19th July 2007 Archive

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Salesforce.com names Apex ship date amid growth concerns

Salesforce.com will next month release its Apex programming language to developers hungry to mash-up web-based business applications with its "platform in the sky" and to reassure investors anxious about growth.

Private equity firms flirt with 3Com

Rumor has it that private equity firms are interested in taking born-again telecom equipment maker 3Com off the market.
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The Beeb cuts off premium rate phone-in lines

The BBC has suspended all phone-in competitions across its television, radio, internet and interactive services following a damning internal inquiry into editorial failures.

The IBM ThinkPad: 15 years old today

Forgotten Tech The ThinkPad is 15 today. Sort of. Launched by IBM and now made by Lenovo, the black-clad laptop family quickly established itself as an icon, in many ways re-establishing Big Blue's reputation as a PC maker after years in the shadow of the clone manufacturers.
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ICO creates IT forensics team

The Information Commissioner's Office has set up its own IT forensics department to support its enforcement activities.
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Wall Street forks over Intel's future

Intel told the best possible second quarter story, and few investors listened.
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AmAze hopes to amaze with free mobile route planning

AmAze put itself on the map today with the UK launch of a service providing GPS-integrated route planning and directions, as well as satellite imagery and worldwide maps.
Bill Ray, 19 2007
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Firms unsure of liability for staff net use

Almost two-thirds of companies don't realise their legal responsibilities regarding their employees and electronic communications, a new survey has revealed.

Sony to tune slimline PSP into Japanese TV

If you're already annoyed that Japan gets most of the good gadgets first, then Sony's announcement that a TV tuner for the upcoming, slimmed down 'PSP 2' will only appear there is likely to enrage you further still.

Apple reclaims US' third biggest PC seller spot

Apple is now once again holding third place in the US PC market, sales figures from market watcher IDC have revealed. A return to form? Not quite, since its 5.6 per cent share is well below the double-digit share Apple commanded in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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Mobile websites fail to satisfy users

E-commerce sites are putting their future success at risk by failing to offer users the ability to buy through their mobile websites, a new study has revealed.

Retailers price up Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite

The first UK retail prices for Microsoft's much anticipated Xbox 360 Elite console have begun to appear, with retailers positioning it at around £50 more than the Elite's Premium predecessor and around £95 cheaper than Sony's PS3.
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Daily Mail slammed for online bingo hypocrisy

Could bingo really move out of the smoky back rooms of decrepit church halls and onto the internet? The Daily Mail apparently thought so.
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LMH and InfoSec Sellout unmasked?

The equivalent of a virtual nuke has just been set off in the field of vulnerability research and disclosure. The identities behind two of the noms de guerre that have elicited some of the most heated vitriol over the last 12 months appear to have been disclosed.
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Neteller reaches supergrass agreement with DOJ

Neteller has reached an agreement with American authorities concerning its financial transactions with American internet gambling customers.
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European court protects file sharers

European telcos and ISPs do not have to hand over subscriber information to record labels which are trying to find file sharers.
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Security conferences versus practical knowledge

Since computers became mainstream in the early to mid-nineties, a whole ecosystem has developed around them. The various parts of that ecosystem range from the companies who make computers to the software companies who program for them.

Toshiba asks for more batteries back

Toshiba Japan today expanded its notebook-battery recall programme, adding half-a-dozen more models to the list of laptops it wants owners to use only on mains power until new batteries can be sent out to them.
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EU says roaming case is soooo last month

Vodafone, O2, and T-Mobile will likely breathe a sigh of relief today after European Union anti-trust authorities decided to close their long-running investigation into alleged excessive charges for international calls.
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Bush to gong top US boffins of 2006

The winners of the 2006 US National Medals of Technology have been announced. The laureates will be honoured by President Bush in a joint ceremony with the 2005 medallists at the White House on 27 July.
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Vodafone figures show jump in 3G devices

Vodafone stuck to its outlook guns this morning when it released a trading statement that showed data revenue growth far outstripping the increase in dreary old voice.
Joe Fay, 19 2007

Bye bye SaaS, hello PaaS

Software as a Service (SaaS) isn't dead, but it could soon be overtaken by Platform as a Service (PaaS), according to SaaS pioneer Salesforce.com.

Ducati storage leaves the starting grid

SanDisk has ripped open the throttle to speed to market a series of memory cards and more as part of a tie-up with Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati.

Nokia offers assistance for unresponsive GPS phones

Nokia has tacitly admitted the GPS units it builds into a small number of its mobile phones are having problems quickly calculating their locations and has fallen back on data sent over the mobile phone network to mitigate the issue.

Logic3 i-Station IS10 iPod alarm clock

Review At first glance, Logic3's i-Station IS10 may seem like just another one of the infinite number of iPod accessories currently available. But actually, when you think about it, the IS10 offers the forgotten freedom of waking up to music of your chosing.
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Wikipedia clarifies steam pipe menace

Wikipedia moved with its customary lightning speed this morning to bring netizens the very latest in-depth information on steam pipes, one of which yesterday gave New Yorkers a nasty fright:

Mobile phones are in the toilet, but no one's complaining

It's fair to say that it's been an interesting week for mobile phones. To start with, two separate surveys demonstrated the impact mobile phones and smartphones were having on people's working and personal lives.

CD-meets-DVD launched

Hollywood Records is attempting to breathe new life into an ailing musical format, the CD. It has unveiled the CDVU+ format, which it hopes will appeal to those looking for something more than currently offered by the standard 12cm audio disc.

Sainsbury's to hold Medion notebook launch

Ask most people where to go for the launch of a 17in dual-core notebook and we're pretty certain that most wouldn't pick supermarket chain Sainsbury's. But this is where Medion has chosen to unveil its MD96327 laptop later this month.
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Avnet takes HP and IBM chunk out of distie Magirus

Avnet is to acquire the European enterprise infrastructure division (EID) of HP and IBM distributor Magirus Group.
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'Mac worm' hacker in death threat farce

Claims by an anonymous author that he was paid to create a worm targeting Mac OS X systems are turning into a soap opera-style farce. Infosec Sellout said his 'Rape-OSX' worm uses an undisclosed vulnerability in the mDNSResponder component of Mac OS X to spread.
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Motorola discovers cheaper phones lead to lower profits

Motorola has announced its second loss-making quarter, pushing the beleaguered manufacturer into third place behind Nokia and Samsung.
Bill Ray, 19 2007
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eBayer offers a further Enigma

Those of you who didn't have sufficiently deep pockets to bid for the Enigma machine which last year sold on eBay for a cool €55k might be interested in another example that's currently going for $16,200 (€11,700).

Arcam aims high-end music server at audiophiles

It's the most expensive music centre we've seen and we're sure there are countless hardware geeks who could build a box that does the same thing for a fraction of the £3000 Arcam wants, but there's no doubt the FMJ MS250 has the look.

Voodoo's Envy H:171 is more than witchcraft

Gaming PC specialist and HP subsidiary Voodoo PC has unveiled its latest laptop offering, a brightly coloured and tattooed 17in beast, understandably named the Envy H:171.

Use case style means handbags at 30 paces

In February, I wrote a Reg Developer article which caused some consternation. The article's message distils down to: Don't write vague use cases, write concrete, specific use cases that leave nothing to the imagination instead. Controversial stuff.
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BT feels the need for 50Mb speed

BT is considering speeding up its broadband service by pushing it to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 50Mb download per second for its customers.
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Digicel seeks legal redress in Caribbean

Digicel has accused rival telco Cable & Wireless of engaging in illegal and uncompetitive practices which delayed Digicel's expansion into Caribbean markets and cost the company hundreds of millions of pounds.
Bill Ray, 19 2007
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DARPA robo-bug to start bugging once bugs are worked out

Harvard boffins have achieved a significant milestone in their quest to build robot flies which could be used by the government to really bug people.
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Tesco beefs up under 20 quid software offering

Tesco is upping the ante in the software market by widening the availability of its own-brand applications off the back of what it described as a hugely successful initial roll-out.

The return of the ransom-ware Trojan

Virus writers are revisiting the tactic of holding data on compromised machines to ransom with a new strain of so-called "ransom-ware" Trojan.

Dell paddles 'blade everything' HP

The "new" Dell apparently includes an ample helping of feistiness. The hardware maker has slung an aggressive attack against HP's blade server strategy via the corporate blog.
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Congress sniffing Google-DoubleClick deal

The FTC inquiry was a just a start. In the coming weeks, Google will also face a pair of congressional investigations into its proposed $3.1bn merger with online ad company DoubleClick - one in the House and one in the Senate.
Cade Metz, 19 2007
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Citrix kinda' reports Q2 earnings

Citrix Systems saw second quarter revenue rise 21 per cent, driven by growth in product license revenue, online services and technical services.
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When 'God Machines' go back to their maker

Comment The genius of Apple's strategy for its iPhone is to make a defensive move look like an offensive one.
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Sprint boots 200 American patriots for using their phones

Shortly after they returned home from the war in Iraq, Sprint accused 200 American soldiers of excessive roaming and summarily canceled their wireless service. At least, that's the word from one of these embattled national heroes.
Cade Metz, 19 2007

AMD parts with profits in Q2

AMD suffered from the same desktop chip syndrome as rival Intel during its second quarter, as the company handed in another loss.

Governments' systems used to power phishing push

Lax security controls are allowing conmen to host fraudulent websites on servers run by government organisations and private sector firms.
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Seagate income soars with $359m tax break

Seagate posted a boost in fourth quarter income thanks to higher revenue and a one-time tax benefit.

Cheap flash sinks SanDisk's profits

SanDisk's second quarter profits sunk 71 per cent as the #1 flash memory manufacturer suffered through declining prices, but promised market stabilization is in the cards.