20th > November > 2002 Archive
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 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.
LetterBuster Blocker, of Muscatine, Iowa, USA, writes:
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:
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).
BT's top brass are unable to say whether its ISP, BTopenworld, will still be around this time next year.
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 could be sailing into a storm over plans to roll-out an 128k "mid-band" service.
UpdatedA fire at the University of Twente in the Netherlands today has destroyed one of the fastest computer networks in Europe.
There has been a veritable explosion of correspondence over the last two weeks concerning the marvellous Traser GlowRing.
The broadband industry is warned that it could lose hard-fought-for customers, unless it cuts price and improves performance.
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.
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.
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.