29th > October > 2003 Archive

Sharp preps upgraded, rugged Linux PDA

Sharp is preparing an updated version of its Zaurus SL series of Linux-based PDAs that boasts a larger screen that previous models and integrated wireless networking.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

Boffins buff bugging bugs

As military scientists plan to dehumanise the battlefield, replacing humans with fighting robots, there's another trend bearing down on us from the opposite direction. Boffins are anthropomorphising select members of the animal kingdom to help in the War on Terror.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2003

Fiorina rules out consulting buy

Having swallowed Compaq in an $18 billion merger, HP is in no mood to go shopping. Asked this week if the company eyed a consulting or services target, CEO Carly Fiorina said that her purse will remain tucked away in her handbag.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2003

Chip biz body ups world sales forecast

Global chip industry monitor World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has decided that business will be better this year than it previously thought.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

TSMC, UMC post upbeat Q3 figures

The world's two largest chip foundries, TSMC and UMC, both saw significant sales growth during their third fiscal quarters, the companies reported this week.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

Prep school head snared in chat room sting

The headmaster of a posh New York City prep school has been accused of making nasty Internet advances toward teenage girls.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003

Mandrake Linux ate my CD drive

Mandrake has warned users of its Mandrake Linux 9.2 to beware of a "severe problem" which totally trashes CD drives by overwriting their firmware.
Robert Jaques, 29 Oct 2003

China Telecom: provincial investment

China Telecom Corp Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed arm of China Telecom, will expand its potential subscriber base to half a billion people, after announcing it would pay its state-owned parent CNY46 billion ($5.55 billion) to acquire six provincial fixed-line networks. The regions have high growth potential, although significant investment will be needed.
Datamonitor, 29 Oct 2003
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US outguzzles world+dog in paper, bandwidth consumption

The storage industry's two favorite professors have completed their annual look at data growth and found once again that data is growing.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003

No PDA market growth in Q3 without HP

That the global PDA market grew at all in Q3 this year is entirely due to HP, market watcher IDC has claimed. And if things don't pick up this Christmas, the market might soon be moving backwards.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

Sage founder buys computer reseller

Graham Wylie, founder of Sage,Newcastle-based accounting and business software giant, is back in business once more, less than six months after bailing out of the firm he ran for 22 years.
Robert Jaques, 29 Oct 2003

One million UK surfers to get broadband next year

Oftel gave itself a hearty pat on the back yesterday after announcing that, for the first time, more than half of all UK households are now connected to the Internet.
Robert Jaques, 29 Oct 2003

Bristol & West axes online banking

UK financial services company Bristol & West is preparing to quietly kill off its online banking offering at the end of next month because of a lack of customer interest.
Robert Jaques, 29 Oct 2003

Microsoft to bring DirectX 8 gaming to PDAs

Microsoft plans to radically boost the multimedia performance of the next generation of PDAs and smartphones based on its software, if pronouncements made at this year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) come to fruition.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

Napster 2.0 goes live

Napster goes live today, segueing from the beta release launched earlier this month into a fully fledged version 2.0, whose only real connection with the infamous file swapping service of yore is the headphoned cat logo.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

Microsoft shoots the Windows Messenger

Microsoft is to disable Windows Messenger service and activate Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) by default on XP boxes, in a move to better shield Windows PCs against hostile attack.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2003

How does your e-biz measure up?

UK small businesses can see if their e-business performance is up to scratch following the creation of a new online benchmarking survey.
Startups.co.uk, 29 Oct 2003

No public Longhorn preview, says MS – developers only

The leak of the special Longhorn build designed for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week may turn out to have a lot more rarity value than expected. According to Microsoft, this build will not be widely available after all.
John Lettice, 29 Oct 2003

Mac fan's blog leads to layoff in Redmond

A temp worker at Microsoft's in-house print shop appears to have lost his job as a result of his two biggest passions - Macs and blogging.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003

Logitech launches budget digital camcorders

Reg Kit Watch
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2003

MS moves to counter open source growth in UK gov

Faced with the possibility of open source making a damaging breakthrough in UK local government, Microsoft has reacted in the usual way, with strong money. But this time around that money could be being shrewdly spent and - so far so good - there's currently no sign of Steve Ballmer.
John Lettice, 29 Oct 2003

MP unleashes brilliant anti-spam plan

Proof that the country is in safe hands with the UK's keenest minds working tirelessly to protect their fellow citizens from the greatest evil of our age - spam - comes with one MP's brilliant solution to spam.
Lester Haines, 29 Oct 2003

Blue Coat buys Ositis

Security appliance vendor Blue Coat Systems today announced a deal to acquire anti-virus appliance firm Ositis Software in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $7.1 million.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2003

Mobile gambling hits UK

Today sees the launch of The Mobile Lottery, the UK's first opportunity to squander your hard-earned cash via your mobile phone.
Lester Haines, 29 Oct 2003

ISPA submits broadband action plan to parliament

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) is encouraging the government to create an environment that encourages further growth of the UK broadband market.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2003
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Oracle expands reach in China

Oracle kicked open the doors at a second software development lab in China on Wednesday, trying to tap into one of the hottest areas for database growth.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003

Sun shouts at analysts with customer wins

A command has come down from somewhere near the top of Sun Microsystems to answer critics with a "momentum showing."
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003

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