2nd > September > 2005 Archive
iPod infestation almost dooms New Zealand
The iPod's global popularity has been revealed as an agent of environmental destruction in which the entire country of New Zealand was only saved by a quick-thinking owner and his freezer cabinet.
Cordless videophone for broadband
Philips is to launch a cordless home videophone designed for making live video and Voice over IP calls via broadband Internet. The Philips VP5500 cordless videophone, announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show IFA in Berlin, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Hurricane + shuttle = delay
In a spectacular example of an organisation lining its excuses up early, NASA is already laying the groundwork for a further delay to a March 2006 Shuttle launch. The explanation, naturally, is Hurricane Katrina.
GP budgets reveal map of chronic disease
The first results from a new GP payment system were launched today, and were hailed by government spin doctors as "the world's most comprehensive database" on tracking and managing common chronic diseases.
Skype signs-up first mobile carrier
Skype, the Internet telephony software firm, has signed its first agreement with a mobile telecoms operator, taking its low-cost services beyond the desktop and on the road.
DVD Jon hacks Media Player file encryption
Norway's best known IT export, DVD Jon, has hacked encryption coding in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, opening up content broadcast for the multimedia player to alternative devices on multiple platforms.
UK home workers now 'in the millions'
Over five million Britons now work remotely from home, according to a new study.
Intel rejects AMD's antitrust allegations
AMD vs IntelIntel has filed its response to AMD's antitrust allegations and, unsurprisingly, has denied them. It claimed its business practices "are both fair and lawful".
ComputerLand UK director resigns
Gary Barrett, ComputerLand UK's IT services director, has resigned with immediate effect, the Nottingham-based reseller said today. Barrett, who joined the company from ATOS Origin, lasted just 13 months in the job.
Dutch give football thugs a good talking to
Authorities in the Netherlands are turning to technology to keep the nation’s soccer hooligans in check.
Ofcom confirms Bulldog probe
Ofcom has launched an official investigation into broadband ISP Bulldog after receiving hundreds of complaints from customers.
What kind of moron are you?
FoTWOur story yesterday on the heroic battle of New Orleans hosting outfit directNIC.com - still operating from the city's business district despite the growing pandemonium - provoked a mixed mailbag ranging from admiration to horrified disbelief. One missive, though, caught us a bit by surprise. Take it away "Ryan":
dabs.com in £500k makeover
Online retailer dabs.com is revamping its website in a bid to increase the number of visitors who actually make purchases after visiting the site.
Itanium goes clubbing
If you want to build a market, start a club. That seems to be the motto now in the high-end processor business, for Intel and HP are set to follow IBM in setting up an organisation designed to promote the development of software, products and services around a processor family. If an ecosystem doesn’t grow naturally, create one.
Chipset makers 'to raise prices' in Q3
Chipset prices look set to rise during the quarter, Taiwanese industry sources warn, with an inevitable knock-on effect on motherboard prices.
Readers down South Korean black helicopters
LettersGoogle Earth: force for democratic good or running dog lackey of Commie North Korea? That was the question we posed earlier this week on hearing that South Korea is to have a right good moan to the US about Google's satellite images of its military facilities. You can check out the full chilling background right here, but Hugh Fiske wants to set the record straight about our grab of an aircraft-packed facility in Seoul:
Hitachi touts micro HDDs' 'bling' factor
Hitachi Global Storage's addlepated attempt to define "hard drives as the new 'bling'" - 'it's me 'ard drive, innit' - shouldn't detract from the fact that the company has begun to ship its promised 8GB 1in HDD.
PCCW takes wireless broadband to London
UK Broadband - which is owned by giant Hong Kong-based telco PCCW - has begun rolling out its wireless broadband network in London.
Katrina-themed malware attack hits the net
Hurricane Katrina is bringing out the worst in people on the net as well as on the streets of New Orleans. Spam emails purporting to offer links to news about Katrina are been used to tempt potential victims onto a site hosting Trojan malware.
VIA ships P4M800 Pro chipset
VIA today began shipping its latest low-end Intel-oriented chipset, bringing DDR 2 SDRAM and faster frontside bus speeds to its budget line-up.
Tiscali targets P2P bandwidth hogs
Tiscali UK is cracking down on broadband users who hammer the service at peak times. Its "three strikes and you're out" policy means that bandwidth hogs will receive three warnings if they are found to be abusing the service.
Infinium to bring game rental downloads to Europe
InterviewInfinium Labs' plan to target "yesterday's gamers" with its long-promised console/online game rental service will involve a European roll-out the company revealed this week.
419-lite fraudsters target Camelot
Advance fee fraudsters are turning their attention to the UK's National Lottery with scam emails that pose as winning notifications.
Verizon takes legal action over phone spam
Verizon Wireless is taking legal action against two US companies for allegedly bombarding its customers with automated telemarketing calls.
Smartballs come to relief of footie refs
FIFA is trialling technology which could relieve football refs of the onerous task of deciding if the ball is actually on the pitch.