BlackBerry Storm gets release date http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/11/13/verizon-announces-blackberry-storm-release-date-november-21st-199/… Read more
If you spend more than an hour a day in deep intimacy with your iPod, your Zune, or some other MP3 machine, a group of important scientists would like you to turn it down and listen to them.
The EU's Scientific Committee on emerging health risks, which is normally concerned with noise in factories and the British Parliament, performed a study of MP3 usage.
The committee members' findings left them with a strange ringing feeling. They concluded that an hour's iPod usage a day for five years might make as many as 1 in 10 listeners deaf.The problem, the committee believes, … Read more
A.M.D. to split into two operations http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/technology/07chip.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10059766-92.html
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The European Union is considering a requirement that all cell phone batteries be easily replaceable, which might cause a problem for Apple's iPhone.
AppleInsider spotted that particular directive in an article in New Electronics, a U.K. trade publication, on the latest set of computer-industry regulations under consideration in Europe. The EU is thinking about enacting a new directive on batteries similar to its RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directives from a few years back that forced the computer industry to eliminate harmful chemicals and/or materials from its manufacturing processes.
The "New Batteries Directive" would require … Read more
Updated 3:15 p.m. PDT with newspaper group opposing the deal.
Antitrust regulators in Europe are following in the footsteps of their U.S. counterparts and looking into a proposed advertising deal between Google and Yahoo, Reuters reported on Monday.
The European Competition Commission decided in mid-July to open a preliminary investigation into the deal's potential effects on competition in the European market, Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, told Reuters.
Under the agreement signed in June, Google will provide Yahoo with ads that will run on Yahoo's search site.
Updated at 1:05 p.m. PDT to include Intel's response.
Europe's governing body said Thursday it is expanding the number of antitrust charges it is bringing against Intel.
The commission filed court papers Thursday bringing three additional charges against Intel for abusing its dominant position in the chip market in Europe, including offering inducements to European retailers for not buying processors from the company's competitors, chiefly Advanced Micro Devices.
In addition, Intel is charged with paying "… Read more
Intel is expected to face new antitrust charges from European regulators that focus on the chip giant's marketing and sales practices, according to a report Tuesday night on The Wall Street Journal's Web site, citing unidentified people familiar with matter.
The new charges, which could come as early as Thursday, allege that Intel offered inducements to European retailers in return for not buying processors from rival Advanced Micro Devices, the paper reported.
"We are continuing to cooperate and really don't know what the commission will do," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy told the paper when asked … Read more
Jerry Yang may have a dysfunctional relationship with Carl Icahn, but he can take comfort knowing that Europe's top regulator is making Microsoft equally miserable.
The ever-entertaining Neelie Kroes, who is the European Union's competition commissioner, again poked her finger in Steve Ballmer's eye. Earlier this week, she encouraged EU member countries to break their reliance on a single software supplier. (Guess who she had in mind?)
"I know a smart business decision when I see one--choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed," Kroes said in a speech. "No citizen or … Read more
Rising materials costs, engineering challenges, and installation snags threaten European goals to dramatically expand wind power, according to a report by Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
The European Union aims to get 20 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020. But wind power won't meet a significant portion of that unless more government subsidies help companies offset increased costs, the firm warned Wednesday.
The world market for wind power will grow by 155 percent by 2012, according to a March report by the Global Wind Energy Council.
Update 10:40 a.m. PDT: I added comment from Google and its confirmation that it has indeed begun photographing European cities.
Google Street View would raise problems if brought to Europe, an official with the European Union's data protection agency said Thursday.
"Making pictures everywhere is certainly going to create some problems," EU Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said at a news conference to present his annual report, according to a Reuters report.
Hustinx also said he expected Google would be able to comply with laws.
"Apparently there is the capacity to adapt this in … Read more