28th > February > 2005 Archive
Music download prices to rise
The market for downloaded music is strong enough to take a price rise, according to the major music labels.
Skype offers texts
Skype users can now send text messages to mobiles without being charged for the privilege.
MEPs vote to outlaw phone prize scams
The European Parliament voted last week as expected to outlaw telephone prize scams as part of a new package of EU consumer protection measures.
Americans roll out tinfoil automobile
Those readers who regularly don a tinfoil hat - the only proven protection against black helicopter-borne mind control attack - might have wondered how to fully protect themselves against electromagnetic assault whilst travelling to the mall to pick up some oven-ready pizzas and extra bacofoil.
eBay provides backdoor for phishers
Phishers are exploiting a redirection script on eBay's site to make fraudulent emails look more convincing. Three Register readers noticed the trick in scam emails they received. Alerted by The Register, email security firm MessageLabs confirmed that it has detected and blocked the same trick a number of times in the last two weeks.
RIP Jeff Raskin: Father of the Mac
Obituary"A computer," Jef Raskin told me in his house in the hills above Palo Alto, "is a device for running programs. An Information Appliance is something with a processor in it, but which has a function. This software is The Information Appliance." And he demonstrated his software, running on an old Apple II, and it was amazing.
EC checks MS compliance
The European Commission is collecting views from the IT industry on whether or not Microsoft is complying with the anti-trust penalties imposed on it last year.
Japan moots manned Moon base
Japan's space agency has announced the possibility of developing a shuttle-style space vehicle by 2025 and eventually constructing a manned Moon base - hot on the heels of last Saturday's successful launch of a H-2A rocket carrying a navigation and meteorological satellite.
Qwest to sweeten sweetened offer - WSJ
Qwest could be willing to tweak its already sweetened-offer for MCI, according to today's Wall Street Journal.
Magirus buys Exello
Storage disty Magirus is buying Exello, a Scandinavian storage and services specialist. Exello is based in Denmark and Sweden.
Can CAN-SPAM can spim?
On 15 February an 18-year-old man from Cheektowaga, New York was charged with creating tens of thousands of fraudulent IM accounts and using these accounts to send unsolicited instant messages (you know the type, "my boyfriend just dumped me, and I am alone with a webcam" or "get great rates on a mortgage".) According to the complaint, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Anthony Greco sent more than 1.5m IMs from October to November 2004 to members of the MySpace.com online community.
When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping
Online sales jumped in the 2004 holiday season, with the value of the business 88 per cent up on 2003. Transaction volume grew 39 per cent over the year, according to a study by net infrastructure firm VeriSign.
Ringtone sellers told to clean up act
Ten firms that flog ringtones and other mobile goodies have been slapped following the introduction of new rules to clean up the industry, reports the BBC
ISS resupply blasts off today
Current International Space Station residents Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov should soon be receiving some welcome supplies if the launch of an unmanned Soyuz resupply mission goes ahead as planned this evening.
Samsung glum on year ahead
Samsung Electronics warned shareholders yesterday that its prospects for the year ahead were less than stellar due to both global and domestic economic uncertainty.
Arrests over £580m VAT fraud
Two men were arrested on Friday over allegations of a £580m VAT fraud involving mobile phones and missing trader fraud.
BT's Infonet acquisition completed
BT has completed the acquisition of voice and data network services outfit Infonet.
Webcam Trojan perv gets slapped wrist
A Spanish computer science student received a stiff fine this week after he admitted using malicious code to spy on a young woman via her webcam. A Malaga Court was told the perp - known only by his initials G.J.A.L. - used the Subseven Trojan horse to ogle his victim without her consent.
German courts go techno
The German Courts have finally entered the Internet Age. The lower Chamber of Germany's Federal Parliament on Friday passed the German Electronic File Management Act, which will enable the German judiciary to process legal files and documents electronically.
EDS offers stake to AT Kearney partners
EDS may offer some or all of its loss-making consultancy arm, AT Kearney, back to the unit’s management.
Around-the-world jet adventure is go
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett will - conditions permitting - lift off from Salinas, Kansas, today in what he hopes will be the first non-stop, jet-powered circumnavigation of the world without refuelling. He hopes to complete the 23,000-mile journey aboard his Scaled Composites Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer in around 80 hours - assuming he ever gets off the ground.
PalmOne brings forward Euro Treo 650 debut
PalmOne's Treo 650 smart phone looks set to ship in Europe earlier than anticipated, with a ship date around two and a half weeks from now.
Vodafone preps 3G, Wi-Fi palmtop smart phone
Vodafone is to offer Taiwanese smart phone maker HTC's Universal palmtop 3G/Wi-Fi smart phone, along with the manufacturer's compact PDA-phone, Magician.
Intel misses Itanium sales mark by $26.6bn
If everything had gone according to plan, sales of Itanium-based servers would have totaled $28bn in 2004. That figure takes into account boom-time spending, flawless execution from Intel and widespread support for the chip. How far did Itanium end up from this vision of perfection? Really bloody far.
Opera beefs up browser to thwart phishers
Opera is trying to close the net on phishers with the release last Friday (February 25) of a second beta of its forthcoming Opera 8 browser. The Beta 2 release is designed to display the name of an organisation that owns the certificate of a site inside an address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the security of a site. By clicking on the bar, surfers can find out who issued a certificate.