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  • 2006: The year in PCs and chips

    Vendors in the PC and chip industries moved boldly in 2006, changing the marketplace map through mergers, recalls, layoffs and lawsuits. Oh, and they launched some impressive new products too, keeping Moore's Law moving as they built smaller, faster chips and cooler, more efficient computers. Here, in chronological order, we share a sampling of the biggest events of the past 12 months.

  • Legacy system upgrades keep users up at night

    We tend to think of interoperability in product terms: Product A from vendor X works or doesn't work with product B from vendor Y. However, a survey conducted by the Storage Networking Industry Association's End User Council (SNIA's EUC) show that interoperability has just as significant a vendor support component.

  • IBM tames photons in optical chips

    Researchers at IBM have drawn one step closer to building a microprocessor that transfers data with light instead of electricity, a technique that could one day boost computing speed while saving power.

  • Outsourcing bonanza '06: trends you need to know about

    In the outsourcing world, 2006 was a year of change and acceptance. Change in that China and other countries are starting to take some business away from perennial offshoring giant, India, and acceptance in that it's no longer taboo in most circles to talk about outsourcing plans in public. In other words, for better or worse it has become a part of corporate culture. For this report we take a look at some of the driving forces in the outsourcing realm this year. Certainly some of these issues will continue to loom large in 2007 such as H1-B levels, China's rise and outsourced security concerns.

  • 2006: The year in security

    Though Internet-crippling virus attacks now seem to be a thing of the past, PC users didn't feel a lot more secure in 2006. That's because online attacks have become more sneaky and professional, as a new breed of financially motivated cyber criminals has emerged as enemy number one. Microsoft patched more bugs than ever and whole new classes of flaws were discovered in kernel-level drivers, office suites and on widely used Web sites. Vendors' chatter about security is at an all-time high, but the bad guys are still finding lots of places to attack.

  • Seagate buys backup services company

    Hard drive maker Seagate Technology will buy EVault for US$185 million in an acquisition designed to bolster Seagate's managed services business, the company said on Thursday.

  • Samsung exec pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

    A top executive from Samsung Electronics will serve 10 months in prison and pay a US$250,000 (AUD$318,431) fine for his role in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM (dynamic RAM) prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

  • The top 10 news stories of 2006

    Megadeals signalled realignment in the IT industry and foreshadowed the Internet's multimedia future. A much-delayed Vista debuted amid speculation that it would be the last of the old-school, big-bang product launches. As software giants announced support for Linux, and manufacturers switched chip allegiances, the open-source and chip industries were thrown into turmoil. 2006 was a transition year, as IT giants positioned themselves for a new era of global competition in the post-PC era. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's top 10 news stories of the year:

  • Broadband doubles in Australian homes

    Broadband connectivity is set to dethrone dial-up as the preferred connectivity option for Australian homes, but according to new ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) figures, the technology still lags in regional Australia.

  • PC sales growth bottoms out in US

    PC sales growth in the US sputtered to a halt in the third quarter of 2006, showing zero increase compared to last year, as vendors turned to strong overseas markets to generate revenue.


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