8th > November > 2004 Archive
Tesco opens digital music store
UK retail giant Tesco today launched itself into the digital music market today with a Windows-only "instant music" offering pitched against rival services from Woolworths, HMV, Virgin and others.
BT shells out £520m for Infonet
BT is to buy US-based international data network outfit Infonet in a deal worth £520m ($965m). Once given the regulatory thumbs up and approval by shareholders, the deal is expected to give an almighty boost to BT's Global Services division, which provides ICT services to companies in 136 countries.
One standard, one Microsoft - how the NHS sold its choice
AnalysisLast week the UK's National Health Service announced a landmark licensing deal with Microsoft, trumpeting savings of £330 million over the lifespan of the agreement. And what a sweet deal it was - for Microsoft. The NHS, the "largest procurer of IT services in the world" is now locked into Windows and Microsoft Office for nine years; its IT suppliers, if they wish to remain its IT suppliers, must also lock themselves in, and anyone working with the new NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) has effectively had Windows chosen for them.
ATI unveils integrated, discrete Radeon Xpress chipsets
ATI today formally launched its Radeon Xpress 200 series of chipsets, as anticipated, formerly known as the RS480 and RX480.
Pub landlord secures Vulcan for £15k
A pub landlord from Dukinfield, Cheshire has secured Avro Vulcan XL391 with a winning bid of £15,102.03. Christopher Ollerenshaw will display the beast outside the Snipe Inn after winning the eBay auction for the Cold War relic.
Titan hangs on to its secrets
Cassini's close fly-by of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has left scientists with no clear idea of what to expect when the Huygens probe lands on the alien world, despite the amazingly detailed images they now have of the surface.
Nokia bows to cellcos in midrange
In a major preview of its strategy for 2005, Nokia seems to be giving up the battle with operators in its core midrange handset business, but compensating by chasing a host of new markets where it can attain its accustomed levels of dominance.
Novell aims Linux at corporate desktops
Novell aims to put Linux on more enterprise desktops with the launch of a version of the open source OS tailored to business users. Novell Linux Desktop 9 is promoted as a way for organisations to avoid single-vendor lock-in of their desktop systems.
Cisco rethinks 802.16
Having joined the WiMAX Forum recently, and made no secret of its desire to acquire an 802.16 specialist, Cisco is now having doubts. Its CTO Charles Giancarlo told the Next Generation Networks conference in Boston last week that his company has "not invested in WiMAX" beyond providing backbone infrastructure for potential WiMAX networks in future.
LLU is 'uneconomic', says Energis
Energis has ruled out a nationwide investment in local loop unbundling (LLU), because, it says, the figures don't stack up.
Brits roll out jam-busting airtaxi
Things have been a little quiet of late on the flying car scene, and we appear to be no closer to a Moller M400 on the front drive than we were a couple of years back when we first reported on the Transport of the Future™
'See through clothes' scanner gets outing at Heathrow
A security scanner that sees through clothes and produces a nude image of passengers has made its debut in a trial at Heathrow Terminal 4, according to a report in the Sunday Times. And was it just the other week we we were saying, "We'll save what happens when people learn these have gone in at an airport for another day"? Yes it was, and that other day has dawned.
uSwitch unveils broadband service checker
Uswitch, the UK utilities price comparison service, is running the calculator over broadband service providers.
Aussie 419 ringleader jailed for four years
An Australian 419 fraudster who conned AU$5m from his victims was today jailed for four years on 10 counts of fraud and one of perverting the course of justice by the NSW District Court theage.com.au reports.
Small businesses improving email security
Email security is improving among small businesses, according to VIA NET.WORKS.
3 lines up three phones from Motorola
UK 3G network 3 will be offering three new Motorola handsets in the run-up to Christmas, the company has said.
Offshoring benefits UK job market
The UK has benefitted from the offshoring trend, a new report claims. It found that despite the regular reports of jobs going overseas, even more jobs have been created in the country as other nations offshore work here.
Big guns back UK IT security drive
A major UK campaign to raise public awareness of internet security was officially announced today. Project Endurance was launched at the CBI Conference in Birmingham by Mike O’Brien MP, ecommerce Minister, and Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI.
Apple iPod Photo
PreviewWith only one iPod Photo in Europe at the moment, we were invited to have a first-hand look at the new model before it hits the shops in the UK in the next couple of weeks. So should you be ditching the fourth-generation model straight away, and is this just the first step in things to come? asks Stuart Miles.
Eight fined in eBay auction scam
Eight people in the US who used eBay to flog gear are to cough up almost $90,000 (£48,575) after admitting they artificially inflated the price of their goods by bidding themselves. The $90,000 will be used to pay back more than 120 people who were ripped off by the scam, reported AP, with the rest used to settle fines.
Nvidia ships mobile GeForce 6800
Nvidia today introduced its latest mobile graphics chip - the first GeForce 6-class notebook-oriented GPU.
Fossil to revive PalmOS PDA wristwatch line
Fossil's first line of Palm OS-based wristwatches were canned before they ever shipped, but it looks like the watchmaker is planning to make another attempt to bring them to market.
Arnie terminates conference speech
The ninth annual Cal-IT conference met today in London and heard from a panel of distinguished public sector IT experts that the relationship between software vendors and users is becoming far too unbalanced in favour of the big software companies.
'Sophisticated' UK sprints ahead in ICT race
The Government is bragging about the state of the "e-nation" after claiming that UK businesses are now among the "most sophisticated users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the world".
Vodafone to splurge £100m on 3G launch
Vodafone is set to roll out its 3G service this week, a £22bn gamble it cannot afford to lose. The company will spend £100m on marketing and advertising to support the launch, a fraction of the amount it forked out for the spectrum licence.
NTL completes Virgin.net buyout
NTL today confirmed it has completed the acquisition of Virgin.net. Formerly a joint venture between the cableco and Virgin, the ISP is now wholly owned by NTL.
Did US terror measures down UK MPs?
Yesterday the UK Parliament's Transport Select Committee published its report on the Car of the Future, on which we hope to bring you more shortly, but in the annexes at the back of the report, it seems to us there's a tale to tell. Problems with a flight to Washington? Last January? Well, well...
BBC to cull more online content
The BBC is to cull those parts of its online service which do not add "sufficient public value" and "reprioritise this investment into services that do", according to the Beeb's new media and technology supremo, Ashley Highfield. He called the changes - instigated by the Corporation's board of govenors in response to the findings of the Graf report - a "new era" for bbc.co.uk.
Czech virus writer joins anti-virus firm
UpdateA prominent former virus writer has secured a job developing anti-virus software. Benny, one-time member of the 29A virus writing group, has begun work as the main developer of Zoner Anti-Virus (ZAV), according to an entry on his home page.
IBM puts Blue Genes up for sale
Get ready to pony up; IBM is delivering the future of computing - now.
Circling the wagons: the net politics of exclusion
Election 2004Here's a fable. In summer 2004, a vacancy comes up in a London office, and the manager sets about recruiting. He interviews a blue man and a green man. The blue man has impeccable qualifications and very good experience. The green man’s qualifications are weak, and he is under-experienced - but he's witty and he gets on well with the manager.
US must be carved like a turkey - pundits
The headlines say it all. "Man celebrates Bush win with suicide " - "Pubic hair prince set to rule Supreme Court " - "Air travelers to get peanuts and blasts with stun guns."
Why MS paid Novell half a billion bucks today
Microsoft paid Novell $536m today, although it might not be enough to fend off a fresh antitrust case, which Novell says it will file by the end of the week. Novell says issues relating to the WordPerfect office suite, which it briefly owned in the early-1990s, are still outstanding.