Bloated IC Inventories Seen In Q3
ISuppli's updated estimate shows that excess semiconductor inventory in the global electronics supply chain in the third quarter remained flat at the second-quarter level of $3.9 billion.
Brief: Controlling Many Robots At One Time
Soldiers and first responders could deal with dangerous situations in hostile environments without ever setting foot in them, thanks to a new touch-screen interface that lets one operator direct different robots simultaneously.
Microsoft Again Argues Over IE7 Bug
Secunia says it spotted a flaw in IE7 that can be targeted by identity thieves. But Microsoft responds that "the scenario requires that you intentionally not use the security features specifically put in place to help protect against phishing and spoofing attacks."
Making Space At MySpace
There are two good reasons for MySpace and YouTube to purge copyrighted video from their sites. One is, of course, that the clips in question are patently illegal and their distribution without their owners' consent violates copyright law. The other is that they take up an enormous amount of virtual and psychological space, and cleaning them out might create a vacuum on those popular social sites that could be filled by genuinely creative original works--a commendation that digital retreads of <
U.S. Government Signs Off On Patent Disclosure Plan
Disclosure of a patent holder's most restrictive licensing terms will increase competition by allowing standards groups to choose among technologies on licensing as well as technical terms, proponents say.
HP Adds Storage To BladeSystem
By implementing the BladeSystem product line, customers can attain up to a 40% reduction in power and cooling costs when compared to traditional rack or tower servers, HP says.
Google Buys JotSpot Collaboration Service
Google sees JotSpot's wiki tools as complementary to its existing line of collaboration services, including its online document and spreadsheet applications and Google Groups discussion groups.
Wearable iPod Hits Stores Friday
About half the size of the original Shuffle, the new half-cubic-inch iPod contains 1 Gbyte of flash memory that holds up to 240 songs.
Stration Worm Cracks October Top 10
Several hundred versions of the worm were spammed to users during the month, with the family accounting for more than half of all reported malicious code on some days.
Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
We asked you what your smartphone experiences were, and wow did you have a lot to complain about! Nobody's denying that a smartphone is a good productivity tool--in theory. But in reality, the smartphone manufacturers and operating system makers have their work cut out for them. If they want proof, I have over 50 complaints sitting in my in-box that I've compiled into a list. The most common complaints are included here, so read on.
Intuit's Not Just for Small Businesses Any More
Intuit QuickBase's general manager Jana Eggers calls it the "app gap": that divide between rich, complex enterprise apps and less complex workgroup tasks often handled using email, spreadsheets, and manual methods. For quick, simple applications that let workgroups in large companies manage sales, customers, and projects, QuickBase offers a library of hosted tools that can be used independently or in combination, knit together if necessary by a Corporate Edition management layer.
Office Live Nearly Live
Microsoft said Tuesday that its Office Live hosted SharePoint infrastructure is set to go live Nov. 15.
HP Completes VoodooPC Acquisition
HP hopes the acquisition, which kicks off its newly formed PC gaming venture, will provide the magic needed to fend off rival Dell in that market segment.
Tiny Web 2.0 Firm Identifies With Big Blue
The upstart barter site Swapthing.com seems to have more in common with online retail behemoth Amazon.com than with IBM. Swapthing and Amazon are part of a wave of online companies with no brick-and-mortar roots redefining how consumers buy (or barter) products. But when it comes to the patent infringement suit IBM last week brought against Amazon, Swapthing CEO Jessica Hardwick equates her fledgling business
Brief: Feds Launch Probe Into Sony SRAM Business
The subpoena arrives as Sony struggles with a battery recall nightmare that's expected to cost it $430 million. Last year, the company was fined $300 million in a separate government probe on DRAM price fixing.
Kodak Raises the Bar in Production Document Imaging
Billions of loans, insurance claims and other transactions are still handled on paper. With no end of paperwork in sight, Kodak has introduced a new top-of-the-line document scanner for production imaging environments.
Brief: Hell.com's Fury Less Than Anticipated
A company auctioned off 113 domain names out of 312 for more than $4.75 million during its live auction at an industry conference last week. The rest, including Hell.com, will have another chance.
The Internet Governance Forum: Will Theory Lead To Action?
The first meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, began yesterday in Athens and is promoting a very worthy agenda. Some of the critical issues to be discussed include: Who has access to the Internet? Who has control? What are the best ways to combat spam, phishing, and child pornography? How can we protect freedom of speech online--especially in cou
Out With FrontPage, In With Expression Web
Microsoft's FrontPage replacement is a significant departure from its predecessor, while still sharing some of its look and feel. Existing users should be able to transition without too much pain.