IBM gets DSP technology
IBM is to license DSP (digital signal processor) technology from a rival chipmaker - LSI Logic. The core involved is the ZSP400 DSP, together with associated software development and verification tools.
DSPs - by processing digital audio and video data - play an important role within such items as cell phones, digital cameras and networking products. ...more
Government restricts RIPA snoopers
The Government has rethought its unpopular addendum to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), adding only five new bodies to the list of those with access to your data.
Under the Act, ISPs and network operators are to keep records of data traffic for up to a year that the police, intelligence services, Inland Revenue and customs and excise can make requests to access. In June of last year, the Government proposed adding an Order to this that would add around 600 bodies - including the likes of the Food Standards Agency and the Post Office - to those with access, but backed down after a public outcry. ...more
Yahoo! calls on record labels for DRM-free downloads
The head of Yahoo!'s digital music service has called for record labels to allow downloads to be sold free of any DRM restrictions.
Dave Goldberg told the Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles that DRM has created a barrier for consumers between their music and what they can do with it, such as transfer it the portable device of their choice. ...more
The inventor of the Web picks up his €1mn prize
The inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee last night picked up the first Millennium Technology Prize and also a cheque for a cool €1mn. They were presented to him, in Helsinki, by Tarja Halonen, President of Finland.
The new award is to be granted biannually for 'outstanding innovation' in the fields of 'Energy and the Environment', 'Information and Communication', 'New Materials and Processes' or 'Health Care and Life Sciences'. ...more
IBM keeps server crown
IBM remains the server king according to the latest survey of the server market by analysts Gartner. Big Blue increased its market share by revenue to 30.7 per cent - up a percentage point from the equivalent quarter in 2003. ...more