Microsoft has delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 until late summer, and the software might not be officially released until the Fall. The delay has major implications for OEMs and third party software developers, who because of underlying security changes in the code, have been warned to test their software for compatibility.
While you may have cheered on Google Inc. for many years, the chances of you being rewarded in its anticipated IPO are very slim indeed. Although the company has been urged to experiment with a more "democratic" mechanism of share placement, some things never change.
Wanadoo UK (formerly Le Freeswerve) added 34,000 new ADSL punters in the first three months of the year, increasing the total number of broadband customers to 192,000.
Review I heard a funny story a couple of months ago. A colleague of mine went to a presentation about a new piece of automation kit that enabled the remote control of various pieces of household equipment. "What's really great," enthused the presenter, "is that you can turn off the kitchen light when you are upstairs!" My friend couldn't resist the opportunity to ask the obvious, yet all-too-infrequent question. "Excuse me," he said. "Why exactly would anyone want to do that?" In the pause that followed, it became obvious that the presenter had not rehearsed an answer. What also became obvious was, if he needed to rehearse an answer, he already had a problem.
Infosecurity Europe 2004 A water leak or a failure in temperature control are just as likely to cause computer downtime as malicious attackers. But such so-called environmental issues are neglected until disaster strikes.
For those drivers who find parking enough of a drag without having to schlep to the ticket machine in the rain, wireless technology can now take some of the pain out of the process.
StarOffice is already very popular and has become something of a standard on Linux PCs often in the guise of OpenOffice, its open source brother. Sun acquired Star Division GmbH five years ago, with the clear intention of competing directly with Microsoft. It has taken time for Sun to establish a competitive position, though. StarOffice never got strong reviews until version 6, which debuted in early 2002. It is just now in version 7, which is attracting even more attention because of the quality of the release.
Orange now has more than 50m customers, reaching this milestone in a "strong first quarter".
What do you get if you cross 109-bit elliptical curve cryptography with a very determined mathematician? If you have 2600 computers and 17 months and few more maths wizards to throw into the mix, you get a cracked key.
A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion on running a phishing scam from his home in Lancashire. The unnamed man allegedly tried to trick users into revealed their bank account details by setting up a fake website, promoted through spam emails.
There's growing anger among former Dixons workers in a giant Sheffield call centre, following news that Capita is to axe jobs - just weeks after the IT services company took over the running of the site.
The lizard people are certainly rubbing their scaly claws together with glee today at the news that the US is developing motorised, computer-controlled robobollards.
AOL UK is to follow the lead of Tiscali UK, BT, Wanadoo UK and a host of other ISPs to offer its punters an entry-level broadband service.
A 42-year-old British man suspected of having murdered a work colleague from Extreme PC in Milton Keynes is to be extradited to the UK from Australia, the Herald Sun reports.
Cash'n'Carrion Readers who need a snappy timepiece with flash memory thrown in are advised that we are down to the last wristful on our MeMIX USB2.0 Memory Watch buy-one-get-one-almost-free offer.
Interview Monster.com, the US jobs site plans to expand its operations in China to cope with growing demand for online job listings, founder Jeff Taylor says.
For those of you looking for a rock-solid excuse to stock up on some top-quality pornography, try this from one Mathieu Guitard.
The European Council has quietly proposed pan-European data retention laws that will require communications service providers to keep user data for a minimum of a year, and possibly indefinitely.
Reg Reader Studies is back with one of its surveys, this time entitled "Email Use and Security".
Captain Cyborg is back. That, at least is according to The Guardian's Bad Science section, which notes that the Independent wrote a piece last week citing Kev's latest eye-opener, viz. "watching Richard and Judy on television for half an hour was the best thing to improve IQ test performance, and that reading a book was bad for you".
BT has hopped into bed and under the duvet with Microsoft to offer small businesses access to broadband and all sorts of saucy trimmings.
Letters The news that BT is scrapping its pre-registration scheme and is getting on with the business of unbundling the broadband stuff has not met with glowing praise from all quarters. A few of you have written in to complain that the rug has been pulled from under your feet somewhat.
Almost one in ten Brits thinks that a country called Luvania will be joining the EU this weekend, according to a survey carried out by telecoms outfit One.Tel.
In much need of a bigger home, software-maker Marimba has made its way into the hands of BMC Software in an acquisition valued at $239m.
Time Warner's cable, film and TV network businesses contributed to an $900m increase in quarterly revenues, while turnover at AOL was flat. In its first quarter to the end of March, the media conglomerate had revenues of $10.1bn, up from $9.2bn for the same quarter of 2003. The company had net income of $961m, or $0.20 per share, more than double the $396m it earned in the same quarter last year, when it had EPS of $0.09. This quarter's earnings blew past analysts' per share expectation of $0.09.
Google Inc. has filed an application to issue stock to the public with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, today. In a typically idiosyncratic break with tradition, the S1 application starts with a plea from the company fathers to make the world a better place.