2nd > February > 2006 Archive
Mark Cuban and the Chicken Little Netheads
Net FuturesDo Martians pay late fees? And why, in 2006, do Earthlings need to go to Blockbusters in the rain?
Embedded HSDPA for notebooks
Dell announced last week that it is planning to launch embedded Vodafone HSDPA access as a build-to-order option for notebook PCs in France, Germany and the UK. This extended wireless capability should be available in the first half of this year. The news comes hot on the heels of other announcements of HSDPA connectivity based on the usual data card form factor that we are used to seeing with 3G and GPRS.
Sony to ship dual-GPU, dual-core Vaio mid-March
Sony has announced its Vaio SZ notebook range in the UK, boasting the laptop's carbon-fibre chassis, biometric security and the ability to flip between two graphics engines to boost either 3D performance or battery life.
ASA slams anonymous 'tell a friend' email
Viral marketing is open to abuse. So when a website that emulates Friends Reunited offered a 'tell a friend' service, UK advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decided it was too great a risk to allow emails to be sent to strangers without naming the friend.
UK goes shopping for tech firms
The UK went against tradition last year and became a net investor in technology companies, according to a new report.
OLED keyboard maker touts mini keypad
Russian hardware designer Artemy Lebedev has announced his second OLED-illuminated keyboard, a three-key unit designed to sit alongside a regular keyboard or one of his own picture-key jobs.
Nvidia to unveil AGP-enabled GeForce 7 series GPU
Nvidia will today announce an AGP version of its GeForce 7800 chip featuring 16 pixel-processing pipelines fed by six vertex shaders and clocked to 375MHz. It supports up to 256MB of DDR SDRAM clocked to 600MHz (1.2GHz effective).
ATI updates Catalyst for Windows Vista
ATI has updated it Catalyst graphics card driver software to improve its GPU's ability to work with Windows Vista Build 5270. Among the products supported by the update, which remains a beta release, are ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 and 200M chips; its Radeon X1000-series, X100-series, 9000-series and FireGL GPUs; and its Mobility Radeon X1000-series, X100-series and 9000-series mobile graphics chips.
Chris Deering looks back at Sony
Techscape"Sony is like Disney without the devices," Chris Deering told me not long ago.
Survey maps UK's broadband 'notspots'
The Community Broadband Network (CBN) wants to map all the areas in the UK currently unable to access a decent broadband service.
20,000 videos available for PSP, iPod
More than 20,000 independently produced, user-published videos are now available to be pushed to Sony's PSP portable videogame console and Apple's iPod. They're from Veoh Networks, which claims to be "the first internet television peercasting network".
Bertelsmann P2P service dubbed 'In2Movies'
Bertelsmann fledgling Arvato is now moving through the gears on a Europe wide assault on legal video delivery using a peer to peer filesharing system.
Kama Sutra: the final countdown
The destructive Kama Sutra worm has begun thrashing files on infected machines with incorrectly set system clocks.
Thus to axe 280 jobs
Some 280 jobs are to be axed following Thus' announcement that it plans to buy Your Communications (YC) and Legend Communications.
O2 hops on Blackberry 8700g bandwagon
O2 has become the latest cellco to offer the Blackberry 8700 - Research in Motion's (RIM) latest offering - in the UK.
Christians turn on to nipple dust and vibros
Some enterprising Christians have plugged a gap in the burgeoning online sex emporium market by opening a shop for those whose love of the Lord is matched by their love of rumpy-pumpy.
Security glitch bites IE7 beta
Researchers have discovered a security vulnerability in a preview version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser just days after its release. A denial of service bug in IE 7 beta 2 creates a means for a hacker to crash the software and potentially execute arbitrary malware on PCs running the code, according to security researcher Tom Ferris. Ferris has produced a proof of concept demo to illustrate his concern that IE 7 beta 2 builds are exposed to the "medium risk" flaw.
Google cops more flak over China
Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and Yahoo! were yesterday roundly condemned for "collaborating with China to censor the internet", Reuters reports. During a briefing by the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, representative Tim Ryan said: "They should not let profits take precedence over traditional democratic values such as freedom of speech."
Kingston signs Avnet
Kingston Technology has added Avnet Computing Components Europe (ACCE) to its team of EMEA distributors. ACCE will focus on Kingston's ValueRAM and Flash memory products, pitching them to VARs, system builders and PC manufacturers.
Punters continue to flee AOL
AOL is still failing to stop punters from fleeing the service, the monster ISP confirmed yesterday.
RIM defeats InPro - again
Research in Motion (RIM) appeared to have one less lawsuit in motion today after the English High Court effectively chucked out a patent infringement action brought against the Blackberry maker by Luxembourg-based intellectual property holding company InPro.
Asus unwraps 19in rotating LCD
Asus has announced its first 19in LCD monitor - pitching its 'zero bright dot' replacement policy and the screen's 90° landscape-to-portrait swivel feature. The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 1400 x 900. The image is enhanced with Asus' Splendid video technology, the company said, and there are twin 2W speakers on board to boost the host computer's audio output.
Wanadoo's VoIP service falls over
Wanadoo, which claims to be the UK's largest VoIP outfit with more than 80,000 users, has apologised to punters after its broadband telephony service went on the blink.
Police bust £500k fake DVD operation
Kent police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) seized 100,000 fake DVDs and arrested three men during an operation yesterday, the BBC reports.
Harmless Watmore to get rubber stamped
Consultation over the government IT strategy was rumoured last month to have been a little lacklustre. Was nobody interested in having their say on such a contentious subject as mending the public sector's broken record on IT?
Samsung ships 2GB motion-controlled MP3 player
Samsung has upped the storage capacity of its YP-T8Q and YP-U1Q Flash-based digital music players to 2GB, the company said today.
IBM and BMC team up in service management push
Two of the four major players in enterprise management are teaming up to make it easier for their mutual customers to match IT resources to business needs, so-called IT service management.
Doctor converts surgery into brothel
A New Zealand doctor forced to close his surgery over a funding dispute has bounced back into employment - by converting his medical centre into a "high-class bordello", New Zealand Herald reports.
Boston Globe in clueless security breach
Two Massachusetts papers - the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette - have apologised after exposing the credit card details of up to 240,000 subscribers. Most of those affected were Globe readers. Information security breaches by major US corporations are becoming an almost weekly event but the breach involving the two papers, both part of the The New England Media Group owned by The New York Times, was especially boneheaded.
Shuttle preps even smaller form-factor PC design
Small form-factor PC pioneer Shuttle is to unveil a new computer casing design next month, the Taiwanese firm said today. It's keeping mum about the design's finer points, but it did claim the new look will shrink its Shuttle XPC range "even smaller and even more quiet" - the better to put them in living rooms.
Parliament committee hears DRM rights and wrongs
The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group met today to hear oral evidence to help it prepare a report into Digital Rights Management.
Here's Europe's solution to global warming
Summary of the opening speech by Janez POTOČNIK, European Commissioner for Science and Research, at the International Symposium on Climate Change, Brussels, 2 February:
Xena is bigger than Pluto, Germans show
The controversial body mooted as a possible tenth planet orbiting our sun is around a third larger than Pluto, German astrophysicists claim. 2003 UB313 - aka Xena - was spotted last January by Caltech's Michael Brown, Chad Trujillo from the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and David Rabinowitz from Yale University.
Palm eyes Ides of March for Treo 800p availability?
Palm's next Palm OS-based Treo smart phone will be called the 800p, sport an new, slim Motorola Q-style design with an "enhanced" bright 320 x 320 display, offer Wi-Fi as an option and EVDO as standard, and ship with 128MB of RAM and a 3.2-megapixel camera. That, at least, is what a poster on a TreoCentral forum would have us believe.
Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
A service has launched in the UK which allows you to track any mobile phone around the globe and follow its movements from your own computer. The Guardian ran a feature on it yesterday called 'How I stalked my girlfriend'. It painted a scary picture.