22nd > September > 2005 Archive
A year after the Wi-Fi-to-cellular roaming standard UMA was initially published, the first true mobile handset supporting the technology appears to be heading for the USA.
Canadian cops staked out a bar in the hope of finding a journalist drunk, a court heard today.
Nokia only began to partner with Microsoft earlier this year - but already it's showing signs of catching Longhorn Syndrome.
The "darknets" were looking a even darker today. WinMX spent the day offline and eDonkey has closed its New York office, Reuters reports. Both P2P file sharing networks WinMX and eDonkey are bearing the brunt of increased pressure on companies who encourage copyright infringement.
Siebel users concerned about the possible takeover of the CRM company by Oracle should sit tight and relax. So says a panel of JD Edwards and PeopleSoft users at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
BT looks set to reveal the identity of its new Access Services Division (ASD) today as part of a regulatory settlement with Ofcom.
Fraudsters have hijacked the identity of a firm owned by billionaire businessman Philip Green. Crooks changed the registered address of a property company the BHS boss runs with his mother to order goods on credit and run up bills under an assumed identity. The ruse takes advantage of a flaw in the Companies House registration scheme highlighted by The Register in February.
Oracle's chief executive has ruled out any more major acquisitions for the next year, as he tries to grow the database and application giant's annual revenue to $30bn.
Let's face it, there's sad (unemployed man, station platform, notebook, trains); sad (Linux programmer, darkened room, slice of pizza, Natalie Portman website); and the following, which has redefined the sad paradigm for all time:
Education technology supplier RM has won a £37.5m, five-year contract with the Scottish executive to set up a national education intranet, dubbed the Scottish Schools Digital Network (SSDN).
The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser successfully took market share away from software giant Microsoft's Internet Explorer over the past 18 months, but has found that popularity comes with growing pains.
The opening passage to True Names, a novella written by noted science fiction author Vernor Vinge nearly 25 years ago, delivers an eerily prescient summary of modern Internet usage.
Intel has sacked up to 250 workers in India after alleging they fiddled their expenses claims, reports from the sub-continent suggest.
BT has promised never again to engage in the kind of behaviour that "restricts competition" and "discriminates" against its competitors.
HM Revenue & Customs has apologised to investment management firm UBS Laing & Cruickshank for the disappearance of a computer disc containing details of some of the company’s Personal Equity Plan investors, according to the BBC.
The European Commission this week adopted a proposal for a Directive on the retention of communications traffic data that would see internet data held for six months, phone data held for one year, and ISPs and telcos compensated for their compliance costs.
BT has released details of its new network division which will provide equal access to its phone network. BT Openreach, as it's called, will employ 30,000 people including 25,000 engineers and comes into operation in January 2006.
Intel has ditched plans to upgrade the cores that comprise its Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor, company documents seen by The Register reveal.
Virus writers have created a Symbian Trojan which also attempts to infect a user's Windows PC if he tries to read a phone memory card on his computer. Cardtrap-A targets Series 60 Symbian devices and spreads via either Bluetooth or by tricking users into downloading and executive hostile code from the web. After infecting a Series 60 smartphone, Cardtrap-A copies two Windows worms (Padobot-Z and Rays) to the memory card of the phone in an attempt to hop across onto other devices.
UK music industry organisation the BPI has launched an application to help computer users sniff out any of that nasty P2P software that might have sneaked its way on their hard drives, along with any unauthorised media files that might have appeared too.
When Steve Ballmer yelled at a departing Microsoft employee that he would “kill Google” we had no idea just how direct a method he had in mind. Buying all or part of AOL may be the first part of the master plan, as Google relies heavily on the advertising pages that come from Yahoo!, since it now syndicates its search to Google.
In the space of one week, many of the P2P filesharing networks are on the verge of exiting the business either to offer a legal version with paid downloads, or selling up or simply closing up shop.
RSS maybe more commonly associated with millions of blogs, but Microsoft is preparing to take the popular XML technology a step further - into the enterprise.
Maxdata, the German PC maker, expects to lose a seven figure (euro) sum for the full year, after posting a loss in Q2. According to reports, the company forecast a full-year profit of €5m as recently as July.
Review Panasonic has been making notebooks for a long time, but you may not have come across the Toughbook brand before. The reason for this is that Toughbooks tend to attract a buyer who is more concerned with durability than design and performance. To get an idea of who the Toughbooks appeal to, next time you see a BT engineer working on a junction box in the street, take a look over his shoulder. It's a near certainty that he'll be working on a Toughbook, writes Riyad Emeran.
British Midland and TAP Air Portugal will permit passengers to use their mobile phones in the air next year, the two European airlines said this week.
Distie round-up Ingram Micro is to distribute Good Technology push email software for handhelds across Europe. It kicks off next month with a reselller bundle combining the HP iPAQ hw 6515 PDA with Goodlink. The two companies already work together in the US.
Reseller round-up South Africa's government has slammed ICT vendors which sell “exorbitant, irrelevant” solutions to local government departments.
Trilogy Telecom - a small local loop unbundling (LLU) operator that provides broadband in rural Cambridgeshire - has been acquired by Edge Telecom Ltd.
BT chief Ben Verwaayen has told staff that today's deal agreed with Ofcom is "historic [and the] biggest change since BT was privatised more than twenty years ago".
In case you didn't know, today is "World Car Free Day", during which we are all encouraged to leave our cars at home and find alternative means of transport, thereby giving Mother earth a great big hug.
Almost two-thirds of Swedes secretly read their partner's SMS messages, according to research by mobile portal Halebop for Swedish operator TeliaSonera.
Nvidia isn't expected to launch its GeForce Go 7800GTX next-generation mobile graphics chip for another week, but that hasn't stopped UK PC vendor Evesham from announcing a notebook which contains the part.
Cash'n'Carrion We're pleased to report that some, at least, of the magnificent BOFH books have found their way onto the shelves of the Cash'n'Carrion warehouse, namely: Book II - Son of the Bastard, and Book IV - Dummy Mode is Forever.
Earthlink, the leading US ISP, has escaped blame for distributing software that incorrectly identified the website of a legitimate bank as potentially fraudulent. Associated Bank-Corp's lawsuit against the US ISP for negligence and injury to its reputation was rejected by a US judge on the grounds that Earthink licensed the inaccurate information about the bank from an unnamed third party, CNET reports.
A Manchester scientist has developed an open source tool for the Grid Computing Project that could put an end to the vandalising of collaborative websites, known as Wikis.
Sony is cutting 10,000 employees under a $2bn restructuring plan, to shake up operations and face increasing competition.
Dell and Oracle are deepening their relationship through a bundling deal and a grid project, both announced at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.
Four No2ID campaigners were ejected from Gateshead Metro Centre yesterday, after their attempts to protest against the introduction of a national identity register and identity card were deemed "inappropriate" for local shoppers.
Mashboxx, the legal P2P software provider, has appointed a former Napster and Universal Music Group executive as President and CEO.
BEA Systems is feeling the pressure from open source, according to investors at Wall St institution Piper Jaffray.
The National Security Agency - the US's ultra-secretive signals intelligence corps - has patented a geolocation system that tries to pinpoint internet users based on their IP address. US patent 6,947,978, Method for geolocating logical network addresses, uses the latency of connections together with a network topology map to scope the approximate location of net users.
Half of American webloggers cite self-help as their primary motivation for maintaining their online diaries, a survey has discovered.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is happy with SAP’s choice of NetWeaver as its middleware because it has “an almost non-existent market share”.
Oracle OpenWorld is drawing to a close in San Francisco, and some big questions are being left unanswered. Namely, one wonders what Oracle might look like at the OpenWorld event one year from now.