22nd > December > 2004 Archive

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'Metal Gear' Trojan targets Symbian phones

Symbian OS/Series 60 UI malware Skulls has been put to further use, this time masquerading as a version of the game Metal Gear Solid.
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PCI Express push ATI sales up

ATI continued to make strong revenue gains during the first quarter of its 2005 fiscal year, with sales up 30.7 per cent year on year and 7.3 per cent sequentially.
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RIM revenues rise

Blackberry maker Research in Motion this week raised its performance expectations for the coming couple of quarters despite the prospect of its failure to defend itself against patent holder NTP's legal action.
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Self-heating latté stirs controversy

Never mind the self-healing minefield, standby for the self-heating latté. From 2 January 2005, US punters will be able to buy a $2.25 cup of coffee that heats itself in six minutes. Previous trial launches aimed at the mass market have floundered on the size and cost of the product, but WP Beverage Partners thinks it might have a winner, and has persuaded celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to put his name to the venture.
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Register responsible for Suprnova's demise

FoTW 'Tis the Wednesday before Christmas and all through the house, a great flame is roaring, from a reader with a grouse...
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Onyx hooks up with unbundler Easynet

Onyx Internet has become the first ISP to sign up to a wholesale broadband service from unbundling outfit Easynet.
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Creative Audigy 2 ZS Notebook PCMCIA sound card

Review Impressive audio has never been one of the selling points of laptops. Generally small speakers and the need to conserve energy rather than belt out virtuoso, ear-splitting performances have always resulted in less than impressive overall quality, writes Charlie Brewer.

WD ups Caviar HDD capacity, lowers thermals

Western digital announced this week that its Caviar family of hard drives now runs at significantly lower temperatures and uses less power - not only than the company's own drives but less than all of its rivals' products, the company claimed.
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Software patents: the fight in Europe

2004 in review Patents have been big news in 2004, with Microsoft appealing against the ruling that it owes Eolas hundreds of millions in licence fees, a move which has found it some unlikely allies. Meanwhile, the EU did its level best to pass a directive "clarifying" the legality of patenting software in Europe.
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Nintendo ships 2m DS consoles worldwide

Nintendo has shipped more the 2m DS handheld consoles in the US and Japan, the company said yesterday.
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Mobile phones 'alter human DNA'

Mobile phone users have been advised to use a landline whenever possible after researchers claimed that mobiles can damage DNA.
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MS loses Europe appeal, will ship WMP-free Windows version

Microsoft is to start shipping a cut-down version of Windows in Europe from January, following the failure of its appeal to the European Court of First Instance over penalties imposed by the Commission earlier this year. Microsoft hasn't run out of appeal routes, but the Court ordered the company to begin carrying out the Commission's decision immediately.
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Topless teen wins trivia game ban

A PC, PS2 and Xbox-based trivia game has been banned in the US after a teenager alleged that the title contains topless video pictures of her, used not only without her permission but filmed when she was a minor.
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Apple sues three over 'Tiger' Mac OS X leak

Apple has sued three software developers, accusing them of posting pre-release versions of the next major Mac OS X update on the Internet without its permission.
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HMV to spend £10m to catch up with Napster, Apple

UK music, movie and games retailer HMV will finally relaunch its digital music download service in the second half of 2005, the company said today.
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Institutions pour $25.2m into digital music firm

Loudeye, US parent of European digital music pioneer OD2, has won itself $25.2m in funding.
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Anti-piracy scrooges slammed for Red Cross threats

Letters This week, you were unanimous in your condemnation of Australian moves to freeze funds donated to the International Red Cross. Distinctly lacking in Christmas spirit:
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New 'scope snaps Orion in infrared

A stunning image of the Orion nebula has been released from the newly operational Wide Field Camera, part of the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. Built in Edinburgh, the camera is the most powerful infra-red survey camera anywhere in the world.
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'Cosmic' baker attacks phone mast

The owner of a holistic Kent bakery is opposing Hutchison 3G's plan to erect a mobile phone mast just nine metres from her premises because she says the radiation will "destroy the vitality" of her biodynamic loaves.
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MS gives Welsh a fat LIP

MS has teamed up with the Welsh Language Board, Microsoft Certified Partner Draig Technology Ltd and translation agency Cymen to offer Welsh Windows users a "Language Implementation pack" (LIP) for Windows XP and Office 2003.
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Sony ships Vaio Pocket MP3 support update

Sony has at last posted a firmware update which brings native MP3 support to its Vaio Pocket music player.
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EMC gets itself some SMARTS

EMC has picked up System Management Arts Inc. (SMARTS) for $260m in a move that builds out the storage giant's ever-swelling software portfolio.
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SCO's vanishing licensing biz hits Q4 revenues

The SCO Group suffered a large drop in revenue during its fourth quarter, as its SCOsource licensing business evaporated.