Nokia to use Linux in Media Terminal
Nokia will use Linux in its rival to Microsoft's Xbox console, the company said today.
The mobile phone manufacturer is working on a home entertainment system called the Media Terminal that will be a games console, digital set-top box, digital video recorder and Web browser.
Both the hardware and software will use open standards said Nokia in order to let developers create applications for the device, and Linux is an important part of this. ...more
Japan abandons 'iPod tax'
Japan has abandoned plans to introduce a levy on portable music players - a so-called 'iPod tax'.
The Cultural Agency's decision follows a year of deliberations about the country's levy system which currently adds 3 per cent to the price of recording devices. Record companies asked for the levy to be extended to digital players in order to compensate them for the claimed loss in sales as a result to file
Prescott Pentium chips to prevent buffer overflows
Intel has announced that its Prescott series of Pentium chips will be able to block 'buffer overflow' errors by default. This will stem one of the biggest security vulnerabilities in Windows software
The announcement was made by Paul Otellini, the company's CEO is a webcast to analysts, He said that the 'Prescott' version of the Pentium 4 supports the NX 'no execute' instruction. However, before it'll work, it needs software support from the forthcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 which is due to arrive sometime this year. ...more
Printer cartridge firm takes on Elonex services and warranty
UK PC builder Elonex has been sold to a printer cartridge firm based in Newcastle.
Applied Film Industries Company Plc (Afic) has bought the Elonex Plc business and has promised to look after existing warranties for Elonex customers.
No details are available as to how much Afic paid for Elonex, thought to have had an annual turnover of nearly ?40m. ...more
UPDATED: BT halves broadband connection cost
BT is cutting the connection charge for ADSL broadband from ?50 to ?25 between 10 January and the end of March.
The company is also halving the cost of business connections, from ?260 to ?130.
This connection fee is charged by BT Wholesale to the ISPs which then provide end users with their broadband services. ...more