2nd September 2003 Archive

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BTo touts DSL discounts for Small.biz

BT Openworld has cut the cost of its business broadband services.
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Motorola: leaving its symbiotic relationship

Motorola has opted to sell its shares in Symbian as it pursues an alternative handset path based on Linux and Java. The decision is surprising, given Symbian's improving prospects, but Motorola's faith has moved onto other platforms. Yet Samsung is also building devices for a range of operating systems and bought a stake in Symbian only this year.
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Palm October trio details emerge

More details have appeared about the three PDAs Palm is expected to ship next October.
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Computacenter pays first dividend

Computacenter (CC) is paying its first dividend, to accompany a good set of interims. Europe’s biggest reseller is to dole out 2p per share in its inaugural pay-out. The company says that interim dividends will account in future for a third of the annual pay-out.
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BT Yahoo! Broadband goes live

BT and Yahoo! are to splurge more than £10 million over the next six months plugging their new broadband service.
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Give up booze or your Net access – you decide

What would you give up to keep your Internet connection? According to a NOP survey on behalf of BT Yahoo! Broadband, six in ten people would give up their favourite choccy bar, half would give up booze and four in ten would be happy to toss away their mobile phone. Oh, and one in ten Net users would even be prepared to dump a boyfriend or girlfriend to stay online. Whatever next? ®
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Hynix to ramp Pseudo SRAM development

Hynix wants to make further inroads into cellphone memory market, and will begin developing 64MB Pseudo SRAM and NAND Flash memory chips this year targeted specifically at that sector, the company said yesterday.

Checking out Virtual Machines

Many organisations have undertaken significant work over the last eighteen months as part of server consolidation projects, writes Tony Lock of Bloor Research. All scales of systems have been the subject of such projects with Intel-based machines accounting for no small percentage of consolidation efforts.
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ATI buys Asia-Pacific sales agent

ATI today acquired AMI, the company's Taiwan and China sales agent, for an undisclosed sum.
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Microsoft delays Longhorn. Again

Microsoft looks to have delayed the release of Longhorn withdrawing a commitment to ship the next version of Windows in 2005.
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VIA touts dual LAN port mobo

VIA has begun shipping its latest mini-ITX motherboards, the EPIA CL series. In addition to the obligatory tiny form factor, the CL line offers two network ports.
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UK business broadband take up doubles

Although business broadband take-up has doubled over the last year most UK firms - some 60 per cent - are still struggling along without high-speed internet access, according to research released today.
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PinkRoccade: heavy debts and other problems

Shares in Dutch IT outsourcing and services firm PinkRoccade tumbled 6 per cent following its first-half results. The company's cash position has improved since last year, but it is still facing difficult market conditions and is showing signs of buckling under heavy debts.
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Back-up for blackouts

The UK’s small businesses are being warned to take heed of last week’s London power cut by ensuring their computer systems are backed up.
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Mac OS X Panther ‘fast approaching’ release – Apple

Mac OS X 10.3, codenamed 'Panther', is on the verge of reaching its first major milestone, Apple has told developers.
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Doh! Man steals GPS tracking device

A 40 year-old Wisconsin man has put in a strong bid for the dumbest criminal of the year after he allegedly stole a GPS tracking device used to monitor criminals on probation.
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CDs and DVDs are ‘doomed’

CDs and DVDs are doomed - so say those soothsayers at Forrester, who reckon that the "end of physical media is nearing".
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The name is Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan, the kempt Irish actor best-known for playing James Bond, has won the domain piercebrosnan.com in a dispute with a notorious celebrity name hoarder.
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The Reg relaunches Jobsearch

Site News Today The Register is relaunching our jobs service in tandem with partner Jobsite (known until this week as GoJobsite).
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BOFH and the Bad Junket

Episode 11 Episode 11 BOFH 2003: Episode 11 So The PFY is back from a short junket he went on to learn about some technology or the other that no-one's heard of, no-one cares about, and no-one can afford to use. "How'd that Microsoft thing go?" I ask, as he enters the office with a full contingent of bloodshot eyes. "Microsoft? No, I …
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EU delays software patents vote

The European Parliament has postponed a vote on the software patents directive following protests by computer scientists and economists.
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PS3 will play PS2, PSone games. Official

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Ken Kutaragi has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will feature backwards compatibility with the PS2 and PSone, ensuring continued support for older software formats in the new hardware.
DVD it in many colours

After filesharing: P2P telephony

The people who brought you KaZaA have released a software product called Skype, which uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect to other users. Not to share files or music this time, but to talk and chat with your friends.
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AT&T hits MCI with racketeering charges

AT&T has upped its attack against MCI/WorldCom, filing suit against the company for an alleged long distance call rerouting scheme.