3rd > November > 2005 Archive
Asus preps 'silent' Radeon 1600XT card
Asus will this month ship what it claims is an ATI Radeon X1600-based graphics card that offers near-silent operation.
Staff cuts and accelerated spin-out for Novell
Novell is axing 600 staff and accelerating plans to spin out its consulting business in an attempt to cut costs and return to growth.
ADIC's modular midrange SMI-S
ADIC has given traditional one-box-fits-all tape libraries a kicking - and filled a gap in its line-up - with the launch of a modular library that can go to 18 LTO-3 drives and over 400 slots. Called the Scalar i500, it has native support for the SMI-S storage management standard and iSCSI, and replaces the smaller Scalar 100.
Algorithms no match for sales craft, Dell discovers
Dell will dismantle its US standalone consumer electronics division after poor results. The unit sold standard living room fare such as TVs, as well as high-end media PCs.
Booming 3G demand lifts Qualcomm
3G networks might not be the money-spinner the carriers once hoped, but they're bringing increasing cheer to Qualcomm investors with each quarter. Qualcomm provides chipsets for its own flavor of 3G and receives a royalty on each W-CDMA phone sold, whether or not they include Qualcomm silicon. W-CDMA is the flavor of 3G favored by GSM carriers in Europe and Asia.
Sony to offer patch for 'rootkit' DRM
UpdatedSony BMG said today it will offer a patch for one of its own exploits - one that comes bundled with its music CDs.
Disposable credit card attracts 10,000 Irish users
Permanent TSB says that pre-paid credit for its disposable Visa card is now available in over 1,000 shops and petrol stations throughout Ireland.
Crypto gurus hash out future
Encryption experts met in Gaithersburg, Maryland, this week to discuss retiring the SHA-1 hashing algorithm and creating a stronger version of the cryptographic workhorse.
Carphone confirms local loop plans
The Carphone Warehouse is to invest up to £45m over the next three years as part of a major push into broadband and local loop unbundling (LLU).
Sanyo pitches 'ready to use' rechargeable batteries
Sanyo will this month start selling a rechargeable battery that doesn't lose its charge if it's left unused, the company said yesterday.
Hidden DRM code's legitimacy questioned
The latest headache for security professionals has become a secret weapon in the battle between copyright owners and their customers.
Milky Way's black hole exposed in study
An international team of astronomers have provided compelling evidence that we have a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Teen escapes email bombing charge
A British teenager who allegedly flooded his former employers' email system with five million emails has escaped trial after a judge ruled that he had no case to answer.
Nude Brits shop while drunk
A growing number of Britons are taking their wallets online after the pub closes, according to new research.
'Exploratory' talks on AOL future, says TW
Time Warner has confirmed that it is holding "exploratory" talks with a number of operators over the future of its AOL internet division.
Vodafone to increase Vodacom stake
Vodafone is to increase its stake in South African operator Vodacom to 50 per cent, according to reports, in a deal that will see it invest a further £1.35bn (around R16bn) in the company.
Plasmon parades Operation RAID
Plasmon is hunting for resellers to flog its Raidtec Solutions line of NAS, SCSI and fibre channel RAID storage systems.
HTC preps media-centric 3G phone
It's not expected to ship for eight months, but HTC's next-generation Windows Mobile 5.0-based media phone has already surfaced on the web.
Bird flu seagull actually pissed
Vets in Sundsvall, Sweden, believed they had a case of avian influenza when they discovered a seagull with "with yellow liquid coming out of its beak and anus", crashed out on its back and "kicking its legs", UPI reports.
Rabid vampire bats menace Brazil
The Brazilian health authorities are battling a wave of attacks by rabid vampire bats which have in the last two months killed 23 people. More than 1,300 bite victims have also been treated for rabies during the outbreak, which the authorities describe as "unusually serious". Vampire bats - the main carriers of rabies in Brazil - suck the blood of other mammals while they're asleep, and will commonly attack cattle.
S3 launches Chome S20 GPUs
S3 Graphics today formally launched the Chrome S20, its fourth-generation DirectX 9.0 graphics chip, running at what it claimed is the "highest frequency of any GPU currently available".
Potential suitor courts Eircom
Eircom - Ireland's incumbent telco - could be about to be snapped up after confirming it has received an approach from a potential bidder.
Nokia misses N-Gage sales target by miles
Nokia's handheld games console-cum-phone, the N-Gage, remains central to the Finnish giant's multimedia strategy despite failing to meet sales expectations.
BT Ireland confirms Cara buyout
BT Ireland has confirmed that it's bought the Cara Group in a deal that execs claim will create one of the largest networked IT services companies in Ireland.
Cisco protects routers against 'Black Hat' bug
Cisco has warned users of a flaw in its IOS (Internetwork Operating System) software which might be used by hackers to bypass security restrictions and run hostile code on network devices. The vulnerability reportedly affects all Cisco products that run Cisco IOS software, including routers and a limited range of switches that don't run CatOS. The networking giant has released fixes for the 12.x releases of its software as explained in a patching matrix here.
Toshiba Qosmio G20 Media Center notebook
ReviewToshiba's Qosmio range is set up for entertainment and the G20 stands at its head. With a large widescreen display and running Microsoft's Windows Media Center 2005, Toshiba has pretty much thrown the kitchen sink at this thing in an effort to ensure that it can act as a full-on digital content hub.
Mars Express up and running
A faulty instrument on Mars Express is up and running again after a "few months" out of action. The Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) went offline in July this year when its pendulum motor broke down. Once mission scientists were able to establish the cause of the problem, they switched to the back up motor and the PFS is back in business.
MS buys Swiss VoIP outfit
Microsoft is to acquire a Swiss software outfit that develops applications for internet telephony.
PartyGaming weighs odds on Empire takeover
PartyGaming, the company behind PartyPoker.com, has confirmed that it has made a bid to acquire rival online gambling operator Empire. The company said press speculation had prompted the disclosure.
Opteron Madness forces Dell to market IBM servers
Being late to market with dual-core processors has taken a damaging toll on Dell's marketing leverage. Evidence? You bet.
Governments agree to end multi-chip import duties
US, European and Asian government and trade representatives have provisionally agreed to stop taxing semiconductors in multi-chip packages (MCPs) more than they tax single-die packages.
Video Networks expands broadband network
Video Networks is to unbundle hundreds more exchanges as it makes its broadband TV service available to some ten million viewers in the UK.
Harmless Oracle worm raises security fears
Gray Hat hackers have posted proof-of-concept code for a worm designed to spread using vulnerabilities in Oracle's database software. The Oracle Voyager worm, which targets Oracle databases with default user accounts and passwords, was posted on a full disclosure list on Monday (31 October). Although not a threat in itself, security researchers fear the code might be used as a template to develop future malware.
AMD begins fully-buffered blade attack on Intel
AMD made its blade server pitch yesterday to Wall Street and leaked out one area where it looks to hit Intel in the coming months.
Firefox gains ground on IE
More than one out of 10 surfers use Firefox as a browser, according to a study by web analytics firm OneStat.com. Although Mozilla-based browsers have a total global usage share of 11.51 percent - an increase of 2.82 per cent since April 2005 - Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the global browser market with a global share of 85.45 per cent. Its share has slipped 1.18 per cent from the end of April.
SolarMetric buy makes BEA more persistent
BEA Systems is buying an object/relational mapping specialist to simplify development of Java applications and compete with open and closed source rivals.
Microsoft nabs wee FolderShare
Microsoft is rounding out the infrastructure of its live software "service" with the acquisition of synchronization and remote access service FolderShare.
Political challenge to state's Office ruling
The decision by a US state to dump Microsoft Office for desktop productivity suites only supporting OpenDocument Format (ODF) has run afoul of local politics.