■ Computers \nHP to offer Linux \nHewlett-Packard Co (HP), the world's second-largest computer maker, has announced plans for what it says is the world's first notebook computer from a major manufacturer using the open-source Linux operating system. HP made the announcement on Tuesday at the LinuxWorld conference in San Fran-cisco. Pricing will begin at US$1,140. The move opens a door to the rival of the Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system. "Linux is a key part of the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy as it is central to HP's unique approach to IT standardization," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux at HP. The computer also will be equipped with OpenOffice, an open-source software program that includes word processing and other functions. HP is also including the Linux in its fastest servers to court large companies that are trying to cut computing costs. \n■ Software \nMicrosoft update ready \nMicrosoft Corp is close to releasing the biggest update ever for the Windows operating system, aiming to plug holes that have led to massive security problems for computer users the world over. Microsoft senior product manager Matt Pilla said late Wednesday that it is expected to release the update for Windows XP, called Service Pack 2, "in the coming days." He would not be more specific. The update comes in response to a series of Internet viruses and other attacks that have slowed businesses and hurt consumers. Service Pack 2 bolsters security on a number of fronts. Among the changes, it automati-cally turns on a firewall to better guard against bids to infiltrate personal compu-ters. The update also fortifies protections on the Internet Explorer browser and offers tougher policing against e-mail-borne attacks. \n■ IPO \nGoogle admits bad move \nGoogle Inc may have illegally issued more than 23 million shares of its stock to hundreds of employees and consultants, injecting an unexpected legal risk into the online search engine leader's highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO). The company disclosed the possible violations on Wed-nesday in a prospectus offering to buy back the affected shares and out-standing stock options for a total of US$25.9 million, including interest payments. During that time, the com-pany says it neglected to register 23.2 million shares of common stock and 5.6 million outstanding stock options with securities regulators. The oversights might have broken federal and state laws, according to the filing. The stock is owned by 1,105 current and former employees, and consultants. Google warned that its buyback offer may be rejected by some people who prefer to sue. \n■ Retail \nUS online sales strong \nUS online retail sales are on a strong growth track, and will likely hit US$316 billion by 2010, a technology research firm said on Wed-nesday. Forrester Research pegged US online sales at some US$144 billion this year, and sees a 14 percent annual growth rate that would bring the Internet sector to some 12 percent of retail sales, from less than 2 percent currently. US gover-nment data showed online sales at US$54.9 billion last year, representing about 1.6 percent of all retail sales last year. Forrester said online retail sales will make up 7 percent of the total for the US this year.
There was a net reduction last year in the number of Taipei residents and this year is expected to set a 23-year high for population decline in the city, Ministry of the Interior statistics released yesterday showed. From January to last month, 18,861 more people moved out of Taipei than moved into the capital, an increase of 7,000 from the same period last year, the data showed. That is a 7.2 percent decrease in the city’s population since the start of the year, the biggest drop in both percentage and total number among all municipalities and counties nationwide, the data showed. The data
COUNCILS CLASH: The Mainland Affairs Council said a new office in Hong Kong is to assist people with issues related to investment, study and employment in Taiwan The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday denied an accusation by the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council that its Taiwanese counterpart in the territory was “interfering with Hong Kong’s internal affairs.” The Hong Kong council leveled the accusation after Taipei’s Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council this month announced it would establish a Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office to facilitate humanitarian aid for Hong Kongers. The new office is scheduled to begin operations on Wednesday. The MAC yesterday asked the Hong Kong council to “not misinterpret” the government’s intentions. The two Taiwan-Hong Kong councils were established in 2010 to
IRRESPONSIBLE ATTITUDES? Some experts say the NHI system does not do enough to educate the public, or pay doctors to talk to patients, about healthy lifestyles While the life expectancy of Taiwanese newborns in 2018 reached 80.69 years, the number of years people spent in poor health hit a record high at 8.41 years, Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics showed on Saturday. Healthy life expectancy is calculated by a person’s life expectancy minus the time they spend in ill health, such as the loss of mobility, disabilities and chronic disease, based on medical records and calculations about the years they live with disabilities. The number of years that Taiwanese spend in poor health is increasing slowly, but steadily, rising by 0.46 years, or five-and-a-half months, between 2012
UPTICK IN NUMBERS: The Taipei deputy mayor said the city has services to assist new immigrants, but has established an office specifically to help those from Hong Kong The Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office today officially opens, where it is to provide humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers, after Beijing yesterday passed a controversial national security law for the territory. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed dismay over China’s passage of the law, saying that Beijing has broken its pledge to allow Hong Kong to maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years following its handover from the UK. “I feel extremely disappointed [about the law’s passage], which means China did not keep its promise to Hong Kong,” Tsai said in Taipei. Beijing’s “broken promise” also