26th > May > 2004 Archive

HP and Microsoft put Exchange on your NAS

Microsoft Exchange users have a new way to cut their hardware load in half with the help of HP storage systems.
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2004

French deploy optical url reader

Europe in BriefSoftware developer Wiziway of Lyons, France has unveiled a novel way to bridge the gap between printed media and the Internet: a simple click of a mouse-shaped device, or clicker, is enough to take the user directly from a printed document to a web page.
Jan Libbenga, 26 May 2004

Accenture boss appointed UK e-envoy

Ian Watmore, UK MD of Accenture, has been made new head of e-government for the UK. He will be responsible for making savings and improving the electronic delivery of government services and replaces Andrew Pinder as the UK's e-envoy.
John Oates, 26 May 2004

Softbank mulls Japan Telecom acquisition

Broadband provider Softbank is in talks to buy Japan Telecom. The broadband group is prepared to pay a premium on top of the price US investment group Ripplewood paid for the telco in August last year. Ripplewood shelled out $2.2bn, but is concerned that profitability has fallen.
John Oates, 26 May 2004

RM posts record profit

Schools provider RM, previously Research Machines, has posted a record profit for the first six months ended 31 March 2004. RM made a profit before tax and amortisation of £2.7m, reversing a £0.8m loss for the same period last year. The company turned over £108.9m, up 28 per cent on last year.
John Oates, 26 May 2004

Games too complex, Nintendo chief warns

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has warned that games are becoming too complex and the industry risks alienating consumers.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Motorola brings push-to-talk to Wi-Fi

Motorola has extended its push-to-talk (PTT) enabling technology to Wi-Fi wireless networks.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Web-only retailers move into the black

Web-only retailers are beginning to turn a profit, thanks to stronger uptake and trimmed-down costs, a new survey has revealed.
ElectricNews.net, 26 May 2004

Hardcore Web porn banned down under

It was five years ago today...From time to time we dredge up a bit of Reg archive which puts us in mind of legendary historical characters. In this case, it's King Canute:
Team Register, 26 May 2004

Boffins baffled by suburban quasars

Astronomers may have to rethink their explanations of how quasars work, thanks to new images produced by the Gemini telescope.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 May 2004

Wi-Fi group intros standards support stamp

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) has introduced a colour-coded logo for WLAN products - the better, it claims, to help punters distinguish between different Wi-Fi technologies.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Voda, T-Mobile have a spring-clean

Vodafone has fulfilled its promise to buy out its Japanese units. It is spending £2.6bn on taking back full control of two companies: Vodafone Holdings KK and Vodafone KK.
John Oates, 26 May 2004

Nokia ships N-Gage QD

Nokia has begun shipping the N-Gage QD - its attempt to address the failings of its original game deck-cum-phone.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Kingston Comms cops £111m loss

Kingston Communications - the telco which operates in Hull - racked up losses of more than £100m last year after the company reassessed the value of its network.
Tim Richardson, 26 May 2004

Akamai software glitch provokes Web brownouts

A glitch involving Akamai's content distribution network caused performance problems for a swathe of high profile websites on Monday.
John Leyden, 26 May 2004

AOL UK slaps punter with £2k bill

AOL UK has apologised after an admin cock-up landed one of its customers with a bill for more than £2,000. Chris Cook, from Pontypool, had signed up to AOL UK's unmetered broadband service but was staggered when he was slapped with the hefty bills.
Tim Richardson, 26 May 2004

UMC techies boost SOI chip speed by 30%

Boffins at UMC, the world's second largest chip foundry, have figured out how to use quantum tunnelling to improve the performance of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Scientist seeks alien cloud-dwelling bug

Its surface temperature is hot enough to melt lead, and it rains sulphuric acid, but US scientists think there might yet be life on Venus, floating in its sulphurous clouds.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 May 2004

Oxfam enters music download biz

Oxfam's charity music download service went online today, appealing to listeners' better natures with the pledge that ten per cent of what they spend will go to fight poverty.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E8010

ReviewWith the recent launch of Intel's new 'Dothan' Pentium M processor, every laptop manufacturer is rushing out new models and the Lifebook E8010 is Fujitsu-Siemens' attempt to show off the new CPU. We managed to secure the first pre-production sample in the UK, writes Lars-Gîran Nilsson.
Trusted Reviews, 26 May 2004

Singapore to make spammers pay - literally

Singapore yesterday floated plans to fine spammers a small amount for each item of junk mail they send. Officials in the tightly controlled city state reckon fine of between ten cents and one Singapore Dollar ($0.06 to $0.58) for each spam email would deter marketing transgressions. ISPs would be able to sue bulk mailers if they flouted the country's forthcoming anti-spam laws.
John Leyden, 26 May 2004

E-minister urged to intervene in Yorkshire broadband spat

E-minister Stephen Timms has been asked to intervene in a bitter dispute that threatens to undermine work to roll-out broadband in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Tim Richardson, 26 May 2004

TV: coming to a mobile near you

Dutch digital television (DVB-T) operator Digitenne and Nokia are testing TV signals on mobile handsets, according to a Dutch industry journal. Nokia phones equipped with a TV receiver are currently tested by research institute TNO Telecom, which wouldn't comment on the experiments. Commercial applications are not expected until 2007, reports say.
Jan Libbenga, 26 May 2004

IBM's PowerPC 975 - verified or vapour?

AnalysisSo is IBM working on a processor called the PowerPC 975.
Tony Smith, 26 May 2004

Mauritius moves to protect local telco

Mauritius is banning telecoms from competing on price with the incumbent Mauritius Telecom.
John Oates, 26 May 2004

FBI apology for Madrid bomb fingerprint fiasco

Over reliance on digital images of fingerprints led the FBI to wrongly suspect an Oregon lawyer of involvement in Madrid train bombings.
John Leyden, 26 May 2004

EMC and Dell get cheap together

EMC and Dell today released the long-awaited Clariion that isn't.
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2004

Phone digicams see the light

Canadian Atsana Semiconductor and UK-based 1 have pooled resources to develop a new autofocus function for camera phones. The solution combines Atsana’s J2211 media processor with 1’s Helimorph piezoelectric actuator, and, the companies say, is smaller, lighter and less power hungry than traditional alternatives.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 May 2004

ClearCube puts bells and whistles on blade PC

Imagine an IT staffer moving from desk to desk, installing a new bit of software to let users connect into the latest and greatest office printer. Picture the grizzled look on her face as minion X whines about flagging application Y or whirring desktop Z. Could this really happen?
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2004

Regulator fines Net sex firm

An Internet sex company has been fined £10,000 after more than 370 punters complained that it had installed software on their PCs that connected them to a premium-rate phone line.
Tim Richardson, 26 May 2004
DVD it in many colours

Server vendors work hard for their money in Q1

The number of servers shipped in the first quarter surged, but unfortunately for the vendors overall revenue did not move with equal vigor.
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2004

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