iTunes notches up its 50 millionth download
Apple has revealed that it has sold and downloaded 50 million songs since the service was launched. iTunes is now said to be racking up downloads at around 2.5 million a week. ...more
Microsoft loses China contract at last minute
The Beijing municipal government has pulled out of a deal to buy Microsoft software. In a victory for local suppliers, the local authority is instead expected to sign a deal with indigenous suppliers according to the Chinese website Pacific Epoch.
The deal, in which the local government would gain the right to unlimited licences of Microsoft software over three years in return for $3. ...more
Intel rolls out film tournament
Intel is launching its Digital Home Short Film Competition for aspiring film makers.
In conjunction with Dolby Laboratories and Pinewood Shepperton Studios, Intel is looking for a budding Scorsese or Fellini to make an 8-minute movie masterpiece and win ?5,000.
First, filmmakers are invited to submit a 500 - 1,000 word proposal for their short film. ...more
Mobile phones to hit 2 billion total by 2008
The worldwide number of mobile phone users is set to hit 2 billion by 2008, reports the Baskerville research company. This means another 800 million new customers, most of whom will be in China and India according to the Baskerville Global Mobile Forecasts to 2010 report.
To be precise, sixty per cent of the growth will be in the Asia Pacific market. ...more
The PDA bounces back
The death of the PDA has been somewhat exaggerated it seems. Despite a slump in demand between 2002 and 2004, sales are once more picking up.
According to the latest figures from research company Gartner, worldwide PDA shipments totalled 3. ...more