Archive for December 9, 2007

Microsoft Wants OLPC To Run Windows XP

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft announced that it will be bringing its flash-based version of Windows XP to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop in January as part of a limited test to support low-cost computing devices.

Microsoft is also testing this stripped down version of XP on the Intel Classmate and ASUS Eee PC, which, like the XO, are flash-based systems aimed at emerging markets.

Microsoft said it will publish formal design guidelines in early 2008 for hardware makers that wish to create Windows-based computing devices that are based on flash RAM instead of hard drives.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with General Electric announced a voluntary recall of Built-in Combination Wall and Microwave Ovens because the door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The lower thermal oven does not pose a hazard.

GE is aware of 35 incidents of minor property damage and one incident in which a fire damaged adjacent kitchen cabinets. No injuries have been reported.  Estimated number of recalled products is around 92,000

CompUSA is Sold and Closing

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

Computer and gadget retailer CompUSA, controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, will close its store operations after the holidays, after the sale of the company to Gordon Brothers Group LLC.

CompUSA operates 103 stores.

Syrian Government Blocked Facebook

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

The Syrian government has apparently blocked access to the popular social networking portal Facebook.

Sources say that the ban could be to prevent Israeli users from infiltrating Syrian social networks.

Google co-founder Larry Page and his bride, Lucy Southworth tied the knot on Richard Branson’s estate on Necker Island.  Page, 34, and Southworth, 27, have been dating a year. The couple announced their engagement earlier this year.

According to reports, 600 guests attended the wedding.

Palm Stock Down on Product Delay

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

Palm, Inc.reported preliminary financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, ended Nov. 30. Full results will be reported Dec. 18.

Based on preliminary financial data, Palm expects revenue to be in the range of $345 million to $350 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. This compares with earlier guidance of $370 million to $380 million provided Oct. 1, when Palm reported its first quarter fiscal year 2008 results.

The revenue shortfall is primarily due to a delay in shipping a product that the company had previously expected to have certified within the quarter.

AMD to delay Barcelona Release

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) confirmed that the full release of its first quad-core server Opteron processors, codenamed Barcelona will be delayed again.

The reason for the delay is a chip-level bug that effected the Opterons and also affected the recently released quad-core Phenom desktop processors.  The bug was located by AMD in the L3 cache of the chip.

ATT to exit pay phone business

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Tech

US based telecom giant AT&T has said that they are soon going to exit pay phone business. The company revealed that they would stop their operations in this segment of the market by the end of the next year.  The primary reason behind this decision is the popularity of mobile phones.

The business in this segment of the market is shrinking in the recent times. The company said that they believe that independent providers would be able to meet the existing demand in this market.