21st > February > 2005 Archive
IBM last week did its best to roll a number of disparate storage product upgrades under the singular ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) umbrella.
Mobile operator Orange is suing EasyGroup to stop it using the colour orange when it launches mobile phone services next month.
Residents of Michigan who bought cigarettes over the web in the last four years are facing tax bills for their purchases. Tax demands averaging $2,500 are being sent to 553 people.
The Dutch Supreme Court has prohibited Ladbrokes from offering web-based gambling services in the Netherlands. Last year, Ladbrokes was ordered to stop offering sports bets to consumers in the Netherlands.
Paris Hilton's address book, famously kept on a T-Mobile Sidekick, has been popping up all over the internet after someone managed to figure out her password.
Comment You may remember that at the height of the dotcom boom, various dotcom start-ups were claiming large volumes of website visitors (eyeballs), and the figures they gave, which were probably accurate at least within reason, supported ridiculous stock prices – until it eventually became clear that, eyeballs or no eyeballs, these companies weren't selling much. Then, all of a sudden, the apparently forgotten link between revenues and commercial viability was re-discovered and sanity returned.
Last week's 3GSM Congress was awash with phones with a new set of controls: "play", "pause", "FF" and "rewind" - the music phones. Is a oneGB SD chip really a threat to the market leader, the iPod? Apparently, Apple isn't taking the chance; it's going to counterattack in the next two weeks, with a colour iPod mini.
Lastminute.com has called in the Financial Services Authority to investigate an anonymous fax that has been doing the rounds in the city.
IT managers and business managers are learning to love one another, according to research from Accenture.
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Toshiba admitted yesterday that it is struggling to keep up with demand for flash memory after announcing plans to accelerate production at its latest fab.
A satire site mocking Tony Blair has become the centre of a bizarre row that has pitched Labour councillors against militant bloggers and seen wild accusations thrown at both the Labour party and one of the country's biggest ISPs.
Customs and Excise's ability to counter missing-trader or carousel fraud suffered a blow late last week with an adverse decision from the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
Every bar has a condom dispenser. Why doesn't every store have a data dispenser? Because you don't want to shag a computer, of course. But this is an idea that remains largely unexplored.
There is little hope of an early settlement of Microsoft's legal dispute with the European Commission. In March last year the EC fined Microsoft €500m for anti-competive behaviour and ordered it to offer a version of its operating system without a bundled media player. Microsoft is appealing the decision and is due back in court in October or November this year, according to Bloomberg.
US scientists plan to harness the by-products of cosmic rays to detect hidden nuclear material, probe Mexican pyramids and predict eruptions in volcanoes in Japan.
A UN general assembly committee has backed a proposal to ban all forms of human cloning. The "nonbinding statement" - proposed by Honduras, backed by the US and carried by 71 votes to 35 with 43 abstentions - will now go before the full UN assembly, Reuters reports. The decision comes at the end of four years' heated debate into the matter.
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Intel has rolled out its last full slate of single core Pentium 4s for the desktop as it gears up for the debut of its dual core line sometime in the second half.
Analysis A Brazilian activist, who we'll keep nameless, had been keeping your reporter up to date with his work. He was on a mission to install computers in rural areas of the country, but hadn't been able to offer a single reason why anyone should use one - let alone why the communities should be getting computers rather than say, a new school, or a credit union, or better transport links, or even a voice network.
Security researchers have developed a new cryptographic technique they say will prevent so-called stealth attacks against networks.
Australia's incumbent telco is to repay AUS$6.5m (£2.7m) to rival broadband operators over allegations of anti-competitive behaviour. The ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brings to an end a year-long investigation that could have seen the telco shouldered with fines of around AUS$350m (£146m) had the book been well and truly thrown at Telstra.
NASA's long awaited return-to-flight shuttle mission has been pushed back by three days because of concern over lighting conditions during the launch window. The launch of the Discovery was slated for 12 May 2005, but will now take place on 15 May.
3GSM This year's 3GSM 'desperate characters in search of a revenue stream' script had a lot to do with mobile video, and like most of these scripts it had a lot to do with shedloads of infrastructure plus a seasoning of wild optimism. 'We've got this 3G thing, apart from not having finished rolling it out yet,' the script runs, 'and we need something to show how great it is and to repay our vast investments. So um, music videos? Football highlights?'
A Motorola executive has hinted that Apple will deliver a wireless iPod. This is hardly a surprise, as wireless transmission technology fulfills the promise of the portable music player, making this solitary, anti-social device into the social hardware it should be.