15th > December > 2005 Archive
Visto razzes RIM with NTP alliance
RIM battler NTP has signed a licensing agreement with Visto that will assure mobile data fiends of a "viable alternative" to the popular Blackberry device.
Influentials agree: 'Chairman Bill is the bestest'
Chairman Bill is the most admired global leader. Period. End of question.
From your living room to your pocket
The European Commission this week set out its plans to update 1989's Television Without Frontiers Directive, extending the rules to all TV-like services and relaxing the rules of advertising to allow product placements.
Next-gen Wi-Fi rivals may join forces next month
The Intel-backed Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) appears to have reached a closer understanding with the IEEE Task Group charged with developing the specification for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n.
Orange does Wi-Fi
Orange is to start offering its business punters Wi-Fi access from next month with its new "Business Everywhere" package, giving users access to Wi-Fi and 3G services in a single bill.
BMW Sauber wins Intel sponsorship
Intel is to sponsor the BMW Sauber Formula One racing team, the chip giant announced today, characterising the arrangement as a "multi-year agreement and long-term technology partnership".
AMD unwraps notebook reference platform
AMD showed off its 'Yamato' notebook reference platform in Japan today, as it attempts to win greater support among system builders and notebook manufacturers for its mobile processors.
USwitch.com mulls sale - report
USwitch.com - the UK-based utilities comparison web site - could be up for sale, according to The Times.
The enemy within
Workers across Europe are continuing to place their own companies at risk from information security attacks. This 'threat from within' is undermining the investments organisations make to defend against security threats, according to a study by security firm McAfee.
MS says 'no' to Xbox 360 HD DVD plan
Microsoft has said it has "no plans" to add HD DVD optical disc technology to its Xbox 360 console.
Loudeye drops P2P protection baton
Loudeye has dropped out of the P2P file protection business, closing its Overpeer operation, incurring just $200,000 in severance and related payroll costs. The low severance cost gives a good idea of how little the company still had committed behind the effort.
IBM in Linux distro love-in
IBM has strengthened in links with the two top corporate Linux distributions - Red Hat and Novell SUSE - by elevating the pair to IBM's Strategic Alliance program, its highest tier partner status. The move is designed to make it easier for firms to acquire Linux-based systems by integrating and streamlined sales, distribution and service channels between the hardware vendor (IBM) and its two principal open source software partners, Red Hat and Novell.
Visto sues Microsoft for sync patent infringement
Hours after striking a licensing deal with RIM's tormentor, NTP, mobile email provider Visto is suing Microsoft for patent infringement.
Dasher worm targets October Windows vuln
Virus writers have created the first worm that targets a Windows vulnerability (MS05-051) patched by Microsoft in October. The Dasher-A worm is based on exploit code released at the start of December but coding mistakes and reliance on a currently unavailable server in China mean the malware isn't able to spread.
Microsoft patents Pause
Microsoft has been granted an interactive TV patent that pauses the show while the viewer follows an embedded hyperlink, such as a URL.
BT Retail to increase line rental charges from January
The cost of renting a phone line from BT Retail is to increase by 50p a month from January as part of a set of measures to increase competition in the UK's telco sector.
NTL rejigs senior management
NTL has reshuffled its senior management ahead of its take-over of fellow cableco Telewest.
Adobe adopts monthly patch cycle
Adobe has taken a leaf from Microsoft's book and decided to adopt a monthly security patch cycle instead of releasing software fixes on an ad-hoc basis. The move - which is geared to helping customers plan security updates on the basis of predictable schedules - is expected to begin within six months and will apply to most, though not necessarily all, Adobe products, IDG reports.
OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has voiced cautious optimism that its latest initiative could finally herald a mass-market for Linux on the desktop.
Argos.co.uk floored by Xmas rush
The website of retail giant Argos is back up and running again this afternoon after being floored all morning.
Mendocino - a love that dare speak its name?
Hepburn and Tracey, Reagan and Thatcher, Microsoft and SAP. What's the connection? Individuals - or companies - who can't commit to each other fulltime, yet who also can't seem to stop sharing each others' company.
Sun ravaged, IBM lauded in Unix server study
A new study on the major players in the Unix server market has declared IBM the clear customer favorite and brought to light some serious issues with Sun Microsystems' product line. Most alarmingly for Sun, the company appears to have lost its cachet as the dominant Unix player and done so while alienating customers. Sun finished last in almost every one of the Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG) survey's categories, spanning technology performance, customer satisfaction and software tools.