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Stories by Martyn Williams

  • Sony achieves record sales on back of PS2 success

    Sony achieved its largest consolidated sales in company history in the last fiscal year, the company announced recently. Aided by the weak yen and strong sales of its PlayStation 2 games console, the company said net sales totalled ¥7.6 trillion ($109 billion as of March 31, the end of the period reported) in the previous fiscal year, on a US GAAP (generally accepted accounting practices) basis.

  • IBM to consolidate HDD business with Hitachi

    IBM and Hitachi are to pool their hard disk drive businesses into a company majority owned by Hitachi. Lacklustre results in IBM's hard disk drive (HDD) business and a belief that other sectors of the storage industry offer better growth opportunities led IBM to the deal, it said.

  • Apple to raise iMac prices by $200

    Hit by rising prices of some computer components, Apple Computer has decided to raise the price of its new iMac line of computers by $US100, translating to a price hike of $200 in Australia.

  • Samsung ships samples of DDR400 memory

    Samsung Electronics has begun shipping sample DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) memory chips that are two steps faster than those used in personal computers today.

  • Little support for ICANN overhaul proposal

    Sony has unveiled the first model in a new line of notebook computers, the Vaio VX series, and lifted the veil on a couple of prototypes the company is currently developing, among them a strong contender for the title of smallest Windows XP-based notebook in the world.

  • Sony expands Vaio line with new notebook PCs

    Sony has unveiled the first model in a new line of notebook computers, the Vaio VX series, and lifted the veil on a couple of prototypes the company is currently developing, among them a strong contender for the title of smallest Windows XP-based notebook in the world.

  • Four-speed DVD writers expected mid-year

    The next speed jump for recordable and rewritable DVD drives is expected to come as early as May this year now that two Japanese companies have completed development of components crucial for faster drives.

  • Toshiba pushes hard disk density higher

    Engineers at Toshiba have demonstrated a working prototype of a hard disk drive that crams in 50 per cent more data than previous models and opens the way to higher capacity hard disk drives (HDDs).

  • Sony issues security alert for some Vaio computers

    Sony is urging customers who have bought Vaio computers since November to upgrade their software after the discovery of a potentially serious software bug that could allow intruders access to their computers. The security advisory applies to customers in much of Asia and some Middle East and African countries.

  • Sony says PS2 sales beating Xbox, Gamecube

    Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) says it is beating old rival Nintendo and the new kid on the block, Microsoft, in the US video game console market during the holiday season despite multimillion dollar product launches by the latter two companies.

  • IT recovery to push Asian growth in 2002 says JETRO

    Contraction of the global IT market pushed down economic growth in most East Asian nations in 2001 but an expected rebound in the market is predicted to help boost growth in 2002, a Japanese government-affiliated think-tank said Tuesday.