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Moto, LG up – Ericssony down

Motorola's phone business recovered in the most recent quarter, according to shipment estimates by IDC. Nokia held onto to its dominant position with 35 per cent global share. Although Nokia's shipments were up 11.1 per cent over the preceding quarter, its share of the booming global handset market fell slightly. Shipping 45.5 million units in the quarter, Nokia has more than twice the volume of second placed Motorola.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2003

Sun's services queen ready to take on the Big Bad

On Oct. 30, as some of us prepped ghoulish costumes and purchased large stores of candy, Pat Sueltz, the head of Sun Services, had the unenviable task of dining with CEO Scott McNealy.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Nov 2003

FCC locks down US TV

As widely expected, the FCC this week approved broadcasters' plan to enable TV transmissions to be copy controlled. Any device capable of receiving digital TV transmissions must have the feature, dubbed the 'broadcast flag' enabled by July 1 2005.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2003

Sun and AMD set date for Opteron coming out party

ExclusiveThere are whispers in the air emanating from Sun Microsystems, and while faint, the voices speak of massive things - a deal with AMD.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Nov 2003

Mobile apps: certification discussions

Telcos and ISVs are formulating a set of industry-wide standards for mobile applications.
Datamonitor, 06 Nov 2003

Telewest reports strong BB growth

Telewest signed up 38,000 new broadband punters during the last quarter, the company announced today.
Tim Richardson, 06 Nov 2003

Chip biz hikes annual sales forecast

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), flushed with positive feelings induced by its latest sales figures has upped its annual market growth forecast.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

AMD Opteron 250 to ship early 2004

The AMD Opteron 250 should ship early next year, if a Canadian high performance computing specialist's next major launch is anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

Intel Alderwood chipset details emerge

Intel has fleshed out what little was known about its upcoming high-end desktop chipset 'Alderwood' with more information in a recent roadmap update.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

Intel takes Celeron to 2.8GHz

Intel yesterday extended the Celeron desktop processor line to 2.8GHz.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

Microsoft forgets to renew hotmail.co.uk domain

ExclusiveMicrosoft was busy covering up an almighty cock-up last night after forgetting to renew its hotmail.co.uk domain name.
Tim Richardson, 06 Nov 2003

PC sales are getting better, better all the time

The UK PC market has experienced its highest rate of growth -17.4 per cent year on year - since the third quarter of 2000, according to market researcher IDC. The key drivers of growth remain consumer spending and the increased preference for mobility. Sales of notebooks soared 39.6 per cent, while desktops have grown 9 per cent overall.
Jan Libbenga, 06 Nov 2003

Cisco posts solid results

Cisco yesterday posted first quarter earnings ahead of earlier market estimates, amid signs that the networking market is finally picking up.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2003

Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy back on the wireless

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is set to return to the medium from which it was first launched, the BBC confirmed this morning.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

Nokia pleased with N-Gage, but there's ‘a lot to do’

Almost exactly a month after Nokia's N-Gage launched worldwide, a senior company staffer has stated that it is "pretty pleased" with customer reaction to the device, but that there's much to be done if it's to meet expectations.
gamesindustry.biz, 06 Nov 2003

IBM toying with Tablet plans for 2003

The Tablet PC market has thus far failed to impress the company that invented the first PC - but it looks like that will change next year, when sources predict an IBM Tablet to be released around May.
Guy Kewney, 06 Nov 2003

Which? slams 118 services

The UK's recently deregulated directory enquiries (DQ) service has received yet another mauling after a report found that three in four 118 services were unable to answer simple enquiries correctly.
Tim Richardson, 06 Nov 2003

Red Hat's Fedora released – the upgrade path for the rest of us?

The first edition of Red Hat's other hat, Fedora Core 1, is now available, giving the world a chance to suck and see what you might term 'Red Hat Linux like it used to be.' Red Hat terminated the Red Hat Linux distribution earlier this week, directing businesses to the paid-for Enterprise packages and enthusiasts to Fedora - and this is therefore where it gets interesting.
John Lettice, 06 Nov 2003

So WIPO, why did you scrap the Open Source meeting?

The World Intellectual Property (WIPO) is based in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is one of the 16 specialised agencies of the United Nations system of organisations, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. It administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection. The Organisation counts 179 nations as members.
IT-Analysis, 06 Nov 2003

Nortel meshes with BT and MIT

Infrastructure. The boring part of networking. Boring but expensive to do right. The hidden pieces that make a network operate have to quietly provide consistent service in the face of increasing demands and the occasional fault, Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research.
IT-Analysis, 06 Nov 2003

UK ID card plan – intro voluntary, morph to compulsory

Home secretary David Blunkett's plans for a compulsory ID card for the UK have been spiked, for the present. The cabinet today rejected a compulsory card and recommended instead that voluntary schemes could be used instead in order to "proceed by incremental steps to build a base for a compulsory national ID card scheme.. later, when the conditions for moving to a compulsory card are met."
John Lettice, 06 Nov 2003

Nokia phone explodes in Finland

Nokia has confirmed that one of its 3310 handsets, which exploded and caused minor injuries to a woman in Finland yesterday, was equipped with a rogue battery.
Tim Richardson, 06 Nov 2003

Snag in next-gen Wi-Fi security unearthed

Security researchers have identified a potential security problem involving use of the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocol, the second generation wireless LAN security standard.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2003

Tablet PC takes under 1% of Euro notebook shipments

IBM is clearly right to be cautious about releasing a Tablet PC - the latest figures from market watcher Canalys suggests that the platform has not proved a success.
Tony Smith, 06 Nov 2003

Ballmer cheers Apple's iPod with Monkey Boy Dance

It was Steve Jobs who said, "Hell froze over."
Ashlee Vance, 06 Nov 2003

Google trawls chat

Yesterday's satire sometimes turns out to be tomorrow's news. Last year Brian Del Vecchio, a systems engineer, created a stir with a spoof Google site which added an extra tab called "AIMsearch". The spoof explained:
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2003

Sun's AMD and Xeon blades stay tuned for delivery

In the process of unearthing Sun Microsystems' Opteron server plans, El Reg has come across some additional x86 blade server details.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Nov 2003

FTC gets injunction against ‘pop-up spam scam’

Acting on a Federal Trade Commission’s request, a US district court has issued a temporary restraining order against an operation that allegedly barraged numerous consumers’ computers with repeated Windows Messenger Service pop up ads.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2003

MoD scraps £120m computer project

Britain's Ministry of Defence squandered almost £120 million on a computer system that was axed before ever being used.
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2003

Pseudonymous blogging safe (for now)

A right wing columnist and Paul Krugman-obsessive has abandoned his legal threat to unmask a popular pseudonymous weblogger.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2003

DARPA's indecision threatens integrity of $1 million race

All is not well with the $1 million Grand Challenge event sponsored by DARPA, as some participants in the contest have dished a healthy amount of outrage at organizers over several last minute rule changes.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Nov 2003

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