QuoteA tax committee of California's Senate on Wednesday approved two bills that would clear the way for the state to collect sales tax on goods sold by out-of-state vendors to its residents via the Web, a move that could help it recoup an estimated $1.75 billion in lost annual tax revenue.
QuoteRTM closes only the first chapter in a long release cycle. Microsoft plans to release several more major Windows Server 2003 components during the next six months or so. Upcoming updates include: Greenwich, Microsoft's new business-class instant messaging technology; Group Policy Management Console; Windows Team Services, a collaboration tool; Windows Rights Management Services (RMS), a security enhancement; and Windows Systems Resource Manager (WSRM), among others.
QuoteIn addition, Mandrake 9.1 can be installed on a computer that has Windows 2000 or Windows XP installed. Those operating systems format hard disks with Microsoft's NTFS file system, which Linux is only beginning to support. Mandrake can carve off a piece of an NTFS, or NT file system, disk partition for its own use and read data from an NTFS partition, said Mandrake co-founder Gael Duval in an e-mail interview. However, it can't yet write files on the NTFS partition.
QuoteHaden Blackman, the producer at LucasArts responsible for "Star Wars Galaxies," an online game now being tested by 5,000 users, said that preventing cheating was one of the biggest challenges of creating a virtual world.
QuoteFlash memory--the chip technology used to store data and applications inside cell phones, industrial equipment and portable memory cards--is facing a growing crisis, say engineers, analysts and semiconductor executives. Although demand is strong, it will become increasingly difficult to shrink flash memory chips after 2005.And if flash chips can't shrink, profits likely will. As a result, companies are experimenting with new materials and semiconductor designs that could enhance or eventually displace one of the weirdest semiconductors ever produced.
QuoteMacromedia last year began a wide-reaching campaign to expand the role of Flash in Web design, promoting the software as a broad platform for designing Web applications and building user interfaces. Macromedia has made noticeable inroads with the push, with many sites rebuilt around Flash, but the Flash experience still has to happen inside a browser window.
QuoteThe star, named V838 Monocerotis for its location in the constellation of the same name, suddenly grew 600,000 times brighter than the sun in January 2002. The flash temporarily made the star -- in the constellation also known as The Unicorn -- the brightest light in the Milky Way.
QuoteTheory had predicted the fast-moving exodus of stuff, but no one had ever seen it happening. A new study found evidence of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and iron rushing out from the vicinities of two separate black holes in winds of material moving at some 40 percent the speed of light, faster than astronomers expected.
QuoteThe US space agency (Nasa) is sending two Mars rovers on the 100-million-kilometre journey to Mars in May and June. The identical robots have six wheels and should be able to travel about a kilometre from where they touch down. They are called Rover 1 and Rover 2 for now, but will eventually be named by US schoolchildren taking part in a competition.
QuoteEarthLink Plus improves download speeds up to five times over standard dial-up, the Atlanta-based company said. It costs $28.95 per month, $7 more than standard dial-up, comes with a guarantee that help calls will be answered within five minutes. By comparison, EarthLink's Cable Internet, a broadband service powered by ComCast, starts at $45.95 per month, plus a $3 per month modem lease fee.
QuoteThe Redmond, Wash.-based company is taking a more modular approach to shipping the OS compared with earlier Windows Server versions. That could translate into greater flexibility delivering additional components over a longer period of time. The strategy will also let Microsoft release technologies that simply won't be ready in time for Windows Server 2003's April 24 launch.
QuoteAs previously reported, Nvidia had to delay the introduction of the top-of-the-line GeForce FX processor in part due to TSMC, its only manufacturer at the time, making a transition from a 180-nanometer manufacturing process to a new 130-nanometer process. The change to a new process allows chipmakers to produce smaller, faster and less power-hungry chips.
QuoteDell, which is a close second to HP in the personal computer market, said it will sell one inkjet printer and three laser printers priced from $139 to $839. It will also sell ink cartridges starting at $29.95 and toner cartridges from $75.
"We look at the total delivery of the system -- not just the printer. It's the cartridge, the services, everything," said Tim Peters, general manager of Dell imaging and printing.
Peters said that Dell will make it easier for customers to use its printers because it has created an online replenishment system in which the printer warns that toner is getting low and then prompts the user to order more over the Internet. Dell will ship the cartridges out without charging for handling.
QuoteResearchers from the University of Texas have devised a three-dimensional video system that cuts down the compute power needed to project three-dimensional images by using an 800,000-mirror device designed for two-dimensional digital projectors as a sort of holographic film.
QuoteBut now, when it senses that it's about to fall, the SDR-4X II will attempt to correct itself. Failing that, it will attempt to curl up so as to protect its more delicate components from damage, said the report. The robot now also sports sensors and motors that can detect something--a finger, perhaps--is trapped in its joints and stops it from compressing that object.
QuoteSun issued a statement condemning the move, saying that "IBM and (Microsoft) have now moved away from a leadership position in Web services standards and become a disruptive force in the industry." On the subject of choreography standards, Microsoft and IBM said earlier this month that they intend to repeat their actions regarding security and reliability: Later this year, they will publish details of their proposal and submit it for consideration as a standard.
QuoteMicrosoft DirectX is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. DirectX 9.0 includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX 9.0 APIs. This release also resolves an issue with DirectX 9.0 where some multiplayer games or MSN Messenger may not work correctly. A number of minor bugs were also resolved.
QuoteIntel is working on Linux support for Centrino, its package of chips for mobile computers with wireless networking abilities, but the company hasn't yet decided how or when to release it.
QuoteThis is because the postcard-sized stickers, which promote everything from fake identity cards to counterfeit academic certifications, are cheap to produce and offer some anonymity. The new system rings the mobile phone numbers of illegal advertisers at 20-second intervals, said the People's Daily.
QuoteThe Plus package, at the standard price of $23.90, will include firewall, antivirus software and parental controls that will function on the PC itself rather than within the AOL client. The service also includes the company's advanced e-mail software, Communicator; the ability to share AOL Radio with other AOL subscribers via instant messenger; and, for broadband users, a redesign of its Welcome Screen.
AOL will charge subscribers a slightly higher price--$24.95--for a version of the service that lets a single account have seven screen names that can dial in simultaneously, targeting homes with multiple computers. Up to now, the company permitted only one screen name to have access at any one time.
QuoteDDR-II delivers twice the external bandwidth of a standard DDR solution for the same internal frequency. The 1.8-volt device features a high-speed data transfer rate of 533Mbps that can be extended to 667Mbps for networks and special system environments.
QuoteWith ATI releasing its Radeon 9800 (R350), Radeon 9600 (RV350) and Radeon 9200 (RV280) series chips in early March, card makers such as Gigabyte Technology and CP Technology have seen their graphics card sales continue to rise in March. Sales of Nvidia-based graphics cards, however, have been hampered by overall chip supply. Though Nvidia unveiled its lower-end GeForce FX 5600 (NV31) and 5200 (NV34) chips in early March as well, volume shipments of NV31 and NV34 chips will not be available until April. Makers of Nvidia-based cards may face pressure even after chip supply improves. Manufacturers of ATI-based cards said they are planning to introduce updated products in April and May just as their competitors new products are reaching the channel.
QuoteThe Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker intends to launch its first three printers next week--two laser jets as well as an inkjet that can print, fax and copy documents. The multifunction printer, one of the hottest types of printers on the market nowadays, will largely be aimed at consumers and small businesses.
QuoteThe announcements on Thursday come after the company said the previous day that Al Gore, the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate, had joined the board. Apple's board now has six members.