Intel rounds out its range with 64-bit Xeons
Intel has brought Xeon, its mid range server processor, into line with its other offerings with the launch of the 64-bit 'Truland' version of the chip. However, these are the first 64-bit offerings from Intel designed for multiprocessor machines using four or more CPUs.
In keeping with its new 'platform' strategy of offering solutions rather than just silicon, Intel has launched a new E8500 chip set along with five versions of the 64-bit Xeon . ...more
Building confidence in online commerce
Another initiative is about to be launched to encourage customer confidence in online commerce.
Three business organisations are hoping to co-ordinate their efforts to produce a "trustmark" that will help reassure hesitant online shoppers. Numerous surveys have showed the unwillingness of Europeans to give out their credit card details and shop online. ...more
Helios, the EasyNet aeroplane
A Mac-driven aeroplane is to be used to relay broadband Internet signals in the sky, for around five per cent of the cost of launching a new satellite.
SkyTower plans to solve the problem of last-mile, local loop broadband coverage by providing wireless links via Helios, a plane developed by its parent company AeroVironment. Funding support comes from the US space agency NASA. ...more
Gender gap extends to the Web
It would seem that the gender gap extends to the Web according to a new survey that looked at the way that men and women respond to different website designs.
According to the researchers at the Glamorgan University Business School, both the content, as you might expect, and the design of a site will determine whether it is chiefly visited by men or women. It seems that men prefer sites designed by men, while women prefer a woman's hand. ...more
Sun takes a pop at Microsoft's .Net
It's not quite handbags at ten paces, but Sun has posted, on its Java home page, a critique of Microsoft's .Net platform. The choicest quote is about "handcuffs" and Microsoft's spin. ...more