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IBM launches new low-end server

IBM Corp. started selling a new low-end server Monday designed to handle general purpose tasks as an application server or small database server, according to information on the company's Web site.

HP ready to embrace DVD+RW

Hewlett-Packard Co. will begin phasing out off-the-shelf CD-RW (CD-rewriteable) drives as the company begins a shift toward more expensive and possibly more lucrative recordable DVD drives.

Java makes its way to Dreamcast, PS2 is next

Users of Sega's Dreamcast gaming console will now be able to surf Web sites and play games that use the popular Java programming language, because the latest version of Dreamcast's Internet browser comes with built-in Java support.

Sun lets loose Solaris 9 beta

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will introduce a test version of its upcoming Solaris 9 operating system, as the company prepares a significant upgrade to its flagship software product.

Napster serenades songwriters, ready to end lawsuit

Struggling online music distributor Napster Inc. signed a preliminary agreement with a group representing U.S. songwriters and music publishers Monday that should end some litigation pending against it and provide songwriters with a cut of Napster's ...

Dell readies new workstation

Dell Computer Corp. started shipping a new workstation Tuesday, offering customers working with complex financial applications or graphics intensive programs a small but powerful system.

Lotus goes mobile on iPaq

Leading players in the world of wireless technology did their best Tuesday to conduct business as usual at an industry conference here, with IBM Corp. announcing it will make Lotus messaging and collaboration software available on Compaq Computer Cor...

PocketPC steals the show, as Palm fades

Any doubts about Microsoft Corp.'s dominance in the handheld device market appeared to be answered last week at one of the leading showcase events for companies doing battle in the mobile software and hardware space, but industry pundits warn that in...

Obit: Sony's eVilla appliance has died

Sony's eVilla Internet appliance met with a quick demise Thursday as the company announced it will no longer sell the product and that customers who already purchased the device will receive full refunds.

Flash memory drops to hurt AMD in Q3

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will continue to be hampered by a depressed flash memory market in its third fiscal quarter, but PC processor sales remain strong, the company said Wednesday in a financial forecast update.

Adobe offers mid-level version of Acrobat

Adobe Systems Inc. on Monday launched a new member of its Acrobat family designed to bridge the gap between its fully-fledged product for creating documents in the popular PDF format and its free software for viewing those documents.

Microsoft readies software for Itanium

Microsoft Corp. released Tuesday its first operating system compatible with Intel Corp.'s Itanium high-end processor architecture some time after similar software has been available from rival distributors of the Linux operating system.

Acer Labs unveils Pentium 4 DDR chip set

Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) unveiled a new chipset for Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 processor Monday that uses DDR SDRAM, a move that should help lower costs for computers using that type of high-speed memory, one industry analyst said.

HP to sell homemade version of Linux

Hewlett-Packard Co. will step out on its own and begin selling its own version of Linux, focusing on creating what it calls an ultra-secure version of the operating system instead of relying on partner distributions as it has in the past.

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