The raging home computer boom in the US is beginning to spill over into Europe, the World Micro Computers Statistics Group announced on Friday: the group, a co-operative venture between 14 major computer manufacturers, said May sales were up by 19.3% compared with the same month last year: monthly sales for January to May were […]
The raging home computer boom in the US is beginning to spill over into Europe, the World Micro Computers Statistics Group announced on Friday: the group, a co-operative venture between 14 major computer manufacturers, said May sales were up by 19.3% compared with the same month last year: monthly sales for January to May were 18% above year earlier levels and three points above forecasts made by market researcher Dataquest Inc in March – and the sales increase was spurred mainly by the home computer sector, while growth in portables was slowing to around 15% in May from 18% earlier this year; prices of personal computers in Europe are expected to fall 10% in September when Intel Corp trims chip prices.
Hewlett-Packard Co is juggling its investments, and after cutting its stake in Octel Communications Corp in half (CI No 2,691) it plans to invest $61m for a 14% equity stake in i-Stat Corp to seal a strategic tie to market the medical diagnostics company’s products worldwide; it also gets a seat on the Princeton, New Jersey company’s board.
We were going to publish the full list of 16 bidders that offered tenders on Friday for licences to set up basic telephone services inIndia until we saw the list and found that it would have taken up a whole page of the issue: international hopefuls include AT&T Corp, Jasmine Ltd of Thailand, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp, Hughes Electronics Inc, Stet SpA, Deutsche Telecom AG, Bezeq Israel Telecommunications Corp Ltd, Bell Canada International Inc, Moscow Telecom, Bell Atlantic Corp, Telstra Corp, US West Inc, Telecom Malaysia Bhd, Reliance Telecom Pte Ltd, in which British Telecommunications Plc is the foreign partner, Nynex Corp, BellSouth Corp, Telecom Holding Ltd of Thailand, and PTT Guangdong of China with Harris Corp – the only team with more than one foreigner.
MasterCard International and Visa International are to combine their efforts to secure bank card purchases on open networks like the Internet: they expect consumers to be able to make card transactions with confidence on the Internet next year, and plan to support specifications expected to be published in September that will provide payment security for all card transactions.
Digital Equipment Corp is to offer Microsoft Corp’s BackOffice server products on its AlphaServer and Prioris servers, under Windows NT.
Investors nursing losses on Borland International Inc shares are still hoping that even if it does not buy the company, Novell Inc will buy the Paradox and perhaps the whole database business, giving Borland a cash infusion to invest in its new Delphi development environment.
Cable & Wireless GmbH reports that it has a contract from Volkswagen AG to expand and operate its speech and data network: the network will link the Wolfsburg motor group headquarters with its Asian headquarters in Hong Kong and dealers and joint venture partners in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and China.
Microsoft Corp announced that it has now released the final version of its Windows95 Resource Kit, saying that the thing gives professionals comprehensive information about implementing, supporting and understanding Windows95 and is a key component of the Windows95 Migration Planning Kit, which has been shipped out to all Windows95 Preview Programme participants.
Telular Corp, Buffalo Grove, Illinois maker of fixed wireless telecommunications units, says it is seeking a strategic partner or a buyer to expand its technology, not just to get additional sources of capital; Motorola Inc owns about 20% of Telular, but declined comment on whether it is interested in increasing its stake in Telular, which has not yet decided whether it will pursue outright sale of the company, investment or a merger but it is exploring opportunities to maximise value for shareholders.
The threat that they would all be fired if they didn’t end their five-day strike persuaded the laggards among the 450,000 Indian telecommunications workers that walked out on Monday to return to
work on Friday: the three unions backed down in the strike over privatisation; the ministry said the government had accepted proposals relating to service conditions and training programmes essential for workers to compete in a post-privatisation ecommunications environment, and even in India, while troops were deployed to run telegraph and telephone services in several regions where the strike had crippled communications systems, the Press Trust of India said that major telephone exchanges in main cities were functioning normally, as even in India, they are now all automatic and need no manual operation.
For anyone that thought the sports commentators at the Wimbledon tennis tournament at the All England Tennis & Croquet Club spend hours learning all those fascinating tennis facts and figures, think again: they’re probably reeling off information from IBM Corp’s Championship Information service, a database of statistics and trivia that appears on-screen alongside games in progress courtesy of IBM’s Win/TV celebrity software; this year IBM has also supplied touch-screen terminals running OS/2 Warp in the press rooms, referee’s office, players’ lounge and within information kiosks, which link up to the Championship Information service database and video cameras on each court so players and fans alike can watch a match shot by shot and examine player’s performance ratios on breakpoints, serves or forehand volleys; it has also set up a Wimbledon home page on the World Wide Web, which will give the seedings of the players, results and scores.
The Committee to Fight Microsoft will today detail more allegations about Microsoft Corp’s supposed anticompetitive trade and intends to lodge new complaints with the US government within the next two weeks in its bid to prevent Windows95 ever coming to market; the group has already tried to get state attorney generals to ban the operating system, claiming the company is perpetrating a massive consumer fraud by claiming it can run in 4Mb of RAM (CI No 2,681); executive director, public interest lawyer Anthony Martin, said one state had contacted Microsoft asking it to answer the allegations.
Minolta Co Ltd plans to cut its 6,000-strong workforce by 400 via a voluntary retirement programme: it will start by making offers to those with 40 years of service.
Packard Bell Electronics Inc has been subpoenaed by Florida state officials as part of the investigation into allegations that the company sold as new computers containing used parts, the Wall Street Journal reported: the investigation, involving 12 states, was triggered by Compaq Computer Corp filing a suit against Packard Bell, accusing it of selling as new computers that included parts that had been taken from returned models.
Fremont, California-based Zitel Corp, father of IBM Corp’s Ramac disk array, reports that its Performance & Modeling Inc subsidiary has been granted a cacheing algorithm patent by the US Patent Office: the patent addresses a problem that has existed since disk cache was invented, maintaining peak storage system performance while adding and removing files from the pool of cached data; its algorithms enable users to select files dynamically for real-time cache enabling and disabling, the company explained.
There was very little information when the acquisition was announced, but Adaptec Inc has now revealed what it wanted Trillium Research for: Trillium develops RAID software for the Macintosh and Adaptec is developing a RAID disk array for the Power Macintosh; Adaptec has announced the AHA-2940W for Power Macintosh SCSI accelerator for PCI bus models, and plans to integrate Trillium’s Remus software and with the AHA-2940W for Power Mac to create a comprehensive RAID system; Trillium Research will remain at its Hudson, Wisconsin headquarters; Adaptec plans to begin offering Macintosh RAID products in August.
Intel Corp has been chosen by BellSouth Corp to supply equipment for its interactive multimedia services trial planned for the Atlanta ar
ea: Intel will supply its CablePort broadband modems to connect personal computers to BellSouth’s coaxial cable in customers’ homes and enable the machines to communicate over the network, and will also supply network elements from Hybrid Networks Inc, Cupertino provider of high-speed networking kit – in the shape of its Hybrid Point of Presence, a networking hub that will link the Internet and other multimedia content providers to the broadband distribution network.
BellSouth Corp’s Groupe Speciale Mobile digital cellular network is six weeks away from 90% coverage of New Zealand, its manager for sales and marketing, John Elliott, said.
In the wake of the landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that positive discrimination is in many cases unconstitutional, the Federal Communications Commission plans to eliminate rules favouring minorities and women in its auctions for wireless communications licences.