1st > November > 2004 Archive
China shuts 1,600 cybercafes
The Chinese government confirmed this weekend that it has closed 1,600 internet cafes and fined operators a total of 100m yuan ($12m) since March, when it began its crackdown on violent or pornographic content, and other material it considers harmful to public morality.
Intel 1066MHz FSB chipset slips out
Intel will launch its much-anticipated 1066MHz Pentium 4 frontside bus this week, introducing the new FSB frequency with the i925XE chipset and a 3.46GHz P4 Extreme Edition CPU.
Fahrenheit 9/11 gets web airing
Voters in the US will be able to log on to the net tonight and download Michael Moore's controversial documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, for some topical election-time viewing.
Intel lost 6.7% chipset market share in Q3
Intel's chipset competitors stole market share from the chip giant during Q3.
BT's batphone swoops closer
BT is hoping for a spring launch for its combined phone which will allow people to make VoIP, mobile or landline calls from the same handset.
VoodooPC pitches 'world's fastest' PC
Canadian performance PC maker VoodooPC today introduced what it claims is the "world's fastest gaming computer", based on the latest processor and chipset technology from AMD and Nvidia.
Google blocks Gmail exploit
Google has fixed a flaw in its high-profile webmail service, Gmail, which created a possible route for hackers to gain full access to a user's email account simply by knowing their user name. Using a hex-encoded XSS link, the victim's cookie file could have been stolen by a hacker, who might later use it to identify himself to Gmail as the original owner of an email account regardless of whether or not the password is subsequently changed.
Iomart offers free broadband
Scottish ISP Iomart is offering small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) free broadband for a year if they subscribe to its NetIntelligence security product.
For sale: Vulcan bomber, one belligerent owner
If your next-door neighbour has just bought a thrusting silver 4x4 with tints, alloys and bull-bars and spends all of his time waxing it suggestively on the front drive just to make sure everyone else knows just how inadequate they are in the vehicle department, then eBay may have the answer.
Toshiba recalls notebook RAM
Toshiba today said it could replace memory modules installed in certain Tecra, Satellite and Portégé notebooks after it emerged that some may malfunction and cause data-loss.
Undead worms dominate Halloween viral chart
NetSky-P and Zafi-B continue to be the most frequent causes of computer virus infestation months after their releases in March and June this year. NetSky-P accounted for more than a third (35.8 per cent) of all viral incidents monitored by anti-virus firm Sophos in October. More than a quarter (28 per cent) of other reports compiled by Sophos were about Zafi-B.
Business frets over wireless security
There is no question that a number of the new mobile solutions that are being developed could help many business processes function more efficiently. The results of a recent survey, carried out at an executive briefing held by IT consulting services and solutions provider C&C Technology, sheds some light onto the perceived advantages of wireless working and some major concerns regarding these solutions.
Carphone unveils bundled broadband
The Carphone Warehouse is stepping up the pressure on BT with a new bundled voice and broadband offer for under £20 a month.
Getronics snaffles PinkRoccade
BriefThe two biggest Dutch ICT service companies - Getronics and PinkRoccade - are to merge. Getronics will buy the outstanding shares of PinkRoccade, listed on Euronext Amsterdam, for €338m. The management board will be chaired by Klaas Wagenaar, existing chairman and CEO of Getronics.
Apple London store doors to open 20 November
Apple has formally announced that it will open its first UK - nay, first European - Apple Store on Saturday, 20 November.
Creative Zen Touch 20GB music player
Reg reviewCreative may claim to have introduced the world's first hard drive-based music player, but its efforts have always been undershadowed by Apple's iPod. It's easy to see why. Literally so, in fact. While Creative's Singaporean product designers have focused on functionality, Apple's worked on look and feel. So while the iPod is eye-catching, Creative's Nomad Jukebox family, later dubbed the Zen line, have never looked comfortable alongside consumer electronics kit.
NASA eyes May launch for Shuttle
NASA has announced that the Space Shuttle will take to the skies once more next year, in a launch window that lasts from mid May to early June. It will be the first mission in more than two years after all flights were grounded in the wake of the Columbia shuttle disaster in which seven astronauts died.
Celebrity mugshots get date with destiny
Anyone who knows the special pleasure of seeing pictures of their favourite celebrities immediately after they've been arrested will welcome the launch of a calendar including all of Hollywood's A-list felons.
BT Wholesale to trial 2Mb ADSL
BT Wholesale has begun recruiting ISPs to take part in a trial for a new 2Mb ADSL service. The trial is to kick off on 29 November and is set to run for at least eight weeks. The BT IPStream 2000 product is due to be tested within BT during November before the introduction of a broader commercial trial.
Intel 3.46GHz P4 Extreme Edn and i925XE chipset
ReviewIt wasn't so long ago that Intel released the i925X chipset, and there was a lot to shout about. The chipset broke a lot of new ground, like the introduction of DDR 2 memory, Matrix RAID capability and Hi-Definition Audio. Then there was the long awaited debut of PCI Express. But one thing that remained static: the frontside bus (FSB) speed, at 800MHz, writes Riyad Emeran.
IT skills shortage threatens humanity
British business is already suffering material harm because of a lack of skilled IT staff, a Gartner survey has found.
Oxford Uni 'hackers' suspended
A pair of Oxford University students have been suspended over a little hacking project they undertook to "expose" security flaws in the University's IT system.
Net poll trashes Get Carter remake
Sylvester Stallone has his place, but Get Carter is not it. This is the overwhelming conclusion of movie fans, who voted the 2000 version of the 1970s classic the "worst remake of all time" in an online poll.
German flogs Saddam's left leg on web
Punters eager for a piece of Gulf War II memorabilia - albeit a rather large piece - should mosey on down to German auction site azubo.de where they can snap up Saddam Hussein's left leg for offers currently in excess of €3,400.
BT spins prop on SME VoIP promo
BT has cut the ribbon on a new internet telephone service aimed at small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The "BT Business Broadband Voice" service lets workers save money on voice calls by routing them over the net.
Web paedophile jailed for four years
A 35 year-old computer consultant was today sentenced to four years imprisonment after he admitted downloading more than 96,000 paedophilic images and movies from the net. Ian Baldock, 35, from St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of distribution of indecent images of children and 32 counts of making indecent images of children.
Indian Muslim divorces wife by email
Indian Muslim clerics have the rather tricky task of deciding whether an email sent by a US-based husband divorcing his wife in India is valid, the Hindustan Times reports.
China plans five-day space mission
China has announced that is to send a second manned mission to space in 2005, signaling a firm commitment to its emerging space programme. Space authorities made the announcement at an air show in the Guangzhou Province. Two astronauts will blast into orbit on a Long March 2F rocket, in a capsule called Shenzhou-VI. Their mission will outlast the Chinese' first manned space flight by some time: Shenzhou-V flew with one astronaut and was outside the atmosphere for just over 21 hours.
Europe indifferent to portable video
European consumers want music not video or games on their portable gadgets. According to Jupiter Research only a lowly five per cent of people would like a music player which could also play films.
Grokster, Sony BMG to do legit P2P service?
Sony BMG - aka 'Bony' - the merged music label is in talks with Grokster, the P2P software company has confirmed. Negotiations are believed to be focused on the development of a new, label-friendly P2P network.
Beware of Yahoo! spam scam
Spammers are trying to con users into setting up email accounts on their behalf via a series of bogus emails. The email requests, which claim to help Yahoo! prevent automated registrations, actually attempt to dupe users into creating fresh email accounts for spammers.