12th > May > 2004 Archive

Sulphur fuels battery breakthrough

Tucson-based Sion Power Corporation has demonstrated a new generation of batteries based on Li-S (Lithium Sulfur) technology. The demonstration at WinHEC last week powered a Transmeta Crusoe-based Tablet PC for a working day.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2004

Sony shows wireless PlayStation Portable

Sony yesterday unwrapped the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and pledged to put PlayStation 2 visuals in the palm of players' hands around the world by next Spring.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Phatbot arrest throws open trade in zombie PCs

The arrest of the suspected author of the Phatbot Trojan could lead to valuable clues about the illicit trade in zombie PCs. The arrest of the alleged Phatbot perp was overshadowed by the unmasking of the admitted Sasser author, Sven Jaschan. But the Phatbot case may shed the mostlight into the dark recesses of the computer underground.
John Leyden, 12 May 2004

French call for SMS boycott

Europe in BriefConsumer watchdog Union Fédérale des Consommateurs (UFC-Que Choisir) in France has called for a national SMS boycott, claiming that tariffs for short messages are getting too high.
Jan Libbenga, 12 May 2004

UK Eurocrats vote to legalise spam

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Team Register, 12 May 2004

Nintendo DS: more communicator than console?

Nintendo yesterday launched its Nintendo DS handheld console, as anticipated. But while many of the details had already been revealed, the videogame pioneer did manage to pull a few surprises out of the bag.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Sony, IBM to offer Cell workstations for Xmas

Sony and IBM today said they will ship workstations based on the pair's upcoming Cell parallel processing chip in December.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Hutchison raises $2bn in soap sale

Hutchison Whampoa, owner of UK mobile network 3, is selling its stake Chinese joint venture with soap behemoth Procter and Gamble to its partner for $2bn.
John Oates, 12 May 2004

HP to launch custom gaming rigs

HP is to challenge on system builders next month when it launches the Compaq X, a high-performance gaming oriented PC that the company will custom-build for buyers.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Northern Ireland touts low IT wages

A survey carried out by Invest NI has shown that Belfast technology workers are among the lowest-paid in Europe. The report, carried out by Watson Wyatt on behalf of the Northern Ireland investment agency, said that high-tech salaries in Belfast are among the lowest of cities surveyed in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. Only Bangalore in India, and Budapest and Prague in Eastern Europe, have lower salary levels, the report said.
ElectricNews.net, 12 May 2004

Broadband worth 52 days a year to UK.biz

UK businesses that upgrade to broadband recover a massive 52 days in year in lost productivity, according to new research. The study, conducted by ntl, found that small firms which replaced dial-up connections with broadband significantly improved their productivity and communication.
Startups.co.uk, 12 May 2004

Dothan-based P4 appears on Intel roadmap

Intel will introduce processors operating across a 1066MHz frontside bus next quarter.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

MS patch day: nothing critical

The Microsoft patch train rolled back into security central last night with a mercifully light load. In contrast to last month when we had four patches addressing 20 vulnerabilities - including the flaw infamously exploited by the Sasser worm - this month around we have just a single, solitary new patch.
John Leyden, 12 May 2004

Ofcom must act on £50 broadband 'barrier'

PlusNet has called on BT Wholesale to cut the up-front cost of signing up to ADSL claiming the £50 fee is the "single biggest block to mass acceptance of broadband". Unless BT moves to slash the cost of the activation fee, the Sheffield-based ISP wants communications regulator Ofcom to intervene and force the UK's dominant fixed line telco to act.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2004

EC rules against illegal 'subsidy' of France Telecom

The European Commission is to take action against the French government for illegally subsidising France Telecom. But the accusations do not centre on illegal loans.
John Oates, 12 May 2004

Supercooled lead hats aid brain scans

Magnetic brain scans look set to get more accurate, thanks to medical physicists at Los Alamos. The researchers have said they can filter out electronic background noise during measurements of brain activity if the patient wears a lead helmet.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 May 2004

SAP snuggles up to IBM and MS

SAP has announced new deals with IBM and Microsoft, including a plan to work more closely with IBM to sell products to retail customers. The two companies will share consulting knowledge and improve business process analysis and best practice. SAP for Retail, SAP NetWeaver, IBM Store Integration Framework and IBM WebSphere are among the products included in the deal.
John Oates, 12 May 2004

MS drags Linspire back to court

Microsoft is taking Linspire back to court and demanding a €100 000 a day fine. Linspire is "the-operating-system-formerly-known-as-Lindows", which changed its name after Microsoft launched legal action in Finland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada.
John Oates, 12 May 2004

Chinese youths trash Internet café

Staff at a Chinese Internet cafe have resigned after they were beaten up last week by a gang of 16 teenagers barred from entering the cybercafe. The gang of youths beat one worker with bins and fire extinguishers before trashing the Internet café. Earlier they threatened to beat up anyone who "dared to check identity cards" after being refused entry to the cybercafe.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2004

PalmOne pledges to boost Treo shipments

PalmSource today trumpeted research findings that indicate the Palm OS is the US' leading smart phone operating system, even as its former owner, PalmOne, was promising to end the supply problems that have hindered sales of its Treo 600 handset.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Wal-Mart attracts more RFID flak

Grass-roots consumer group Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), which is fighting retail surveillance schemes, says that Wal-Mart's decision to tag individual items on its store floor using radio frequency identification or RFID violates a call for a moratorium issued last November by 40 privacy and civil liberties organisations.
Jan Libbenga, 12 May 2004

UK indies sign to Napster...

Napster has won the backing of the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) trade organisation with a deal that will allow the digital music download service to offer 50,000 songs from 50 independent labels on a worldwide basis.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2004

Brits avoid MMS in droves

Mobile phone loving Brits have yet to embrace the multimedia messaging revolution, according to a poll conducted by NOP which is bound to strike fear and terror into the hearts of mobile operators.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 May 2004

Captain Cyborg terrorises UK conference

We recently said that we would be giving Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick no further coverage on this august organ. Sadly, we lied.
Lester Haines, 12 May 2004

'Spam King' gets restraining order against SpamCop

A bulk mailing company headed by notorious spammer Scott Richter has won a restraining order against anti-spam reporting service SpamCop.
John Leyden, 12 May 2004

Cadence finds Intel's missing Fister

They say that the captain always goes down with the ship, but Mike Fister, former server processor chief at Intel, bucked that trend by leaving the company today.
Ashlee Vance, 12 May 2004

Competition good for broadband - OECD

The threat of competition from wireless broadband providers is forcing incumbent telcos to speed-up the roll-out of DSL services.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2004

On MS, GeCAD, lead hats and perlite

LettersWe never get letters about the things we expect letters about. But even we lowly hacks had a feeling this one would prompt a response. After all, it had all the ingredients: Microsoft, Linux, viruses and behavious that could, in low light, seem slightly suspicious. Yes, we mean the purchase of GeCAD.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 May 2004

Microsoft treads softly on compliance

Microsoft is taking a new approach to tackling piracy in the UK. The company's newly-appointed head of Licence Compliance Alex Hilton recently visited Vulture Central and admitted that previous MS anti-piracy efforts could be fairly compared to "a drive-by shooting". His appearence at El Reg saw him touting an altogether gentler message.
John Oates, 12 May 2004

Napster gags university over RIAA's student tax

Napster moved into damage control mode today after a university gave some idea as to how much a RIAA music tax will add to student costs.
Ashlee Vance, 12 May 2004

Can Veritas shift from dove to hawk?

AnalysisTo shift from software lackey to data center dominatrix, Veritas will need to make sure the basic tenets of the company can mature at the same pace as product - a feat it may not be capable of pulling off.
Ashlee Vance, 12 May 2004

Picture messaging: Peace and love breaks out

In a rare example of co-operation, the rival standards bodies behind the world's two main mobile phone technologies have rushed through technical standards that will ensure American networks can exchange picture messages. The GSM MMS (Multimedia Messaging) standard is in place with over 200 GSM operators around the world and is already used by some CDMA network operators, including the largest - Verizon. However network interoperability between CDMA and GSM networks has remained elusive, obliging users to send pictures, video clips and other media files by email.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2004

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