24th > May > 2004 Archive

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Apple patches critical Mac OS X hole

Apple Computer on Friday (21 May) issued a patch for a security hole in Mac OS X that could have allowed hackers to take over vulnerable machines, but the company went out of its way to downplay the importance of the bug.
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PCG slams Abbey's India jobs move

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has written to the chief executive of Abbey in protest at the retail bank’s plans to offshore hundreds of IT jobs to India.
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Intel 'acquires' Russian Itanium killer's R&D staff

Intel today confirmed Russian news reports that it has entered into an R&D relationship with chip designers Elbrus and UniPro.

Wireless kit sales on the up-and-up

Wireless networking kit sales rose 2 per cent in the first quarter of 2004 compared to the last quarter of 2003, according to Infonetics Research. Worldwide wireless LAN hardware sales were worth $696.4m in Q1 2004 and will grow another 2 per cent to $713.6m by the first quarter of 2005.
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Scrap space robots, government urged

Using robots to roam the solar system is a false economy, and priority should be given to human-based space exploration, a group of UK scientists insists. They are urging the government to reconsider funding research into human missions. They claim the fringe benefits would make the investment worthwhile.
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PalmOne overturns Xerox Graffiti patent

A Xerox pen-based text-entry system patent - ownership of which forced Palm to ditch its Graffiti character-input technology - is invalid, a US District Court judge has ruled.
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eBay scammer gets stung

An eBay user, assisted by dozens of fellow surfers, has turned the tables on a scammer who tried to rip him off in an online auction.
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DoCoMo pins 3G hopes on handsets

DoCoMo is hoping new handsets will encourage more of its customers to upgrade to 3G services. The company, which is the leading Japanese mobile outfit, has been playing second fiddle to KDDI which has managed to get far more of its customers to move to next-generation phones.
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NTL to branch out into ADSL - report

NTL - which has more than one million cable broadband punters - could be about to offer ADSL broadband to parts of the UK outside its cable franchise areas, according to a report by Digital Spy. The company currently provides phone and dial-up Internet services to customers in such areas.
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Abit VT7 Pentium 4 mobo

Review We had a look at a reference board from VIA based on its VIA PT880 chipset back in February and it performed admirably. But now it's time to see how the first production boards measure up. The Abit VT7 is fairly basic compared to many of Abit's other motherboards, but at under £45 it's understandable that you don't get all the bells and whistles, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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Sony samples Cell

Sony has begun punching out sample quantities of its Cell processor at its Nagasaki-based 300mm wafer fab, the company has revealed.
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No killer app, but mobile data will boom

Mobile consumer applications are to drive the take-up of data services and generate traffic and revenues for mobile operators, according to a new study. Mobile phone-delivered services such as gaming, ringtones, video, and music will be worth just under €8bn in Western Europe in 2008, according to research from technology research firm IDC.

VoIP to transform telecoms market

Internet telephony will make up 12 per cent of all telephony revenues in five years time, according to a study by analysts Juniper Research published last Friday, Juniper reckons the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) market will contribute $32bn, out of a total telephony market worth approximately $260bn, by 2009.
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AMD brings performance ratings to Geode line

AMD has extended it performance rating-based chip numbering scheme to its Geode line of embedded processors. New Geodes will carry the new tags, and so will old ones as the chip maker renames existing parts.
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IBM UK in running for £50k innovation purse

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the shortlist for the MacRoberts Award, the UK's biggest innovation prize. The winning team, which gets a cheque for £50,000, will be announced in three weeks' time.
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Smile, you're online

It was five years ago today... With the benfit of hindsight, it's not difficult to imagine the public enthusiastically avoiding Net-enabled photobooths like the plague. It's not always a taken that the great unwashed masses will adopt a technology just because someone has spent a lot of money on it - the confused 3G roll-out and subsequent user apathy towards its delights is a current example of the syndrome.
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Allchin named, as proof of MS email destruction policy is sought

Evidence of a Microsoft corporate policy to destroy sensitive or incriminating emails is being sought by a US Court. Last week Judge Frederick Motz of Baltimore District Court ordered Microsoft to search backup tapes for evidence that in 2000 Jim Allchin instructed employees to destroy emails relating to the company's negotiations with Burst, which is currently suing Microsoft alleging theft and anticompetitive conduct.
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NetBenefit buys Easily for £2.5m

NetBenefit has bought rival British domain name and webhosting outfit Easily Ltd for £2.5m in cash and shares. It says the acquisition will help it reduce costs by £300,000 in the first financial year.

Lucent buys VoIP firm

Lucent has bought Telica, a privately-owned maker of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) equipment, for $295m and unspecified cash hand-outs to staff.
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ICANN grows up at last

If you wondered what the price would be for a more professionally-run Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), you can see it now in black-and-white figures.
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Microsoft loses Lindows appeal

Microsoft has been refused permission to appeal its case against Lindows.
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Abu Ghraib: US security fiasco

Opinion If the human rights debacle at Abu Ghraib teaches us anything - besides the routinely-forgotten lesson that people with guns and uniforms tend to go sadistic and feral unless observed openly and controlled rigidly - it teaches us that the global battle against terrorism is being waged by incompetents and fools.
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Blunkett appoints development partner for ID card project

The Home Office today appointed PA Consulting as development partner for the projected UK national identity card scheme. PA's role will be to work on the "design, feasibility testing, business case and procurement" of the scheme, but will not be allowed to bid for any of the supplier contracts.
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Final report on Beagle 2

Professor Colin Pillinger has called on the government to set up a UK space agency so that failures like Beagle 2 can be avoided.
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TippingPoint launches European offensive

Intrusion Prevention (IPS) specialist TippingPoint launched a major European expansion programme today with plans to open up offices in London and Scandinavia this month.
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Dell's Rollins turns on ink-dealing HP

Dell chief operating officer and CEO-in-waiting, Kevin Rollins has been telling the San Francisco Chronicle what he thinks of HP's business model. Rollins told the paper that HP was selling computers at a loss just to get punters hooked on its evil ink cartridge refills.
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Munich faces RFID-controlled congestion charge

The German Green Party intends to designate the centre of Munich as a tolled zone to significantly reduce the amount of traffic on its streets, and has suggested using RFID tags for car registration.

Iomega ships 160GB back-up hard drive

Iomega has begun shipping its 160GB USB 2.0 external hard drive, touting the unit's automatic back-up software option.
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Text scammers fined £450,000

ICSTIS, the premium rate watchdog, has dished out fines totalling £450,000 after getting tough on text spammers and scammers. Six overseas companies - Vertical Media Ltd, Fast Way Holdings Ltd, Litmus Ltd, Indiano Communications, Greenbay Ltd and Quartel Ltd - have each been slapped with fines of £75,000.

Happy Birthday to Cisco

In 1984 William Gibson used the term "cyberspace" in his novel Neuromancer and Cisco had two employees. Twenty years on, Cisco employs 34,466 people and turns over almost $19bn.
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Beware of 'IBM laptop order' email

Hackers tried to trick users into visiting a maliciously-constructed website using a blizzard of spam emails last week. The assault attempted to exploit a previously unknown vulnerability with Internet Explorer to seize control of the maximum number of Windows PCs.
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Public-sector IT closes salary gap

The pay gap between public and private sector IT staff is closing, according to a report from the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The survey, conducted by Computer Economics Ltd, (CEL), found that local government IT pay packets are now 86 per cent of their private sector equivalents, up from 60 per cent in previous years.

Intel's next-gen Xeon chipsets to support 1066MHz

Exclusive Intel has peppered its server processor line with hints of confusion after announcing a recent shift in strategy, and we hope to do the company one better by revealing a new Itanium processor and the next-generation of Xeon chipsets.
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Sun to share 3-D stash with developers

Software developers will soon have their chance to smoke what Sun Microsystems is rolling.