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PalmOne updates Tungsten T5 firmware

PalmOne has released its first firmware update for the recently released Tungsten T5 PDA.
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Cassini gives Iapetus a wide berth

The Cassini probe will not pass as close to the moon Iapetus as originally planned because of fears that the flyby will disturb the path of the $3.3bn space craft en route to Titan. Scientists have now tweaked the route so that Cassini will pass Iapetus from a greater, and therefore safer, distance, The Denver Post reports.
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Nvidia ups Q3 sales forecast

Nvidia yesterday increased its Q3 revenue forecast from $470-502m to $510-515, up to 8.5 per cent higher than it had previously predicted and up to 12.9 per cent above Q2's sales.
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Lastminute.com chairman calls it quits

Lastminute.com chairman Allan Leighton is leaving the one-time dotcom darling in January after four years in the job. Mr Leighton is to be replaced by fellow board member Brian Collie, who is currently a main director on the board of UK airport group BAA responsible.
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Burt Rutan takes a V2-powered wander down memory lane

Aviation pioneer Burt Rutan has been fondly remembering on the BBC his childhood hero - German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
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Hynix bullish despite Q3 sales, income slip

Hynix's third quarter proved less successful than its record-setting second, the semiconductor company admitted yesterday.
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Chip capex set to fall in 2005 - analyst

Spending on new chip-making equipment will fall next year - or, at the very best, match 2004's level - according to a new forecast from market watcher IC Insights.
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Ofcom probes O2 billing blunder claims

O2 - the UK mobile operator that's prepared to go to court if anyone messes with its bubbles - is once again fending off allegations that it has been ripping off its punters.
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EC greenlights Oracle's PeopleSoft bid

The European Commission is set to approve Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft and official confirmation is likely later today.
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The public sector's FOI Act challenge

The "deadline" for implementation of the UK Freedom of Information Act is January 2005. What does this mean? The public sector, widely defined to include educational organisations, Government agencies, "Quangos" and other extended tentacles of Government have to be in a position to respond to prescribed requests for information on a timely basis.
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Hacking: the must-have business tool

Your competitor has a wildly successful web-based tool which is being used by many of your customers. Do you (A) give up and get out of the business; (B) set up a team of product developers to make a competing product; or (C) hack into the competitor's website, steal the code, and for good measure hire their critical employees to develop an exact duplicate of their website. If you answered (C) then congratulations and welcome to the new world of competitive hacking.
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Blunkett poised to open ID scheme offensive tomorrow

David Blunkett is to publish his response to the Home Affairs Committee's heavily critical report on his ID card scheme tomorrow, Tony Blair said at his monthly press conference yesterday. The HAC report found very little positive to say about the scheme, but bafflingly concluded that "the Government has made a convincing case for proceeding with the introduction of identity cards", and gave it the green light.
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Porn pumps the wireless net

The market for porn and other adult content on handsets will grow to around $90m in the US and $1bn globally by 2008, according to a study by analysts Yankee Group published yesterday.
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WTF? A new black t-shirt?

Cash'n'Carrion We have a lot to thank the internet for - access to information; fast mass communication; and a whole rack of snappy abbreviations designed to take the fingerwork out of IM and email.
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C&W flogs Japanese biz

UK telco Cable and Wireless is to flog its Japanese business - Cable & Wireless IDC Inc. (IDC) - to Japanese internet and telecoms outfit Softbank for £72.4m. Although C&W reckons IDC is a "sound business operating in a highly competitive market", it reckons that it is not a "good strategic fit" as it continues to focus on its "primary markets".
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Wi-Fi Alliance certifies first converged kit

As the Wi-Fi Alliance announces the first standards-certified dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular products, there are such high expectations of the devices that many are ignoring the fact that few have yet worked out a business model.
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Broadband wireless threatens 3G voice ambitions

Calculations of the threat to 3G revenues from broadband wireless have focused mainly on data, but as some 3G carriers put voice in a more central position in their strategies, they could find that route roadblocked too. The third generation UMTS and CDMA technologies may have been the first to promise both voice and broadband-class data on one network and device, but the emergence of usable VoIP over wireless has moved formerly data-only approaches into this space too. Roadmaps for data networks such as CDMA EVDO and 802.16e now feature VoIP, and now so does the plan for UMTS’ dataonly strand, TDD.
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Philips 755 mobile phone

Review With so many manufacturers making mobile phones, companies have to come up with more and more inventive ways to make you to want to choose their models over their competitors' products. To that end, we've seen a whole host of new technologies that even five years ago, you would have judged to be preposterous, writes Stuart Miles.
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Swansea IT strike action off

A widespread strike in Swansea in support of IT workers has been called off after council union members voted not to go ahead with industrial action
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EDS suffers US Navy broadside

Services behemoth EDS has delayed posting its accounts until 3 November while it tries to work out how much damage it suffered from its disasterous US Navy project.
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Insecurity begins at home

Spyware is rife and virus infection commonplace yet many home users reckon they are safe from online threats.

Airespace extends WLAN switch line to SMEs

WLAN switch maker Airespace today extended its enterprise-oriented product line downmarket with a new wireless network controller pitched at small to medium-sized businesses.
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Oxford enjoys wireless broadband trial

The latest broadband wireless technology to go on trial in the UK is ArrayComm’s iBurst, which is being tested in Oxford prior to a potential expansion by Personal Broadband Australia (PBA).
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Lime-sucking Brits absorb heavy US flak

Letters The Guardian's letter writing campaign, whereby concerned Brits could write to undecided US voters in swing states in a bid to persuade them against voting for Bush, was probably not the greatest idea of all time. More supporting evidence follows:
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Judge bins Florida paper trail challenge

US Representative Robert Wexler (Democrat, Florida) has lost a bid to require voting machines to create a voter-verifiable paper trail. Citing equal protection statutes, the Wexler team argued that those Florida districts with touch screen machines would be at a comparative disadvantage if a re-count were required.
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Four million email addresses: yours for £29.95

A technology lawyer is warning Register readers that a 'too-good-to-be-true' email is in fact too-good-to-be-true.
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Spam monitors clock increase in 'Rolex' junk mail

Offers for cheap "Rolex" watches are beginning to eclipse Viagra pills in spam emails. Over the last month, UK-based security software firm Sophos reports a threefold increase in the number of junk emails referencing Rolex. Junk mail referencing Rolex detected by the firm increased from two to six per cent this month.
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Oracle can buy PeopleSoft: official

In one of Competition Commissioner Mario Monti's final acts before he retires at the end of the week he has officially approved Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft.
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80 per cent of home PCs infected - survey

The Internet is well on its way to becoming one vast bot net, a survey by AOL and the National Cyber Security Alliance suggests.
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Apple unveils color photo iPod

As expected, Apple has extended its successful iPod music player to carry and display your photos. Two new iPod Photo models, slightly heavier than the regular iPod, and with a color screen and support for an AV cable that allows the photos and albums stored on the iPod to be displayed on a TV screen, were added to the line-up today.