Blu-ray discs debut in the US
Sony has begun shipping recordable Blu-ray discs in the US, despite the absence of compatible hardware.
The 25GB BD-R (write-once) 25GB and BD-RE (rewritable) discs are selling from $20 and $25 respectively, with a 2x recording speed and a data transfer rate of 72Mbps, fast enough to support HD video recording.
The company plans to begin shipping dual-layer 50GB discs in June, but there is as yet no information on UK availability. ...more
Intel heightens High Definition Audio
Promising consumer electronics-quality audio for the PC, Intel has finalised the v1.0 specification of its Intel High Definition Audio.
Previously codenamed 'Azalia', the audio interface supercedes AC97 and is designed to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in power for audio processing. ...more
Updated: PlusNet expels two of its broadband customers
PlusNet has taken the unprecedented step of expelling two of its broadband customers.
The ISP took the decision as a result of a succession of posts that the two users made on its customer support forums.
'Two customers have been contacted as a result of their disruptive activities over a number of months in our customer support forums, ' PlusNet said in a statement. ...more
Wi-FI Alliance awards first batch of 802.11g certificates
The Wi-Fi Alliance has named the first eight products to be certified as fully compliant with the 802.11g wireless networking standard.
The products comprise four access points (sometimes known as base stations) and four PC card client adapters They are the first to gain certification since the 802. ...more
Microsoft lists applications needing attention after XP update
Microsoft has officially listed the programs that may stop working on Windows once Windows XP service Pack 2 is installed.
Among the 45 apps needing attention are such heavyweights as Visual Studio .NET (note, only needed for Remote DCOM debugging), SQL Server (again, for remote debugging), and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8. ...more