Sony PlayStation 2 price cut anticipated
The games industry is anticipating a sizeable cut in the price of Sony's PlayStation 2 games console, to help stimulate demand among gamers.
The source of the story is an analyst at Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian, who believes the retail price may be reduced by 13.4 per cent, reports Reuters. ...more
Chips for 10-year passports have two-year warranty
Biometric microchips embedded into new ePassports have only two-year warranties despite the ten-year lifespan of the documents, a National Audit Office (NAO) report said.
The chip technology is so new there's no way of knowing how long the chips will last, the report said. While it has been tested, the long-term durability is ultimately unproven, leading manufacturer NXP Semiconductors to offer the 24 month warranty. ...more
Skype teams with Boingo for wireless talk
Net telephony giant Skype has teamed up with WiFi hotspot company Boingo to offer wireless Skype access throughout its global network of 18,000 hotspots for $7.95 (?4.49) a month. ...more
Intel buys Xircom
Intel has bought Xircom, manufacturer of mobile PC kit, for $748m (?500m).
US firm Xircom is possibly best known in this country for its PC card modems and its existing catalogue of network and communications equipment will help Intel break into the market. Xircom will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel. ...more
Bluetooth, eat your heart out
MicroMedical has patented a heart-monitoring system that uses Bluetooth technology to allow patients to leave hospital, while the hospital still has a live feed of the heart's condition.
Although no final products are expected to be available until 2002, the three-way system would work with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or PDA. This would act as a base station, receiving the signal from the heart monitor and sending it to a device at the hospital equipped with MicroMedical's back-office monitoring software. ...more