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Tell us why this is a Land of Confusion
Reader quizGiven the tumultuous events in the server and processor worlds over the last couple of weeks, it seemed appropriate to take a moment and clear up a couple of nagging details surrounding the strategies of HP, Intel and Sun Microsystems. And to make things fun, El Reg is asking for reader help with these server/processor conundrums.
Retailers warned on Chip and PIN
Retailers not upgrading to chip and PIN technology will face a bigger risk of fraud according to Visa managing director Colin Grannell.
Who needs passwords?
RSARSA Security is teaming up with Microsoft to simplify the process of logging into corporate Windows networks.
Gates ‘optimistic’ on security
RSAMicrosoft chairman Bill Gates is grateful to the independent security researchers who routinely punch holes in his company's software. Really.
Battle for mmO2 hots up
NTT DoCoMo has signalled it could be interested in mmO2 - if the UK operator used i-mode - DoCoMo's data service.
Ryanair, Stelios in telecoms departure
No frills airline Ryanair is lending its name to a new telecoms outfit that claims it will shake up the telephone market with half-price local and national calls.
India comes to Europe
Europe in briefLast week AP wrote that Siemens was to relocate more than 15,000 IT jobs from Europe to India, a story later downplayed by the German company. But India itself is interested in investing in Europe, Copenhagen Capacity reports.
IT security to become political battleground
RSASecurity will re-emerge as a major arena for political debate over the next year, cryptography legend Whitfield Diffie predicted today.
Nvidia unveils ‘fastest’ mobile workstation GPU
Nvidia rolled out its latest workstation-class mobile graphics chip, the Quadro FX Go1000, claiming the part out-performs "competing" desktop workstation graphics accelerators.
321 Studios to fight ripper injunction
321 Studios will appeal the expected court ruling passed last week by Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District Federal Court for California, effectively halting sale of many of the company's products.
Future rosy for UltraWideBand
UltraWideBand's prospects for becoming the dominant wireless technology for the home improved significantly this week, with Motorola poised to support a coexistence protocol that bridges the two rival would-be standards, and Intel demonstrating integration with wired USB.
Ingram Micro sales solid
Channel RoundupSuper-distie Ingram made a proft of $46.4m for the fourth quarter ended January 3, 2004, on sales of $6.76bn. European sales were $2.77bn, an increase of 33 per cent on the same period a year ago. Gross margin was 5.37 per cent, against 5.62 per cent last year.
Intel, Sony to deliver quality video to MS smart phones
Intel's "strategic relationship" with Sony's music division has borne fruit, with Microsoft coming out as a beneficiary of the pair's partnership.
European PC sales up
Indirect sales of PCs to businesses grew six per cent in January compared to the same period a year ago.
Cyber-terror drama skates on thin Black Ice
Book ReviewComputerworld columnist Dan Verton has covered the security beat for several years. He has recently weighed in on the cyber-terror discussion with a book called Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism.
Time to invest, say CEOs
Downsizing is out and growth is in, according IBM's annual global CEO study. Of 456 CEOs interviewed, 80 per cent said their priority is to grow revenues, rather than to cut costs.
Nokia's new Communicator – who needs it?
3GSMFans of Nokia's Communicator were ecstatic at the fourth generation product announced on Monday, and the feature list and form factor provide everything that that the 9200 series was missing, and then some.
IBM debuts pocket-sized PC
IBM Japan has developed a tiny prototype PC that measures just 16 x 8.2 x 2.2cm (6.4 x 3.3 x 0.9in) and weights a mere 300g (10.6oz), the company said today.
Operators blame handsets for 3G delays
Mobile operators are blaming handset makers for the delayed launch of 3G.
Terra Lycos narrows FY loss
Terra Lycos reckons "efficient management" over the last couple of years has helped it reduce the amount of cash it lost last year.
El Reg moots Bangalore hack outsource plan
One unexpected effect of the release of our terrific "My job went to India and all I got was this lousy T shirt" limited edition is that Vulture Central itself is now considering outsourcing all of its hacks to Bangalore.
Intel promises all-singing, all-dancing 3G phone
3GSMIntel has not yet delivered the Bulverde super-phone chipset it announced last summer - but Paul Otellini is already promising delegates at 3GSM that for 2005, he'll have a phone that will save 3G, and integrate it with Wi-Fi. Oh, and it will have a two megapixel camera built in.
Business texts the ‘next big thing’ – Vodafone
Vodafone is looking to drum up extra revenues by getting business users to text more.
Bell Micro ends French rule
Storage distributor Bell Microproducts has appointed Martin Blaney acting president for western Europe.
US chip biz tells China to ditch local WLAN standard
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has demanded that the Chinese government abandon plans to impose a proprietary WLAN security standard on 1 June.
TI builds graphics hardware into mobile chip
Texas Instruments has updated its OMAP all-in-one mobile processor platform with a second-generation architecture that integrates graphics acceleration hardware, support for hi-res digicams and camcorders, and provides TV output.
Morse signals upturn in '04
Morse, Sun's biggest European reseller, increased turnover by 13 per cent to to £187.1m in the six months ended 31 December 2003 (2002: £185.8m).
Server competition heats up
Advanced Micro Devices must be happy. After 18 months of secret development and the biting of many corporate tongues at the Intel Developer Forum last week, Hewlett-Packard has finally announced it will deliver variants of its ProLiant X86 servers that use AMD's 64-bit Opteron processors. The server market is suddenly getting more interesting...
Vendors wary of MS Windows Firewall
Microsoft's announcement of its imminent entry into the personal firewall market was expected, but it is still concerning for some companies already playing in that space. However, in some ways the product seems to be focused on improving Microsoft's security reputation rather than making a splash in the market.
Tiscali in Net phone deal
Pan-European ISP Tiscali has teamed up with NetCentrex to provide residential broadband telephony services for its one million ADSL punters.
Infineon demos nano-scale transistor
Researchers at Infineon say they have built the first power semiconductor made from nanotubes. Nano scale parts were thought to be too weak to withstand the high voltages and currents used in power applications, but the team has demonstrated a nanotube switch that can control LEDs or electric motors.
Gartner analyst explains HP and Itanium leanings
Letterre: HP calls in Gartner cheerleader for Opteron launch
Geeks do *so* have friends
Gaming fans are a deeply social and friendly people, not isolated geeks. This is the main finding of a survey of gamers, published by GameMore, a UK gaming event co-ordinator.
Palmsource puts down its mark in the volume smart phone market
3GSMNot a lot of people have noticed yet, but at 3GSM this week Palmsource made what could turn out to be its big play for the smartphone market. The company's licensees of course do already have a presence that could be termed a "smartphone" presence, but if you think about it, what it really has is PDAs with built-in wireless, attractive to those sectors of the market that are interested in high spec devices of this sort. But until now Palmsource didn't really have a contender in the more general handset market.
WayFinder, GPS done right, preps for US launch
3GSMThe top GPS system for mobile phones, WayFinder, is set for a US launch this summer. For anyone who doesn't have GPS built into their car, or a dedicated GPS with display, this is good news. While it's not the only navigation system on the market it is fantastically useful, giving you the capabilities of an in-car system, with spoken directions and more. It only needs a compact Bluetooth GPS module.
Danger's new gizmo – exclusive… er… sketch
3GSMDanger Inc. showed a prototype of its new Hiptop communicator - the world's most usable wireless device - at Cannes this week, and we can show you what it looks like. Alas, the illustration is not up the standards that you usually expect, because Danger imposed a no-photography policy on its new baby.
Cyber security alliance sets sights on Washington
RSAA group of 12 security software and hardware vendors today launched the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) at the RSA Conference.
Microsoft meets real world half-way
3GSMMicrosoft is to put MSN content, including Hotmail, onto OpenWave's V7 software, potentially bringing it in front of many millions of mobile phone users. The deal gives users offline access to Hotmail, MSN Messenger and Passport services.
Stealthy Azul's Java plans unstealthed
At last check, Azul Systems held tight to its stealth mode status, but a few sources have come forward to expose the company's hardware and software plans.
Hitachi blows its own 300GB trumpet
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is claiming its Ultrastar 10K300 is the industry's first 300GB enterprise hard drive. Due next quarter in Ultra 320 SCSI or 2Gb Fibre Channel forms, the 10,000 RPM drive has five platters and 10 heads, and can sustain 89MB/sec.
Sun offers a hand to confused HP-UX customers
Not satisfied with its assault on HP's Tru64 customer base, Sun Microsystems has made a move to go after HP-UX customers as well, offering them a "risk free" move to SPARC-based or Opteron-based hardware.
Sun's services queen jumps ship for Salesforce.com
In a surprising move, Sun Microsystems' head of services Pat Sueltz has fled the company to work for a Sun partner - Salesforce.com.