24th > September > 2001 Archive
Face recognition software is attracting interest in the US Department of Transportation, which, according to reports in the Washington Post, is considering installing the Visionics 'FaceIt' system at National Airport when it reopens. This is going to make us all safer by scanning crowds for terrorist look-alikes. When the cops using it get bored, they can always add deadbeat dads and parking-meter scofflaws to the mix....
The PC Company, a New Zealand computer assembler and retailer, shipped the world's first XP-loaded PC this morning.
Larry Ellison has offered help in the creation of a National ID card for the United States by donating Oracle software.
Tiny Computers, the consumer PC manufacturer and retailer, is trying to crack the corporate PC market to boosts its sales by 25 per cent.
Surprise, surprise, Crucial Technology, the memory retailing arm of Micron, has jumped into the Great-How-Much Memory Does Windows XP Need Debate? It points users towards 256MB.
Boots has closed the shutters on its online photo service - bootsphoto.com - with the loss of around £17.5 million.
Earthlease will wait until after the demerger of BT's mobile phone business, mmo2, in November before it makes another stab at trying to convince BT to sell its local loop network.
BT has released all the formal details of its demerger plan today, sent a copy to every shareholder and announced an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Birmingham on 23 October to ask for official approval.
Six months after we broke the news that Motorola's PalmOS smartphone was being deep-sixed, Palm has finally come clean and admitted the product will not now appear.
A critic of antivirus software has stumped up the $35 renewal fee for Symantec's Norton.com domain, after the company forgot to pay.
Today is the start of BT's resurrection with the formal release of its demerger information - when the wireless business will be floated off as a separate arm and the rest of BT reinvents itself.
Online bucket shop Lastminute.com, has moved to reassure investors in the wake of the terror attacks in the US earlier this month.
The UK root registrar, Nominet, has ruled against small software company Findlay Steele in the ongoing dispute with financial watchdog FSA over the domain www.fsa.co.uk.
Corporate portals, heavily touted by numerous vendors as a way to open up business processes on the Web, could also make life easier for hackers, the Yankee Group warns.
NTL is to pull Net access for an undisclosed number of former Cable & Wireless Communications customers at the end November because of "technical reasons".
Microsoft's new software pricing policy has sparked trade body The Infrastructure Forum (TIF) to complain formally to the DTi. This comes on top of a similar complaint and letter earlier in the month by the British Computer Society's forum for IT directors, Elite; Imis, the IT management professional body; and Socitm, a local government IT managers' group.
The Internet "could become unusable as a means of communication" if something is not done about email viruses, security firm MessageLabs warns.
BTopenworld has accidentally sent its customers an email carrying a Trojan horse virus.
Struggling telecoms equipment manufacturer Lucent has stopped the development of a key switch for the telco market, just weeks prior to its scheduled release.
The issue of national ID cards is raising its head in the UK for the umpteenth occasion (FT: Blunkett puts the case for ID cards).
MS UK has been running advert for its putatively un-crashable Enterprise Server Software showing two rectangular buildings, not unlike the WTC twin towers, toppling.
At some point today, Vulture Central's 1,300-plus Seti@home crew should complete 1,000 years of CPU time on behalf of the world's biggest search for extra-terrestrial life.
We don't know if it's virus fatigue that caused us to overlook this, along with world+dog, last week.