31st > July > 2006 Archive


UK.gov squeezes IT suppliers until their pips squeak

A total saving of £412m on all purchases was achieved through frameworks and managed service agreements negotiated by the Treasury buying agency OGCbuying.solutions. Its annual report, published on 25 July 2006, says that the savings exceed the £400m target set by ministers and were delivered on £2.7bn of public sector expenditure.
Kablenet, 31 2006
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Google settles click fraud case for $90m

Google's $90m payout over click fraud has been approved by a US court. Some opponents had claimed that the figure was not high enough to cover losses, but an Arkansas judge has thrown the objection out.
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Russia plans test 'mission' to Mars

The Russians are looking for six volunteers to be locked away for 500 days to learn more about how people would deal with the isolation of the journey to Mars.

Real-time data warehousing

Comment Data warehousing has historically been regarded as an environment which was specifically about analysing historic data, either to understand what has happened or, more recently, in order to try to predict what will happen: for example, to try to predict customers likely to churn.
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Kiddiprinters! EU biometric ID plans reach out for the children

The EU is planning to fingerprint children from as young as six, and earlier just as soon as it is technically feasible, according to documents obtained by Statewatch. The matter has already caused considerable debate (albeit behind closed doors and with no visible civil liberties concerns) among member states, but is being pushed ahead as part of a broader push towards biometric identifiers, without reference to the European Parliament.
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Amazing terror weapons: the imaginary suitcase nuke

Analysis Three men were last week cleared of charges after one of the global war on terror's more ludicrous trials. They had been accused of an imaginary plot to produce an imaginary radioactive 'dirty' bomb using an imaginary substance. Imagination throughout proceedings was greatly aided by the efforts of Mazher Mahmood, the imaginary "fake sheikh" who produces scoops for the News of the World, which has been known to imagine itself a newspaper.
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419ers debut Interpol mirror site

419 advanced fee scammers have created an exact copy of the Interpol website, which is expected to be used to dupe victims into believing they are dealing with the real International Criminal Police Organisation.
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Orange goes unlimited

New tariffs from UK mobile operator Orange add unlimited access to specific services of the cellco's animal-themed mobile packages.
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Apple requests return of MacBook Pro batteries

Apple has asked owners of its 15in MacBook Pro notebook who bought their machine between February and May 2006 to contact the company and request a replacement battery. Apple stressed the batteries it wants to replace "do not pose a safety risk".
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Microsoft to charge for Office betas

Microsoft is to start charging $1.50 for beta versions of Office 2007. From 2 August anyone wanting to download the software will have to pay the small fee.

ATI posts Catalyst 6.7 drivers

ATI has posted its Catalyst 6.7 driver package. For Windows users, the download is backed by WHQL certification, but Linux fans haven't been ignored - a version of the drivers for the open source operating system has also been released.
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Betonsports shared office with Mafia-link firm

Betonsports Plc shared an address, a lawyer, and technical support with an online gambling firm with alleged Mafia links.
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Act now to bury nuclear waste, gov told

The government must act now to dispose of Britain's nuclear waste, the Royal Society has said, because the process itself will take decades.
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Blaze destroys 007 film set

Brief A serious fire at Pinewood Film Studios on Sunday morning wrecked the James Bond film stage.
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Opera 10 roadmap charts cross-platform support

Opera is pushing a vision of a browser that works on any device or operating system platform, including mobile devices and gaming consoles, as part of a push designed to persuade more users to switch from Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer web browser.

Dell laptop smoked in Singapore

It's happened again. Another Dell notebook, a Latitude D410, has burst into flames, this time in Singapore. According to the machine's owner a series of popping noises culminated in a surfeit of white smoke and "flames coming up the side of the laptop".
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Meteor strike caught on camera

Updated If this is real, it is extremely cool.
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The investment divide

Quocirca's changing channels Persuading businesses to invest in new or upgraded IT infrastructure can be a testing task at the best of times. The deployment of a new application can be a good time to review existing infrastructure to make sure it is running securely and efficiently, but why wait for a new application to upgrade infrastructure when there can be considerable benefits for all the existing applications?

Microsoft bosses say 'no' to Xbox 360 price cut

Microsoft will not cut the price of its Xbox 360 games console before Christmas, the company's head of European Xbox marketing, has revealed. Maybe not, but it looks like Microsoft will stress its machine's price advantage when Sony ships the PlayStation 3.
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Toshiba settles spat with Flash memory inventor

Toshiba is to pay ¥87m ($758,000) to settle a lawsuit brought against it by an ex-employee: Dr Fujio Masuoka, the man credited with inventing Flash memory.
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Yankee pirates downed by Federation

The Federation Against Software Theft has won £300,000 ($525,000) from a US-based chemical transport company for using unlicensed software.
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BT slashes consumer prices

BT is cutting prices for some consumer bundles - BT Together Option 2 is falling 28 per cent to £3.95 a month and BT Together Option 3 is down 31 per cent to £9.95 a month.
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Verizon unbundles music

Verizon has unbundled the music portion of its Vcast multimedia bundle, effectively scrapping the $15 monthly hurdle needed to download digital music. Vcast is Verizon's subscription service which includes videos and games, and until today, the Vcast music store.

Q2 sees record mobile GPU shipments

The world's graphics-chip makers shipped 71.4m personal computer-oriented GPUs in Q2, 16.6 per cent up on the year-ago quarter but down 4.6 per cent on the previous three-month period, market watcher Jon Peddie Research (JPR) said today.
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Cambridge re-inks IT deal with Serco

Brief Cambridge City Council has extended its IT outsourcing deal with Serco for another five years at a cost of £6m. The two organisations have already worked together for six years.
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HTC TyTN 'super 3G' smart phone

Review HTC, the company behind the T-Mobile MDA, O2 XDA and Orange SPV mobile phones, not to mention a host of others offered by less well-known vendors, has broken away from its white label roots to offer its phones without operator customisation. The TyTN is one of the first...
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French anti-iTunes law is 'unconstitutional'

The controversial French law which would have forced Apple to make music from its iTunes online shop playable on any device has been rejected by the French Constitutional Council. The whole law may have to be rewritten.
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Billy Bragg pays tribute to MySpace

Billy Bragg has paid tribute to social networking giant MySpace after persuading it to change its terms and conditions. The site is owned by owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and changed its terms after lobbying by Bragg.

BT buys Fiat's Polish telco biz

BT has bought Telexis Polska, Fiat's inhouse telecoms business in the eastern European country, for €$1.2m. Telexis is not exactly huge - it turned over €3m for the year ending 31 December 2005 and has just 27 staff.
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Currys brings solar panels to the High Street

Electrical retailer Currys will start offering solar panels for sale from three of its stores.
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Crypto clues help solve prison murders

Bosses of an American racist prison gang have been convicted of murders and racketeering offences after investigators broke the encoded messages they used to order attacks.
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Microsoft needs 'off switch'

Comment What are we to make of the latest news about Microsoft Office – namely the story that the company has opted to charge people to download betas rather than cut off the supply? It reckons it has supplied 500 per cent more betas than it planned.
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ISS inhabitants plan space stroll

ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter is gearing up for a spacewalk around the International Space Station along with his NASA colleague, Jeff Williams.
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Scorpions deployed in cancer battle

A protein found in scorpion venom could lead to a new treatment for a particularly aggressive type of of brain cancer, according to new research.
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Good gives thumbs up to Nokia E61

Brief Good Technology's Good Mobile Messaging - the application formerly known as GoodLink - runs on Nokia's E61 smart phone, the company said today, even though the app, now at version 4.9.1, actually shipped last week. The client-side application can be downloaded here, for both Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Domino back-end servers. ®
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Could Muni Fiber KO Muni Wi-Fi?

Berkeley city council in California has become the latest city to examine municipal ownership of "the last mile", a move which could deal the latest blow to the stalling Municipal Wi-Fi movement. Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley voted to investigate a fiber to the home (FTTH) scheme a few days earlier.
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SETI urged to fess up over alien signals

Alien hunters today pounded the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute here with e-mails and phone calls, following claims made this weekend that the organization has covered up the detection of signals from space.