26th > September > 2003 Archive
European mobile operators are following the example of their peers in the US as they ready the launch of new "walkie talkie" style services for 2004.
Two months after RIM announced its colour Blackberry email-phone, the distributor which has sold most samples has finally taken it on board. Is this the breakthrough RIM has struggled to achieve?
Nintendo is set to become the first of the current games platform holders to launch a games system in China, with a new console sporting strong anti-piracy systems set to arrive next month.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has refused to issue a consumer credit licence to Michael Oldham, a Manchester computer dealer who trades as Gladeside Computer Services, PC Service Centre and PC Posta Part.
Just days after a mis-timed press release forced Tundra to announce it hadn't purchased Motorola's PowerPC Host Bridge products but was simply in talks with the processor maker, the company has said the sale has gone through.
Nintendo has turned to Motorola to help it add wireless networking to its GameBoy Advance and GameBoy Advance SP handheld consoles, the company said today.
Reg Kit Watch
Amazon.com has sent a shot across Google's bows by setting up a search engine operation in Google's backyard. Rather than a general purpose search, Amazon.com is staffing up its its A9 subsidiary to produce a comparative shopping search engine, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yahoo! launched a shopping search site earlier this week.
Sheffield-based PlusNet has confirmed it is upping the price of its 2Mbps ADSL service in line with wholesale increases announced by BT earlier this month.
The trend for Americans to dump wired phones altogether and use only mobiles is accelerating, putting new pressure on carriers to come up with long-term survival strategies. Cellular is the biggest threat this year, and has overtaken wireline in terms of numbers of subscribers for the first time in 2003. But in the 2-5 year time span, there is the additional specter of wireless voice over IP, providing integrated voice and data over wireless broadband connections such as WiMax.
Hopes that the technology for the IEEE's 802.15.3a standard for high-speed personal area networking would be chosen this week were dashed when the Task Group failed to settle the war between rival proposals from the Multi-band OFDM Alliance (led by Intel and Texas Instruments) and Motorola/XtremeSpectrum.
Homeless-help magazine the Big Issue is flogging "tick lists" online to help people get some order and clarity into their lives.
Red Hat has at last shown that you can make a profit out of Linux - albeit not very much. For its second quarter, it reported a net income of $3.3 million.
IBM has changed the face of Lotus Notes and Domino, adding a new version 6.5 with built in Instant Messaging and better spam defenses, better compression, encrypted email, tighter integration with Java and CORBA, further integration with Websphere and a bundled Mozilla browser.
How do you keep a large team of developers on a big project motivated during the inevitable slippages? Easy: you just pretend the project is already complete.
In an statement that's intended to show that it can deal with network operators as well as the handset guys, Symbian has announced a partnership with DoCoMo, the vertically integrated Japanese giant. The deal focuses on next-generation 3G (3GPP) technology that should reach the market in 2005.
System integrator LogicaCMG is to bring Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to fixed lines. ASPs and content providers will be able to use the service to deliver rich multimedia content to the home.
The future of rural economies is under threat unless they get broadband.
Security consulting company @Stake has drawn further attention to an unfavourable study on Microsoft's impact on global computer security by firing one of the authors. Dan Geer was CTO of @Stake until the publication of "CyberInsecurity: the Cost of Monopoly" then, pow, he wasn't.
The Western European security appliance market grew by 13.5 per cent, with factory revenues reaching $86.1 million last quarter, far outperforming other regions globally.
Doctor Who is returning to the nation's TV screens in 2005, the BBC said today.
German police have broken up one of the world's biggest child porn networks which linked around 26,500 suspected users of child abuse material in 166 countries across the world.
Segway has issued a recall for all of its personal transporters because some riders fall off when the batteries start running out of power.