Lightning has struck twice for Mac developer Arlo Rose, who has again seen his plans thwarted by Cupertino. At the World Wide Developer Conference today Apple introduced a widget API, ripping the market from underneath Rose's Konfabulator product. Both products allow developers to create simple applets, a little like the original Mac Desktop Accessories (DAs), but prettier. Konfabulator's Windows predecessor, DesktopX, was launched over three years ago.
Sun has inked a deal to write the Java specifications for the 3G version of Vodafone's Live! service. It's the third similar deal for Sun in a week, after Orange and T-Mobile agreed to allow Sun to OK Java specifications for their services. Often cited as the poster child for mobile data, the Live! service now has over 7 million users, according to Vodafone. The 3G version will be called Project Vodafone VFX.
Nvidia hopped on the back of Intel's 'Nocona' 64-bit Xeon launch yesterday by unveiling its latest workstation-oriented graphics board, the Quadro FX 3400, the pinnacle of four PCI Express cards ready for Nocona's new E7525 chipset.
Microsoft's legal love-in continued yesterday when it settled a class action suit brought by the State of Arizona at a cost of $105m.
Merijn Bellekom has abandoned developing software that removes one of the nastiest browser hijackers on the planet: CoolWebSearch, a trojan that converts your PC into a source of revenue for fly-by-night porn sites not capable of generating legitimate Web traffic.
Motherboard maker Tyan has begun sampling its first board for Intel's new 64-bit Xeon DP processor, Nocona.
TeliaSonera, Tele2, 3 and Vodafone are calling on Sweden to relax rules for building their 3G networks.
Microsoft is to hold talks with Asian governments with a view to shipping cut down versions of Windows for sale under government sponsored technology drives.
BT's share of the UK's broadband market is being eroded because its packages are too expensive compared to other ISPs.
Elpida has introduced a pair of performance promoting techniques designed to reduce the time it takes DRAM chips to provide data requested by the host desktop, notebook, server or other devices.
Oracle will not call PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway as a witness in the antitrust trial brought by the US Department of Justice.
A group attempting to stop the new scourge of phishing fraud on the Web says email authentication technology could do the job, a concept backed by Microsoft.
Review This is a double first for Fujitsu-Siemens. Not only is it the first widescreen notebook that the company has sent us, but it's also the first Athlon 64-based machine. The Amilo A1630 is a notebook that should appeal to power users. With a mobile Athlon 64 3400+ processor, 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM and a 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card this is a seriously punchy laptop, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
A supermarket shelf stacker who claimed he hacked into Playboy's network in an attempt to blackmail the company was jailed for two years yesterday.
T-Mobile is to provide customers will the ability to download music to their mobile phones.
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At 01:12 on Thursday morning, the Cassini spacecraft will begin its orbital insertion around Saturn, after its six and a half year journey from Earth. (By the time this signal reaches Earth, it will be 02:36) It will go into a highly elliptical orbit from which it will tour the rings and moons of the gas giant for the next four years, dropping the Huygens probe off at Titan on one of its passes.
As demoralised England fans look towards the 2006 World Cup in consolation after their exit from Euro 2004 last week 419ers are looking even further ahead. The Boys from Lagos have cooked up a footballing variant of the familiar lottery ruse in preparation for World Cup 2010, in South Africa. Not even the beautiful game is safe from exploitation by these shameless scammers:
ITNet shares fell sharply today on news that the Cabinet Office has cancelled an £83m Web hosting datacentre contract with the company. The contract, due to last five years, was signed last July but the Cabinet Office said it had cancelled because the company had failed to meet a series of deadlines.
Letters Quite some time ago, we called on our dear readers to help name Intel's new 64-bit Xeon processor. Suggestions for an improvement on Xeon EM64T poured in, but we shamefully ignored our own deadline for posting the results. Now we make amends.
Sun has managed to oust Microsoft from its position as provider of desktop software to Allied Irish Bank (AIB), and has secured the deal to supply its Java Desktop System (JDS) to the bank's 7,500 desktop users. Sun is, as always, particularly pleased to have nabbed a bit of business from its rival. Curtis Sasaki, vice president of desktop solutions at Sun, said that it is the biggest deal the company has signed for its JDS in the financial services sector. However, the company has not said how much the deal is worth.
Culturally, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft don't have too much in common. But right now they find themselves in similar positions. It will be two years before the fruits of their investments can be judged in the marketplace. With Microsoft, it's Longhorn, with a new search engine and a new graphics engine. With Sun, it's new multithreaded hardware to take advantage of super-scalable Solaris and Java.
A couple weeks back, we brought word that Oracle planned to make a JavaOne splash by acquiring Collaxa and that is exactly what the company has done today.