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September 2003

Tuesday, 30 September 2003

Media Center Edition 2004: Worth the Wait. With more features, easier-to-read screens, and a more intuitive television guide, the second-generation Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 is just plain better. PC Makers Give Media Center a Head Start. PC makers unveiled several Media Center PCs online Tuesday morning, ahead of the official launch of the latest version of Microsoft's entertainment-oriented operating system. AMD Announces Support for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 on AMD Athlon 64 Processors.

Linksys Ships VPN Broadband Router For Small Biz. Linksys this week started shipping a new Wireless-G VPN Broadband Router for small businesses.

Cox to Offer HDTV in 85 Percent of Its Market. Cable operator Cox Communications will make high definition television channels available in 85 percent of its market by the end of the year.

IBM Demos Thin Silicon SiGe Bipolar Transistors for Wireless Apps. It also announced a chip design that it said can improve performance four-fold while reducing power consumption five-fold in wireless devices.

Microsoft to Lift Lid on Longhorn at Professional Developers Conference. The company is expected to provide details on the next version of Windows at its Professional Developers Conference, Oct. 26-30 in Los Angeles.

Sun Revises Q4 Results; Reports $1 Billion Loss. Sun Microsystems announced that it has applied a $1.051 billion non-cash charge to the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2003, which ended June 30.

Music Fans Cut-back on Free File-swapping. Where pleas from Britney Spears and Metallica failed, a flurry of lawsuits seem to be doing the trick: Music downloaders are fleeing the free file-swapping services in droves. At the same time, a number of legal services that charge for downloads are cropping up to fill the void.

RIAA Settles 63 More Infringement Suits. Music trade group also says more than 800 accused file-swappers have applied for amnesty.

Monday, 29 September 2003

August Chip Sales Reach $13.4B, SIA Reports. Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased 4 percent to $13.42 billion in August, representing the sixth consecutive monthly increase.

US Online Ad Market Starts to See the Light. 'It seems like the whole world has turned around and suddenly Internet advertising is the new religion.' This confidence is not unfounded. According to E-Marketer research, household penetration of the Web in the US is now 68% and will pass cable TV, at 67%, as well as outpace newspapers' 55%.

SuSE Rolls-out Linux Desktop 9.0. SuSE Linux on Tuesday will do its bit to bridge the 34- and 64-bit worlds when it makes available its SuSE Linux 9.0 desktop operating system that supports 32- and 64-bit applications running on AMD's Athlon 64 processor.

Alpha Code Foretells Strong KDE 3.2. The update delivers impressive Web browser and file manager improvements.

Adobe To Unveil Fully Equipped Suite. Forget the paintbrushes and canvases. Adobe Systems Inc. would rather sell fully equipped workshops instead. Too pricey for my taste when the full version of CorelDraw/Photo-Paint Suite can be had for $184.99...

BenQ Aims to Ship 100,000 LCD TVs This Year. BenQ aims to ship 100,000 LCD TVs this year and 300,000-400,000 next year, according to Peter Chen, general manager of BenQ’s digital media division.

CD-quality Car Radios Closer to Realization. HD Radio technology adds "side bands" to existing AM and FM radio frequencies. The side bands carry additional signals that enable conventional AM radios to produce "FM-type" sound, and enable FM radios to produce "CD-type" sound.

Tablet PCs Starting to Take Off After Slow Start. After a slow start, tablet personal computers are starting to take off, fueled by Microsoft Corp.'s release of its operating system Windows XP Tablet PC and manufacturers rolling out a wider variety of easier-to-use devices.

Hackers Still Exploiting 'Patched' Microsoft Browser. 'Fixed" Internet Explorer still leaves innocent Web surfers exposed.

Microsoft Browser Holes Lead to AIM, Dial-Up Attacks. Security holes in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser have been exploited by hackers to hijack AOL instant messaging accounts and force unsuspecting Web surfers to run up massive phone bills.

IBM Expands SCO Countersuit. IBM has expanded its Linux-related countersuit against SCO Group--adding a new twist to the case by accusing the software maker of infringing on IBM copyrights.

Curvy Aircraft could Silence Sonic Booms

Sharpest Ever Color View of Mars Captured by Hubble

Friday, 26 September 2003

Microsoft Holdout Massachusetts Opts for Open Source. Massachusetts, the lone holdout state still suing Microsoft Corp. for antitrust violations, will become the first state to adopt a broad-based strategy of moving its computer systems toward open standards, including Linux, the rival operating system to Microsoft's Windows.

Code-sharing Proves Valuable for Microsoft. Microsoft says it is learning valuable lessons about code sharing from the open-source community, declaring that free software on Windows is "good".

Camera Phones Outsold Digital Still Cameras in 1H. 25 million camera phones were shipped worldwide in the first half, compared to 20 million DSCs shipped in the same period.

U.S. Shipments Down Slightly. Growth continues in electronics, but the summer bump is over; semiconductor shipments up 19 percent.

Price-Busting Camera from Gateway. Gateway blasts into the market with the least expensive 5-megapixel point-and-shoot camera.

Creative MuVo NX. Creative's latest player measures slightly larger than a matchbox and weighs about 1.5 ounces.

Taiwan Surges Into LCD TVs. Several Taiwanese companies are accelerating efforts to manufacture televisions using LCD screens, a technology they hope will displace plasma TVs for customers wanting thin displays.

Video Game Makers Expand Online Games. Video game publishers and console makers are expanding and stepping up promotion of their online games in a move to secure future growth opportunities.

Stop Buying From Spammers, Net Industry Says. With an arsenal of new laws, campaigns, and technologies failing to stop spammers from sending a seemingly endless flow of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the Internet industry is finally turning to a little-acknowledged culprit to stem the tide -- consumers.

Fired or Resigned? Microsoft Critic Out of Job. One day after issuing a critical report on Microsoft's security, @Stake's CTO is on the street.

VeriSign Sticks To Its Guns On Site Finder Battle. The battle around VeriSign's three-week-old Site Finder service rages on. Even as observers blast what they characterize as VeriSign's hijacking of Web traffic, the company stands firm.

Yahoo Walls-out Trillian. Yahoo has begun blocking Cerulean Studios' Trillian software from communicating with its own instant-messenging software as part of its plan to limit third parties from piggybacking on its service.

'Do Not Call' Wires Crossed. A fight between Congress and the courts over a national "do-not-call" list is mired in legal limbo with consumers wondering whether promised relief from telemarketers will happen.

PC Industry Basks in New Optimism at Taiwan Show. An unfamiliar sound hummed around the hundreds of booths at the Computex PC show in Taipei this week: the buzz of people optimistic about their business.

Motherboard Makers Think Small. Several motherboard makers are releasing or developing products significantly smaller than today's norm, as they attempt to move into new product niches.

Amazon Invades Google's Turf. The online retailer is launching a startup that will develop a commercial search engine, potentially putting it on a crash course with Google.

Athlon 64 Sockets Explained. Reasons behind 754, 939 and 940 pins.

Switchable Net Woven From DNA

Hubble Uncovers Uranus' Smallest Moons Yet Seen

Thursday, 25 September 2003

New Computer Orders And Shipments Slump In August. There's a 2.3% decline in new orders for computers and a 10.5% drop in shipments.

Samba Steps-up Linux/Windows Connection. Open-source development team Samba has just released an update to its namesake software for connecting Windows desktop PCs with Linux or Unix servers. Samba Offers NT 4.0 Escape Route.

Kodak Slashes Dividend To Help Fund Digital Market Push. Eastman Kodak will slash its dividend to help fund an overhaul that's moving the company to digital markets.

Is New Office 2003 Suite Worth The Upgrade? Windows Office 2003 is slated to launch Oct. 21, and it's already available to volume buyers. But one question looms--the same question, in fact, that hovers over every Microsoft release. Is the upgrade really worth it? Remember the RAMBUS/DDR wars?

Microsoft: National Security Threat? Report claims near monopoly of federal desktop business ensures Redmond the number one target of viruses, worms and other attacks.

Microsoft: A Killer App That Could Kill the Competition. So which company stands to benefit the most from the surging demand for security software? That's right: Microsoft.

Web Shaken and Stirred by Patent Suit. Silicon Valley companies are used to thinking of mighty Microsoft as the enemy, but a patent suit that may place a crushing burden on the Web has many of them siding with the company.

Intel Invests $450 Million in Micron for DDR2 Memory. Intel said it has invested $450 million in loss-ridden Micron in exchange for a 5.3 percent stake in the memory maker.

Dell Plans to Ship 9-10 million Notebooks in 2004. Dell plans to ship nine to 10 million notebooks in 2004, up from six to 6.5 million units this year.

Dell Targets Consumers with Music Player, TV. Dell will launch a music service and other consumer electronics products before the holidays, betting it can undercut rivals and steal market share, as it did with personal computers.

Electronic Paper Speeds Up for Videos. Some day soon, videos may be playing on paper instead of screens.

SCO Linux Claims--a Legal View. Stuart Meyer, an intellectual property attorney, says it's not at all clear whether SCO has full ownership over the code in question.

Today's Experiments Hint at Tomorrow's Technology

Milky Way Galaxy Cannibalizes Sagittarius

Wednesday, 24 September 2003

Microsoft to Pull Plug on Free Chat. Microsoft is pulling the plug on its free chat service in all but four countries, the company revealed on Tuesday.

California Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Antispam Bill . California will prohibit Internet advertisers from sending unsolicited e-mails under the toughest law of its kind in the nation, providing for fines up to $1 million.

Sony to Sell Tiny Tuner Module. Consumer-electronics maker Sony said Wednesday that it planned to ship in December samples of a minidigital broadcast tuner module that will enable mobile phones to act as televisions.

Seagate Shipping Hard Disk Drives with Lindows Preloaded. Seagate and Lindows.com jointly announced the availability of LindowsHD, a copy of LindowsOS desktop Linux pre-loaded on specific Seagate 40-Gbyte capacity Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives.

HP to Protect Linux Clients Against SCO Action. Hewlett-Packard is to indemnify its Linux customers against legal action from SCO Group.

European Parliament Votes to Limit Scope of Software Patents. The European Parliament has voted in favor of a law that goes some way towards limiting the scope for patents on software programs.

Tuesday, 23 September 2003

AMD to Launch Athlon 64 Processor at 1:00 PM EST Today. Video Webcast of the event.

AMD Brings 64-bit Computing to the Masses. Attempting to leapfrog rival Intel in the performance race, Advanced Micro Devices today rolled out a family 64-bit processors for mainstream PCs. AMD's Fred Weber (shown) said growing memory requirements for graphics and other applications mean the time is right to launch a 64-bit computing bid.

Microsoft Hops on the 64-bit Bus. Microsoft on Tuesday said it had released a beta version of its Windows XP operating system for 64-bit PCs based on Advanced Micro Devices' new Athlon 64 processor.

Should x86 be Kept Alive? Quite a few people fear that the AMD64 platform might extend the life of the "horrible" (well if you are an ISA purist) x86 Instruction Set Architecture. After all, this architecture might have (very) slowly faded away now IA-64 is picking up steam. AMD however seems to be determined to keep it alive as long as possible. Is this a bad thing?

Intel's Newest P4 Challenges Athlon 64. Intel's Newest P4 Challenges Athlon 64 First tests of P4 With Hyperthreading Extreme Edition show a close race with AMD's FX-51.

DDR2 SDRAM is Coming, But at What Price? San Jose DRAM makers are readying production capacity and Intel Corp. is lining up chipset support, but questions surrounding the initial price premium of DDR2 memory chips are complicating industry efforts to predict how quickly PC OEMs will adopt the next-generation technology.

Judge Orders Microsoft To Pay $967K To Massachusetts. The federal judge in the Microsoft antitrust trial ordered the software company Monday to pay Massachusetts $967,014.52 in attorney fees, less than half what the state had sought.

Anti-Spam Bills Stalling in House. Differences over giving consumers individual right to sue spammers may doom legislation for this year.

Patchwork Design May Give Speedier Chips. Microprocessors could exchange data hundreds of times more efficiently using an electrical effect known as capacitance coupling.

Abit debuts New Processor µGuru. The µGuru, designed exclusively for Abit motherboards, has independent onboard memory that allows users to save overclocking settings for specific applications.

No Electricity? Use a Wind-Up Phone Charger

Monday, 22 September 2003

TV Fans Tap Into Torrent of Shows Online. First music, then movies -- now Internet file traders have tuned in to television, going online to download their favorite shows.

Putting a Lid on Broadband Use. Earlier this month, a Philadelphia Comcast broadband subscriber got a letter from his service provider, telling him he'd been using the Internet too much.

Lotus To Ship New Domino/Notes With Integrated Instant Messaging. Lotus Domino and Notes 6.5 will be available for download Sept. 30, according to IBM's Lotus Software group.

Samsung to Join With Toshiba on Computer Storage Devices

Moon Brings Novel Green Power to Arctic Homes

Farewell, Galileo

Friday, 19 September 2003

Web Hijacking. VeriSign is redirecting domain lookups for misspelled or nonexistent names to its own site, a process that has confused Internet e-mail utilities and drawn angry denunciations of the company's business practices from frustrated network administrators. Verisign Sued Over Site Finder.

U.S. Electronic Production Gains 1.3% in July. Computer sales swing up, while communications equipment slides. Exports are constrained by European economy and an undervalued Chinese currency.

Dell Servers to Hop on PCI Express. Dell will aggressively adopt PCI Express in its servers next year, in a show of support for the new input/output specification for connecting utility cards and computers to handle duties such as networking.

Serial ATA II Spec Nears Completion. Three down, two to go for the proposed next-generation serial storage interface standard.

New Worm Masquerades As Security Update. A new worm that tries to take advantage of Windows users anxious to get their hands on security updates. More info.

Abit Mounts Strong Comeback. Abit has made impressive gains in its latest campaign to bolster its market share in motherboards.

Red Hat Reports Its Best Results Yet. Red Hat reported that its second-quarter financial results were the strongest since its inception as a listed company.

Forbes: Bill Gates Still World's Richest Man. Net worth of $46 billion.

New Screens for Notebooks Are a Treat for the Eyes. A glimpse at the future of notebook computers, and it literally looks much brighter.


Thursday, 18 September 2003

AMD Prepares for Athlon64 Launch. Many in the industry are skeptical that users need 64-bit performance at this stage. I clearly recall the same sort of thing being said about 32-bit processors. Intel will get into deep trouble with this mindset.

AMD Unveils a Triple-gate Transistor. This technology should make billion-transistor, air-cooled, 10GHz microprocessors feasible. AMD Readies Multigate Transistor for 45-nm Node.

Study: IT Worker Unemployment at 'Unprecedented' Levels. About 150,000 IT positions were lost in 2001 and 2002.

Cablevision to Offer Commercial VoIP. Cablevision unveiled on Thursday the details of its commercial voice over Internet Protocol service, which the cable giant will begin marketing to customers sometime later this month.

Distributors of DVD-copy Software Sued. Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox sued a handful of small software companies Wednesday, alleging that their distribution of DVD-copying software violates copyright law.

Gates, Mills Tout Web Services Breakthrough. Duo teamed up to demonstrate for the first time reliable messaging and secure, authenticated transactions across a federated, heterogeneous environment.

Britain Cracks Down on Spammers with New Privacy Law. Britain became the second country in Europe to criminalize spam, the unwanted barrage of e-mail and mobile phone text messages promising riches, cheap home loans and a better sex life.

New Theory: Universe Born in a Black Hole

Wednesday, 17 September 2003

Intel Targets Gamers With Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. 2Mbytes of L2 cache.

A Look Inside IDF. The latest news from the Intel Developer Forum, including a look at products in the works to speed convergence of communications and computing.

Semiconductors Set for Double-Digit Growth in 2004; DRAM Chips to Lead the Recovery. The increasingly diverse applications for semiconductors - growing from a focus on to encompass many consumer products - will induce robust, double digit growth for the industry in 2004.

New Bill Challenges RIAA's Subpoena Campaign. Amid an escalating debate over the enforcement of copyrights online, a U.S. senator has introduced a bill that would prevent copyright holders from compelling Internet service providers (ISP) to reveal names and information of subscribers suspected of infringing without first filing a civil lawsuit.

Who's Afraid of Nanotechnology The next big fight over the promise and perils of technology is shaking the world of the very small. Nanotechnology -- the construction of objects as tiny as molecules, a few millionths of an inch in size at most -- is poised to transform our world, much as the harnessing of electricity did.

The Fast-Forward, On-Demand, Network-Smashing Future of Television. What happens when digital video recorders give viewers control of the TV schedule, the content, and the ads? The whole world is watching.

RealNetworks, Fox to Offer College Football Online. RealNetworks said it would team up with Fox Sports to offer live coverage of college football games over the Internet for the 2003 season.

Maxtor, Silicon Image and Comax To Demonstrate Serial ATA External Storage Device. The SATA prototype uses a Maxtor® DiamondMax SATA hard drive in an external drive enclosure; Silicon Image's industry leading SiI 3112 SATALinkTM PCI-to-SATA Host Controller; and Comax's early version of its shielded external SATA cable.

Seagate Introduces First Hard Disk Drive to Store 100 Gbytes on a Single 3.5-inch Platter. Seagate demonstrated its new 200GB Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drive today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif.

Graphics for PCI Express to Pose Real Cooling Problems. Graphics cards using PCI Express tech will require 75 watts...

Lindows Jumps on Microsoft Woes. The Linux software seller promises free goods for California residents who qualify for benefits from a settlement in the software giant's antitrust case.

Giant Star Caught Swallowing Three Planets

Plasma Blobs Hint at New Form of Life

Tuesday, 16 September 2003

Sun's Software Push to Star at Confab. Sun Microsystems will try to change the expectations of corporate software buyers, unveiling two software suites that each cost a low $100 per employee per year to use. The Mad Hatter Meets the MCSE. How does the typical MCSE skill set map to what will be needed to cope with an environment in which perhaps 20% of the servers and 80% of the desktops run Linux while the remainder continue to run Microsoft suites?

New PC Card Spec Rides Express, USB 2.0. The so-called ExpressCard migrates the PCMCIA card spec from the 32-bit 33 MHz Cardbus standard to a serial version that can use either PCI Express at 2.5 Gbits/second or USB 2.0 at up to 480 Mbits/second. In PC Design, Harbingers of Shrink. A number of new technologies coming to the fore could bring about smaller notebooks and desktops, as well as let manufacturers alter standard PC shapes.

Intel Ostridge: Desktop Isn't Ready for 64 Bits. As Pat Gelsinger, CTO, predicted Intel won't release a 64-bit desktop chip until 2006 or 2007, AMD executives gathered near the Intel Developer Forum to stump for the forthcoming Athlon 64.

AMD Opteron Aims at Blade Server Market. Mid- and low-power Opterons target enterprise-computing systems that require power conservation, such as blade servers and storage.

Microsoft Unveils High-Speed Home WLAN. Microsoft has returned to the wireless home networking market with new products using 802.11g -- including one tied in directly to the Xbox game console.

Broadband Adoption Skyrockets Worldwide.The number of broadband subscribers worldwide surged 72 percent in 2002, to 62 million, as more households upgraded their dial-up modems for speedier access, according to a new study.

Appeals Court Weighs subpoenas for Music Downloads. A U.S. appeals court wrestled with questions Tuesday over whether the music industry can use special copyright subpoenas in its campaign to track and sue computer users who download songs over the Internet.

New Life for Legacy Systems? Despite their beginnings on old architectures, a mishmash of code and patches by various generations of programmers, and less-than-pretty user interfaces, the fact is that many enterprises choose to keep legacy applications in place even after buying new-fangled enterprise software.

SCO Moves to Dismiss Red Hat Lawsuit. In the latest round of its ongoing Linux legal fight, The SCO filed a motion late Monday asking a judge to dismiss a pending suit by Red Hat.

Grand Canyon Born on East Coast

Monday, 15 September 2003

Manufacturers Report Gains on Recordable DVD Drives. Thanks to increased shipments of recordable DVD drives, Taiwanese optical storage drive makers in general enjoyed growth in August revenues.

Monday Matchup? Intel Vs. AMD. Vote and you will see who is ahead (on votes).

Chip Makers Look for New Ways to Take PC's Temperature. As processors get hotter and the desktop systems they go into get smaller and more complex, some engineers believe it's time for a new way to track the PC's internals.

Old PCs Carry a Higher Cost. A new Gartner study says that using desktops for four or more years may result in higher cost through lost end-user productivity and downtime.

Chicago Show Heralds New 'Internet of things.' In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition brought millions of visitors to Chicago to celebrate the achievements and promise of the industrial age. One hundred ten years later, a symposium in the same city will highlight technology that may fuel the next 50 years of economic growth: a global network of intelligent objects.

Don't Pay SCO for IBM Code, Say Lawyers. Lawyers have urged companies to fight any attempt by SCO to charge them for Linux-based products bought from IBM.

Intel, Sony Prep Digital Content Standard. The specification, embodied in home networks, would permit consumers to play downloaded music or movies on any PC or digital device in the home. However, the downloaded material can't be transmitted outside the home or copied.

Spam falls After South Korea Strengthens e-mail Law. The law prohibits automatic generation of e-mail addresses, harvesting of e-mail addresses from Web sites and use of technical means to get around spam blocks.

Windows Server 2003 Taking Share From Linux. Because of its small installed based, even a modest amount of sales is a large percentage increase.

Microsoft Officially Launches Office Live Meeting Web Service. Microsoft officially went live on Monday with an enhanced web conferencing service it acquired from PlaceWare earlier this year.

House Plans Wednesday Vote on Internet Tax Ban. Legislation seeks to permanently extend current temporary ban that expires on Nov. 1.

Future of Digital Books Lies with Babies, Boomers. Readers hungry for a good page-turner will still turn to bookstores and libraries, but cheaper computers and changing consumer habits suggest that electronic books, or e-books, still have a future.

Carbon Nanotubes for Solar Cells

Friday, 12 September 2003

Don't Wait to Patch the Latest Windows Flaws. Security experts are warning users to brace themselves for the latest round of malicious attacks that attempt to take advantage...

GNOME Desktop to Gain Browser. Version 2.4 of the open-source desktop software stresses ease of use that the GNOME Foundation says stands up to Windows and Mac OS X. GNOME 2.4 Screenshots.

Microsoft Doubles Dividend. Microsoft is doubling its annual dividend to 16 cents a share.

Music Firms, DJ Offer to Pay 12-Year-Old's Fine. Several Internet music services and a disc jockey have offered to reimburse a New York woman who paid $2,000 to settle charges that her 12-year-old daughter illegally copied music online.

MIT Researchers Reassess Asteroid Hazards

Thursday, 11 September 2003

Why You Should be Thinking 64 Bits Instead of 32. The day will come when all 32-bit systems have been decommissioned, and 64-bit architectures will prevail... You will migrate. It's just a question of when.

Virus Writers Mark Sept. 11 with New Batch of Bugs. Internet virus writers marked the two-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks in their own inimitable style, releasing Internet contagions that prey on people's sentimentality and fears.

Cyber Cops Charge Two Britons in Hacking Case. Police said on Wednesday they had charged two British men believed to be members of an international hacking ring with using a computer program to assume control of unsuspecting computer users' machines.

Diamond Chips Sparkle After N-Doping Breakthrough. Two recent developments bring diamond semiconductor devices closer to reality.

Darpa To Fund Optical- Interconnect Research. IBM will team with Agilent Technologies to pursue fabled "terabit per second optical interconnect" technology for multiprocessing servers under a four-year, $30 million effort backed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).

FCC Adopts 'Plug and Play' Cable for TVs. The Federal Communications Commission sets new rules that will make digital cable reception on new televisions as easy as plugging a card into a set.

Torvalds to SCO: Negotiate what? The war of words between The SCO Group Inc. and the Linux community escalated this week in a flurry of open letters, the latest from Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

Drive Makers See More Consolidation, 2.5-inch Drive Growth. Executives and analysts at the annual Diskcon conference here predicted further consolidation for the hard disk drive sector, particularly as more players prepare to jump into the growing market for 2.5-inch and smaller drives.

RIAA Nails 12-Year-Old Music Pirate. First settlement reached in copyright crackdown.

Wednesday, 10 September 2003

Microsoft Warns of New Flaws. The company identifies three vulnerabilities in Windows that could have a similar effect as the dreaded MSBlast worm of August. This is getting to be absolutely rediculous. I don't see how anyone with a dial-up Internet connection can reasonably keep up with it.

The ABC's of the Sobig Virus. Be prepared to deal with a new, more sophisticated Sobig variant, security experts warn.

3Com to Cut 1,000 jobs, Shut Dublin Plant. 3Com said it planned to cut about 1,000 jobs, or almost a third of its work force, and close its Dublin, Ireland, plant, amid weak demand for its computer networking products.

Tuesday, 9 September 2003

File-swap Suits Hit Mainstream. Record industry files 261 copyright lawsuits, promises "thousands more" to come.

AMD Announces New AMD Opteron Processors. The AMD Opteron processor Model 846 is priced at $3,199 in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Opteron processor Model 146 is priced at $669 in 1,000-unit quantities.

Microsoft Officially Launches Office Online Site. ...an updated version of its Tools on the Web site.

Microsoft updates Works. The software giant comes out with a new version of Works, its budget software package for consumers that's widely used by PC makers.

Hackers Tear Through Holes in Microsoft Patch. Security experts are warning Microsoft customers about silent internet attacks, which exploit a security flaw in Internet...

Will Linux Luminary 'Shred' SCO's Unix Claims? OSI President Eric Raymond has developed a technique, similar to DNA sequencing, that can compare older Unix code to Linux so as to be able to refute SCO's claims that the 2.4 kernel and beyond contain proprietary Unix code.

Hubble Gets Superb View of Saturn and Rings

Segway to Heaven: Transporter Has Hidden Benefits

Dark Energy May Rip Apart Universe

Monday, 8 September 2003

Laptop Era Dawns. Notebook power--and sales--are rising fast. Wireless networking growth only sweetens the deal. Should your next PC be a laptop?

Bell Canada Hears VoIP Calling. The phone company says it will buy $146 million worth of Nortel Networks equipment to begin converting its old-fashioned telephone network to one based on voice over Internet Protocol.

Taiwan Makers to Begin White LED Volume Production. Taiwan’s LED manufacturers will reportedly be able to start producing white LEDs by year-end.

Judge Says AdWare is Legal. In a blow to Web site operators' claims against adware makers, a federal judge says WhenU's pop-up ad-delivery method is perfectly legal.

Survey: IT Execs Pull Back On Spending Hikes. IT spending is projected to grow 3.5% in 2004, down from 6% in a March survey.

Security Breach at Web Host Leaves Sites at Risk. Thousands of Web sites hosted by Interland may have become infected with dangerous code.

Productivity: The I.T. Factor

Bacterial Battery Converts Sugar into Electricity

Friday, 5 September 2003

U.S. Employers Shed 93,000 Jobs in August. Analysts are concerned, despite signs of growth, because job cuts for year now at 600,000.

Government Bodies Wary of Offshore Outsourcing. Driven by a stagnant U.S. economy and concerns about the security of IT products created overseas, some state legislatures have considered a ban on offshore outsourcing of government contracts.

Sneaky Apps Attack. Ever more aggressive applications are creeping onto your hard drive, serving you endless ads or resetting your browser.

Epson Touts FeRAM Material as Nearly Fatigue-free. Seiko Epson Corp. has developed a new ferroelectric material for ferroelectric random-access memory (FeRAM).

Worm Suspect Detained, Not Arrested, Romanian Police Say. Police denied reports that a man has been detained in connection with the computer-crippling "Blaster" Internet worm, but confirmed they were investigating a suspect whom they declined to name.

Microsoft Releases Office 2003 Licensing Prices. Microsoft this week put the final piece of the Office 2003 pricing in place by quietly publishing licensing costs to enterprises for the updated productivity suite.

Microsoft Uses Benchmarks to Step-up Linux Assault. The company said the new benchmark tests show that Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003 on Intel systems in terms of performance for the money.

Spammers Beware, Jail and Fines Beckon. Sending an e-mail without the permission of the receiver is against the law in Italy.

Antivirus Experts Warn of 9/11 Outbreak. Antivirus researchers have discovered what is being described as the first of potentially many "9/11" anniversary viruses spreading on the internet.

RIAA Offers Amnesty to File Swappers. The Recording Industry Association of America offers an amnesty program to some individuals involved in the illegal sharing of copyrighted music files online, reports say.

Kazaa Creators Move into P-to-P IM and Telephony. The creators of Kazaa are entering the internet protocol telephony and instant messaging market with Skype, a peer-to-peer application meant for consumer use.

Ultra-small Cameras Big on Quality and Features. Digital cameras are expected to outsell film cameras in the United States for the first time this year, and a big part of digital's success story is innovative design.

Tiny Atomic Clock Could Make Smarter Missiles. Matchbox sized atomic clock is so precise that it will lose only one second over 10,000 years.

Five Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner Windows

Nanoscale Iron Could Help Cleanse The Environment

Thursday, 4 September 2003

Second Suspect Arrested in Web Worm Case. Police in Romania arrested a 24-year-old former student in connection with a computer-crippling Internet worm...

Microsoft Flaw Exposed by End User. Five new flaws have been found in Microsoft Office, one of which was deemed "critical" by the company in a technical bulletin that provided patches for the holes. The vulnerabilities are particularly glaring, because they affect a wide variety of Microsoft software.

Mobo Makers Seek to Bundle Athlon 64. Because of the potential short supply of Athlon 64 processors, first-tier Taiwanese motherboard makers are negotiating with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to bundle their motherboards with AMD’s new-generation processors for sale in the retail market.

IDC Raises PC Forecast. The market researcher says notebook sales and business purchasing have boosted its 2003 PC growth forecast by two points.

Profit Surges at National Semiconductor. National Semiconductor Corp. reported a large jump in profit for its latest quarter and gave an upbeat forecast for the current period.

FTC Says ID Theft Greater Problem Than Originally Thought. Internet sites using SSL encryption are not part of problem according to FTC's consumer protection chief.

Wednesday, 3 September 2003

PluggedIn: Laptop Fuel Cells -- Ready for Takeoff? Fuel cells that can run laptops for 10 hours or more without plug power have captured the imagination of computer junkies. But first, backers must prove that they are as safe to fly with as a cigarette lighter or a duty-free bottle of vodka.

Evidence Mounts That Slump is Over. Chip pricing, particularly for DRAM, and order backlogs suggest that a recovery is underway, according to Future Horizons and ICIS-LOR.

Gateway to Cut Jobs, Outsource More PCs. The company plans to eliminate at least 450 more jobs and outsource more of its PC manufacturing as it tries to streamline its distribution system and rediscover profits.

AT&T Files Racketeering Suit Against MCI, Onvoy. AT&T alleges it lost tens of millions of dollars after MCI rerouted U.S. telephone calls through Canada in an effort to stick AT&T with termination charges.

Microsoft Has New Tilt On Mice. Microsoft rolled out a trio of updated mice that feature a new tilt wheel for horizontal scrolling. Microsoft's mouse page.

IBM, Linux to Power Library of Congress Archive. Big Blue and the open source darling court new contracts in the academic realm.

SCO to Invoice Linux Users. Notching up its efforts to generate revenue from its intellectual property, the SCO Group is planning to send invoices to commercial Linux users, possibly by the end of September.

SCO Fined for Linux Claims. SCO has been fined $10,800 for violating a German court's ruling that SCO must cease claiming that the Linux source code violates its intellectual property, the company confirmed.

High-tech Devices Put More Pptions on Diners' Plates

Tuesday, 2 September 2003

Back-To-School A Boon for Chip Sales. A semiconductor trade group says July's $12.90 billion in worldwide sales is the result of the beginnings of a business upgrade cycle and the seasonal PC buys.

Major Suppliers to Show-off High-end Graphics Processors at Computex. Nvidia plans to introduce two graphics processors – the NV38 for the high-end market and NV36 for the mid-range and high-end markets – at Computex 2003, according to sources.

What's So Hot About Apple's Power Mac G5? Apple's strategy is to introduce new technology at the high end and target their professional markets, and then about a year or 18 months later, "they'll roll the technology into a lower line and try to broaden the market," says IDC analyst Roger Kay.

XML Exposes Rich Network Data. Web services management is coming of age.

New Office Locks-down Documents. As digital media publishers scramble to devise a foolproof method of copy protection, Microsoft is ready to push digital rights management into a whole new arena--your desktop.

Can Video Relieve Baby Bell Ills? A string of deals between Baby Bells and satellite TV companies offers a clear signal that local phone companies are scrambling to add video services in a bid to fend off cable rivals.

Car That Can Park Itself Put on Sale by Toyota

Fatigued Neurons Explain Waterfall Illusion


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