Microsoft keeps mum on EC deal
Microsoft played its cards close to its chest on a possible antitrust deal with European regulators last night, as an EU midnight deadline came and went.
Future features for Visual Studio 2005
Microsoft has brought forward features for its Visual Studio 2005 developer suite, originally planned for a later edition, helping refine the delayed suite.
Borland shoots Peloton down roadmap
Borland Software will roll out its first Java development tools based on Eclipse within the next year, answering growing competition from open source products.
Vonage promises a million
Voice over Internet Protocol provider Vonage will have a million subscribers by the end of the year.
London Undergound to trial wireless services
London Underground (LU) looks set to begin mobile phone service trials next year after receiving 70 bids to wire up the capital's Tube network for mobile phone and other wireless services.
Shift2Ingres takes Oracle migration prize
Computer Associates has announced the results of its $1m challenge for open source Ingres developments. In case you missed the initial announcement, the idea of the challenge was for independent developers to produce migration kits from other popular database environments to Ingres. In practice, the challenge was both a resounding success and something of a disappointment.
US tries to shoot down OnAir
The CTIA has asked the US authorities to ban the use of systems like the Airbus-developed OnAir system, which makes it safe to use cellphones while flying, claiming that "currently no solution exists that safeguards terrestrial wireless services against interference".
ALTO seeks Eircom break-up
The association representing alternative operators in the Irish communications market has called for the separation of Eircom's retail and wholesale divisions.
US gov wants to refang Patriot Act
The US Justice Department wants to obtain sensitive customer records from ISPs, according to the Associated Press. It is asking a court to overturn a ruling that struck down sweeping investigative powers in the Patriot Act as unconstitutional.
Inmarsat OKs £1bn float
Inmarsat is to float its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) valuing the satellite operator at £1bn.
HP fills NonStop gear full of Itaniums
HP this week confirmed that there's no turning back with its 'bet the company on Itanium' strategy as both its NonStop and PA-RISC server lines went in the direction of Intel's 64-bit chip.
Public beats private for IT pay rises
Local authorities might not be able to match the salaries on offer to IT staff at private companies, but they are still managing to recruit more people, and retain quality workers, a survey has found. Fringe benefits are still a very important part of the package in the public sector - with the vast majority of authorities offering flexible working, job sharing and home working options.
Skype enables video calling
Skype users can now download a free plug-in from Dialcom that will enable video conferencing using the Skype P2P engine. The Spontania Video4skype, allows any users with a webcam connected to their PCs and a Skype account and broadband internet access, to make video-calls using the Skype client.
Itanium and Opteron fight for significance
The new chips on the block - Itanium and Opteron - continue to make their presence felt in the server market, although still not on the level their producers would have hoped.
MS's IPTV strategy in tatters
AnalysisBeneath the covers, Microsoft’s TV strategy appears to be in tatters. Fastweb can manage it in Italy, Homechoice can manage it in the UK, Maligne and Free have managed it in France, Telefonica in Spain and Bell Canada have also launched IPTV services, while Telenor has managed it across the face of Scandinavia and Ella communications and about 10 other smaller operators in Norway and even Telecom Iceland have all managed to launch IPTV services with open standard components.
Notebook prices keep falling
Prices for notebook computers in Europe are still falling and in the first quarter of 2005 one in five laptops were sold for less than €800.
Nottingham uni powers up £5m supercomputer
Nottingham University officially launches its shiny new £5m high performance computing facility today. The machine has a peak performance of 3.14 Teraflops, according to the LINPACK test, making it the fastest academic machine in the UK.
Azlan teams up with Nortel for SMB IP telephony push
Distie round upNortel has awarded Azlan pan-European distribution rights for Nortel’s Business Communications Manager 50 (BCM 50), its new IP telephony box for smaller companies.
Bulldog unveils 8 meg broadband
Cable & Wireless (C&W) is challenging BT's dominance as a major broadband provider by unveiling an 8 meg service available to a third of the UK.
Ingram Micro improves software offers
Ingram Micro Europe is promising June will be software month at the disty.
Sober worm tops May viral charts
The new Sober-N worm, which poses as offers for free tickets for the 2006 World Cup, toppled Zafi-D as the most popular, sorry, prevalent virus on the internet last month.
m-commerce security risks exposed
Vulnerabilities in mobile applications offer a way to attack otherwise secure web sites, according to independent security consultancy SecureTest.
Spaniards stick sword in P2P website
Spanish P2P music website Weblisten is - as of right now - closed by order of the 3rd Criminal Court of Madrid for intellectual property violations.
Buzz Aldrin takes giant leap into kids' books
Buzz Aldrin has beaten Neil Armstrong at last - with the publication of a book about his experiences in space aimed at the kids' market. Aldrin reckons that sci-fi films crammed with special effects are giving youngsters an unrealistic impression of life in space, and wants to inspire them with something a little more tangible.
Northern Ireland gets own VC fund
Invest Northern Ireland is putting £7.5m into a fund to help get early stage technology companies in Northern Ireland off the ground.
BT comes clean on 'bulky' LLU promo
BT has finally managed to reveal key details about its money-off promo aimed at local loop unbundling operators (LLUO) migrating users onto new unbundled services.
SF hosts 'Masturbate-a-thon'
Those readers who like their Reg stories with a firm IT angle would do well to look away now. On the other hand, those readers who like their stories with a something-firm-in-in-hand angle will doubtless be delighted that US capital of libertines, degenerates and homosexualists San Fran last week hosted the city's "Masturbate-a-thon" - an event designed to celebrate all that is good and wholesome in the five-knuckle shuffle.
IBM cuts software price on Opteron and OpenPower kit
IBM has put a Big Blue stamp on a new licensing policy that treats certain kinds of multicore processors as a single chip.
Parliament slapped for rubbish web presence
The Hansard Society issued a report today calling for a complete overhaul of the UK Parliament's online presence, as part of a wider review of how the institution is run.
Mobile plane ban protects us from terrorists - FBI
The FBI is objecting to plans to relax the current ban on the use of mobile phones on planes. In a joint submission with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI says that unless carriers set up systems to allow law enforcement to wiretap phones owned by designated people then the proposals open up a loophole that might be exploited by terrorists.
Nvidia preps GeForce 7800 GTX
Computex 2005Nvidia's upcoming G70 chip will be dubbed the GeForce 7800 GTX when it ships, sources close to a number of graphics card makers mentioned to The Register.