QuoteEarlier this month, roughly three dozen states and eight major online retailers struck a deal in which the Internet companies agreed to begin collecting sales taxes. As part of the agreement, the e-commerce shops were granted amnesty for any prior uncollected taxes.
QuoteMany designs for minuscule computers aimed at harnessing the massive storage capacity of DNA have been proposed over the years. Earlier schemes have relied on a molecule known as ATP, which is a common source of energy for cellular reactions, as a fuel source. But in the new set up, a DNA molecule provides both the initial data and sufficient energy to complete the computation. Shapiro and his colleagues describe their DNA computer in a report published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
QuoteWednesday afternoon, the DOJ said it had taken over the iSoNews.com domain, whose owner pleaded guilty to felony copyright crimes under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). David Rocci, 22, pleaded guilty in December to using his site to sell "mod" chips that let Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation owners modify their devices so they can use them to play illegally copied games, or "warez."
QuoteWhile many industry observers dismissed the Pentium 4 desknote as a flash in the pan when it first appeared last year, they now say the category will live on. Even Intel has jumped on the bandwagon. The company is expected later this year to introduce a new line of Pentium 4 chips, running at speeds of up to 3.06GHz, for desknotes as an extension to its Pentium 4 mobile processor line.
QuoteSo far, OLED has the broadest support from manufacturers, but analysts believe it will be something on the order of 10 years before OLED can be a viable challenger to LCD. OLED screen technology is being used in smaller devices, such as electric shavers and cell phones.
OLED displays don't require a backlight because the polymers used in the display light up when an electrical charge is applied. The light-emitting characteristic means that devices won't need as much power to run and can be thinner than LCDs, which are dependant on a backlight. Screens are the most power-consuming and expensive component in most computing devices.
QuoteKarppinen's study has indicated some improvement by W3C members over the last 18 months. The number of standards-compliant member home pages leaped to 6.5 percent, up from 4.6 percent in August 2002 and 3.7 percent in February 2002.
QuotePCI Express is a serial link, which doesn't require parallel delivery, and can send more data down fewer wires. A board with six parallel PCI slots will come with more than 1,000 pins, metallic knobs that connect chips to wires. A similar PCI Express board can be made with fewer than 400 pins, said Mike Fister, senior vice president of Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group, who demonstrated PCI Express on stage last week for the first time at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose.
QuoteStarkweather has found that using a semicircular monitor three times as wide as the standard one can improve people's productivity, allowing them to take advantage of their peripheral vision and to spend less time opening and closing different windows.
But the main advantage is that users can have several applications open at once, both in the centre and on the sides of the monitor. Or they could even stretch an application across the entire screen. Five pages of a Word document, for example, could be viewed at once.
QuoteVIA Technologies played host to one of the most popular booths at the show, where attendees could see the company's own reference version of a Media Center PC. Built and sold by IDotPC.com, the Hi-Fi PC is housed in a fancy brushed-aluminum box the size of a toaster.
QuoteFor the edge-of-network servers, such as Web servers, Microsoft is to release Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, a cut-down operating system sharing some similarities with the embedded version of the operating that is sold by Microsoft's OEM division to manufacturers building Web servers and appliances such as Network Attached Storage devices. Windows Server 2003 Web Edition will be sold as a packaged product, and a new version of the embedded operating system will also launch for OEMs.
The other new versions of Windows will be general purpose server operating systems: Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition for departmental environments, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (replacing Advanced Server) for medium to large enterprises, and at the high end, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for heavy database work.
Microsoft will also launch 64-bit versions of the two high-end operating systems; Datacenter Edition 64-bit will be able to scale to 64-way servers, as opposed to the 32-bit version which will, like the current Windows 2000 Datacenter Edition, be confined to 32-way servers. "We've been working with HP on its 64-way SuperDome servers," said Tennant.
QuoteCell, scheduled to hit the market in late 2004 or early 2005, differs notably from current processors. This finely crafted chunk of silicon will contain multiple chips within a single unit, and will be able to perform in excess of one trillion mathematical calculations a second. Put into perspective, that makes it approximately 100 times more powerful than a 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 CPU!
QuoteThe good folks at PestPatrol have given us several copies of their excellent program and some other goodies that we will be giving away. Five packages of one copy of PestPatrol and some goodies will given away in weekly drawings with a CompUSA cold cathode (color will be up to the winner) given away as a "grand prize" at the end of a sixth week.
QuoteActivision and id Software have announced that Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory won't be released to retail as planned. The multiplayer component is expected to be released in several months as a free downloadable expansion, but Enemy Territory's single-player component--which was in development at Mad Doc Software--won't ever see the light of day. Enemy Territory's single-player struck out in a very different direction from Return to Castle Wolfenstein's, as the player was to be accompanied by a group of AI squadmates who would autonomously accomplish tasks suitable to their weapons and abilities.
QuoteInnovative applications and technologies continue to be developed at an amazing rate, requiring PC clients to have the latest expansion capabilities, said Brad Saunders of Intel Corporation and chairman of the PCMCIA. "By drawing upon USB 2.0 and PCI Express, the NEWCARD specification will bring serial bus technology to a smaller form factor that offers more performance and improved ease of use. This new specification will revolutionize how PC developers and OEMs utilize the expansion slot for next-generation features such as wireless networking, storage and card readers.
QuoteFor more than 20 years, the PC has relied on the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), a small set of fixed software routines normally built into a chip on the motherboard. This hangover from a distant past is causing more and more problems, said Mark Doran, Intel's principal engineer behind the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) that aims to humanely kill the antique technology.
"When I started, I got senior managers together from across Intel and asked them what would happen if we had a blank sheet of paper to replace the BIOS," Doran said. "It turned into a three-day bitch session." He said that the original designers of the IBM PC BIOS had no idea that it would survive this long. "They thought that 250,000 machines would see it through to the end of its life," he said.
QuoteAll the companies are talking up efforts against spam at a time when consumers and the media are hyperaware of its growing, loathsome presence in e-mail in-boxes. ISPs record an up to threefold increase in the number of unsolicited e-mail sent to members in the last year; and as a result, they're fielding record consumer complaints, despite spam-blocking software that cuts back on the majority of it. Under pressure from rivals, Net access providers are seeking to offer consumers a service that is free of spam.
QuoteAnother technique for expanding the memory capacity of current 32-bit chips is through physical memory addressing, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst of Mercury Research. This involves altering the chipset so that 32-bit chips could handle longer memory addresses. Intel has in fact already done preliminary work that would let its PC chips handle 40-bit addressing, which would let PCs hold more than 512GB of memory, according to papers published by the company.
QuoteThursday's decision will likely have a major impact on providers of high-speed Internet access, particularly digital subscriber line (DSL) services that use the local phone loop. As a result of the vote, the Baby Bells--Verizon Communications, BellSouth, SBC Communications and Qwest Communications International--will not be required to give their rivals both access and discounted rates for broadband facilities such as fiber-optic networks that they might build in the future.
QuoteBy lowering its quarterly expenses to $800 million, AMD projects it will break even in the second quarter and return to profitability during the second half of 2003. The plan assumes AMD will combine lower costs with higher unit shipments of its Athlon XP PC processors and flash memory products.
QuoteFor comparison, he explained, imagine normal magnetic sensors can read a signal that begins with a strength of 1 and swings between an "off" reading at 0.8 and "on" at 1.2. The new sensors can read a range that swings between minus 1000 and plus 1000. That degree of sensitivity means terabits of data -- or trillions of bits -- could be crammed into a square inch of disk space. About 160 terabits comprise the entire contents of the Library of Congress.
QuoteLinksys is aiming to sell the device in early to mid-May for under $200. The Media Navigator is essentially an access point with a digital to analog converter and allows consumers to browse a network for PCs and access audio files and images stored on a PC. The device will be able to connect to a network wirelessly, using the 802.11b standard or over an Ethernet connection. The Media Navigator also will come with a remote control to make it easy for the consumer to navigate the network and choose which files on the PC to access.
QuoteMicrosoft's electronic signature would allow the software to run on an unmodified Xbox. Currently, an Xbox must be outfitted with a "mod chip"--a gray-market add-on that overrides security features in the console--to run Linux or any other unapproved software. Microsoft has pursued a variety of legal and technical means to thwart mod chips, on the grounds that the devices aid software piracy.
QuotePrescott will be based on the same basic NetBurst architecture of the Pentium 4, but will come with a number of improvements, Burns said. The chip will come with 1MB of cache, twice as much as current Pentium 4s, and 13 new instructions--computing pathways for handling specific tasks such as multimedia processing.
The chip, which is being shown off at the conference in a concept PC with two screens code-named Marble Falls, will also come with an enhanced version of hyperthreading--a technology introduced late last year to the Pentium 4--and an 800MHz bus, the data path between the processor and the outside world. Current Pentium 4 chips come with a 533MHz bus, which will soon be accelerated to 800MHz.