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Intel aims high with Q2 forecast

Intel on Thursday narrowed its second quarter revenue forecast, pushing its earnings range toward the high-end of previous predictions. The company now expects Q2 revenue to come in between $8.0bn and $8.2bn. The chip-maker previously provided a second quarter revenue forecast of $7.6bn to $8.2bn.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Jun 2004

N. Korea bans mobile phones

The North Korean government has banned the use of mobile phones by local residents, just weeks after allowing foreign visitors to use their mobile handsets in the country. Mobile phones were only recently introduced in the country, with the first services going live in 2002.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

Personal video devices to challenge music players

ComputexApple may be sceptical of the demand for an iPod that can play video as well as music, but many of Taiwan's hardware developers appear to disagree. While Computex wasn't awash with portable video players this year, there were plenty on display from manufacturers keenly seeking deals with vendors to sell them under their own name ready for 2005.
Tony Smith, 04 Jun 2004

'Potter-mania' fuels spread of NetSky-P

The frenzy surrounding the latest Harry Potter cinematic offering is helping to keep the prevalent NetSky-P worm alive.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2004

Ducks have regional accents: official

Further proof that not all scientific endeavour is wasted on the pointless pursuit of the world's first programmable computer or private space flight or the true shape of the universe comes in the form of Middlesex University research which has proved that the UK's duck population have regional accents.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2004

ESA to probe Earth's magnetic field

The European Space Agency has announced a satellite mission to study the Earth's magnetic field.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

Stelios to flog cybercafe sites

Stelios Haji-Ioannou - the founder of no frill airline Easyjet - is to restructure his Internet café business in favour of smaller concession operations in burger bars and supermarkets.
Tim Richardson, 04 Jun 2004

Scottish police target Net paedos

Scottish police are questioning scores of suspects over alleged child pornography offences following raids across the country yesterday. Several people have been arrested and around 100 are being questioned following a swoop by eight Scottish police forces and the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency on suspected paedophiles. Thousands of pounds worth of computer kit for reportedly seized from the home and business premises of suspects.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2004

Tiananmen protesters fight on the Web

It was five years ago today...It's just over fifteen years since pro-democracy Chinese students occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square - and paid the price. On the tenth anniversary, the struggle continued:
Team Register, 04 Jun 2004

Cockney duck catches viral confusion

LettersRegular readers will know that our security man, John 'Bin' Leyden, is usually pretty much on top of the virus gossip mill: which virus is where and doing what to who, and which celebrity it was seen out with at the Met Bar and so on. So he was most upset this week when two of the leading virus publicity agencies, sorry, anti-virus companies, couldn't agree on the status quo.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

BT gets huffy about mis-selling

BT - which is losing between 50,000 and 100,000 residential customers a month to rival phone providers - has called for tougher rules to regulate the selling of landline telephone services.
Tim Richardson, 04 Jun 2004

Transmeta shows working 1.6GHz 90nm Efficeon

ComputexTransmeta this week demonstrated its first 90nm Efficeon silicon operating at 1.6GHz and utilising the second generation of the company's LongRun power conservation technology.
Tony Smith, 04 Jun 2004

Intel preps P4 core update

Intel's 775-pin Pentium 4 will indeed support the company's AMD64-like EM64 technology, a recently released company product-change announcement has revealed.
Tony Smith, 04 Jun 2004

Zombie PCs spew out 80% of spam

Four-fifths of spam now emanates from computers contaminated with Trojan horse infections, according to a study by network management firm Sandvine out this week. Trojans and worms with backdoor components such as Migmaf and SoBig have turned infected Windows PCs into drones in vast networks of compromised zombie PCs.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2004

Toxic dust found lurking in tech kit

A study conducted by environmental groups in the US has found yet another way our computers are trying to kill us.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

FoTW: Turbots don't have scales, you idiots!

FoTWIt seems, from recent correspondence, that we may be guilty of misleading headlines [Now there's a shocker - Ed] In this case, we suggested you might want to purchase a shiny gadget, capable, we said, of removing scales from a fish - an essential skill in today's competitve corporate world. After all, once your job has been outsourced to India, you still have to eat, right?
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

AOL settles class action lawsuits

AOL has agreed to settle two class action lawsuits in the US by punters who alleged the giant Internet company continued to bill them even after they cancelled their subscriptions.
Tim Richardson, 04 Jun 2004

Wobbly shopping carts blight UK e-commerce

Faulty shopping cart software is leaving consumers stranded at the checkout of many UK websites.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2004

The nanotube light bulb: bright idea

Chinese scientists working in collaboration with Louisiana State University have demonstrated a light bulb in with a carbon nanotube filament. As well as being the only real change in design in the last 125 years, the nano-filament bulb has several advantages over traditional tungsten.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Jun 2004

Network Associates warms to behaviour blocking

Network Associates yesterday announced plans to offer intrusion prevention alongside conventional anti-virus software.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2004

RIAA wants your fingerprints

Not content with asking for an arm and a leg from consumers and artists, the music industry now wants your fingerprints, too. The RIAA is hoping that a new breed of music player which requires biometric authentication will put an end to file sharing.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jun 2004

These Tablets could take years to work, warns Acer

One of Microsoft's leading OEMs for the Tablet PCs has reaffirmed its faith in the concept, but warned that it may take "years" for it to catch on. Although Tablet OEMs have picked up some wins in education and vertical niches, it's failed to dent the notebook market. Acer says that it had hoped Tablets would make up 20 per cent of its notebooks sales, but they account for less than ten per cent to date.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jun 2004

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