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For the record 15 November
Monday, November 15 2004
by Sheila M. Averbuch

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Gartner revised its forecast downward for 2004 PC sales | South Coast TV to start digital broadcasting for Munster

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BT will begin selling the popular Blackberry from Research in Motion, the companies announced on Monday. Blackberry handhelds and software are already available from a number of operators, chiefly mobile operators. In a separate announcement, BT said it was changing its ticker symbol for its New York Stock Exchange listed American Depository Receipts (ADRs) from BTY to BT. BT Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen was in New York on Monday to brief analysts on the company's half-yearly results.

Dell has begun marketing a new range of slimline blade servers, dubbed the PowerEdge 1855 series. The company said the blades would offer companies more convenience in data-centre settings, cutting down on space, cabling and power requirements, and generating less heat than Dell 1U servers. The new range is expected to put price pressure on server rivals, including HP and IBM.

Research house Gartner has revised its forecast downward for PC sales during 2004. The company had expected growth of 13 percent in PC shipments over 2003, but on Monday it said the figure probably won't exceed 11.4 percent growth, or a total of 182.7 million units for the year. The company's revised numbers were published following what it called a disappointing third quarter. Gartner believes that consumers will be drawn to devices like flat-panel TVs rather than home computers; the company said that this year's PCs lack the "must have" features that inspire purchases.

Inspired Broadcast Networks has announced that consumers in the UK will be able to buy and download music from its terminals and jukeboxes. Users will be able to purchase tracks using cash, the company said, and will be able to download the music onto devices including mobile phones and digital music players. The company said its technology was developed in conjunction with Entertainment UK and is based on broadband technology from BT. Inspired's joint CEO is Norman Crowley, a past head of the now defunct e-business consultancy Ebeon.

Oracle has announced its Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base for Ireland, a data repository and infrastructure aimed at healthcare organisations. The company said the service would help organisations like health boards and hospitals to join up disconnected systems, and create a central repository of patient information and clinical services.

Two Limerick businessmen, including founder John Ahern of mobile messaging company Go2mobile, have launched Thebusinessshop.ie, a website its creators say will help anyone looking to buy, sell or invest in an Irish business. The website's backers, John Ahern and John Ryan, said the site will function by charging a fee for listings, whether participants are looking to place their business for sale or source a business or franchise to purchase.

South Coast Television said on Monday that it has received a digital broadcasting licence from ComReg that will allow it to offer a 60-channel digital TV and radio package to the Munster region. The company said the digital package will initially be offered to the 23,000 subscribers to its analogue service, most of whom are residents of Cork County and West Waterford.

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