microsoft to Charge for Hotmail-Outlook Link. Microsoft will start charging for a Hotmail feature that allows users of the Web-based e-mail service to access their e-mail using the Outlook e-mail client.

Optical Technique Promises Terabyte Disks. Future disks could hold more than 100 hours of high quality video, using the polarity of light to store information.

Russia Next In Line For Cheap Windows. Although Microsoft has been close-mouthed about costs for Starter Edition compared to the full-bore Windows XP, sources put the price of the former at $36, about half what Windows XP runs OEMs.

HP to Stop Using Intel Itanium Chip

Next-Generation TV Streams Over Phone Lines

Toshiba, Microtune team to Develop HDTV Module

Huge Asteroid to Fly Past Earth Wednesday

The Great Nebula in Orion

Friday, 24 September

Move to Digital Movie-Making. The supporting cast is perfect—dropping prices, rising quality, shrinking size. Roll the digital cameras.

Browser Wars, Part II? In a flashback, the remnants of Netscape--now the open-source Mozilla Foundation--have come back with Firefox, and the buzz is building for alternative browsers as Microsoft's Internet Explorer grapples with security issues.

Microsoft Tests Blocking Bogus Windows. Microsoft has quietly debuted a mechanism that can block pirated copies of Windows from downloading fixes, patches and software.

Big Boss is Watching. Cell phones are giving employers new ways to check up on employees in the field--and raising fresh workplace privacy concerns as a result.

VIA Announces K8T890 PCIe Chipset. VIA Technologies announced the VIA K8T890 chipset, enabling advanced PCI Express (PCIe) connectivity on motherboards for the latest AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, and AMD Sempron processors.

Internet Surpasses TV. A report from the Online Publishers Association (OPA) reveals that 45.6 of 18-54 year-olds will turn to the Internet, rather than the TV, as first choice for home entertainment.

Sony Eyes 200GB Blu-ray Discs. Sony will announce next month that it developed an 8-layer version of the Blu-ray Disc that is capable of storing 200GB of data.

Iomega to Layoff 25 Percent of Its Work Force

Life Found Lurking Under Arctic Rocks

Thursday, 23 September

Microsoft to Secure IE for XP Only. Microsoft affirms plan to make browser upgrades available only through XP updates, ignoring half of the Windows world. Mozilla.

US Expects to Lose More IT Jobs to Offshoring. A US government report indicates that offshore outsourcing could harm IT employment growth over the next decade.

Microsoft Publishes First Windows XP SP2 Patch. Over a month and a half after completing Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft has finally released the first patch that fixes a problem with that release.

VoIP To Become The New Standard For Voice Traffic. According to a new report released by AT&T in association with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), voice over IP (VoIP) technology has leapt to the top of the corporate networking agenda after a decade of proving itself.

AMD's Ruiz Disappointed by Microsoft's 64-bit Delays. AMD) is disappointed by Microsoft decision to delay the introduction of 64-bit versions of Windows, but sees no significant impact from the delay on sales of its 64-bit processors.

BMW Unveils World's Fastest Hydrogen-Powered Car

Wednesday, 22 September

Kodak Expects Digital Sales to Grow 36 Percent by 2007. Kodak anticipates digital sales to jump at a compound rate of 36 percent between 2003 and 2007, compared with a year-ago projection of 26 percent growth between 2002 and 2006.

IBM, AMD Extend Manufacturing Agreement to 2008. The move extends the companies' manufacturing agreement to December 2008 to cover 32nm production and will cost AMD up to $280 million.

Senate Panel Backs Subsidies for Digital TV. The US Senate Commerce Committee approved a measure that would provide up to $1 billion to ensure consumers can still watch television when broadcasters switch to new, crisp digital signals.

Exploit Posted for Microsoft JPEG Flaw. Computer code that takes advantage of a flaw in the way many Microsoft Corp. applications process JPEG images has been published.

Lawmakers OK Video Voyeurism Privacy Bill. Legislation establishes fine, prison terms for cyber peeking.

Ireland Blocks Calls to 13 Countries to Thwart Net Scam. Ireland's telecom regulator said this week that is taking "extraordinary" measures to protect Internet users from rogue autodialer programs that hijack their modems and run up long-distance phone charges by suspending direct dialing to 13 countries, most of which are South Pacific islands.

Taking Stock Of E-paper. Developing e-paper technology hasn't been easy, and broader uses have yet to appear. But it's catching on in applications like e-books.

Price of LCD TVs for Consumers Set to Plunge

Tiny Drives With Big Brains

Tuesday, 21 September

Mozilla Could Form Base of a Google Browser. Analysts agree that it would be of little benefit for Google to create a browser from scratch, but it could add value by adding components onto the open-source browser Mozilla.

Philly Plans World's Largest Mesh Wi-Fi Net. Philadelphia plans a mesh network of wireless Wi-Fi base stations and that will let users roam around an entire city instead of providing limited connectivity in a handful of hot spots.

Ford in Major Shift to VoIP. The auto giant plans to switch 50,000 employees to the technology at more than 110 facilities.

Quantum Computing's Magnetic Attraction. Quantum computers will perform calculations up to a billion times faster than today's silicon-based processors and store data in the spin of individual magnetic atoms.

Still Burning Bright After 96 Years

New German Mobile Phone to Detect Bad Breath

Monday, 20 September

Critical Mass. for AMD's Chip Designs? Advanced Micro Devices' next major processor might come with a Boston accent.

AMD Introduces 64-Bit Mobile Processor. AMD has launched the Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor, a low-power version of its 32/64-bit chip aimed at the thin-and-light notebook market.

Thousands of Zombie PCs Created Daily. Up to 75,000 computers are captured each day by virus writers who can sell them on to online extortionists and spammers.

Cisco's P-Cube Aims to Stop Spam at Source. The start-up, soon to be acquired by Cisco, adds feature to help broadband service providers fight "zombie" attacks.

Texas Instruments Makes IP Phones Portable with New Voice over Wireless LAN Platform. This technology will enable portable IP phones for use on WLAN networks, allowing users to roam throughout an enterprise campus or home.

Man Held in England For Cisco Code Theft. Man arrested in England for theft of Cisco proprietary software blueprints.

Microsoft Provides Office Source Code to Governments. Facing growing competition from open source software providers, Microsoft has decided to allow governments and international organizations access to source code for its Office 2003 productivity suite.

Chip Equipment Orders Slip. Investors shrugged off a report showing that chip equipment orders declined for the third straight month in August.

Choose Your Camera. What type of digital camera is best for you and which model should you buy?

Mira Behind the Molecules

World's Most Powerful Ground-based Telescope to be Unveiled

Ox's Natural Mosquito Repellant Synthesized in Lab

Friday, 17 September

Software Sting Leads to Arrests. U.S. law enforcements officials have disrupted one of the largest software-piracy operations in the country with the arrest of 11 suspects in three states.

For Businesses, It's Slow Going With Windows XP SP2. It could take months for many businesses to test and deploy Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft's most-secure operating system.

Serious Security Issue in Windows XP SP2. Instead of viruses, worms, and hackers, the supposedly safe SP2 for Windows XP invites any Internet user to have a look around your PC.

Siemon's TERA Connector Recognized For Use In ISO/IEC Home Cabling Broadcast Communications Applications. The recently approved the ISO/IEC 15018 Information Technology Generic Cabling for Homes Standard recognizes the Siemon Company's TERA connector as an approved balanced cabling interface for home cabling broadcast communication applications.

Photo Printers Buying Guide

Researchers Invent Antenna for Light

Light From the Heart

A Traveling-wave Engine to Power Deep Space Travel

Thursday, 16 September

Study: IT Job Market Continues to be Stagnant. The IT job market remains tight in the U.S., with more workers than available jobs in many parts of the country.

Wi-Fi May Be Portable, But Wires are Reliable. Now, as Wi-Fi has started to take hold in homes, HomePlug technology may help solve some of the issues that have been frustrating users.

Firefox Drawing Fans Away From Microsoft IE. Open-source browsers Mozilla and Firefox have won over a significant number of defectors from Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the past nine months, Web site metrics suggest.

Mozilla Fixes Browser Bugs. The Mozilla Foundation has fixed 10 security bugs in its open-source Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox browsers and Thunderbird e-mail reader

German Chipmaker Infineon Admits Price Fixing. German computer chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing and will pay a $160 million fine.

National Semiconductor Unveils Security ICs for PCs. Designated the SafeKeeper Trusted Input/Output (I/O) devices, the chips are designed to better protect computer systems from hackers and viruses.

Microsoft's Anti-spam Proposal Rejected. Engineers in charge of setting technical standards for the Internet have rejected a preliminary spam-fighting proposal from Microsoft Corp.

New GNOME Released. Version 2.8 adds standard desktop functions in its evolution.

Top-Tier DVD Authoring. MyDVD Studio 6 is a good tool for creating DVDs from tape or other content.

Microsoft Flip-flop May Signal Blog Clog. Redmond's U-turn on abbreviating Web logs may portend a looming bandwidth crunch.

Mars Laser Will Beam Super-fast Data

FCC Chief Pushes TV Via High-Speed Internet Lines

Tuesday, 14 September

DRAM Market Growth Could Soon to be a Memory. With another sharp downturn expected within two years, the historically cyclical DRAM industry is grappling with vastly slower market growth rates.

Gartner: 40% of Semi Industry to Go. Increasing cost and complexity will drive vendors out and into IP.

Computer Worm Sniffs-out Passwords. The first computer worm to eavesdrop on network traffic after it infects a computer has been discovered by security experts.

German Software Pirate and His Father Get Jail Time. The noose appears to be tightening around one of Europe's largest software counterfeiting rings as a German court sentenced a second member of the network to prison, and handed a sentence to his father for helping run front operations.

Monday, 13 September

Linux Standard Gains Big-name Backers. A number of software makers and well-known IT vendors have agreed to endorse the Free Standards Group's latest Linux standard to help create common ground for companies building open-source technologies.

Microsoft Fattens Already Packed Visual Studio 2005 Lineup. Microsoft added to an already dizzying array of planned Visual Studio 2005 offerings by unveiling a new version of the toolset for developers who fall between hobbyist and professional levels.

IBM Open-sources Speech Recognition Development Tools. The move is intended to spur development in the field and outflank rivals by making IBM's free technology the industry standard.

Worm Speaks to Windows Users. Using the Windows Speech Engine, the Amos virus greets XP users on start-up, makes a dubious claim, then bids farewell in Turkish.

Grace Gravity Mission Weighs in on Earth's Changing Climate

Let the Music Bloom: Flowers Become Speakers

Friday, 10 September

Semiconductor Downturn Forecast for 2005. ...more like "a bump in the road."

Gartner: Ignore Longhorn and Stick With XP. Longhorn looks increasingly like a product intended to simply fill in a gap in the schedule.

Internet 'Overlay' Could Boost Performance. Intel's head of technology warns the internet needs a radical overhaul to cope with growing demand.

Scientists Salvage Some Material From Genesis Capsule

Scientists Tame 'Hip Hop' Atoms

Technology Emerges to Embed Tags in Glass

Chicago Mayor Unveils Surveillance Plan

Thursday, 9 September

Intuit Upsets Users With Quicken Upgrade. Customers are steamed that Intuit changed file formats, and bill-payment services, and are complaining about inadequate tech support.

More Big Security Holes in Linux. Open-source developers have warned of serious security holes in two Linux components...

I.T. Job Growth on Slow Track. Survey says that the high-tech job market showed a modest 2 percent increase in the first quarter of 2004.

Intel Has Tough Sell with Optimistic Message. Intel is trying to convince its followers and analysts this week that a sunny technological future is just around the corner. But in many ways the chip giant has rained on its own parade.

Microsoft Takes Your Fingerprint. New keyboard and mouse from the company's hardware division include fingerprint readers to back up its password savers.

Self-sustaining Killer Robot Creates a Stink

Scientists Pick Up Pieces of Genesis Space Capsule

Wednesday, 8 September

Microsoft Extends Block to SP2 Auto Update. Microsoft is doubling the number of months that corporate customers can block automatic delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Intel Moves to Single Architecture for 32-, 64-bit Processors. During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Intel outlined its processor roadmap, including a plan to merge or develop a single architecture for its separate 32- and 64-bit lines.

Get Ready for SPIT. If spam could talk, it would spit. SPIT stands for spam over Internet telephony and could become just as annoying.

AMD's Dual Core 90nm Opteron Demonstration

Genesis Spacecraft Crash-lands

Molecular Torus Surrounds Black Hole

Tuesday, 7 September

Lexmark Recalls About 40,000 Printers. Lexmark voluntarily recalled 39,431 of its laser printers sold under Lexmark, IBM and Dell brands because of a potential shock hazard.

Consumer Electronics Sales to Beat Earlier Projections. Sales of consumer electronics products projected to reach $108 billion in 2004, besting the $100 billion record set in 2003 by 8.1 percent.

Plunge in LCD Prices Expected to Slow. Prices of liquid-crystal displays are expected to fall by less than 5 percent in the fourth quarter as the industry expects a surge in demand during the holiday-shopping season.

IEEE 802.3ah OAM Helps Bridge Ethernet Management Gap. Data-link OAM specification provides utilities for monitoring and troubleshooting Ethernet links.

Intel's Rosedale Chip Brings WiMax Closer. Intel has begun shipping samples of its first WiMax chip, called Rosedale, and the first network trials based on the technology will start next year.

Nickel 'Nanodots' Could Mean Tiny Hard Drives. Terabytes of data could be stored on a computer drive the size of a postage stamp using the minuscule magnetic dots.

External Storage: Little Big Drives. Back up your system completely and at top speed with one of these 15 external drives—7 locally attached, 3 network-attached, and 5 portable.

Combo CD-A/V Player Unveiled. TI and iRiver unveiled what they say is the world's first combination audio/video (A/V) CD player: iRiver's IMP 1100.

A Supernova in Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403

Peugeot Unveils Fuel-Saving Stop & Start System

Friday, 3 September

IBM Recalls Smoking Adapters. IBM is recalling some 553,000 notebook computer adapters sold worldwide because they can overheat and pose fire and shock hazards.

Apache Balks At Microsoft's Licensing In Anti-Spam Standard Sender ID. Apache said that it wouldn't support the proposed antispam standard Sender ID, because the licensing terms set by Microsoft are too strict.

Is It Time to Ditch IE? Feds say switching browsers is one way to deal with security threats.

Intel Cuts Third-Quarter Forecast. Intel has slashed its third-quarter revenue projections by as much as $600 million after demand for both its computer and communications chips weakened beyond expectations.

Large Size LCD Monitor Prices Crash. And there's more falling to come

Pre-Human Walked Upright 6 Million Years Ago -Study

Supercool! Model Unscrambles Complex Crystallization Puzzle

Wednesday, 1 September

Tech Hiring on the Rise. Layoffs in the U.S. technology industry are at a two-year low and companies are reporting an increase in hiring.

Hitachi Shrinks Hard Disk Drive for Consumer Devices. New ZIF connector makes Hitachi 1.8-inch drive smaller and easier to Integrate.

Hard Drives Get Faster, Smarter. NCQ technology allows drives to prioritize a PC's data requests.

Time Warner Broadband Suit Advances. A federal appeals court has breathed life back into Time Warner's challenge of an Ohio city law requiring new homes and offices to connect to a municipally owned Net infrastructure.

Laser Mouse Conquers New Surfaces. Ever have the urge to run a mouse across ceramic tile, lacquered furniture, metal, photo paper or opaque glass? The Logitech MX 1000 laser cordless mouse is for you.

SCO Revenue Drops as Lawsuits Take Toll. SCO's net loss for Q3 was $7.4 million, compared to net income of $3.1 million the same quarter a year ago. Legal costs over the quarter tallied up to $7.

SP2 Problems Impact 10% of PCs. Businesses preparing to implement Windows XP SP2 should brace themselves for problems impacting a significant number of their Windows XP machines.

HDTV 'Starter' Kit for PC Comes with Some Kinks

An Inner Neptune for 55 Cancri

A Car That Listens To You

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