Monthly Archives: July 2007

Chris Nuttall

Sriram Intel’s cosy relationship with Apple, supplying the microprocessors for its computer range, does not extend to the iPhone yet. But there may be a way into the hottest cell phone through Intel’s WiMAX technology.

The applications processor in the iPhone is supplied by Samsung and uses a core based on the ARM architecture for small devices, rather than Intel’s x86 architecture, which dominates the PC world. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Mojopac A company that has helped workers circumvent their IT Departments turned enterprise-friendly today with the launch of a new suite of products.

For anyone who has loaded programs such as Firefox and Skype onto a USB memory stick to run on locked-down work PCs, RingCube uses virtualisation techniques to give you the same solution, but on steroids. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Techcrunchparty Probably the biggest party of the year for the next-generation web crowd was held by Techcrunch last night at the offices of VC  firm August Capital.

Techcrunch, the blog creation of Michael Arrington, prides itself on getting the scoop on the latest start-ups and there were plenty on hand displaying their web wares on August’s terrace. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Om_malik_announces_show Tech journalists can usually be relied on for sharply written assessments of new products, web apps and commentary on the latest trends, but taking their keyboards away can put them well outside their comfort zones.

The advent of podcasts and video has pressed many into trying new media, with decidedly mixed results. Read more >>

Richard Waters

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Microsoft seems to have a rare user interface hit on its hands. Called "Surface", and announced publicly in May, this was something whose business potential even Microsoft didn’t believe in – until now. Read more >>

Richard Waters

Kevin_johnson It isn’t a better search engine that will bring internet users flocking to Microsoft. It isn’t a hot social networking site, or indeed any other knock-out service that beats the rivals hands down. It is… integration.

What? Well, this is how Kevin Johnson, who runs a large part of Microsoft as head of the platforms and services group, sees it. Asked at the financial analyst meeting today how he is going to win a bigger slice of the online audience, he drew a parallel with the Office suite of applications. Stitching together a range of things online to give people a "seamless experience and deeper integration" is apparently what it’s all about. Read more >>

Richard Waters

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Visionary or foolhardy? Steve Ballmer clearly thinks there’s a moment when companies have to ignore what their shareholders are saying – and even what some of their customers are saying. Shareholders and customers aren’t in the long-term vision business. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Scmx10left Consumer electronics companies are catching on to the quick-sharing habits of the YouTube generation, with everything from iPhones to internet televisions becoming online video enabled.

The camcorder market sees this as a major opportunity for growth. Unit sales have been stuck at around 4.7m in the US for the past few years but the Consumer Electronics Association is predicting a 20 per cent increase next year due to the growth of user-generated content on the web and high definition. Read more >>

Richard Waters

Thomson_logo There’s nothing new about a CEO complaining about the stock market. When it comes to the bosses of some European tech companies, though, you sometimes have to feel a twinge of sympathy.

Case in point: Frank Dangeard, the head of French tech group Thomson, which has been through a wrenching change as it turns itself from a consumer electronics company into a concern specialising in digital video technologies. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

Crackdown Optimism about the video games industry at this month’s E3 conference seems well founded, based on the latest US sales from NPD.

The first-half figures are in and sales of $6.1bn so far this year are up 43 per cent on last year’s $4.25bn. Read more >>