Lines linked for 8Mbit broadband
Nildram is the latest ISP to announce that it will be offering a bonded ADSL service that can provide a maximum speed of 8Mbit/sec.
Bonding works by tying together up to four ADSL lines to create a single connection: 8Mbit, for example, would be achieved by bonding four 2Mbit lines. It is a process that will be familiar to ISDN users, which uses two lines to provide its throughput. ...more
Free broadband Internet
For a limited period, in major cities, and only in 'high street Internet kiosks'
For one week only BT is providing free broadband Web access from its blue 'high street Internet kiosks' - the 21st century's phone box.
Free access is available in London this week, in Leeds and Manchester next week, and in a further 66 cities across the country over the following fortnight.
Paul Hendron, director of BT Payphones, said, 'This will be the first time that many people have tried
the Internet at broadband speed. ...more
Apple debuts iMacs with remote control
Apple has made the first major revision to the iMac G5 since it was first introduced a little over a year ago.
The two new models are the first Macs with a built-in iSight camera for, as Apple puts it, out-of-the-box video conferencing. They are also the first Macs with the Apple Remote which, in tandem with the Front Row software, lets you wirelessly control iTunes, iPhoto and movies playback. ...more
Double trouble for AMD fabs
AMD has announced the closure of Fabs 14 and 15 in Austin, Texas, in a bid to streamline operations, which includes job cuts of 2,300.
Approximately 1,000 employees will be directly affected by the shutdown of the fabs, which are the oldest of AMD's facilities.
"These actions will allow us to reduce costs without impairing our new product development activities in pursuit of long-term growth opportunities. ...more
IBM recalls 553,000 laptop power adaptors
IBM is to recall more than half a million power adaptors for a number of ThinkPad laptop models, due to a risk of them overheating and creating fire and electrical hazards.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received numerous complaints of the adaptors overheating causing damage to the surroundings. However it has not received any incidences of personal injury due to the faulty adaptors. ...more