8th February 2007 Archive

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NAO attacks UK.gov £13.3bn savings claim

UK government claims of multi-billion pound savings achieved through an efficiency drive has come under fire from the National Audit Office.
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ACLU slams SF's data hoarding Wi-Fi network

The American Civil Liberties Union became the latest group to criticize a city-wide network San Francisco has proposed building with EarthLink and Google, arguing that the deal would compromise user privacy.
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RIAA urges Apple to spread DRM far and wide

The RIAA has seized on the weakest part of Steve Jobs' anti-DRM manifesto by banging on Apple to license its FairPlay technology to other companies.
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Facebook defends teen security tricks

RSA Facebook has defended its privacy protection despite the possibility that this has been circumvented for the first time by an alleged sexual predator.
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Oracle disappoints on identity news

RSA It was with more of a whimper than a bang that Oracle Wednesday handed a framework for building standardized regulatory compliance systems to the Liberty Alliance Project.

Intel, IBM, AMD and Sun look to core each other

Intel, lBM, AMD and Sun Microsystems will go coring mad next week as the vendors reveal some of their most impressive future chip designs at the ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits) Conference in San Francisco.

RIM defeats patent appeal challenge

Research in Motion (RIM) has defeated an attempt by a European intellectual property licensing company that the BlackBerry maker had violated a patent for accessing the internet on mobile devices.
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Watford Electronics / Savastore sold

Watford Electronics, the elephant's graveyard of great channel names like Carrera, Time, and Tiny has been sold to Globally.
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LG cooks up updated Chocolate phone

LG extended its Chocolate phone line-up this week, though the launch of the Chocolate Platinum was cast into shadow by yesterday's debut of the company's Shine handset. The Platinum offers features absent from earlier Chocolates, LG said.
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Lords will not hear Macrossan patent appeal

The House of Lords has rejected Neal Macrossan's application to appeal against a ruling that his software was not patentable in the UK.

Apple to spin down iPod HDDs in favour of Flash?

Apple may be planning to drop hard drives from it iPod line-up, if claims made by a financial analyst are to be believed. The move would see the company canning its next iPod revision in favour of a Flash-based model, Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora wrote this week.
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Yorkshire website to aid SMEs in phish fight

A new website has been developed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) protect themselves from cyber crime.
Kablenet, 08 2007
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Vodafone and Orange to share UK radio access network

Orange and Vodafone are to combine their radio access networks, effectively allowing customers of each to roam between the networks in the UK.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

Intel roadmaps 6MB L2 Core 2 Duos?

Intel's anticipated notebook-oriented 45nm Core 2 Duo processors, derived from the 'Penryn' core, have begun to appear on the chip giant's roadmap, debuting in Q1 2008, according to the latest leak. Some versions may incorporate 6MB of shared L2 cache.
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BT maintains growth record

BT shares jumped four per cent this morning after another set of strong quarterly results.
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OGC still under fire on consultants' bills

John Oughton, the out-going head of the Office of Government Commerce, had his knuckles soundly rapped by the Public Accounts Committee at a hearing on Tuesday this week.

Asus specs up second-gen Lamborghini laptop

Asus announced its second-generation Lamborghini-branded laptop, the VX2, back in January. It didn't much about the spec or when the machine will ship. Today, the company spilled the beans on the notebook's internals.

Nokia to free route-planning app, maps

Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for "select" Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.

Danger UPX

Trend Micro is urging users to update their anti-virus software following the discovery of a bug in its scanning software that might be misused to either crash vulnerable systems or load malware.
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'Mobile eCash' could change the face of commerce

Cash or plastic? From starting with seashells, gold coins, and rewarding soldiers with salt, payment systems have evolved to keep lowering the cost of making each transaction, and separating the real item of value from the point of the transaction.
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Want to cross the road? Don't ask Google Maps

Here's the scenario: you're in Oz's fine city of Sydney and you need to get from the Shelbourne Hotel at 200 Sussex Street to Google's headquarters across the road at 201 Sussex Street. Naturally, this being a potentially complex manoeuvre, it's probably best to consult Google Maps Australia to get the optimum route.
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Samsung to decant 2007 Bordeaux LCD TV line overseas

Samsung is to introduce its Bordeaux wine glass-styled - it says here - LCD TV set series into Europe and the US next month, the South Korean giant revealed this week following the introduction of the latest version of the telly in its home market.
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Samsung launches would-be iPhone beater

Samsung has formally unveiled its bid to be the leading purveyor of iPhone-alike handsets with the Ultra Smart F700, launched today but which will get its first public outing at the 3GSM show next week in Barcelona.
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NASA announces psych testing review

NASA says it will re-evaluate the psychological screening it does for its astronauts, after Shuttle pilot Lisa Nowak was arrested this week on charges of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and battery.
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Radio RTFM: Vista, iPhones and hot Valentine's Day luuuurv action

Well, Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and we're delighted to announce that Radio RTFM has set up a Vulture Central House of Luuurv voice message board giving lonely listeners the chance to connect with like-minded social inadequates.
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EDS nigh-on doubles profits

Outsourcing firm EDS reported a hike in profits on Wednesday evening, almost doubling its take from the same period in 2005.
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Tech firms tangle with Tories on ID cards

The IT industry has found itself in a handbagging spat with shadow home secretary David Davis over the Conservative party's plans to ditch ID cards should they win power from Labour.

Royal Bank of Scotland picks Morse for mobile banking

The Royal Bank of Scotland has chosen Morse to provide its mobile banking service, which already counts HSBC, First Direct, and Alliance and Leicester as customers.
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BT wins £36m NHS deal

BT has won NHS contracts worth £36m to create "communities of interest" for five primary care trusts.

US Disease Control website catches malware cold

Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control were left dealing with a different kind of outbreak last week after hackers planted a virus on the agency's website
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Be a composer

It's not programming any more - it's composition. At least this is what Andy Bailey, VP of global marketing at Attunity, argues. With the release this week of version 2.1 of InFocus, Bailey says Attunity has introduced 'the first iteration of developer tools' which will enable customers to build their own applications on the InFocus platform.
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Sky comes back down to earth

Sky has announced plans to provide a terrestrial digital TV service in the UK; allowing reception of Sky's pay-TV services over a normal TV aerial. The service will need a new set-top box, and will use the spectrum currently occupied by Sky's three Freeview channels.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

RIM, Samsung settle BlackJack brand brawl

Research in Motion and Samsung have come to an arrangement over the South Korean giant's use of the name BlackJack, a brand a tad too close to 'BlackBerry', the push email pioneer had alleged in a lawsuit filed late last year.
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MS preps black Xbox 360 as PS3 spoiler?

Is Microsoft preparing a spoiler for Sony's PAL-region PlayStation 3 launch on 23 March? According to one report, Australian store chain Myer has been told to expect a black Xbox 360 complete with HDMI port an 120GB hard drive round about that time.
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Israel bonds with US over online betting ban

Israel has officially joined the online betting prohibitionist club, led by staunch ally the United States and the collaborationist French.
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Wal-Mart online service misfires, as iTunes readies video for Europe

Analysis There are so many things wrong with Wal-Mart's attempt to break into online video downloads this week, that we're not sure whether to write a long diatribe denouncing it, or if we should just list a few details and get it over with.
Faultline, 08 2007

As iPhone fever subsides, the world asks will there be a Zune phone?

As reporters and analysts run out of things to say about the Apple iPhone, they naturally need to keep the debate rolling, and have this week turned to the possibility of Microsoft's involvement in MP3 phones, by inventing the Zune phone.
Faultline, 08 2007