O2 creates 1,500 Glasgow jobs
O2 is creating 1,500 new call centre jobs in Scotland as part of plans to be more cuddly towards its customers.
Telewest punters 'unaffected' by spam blacklist
Telewest's internet punters appear to be unaffected by Telewest's recent naming and shaming by anti-spam organisation SPEW.
IBM moves onto JBoss turf with Gluecode buy
JBoss hopes to rally competitors to IBM around its open source middleware stack following IBM's purchase of application server start-up Gluecode.
Fiorina regrets nothing
Free of corporate PR controls, Carly Fiorina has called on graduate job seekers to beware of institutionalized racism and sexism in her first speaking gig since losing the top job at Hewlett Packard Co.
Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 5.0
Microsoft has launched the latest edition of Windows for mobile devices, with improvements to attract service providers eager to customize devices.
Swift catches birth of black hole on camera
Astronomers working on the Swift mission have photographed a gamma ray burst they think is likely to be the formation of a new black hole, 2.2bn light-years away. There was a flash of X-Rays just moments after the burst, which itself was very short-lived, followed by an optical afterglow. Astronomers think the explosion was caused by the merging of two neutron stars.
Michael Dell slips $100m into Red Hat
Michael Dell is investing $100m of his own cash in Linux distributor Red Hat. The investment is a private investment rather than a strategic corporate move by Dell.
Apple settles Eminem lawsuit
Apple has settled its other music-centric lawsuit, with Eminem. The two parties have reached an out-of-court settlement, it emerged this week.
Weak consumer spending hits Dixons
Dixons has been hit by weaker consumer spending and warned of tough times ahead, the high street electrical retailer said today.
Yahoo! declares! digital! music! price! war!
Yahoo! today opens the virtual doors of Yahoo! Music Unlimited (YMU).
Sybase buys UK company
Sybase has bought two firms to help it expand beyond its straight database business.
Squirrels blamed for gnawing through BT phone line
A BT engineer has blamed squirrels for gnawing through phone cables cutting off a Berkshire couple.
Strong Euro sales lift Cisco profits
Cisco Systems yesterday reported an unspectacular but healthy rise in sales and profits helped by strong sales in Europe, particularly to service providers.
Congress passes Gestapo ID legislation
CommentHouse and Senate Republicans have rammed through the so-called Real ID Act - a legislative Trojan horse that lets the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) dictate drivers' license standards to the states - by attaching it to a $76 billion military spending package for Iraq that no one in the Senate dared oppose. In addition to keeping the Iraq debacle alive, the bill increases the death benefit for US service members from a paltry $12,000 to a more reasonable $100,000, raises the maximum life insurance benefit to $400,000, and provides $100,000 for those who suffer a severe injury.
Dell to launch 19in widescreen notebook 'next year'
Dell is preparing a monster 19in widescreen notebook for release next year, according to moles, cited by DigiTimes, claim the beast will be produced by Compal, which is already producing a range of widescreen notebooks for Dell.
HTC unveils 3G PocketPC phone
HTC today formally introduced 'Universal', the palmtop-like PocketPC phone a number of European network operators have already announced, but on which the handset's vendor has kept quiet.
Toshiba unveils 45GB HD DVD
Toshiba yesterday introduced a higher capacity version of its HD DVD blue-laser disc format to meet the challenge posed by rival optical storage system, Blu-ray Disc (BD).
Canada mulls VoIP regs
Canada’s telecoms regulator is likely to rule that Voice over Internet Protocol services should be regulated in the same way as traditional telcos.
VESA readies next-gen display interface
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has begun work on DisplayPort, a new digital display interface, designed to enable all forms of screen technology to be easily hooked up to computers.
Travis Bickle makes gaming debut
The citizens of videolandia can sleep safer in their beds tonight with the news that Travis Bickle is about to make his gaming debut, courtesy of Majesco Entertainment Co.
Google launches mini search-in-a-box
Google has launched the Google Mini, a scaled-down version of its enterprise search appliance, to the UK. The small, blue box is designed to provide a search function for the intranets or public websites of small to medium businesses.
Microsoft issues solitary patch
Microsoft's patch Tuesday brought just one security update yesterday, a fix for a script injection vulnerability rated by Microsoft as "important". The vulnerability in the Web view component of Windows Explorer (MS05-24) affects Windows 2000, Win 98 and Me users1 but Win XP punters are off the hook. The solitary security bulletin this month compares to eight patches - five critical - in April. Then again, Microsoft has other projects on the go this month.
Mobile operators fight DRM corner
The GSM Association tried a dangerous game of bluff this week in an attempt to gain concessions from the licensing authority that claims to hold the essential patents for the Digital Rights Management system favored by mobile operators everywhere.
IWF cracks down on illegal porn at work
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has launched a campaign to crackdown on child porn in the workplace. It claims that many IT managers are unsure about what to do if they found illegal material on their servers and wants to raise awareness about to do.
Yahoo! fudges video search
This week there is news that Yahoo! has joined the hunt for the video search engine, but like all those before it, not counting Google, which we have yet to see operate, as it is only just collecting content right now, it is a bit of a fudge.
DiData triples profits
Dimension Data, the giant networking equipment reseller, tripled profit and increased turnover in the first half of the year ended 31 March 2005.
Dutch academics declare research free-for-all
Scientists from all major Dutch universities officially launched a website on Tuesday where all their research material can be accessed for free. Interested parties can get hold of a total of 47,000 digital documents from 16 institutions the Digital Academic Repositories. No other nation in the world offers such easy access to its complete academic research output in digital form, the researchers claim. Obviously, commercial publishers are not amused.
No 'sorry' from Love Bug author
Five years ago, a new "supervirus" hit the headlines. It had the two successful - but evil - elements: destructive virus coding coupled to an enticing title and the simple fact that it arrived from someone the recipient knew. The combination was virus dynamite.
Readers retell their squirrel pest stories
The problem of tufty-tailed squirrels gnawing through BT phone cables drew some interesting emails from readers.
Orange snuffs out Wildfire
Orange is pulling the plug on Wildfire - its voice activated digital personal assistant that does all sorts of clever things on the end of a mobile phone.
Nominet appoints new chairman
Nominet has at last found someone to fill its chairman post - retired top company lawyer and experienced chairman Bob Gilbert.
EC wants €70bn for science
The EU's science budget could be doubled to €10bn a year, the European Commission says in its initial proposal for the next science programme, Framework 7 (FP7), to cover the years 2007-2013. The EC has costed the total for FP7 at &euro:70bn.
DoD hacker jailed for 21 months
A US hacker convicted of infecting Department of Defense with a computer worm was last week sentenced to 21 months imprisonment.
VXers make a monkey out of gullible surfers
Social engineering tricks by virus writers took a strange twist this week after hackers bundled malicious code with pictures of a famous dead albino gorilla. The Wurmark-K email worm displays a picture of Snowflake (AKA Copito de Nieve), an inmate of Barcelona Zoo until his death in November 2003, as it goes about its job of infecting Windows machines.
Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 gaming notebook
ReviewI've looked at quite a few gaming notebooks, some of them good, some of them not so good. I've looked at mobile gaming solutions from hardcore players like Voodoo and Alienware, as well as lightning-fast machines from the likes of Rock and MV. But sitting before me right now is, without a doubt, the best gaming notebook I have ever got my hands on - and, amazing as it sounds, it comes from Dell, writes Riyad Emeran.
Oz iPod users denied access to quality pop
CommentDespite all the huff and puff emanating from the Australian music business about illegal file-sharing, it's comes as a bit of surprise to learn that you can't legally downloaded a number one single, even if you're prepared to shell out hard-earned cash for the privilege.
Gadget express rolls into Gizmoville
Tech DigestCertified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, while Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay. Read on in wonder:
Lastminute.com rocks following bid approach
Shares in Lastminute.com jumped 45 per cent today following news that an unnamed suitor has been sniffing round the one-time dotcom darling.
Google goes to China
Google has snagged a licence to do business in China, and has registered the URL www.google.com.cn. According to reports, is planning to open an office there by the end of the year.
IBM thinks ahead with speedy midrange storage dynamo
In the sometimes dull world of storage, IBM has made a bold move against competitors such as EMC and HP by releasing the first four gigabit per second Fibre channel box from a Tier I vendor.
Symbian revenues soar on smartphone sales surge
Symbian sold 6.75 million smart phone licences during the first quarter of 2005, almost three times more than were shipped during the same quarter of 2004.
Macintoshes are 'hot' amid slow April PC sales
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Poachers turn over Microsoft Gatekeeper security test
Microsoft last week pulled the plug on an online security competition after it emerged that system flaws enabled entrants to manipulate their scores.