Stories by Clare Haney

IDC: Global IT spending to weather US recession

Although the ongoing slump in the US economy is already having a negative impact on the growth of global IT spending, worldwide spending on technology will not be hurt drastically by of the downturn in the US, according to market analyst company International Data Corp. (IDC).

Microsoft to hawk DirectX for games development

Microsoft is using its appearance at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, California, this week to talk up how its DirectX suite of Windows multimedia APIs (application programming interfaces) can be used in games development.

Critics say privacy bills could mean frivolous lawsuits

A leading US IT vendor organization Tuesday warned its members against supporting proposed federal online privacy legislation containing private right of legal action clauses. Such provisions could result in the filing of frivolous lawsuits that could cripple Net companies, according to the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

Despite server growth, Dell misses Q4 target

Despite issuing a profit warning last month, Dell Computer Corp. on Thursday announced what it called "strong" fourth-quarter results, due in part to a major increase in demand for its servers, which grew 63 percent.

Network Associates hit by DoS attack

SAN FRANCISCO (02/01/2001) - U.S. antivirus software vendor Network Associates Inc. (NAI) was hit by a DoS (denial-of-service) attack late Wednesday, a company executive confirmed Thursday. [Note to editors: New information appears in bold.]Access to NAI's Web site was hampered for a period of about 90 minutes, although the site never went fully offline, according to Jim Magdych, security research manager at the Computer Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (COVERT) at PGP Security, an NAI business.

Sun unveils Java for Linux appliances

Sun Microsystems Inc. Wednesday shipped two components of its J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) for Linux which together can provide a software platform for consumer and business networked devices, according to the company. The announcement beefs up Sun's support for embedded systems, an area into which the Linux operating system is moving more aggressively than ever.

Server, embedded Linux top show's agenda

As day one of the LinuxWorld conference and exposition got under way in New York Wednesday, product announcements related to Linux in the server and embedded markets led the way.

They Said What??! IT Quotations of 2000

It's that time of the year again, time to reveal some of the interesting, funny and downright stupid comments that issued from the mouths of the great, the good and the not-so-good in the IT industry during 2000.

Apple warns of expected Q1 loss

Apple Computer Tuesday added its name to the ever-growing list of technology companies issuing profit warnings. The company said it will report its first loss in three years for its first fiscal quarter of 2001.

Apple Projects Q1 Loss

Apple has added its name to the ever-growing list of technology companies issuing profit warnings. The company said it will report its first loss in three years for its first fiscal quarter of 2001.

UPDATE - 3Com Lowers Expectations for Q2

Monday had some bad news for investors -- a profit warning -- resulting largely from a slowdown in spending on the company's products among telecommunications carriers. [Note to editors: new material appears in bold.] However, 3Com remains confident that the carrier segment of its business will recover and provide it with long-term growth opportunities.

HP holds fast to fiscal 2001 predictions

In the wake of several of its PC competitors issuing profit warnings, Hewlett-Packard Thursday recommitted to its most recent predictions for the company's likely financial performance in fiscal 2001.

TabletPCs to debut in 2002 at laptop prices

Microsoft is hoping to debut its TabletPC sometime in 2002 with the device being sold by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) at "laptop prices", key members of the Microsoft development team said at Comdex.
The company has been working in earnest since July of last year on the device which will be made by OEMs, according to Alex Loeb, general manager of Microsoft's TabletPC. The hardware draws on Microsoft technology such as handwriting recognition which has been in development at the software giant for a number of years, she added.

IBM, Sharp to Create ERP, CRM Solutions Company

IBM and Japanese electronics company Sharp Corp. announced Wednesday that they intend to form a company specializing in the development of ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) solutions.