19th > January > 2005 Archive


Intel revamps Centrino

UpdatedIntel launched the second generation of its Centrino notebook platform today, as expected. But how will prospective buyers know whether they're buying a machine based on the new version or one of the many old-style Centrino boxes Intel expects vendors to continue to offer?
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

Google's No-Google tag blesses the Balkanized web

Karl Auerbach's prediction that the internet is balkanizing into groups of people who only accept traffic from each other took another step closer to reality today. The veteran TCP/IP engineer and ICANN board member has warned of the effect for years.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2005

Katie.com lawyer to host cyber-bullying conference

Cyber-lawyer and "national expert on cyber-bullying" Parry Aftab is to host a conference on cyber-bullying in Westchester, New York. Particularly attentive Register readers may remember Aftab for her involvement in the saga of Katie.com, the web's weirdest domain name dispute.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

McDATA gobbles up CNT

McDATA is back on the acquisition trail, with a $235m all-stock deal to buy the number four SAN director supplier CNT. The merged company will dominate the high end Fibre Channel storage networking business; the question is whether it can reverse the steady climb of its rivals Brocade and Cisco.
Bryan Betts, 19 Jan 2005

AMD profits disappear in a Flash

After dropping a bombshell on investors last Monday that its fourth quarter of 2004 would be a disappointment, AMD formally announced the numbers today.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2005

Rambus income slides despite revenue gains

Rambus's income slid during Q4 FY2004, despite a double-figure jump in year-on-year revenue.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

Ad confidence spurs Yahoo!

Yahoo! posted its best ever numbers again today. Quarterly revenue topped a billion dollars for the first time, and after traffic costs were excluded, Yahoo! grossed $785m in income. Net income doubled over the preceding period last year to $373m, or $187m after an investment sale is removed from the numbers, more than double the $75m recorded in the same period last year.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2005

Flagship NHS project in danger

The UK Department of Heath (DoH) will miss the December 2005 deadline set for the roll-out of its Patient Choice electronic referrals system if it does not address low levels of GP support, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

Rambus poo-poos Hynix Euro patent victory claim

Rambus has accused Hynix of making "misleading statements" about the two companies' legal spat, calling the South Korean DRAM maker's victory claims "outrageous and irresponsible".
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

Lastminute.com takes ad rap

Lastminute.com has been given six of the best for failing to respond to complaints about two saucy ads plugging its online holiday deals.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jan 2005
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Job cuts hit Freescale earnings

Freescale, Motorola's one-time semiconductor division, yesterday said it just about made a profit during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 as sequential revenue growth collapsed and redundancy costs slashed the bottom line.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

Mobile DRM levy hits operators where it hurts

News that the MPEG Licensing Authority had reached a royalty policy for the patents in the Open Mobile Alliance DRM 1.0 specification, will have come as a shock to many operators and handset makers that have been led to believe that OMA DRM was to be royalty free. At the level they have set them, the royalties are likely to run into billions of dollars over the next few years.
Faultline, 19 Jan 2005

ContentGuard talks DRM futures

ContentGuard has followed the traditional development path of most intellectual property businesses. First it thought is was a product company with dreams of building a DRM monopoly on the back of technology leadership, then it found the going tough and the pickings too small and finally it dropped back to pushing intellectual property with a handful of key staff.
Faultline, 19 Jan 2005

Microland goes bust

Manchester-based PC builder Microland Technology has gone bust. Administrator Unity Corporate Recovery has scheduled a meeting of creditors for 31 January at its Bolton offices in order to put the Internet-based retailer into liquidation.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2005

Gloves off as ISPA gong nominees named

The UK Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) has received a record number of entries for its annual awards this year, with 180 entries across 17 categories, the trade body said today.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jan 2005

Intel 'Smithfield' to run 130W hot

Intel's upcoming dual-core 'Smithfield' desktop processor will dissipate up to 130W of power - 13 per cent more than today's Pentium 4 chips - it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

AAS: astronauts not robots should fix Hubble

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has added its voice to calls for a manned mission to carry out essential maintenance on the Hubble Space Telescope. The AAS endorsed the National Research Council's recommendation that the telescope be serviced by astronauts using the Space Shuttle rather than NASA's suggested robotic mission.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

World PC sales still growing

Global PC shipments grew 14 per cent in the last quarter of 2004, according to research from market watcher IDC.
John Oates, 19 Jan 2005

AOpen i855GMEm-LFS desktop Pentium M mobo

ReviewWith more computers making their way into the living room, consumers are demanding quiet systems that don't spoil the relaxed atmosphere. Trying to address this point, AOpen has produced a motherboard that should become very popular with anyone looking to build a low-noise PC, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
Trusted Reviews, 19 Jan 2005

Tapping the telecoms barometer

Reg Reader StudiesThe year end is traditionally ‘out with the old, in with the new’, but from the results of The Register/Quocirca year end barometer survey, it looks like for the IT and telecoms industries, the ins and outs from 2004 into 2005 will again include more ‘shaking all about’.
Quocirca, 19 Jan 2005

An MP3 player you can talk to...

A US firm specialising in metadata for music files is working with a voice recognition company to enable voice-controlled music devices for use where hand control is impractical.
John Oates, 19 Jan 2005

Unified messaging – voicemail for 3G?

Voicemail is regarded as a killer application for telephony and some would say communications killer too - too many hid behind a voicemail screen, until mobile phones became the prevalent business communication tool. This is changing: Quocirca’s recent research of 150 decision makers in enterprises in the UK, Italy and Germany indicates a significant frequency of employees using a mobile in preference to a desk phone. So how does that change the voicemail requirement?
Rob Bamforth, 19 Jan 2005

Tsunami spam scammer cuffed

A man from Pittsburgh has had his collar felt by the FBI after allegedly sending out 800,000 bogus Tsunami appeal emails, Silicon reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Jan 2005

Ebbers fraud trial kicks off

The trial into the financial collapse of WorldCom in 2002 got underway in New York yesterday with US District Judge Barbara S Jones ruling that the defence is allowed to probe the private life of the prosecution's star witness.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jan 2005

IBM earned $3bn in Q4

IBM has posted its best ever fourth quarter results, reporting profits of $3bn for the period. The company said revenues had risen seven per cent on the same period last year to $27.7bn, boosted slightly by the weak dollar.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

Legal downloads jumped 900% in 2004

More than 200m songs were downloaded from legal online music stores around the world last year - a 900 per cent increase over 2003's total, the music industry organisation IFPI said today.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2005

Oracle boss forecasts PeopleSoft customers' future

Larry Ellison, the combative boss of Oracle, struck a more conciliatory tone yesterday talking about the future roadmap for PeopleSoft products and what support customers could expect now he has bought the company. Oracle has kept 90 per cent of Peoplesoft's engineering and development staff so product lines will continue to be "enhanced".
John Oates, 19 Jan 2005

UK gov ready to u-turn on passport-ID card link?

As the UK's ID cards bill charges through Parliament, signs are starting to emerge that the Home Office's dubious packaging plans might be coming apart at the seams. Asked earlier this week to provide a timescale for the addition of fingerprints and iris scans to passports, Immigration Minister Des Browne said a decision had yet to be made, and seemed to leave scope for this never happening.
John Lettice, 19 Jan 2005

Panix.com hijack: Aussie firm shoulders blame

An Australian domain registrar has admitted to its part in last weekend's domain name hijack. of a New York ISP. Melbourne IT says it failed to properly confirm a transfer request for the Panix.com domain.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

BT, Kingston face EC illegal state aid probe

BT and Kingston Communications are facing an European Commission (EC) investigation over allegations that they may have benefited from illegal state aid.
Tim Richardson, 19 Jan 2005

Home Office tackles ID fraud. By hiring one

The Home Office has gone that extra mile to prove the true costs of identity fraud to us all - it's been conned, big-time. Confronted with a fake doctor one would ideally stride smartly off in the other direction, but in the case of fraudster Barian Baluchi the Home Office opted for funding his clinic, using him as an asylum-seeker health policy adviser and letting him be an expert witness in 1,500 immigration appeals tribunal cases.
John Lettice, 19 Jan 2005

Sun's Solaris for hippies to arrive next week

After years of hype, it looks like Sun Microsystems will finally unveil its open source version of Solaris at an event next week or at least make some new rumblings around the project.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jan 2005

Opportunity sniffs out meteorite on Mars

NASA scientists yesterday confirmed that the Mars Rover Opportunity has discovered a meteorite on the surface of the red planet. The rover spotted the rock in early January. When its thermal signature suggested it was metallic, researchers realised it could be alien to the planet.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jan 2005

German national library busts copy protection

Germany's National Library is now fully licensed to duplicate copy protected electronic books and other digital media such as CDs and CD-ROMs.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Jan 2005

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