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IT managers hate buggy software

Pressure to get to market at the lowest possible cost means that much software is released too early and in an unfinished and untested condition. This, according to The Corporate IT Forum (tif), is the view of three-quarters of its members, many of whom are senior IT managers and directors across Europe.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Oct 2004

Orange's big push into push-to-talk

How about this for a business idea? Take a very useful service, like mobile phones, make it less good by making it one-way, like a walkie-talkie. Charge more for it. Make it jumpy, more expensive to run, and only available in half the country.
Ben King, 06 Oct 2004

AMD dual-core Opterons gain SSE 3 support

AMD's dual-core AMD64 chips will provide instructions compatible with Intel's SSE 3 technology, the chip maker announced at the Microprocessor Forum yesterday.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

ATI readies 'Rialto' PCIE-to-AGP bridge chip

UpdateTo date, ATI executives have skirted around the issue of providing AGP versions of the company's currently PCI Express-only top-end graphics chips, neither confessing plans to release, say, a Radeon X800 XT AGP nor, more importantly, ruling it out.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

3G VAT appeal goes to Europe

UK mobile operators seeking billions of pounds in tax rebates on their 3G licences will have their case heard before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Oct 2004

Gasping for a pint? Text GOODPUB

Imagine this nightmare scenario: you and your Morris-dancing mates are in the minibus having just completed a seven-hour stick-bashing session at the Little Pizzle Cyder Fayre. Your throats are drier than a silica gel maker's handshake, the Hobby Horse needs the loo sharpish and the heavily-embearded driver has been struck by the sudden urge to sing acapella Norfolk oyster-raking shanties to an appreciative audience of folkies. The problem is, it's dark, you're lost and you've simply drunk too much cyder to read the map. What's your next move?
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2004

SiS readies November AMD PCIE chipset launch

SiS will next month join ATI, Nvidia and VIA in becoming a supplier of PCI Express chipsets for AMD processors.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

Transmeta: 2GHz Efficeon to offer SSE 3 support

Transmeta will launch an updated version of its 90nm Efficeon TM8800 processor later this year that supports Intel's SSE 3 instructions, the company said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

Oi, Chav! Check out me website!

Those readers who are from the Garden of England™ - aka Kent - will be more than familiar with "Chavs". Or, if you prefer, Neds, Townies, Kevs, Charvers, Steeks, Spides, Bazzas, Yarcos, Ratboys, Kappa Slappers, Skangers, Scutters, Janners, Stigs, Scallies and Hood Rats.
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2004

Carphone Warehouse rings up higher sales

Europe's biggest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, said in a trading update today that sales are up on the back of a 25 per cent leap in new connections.
Matthew Clark, 06 Oct 2004

eBay asks for new patent trial

eBay has asked an appeals court for a new trial over claims that its online auction house infringes patents held by Virginia-based MercExchange.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Oct 2004

Kalido repackages product set

Kalido has recently announced Kalido 8. For those of you unfamiliar with Kalido, which is pronounced as in kaleidoscope, it is a spin-off from Shell. At the product’s heart is a data warehousing solution that provides an associative layer on top of the warehouse itself. This allows you to implement and change business models independently of the structure of the warehouse. For large organisations (Unilever, BP, Owens Corning, Interbrew [now Interbev] and others) this is a major benefit.
Philip Howard, 06 Oct 2004

Fujitsu Siemens hails H1 growth

Fujitsu Siemens Computers had a good first half year with sales up 15 per cent between April and September to €2.56bn, compared with last year. Pre-tax profits climbed 60 per cent to €18m. Which is nice, but profits should be much bigger for a company of Fujitsu Siemens' size. Even if it is in the cut-throat computer hardware sector.
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2004
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Ballmer calls for horse-based attack on Star Office

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told resellers at the European Partner conference that anyone in danger of losing business to Star Office should email him and he would send in the cavalry.
John Oates, 06 Oct 2004

T-Mobile boosts public WLAN security

T-Mobile has begun using 802.1x security to authenticate users logging on to its US pubic Wi-Fi hotspots in a bid to make it harder for hackers to obtain legitimate users' names and passwords.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

IBM launches Websphere 6

IBM today announced that Websphere 6, the long awaited-update to its application server software, will be available by the end of the year.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Oct 2004

Wi-Fi hotspots hit with page redirect royalty claim

US wireless internet service providers have been hit with demands for hefty royalty payments from an intellectual property exploitation company claiming it owns gateway page redirection.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

Indie music label rejects lock-down CDs

A European indie music label is taking an unusual approach to the issue of CD copy protection - it is branding all its releases with a sticker proclaiming the absence of any such control measure.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2004

CA forks out $430m for Netegrity

Computer Associates (CA) is to acquire Netegrity, a computer security firm in an all-cash deal valued at $430m, or $10.75 per fully diluted share. The deal sees the company add to its security product portfolio, following the $50m purchase of anti-spyware firm PestPatrol, this August.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Oct 2004

Virus writers seek cash from chaos

Last month Trend Micro, the anti-virus firm, recorded a six-fold increase in malware compared to September 2003. It detected 1,485 new items of malware last month, compared to 250 new types of malicious code in the same period last year.
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2004

McNealy: Microsoft needs Sun to beat IBM and Red Hat

Whatever pleasantries once existed between Sun Microsystems and Red Hat have vanished. This won't come as a shock to many of you. The companies have been jawing in the press for some time. The extent, however, of Sun's loathing for Red Hat is more profound than many imagine, with Sun's CEO Scott McNealy largely confirming a shared attack with Microsoft against the Linux vendor.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Oct 2004

Mobile add-ons star in SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2

Novell today announced the November release of SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2, described as an all-in-one Linux product suitable for both Linux newbies and technical enthusiasts. SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 will come with latest open source functionality, including 2.6 Linux kernel enhancements and the KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.6 desktop environments. It will also make it easier for users to get online while they're on the move with simple system configuration and support for Bluetooth and wireless LANs.
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2004

Open-source IP Telephony slashes costs

LinuxWorldIP Telephony systems based on open source technology will eclipse revenues from Linux over the next two years, a leading open source guru predicted today.
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2004

BBC wants help developing open source video codec

LinuxWorldThe BBC demoed an early version of an open source codec it hopes will give proprietary video technology a serious run for its money at the LinuxWorld exhibition today.
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2004

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