Stories by Jack McCarthy

  • XML directory gaining applications

    Backed by several industry giants, US startup company Bow Street Software last week announced it is taking initial steps to write open-source specifications for standardising XML as the lingua franca for network directories.

  • Dell signs billion-dollar deal with Acer

    Taiwan's Acer Group last week signed an original manufacturing product contract with Dell Computer to produce desktop and notebook computers, an Acer official confirmed. Acer will produce about 1.3 million low-end computers for $US929 million, and expects to begin shipping the computers in the first quarter of next year, said Bruce Brough, a spokesman for Acer America Systems Group in San Jose.

  • Intel forges new channel for ISPs

    Intel said this week it will offer a package of products and services to give Internet service providers and other companies "building blocks" to help them respond to the mushrooming demand for online access.

  • AOL discusses deal with cheap PC maker has confirmed that it has talked with America Online about forming a "cross-marketing" arrangement for its new $US199 computer, but said there are no plans to be acquired by AOL.

  • AMD predicts losses, introduces K7

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week warned that it expects to report a second-quarter operating loss of about $US200 million, but tried to sweeten the news by releasing its Athlon, or K7, processor, which it hopes will make up ground on arch-rival Intel.

  • Sun announces Jini services

    Sun Microsystems has announced a program that will help individual companies deploy Jini, its new, Java-based technology designed to let different electronic products communicate across networks. At last week's JavaOne Developer Conference, Sun also announced its Java programming language educa-tional courses will now be sold on the World Wide Web.

  • Oracle's Ellison sees savings on the Web

    Oracle president and CEO Larry Ellison said this week that his company would cut expenses by $US1 billion in the next 18 months, achieving savings by using the Internet to conduct more of its business.

  • Sun's Solaris compatible with Linux programs

    Sun Microsystems has announced its Solaris 7 operating system can now run Linux applications. Sun said it contributed to the development of the open-source software program called Lxrun, enabling it to translate Linux programs to run on the Solaris 7 OS.

  • Microsoft releases windows 2000 beta

    Saying the company had reached a "milestone" in development of the final version of its long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system, Microsoft officials announced last week the release of the beta 3 version of the OS.

  • COMDEX: Show focuses on future

    One thing was clear from the crowds anxious to see the most recent beta version of the forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system here this week -- Microsoft remained the Spring Comdex Bigfoot.

  • Apple turns $135 million profit in Q2

    Bolstered by strong sales of its iMac and Power Macintosh G3 computers, Apple Computer last week posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of $US135 million, or 84 cents per diluted share.

  • Intel rolls out home networking products

    Hoping to lead the way in an emerging market for home computing, Intel has announced a new product line to make it easier for families with more than one computer to share access to the Internet, printers, files and games. Called the AnyPoint Home Network, the products will use existing phone lines to connect home PCs without the need for additional wiring. Families using the system can share a single Internet connection, allowing two or more users to surf the Web at the same time without the need for a second phone line or Internet account.

  • Compaq issues Q1 earnings warning

    Compaq last week announced that its financial results for the first quarter will be lower than expected, with revenues estimated at $US9.4 billion, as a resulting of falling PC prices.