6th > April > 2004 Archive

VMware tweaks Workstation for Linux and Windows

VMware - the partitioning arm of EMC - has rolled out a new version of its workstation product, building in new tools for the latest versions of Windows and Linux.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Apr 2004

New workaround for Apple DRM

Jon Lech Johansen's code that circumvents iTunes DRM has been given a fresh workout. A project named 'playfair' allows users with an iTunes key to create unencrypted AAC files. Apple uses the AAC format in combination with FairPlay DRM to lock down the music bought from its iTunes Music Store.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2004

Judge OKs Microsoft Lin---s offensive

A Seattle district court judge has dashed Lin---s hopes ofo halting Microsoft's trademark litigation outside the United States.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2004

Ireland gov calls for cheaper broadband

Broadband prices are still too high in Ireland, and must be cut if the country is to make the most of the technology's potential, according to Dermot Ahern, Ireland's communications minister.
ElectricNews.net, 06 Apr 2004

Milking the Internet surveillance cash cow

Pundits and policy-makers are arguing over the legal implications of the FBI's recent petition to the FCC about how to implement the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. But the Bureau's push to get broadband providers covered under CALEA, which currently applies only to telecom carriers, stands to benefit more than just government spies: a domestic eavesdropping industry stands waiting to sell Internet wiretapping tools and services to cable and DSL companies.
Annalee Newitz, 06 Apr 2004

Skype to mobilise the PDA

Skype, the Internet telephony outfit, is going mobile by offering punters the chance to make calls using handheld computers.
Tim Richardson, 06 Apr 2004

Security budgets soared in 2003

The combined revenues of 22 of the largest publicly listed pure-play IT security vendors grew 14 per cent last year.
Datamonitor, 06 Apr 2004

Telstra services buy could harm Oz services scene

Aussie giant Telstra has confirmed acquisition talks with services provider Kaz Group in a move that could be bad news for IT-hungry businesses here.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Apr 2004

Metronomy delays free-PC giveaway

London-based Metronomy has postponed plans to hand out free PCs because it's been flooded with bogus applications.
Tim Richardson, 06 Apr 2004

Germans unleash electronic guide dog

German company Papermeier has introduced an electronic "guide dog" for the blind called Trekker which uses GPS to navigate.
Jan Libbenga, 06 Apr 2004
Broken CD with wrench

Microsoft finds Fibre Channel tool

Microsoft continues to look more and more like a mature storage player with the release this week of new tools for SANs (storage area networks) and better support for its own Exchange Server 2003 software.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Apr 2004
Cat 5 cable

UK firms must monitor staff IMs

UK firms could be falling foul of corporate accountability regulations by failing to track and archive instant messaging (IM) conversations among workers.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2004

Coming soon: the Wi-Fi PSP and PS2

Wireless networking is set to form a key part of Sony's grand plan for its next-generation hardware, gi.biz has learned, with the company's vision of the future banking heavily on the proliferation of high-speed wireless hotspots in the home and in public places.
gamesindustry.biz, 06 Apr 2004

Intel launches Wi-Fi brokering service

Intel, unhappy with the fragmented nature of the wireless Internet market, has brokered the launch of a new company - RoamPoint - which aims to bring GSM-style roaming to Wi-Fi hotspots.
Guy Kewney, 06 Apr 2004

OFT offers guidelines for online auctions

As of today, the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) website has a handy guide to the dos-and-don'ts of Internet auctions.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2004

IT firms lack 'customer respect'

The Customer Respect Group, an international research and consulting firm which examines how firms treat their punters online, has studied how the IT industry interacts with consumers.
Tim Richardson, 06 Apr 2004

Wi-Fi biz gears up for roaming offensive

Wi-Fi roaming enabler RoamPoint is set to announce its first mobile phone network and hotspot operator partners next week when its so-called 'global roaming hub' goes live.
Tony Smith, 06 Apr 2004

NHS chief mooted as UK's IT 'CIO'

NHS IT chief Richard Granger is set for a new role as 'IT CIO' for the UK government, according to Computer Weekly. Granger is seen as having been highly successful in dealing with the NHS' IT renewal programme, and has a reputation for talking tough with suppliers. These skills are already being deployed to some extent outside the NHS, and sources close to the government have been floating him as the ideal candidate to bring some coherence to general IT procurement and strategy.
John Lettice, 06 Apr 2004

UK.biz ignores money laundering rules

Two in three of UK businesses are failing to comply with new money laundering regulations.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2004

Tiscali is UK's 'fastest-growing' broadband ISP

Tiscali reckons it's the fastest growing broadband operator in the UK. The ISP says it's getting between 30 and 40 per cent of all new sign-ups to ADSL in the UK, beating-off the likes of BT, AOL and Wanadoo UK.
Tim Richardson, 06 Apr 2004

EMC and Brocade profess their love for standards

In a sign of changing times, EMC and Brocade rushed on Tuesday to inform customers about their compliance with the storage industry's latest management software standard.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Apr 2004

GNER to roll out ten Wi-Fi locos

UK train operator GNER today said it will roll-out Wi-Fi across its fleet following the successful trial service the company has been running since December.
Tony Smith, 06 Apr 2004

Union Fenosa: broadening horizons

Union Fenosa has joined Endesa and Iberdrola in entering the rapidly-expanding Spanish broadband market. All three have chosen to target niche customer groupings through alternative platforms in a bid to differentiate themselves from conventional broadband providers. Yet, notable market failures suggest that Union Fenosa will struggle for sustained commercial success with its venture.
Datamonitor, 06 Apr 2004

Are fingerprints really infallible, unique ID?

How unique are your fingerprints? It's general held (and as er, The Register confidently stated just yesterday) that your fingerprints being found at the scene of the crime tied you up with it pretty conclusively, but a report published earlier this year by New Scientist claims that there is little scientific basis for the infallibility of fingerprints, and that the only research indicating that there is, is fatally flawed.
John Lettice, 06 Apr 2004

'What do we stand for now?' ask Sun staff

LettersSun Microsystems made peace with Microsoft last week. But if Sun doesn't stand for not being Microsoft, then what does it stand for?
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2004

The Joe Job DoS attack

A problem with the way that non-delivery notifications are sent by many mail servers could be exploited to launch "mail bomb" denial of service attacks.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2004

Nokia warns of handset sales slip

Nokia warned that this quarter's results will be less rosy than it hoped, as a result of lower than expected handset sales.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2004

Dude, you're getting a Dell - Oracle bundle

Oracle and Dell forged closer ties on Tuesday, courtesy of a bundling agreement that will place Oracle's database on low-end Dell servers.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Apr 2004

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