Apple scorns speculation surrounding iTunes Music Store
Apple has poured scorn on rumours that the major record labels are planning to undermine the iTunes Music Store.
Unconfirmed rumours have surfaced on both sides of the Atlantic. First the UK's Independent newspaper suggested that the labels are deliberately stalling the launch of iTMS in Europe. ...more
Transport for London warns of a hoax email
Transport for London is warning of a hoax email making false claims.
Given the high state of alert in the capital exactly three weeks following the bombings of 7 July, the mail which claims an emergency number will work even on the underground, is spreading rapidly.
The email claims that by dialling 112 you can get through to the emergency services. ...more
Semiconductor industry predicts boom
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in its annual forecast of global semiconductor sales is predicting a compound annual growth rate of nearly 10 per cent between 2005 and 2008.
The SIA says that worldwide sales of microchips will reach $309 billion in 2008 - an increase of 45 per cent from the $213 billion record level achieved in 2004.
The biggest growth drivers will be new consumer products enabled by improvements in semiconductor technology. ...more
Asus announces ATI cards for the UK
Asus has announced its new partner, ATI, along with the duo's first fruits: the latest ATI-based cards complete with Half-Life 2 bundle.
The Asus Radeon 9800XT leads the range, and at an estimated street price of ?450, is aimed at the very very keen gamer.
However, it does boast 256MB, four video in/out ports and runs both cooler and quieter than the ATI reference boards, according to the company. ...more
MySpace to filter for copyright infringements
MySpace has announced plans to begin filtering uploaded music to ensure that it does not infringe any copyrights.
The social networking site will deploy Gracenote's MusicID 'audio fingerprinting' technology which scans uploaded files and compares them to a database of copyright music recordings.
Copyright material will be removed and individuals who repeatedly attempt to upload it will have their accounts permanently deleted. ...more