22nd > September > 2005 Archive
First UMA roaming handset breaks cover
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.
Police stake out bar, hoping to catch man drunk
Canadian cops staked out a bar in the hope of finding a journalist drunk, a court heard today.
Nokia's iPod-killer phone slips to 2006
Nokia only began to partner with Microsoft earlier this year - but already it's showing signs of catching Longhorn Syndrome.
WinMX and eDonkey: offline, doors closed
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: sit tight
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 to cut ribbon on new access division
BT looks set to reveal the identity of its new Access Services Division (ASD) today as part of a regulatory settlement with Ofcom.
Philip Green firm hijacked for ID theft
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.
Big-ticket acquisition layover for Oracle
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.
MS Hardware in nipple flash shocker
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:
RM wins £37.5m Scottish schools deal
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).
Mozilla suffers growing pains
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.
Staying anonymous in the internet jungle
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 India fires 250 alleged fraudsters
Intel has sacked up to 250 workers in India after alleging they fiddled their expenses claims, reports from the sub-continent suggest.
BT secures new deal with Ofcom
BT has promised never again to engage in the kind of behaviour that "restricts competition" and "discriminates" against its competitors.
Revenue apologises for bank data loss bungle
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.
EC adopts net and phone data retention proposal
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 unveils new access business
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 cancels Pentium Exteme Edition core update
Intel has ditched plans to upgrade the cores that comprise its Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor, company documents seen by The Register reveal.
PC-hopping mobile malware sighted
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 biz touts anti-P2P application
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.
How Microsoft can 'kill' Google
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.
Good ship P2P burns to the waterline
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 goes to work in Windows
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 issues profit warning
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.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-51 semi-rugged notebook
ReviewPanasonic 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.
Mobile phones allowed in European skies
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.
Ingram Micro Europe signs Good
Distie round-upIngram 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.
South Africa slams reseller corruption in public sector
Reseller round-upSouth Africa's government has slammed ICT vendors which sell “exorbitant, irrelevant” solutions to local government departments.
Edge Telecom buys Trilogy from administrators
Trilogy Telecom - a small local loop unbundling (LLU) operator that provides broadband in rural Cambridgeshire - has been acquired by Edge Telecom Ltd.
BT workers must change behaviour, says boss
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".
BT Conferencing saves the planet
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.
She's in the loo, I'll check her phone
Almost two-thirds of Swedes secretly read their partner's SMS messages, according to research by mobile portal Halebop for Swedish operator TeliaSonera.
UK PC maker jumps the gun on Nvidia's GeForce Go 7800GTX
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.
Earthlink escapes blame over phishing cock-up
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.
Grid technology stalls Wiki vandals
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 cuts 10,000 jobs
Sony is cutting 10,000 employees under a $2bn restructuring plan, to shake up operations and face increasing competition.
Oracle and Dell snuggle up on bundles
Dell and Oracle are deepening their relationship through a bundling deal and a grid project, both announced at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.
No2ID ejected from government's ID roadshow
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 appoints music industry insider as CEO
Mashboxx, the legal P2P software provider, has appointed a former Napster and Universal Music Group executive as President and CEO.
BEA feeling open source heat?
BEA Systems is feeling the pressure from open source, according to investors at Wall St institution Piper Jaffray.
NSA lodges geolocation patent
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.
The Hive Mind has spoken: 'I need help!'
Half of American webloggers cite self-help as their primary motivation for maintaining their online diaries, a survey has discovered.
Lacklustre Larry takes a pop at SAP
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is happy with SAP’s choice of NetWeaver as its middleware because it has “an almost non-existent market share”.