Microsoft to reveal source code for Office
Software giant Microsoft has announced that it is to open up the source code of its flagship Office 2003 suite to more than 30 governments worldwide as part of its Government Security Program initiative. The aim, Microsoft says, is to reassure the participating governments that its code is secure and that it will work with other technology systems.
The code itself remains Microsoft's intellectual property and governments that sign up to the program have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. ...more
Sony phone goes MP3
With the world going mobile phone crazy and being obsessed with MP3 music files, it comes as absolutely no surprise that Sony has launched a new phone with MP3 capabilities.
Following in the footsteps of Samsung, the company has launched the new handset in Japan, which takes advantage of the Memory Stick media. The phone is one of the most expensive on the market, costing $382 (about ?260) and is quite bulky, weighing in at a relatively heavy weight of 4. ...more
Dixons wipes the VCR from its stores
The news that the Dixon's group is to stop selling the venerable VCR is the end of an era. As with the launch of Dire Straits 'Brothers in Arms' CD in the early 1980s which was seen as the tipping point between the LP and the CD, so today's announcement will be seen as the day we all moved to digital video.
Since the first machines hit the shelves in the 1970s, Dixons has sold millions of the devices and by 2002 90 per cent of UK households had one. ...more
Dell signals new direction with rethink of direct sales
Michael Dell has revealed that he is considering moving away from the direct sales model, which made the company that bears his name the world's biggest supplier of computer systems.
It is the first time anyone at Dell has publicly admitted to doubts about the company's business model, which relies on building and shipping each PC to order.
'The direct model has been a revolution, but is not a religion,' Dell, who founded the company in 1984 and recently returned to the position of chief executive, wrote in an email to the company's 80,000 employees. ...more
Google's tills ring with UK Checkout launch
The online payment system Google Checkout is now opening in the UK, following its US launch last year. It is meant to simplify and secure online purchases from participating retailers, who will be identified by Checkout's small blue and white shopping trolley icon.
The advantage for users is that a single Google login - yes, you will need a Google account - will serve for a variety of retailers, once it is primed with your credit card details and a delivery address. ...more