14th > March > 2005 Archive


IBM to sell Lenovo kit by year-end

Lenovo kit will be available for sale from IBM by the end of the year.

Apple utility 'confirms' dual-core PowerPC chip

Tantalising evidence of upcoming Macs based on the rumoured G5-class dual-core PowerPC 970MP - aka 'Antares' - has surfaced in the latest iteration of Apple's developer tools.

Microsoft settles Burst.com lawsuit

Microsoft is paying streaming media company Burst.com $60m to settle an ongoing patent lawsuit.
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Intel nears India fab decision - report

Intel is close to coming to a decision on whether to establish a chip fab in India, the country's IT minister said last week.

The Eclipse conundrum

Comment Eclipse, as a development platform, is taking the Java development world by storm and is likely to prove the IDE (integrated development environment) of choice for that community for some time to come or, at least, until something better comes along.
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VIA unveils first two-way Mini-ITX mobo

VIA has introduced what it claims is the world's first Mini-ITX motherboard capable of hosting more than one CPU.
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No verdict yet in Ebbers fraud trial

The jury in the Bernie Ebbers fraud trial have spent six days weighing up the evidence against the former WorldCom boss but still haven't managed to agree on a verdict.

AMD tweaks mobile chip roadmap

AMD has tweaked its public roadmap to take into account the recently launched Turion 64 mobile processors.
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Chaos as 'tagging for terror' system hits glitches

'Tagging for terror' under the new Prevention of Terrorism Act got off to an inauspicious start over the weekend, with one control order detainee left without money, food or phone for 17 hours, police being forced to break down the door of one flat, and detainees claiming to be baffled by what their control orders allowed them to do, and who they were allowed to see.

BACS migration - who cares?

Analysis There are over 30,000 organisations in the UK who depend on a direct connection to BACS for making electronic payments, with many more accessing BACS through a bureau provider. According to a study just completed by Quocirca, about 90 per cent of these use BACS to get salary payments into their employees' bank accounts at the end of every month, with half of them also dependent on BACS to pay their suppliers.
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Supermarkets next in line for phishing attacks

Online retailers are likely to become the next target of 'phishing' scams, UK police warned last weekend. Scam emails that form the basis of phishing attacks attempt to trick users into handing over their account details and passwords. First seen in the UK approximately 18 months ago, phishing emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated, directing users to bogus websites which accurately reproduce the look and feel of legitimate sites.
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SCO settles boardroom dispute with Canopy

SCO has welcomed news that a case involving three board members of its onetime biggest shareholder, Canopy Group, has been settled. Brent Christensen, Darcy Mott and Ralph Yarro were seeking $100m and their old jobs back - they were sacked in December last year.
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ID scheme to die in pre-election cull?

A further signal that the Government was prepared to write off the ID Card Bill and blame the opposition was provided this morning by former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who told Radio 4's Today programme this morning that he hoped the House of Lords wouldn't block the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency "as they appear to be going to block ID cards."
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RIM signs IM pacts

Research in Motion today put in place a pair of partnerships to boost the use of instant messaging on its Blackberry platform. The Canadian company signed deals with Yahoo! and AOL to bring their respective IM clients to the Blackberry.
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Broadband top of Tories' IT election agenda

The Conservative Party would do more to exploit IT and digital technology in the UK if elected at the next general election, which is expected as early as May. In particular, broadband would top the agenda and the Tories would work to ensure that the UK had a network capable of delivering "interactive video for all" by 2020.

Profits jump at Fayrewood

Fayrewood, the pan-European distie, proclaimed record results for 2004, with group sales advancing 17 per cent to £507m (2003: £434m) and profits before tax jumping 27 per cent to £16.3m (2003: £12.8m).
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Fire-breathing bus attacks South London

Hysterical Londoners were last week subjected to a further terrifying ordeal after another Satanic bendy bus caught fire prompting immediate evacuation of the murderous vehicle.
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New Yorker punts haunted Nintendo NES

A New York eBayer is offering gaming enthusiasts the chance to acquire a vintage Nintendo NES with an unusual mod - it's possessed by the spirits of the undead who who use it as a portal with which to communicate with the other side.
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Motorola smart phones to bundle navigation app

Motorola is to bundle GPS navigation software and hardware with the European versions of its A780 and MPx220 smart phones.
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'Star Wars' vet appointed NASA head

President Bush last week named former NASA chief engineer Michael Griffin as the Administration's new head. The veteran of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization - responsible for the "Star Wars" missile defence programme - has proved a popular choice to succeed acting director Fred Gregory, Reuters reports. Gregory has been at the helm since former director Sean O'Keefe quit his post in February.

Spyware Assassin censured for 'bogus' claims

A firm accused of scaring punters into buying ineffective protection against spyware has been ordered to curtail its deceptive marketing claims by a US District court. The Federal Trade Commission is looking to extend this temporary injunction against Spyware Assassin into a permanent ban. The US consumer watchdog is also seeking compensation for consumers from MaxTheater, the firm behind Spyware Assassin, and Thomas L. Delanoy, its principal.

IBM buys Ascential

IBM is paying over one billion dollars for data specialist Ascential Software Corp. Readers with long memories may recall that Ascential was born out of IBM's acquisition of Informix back in 2001.
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Sony preps PS2 mod chip legal fight

Sony has hinted that it is preparing a fresh legal challenge to the legality of PlayStation 2 modification chips in Australia should a High Court case brought by a PS2 mod chip seller go against it.

Dell: Say your prayers

Authorities in Nashville, Tennessee are investigating allegations that 30 Muslim workers were unfairly dimissed from a Dell factory in the city.

Seagate 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive

Review With USB Flash drives growing in capacity and falling in price, it's a brave move on Seagate's part to release its 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive. It's certainly not be a revolutionary product, but while Flash drives are hovering around the 2GB mark, having 5GB of storage in your pocket can't be a bad thing, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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CWU hits out at T-Mobile

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is stepping up the pressure on T-Mobile UK accusing the mobile operator of making it harder for employees to earn sales bonuses.
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CyberGuard snags anti-spam outfit Zix for $3.6m

Security firm CyberGuard has bought the anti-spam, anti-virus and URL filtering business of Zix Corporation for $3.6m in cash. The deal - announced Monday, 14 March and approved by the boards of directors of the two companies - will see Zix's Web Inspector and Message Inspector products moved over to CyberGuard's portfolio.
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Intel extends Wireless MMX

Intel has updated its Wireless MMX mobile multimedia technology, paving the way for a revision of its XScale PXA ARM-based processor family.
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Swedish ISP raid prompts backlash

A raid by Swedish authorities last week against Bahnhof, Sweden's oldest and largest ISP, has been hailed by Hollywood as a major blow against movie piracy. But questions have been raised about whether the 10 March raid, orchestrated by Swedish anti-piracy organisation Antipiratbyrån, and involving the seizure of data involving thousands of users, might have violated the country's strict data privacy laws.

Debian drops mainframe, Sparc development

The Debian GNU/Linux project has proposed axing the number of computer architectures for which it actively develops, with Sparc and IBM's S/390 amongst the casualties.
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Nokia sued over 'exploding phone'

A Thai man who had his right leg and five toes on this left foot amputated after his mobile phone exploded is suing Nokia for Bt1m (£13,650) in damages.
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Reg 'invests' Dell stories - reader

FoTW Dell is the sweetest rose in Texas - although not all of its fans remember its glorious Linux days.