Stories by Ben Ames

HP tops Dell in Q4 notebook sales

Hewlett-Packard built on its lead over Dell in the global notebook PC market for the fourth quarter of 2006, and Acer increased its lead over fourth-place Toshiba, according to an analyst report released Monday.

Cisco to acquire WebEx

Cisco Systems is to buy online conference provider WebEx Communications for US$3.2 billion (NZ$4.6 billion) to sell collaboration tools to small and medium businesses.

NASA backs quantum computing claim

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed last week that it built a special chip used in a disputed demonstration of quantum computing in February.

Emotiv touts mind control for video games

Video game players might soon use their thoughts instead of joysticks to control on-screen characters, if they wear a helmet released Wednesday by Emotiv Systems Inc.

HP piles up PC sales lead over Dell

Hewlett-Packard (HP) continued to pull ahead of Dell in global PC sales during the fourth quarter of 2006, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

Lenovo recalls 205,000 notebook batteries

Months after joining other PC vendors in a massive recall of faulty notebook batteries, Lenovo Group Ltd. has found a different problem with some models, and will recall 205,000 notebook batteries worldwide, the company said Thursday.

RIM stays atop PDA market despite slow sales

Research in Motion held onto its spot as the world's largest PDA (personal digital assistant) vendor, thanks to swelling demand for wireless e-mail, according to a market report released Tuesday.

Intel profit falls

Still reeling from the effects of a reorganisation that included heavy lay-offs, Intel reported a profit of US$1.5 billion for the October-December financial quarter, down 39% on the same period last year.

November chip sales rise 11.3%

Strong sales of consumer electronics over the holiday period pushed worldwide semiconductor sales for November up by 11.3% over last year, a trade group reports.

IBM tames photons in optical chips

Researchers at IBM have drawn one step closer to building a microprocessor that transfers data with light instead of electricity, a technique that could one day boost computing speed while saving power.

Grid will help physicists' global hunt for particles

When physicists at Switzerland's CERN laboratory turn on their newest particle collider in 2007, they will rely on computer scientists in Chicago and Indianapolis to help sift through the results using a worldwide supercomputing grid.

AMD releases 65nm chip for desktops

Advanced Micro Devices has begun selling its new 65 nanometer desktop PC chip, continuing its efforts to keep up with Intel as the industry migrates from 90nm design to a faster, more efficient generation of processors.