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Intel to kill off Mobile Pentium 4 ‘around Q1 2005’

IDF The 90nm Prescott version of the Mobile Pentium 4 processor will be the last to bear that name, according to the chip maker's mobile products chief, Anand Chandrasekher. Well, maybe.
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Intel prototypes portable ‘Tele-Phone’

IDF Intel boffins gave us a glimpse of the future today. It's a small, battery-powered box that fits in the pocket allowing people to talk to each other - as long as they have a similar box, too.
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Abolish Free TV – Intel lobbyist

IDF Nothing illustrates the gulf between logician Americans and metaphysical Europeans like their respective approaches to spectrum policy.
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HP prints its way to profit in Q1

HP's first quarter proved that printing and imaging products drive the company's growth but also that other parts of its business can chip in at times.
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Chancellor under fire for IR591 tax terror

MPs and pressure groups have roundly condemned the Chancellor for his refusal to consult with UK firms over plans to introduce a controversial and potentially punitive tax regime for owner managers of small-incorporated businesses in his impending 2003 Pre-Budget Report.
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Staff must have hotspot access – Gartner

Companies should sign up for Wi-Fi hotspot services in airports and public areas, to increase the daily productivity of travelling workers by up to 30 minutes.
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TI claims phone power breakthrough

Despite the expected release of dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular handsets later this year, Finnish giant Nokia is more concerned about improved power technology than hybrid devices.
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MS Compact Framework squares up to Java

Nokia's increased control over Symbian has sent a clear signal that the Finnish company aims to woo developers in the battle to dominate the mobile platform.
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Comet chasers seek secret of life

Next Thursday, a rocket carrying a robotic explorer will launch, marking the start of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to land on a comet.

Intel downbeat about 64-bit extensions

Intel couldn't have tried any harder if it wanted to give the impression that its launch of 64-bit extensions for the 32-bit Xeon this week was something it had been forced to do in the face of indifference bordering on hostility to its Itanium project...
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Enterprise security spend to hit $6bn

Increased publicity of IT threats has highlighted the deficiencies in current security solutions and clarified the need for them. Enterprises are taking note, especially in sensitive industries. Datamonitor's Helen Toft explains why the government, utilities and pharmaceutical sectors are set to see the most rapid rise in firewall and VPN investment.
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Red-letter day for Microgen

Microgen, a billing software and consulting services company, has reported a reduced net loss for 2003 of £1.9m from £2.6m in 2002, on revenue that grew 4 per cent to £26m. Continued growth should not be taken for granted, but the outlook is good for its consultancy business.
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Exel trials RFID in House of Fraser

Exel is embarking on a project with House of Fraser to trial RFID in the retailer's international supply chain. RFID, although not a new technology, is capturing the imagination of several leading retailers in Europe and the US who see it as a potentially revolutionary supply chain tool. Although the technology is neither proven nor perfected, Exel is gearing itself to meet the challenge.
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Spamhaus crowned Internet heroes of 2003

Steve Linford and Spamhaus were crowned the Internet's heroes of 2003 at the Internet Service Providers' Association's annual awards ceremony in London last night. ISPA said Spamhaus was chosen "for educating people about spam, endeavouring to thwart spammers and urging the US to reject the opt-out approach to spam legislation".
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A million i-mode users in Europe

KPN Telecom today announced its one millionth European i-mode customer, the target it originally set for December 2003.

Firewall VPN sales soar

Global spending on firewall and virtual private network (VPN) technology will double over the next three years to reach almost $6bn in 2007.
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Shrunken rods make batteries better

A plastic polymer and an extremely hot oven are behind a research breakthrough that will see lithium batteries get a significant power boost.
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Stob: Pirated 'Wron number yours for free

Stob It's been a bad week for beleaguered, bedraggled and be-loathed Softwron chief Rock McDosh. On Monday it was admitted that the 'Wron number had been let loose on the Internet; today comes the news that Dylan Beard of the Free Number Association has already made an imitation of the nefariously nicked number and plans to give it away for free.
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Q: What's the AV industry's definition of happy?

Analysis If you'd like to see the personification of happy, then look no further than an AV product or service vendor in the middle of a viral pandemic.
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Infinium Labs gets litigious with HardOCP

The company behind the forthcoming Phantom game platform, Infinium Labs, has stated that it may file a lawsuit against news website HardOCP over an article in September 2003 which cast doubt on the firm's real intentions.
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Are Apples healthier than Pepsi?

Letters Fortunately, in addition to the tonnage of email we received about the recent coverage of the Swastika-removing patch issued by Microsoft, there are other issues which you, our readers, have taken the time to write to us about.
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Cisco VoIP kit open to ‘snooping attacks’

Security researchers have identified serious security concerns with widely-used Internet telephony equipment from networking giant Cisco.
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EU thundering down information superhighway

Broadband roll-out across the EU is progressing nicely and is on course to meet its 2005 targets.
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Intel and HP color self-preservation as customer choice

Analysis The marketing theme of IDF this week has been customer choice, but vendor self-interest would be a more accurate description of the affair.
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Dell plots cheap SAN attack

Dell plans to dip below partner EMC in the low-end of the storage market with a new SAN-in-a-can product bundle, a top executive said today.
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Traces of Guilt: computer crime from the front line

Book review It's rare to read a book about computer security that captures the spills and thrills of hunting cyber-criminals.