29th > September > 2006 Archive
Options review over-shadows RIM sunny Q2
Research In Motion today placed a 'preliminary' tag beside its Q2s, warning that the results could restated, subject to an audit of option grants, also announced today.
Do Artificial Intelligence Chatbots look like their programmers?
Do pets eventually resemble their owners? Or do owners get to look like their pets? It's heck of a conundrum - but one we might now be a little closer to solving. For the past fortnight it's been hard to escape the animated faces of "Joan", or "George" the graphical representations of what we're told is a new breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence. TV and newspapers, both highbrow and lowbrow, have flocked to report on the chatterbot. You can talk to Joan (or George) - the output of the British software project Jabberwacky - and think it's human!
HP buys VoodooPC
VoodooPC, the games performance PC specialist, is selling itself to HP, Rahul Sood, the company's CTO, wrote today in his blog.
Verizon sues alleged HP fraudsters
The muck continues to thicken around HP's spy scandal. Verizon has filed a lawsuit against 20 unnamed data brokers, accusing them of helping out with the phone fraud used in HP's investigation. Separately, former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn has chastised HP for "inaccuracies" the company published in a recent regulatory filing.
Unwired Australia spearheads new WiMAX roaming alliance
Roaming is one of the critical success factors for any network seeking to be a global standard, and WiMAX is no exception. So far, the main roaming activity has centered on the pre-WiMAX Wi-Bro system, with the formation of the Wi-Bro and Mobile WiMAX Community (WMC) by leading Asian operators plus Covad.
TalkTalk customers break contract shackles
Angry TalkTalk customers are now able to leave their 18-month contracts freely.
Sony colours Vaio C series for Cosmo crowd
Sony's Vaio C Series notebooks, launched this week, go right to the heart of cosmopolitan chic - or so the consumer electronics giant would have us think. Laptop as lifestyle accessory - or fashion accessory? It depends, I suppose, on who you are: a "free spirit", an "explorer", a "jet-setting nomad"? Whatever, Sony's got a hue for you.
Internet advertising shoots past estimates
Predictions are rarely low in the high technology business, but consistently the targets set for internet advertising are over achieved by reality. This week the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers released their half year figures for 2006, and it totalled up to a $7.9bn spend in the US.
Irish software to detect airline threats
A new intelligent software program developed by NUI Galway could give the airline industry a leg up in the security stakes.
Swedish pirates plan pan-European electoral assault
The leader of the pro-filesharing Swedish Pirate Party is co-ordinating a pan-European electoral assault for 2009's European Elections.
Commissioner says EU patent doubts 'legitimate'
European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has acknowledged that there are "legitimate concerns" about proposals to create a pan-European patent litigation system.
Space tourist, ISS crew land safely
Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist, has touched down safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan along with the out going crew of the International Space Station, astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.
Reg Dev-ers go EuroOSCON 2006
O'Reilly held EuroOSCON, the European Open-Source Convention, on 18–21 September in central Brussels. El Reg's technical department had the opportunity to turn up and see what the fuss was about.
Music industry settles digital royalties quarrel
A long-running digital music royalties spat between record companies and organisations collecting on artists' behalf has been settled.
Smart cars save lives
The European Union is teaming up with car manufacturers to promote automotive accident-avoidance technologies.
Reading Uni to close physics department
The University of Reading is no longer accepting students onto its Physics courses, and recommends that the entire department be closed no later than 2010. The university says the "current funding context" means it must direct resources into areas of academic strength.
Kingston buys Smart421
Hull telco Kingston Communications has announced the acquisition of business applications integrator Smart421 for £24.2m cash.
Low-tech anthrax still deadly? FBI research widens suspect list
AnalysisFive years passage has eroded much of the received wisdom on the anthrax attacks. And many of the characters who took central stage are either gone and discredited, or not talking.
CA offers 'insurance' against viral infection
CA has put its money where its mouth is by offering to cover US users of its new range of anti-virus products for as much as $1,500 worth of clean-up costs if they still get infected by malware.
No2ID refuseniks host comedy extravaganza
No2ID - the folks who've done a sterling job pointing out the folly of the government's increasingly tottering ID card scheme - are hosting a comedy fundraiser this weekend.
ESA outlines Earth research plans
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched an extension of its Living Planet research programme dedicated to understanding the impact human activity has on our planet.
IBM cool water technology sucked up by Panduit
IBM's CoolBlue scheme to bring back water-cooled computing has been boosted by a licensing deal with networking manufacturer Panduit.
UKbetting buys Ritz Club
Online gambling website www.theritzclublondon.com - part of the Barclay brothers' Ritz Hotel empire - has been bought by ukbetting plc.
Apple's talks with Nordic regulators positive
Nordic consumer protection regulators held a meeting with Apple this week to discuss changes to its iTunes music service and said they had made important progress.
Lawsuits, rocky planets and bratwurst for everyone
LettersLet's get started. You all had lots to say about Apple (and when is it ever any different) and its Pod lawsuit, so we'll start there. After that, it is a whistlestop tour of the top stories of the week. Buckle up:
Juniper grows secure branch boxes
Juniper Networks says its latest secure services gateway (SSG) boxes may look like grown-up home routers, but are actually secure hubs for small branch offices.
HP 'routinely' uses email tracking
Congressional hearings have revealed how HP made controversial use of email tracking technology in an attempt to identify the source of a board-level mole.
Battery recall spreads like wild, er fire
Dell is increasing the number of Sony-made batteries it is recalling from 4.1 million to 4.2 million, the company said today.
T-Mobile dumps VoIP restrictions
T-Mobile will allow VoIP calls over its Web 'n' Walk-branded 3G network for the first time when it launches a set of new data tariffs next week.
Java EE and .NET Interoperability
Book reviewThis book is aimed at practising Java and .NET developers, at a fairly novice level, who want to take advantage of the strong points of each of the two platforms in a single applications environment.
Warcraft gamers locked out after Trojan attack
Keylogging scammers are once again laying siege to World of Warcraft gamers.
WiMAX Club formed to undermine 3G and GSM telcos
Comment"The important thing to understand about WiSOA is its members have all had the WiMAX debate," he says. "We have all decided that WiMAM is the future, and we have all committed to roll WiMax out within our businesses." That's the explanation for the launch of the WiMax Spectrum Owners Alliance, offered by Patrick Cruise O’Brien, the group's secretary general, after its launch in Paris.