6th > September > 2004 Archive
Pornsters face life in China smut crackdown
China is stepping up its hard line against internet pornography by threatening life imprisonment for anyoner caught peddling porn.
Top British boffin is a muppet
Dr Bunsen Honeydew and his ginger-haired assistant, Beaker, have been voted "Top Boffin" in a BBC poll run to mark the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA)'s Festival of Science which runs this week in Exeter.
Ericsson ditches Bluetooth
AnalysisEricsson, the inventor of Bluetooth, has ended years of aggressively positioning the short range standard for dominance and has stopped developing new products. This is a sign that the market has become one for volume suppliers, not innovators, but it highlights a broader sense that, while the current generation of Bluetooth will achieve a large base, the next generation will be pushed into niches by emerging alternatives —if they can avoid Bluetooth’s many mistakes.
Moto, Proview LCD TV pact 'in doubt'
Motorola has rejected the first LCD and plasma TVs produced on its behalf by Far Eastern manufacturer Proview, citing quality grounds it has been alleged.
O2 denies 'overcharging' phone users
O2 has dismissed allegations that its billing system is up the creek and that it is overcharging customers of its mobile phone service. The claims have been made by mobile reseller OpenAir, which is locked in a legal dispute with the giant mobile operator over the cessation of a contract between the two companies.
UK gov urges science to engage with public
The UK government will spend £1.2m between now and 2006 to encourage science to engage with the public, the minister for science and innovation Lord Sainsbury announced today. "Sciencewise" grants will fund projects "to facilitate dialogue between scientists and the public" on new technologies which may have "new ethical, safety, wealth and environmental complications".
Technology credited with cutting retail theft
European retailers are crediting better technology for a fall in the value of goods lost to theft and administrative error.
Apple's Jobs 'offered iTunes team-up deal to Sony'
Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered his opposite number at Sony, Nobuyuki Idei, the opportunity to offer a version of the iTunes Music Store, Japanese newspaper the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun has claimed.
Caller ID spoofing service for sale
The founder of a US Caller ID falsification service is selling up, just days after setting up in business.
Nevada nuke test fallout turns up in Hertfordshire
Scientists from Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire and the University of Southampton have identified plutonium from 1950s US nuclear tests in British soil, the BBC reports. The team has also pinpointed fallout from Bikini Atoll and Chernobyl.
Handset makers tout Wi-Fi, GSM roaming spec
Fourteen mobile phone makers, telcos and others announced their intention to publish specifications that they claim will allow 802.11-equipped handsets to make calls via Wi-Fi hotspots.
Ofcom sets out stall on VoIP
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has welcomed the arrival of Voice over IP (VoIP), aka "Voice over Broadband" down at the telecoms regulator, and promised to stay well out of the way as services develop.
Suspected GPS stalker cuffed
A US man has been arrested for allegedly using a GPS tracking device to monitor his ex-girlfriend's movements.
Iomart swallows Easyspace for £10.5m
AIM-listed Iomart Group plc has gobbled up web host outfit Easyspace Ltd for £10.5m. It's the third web host buy-out carried out by Iomart over the last year or so. In 2003 it acquired Internetters and NicNames as it sought to build on its own web business.
Cisco resellers get incentive rebates
Cisco will reward resellers for investment they make in pre-sales especially to small and medium businesses. The Opportunity Incentive Program gives financial incentives to dealers securing sales in the commercial market - including medium enterprises, mid-market and small & medium businesses.
Swede snared in UK snowmobile parking blitz
A London outfit responsible for collecting parking fines for offences around the UK has pulled off the most audicious try-on of recent times - demanding a £90 penalty from a Swedish sewage engineer for illegally resting his snowmobile in the centre of Warwick in June.
Samsung shows 'world's first' hard drive phone
Samsung has shown what it claims is the world's first mobile phone that incorporates a hard drive.
Apple 'signs second iPod supplier'
Apple has reportedly signed up Taiwanese contract manufacturer Asustek to punch out iPod Minis in a bid to increase supply and meet strong demand for the player.
UK 'nation of computer buffs'
The UK has become a nation of computer buffs, according to the British Computer Society (BCS). Its survey of 2,180 adults found that three quarters of grown-ups can use a PC to acess the net, while two-thirds have gone online to shop.
OSS torpedoed: Royal Navy will run on Windows for Warships
Almost three years ago the naval systems arm of major UK defence contractor BAE Systems took the decision to standardise future development on Microsoft Windows. an immediate effect was to commit BAE's joint venture CMS subsidiary, AMS, who specialise in naval Combat Management Systems, to implementing a Windows 2000-based CMS system for the new Type 45 Destroyer. But this prompted strong internal opposition from some of AMS' engineers, who had a sound background in Unix and who had, despite resource starvation and a companywide policy to standardise on Windows, been investigating open source alternatives as a foundation for future combat systems.
Aussie crossbow target saved by mobile phone
An Australian man who was attacked by his drug dealer wielding a crossbow escaped with his life only because his mobile phone took the full force of the bolt, the Herald Sun reports.
Million more in ADSL reach
A million more homes and businesses should be able to get broadband from today after BT lifted line limits and extended the reach of its broadband service.
Nvidia 6800 Ultra head-to-head
ReviewIf 'the way it's meant to be played' is Nvidia's marketing mantra, then the ATI equivalent right now has surely got to be, 'it was never meant to be this way', writes Benny Har-Even.
Pregnant employees treated like dirt
Research from the Equal Opportunities Commission and shopworkers union Usdaw shows the levels of discrimination suffered by pregnant women in the UK.
Investors fret about IT security
The lack of a fully-documented information security policy in halfo of the FTSE 350 companies interviewed by LogicaCMG is worrying for investors, who regard security breaches as one of the main factors that would impact their assessment of a company.
60 real ale pubs to get Wi-Fi
Sixty Shepherd Neame pubs in Kent, Surrey, London, Sussex and Essex are to get hooked up to wireless broadband by Christmas as the brewery expands its award-winning rural broadband project.