Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in December 2007
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Lithium Batteries Banned From Checked Bags
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The international rule is intended to lessen the risk of lithium battery fires on airplanes.
52-Inch Multi-Touch Display Unveiled
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The maker, LG.Philips, will also show an 84-inch LCD screen at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
NYC Taxi Commission Defends Touch-Screens In Cabs
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Stringent security protocols protect riders, officials say, despite recent claims that hackers can access information, including credit card numbers.
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
FBI To Use Digital Billboards To Catch Crooks
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The technology will be used to catch criminals, find missing people, and display high-priority security messages.
How To Revive Your Old PC
Features  |  12/27/2007  | 
A few simple and economical upgrades to the motherboard, processor, and memory can bring an old PC back to life, with less expense and hassle than replacing the machine.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
Ultra-Thin Blu-ray Drive Released
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Panasonic will debut the drive, only 0.37 of an inch thick, next month at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Mobile Phones Present Growth Opportunity For Casual Gaming
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
But hard-core gamers will probably stick to handheld devices for more sophisticated games, says Parks Associates.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
Chinese Chipmaker Licenses IBM Technology
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
SMIC will use IBM's 45-nanometer technology in graphics chipsets and advanced mobile phones.
5 Things Open Source Needs In 2008
Features  |  12/26/2007  | 
More hardware support and better communication from Microsoft are just two of the things the open-source community must get in 2008 to continue its momentum.
Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Verizon's Transfer Of New England Lines Gets A Busy Signal
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont oppose a plan to hand over older operations to FairPoint Communications.
Intel, STMicroelectronics Delay Launch Of Flash Memory Company
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The companies said the revised financial terms would give Numonyx a similar level of net cash as the original deal, with lower debt.
U.S., Japan Extend Patent Cooperation
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
When one country rules that an applicant has a patentable claim, the applicant can request fast-track examination through both countries and obtain patents faster.
Amazon Reports Strong Sales; Apple, Nokia, HP Were Best-Selling Computer Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Amazon said its customers ordered over 5.4 million items, or 62.5 items a second, when sales peaked on Dec. 10.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
iSuppli Lowers Forecast For 2008 Global Semiconductor Revenue
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
iSuppli had predicted a 9.3% jump in revenue, but is now only expecting revenue to increase 7.5% to $291.4 billion in 2008.
RIM Up, Palm Down, As Smartphone Market Heats Up
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Palm is getting squeezed by RIM's BlackBerry device for business users and by Apple's iPhone for consumers, one analyst says.
Dell Inks Deal With European Retailer Tesco
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The importance of how a computer looks has made retail stores more crucial than ever for Dell and other manufacturers.
NXP Semiconductors Acquires GloNav For GPS Expertise
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
NXP says GloNav's technology will let it offer a broader connectivity suite to the mobile phone market.
Sharp, Toshiba Collaborate In LCD TV Market
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The partnership between the two rivals is a reflection of the increasingly competitive LCD TV market.
Dell To Buy The Networked Storage Company
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The U.K. company specializes in helping businesses make the most out of their storage infrastructure.
Microsoft Launches Zune Diagnostic Tool
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The tool gathers data to help decipher USB and wireless sync connection problems with Microsoft's portable media player.
GPS To Boost Cell Phone Sales
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
A market research company's survey found 24% want GPS on their next cell phone, while 19% want Internet access.
Cisco No. 2 Resigns At Critical Juncture
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Charlie Giancarlo was widely seen as the most likely successor to chairman and CEO John Chambers.
3Com CEO Sees Silver Lining Despite Struggles
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest financial filing shows the firm's gross margins were the highest recorded by 3Com in recent years.
Mac Fans More Likely To Pay For Music Than PC Users
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Mac users are also much more likely to listen to music files on their computers, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Inside Look At General Motor's OnStar System
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
GM faces a huge task in scaling its IT infrastructure to support the global expansion of OnStar and a doubling of the number of subscribers.
Non-iPod Music Player Sales Down During The Holiday Season
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Also showing declines are plasma TVs and point-and-shoot digital cameras, said a market research firm.
Consulting Group Releases Top 10 Predictions For The Wireless Industry
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
VeriSign subsidiary inCode sees HSDPA, open access, and iPhone security among its top 10 wireless trends for 2008.
Formal Certification Of Mobile WiMax Products Begins
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Vendors can submit their 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz gear for testing to the WiMax Forum's lead certification lab in Spain.
Dell Ships PCs With Latest Version Of Ubuntu Linux
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
The Inspiron 530 N desktop and 1420 N notebook are shipping with Ubuntu version 7.10, which was released in October.
iPod Touch Not Just A Stripped Down Version Of The iPhone
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
The touch-screen iPod contains space-saving components that are not seen in the iPhone smartphone, iSuppli said.
Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio Seeks To Overturn Insider Trading Conviction
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Nacchio's defense attorneys argued that the trial judge kept a law professor from testifying on Nacchio's behalf during the jury trial.
Virtual Machine Sprawl Will Challenge IT Management Skills
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
Many IT managers don't know how many virtual machines they're running and whether they're secure, says virtualization expert Anil Desai.
Leopard Sets Operating System Sales Records For Apple
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
In the first full month of sales, Mac OS X 10.5 raked in 32.8% more money than its predecessor, according to The NPD Group.
iRobot Wins $286 Million Army Contract
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
The contract calls for iRobot to deliver as many as 3,000 robots and spare parts over the next five years.
IBM, Toshiba Up Partnership On Next-Generation Chips
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
The companies have been working on technologies related to chips that would be built using a 32-nanometer manufacturing process.
Getting Started With Microsoft Windows Home Server
Features  |  12/18/2007  | 
Setting up a home server to back up and share media and other data is a smart decision. We'll help you make the harder choice: whether to buy one off the shelf or build your own Windows Home Server.
Universal Music Settles Lawsuit Against XM Satellite Radio
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
Universal and other major record labels had sued XM over its Pioneer Inno portable music player, which enabled subscribers to record music on the device for playback later.
Toshiba Licenses Chipset Technology For HDTVs
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
The Japanese consumer electronics maker plans to implement Rambus' XDR memory controller interface cell and memory controller within HDTV chipsets.
Cognos' Mobile BI Product Extended To Nokia And Microsoft Smartphones
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Cognos 8 Go! Mobile BI enables users to get their decision-support information either over the Internet or over selected devices.
IBM Partners With ACI On SOA-Based Payments System
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Joint sales and technical teams are part of the deal, which combines ACI's money transfer system with IBM's mainframe hardware.
Ribbit Seeks To Merge Telephony And The Web
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Developers can tie voice from any Flash-enabled browser to the public switched telephone network and voice-over-IP networks, according to Ribbit.
Toshiba To Ship First Laptop With Rewritable HD DVD Drive
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
The PCs, which come standard with a TV tuner, can function as a small all-in-one TV, DVR, and computer.
Qualcomm Buys SoftMax To Reduce Noise On Mobile Phones
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
SoftMax makes voice algorithms for signal separation, echo cancellation, and signal processing for mobile devices.
Verizon Offers Palm Treo 755p Smartphone
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
One useful feature is the Treo 755p's built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support for Microsoft Direct Push Technology.
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