Stories by Clare Haney

  • Intel, IDT patent each other on the back

    Intel and IDT have signed a cross-licensing agreement so that, with some exceptions, they can use intellectual property covered by each other's patents, the chip companies announced yesterday.

  • Portal procession gains another player

    ERP vendor QAD intends to begin offering a portal service to some of its customers in the third quarter of this year, the vendor's founder confirmed late last month. "Portals are appropriate," said Pamela Lopker, QAD's founder, chairman and president, however, she drew a sharp distinction between the likely portal offerings of other ERP vendors and QAD's intentions.

  • China's IT market to be worth $US15 billion next year

    China will overtake Australia next year to become the largest IT market in the Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, with a market value of $US15 billion, an analyst at market research company International Data Corporation (IDC) said this week. China will increase its share of the total Asia-Pacific IT market, excluding Japan, from today's 18 per cent to roughly 30 per cent by 2003, he added.

  • Intel CEO looks ahead to digital content world

    The creation of digital content represents a huge growth area for companies willing to embrace the technology, but it's vital to have the necessary anti-piracy measures in place to secure content creators' intellectual property rights. That was the message being preached here by Intel's CEO and president Craig Barrett.

  • 'Java and Jini will be in everything'

    In the decade to come, customers will no longer use their PCs as their main way of accessing the Internet, they will be tapping into the Net through their mobile phones, their fridges, their TVs and their cars. A wide range of Internet-related devices, many of them bearing the Jini logo, will surround them. This is part of Sun Microsystems' vision, according to the vendor's chief executive strategy officer Bill Raduchel (left). He heads up the vendor's planning and development efforts, including all mergers and acquisitions. Raduchel spoke to IDG's Clare Haney last week about the vendor's views on the Internet and how Sun's Java and Jini technologies are likely to develop.

  • Australia to strengthen Net regulation

    Australia is set to get tougher on Internet regulation, a Government minister announced last week, specifically to afford further protection to children who might stumble across objectionable material while browsing the World Wide Web.

  • Microsoft to reorganise this week

    Microsoft is reportedly expected to announce a company-wide reorganisation this week which will see the U.S. software giant realign its operations to focus more heavily on the needs of customers and software developers and place less emphasis on products and technologies.

  • Packard Bell Co-Founder Buys AST Brand Name

    You're likely to be hearing the name "AST" a lot more in the future if Beny Alagem has anything to do with it. Alagem, the co-founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Packard Bell NEC, has bought up the AST brand name along with an exclusive license to that company's intellectual property.

  • Oracle, Sun reveal 'Net pact

    Oracle and Sun Microsystems yesterday announced a major Internet computing software tie-up that will see the pair cross-licensing a pact of pieces of each other's software to form a united front against rival Microsoft. Under the terms of the deal, both companies will be permitted to bundle Oracle's database with Sun's Unix operating system Solaris, with the plan being to create computers solely dedicated to running databases and thereby avoiding the use of Microsoft operating systems. This strategy ties directly into Oracle's "Raw Iron" initiative that the vendor's CEO Larry Ellison drew attention to at last month's Comdex/Fall show in Las Vegas. According to Ellison, Raw Iron will involve bundling Oracle8i, designed for the Internet, with a streamlined operating system. The Raw Iron operating system will be made up of code from five different OS kernels -- Free BSD, Net BSD, Linux, Plan 9 and Solaris, he said, and should ship at the end of March next year.

  • Intel to acquire e-commerce specialist iCat

    Intel announced this week that it is to acquire the assets of electronic commerce software and services company iCat. The purchase will be made through a subsidiary of Intel, the chip giant said in a statement yesterday, and is expected to be finalised by the end of this year. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Privately-held iCat was founded in 1993 and its software assists in the building of Web-based "storefronts" for electronic commerce.