Apple iTunes tops 150m downloads
Some 150m songs have been downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Mac maker has announced.
Netflix delays UK launch
Netflix is synonymous with online DVD rental, but its pioneer status hasn't been much help in fending off ferocious competition Stateside. On worse than expected US figures, stock crashed by 35 per cent and the company said it's cutting fees and delaying its UK launch. All this despite turning in its best ever profit: $22.6m after adjustments, on revenue of $141.6m.
PeopleSoft begged for earnings help
PeopleSoft asked its key customers to pony up early for large software buys in a bid to make its earnings look stronger than they might have been.
Sharp to ship world's first HDD-based PDA
Sharp will next month ship its latest Zaurus PDA into the Japanese market, the consumer electronics company announced this week. The device will be the first PDA to sport a hard drive.
NetSuite's new offering joins up the dots
AnalysisOver the past few years, CRM implementations have come in for much criticism, especially in the elusive area of ROI. This has caused many companies to re-evaluate their technology implementations and heralded the success of new services delivering CRM functionality over the web – rather than making expensive technology investments.
Hydrogen-powered cars creep forward
Fuel-cell-powered cars moved another step closer yesterday with the announcement that a group of British scientists have developed a material that can safely store and release hydrogen.
US air traffic control open to attack
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to examine computer security at air traffic control centers around the country, following a government audit that found the systems insufficiently secured against cyber attacks.
Reg road tests the BioNav™ in-car nav wonder
Let's face it - you're no-one these days unless you've got an onboard satnav system in your motor - preferably one that speaks, can guide you to any location to within one centimetre and will tell you when your road tax has expired.
Rambus sales, earnings rise on royalties
Memory technology developer Rambus saw last year's XDR licences start to pay off during the third quarter of its 2004 fiscal year, the company reported last night.
US plugs into power-line broadband
US telecoms regulator - the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - has given the green light for operators to provide broadband over power lines in a move which it hopes will increase the availability of high-speed net access and increase competition.
Intel readies updated 90nm Celeron cores
Intel's programme to upgrade the cores of its 90nm 'Prescott'-derived processors will continue with the Socket 478 Celeron line-up, it has emerged.
Corel snaps up Jasc
Corel has acquired Jasc software, the company responsible for the Paint Shop software range, for an undisclosed sum. The company indicated the deal was the start of a new growth strategy, saying that other acquisition deals are "on the horizon".
6m South Koreans exposed in slam and spam scam
South Korean police want to question 15 mobile phone workers and brokers over allegations they traded the personal information of an estimated six million people in the northeast Asian country. The group netted 360m South Korean Won ($314,0000) by allegedly selling the personal details of an estimated one in five of south Koreas 30m net users. Police are still investigating exactly how the group obtained the sensitive data but some details are already emerging.
Exabyte slashes media costs
Storage ExpoTape drive pioneer Exabyte reckons it has worked out why it doesn't have much market share anymore - its media was too expensive.
The risks of remote back-up
Storage ExpoIf you're shopping for remote back-up services or software, make sure the storage behind it is up to the job, because choosing the right hardware is not as simple as it might seem.
Colourful US PC company calls it quits
Controversial US PC vendor Liebermann has shut its doors. According to an open letter to customers posted on the company's web site, it is "no longer in a position, from a financial standpoint, to continue doing business".
JetGroove culls songs as music biz says 'cease, desist'
Controversial music download site JetGroove has removed more than 50,000 songs from its database after receiving cease and desist requests from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) and its UK wing, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Electronic underwear warns of heart attack
Electronic underwear sensitive to fluctuations in the wearer's heart rate has been developed by the Philips Research facility in Aachen, Germany.
China jails four for running mucky site
Four men have been jailed for peddling porn as China continues to wage its war against online smut. The four men - Liang Hongbin, Li Yufei, Yu Jianhong, and Chen Dong who are all in their twenties - have been jailed for between 12 months and two-and-a-half years.
Four charged in landmark UK phishing case
Four eastern Europeans appeared in a London court yesterday charged with defrauding online banks of hundreds of thousands through an elaborate 'phishing' scam.
Dell to ship iPod Mini rival next month
Dell launched its anticipated iPod Mini challenger, the Pocket DJ 5, yesterday, along with an updated version of its higher-end model in matching livery.
Archos unveils 20GB iPod Mini-sized player
French media player maker Archos has launched what may the world's smallest 20GB hard drive-based music player.
US science alliance eyes artificial retina
Nine US research institutions, including five of the Department of Energy's (DOE) laboratories, have forged an alliance in a bid to speed development of an artificial retina.
Schools, patents and the future of Linux
Open source activists need to get Linux into schools if Windows' pre-eminance on the desktop is ever to be seriously challenged, a panel discussion at LinuxWorld conference in London last week concluded.
Sprint to shed another 700 jobs
US telecoms giant Sprint is to shed 700 sales and support jobs as it continues to jiggle its business about.
Wobbly footballs and electronic pants
LettersYou know what? Writing a story about open source stuff is a bit like poking at a beehive with a stick. You know you'll get some kind of response, but it is often hard to tell whether it be a load of honey, or an angry bee sitting on your nose:
Motorola pilots 'digital wallet' phone trials
Motorola has teamed up with Mastercard to conduct US trials of technology that allows mobile phones to act as "digital wallets".
IBM's Power5 beast takes on Sun, HP - and IBM
IBM is set to start shipping the biggest, baddest Unix servers in its history.
Boffin channels god, scares students
A physics professor at a Louisiana university has been suspended and is being held for evaluation after allegedly flying into a fit of rage in front of his students.
Google Desktop privacy branded 'unacceptable'
Google's Desktop represents a privacy disaster just waiting to happen, a rival has warned. David Burns, Copernic CEO, says users should know that the giant ad broker intends to mix public and private queries in the future, leveraging its key moneyspinning product: contextual advertising.