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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Wireless Watch, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004

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".
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2004

Suspected GPS stalker cuffed

A US man has been arrested for allegedly using a GPS tracking device to monitor his ex-girlfriend's movements.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004
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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.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Lettice, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Trusted Reviews, 06 Sep 2004

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.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2004

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.
ElectricNews.net, 06 Sep 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2004

Top security graduates offered bursaries

IT security certification body (ISC)2 is offering bursaries to four of the most promising post-graduate information security students next year.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2004

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