Microsoft and SAP do a Duet on Office
Microsoft and SAP have laid out a roadmap for Mendocino, renamed Duet, and promised greater integration between their Office and business applications to automate business activities.
Buggy spreadsheets: Russian roulette for the corporation
How many scenarios can you imagine where a momentary loss of concentration could cost over $1bn? Perhaps a nuclear power station meltdown...or if a currency trader hit a few wrong keys? Well, another possibility is a simple spreadsheet error.
Gartner: More Windows Vista delays
Microsoft and Gartner are squabbling again, this time after the analyst predicted yet another delay to Microsoft's already late-running Windows Vista operating system.
Conservatives investigate government IT
David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives, is setting up a working group to investigate the Labour government's use of IT and management practices.
Sony shows summer Vaio laptops
Sony has announced its summer Vaio notebook line-up, boosting family members' memory, processor and storage specs. Take the FJ3 series, for example. This slimline 14.1in range now incorporates dual-layer DVD+RW support in addition to the many other recordable and rewriteable CD and DVD formats already handled.
Kids texting not sleeping
Kids are going to school too tired to learn because of the temptations of late night texting and playing computer games.
EDS results on track
EDS posted improved profits for the first quarter ended 31 March 2006, but just missed Wall Street predictions.
£20,000 reward for software whistleblowers
The Business Software Alliance has doubled its maximum reward for people who report the use of unlicensed software within UK businesses before the end of June. Staff can report their bosses, remain anonymous, and receive up to £20,000.
AMD reportedly 'delays' dual-core Turion debut
AMD has put back the launch of its upcoming dual-core Turion 64 mobile processors to June, online reports have claimed. If true, the move - which had been forecast - will see the chip family's debut delayed just a month, though it brings the line's debut closer to the arrival of Intel's 'Merom' CPU.
Intel ships 3.6GHz Pentium D 960
Intel has begun shipping its latest top-of-the-line 65nm dual-core Pentium D desktop processor, the 3.6GHz 960. The chip maker has yet to launch the part formally, though it did get a casual mention in CEO Paul Otellini's analyst day presentation last week.
Apple wins right to retain fixed-price downloads
Apple has apparently succeeded in persuading the world's major record labels to re-license their content for sale on its iTunes Music Store (ITMS) for a flat-rate 99 cents - 79 pence in the UK - per track. To date, label executives have been keen to stress their demand for variable pricing - higher prices for new songs, lower prices for older material - but they've clearly been willing to let it pass this time.
Elvis' first house hits $450k on eBay
Any reader with a spare $450k+ burning a hole in his pocket and interested in acquiring Elvis Presley's first house should make his way down to eBay and get busy with the bidding:
Ad watchdog fingers Telewest
Telewest has been ticked off for not being crystal clear on the availability of its broadband, TV, and phone service.
T-Mobile Sidekick III piccy posted on web
Is this the face of Danger's third-generation Hiptop? The company's not saying, of course, and neither is T-Mobile USA, which sells the current Hiptop as the Sidekick II. The shot's said to come from marketing material, presumably being prepared for an upcoming launch. The latest pic matches the machine shown in blurry shots taken in February this year.
Nano-friendly Bluetooth stereo adaptor in pipeline
German Bluetooth accessory specialist AnyCom is preparing a wireless stereo audio adaptor for Apple's iPod Nano. The slimline add-on draws its power from the player to beam out songs using the Bluetooth 1.2's Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
Piracy reduces Hollywood to penury
Pirated DVDs and illegal net downloads are costing the US movie industry a staggering $6.1bn annually in "global wholesale revenues", according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Open source needs charitable help
BriefThe National Computing Centre, which has been commissioned by the Home Office to promote the use of open source software in charity and community organisations, has opened a survey into the use of software in the sector.
Oracle taking BI seriously
CommentWhat would happen if the people with one of the best databases for business intelligence were to add tools and applications of a similar class? Well, we shall soon find out, because after the acquisition of Siebel, Oracle have started to merge their product lines, and the resultant solution set is very exciting.
BT gets tough over broadband usage limits
BT is tightening up rules governing usage limits for its retail broadband service.
UMD format's outlook 'bleak', warns analyst
US market watcher NPD has described the outlook for Sony's PlayStation Portable-friendly UMD format as "bleak". PSP users are not opposed to the disc format, but they're finding the range of available content limited and the price uncompetitive, the researcher said this week.
Murdoch wants teenagers'...
Teenagers should beware of Murdoch-owned website MySpace.com snatching their digital identities, child campaigners have warned.
Street scum-busting lamppost spotted in London
Back in March last year we carried a chilling report into the Q Star FlashCam-530 shouting lamppost "currently being deployed across the nation".
Linux hater/traitor turns to Windows
Internet satirist Shelley the Republican has embraced Microsoft Windows, barely 10 days since publishing a tongue-in-cheek diatribe that painted the open source community as a bunch of communist hackers.
Renegade spammer targets junk mail registry
Users of Blue Security's controversial anti-spam system have begun receiving email threats that they'll end up getting even more junk mail unless they opt-out of its network.
Summer slot for Sky's broadband launch
Sky is to launch its residential broadband service this summer, the satellite TV operator said today.
Nokia ships E61 'BlackBerry beater'
Nokia's would-be antidote to Research in Motion's BlackBerry, the E61 smart phone, has started to ship, the handset giant said today. Initial units went out late last week, the company admitted, as it begins to ramp up global shipments.
LinuxWorld Expo in Windows Server shocker
Linux jockeys: prepare your world to be rocked to the very foundation of discarded pizza boxes and crumpled tissues on which it rests.
LG pours Chocolate into Europe
South Korea's LG today brought its KG800 phone - informally dubbed 'Chocolate' - to Europe in the hope the slimline slider handset will experience the same success here as it has back home.
RIM re-targets SMEs with free server software
Research in Motion (RIM) is offering a free copy of its BlackBerry server software in the hope of persuading more small businesses to buy into its push email service, long perceived as a big-business offering.
Industry and academia line up to bash ID cards
The Commons Science and Technology Select Committee has heard a 2009 roll-out for ID cards is unlikely.
Hackers libel Canadian PM on train signs
Bewildered Toronto train passengers were left scratching their heads after a hacker altered advertising signs to announce that Stephen Harper, the country's prime minister, "eats babies".
All quiet on the malware front
The volume of virus-ladened emails dropped to a record low last month, according to email security firm BlackSpider Technologies. It reports that virus contaminated emails accounted for just 0.79 per cent of inbound emails during April 2006.
Colt happy with paying top whack for spectrum
Colt has denied it paid over the odds for a spectrum licence that enables the development of private GSM mobile phone networks in office buildings or campuses.
MacBook owners plan mass whine about whining laptops
A loose affiliation of MacBook Pro owners who together might be called the Apple Noise Abatement Society is calling on fellow users to join them in a worldwide day of action to protest at what they maintain is Apple's unwillingness to solve the noisy notebook issue.
X marks the bug
Security researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability in the X Window system used in Unix and Linux systems. The buffer overflow vulnerability creates a means for hackers to seize root access to vulnerable systems or launch denial of service attacks. So it's just as well that patches are available.
Texas wants rich geeks, while AMD will settle for the poor
WCITThe World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) kicked off today in Austin with a pair of diverging pleas. Texas Governor Rick Perry made his pitch to big business, while AMD CEO Hector Ruiz hawked his gear to the poor.
Sun illuminates new storage strategy
Sun has promised the world simple management of unlimited piles of data. It says its ZFS 128-bit file system, unleashed as part of a spray of storage announcements from the firm, is capable of storing 16bn times more data than current platforms.
AMD quad-core Opterons to gain L3 cache in 2008?
RoadmapAMD is scheduled to launch quad-core Opteron processors capable of supporting Fully Buffered DIMM memory and sporting an extra level of cache shared by each of the fourt cores, it has been claimed in a roadmap-revealing report online.
Skype to enable 100-way confusion
VoIP fans can download a beta of Skype 2.5 from the firm’s website as of today, though there is no word on when the final version will ship.
ADIC buy helps Quantum leap into enterprise
Quantum has set its heart on cracking the enterprise market and is coughing up $770m to buy rival storage vendor Advanced Digital Information Corp.
IT: – Still the Black Hole of the Balance Sheet?
IT: – Still the Black Hole of the Balance Sheet?” was the title of an interesting media roundtable organised by Managed Objects.
Cray places order for Opteron Helper
Cray has turned to a small start-up for possible help with its grand plan to win a multi-million dollar contract from the US government.
Ballmer impressed by Intel's new laptop for the poor
WCITThe weird battle to provide PCs to the underprivileged continues to hot up with Intel today announcing a new type of kiddie laptop due out in 2007.