Eclipse tops ADSL speed league
Eclipse Internet has ended Nildram's' seven-month reign at the top of ADSL Guide's Fastest Broadband ISPs table.
As in all recent months, April's figures reflect a gradual increase in the 512K ADSL broadband performance levels provided by all the major ISPs, as equipment is upgraded and more overall bandwidth made available.
Eclipse Internet is a case in point, having upgraded its core routing equipment, implemented more Gigabit Ethernet links and improved Internet
transit connections. ...more
Mapuche say no to Microsoft Mapuzugun
Mapuche Indians have accused Microsoft of violating their cultural heritage by translating Windows into their language, Mapuzugun, without permission.
The language is spoken by some 400,000 indigenous Chileans, some of whom have taken the software company to court for 'intellectual piracy'. A judge in Santiago will decide in two weeks whether the Mapuche have a case. ...more
Desktops bounce back, according to latest research figures
Desktops are back, according to research group IDC, which says the stalwart systems are the surprise success story for computer sales in the UK, and indicative that the corporate spend has renewed vigour.
This quarter has seen the growth of desktop shipments more than treble to nearly 20 per cent. IDC puts this down to better retail offerings, XP upgrades, and business spending. ...more
Philips, Microsoft in Windows Media and consumer electronics agreement
Philips and Microsoft have announced plans to begin integrating Windows Media technologies, including digital rights management, into a range of Philips' consumer electronics products based on its Nexperia programmable system-on-a-chip.
Philips initially plans to support Windows Media Audio and Video and Windows Media DRM 10 in digital media receivers, personal video recorders, portable audio players, IP set-top boxes and video phones. These will be followed by in-car entertainment systems and 'next generation' digital TV. ...more
Virgin Media cuts broadband speeds for heavy downloaders
Virgin Media has confirmed that it has begun implementing traffic shaping for around five per cent of its broadband users.
The ISP, formerly ntl:Telewest, said that it occasionally moderates downstream speeds for subscribers 'downloading an unusually large amount' of data, sometimes as much as 3GB, during the peak 4pm-to-midnight period.
'Our boffins recently ran a trial to see how much our service was being affected,' it explained. ...more