19th > December > 2003 Archive

775-pin Prescott insides exposed on web

Top marks to Virtual Zone for getting their mitts of one of Intel's 775-pin 'Prescott' Pentium 4 processors. The site claims to have had it for a while but now the time has come to lift the lid on the new chip - literally.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2003

Warranty inquiry lets retailers off the hook

The UK's extended warranties market is to be opened to competition, with retailers forced to promote offerings from third parties as well as their own. This conclusion of a Competition Commission investigation into extended warranties was accepted yesterday by the government, so the likes of Dixons and Comet may breathe a small sigh of relief.
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2003

Transmeta's 90nm Efficeon to sample next month

Transmeta has already said it will ship the 90nm version of its Efficeon processor during the second half of 2004, but this week it confirmed that it will be getting its hands on the first samples of the chip next month.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2003

O2 claims 1m Active users

More than five per cent of O2 customers use their handsets to access the mobile operator's O2 Active portal, generating around 559 million page impressions in October.
ElectricNews.net, 19 Dec 2003

STMicro buys UK dual-mode Wi-Fi chip pioneer

STMicroelectronics yesterday said it has bought privately held UK fabless Wi-Fi chip developer Synad. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2003
Cat 5 cable

Oracle 10g – grids at tenth of the price

A twin processor Lintel server for $5000 is the only rational building block for enterprise computing, Oracle's Larry Ellison said at a recent conference, writes Peter Abrahams of Bloor Research. It is faster and nearly ten times cheaper than the equivalent power on a mainframe or UNIX server. This statement is at the heart of his drive for grid computing in the latest Oracle release 10g.
IT-Analysis, 19 Dec 2003

ATI R420 to ship late Q1 2004

What could well be ATI's final AGP 8x graphics chip, codenamed 'R420', is due to go into volume production next March.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2003

BT scoops up NSB Retail's UK ops

BT is buying the UK operations of NSB Retail for £17m cash. The acquisition extends BT's move into the IT services sector, and takes NSB closer to becoming a pure-play software company.
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2003

Open source outfit releases vulnerability for IE vulnerability

An open source and freeware development outfit, Openwares.org, has released a patch for an IE spoofing vulnerability. Unfortunately, it came with its own added buffer overflow vulnerability, together with a mechanism which appears to pass information over to the Openwares' web site.
John Lettice, 19 Dec 2003

MP ejected for picture-phone abuse

Marketing droids concerned to see mobile picture messaging coming into more serious business use would have been delighted to see it employed in the House of Commons yesterday. At least they would have been if the Member of Parliament concerned hadn't been ejected from the chamber.
Peter Judge, 19 Dec 2003

ATI Q1 sales up 40%

ATI saw sales leap 40 per cent year-on-year and 23 per cent sequentially to $469.7 million during the three months to 30 November, the first quarter of its 2004 fiscal year.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2003

Dutch Supreme Court rules Kazaa legal

A Dutch supreme court today reaffirmed that it is lawful to make the file sharing software Kazaa openly available. It is the first time that a Supreme Court or other national high court is ruling on the legitimacy of P2P technologies such as Kazaa.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Dec 2003

Red Hat Fedora plans Linux kernel 2.6 for April

Red Hat's Fedora project is likely to produce one of the first major Linux distributions sporting the new 2.6 kernel, with release of the next version, Fedora Core 2, scheduled for early April. This will put it well ahead of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux, which isn't likely to go to 2.6 until next autumn, and will provide an acid test for Red Hat's new dual-track strategy.
John Lettice, 19 Dec 2003
Cat 5 cable

UK's Equiinet offers to rescue Sun Cobalt clan

UK-based Equiinet has rushed to profit from Cobalt's demise, touting a server appliance refund program for customers willing to give up their Sun Microsystems kit.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Dec 2003
Broken CD with wrench

EMC brings Documentum into the fold

EMC has put the finishing touches on its Documentum acquisition, paying $1.48 billion for the software maker.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Dec 2003

‘Open source’ IE patch withdrawn for further patching

The third-party 'open source' patch for Internet Explorer that we told you about earlier today, contains more than a few potentially nasty surprises. As we noted, German tech site Heise had already warned of dangerous buffer overflows.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2003

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