18th > February > 2004 Archive
Film makers join revulsion at Pepsi RIAA doublespeak
Award-winning film maker and Apple user Brian Flemming has become the second artist to release his critique of the now notorious SuperBowl commercial, which promoted Apple's iTunes store.
Slinging disks, NetApp booms in Q3
Network Appliance posted fairly remarkable results in its third quarter, increasing sales well beyond marks set by other hardware vendors.
The pop-up ad is dead (nearly)
Europe in briefVideo killed the radio star, but the Internet is killing the ads. Amsterdam-based WebAds Interactive Advertising will no longer sell pop-up ads for its European clients, citing a NFO Trendbox survey which shows that 91 per cent of (Dutch) Net users dislike these intrusive ads.
Stafffs opens nursery for mobile computing firms
Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Computing Engineering and Technology has opened a lab at which businesses, large and small, can test the next generation of mobile technology.
Email fraud soars
Attempted email fraud and phishing attacks went up 50 per cent in January compared to the month before.
AMD's ‘colourful’ chairman to step down
It's official: AMD CEO and President Hector Ruiz will replace company founder Jerry Sanders as Chairman on 29 April.
Europe to revoke Rambus memory patent
Rambus' legal action against memory maker Micron appears to have had the rug pulled from under its feet this week when the European Patent Office said it will revoke one of the company's patents.
Judge throws out FTC case against Rambus
Rambus has won its appeal against an anti-trust ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
VoIP will be US broadband killer app
Voice over IP is the killer app for broadband, according to a report just released from home networks research house, Parks Associates.
Irish e-voting furore hots up
Mary Harney, Ireland's deputy prime minister, weighed into the fierce debate in Ireland surrounding e-voting yesterday, expressing some sympathy with opposition complaints about the proposed system.
Seagate spins 10k rpm disks
Seagate announced a new range of 10,000rpm hard discs, called Savvio, at the Intel Developers' Forum (IDF) yesterday.
Quantum offers full line through European channel
Channel RoundupStorage behemoth Quantum is to offer its complete line of products through European distributors Ideal Hardware and CMS Peripherals.This will include the DLT VS80, DLT VS160 and SDLT 320-branded tape drives.
Sun wins big with China Mobile Java gig
Sun has signed a major deal with China Unicom for the cellco to use Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) to create a mobile Java platform - UniJa - for its 90m subscribers.
Sybase beefs up Pocket PowerBuilder
Sybase has shipped a new version of its Pocket PowerBuilder development environment, specifically designed to speed up and simplify the creation of mobile and wireless applications.
Stob: McDosh hires Titbits
StobStob Dateline: Two hours 37 minutes ago. US software and litigation giant Softwron Inc, has upped the stakes in the battle of its patented 'Wron number, recently stolen and released onto the 'Net.
P2P service makes beautiful music with EMI and others
UK online music service Wippit has added a second music major to its roster, hot on the heels of becoming the first P2P system to attract the attention of the industry's big boys.
Help! I married a Net porn star
An unnamed 30 year-old Greek man got a bit more of an eyeful that he bargained for when he was checking out an exhibitionist porn site. While happily surfing vids of couples getting it on, he happened upon one of his wife getting jiggy with another man.
Cisco parades extra trade discounts
Cisco is offering resellers extra discounts on kit if they register potential sales before closing the deal.
Moon-sized diamond found in space
The biggest ever diamond has been found floating in space. The gem, estimated at close to 10 billion trillion trillion carats, is at the core of a dead star (BPM 37093) - a crystallised white dwarf.
£48m cash infusion for JET fusion
The UK’s fusion research programme got a cash injection of £48 million today, as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) bestowed its largest ever grant on UKAEA (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority) Culham Division.
Ethernet compo winner announced
So here is the explanation of the (terrible) joke in the Intel photonic switch story (Light dawns at Intel) we ran yesterday.
Using photon momentum to trap viruses
The European Commission announced the first ten projects to be granted funding as part of the NEST (New and Emerging Science and Technology) programme.
ESA probes Beagle 2 failure
The European Space Agency has launched an inquiry into the (sadly) failed Beagle 2 lander. Working in conjunction with the British Government, the ESA said that the inquiry will shed light on the craft’s inability to communicate with the mothership since it set off on its own for Mars.
Universities cash in on IP
Universities in the UK are generating more income from intellectual property, filing more patents and spinning out more companies than ever before.
Oldest galaxy found behind big cluster
Scientists at CalTech may have discovered the most distant object known, and thus the oldest ever seen. If the galaxy, which lies behind the Abell 2218 cluster, is as old as researchers currently think, then the light which has now reached Earth is just 750 million years younger than the universe itself.
Mice grow monkey sperm
A team of US scientists has created viable monkey sperm in mice, using transplanted testicular tissue.* From the date of the transplant, it took seven months for live sperm to be produced.
MS demos Jetsons' kitchen on FoodTV
Microsoft is hard at work solving the problems of moneyed illiterates who hate to cook. Those who can't quite manage to interpret the microwaving instructions printed on a cup of dehydrated soup no longer need to worry: the Microsoft Kitchen is alive with RFID (radio frequency identification) transponders that tell the microwave oven how long and at what intensity to nuke your soup powder or Macaroni & Whey Dinner for perfect results every time.
Nanotech researchers see the light
Researchers in the Mazur group at Harvard have found a way to make nanofibres only 50nm thick; thinner than the wavelengths of light they carry.
DTI's £50m bet on Nanotech
UK businesses have until March 26th to apply for a share of a £50 million the DTI has allocated to fund research into commercial applications of nanotechnology.
Homer Simpson let loose on US nuclear weapons facility
Homer Simpson has apparently relinquished his post at Springfield nuclear plant to take up a new position with US Energy Department's Pantex plant in Texas.
Captain Cyborg issues chilling TV warning
Hopes that Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick might finally be towed away and broken up for scrap were dashed last night when the ubiquitous robopundit made an extended appearance on BBC TV's Jeremy Clarkson's Inventions That Changed The World.
Handheld porn comes closer
Adult content provider MobVision is fully launching its content delivery and billing system for mobile phones.
Ellison appeals direct to PeopleSoft shareholders
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is going over the heads of the PeopleSoft board of directors and appealing directly to shareholders to back his offer for the company.
‘Centrino 2’ to launch next Autumn
IDFIntel's second-generation Centrino platform, 'Sonoma', will be launched next Autumn, the chip maker's mobile products chief, Anand Chandrasekher, said today.
Intel to ship 64-bit Pentium ‘in time for Longhorn’
IDFIntel confirmed it will bring 64-bit technology to the desktop when Microsoft ships the next major version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn.
90nm Dothan to lead consumer Centrino drive
IDFIntel today promised to push its Centrino notebook platform at consumers, a scheme backed by the arrival next quarter of the long-awaited 90nm Pentium M processor, 'Dothan'.
The point of Itanium keeps floating with new chips
IDFThe years of Itanium preaching have taken their toll on St. Fister, and it shows.
Google touts stalking service
The war between Yahoo! and Google has intensified, as Yahoo! introduced more of its own search engine technology for its US site yesterday.
Swastika still controversial, shocker
Letters:Is it possible to file a story mentioning the word ‘Swastika’ vizout, sorry, without eliciting a flurry of informative, and often angry, mail from your readers? (We refer to a recent article about a patch that got rid of a couple of pictures...)
EC wants biometrics on passports
The European Commission today outlined how a coherent, pan-European approach to security will mean that all citizens will need two biometric identifiers in their passports.
BSA software audit ‘will not trigger legal action’
The Business Software Alliance last week launched a 'software detox' initiative to help organisations check their software licenses. Today, the anti-piracy group rejected concerns that firms could incriminate themselves via the on-line audit returns.
Microsoft's Shared-Source defeats Trustworthy Computing
OpinionThe recent leak of Windows source code onto the Web has made a lot of people jumpy. According to MS news blog Bink.nu, the company has already discovered at least one downloader and sent him a nastygram. If this is true, it indicates an aggressive response back in Redmond, a scrambling to plug the leaks and intimidate in the curious RIAA-style.
Home Office to centralise police intelligence
Police officers are still deleting important records because they fear prosecution under the Data Protection Act, according to the Police Federation.
HP to pump IDF full of Opteron boxes
IDFShocking as it seems to us, HP looks set to announce its new line of Opteron servers on Thursday - day three of the Intel Developer Forum.