14th > October > 2004 Archive

Segway LLC imagines futuristic four-wheeled vehicle

Not satisfied with dominating the sophisticated wheelchair market, Segway LLC. has laid out plans for a future assault on the four-wheeled rich kid toy segment.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Oct 2004

Apple results best for nine years

Apple reported its highest quarterly income in nine years today, pepped by over two million iPod shipments. The iPod has also given regular folks a reason to go into an Apple Store, with the retail chain reporting revenues 95 per cent up year on year, and an $18m profit. The company reported revenue of $2.35bn for the quarter, and after a restructuring charge of $4m, net income was $110m.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2004

Vodafone reshuffles top jobs

Chief executive Arun Sarin tightened his grip on the reins at Vodafone with the first big management changes since he took over from Chris Gent in July 2003.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

BT goes green

BT is going green after striking a deal to source almost all of its UK electricity from environmentally-friendly energy.
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2004

Mobile users twice as likely to get tumours - report

People who've been using their mobile phone for ten years or more are twice as likely to develop a particular kind of tumour on the side of the head where they normally hold their handset.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Oct 2004

How to kill a website with one email

How much effort does it take to get an ISP to pull public domain material using unsubstantiated legal threats? Distressingly little, according to a recent study by Dutch group Bits of Freedom.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2004

Apple profits leap as iPod sales rocket

Apple saw profits more than double year on year during the fourth quarter of its 2004 fiscal year, the company reported yesterday.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

Removable disks back from the dead

Storage ExpoRemember removable hard disks and how bad they were? Iomega is trying not to, as it targets high-speed backup with an autoloader full of the things, based on its recently introduced REV drive.
Bryan Betts, 14 Oct 2004

Europe's SAN avoidance strategy

Storage ExpoAmericans might love SANs, but Europeans are happier consolidating their storage without them, according to speakers at today's Storage Expo in London.
Bryan Betts, 14 Oct 2004
Netgear Storage Central Turbo SC101T

IT under threat, says Veritas

Storage ExpoIT managers are more aware than ever of threats to their operations, yet many still have no disaster recovery plans - and two thirds keep their DR plan in the data centre, where it will be destroyed by the same fire that knocks out the IT systems. Worse, they could be ignoring invisible risks such as software patches.
Bryan Betts, 14 Oct 2004

Camera phones boost Sony Ericson profits

Sony Ericsson shipped more than 10m mobile handsets in the three months ended 30 September 2004. The joint-venture shipped 10.7m phones, 51 per cent more than the same period last year.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

Servers seized by FBI returned - but who wanted what?

The Indymedia hardware seized in London last week were put back in place over the last 24 hours, but their return puts the UK Home Office even more on the spot. The original hard disks, apparently with the original data, have been returned, which suggests strongly that the authorities wanted sight of information that is on them.
John Lettice, 14 Oct 2004

Dixons offers Napster UK pre-pay cards

Napster UK has begun selling its pre-pay music download cards through retail partner Dixons, the first time the online music company has offered them in the UK.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

Halo 2 leaked onto the net

Microsoft has pledged to "aggressively pursue" whoever leaked Halo 2, the eagerly awaited sequel to the Xbox hit, onto the net.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

ISS crew blasts off

The replacement crew for the International Space Station blasted off from Kazakhstan early this morning in a Soyuz TMA-5 capsule atop a Russian rocket.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Oct 2004
fingers pointing at man

NetSuite moves up the food chain

NetSuite is celebrating the release of the latest version of its CRM software by signing its first 1,000 seat deals and expects to double the size of its UK workforce in the next few months.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

MS PlaysForSure™ - GoneForNow™?

The very instant Microsoft announced its PlaysForSure™ logo programme the vultures (and not just the Reg vultures) started circling. Any company so foolish as to promote something that looked and felt so much like a guarantee as this would be riding for a fall, and Microsoft doing it... well.
John Lettice, 14 Oct 2004

Evesham e-box Media Center 2005 PC

ReviewEvesham's first attempt at a Media Center PC, the eMedia, was, to be honest, far from perfect. But the UK PC maker learned from the mistakes it made, and went back to the drawing board. The result of that redesign is the machine in front of me now, the e-box, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 14 Oct 2004

A digitally United Kingdom

The Cabinet Office this week published Enabling a Digitally United Kingdom, a report by the Digital Inclusion Panel (DIP), which explores ways of bridging the 'digital divide'.
Robin Lettice, 14 Oct 2004

ASA rules against Moviechoices.com over bulk mailing

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) yesterday issued a ruling against an online DVD rental company that sent marketing emails to addresses on a list that it had bought under the impression that those on the list had consented to third party marketing.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2004

Smut filter in Dick-pulling outrage

Hundreds of Norfolk primary school kids will not enjoy the chance to get a sneak preview of a traditional Xmas panto after porn filters binned the promotional email.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2004

MS UK security chief moves to Accenture

Stuart Okin, Microsoft UK's chief security officer, has resigned from the software giant after more than two years as the public face of its efforts to make its software more secure. Okin is to move to Accenture, where he'll become an associate partner looking after the management consultant's Microsoft practice, starting next month.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2004

Brits scan skies for impact threats

Britain is getting more involved in the search for potentially planet-threatening comets and asteroids, otherwise known as Near-Earth-Objects (NEOs). Astronomers at Queens University, Belfast, will track the NEOs and feed their data into the international programme set up to protect Earth from future impact threats.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Oct 2004

Identify file-sharers, judge tells UK ISPs

The English High Court today gave UK ISPs just 14 days to disclose the names and addresses of individuals the music industry claims have offered "massive" numbers of songs on P2P networks without permission.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

Nokia blames prices for profit fall

Nokia says falling handset prices are responsible for falling profits at the Finnish firm.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

Paris may favour gradual switch from MS to open source

A Parisian road to Linuxism seems the most likely future for the Paris municipality's IT systems, following the presentation of a study by Unilog yesterday. The cost of a complete switch over to open source for Paris, reports Libération, would have been too great at €57 million over five years, but it was nevertheless seen as being vital to overcome the city's dependence on one "quasi-monopolistic supplier."
John Lettice, 14 Oct 2004

WiFi Alliance warns chip makers over 802.11n claims

Nearly two years ago, Broadcom and Linksys drove a coach and a team of horses through the fences erected by the WiFi Alliance around WiFi standards, by announcing, building and shipping devices based on 802.11g wireless - when the IEEE had not yet ratified the standard. Now, the Alliance is anxious to prevent a similar attempt at pre-empting standards on the new 802.11n Task Group work which will quadruple WiFi speeds - eventually. The Alliance has taken the unusual step of warning its members to hold their fire. The Alliance issued a public statement, saying that it "will not certify data rate enhancement features based on the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11n amendment to the 802.11 wireless LAN standard until the standard is ratified."
Guy Kewney, 14 Oct 2004

Greece to face Euro court over video games ban

The European Commission is to take Greece to the European Court of Justice in a bid to reverse the Olympian nation's ban on computer games.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

Consumer, privacy groups demand seat at Kazaa trial

The Australian music industry's fight with Kazaa owner Sharman Networks is not set to return to the Sydney court until late next month, but a number of third-parties are already demanding the right to participate.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

Brit cuffed in US net sex investigation

Police in Austin, Texas, want to question a Yorkshire man over allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl he met in an internet chatroom.
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2004

Undead IE bug rises from grave

Recent updates to IE contain a serious regression that leaves systems once more vulnerable to a flaw fixed more than two years ago, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2004

UN to debate embryo cloning

A collection of 125 scientist and patient groups is asking the UN to reject calls for a worldwide ban on stem cell research from the Bush administration and 50 other countries.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

BT sets heavy mob on El Reg

Several members of Reg staff are this afternoon receiving counselling after BT set the heavy mob on Vulture Central over an unpaid £200 bill.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2004

Apple eyes Birmingham for next UK store

UpdateThe UK is ripe for its own chain of Apple-owned stores, the Mac maker has revealed.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004

The Great ISP Buyout

FeatureIt's been a busy couple of months for the UK's internet industry with a string of ISPs being snapped up. In the last six weeks alone Kingston Communications has acquired Eclipse Internet, NTL has taken control of Virgin.net, Claranet has swallowed VIA NET.WORKS in the UK and Iomart has bought out Easyspace. Earlier this week, Business Serve took control of internet telephony outfit Pipemedia and internet entrepreneur Dominic Marrocco scooped up 186k and Onyx Internet. Include the mergers and acquisitions that have occurred over the last 12 months and the list of ISPs that have changed hands reads like a "who's who" of the UK internet industry.
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2004

Intel opens ISV testing lab in Swindon

Martin Curley, director of IT innovation at Intel, made the trek to Register Towers to tell us all about the chip giant's plans for a network of Innovation Centres.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2004

Business Objects sets sights on Dublin

Some 350 jos are to be created in Ireland after business intelligence software outfit - Business Objects - confirmed plans to establish a new operation centre in Dublin.
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2004

EC falls out with UK over nuclear waste

The European Commission yesterday accused the UK government of failing to tell Brussels how it disposes nuclear waste. And it is threatening legal proceedings unless it gets a satisfactory reply from London.
Robin Lettice, 14 Oct 2004

Indymedia seizures: a trawl for Genoa G8 trial cover-up?

UpdatedIndymedia and other interested parties are to seek an injunction preventing the export of the contents of the servers that were seized last week. This content is thought to have included correspondence with lawyers involved in the case against Genoa police accused of grievous bodily harm, falsifying evidence, slander and abuse of police powers, during and subsequent to the 2001 G8 summit.
John Lettice, 14 Oct 2004
DVD it in many colours

Compaq's servers save HP from enterprise sales hell

HP's top executives have confessed to a broad misread of the enterprise computing market that has caused the company's hardware sales to remain flat while rivals such as IBM and Dell have increased server and storage revenue.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Oct 2004

Google launches desktop search for Windows PCs

Google has launched its long-anticipated local search tool for Windows PCs. The small 400 kb applet indexes Outlook and Outlook Express mail, Microsoft Office formats and AOL chat logs, (er, but I don't use any of that - Ed) as well as plain text and HTML files on your hard drive. It also indexes Internet Explorer's web cache (or that - Ed). Google Desktop Search uses the browser user interface, and adds a tab to the Google home page.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2004

Intel decides speed matters less these days, kills 4GHz Pentium

For years, Intel has been insisting that consumers need ever faster processors to handle their desktop and notebook workloads. That pitch, however, will need some refining now that the chipmaker has revealed that a 4.0GHz Pentium 4 once due out at the end of this year (and then planned for 2005) won't arrive at all.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Oct 2004
Broken CD with wrench

Sun kicks off fiscal '05 with a $174m loss

Sun Microsystems muddled through its first fiscal quarter of 2005, falling back into the red after the briefest of visits to profit country at the end of its last fiscal year.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Oct 2004

90s retro virus spreads over physical media

A "retro" virus which spreads by floppy disks and CD-ROMs is spreading (modestly) across Scandinavia.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2004

Feds approve human RFID implants

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a gimmick from Florida-based Applied Digital Solutions to chip people with RFID implants - previously confined to tracking animals - thereby making it easy to access their medical records, even when they cannot, or would rather not, cooperate.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Oct 2004

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