21st > November > 2006 Archive


Vodafone Mobile Connect 'super 3G' USB modem

First Review Announced last August and shipping today, Vodafone's Mobile Connect Modem is pitched at anyone who owns an Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro or, indeed, any other modern notebook made by a manufacturer whose products don't have old-style PC Card slots. ExpressCard is all very well, but it won't accept Vodafone's 3G Broadband data card, so the carrier has stepped in with a USB-connected alternative...
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Vodafone UK gets serious about mobile remote access

Column Back in 2000, I was recruited into Nortel Networks as part of an initiative to provide advice and guidance to its mobile operator clients on how best to exploit emerging mobile data networks in the business sector. At the time, I knew pretty much zilch about the telecommunications industry, but was hired because Nortel had the foresight to understand that people with an enterprise application background were going to be instrumental in maximising the potential.
Dale Vile, 21 2006
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Met police to do the beat with head-mounted cameras

Police officers in London have begun to use a camera mounted on their headgear in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Kablenet, 21 2006

Pump and dump blues

Spammers seem to be having little luck pushing up prices of thinly traded stocks.
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Eircom gives leccy board an IT upgrade

Eircom has completed an upgrade of the ESB's IT network giving the public utility a fully digital internet protocol (IP) platform.
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AJAX and 2.0 madness

Comment Web 2.0 has a lot to answer for. Why, incidentally, is it not simply Web 2?

Nintendo Wii given sledgehammer treatment

Well, they did it. The crazy guys who last week spent CAD550 on a brand new Sony PlayStation 3 only to smash it to bits with a sledgehammer right outside the store have made good on their pledge to do exactly the same with a Nintendo Wii.
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Websites not liable for third party posts - court

The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on Monday stating that websites can't be sued over third-party content, the Associated Press reports.

OCZ pumps up liquid-cooled DDR 2 DIMMs

Memory specialist OCZ has launched a line of 1,150MHz DDR 2 memory modules - PC2-9200, in other words - that not only incorporate their own heatsink but also sport a tiny liquid-cooling rig too.

T-Mobile UK to ship Sidekick 3 in December

T-Mobile is to bring the Sidekick 3 consumer-oriented mobile email gadget to the UK next month, the carrier confirmed today. The device will ship here just over a year after T-Mobile UK released the Sidekick II and six months after the third-generation Sidekick's US debut.
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30 nations sign international fusion reactor deal

More than 30 countries today signed a deal greenlighting the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) - a €10bn project to be built in Cadarache, near Marseille, Reuters reports.

Analyst dissects Nintendo Wii... on camera

Market watcher Semiconductor Insights has taken Nintendo's Wii to bits - a little more carefully, we presume, than the sledgehammer-wielding Canadians - to expose the next-generation console's internal workings. Handily, it filmed the process.
Hard Reg, 21 2006

TSYS dials Dimension Data for financial support

Dimension Data and payment services firm TSYS have teamed up to target financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with improved managed services.

Robbers drug victims in Malaysian chip heist

Robbers subdued victims with chloroform before making off with 585 cartons and 18 pallets of CPUs and motherboards in a daring heist in the Malaysian city of Penang.

Palm Europe prices up Treo 680 smart phone

Palm has begun taking orders from Europeans for its upcoming Treo 680 Palm OS-based smart phone. The updated stubless and RoHS-compliant version of the Treo 650 will retail for £329 inc VAT if you want one unallied to any specific mobile phone network.

Doctors ambivalent about NHS IT

Doctors are still worried that patient confidentiality will be broken if treatment records are loaded onto the patient information network, the care records system, that is intended to span the country as the keystone of the late and great £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

Samsung shaves slimmer phone display panel

Samsung has shown off what it claims is the world's thinnest LCD panel for mobile phones and handheld devices: a credit card-thick unit that measures a mere 0.82mm deep. That, the company said, is 0.07mm thinner than the previous, unnamed record holder.

Microsoft to Novell: Respect

Statements yesterday from Novell and Microsoft sought to clarify and repair relations between the new friends, damaged by Steve Ballmer's comments last week.
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NTL/Telewest admits limiting unlimited web access

Telewest is introducing network throttling on its "unlimited" Blueyonder broadband product.

Renting IT more cost effective, bank says

AIB's IT financing wing has said companies are choosing leasing over buying computer equipment in order to rein in their budgets.

VXers suffering from 'writer's block'

Virus writers have run out of fresh ideas for the creation of malware, according to a study by Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab.
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Surf Kitchen patents customised phone downloads

Mobile phone interface provider Surf Kitchen has been granted a UK patent for what at first glance appears to be the delivery mechanism used for the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). What the patent actually covers, however, is the method by which content is selected.
Bill Ray, 21 2006
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Handango pays off Omnisoft

Handango has agreed to compensate Omnisoft to the tune of $4,250 for kicking the small development company off its site when it attempted to make use of $5,000 of free advertising won in a raffle.
Bill Ray, 21 2006
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Dell touts servers based on Xeon-brand Opterons

Who makes the Opteron processors going into Dell's latest rackable servers? AMD, you'd think, but a casual glance at the PC giant's website might leave you with the impression that the processors were produced by AMD's arch-rival, Intel.
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Verisign Scrooges envisage £4.86bn festive forfeit

Online retailers have rubbished claims from the security industry they stand to miss out on billions of pounds of trade this Christmas because of lingering public mistrust in internet transactions.
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ITV rejects NTL

ITV has formally rejected a £4.7bn takeover bid by cable operator NTL.
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Intel beats drum for energy efficiency

In the wake of the Stern Report, businesses are starting to take energy efficiency seriously as an economic issue, but research from Intel suggests there is still some way to go before this concern filters down to the IT department.

AVG anti-virus stays free (true)

Users of a free version of GRISoft's AVG anti-virus software have begun receiving pop-up messages this week warning that their package would no longer be supported from 15 January.

Stone Computers and Compusys merge

Stone Computers and Compusys, two large public sector resellers, are merging their businesses.

Nvidia opens online SLI kit bazaar

Nvidia today launched a platform to help US PC users not only spec up multi-GPU equipped systems, buy the key components and then build the machine, but also sell their old kit to help cover the costs.
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Tiny Antigua grabs the US by its illegal, online dice

Analysis The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was rammed through Congress by the Republican leadership in the final minutes before the election period recess. According to Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), no one on the Senate-House Conference Committee had even seen the final language of the bill. The Act is title VIII of a completely unrelated bill, the Safe Port Act, HR 4954, dealing with port security - Professor I Nelson Rose of Whittier Law School, Gambling and the Law: The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 Analyzed

PGP creator: Net is like 'downtown Bagdad'

Interview PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), the encryption software package created by privacy advocate Phil Zimmermann, celebrated its fifteenth birthday last week.
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Record labels lose against Chinese search engine

A group of international record companies has lost a case against Chinese search engine Baidu over allegations about illegally downloaded music. A Chinese court has ruled in Baidu's favour.
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Cisco bids low with SAN switch

Cisco is hoping to break Brocade's grasp on the small and mid-sized SAN market with a low-end but expandable 4Gig Fibre Channel switch.
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Free WebSphere wins over Java developers

IBM says that its open source WebSphere Java application server is grabbing support from developers faster than any of its rivals.

Itanium vendors spanked by IBM, Sun and Dell

The curse of the Itanic continued to haunt HP in the third quarter. The server maker suffered through the period as the only Tier 1 unable to post a significant uptick in sales. Most of HP's woes appear to have resulted from flagging high-end server sales, as some customers side with Itanium, while others move to IBM and Sun Microsystems.
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Red Hat answers big boys with middleware

Red Hat is answering competitors in the Linux world with an SOA alliance that potentially unites JBoss with an open source rival.

Dell's PC sales keep falling in Q3

After pulling all-nighters over the weekend, Dell's crack team of accounting nerds managed to finish off the company's third quarter results - well, almost.

IBM and Cray win $500m DARPA handout

IBM and Cray have come out as the big winners in DARPA's massive supercomputing contest, leaving Sun Microsystems out as the unlucky loser.