5GB iPod quietly disappears
It looks likely that the 5GB iPod, which hasn't been available since before Christmas, will not return.
The short notice on the UK Apple Store continues to state that, 'Due to significant holiday demand, the 5GB iPod is temporarily unavailable.'
Three months is a along time for something to be 'temporarily available'. ...more
Japan preps super supercomputer
Japan is planning a new supercomputer that will perform a staggering 73 times faster than the current top cluster, the IBM Blue Gene.
The country's Education and Science Ministry said that the projected machine will be capable of processing some 10 quadrillion instructions each second, that's 10 petaflops, as opposed to the 137 teraflops of Blue Gene.
And the reason for all that power? Scientists will be using the supercomputer to track climate changes, simulate the formation of the galaxy and measure human reaction to new drugs. ...more
Nokia goes button crazy
Nokia's newly launched 5510 looks like no other mobile phone on the market, with a full keyboard either side of a largish screen.
An obvious ploy to get people SMS messaging on a full time basis it may well be, particularly as Nokia is looking to roll out its multimedia messaging service. But the handset also packs a digital music player that supports AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) and MP3 formats, backed up by 64Mb of memory. ...more
AltaVista joins the toolbar gang
AltaVista is the latest search engine to offer a free toolbar to users. The search engine follows Google and Yahoo amongst others in putting themselves on your browser.
Amongst the features on the bar is search (naturally), direct access to the popular Babelfish translation service, a keyword highlighter and a pop-up blocker. ...more
Record industry ventures blank idea to boost sales
Record label BMG's latest ruse to buck falling CD sales is to introduce half-price, no-frills disks.
German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that the so-called 'anti-piracy CD' will look like a home-burned disc, with just the title printed on it. It will sell for €10, while a version with cover and lyrics will be €13. ...more