25th > September > 2006 Archive
Sybase squeezes more SAP into devices
With Oracle and SAP going at each other last week, Sybase has updated its Unwired Enterprise strategy to help put more SAP business applications into the field.
Sony probes Los Angeles Airport laptop blaze
Sony has revealed it is investigating the recent self-immolation of a Lenovo ThinkPad T43 at Los Angeles Airport. The fire was apparently caused by the notebook's battery, which may have been a Sony-made component.
Dell Apple to ditch Intel for AMD?
AnalysisApple is the new Dell. Yes, now that the PC giant has finally, after a decade of speculation, signed up to buy processors from AMD and end its Intel-only policy, we can now expect ten further years of similar rumours that Apple's about to adopt the Athlon too.
UK firm touts phone-friendly Bluetooth media player
UK digital music player specialist Advanced MP3 Players (AMP3) has launched a compact music and movie device fitted with Bluetooth technology not only for wireless stereo audio but also to allow the gadget to interact with a mobile phone.
A database solution is more than database software
BlogI was interested to read Ian Murphy's story about SQL Anywhere. Despite the availability of embedded databases, it seems to me that the database (in the DBMS sense) hasn't really come to mobile devices like phones yet. This is largely because of resource constraints - they're back in the 1970s mindset before enterprise databases really took off, using clever file systems for data storage (remember VSAM?).
Smart axes 180 in strategic review
Troubled telecommunications company Smart Telecom on Friday laid off a further 180 people after completing a strategic review of its operation.
Fourth Samsung exec pleads guilty to price fixing
A Samsung executive at the centre of a memory chip price fixing scandal has pleaded guilty and agreed to serve eight months in jail. Thomas Quinn agreed the penalty as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Graduate women more likely to orgasm: official
NSFWIt's official: graduate women are more likely to experience an orgasm when making the beast with two backs, according to a revealing survey of 19,307 Australians.
Asus to update HD DVD laptop for Core 2 Duo
Asus is preparing to update its W2 mobile multimedia notebook, equipping the new machine not only with a range of Core 2 Duo mobile microprocessors but also ATI's new Mobility Radeon X1700 chip and an HD DVD drive with HDMI output.
Online pharmacies raided by UK regulator
Healthcare regulators have raided a series of UK web businesses believed to be connected to the illegal offering of prescription drugs on the internet.
Google buckles in Belgian copyright wrangle
Google has finally complied with a court order that it must publish the judgment in a copyright case it lost against Belgian newspaper group Copiepress.
Robin Hood actually Welsh, says American
A US historian has upset the good burghers of Nottingham by claiming Robin Hood was actually Welsh, the Evening Standard reports.
Hubble survey yields clues to galaxy formation
Astronomers have uncovered more than 500 previously unknown young galaxies in images of the early universe taken during the Hubble Space Telescope's ultra deep field survey, completed in 2004, and the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), made in 2003.
Unofficial IE patch saves humanity
Security researchers have released a patch designed to protect users against an outstanding Internet Explorer vulnerability in the absence of available security updates from Microsoft.
Bush tasks tech execs with rebuilding Lebanon
George Bush has unveiled his latest initiative to bring peace to the Middle East - despatching a pair of top notch Silicon Valley execs to advise war torn Lebanon on reconstruction.
Telecommuting space tourist soaks in the views
Anousheh Ansari said the trip up to the International Space Station (ISS) wasn't great fun, but that every moment since then has been fantastic. She described the first moment she saw Earth from the ISS as "beautiful and peaceful", something she would never forget.
How to stop exam cheating: put teenagers in cages
A psychology professor has come up with a brilliant and practical plan to save Britain from the epidemic of technology-facilitated exam cheating which is jeopardising the economy and the moral fortitude of our youth.
Carphone Warehouse ships out to US
Carphone Warehouse is set to try its luck in the US with the help of local chain Best Buy.
One device or two? And who chooses?
Mobile WorkshopOne handset or two? That seems to be a major point of discussion in the quest to square the mobile device circle.
US outfit patents 'invisible' UAV
A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer has been granted patents on an "invisible" surveillance platform which relies on persistence of vision to achieve stealth, Aviation Week & Space Technology reports.
ID cards could cost less, minister says
A Home Office minister has said the cost of the proposed ID card could be dramatically reduced if the government used its existing databases as a foundation for the scheme.
Finnish court clarifies breast-fondling tariff
Any reader who's been wondering quite what he or she might be charged for fondling a woman's breasts, will be delighted to learn that it won't be more than €2,500 a pop - in Finland at least.
UK punters still falling for phishers
UK punters are still failing to take basic precautions when banking online despite a wealth of available advice, according to a recent survey by banking association APACS.
Intel hypes WiMAX to the sky in Brazil
ColumnIt is over five years since two LocustWorld staff set up a satellite van in a Yorkshire Dales village, and provided wireless internet to local users who couldn't get ADSL.
Man saves laptop from battery blaze
An HP notebook was left damaged but not destroyed last week when it became the latest laptop to suffer a battery meltdown - the hasty removal of the power cell prevented a notebook fire like the one that took out a Lenovo ThinkPad two weeks ago. This time the incendiary incident was captured on video.
Telehouse felled by power outage
Telehouse - the supposedly bullet-proof hosting solution for ISPs - has suffered another embarrasing power outage, just over a month after the last one.
Breach Security steps in to UK
Web security firm Breach Security has acquired UK-based Thinking, a provider of services and enhancements for the open source ModSecurity web application firewall, for an undisclosed amount.
Online shoppers want to be healthy
People will choose to eat healthily if given the option, researchers in Australia have found. An experiment involving 497 people shopping for groceries online found that, when prompted, people are very happy to swap an unhealthy food item for a lower fat alternative.
Nominet board candidate interviews
PodcastTwo spaces on the board of UK registry owner Nominet will be decided at the company's annual general meeting this Wednesday.
Data analysis isn't dead
Call me old-fashioned, but data is still pretty important. In most systems, if you feed bad data in you get bad data out (Garbage In, Garbage Out - GIGO).
Orange batphone comes home to roost
Orange today followed BT's lead in trying to flog a converged VoIP via Wi-Fi and mobile device to a so far non-plussed public.
Cisco doubles switch ports
Cisco today took the dust sheets off some new high-end ethernet switching gear for data centres.
Hackers target home users for cash
Consumers are now on the main target of malicious hackers intent on enriching themselves through the misery of others. Vulnerabilities in desktop applications and the increased use of stealth techniques are on the rise among members of the digital underground, according to the latest edition of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report.
Could Capellas return to save HP?
Should the worst/obvious happen, and Mark Hurd leaves HP, you have to wonder what type of shape the company will be in to pick another leader.
Calif. court OKs suit against Nextel billing 'spam'
A US consumer lobby group has won an appeal to sue Nextel over "text messages spam" sent to customers – three years ago.
The Emperor's New AI
In the early 1970s, no science show was complete without predictions of HAL-like intelligent autonomous computers by the turn of the century.
AMD boycotts Intel
IDFThe Intel Developer Forum, like having gas after eating beans, is one of those things that you can always count on.
Seagate ships breast cancer benefit pocket drive
Seagate will donate ten per cent of the purchase price of a limited edition pink version of its Pocket Hard Drive external disk to US breast cancer charity the Komen Foundation, the storage company said today. It also said it has begun shipping a 750GB HDD for DVRs.