Stories by George A. Chidi Jr.

HP and Nokia Partner for Security

Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and mobile phone company Nokia Corp. have integrated HP's Praesidium Virtualvault security software with the Nokia Activ server, in an effort to provide a secure platform for businesses to conduct wireless transactions, the companies announced Tuesday.

Ericsson Inks New Zealand Outsourcing Deal

L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. will operate and manage the entire current mobile network of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd. under a five-year contract, Ericsson announced Friday.

Free Opera Browser Takes on Explorer, Netscape

Opera Software A/S, the third-largest Web browser maker, released the latest version of its Windows browser software for free download Wednesday, hoping to challenge the dominance of its rivals.

Motorola Enters Alliance with Celestica, Cuts Jobs

About 1,320 Motorola Inc. employees will lose their jobs because of a US$1 billion manufacturing alliance with Celestica Inc. aimed at outsourcing the manufacture of some cellular phone handsets, messaging devices, two-way radio products and accessories, Motorola announced Wednesday.

Vendors Announce P4 PCs Today

Just in time for the holiday buying season, computer manufacturers announced Monday PCs they plan to ship with the Pentium 4, Intel Corp.'s newest, fastest microprocessor.

FTC Warns About Top-Level Domain Scams

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned consumers on Thursday to beware of companies offering to pre-register Web sites with as-yet unapproved TLDs (top-level domains).

IT? What's IT? Non-Tech Companies Set Up Shop

LAS VEGAS (11/16/2000) - Tucked away in a corner of the Comdex show floor here, near displays for network software and storage applications, a mattress company spread out a half-dozen beds to entice weary travelers into a test-snooze.

Some US Voters Cast Critical Votes Online

The US presidential race hinges on the electoral outcome in Florida, where the difference is being measured in hundreds out of the millions of votes submitted -- some of which were ballots cast over the Internet.

Bushwhacked! - Hacker Defaces Candidate Site

Quoting Thomas Paine, a hacker defaced a Web site of the Republican National Committee on Monday night, replacing it with a harangue attacking the Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and "that great tyrant, the straight white male."

IBM, Kymata Team on Optical Chips

IBM will make next-generation optical networking chips for e-business applications with Scottish optical components company Kymata Ltd. under a multi-year agreement announced Tuesday.

Transmeta Goes Public as Vendors Evaluate Chip

Microprocessor design house Transmeta launched its highly anticipated 13 million share initial public offering on the Nasdaq exchange Tuesday. But questions about the performance of its low-power Crusoe chip -- and hesitation on the part of some big U.S.-based computer makers to use the chip -- may rain on the chip maker's parade.

IBM's ASCI White Tops Supercomputing Rankings

IBM's ASCI White isn't for playing chess. It crunches numbers for scientists, faster than any other computer in the world, according to rankings released Friday by the TOP500 list of supercomputers.