Samsung strengthens notebook security with its Trusted Platform Module
Security is going to be the by-word for next year's laptops.
Barely two weeks ago IBM announced its ThinkPad T42 with a fingerprint reader and data encryption. Now Samsung says its laptop range will incorporate what it is calling a Trusted Platform Module, using public/private key encryption infrastructures and fingerprint authentication. ...more
IBM turns Cloudscape open source
IBM is to hand over the code to the Cloudscape Java based database project to the open source community for free. The code is to be given to the Apache Software Foundation to be developed as an open source project named Derby
IBM says that the Cloudscape project - which runs to some half a million lines of code - is worth in the region of ?45 million. The project will be aimed at small businesses and point of sale applications `that don't require the sledgehammer of IBM's DB2 database management system. ...more
Job losses in Ireland as Shinko Microelectronics closes
Around 340 jobs may be on the line as Fujitsu and Shinko Electric Industries look to close the Shinko Microelectronics semi-conductor factory sometime in November.
The controlling companies are to begin talks with trade union officials about the closure of the Irish plant, which manufactures flash memory and SAW filters for mobile phones, and they will help find new jobs for the employees. The companies blame the sharp downturn in the semi-conductor market and slack orders for the decision and had previously tried to find a buyer for the fab without success. ...more
Lexmark highlights the hidden costs of printing
The UK is wasting more than a quarter of a billion pounds in unused printouts, according to Lexmark.
As much as ?231mn worth of unused documents lie sitting on the out-trays of printers across the UK, representing 21 per cent of the 110bn pages printed by UK businesses every year.
Worse still, is that this is a cost that goes largely unrecognised. ...more
Gartner sees boom in PC shipments in 2004
Almost 100 million PCs will be replaced this year according to research firm Gartner, pushing total worldwide PC shipments to an estimated 186.4 million Another 120 million will be coming to the end of their lives in 2005.
PC shipments will be estimated to rise by 13. ...more