20th > September > 2005 Archive
HP throws scandal-dogged Peregrine a future
"If the corporate culture is so infected with problems that they have not yet been solved and if they are selling a product that is suspect on its face, then maybe society is better off if Peregrine Systems is laid to rest." So wrote Penn State ethics professor J Edward Katz last December, in one of the most damning judgments ever passed on a software company.
Verizon embeds 3G for Wi-Fi challenge
With its 3G data network all dressed up and with nowhere to go, Verizon is courting PC notebook OEMs and cutting prices. Today it announced deals to embed CDMA EV-DO chips with the top three US PC manufacturers, Dell, Lenovo and HP, in their notebook PCs. Verizon's monthly tariff falls to $60 - half what European business users pay for their 3G data.
Cisco targets small.biz with networking bundle
Cisco has set up The Cisco Business Communications Solution, a one-stop networking shop for small and medium-sized firms.
MS sues eight US resellers over hookie software
Microsoft is suing eight resellers in the US for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of their software.
Ancient meteorites tell tales of early solar system
Scientists at London University's Imperial College have gained a new insight into the earliest days of our solar system through a new analysis of some of the oldest, most primitive, metorites found on Earth.
Put up or shut up, Friends Reunited tells bidders
Divorce specialist Friends Reunited has set a deadline of next week for bidders to put their money where their mouth is.
Intel tweaks 65nm process to blitz leakage
Intel is working on a version of its 65nm chip fabrication process that will produce processors with even lower power consumption characteristics. The chip giant says he technology will reduce transistor leakage by a factor of 1000.
Baidu appeals music download court ruling
Chinese search engine Baidu is likely to appeal a decision which found it guilty of helping illegal distribution of music over the internet.
Of technicolour lungfish
The Australian lungfish, often described as a living fossil, has probably been living in a world of blazing colour since before the dinosaurs arose.
Opera gives away ad-free browser
Opera Software has permanently dropped the inclusion of advertising banners in the free version of its PC browser software. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download here.
US e-sales to rocket
Online sales in the US will rocket in the next five years as etailers become more adept at getting shoppers to part with their cash.
Toshiba preps Cell mobo for developers
Sony appears to have exclusive usage of the Cell processor until the PlayStation 3 console ships next March.
Compel maintains return to form
Compel has put in a solid set of prelimary results for the year ended 30 June 2005.
Oracle promises 'lifetime support' for bought-in customers
Oracle Corp has promised continued support for acquired applications while juggling with a shareholder legal action against its $5.85bn Siebel Software bid.
Nvidia GeForce Go 7800GTX to launch '29 September'
Nvidia is borrowing Intel's new approach to chip marketing to help it promote its upcoming GeForce Go 7800GTX
Acer launches compact VGA Wi-Fi PocketPC
Tantalising images of what purports to be Acer's next, Windows Mobile 5.0-based PocketPC have been tacitly confirmed as genuine by the manufacturer
Trade bodies ask EC to stop broadband regulation review
The UK government's advisory broadband group BSG and Intellect, the IT industry lobby group, have teamed up to ask the European Commission to stop its review of broadcast legislation.
Competition to drive down telecoms costs
The cost of telecoms services will continue to fall as increased competition bites and new technologies are developed that can deliver more for less.
eGovernment 'ignoring' poor, unemployed, homeless
Socially excluded groups are currently "very poorly served" by the UK eGovernment agenda, says new government research.
O2 i-mode launch is 'imminent'
Mobile phone network O2 will start up its i-mode service "this autumn", technology partner NEC revealed today.
Akimbi automates application testing pools
A start-up is using virtualization technology to stake out a place in application testing with a product that streamlines development and helps cut costs.
Phishers trawl for victims in Europe
Security watchers are reporting a surge of phishing attacks targeting European banks. Phishing attacks against over two dozen European banks were detected by security firm Websense last weekend (17-18 September).
Regulators call for global data protection law
Privacy chiefs from 40 countries have called upon the United Nations to prepare a legally binding instrument which clearly sets out in detail the rights to data protection and privacy as enforceable human rights.
Apple CEO blasts 'greedy' music labels
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today claimed the world's biggest recording companies have begun to demand the iTunes Music Store raise its prices.
Million pixel student makes £32k
Enterprising UK student Alex Tew has sold enough pixels to fund his way through university. Tew, 21, decided to flog pixels for a buck on his Million Dollar Homepage as part of a cunning scheme to raise cash.
EC moots more charges against Microsoft
The European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has said she won't be waiting for the outcome of Microsoft's appeal against the original anti-trust charges before she decides whether or not to start another law suit against the firm.
Solar flare menaces scamming lungfish
LettersLots to get through this week, so where better to start than with a story of a star-crossed lover (can you have just one?) who thought he'd met his match online. But, as they exchanged love notes, it became increasingly apparent that it was not true love at all, but a scam designed to do nothing other than extract large amounts of cash from our protagonist:
Google Earth threatens democracy - again
Our recent article on Google Earth blowing military secrets to the forces of darkness provoked a huge response - much of it from eagle-eyed readers who obviously have nothing better to do than spend all day peering at the earth's surface for eye-catching hardware and installations.
Apple's Intel Mac 'on track' - Jobs
Apple is on track to ship Macs based on Intel processors by June 2006, CEO Steve Jobs claimed today.
ATI pitches for PC-TV convergence
ATI today unveiled a new consumer brand covering high-quality video performance across platforms, from TVs to PCs.
Siebel is done deal, Oracle says
Oracle’s acquisition of Siebel is a done deal as far as the delegates to OracleWorld in San Francisco are concerned. In the closing event on the first day of the conference Charles Phillips, Oracle’s president, and George Shaheen, Siebel’s CEO, appeared together on stage in a show of solidarity.
Spam map Googles junk mail proxies
Mailinator - the service that offers free, disposable email addresses for use in web registrations - has created a "real-time" spam map. The system receives around a million junk mail messages a day. By resolving the IP addresses of proxies1 used to distribute this junk mail (and plugging this data into Google maps) the people behind the service have created a map to show where spam is coming from. This map is created from data that gets updated every three minutes.
Scientists tout diamond-coated implants
A newly-developed coating for medical implants could help to reduce the number of MRSA infections, according to UK physicists.