3rd > December > 2004 Archive
Letters Barely a day has gone by this week without our beloved Home Secretary appearing in the news for one thing or another. Unsurprising, then, that letters this week should have such a flavour of ID card about it.
The Internet Coporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected the two independent wardens of its activites after a two-year delay.
L'Orange is set to launch consumer 3G services early next week - just in time for Christmas. Orange follows Hutchison's 3 and Vodafone into the UK market.
The research community would lose its access to sensitive information from California's state-run programs under proposed legislation announced this week, a reaction to the penetration earlier this year of a university system housing personal data on over 1m participants in a state program.
Marks & Spencer extends its "One Day Christmas Spectacular" offer into a second day after its website went belly up during its pre-Xmas sale.
Ireland's communications regulator has lifted restrictions in place on ISPs and telecom operators, introduces to combat rogue auto-diallers.
Lycos Europe appears to have taken down its controversial MakeLoveNotSpam site - temporarily, at least. The site now displays a graphic and the words "STAY TUNED." References to the site have also been removed from the Lycos Europe home page, where it was prominently featured, monitoring firm Netcraft reports.
Walsall Council is to pay £650m to Fujitsu to sort out IT services for the borough for the next twelve years.
Analysis Snocap, the company formed by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, today launched what it claims is the first music licensing platform that will allow music download services and P2P networks alike to allow any track to be delivered or shared in the knowledge that the copyright holder is taking their cut.
The movement of jobs from high cost to lower cost countries is now inevitable and attempts by Western governments to stop it happening are doomed to fail, says analyst firm Frost and Sullivan.
IBM has reportedly put its PC business up for sale, 23 years after launching the first computer to carry that name.
Episode 40 So I get back from a couple of weeks worth of holiday in foreign climes to find Mission Control... ..in much the same state as I left it. Checking the staff register, I note no-one's left the Company employ by accident and the gossip networks are uncannily calm.
It is certainly one of the more serious threats to Apple's iPod hegemony. Olympus, best known for its photographic products, this week in Tokyo announced its entry into the portable hard disk music player business with the introduction of two m:robe brand products.
It was Pierre Danon who launched BT into the Wi-Fi business, with BT OpenZone - which he called "data on the pause" rather than "data on the move." But he was more than just the Wi-Fi boss's boss. He was (still is, for a few more weeks) head of BT Retail. And he's leaving - and boy! everybody is analysing this to death.
The inventory correction affecting the chip industry will continue well into 2005, ensuring next year's chip sales will be down two per cent on 2004's figure, market watcher IDC has said.
Argentina's phone network is reportedly "on the verge of collapse" following almost a week of industrial action by telecoms workers. More than 20,000 workers of the country's two major telcos are striking for more pay claiming they are being "exploited".
The worldwide enterprise router market was worth $918m in 3Q04, down by one per cent from the preceding three months. Analyst Infonetics Research reckons sales for 2004 as a whole will reach $3.8bn, four per cent down of $3.9bn revenues vendors enjoyed last year.
UK broadband wireless start-up Libera has made a major shift in strategy and will now focus its efforts on creating a national WiMAX network for businesses. This reverses the plan, announced in June, of building its network in licensed 28GHz spectrum.
Intel is bundling an Nvidia PCI Express graphics cards with a number of its motherboards in a bid to boost sales through the rest of the year, Nvidia has confirmed.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is to start selling its cut-down, wallet-friendly, version of Windows in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. The cut-down version of Windows XP is already available in Thailand for about half the price of the full featured edition. A pilot programme started there in late September.
British businesses will face an extra layer of red tape when ID cards are introduced, according to the boss of the government's own regulation watchdog.
Mobile email remains the key driver of enterprise uptake of wireless technologies. Increased productivity and flexible working practises, end user demand and relatively simple deployment make email the safe bet in a mobile enterprise strategy. Yet the market is still relatively untapped - in the US, market leader RIM has a base of 1.5m, but Yankee Group estimates there are 50m mobile workers. It is partly on that gap that Nokia seeks to build its enterprise strategy, perhaps the most critical element of its roadmap to regain market share, to reduce its dependence on the cellcos, and to achieve a Microsoft-style influence based on software, in the second half of this decade.
US PC maker Gateway has once again ventured beyond its native shores, returning to the Japanese market after a three-year absence.
Transmeta has licensed its LongRun 2 power management and leakage control technology to Fujitsu, its chip manufacturing partner.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is to take up a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science. He will hold this position alongside his current appointments as Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
BT is to take full control of Italy's second biggest telco in a move set to cost around €116m (£80m). The UK's dominant fixed line telco is to acquire the outstanding 74 per cent of Albacom is doesn't already own from ENI, BNL and Mediaset.
Preview Sony is a company that never ceases to amaze me. Every time I think that it can't produce another groundbreaking product, it does just that. When I looked at the Sony Vaio X505 ultra-slim notebook earlier this year, I was amazed at how small and light it was, while remaining a usable mobile tool. But with the Vaio Type U, Sony has created a mobile computer that makes even the X505 look big, writes Riyad Emeran.
Fraud losses from email phishing attacks will hit $137m globally in 2004, according to a study from research and consulting firm TowerGroup. The figure is much lower than previous estimates. For example, a September survey commissioned by TRUSTean, an online privacy non-profit organization and NACHA, an electronic payments association, put US phishing losses to date at $500m.
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It's amazing to see these things are still around, but this week Intel told its customers that it is to formally discontinue production of the Pentium II at 266, 333, 366 and 466MHz.
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reported Apple's iTunes Music Store to the European Commission (EC) on the grounds that the service may infringe European trade regulations.
Analysis It might not be your Big Brother's Database, but the UK ID scheme has certainly mastered doublespeak. Take, for example, the way it will force businesses to joyfully embrace ID card checks - or else.
Samsung is now the world's second-largest mobile phone maker, behind Nokia. According to market watcher Gartner, the South Korean company has finally knocked Motorola into third place.
Letters So, the Tru64 era has ended at the hands of HP. Compaq/DEC's vaunted clustering and file system technology have been sent to the place where software dies, and Veritas has been adopted. HP's Inkvent agenda doesn't seem to support much Unix research and development these days - much to the dismay of the old Compaq hands and customers spread across the globe.