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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skype to mobilise the PDA
Skype, the Internet telephony outfit, is going mobile by offering punters the chance to make calls using handheld computers.
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.
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.
Metronomy delays free-PC giveaway
London-based Metronomy has postponed plans to hand out free PCs because it's been flooded with bogus applications.
Germans unleash electronic guide dog
German company Papermeier has introduced an electronic "guide dog" for the blind called Trekker which uses GPS to navigate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK.biz ignores money laundering rules
Two in three of UK businesses are failing to comply with new money laundering regulations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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?
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.
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.