Interview: Zopa founder and CEO, James Alexander
In the age of Web 2.0 much is made of user participation and interaction, but how are such developments affecting a stronghold of traditional, offline practices - banking?
One website in particular is challenging the dominance of High Street banks and their grip on the way we save and borrow money - Zopa.com. ...more
Apple snubbed over free OS X offer to developing countries
Steve Jobs offered to provide free copies of OS X to a project that aims to supply $100 laptops to developing countries, but was turned down.
The One Laptop Per Child charity instead opted for Red Hat Linux running on AMD processors, saying that they wanted the users to be able to tinker with the OS.
'We declined because it's not open source,' explained Dr Seymour Papert, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ...more
Mandrake marches into new year with enterprise server and desktop range
Mandrakesoft has marched into the new year with a full set of corporate products, including a desktop.
The company is promising lengthy development cycles for the most robust and stable platforms and a five-year maintenance program, meaning customers can be assured the products will not be superseded and will continue to receive support.
Mandrake's development process for its MandrakeLinux line goes through three stages: an in-house core version known as cooker, an initial product released under the Community tag, and an Offical version which is the result of feedback from thousands of developers using the Community version. ...more
Vodafone adds video to Live!
Video is the next step for Vodafone's multimedia Live! service - but don't expect to see David Beckham watching his goals in the ad breaks.
With Hutchison geared up to launch 3 next month, this could be seen as a foil to its multimedia fanfare of services. But Vodafone's Senior Product Manager Mark Jensen reckons it's just another string to Live!'s bow, rather than something to point at 3G. ...more
Sony debuts dual input LCD displays
Sony has introduced two new LCD displays with dual digital and analogue inputs.
The 17in HS75D and 19in HS95D models offer both DVI and SVGA connectivity to the 1,280x1,024 screen with 700:1 and 600:1 contrast respectively, a 160 viewing angle and an 8ms response time.
'Powerful' gamma controls are included to help match screen colours with cameras and printers while the displays support the sRGB colour space as a further aid to maintaining colour consistency with digital cameras. ...more