21st > January > 2004 Archive

Motorola chip biz reports rising orders, sales

Motorola's soon-to-be-independent chip division made sales totalling $1.4 billion during the group's fourth fiscal quarter, the company said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Nintendo preps dual-screen portable console

Nintendo today announced a new portable games console with two screens and two CPUs.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Sun buys another piece of its N1 vision

Sun Microsystems continues to refine its data center technology plans via acquisition, announcing Tuesday an agreement to buy networking start-up Nauticus Networks.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2004

Check Point launches dewormer for internal networks

Check Point Software today launched Interspect, a family of security appliances designed to block the spread of computer worms across internal networks.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004

SGI renders graphics kit full of Linux tools

SGI is trying to make Linux developers look better.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2004

Bradford IT staff vote to strike

Public services in Bradford could be crippled causing widespread disruption if a proposed strike by IT staff goes ahead later this month.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jan 2004

Microsoft prepares Mike Rowe legal exit

Microsoft has started making the first sounds about extricating itself from the brouhaha surrounding its legal threats against 17-year-old student Mike Rowe and his MikeRoweSoft.com domain.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jan 2004

NZ army reels under rebranding frontal assault

LogoWatchHot on the heels of our report yesterday regarding an acute case of rebranding madness in Taiwan, we discover that the infection has already spread to the Antipodes.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2004

Speed camera clocks motorist at 406 mph

Since we Brits already hold the land speed record as a result of jet-powered Thrust SSC going supersonic in 1997, it seems only natural that we should attempt to be the first nation to break the sound barrier with a petrol-driven reciprocating-engined vehicle.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2004

Fossil buries ill-fated Palm OS wristwatch

Watchmaker Fossil appears to have decided that its attempt to bring a Palm OS-based timepiece to market was so cursed that it has quietly dropped plans to offer the product.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Asus unveils Dothan-based Centrino notebooks

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Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

How to help MS, harm OSS by not buying Microsoft

London's Newham Borough Council remains in pricing negotiations with Microsoft, but an apparently counter-intuitive migration issue bodes ill for the open source desktop alternative, and speaks volumes about the legacy hills that will have to be climbed in order to switch away from Microsoft. By not buying Microsoft software, Newham is severely restricting its ability to make a general deployment of open source desktops.
John Lettice, 21 Jan 2004

CD Wow backs down in parallel importing row

The British and Irish record industries have struck a mighty blow for consumers by forcing online retailer CD Wow to stop selling CDs imported from outside the EEA.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2004

France Telecom job cuts hoped to kick-start privatization

France Telecom is to shed 7% of its global workforce as part of its restructuring plans, helping the French government to kick-start its stalled privatization program. The carrier remains some way behind its European rivals in efficiency terms but its management team continues to make progress.
Datamonitor, 21 Jan 2004
Broken CD with wrench

Veritas expanding Linux utility offerings

Veritas has delivered the next steps in its Linux-based utility computing vision, expanding support for SuSE Linux with its Cluster Server, Foundation Suite and OpForce products. Cluster Server will also provide support for Vmware, underlining the continued importance of Vmware to Veritas despite the software's recent acquisition by storage rival EMC.
Datamonitor, 21 Jan 2004

Ultra-Personal Computers – PCs in a pod

So-called 'ultra-personal computers', or UPCs, which squeeze a full-blown PC into a form factor more reminiscent of a PDA, have been touted as the next big thing for several years. The recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has finally shown that the UPC may at last have become a practical proposition.
Datamonitor, 21 Jan 2004

Broadband needs new milestones – BSG

The Government should begin thinking about the future of broadband in the UK before committing to "clear milestones" that should be reached before 2010.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jan 2004

War against shoplifters goes hi-tech

A Birmingham- based crime reduction scheme has developed technology to help retailers to stay one step ahead of shoplifters in the fight against retail crime.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004

UK outsourcing flees abroad

Despite suffering a recent backlash from several high profile contract failures, outsourcing is firmly back in fashion with global businesses dramatically increasing IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) during 2003.
Robert Jaques, 21 Jan 2004

Gov.uk ain't got the knowledge

Intellect, the UK hi-tech trade association ,today gave the Government a slap on the wrist for failing to develop a coherent strategy supporting its stated objective of turning Britain into a knowledge-driven economy.
Robert Jaques, 21 Jan 2004

PalmOne spreads into sandwich business

Lunchers more used to £2 Marks and Sparks Prawn and Mayo sarnies may balk at rival sandwich maker Benugo's £349 offering, but the costly confection comes with an unusual ingredient: a PalmOne Tungsten C.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Wi-Fi providers target train travellers

BT Openzone today said it will roll out Wi-Fi hotspots at 15 railway stations in the UK.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Motorola beats the Street with profits surge

Motorola had a good fourth quarter with a big leap in profits on a modest rise in sales. On the downside, handset revenues were down a tad - the company blames delays in shipping new product for the fall.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2004

dabs.com rings up Xmas sales

Online retailer dabs.com enjoyed a bumper festive season with sales up 26 per cent in Xmas 2003 compared to the same period in 2002. The number of orders dabs.com processed also increased last Christmas.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004

Danish spammer fined £37k

A Danish company flogging telecoms kit has been fined a record £37,000 for sending spam.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jan 2004

PalmOne to axe 12% of workforce

PalmOne today said it will rid itself of around 100 workers - 12 per cent of its headcount - in a bid to streamline the company following its acquisition of Handspring.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2004

Oldest Working PC (redux)

More lettersThe replies are still coming in for our call Oldest Working PC sightings. So here's another, final, round of contenders.
Jan Libbenga, 21 Jan 2004

Zip file encryption compromise thrashed out

Compression software companies PKWare and WinZip have agreed to make their rival approaches to encrypting zip files more compatible.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004

UK plays asylum card to expand visa biometric scheme

The UK Home Office has announced the next step in its love affair with biometrics. As of March, visa applicants in five east African countries will be required to provide a record of their fingerprints. This is what applicants for visas for the US have to do these days, but in Britain we appear to be going for the thin end of the wedge rather the 'fingerprint the lot of them' counterstrike favoured by the Brazilians.
John Lettice, 21 Jan 2004

Mobile DBMS – user requirement or vendor greed?

When you're carrying a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. Databases provide a very useful way to manage and access potentially huge amounts of data.
IT-Analysis, 21 Jan 2004

Adaptec tempts mobo makers with Serial ATA

A pair of storage vendors this week were all aflutter after inking large distribution deals for their products.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2004

RIAA goes hunting for 532 more file-traders

The RIAA has launched Version 2.0 of its lawsuit filing program, suing 532 music fans in Washington and New York.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2004

Nokia prefers Python to Perl for smartphone scripting

Nokia tells us that Python, not Perl, is the preferred language for scripting on its smartphone platforms. Last week Lee Epting, the VP responsible for developer programs, told us that an internal build of Perl for Series 60 would make its way into the wider world.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2004

FoTW: Apple is the most successful company ever, you idiot!

Flame of the WeekFrom: Paul Mindolovich To: Ashlee Vance Subject: re: "How HP invented the market for iPod resellers" Article
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2004

Microsoft watch requires three-fingered reboot

Ever since Microsoft announced its intentions to put its software into phones, TVs and cars we've had to suffer the lamest jokes about phones, TVs and cars offering Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). We deplore this kind of unimaginative humor.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2004

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