Stories by Dan Nystedt

Sales of music downloads triple

The market for music downloads from the internet tripled in value during the first half of this year and now accounts for 6% of total record industry sales.

Hong Kong firm offers US$6 a month VoIP

A Hong Kong company is offering users all the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls they want to telephone numbers in Hong Kong for US$6 a month, as long as they use its software, 2b Broadband Phone. But it only works with Hong Kong phone numbers, which the service gives them so they can receive incoming calls wherever in the world they connect to the Internet.

Microsoft gets hacker feedback on IE7 Beta 2

Microsoft showed off the preliminary work it has done on the second beta version of its popular Internet Explorer, version 7, at the Hack in the Box Security Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and came away with some good feedback, managers at the company said Thursday.

Taiwan embracing VoIP in mobile initiative

Part of a plan by the Taiwanese government to back mobile Internet and telecommunications on the island is to promote VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) as a way to reduce phone charges.

IPod manufacturer sees revenue double

Inventec Appliances, one of the principal suppliers of Apple's iPod music players, reported its revenue more than doubled in the first half of this year.

Microsoft acquires VoIP provider Teleo

Microsoft said Tuesday it acquired Teleo, a developer of services and technology that allow users to make and receive voice phone calls on their PCs via the Internet.

Telstra 3G next month

Telstra plans to launch its 3G (third generation) mobile network on September 5. The launch date was set after Telstra found "no difficulties at all" in the network, which has been running trials since July 4, a spokesman says.

IBM plans to slash up to 13,000 jobs

IBM, one of the world's largest technology companies, said Wednesday it plans to reduce its work force by up to 13,000 employees, mainly in Europe, as part of a global restructuring aimed at shifting resources to higher-growth markets.