8/31/2006

Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is expected to announce a massive layoff as soon as Tuesday that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs, CNET News.com has learned.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several financially disappointing quarters, launched an internal analysis in April to find ways to increase its efficiency. Otellini is scheduled to announce the results of the analysis, including the layoff, on Tuesday after the stock market closes, sources familiar with the plans said.

Intel has about 100,000 employees worldwide, so the cut could be as high as 10 percent of the company’s staff.

The job cut is likely to weigh particularly heavily on marketing staff. Intel studies comparing its own staffing levels to competitors’ concluded that the ratio of marketing personnel to salespeople was too large, the sources said.

Source: News.com

Micron Technology Unveils 16GB DRAM Chip

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Micron Technology is offering a new 16GB DRAM memory chip it’s billing as the densest server-memory module on the market.

Micron Technology said its new memory module features 72 2-gigabit DDR2 dies that are packaged as 36 4-gigabit TwinDie components.

Micron said its proprietary TwinDie stacking technology offers fewer and shorter connection routes to the chips, which enable faster access to data in the memory. The retention, reliability and availability of data in computer memory concern enterprises that process large amounts of data, such as banks or shopping Web sites.

Source: Yahoo

Lockheed Martin gets NASA contract for new spaceship

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NASA has awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. to design, develop and test a manned spaceship to replace aging U.S. space shuttles, a congressional source familiar with the decision told Reuters on Thursday

Source: Reuters

Japanese robot adds wheels to iPod

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The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels. The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room. The robot, which looks like a ball popping out of an egg, has a speaker system from Kenwood Corp.

Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod player locks into the top of the robot, which comes in white, black, yellow or red.

The $930 Miuro — short for “music innovation based on utility robot technology” — responds to a handheld remote control. It receives wireless signals from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs.

At a demonstration in Tokyo, the 11-pound Miuro did a preprogrammed vacuum-cleaner-like dance, rolling about and pivoting to music.

Source: AP

Windows Messenger Abuse Button Is UK-Only

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Windows Live Messenger has added a “report abuse” icon to their instant messaging program.

The button, which was added last week to the UK version of Messenger only, allows users that suspect their messages may be coming from sex offenders to click the button and link directly to an online police service.

The new icon is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP), an English organization focused on tackling child sex abuse. Microsoft currently has no plans to implement a similar icon in the US program, a spokesperson said.

Source: ABC

Startup Uses Military Tech to Fix Low Res Video

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Motion DSP is creating a simple web based interface that will significantly enhance low resolution camera phone video into surprisingly high quality stuff. It started off in 1998 as a U.S. military funded project at UC Santa Cruz. In January 2005, Professor Peyman Milanfar, the primary researcher behind the technology, co-founded Motion DSP.

The company compares multiple frames in a video to find and replace lost pixels in a given frame, significantly enhancing the experience with little increase in overall file size after compression. The service works best when a video is not moving rapidly or in a jerking fashion, but tends to improve just about any low quality video. To see a demonstration, check out this page on the site that contains three different before and after video shots.

Source: techcrunch

LCD TV makers see price cut in 2007

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LG Electronics and Sharp Corp. said on Thursday they expected prices of flat LCD television sets to drop by 20-30 percent or more in 2007 amid overproduction and cost reductions.

“Last year we saw about 30 percent of price reductions for plasma and a little bit more for LCD. Next year, in 2007, we expect about the same,” Young Chan Kim, head of global marketing for LG’s displays division told journalists at the IFA consumer electronics show.

Katsuhiko Machida, president of Sharp, said he expected a fall closer to 20 percent on average for LCD TVs. “Some segments may drop 30 percent, others only 15 percent,” he told Reuters in an interview. “On average we view 20 percent for the market.”

Source: Reuters

Porn downloader jailed for abusing child at work

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A US man who abused a pre-pubescent girl in his workplace has been jailed for 15 years.

Robert M Carey, 52, of Bowie, Maryland, also faces three years post-incarceration probation after he admitted producing and possessing numerous images of child abuse.

The paedophile, who became a fugitive from justice after fleeing the US following his December 2005 indictment, was also ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution to the family of one of his victims by US District Judge Roger W Titus.

Carey surrendered himself to US authorities in Rome in late January after the scope of his offences earned him a slot on US TV show America’s Most Wanted. Faced with the weight of evidence against him, Carey pleaded guilty to child abuse offences in May, ahead of a sentencing hearing this week.

Source: The Register

Sony Walkman Sports MP3 Player Sets the Pace

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The new Sony WALKMAN NW-S200 Series Sports MP3 Player is perfect for active people who want music wherever they are and whatever they are doing.

  • Water-resistant aluminium body for active lifestyles
  • Stylish “stick & ring” design
  • Unique combination of integral G-sensor and sports functions (footstep, distance & calorie counters and stop-watch)
  • Music Pacer
  • Multi-codec compatibility
  • Shuffle Shake

The Walkman NW-S200 Series Sports MP3 Players are compact and lightweight, yet packed with unique features. These include a durable, water-resistant body; various playback options including “Music Pacer” and “Shuffle Shake” functions, FM tuner and integral sports counters.

In sleek and seamless aluminium, the NW-E200 Series can withstand water splashes from wet hands, perspiration or outdoor use, even in wet or snowy weather conditions. At the same time its stylish “stick & ring” design in silver, pink or black will appeal to those who just want their MP3 player to look good.

The Walkman NW-S200 Sports MP3 player features in-built product intelligence to support its sports counter functions. Via an integral gravity sensor and simple-to-use graphical user interface, real-time calorie usage, distance travelled, steps taken and running time can be monitored, eliminating the need to carry a separate pedometer or stop-watch whilst exercising.

Users can also set personal targets for each exercise session so thatthe music stops after a specific time period has lapsed, calories expendedor distance has been travelled.

All functions are operated via a simple jog dial shuttle for ease of use whilst the user is on the move.

MUSIC PACER - A number of intelligent sound and playback features enhance the listening experience, whatever the user is doing. The “Music Pacer” feature can be activated to automatically detect the user’s pace of step and change the music accordingly from pre-made playlists.

The player supports MP3, Atrac, and non-DRM WMA and AAC files and will be available throughout Europe from September 2006.

Samsung unveils first 4G mobile technology, on a bus

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South Korea’s high-tech giant Samsung Electronics have unveiled the world’s first fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology with a demonstration on a bus.

Samsung said the new technology, an upgraded version of existing wireless communications platforms, would enable users to download 100 MP3 music files in less than 3 seconds — even when the consumer is in motion.

Samsung held a demonstration on a bus travelling at speeds of up to 60 kilometres (36 miles) per hour during a forum on the southern island of Jeju.

A live broadcast of the forum, VOD (video on demand) and internet access was shown simultaneously on the bus, allowing people to experience the stability and speed of 4G connectivity of 100Mbps (megabytes per second) data speed, the company said.

Source: AFP

India State to Dump Windows for Linux

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A southern Indian state plans to switch all school computers from Microsoft Windows to the free Linux operating system, an official said Thursday.

The changeover on computers used in some 12,500 high schools in the state of Kerala is set for Friday, and teachers are being trained on the new software, said the state’s education minister, M.A. Baby.

The state is ruled by communist politicians and its top elected official, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, has long been a supporter of free software, railing against the dominance of Microsoft’s Windows when he was a state legislator.

However, Baby insisted that the state government has no grudge against Microsoft specifically.

Source: AP

Netflix Launches ‘Previews’, A Personalized Movie Trailers

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Netflix, Inc. introduced a new Web site feature called “Previews” that enables Netflix members to instantly watch movie trailers that have been personalized for them based on their movie tastes.

The new “Previews” section consolidates all of Netflix’s movie trailers in one area on the Web site, just one click away from the member home page.

Netflix’s recommendation software chooses the trailers and the order in which they are shown based on individual members’ movie rental and movie rating histories at Netflix.

The previews run sequentially and without interruption. “Netflix ‘Previews’ is like every viewer in a movie theater seeing a different series of trailers based on their personal tastes,” said Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. “But it’s easier because you’re watching the previews on your own computer screen, wherever you want, on your own time.”

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