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.
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.
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 DayThe 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.
UpdatedOrange has withdrawn publicity for its forthcoming MMS service - to be called "Photo Messaging" - after prematurely publishing details yesterday.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.
UpdateISP 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.