Workforce gets the chop at Sony
Sony has made plans to cut between 15,000 and 20,000 workers, or about 10 per cent of its global workforce of 160,000 people, by March 2006, according to a report in the Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The report said the job cuts were among measures the company was due to announce last week. Sony was scheduled to present its medium-term business plan at a corporate strategy meeting last week in Tokyo. At the same time the company was expected to announce its decision to cease domestic production of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in favour of sourcing those products from factories overseas including in the US and China, the newspaper said. Sony called the report speculation.
New notebook, handheld from Dell
Dell has become the latest vendor to add Intel’s hyperthreading to its laptops. The new Inspirion 5150 boasts the multitasking technology, which makes more efficient use of processing power by using idle cycles to allow the processor to tackle multiple requests at once. The Inspirion 5150 features an Intel Pentium 4 processor at 3.20GHz., 512MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive and DVD/CDRW combination optical drives. The direct vendor has also announced a new addition to its Axim handheld range. The Axim X3 comes in three configurations, with the top model featuring integrated wireless capability. The new Axims, lighter and thinner than their predecessors at 140.4g and 14.9mm, feature removable batteries, secure digital I/O, consumer infrared and optional built-in wireless. The top of the line model, $699, includes Wi-Fi 802.11b, while the non-wireless models are $519 and $599.