15th > September > 2005 Archive
The idea of transporting boot in a mechanised and booby-trapped suitcase was already explored in the 60s in one the episodes of The Avengers. Now, it is for real.
While music consumers in Australia patiently wait for the introduction of iTunes, they find they have less choice than ever.
Microsoft's mission to "democratize" application lifecycle tools is moving into the creation and management of workflows with Windows Vista, the Office 12 family and business software.
Microsoft is moving into Adobe and Macromedia territory with graphics and web tools designed to improve the way illustrators and coders work together when building websites.
Google has detailed its second public share offering. This time, it's dispensed with the Hallmark Card sentiments that characterized its first trip to the stock market - see Google files Coca Cola jingle with SEC - and the relief from the button-down Wall Street Journal is palpable.
Microsoft will release its next-generation Xbox 360 games console on Tuesday, 22 November, the software giant announced last night.
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Animal rights campaigners were up in arms yesterday over reports that a German inventor was making diesel from dead cats.
Updated Apple is not selling as many iPod Nanos as it expected, a market watcher has claimed.
Centrica - which owns British Gas - has confirmed it plans to flog-off its OneTel telecoms business.
Tiny, privately funded, InPhase Technology is on the brink of replacing film tape with holographic storage in the broadcasting industries, offering densities beyond anything currently seen in other archival storage.
An unnamed Massachusetts teenager who hacked into the mobile phone of Paris Hilton and posted her celebrity contacts online has been sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention facility. The teenage tearaway, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to nine counts of juvenile delinquency last week before Judge Rya W. Zobel in US District Court in Boston. Judge Zobel also passed an order prohibiting the 17 year-old from owning any equipment capable of accessing the internet while behind bars or for two years of subsequent supervised release.
Cellco Orange is driving up its French mobile TV services and has now reach 60 channels, according to supplier satellite services company Globecast.
Intel has set up a software and hardware focused research and development subsidiary in China, the chip giant said today.
Research in Motion appears to be preparing its latest would-be Treo killer, a classic form-factor Blackberry with support for the EDGE and EVDO GSM and CDMA data throughput enhancement technologies, not to mention integrated GPS.
Palm appears to be gearing up to launch the successor to its Tungsten T5 PDA next month, along with a new low-end colour handheld.
888 has reduced the price of its shares ahead of its floatation later this month amid concerns that the online gaming market is running out of steam.
It was a bloody silly idea in the first place, but New Zealand's badminton world may finally have to concede that calling the national team the "Black Cocks" really is a bit too strong, the New Zealand Herald reports.
European astronomers have discovered a true space oddity: a quasar without a detectable home galaxy. The discovery has led to speculation that the host galaxy could be made up entirely of dark matter, or that a normal galaxy collided with another object that happened to contain a quasar.
Computers will be able to out-think the entire world population put together within the next 60 years, the head of Lucent's research division has forecast.
In brief Services from satellite navigation outfit TomTom have suffered after a server migration fell behind schedule. The firm's website has been sporadically unavailable since Tuesday while Reg reader Steve reports that TomTom's traffic update service was out for around 12 hours.
The UK Government finally seems to have made a decision about plans to ditch analogue TV and replace it with digital services.
Review Just as the great unwashed now think that all MP3 players are called an iPod, so there was a time when all handheld devices were simply known as iPaqs. This must have annoyed most vendors, especially Palm, but HP was never heard to complain, writes Stephen Patrick.
Intel's desktop Celeron D chips are to be the latest processors to get the chip giant's NetBurst core update, The Register has learned.
Prepare yourself now for some triumphant headlines in the coming months from rivals of Apple's iPod - along the lines of 'Apple MP3 player market share drops'. And you know what? Apple half-expects them too. Why? Because its new iPod Nano is going to be so hugely successful, taking over as the world's most popular MP3 player from the iPod Mini, which it replaces.
Microsoft and Time Warner are holding "advanced" talks that could lead to the merger of their MSN and AOL internet businesses.
Updated Cliff Stanford, founder of Demon Internet and Redbus, has pleaded guilty to email interception charges. Stanford along with co-defendant George Liddell were accused of conspiring to intercept emails sent to Redbus chairman John Porter (son of Dame Shirley Porter, the disgraced former Conservative leader of Westminster council) during a boardroom battle at the London-based hosting firm.
Israeli scientists have for the first time successfully developed embryos from eggs taken from frozen, thawed and transplanted ovaries. So far, the procedure has been carried out in sheep only, but the research team is optimistic that it could one day be used in humans.
Siemens could be about to announce a rack of job cuts as part of moves to restructure the business and stem losses, according to reports from Germany.
A sunspot five times the size of Earth could wreak havoc with satellites and radio communication systems, scientists warn, as it moves across the face of the sun and Earth moves directly into its firing line.
Heads of information security functions are more likely to be business managers than techies in future as companies take a more strategic approach that balances IT security threats against business drivers. That's according to analyst house Gartner which predicts security will evolve into an element of a wider risk management strategy.
If FileMaker Pro 7 was the technical redesign of the FileMaker desktop database product for the modern world, FileMaker Pro 8 makes all the new functionality more accessible – even to non-FileMaker users.
Dell has become the latest OEM to abandon Itanium, Intel's ill-fated 64 bit chip. The processor's future has been looking downbeat since Intel decided to adopt AMD's 64 bit instruction set for its future servers, relegating IA-64 to high end niches.