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O2 shuns 3G hype

O2 is breaking ranks with other UK mobile operators by not offering consumer 3G services in time for Christmas. The company will offer business data services but does not believe the technology will be ready for mass adoption until late 2005 and it criticises rivals for over-hyping 3G services.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2004

NTL customers told to 'f**k off'

NTL has launched an urgent investigation into why one of the company's recorded messages told punters to "f**k off".
Tim Richardson, 27 Sep 2004

419ers enjoy a five-finger shuffle

Nigerian 419ers' less than perfect command of the English language has in the past allowed us to make merry at their expense. The following bog-standard advance fee fraud email contains all the classic elements - deceased African general, suitcases packed with readies, etc, etc. Not much to provoke a fit of the giggles there, you might think, But read on:
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2004

Virgin launches digital music service

Virgin's digital music service, Virgin Digital (VD), opened its virtual doors today, offering US consumers a Napster-style mix of a la carte downloads and an 'all you can eat' monthly subscription package.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2004

Adobe proposes universal digicam 'raw' image format

Adobe is to promote a 'standard' alternative to digital cameras' numerous 'raw' photo formats.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2004

BT 'unlikely' to be broken up

Ofcom is expected to shy away from calling for BT to be split when it publishes the findings of its review into the UK's telecoms sector next month.
Tim Richardson, 27 Sep 2004
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BOFH 2004: The whole shooting match

How to get an upgrade, BOFH-style Episode 1 Heatsink moment
Simon Travaglia, 27 Sep 2004

ATI Radeon X700 XT

ReviewThere's a definite 'halo effect' when it comes to graphics cards, just like with cars. Take Subaru, for example. It leverages off the back of its WRC pedigree by producing the Impreza WRX STi - a very fast road-going version its rally car. Subaru knows that only a small number of its customers will be able to justify the cost of an STi, but thanks to the halo effect, people will still buy into the Impreza range because of its motor sport roots. In the world of graphics cards, both ATI and Nvidia launched their high-end, next generation parts first in order to grab the performance headlines. Yet they always knew that these cards would represent a small percentage of the overall volume. As with Subaru, both companies are hoping that the high-end cards will produce a halo effect that tempts mainstream buyers with the more affordable mid-range products writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 27 Sep 2004

Ingram buys Aussie distie for $493m

Ingram Micro is shelling out $493m cash including assumption of debt for Tech Pacific, an Australian distie.
Drew Cullen, 27 Sep 2004

Toshiba tilts digital music player line at iPod

Toshiba will update its Gigabeat line of hard drive-based music players in November, the company said today, matching an iPod Mini-like range of colours to a line of high-capacity hard disks.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2004

Intel cans Grantsdale WLAN plan

Intel has formally dropped Wi-Fi support from its 'Grantsdale' chipset family and from its 'Alderwood' chipset.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2004

Vodafone eyes annual savings of £2.5bn

Vodafone is to cut costs by £2.5bn per year by March 2008. It will do this a combination of £1.4bn through cost-saving measures and £1.1bn through revenue initiatives.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Sep 2004

MS has Media Player - less Windows, just in case...

Microsoft is ready to comply with demands that it alters its Windows software in line with the ruling from the European Commission.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2004

Tesco extends RFID chip roll-out

Tesco is dipping its toes in spy-chip waters again, despite suffering a storm of bad publicity when it tried attaching RFID chips to Gillette razors in July 2003. Britain's biggest supermarket chain ran a trial in Cambridge which took a picture of anyone who took a pack of razor blades from the shelves Gillette Mach3 razor blades are among the western world's most shop-lifted items. A pallet-load of blades costs as much as a new Ferrari. Consumer and privacy groups were less impressed with the trial, which was abandoned amid calls for a boycott of the store.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2004

HFC bank loses its marbles over customer CC details

Customers of HFC Bank, a subsidiary of HSBC, are threatening legal action after an "operator error" exposed personal information in emails from the bank.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Sep 2004

AT&T Wireless ships mobile IM gadget

US mobile network operator AT&T Wireless today launched Ogo, its first non-voice messaging device, pitched at the 'yoof' market - in particular those who only like to communicate by text.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2004

Tiscali OKs H1 numbers

Tiscali execs have have rubber-stamped the ISP's results for the first half of the year (H1). The figures - broadly in line with the numbers released for Q2 results - show that H1 revenues rose 25 per cent to €538m (£365m) compared to a year ago.
Tim Richardson, 27 Sep 2004

Virgin to offer space flights

High-flying Brit entrepreneur Richard Branson today announced the imminent take-off of the "VSS Enterprise" - a scaled-up version of Burt Rutan's SpacShipOne - which will offer well-to-do wannabe astronauts the chance of zero-grav flights for a mere £100,000.
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2004

Virus-free, spam-free, secure email a step closer

A British-based startup believes it has found the Holy Grail - safe, secure email that is spam and virus-free.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2004

Induce Act tweaks fail to stem concern

Clouds of ambiguity hover over Senate Bill S.2560, known as the "Induce Act", despite the latest tweaks. The Bill (Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004, to give its full title) adds the same liabilities for copyright infringement to anyone who "intentionally induces", via a product or service, acts of copyright infringement.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2004

Scientists send Buckyballs to detox

Researchers at the Centre for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have demonstrated a way to dramatically reduce the toxicity of buckyballs.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Sep 2004

Oz conservatives demand porn-busting net levy

A conservative Australian party is demanding a levy on all internet users to fund a AU$45m blockade on smut and general web nastiness at server level, news.com.au reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2004

Judge - IBM must pay for Compuware software probe

Compuware Corp. today has claimed a small victory in its lawsuit against IBM over software IP (intellectual property) issues with a court ordering IBM to pay costs related to the discovery of evidence.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Sep 2004

L-I-N-D-O-W-S goes up for sale on eBay

How much does it cost to spell "Microsoft bites"?
Ashlee Vance, 27 Sep 2004

Is SunnComm a sham or the next, big DRM success?

FeatureYou might expect one of the world's leading digital rights management (DRM) technology makers to have a rich history in either the computing or music fields or both. This is not the case for SunnComm International Inc. Instead, the firm's experience revolves around a troubled oil and gas business, an Elvis and Madonna impersonator operation and even a Christmas tree farm.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Sep 2004

PalmSource reboots Cobalt, but no phones until 2005

Palm kicks off its European developer conference in Munich this week with details of a new release of its Cobalt OS. Cobalt 6.1 will feature new GSM and 802.11 APIs, a revamped browser based on NetFront's core, and a new IDE based on the open source Eclipse Project.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2004

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