PalmOne Inc. has agreed to pay PalmSource Inc. US$30 million for full rights to the Palm brand name.
German media giant Bertelsmann AG, a former investor in the Napster file-sharing network, is taking another stab at peer-to-peer (P-to-P) technology with a new service for downloading and sharing movies, games and other content over the Internet.
IBM Corp.'s personal computer business racked up US$965 million in losses between Jan. 1, 2001, and June 30, 2004, the company said last week in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, detailing the planned sale of the business to China's Lenovo Group Ltd.
Dutch authorities have issued their first fines for spam originating in the country.
Preparations are in full swing for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) later next year. The United Nations (U.N.), which is hosting the follow-up event in Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005, has selected members of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the organization said Thursday.
Tired of new wireless technologies? Then stop reading. Because here's a story about a new wireless system that could someday eclipse the Wi-Fi service you've just begun to understand. The technology, called WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), is winning over plenty of followers while quickly gaining momentum on the standards front -- despite high-profile skeptics such as Texas Instruments Inc. (TI). That was the general consensus of industry experts attending a crowded workshop earlier this week at the Broadband World Forum in Venice, Italy.
The idea sounds good on paper: Build a mesh network of wireless Wi-Fi base stations and let users roam around an entire city instead of providing limited connectivity in a handful of hot spots. But will it work? The City of Philadelphia hopes so. "This is an interesting project because it entails building the world's largest mesh Wi-Fi network," said John Krzywicki, president of The Management Network Group Inc. (TMNG), speaking Monday in an interview at the Broadband World Forum in Venice. But the consultant warned of challenges facing the venture.
Prosecutors in Verden, Germany, indicted an 18-year-old student on Wednesday for allegedly creating the Sasser worm that crashed hundreds of thousands of Windows-based computers worldwide after spreading at lighting speed over the Internet. In their 77-page indictment, prosecutors in the northern German town charged the suspect, Sven Jaschan, with computer sabotage, data manipulation and disruption of public systems.
The dream of the digital home -- highly hyped during the Net boom era -- is now becoming reality, thanks in large part to the growing popularity of the Internet and of relatively easy to install and affordable home communication and entertainment network systems, according to IT experts attending last week's e/home conference and exhibition in Berlin.
Chip makers in the U.S. want to establish a national institute for nanoelectronics research as they approach the physical limits of current semiconductor technology, expected in about 15 years. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in San Jose, Calif., said Wednesday its members are in talks with universities and the federal government about creating and funding a Nanoelectronics Research Institute. The proposed institute, according to SIA, will be responsible for directing and coordinating a "massive research effort" to assure continued U.S. competitiveness as manufacturers move to new production technologies.
With an eye to capturing a larger share of the budding market for online music and movie distribution software, Microsoft Corp. announced Monday a new version of its copyright protection software that will allow users to play rented content on portable devices, such as mobile phones, and networked devices within the home.
International business travelers seeking wireless broadband connectivity on both sides of the Atlantic could benefit from a new service launched by the T-Mobile subsidiaries of Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG. The new Wi-Fi offering allows T-Mobile customers to access -- with the same user name and password -- more than 4,100 hotspots in the U.S. and another 700 in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K., T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG said Tuesday at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes.
Be careful the next time you turn on your Bluetooth-enabled phone: You could unknowingly be opening the door to a nasty intruder who could steal confidential information such as your address book or even use your phone to make expensive calls. Security experts in the U.K. have discovered serious flaws in some Bluetooth-enabled phones, prompting one supplier of the vulnerable phones, Nokia Corp., to recommend precautionary measures.
Articles by John Blau