19th > July > 2004 Archive

Europe boosts global PC sales in Q2

PC sales continued to recover in the second quarter as strong sales in Europe and enterprise demand helped to achieve a 15 per cent rise in shipments.
ElectricNews.net, 19 Jul 2004

First PocketPC virus found

The first computer virus to infect handheld devices running Microsoft's PocketPC OS was discovered over the weekend.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2004

Brits unimpressed by e-Gov

Billions of pounds have been invested, but no one has noticed. That is the stark conclusion drawn from a recent survey of British public awareness of e-Government. It found that 73 per cent of the population was oblivious to any change in government services as a result of the huge investment.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004

Intel 'delays' Centrino 2 chipset to Q1 2005

Intel's 'Centrino 2' chipset, codenamed Alviso', has once again become the subject of schedule-slip allegations.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

AMD ships faster Mobile Athlon 64

AMD today rolled out a pair of mobile CPUs, one on the 64-bit high ground, the other on rather less elevated, 32-bit territory.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

VirginMobile float price may sink

The flotation of Virgin Mobile was in question this morning because institutional investors are refusing to back Sir Richard Branson's valuation of the company. The mobile operator was set to float for about £713m but big investors and City analysts are questioning whether Branson is asking too much for the shares.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004

Motorola takes a hit on Freescale IPO price

Motorola has set the price at which it will offer the public share in its chip business, Freescale. But the price, $13, is two-thirds the price it was originally anticipated to be.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

Orange 3G is go

Orange UK is depending on business users' desire for mobile broadbandIinternet access to fuel early demand for 3G services. France Telecom's mobile subsidiary is launching services for business users now, but is waiting until nearer the end of the year to launch handsets - which will be provided by SonyEricsson and LG.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004

Intel debuts speedier low-voltage Centrinos

Intel rolled out new low-voltage (LV) and ultra-low voltage (ULV) Pentium M processors and Centrino bundles yesterday, upping the chips' cache to 2MB.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

Next-gen iPod details emerge

UpdateApple is set to announce the fourth generation of its iPod portable music player this week. And in a rare moment of generosity - or perhaps 'spin doctoring' - the company gave its old pal, Newsweek's Steven Levy, a sneak peek and the chance to write about it ahead of the launch.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

Beijing stamps down on Net porn

China is to crack down on XXX Web sites. Officials say the "rampant" increase in online porn is damaging the moral fabric of the nation - and young people, in particular.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jul 2004

Nvidia NV43 spied on web

Nvidia's NV43 graphics chip has made an appearance on the web, courtesy of a Chinese web site which claims to have got the snap off of a local graphics card maker.
Team Register, 19 Jul 2004

Phoney Net contest 'winner' sued by bank

An American woman is being sued for fraud by her bank after falling victim to an online scam. Prize money from an Internet contest turned out to have been a bad cheque, and the Cooperative Credit Union wants its money back.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004

Hacker charged with US gov attack

A US man has been charged with hacking into government computers, including Department of Defense machines.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004

419ers morph into Murder Incorporated

It's easy to dismiss Nigerian 419 advance fee fraudsters as a bunch of chancers who prey on the gullible and the greedy and occasionally get lucky. After all, a fool and his money are soon parted, and the victims of these scams have brought financial misfortune on themselves, isn't that right?
Lester Haines, 19 Jul 2004

Parity touts pay-as-you-go training

Training specialist Parity will offer more than 1,000 courses over the Internet on a pay-as-you-go basis. Users can choose the course they want and pay for it by credit card. From next Monday courses will be available in technical IT, desktop IT, business, management and leadership, finance, health and safety and sales.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004

Blue Coat buys URL filtering firm

In briefProxy appliance firm Blue Coat is to buy URL filtering firm Cerberian for approximately $17.5m in stock. The acquisition is expected to close within approximately 60 days, subject to various customary closing conditions. The deal, announced today, will see Cerberian's URL filtering and categorisation technology iintregratednto the Blue Coat's ProxySG line of security appliances. The combination of URL filtering along with its existing content filtering and protocol control technology will enable Blue Coat to sell more comprehensive Web control products direct to its customers. But the company will also continue to resell support for URL filtering databases from Secure Computing, SurfControl and Websense. ®
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2004

Home Office offers online help for thugs

Those suffering the blight of teen ne'er-do-wells racing stolen cars around their housing estate while high on glue and rap music will doubtless welcome the UK Home Office's Together initiative.
Lester Haines, 19 Jul 2004

ARM Q2 profits swell

ARM saw revenues rise during Q2, growing 5.4 per cent sequentially and a more impressive 17.5 per cent year-on-year to £36.9m.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

RISC OS rivals reach rapprochement

Warring factions battling it out over the future of the RISC OS have agreed to make up and be friendly.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

US junk fax war hots up

In a audacious move which is probably best filed under "you must be joking", California junk fax outfit Fax.com has filed a lawsuit against individuals who sued the paper spammers for sending them unsolicited junk faxes, The Orange County Register reports.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Jul 2004

Chip fraud quartet jailed for VAT scam

Four people have been sentenced to a total of nine years in prison for Missing Trader VAT Fraud.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004

'System failure' downs Vodafone network

Vodafone suffered a massive system failure this morning leaving around half a million punters across the UK unable to use their phones.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jul 2004

Satellites to benefit from exploding eggshells

The European Space Agency (ESA) is reportedly turning to eggshells to help it track orbital debris from spent rocket stages.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004

Wanadoo unveils wireless broadband gizmo

Wanadoo has unveiled a new box of tricks which it claims will eventually become the hub for a whole range of digital entertainment for the home.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jul 2004

Neonode smart phone to ship minus key features

Swedish micro mobile phone maker Neonode has pledged to manufacture 1000 of its credit card-sized N1 handsets this summer in a bid to begin satisfying the 20,000 pre-orders the company claims to have received.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2004

Half of credit card problems are Web related

It was five years ago today...Statistics, eh? The recent rumpus with the MPAA's findings on illegal Internet movie downloads got us thinking whether there had ever been a happier, simpler age where the facts were presented straight, and without obfuscation. The answer was no:
Team Register, 19 Jul 2004

Intel joins Liberty Alliance

Intel and Oracle are among six companies and organisations which have decided to join the Liberty Alliance - an open standards body with 157 active organisation members.
John Oates, 19 Jul 2004
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Simon Travaglia, 19 Jul 2004

Microsoft developer hoax backfires

A hoax perpetrated by senior Microsoft technical staff has backfired, after Microsoft Watch's Mary Jo Foley rumbled the prank.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2004

More universities agree to RIAA/Napster 'protection'

The RIAA and its business front Napster signed up six more universities today to their music rental service - a program that could force parents to shell out even more money for higher education costs.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jul 2004

Mission to map the Aurorae launches 26 July

The final piece of a six-satellite constellation will blast into space on 26 July. Taking off from Taiyuan spaceport, west of Beijing, on a Chinese Long March 2C rocket, the Tan Ce 2 satellite will join Tan Ce 1, and the four Cluster satellites in an investigation of our magnetosphere.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004

Ariane 5 powers satellite into orbit

Ariane 5 is go, at the fourth time of asking. Just 28 minutes after lift off, the rocket released its payload, a huge satellite, which will provide broadband coverage for remote areas across much of the North American continent. By this time, the craft was travelling at 8650 metres per second, and had reached an altitude of around 1610km. Once it has settled into its geostationary orbit, the six tonne satellite will deploy a solar array with a span of 48 metres.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004

ICANN crunch meeting begins

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed the first day of its crunch meeting in Kuala Lumpur that will decide the overseeing organisation's fate.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2004

Microsoft settles L-----s dispute

Microsoft has made peace with Michael Robertson's Linspire Linux company, paying $20m to settle all outstanding trademark issues surrounding the Lin---s distribution. Linspire promises never to use the Lin---ws word ever again in its branding. Linspire also appears to have eked out another compromise from Redmond, with a four-year, royalty-free license to certain Windows media components. The deal smooths the way for a stateside IPO for Linspire.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2004

BT signs up VoIP with Yahoo!

UK incumbent carrier British Telecom has signed two major initiatives with US companies this week; a deal with Yahoo! to offer a merged VoIP-Messenger service, and one with Microsoft to offer a merged voice and Live Meeting conferencing service.
Faultline, 19 Jul 2004

Macrovision and SunnComm court Apple for a seachange in CDs

The two big US copy protection specialists, Macrovision and SunnComm are both touting the idea that they need to become Apple iPod compliant and they might need the help of the big record labels to twist Apple’s arm into helping them.
Faultline, 19 Jul 2004

Novell and its $600m war chest

Novell's latest debt offering was oversubscribed, and it was able to rake in a hefty $600m. But what will Novell do with all of this money? There are some intriguing options that Novell has as it takes Linux deeper into the data center and out onto desktops...
Datamonitor, 19 Jul 2004

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