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Intel’s Brad Bickford: Data Storage Is Third Leg of the Stool

Say the name "Intel," and the first thing that comes to most people's minds is chips and computer components. Yet the company is increasing its focus on another side of its business, the storage systems space, and the industry is beginning to watch its progress in that area more intensely. In July, ...

Can a Small Biz Make It Online?

Small businesses have their share of difficulties, but do they have any chance of succeeding in a world dominated by eBay, Amazon and the like? The short answer is yes -- if they combine the right mix of technology, marketing and customer service. "The goliaths of the online world are everywhere. Th...

PC Manufacturers Making Mother Nature Smile

Going green is becoming an increasingly important initiative to many companies these days, but some are going above and beyond to please Mother Nature. In July, the Green Electronics Council recognized more than 60 desktop computers, laptops and monitors from Dell, HP and other manufacturers for mee...

Firefox a Growing Target for Hackers

Hackers made Firefox the latest subject of attack last week, utilizing software that could capture extremely sensitive information, including credit card numbers and passwords. On July 25, Symantec Security Response detected Infostealer.Snifula, which downloads malicious Trojans onto a user's compu...

Dolby Partners With Infitec on New 3-D Cinema Tech

Dolby Laboratories has teamed with Infitec, a German provider of virtual reality technologies, to bring a new 3-D system to the digital cinema. The new technology could arrive in theaters by spring of 2007, in time to meet the schedules of 3-D films slated for release within the next two years, said...

AOL to Launch Free Video-Sharing Portal

AOL on Friday will launch the beta version of a free portal designed to let customers view and share videos across the Web. AOL Video includes roughly 45 new video-on-demand content channels, organized and accessible through video search, browse or an interactive programming guide; free streaming co...

Singapore Company Reports Stem Cell Progress

A Singapore biotech company announced Thursday that it has produced and stored four new clinically compliant human embryonic stem cell lines, and that another four lines should be stored within the next four to five weeks. ES Cell International believes it is the first in the world to create these c...

Microsoft Taking Vista Step by Step

Microsoft believes it will be on target for the release of its long-awaited Vista operating system, but the company wants to ensure quality before sending it to the masses. "We will ship Windows Vista when the product is ready," Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Div...

IT Leaders Unite for SOA Standards

A group of leading technology vendors is reporting significant progress in the standardization of service-oriented architecture, or SOA, standards. The Open Service Oriented Architecture collaboration represents an informal alliance of 17 companies that have worked together to create and agree upon ...

Time Warner Preparing to Set AOL Services Free

Time Warner will unveil a new business strategy for AOL on Aug. 2, hoping to put an end to rampant speculation by outlining how the company plans to take its online services into the future, the company said Wednesday. AOL is expected to announce that it will give away its e-mail and Web services fo...

Samsung to Provide 4-GB Flash Memory for Vista

Samsung is producing a 4 gigabyte flash memory device designed to enhance Windows Vista performance. The new solid state disk is compatible with Windows ReadyBoost, a new Windows Vista feature that uses flash memory to improve system responsiveness. It is meant to help users avoid all the multi-seco...

Motorola Launches Skinnier Cell Phones

Thin is in when it comes to the latest trend in mobile phones. Motorola revealed its trimmest phone to date on Tuesday, at approximately 9 mm. The company expects the Motofone to be available in the second half of 2006 in both GSM and CDMA models. The device is a "a high-tech masterpiece designed to...

Amazon Reportedly Planning to Make Movie Rental Play

Amazon.com is remaining tight-lipped about published reports stating that the company plans to launch a digital video download service in August. However, as the public waits for Amazon to reveal details, analysts muse that Apple remains the company with the most potential to succeed in the space. R...

MTV Enters Social Networking Fray

Viacom is giving a new meaning to the adage, "I want my MTV." MTV Networks UK & Ireland -- which Viacom owns -- on Tuesday unveiled MTV Flux, an interactive online community that lets audience members control their own television channel. Flux members can upload their own content and be part of...

AMD Slashes Processor Prices

Advanced Micro Devices announced on Monday that it has slashed the prices of some of its products by more than half as the company continues to fight for market share against chief rival Intel. Price cuts included AMD's dual-core Athlon 64 X2 5000+, chopped from US$696 last quarter to $301, and the ...

Microsoft Prepares to Take On iPods With Zune

Microsoft is planning to release a new music and entertainment player and accompanying software and hardware products under the brand "Zune," turning up the competition on Apple's popular iPod. The company did not reveal pricing or a specific target date, but simply confirmed speculation of the offe...

Deafness Research Group Sounds Off Against Loud MP3 Players

Today's youth are at risk of going deaf relatively early in life because they are listening to MP3 players that are too loud, too often, according to a new report. A survey of 1,000 Britons between the ages of 16 and 34, conducted by Specsavers Hearcare and Deafness Research UK, found that 14 percen...

Pew Study Unmasks US Bloggers

The United States' blogger population continues to explode, but who are the people behind the words? About 12 million American adults, or roughly 8 percent of adult Internet users blog, and 57 million American adults, or 39 percent of the online population, read blogs, according to surveys by the Pe...

Microsoft Makes Moves to Promote Competition

Microsoft on Wednesday released a set of guiding principles it drafted for itself that will allow computer manufacturers using Vista and any other future Microsoft operating system to remove Microsoft's MSN Search, Internet Explorer and Media Player as defaults and put competitive alternatives in th...

NBC Brings Drama to Netflix

Netflix on Wednesday announced a partnership with NBC in which the broadcast company will offer the online movie rental service's subscribers an advanced screening of the premiere episodes of its upcoming drama series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "Kidnapped." The shows will be made available...

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