UK firm offers legal video downloads
A UK firm has started a video download service in the hopes of creating a viable commercial alternative to renting or buying DVDs. The service - BoxOffice365.com - which allows customers to download videos of VHS quality was launched in a trial version last week. So far only a handful of live comedy and music video services are available but the British Internet Broadcasting Company (BiBC), the firm behind the service, promises a significant content catalogue will be uploaded by the end of September.
The CardSystems blame game
CommentOn July 21, 2005, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on Credit Card Data Processing: How Secure Is It?" Of course, just by asking the question,you already know what the answer is going to be: not a disaster, but about as secure as you might imagine.
Security still underfunded
CommentBlackhat is one of my favorite places to do some casual online banking over an insecure WiFi connection. Where's the risk, right? All joking aside, Blackhat is in fact a great place to do some deep thought on the current state of the security industry.
Security download must clearly disclose adware
Advertising.com has settled charges made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it failed adequately to disclose the bundling of adware with a free security download. The adware was mentioned, but only in a user licence that was easy to ignore.
Public sector e-biz push threatens small firms
Thousands of small firms may miss out on valuable contracts by attempts to make the public sector tender process more efficient, new research claims.
IBM open sources enterprise search
IBM is open sourcing a jointly developed search architecture with a view to creating a common industry approach to querying unstructured enterprise data.
Intel throws weight behind US municipal metrozones
AnalysisIntel is throwing its financial, technical and lobbying weight behind the rising tide of municipally run broadband wireless networks, seeing these as a way to stimulate uptake of Wi-Fi and WiMAX and so sell more of its chips and increase its influence over the communications world.
Nokia and Ollila's legacy
AnalysisNokia CEO Jorma Ollila, the architect of the Finnish giant in its current form, is to step down next June, although he will remain as non-executive chairman. Although widely rumored to be after a career in Finnish politics, he has announced that he will take over the chairmanship of oil giant Shell instead.
Cisco 'eyes' Nokia network biz
Is Cisco pursuing a merger with Nokia? That's certainly what UK newspaper the Sunday Business claimed this weekend.
Who will buy Skype? Yahoo!? or Google? or Rupert Murdoch?
Rumours of a Skype valuation of $3bn Rupert Murdoch's New International from columnist Bob Cringeley, dismissed by another columnist (Simon Edhouse of Virtusoft) have surfaced - but is Skype a valuable commodity, then?
Yahoo! launches self-service ads
Yahoo! is going head-to-head with Google again by launching a new service which enables webmasters to earn additional income by displaying ads on their sites.
Dixons says goodbye to 35mm cameras
Dixons is to stop selling 35mm cameras in its normal retail outlets, saying that the non-digital market is "increasingly niche". Dixons will be a digital-only zone once current stocks of 35mms run out, it said.
Intel's 'Yonah' to supersede 'Dothan' Q2 06
RoadmapIntel's 65nm dual-core Pentium M successor, codenamed 'Yonah', will ship at 1.67, 1.84, 2.0 and 2.17GHz when it debuts early next year, the latest company roadmaps to be made public reveal.
Oz legit downloads fail, and fail again
AnalysisAustralian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the first of a two part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps in available repertoire and a heavily protected market controlled by the majors. He can be contacted at Alex.Malik@student.uts.edu.au.
NTL goes large with 10 meg broadband
NTL is to crank up the speed for all its broadband punters by setting access speeds at 10 meg as standard. The upgrade to its network is due to be completed by the end of 2006.
Intel aligns key old-style Centrino EOL dates
Anyone in the market for Intel's 855 and 852 mobile chipsets now has a month more to request product before the chip giant stops taking cancellable orders for them.
Marconi confirms bid talks
Marconi has confirmed it is holding talks with rivals over the possible sale of the telecoms equipment maker.
UK to get Xbox 360 on '25 November'
Microsoft will ship its Xbox 360 console on Friday, 25 November, "highly placed" sources cited in a GamesIndustry.biz report have claimed.
Microsoft quells Vista virus concerns
Microsoft has confirmed that a new scripting tool will not ship as part of the next version of its operating system, Windows Vista. The disclosure dispels concerns that a virus writer had created the first "Vista viruses" by targeting a new interactive shell codenamed Monad (or MSH).
UK workers hate work, office customs and each other
A new survey by RPCushing Recruitment has confirmed what we at Vulture Central have known for years: the UK's desk-bound workers dislike office customs, office outings and more-or-less don't much like the people they work with.
ID cards: Home Office pursued over LSE rebuttal
Home Office attempts to quash academics' criticism of the planned national identity system appear to have backfired badly, prompting a fresh round of questions about the scheme's chances of success.
HSBC facing '£19m' loss on Granville collapse
HSBC, Granville Technology Group's main banker, is unlikely to recover any of the £19m it is owed by the group, according to reports.
Friends Reunited ponders sale
Friends Reunited - the site that lets people track down long lost chums - could be put up for sale, according to The Sunday Times.
Sun lounger towel annexation declared illegal
There's some very good news today for those Brits - and Germans - who are infuriated by the practice of "reserving" sun loungers by creeping out at 4am and leaving towels on them: the practice is not legally binding and any "British tourist would be quite within their legal rights to ignore the reservation implied by the towels if there is nobody there".
Sony sues Lik-Sang - again
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has begun legal proceedings against Hong-Kong's Lik-Sang, the gaming hardware exporter said today.
Acer Ferrari 4000 notebook
ReviewThe general consensus here regarding Acer's Ferrari 3200 notebook was that it was a decent, well-featured machine, but no one was really sure that they wanted a bright red laptop. It seems that Acer has taken this on board, and the new Ferrari 4000 is more understated - in fact the general opinion this time around is that it looks damn cool, writes Riyad Emeran.
Clouds scupper Shuttle landing attempt
Low clouds over Kennedy Space Center have prompted NASA's mission controllers to delay the Shuttle's return to Earth by a day.
OS exploits are 'old hat'
AnalysisSecurity issues involving Cisco kit highlighted in Michael Lynn’s presentation at Black Hat are characteristic of networking vendors in general. Cisco is just the most visible of these vendors to target as hackers raise their sights from attacking operating systems towards attacking network infrastructure and database systems, security researchers warn.
AOL buys wireless firm
AOL has acquired Wildseed - the privately held US wireless technologies outfit - for an undisclosed sum.
London Internet Exchange cuts ISP charges
LINX (the London Internet Exchange) - a mutual organisation owned by more than 170 ISPs and links their networks - has cut its fees by 15 per cent.
Two straight Canadian blokes to marry
We're sure that most Reg readers don't object to gay marriage as long as it doesn't frighten the horses, but we wonder if that liberal sentiment extends to heterosexual same-sex union?
iTunes Japan shifts 1m songs in four days
Apple Japan has sold more than one million songs to Japanese consumers since it opened its own iTunes Music Store last Thursday, the company said today.