6th > February > 2004 Archive
The Pentagon has abandoned an Internet voting system that was planned for deployment this year.
Letters Like 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)
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.
Microsoft plans to offer developers a pre-release version of its next Visual Studio .Net platform, codenamed Whidbey, next month, planning to drum up interest in its next generation Longhorn operating system, due in 2006.
Updated A 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Letters Right – another round of letters from the lovely Register readership. Let’s kick off with a short one.
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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.
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.
Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has announced fourth quarter results which saw better than expected profits and a cautiously optimistic outlook.
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.
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..."
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 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.
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 has tapped a new executive to head its scandal-ridden Korean operations.
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).
Thousands of family businesses will face "severe financial hardship" if the Chancellor adopts controversial proposals to amend existing small business tax regulations.
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.
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.