IBM challenges Oracle with DB2 v8
IBM has recently introduced a new major release of DB2 - version 8. There are a host of new features in the product and we can only cover the headline items here, but it is quite clear that this release has Oracle in its sights.
File swappers launch the MP3 Party
The UK Electoral Commission has agreed to the registration of the MP3 Party, which aims to radically simplify British government and civil administration. The Electoral Commission had initially refused the registration on the belief that the party's name constituted a trademark violation, Ciaran Buckley writes.
Apple pares UK iMac prices
Apple UK lopped list prices on two new iMacs yesterday. The CD-RW version now cost £1,149 (£1,249) while the CD-RW/DVD-ROM tips up at £1349 (£1399. In March, Apple raised unit prices by £100, citing rises in LCD and DRAM prices. But then, the company could not sell its kit fast enough.
Nomura shoot Grey Archer in heart
Nomura has pulled the funding plug on Grey Archer, an online exchange for the UK pub trade, resulting in 150 redundancies with immediate effect. Staff will not get one month's pay in lieu of notice, according to sources.
HP withdraws DMCA threat
Hewlett Packard has climbed down from its threats to use the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to silence a group of security researchers which unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system.
GUI wars return: Motorola, Sony Ericsson tie-up
ExclusiveMotorola has licensed Symbian's UIQ ("Thin Quartz") user interface for its forthcoming Paragon 3G smartphone, industry sources have told The Register.
CNET buys Silicon.com
UpdateCNET Networks is buying the UK assets of Silicon.com, after management at the European online IT news service failed to persuade its VCs to support its continued independence.
Nildram touts ISDN to wires-only ADSL migration
Nildram the UK ISP has set up a migration service for BT ISDN users to upgrade to wires-only ADSL.
Graphics chip sales soar, prices fall
Graphics processor shipments jumped 5.2 per cent between Q4 01 and Q1 02, but average selling prices are falling and the outlook for Q2 is described as 'mixed'.
Guerilla phone marketing draws wrath of Kibo
LettersSonyEricsson's elaborate scheme to hire thesps posing as mobile phone users has drawn an immediate response from angry - grrr! - Register readers.
VIA finds comfort in July sales
VIA Technologies yesterday released its sales figures for July, totting up at US $53m. This is 28 per cent down on July'01, but 18.48 per cent up on June'02.
ADSL for under £20
UK consumers can get broadband access for under £20 per month for the first time.