Microsoft gets mob handed for iTV
Microsoft has teamed up with three other interactive TV companies to bolster its "Microsoft TV" drive into this emerging market.
The partnership will develop technology delivering interactive advertising, enabling viewers to shop from their TV.
The partners are ACTV, a company integrating Internet features into televisions, eCity, which is developing interactive services that let viewers choose to view ads and then buy them, and RespondTV, which has developed technology to allow TV network operators to deliver information on programs, products and services. ...more
iPods are used to listen to music - report
iPods are mainly used to listen to music, is the less-than-startling revelation from Nielsen Media Research.
The research firm spent the best part of October monitoring 400 iPod users to discover that video comprised just one per cent of the content played on suitably-enabled iPods.
Nielsen said that a main reason for this is that most of those who purchased video iPods were only after the large storage capacity to hold their music collections. ...more
Music downloads to count towards record industry gongs
Downloads will now count towards the commemorative discs awarded to artists to recognise high sales, the UK record industry's main body announced today.
Discs are presented for both single and album sales as follows: singles - silver 200,000, gold 400,000, platinum 600,000; albums - silver 60,000, gold 100,000, platinum 300,00.
The BPI said that music DVDs will also be included: titles shipping 25,000 copies or more will be eligible for a gold award, with a platinum award for 50,000 sales. ...more
Minnesota takes on Microsoft over anti-trust allegations
Minnesota is the latest state to tussle with Microsoft over allegations of anti-trust behaviour.
The company is accused of inflating prices for its Windows software by means of predatory practices. The Minnesotan plaintiffs in this latest case are seeking damages of up to $425 million, according to Reuters. ...more
AMD updates Athlon 64 and Opteron technical data
AMD has updated its Athlon 64 and Opteron Revision Guide and announced a new R&D Lab in Tokyo to specialise in mobile processing.
According to Tom's Hardware Guide, AMD has updated the Athlon 64 and Opteron Revision Guide, which provides detailed processor technical information for system builders and software developers.
The latest rev (3. ...more