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HD-DVD, Blu-ray prototypes square off at Ceatec

Electronics companies on both sides of the high-definition video disc format battle unveiled their latest prototype players and PC drives this week at the Ceatec exhibition in Japan.

Written by Martyn Williams06 Oct. 05 08:59

Microsoft, Toshiba may tie Windows CE and HD-DVD

Microsoft and Toshiba have reached an agreement under which they will explore ways to use Microsoft Windows CE technology in new high-definition optical disc players, according to top executives of both companies.

Written by Martyn Williams28 June 05 09:58

Microsoft's Gates: I still believe in Tablet PC

After failing to break into the mainstream of computing, the Tablet PC might have been written-off by many, but it still has at least one strong supporter. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft, said Monday he still believes in the form-factor and repeated a prediction that, with better hardware and software, it could still dominate over traditional laptop PCs.

Written by Martyn Williams28 June 05 08:22

Skype, VOIP handsets on show at Computex

East Asian hardware makers seeking to turn the popularity of Internet telephony services and Skype Technologies SA's Skype VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) application into sales were plentiful at Computex, which took place last week in Taipei.

Written by Martyn Williams06 June 05 13:55

Samsung develops flash-based 'disk' for PCs

Samsung Electronics has developed a replacement for conventional hard-disk drives that is based on flash memory chips. The company plans to begin mass production of the device in August, it said on Monday.

Written by Martyn Williams24 May 05 08:49

Samsung develops 40-inch OLED prototype

Samsung Electronics has developed what it says is the world's first organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that measures 40-inches across the diagonal.

Written by Martyn Williams20 May 05 07:26

MIT's Negroponte expects $100 laptops next year

An ambitious plan by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab to develop and distribute a laptop computer costing no more than US$100 is expected to take a major step forward shortly with the receipt of the first order.
Orders from five or six countries, for a total of 6 million machines, are hoped for before a full pilot project can begin, said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the MIT Media Lab, in an interview in Tokyo. The basic aim of the project is to provide a laptop for every child, supplied though any country that wants to offer them.

Written by Martyn Williams16 May 05 22:00

Toshiba expands HD-DVD capacity to 45GB

Toshiba has developed a prototype HD-DVD disc that increases the format's storage capacity by 50 per cent and brings it much closer to that of the rival Blu-ray Disc.

Written by Martyn Williams12 May 05 07:30

Sony again hit by falling prices

Price competition in several of Sony Corp.'s key business areas resulted in another quarterly loss for the company as sales fell during the period from January to March, it said Wednesday.

Written by Martyn Williams27 April 05 09:09

Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion

Adobe Systems Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia Inc. for US$3.4 billion in stock, the company said Monday.

Written by Martyn Williams18 April 05 07:29

Samsung makes 82-inch LCD panel

Samsung Electronics has built what it says is the largest LCD (liquid crystal display) panel yet made and will show it at this week's Cebit show in Hanover, Germany.

Written by Martyn Williams09 March 05 10:00

3G - NTT DoCoMo begins mass-market transition to 3G

NTT DoCoMo Inc. will begin selling a new range of 3G handsets in Japan this month that will mark its first attempt to push 3G telephony into the mainstream of the cellular market.

Written by Martyn Williams02 Feb. 05 09:39

LG unveils largest, most expensive PDP TV

South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a 71-inch Plasma Display Panel (PDP) TV set this week, claiming it is the biggest of its kind available.

Written by Martyn Williams29 Nov. 04 08:14

Samsung shows cell phone with hard-disk drive

Samsung plans to begin selling later this month a cellular telephone that includes a hard-disk drive. The handset was unveiled as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom Asia 2004 event.

Written by Martyn Williams07 Sept. 04 11:57