Intel is expected to cut processor prices by as much as half later this month as it introduces a new 1.7Ghz Pentium 4 on 23 April.
Analysts, however, expect the discount to eat into Intel's margins without triggering a rise in demand. They see the cuts as inevitable once distributors and PC manufacturers started dumping chips on the grey market.
Nintendo begins online selling of Gameboy software
Nintendo has said it will start selling Gameboy software online, beginning with a new golf game for the Japanese market. The game comes with a mobile phone adapter and retails at 5800 yen, the previous price of the adapter alone.
Users can connect to a Nintendo server to send game results to friends and compete in online tournaments. It is the first time the company has sold direct online, joining rivals Sony and Sega as ecommerce vendors.
Vodafone claims first UK 3G call
Vodafone reckons it is the first company in the UK to make a phone call over a third-generation (3G) network, nearly a year before the service is expected to go live for the public.
The call was reportedly made in the Thames Valley yesterday on a prototype handset and a network consisting of 30 3G base stations. The company paid £22.5bn for one of the UK 3G licences last year, and expects to roll out the service late in 2002.
Apple updates OS X to beat rogue software
An update has been released for Mac OS X only three weeks after the operating system itself came out. But Apple was forced into the move because an illegitimate version of the update is already circulating on the web.
The pirate version of the update appeared last week and appears to offer the same features as the original. The OS X update boosts USB connectivity and fixes minor glitches to improve performance. But it does not provide CD rewritable capabilities, something Apple has come under fire for in the development of OS X.
Lonely vicars find love online
Lonely vicars are flocking to a web-based dating agency in the hope of finding their ideal partner. The Christian Connection website at christianconnection.co.uk claims to have signed up more than 100 priests in recent months joining the 1500 or so other members.
The dating agency said that priests often find it difficult to meet partners because of antisocial hours and low pay, and that the internet could open up new opportunities.
Molybdenum ditelluride is a two-dimensional material that can be easily stacked into multiple layers to create a memory cell
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime
The observations were made using the Atacama Array in the Chilean desert