Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in December 2006
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CES: Digital Content Roils Media Landscape
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
"The proliferation of formats and the desire to interconnect everything ends up creating a mad scramble," says Analog Devices' Bill Bucklen.
Microsoft Claims Vista's Aero Interface Doesn't Slow PCs
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Principled Technologies, which conducted the research for Microsoft, is offering a download of the report.
Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Giveaway triggers debate over ethics and whether the companies are really offering bribes. The ensuing publicity reportedly has prompted Microsoft and AMD to reconsider the gift.
Chess Player Banned 10 Years For Cheating With Bluetooth, Computer
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
The All India Chess Federation slapped the 10-year sanction on a player who had been using a Bluetooth device stitched into a cap he typically pulled down over his ears.
Netflix, Amazon Take Top Honors In Holiday Season Shopping Experience Survey
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
L.L. Bean, QVC, and Apple also scored high, while the top 10 worst sites for customer satisfaction included Costco, CompUSA, Toys "R" Us, Macy's, and Wal-Mart.
Last-Ditch Effort Under Way To Keep In-Flight Boeing Connexion Service Flying
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
The service began to be phased out last summer when Boeing said it wouldn't continue to finance it. The service has been free since October, but its status after Sunday, Dec. 31, is uncertain.
Microsoft Extends Warranty On Xbox 360
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
The software maker said it was making the change to make the standard Xbox warranty consistent throughout the world.
U.K. Scales Back National Identity Plan
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Still, efforts toward a national ID system have not been scrapped completely, and the British government also is still considering requiring foreign nationals to register biometric data.
Symantec: Another Surge In Worm Scanning For Unpatched Antivirus Software
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sensors monitored by Symantec's DeepSight threat management service have reported a significant spike in traffic related to TCP port 2967, which Symantec has traced to scans generated by the "Sagevo" worm.
Residential VoIP Users Number More Than 9 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Subscribers using facilities-based VoIP have created a horse race between Vonage and Time Warner Cable users, with Vonage reporting 1.7 million users to Time Warner's 1.6 million.
Sale Of Voting Machine Firm With Venezuelan Links Will Avoid U.S. Probe
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
During the recent midterm elections in the United States, Sequoia said its voting machines were used in 16 states without any major problems.
Planned Home PC Purchases Surge, Apple Closes On HP
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Although Dell (at 43%) and Hewlett-Packard (13%) were voted the top two brands among likely buyers in December, Apple's 12% was the highest since IBD began tracking it in mid-2003.
RIM Chief Can Sign Up New BlackBerry Subscribers, But He Really Wants A Hockey Team
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
In a letter to the Pittsburgh Penguins, RIM chairman Jim Balsillie said he is still "very interested" in the team. Previously, Balsillie had signed an agreement to purchase the Penguins for $175 million.
Sony Settles Rootkit Suit With 39 More States, Will Pay $4.25 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sony agrees to pay each of the 13 states that began the lawsuit $316,000, and the remaining states and Washington, D.C., $5,000 each.
Samsung Exec Pleads Guilty, Gets U.S. Jail Time
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
A fifth Samsung executive has pleaded guilty to price-fixing charges that have resulted from a global investigation.
2007 Tech Policy Agenda
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
CompTIA releases its top seven priorities for '07.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Tut sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video.
IBM Breakthrough Paves Way For Optical Computers
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
IBM is using micro-ring resonators to force the light to briefly circle in the same spot, delaying its travel and allowing storage of up to 10 bits of optical information.
FCC Looks To Free Up Additional Spectrum For Public Safety Providers
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The FCC is seeking comments on a proposal to reallocate 12 megahertz of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum from wideband to broadband use.
Seagate Extends Storage Offerings With EVault Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The hard-disk drive manufacturer will acquire EVault for $185 million in a deal expected to close in Seagate's fiscal Q3 2007.
Opera Lands Samsung Licensing Deal
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The South Korean electronics maker will use Opera Mobile in as-yet-unspecified advanced cell and/or smartphones.
Two Fires Push NEC To Recall Desktop PCs
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
NEC is recalling 14,600 Valuestar desktop PCs, which were sold only in Japan, because of a defect in the power supply unit.
Sony Settles Rootkit CD Suit With Texas, California
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
Under terms of the agreements, each state will receive $622,000 in damages and $128,000 to cover legal costs and fees, and Sony will refund up to $175 to people in those states who spent money to repair computers.
Victory In Hand, Visto Plans To Defend Its Wireless E-Mail Patents
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered Seven Networks to pay Visto $7.7 million in damages.
Offices Waste Enough Energy To Roast 4.4 Million Turkeys
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
Canon is asking workers to shut down equipment before heading out on holiday, to save 43.6 million kilowatts of electricity.
Former Enterasys Executives Convicted In New Hampshire
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The jury on Tuesday convicted former chief financial officer Robert Gagalis and three others on charges that they illegally inflated Enterasys revenue in 2001.
U.S. PC Sales Flat, Global Sales Rise
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
IDC reports total worldwide shipments grew 9.1% in the quarter.
The End Of The VCR Era
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
The percentage of U.S. households with DVD players has surpassed those with VCRs, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
Former HP Board Member Signs Book Deal
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
According to Gotham Books, Tom Perkins -- who blew the lid off the HP spy scandal -- also is set to write about his marriage to author Danielle Steele, his trial for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the creation of Genetech.
Ready To Demo: A $150 Laptop With A 'Complete Computing Experience'
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
The laptop avoids the use of Microsoft software and name brand PC processors such as Intel and AMD.
FCC Preparing To Smooth The Way For TV Services By Phone Companies
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
AT&T and Verizon have spent billions to deploy fiber optic cable in their service areas to compete with cable TV companies.
Cisco's Linksys, Not Apple, Releases iPhone
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
Cisco has owned the iPhone name since 2000, when it purchased InfoGear Technology for $301 million.
Panasonic Says It Has Made A Safer Lithium-Ion Battery
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
The company says it has developed a heat-resistant layer made of insulating metal oxide that would prevent a battery from overheating and possibly bursting into flames.
Cingular Signs Exclusive MySpace Deal
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
A set of tools will let Cingular subscribers edit their MySpace profiles, view and add friends' profiles, post photos and blogs, and send and receive messages.
Verizon Joins Asian Consortium Building $500 Million U.S.-China Network
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
The new cable will be able to support 62 million simultaneous phone calls, which is 60 times more than the capacity of the existing cable linking the two nations.
Nationwide Virtualizes With A Vengeance; 700 Servers Gone
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Scott Miggo, VP of technology solutions, has replaced more than 700 Intel and Unix small servers with two refrigerator-sized boxes -- IBM z9 mainframes.
NYC Cabs Getting Text Messaging, Locator Technology, Passenger Screens
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
All New York City cabs will have information monitors, credit card readers, and satellite maps by next year.
Microsoft, Epic Sell 2 Million 'Gears Of War' Video Games In Six Weeks
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
The game also was the hottest selling video game in the United States in November.
Former IT Contractor Sentenced To Two Years For Network Attack
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Ryan Fisher pled guilty to launching an attack that shut down Wi-Fi service to the customers of SBT Internet and UT1 Internet, which both provide service in and around Vernal, Utah.
Nintendo Offers To Replace Wii Remote Wrist Strap
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Company provides a stronger strap after reports of minor injuries from flying Wiimotes.
Ultra-Rugged Laptop Can Withstand Explosions, Radiation
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Kontron is getting ready to release an ultra-rugged laptop in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2007. But, at 13 pounds, it's a bit heavy.
India Will Become A Force In Semiconductors By 2010
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
A new report from In-Stat says that an acceleration in electronics manufacturing and growing semiconductor consumption is setting India up to be a major player in that market.
GAO Says Electronic Border Control System Is Problem Plagued
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
A multi-billion dollar system of electronic entry and exit checkpoints at U.S. border crossings is suffering from lax controls and inadequate management oversight, according to a GAO report.
Amazon Dispute Could Put IBM Software Customers In Legal Jeopardy
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Amazon's lead attorney in the case says that the Web merchant is, for now at least, not likely interested in pursuing WebSphere users.
IBM, Intel Roll Out Virtualization Tools
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Customers can predict the effects of running multiple instances of consolidated database, mail, Web, and Java workloads in multiple, virtual CPU partitions on IBM's Intel-based System x servers before moving into production.
Amazon Countersues IBM As Patent Infringement Case Heats Up
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
Amazon accuses IBM of using its intellectual property in its WebSphere middleware, and of acting like a fly-by-night patent troll.
Senators Threaten To Repeal Real ID Act Unless Changes Are Made
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
If the Department of Homeland Security does not agree to changes that reduce the burden on state governments and increase privacy protections for citizens, two senators say they will try to have the national ID law repealed.
Large Enterprises Lower IT Spending Projections
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
The culprit: higher costs to support core business operations.
AMD Updates Opteron, Turion Road Maps
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
AMD already had announced that its first native quad-core offering will come out in the middle of next year. That will be followed by Shanghai in the first half of 2008, which will feature HyperTransport 3.0.
Five Questions For Tom Crowley, CEO of MBX Systems
Features  |  12/14/2006  | 
Tom Crowley is a musician and entrepreneur who's opened for the Beach Boys and managed popular bands. He's also managed a successful computer reseller business. He thinks networked appliances tuned to run specific software packages will be music to customers' ears.
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