Stories by David Legard

  • Creative drives into CD-RW

    Creative Technology has launched a rewritable compact disc player to complement its Nomad portable MP3 audio player which was released last month. The Blaster CD-RW 4224 lets consumers copy, distribute and save music or database files to a recordable CD-R or CD-RW disc.

  • ERG, Motorola unveil dual-mode smart card

    Western Australian manufacturer and smart card developer ERG and US-based Motorola recently launched the first commercial application of a single-chip contact/contactless smart card, which is claimed to extend the range of applications for which smart cards can be used. The system was developed under the ERG/Motorola Alliance program.

  • Internet stocks correctly valued, says Brokat CEO

    The high market values of Internet-related companies are justified because such businesses will be the powerhouses of the global economy in the 21st century, according to Stefan Rover, chief executive officer of electronic banking specialist Brokat Infosystems AG.

  • Asian carriers in alliance, investment dance

    Telecommunications companies in Asia have embarked on another round of attempted mergers, strategic alliances and equity investments as they gear up to face new markets and greater competition brought on by deregulation.

  • Australia leads Asia-Pac IT recovery

    The Asia-Pacific IT market, excluding Japan, will rebound strongly this year after its disastrous performance in 1998, but overall sales will still be lower than they were in 1997, according to Dennis Philbin, managing director of IDC Asia-Pacific. The level of recovery will vary from country to country, and across market sectors, Philbin said. He also pointed out that the Asia-Pacific IT landscape has changed significantly due to last year's market downturn.

  • Asia-Pacific IT market headed for rebound

    The Asia-Pacific IT market, excluding Japan, will rebound strongly this year after its disastrous performance in 1998, but overall sales will still be lower than they were in 1997, according to Dennis Philbin, managing director of market researcher International Data Corp (IDC) Asia-Pacific.

  • Y2K failures to increase soon: Gartner

    The rate of failures caused by the year 2000 bug will accelerate rapidly from the middle of this year onwards, according to Chris Morris, vice president of Gartner Group's Asia-Pacific division. About 25 per cent of the eventual Y2K failures will happen before the January 1, 2000 deadline, as computer systems increasingly need to interact with next year's dates, Morris said.

  • Southeast Asia shows strong ERP growth

    The market for ERP (enterprise resource planning) software in Southeast Asia grew 65 per cent in 1997 over the 1996 figure and will maintain annual sales growth of almost 30 percent over the next five years, International Data Corp said at an industry briefing here.

  • CA launches reseller plan in Southeast Asia

    Computer Associates has launched its indirect sales plan across southeast Asia, hoping to reach the region's small- and medium-sized businesses through a chain of value-added resellers (VARs).

  • Creative year-end profit down

    Singapore-based sound card vendor Creative Technology this week reported net profits down 19 per cent for fiscal 1998 on flat sales for the year.

  • Singapore Seeks E-Commerce Partners

    The Singapore government's drive to spur the use of electronic commerce is going global, with the intent of partnering with like-minded organisations in Taiwan, Germany, Australia, Canada and the US.