Wal-Mart has added to an already extensive lineup of Linux operating systems by signing on to sell Sun Microsystems' Java Desktop System.
TSMC has beefed up its industrial espionage action against fellow chip foundry SMIC with what it claims are eyewitness accounts of its rival's alleged attempts to steal its trade secrets.
Europe in BriefA recent study from Norway among 600 tenth graders reveals an interesting gender split: among youngsters who use PCs intensively, girls see their study results steadily improve, while those of boys slip. Researchers believe that for boys the PC is more of an escape from reality.
BT is scrapping its standard rate tariff for nine million phone punters in a move to simplify call charges.
The DVD Forum yesterday denied that its members had approved the use of the Apple iTunes Music Store-backed AAC audio format as a future DVD Audio technology.
The American music industry has fired off another fusillade of lawsuits against alleged music downloaders, this time snaring 532 people.
A 46-year-old Dutch chip programmer who tried to blackmail dairy giant Campina using the most up-to-date Internet technologies, has been jailed for 10 years by a Dutch court on blackmail charges and five counts of attempted murder.
What's two metres tall, contains 16Gb of operating memory and shares its name with the Jurassic's top predator? Well, a quick tour of IBM's North Dublin manufacturing facility on Tuesday brought the press face to face with the beast known as the T-Rex z990 series server.
BEA and IBM have just published a jointly-authored whitepaper on a suggested extension of Business Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS or BPEL for short), writes Bloor Research analyst Peter Abrahams.
Over 150 Starbucks UK coffee shops now provide wireless Internet access, the company proudly announced yesterday.
Most mobile phone users do not realise that they cannot send text messages to people in the US.
There's yet more speculation about the future of AOL following a report which suggests that the giant Internet outfit is mulling plans for major restructuring.
UpdatedWe're beginning to suspect that London mayor "Red Ken" Livingstone may be nothing more than an agent for the killer cyberloos and murderous domestic appliances which threaten the very existence of humanity.
As expected, Microsoft was today hit with a record-breaking fine by the European Commission. But although Microsoft is complaining mightily about it, the sum involved will make a negligible impact on Redmond's coffers. Nor, of itself, is the Commission's insistence that Microsoft must offer a version of Windows free of Windows Media Player to PC companies - the effectiveness of the Commission's remedies will lie in the success or otherwise of its requirements on interface disclosure, and of its strictures against "using any commercial, technological or contractual terms" to cripple the stripped-down version of Windows.
A Californian insurance claims manager was yesterday charged with planting an electronic bug on a computer owned by his former employers.
Apple will now not ship dual-CPU Xserve G5 servers until April, two months later than the company originally promised, it admitted this week.
HP is recruiting Novell to help it get Linux running on corporate desktop and laptop computers. HP will offer business customers support and testing.
Things are looking rosy for Linux outfit Red Hat, which made a profit of $5m on turnover of $37m in the fourth quarter ended 29 February, 2004.
Boffins at Australia’s National University in Canberra have made a new - and magnetic - form of carbon which they have dubbed nanofoam. Because of its unique magnetic properties, it could have important medical applications, the team says.
Sun Microsystems has applauded the decision by the European Commission to impose a record fine on Microsoft.
The European Commission's decision to force the removal of Media Player from Windows is against the interests of consumers, chills innovation and breaks applications and web sites, claimed Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith in a news conference today. But yes, he would say that (and much, much more), wouldn't he? Setting the bluster aside for the moment, it's what he had to say on how Microsoft proposes to fight the decision and its chances of success that are most important.
Angry victims of rogue diallers which ring expensive satellite numbers are blaming the wrong company, Eutelsat says. The satellite telephone provider blames the confusion on billing software which mistakenly names it as the origin of the calls.
Microsoft released Windows XP SP2 as a public beta last week, paving the way for a summer debut of Redmond's most ambitious attempt yet to improve the basic security of Windows PCs.
Communications watchdog Ofcom is to launch an investigation into BT's decision today to axe is standard rate tariff, according to sources.
Five students from the University of Northern Colorado have been caught up in the American music industry's sweep against music file swappers.
Researchers have managed to grow human breast tissue on mice as part of an investigation into how breast cancer develops in humans.
Some 60,000 AOL UK punters have been wrongly billed for their Internet service following a cock-up at the company.
Developers of the Gnome open source desktop environment have downplayed the significance of an intrusion by hackers discovered yesterday.
BT is investigating claims that one of its engineers had sex with a lesbian student who auctioned her virginity for £8,400.
Now here’s an idea. A wireless access point (802.11b) with its own power supply, a PowerBook G4, blogging software, Apache server, GPS and PDA - all built into a rucksack you can walk around with.
LettersTime is a funny thing. Arrive five minutes late for a meeting, and no one really minds. Skip 80 million years of evolution and its just moan, moan, moan, moan, moan.
Red Hat has got one over on Linux distribution rival Novell by inking a deal with IBM to market its Red Hat Enterprise Linux alongside IBM's 64-bit Power processor-based hardware. But Red Hat shouldn't go overboard with its celebrations - IBM has yet to announce the shipment specifics and Novell may soon have caught up.
Opera Software is to include IBM's embedded speech recognition technology ViaVoice in the next version of its Web browser.
In an ironic counterpart to the trend of offshoring programmer jobs to India, the business of writing about programming is also on the move.