12th > December > 2005 Archive


Microsoft updates local search service

Microsoft has expanded its Windows Live Local service, adding enhancements to its local search tools.
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Branson ready to break Virgin Mobile/NTL stalemate

NTL's take-over of Virgin Mobile could be back on track again even though the cellco has "unanimously" rejected the cableco's approach.

Tibco unleashes the power of SOA

Except in press release land, the words "unleashed" and SOA – (OK so it is an acronym)- are rarely seen in the same sentence. But conjoined they are in the announcement for Tibco’s latest product "unleashed", Portal Builder 5.

HP iPaq handset hyped on web

A number of blurry pictures have popped up on the web suggesting HP is about to enter the smart-phone market.
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NTP rejects RIM settlement offer

NTP has described a revised settlement offer made by legal rival Research in Motion (RIM) as "unacceptable" and told the world the two companies are not talking to each other.

Northgate, Dixons rocked by oil depot blast

The HQ of IT services outfit Northgate Information Solutions has been seriously damaged following yesterday's massive blast at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead.

Small security bug in Firefox, users unscathed

Mozilla has warned of a flaw in the latest version of its open source web browser software, Firefox 1.5. The security bug is liable to cause a browser to freeze up under certain conditions but all indications are that it fails to expose systems to more invasive hacker attacks. The medium to low risk vulnerability is the first to affect Firefox 1.5 and comes days after the release of the much heralded update.
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Music downloader loses appeal

The US Court of Appeals has rejected a Chicago woman's claim that she only downloaded music tracks to see whether she wanted to buy them.

IT Suppliers: who rocks and who sucks?

Reg Reader Studies Yup, it's that time of the month once again when we ask you - our beloved and IT-savvy readership - for your two bits' worth on a matter of import. However, this time around we have a real treat: your chance to really give it some stick about IT suppliers who really have their act together and those who've totally lost the plot.
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Avecho Group in administration

Directors of secretive anti-virus vendor Avecho Group Ltd put the firm into administration on 2 December, barely three years since the business was founded.
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Philips launches DVB-H chip at US market

Royal Philips Electronics today introduced a DVB-H chipset that enables mobile handhelds to receive digital TV broadcasting over the air.
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World Cup ticket scramble kicks off - again

The last major phase of World Cup ticket sales opens on Monday (12 December), with 250,000 seats up for grabs. Previous sales rounds have been massively oversubscribed (only one in five applicants got tickets in the first sale, where 812,000 seats were sold) and with the draw for matches now complete the scramble for tickets is likely to be even more intense.

Computacenter MBO team says no new bid

The leaders of an MBO bid for Computacenter have rejected reports they are considering raising their bid for the struggling reseller.

Intel Viiv, 'Centrino 3' launch dates leak

Intel key Q1 2006 product launches will come on 6 and 9 January, respectively, it has been claimed.

Samsung serves up 8GB memory modules

Samsung has built an 8GB fully buffered memory module for servers - said to be the highest capacity DIMM designed for server use.
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Richer Sounds site downed by oil depot blaze

The web site of retailer Richer Sounds - which flogs sound systems, amps, home cinema systems and the like - has been floored following the fire at the Buncefield fuel depot in Hemel Hempstead.
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There's no Wikipedia entry for 'moral responsibility'

No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood - Despair.com

Asus MyPal A636 GPS PDA

Review Low-end GPS satellite navigation systems fall into two categories: PDAs with bundled route-planning kit, and dedicated navigation devices. Asus' MyPal A636 falls between the two: it's a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, incorporating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so it has all the hallmarks of an up-to-date PDA. But the hardware has clearly been designed with GPS in mind rather than accessing personal information, so it looks like a dedicated unit.
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AT&T strikes new deal with 11k workers

US telco AT&T Inc. looks to have headed off strike action by more than 11,000 workers following a "tentative agreement" with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
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New institute eyes 4G and beyond

A new multi-million euro Irish institute is aiming to help develop new wireless technologies, including the next generation of mobile phones.

Apple readies '13.3in widescreen Intel iBook'

Another day, another Intel-based Mac launch progress rumour. The latest points to a widescreen iBook, to surface "early next year".
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EasyGroup refused entry to easyhotel.ch

EasyGroup has lost an attempt to eject the resident of easyhotel.ch, the director of a Swiss technology firm who was using the domain name to promote his firm's services to Swiss hotels. EasyGroup was accused of trying to monopolise the word "easy".
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Hackers target Christian charity

The Charity Commission has warned charities to protect themselves against internet risks after hackers attacked the online security systems of a Christian charity, Aid to the Church in Need, and stole details of over 2,000 online donors.
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This SMS will self-destruct in 40 seconds

A UK developer has come up with a "self-destruct" text messaging service it hopes will prove a hit with both businessmen dealing with sensitive information and celebrity love cheats. StealthText from Staellium UK is positioned as a means to give a sender control over text messages they send instead of relying on a recipient to delete it, something Rebecca Loos conspicuously failed to do with messages from David Beckham, resulting in much embarrassment for the metrosexual football icon last year.
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Ajax In Action

Book review There's no denying the Ajax buzz at the moment. All of a sudden the future of programming, the next generation web and just about everything in between are going to be down to the Ajax combination of JavaScript, DOM, XML, CSS and backend datastores. Who would have thought it that JavaScript was going to save the world? And for those who are wondering what the fuss is about, 'Ajax In Action' is an ideal initiation and introduction to this brave new world.

Insight glitch hangs up customers' credit cards

A glitch in Insight UK's accounting system has charged customers multiple times for the same order and eaten up their credit limits in the run up to Christmas.
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Sesame Software: going against the flow

Comment Is the accepted way of doing things always the best way to do things? Intuitively, one would have to answer 'no' to that question. One company that certainly thinks so is Sesame Software.
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Linux zealots proud to be as miserable as planes

Stern response What's the difference between an open source zealot and a 747?
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Sony BMG 'diligently re-evaluates' CD anti-piracy tech

Music label Sony BMG is to reconsider its approach to copy protection technology following weeks of negative publicity over flaws with its anti-piracy software. Thomas Hesse, head of Sony BMG's global digital business, said the firm planed to "diligently re-evaluate" how it protects music on CDs, the BBC reports. Hesse declined to say where this re-evaluation might go beyond saying the company was taking the issue very seriously.

Replacing 'rip and replace'

Comment There is a major problem with building an agile business model – agility demands the ability to change and adapt the IT systems not just rapidly, but also safely. That means being able to upgrade hardware and software resources with ease, and more importantly, without damaging IT’s primary job - running the existing business processes efficiently and reliably.
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Intel's CSI to outperform AMD's Hypertransport

Intel has an answer for AMD's Hypertransport and thinks its technology stacks up pretty well. In fact, Intel is telling customers that it has AMD beat, starting in 2008.
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A Quirky Dinner

Met Mark Quirk of Microsoft today for lunch today. Good to remind oneself that there are many good technicians at MS who aren't just marketroids - and that in the triumvirate of sales, macketing and engineerin, all three are important if everyone is going to get paid.