7th > December > 2004 Archive
'Clicks and bricks' trick tempts window shoppers
A posh stationers in London's Covent Garden has unveiled an "interactive shop window" (ISW) which lets window shoppers see what's on offer before going into the store. Described as a "merging of 'clicks and bricks'", this latest shopping gimmick to hit the Bureau stationery shop is a "blend of the on and offline shopping experience".
Energis appoints new CFO
Energis has a new chief financial officer after Eamonn O'Hare decided to quit the UK telco and "move on to his next challenge".
Motorola free to sue Telsim owners in UK
Handset maker Motorola yesterday won the right to pursue the Uzan family for money it claims was obtained fraudulently. Members of the Uzan family used to control Turkish mobile operator Telsim. They are accused by Motorola and Nokia of making fraudulent use of vendor financing arrangements.
iSuppli cuts 2005 chip sales growth target
iSuppli, the bullish semiconductor market watcher, yesterday slashed forecasts for 2005 sales, cutting the level of expected growth by almost half.
Samsung maps huge chip biz expansion
Samsung is to spend KRW25tr ($24.07bn) expanding its semiconductor production capacity over the next six years, the South Korean giant said this week.
IBM to take 5% of Lenovo to seal PC biz deal - report
Lenovo looks set to pay $1.5bn in cash and shares for IBM's Personal Systems Group (PSG) in a deal that would see IBM gain a five per cent share in the Chinese company.
NetApp's storage virtualisation evolves
Product development in the storage management market shows no signs of slowing down. Within this large domain, storage virtualisation continues to hold its position at the leading edge of advancement. Last month saw one of the leading suppliers of storage solutions, Network Appliance (NetApp), give details of its vision of the Storage Grid when it released details of its Data ONTAP 7G software.
Orange 3G arrives
L'Orange is launching consumer 3G services in the UK and France. It is claiming the most comprehensive range of handsets - four are available immediately and two more on the way soon. Tariffs start at £30 a month including mobile internet access and video calling.
Tapwave offers Zodiac Wi-Fi pack to UK users
Tapwave's newly announced Wi-Fi package for its Zodiac handheld games consoles will be coming to the UK, The Register can confirm.
IBM CICS legacy at the heart of SOA
As I mentioned in a recent article IBM is to make a series of software announcements that will bring z/series to the heart of SOA (service oriented architecture). The first announcement included CICS Transaction Server V3.1 and CICS Transaction Gateway V6.0. They include several significant enhancements that show that IBM intends that CICS will not just be a passive legacy system but will be driving new applications and users into the web services world.
Aged entrepreneur seeks Italian telco
A veteran Italian businessmen is considering an offer for Wind, the Italian telco.
Cambridge wireless network to close
Mesh Broadband is pulling the plug on its Cambridge wireless broadband network on December 15. It took over the running of the Cambridge network when it acquired wireless broadband operator Invisible Networks (IN) last year after the operator went titsup.
Nvidia nabs PS3 graphics contract
ATI may have wrested the Xbox 2 graphics contract away from Nvidia, but its arch-rival today revealed an alternative console design win: Sony's PlayStation 3.
Apple 'readies' 5GB iPod Mini
Apple may announce a 5GB iPod Mini next month, alongside the anticipated Flash iPod, reports on the web suggested this week.
Musicians 'unconcerned' about file sharing
A survey of artists and musicians in the US has revealed that a large majority have embraced the internet and consider it to be a helpful tool to their careers.
V Two One told to pull 'UK's cheapest ISP' claim
V Two One, the Surrey-based ISP, has been asked to ditch an advertising slogan after a punter complained it was misleading.
Mystery bidder snaps up Commerce One patents
A mystery bidder, representing the equally mysterious JGR Acquistions, has paid $15.5m for software patents owned by Commerce One.
3Com issues profit warning
3Com yesterday warned that Q2 earnings will come in below expectations. For the quarter ending November 26, the networking firm expects sales of $149m - $153m, compared to earlier forecasts of $170m - $180m.
Is IBM PC sell off preparation for a Power chip attack?
OpinionFaultline would like to put forward another explanation of why IBM's PC business is suddenly up for sale, one that we haven't yet seen proffered in the various publications that have covered the news in the last few days.
Good Tech touts over-the-air PDA set-up
Good Technology is to push further into Europe, the company said this week, with the creation of sales and support channels in six countries. The mobile data specialist also announced the expansion of its North American channel.
Leadtek WinFast PX6600TD GeForce 6600 card
ReviewThis may come as a surprise, but according to id Software you shouldn't play Doom 3 with the Leadtek WinFast PX6600TD. As you'll see on the Doom 3 system requirements here: a GeForce 4 MX graphics card is fine, and so is a GeForce 6800, but the GeForce 6600 doesn't get a look-in. This is nonsense of course, as the Leadtek plays Doom 3 amazingly well, especially since we can't help but think of the Leadtek as a budget graphics card, writes Leo Waldock.
Massive game advertising startup to aid desperate brands
AnalysisAdvertisers are desperate, says Katherine Hays, Chief Operating Officer of Massive, the US company that has just come out of stealth mode to lay claim to the world's first advertising network for multiple games on multiple gaming platforms.
Fake Lycos screensaver harbours Trojan
Virus writers have begun distributing their wares in emails that pose as Lycos's abandoned "Make love not spam" screensaver.
Asia-Pacific piracy still rampant
Piracy, especially optical disc piracy, is big business in the Asia-Pacific. The Motion Picture Association (MPA) estimates that Asia-Pacific piracy costs the US motion picture industry over $718m a year in potential revenue. This does not include the impact piracy has on employment and the cost imposed on countries in terms of lost tax revenues and missed investment opportunities.
Jambo OpenOffice released
Jambo OpenOffice, the Swahili version of OpenOffice, has been released, the Open Swahili Localization Project (Kilinux), announced on Saturday.
Tiscali denies France sell-off reports
Tiscali denies it is prepping the sale of Liberty Surf, its French operation, to France Telecom.
'White collar' virus writers make cash from chaos
Virus writing has changed from a cottage industry to a commercial enterprise, according to Sophos, the anti-virus firm Sophos. It reports a 51.8 per cent increase in new viruses in 2004.
TSG buys Scottish dealer
Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought a ESCO, small Scottish networking reseller based in Cumbernauld, its third acquisition in as many weeks. Terms are undisclosed. All 17 ESCO staff are moving to TSG offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. TSG now employs 100 staff across the border, serving 2,200 customers.
Rat brain flies jet
Florida scientists have grown a brain in a petri dish and taught it to fly a fighter plane.
Hitachi disk drive biz closed for the holidays
The vast majority of staffers at Hitachi's US disk drive center have been told to take an extended vacation whether they like it or not.
Security bugs take a bite out of Apple
Apple has posted security updates to fix 16 security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system. Both client and server versions of the software need patching.