By 2005, people could be receiving mobile phone services, broadband connections and even digital TV from solar-powered airplanes that fly at 65,000 feet.
A report indicates that Microsoft has smashed sales records in the US market, thanks to a strong launch line-up.
Was Bill Gates wrong to bet the business on .NET? No, but things haven't gone smoothly he has admitted. Two-years into the .NET program, Microsoft Corp's chairman and chief executive told a press and analysts briefing yesterday of patchy success. "In some respects we're further ahead today than we expected and in some …
Ranger Governance Ltd has agreed to drop its proxy challenge for five seats on Computer Associates International Inc's board of directors in exchange for $10m and CA's promise that it will add another outside director to its board. Dallas, Texas-based Ranger was formed in 2001 to launch an unsuccessful attempt to take over …
The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers may block a controversial proposed service from VeriSign Inc that would allow the company and its partners to offer customers chances to register expiring domain names, Kevin Murphy writes But VeriSign and its allies say that ICANN would be overextending its mandate if it …
Level 3 Communications Inc has begun its self-appointed task of carrying out a wide-ranging consolidation among global carriers by putting in a bid for Williams Communications Group Inc, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since April. According to information leaked to the Wall Street Journal, Level 3 has …
NTT DoCoMo Inc spread its i-mode tentacles ever further yesterday with the announcement of a tie-up with Telefonica Moviles SA that will see the wireless internet service launched in Spain in the first half of 2003.
HereUare Communications Inc, a pioneer aggregator of public wireless local area network (PWLAN) hotspot services, has put itself up for sale and said it could close down completely if it can't find a buyer within two weeks. The crisis at the company, which as recently as February claimed to offer access to 47% of US …
Lord Currie, the dean of the Sir John Cass Business School of the City of London, is to be the first chairman of Ofcom, the new media/telecoms regulator, the FT says.
Site(s) of The Day The Silly Season is drawing near, stories - save for the occasional multi-billion dollar telco collapse - are drying up, everyone's thinking of their holidays. So what better time to kick off a new feature - Site of The Day.
BT LookSmart has bought the UK Plus search engine brand for an undisclosed sum from Associated New Media. No details of job losses or transfers have been released either.
The Register has received further information regarding Microsoft's redesign of the product activation system, due to be introduced with WinXP Service Pack 1. Our sources say that yes, a slipstreamed install of SP1 will mean you have to get a new key from Microsoft, but confirm that if you just install over the existing installation this won't be the case.
The first Mac OS X version cut of the open source office suite, OpenOffice, has emerged blinking into the daylight. It's due to be officially announced at OSDCon later today.
A plethora of patches from Microsoft wings its way into our in-box this morning.
Windows.NET is nearly, finally, with us, as is evidenced by the appearance of one of those now traditional Customer Preview Program (CPP) Microsoft giveaways for RC1. The Ts & Cs, as far as we can make out, are that you can give them some money to get the CDs sent or download it for the price of filling in the reg form. Then you can run it for 360 days, after which it turns into a pumpkin, but there seems a reasonable prospect of you upgrading to RC2 as and when it's available.
VIA today announced a whizzy new Pentium 4 mobo, the first to incorporate its new P4X266E chipset.
The Lord Chancellor' department is cutting back the role of Fujitsu Services in a project to modernise the magistrates court system, following long delays in delivering bespoke software.
Updated Orange has withdrawn publicity for its forthcoming MMS service - to be called "Photo Messaging" - after prematurely publishing details yesterday. The pages in question earlier today returned a 404 Not Found. Now they're back, without the pricing information.
The 1901 Census site has been down - ooh, getting on for seven months now. This week the Public Records Office issued an update on getting the service back online.
I was puzzled last month when industry lobby the Business Software Alliance (BSA) released a cyberterror FUD bomb. Or, rather, a FUD dud -- a laughably meaningless survey of the opinions of so-called "IT pros" all laboring under the delusion that a deadly national catastrophe by electronic means is just around the corner.
IBM and Opera Software are developing a "multimodal browser based on the XHTML+Voice (X+V) specification," it says here, following up with a long-winded and deeply tedious explanation of what a multimodal browser might be. But cut to the chase* friends, it's a browser you can shove onto a handheld device and control via a number of non-traditional inputs - i.e., it's a browser you can shout at.
Time has dusted down one of its old PC brands, Colossus, for use in its retail chain, The ComputerWorld.
Brian Tindle has become the latest name to be added to the Internet Hall of Shame, following accusations by his ex-girlfriend of an illicit holiday affair causing her a swift visit to the doctor.
Several domain hosting companies have reported DNS errors coming from BT's doors in recent weeks. After failing to get any explanation from the monster telco, some contacted The Register in frustration.
A group of lawyers committed to keeping uniformity in state laws is having its annual meeting beginning this week, and the Open Source community wants to deliver this message to them: UCITA will kill Open Source. And they really need your help.
Update ISP Review, disappeared off the Web some time on Tuesday. Is it a DNS rub-out? Apparently, not - the web site, a must-read for the UK ISP industry as well as for many users, was ambushed by NetisNet, its hosting company.
The US Department of Justice is preparing to indict WorldCom former CEO Bernard Ebbers on numerous charges stemming from the severe mismanagement of accounts which has led to the company's recent financial melt-down, the Associated Press reports.
Researchers at the University of Delaware's ACRES program - Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources - have developed a computer processor made from chicken feathers", according to the usually sober Assoicated Press.