30th > April > 2007 Archive


Marshal aims to secure laptop content

Messaging security developer Marshal is to launch content security software for PCs - but there are questions over how it will work for remote users, as it will require users to be online before they can get permission to copy or share new content.
Bryan Betts, 30 Apr 2007

Adding mobility with Antenna Software

Editors' BlogI recently had a chance to talk to a couple of execs from Antenna Software - Gregg Plekan, SVP Product Development and Jim Somers, VP of Marketing – about its Antenna Mobility Platform (AMP), announced at San Francisco Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on April 23, 2007.
David Norfolk, 30 Apr 2007

Vodafone's new pricing model excludes VoIP and P2P

While ADSL providers are imposing caps and resorting to traffic throttling, Vodafone has slipped in a clause allowing it to charge different amounts for mobile bandwidth depending on the application, though how it will do so is unclear.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2007

Ofcom and DTI slam Murdoch TV strategy

On Friday, Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading both delivered reports to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accusing Sky of behaving badly, the same day that Virgin laid down its case against the company.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2007

Google cedes Chilean village to Argentina

The Chilean government is demanding the return of a village which Google has rather splendidly ceded to Argentina, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2007

OLPC bumps prices, adds Windows capability

The $100 laptop at the heart of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) scheme is now going to cost $175, the organisation has announced. The machine, which originally was to run its own open source operating system, will also be capable of running Windows.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Apr 2007

Yahoo! buys! ad! exchange!

Yahoo! has bought Right Media - the online ad exchange it bought a stake in last October.
John Oates, 30 Apr 2007

New law could save internet radio

A law has been proposed in the US Congress that would overturn a recent ruling on internet radio royalty payments. The bill could save internet radio, according to activists.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Apr 2007

Samsung speeds Flash for MP3 players

Samsung has begun pumping out 16Gb (2GB) Flash storage chips, the first chip maker to do so, it claimed this weekend. It maintained the parts have almost double the speed off its current Flash offerings.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2007

'Artificial snot' enhances electronic nose

Researchers at the University of Warwick and Leicester University have used what they refer to as "artificial snot" (nasal mucus) to significantly boost the performance of electronic noses.
Jan Libbenga, 30 Apr 2007

Scotty blasts off on final mission

James Doohan, the actor better known as Star Trek's Scotty, made it across the final frontier this Saturday when his ashes were launched into space aboard a 20 foot rocket.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Apr 2007
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Satisfaction guaranteed by ComputerLand

ComputerLand promised the city no nasty surprises when it issued a trading statement this morning just before it shuts its books for the year to April 30.
Joe Fay, 30 Apr 2007

BT wants your small business juice

BT's small business tentacle has launched a competition aimed at bottling "the essence of the UK's entrepreneurs".
Christopher Williams, 30 Apr 2007

PlayStation mag tears out 'unsuitable' slaughtered goat pic

The UK's Official PlayStation Magazine has said today it will yank a picture depicting a headless goat - a day after the Mail on Sunday newspaper branded the imagery "depraved".
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2007

Sickly NHS provider still seeking saviour

Troubled health provider iSoft says it is in the advanced stages of talks which may lead to its sale.
John Oates, 30 Apr 2007

BT brings Wii-like remote control to PCs

UK telco British Telecom has built an add-on for laptops, tablets and ultra-mobile PCs that allows users to control their computer simply by moving it around.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2007

ID card will be needed to vote, says UK election watchdog

Unexpected support for ID cards has come from Electoral Commission chairman Sam Younger, who has told the Times that photo ID should be required at polling stations, and that if (or, in the view of the current Government, when) ID cards become compulsory they would "undoubtedly" be applied in elections. "I think there’s a very strong case for making sure we go down the road of tightening up the identification of polling station voting as well [as postal ballots]" he said.
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2007

BT furnishes strategy boutique

BT has released more details of its spanking new group strategy and operations division, aimed at improving technology roll-out across the firm.
Christopher Williams, 30 Apr 2007

Apple 'revises' sub-notebook Mac release date

Apple's rumoured Flash-fitted sub-notebook Mac will not appear until much later this year and possibly not until 2008, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2007

Lords investigate 'unconstitutional' surveillance society

The House of Lords will investigate whether the UK's "surveillance society" is unconstitutional.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Apr 2007

Peter Gabriel takes sledgehammer to music downloads (again)

UpdatedSerial internet investor and musician Peter Gabriel today took the wraps off We7, a free at the point of use music download service where tracks are paid for by 10-second adverts spliced to their beginning.
Christopher Williams, 30 Apr 2007

Top scientists list favourite gizmos

A survey, asking the world's top boffins what they think the greatest innovations have been in their fields, has turned up a dizzying list of inventions, from the world wide web to the humble microscope.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Apr 2007
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Beeb's iPlayer service gets greenlight

Viewers in the UK will be able to access a full weeks' worth of BBC output via their PCs and other digital devices when the broadcaster finally launches its iPlayer service later this year.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2007
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F1 engineers plan appeal in Ferrari espionage case

Two former Ferrari engineers accused of stealing trade secrets have been convicted of industrial espionage.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2007

Euro police data plan attacks 'fundamental rights'

A proposal to allow European police forces to share data undermines fundamental human rights, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today.
Mark Ballard, 30 Apr 2007

Home Secretary bigs up fingerprint-activated iPods

Home Secretary John Reid is asking Apple and Sony, and other manufacturers, to join his crime fighting summit.
John Oates, 30 Apr 2007
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A tribute to Jim Gray

As we post this, Jim Gray has been missing for three months. It now seems very unlikely that he is still alive, although his family has not given up hope.
Mark Whitehorn, 30 Apr 2007
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MS to 'backport' Office 2007 security improvements

Microsoft plans to push security improvements made in Office 2007 down the food chain with the next major update for Office 2003.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2007

Xbox 360 Elite arrives in US - or does it?

Microsoft's 'none more black' Xbox 360 Elite has gone on sale in the US, allowing Xbox buffs to trade up to a 120GB hard drive and HDMI connectivity for just $480 - if they can find one, that is.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2007

Supreme Court: Microsoft off the hook in AT&T case

The Supreme Court has sided with Microsoft today, in a patent infringement case filed by AT&T over international copyright liability.
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2007

On Business Objects' Cartesis acquisition

Business Objects last week announced that it is to acquire Cartesis, arguably the most important pure play vendor in the corporate performance management market (CPM - Business Objects refers to enterprise performance management - EPM) that was (hitherto) left standing. There are two interesting aspects to this: first, the impact on Business Objects and, second, the impact on the market.
Philip Howard, 30 Apr 2007

DSDM Atern goes beyond IT

The DSDM Consortium has set itself the ambitious aim of covering all types of project management with its revamped development framework launched last week. The framework has been rebranded under the name DSDM Atern and replaces the existing DSDM version 4.2 - although the Consortium describes the change as an evolutionary upgrade. Current DSDM 4.2 users will be provided with appropriate migration guidelines.
Phil Manchester, 30 Apr 2007

Child porn investigations keep FBI agents busy

A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography using peer-to-peer software provided by iMesh. David Leroy Knellinger Sr, 59, faces five to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and supervised release for an indefinite term after being released from prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 17, 2007.
Dan Goodin, 30 Apr 2007

Microsoft flashes up Silverlight media challenge

MIX07Microsoft is adding .NET Framework development for Silverlight, its wannabe challenger to Adobe Flash, which is released today as a beta.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2007
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Rackable president ousted after two days

Tom Barton got to play king for a day — or two days, as it were — reigning over Rackable systems as CEO and President over the entire weekend before being offed completely.
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2007

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