Apple overhauls auditing
Apple has announced a new auditor policy that bans its auditors from performing non-financial consulting, such as information technology consulting and internal audit services. Apple's auditors will continue to perform financial consulting including audits of statutory filings of foreign subsidiaries, 401-K audits, SEC registrations, and tax compliance and planning, the company said.
Dell bids on eBay
To catch customers who aren't browsing at Dell.com, the PC vendor has begun auctioning new PCs on eBay in the US. In a sales effort termed an "experiment" by company executives, Dell is offering a full range of consumer-oriented Dimension desktops and Inspiron notebooks at auction through a special eBay storefront. Although the systems cannot be configured to order as on Dell's site, each carries the same warranty.
AMD reveals next-gen
Chipmaker AMD has disclosed details of its AMD-8000 series of chipsets, which will work with the vendor's next-generation processor architecture, code-named Hammer. The Hammer architecture will allow a migration path to 64-bit applications, while also providing performance on existing 32-bit applications, according to AMD. The new chipsets are slated for release in Q4 this year and will provide the basis for AMD processor-based systems to serve the PC, workstation and server markets.
Anyware plays it cool
Anyware Computer Accessories has been appointed as the exclusive distributor in Australia for Taiwan-based CPU cooler designer Thermaltake Technology. Thermaltake is the inventor of the well-known ORB Coolers and has recently released a number of new products onto the market, including the Dragon Orbs and Volcano-2, Volcano-6 and Volcano-7 series. The distributor will showcase the full range of Thermaltake CPU Coolers at the ITComdex Show in Sydney this week.