20th > November > 2002 Archive
Phones more disruptive than PC or Internet – Rheingold
Howard Rheingold's got the mobile bug, big time. The genial pop commentator who mapped out virtual communities before most of us had even reached our first Gopher server has been traveling the world and discovered the transformative power of mobile phones. He thinks mobile phones will become more important than the Internet or the PC.
Imagination losses widen
Imagination Technologies, the UK system on a chip designer, today reported interim losses of £3.9m, double the losses of 2001, on lower sales of £5.8m (2001: £6.4m). It attributes this to reduced system revenues. The company is currently redrafting itself as an IP pure(ish) play and is still in transition.
Why does self-balancing Segway need kick stand?
LetterBuster Blocker, of Muscatine, Iowa, USA, writes:
The XXX Clause – why it's not obscene
LetterLaurence Kaye disagrees with the arguments advanced in The XXX Clause is Obscene, penned by fellow copyright lawyer Brian Esler And published on The Register. He would "welcome the opportunity for a fuller debate on ...private copying, DRM and associated issues". So would we. Send us your submissions. We may even publish them. Now for Laurence's reply:
BSG talks up UK broadband
Increasing the take-up and availability of broadband services in the UK are the two key proposals published yesterday by the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG).
Will BTopenworld survive the year?
BT's top brass are unable to say whether its ISP, BTopenworld, will still be around this time next year.
Patent Office swamped by EU Copyright Directive response
The Patent Office will miss the European Union Copyright Directive "transposition" deadline of 22 December deadline. In other words, it's not ready to draft EUCD-compliant provisions for Parliament to wave through to UK law.
BT unsure about availability of new mid-band service
BT could be sailing into a storm over plans to roll-out an 128k "mid-band" service.
Fire devastates Dutch Internet hub
UpdatedA fire at the University of Twente in the Netherlands today has destroyed one of the fastest computer networks in Europe.
The truth about tritium
There has been a veritable explosion of correspondence over the last two weeks concerning the marvellous Traser GlowRing.
Users call for cheaper broadband
The broadband industry is warned that it could lose hard-fought-for customers, unless it cuts price and improves performance.
DCGrid broadens apps support
Entropia, a provider of PC compute grid solutions recently announced DCGrid 5.1, the latest revision of its grid software that improves application deployment and grid resource management support.
MS Stinger, my part in its downfall, by Sendo?
Chugging along in the wake of Sendo's shock departure from the MS smartphone camp we have a particularly neatly-worded piece of advanced PR for CTIA Wireless 2003 in New Orleans next March.
No server Longhorn, but big .NET Server changes due in 2004
Microsoft's next major version of Windows, Longhorn, will be a client OS only, Microsoft's objective being not to trouble its customers with a major server OS upgrade so soon after .NET Server 2003 ships. But from what Microsoft senior vp for Windows Brian Valentine was saying at Microsoft IT Forum in Copenhagen this week, Longhorn the client is going to be sufficiently radical for companies to have to make major changes in their server OS anyway.