3rd > November > 2003 Archive
The chip business' fortunes have cycled round to a more positive time, if the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) are anything to go by. The each month's increase in sales over the previous month does appear to be accelerating.
Anyone who tried reporting spam to the popular Spamcop service this weekend got a nasty surprise. The site had bizarrely disappeared. And no, it wasn't a server outage.
Thus, the Scottish telecoms outfit behind the Demon Internet brand, reckons it's on course to make some cash.
UpdatedAV vendors are warning of the spread of a dangerous worm, called Mimail-C, which offers racy pictures but delivers only fresh misery for credulous Windows users. Another variant, Mimail-D, which attempts to DDoS anti-spam sites, is also causing considerable Net disruption.
Apple and 1394 chip maker Oxford Semiconductor are each blaming others for data lost when some Mac users upgraded to Mac OS X 10.3, aka Panther, in the week following its release on 24 October.
AnalysisWe are all now familiar with the dilemma faced by the mobile operators – revenue from traditional cellphone services is slowing, despite the boost from camera phones and mobile email, just as carriers are trying to pay off the huge capital investment in 3G.
The anticipated shake-out in the overcrowded wireless LAN switch market shows signs of starting, with the star of the sector, Vivato, making yet more cutbacks and Trapeze laying off more than one-third of its workforce. The market has become packed with start-ups in the past year, far too many to survive, especially with Cisco defending its 75 per cent-plus market share and other data networking companies moving across from the wired world.
Cash'n'CarrionInjecting a little bit of sunshine into a blustery November is the news that Reg shop Cash'n'Carrion has signed a landmark deal to sell TechnoDepot apparel.
Microsoft is to introduce hardware-linked security technology with Windows XP Service Pack 2, and beyond that will make "additions to Windows" supporting the technology, execution protection (NX). The feature is already supported by shipping AMD K8 and Intel Itanium processor families, and according to Microsoft: "It is expected that future 32 and 64-bit processors will provide execution protection.
The Government plans to establish a database of life records which could be used to create a dossier on everyone in the country, privacy advocates fear.
Amazon.com quietly changed its recently introduced book-searching feature, following concerns by some authors that users could also print out several pages surrounding the places where the phrase appears. Printing is now disabled.
Almost half of UK drivers are still clueless that from next month using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will be illegal.
A Brazilian teenager has been arrested in Japan last Friday on suspicion of membership of an international hacking group.
Freeserve has lost its long-running campaign to force AOL to pay VAT in the UK.
Vodafone today confirmed it is to slash cIT ontractor pay rates from the end of this week.
OpinionMicrosoft's best chance for regaining the revenue lost to security concerns isn't in eliminating bugs, writes SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
It took a while, but HP now has an Itanium-based server replacement for just about every PA-RISC box it sells.
Expect double-layer, almost double-capacity DVD+R drives and media to hit the stores next April, members of the DVD+RW alliance say.
FoTWRe: College students care more about beer than software
Mobile phone carrier Vodafone will begin offering an own-branded version of RIM's Blackberry 7230 handheld to European businesses later this month.
Microsoft has signed up IBM to manufacture chips for the "future" generations of its Xbox console.
A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK is expected to be included in the Queen's speech later this month.
Guns are being smuggled into the UK using online auction sites such as eBay, according to a report by MPs due out this week.
Intel today released its Pentium 4 Extreme Edition - the exceptionally expensive gamer-oriented version of the chip giant's desktop processor - as we reported last week.
Whitehall plans to encourage businesses to compete with Government to offer citizens eGov services are to go ahead - despite an official, three-month consultation attracting just one response from the general British public.
Reg ReviewHandspring's second generation smartphone is a marvel of good hardware and human interface design. It's a GSM/GPRS (or CDMA 1x) phone with built-in camera, QWERTY buttons and stylus, that's backward compatible with the vast selection of PalmOS 5.0 software, and features an SD/MMC expansion slot.
After watching Microsoft cast AMD's 64-bit processor line to the backwoods of the Windows release cycle, you have to ask - did Jerry Sanders do enough?