6th > February > 2004 Archive
Pentagon cans Internet voting system
The Pentagon has abandoned an Internet voting system that was planned for deployment this year.
Apple family values – Pepsi TV row rumbles on
LettersLike flies buzzing around a corpse, an angry swarm of Apple die-hards headed towards The Register this week in defense of Pepsi's iTunes Superbowl advertisement. It's even spawned a parody by student film-maker James Saldana. (Thanks James)
BT favoured for big NI broadband deal
British Telecom looks set to win the contract to ensure that every household and business in Northern Ireland has the option of broadband by 2005.
Missing teen's Net meeting
UpdatedA teenage girl who went missing South West on Saturday night may have gone to meet a man she met on the Net, according to police.
Motorola phone launch makes play for high end and low
Motorola launched four handsets for the European market today in a bid to tap into massive consumer demand for cameraphones and to show it can do handset design as well as Nokia and Siemens.
Adobe brings grid to the mass market
Adobe has allied with GridIron Software to deliver the first mass market grid product. This is a version of Adobe After Effects that can be bought through retail channels and is designed to enable smaller businesses to use grid techniques, where processes are run over a pool of low cost networked servers.
Phone makers to make major launches at CeBIT
Next month's CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany will see the launch of a raft of new digital camera mobile phones, according to German press reports. Service provider Vodafone will introduce a mobile phone with an integrated CCD 240 x 320 resolution camera: the GX30 tri-band, developed by Japanese manufacturer Sharp.
Music industry raids Kazaa's Australia HQ
Australian music industry investigators yesterday raided the premises of Kazaa's parent company, Sharman Networks, and four other Internet businesses, including the offices of Telstra, the nation's chief telco.
Tiny transforms into e-business
Tiny Computers has relaunched itself as Tiny.com, the UK PC maker said today. And the new, web-based operation has set itself the goal of winning over ten per cent of the UK home PC market by this time year.
Unholy trio of RealOne Player holes unearthed
RealOne Player users tricked into running maliciously constructed media files could surrender control of their machine to crackers because of three security vulnerabilities revealed this week.
What are Boffins? And other important questions
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Clueless office workers help spread computer viruses
Busy or apathetic employees are accelerating the spread of viruses and potentially costing UK businesses millions in clean-up charges, according to a survey out today.
EU approves €545m grants for AMD Dresden
The €545 million worth of allowances and grants AMD will receive from the Federal German government and the local administration in Saxony to help it build its 300mm wafer fab in Dresden have been given the green light by the European Union.
Upbeat Ericsson beats forecasts
Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has announced fourth quarter results which saw better than expected profits and a cautiously optimistic outlook.
Sony offers limited edition ‘Aqua’ PS2
Sony will next month ship a limited edition "Aqua" PlayStation 2 console. The console will be made available throughout Europe wherever the PAL TV standard is used.
Revealed: the perils of automated replies
The email typographical howler award for this Friday goes to US financial software outfit Intuit. The company offers a range of exciting products too extensive to be listed in a family publication such as El Reg, but which includes TurboTax - "packed with powerful features to help you maximize tax-savings, and minimize the time you spend on tax preparation. No matter how simple or complex your tax needs..."
What do you get if you cross a 419er with 3000 oxen?
Strange things appear to be going on in the 419 community at present. Within the last hour, one Dr Paul Okoro kindly sent an email advising of yet another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come by a substantial amount of cash.
BT hides mobile transmitters in street furniture
BT Wholesale has signed an agreement with Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council that will let it install low-powered mobile phone network transmitters from its Microconnect DA system on lampposts and street signs.
Computer Forensics conference line-up finalised
The line-up has been announced for a keenly-awaited international conference on standards for computer forensics due to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland in two months time.
IBM tries to clean up South Korean biz with new exec
IBM has tapped a new executive to head its scandal-ridden Korean operations.
Europe and US inch towards GPS accord
Europe and the US are nearing agreement on ensuring that the Galileo satellite navigation system will operate with - and not interfere with - the US Global Positioning System (GPS).
Small.biz faces Treasury tax terror
Thousands of family businesses will face "severe financial hardship" if the Chancellor adopts controversial proposals to amend existing small business tax regulations.
Sun buys $200 million worth of an N1 vision
If you are a sick, tech freak, like some of us at El Reg, you've spent some time wondering how much it costs for a vendor to make a "vision" come out of its marketing cocoon and turn into a technology marvel. Thankfully, Sun Microsystems has done its best to answer this very question.
AT&T Wireless awaits prom call from Vodafone
Investors in AT&T Wireless, which has officially confirmed that it is up for auction, are anxious to see a bidding war develop for the giant US carrier, as the Friday 13 deadline for bids approaches. But so far, Cingular remains the er, singular suitor for the $30 billion carrier.