Stories by Sumner Lemon

Despite pledge, researchers release VBootkit 2.0 code

Indian security researchers have released proof-of-concept code that can be used to take over a computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system, despite earlier promising not to make the code public for fear it could be misused.

Spam e-mails killing the environment, McAfee report says

If annoying users and wasting their time wasn't bad enough, spam e-mails are also responsible for clogging our atmosphere with carbon dioxide, a gas that shoulders much of the blame for global warming, according to a report commissioned by antivirus vendor McAfee.

Put more IT spending in stimulus plans, Obama adviser says

Governments should include more information and communication technology investments in their economic stimulus plans, according to an adviser to President Barack Obama's transition team. But governments must also move quickly to realise the desired short-run stimulus effects of these investments.

Intel to detail eight-core Xeon processor

Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company's first eight-core chip.

Asian PC shipments drop for first time in decade, IDC says

Asian PC shipments were down 5 percent during the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period one year ago, marking the first time in a decade the region, normally known for growth, has seen shipments fall, market research firm IDC said on Monday.

Lenovo to lay off 2,500 staff

Amid growing fears that many countries face a long and painful economic recession, Lenovo plans to lay off 2,500 workers, cut the salaries of its executives and restructure its Asian operations in an attempt to weather the downturn, the company says.

Microsoft promotes Muglia to president

Microsoft has promoted Bob Muglia, the head of the company's server and tools division, to president, making him one of a handful of senior executives who carry this title.

Lenovo Mobile's Android handset appears online

Pictures of a Lenovo Mobile Communications handset bearing the logo of China's largest mobile operator have spread online, rumored to be proof of an upcoming Android handset that's based on China's homegrown 3G (third-generation) mobile standard.

Dell, EMC extend storage partnership to 2013

Dell and EMC have agreed to extend their worldwide storage partnership, even though the existing deal -- which has generated billions in sales for the two companies -- doesn't end until 2011.

Apple may cut iPhone 3G production by 40 percent

Apple is likely to cut production of its hot-selling iPhone 3G handset by up to 40 percent during the current quarter, an analyst warned Monday, saying the expected change signals weaker demand for consumer electronics. But the prediction drew criticism from Apple observers, who said the situation isn't so grim.