12th > December > 2003 Archive
The Death Star storms into consumer Net phones
VoIP pioneers such as Vonage Inc, which boasts 75,000 pretty happy users, have been touted as revolutionary upstarts which would mortally threaten the incumbent telcos. Vonage offers cut-price telephony using your existing broadband connection for as little as $14.99 a month, and throws in features familiar to GSM cellphone subscribers, such as voicemail and caller ID, that usually carry a premium on landlines.
DVD Jon appeal ends: verdict before Xmas
The appeal trial of Jon Lech Johansen ended yesterday in Norway, with prosecutors repeating their demand for a suspended custodial sentence. Johansen circumvented the CSS encryption scheme on DVDs, allowing him to watch movies he had already bought on his Linux computer.
Flextronics demos open source chips
Contract manufacturer Flextronics has been demonstrating a board based on open source processor technology. The demonstration system-on-a-chip uses the OpenRisc 1200 processor core based on the OpenCores project and Flextronics is making reference boards available to its ASIC customers. The SOC integrates Ethernet and PCI bus interfaces.
Record PC shipments in '03
Strong consumer demand for laptop PCs, as well as an upsurge in demand from the public sector, has driven demand for a record 152 million PCs in 2003.
Dothan debut due 15 February
Intel will officially launch 'Dothan', the 90nm version of its Pentium M mobile processor, on 15 February, a date also earmarked for price cuts to its desktop Pentium 4 line.
Intel to produce 802.11g WLAN module by year end
Intel will begin mass-producing its long-awaited 802.11g wireless networking module at the end of this month, a senior Intel Asia Pacific executive has said.
Ofcom to probe UK telecom sector
The UK's monster communications regulator, Ofcom, is to conduct a year-long review of the UK's telecommunications industry.
Time to reassess Brew
The mobile operators' increasing obsession with content as the way to maintain or boost margins in the future is pushing content download/delivery platforms out of their niches and into the strategic mainstream. Whether or not we believe that content will really compensate the carriers for the commoditization of the voice market, those with any chance of success need three strengths - good, well branded content partners; appealing handset designs; and a simple and effective software platform for developers and downloaders.
NTT DoCoMo spurns Windows for 3G
Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo has dealt a blow to Microsoft Windows Mobile by excluding the operating system from its 3G strategy and saying it will recommend Symbian and Linux to its handset partners.
Linux share grows in UK SME sector
The use of Linux is growing in the UK SMB market, According to a survey of 200 small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the UK, conducted in September this year by Vanson Bourne on behalf of IBM.
Hitachi readies fuel cell for PDAs
Hitachi and Japanese ciggie lighter maker Tokai will ship a direct methanol fuel cell system for PDAs in 2005. And they have already built the prototype, the pair said this week.
Dump Lindows name or we'll take all your money, says MS
Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson steps into the hotel lobby, shakes hands and then picks up the latest Microsoft death threat from his pigeonhole. Microsoft legal affairs has pursued him across Europe this week, setting off explosions in the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Finland, but this one's fairly minor - a response to his letter to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's pitch boiling down to more or less, 'dump the Lindows name now and we'll let you off, persist and we'll bust you, all your distributors and take all your money.'
Siemens to shift 10k software jobs to Eastern Europe – report
Siemens is preparing to move 10,000 software developer to lower cost countries, the Finacial Times reports. This represents one third of software developers employed worldwide by the German industrial giant.
Aiirnet to blanket US city with Wi-Fi
Work to create what will arguably be the world's largest Wi-Fi hotzone is expected to begin in Cerritos, California next month.
Navman GPS 4400 Bluetooth navigator
Reg ReviewNavman is well known for its GPS systems for individuals, transport fleets and the like. In addition to dedicated devices, it has offered a clip on unit for HP's iPaq Pocket PC devices. Recognising that those machines aren't the only PDAs out there, the company recently launched the GPS 4400 a standalone module that connects to the Pocket PC across a Bluetooth wireless connection rather than a physical one.
Mugabe rails against colonialist Internet
Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has stepped up his war against Western "white racist bullies" by accusing Britain of using the Internet to destroy his country.
Anti-spam law will tie up UK firms up in red tape
The Government's legal attempt to crack down on email spam and unwanted phone calls has been condemned as a recipe for disaster that will hit law abiding UK businesses much harder than the spammers it is trying to stop.
UK firms drowning beneath tide of e-crime
UK businesses are drowning beneath a rising tide of computer crime, says Microsoft which is coming to the rescue with new chums the National High Tech Crime Unit, Business Watch and the British Chambers of Commerce.
Oracle ships 10g application server for grids
Oracle has announced the availability of its 10g application server for grid computing, first launched with great fanfare in September. Application Server 10g uses workload management techniques to share loads across large numbers of processors in a grid configuration.
CA shakes up web services management market
Computer Associates has entered the web services management field with the shipment of its Unicenter Web Service Distributed Management product, which has come out of its acquisition of Adjoin last summer.
BT suspends orders for broadband satellite service
BT has suspended registrations for its one-way broadband satellite service.
HP email abuse dismissals unfair, says tribunal
Three workers at Hewlett Packard’s plant in Renfrewshire, Scotland, who were fired after sending or receiving e-mails of a sexual nature, have won a claim of unfair dismissal, according to local newspaper reports.
PlusNet unveils 150k DSL service
Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet is offering a cut-price DSL service for the same price as many unmetered dial-up services.
Microsoft wants non-standard media for Xbox 2?
A job advertisement posted on Microsoft's careers website suggests that the company may be considering moving to a proprietary disc format for its next console, in an effort to make piracy on the device more difficult.
Windows Longhaul? Longhorn could be 2008, says Gartner
Longhorn in 2005 seems definitely off the agenda, and while it might ship in 2006, it could be delayed until 2008 or 2009, according to Gartner. According to a report of the Gartner Data Center Conference in Information Week, Gartner research VP Tom Bittman puts the likely release window between late 2006 and mid-2008.
Sun adds a little more juice to v1280
Sun has upgraded one of the weirder servers in its product line, adding 1.2GHz chips to the 12 processor v1280.
IBM cuddles up to Red Hat
While IBM is most often found touting SuSE Linux, the company this week firmed up its ties with open source rival Red Hat via a sweeping server upgrade.
Living Tomorrow Today
A washing machine that warns you not to mix the red socks with white clothing and automatically selects the right washing cycle? All that is possible when smart tags - an antenna-bearing chip smaller than a grain of rice - are attached to your pants, socks or underwear.
World Summit is wholesale triumph
GenevaThey’re packing up the RFID detectors at Geneva’s Palexpo conference centre as the first meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society grinds to an end. Everyone will be back again in 2005 for the second stage in Tunisia, but for now the delegates, diplomats, hacks, liggers and hacktivists (even the ones who are here using fake ID to show how insecure the place is) are off to the airport, the nightclubs or the streets.