22nd > July > 2004 Archive

Novell nets Salmon

In briefNovell has bought Salmon, the Watford, UK IT consultancy firm, to beef up its European enterprise consulting and services operations. Terms of today's transaction were not disclosed. According to a joint statement, Salmon's expertise in delivering web-based technology projects to enterprises will add to Novell’s existing consulting practice, particular in the UK. Novell hopes the deal will push it forward in both the identity management and Linux markets by using Salmon’s expertise in areas such as consulting, education and technical support. Salmon employs 130 people. ®
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2004

Cottage shop games pirate, spammer and pornographer jailed

A prolific counterfeiter was sentenced to three-and-a-half year’s imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court this week, after he was caught with an estimated quarter of a million pounds worth of pirated merchandise.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2004

Lucent raises sales outlook

Lucent Technologies has posted an increase in revenues and raised its sales outlook for the year on the back of strong demand for its wireless services. The US-based telecoms equipment manufacturer recorded an 11.4 per cent rise in revenues in fiscal Q3 2004, to $2.19bn, (Q3 2003: $1.96bn). This figure was a little below analysts' expectations of $2.2bn revenues. Net income was $387m (Q3 2003 -$254m) Earnings per share also rose substantially, to $0.08 per share (Q3 2003 -$.07).
ElectricNews.net, 22 Jul 2004

Mio launches MS smartphone in UK

Newly formed Mitac subsidiary Mio Technologies launched its first smart phone in the UK last night, but its not yet clear when or how buyers will be able to get their hands on the handset.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

Digital storage and archiving = digital decay?

Commercial enterprises invariably store information and records, which may be required for a range on external demands, primarily legal and regulatory. The rationale is that huge quantities of data and records can be stored, retained on a more cost effective, efficient basis and accessed on a timely basis. There is a similar trend to take the same approach for academic historical, heritage and, indeed, personal records. The act of capturing data for storage and retention goes under the designation of "archiving."
Bob McDowall, 22 Jul 2004

Reg reader in Intel Shroud epiphany

The revelation yesterday that one UK church had swiped Intel's "intel inside" concept and turned it to the service of the Lord provoked a veritable mass exodus of emails from El Reg readers.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2004
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The mainframe is back

So much for the "dinosaur" label. Sales of IBM's mainframe, now referred to as the zSeries, are growing at remarkable rate, not experienced since its heyday - indeed if current mainframe growth continues, then the mainframe is emerging like a phoenix from the flames.
Robin Bloor, 22 Jul 2004

Wall Street slaps eBay for missing 04 target

Share in online auctioneers eBay took a tumble yesterday after the company warned that earnings would not meet Wall Street expectations for 2004. Market confidence was dented despite a quarter of growth which beat eBay’s own, and Wall Street’s expectations.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 2004

Consumers go crazy for MP3 players

Apple's iPod will have grabbed a commanding quarter share of the portable digital music player market by the end of the year as consumers binge on the Flash and hard drive-based devices.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

STMicro Q2 sales up despite shipment problems

Europe's biggest chip maker, STMicroelectronics, said sales had grown seven per cent between its first and second quarters, but 27.6 per cent over the same period last year.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

BT on child porn stats

BT insists that any attempt to identify the number of people accessing illegal content on the Internet is "pure speculation".
Tim Richardson, 22 Jul 2004

Samsung chases Intel with 80% sales growth

Intel remains at the top of the chip making totem pole, but it's taking a smaller share of new business than some of its very much smaller rivals, the latest ranking from market watcher IC Insights reveals.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

Semprons to match Athlon XP performance...

Details of AMD's upcoming 32-bit microprocessor line, Sempron, have emerged courtesy of motherboard maker Jetway.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

Roll up for the UKUUG Linux Technical Conference

Reader offerBetween 5 and 8 August 2004 the fair city of Leeds will host the annual UKUUG Linux Technical Conference, described as “a great way to broaden your knowledge and keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Linux”.
Team Register, 22 Jul 2004

IT revolution threatened for US health service

The US department of Heath and Human Services (HSS) has published an 10-year plan to revamp the healthcare system.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 2004

'Frivolous' workers fritter away time online

British office workers are spending almost half their day surfing the Net and sending emails, according to employment law firm Peninsula.
Tim Richardson, 22 Jul 2004

EDGE reaches treble figures

The long wait for 3G to mature has resulted in a boom for upgrades to "2.75G" that few predicted eighteen months ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2004

Toshiba touts Qosmio notebook as media centre

Toshiba today launched its assault on consumer's living rooms with a notebook family it hopes will wrest the emerging digital convergence market away from Media Center desktops.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

Kyocera offers iPod Mini-matching digicams

Kyocera is preparing to cash in on demand for Apple's iPod Mini digital music player with a range of digital cameras that will ship in similar metallic pastel shades as the hard-to-get-hold of MP3 machine.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

Egg still hasn't got a buyer

Seven months on the block and Egg still hasn't found a buyer. The British e-bank-cum-credit card outfit today announced a better set of interims, bringing the haemorrhaging French arm under control, more or less, to come in at a loss of £4m for the half year. Same period last year, it lost £23m. But a quick look at the share price today, down 4.3 per cent at time of writing, shows that the City is less than whelmed. Why? No buyer.
Drew Cullen, 22 Jul 2004

German dealer jailed for MS packaging fraud

A German software dealer has been sentenced for five-and-a-half years for repackaging cut-price Microsoft software intended for schools and reselling them as full versions.
Drew Cullen, 22 Jul 2004

BBC Tech staff to vote again for strike action

Workers at BBC Technology are to be balloted again on strike action after Siemens, the company fingered to take over the operation on September 1, offered a new set of assurances for staff facing privatisation.
Tim Richardson, 22 Jul 2004

Spammer charged in huge Acxiom personal data theft

A Florida man has been charged with stealing a vast quantity of personal information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies. Scott Levine, 45, of Boca Raton, Florida, was this week indicted for 144 offences in connection with the alleged attack including "conspiracy, unauthorized access of a protected computer, access device fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice".
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2004

P2Pers: we can make file-sharing secure and outsell iTunes

In a bid to persuade the music industry that P2P networks can encourage legal file-sharing, P2P companies today claimed that more people have bought tracks from Heart's new album, 'Jupiter's Darling', via the likes of Grokster, Morpheus and Kazaa than through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

CE firms drawn to magnets for wireless MP3 players

ExclusiveCreative Technologies is preparing a wireless digital music player, the company behind the technology has revealed.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2004

BCS tells techies to pull up socks

The British Computer Society has widened its membership criteria in a bid to promote professional standards in IT, and boost public confidence in IT systems. The BCS said that the image of the profession was in dire need of an overhaul, following numerous high-profile IT failures.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 2004

OpenOffice.org learns Welsh

OpenOffice.org, Sun’s open source office software package, is now available in Welsh from Meddal.com. The package includes a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing and presentations package, and a Welsh language spell checker.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 2004

BT cuts cost of SDSL

BT is to cut the wholesale cost of its symmetric business broadband products in a bid to kick-start demand for SDSL. From 21 October, the wholesale connection charge for BT IPStream Symmetric and BT DataStream Symmetric products will be cut from £450 to £225 for orders completed by 24 February, 2005.
Tim Richardson, 22 Jul 2004

Judge hands paedophile 10-year Net ban

A convicted paedophile was banned from Internet chat rooms for ten years yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing images of child abuse involving boys as young as 18 months old. Christopher Dunkley, 36, from Great Yarmouth, was also jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting 19 charges of making and six charges of distributing indecent images of children.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2004

Qualcomm stops whingeing, reaps WCDMA goldmine

WCDMA, the rival flavor of 3G that Qualcomm has for so long disparaged, helped the company to bumper profits in the last quarter.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2004

Verizon launches VoiceWing™ Net phones

Verizon today announced the introduction of Internet phone calls in 134 area codes in the US. The VoiceWing VoIP service will be priced at $39.95 and requires a broadband data connection. But fear not, Verizon will happily sell you one of those through its DSL division, in which case you'll qualify for five bucks off the monthly tariff.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2004

SAP hits the numbers

SAP, Europe's biggest software firm, has seen profits rise as it continues to gain ground on rivals.
ElectricNews.net, 22 Jul 2004

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