7th > December > 2005 Archive
.eu domains are go, go, go!
It may have taken over five years getting there, but at 10am today, the first .eu domains will go on sale - and it's going to be a landrush.
Google makes US brand top three
Google has stormed an annual poll measuring public reputations and perceptions of the "most valuable" companies in US corporate culture.
All I want for Christmas is ...
So, what is the good little developer getting for Christmas? If you didn't overflow any buffers this year (well, not many anyway) and followed all the “best practices” that nice Mr Gates told you about and didn't play about with nasty little ragamuffins like Linus, then you might get a nice shiny new workstation in your stocking.
Apple sells 3m video downloads
Apple has sold more than 3m video downloads since it began offering them through its iTunes Music Store some 55 days ago, the company revealed yesterday.
UK pumps €108m into Mars mission
The UK has whipped out its cheque book and pumped €108m into the European Space Agency's "Aurora" robotic space exploration programme which will culminate in a Mars exploration mission (ExoMars) due to touch down on the Red Planet in 2013. ExoMars will account for most of the cash, while €7.1m is earmarked for preparations for a future "Mars Sample Return" mission.
AMD, IBM 'stress' silicon for 65nm chips
AMD and IBM yesterday claimed their take on the 'strained silicon' technique had yielded a 40 per cent boost to transistor performance.
Fibernet reports 'solid' quarter
Fibernet - the UK-based outfit that provides telecoms services to large organisations as well as other telcos and ISPs - reports that its performance during Q1 has been "solid".
Intel, Qinetiq tout quantum well transistor breakthrough
Intel's partnership with UK R&D company Qinetiq has borne further fruit: the pair this week said they had made a quantum-well transistor with a gate length of 85nm.
Game sleuths close eBay Xbox 360 auction
The auction of eight Xbox 360 bundles on eBay by someone claiming to be a store manager for retailer Game has been pulled.
Podcast named 'Word of the Year'
The rather unpleasant "podcast" has been named as Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, according to the Beeb.
SanDisk to appeal STMicro patent clash win
SanDisk has again sued STMicro, once more alleging the European chip maker has violated its intellectual property rights. The move follows SanDisk's failure to persuade the US International Trade Commission that STMicro's NAND Flash chips infringe another SanDisk patent.
Korean FTC hits Microsoft
Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Microsoft to decouple its instant messaging and media player software from Windows and pay a $32m fine following a long-running investigation into the software giant.
So who is funding the CFIT and why?
Every delegate at the last week's ICANN conference in Vancouver was handed a free bag with an enormous sponsorship logo for an organisation called CFIT.
Mobiles for dogs and other gadget goodies
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
Inmarsat fires up satellite broadband service
Inmarsat has flicked the switch on a new satellite service that gives users access to broadband services almost anywhere in the world.
Japan triumphs with MP3 toilet seat
Japanese sanitary ware outfit Toto has produced what must be the last word in toilet seats - the Apricot - which, besides all the usual features the Japanese consumer expects (bum-warming facility, bidet action, automated lid, etc, etc), boasts an MP3 player with detachable remote.
Xmas parties: avoid sex, drugs and booze
Around 80 per cent of British bosses will not organise an office party this Christmas, in part due to legal hangovers from fighting and flirting at past events.
Sony opens up over another CD security hole
Sony has again been outed for including questionable software on its music CDs, after it emerged a security vulnerability in content protection software shipped on some of its disks could allow consumers’ PCs to be hijacked
Creative unveils Vision:M video iPod killer
Creative is about to launch its alternative to Apple's video-enabled fifth-generation iPod. Creative is expected to announce the player tomorrow, but the company's Japanese division appears to have jumped the gun and detailed the machine today.
MS to pump $1.7bn into India
Microsoft will pump $1.7bn into India over the next four years, in the process creating 3,000 new jobs. Most of the cash will, according to Bill Gates, go towards improving the software giant's research and development capabilities.
Sony Ericsson Walkman W900 3G music phone
ReviewThe W900 is billed as the latest and greatest in the 3G Walkman phone series. Spotted at the launch in October in black and in white, the latest news is that only the white version will be released in the UK. And for the first three months, the W900 will only be available in the UK on the Vodafone network.
MEPs urged to reject data retention plan
Privacy International and European Digital Rights (EDRi) are calling on MEPs to reject a proposed Directive on data retention when it comes before the European Parliament next week following an agreement reached by EU Ministers on Friday.
IBM information management
CommentThis is the third of my articles derived from IBM’s Software Group analyst conference, in this case focused on the Information Management part of the IBM software portfolio, which is my main interest.
Euro-publisher chief slates 'parasitic' search firms
The head of the European Publishers Council gave Google and other search vendors a savaging this week, warning they could not expect to “help themselves” to producers’ content for free and forever.
Samsung sues Matsushita
Samsung has accused Matsushita's Panasonic subsidiary of violating nine plasma display panel patents it holds, and today filed lawsuits with the US District Court in Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, South Korean news sources report.
UK Customs denies pressing banks to pull out of mobile sector
"We have chosen to end the banking relationship between your company and HSBC." With these words, over 150 mobile phone dealers in the UK have suddenly found themselves treated as money-launderers - and HM Revenue and Customs is said to be behind it. Some dealers say the Revenue is instructing banks to dump its mobile customers.
Bookham axes 150 UK jobs
Bookham Inc - the fiber optic company that used to be based in the UK before upping sticks and settling in the US - is axing 150 jobs at its factory in Paignton, Devon.
Microsoft Discovers Branch Office
Went to a useful workshop on Windows Server 2003 R2 for its launch yesterday (Tues 6th Dec). No, it's not WS 2005, it's an enterprise-friendly step release with no kernel changes but some new functionality. Looks good - much was made of it clever replication capability using the RDC (Remote Differential Compression) protocol.
Go Virtual to become Agile
The bigger the IT user, the more likely they are to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous server under-utilisation. Most of the major research companies have, at some time or another, studied the use of server resources in a production environment and found it low. A typical server – you know the type of beast: dual Xeons, a Gigabyte or two of memory and a reasonable RAID array – is usually only doing something productive for around 20 percent of its life. The rest of the time, it sits there, idling away the hours, doing nothing.
CollabNet adds IP checker to software
Developers working on CollabNet's hosted collaboration service can now verify the intellectual property (IP) terms of their code to remain on the right side of the law.
Microsoft vows to fight South Korean antitrust ruling
Microsoft will fight a South Korean government ruling ordering it to separate its IM software and Media Player from Windows and pay a $32m fine for violating antitrust laws.
Sun will be seeing double with Niagara II
ExclusiveSun Microsystems has at last delivered its first batch of Niagara-based servers, and you've no doubt read plenty about the boxes here or elsewhere. What you haven't read much about is Niagara II. We're here to help.
Consumers improving security, but gaps remain
Spyware and viruses have infected fewer home PCs than a year ago, but the large majority of computer users still lack a critical software defense, such as spyware protection, up-to-date antivirus or a properly configured firewall, according to a study of Internet users released on Wednesday.
Security threats soar in 2005
Nearly 16,000 new viruses, worms and Trojans have appeared in 2005, but criminals are moving their focus to niche targeted groups with specially customised malware to steal data and cash.
Songwriters challenge UK online royalty rate
Composers and songwriters on Friday set out their case for an increased royalty rate for the sale of music downloads and challenged record companies to disclose the monies they make from the sale of internet downloads.