UK businesses faced a barrage of 115,000 emails containing a new Trojan on Friday, 22 January before anti-virus vendors scrambled out an update, according to email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies.
Anticipation ran high when Google announced it would be throwing its mighty clusters open, to host all the world's video. What a potent combination. Surely it would only be a matter of time before 'Big Media' crumbled, taking with it the tyrannical copyright regime, as a new wave of technologically-empowered citizens demonstrated their emergent, peer-to-peer creativity?
China will follow its own standards for next generation phone networks. The Ministry of Information Industry (MII) released specifications for TD-SCDMA for 3G mobile networks on Friday.
AMD has made price cuts across key processor lines, knocking up to 32.6 per cent off what it charges for mobile and desktop dual-core CPUs. It also introduced a new Mobile Sempron part.
Boards based on the as-yet-unannounced Radeon X1900 XTX graphics chip went on sale in Japan this weekend, confirming past claims that ATI will launch its next-generation R580 GPU this week.
Book review I can remember when "real programmers" didn't worry to much about the user interface (UI) to their systems: if all the fields in the database were on a screen somewhere, the users could count themselves lucky and were expected to be grateful! This attitude is changing - and is just unworkable when designing for the small screens and advanced interaction elements in mobile phones and the like.
Carphone Warehouse has signed up Ki Bi Mobile Technologies to provide mobile music content cards.
O2 - the UK cellco that's about to be swallowed by Spain's Telefonica for £18bn - signed up 1.75m new punters in the last three months taking the total number of customers to almost 27.5m.
Here's a question for you: what have the Nazi wartime test facility at Peenemunde and the Australian city of Perth got in common? Well, the first thing (and just about the only thing, truth be told) which springs to mind is that they are both next to large bodies of water. This is useful if you're going to test things which might go bang. Like V-2 rockets and - wait for it - flying cars:
Analysis The UK is to go ahead with a biometric-backed system of ID verification this year, whether or not the ID Cards Bill is passed by parliament. The 'Plan B', which is going ahead under the auspices of the Passport Office and which does not require parliamentary approval, was touched on by Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland during the recent House of Lords debate ID cards debate.
British social benefits claimants may soon have their telephone enquiries handled by call centres in India, according to The Guardian.
T-Mobile will next month ship its MDA - better known in Europe as the MDA Vario - and SDA - aka the SDA II - smart phones in the US.
Comment How does your IT department define success?
Survey Those of you who are thoroughly tired of the distant sound of the IT barometer being tapped as our survey department strives to gauge the current air pressure of the IT world will be delighted to learn that this month's Reg survey is something a bit different - it's all about you, our beloved readers.
Digital music will make up a quarter of the music industry's sales within four years, according to Eric Nicoli, the chairman of music giant EMI. But don't look to subscription services, such as Napster and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, to deliver the growth, he says .
Be - the upstart broadband ISP that claims to offer punters speeds of up to 24 meg - has received financial backing to help fund the roll-out of its high speed internet service.
Comment What is it with old languages? I only have to mention REXX while talking about Mumps and someone (the sort of person who remembers that the original, circa 1970-80, MUMPS was actually a O/S, language and integrated DBMS all in one – I can relate to that, perhaps why I like iSeries too) jumps up to say how much they liked it.
Readers who are fans of the old school of espionage - where blokes called Smiley directed chaps in thick overcoats to dead letter drops and nuclear scientists were brought in from the cold through the Iron Curtain in the boots of Trabants - have undoubtedly been following the tremendous tale of the spying Brit diplomats and their amazing magic spy rock.
Google has knocked Apple off the top of a list of the world's most influential brands in 2005, doing unto the iPod maker what it did to the Internet advertising company in 2004.
Matrix Communications Group confirmed today that its distribution business may be up for sale. A decision is due within weeks, the company added.
Industry comment "The problem is that they want the world, but they don’t want to pay for it", said the BBC executive sitting opposite me, sipping on his cappuccino. "They are all knocking on our door wanting all our content for free, and it’s so difficult when they don’t understand the costs involved and how this industry operates."
P2P software company iMesh has signed digital music distributor MusicNet to supply it with songs as it attempts to transform its service into something the content industries will be happy with.
Mobile phone users are being offered the chance to send text messages for free in return for viewing ads on their phones.
Fate can be a dreadful thing. Gravy train... er, defence contractor Qinetiq is poised to float with uncountable squillions expected for all concerned, and - purely coincidentally - the marketing bunnies have been busy over the past year or twain enhancing the outfit's imagery as a purveyor of shiny high tech Q-type secret weaponry. But now - argh! - could it be planet-despoiling wildlife-terminating whale depth-charging Q-type weaponry?
Site News The Register has launched a sister publication pitched at the global consumer community of computer enthusiasts and gadget lovers.
Welcome to Reg Hardware, the new website devoted to everything from computers to communicators, gadgets to games consoles.
A website set up to warn UK companies about an international business directory scam has been pulled by hosting company Server Center after legal threats.
The head of Livedoor Co. has been arrested along with three other execs amid allegations that the Japanese internet company spread false financial information.
BUNGLING, heartless traffic wardens slapped £300 worth of FINES onto marine RESCUERS while they battled for DAYS to rescue tragic whale WALLY from the icy THAMES, we can almost exclusively reveal.
Claranet has been busy trying to restore its broadband service today after part of its broadband platform was floored following an overnight upgrade.
The Time moniker is back on PCs in the UK, over six months after former flag carrier Granville Technology Ltd collapsed.
Review You can't beat a wireless network for true ad hoc connectivity. But like so many things in life, there's a catch - several, in fact. Depending on the construction of the building you inhabit, there may be areas where you can't get a signal. If, like me, you live in a neighbourhood stuffed with 802.11b and 802.11g networks, you can find them interfering with each other, limiting the available bandwidth. And then you've still got to ensure your WLAN's as safe as it can be from snoopers.
UK-based Gizmondo Europe (GE) has decided to enter into administration, the UK's closest equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
The British newspapers have been getting in a tizz over a Police database of DNA samples.
The UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) has warned banks that they must do more to help consumers to deal with online banking fraud, warning that consumer confidence in internet banking is currently very fragile.
Comment Don't say we didn't warn you. But when the world's last great computer company decided to tie its fortunes to the world's slowest chip company, the reality was never going to match the hype.