Mozilla has released another round of security updates for its popular browser, Firefox. The updates are primarily security related, fixing crash bugs and issues with SSL communications.
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This story originally misstated the amounts said to be paid to the indie music labels. Apple reportedly will pay out 0.13 cent in the first year each time a song is played and 0.14 cent in the second year, while Pandora reportedly pays out 0.12 cent. That is, payments per song play are in the hundredths of a penny.
A survey shows that users of Microsoft's tablet generate only 0.13 percent of North American tablet traffic, indicating slow initial uptake of the device by consumers.
Fujitsu has taken the wraps off two notebooks that weigh less than 3 pounds each. The Loox S and Loox T, which at are aimed at the Japanese market, are on display this week at Japan's World PC Expo 2001 in Tokyo. Fujitsu has yet to announced prices or shipping dates. However, industry sources say the new Loox models will ship in November and are likely to use Transmeta's Crusoe TM 5500 and TM 5800 chips. Transmeta launched the pair of 0.13-micron chips in June. Transmeta has yet to get the chips into a notebook in the U.S. market, but sources suggest the chips will ship in notebooks in the United States in November.
Via Technologies introduced on Tuesday an 866MHz C3 processor. The chip is built via the 0.13-micron manufacturing process, which allows it to run at fairly cool temperatures. So far, Via is the only company using this manufacturing process on desktop chips; Intel has notebook chips in this category. Via largely sells its chips into Asian markets, such as Taiwan and China. Although Via did not disclose the price, the company typically sells its chips into the budget market.
As expected, Transmeta on Monday launched new Crusoe processors based on 0.13-micron manufacturing process and an updated version of the company's code-morphing software. According to Transmeta, the chips offer up to 50 percent higher performance and 20 percent lower power consumption than its previous chips. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will manufacture the new Crusoe TM 5800 and TM 5500 processors, which are available now. The TM 5800 comes in 700MHz, 733MHz, 766MHz and 800MHz versions. The latter sells for $198 each in large volume. The TM 5500 is available at 600MHz, 667MHz and 733MHz. The 667MHz version sells for $85 each in volume. A 1GHz TM 5800 is expected during the first half of 2002. Advanced Semiconductor Engineering will package and test the new chips.
Chipset maker Via Technologies says it plans to launch a PC processor running at 1.2GHz by the end of 2001. Via will continue to aim its chips at the low end of the market, particularly in developing countries like China, Brazil, India and Mexico, according to the company. Via's current top-of-the-line chip, the Samuel 2, runs at 733MHz. By the third quarter of this year it plans to release a more advanced chip, code-named Ezra, based on the more advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing process. Staff writer Matthew Broersma reported from England.