Moto aims Push To Talk at Symbian handsets
It's two years since the mobile industry's giants agreed to agree on a common Push To Talk specification through the OMA. Now Motorola, which popularized the walkie talkie features on its iDEN network, wants to jump-start the process.
Opera bakes in BitTorrent
Opera has released a version of its web browser with the BitTorrent client built in. Users clicking on a Torrent file will see the file load in Opera's traditional Transfer window, so for most file transfers, there's no need to install a third-party BitTorrent client. To Opera, it's simply another MIME type, like Gopher and Usenet before it.
Sun UK cans Phoenix, 60 support engineers
Staffers at Phoenix IT in the UK have become the latest technology experts to start training their Indian replacements after Sun Microsystems informed the firm that it's looking for cheaper labor.
ATI R520 to ship 'mid-Q3'
ATI's upcoming next-generation graphics chip, codenamed the R520, may yet be launched later this month, but it won't ship until mid way through the quarter.
London locks down after terror attack
The entire London Underground network was shut down this morning following three explosions on tube trains between Aldgate and Liverpool St, at Edgware Road and between Russell Square and King's Cross. Bus services in the central Zones 1 and 2 are also suspended, as are National Bus coach services in and out of the capital. The Tube will remain closed for the rest of the day, while those travelling by mainline train out of London are advised to check on the current status of services (be patient - website very slow).
TSMC, UMC Q2 sales slide
The world's top two chip foundries saw their second-quarter sales fall well behind the totals achieved during the year-ago quarter, the company's latest monthly sales figures reveal.
AMD ships 64-bit Semprons
AMD has begun shipping 64-bit Sempron processors in a bid to counter Intel's launch of 64-bit Celeron chips earlier this month.
European governments cautious on IT spend
Government IT spend is likely to increase again this year, according to analyst house IDC, but at a more cautious rate than has been seen recently.
Lufthansa goes biometric
German airline Lufthansa and Siemens are testing fingerprint-based check-in and boarding procedures at Frankfurt Airport.
OFT wins pledge from premium rate scammer
The operators of a premium rate phone service have pledged not to rip-off punters again with empty promises that they won some "major prize".
MS downgrades Claria adware detection
Here's one for the conspiracy theorists. Microsoft has downgraded detection of the Claria adware application by its anti-spyware software days after reports began circulating that Redmond might buy the online marketing firm. Under its former name Gator, Claria became synonymous with pop-up web advertisements and spyware and Microsoft's possible purchase of the marketing outfit has raised eyebrows in the IT security community.
Phone networks jammed following London blasts
Phone networks have been jammed today following a series of blasts that hit London's public transport network this morning.
DataViz ships RoadSync
DataViz has begun shipping RoadSync, its budget-priced push email system for Symbian-based smart phones running the UIQ user interface.
Rambus unveils 8GHz XDR 2
Rambus has announced the second generation of its XDR high-speed memory technology, which the company claims will run five times faster than today's GDDR graphics memory.
iRiver launches compact Flash video player
iRiver will begin shipping its Flash-based personal video player, the U10, in the UK next month, the company said today.
Adamond ZK1 2GB Flash MP3 player
ReviewAsian-made MP3 players are more than ten a penny these days, all compact, feature-packed and, generally, offering decent sound quality. Finding a stand-out feature is hard, but Swedish supplier Adamond has managed it: the ZK1 is the first Flash-based music player to ship with 2GB of storage capacity, the company claims.
Identical twins grow up to be different
New research from Europe and the US suggests that identical twins become less identical as the years go by. In a study of 80 sets of identical twins, the researchers found that there were significant epigenetic differences between those older twins, while younger pairs are still identical.
Orange UK touts SPV M500 music phone
UK mobile network Orange is to offer a version of HTC's ultra-compact PDA phone, 'Magician', as the SPV M500.
Spyware fears prompt changing net habits
The threat of spyware and other unwanted software programs is changing the way people use the internet, according to a survey of US net users from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5
ReviewYou've got to hand it to Sony. The iPod may be the portable music boss, but it's not stopped trying to take Apple's baby out. It was some time before it seriously plucked up the courage to do so, with the release last year release of the NW-HD1. That was back in late 2004, and it was followed only a few months later by the NW-HD3. Now Sony has produced another hard disk-based unit, the NW-HD5.
Linux lovers must wait until 2007 for SCO vs IBM showdown
The SCO Group's quest for software IP righteousness looks set to linger on until at least 2007 after a judge pushed back the trial date for the company's battle with IBM.