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Group kicks off ease-of-use initiative

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group Inc. (SIG) kicked off this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference here by announcing a new initiative to make it easier for consumers to set up products that use the short-range wireless technology.

New flavour of wireless LAN starts to emerge

The Comdex trade show this week in Las Vegas will give early glimpses of IEEE 802.11g wireless LAN products, which are designed to deliver as much as 54M bps (bits per second) of bandwidth using the same radio spectrum used by current 11M-bps gear.

IEEE weighs WLAN enhancements

An alphabet soup of new specifications is in the works in the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, the body in charge of the popular set of wireless LAN standards generally marketed under the name WiFi. In the end the new capabilities should make the technolog...

New chip process may change networks, Intel says

Corporate and carrier networks are likely to be transformed by a new generation of processors built using a 90-nanometer manufacturing process, the smallest and fastest yet, Intel Corp. said Monday.

'Network telescopes' see net attacks

Researchers looking for more accurate information about Internet threats such as worms and DoS (denial-of-service) attacks are experimenting with a technique that looks at the Internet something like the way astronomers look at the universe.

PC, Mac OS updates may spark Bluetooth interest

Bluetooth is set to get easier to use with PCs this year as Microsoft Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. both integrate the short-range wireless technology into their client operating systems and vendors unveil a variety of new devices.

Intel puts graphics, USB 2.0 on new chip sets

Intel on Monday will bring integrated graphics to a wide range of PCs when it kicks off a family of chipsets that also includes high-speed peripheral support with USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 technology.

Motorola chip unit looks to network edge

Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector on Monday pushed its programmable network processor lineup toward the edge of the service-provider network, announcing the C-3e Network Processor and Q-3 Traffic Management Coprocessor.

HP claims victory on preliminary count

Hewlett-Packard has said in a statement that its shareholders have approved the company's acquisition of Compaq, based on a preliminary vote count by independent inspectors. Shareholders voted 837.9 million shares in favour and approximately 792.6 mi...

Startup goes to client to ensure video quality

Consumers and corporations with at least a 1M bps (bit-per-second) Internet connection can now enjoy high-quality streaming video anywhere in the world without interference from Internet failures or congestion, according to a content hosting company ...

AOL deal will embed IM in sites, applications

Users of Web portals, shared-interest sites, auction sites and corporate applications could see which participants are logged in to America Online's AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), and contact them, through a deal between AOL and PresenceWorks.

IBM aims new chip at smaller network gear

IBM on Monday is set to unveil a processor for low-end and midrange networking equipment that will lead to faster access routers, firewalls and other gear, according to the company.

SEC probe into Global Crossing crosses Qwest's path

Immersion, which develops technology used in making video game controllers vibrate, has caused a legal rumble by suing Microsoft and two Sony subsidiaries for alleged infringement of its intellectual property, the company said in a statement Monday.

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