15th August 2003 Archive

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US power brown-out causes Net, phone chaos

A severe power outage affecting the north eastern United States, Canada and the mid-west has left many web sites either down or experiencing DNS problems, and knocked out sections of the cellphone networks.
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GNER to spend £1m on Wi-Fi trains

GNER rail company in the UK has partnered with mobile solutions firm Icomera to provide Wi-Fi on its trains running between Scotland and London.
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Multi-mix digital music format launched

The Hungarians gave us Rubik's Cube, and now they are going to entice us with DI Music.
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DRAM sales to rise 35% this quarter

DRAM sales will be 35 per cent higher in Q3 than Q2, market watcher Gartner Dataquest has forecast.

Watch out for wilting servers, warns UK web host

Web hosting operation Redbus Interhouse has warned companies to "worry about servers as much as employees" as the UK continues to enjoy the summer weather.
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Athlon 64 supply to be limited until 2004 – report

AMD Athlon 64 processors are going to be hard to come by in the months following the chips launch on 23 September.
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MS fixes WinNT patch RAS knock-out glitch

As if hard pressed Windows sysadmins didn't have enough problems dealing with the effects of the Blaster worm, Microsoft has warned that an unrelated security fix it supplied to NT 4 users last month was faulty.
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Chinese launch wristphone

The excitement about the new CEC Chinese wrist-phone seems to be based on the idea that it's a 'first' which, of course, it isn't. The IXI-Mobile design which Seiko announced earlier this year was not only first, but rather smarter.
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Intel nibbles at AMD mobile market share

Intel's Centrino notebook platform pitch appears to be paying off - at least in its ability to grab market share from arch-rival AMD.
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BT.com is a FTSE 100 web laggard – official

BT's web site is one of the worst-performing among the UK's top one hundred companies, according to a report due to be published on Monday.
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Spam fuels boom in secure content market

Junk mail is an increasing problem but the search for an effective cure remains fraught with difficulties.
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Woman kidnapped in £0.5m IT theft

IT companies are being urged to review their physical security after the financial director of a computer distributor was kidnapped and forced to help burglars steal computer equipment worth more then £500,000.
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MCI ‘on track’ to exit Chapter 11

Embattled MCI claims it is "on track" to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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Firms should beware e-business ‘black hole’

Firms which choose to run and manage their e-business systems and infrastructure in house are throwing resources down an IT "black hole", according to new research out today.
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Online ad spending on the up

Online advertising spending is increasing, according to the latest stats from media intelligence outfit Thomson Intermedia.
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Amazon faces tribunal over ‘trade union’ sacking

A former employee of Amazon.co.uk has appeared before an employment tribunal in Bedford claiming that he was dismissed for wanting to join a trade union.

Veritas preps file system for 9i RAC and HP-UX

Veritas is working to prove its has as much love for HP as it does for Sun Microsystems with the release of a file system for Oracle 9i RAC running on HP-UX.