27th November 2006 Archive


Salesforce.com integrates to get ahead

Salesforce.com is today expected to take its latest step towards improving integration with third-parties' software, including business rival Oracle.
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Sony and Ericsson get loved up over mobile TV

Sony and Ericsson are to expand their partnership beyond cell phones to provide mobile television and broadband services.
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Xandros Linux conquers a hostile Sony laptop

OS Review I have an impressive talent for buying laptop computers hostile to Linux. Right now I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-FS840/W, with more proprietary drivers than you can shake a stick at. It's so bad that even a retail edition of Windows XP won't run on it; you need the OEM Windows (and sure enough, Sony is too cheap to include the CD), or you need to go to the Sony support site, download all of the drivers, and make your own supplement CD.
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Costs go sky high at MoD

Skynet 5 and other military equipment projects are running a total of £2.6bn over budget, a report from the official spending watchdog reveals.
Kablenet, 27 2006
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Fujitsu Siemens challenges EMC and NetApp on virtual tape

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is taking its CentricStor virtual tape appliance to midsize users, introducing two entry-level models with a mere 2.7TB of caching disk each and the ability to connect to one tape library and up to four physical tape drives.

Palm ships Treo 680 in UK

Palm has formally announced the availability of the Palm OS-based Treo 680 smart phone in the UK. The handset will go on sale today for around £299 - £30 less than the company recently began taking pre-orders for.
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Security: Is technology saint or sinner?

Analysis The latest problem to be thrown at us, on top of war, global warming, disease etc, is that we are "sleepwalking into a surveillance society".

AMD's 65nm dual-core Athlons to debut 5 December?

AMD will ship its 65nm dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors a week on Tuesday, it has been claimed. If correct, the 5 December debut apparently marks an acceleration of AMD's anticipated 65nm roll-out schedule.
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Yet more free MCP training for London SMEs

Site offer London SMEs with less than 250 employees have yet again been given the chance to get their staff some free training which includes any one Microsoft Certified Professional course and one exam towards the MCDST, MCSA 2003, MCSE 2003 and MCDBA.NET.

Phoenix IT results show contract pain

Phoenix IT Group managed to hold up revenues and profits despite contract changes at its biggest customer.
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NASA spies bursting supermassive blackholes

NASA astronomers think they have identified a pair of supermassive black holes, or quasars, that look like they are teetering on the brink of huge explosions.

AMD 'R600' DirectX 10 GPU spied on web

AMD's anticipated upcoming ATI-branded, DirectX 10-supporting graphics chip, the R600, appears to have made an unscheduled and ahead-of-time stop on the web, revealing itself to be a rather larger part than its predecessor, the R580.
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Copyright extension a no-go: BPI reacts

Updated The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property will recommend the current 50 year copyright term on sound recordings is not extended, according to reports.

RM chalks up flat revenues

RM posted its annual reults today, showing the firm had grown profits on the back of flat revenue figures.

LaCie ships 2TB RAID-able desktop drive

LaCie has begun shipping its 2TB Biggest FW800 storage box, a unit that packs in four lock-in-place hot-swappable 500GB SATA drives and a dinky LCD status panel.
Hard Reg, 27 2006
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Samsung pitches 30in panel at content creators

Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome Samsung's CX305T, the company's latest 30in monitor aimed at content creators. With a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 and a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the tilt-and-swivel screen may well appeal to gamers keen to take advantage of next-generation GPUs like Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTX. …
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Korean court rebuffs Microsoft in patents case

Microsoft has taken another slap from the authorities in Korea, after a court decision in a patent dispure raised the prospect of Office being taken off the shelves in the country.
Joe Fay, 27 2006

More delays as NPfIT overhaul is ordered

The NHS' new chief executive is setting the stage for further delays at the already tardy National Programme for IT (NPfIT), by ordering an overhaul of the entire programme.

'Altair 8800' kit reaches $1,725 on eBay

We could describe this eBay auction as your opportunity to own a piece of computing history, but that would be an utter lie. No, this is an eBay auction that gives you the chance to own all the bits you'll need to make something that looks like a piece of computing history.

Brussels declares war on spyware and spam

The European Commission called for stronger action against spammers and spy ware merchants today and said it may bring in further legislation to combat the problem.
Joe Fay, 27 2006
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Liverpool throws strop at Google Earth

Liverpool's regeneration bosses are a bit miffed at Google Earth for not showing their fine city in all its redeveloped glory, the BBC reports.
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CfH report confirms confidentiality risk

Plans to upload medical records onto a central database - the so-called spine - will put patient confidentiality at risk, Connecting for Health (CfH) has been told by its own consultants.

Asus W6 leather-clad laptop

Review Leather, a material that calls to mind, at one extreme, Diana Rigg, tight thigh-length boots, the crack of the whip and, at the other, well-worn sofas, ancient libraries and the air of long-faded wealth. Somewhere in between sits Asus' latest leather-covered laptop, the W6Fp...

Evesham blends Alqemi LCD HDTV line

Evesham today unveiled its Alqemi HD Ready TV line-up, five screens all equipped with HDMI ports, four with integrated Freeview digital TV tuners. Every telly in the range has an analogue tuner too.

Bell Micro rings brand changes

Bell Micro is doing away with its current three brands to embrace a unified future.
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Heathrow kicks off 'fingerprint fast-track' security checks

The Telegraph reveals that the UK government is plotting fingerprinting of air passengers as a matter of routine, to check the identity of departing passengers and to tighten up border controls for incoming. Which, given the firmness of the regime's plans for ID cards, is scarcely news in the long term - but in the interim, turkeys are apparently being asked to volunteer for Christmas, now.
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Intelligent Design comes to Blighty

More from that lovely bunch of people who we like to think of as creationists-with-a-website. Yes, the Intelligent Designers are back. Having had their bottoms soundly birched in the US, they are now determined to "educate" England's schoolkids about their utterly unscientific counter "theory" to evolution.

UN call to tackle landfill Africa

A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting this week will discuss the growing threat from toxic electronic waste being dumped on developing countries.
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OpenSUSE 10.2 RC1 out and about

Novell is releasing Basilisk Lizard, its codename for Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of openSUSE 10.2.