21st > February > 2002 Archive
Microsoft seeks new phone boss, cuts PocketPC supporters adrift
ExclusiveA re-organization of Microsoft's Pocket PC marketing operation has left some of the platform's most enthusiastic supporters out in the cold.
Energis poised to flog Euro ops
Energis is reportedly set to confirm later today that it is to sell its European operations.
Freeserve chuffed with user numbers
Freeserve is crowing with delight that it now has 2.4 million customers – 60 per cent more than arch-rival AOL UK.
Mobile security needs to change with GPRS
Does the security architecture used in mobile networks need to change? Our question is sparked by the line-up of new products from security vendors announced at this week's GSM Congress.
Text messaging used to cut through court bureaucracy
Text messaging is being used to reduce court delays and witness waiting times in a government-backed pilot project, which was launched yesterday.
‘Push off Sarah’ , says naked civil servant
Steve McPherson – who appeared stark bollock naked when a picture of him appeared on the Web next to an impassioned plea to get hitched – has turned down the chance to wed Sarah Jay.
AMD preps Hammer chipsets
AMD does not usually go big on designing its own chipsets: its making a big exception with Hammer, its so-called eighth generation 64-bit server CPU , with the 8000 series.
Hewlett Jr outlines Merger Plan B
There's still a month to go before Hewlett Packard and Compaq shareholders get to vote on the Sircam merger, but the battle lines are now more clearly drawn.
Actebis stops making desktop and server PCs
Actebis, the German-owned PC components distributors, is to withdraw from making desktop and server PCs.
Small MS DVD privacy invasion, not many dead
Windows Media Player 'phones home' when you're watching DVDs, but whether or not this is either a surprise or a serious privacy issues kind of depends on your point of view. Security consultant Richard Smith thinks it is, and documents what WMP does, and the data it sends.
VIA forecasts rapid take-up of KT333
VIA yesterday officially launched the Apollo KT333 chipset. It's the world's first to support new fast memory DDR333 for Socket A (i.e. AMD Athlon and Duron) processors.
Crunch time loom for BT's broadband plans
Ben Verwaayen is facing his first real test as BT’s new CEO.
Biometric passports for Brits – by 2006
UK citizens may be asked to carry smart cards carrying biometric information alongside conventional passports within four years.
Tripod account hijack risk patched
Lycos has patched a gaping security hole with its Tripod homepage service which would have allowed crackers to bypass authentication checks and control a victim's homepage.
Nokia to share mobile network technologies with rivals
Nokia Oyj yesterday promised to "share" core mobile network technologies with its competitors in a "de facto standardization" effort that it claims is necessary to reduce network industry cost structures, and hasten the realization of next-generation mobile data services. It also unveiled its own range of "open" network modules, making Linux-based systems a part of its core infrastructure product portfolio for the first time.
EU thumbs nose at US with software patent proposals
The European Commission has released proposals for updating regulations regarding software patents that seem set to infuriate US software vendors.
Caldera case expert to review Windows XP source code
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottely has followed up her interesting decision that Microsoft should allow Windows source code to be independently reviewed by appointing someone characterised by Microsoft as a professional anti-Microsoft expert witness to review it. Which is possibly even more interesting.
Google gives its twist on pay-per-click
Google Inc has brought its unique flavor to the pay-per-performance search/ad model, yesterday outlining how it plans to tackle the market currently dominated by Overture Services Inc.
Mass ICQ ‘hack’ baffles world+dog
We have received evidence which suggests a mass hack of ICQ has taken place - but neither AOL or security experts can come up with an explanation.
HP, Gateway: MS Seattlement terms screw us too
Microsoft is seeking to have all patent claims waived by the top 20 PC vendors which license its operating system.
SNMP exploit causes printers to jam
A denial of service vulnerability has been reported in some versions of the firmware for Hewlett-Packard JetDirect printers.