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Microsoft sees sluggish PC growth ahead

In Microsoft's latest SEC filing again, Redmond warns that next year won't see the handsome growth in PC sales that it has seen over the past twelve months.
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ITNet makes loss, calls lawyers

ITNet posted a loss of £16.6m for the six months ended 30 June 2003, compared with profits of £8m for the same period last year. Turnover grew 15 per cent to £104.6m.
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Swansea IT strikers go marching on

Striking IT workers in Swansea are to hold a march tomorrow in a show of support against plans to privatise the council's IT department.
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How to succeed with open source

Site Offer Modern IT managers face many daunting challenges, including relentless pressure to cut costs and the unending demand for innovative solutions.
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AMD, Infineon to spend $200m on nanotech know-how

AMD and Infineon are to spend €170m ($200m) to build a nanotech research facility.
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Online pharmacist jailed

A Florida man is facing 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

AMD heralds OS support for dual-core CPUs

IDF Fall '04 Novell, Red Hat and Sun today said they will support future multi-core Opteron processors, AMD said today.

Computacenter pulled down by France and Germany

Computacenter revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2004 are unchanged at £1.25bn. Profits rose slightly to £33.2m, up from £32m for the same period of 2003.
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Mac users get Vodafone 3G data access

Vodafone UK has begun offering Mac OS X drivers for its 3G Mobile Connect Card, enabling PC Card adaptor-equipped PowerBook owners to connect to the Internet at (potentially) broadband speeds when they're miles away from the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot.
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Softbank snubbed in Japanese 3G allocation

Softbank is unlikely to be able to start offering mobile services after the Japanese regulator decided to split remaining frequencies between NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.
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Call centres are a nightmare

Contacting call centres can be a right pain in the neck. Who hasn't been hacked off with being kept on hold for ages after navigating the maze of automated options?

DrinkorDie suspect to be 'extradited to US'

The alleged ringleader of a gang of internet copyright pirates is to be extradited from Australia to the US on multi-million dollar software piracy charges, after all.
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Fuji gives photographers the two-finger salute

We gather that there are companies who specialise in making sure that proposed global brands do not offend local sensibilities. For instance, if you're thinking of launching a international network of Wi-Fi hotspots and calling it "Cabrones", these boys will tell you that you'll certainly have to rethink for the Spanish-speaking market.
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Hearing aids reach the internet

Start-up mail order firm Augmentics Ltd is promising to cut the price of digital hearing aids, typically between £2,000 and £3,000. The firm will use a website and mail order to keep costs down.
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Symbian sale drives Psion into the black

Psion has turned resolutely away from the Symbian operating system, but it is unlikely to find an easy fortune in its new focus on industrial handheld devices.
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TiVo and Netflix 'team for movie downloads'

Netflix and TiVo are to team up to deliver movies over broadband, according to NewsWeek. The magazine expects the partnership to go public later this month, although neither company would comment, and details on pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed. It's hardly unexpected: the two companies are natural partners and are already close: TiVo's CEO is a Netflix board member.
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Introducing the BOFH-brand internet café

Episode 29 BOFH 2004
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SurfControl rides spam tsunami

Shares in UK-based censorware outfit SurfControl rose sharply today with the release of strong annual earnings results.
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Stores slash PSX prices - report

Japanese retailers have slashed the price of Sony's PVR-cum-games-console, the PSX, by almost 50 per cent in a bid to drum up consumer interest, according to Internet reports.
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PlusNet throws broadband 'lifeline' to ISPs

PlusNet says it's "thrown a lifeline" to the UK's small ISPs facing a 30 per cent increase in the wholesale cost of broadband. PlusNet reckons that if enough small ISPs consolidate their orders through the Sheffield-based ISP, it can make the cost of wholesale broadband much cheaper for small service providers.
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Nokia calls up RIM, again

Nokia has again called on Research in Motion to beef up its enterprise credibility, inking a deal with the Canadian company to bundle the latter's Blackberry Connect software on its Nokia 9500 communicator. The deal also extends to other Series 80 devices. Nokia already offers Blackberry Connect on 6820 phones in Europe, although legal issues have delayed a similar bundle being introduced in the United States.
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Colour laser printers = commodity

Almost a quarter of colour laser printers sold during the first half of 2004 in key European markets cost under €500 (£339), up from a mere 0.6 per cent in H1 2003, market watcher Context said today.
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Oracle's biz suite lumbers on stage

Oracle has outlined at its user conference in London some of the increased functions of the latest version of its E-Business Suite 11i.10, including better business intelligence tools. Other improvements to the software are for specific industries like government or healthcare.
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Keyboards are old - tap tables to send email

A startup whose technology will allow you to turn virtually anything into an input device, so for example you could use a table to change channel or pick up the phone, or control your computer by banging your head on the wall, has received €2 million in financing from European VC outfit Sofinnova. French company Sensitive Object's Reversys uses cheap sensors and a process it calls "time reversal acoustics" so that you can make the objects around you can come alive simply by tapping them.
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Seagate ups Q1 estimates

Hard disc maker Seagate told Wall Street today that it hopes to do better than expected in its first quarter. The company expects to end the first quarter of 2005, ending 1 October 2004, with sales of between $1.48bn and $1.52bn with earnings per share of between 6 and 8 cents rather than the $1.47bn turnover and earnings of 3 cents per share analysts were expecting. Seagate said demand for drives remained strong.
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Microsoft patents tabbing through a web page

Last week Microsoft was granted an ancient patent claim covering the navigation of web pages by keyboard. According to US Patent 6,785,865 (Discoverability and navigation of hyperlinks via tabs - Cote et al), the practice of tabbing through hyperlinks on a web page now belongs to Microsoft. The claim was filed more than seven years ago, in March 1997.
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Wanadoo to build Dutch broadband network

Pan-European ISP Wanadoo is to build its own broadband network in The Netherlands after claiming that the cost of using the incumbent telco's (KPN's) network was just too expensive.
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McAfee AV ate my application

An Australian software developer has been left fuming after the latest virus definition update from McAfee caused his package to be wrongly identified as a Trojan horse programme.
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Wikipedia 'to make universities obsolete'

For most web surfers, the Wikipedia is simply an occasionally useful online resource that needs to be taken with a huge sackful of salt. For others, it's a poor excuse for a real encylopedia. But for its proponents, it's nothing short of revolutionary! It's Emergent[*], you see.

Beastly Itanium delayed until Q4

IDF Fall '04 Intel will confirm later today that a new version of the Itanium processor with 9MB of Level 3 cache will be delayed until the fourth quarter and come in at a slower speed.

IBM taps Emulex for cheap Fibre Channel

Are smaller businesses ready to adopt SANs? History is dubious, but the latest converts to the cause are Emulex and IBM, via a pair of cheap 'n cheerful Fibre Channel switches based on silicon that Emulex has been selling to the embedded market for use in disk arrays and the like.

HDS aims virtual Lightning at EMC, IBM

Hitachi Data Systems has combined hardware and multi-vendor storage management in its drive to recapture the market share its Lightning arrays have lost in recent months to EMC and IBM.
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Intel plans for digital planet

IDF Fall '04 Intel has called on its developer community to recognise that it's designing for a digital planet now, and urged developers to think differently in approaching both established and emerging markets.