Canada gives green light for AMD's ATI acquisition
AMD's acquisition of graphics specialist ATI has moved a step closer to completion. Canadian authorities have now formally given their green light to the deal, which was announced in July.
Based in Markham, Ontario, ATI is a Canadian company and the acquisition has now been approved by the country's Minister of Industry. ...more
MSN blocks 2.4bn spam emails a day
MSN has started taking antispam measures seriously of late and is now blocking 2.4bn of the blighters a day. But when you consider that this figure is 80 per cent of all messages to MSN servers, you have to ask why the company hadn't got round to doing this before. ...more
Apple ushers in era of free phone calls with iChat and iSight
Apple has announced the next version of its iChat instant messaging support, and at a stroke has provided OS X users with the ability to make free voice and video calls any where in the world for the price of an Internet connection.
Combine iChat AV with iSight - Apple's new video camera - or any other FireWire enabled video cam and Mac users with a broadband connection can hold video conferences with any other Mac OS X user anywhere in the world. Although video conferencing is not possible over a dial-up connection, you can still use iChat AV for audio conferencing, effectively giving you free phone calls. ...more
Microsoft Speech Server to go mainstream
Microsoft has announced that it is to integrate its speech server technology into a future version of Exchange Server. The company says that the technology is now mature enough to enter the mainstream business market.
Until now Microsoft Speech Server (MSS) has been restricted to niche applications such as call centres and interactive voice response. ...more
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Here, in brief, are some of the day's other stories.
XP on course US courts permitting, Windows XP is on course for its mid-October release. It seems the company is ready to ship final code to manufacturers this week, which puts XP on schedule. ...more