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Intel admits Itanium pains, plots server future
IDF Fall '04Intel today filled in a large chunk of its server processor roadmap, laying out a plan that brings the company up-to-speed with rivals . . . eventually.
Intel goes public with WiMAX plans
IDF Fall '04Intel has released more information about its plans for Rosedale, its WiMAX broadband wireless chip, suggesting that the technology could be available for smart phone handsets by 2007. The company also said that it has started sampling Rosedale to its key customers.
The digital home cometh, says Intel
IDF Fall '04The digital home will be big news in 2005, Intel said today at IDF, backing up similar predictions made in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Sun to bring Opteron, Linux to telcos
Sun Microsystems is most certainly adjusting to changing times.
Apple fans apathetic about apathy
LettersOur story last week on lazy Apple users being responsible for screwing themselves out of the college music downloading scene did little to inspire or anger the Mac faithful. In fact, we hardly received any flames - something unheard of in an era full of Jobsian self-hating angst. That said, the best of the worst are printed here.
California sues Diebold over e-voting snafu
BriefThe attorney general of California is joining a case to sue electronic ballot box maker Diebold. Its machines were used in the state to count votes during the March primary election.
MS smart phones gain in-car nav kit
Navigation software specialist ALK will allow Windows Mobile-based smart phones to be used as in-car map-readers later this month, the company said today.
Philips' athletic MP3 player hits the track
Philips and Nike yesterday introduced the Mp3Run - a gadget they believe is the only product on the market that combines music and athletic performance monitoring. The unveiling was one of the few innovations at the Philips products show in the Factory Convention Centre in Amsterdam, which continues today.
Watchdog mauls internet directory for bogus invoices
A London company has coughed to using dodgy sales tactics to try and get firms to sign up to its internet business directory by misleading businesses to think they owed money. London-based GC Logic Ltd admitted sending out a letter and invoice to firms asking for £49 (inc VAT) to be included in its internetnoticeboard.com business directory.
Nokia slims down 'the brick'
Nokia is launching a slimmed-down version of its flagship Communicator. The Nokia 9300 will go on sale worldwide sometime in early 2005, priced at between $785 and $845.
Qinetiq bags robot maker
QinetiQ, the privatised government defence labs, is buying US defence firm Foster-Miller for £91.8m($163m). The two firms have been working together on a bomb disposal robot.
Lexmark recalls 40,000 laser printers
Lexmark has asked buyers to return a range of laser printer models after "internal reliability testing" uncovered a potential electric shock hazard.
RIM 7100t to 'charm' mobile phone fans
UpdateResearch in Motion will ship its much-anticipated phone-format Blackberry handset, the 7100t, in the first week of October, the company will announce later today.
Having kids makes you thick: official
Researchers at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction have proved what most of us suspected all along - that having children makes you thick.
Grid computing gets EC backing
The European Commission is putting €52m (£35m) into 12 projects which aim to get the benefits of Grid computing out of computer labs and into industry and business. Business competitiveness will increase if the technology becomes more widely available, the EC says.
Hundreds of Bulldog users without broadband - again
Bulldog - voted the "Best Consumer Broadband ISP" at this year's UK internet awards - has apologised to customers once again, after "a few hundred" were left without Net access yesterday.
Intel nabs Samsung branding chief
Intel yesterday confirmed reports that it has poached Samsung's branding chief, Eric B Kim, to run its sales and marketing operation.
Dixons upbeat on trading
Dixons Stores Group sales for the 18 weeks to 4 September 2004 were eight per cent up on the same period last year and five per cent up on a like-for-like basis. UK sales were up nine per cent or seven per cent like-for-like. Currys and PC World both performed well.
Tiscali disses Pipex broadband claims
Pipex says it is now the fourth largest xDSL provider in the UK with more than 170,000 broadband punters.
Brits develop streetwalking PC
We at El Reg are always on the lookout for exciting technological innovations, so we're absolutely delighted to flag the very latest example of cutting-edge touchscreen kit - the PUTA from London-based Atacama.
1394 group approves UWB 'Firewireless' tech
Firewire overseer the 1394 Trade Association (TA) has given the thumbs-up to the WiMedia Alliance's (WMA) technology to allow Firewire devices to communicate wirelessly across UWB links.
419ers launch online educational facility
We're delighted to report today that would-be 419 advance fee fraudsters can now avail themselves of the finest academic training available anywhere, courtesy of the University of Nigeria.
Red Hat ups security for Enterprise Linux 3
Red Hat has strengthened the security of its Enterprise Linux distro.
Woolworths to take on Apple iTunes store
UK High Street retailer Woolworths will this year launch a digital music download service, the company's parent revealed today.
iTunes Japan hits 'inadequate DRM' hurdle
Apple's plan to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store could be scuppered on local music companies' fears that its DRM technology, FairPlay, simply isn't restrictive enough.
Email inboxes get respite from smut
The volume of pornographic images sent as email attachments is declining, according to MessageLabs.
UK corporate governance bill to cost millions
UK government plans to improve corporate governance will cost companies millions, a UK technology analyst firm claims.
Interview with the pornogami Grand Master
ExclusiveOur recent piece on pornogami - the art of teasing paper into representations of copulating couples and human genitalia - certainly proved a hit with readers.
Wi-Fi Alliance unveils media streaming quality tech
The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) today introduced its Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) brand, as anticipated, and announced the first nine products that support it.
Europe wants its own SAN demo labs
Emboldened by the success of the Solutions Centre at this year's Storage Networking World Europe, the SNIA-Europe board wants to create its own European technology working group, and will look at building a European SAN technology demonstration centre.
1,000 workers rally behind Swansea IT strikers
Around a thousand people attended a demonstration in support of striking IT workers in Swansea this lunchtime, with 500 people marching through the city centre before meeting up with colleagues for a rally.
McAfee to eradicate app assassin bug
McAfee is promising to release a signature updates to its AV software later today in order to prevent a popular ISP connection manager programme from been mislabelled as Trojan horse code.
Feds go for hypothetical defence in airline ID case
There may or may not be a rule requiring ID in order to board a plane in the US, but we can't tell you that, because if it exists it's classified. "We" here being the US Department of Justice, which appears to have been smoked out by Electronic Frontier Foundation cofounder John Gilmore. Gilmore's argument that the ID requirement is unconstitutional is perhaps a little extreme, but the Feds' refusal to say publicly whether or not it exists is a plot line worthy of Franz Kafka.
Cadence poaches another Intel server staffer
IDF Fall '04Cadence has pulled another former Intel server staffer over to its side, hiring Ajay Malhotra, The Register has learned.
Sasser kid charged with computer sabotage
The self-confessed author of the infamous Sasser worm has been charged with computer sabotage.
Nokia walks tightrope with Metrowerks acquisition
Nokia moved to secure the ground for its application developers today by announcing a deal with Motorola's Metrowerks tools division, which provides the primary development tools for its Symbian platform. Two dozen Metrowerks staff will join Nokia, which will also license the debugger, compiler and IDE and has promised to provide extensions. Symbian has based its application development on Metrowerks CodeWarriors for several years, although the 32-bit Symbian OS began life on Microsoft Visual C++, which is not, in retrospect, one of Psion Software's better ideas.
Intel looks to fend off AMD with new 2006 chipset
ExclusiveCome 2006, Intel plans to make some significant shifts in its Xeon processor line of products with the introduction of the Blackford chipset, The Register can exclusively confirm.
Intel talks dual Pentium Ms
IDF Fall '04Intel fleshed out its Centrino mobile CPU roadmap today, with details of the Sonoma platform, and a promised delivery date of Q105. The company also announced its next-generation mobile platform, codenamed Napa.