17th > February > 2004 Archive

Vodafone loses AT&T Wireless battle

The bidding battle for AT&T Wireless is over and Cingular has won.
John Oates, 17 Feb 2004

IT contractors enjoy rate rise

Rates for IT staff working in finance have gone up for the first time in four years. The news is being welcomed as evidence that a City recovery is underway.
John Oates, 17 Feb 2004

Microsoft to offer rival CDs

Microsoft is offering to include CD-ROMs of rival software in an effort to settle its competition case brought by the European Commission.
John Oates, 17 Feb 2004

WM-Data: would-be Nordic powerhouse

Having completed the €200 million acquisition of Finnish IT services company Novo Group, Sweden's WM-Data is looking to grow further over the next few years. However, recent attempts by Nordic vendors to build a more global business have been largely unsuccessful, and WM-Data is likely to just focus on the Nordic region instead.
Datamonitor, 17 Feb 2004

T-Mobile goes 3G in UK

Mobile network T-Mobile has switched on its 3G network – but don't expect to see people making video phone calls anytime soon.
John Oates, 17 Feb 2004

AMD brings Opterons to blades

AMD has launched two new low-powered Opterons, destined for the blade server market.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2004

BT's ‘new wave’ mitigates fixed-line decline

BT Group's third quarter was buoyed by the continued growth of its IT services and broadband offerings, its so-called "new wave" services, while its traditional fixed-line business continued to decline. BT is having more success in certain areas than rival telcos, but it still has some significant challenges ahead.
Datamonitor, 17 Feb 2004

Firm hunts for Nimda-like worms in Web traffic

London-based security outfit ScanSafe today launched a Net-based filtering service designed to counter Web-borne viruses and malicious code.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2004

The USA: outsourcing heartland

OpinionThe schizophrenic attitude of the US towards outsourcing continues to manifest itself, writes Bloor Research analyst Bob McDowall.
IT-Analysis, 17 Feb 2004

MS cites kidnap fears in bid to keep execs' wealth out of court

Minnesota's class action against Microsoft, scheduled to go to trial on March 1st, is showing unexpected potential. Yes, it is yet another everyday story of (allegedly) overcharging folk, but Microsoft has been attempting to stop details of how rich its witnesses are coming out in court, and the rival attorneys have been scrapping in the hallways.
John Lettice, 17 Feb 2004

Windows source code exploit released

The leak of Windows source code last week has already enabled a hacker to create an exploit.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2004

US spammer fined £75k for porn sting

A US company has been fined £75,000 for spamming punters with porn emails that led to users racking up whopping phone bills.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2004

100 rural areas in Europe to get subsidised broadband

One hundred rural communities in Europe are to get broadband for free as part of a project part-funded by the European Commission (EC).
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2004

Stob: Softwron number stolen

StobPioneering patentee and litigator Softwron Inc admitted today that its infamous so-called 'Wron number (see El Reg passim) has been stolen and made available on the Internet, "where just anybody can download it and use it".
Verity Stob, 17 Feb 2004

AMD halves Opteron 848 prices

AMD today slashed prices across its multi-way Opteron processor families, ahead of an anticipated announcement from Intel that it will bring 64-bit computing to the x86 server market.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

Nvidia unwraps PCI Express graphics chips

Nvidia today officially unveiled its first PCI Express-oriented graphics chips, dropping the 'FX' from its current top-end GeForce series chips and replacing it with 'PCX'.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

Lindows now Lindash

The operating system Lindows is now available as Lin---s (pronounced: Lin-dash) in those countries where Microsoft has blocked the availability of the desktop Linux distribution. The new name complies with a recent Amsterdam court ruling, the San Diego company says.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Feb 2004

Close Encounter yours for $1.3m

Blimey they don't half sell some old rubbish on eBay, eh? The latest extraordinary item to come to our attention is a close encounter video apparently shot in 1998 by someone called "Sargel18".
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2004

London's charge zone: blueprint for road pricing 'success'?

One year on, London's congestion charge is being widely hailed as a success, Mayor Ken Livingstone is pushing for its extension, and numerous other cities seem poised to follow London's lead. London has shown that the public will accept road pricing, and has also shown that it can be used to reduce traffic. So it's the blueprint for the deployment of strong IT systems to fix the world's transportation problems? Well no, not exactly.
John Lettice, 17 Feb 2004

ATI touts low-cost HDTV tuner card

ATI will this Spring allow North American buyers of its All-in-Wonder video cards to view free-to-air digital TV broadcasts.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

IT Pros demand govt broadband intervention

The Government should intervene to guarantee universal access to broadband services in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2004

BBC ponders P2P distribution

The BBC is to make its programme archive available over a peer-to-peer network, it said at the International Broadcasting Convention last weekend.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2004

Outcry as Chinese Net dissident arrested

A Chinese dissident has been arrested by police after being accused of posting subversive messages on the Internet.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2004

Sony unveils two-tone Vaio K series notebooks

Reg Kit WatchSony's lead in funky-looking Wintel notebooks continues unabated with today's introduction of new K series Vaios, introducing not only a slick look but the manufacturer's XBrite screen technology, which it claims yields "sharp contrast, crisp graphics and breathtaking colour resolution during video playback".
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

Microsoft co-founder to demo always-on mini PC

Vulcan, the company set up by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will show off its FlipStart always-on mobile "mini PC" this week.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

Germans bag über-dooper super computer

Scientists in Germany can now boast the fastest super computer in Europe – on paper at least. The new IBM number-crunching giant is capable of performing 8.9 trillion floating point calculations per second – a cool 8.9 teraflops in supercomputer parlance.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2004

Bagle-B clobbers weary Net users

Long-suffering Net users are finding their in-boxes clobbered again today with the appearance of yet another mass mailing worm.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2004

Intel unveils 64-bit capable Xeon

IDF 2004Branding it one of the industry's "worst-kept secrets", Intel CEO Craig Barrett this morning revealed that 'Nocona', the first Xeon CPU fabbed at 90nm, will extend the 32-bit x86 ISA to 64-bit addressing.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004
Broken CD with wrench

Intel's Barrett hints at 64-bit compatibility glitches

IDFAt long last, Intel has done the deed and followed AMD with 64-bit extensions to its 32-bit processors. But how compatible will Intel's 64-bit Xeon be with AMD's Opteron?
Ashlee Vance, 17 Feb 2004
DVD it in many colours

Who sank Itanic?

AnalysisAs expected, Intel effectively sidelined its decade-long, multi-billion-dollar VLIW processor by announcing 64-bit extensions to its IA-32 processor family today.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Feb 2004

IBM shows Itanic love with Power4 benchmark

Proving what a big Itanium backer it is, IBM released a new benchmark for its highest-end Power4+ server on the same day that Intel kicked off its developer conference.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Feb 2004

Intel moots Centrino-style home PC platform

IDF Spring 2004Intel wants its upcoming Grantsdale chipset and the recently released Prescott 90nm Pentium 4 to form the basis of a home computing platform along the lines of Centrino.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004

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