Stories by Marc Ferranti

Vendors push multimedia connectivity for the masses

Facing an explosion of content for PCs and handhelds via Internet, cable and wireless technologies, vendors at CES are spotlighting products designed to make it easier to transmit and manage multimedia data across many types of devices.

BULLETIN: HP Chairman resigns

Hewlett-Packard Co. Friday announced that Patricia Dunn, chairman of the board and director, has resigned, effective immediately. HP had already announced she would be stepping down in January, to be replaced by Chief Executive Office Mark Hurd. But recent reports, citing HP internal e-mail, indicate that contrary to what she has suggested, Dunn in fact did closely monitor HP's investigation into leaks from the company's board.

The top 10 international stories of 2005

Midway through the decade, new pricing and business models championed by relative upstarts such as Google and Salesforce.com are forcing established players to reinvent themselves. Meanwhile, old-line companies that have failed to meet the challenges of the new millennium are cleaning house, sometimes starting with the chief executive. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's pick of the top stories of the year, significant in themselves but often indicating larger IT trends.