4th April 2006 Archive


Joe public wary of trusting organisations online

More needs to be done to convince the British public that their personal details are adequately protected online.
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'Mysterious green goo' discovery halts phone repair

More than 400 homes and businesses in Aldershot are without phone services after BT engineers refused to repair a faulty cable after finding "mysterious green goo" down a manhole.

Sony unveils latest Walkman Flash MP3 players

Sony has confirmed the debut of its latest Flash-based E-series Walkman music players, announcing this morning that the multi-coloured line-up for 512MB, 1GB and 2GB devices will ship across Europe at the end of the month.
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Customer database dispute continues

The Court of Appeal last week allowed an appeal brought over the way a card index containing a customer database was valued for the purposes of assessing damages in a partnership dispute.

Employment law is too complex, says FSB

Small businesses are finding it very difficult to cope with increasing amounts of employment legislation, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The trade group says calls to its free legal helpline on employment issues grew by 30 per cent last year.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.6 update

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.4.6, the latest update to its 'Tiger' operating system. Released as both PowerPC and Intel versions, the new software incorporates the customary array of tweaks and fixes, but most notably incorporates a major revision of the OS' iSync tool. Indeed, Apple warned iSync users to synchronise their PDAs and/or mobile phones before installing the new release.
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Online betting addict gets suspended sentence

A woman has received a suspended sentence for stealing half a million quid from her employer, because the judge accepted that her addiction to online betting sites was an illness.
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NTL confirms Virgin Mobile buy-out

NTL has finally confirmed that it is to acquire Virgin Mobile as part of a master plan to create a giant communications company to take on pay TV outfit Sky and incumbent telco BT. The deal values Virgin Mobile at £962.4m - almost £150m more than was originally rejected by the Virgin Mobile board in December last year.

AMD's K8L 65nm core due H1 07

Roadmap AMD's next-generation AMD64 core, codenamed 'K8L', has begun appearing on the company's roadmap under that name, kicking off with a H1 2007 appearance, according to documentation leaked on the web. So has upcoming CPUs' support for 800MHz DDR 2 SDRAM.

Cisco and Dimension Data straddle the world

Dimension Data is extending its up close alliance with Cisco beyond North America. The solutions and services vendor and the networking giant will roll out their Global Services Alliance across Europe, Asia and Australia. The North America program covers “planning, design, implementation and management of IT infrastructures”. It kicked off in late 2004 and now covers 50 customers.®
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Samsung re-schedules Blu-ray player debut

Samsung has put back the release of its Blu-ray Disc player by a month, the company has revealed. However, in compensation, it has apparently upped the player's output to a maximum HD resolution of 1080p. The BD-P1000 will now ship on 25 June, not 23 May as originally planned.
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A Vista with no view of an EU sunset

Comment The European Union's competition regulator has warned Microsoft it will not be allowed to sell the new Vista operating system in Europe if it comes pre-loaded with certain features.

Fujitsu exhibits fold-out keyboard UMPC

Fujitsu has put on show a pair of conceptual PC designs, one intended to show how an "ultra-mobile" machine might operate, the other a home computer system which looks funky enough but probably won't give Apple's industrial designers any sleepless nights.
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Passport rule change anticipates ID refusenik sabotage efforts

Updated The new UK Identity and Passport Service, spawned out of the Passport Service after the ID Cards Act became law on Saturday, celebrated its birth by trying to stop people renewing their passports whenever they want to, whether or not the passport is about to expire. The change in terms and conditions were slipped into the website without announcement, and were quite clearly ID card related.

Epson unveils 'Windows Vista Capable' PC

It's official - the blurry 'Windows Vista-capable' logo that appeared on the web last week is real, as Epson demonstrated today when it launched a desktop system for the Japanese market that conforms to the certification process centred on Microsoft's next generation of Windows.
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Thousands more file sharers sued

Recording industry watchdog IFPI is taking legal action against 2,000 people in 10 countries across Europe accused of sharing music files.
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Raver chomps through 40,000 disco biscuits

Doctors have described what is thought to be the worst recorded case of ecstasy abuse. During his four-year peak, Mr A, the subject of the report appearing in the journal Psychosomatics, was consuming 25 pills a day.

EDS buys into India

Services behemoth EDS is buying MphasiS, an Indian outsourcing firm for $380m.

Hitachi preps quad-tuner HDD-equipped TVs

Hitachi has unveiled a set of big-screen plasma and LCD TVs boasting not only four integrated tuners - two digital, two analogue - but also built-in hard disks with PVR functionality. The wonderfully named Wooo 9000 series contains six models offering 32in, 37in and 42in screen sizes.
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Leeds airline whippet into frenzy over French strike

A budget airline boss has dubbed French air traffic controllers "lazy frogs" for taking industrial action against their government's plan to make it easier to sack young staff.

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pi 1536

Review It hasn’t been three months since Intel launched the Centrino Duo platform, and you can already find much-better-than-base specification machines for quite a bit less than £1,000. The Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pi 1536 is one such laptop, and it has a very well-rounded feature set and utilises some of the latest technology...
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Tech sector recruitment to rise in 2006

The job prospects in Europe's tech sector are looking bright, a new survey has revealed.

Sony Ericsson announces eighth Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson today Liberacéd up its Walkman music phone line, adding a new W700 candybar model kitted out in a "titanium gold"-coloured casing. Sony Ericsson maintains the new hue is "subtle" and the phone's look "discreet", but we'd say it's more Nescafé Gold Blend than Lavazza espresso.

Fujitsu touts four-way slider phone

Fancy a phone with a large enough screen to surf the web as well as you would on a desktop? Fujitsu may have the answer. Well, its industrial designers do, and they'll this week show off their ideas at a special exhibition taking place in Milan.
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AMD Fab 36 'generating revenue'

AMD's Fab 36 has begun making the company money, the chip maker announced today. Processors rolling off the plant's production lines last month became the first parts to be shipped to paying customers, the company said.
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Demon chases overdue accounts

Demon has admitted that a "very small number" of its customers might have been invoiced incorrectly, after it carried out a sweep on overdue accounts recently. It seems some invoices may have been sent out in error and, as a result, it's set up an email address for people to contact if they think they may be affected by the snafu.

PC IQ stops trading

Reseller network PC IQ has stopped trading. The Hampshire-based reseller group offered buying discounts, marketing and advertising help, and recycling of old IT kit.
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Birmingham Council signs 'unique' deal

Birmingham City Council has signed a £475m deal with support services giant Capita - but, rather than merely signing an outsourcing agreement on 1 April, the unusual collaboration has been called a "transformation" agreement, and operates more like a lease.
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Virgin to improve customer service at NTL

Staff at Virgin Mobile are to spruce up NTL's lack lustre customer service following the merger of the companies.

Unofficial zero-day patches gain corporate support

Organisations are deploying unofficial patches in the absence of officially sanctioned security fixes from vendors, a new survey suggests.
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Microsoft buys intelligence

Microsoft is buying a business intelligence firm based in Boise, Idaho.
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Your friendly Imagine Cup team mentor

Mentor's blog My name is Rob Miles. I’m the mentor for the Team 3 Pair entry for their Imagine Cup entry. I’ve just looked up mentor at wordreference.com and it says “wise and trusted guided and advisor”. That works for me. I hope it works for the students….
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Scientists solve reproductive riddle

For the first time, a research paper describes how the switch between producing a woman's single batch of eggs or a man's lifetime of sperm is flicked.

Mesh seeks to net gamers with ATI CrossFire rigs

Mesh has launched two new gamer-oriented desktop PC families, each based on AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core and equipped with ATI's Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset - on an Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboard - to enable CrossFire multi-GPU graphics.
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CSC prepares for takeover bids

The board of CSC are mulling approaches for a sell off. A restructuring plan was also announced, with 5,000 jobs set to be shed, mostly in Europe.

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Network Solutions glitch hits customers

Network Solutions' website and some of its DNS services were knocked out for around two hours on Tuesday, 4 April because of an outage involving its co-location provider, Savvis. The exact cause of the outage between 07:56 EST and 10:02 EST remains unclear.

Asus to make 13.3in widescreen MacBook - report

Asus has reportedly won the contract to manufacture Apple's upcoming Intel-based iBook - aka the MacBook - which will be the first consumer-oriented notebook from the vendor to incorporate a widescreen display.