Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook’s Deals service landed in Europe on Monday, three months after its US launchRead more >>

Powerchip, Taiwan’s biggest D-Ram company, said on Monday it was exiting the commodity PC D-Ram market in favour of making more specialised chips used in mobile computing devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Frank Huang, chairman, said his company would wind down its business of selling PC D-Ram chips under the Powerchip brand. Instead, Powership would become a contract manufacturer of PC D-Ram chips for long-time partner Elpida of Japan, the world’s third biggest D-Ram company. Read more >>

Tim Bradshaw

Egypt faced an internet and mobile-phone blackout on Friday, as authorities attempted to restrict communication between anti-government protesters and the watching world.

Vodafone confirmed that it had been asked by the Egyptian government to “suspend services in selected areas” and that Egyptian legislation meant it was “obliged to comply”. Read more >>

Tech news from around the web:

  • Microsoft says it is still considering whether to offer Office on Apple’s App store for its Mac computers, says AllThingsDigital.
  • Mashable reports that the Motion Picture Association of America, working with Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, has cracked down on the file-sharing of pirated films and TV programmes by shutting down 12 “torrent” websites in the US and at least 39 sites abroad by filing copyright violation complaints with the sites’ hosting providers. 

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Chris Nuttall

Time to throw out the 78s, LPs, CDs, cassettes and even your digital downloads? With so many services offering to stream your favourite songs over the internet and store playlists now, there seems no need for a permanent record collection. After exploring cloud gaming last week, the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section this week looks at cloud music services, ahead of the inevitable entry of Google and Apple. Read more >>

Chris Nuttall

There was one inexplicable omission in the features unveiled for Sony’s next-generation portable (NGP) device in Tokyo on Wednesday night and one bold and exciting move regarding the future of the PlayStation platform. Read more >>

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook’s head of platform marketing, Dan Rose, sought to pour cold water on persistent rumours of a “Facebook phone” at a briefing today in London – but potentially started another ball rolling on the future applications of Facebook CreditsRead more >>

Tim Bradshaw

Tweetdeck, the software for social-media ‘power users’, is today unveiling Deck.ly, the latest strand of its plan to ease its dependence on Twitter and become a greater platform in itself.

At a basic level, Deck.ly allows Tweetdeck users to post Twitter updates longer than 140 characters. Read more >>

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, has for the first time laid out its roadmap for moving to bigger silicon discs to drive down chip manufacturing costs.

The world’s biggest chipmaker said on Thursday that it plans to have a trial production line using 18-inch wafers ready by 2013 or 2014. Full production would begin in 2015 or 2016. Read more >>

Tech news from around the web:

  • RIM is considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, according to BGR. The company is looking at using a Java virtual machine that would allow the forthcoming PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.

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