1st November 2002 Archive
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9230 slated for Monday launch
Nokia will attempt to revive its own 9000 series communicator with a new model on Monday, according to reports. The clamshell"9230" will be a triband, GPRS model capable of MMS picture messaging, reckons Swedish phone mag Mobil. Nokia launched the 9000 series in 1996, pioneering the "communicator" name. The first model used an …
Personal 1 Nov 2002, 03:16
HP world's biggest Taiwanese company?
Dell Computer Corp and Hewlett Packard Ltd are expected to spend a combined $22bn on Taiwanese computer parts and components this year, the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs has said. The figures illustrate the influence the two PC giants have in the country's IT sector. All other foreign buyers combined are expected …
Business 1 Nov 2002, 08:57
No credit rating, but no surrender either
French media giant Vivendi Universal SA has dramatically raised the stakes in the ongoing tug of war over French telecoms company Cegetel SA, with a gamble to try to squeeze yet more money out of Vodafone Group Plc, writes Tom Jowitt. At the same time it has arguably added some credibility to its own efforts to secure …
Mobile 1 Nov 2002, 08:58
You couldn't make it up. On the other hand, maybe you might as well have done...
Hopes that the PDA market is stabilizing were dashed yesterday when Gartner Dataquest revised its third quarter figures for the market after it emerged Hewlett Packard Co had supplied erroneous shipment numbers to the research firm. Palo Alto, California-based HP this week discovered a discrepancy in the data it originally …
Personal 1 Nov 2002, 09:02
No AIX. Not ever. Never.
IBM Corp is lining up the launch of its first xSeries server based on Intel Corp's 64-bit Itanium 2 processor for the first quarter of 2003, and has confirmed that it has dropped plans to bring its AIX Unix operating system to the Itanium processor platform. IBM's vice president of xSeries high-performance servers, Deepak …
Hardware 1 Nov 2002, 09:05
Ruins weekend for everybody but herself
Another year, another ruling. This year's Microsoft antitrust judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, is to "issue opinions in the Microsoft cases" around 4.30pm EDT today, after the markets have closed in the US. PDFs of her opinions will be posted at that time, and they'll also be sent out to "interested parties." So we hope - rather …
Software 1 Nov 2002, 10:30
Need to learn from the past
So, bargain basement broadband ISP, ET Global Solutions, has gone titsup.com. If there is any comfort to be taken from this sorry situation it is that only an estimated 30-40 people paid for a service they didn't receive. In total, it's understood that 160 signed up for the sub £20 a month service since it was launched in the …
Music and Media 1 Nov 2002, 10:31
That's it really
AOL UK has appointed former a BBC man, David Wolffe, as Chief Financial Officer. He reports to AOL UK's Executive VP and Co-MD, Mindy Mount. Wolffe worked for BBC Worldwide, most recently as FD for the Magazine and Consumer Publishing division, which includes brands such as Radio Times, Gardeners World and Top Gear. ®
Music and Media 1 Nov 2002, 11:20
WPA to succeed where WEP failed?
The Wi-Fi Alliance aims to make it easier to build robust security into wireless LANS with the announcement yesterday of a successor to the flawed WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) protocol. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) uses a higher level of encryption and brings in dynamic key exchange functions absent with WEP. WPA is designed …
Data Networking 1 Nov 2002, 12:36
Letters : Nick Hunn, TDK Systems' Mr Bluetooth, explains
Letters Earlier this week we covered proposed UK legislation on use of mobile phones in cars, noting that the consultation document didn't seem particularly Bluetooth aware, and appeared to some extent to be banning quite a bit of the functionality of Bluetooth. We also noted an enthusiastic quote from Nick Hunn about uptake of …
Mobile 1 Nov 2002, 13:14
600k punters targeted
BT is to introduce a pre-pay system for its fixed-line phone customers in a bid to reduce consumer debt at the telco. Working in a similar way to pre-payment methods operated by mobile phone companies, the new billing system - dubbed "BT Pay & Call" - will allow people to pay into a special account from which call charges and …
Music and Media 1 Nov 2002, 14:45
Crack open the Dandelion & Burdock
A further four exchanges are to be converted to ADSL, BT Wholesale has confirmed. Leek in Staffordshire, Bishops Waltham in Hampshire and Kesgrave in Suffolk have now secured enough validated orders to see their exchanges upgraded to broadband. This should be completed by the end of the year, or the beginning of 2003. A …
Telecoms 1 Nov 2002, 16:15
Let there be light
Our Cash'n'Carrion Reg shop is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular Gadgets section, which will now encompass the king of all torches - the magnificent Maglite. Aficionados of all things illuminating will doubtless have at some time owned one of these US-manufactured classics. Those who have yet to enjoy the Maglite …
Site News 1 Nov 2002, 16:47
It's faster but not everyone can get it
Cisco used this week's Broadband DSL Forum in Berlin to promote fibre-based Ethernet access as an alternative, far faster broadband technology for homes and businesses. It lined up telcos and ISPs from Italy (FastWeb), Sweden (Sonera and Bredbandsbolgat) and new customers in Austria and the UK to extol the benefits of its …
Telecoms 1 Nov 2002, 20:07
Cult studs revenge?
The physics establishment appears to be unable to decide whether papers submitted by two former French TV presenters are a scientific breakthrough or an elaborate hoax. The debunking to date has been done on Usenet groups and informally, over the Internet. The pranksters evaded the rigorous peer review process employed by …
Music and Media 1 Nov 2002, 21:32
It's morning in Seattle...
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has given her backing to the Microsoft-DoJ proposed settlement of the antitrust case, and has rejected the dissenting states' arguments for stiffer measures against the company. Her final judgment, published here today, (but you're likely to have to wait a while before you can get through to it) to …
Software 1 Nov 2002, 22:21
- Product Round-up Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
- FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know
- If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news
- Analysis Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works
- VIDEO Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging