24th May 2007 Archive


Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents

OSBC First you get everyone riled claiming open source and Linux infringe on your patents, then you won't detail those patents. Why? The paperwork.
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SME sector to 'explode with blades': IBM

The blade server market will be worth $11bn worldwide by 2010, according to IBM, with SMEs being a particularly fruitful market.
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Server market continues to thrive

The server wars are heating up again, with HP and IBM both scrapping over the number one spot in the first quarter of 2007.
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Four-radio AP touts high-density Wi-Fi

Wireless Event Extricom has launched a quad-radio access point for its high-density wireless LAN systems.
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Spyware bill seeks Senate approval

The US House of Representatives has passed an anti-spyware bill, but the measure must be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. The Senate does not currently have anti-spyware legislation in front of it.
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Ryanair check-in site exposes data

Ryanair's online check-in service fails to ensure users submit confidential details across a secure connection. As a result, travellers are invited to send confidential data across an unencrypted link.
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Business Objects gobbles Inxight

Business Objects' stated intention of becoming a $2bn company was never going to be achieved only through organic growth, and it was inevitable that there would be a number of acquisitions along the way, of which the latest is Inxight Software.

Sony to release PS3 firmware update today

Sony is to update the PlayStation 3 system software today, rolling out a firmware tweak that allows PSOne, PS2 and DVD movies to be upscaled by the console to full 1080p HD resolution via HDMI. Well, if you've got the right kind of telly, of course...
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Fancy a nuclear power station in your backyard?

Brighton, Bristol, and picturesque Oxfordshire have topped the list of places most suitable to have new nuclear power stations bestowed upon them, replacing existing coal or gas fired power stations.

Monster mashes iPod Shuffle, 'phones

Monster - a company best known for its high-end A/V cables and its lavish Consumer Electronics Show parties - has started selling iFreePlay, a set of foldable earphones with an integrated dock for Apple's second-generation iPod Shuffle.
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Europe mulls anti-ID theft law

The European Commission is considering new legislation against identity theft. The proposal is contained in a just-published policy on EU-wide plans to fight cybercrime.
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Big brains gather to ponder future of UK security

A group of high-profile political, academic, and military heavyweights will come together over the next 18 months to ponder the future direction of UK security strategy.
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Enormous vulture menaces home counties

One of the world's largest birds, a Ruppell's Griffin Vulture called Emmy, is on the loose in Bedfordshire after escaping from the English School of Falconry on Wednesday.
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iPod generation can get Lost

iPod owners, bored of watching the latest Lost episode in post-it-note o'vision, can now enter the immersive world of Lost thanks to Gameloft, whose game of the TV series is now available on iTunes.
Bill Ray, 24 2007

Sony goes Bose with teeny-tiny home cinema rig

Sony's latest home cinema system looks set to give micro-speaker pioneer Bose a run for its money. The DAV-150's sub-woofer is a big as you'd expect but the five satellite speakers are small enough you could paint 'em with dots and play a game of dice.

Elgato Turbo.264 H.264 encoder

UK-first review Apple TV and iPod. Sony PlayStation Portable. Different devices, but united in common support of the H.264 video compression technology, part of the MPEG 4 standard. And since a lot of us own these, the need for H.264-encoded content is high. The snag: it takes a heck of a lot of processing power to produce.

Dell sees the channel light while Microsoft is cast as open source redeemer

It's finally happened. Dell has publicly stated what we in the channel have known all along. You can't live without resellers and partners.
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HP escapes fine for boardroom spying scandal

HP has settled allegations over its failure to disclose why one of its directors resigned in the midst of last year's boardroom mole fiasco.

Compelling Linux server slithers into the open

The Linksys NSLU2 is a cheap and compact Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with an Ethernet connection and two USB ports for connecting hard drives and/or USB flash disks to a LAN. It sports a simple web-based interface that is used to configure the device, format any attached disks, set up disk shares and so on.

Google wants to really get to know you

Google wants to know what you are thinking. Erik Schmidt has, after a couple of quiet years, started talking again about his ambitions for the firm to be able to answer questions like "What shall I do tomorrow?", or "What job shall I take?"
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Straight blokes best at reading maps

Straight blokes are best at reading maps, but if you want to know where you left the car keys, you'd best ask a woman, a new study has revealed.

PlusNet blames itself for webmail spamfest

PlusNet has accepted blame for its latest email blunder, having previously fingered vulnerabilities in third party webmail software for last week's security flap.
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Competition Commission to probe Sky's ITV buy

Almost a month after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recommended Sky's purchase of over 19 per cent of ITV be brought to the attention of the Competition Commission, DTI Secretary of State Alistair Darling has done just that.
Bill Ray, 24 2007
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Ofcom rules on Celebrity Big Brother racism rumpus

TV watchdog Ofcom has administered a stern telling-off to Channel Four for its handling of the Shilpa Shetty Celebrity Big Brother racism rumpus.
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Lenovo swallows tasty profit

Chinese computer maker Lenovo said its profits grew by more than 600 per cent in the fourth quarter.
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Chimera bill: consultation begins

The new joint committee on the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill has issued a call for evidence as it starts its analysis of the proposed legislation.
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Pupils flog public school on eBay

Updated Those among you who've ever fancied roasting young toffs over an open fire should get yourselves down to eBay where the pupils of one seat of learning have decided to put their beloved alma mater on the market:
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Robot gunships join US Army

The march of the killer droids continues, with news that a US robot helicopter gunship has passed a significant milestone - engine testing.
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UK arrest gives AllofMP3 touts the fear

The arrest of an alleged UK reseller of Allofmp3.com vouchers has frightened other merchants on the continent.

Desperately seeking WLAN apps for London

Wireless Event City wireless LAN pioneer Westminster City Council has kicked off a competition to find new applications to run on its planned city-wide Wi-Fi network.
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Mayor Ken's Low Emission Zone - a load of hot air?

Analysis London Mayor Ken Livingstone wants to clean up the capital's air. But at what cost to motorists?
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Bird flu confirmed in Wales

Bird flu has been confirmed at a farm in Wales, but it is not the virulent and potentially-fatal-for-humans strain H5N1, but another, called H7N2. There is now a 1km exclusion zone around the farm.
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RAF builds massively multiplayer flight sims

A UK defence initiative hopes to link up military flight simulators in the US and UK , allowing British pilots to train for complex multi-aircraft missions together with their American counterparts across the pond.
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Studying Venus from the ground up

The European Space Agency (ESA) has enlisted the help of several ground-based telescopes for a project to complement Venus Express' study of our twin planet.
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Qualcomm to sink €100m into European SMEs

Qualcomm is to sink €100m into small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. The company has pledged the investment via its venture capital arm Qualcomm Ventures. So which technologies might be best placed to grab a share of Qualcomm's big pie?
Bill Ray, 24 2007
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Expel the IT bodgers, says Microsoft

IT bods should be struck off if they create too many dodgy computer systems, according to Microsoft's UK national technology officer.
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Jajah calls patent big brothers for global VoIP domination

When a young company struts about proclaiming it wants to be "the Google of XYZ", it's hard to take seriously. Generally, it's a headline-grabbing conceit which doesn't actually mean a lot: every tech company would love Google's market share, stock price, teflon public image, and 767 party plane. Jajah, a Silicon Valley VoIP outfit, probably has more claim to deploy the soundbite without being yawned out of the room than most.
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Skype worm leaps onto MSN

Malware miscreants have created the first worm targeting Skype that's also capable over other instant messaging networks, such as MSN and ICQ.

Brinkster.com battens down the hatches

Web host Brinkster.com is requiring customers to change their account passwords because some of them may have been compromised, according to people who say they've received security bulletins. If confirmed, the breach is the latest example of sensitive information being lost en masse as a result of security lapses by a large service provider.

Dell goes direct into Wal-Mart's clutches

The dream of walking into a single store to purchase a messenger style diaper bag, an easy listening Piano Tribute to Coldplay CD, an engagement ring and a Dell computer for under $1,000 has become a reality.
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If Google is a Russian spy op, when will it buy U-Haul?

And Ninthly He sat on one side of a blanket hung across the kitchen, and Smith sat on the other with his translation stones, intoning through the blanket. As if to make this an even happier scene, Harris was warned that if he tried to glimpse the plates, or look at the prophet, he would be struck dead - God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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MP's son guilty of VAT carousel fraud

The son of Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar has been convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam involving imported mobile phones.