6th > November > 2006 Archive
MS and Novell: the end of a good feud
CommentAnd so, last week, “Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. ... announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012”.
VMWare plays Lab Manager
One of the oft-quoted advantages of virtualisation is the re-use of existing server resources, a capability which need not just apply to servers working in a production environment.
Wireless USB 'may slow Bluetooth growth'
Growth in Bluetooth has been spectacular, and will continue to expand, says analyst Fiona Thomson at IMS Research - but though its growth is assured, there is a question mark over just how far it can expand. The cloud over its future is Wireless USB.
DWP computers 'unreliable'
Staff performance at Department for Work and Pensions' contact centres is being damaged by problems with computer systems, says the Delivering effective services through contact centres report from MPs on the public accounts committee, published last week.
Patients can't stop medical records upload
Up to 50 million health records will be placed on Britain's new NHS IT system with or without patients' consent, a report has claimed. The Guardian newspaper said that patients will not be allowed to object to information being loaded on to the system.
Software bad across the board
The security problems that hit the headlines are those in web browsers and operating systems, but application security is in many cases a bigger risk.
WirelessHD's 60GHz platform could spark standards war
Six of the world’s biggest consumer electronics companies - Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, NEC and LG Electronics - have turned the short range connectivity world on its head, in forming the WirelessHD (WiHD) special interest group, which will settle on license-free 60GHz spectrum for connecting entertainment devices in the home. This could be seen as a blow to the efforts of the PC/cellphone community to promote UltraWideBand as the fast, low power wireless network of choice for the digital home, but eventually, despite the posturings and vendor politics, an integrated platform combining UWB, 60GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth could be on the cards.
Motorola speeds open source momentum with Apache
The biggest obstacle in Java's path to becoming the dominant software architecture for mobile phones has been its fragmentation - both in terms of technical features and the various licensing schemes adopted by its early exponents. The past two years have seen the handset makers and large operators increasingly taking the steering wheel of the mobile Java movement, seeking to create unified platforms and work around the confusion caused by Sun's halfhearted open source approach. Motorola has been the most aggressive in recent months, and making itself the leading light in an industry-wide mobile Java framework would certainly score it major competitive points against arch-rival Nokia, which is equally committed to Java, but has tended to plough its own furrow. Motorola's latest move is to adopt the Apache Software Foundation's open source licensing process in the hope of making this the standard for Java ME, the mobile version of the architecture.
Pantech punts 3G music phone through Orange
Korean phone maker Pantech will see its U4000 3G music-centric slider phone offered to French consumers by Orange, the company announced today. Orange plans to punt its Live TV and music download services through the handset.
Radio RTFM RSS feeds are go
You demanded it and by the Lord Harry you've got it: Radio RTFM now has the RSS feeds we promised last week. The urls are: www.theregister.co.uk/odds/rtfm/headlines.rss and www.theregister.com/odds/rtfm/headlines.rss.
Phoenix coughs £30.25m for Servo
Phoenix IT Group has bought UK small and medium-sized business IT provider Servo Computer Services for £30.25m.
Schneider was approached by private-equity firms
Schneider Electric SA's announcement last week that it is to acquire American Power Conversion Corp (APC) is believed to have been a "defensive move" to protect the company from any takeover bids.
Logo for legit UK drug sites
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is piloting a new logo, designed to help people identify websites that sell safe, genuine medicine. The news follows reports that cancer patients are turning to the internet to obtain treatment, because the drugs they need are not available on the NHS.
DisplayPort to support HDCP?
DisplayPort, the would-be successor to today's DVI monitor connection standard and computer-centric rival to HDMI, is to support the HDCP high-definition copy-protection specification, if Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) members approve a proposed 1.1 update.
Under Torch Wood
StobFIRST VOICE No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own;
Virus dances onto Mac OS X
Malware authors have created a proof-of-concept virus that's capable, in theory at least, of infecting Mac PCs running OS X. The Macarena virus isn't spreading and even in the highly unlikely event your Mac catches the infection it doesn't do any real harm.
Motorola cuts black RAZR for Red AIDS charity
Black is the new red. Product Red, that is, the Bono-backed AIDS charity working to fight the spread of the disease in Africa. Having launched a red SLVR earlier this year and a red RAZR just recently, Motorola has launched a third Red-branded handset, this time one that's... er... black.
Webroot jumps into the channel
Enterprise anti-spyware software maker Webroot has tapped Softek and Sphinx as its UK distributors.
Garter maker touts 'sexy' thigh-mount phone holder
I'm not quite sure why you'd want a garter belt fitted with a pocket of sufficient size to hold most popular brands of mobile phone and digital music player. Simply to avoid taking a handbag when you're out for a night on the tiles? Or because you want to tease and charm the geek in your life?
Airline grounded by rebranding madness
LogoWatchThose rebranding madness fans among you who enjoyed the recent outbreak at Virgin Galactic are in for a treat today, courtesy of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines. Thanks very much to reader Ian Atkin for pointing us in the direction of this complete cobblers:
Students shy away from 'difficult' science
Students are abandoning "difficult" science A-levels in favour of "funky" subjects like media studies and psychology, according to a report from the House of Lords. Physics take-up has been particularly affected, the Lords said.
Nvidia recalls GeForce 8800 GTX boards ahead of launch
Nvidia has confirmed that graphics cards based in its upcoming GeForce 8800 GTX chip have been recalled. However, the company claimed it would still go ahead with the G80 GPU's launch on 8 November. Boards based on the GeForce 8800 GTS are not affected, it added.
Mio styles sat nav as girl-friendly 'fashion accessory'
Mio first demo'd its H610 GPS gadget at CeBIT in March. Then, the handheld sat nav tool was merely a good-looking but non-gender specific device. But now, by the application of some flower-like screen-printing and some equally florid PR fluff, the H610 is reborn as a gadget for girls - "a must-have fashion accessory" that takes "GPS out of the car and into the handbag".
Blair bangs ID card drum
Tony Blair has once again seen fit to toss his prime ministerial two penneth into the ID cards debate.
SMEs vital in surveillance arms race, says 3i
Small businesses in the UK will be critical to the success of Home Office proposals for a security innovation forum, according to venture capitalists at 3i.
0-day bug shatters Windows
Security researchers have identified an unpatched vulnerability in Windows. The flaw - which affects all supported versions of Windows bar Windows 2003 - resides in a security bug in Microsoft XML Core Services, specifically an unspecified security bug in the XMLHTTP 4.0 ActiveX Control.
Medion shows showy crystal laptop for the ladies
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, roars Medion's latest announcement, but you won't find any such gemstones on its new notebook, a Chavette-friendly laptop embossed with 300 Swarovski crystals - lead glass, as the material's known in the trade - arranged in Medion's logo and a flower motif.
Ex-Gizmondo exec court hearing ends in mistrial
Former Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson, 44, faces yet more time in a US courtroom after a judge ruled the action against him was a mistrial. The verdict, announced on Friday, followed the jury's inability to reach a unanimous verdict.
Carphone Warehouse rapped over 'silent' calls
The British mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse Group plc could be hit with a penalty of up to £50,000 for making "silent" calls to its customers, communications regulator Ofcom has said.
Scientists collar bird flu's 'killer' gene
Scientists in China report that they have identified the gene which determines the virulence of the H5N1, or bird flu, virus in poultry. The breakthrough could pave the way for new vaccines, the scientists claim.
Japanese boffins show off 512-core chip
Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo have built a multi-core chip that runs at just 500MHz but is capable, they claim, of performing 512bn floating-point operations every second. The secret: the processor contains 512 cores.
Big Brother to debut in Second Life
Human zoo Big Brother will soon be entertaining the masses in Second Life, Reuters reports.
Symantec buys Company-i
Symantec has acquired to buy UK-based consultancy Company-i for an undisclosed amount. Company-i specialises in helping financial services firms manage their data centres. Symantec said the firm will help it expand its IT Risk Management practice.
Microsoft completes system code for Office 2007
Microsoft has finished the system code for Office 2007, concluding the company's largest beta program to date which generated an "unprecedented quantity of feedback". More than 3.5m people downloaded Beta 2, the company said.
Fast24 missing, presumed...
The fate of Fast24 is in doubt, with the firm's broadband customers still to hear from the ISP a week after it disappeared off the net.
'Carousel fraud' bank's founder held for three more months
Controversial Dutch mult-imillionaire businessman John Deuss, who was arrested last month after his offshore bank allegedly aided 2500 UK tax carousel fraudsters, is to be held in custody in the Netherlands for another 3 months.
USA to ground all travellers until 'cleared'
No one will be permitted to board an aircraft or a marine vessel leaving or bound for the United States until cleared by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), under proposed regulations.
Wireless insecurity: do not use the cheerleader defence
CommentThe message boards are alive with misguided advice about wireless networks. Switch off your security, they say: you’ll get away with murder.
UK, China and Russia beat out US in race to end privacy
A new report published by the British nonprofit Privacy International has ranked the leading surveillance societies in the world, and the results aren’t pretty.
Is your software free, open or litigated?
AnalysisBy agreeing to license Microsoft's intellectual property, SuSE distributor Novell has created a potentially fatal division in what's called F/OSS, the Free/Open Source Software movement. What has Novell done, and why is it so potentially damaging?
Nvidia buys iPod chip supplier
Nvidia is buying PortalPlayer, Apple's supplier of the MP3 decoder and controller chip that goes inside your iPod. Well, the hard disk models, at any rate - other iPods use different companies' chips.