Blu-ray Disc Association highlights gallery of first devices
The Blu-ray Disc Association has returned from IFA 2005, the world's largest electronics and IT show, with a large gallery of the first Blu-ray devices.
Recorders, drives and media were on display from the likes of Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, JVC, Sharp, Pioneer, Sony, Hitachi, Yamaha, TDK, Verbatim, LG, HP, Toshiba and NEC, enough to suggest that there will be no shortage of devices once the technology launches commercially next year.
The Philips BDP 9000 is pictured. ...more
Google CEO declines Apple shares option
Eric Schmidt has declined to take up the option to buy 30,000 Apple shares that he was entitled to when appointed to the company's board last week.
Instead the Google CEO intends to purchase 10,000 shares in the open market, Apple confirmed in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
New Apple directors are entitled to the stock options under the company's 1997 Director Stock Option Plan. ...more
Microsoft funds underprivileged access to hi-tech
Microsoft is to underwrite a $100m project to give underprivileged children access to computer technology.
The "Club Tech" project will set up technology centres in Boys & Girls Clubs across the US, giving access to computers and training material to over 3 million youngsters.
According to The New York Times, Club Tech will be funded through Microsoft's Community Affairs Program and will be its largest donation so far - last year it gave more than $34m in cash and $200m in software to charitable organisations. ...more
Dell misled customers, says ASA
The Advertising Standards Authority has taken umbrage with a recent Dell newspaper advertisement, for the Inspiron 1300 laptop (pictured). At issue was both a special offer on RAM availability and also the display of VAT pricing information.
The insert in the national press showed a picture of the Inspiron with the following text underneath: ' . ...more
Write once, drive anywhere
"Write once, run anywhere" was the promise for the Java cross-platform development language. Well, Java is now in the process of embedding itself in vehicle dashboards.
Sun has announced a partnership with General Motors' dashboard technology division, OnStar, with the intent of making Java the computing standard for the automotive industry. ...more