9th > November > 2004 Archive
Major server vendors in giant, supercomputing cluster cluck
The world's finest server makers mobilized their marketing armies on Monday, hoping to draw as much attention as possible to their latest supercomputing wares.
Ex-Lucent boss could face bribe charges
Three ex-Lucent employees were warned yesterday that they could face civil charges over allegations that they paid bribes to secure contracts in Saudi Arabia.
Toshiba takes Hynix to task in patent clash
Toshiba has accused Hynix of infringing its DRAM and Flash patents, and has begun legal proceedings against its South Korean rival in the US and Japanese courts.
Pirated U2 album leaked online
Irish rockers U2 might bring forward the release date of their next album because pirate copies of it are turning up on peer-to-peer networks.
AMD signs foundry for 64-bit CPU production
AMD is to outsource AMD64 processor production - or at least a portion of it - the chip maker announced today.
Intel relaunches Itanic
Intel launched its first Itanium 2 processor with 9MB of L3 cache yesterday, as anticipated.
Dog eats phone
A dog in Turkey has wolfed down a mobile phone. The owner of the phone only discovered it was inside the mutt when he rang the number and heard the dog's stomach ringing.
P2Pers ask Supreme Court to reject RIAA ban request
StreamCast has formally asked the US Supreme Court to reject the request made by the Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) to revisit lower court decisions that confirm the legality of P2P software.
Boy (11) sues mum for not buying him PC
An 11 year-old in Xingzheng, Henan province has taken his mother to court for refusing to give him a PC.
BT in VoIP giveaway
BT is bribing customers with free VoIP calls for a year if they sign up to one of its broadband services. The deal, the latest in a string of sign-up promo offers, runs until the end of December.
Trojan infects PCs to generate SMS spam
A Trojan which uses infected PCs to send spam messages to mobile phone users has been discovered. Delf-HA Trojan horse sends spam SMS messages by using the free "Send a text message" facility found on the websites of several Russian mobile network operators. Infected PCs download instructions on the content of junk SMS messages from a separate website.
MS - NHS tie up unsettles Reg readers
LettersMicrosoft's recent big win in the NHS caused something of a stir, particularly as it emerged that Steve Ballmer himself had been involved in the sales negotiation.
CSR unveils 'lowest cost' Wi-Fi chip
Bluetooth chip specialist Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) today extended its reach into the crowded Wi-Fi arena by launching a line of single-chip WLAN parts pitched at mobile phones and other handheld devices that is pledged are the "lowest cost" chips of their kind.
Mio 8390 smart phone
Reg reviewWhile the likes of Motorola and HTC have become well-known for their Windows Mobile-based smart phones, Mio has kept a lower profile. The reason lies in its decision to focus on building a channel of specialist retailers and distributors rather than try to sell through the mobile networks, from whom the vast majority of Western handset buyers currently acquire their phones.
China homespun 3G unravels in trials
The future of Chinese 3G technology and how it is licensed by the government is in doubt today after it failed a five-month trial.
Qualcomm seeks markets with bold TV network move
Qualcomm has always been a company of extreme audacity. Having taken on the prevailing GSM mobile phone world to establish its own de facto standard with CDMA. As a result it has created a business around its vast store of intellectual property that, if its new results are anything to go by, has far more life left in it than many would have predicted.
IT hardware makers back EU patent directive
EICTA, the European Information and Communication Technology Association, has stepped up its campaign in support of patents for computer-implemented inventions with a new site, Patents4Innovation.org.
BT: Nation's broadband investment in Ofcom's hands
Investment in the UK's information economy could be torpedoed if telecoms regulator Ofcom bungles it soon-to-be-published telecoms review.
Stealing movies: Why the MPAA can afford to relax
AnalysisAnother great hullabaloo has been going on this week over the fact that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) plans to start the same kind of debilitating legal actions against illegal file sharing of movies, that the recording industry has been filing for the past year.
Redbus suffers another power cut
Redbus Interhouse has suffered yet another power cut at its Harbour Exchange Square location in London last night knocking its customers offline.
Cap Gemini cuts jobs
Cap Gemini is cutting 1,500 jobs, or 2.5 per cent of its workforce, as it continues to try and cut costs. Redundancies will cost the firm €140m but should cut annual costs by €110m.
Boom times ahead for IT security profession
Boom times are ahead for security pros. The information security workforce will expand by an estimated 13.7 per cent annually to reach 2.1m workers by 2008. Approximately 680,000 of this expanded workforce will work in Europe.
UK.gov meets and greets anti-patent lobby
The Patent Office is to hold a meeting, this December, with anti-software patent activists to try to persuade them of the merits of the European directive on computer implemented inventions. Lord Sainsbury, minister for science and innovation, contacted everyone who wrote to their MP about the bill; more than 300 people, in total.
BT coughs to email snag
BT estimates that some 500 business customers have been unable to send email for more than 24 hours following a glitch at BT Connect - the telco's ISP for SMEs.
Dell gets meagre $240m package for North Carolina plant
It took more than old-fashioned southern hospitality to convince Dell to build a new computer manufacturing plant in North Carolina. In fact, it took about $240m in tax incentives and loads of wrangling to put Dell in the Tar Heel State.
Hands off VoIP, Feds tell states
Individual states don't have the power to regulate Voice over IP telephony, the US federal communications regulator decided today. Minnesota's public utilities commission had asked Vonage, a VoIP provider, to abide by the same requirements as a regular telephone company. But the FCC today decided state requirements were "inconsistent with the FCC's "deregulatory policies".