A joint standard for next-generation Wi-Fi in sight
The two groups bidding to have their specification accepted as the next-generation Wi-Fi standard have finally put their differences aside and agreed a joint standard for IEEE 802.11n.
Forty companies voted unanimously to back the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) specification, which will raise the maximum wireless speed for wireless networking to 600Mbps, 11 times the top speed currently provided by 802. ...more
SCO now takes on DaimlerChrysler in Linux dispute
SCO has filed suit against DaimlerChrysler for not responding to letters sent to Unix licencees demanding they perform a software audit proving they are complying with the confidentiality provisions and other terms of the software licence.
SCO is seeking an injunction to bar DaimlerChrysler from further violations of that licence, to fix past violations and be awarded damages to be decided in court as well as costs.
However, the violation in question is simply that of not responding to the audit request, rather than any misappropriation of trade secrets or use of Linux as with other litigation SCO is pursuing. ...more
Indonesia agrees software piracy amnesty with Microsoft
The government of Indonesia has struck a deal with Microsoft to pay one dollar for each government computer running pirated Microsoft software according to the BBC.
With one of the worst records for software piracy in the world, it is estimated that tens of thousands of Indonesian official computers run some form of illegal Microsoft code.
The BBC quotes figures which suggest that 87 per cent of the software in Indonesia is pirated. ...more
Epson boasts inkjet breakthrough for producing lightweight circuit boards
Epson has overcome one of the major obstacles to producing thin, lightweight circuit boards for use in compact devices by using its inkjet technology to print the boards using electrically conductive inks.
The production of multilayer boards usually involves a complicated method known as photolithography, but this has not proved conducive to creating thin and lightweight boards that, it is hoped, will increase the performance and reduce the size and weight of future devices.
Epson's method uses an inkjet system to alternately draw patterns and form layers on the board using two types of ink: a conductive ink containing a dispersion of silver micro-particles measuring from several nanometers to several tens of nanometers in diameter, and a newly developed insulator ink. ...more
Intel confirms layoffs
Chip giant Intel hopes to make savings of up to $3 billion from its restructuring programme announced late Tuesday. As widely predicted the company intends to slash 10,500 jobs in total with the aim of cutting the workforce to 95,000 by the end of the year and 92,000 by the end of next.
The massive restructuring will create a more 'agile and efficient company' according to CEO and President Paul Otellini. ...more