28th > September > 2005 Archive
No2ID catches up with Home Office roadshow
Those pesky activists at No2ID have been at it again: showing up at the government's biometrics charm-offensive road shows and asking difficult questions. This protest was caught on camera by the BBC, and subsequently aired on the local news.
WSIS: Who gets to run the internet?
The question over who will be granted overall control of the internet from next year is proving the most controversial part of a worldwide conference being held in Geneva as we speak.
Rolling Stones on Flash memory
SanDisk, the memory -card manufacturer, has released the latest Rolling Stones album A Bigger Bang on a new secured mini Flash card. Available from November, the album will be offered on SanDisk's microSD (formerly TransFlash) card - named Gruvi - and can be played on any device that uses a SD card slot, such as mobile phones, laptops or PDAs.
Google talks to CNET again
Google is talking to news service CNET after refusing to speak to any of its reporters for the last two months.
Apple coughs to iPod Nano screen flaws
The people have spoken, and Apple has heard them. Sort of. On Tuesday night the computer and music player company admitted that there are problems with the screen of the new iPod Nano, just three working days after The Register broke the story.
London offers relocation sweeteners to sci-tech firms
London aims to position itself as a global centre for science and technology firms with a new investment scheme.
Game hit by PSP delays
UK retailer Game has blamed the delayed PSP and a generally tough market for increased losses for the year.
Wanadoo claims 40k VoIP users
Wanadoo UK is poised to leapfrog BT in consumer broadband telephony subscribers.
RIM picks Intel for next-gen Blackberry
Research in Motion's future Blackberries will be based on Intel processors, the push email company said yesterday.
SAP offers JCP MkII
SAP aims to emulate the success of Sun Microsystems' Java Community Process (JCP) with an organization to extend its proprietary ERP architecture.
Shuttle ships SLi-enabled SFF barebones
Shuttle has tweaked its SLi-supporting small form-factor barebones PC, the XPC SN26P, just ahead of its release in coming days.
Office 2003 SP2 trashes junk mail
Microsoft yesterday delivered a roll-up of security tweaks with the release of Service Pack 2 for Office 2003. The update is designed to improve the reliability of the latest version of Microsoft's office productivity suite along with support for upgraded applications, security improvements as well as stability and performance improvements.
US Army probes nude GI Janes
The US Army has launched an investigation into now that's fucked up, the "online trading post for amateur porn and grotesque gore pics from the front lines of freedom in Iraq", as we described it earlier this week.
Scientists snap monstrous squid
Japanese scientists have pulled off a major coup by getting the first snaps of a live giant squid - 900 metres beneath the surface of the North Pacific. The elusive monster Architeuthis - which measures up to 18 metres - was previously known only by examples washed up on beaches or captured in fishing nets, Reuters reports.
Weirdly big galaxy found in young universe
Astronomers have identified a very weird galaxy, floating around in space some 800m years after the Big Bang. Nothing wrong with that, except that it is much bigger, and more mature than theory predicts, prompting scientists to consider new models of galaxy formation.
How Britain lost Sendo
New filings cast light on the sad demise of Britain's only mobile phone manufacturer, Sendo.
Blogging = dogging, reckon London cabbies
There is some very refreshing news today for those who live outside the rarified atmosphere of the internet world, and indeed for many of us struggling for breath within it - most people don't have a bloody clue what net buzzwords mean but can evidently function perfectly well in society despite this handicap.
OneTel hurls brickbats at Freetalk, BT
Onetel - the Centrica-owned telco currently up for sale - has become the latest outfit to cut the ribbon on a VoIP service.
PSP crackers break console 'wide open'
Crackers this week claimed to have successfully ripped out the latest Sony PlayStation Portable firmware and replaced it with an earlier version of the code containing fewer anti-piracy features.
Sun updates StarOffice
Sun Microsystems has release its latest version of StarOffice, a suite that promises to re-open the debate about the openness of Microsoft's rival Office suite.
Internet advertising soars in the US
Online advertising revenues in the first half of this year soared to a new high of around $5.8 billion in the US – up 26 per cent over the first half of 2004, according to figures released yesterday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
ESA rattles tin for Russian space plane
The European Space Agency is asking member states to fund a two-year feasibility study into joining forces with the Russians to build Kliper, a new people-carrying space plane that will take over missions to the International Space Station.
AMD promises 64-bit stability
AMD is offering disc imaging stability for its 64-bit chips- in essence a promise not to muck about with hardware so that corporates can guarantee they won't start having installation nightmares becauses of small changes to hardware.
Bulldog preps ADSL2+ launch
Bulldog - owned by telco Cable & Wireless - is due to introduce faster speeds for its broadband punters from next month as it begins to introduce ADSL2+ technology.
Microsoft and JBoss work together
Microsoft and JBoss, kids from opposite sides of the open source tracks, are working together on interoperability of their server software to take on IBM.
Eight charged over Star Wars leak
Eight US residents suspected of involvement in leaking the final Star Wars film onto the net prior to its official release have been charged with copyright infringement offences.
TechScape: Friends Reunited and the embarrassment of riches
RantIt is a sweet concept, isn't it? Rekindling old friendships. Rejoining old flames. Reconnecting people who used to care about each other so much.
BT IPTV launch by summer 2006
BT will roll out IPTV in 'late summer 2006', according to Andrew Burke, CEO, BT Entertainment, (pictured right) speaking at the Enhanced TV Show in London today.
BT snaps up Infonet Germany
BT is to snap up all of Infonet Germany which is majority owned by T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the British telco announced today.
Germans open World Cup überbrothel
Ever the pragmatic nation, Germany has decided to boost replica kit, souvenir programme and meat pie revenues at next year's World Cup by opening an enormous brothel to cater for those fans who want to score but don't have David Beckham's golden balls or shooting skills.
Our Man in Geneva asks the WSIS questions
This week, world+dog is in Geneva debating the future of the internet. Kieren McCarthy, our man on the spot, has recorded his interviews with some of the key protagonists, broadcast in this radio report. He calls it a Podcast and so, we guess, must we. ®
Motorola to flog cheap handsets for the poor
Motorola has been selected by the GSM Association (GSMA) to supply the handsets for its programme to provide mobile telephony to people in developing countries.
eBid counters eBay price rises
On the day that eBay increases its charges for selling items upstart rival online auctioneer eBid is putting the boot in by offering free listings for life.
Engineers tackle asteroid deflection problems
Not to be outdone by their counterparts in Europe, engineers in the UK have started a three year study into ways of intercepting or deflecting asteroids that might smash into the planet.
ATI CrossFire multi-GPU platform
ReviewIf you have even a passing interest in 3D graphics, you've probably been waiting for the appearance of ATI's dual-GPU solution. It seems like aeons ago that ATI announced that it would produce a platform to rival Nvidia's tremendously successful SLi, but now, finally I have a CrossFire system in front of me and it's time to see if it was worth the wait, writes Riyad Emeran.
More acquisitions expected from BEA
Piper Jaffray, the US investment bank, has delivered its second cool assessment of BEA Systems' business prospects in a week, asserting BEA will continue with acquisitions to ignite growth.
Bogus FIFA lottery scam hits the net
Fraudsters have launched a phishing campaign thattries to dupe football fans into believing they've won a FIFA-sponsored lottery in an attempt to steal bank account information.
Microsoft and Veritas start 'continuous' backup battle
Recognizing that tape backups have fried many a storage administrator's nerves, giants Microsoft, Symantec - aka Veritas - and EMC have this week come rushing to market with a number of packages meant to make disk backups easy.
Cisco finds brand for Topspin gear, puts server switches on sale
Nearly five months after completing its purchase of Topspin Communications, Cisco has managed to put the acquired server networking gear up for sale.