15th > February > 2006 Archive
Sun hopes open equals interest with GPLed chip
Sun Microsystems has published specifications for its UltraSPARC T1 processor, open sourcing its latest chip, while issuing a challenge to IBM and Intel.
XenSource clears mind of CEO
Start-up XenSource has experienced its first growing pains in the form of a CEO swap and a few layoffs.
Linus: read-up on your GPL 3.0
Linus may have it wrong on digital rights management (DRM), but it's the vague wording and confusing concepts - like what is meant by a "derivative work" - that is causing the real headaches over the next General Public License (GPL).
Apple posts Mac OS X 10.4.5 update
Apple has updated Mac OS X for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs, bumping its operating system up to version 10.4.5. The patch incorporates a number of fixes and improvements for the OS itself, along with a number of compatibility tweaks for third-party and Apple-branded applications. It also includes Apple's most recent security updates.
E-government whitewash continues
CommentLocal government techies are prancing about like dogs with new toys. Once neglected backyard pets, they have for the last five years been lavished with £675m funding from the ODPM and inflated with responsibility for popular projects like Freedom of Information and websites that do something useful for citizens.
Nokia and Sanyo team up for CDMA
3GSMNokia is to create a joint venture with Sanyo to produce CDMA handsets. Financial details remain murky, but the new company will be a jointly-owned spin-out, on the model of Sony Ericsson. The new company will focus on cdma2000, and both parents' GSM and W-CDMA operations will remain inhouse.
DCA outlines local election pilots
The government has chosen 16 local authorities to experiment with new ways of voting in the forthcoming local elections.
AMD slashes Opteron prices by over 50%
AMD has taken the axe to prices across its desktop, mobile and server processor line-ups with particular emphasis on the Opteron range: server chip prices were this week cut by up to 54.2 per cent, some older models were dropped and new dual-core 2xx and 8xx series parts added to the range.
Skype goes 3G
3GSMSkype has clinched a deal with Hutchinson that paves the way for cheaper VoIP calls to be offered on the Hutchison 3G networks. Limited trials, which have begun in Sweden, are expected to precede a wider launch in Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, the UK and Italy by the end of the year.
Climate change gets SETI-style simulations
Oxford University has launched a SETI@home-like joint project with the BBC to harness processing power from home computers to model climate change. Lead scientist Myles Allen told Reuters: “If 10,000 people join in, you are already bigger than the world's biggest supercomputer.”
Intel looks to SIM cards for universal wireless access
Intel has backed an initiative to equip future notebooks with a SIM card slot, the better to integrate support for 3G mobile phone network connectivity into the machines. The scheme, launched this week by the GSM Association (GSMA), has the goal of making GSM, GPRS and 3G connectivity as ubiquitous in tomorrow's laptops as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are today.
Privacy and anonymity
Privacy and anonymity on the internet are as important as they are difficult to achieve. Here are some of the the current issues we face, along with a few suggestions on how to be more anonymous.
ATI R590 said to ship next month
ATI will launch its R590 chip early next month as the Radeon X1800 GTO with support for 256MB of graphics memory, according to internal roadmap information surreptitiously slipped to website DailyTech. The data suggests the part is an X1900 with a lower clock speed and an unknown set of features disabled.
Orange and Wanadoo spared job cuts in UK
Workers at Orange and Wanadoo in the UK are breathing a sigh of relief today following confirmation they will be spared from the 22,000 job cuts announced by France Telecom yesterday.
China to Qualcomm: er, you and whose army?
3GSMChina's home-grown 3G standard TD-SCDMA is on course for a hard launch this year, and to prove it, its representative industry body the TD-SCDMA Forum showed off a range of handsets and vendors at 3GSM this week. The technology is being developed to 4G and beyond, and Chinese vendors are eyeing markets beyond Asia.
Microsoft testing 'Core Duo power drain bug' fix
Microsoft has pledged to post a patch that will fix the power drain bug that has hit some Core Duo-based notebooks when they're connected to USB 2.0 devices. Separately, it has been claimed Intel has also finished a fix, though at this stage it remains unclear when one or both solutions will ship to users.
Aramiska flickers back to life
Aramiska, the troubled satellite broadband network that pulled the plug on its service giving punters just a few hours notice of the shut down, could be back in business.
Patch posted to run Mac OS X 10.4.4 on 'generic PC'
A utility has been released that will allow the Intel-oriented version of Apple's Mac OS X operating systems to be run on machines other than the company's own iMac and MacBook Pro. However, the coder behind the patch, Maxxuss, warned that the software is a work in progress and that there's "still a lot of work to do".
Ingram still straining for profit
Ingram Micro managed to squeeze a drop more efficiency out of IT distribution in mature markets last year, but Asia and South America needed no persuassion to give.
Bates back at Azlan
Paul Bates has returned to base after ten years exploring the length and breadth of the IT industry.
Second Freeview box signals alien invasion fleet
The neoLuddite Resistance Army (NRA) is today on Defcon Laguna following the chilling news that a second Freeview box has been making pre-invasion broadcasts to the Lizard Army battle fleet.
Network Technology acquires Madge assets
Network Technology PLC said today it has bought certain assets of Maidenhead, Berkshire, firm Madge Limited from the receivers.
Oracle eats Sleepycat
In BriefAlready engorged, Oracle has stuffed yet another software maker into its belly, gobbling up Sleepycat.
Seven patches for St Valentine's patch Tuesday
Microsoft marked Valentine's Day with the release of seven patches - two critical and five important - as part of its regular monthly "Patch Tuesday" update cycle. The most serious security vulnerabilities involve flaws in Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.
Wanadoo trails Tiscali for UK broadband numbers
Wanadoo UK is slipping down the broadband league tables after revealing it has 904,000 broadband punters.
California ordered to improve its execution experience
A US federal judge has ordered the state of California to make its lethal injections a less potentially uncomfortable experience for customers - or he will stop the planned execution next week of convicted rapist and murderer Michael Morales.
Mobile content - it’s not just porn you know
3GSMContent on mobiles is what most mobile companies hope and believe will offset falling revenues from voice calls. The great hopes for mobile content are sport, games and what the industry calls "erotica", and you would call porn. So we talked to some content providers at 3GSM about what people are actually consuming now.
Varsavsky's Folly: the precedents ain't good
Is Fon, the utopian Wi-Fi project from Argentine dot com billionaire Martin Varsavsky, for real? Or is it a tax write-off? Fon may be giddy with revolutionary rhetoric, and its advisory board packed with Berkman bloggers, but the precedents aren't good.
Racial abuse silences BBC sports message board
A BBC cricket message board has been temporarily pulled after banter between Indian and Pakistani fans degenerated into out-and-out abuse, Reuters reports. Insults hurled included references to 9/11 and Hitler and general Hindu and Muslim bashing.
HSDPA puts 3G on steroids
3GSMMobile operators across Europe are looking to supercharge mobile data access speeds with technology that puts 3G on steroids. Orange, T-Mobile and Telecom Italia have all outlined plans to launch services based on High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology that offer download speeds of anywhere between 1-2Mbps up to a theoretical maximum of 3.6Mbps.
Aramiska network up and running again
Ouranos Networks - the outfit that says it's taken over the activities of broadband satellite network operator Aramiska - reports that the service is up and running again.
Higgs Boson a-go-go
Physicists have trialed an international computing grid that will help probe the moments following the Big Bang. The Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid will manage data from a huge particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland, which it is hoped will answer mysteries in particle physics.
US tops download charts
3GSMM:metrics’ first comparison of German, UK and US use of mobile content shows that US consumers are far from being the mobile laggards they are often portrayed as.
Apple pushes MacBook Pro ship dates back to March
ExclusiveApple's decision to ship faster processors with its first MacBook Pro models will certainly please its customers, but the move may mean many of them don't get their machines quite as quickly as they might have hoped. After announcing yesterday that it will this week begin shipping the new Intel-based notebooks, Apple quietly nudged back the new-purchase delivery estimates to March.
Stars discovered flashing
Astronomers at the the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory have led an international team to discovering a new type of star, Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs). They are set to publish their findings in this week's edition of Nature.
Microsoft prolongs row over EC manuals
Microsoft has made an official response to a European Commission demand that it justify its failure to meet obligations imposed under a 2004 anti-trust ruling.
'Pentagon hacker' wants to see Bush's John Hancock
Alleged Pentagon Hacker Gary McKinnon was told in court today that the US Embassy would write a letter to help him avoid the full wrath of presidential anti-terror laws, if he were extradited for prosecution.