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BT and Cisco's new channel offering

BT Indirect Channels (BTIC) and Cisco today teamed up to announce Integrator, a channel programme that provides resellers with a one-stop shop for Cisco's kit and BT's telephony and network offerings. Integrator is in essence a virtual distribution platform for BTIC to widen its reach into SME customers, a market that brother …
James Watson, 14 Dec 2001
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Buy an Entrepreneur Wife on eBay

Updated Kay Hammond, a 24-year old blonde 'Internet entrepreneur' from Birmingham, has auctioned herself off on eBay with a reserve price of £250,000. Ms Hammond, currently MD of TAMBA Internet, says one of the only things she hasn't succeeded at is getting married. The description of eBay item 1677522500, "Buy an entrepreneur wife", …
James Watson, 14 Dec 2001
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Oracle profits down 12%

Oracle's revenues fell 11 per cent and profits dropped 12 per cent, as the software maker battled its way through its toughest quarter in a decade. Earnings of $549.5 million were made on the back of $2.36 billion in sales. Revenue from software licenses was $803 million, down 27 per cent year on year from Q2 2000's $1.1 …
James Watson, 14 Dec 2001
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Messiah does not play pirate software, humans do

Channel Technology has slammed Sony for forcing it to to stop distributing a PlayStation mod-chip product. On its web site, the company attacks legal actions from the consumer electronics giant and defends the legality of its Messiah mod-chip. The site's owner, calling himself Gazza, says the mod-chip can be used for legal …
James Watson, 13 Dec 2001
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Online Xbox gaming in six months

Microsoft will launch online gaming services for its Xbox console in the US within the next six months, presumably around May. The Japanese market, scheduled to get Xbox by late February, will get their broadband gaming services around August - or within six months of its arrival there. Microsoft and NTT communications …
James Watson, 13 Dec 2001
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Chips, chipsets & mobos, Intel i845D

HWRoundup Mobos, chipsets and other inner bits: X-bit labs has a lengthy piece discussing Intel's i845D chipset, the first one from Chipzilla to support DDR SDRAM (up to DDR266). It's much the same as the existing i845 chipset, but with a modified memory controller. There's no new support for any new things like USB 2.0 or ATA 133, …
James Watson, 13 Dec 2001
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Microsoft shows off streaming technology

Microsoft yesterday showed off its next generation Windows Media Technology, code-named "Corona", which it hopes will improve Internet media streaming capabilities in terms of audio and video quality, as well as reducing bandwidth consumption. In a simultaneous announcement, five major DVD chipmakers - Cirrus Logic, ESS …
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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Dell sued over MPEG patents

Six major technology companies are suing Dell for infringing various MPEG 2 patents by installing software on its computers without obtaining a licence. The companies - Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, France Telecom, Scientific-Atlanta, Philips and Victor - together own 44 patents which are used for video compression on the MPEG 2 …
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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Sony is killing PlayStation mod-chips

Sony is cracking down on PlayStation mod-chip makers, forcing them to halt the distribution of their products or face the wrath of its corporate legal might. Two UK-based companies, Channel Technology and Playstationmods.com, have halted sales of their products with immediate effect. A third company, Italian-based Origa, has …
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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ICL cuts 1500 jobs

ICL today says it will cut 1500 employees - about 13 per cent of its 11,500-strong UK headcount. It will provide a window period for voluntary reductions, which will be followed by "selected redundancies" to make up the total. The reductions are expected to be completed by March 2002. Sources inside the company say the message …
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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Sony preps online gaming

Sony Computer Entertainment and NTT Broadband will launch an online gaming service for the PlayStation 2 in Japan next April. The service is linked with the release of an add-on module for the PS2 which includes a 40GB hard drive and an Ethernet port. Sony released a revised PS2 model this year with the ability to handle the …
James Watson, 11 Dec 2001
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Chinese take sip of Linux tea

XTeam, a Linux software developer, will list on Hong Kong's Growth Enterprise Market today, as part of its bid to push penguin-power into Mainland China. Having shifted its focus from trying to attain market share on the desktop level, the company is now hoping to target the burgeoning server market in the region, using the HK$ …
James Watson, 11 Dec 2001
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Optimise XP, personal sky-cars, geek fashion

HWRoundup Geek fashion: Geek.com decides to find out what fashion is doing to make geeks cool. From Dockers' cargo pants that hide your gizmos to raincoats from Sanyo built to handle PDAs (and some stuff from Technology Enabled Clothing), you can check if your threads are new trends or just retreads. The site also reviews Nokia's 9210 …
James Watson, 10 Dec 2001
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Cahoot launches disposable credit card

Abbey National's online banking arm, Cahoot, is launching an Internet-based 'disposable' credit card, dubbed webcard, to reduce online fraud for online. The idea is simple: people with Cahoot debit or credit cards enter their details into the bank's website and it generates a unique 16-digit ID number each time they wish to …
James Watson, 10 Dec 2001
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111,111,111 hits = shag

Julia, an 18-year old German girl, has told a guy desperate to get her into the sack that he has to get 111,111,111 hits on his "Kai 4 Julia" love site - and remain chaste during that time - before she will get together with him. For those not experienced in setting up personal home pages and getting hits, that's a polite way …
James Watson, 07 Dec 2001
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E-paper comes closer

Boffins at Philips Research have taken a big step towards the dream of electronic paper by building a display based on flexible plastic, rather than the usual silicon. Working with scientists at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, Philips has crammed 4,096 plastic transistors into a two-inch display, …
James Watson, 07 Dec 2001
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Chinese PC makers flirt with Windows

Four Chinese PC assemblers, together comprising 60 per cent of the country's market, say they will preinstall Microsoft's Windows XP on their consumer-targeted PCs. The decision is not as simple as it sounds. With piracy such a widespread problem in the region, assemblers often make PCs available without bundling the expensive …
James Watson, 07 Dec 2001
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Acer is not Benq

Acer today says it is still Acer. The company formerly known as 'Acer Communication and Multimedia' is now called Benq. A statement from the latter company issued earlier this week apparently fooled some into thinking that Acer, the PC manufacturer, was to rebrand itself as Benq. As the new press release reads, the pan Acer …
James Watson, 07 Dec 2001
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WStore profitable in early 2002

Corporate-focused e-reseller WStore says it expects to break even in the fourth quarter of this year and will enter profitability in the first quarter of 2002. The reseller's revenue jumped from £5 million last year to an anticipated £14 million this year and is expected to grow to around £20 million next year, reckons MD Tony …
James Watson, 06 Dec 2001
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How to set a record for the number of games sold per console

Microsoft is trumpeting the fact that its console buyers, "can't get enough of the Xbox launch games... gamers are buying 2.4 games with every Xbox, resulting in the highest game attach rate ever recorded for a console at launch". So reads Microsoft's latest press release, but as a few Reg readers have been quick to point out, …
James Watson, 06 Dec 2001
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‘Computers for schools’ promotions ungenerous

School-targeted shopping promotion schemes don't provide particularly good value to participating schools, consumer rag Which? has claimed. The magazine calculates that for a primary school to obtain one free entry-level PC plus printer and digital camera it would need 232 kids to collect 90 tokens each over a ten-week period. …
James Watson, 06 Dec 2001

Bluetooth alive and kicking

Bluetooth chipset shipments are on track to hit 13 million this year, despite adverse market conditions, and are expected to hit 780 million units by 2005. Shipments this year will double those of 802.11b chipsets, with activity picking up in mobile phones, notebooks and adapters, according to research from Cahners In-Stat …
James Watson, 05 Dec 2001
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802.11a rocks, Palm crypto, graphics goods

HWRoundup WLAN: Extreme Technology got its hands on some 802.11a networking kit from Proxim and Atheros to compare its performance with older 802.11b WLAN kit. At first looks, performance is decent, transferring data up to five times quicker (at short distances). It will take some time for this to become mainstream and there are some …
James Watson, 05 Dec 2001
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Who's console king?

Updated Console wars: Market research firm NPD Group reports that Microsoft's Xbox had the best-selling video game console launch on record after two weeks of sales. That's not all, gamers are apparently snapping up an average of 2.4 games per box, the highest game attach rate ever recorded, beating Sony's PS2 1.9 average. According to …
James Watson, 05 Dec 2001

BT chops call costs

BT will offer two new phone packages with free national and local calls on evenings and weekends. 'BT Together with unlimited UK calls' will be available for £18.50 per month including the line rental, while the same package with surf calls will sell for £23.50 and gives unlimited off peak Internet calls (to SurfTime numbers …
James Watson, 05 Dec 2001