Ballmer bowls for HD-DVD
Microsoft has reiterated its preference for the HD-DVD version of next-generation high definition optical storage, despite recent announcements of support for the rival Blu-ray format from several Hollywood studios.
CEO Steve Ballmer said that Vista, the next version of Microsoft Windows, will eventually support HD-DVD, although possibly not when it is first released sometime in the next 18 months. HD-DVD is expected to make its debut early next year. ...more
AMD celebrates court disclosure of Intel evidence
AMD has raised the temperature over its ongoing litigation against Intel and its anti-competitive practices in Japan.
A Tokyo District Court has ruled that evidence collected by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) during its investigation of Intel should be disclosed and not kept out of public record. According to AMD, Intel had requested that evidence taken from its offices in Japan should remain out of the public record, and it describes the decision - in stinging terms - as a blow against 'Intel's illegal monopoly abuse'. ...more
Canon goes scan-tastic
A herd of new scanners is headed our way from Canon pastures for the home and office, from as little as ?69 inc VAT.
Starting at the small end, there are two 600dpi models: the N670U and the N676U, both aimed at the home user and retailing at ?69 and ?89 inc VAT respectively.
These models take up little room on your desk and can even be rotated vertically for upright scanning. ...more
Banking trade body highlights threat of online fraud
Anticipating increased online spending in the run up to Christmas, the banking trade body APACS (Association for Payment Clearing Services) has highlighted the threat of credit card fraud.
According to APACS, phone, fax, Internet and mail order card fraud now costs the UK ?110 million a year. Only counterfeit card fraud involves more money (?128 million), while lost or stolen card fraud (?107. ...more
Disabled mother takes on RIAA
A disabled single mother from Oregon has filed a countersuit against the US record industry after it accused her of file sharing and demanded compensation.
Forty-two year old Tanya Anderson claims that she has absolutely no interest whatsoever in the gangster rap she was alleged to have downloaded. Her countersuit accuses the Recording Industry Association of America of several crimes including fraud, deceptive business practices and racketeering. ...more