1st > September > 2005 Archive
Offline shops 'miss out'
Britain's local businesses are missing out on a share of £1.5bn by failing to sell their products online, a new study reveals.
Rollable displays at IFA 2005
Philips will demonstrate rollable displays for use in the mobile devices at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin, Germany, which opens tomorrow.
IBM gets own facts out for Linux v Windows
IBM is kicking some total cost of ownership (TCO) dirt in Microsoft's face, releasing a numbers survey that claims Linux is cheaper to deploy and manage than Windows.
E-casino 888 to float
888 - the online gambling outfit - is to float on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) it announced today.
ABN AMRO cuts 1,500 jobs
ABN AMRO is slashing its IT headcount from 5,000 to 1,800 after signing a raft of outsourcing deals worth €1.8bn over five years.
New Orleans to enjoy free Wi-Fi access
There is some welcome relief today for those people left wading through the remains of New Orleans - T-Mobile has announced it will offer free Wi-Fi access across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama until the end of the week, and "possibly beyond that if the situation warrants it".
Albatron readies 'SLi-enabled' Intel-based mobo
Albatron will next month ship an Intel-oriented mobo that incorporates Nvidia's multi-GPU technology, SLi.
Apple stalls Mac Mini test-drive offer
Apple has apparently pulled the plug on a scheme to allow would-be Mac Mini buyers to try the diminutive computer for a month, free of charge.
Wanted: seasoned w**nkers for online ejaculation pole
Yes, we know: we shouldn't be giving the following story the time of day. Worse still, we should in fact be expressing our righteous indignation that sex toy e-outfit LoveHoney.co.uk (purveyor of the popular backless thong) is running an online poll to determine exactly how long it takes the average male onanist to achieve explosive satisfaction.
MyTob and NetSky-P dominate August viral charts
Despite all the publicity about the Zotob the NetSky-P virus continued to dominate anti-virus charts in August. Zotob exploited a recently discovered Microsoft Plug and Play vulnerability to infect several media organisations last month. A number of other worms (such as Bozori and IRCBot) exploited the same vulnerability but their aggregated prevalence never really got over one per cent of the global virus activity, according to security appliance firm Fortinet. That's since the exploit mainly affected unpatched Windows 2000 machines and because the port used by Zotob to spread (port 445) is typically firewalled on the gateway of corporate networks and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
ECS ships dual AMD-Intel mobo
Here's an interesting plan. Elitegroup (ECS) has announced a mobo capable of supporting both AMD and Intel processors.
UK Online unveils 24 meg service
UK Online - the ISP that's part of local loop unbundling (LLU) outfit EasyNet - has confirmed it too is to offer 24 meg broadband.
Creative touts tiny video player in Asia
Creative is pitching a tiny portable video player at Asian customers, though Western consumers may baulk at its diminutive display and slimline storage capacity.
Job cuts loom for Barclays IT staff
Barclays Bank is to cut as many as 200 jobs from its IT staff, according to reports. The company confirmed that redundancies are in the pipeline, but declined to discuss specific numbers.
Creative MP3 players ship with virus
Creative Labs has instituted a partial product recall after discovering that it accidentally shipped approximately 3,700 MP3 players contaminated with a Windows virus. Filesystems of affected 5GB Zen Neeons players contain a file infected with the Wullik-B (AKA Rays-A) email worm. The worm won't infect PCs unless the user browses the player files and clicks on the infected file, security firm F-Secure reports.
Sony PSP in 'popular' shock
Sony's PlayStation Portable arrived - officially, at least - in the UK last night to cries of joy from the hundreds of would-be buyers who had queued up buy one.
Toshiba hints at HD DVD launch delay
Toshiba may not launch HD DVD products until 2006, breaking its previously stated deadline for the introduction of the technology.
Logica bypassing India, heading to Philippines
LogicCMG said yesterday that plans to expand its outsourcing business could include setting up an operation in the Philippines, noting that skilled labour there is even cheaper than in India.
Heroic New Orleans hosting outfit battles on
We're obliged to reader Paul Hatch to alerting us to the heroic struggle of web hosting outfit directNIC.com - owned by Intercosmos Media Group - which is currently continuing to operate from a 10th-floor datacenter in New Orleans' Business district.
Sage opens up on integration
Sage will open up its software to third parties under an integration program designed to get all its apps talking to one another.
Lights out in Massachusetts for Microsoft
The state of Massachusetts is set to follow in the footsteps of a number of European cities by ditching Microsoft in favour of open source software.
US-only trials for MS anti-phishing toolbar
Microsoft released a test version of an anti-phishing toolbar on Wednesday. Europeans need not apply because the software is only available to US users. That's not because Microsoft reckons scam emails that form the basis of phishing attacks are a US-only problem but because the code is still only in beta, a Microsoft spokeswoman explained. The software giant has plans to expand the reach of the technology into different geographies by the end of the year.
Value added reselling is dead - Morse chief
Value added reselling based on computer hardware "is dead", according to Duncan McIntyre, CEO of Morse Group, the corporate reseller.
Argos pulls 49p TV deal
Thousands of disgruntled Argos customers are to receive refunds of 49 pence each after the retailer said “No, we’re not going to sell you a TV and DVD for less than ten bob”.
LogicLibrary applies smarts to SOA work
A cross-industry project to develop blueprints for developers building service oriented architectures (SOAs) is getting an added infusion of expertise.
Darknets to eclipse bandwidth management
Encrypted P2P networks will soon make bandwidth management based on deep packet inspection obsolete, says Staselog, a Finnish appliance outfit.