6th > February > 2006 Archive
A potential weak spot in the otherwise rather enticing offerings of Boston-based Softricity, looks like it gets filled today with the announcement the company has launched a version of its SoftGrid Virtual Application Server that integrates with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS).
What do you give the iPod owner who has everything? An opportunity to listen to their favourite digital music player while they sleep with none of that tangled-in-the-duvet earphone misery, that's what. And now you can, courtesy of New Zealand bed maker Design Mobel. The company's Pause bed incorporates not only an iPod dock, but a pair of Bose speakers and - just for the truly media obsessive - a built-in LCD TV.
If your office is looking a little empty this morning it could be because today is the most popular day of the year to take a sickie.
BT has declined to comment on weekend press reports that it is planning a £350m bid for broadband ISP Pipex.
Fujitsu-Siemens' (FS) pipelined pair of PDA phones, the Pocket Loox T810 and T830, will be manufactured by Taiwan's Compal, Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times said.
AOL and Yahoo! are to start charging for sending emails.
Volkswagen is partnering with Google to devise an in-car navigation device that plots your path using Google Earth images and points-of-interest (POI) data rather than the more basic vector graphics displayed by today's sat nav units.
Nineteen participants in the so-called 'warez' scene were indicted on federal charges last Tuesday for pirating more than $6.5m worth of copyrighted computer software, games, and movies and distributing it online.
The House of Lords has restricted Government plans to allow the police to order the take down of suspected terrorism-related web content by requiring that the authorities obtain the permission of a judge first.
A South Korean man died on Saturday after dousing himself with paint thinner and setting himself on fire in support of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk, Reuters reports. Shortly before his suicide in the centre of Seoul he distributed around 30 leaflets "calling for Hwang to carry on his studies".
UK PC maker Evesham will ship a music streaming system designed not only to pump your favourite tunes out across your home network, but also to protected your collection against hard drive damage. The MBox provides up to 500GB of storage, though you only get half of that because the unit has two drives, one configured to mirror the contents of the other. If one fails, the company said, the other still has a full archive.
Sony Ericsson today launched its first device based on a new version of the UIQ user interface for the Symbian mobile phone operating system. Launched in two forms - one black, the other white - the 1.5cm-thick M600 dual-mode 3G phone is pitched directly at the iPod generation.
Peruvian football team Deportivo Wanka has been giving Manchester United a run for its money in the replica kit market, although the Huancayo-based outfit has no idea why more than 1,000 British footie fans might want to sport a Deportivo Wanka shirt.
There are fears for the future of broadband ISP Bulldog amid reports that parent Cable & Wireless (C&W) could be about to undertake a massive restructuring.
A Novell poll asking Linux users which Windows/Mac apps they'd most like to see running on their machines, currently names Photoshop as the software of choice.
Dell has dropped its line of hard drive-based MP3 players, but it's taken more than a month for anyone to notice. The absence of the Pocket Digital Jukebox players from Dell's website was spotted last week by Bloomberg. The news agency asked Dell about it and learned the products were canned late December/early January, it reported.
The French police force plans to ditch Microsoft's Internet Explorer as its preferred browser software and replace it with Firefox by the end of the year. Up to 70,000 desktops will be switched over to a Firefox and Thunderbird email client set-up because of the combo's "reliability, security and inter-interoperability with other state services"," General Christian Brachet, IT director of the French police force said.
The much anticipated Kama Sutra worm turned out to be rather flaccid. The worm was programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs on Friday (February 3), but in the event only a few people got hit - even though many machines were infected at one time or another.
We gather the official position of the Prime Meridian at Greenwich is not to the liking of the powers that be at Google, as they have decided to shift it 100 metres or so east.
You've seen the pink Motorola Razr V3 mobile phone. You've eyed the pink T-Mobile MDA Compact II PDA. Now gape at the pink Ergo Ensis S notebook - the latest item of rose-hued technology to be offered up to UK consumers.
BT is to pull the plug on a new SMS service amid fears it might breach data protection laws.
Search specialist Autonomy saw its shares rise slightly today after posting good results for the fourth quarter.
Review According to the 'word on the street', there are two reasons why you would want Motorola's SLVR phone over any other. The first is the dimensions of the device and the second that it's the second phone from Motorola to offer users iTunes software.
Western Digital has upped the capacity of its Passport external hard disk drive to 120GB. The drives are based on WD's own Scorpio line of 2.5in notebook-oriented HDDs, and since they too were recently upgraded to 120GB, it's no surprise that the Passport series now offers that capacity in addition to the 40, 60, 80 and 100GB versions already shipping.
Stob Sitting watching telly, a BBC trailer for its Bitesize GCSE revision programme caught my eye. This is an adjunct to the BBC website, a sort of punishment block, where young shavers are encouraged to swot up for their oncoming exams. What, I wondered idly, were our youngsters being taught about our own, dear trade? How had things moved from my own distant youth, when IT training had comprised, as I remember it, Mr S the maths teacher telling us where the Research Machines 380Z lived and emphatically interdicting its use?
BMW and Ricoh have had their German web pages removed from Google because they have been using deceptive means to boost ranking, according to the search engine.
A patent lasting 20 years makes sense for some inventions, but for those in the fields of software and technology, a four-year term is often more appropriate. This is part of a new 'limited patent' proposal set out by a computing professor this month.
Comment Informatica has announced the acquisition of Similarity Systems, the Dublin, Ireland-based purveyor of data quality solutions. Now, I have been asking Informatica for years about why they weren’t going beyond data profiling and into full data quality solutions and had more or less given up beating my head against this particular brick wall, so I am pleased that the company has at last taken this step. The question, however, is whether this particular step (given the number of data quality vendors in the market) is the right one?
Eavesdroppers tapped the mobile phones of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, cabinet ministers and security officials for about a year around the time of the Athens Olympics, according to Greek ministers. The mobile phones of approximately 100 people (whose ranks include journalists and Arabs living in Greece, as well as the country's political and security elite) were monitored after snooping software was illegally installed on the systems of Vodafone Greece, the country's second largest mobile operator. Spyware enabled phone conversations from Vodafone subscribers to be diverted to 14 'shadow' pay-as-you-go mobile phones and relayed to a recording system, The Observer reports.
ATI has introduced its latest graphics chip for mobile workstations, the Mobility FireGL V5200. The GPU's got five vertex engines feeding 12 pixel-shader processors. While the previous generation of the product, the FireGL V5000, had just eight pixel-shader units, it also had six vertex engines, one more than the new chip.
Spurned by Apple, IBM and Freescale have stunned the technology world by announcing that PC processor technology has become boring and is a dead end. With that in mind, the pair plan to reinvigorate their partnership around the Power processor architecture.
EMC, long chided as a bully of the enterprise, wants to make nice with the little guy - as evidenced by its release of a broad portfolio of new products aimed at small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).
Analysis Linus Torvalds doesn't want to change the Linux kernel's software license, and he said so again last week. For good measure this time, he threw in some inflammatory remarks.