7th > August > 2006 Archive

Nvidia readies SLI for Core 2 Duo laptops?

Will Intel's current mobile chipsets soon be able to support multiple Nvidia graphics chips running co-operatively? That's certainly what moles from Taiwan's contract manufacturer community have claimed. The allegation comes on the heels of indications Nvidia is working on technology to allow notebooks to use both integrated and discrete graphics cores.
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Accessing DB2 UDB with PHP

Tutorial A PHP: Hypertext Processor (PHP) script may be embedded in an HTML page; or run as a .php script in a web server such as Apache web server. PHP statements are included in <?php ?> tags.
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Ericsson goes to war with Samsung

Intellectual property rights (IPR) and revenues are becoming increasingly important to the mobile equipment makers, as they look to bolster falling margins by grasping control of the development agenda for 4G, and to boost their incomes.
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Caudwell Group sale rings up £1.46bn

John Caudwell was flicking through yacht catalogues this morning after sealing the sale of his telecoms empire to a pair of private equity groups for £1.46bn.
Joe Fay, 07 2006
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Vodafone policy shift evidence of European 3G failure

Comment Since the euphoria of the late 1990s, it has become increasingly clear that there will be no short term gains from 3G investment, and after operator write-downs, delays and frustrated performance expectations, UMTS is surely a failed platform, at least without the HSxPA upgrades.
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SMART-1 probe heading for crash landing

The European Space Agency (ESA) is plotting the demise of the SMART-1 lunar probe, the first ever European mission to the moon. ESA says the probe, which has been orbiting our largest natural satellite for almost 16 months, will be crashed into the surface on 3 September.

Unlaunched RIM Blackberry pushed onto web

Pictures of Research in Motion's upcoming BlackBerry 8100 camera-equipped gadget popped up on a variety of websites this weekend following what appears to be a mass email-out by a lone leaker. The snaps show the GSM/GPRS/EDGE machine in its T-Mobile colours.
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Google offers malware warnings

Google has teamed up with an anti-malware organisation to offer warnings when search results might otherwise lead surfers to sites hosting malicious code.
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3 to offer ITV on the go

3 has announced a deal with ITV to offer flagship entertainment channel ITV1 and gaming channel ITV Play via mobile TV.

Warner mulls bundling music DVDs with iPod-friendly songs

Warner Music is to sell albums on DVD rather than CD, using the extra storage capacity to include iPod-compatible copies of the songs, along with other extras, such as ringtones and music videos.
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RIAA puts developers in the dock

First they came for the networks, then they came for the developers.

Open Text snares Hummingbird

Open Text has outgunned rival suitor Symphony Technology Group for the hand of Hummingbird.
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Record PDA shipments in Q2, claims researcher

Global PDA shipments reached a record high in Q2, market watcher Gartner said today, but is it counting correctly. We don't dispute the company's numbers, but at what point does a smart phone become a PDA and vice versa?

Nokia E70 smart phone

Review Nokia's eagerly-anticipated E70 phone revives one of the company's cleverest designs, stuffs it full of bleeding-edge features, and aims it squarely at the enterprise market for the first time. It's one of the most versatile designs on offer, and appears at a time when enterprise email has matured.
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Bigger, dafter, creepier - Gordon Brown's ID scheme rescue plan

Analysis 'Sources' close to Chancellor Gordon Brown are floating plans to finish off ID cards entirely in the UK - although that isn't quite how they're putting it. Instead, the advance men for the Prime Minister in waiting are offering a nightmare pitch that harnesses the private sector to implement a total surveillance system while raking in revenue for the Government.
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Chinese bar doubles as fight club

Stressed out Chinese workers are being offered the chance to vent their anger while imbibing a drop of the amber nectar at Nanjing’s first anger release bar.
Joe Fay, 07 2006
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Telstra cans cable network in regulatory spat

Telstra has confirmed investor fears and announced its talks with Aussie regulators, aimed at paving the way for a AUS$3.1bn (£1.2bn) high speed fibre network, have collapsed.
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For sale: one used Sea Harrier jet

We all want our homes to stand out from the crowd, and what better way to do so than by decorating your front garden with some interesting lawn ornaments?

PS3 to require 'adaptor' to use PSOne, PS2 memory cards

Sony's PlayStation 3 will play "thousands" of PSOne and PS2 titles, the company has claimed, but if players want to carry over saved games, they'll need to obtain a memory card adaptor first, the Sony US PS3 website has revealed.
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Stealth attack undermines Vista defences

Researchers have demonstrated how to bypass security protections in order to inject potentially hostile code into the kernel of prototype versions of Windows.

Infor buys Extensity, Systems Union

Extensity, the venture capitalist-owned business software vendor formerly known as Geac has been bought by Infor - another VC enterprise. Extensity itself bought UK firm Systems Union only this April.

Court stops resale of software licenses in Germany

A German court has upheld a decision by a lower court in Munich which banned the resale of used software licenses.
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Temps to take a plunge in Leeds tomorrow

After recently recovering from last month's sweltering 188 degree heatwave, the unfortunate residents of Leeds are about to experience a dramatic about-turn in weather fortunes.
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Boffins shrink giant telescope

European plans to build a massive optical telescope with a 100m mirror have been scaled back in favour of a 'scope with a mere 42m main reflector after the projected construction costs for the original dish reached €1.5bn.
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Caudwell jackpot is a bet that mobile networks can't stop infighting

Comment The astonishingly high price put on Phones4U by the equity capital community is a cynical bet on the disorganisation of the mobile networks.
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Senate ratifies Cybercrime treaty

The US Senate ratified the Convention on Cybercrime on Thursday, the first international treaty on computer-related crime and the gathering of electronic evidence.

VMware to open Windows-on-Mac tool to public testers

Virtualisation software specialist VMware has begun asking owners of Intel-based Macs to participate in a public test of its upcoming VMware for Mac OS X utility. Testing is due to commence "later in the year", the company said.
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419ers no longer safe on their home turf

Dutch police have arrested a 30-year-old man in Lagos, Nigeria, thought to be the mastermind behind a European advance-fee (419) scam.
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Atlantis crew begins launch prep

Preparations for the next Shuttle launch get underway with a vengeance today, as the Kennedy Space Centre readies itself for the arrival of the astronauts who will fly Atlantis when it launches later this month.
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AOL publishes database of users' intentions

AOL Labs prompted a weekend of hyperventilation in the 'blogosphere' by publishing the search queries from 650,000 users. This mini-scandal may yet prove valuable, however, as it reveals an intriguing psychological study of the boundaries of what is considered acceptable privacy.

Two teens charged over VA laptop theft

Two US teenagers were arrested last weekend for stealing a Veterans' Administration laptop, an incident that proved a major security flap and brought calls for improved information security legislation.

Apple goes all Intel all the time

The great Intel sell-out is now complete with Apple today revealing the new Mac Pro workstation. The Mac Pro - codenamed 'Hero', incidentally - runs on a pair of Intel's latest dual-core Xeon server processors, giving it plenty of horsepower to handle the clunky Safari browser. The box offers up twice the performance of older IBM chip-based Power Mac G5s.
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Imagine – a cup

It will all be done and dusted by Friday. That is when the Microsoft Imagine Cup final reaches its final throw and we get to learn if Team Three Pair - winners of the UK end of the competition earlier this year - have had their Jenson Button moment and won the whole global shebang.
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Google pays $900m to monetize children via MySpace

The Google crew started huffing air into their colored balls and uncorked a few cases of bubbly today after the company ripped MySpace from Yahoo!'s clutches.