23rd > February > 2006 Archive

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Ever talked to SCO? - asks IBM

The discovery phase deepens in the SCO trial with IBM demanding every communication between SCO and Microsoft, Sun, Hewlett Packard and Baystar Capital - the investment company that initially funded the IP campaign - since the start of the McBride era.
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DRM delayed Nokia's 'iPod' phone

Nokia's music N91 smartphone - it's first phone with a hard disk - has been held up because of DRM issues, the company confirmed.

Scavengers line up to pick at Borland's developers

Software developers using Borland's soon-to-be dumped integrated development environments (IDEs) are being sized up by the competition. Sun Microsystems and REAL Software are working separately to persuade JBuilder and Delphi developers to switch to their application development tools.

x86 boxes carry server market in 2005

Surprise, surprise. Shipments of x86 servers rose during 2005, while big-iron sales dropped.
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IBM and BI - I take it all back

Comment Okay, I confess. I have been beating IBM up about how it needs to buy a BI player in order to be a credible player in the space, and it turns out that I got it all wrong, because IBM already owns a BI player. Well, actually, a bit of a BI vendor. A very small bit. And I’m not actually sure the information management people actually know about it but, nevertheless, IBM owns a very small (less than 5 per cent) portion of a New Zealand based company called Descisys.
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Weighty works from the Reg bookshop

Cash'n'Carrion This week, we thought we'd start off with some words of wisdom: "A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you." - Daniel J Boorstein.
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Need cheap DSL? Go to Rwanda

Not too long ago, a high-speed internet connection in Rwanda cost close to $1,000 per month. A whopping 22 customers could afford to buy this service from the national telco - RwandaTel. Then, Terracom arrived.
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Ofcom sets out plans to regulate VoIP

Ofcom, the UK communications industry regulator, has set out details of its new approach to internet telephony, updating earlier guidance published in 2004. Ofcom is consulting on its new proposals.
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Talk to the badge

Doctors in one hospital have been spotted talking into their lapels under a scheme to improve communications using the latest technology.
Kablenet, 23 2006
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Sky offers preview of its HDTV service

Sky has launched a new website, which includes sample teaser clips from its new high-definition television service, to be launched before July.

Picsel beats Macromedia to put Flash 7 onto mobile

Scottish file-viewing specialist Picsel was happily demonstrating its ability to publish books, cartoons, video, and now Macromedia Flash 7 - all on Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. It also finds itself on the new NTT DoCoMo FOMA phone, model SH901i.

Eurovision HDTV contest

HDTV has been creeping into Europe for a while and as we sit tight and anxiously wait for Sky, Telewest and the BBC to start rolling out our high definition signals some countries are already enjoying the delights of 720p and 1080i programming.

Apple drops 15in PowerBook

Apple has phased out its 15in PowerBook G4. The PowerPC-based notebook has been removed from the company's online stores in the UK and the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, even as the first Intel-based 15in MacBook Pro machines began to be delivered to buyers.
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US demands extradition of '419 scammers' from Europe

US investigators have requested the extradition of four Nigerians accused of running 419 scams in the Netherlands after the arrest of a gang in Amsterdam and the nearby town of Zaandam earlier this week.
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So, will IM replace SMS?

News from 3GSM that some of the biggest mobile phone networks are planning to join up to push instant messaging (IM) over mobiles needs a little thought. The PC community has long settled into islands of IM services which can almost never talk to one another.
Faultline, 23 2006

Shuttle shows M2000 media centre PC

Shuttle has taken the wraps off its second generation consumer electronics-styled PC chassis. The M2000 squeezes in twin TV tuners and a fully functional Windows XP Media Center Edition system into a box designed to replace your DVD player, set-top box and music centre.

Ex-Gizmondo exec walks from wreckage - of $1m Ferrari

Picture exclusive Former Gizmondo Europe executive Stefan Eriksson was this week involved in a car crash that shredded in his million-dollar Ferrari Enzo. Eriksson, who told police he was not the driver of the vehicle, walked away from the impact with cuts and bruises.
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Old and new square up in VoIP debate

The old and new of the telecoms industry are preparing to make their case as Ofcom takes another look at the rules governing internet telephony in the UK.
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Met police set up film piracy unit

UK police have established a unit especially dedicated to fighting movie piracy. The new Metropolitan Police Film Piracy Unit will target gangs and individuals raking it in from the sale of fake DVDs.
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Siemens back to immigration

The UK's Immigration and Nationality Directorate welcomes back an IT supplier which was at the centre of its previous computer failures.
Kablenet, 23 2006
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Compel prelim revenues unchanged

Compel described a relatively stable IT market yesterday as it turned in preliminary results that met City expectations.
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Tear up the Harris survey

Comment We don’t normally lead on surveys, but a recently released Harris Interactive survey samples the average US household and says that it shows that consumers are both ready, waiting and largely willing where IPTV is concerned.
Faultline, 23 2006
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Telefonica faces broadband price probe

Spanish incumbent Telefonica is facing an investigation by the European Commission (EC) amid allegations that it abused its dominant position regarding the provision of broadband.

RIM lauds latest NTP patent rejection

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has rejected all the claims contained in US patent number 6,067,451, one of the three patents held by NTP, and for which it successfully sued Research in Motion for intellectual property violation.

Asus dreams up modular PC of the future

Exclusive Asus has shelved plans to develop the PC of the future - literally. The Taiwanese vendor's Green PC concept computer, shown to Reg Hardware this week, is just that: a shelf. And some clever wireless connectivity and non-contact inductive power source.

Asus prices up Lamborghini laptop

Asus has dropped a few more hints about what's going to be inside its upcoming Lamborghini-branded notebook. The company confirmed this week that the machine will indeed be based on Intel's Centrino Duo platform, and said it will contain more than 1GB of memory and a hard drive offering over 120GB of storage capacity.
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Acxiom database hacker jailed for 8 years

A Florida man has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of stealing vast amounts of personal information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies, in order to inflate the value of his spamming firm.
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By the three moons of Pluto!

Astronomers have confirmed they spied two previously unknown moons orbiting tiny ninth planet Pluto using the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Colt trots to Europe as it rejigs business

Colt Telecom is overhauling its corporate structure in a bid to generate profit, and is also looking to raise £300m in new equity which should help reduce its net debt to below £100m.
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Ofcom unveils phone number plans

Ofcom is tinkering with telephone numbers to ensure there's plenty of digits to go around in the future. But the regulator moved to assure punters that it had no plans to meddle with geographic phone numbers as part of its review of the UK National Telephone Numbering Plan.

Apple to 'launch full movie downloads' next week

Apple will next week announce that it's going to start selling full-length movie downloads through the iTunes Music Store, if the forecast of a US market watcher is correct. The prediction comes in the week the company passed the 1bn music downloads mark.

Thomas Pink collars iPod with commuter tie

British shirt-maker Thomas Pink has begun selling a limited edition tie with an integrated iPod holder, the better to allow City gents to groove to their favourite beat combos as they battle their way to work every morning.
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Stunned Londoners see Wi-Fi work on water

The country's biggest Wi-Fi network has been launched in London. Thames Online will provide about 12km of seamless coverage - from Westminster to Greenwich - along the river. Taking to the water is an increasingly popular option for frustrated commuters. The codeCreation/Meshhopper joint venture uses mesh architecture to …

Capita increases turnover, profit

In brief Capita turned in increases in profits and revenues when it unveiled full year results today. For the year ended December 31, the services vendor reported turnover of £1.4bn, up 12 per cent. Operating profits were up 8.2 per cent to £166.6m, and pre-tax profits were up 7.8 per cent to £ 153.1m. When a share based payment charge, intangible amortization and impairment were stripped out, operating profits grew 19 per cent to £190.7m, while pre-tax profits were up 19 per cent to &pound177.2m. The firm increased its dividend for shareholders, and also hinted at a share buyback.®

Networking 'will never be a commodity'

NetEvents In his keynote speech to the NetEvents European Summit in Garmisch, Germany today, HP Procurve VP John McHugh stuck his neck out, and said: "Enterprise networking is not going to be a commodity."

Motorola RAZR V3i

Review A manufacturer with one of the most popular mobiles on the market has a problem when it comes to updating the phone: just how do you improve a product without ruining it? In the case of the V3, Motorola has obviously decided the way forward is to leave well alone, only pausing to correct a couple of oversights it made in the original...
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Scientists: masturbation not as good as sex

A swift one off the wrist - easy, convenient, refreshing - but just not the same as the real thing, perhaps.
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Amstrad's em@ilers are going, going...

If you want to get your hands on one of Amstrad's em@iler phones-cum-email thingies - you better be quick. Last September, Amstrad confirmed that it was ceasing production of the em@iler following poor sales.
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Music to code to

Well, Microsoft loves its developers and wants to know what makes them tick. So it asks them what music they like to code to - apparently, the "winner" was something by Coldplay (whoever they are - and what will this do to their street cred, anyway). And HMV Digital have made a radio station specifically for UK developers, 'Music to Code To', available online as a "top station" (subscription needed) - "because developers want to listen to what other developers listen to". They do? Changed since my day then - I used to code to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring".
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Quantum computer solves problem without running

A quantum computer at a US University has solved a computational problem without running a program. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gleaned the answer to an algorithm by combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation (a technique that makes use of wave-particle duality to search a region of space without actually entering that region) in an optical-based quantum computer through a process called "counterfactual computation".
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We own all your rich internet media

Just as the Web 2.0 crowd gets excited over AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), an unknown web developer tools company is threatening to spoil the party.
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Over the Waterfall

Comment Let's throw some rocks at Waterfall development. You know, the development method which says that you have to produce about 10kg of specification document (there’s a standard, usually, for the weight of paper appropriate to different project types).

Sophos in Mac OS X worm false alarm

Sophos has apologised after releasing a faulty signature update that flagged up legitimate Mac OS X system files as infected with a new low-risk worm, Inqtana-B.
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The real reason Skype isn't as good as it was

NetEvents Have you been a Skype user for ages? Noticed that it isn't as good as it was? Silent moments, repeated sounds, buzzes? Here's the good news: it's almost certainly fixable. The bad news? You have to lobby your cable company to fix it.

Microsoft exposes itself in bid to embarrass Europeans

Microsoft is accusing the European Commission (EC) of denying it a fair defense in its long-running anti-trust case, so officials could nip off early for their Christmas hols.