25th June 2004 Archive

Storage users love the press and a good brand

Storage customers will apparently do as they are told, favoring media and analyst recommendations and branding over price and performance when evaluating gear, according to a recent study.
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World warms to municipal Wi-Fi

The birthplace of municipal Wi-Fi was possibly the London Borough of Westminster, and it appears that the idea of the wireless is catching on in cities worldwide. Indeed, some are looking at wireless Mesh technology with Taipei, Los Angeles, and New York among the more prominent.
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Cybercafe domain war a storm in a coffee cup

It was five years ago today... Easy empire supremo Stelios Haji-Ioannou has in the past been described as "colourful". How you choose to interpret this description depends on your view of his operating style:
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Student digs get wired for broadband

Thousands of students will be able to hook up broadband from this September for £5 a week following a deal between accommodation outfit The Unite Group and BT.
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AMD to assemble low-power CPU taskforce

AMD is assembling a team to develop Athlon 64 processors for sub-notebooks and thin'n'light laptops.
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Jan Baan the software man

Jan Baan is a fascinating personality. When Baan ERP software was at its height he was on a paper a multi-billionaire and when he sold his share - someway off the top - he became very, very rich. He appears to be a very happy man: he has used the money to look after his family, give to charity, indulge in his passion for 17th century Dutch painting and buy a castle as a home and as the corporate headquarters of his new company.
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Toshiba touts pump-free fuel cell for MP3 players

Toshiba has produced a fuel cell with no moving parts. Instead of pumps, the tiny 5.6 x 2.2 x 0.5-0.9cm power pack uses a "concentration gradient" to feed fuel and oxygen to the catalyst-covered electrode where they react to generate electricity.
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Mobile video must get with the programme

As yet another mobile phone vendor produces a 3G mobile phone with a camera able only to point away from the user, is it time to forget about making mobile video calls? This time it was Nokia, with the latest Symbian OS-based phone, so why have a camera if it doesn't point at the user?
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NHS data security shambles

Letters It is not often that we at El Reg find the reality of a situation to be worse than we had guessed. In the case of NHS patient records' security, we think it might be.
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Credit card-sized smart phone ships... sort of

Swedish smart phone developer Neonode may have begun shipping its credit card-sized N1 handset, reports on the Web suggest.
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Watch out! Incoming mass hack attack

Security experts have expressed serious concern about recently-discovered flaws in Internet Explorer that seem to be the focus of an insidious attack.
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Saturn's Phoebe 'most like Pluto'

The latest data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, along with previously-gathered results, have confirmed that the mysterious moon, Phoebe, is a remnant from the early days of our solar system.
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PC maker confirms 775-pin Celeron D

Even as world+dog is today reporting on the arrival of Intel's 90nm Socket 478 Celeron D processors - we covered it three days ago, natch, after spotting the then as-yet-unannounced chips on Intel's price list - it has emerged that the chip giant is preparing Socket T versions of the new CPUs.
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IBM settles 'poisoned' workers' cancer claims

IBM has settled a lawsuit brought by former employees, who say they developed cancer from working in the company's disk drive plant in San Jose. The terms of the settlement have not been made public.
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National Grid bids for 3,500 phone masts

National Grid Transco (NGT) - which owns and operates gas and electricity networks in the UK - has confirmed it is in discussions to buy 3,500 mobile phone and broadcasting masts from US outfit Crown Castle. NGT already has a network of some 1,400 masts. Customers include O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and 3.
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Next-gen PalmOne Treo details show up on Web

Details of PalmOne's next Treo smart phone, said to be codenamed 'Ace', have emerged courtesy of a crafty photo of a company presentation slide.
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Amazon axes 20 UK jobs, claim insiders

In brief Amazon.co.uk is axeing its Web development team in the UK with loss of some 20 jobs. According to insiders, the redundancies will be compulsory. A couple of those facing the chop have been offered jobs in the US.
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PalmSource narrows Q4 loss

PalmSource saw its loss narrow a little during its fourth fiscal quarter on the back on a comparably small rise in quarterly revenues.
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Man charged over Google blackmail attempt

A California man who claimed to have software which automatically clicked on Google cost-per-click ads has been charged with extortion and wiretap fraud.
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ATI breaks revenue record

ATI yesterday said its third quarter had yielded record quarterly revenues, with sales up 38.2 per cent on the Q3 2003 but a less impressive six per cent on Q2 2004.
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DoCoMo launches tiny Premini phone

NTT DoCoMo has launched its smallest iMode handset, the credit card-sized Premini.
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Satellites get smart

American scientists are working on software that will make satellites smart enough to alert people on the ground to interesting, or potentially dangerous phenomena. The technology could be used to sift through data from Mars, for instance, to identify sites where there are signs of water, or on Earth, to spot flooding in rivers.
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ICSTIS blames dialler scams for premium rate freeze

Plans to increase maximum premium rate tariffs to £5 a minute have been shelved over concerns that higher charges could lead to even more people being ripped off.
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US army dips into nanotech research

The US Army research laboratory is funding research into how nanotech can improve defense systems.
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Russia fines text hack spammer

In brief A Russian teenager has been fined 3,000 roubles ($103) after being convicted of spamming 15,000 mobile phones. The university student hacked into a mobile phone network before sending a text message, according to an Interfax news agency report by way of Reuters. As well as being fined, the unnamed student, was also slapped with a one-year suspended sentence. Russian officials said this was the first time a spammer had been prosecuted successfully. ®
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Outed: Skype project to dial real phone numbers

I just spent nearly ten minutes on the phone to Paris, at a cost of about 10 pence. Using Skype, dialling a Paris landline number, that is. Any Skype user will tell you, you can't do that. You can only dial other Skype users. Well, not any more. OK, so it wasn't that secret: Niklas Zennstrom announced his plans for SkypeOut, which makes this possible, at VON Europe a couple of weeks back. But it wasn't released with much ballyhoo: so it is a surprise to find that if you download the latest version of Skype today, you'll get an extra feature on your screen; beta SkypeOut is there, and it works.

Hitachi and NEC look to network Japan

Two of Japan's IT heavyweights - Hitachi and NEC - plan to give Cisco a run for its money in Asia, as the companies today announced a joint venture to sell networking gear.
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Wi-Fi is big hit for Tae Kwon Do

Boffins at Stanford are taking Wi-Fi to Tae Kwon Do, with a system to measure the force of the blows opponents land on each other.

Sun slams Red Hat

Sun has launched an all out offensive today against Red Hat Linux, putting Solaris x86 at the tip of its bayonet.
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Intel recalls faulty Grantsdale chipsets

Just as Intel gets set to push out the new Xeon Extender, the company is issuing a recall for its Pentium 4 Express 915 and 925 chipsets.

Egenera and its amazing technicolor IPO

Blade server vendor Egenera, the darling of the financial services community, filed today for an IPO and in so doing revealed some extraordinary financial details.