28th > November > 2002 Archive
Now it's the European Union's turn to worry about China's go-it-alone strategy for 3G. The Chinese have co-developed a third specification called TD-SCDMA, and are indicating their preference to use it instead of WCDMA(UMTS) or Qualcomm's technology.
The lion's share of revenues from MMS will come from entertainment-based services rather than peer-to-peer messaging, according to Juniper Research.
This week, Reg associate IT-minds.com is offering 3 new books that have been written and reviewed by the principal authorities and pioneering developers of the Microsoft .NET technologies, including the Microsoft .NET development team and DevelopMentor.
LetterSometimes the replies we receive when following up your letters are far more illuminating than the original. And so is the case with this exchange. It helps to read the first before the second, but it's in the second where all the action is. (So to speak).
Winevar-A, the latest mass mailing virus, adds insult to injury for infected victims.
A new "long range" wireless broadband service could deliver fast and affordable Net access for people who live in areas currently not served by ADSL or cable if a trial in Essex proves successful.
A 'pro-choice' group with backing from Microsoft and Intel has mounted what can best be described as an eccentric attack on Mitre Corporation's recent report 'Use of Free and Open Source Software US Department of Defense,' which was itself commissioned by the DoD. The report, over 152 pages, surveyed use of FOSS (its own coinage) in the DoD, and came up with several relatively mild conclusions and recommendations.
Ireland is to extend the retention of personal data collected from "mobile calls, faxes, and e-mail and Internet usage" to up to four years, the Irish Times reports.
Computacenter is returning to Germany in style, by buying GE Compunet, the country's biggest reseller. As a bonus it gets a leading position in Austria too.
4G is close on the heels of 3G, with "forward-thinking wireless operators who are now working ... to leapfrog expensive and ineffective third generation wireless strategies".
New research has questioned whether the key benefits of broadband really do boil down to "speed" and "always-on" access to the Internet.
Almost three years on, the carpers and cavillers are still complaining about the huge sums extracted from the telcos in the European 3G spectrum auctions. It is blamed for all manner of things, including the telecoms industry crisis, shareholder misery, wife-beating and crop failure.
Savage discounts and easy payment terms available on Microsoft software, should you look like you're about to jump ship for Open Source? We all know that this kind of thing happens, but from what a Yankee Group analyst has been telling Newsfactor, this semi-ad hoc procedure has been formalised as part of a new 'Open Value' licensing programme, to be launched next year.
BT is on target to get one million ADSL subscribers by the end of next summer.
A bizarre feature of Orange's SPV, the first Microsoft Stinger smartphone to hit the streets, means the contact book won't actually dial the number you've just looked up, according to disenchanted early adopter Simon Perry. This seems so utterly insane and bizarre to us that we really feel Orange should have an opportunity to deny it, but the company's press office, land and mobile, seems to have been just an answerphone for the past several hours.