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SCO makes peace with BayStar

With a little cash, The SCO Group has mollified one of the two major investors who bought into the company's legal strategy last year, only to get cold feet this year. BayStar Capital invested $20m in SCO in the form of Series A stock last fall, and recently acquired the $20m worth of stock acquired by the other major backer, the Royal Bank of Canada, after RBC pulled out.
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RIM makes mobile gains while Palm, Sony and Dell falter

RIM and Fujitsu are amongst the biggest gainers in a mobile device business that is becoming increasingly dominated by regional favorites. Canalys reports that in the first quarter of 2004, smartphone shipments jumped 115 per cent, while traditional PDAs rose just 1 per cent. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa shipments of what Canalys calls smartphones and feature phones surpassed unit shipments of PDAs. In North America, the trend is in the same direction, but for now PDAs (59 per cent, down from 83 per cent) have the slight edge as phones increased from 10 per cent to 23 per cent.
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Nvidia rejigs nForce 3 for AMD's Socket 939

Computex Nvidia has updated its nForce 3 support chip to cope with AMD's new 939-pin Athlon 64 and 64-FX processors.

Tyan aims four-way Opteron board at supercomp makers

Computex Motherboard maker Tyan today unveiled its first board designed to hold four AMD Opteron 800 series processors - making it the company's highest-performance server chipset, Tyan claimed.
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Intel ships mobile Prescott P4s

Computex Intel this week launched its first 90nm Mobile Pentium 4 processors and took its 130nm mobile Celeron line into the Centrino era.
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Nvidia touts media access tool for 'living room' notebooks

Computex Nvidia has begun offering software to help notebook manufacturers bring their products into the iPod era. The new code, called nStant Media, allows mobile PCs based on Nvidia's chips to play music and movies without needing to boot up a full operating system first.
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Olympic telecoms struggling towards line?

Europe in Brief The Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) vehemently denies reports that its Olympic overhaul of the Greek telecoms infrastructure is badly behind schedule, stressing that all relevant technology is in place, Athens News reports.

Sun goes back to the future with Metropolis

Sun Network Sun Microsystems is determined to put the W back in SUNW with the help of a new Opteron-based workstation.
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Cable & Wireless is not 'down and out'

Cable & Wireless is starting its journey back from the dead. The company is going back to paying a dividend 3.15p a share - six months sooner than expected.

Intel 'Nocona' details emerge on mobo display

Computex Intel's 'Nocona' 64-bit Xeon DP chip will launch at 3.6GHz when it is officially unveiled on 27 June.
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Intel slices up to 34% off server chip prices

Computex Intel has quietly cut the prices of a range of Xeon DP processors ahead of the launch later this month of 'Nocona', its first 64-bit x86 server processor.
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Dialogue demos 'total wireless' sub-notebook

Computex We're big fans of sub-notebooks at El Reg, lauding their compact size and - crucially - low weight over more macho specifications like CPU clock speed, graphics chip fill rates and hard drive capacity.
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Eircom profits up but turnover down

The Irish incumbent telco Eircom posted results for the year ended 31 March 2004 which showed a big jump in profits despite lower turnover.
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3G roll-out to boost semiconductor market

3G telecoms will be the shot in the arm the wireless semiconductor industry needs, according to IDC. After several years of lower spending, the research company estimates that the market for base station semiconductors will be worth $1.9bn this year, reaching $2.4bn by 2008.
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DB2 'Stinger' to pack powerful punch

I have no idea of whether IBM had Cassius Clay (or even Mohammed Ali) in mind when it nicknamed the forthcoming release of DB2 UDB "Stinger", but the product certainly looks likely to pack a punch when it is released later this year.
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NEC goes all out for China 3G market

NEC is setting up a new company in China with the primary goal of developing the Chinese 3G mobile market. The company, facing declining sales in Japan, believes China will be a vital new growth area particularly in 3G. It is already participating in field trials of 3G technology in China with a variety of vendor and operator partners.
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Tele2 slips 3G into Sweden

Tele2 AB - the pan-European telecoms outfit - has launched its 3G service in Sweden. As a sweetener, it's offering punters free mobile Internet and WAP for the rest of the year.
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Revenge of the Zombie Bloodsucker PCs

It was five years ago today... We at El Reg like to flatter ourselves that we are at the cutting edge of linguitic development. Long before the term "zombie PC" emerged blinking into the lexicographical light - at least in the sense of "slave drone to dark virus master's evil will" - we were already deploying the phrase to full effect:
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Wi-Fi hotspots simply too expensive

Wi-Fi hotspots will only meet the needs of small customer groups and for the majority of hotspots there will be little or no return of investment. So says the Scientific Institute for Communication Services or WIK, Germany’s leading research and advisory institute for communication services.
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Calling time on the £1 USB memory watch

Cash'n'Carrion A couple of months back we said that we were down to the last few bundles on our MeMIX USB2.0 Memory Watch buy-one-get-one-almost-free offer.
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NI outfit promos 2GB email service

Northern Ireland-based Aventure Media has launched a free 2GB email service. According to the blurb, Aventure Mail.com is ad free.
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Accenture wins $10bn Homeland Security gig

An Accenture-led consortium yesterday emerged as winners of a US border security contract worth up to $10bn over the next 10 years.
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Global Crossing gets $100m boost

Global Crossing, the formerly-bankrupt fibre provider, has received the first slice of a $100m loan from Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT). The deal was delayed while Global Crossing sorted out yet more accounting problems.
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EU moves towards spectrum trading

An influential report written on behalf of the EC has come out in favour of trading in radio spectrum. The report says "benefits from spectrum trading would greatly outweight the costs associated with trading and liberalisation".
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Germans claim first programmable computer

The Brits may have beaten the Americans, but it seems we were both pipped by the Germans. No, not football. Computers.

Converged networks find increasing favour

More and more enterprises are merging their voice and data networks together in a bid to slash telephony costs and boost productivity through the introduction of new applications. Enabling new applications - rather than simply saving money - is becoming the main engine of growth in the market, according to a survey of Nortel Networks customers published yesterday.
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UK boasts 4m broadband users

There were almost four million broadband users in the UK at the end of April, according to the latest stats from communications regulator Ofcom.
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Boys love games, girls love ringtones

Downloads to mobile phones show a sharp division between the sexes with men going for games and women preferring ringtones.
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Nokia deploys 'wave messaging' mobile

Those readers who believe that they have the phone with every conceivable function known to mankind are in for a nasty shock. As is anyone standing within striking distance of Nokia's forthcoming 3220 - the first mobile to offer aerial SMS displays to astounded onlookers.
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AOL UK ticked off for 'exaggerated' ad claim

AOL UK has been ticked off by the advertising watchdog for "exaggerating" the performance of its 1Mb broadband service. A member of the public objected to the ad - which featured a cheetah with running spikes - claiming they didn't believe AOL UK could meet its "1Mb Broadband" claim.
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Attack of the bandwidth-hogging hackers

Swiss security researchers have unearthed a flaw in wireless LAN systems that might be used by hackers to drastically increase their share of the available bandwidth at the expense of the other users. The issue should be of particular concern to hotspot operators, according to a team from the computer labs at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL).
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NASA seeks Hubble robot rescue input

NASA has launched a feasibility study into a robotic servicing mission that could save Hubble from falling into a state of total disrepair. The primary goal of such a scheme would be to install a 'de-orbit' module on Hubble, effectively a way to crash it, safely, on Earth.