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19th August 2002
IBM to build biggest German supercomputer
IBM and The Research Centre Juelich have signed a contract for the delivery and installation of a new IBM supercomputer at the Central Institute for Applied Mathematics (ZAM).
The new supercomputer will be based on IBM POWER4 microprocessor technology and will achieve a peak performance of 5.8 TFLOPS.
"The new supercomputer will make it possible to run models and simulations which could not be run within acceptable timeframes so far. Thus, the supercomputer will make a significant contribution to the solution of complex scientific problems" commented Dr. Ulla Thiel, Director of Scientific & Technical Computing, IBM Europe.
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August 6th 2002
Microsoft to increase investment in iTV development
Microsoft, the global computer software company, has announced that it is to significantly increase spending on research and development by 20 per cent to USD5.2bn (E5.3bn) in the current fiscal year.
It is understood that one of the main investment areas that Microsoft will focus is on developing software for a wide range of electronic devices including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and interactive television (iTV) services.
August 6th 2002
Mr Gates reportedly affirmed the company's direction by highlighting the long-term approach that Microsoft is takingwhile he explained that the company was willing to take risks in its move to diversify its software strategy away from thePC and into other multimedia devices in the home.
"Ten years ago I said interactive TV was important. Ten years later I still say it's important. How much money have we made? A big negative number," said Gates.
July 19th 2002
Kosmos TV to offer Internet acess through radio
In September, Kosmos TV will begin to offer Internet access via radio to corporate clients using RadioEthernet technology.
The service will be offered in partnership with the Russian Telecommunication Network, which owns the Rosnet trademark and the companies will be focussing on small businesses, in particular to those for whom organising a dedicated line is difficult.
Kosmos TV has also plans for Internet access via Television, interactive services and MMDS, a wireless broadband technology for internet access, a project still in its beginning stages.
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22nd August 2002
XBox online 3 months early with Linux
Microsoft's XBox Live service has been pre-empted by a Linux-based web-server invented by a group of European programmers- The XBox Linux Project.
Using a modification chip to allow the running of non-Microsoft encoded software, a version of the Linux core has been coded for theXBox. Potentially, the console may become a fully functional PC when the programmers add further software modifications.
The project has come about because of programmers' penchant for Linux, which due to its open licencing, allows them to alter the software source code.
This is only the latest in a series of attempts to produce a functioning Linux for the console, but the first to show real results. With both the software and hardware in place, the XBox is operable over a local area network (LAN).
The Project made it clear though, that its progress was not intended to benefit piracy in any way. No Microsoft privileged code is included, and none of the developers involved in the work are allowed to use the information from the software kit.
July 20th 2002
Microsoft develops “Windows 1984”
A new development, codename Palladium, will protect computers against virusses and spam. Also Internet shopping will become safe.
It will stop illegal copied software and downloading MP3 files.
Opponents consider Palladium to be a privacy threat (because the impossibility for anonymous surfing) and a potential Microsoft monopoly because software will have to respect new standards.
IBM, Intel and HP/Compaq, who together with Microsoft form the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) support this evolution.
Intel and AMS already announced the development of chips usable with Palladium.
Palladium can not be installed on existing computers.
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