2nd > September > 2004 Archive
Philly goes Wi-Fi crazy
The grand city of Philadelphia unveiled today an ambitious plan to coat the city with Wi-Fi, using a mix of public and private funds to provide the service.
Cisco dominates declining router market
An upswing in enterprise router sales in North America in Q204 failed to offset a slump in EMEA. Worldwide revenues were down 10 per cent, compared with a revenue uptick of eight per cent in Q104, according to Infonetics Research's quarterly survey.
Appeals court slams garage door DMCA claim
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the maker of a universal garage door remote did not violate the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, putting the brakes on one of the more adventuresome interpretations of the controversial copyright law.
Microsoft listens to the music
Microsoft is offering music for download in a move with more than an echo of Apple's iPod service.
Logica ups profits on falling revenues
Logica managed to increase profits despite seeing revenues fall just over five per cent in the first half of the year.
Slack users blamed for virus longevity
The three month-old Zafi-B worm was the number one virus in August, indicating that to few users are bothering to update their antivirus software.
MS Portable Media Centers to ship mid-Sept
Creative Technology will today begin shipping its anticipated Zen Portable Media Center in the US, with a UK roll-out in the middle of the month.
Merger mania continues for Sage resellers
BDE Group is buying Sage reseller The Object Group Ltd. The merged company, which will trade as BDE, will have annualised turnover of £5.7m and employ 55 people in offices in Bristol, Clapham, Leeds and Worcester.
Irish take cover under Bluetooth umbrella
Next time you want to communicate electronically and it rains, just bring your Bluetooth-enabled umbrella. At least in Ireland, where a Trinity College project called Umbrella.net is exploring the idea of ad-hoc networks to connect people in urban space. The Irish researchers say they want to examine how unpredictable patterns of weather and crowd formation can act as an impetus for ad-hoc network nodes that can spontaneously form and dissipate based on weather conditions.
Madge gets funding
Madge Ltd has raised £2m in funding from Sigma Technology Management Ltd to develop wireless LAN products.
Grocery shopping online getting better
Food shopping online is a positive delight compared to a couple of years ago, according to those consumer guardians at Which?. In 2001, shopping online took longer than actually visting a supermarket and pushing a trolley around a supermarket yourself.
Nokia steadies in booming phone market
Nokia's price cuts seem to have cauterized the company's catastrophic loss of market share, according to figures from Gartner. With over 46 million units shipped into the channel, Nokia took 29.7 per cent of the worldwide handset market in the second quarter of 2004, up from 28.4 per cent in the previous quarter, but down from the 38 per cent share it enjoyed last year. In a bid to stop the rot, Nokia has set sweeping price cuts of between 20 and 25 per cent, according to channel reports.
Critical Kerberos bugs surface
Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in version five of the widely-used Kerberos authentication protocol. The most serious could be exploited by crackers to gain root control to authentication servers.
WinXP SP2 = security placebo?
Reg ReviewWe evaluated the security features of Windows XP SP2 on a test machine, following a clean install of XP Pro with no configuration changes and no third-party software or drivers installed. We installed XP with the NTFS file system, choosing all of the factory defaults, then patched it with each recommended security update including SP-1 (required), before installing SP2.
Horizon bounces back
Horizon Technology enjoyed a 17 per cent year-on-year revenue increase in the first half of 2004, citing to a healthy systems integration market and an increase in market share.
Racing scandal hinges on Betfair records
Champion jockey Kieren Fallon has been released without charge following his arrest yesterday in connection with alleged race fixing. Police arrested Fallon early yesterday morning and also removed computers from his home. A string of high-profile racing personalities were also taken into custody.
Easynet to wire up Surrey schools for broadband
Easynet - an active unbundler of local loops - is to supply broadband to 135,000 children in Surrey in a four-year contract worth £10m.
XP SP2 glitches to trip up one in 10 upgrades - report
One in 10 corporate PC users will encounter difficulties in upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 2, according to AssetMetrix. Smaller firms will be hit hardest by compatibility problems between their applications and the much anticipated update of Microsoft's flagship operating system, the Canadian asset management firm says.
Blunkett pilot to track offenders via satellite
David Blunkett is set to launch a year-long pilot study of his plan to track offenders by satellite. The system will allow police to monitor the movements of the tagged person 24 hours a day, and will give their location to within just a few metres
Shopping without tears: a parents' guide
ReviewQuocirca's Jon Collins gets to grips with Waitrose's QuickCheck scanners - and finds them an amusing diversion for kids and a real time-saver for long-suffering parents.
HP sues reseller for $8.6m
HP is going to court in Tennessee to get back $8.6m in discounts given to a reseller. The filing alleges that Capital City Micro of Tennessee claimed it could sell HP and Compaq kit to P&E Distributing of Kentucky, but only if HP offered substantial discounts.
Napster unveils portable music service
Napster has launched Napster To Go, a version of its online music subscription service based on Microsoft's latest DRM technology, 'Janus'.
Wi-Fi group updates security system
The Wi-Fi Alliance formally began issuing WPA 2 certificates yesterday, as eight products received the right to use the organisation's second-generation wireless security brand.
BT faces whopping fines over Wanadoo complaint (maybe)
BT faces monster fines if it is found to have breached competition laws concerning its early provision of broadband in the UK.
Oracle fraud suit returns from the dead
A federal court has reinstated a fraud case against Larry Ellison and two other senior Oracle executives alleging accounting irregularities and suspicious share sales.
Blanket Wi-Fi smothers Amsterdam
Amsterdam is going to be the first European capital where Wi-Fi will be available almost everywhere, not just in hotels or cafes. Startup Hotspot Amsterdam launched a cheap wireless service this week and plans to cover all of Amsterdam with just 125 base stations. The first seven base stations are up and running.
Nokia ships 1m N-Gage consoles
Nokia has shipped over one million N-Gage phone-cum-consoles, the handset manufacturer said today.
IT skills ain't what they used to be
IT training it the UK must change fundamentally if it is to remain relevant to British business. Falling numbers of students taking computing A levels and increasing use of offshoring means there are fewer entry-level jobs and less people to fill them.
SETI has not found ET: official
Astronomers at the SETI@Home project have spoken up to dismiss suggestions that the project intercepted signals from an alien civilisation.
MessageLabs taps Brightmail in war on spam
Email filtering firm MessageLabs yesterday announced a deal to incorporate Symantec's Brightmail anti-spam technology into its own anti-spam service. MessageLabs expects to deliver the new joint anti-spam service to market in Q4 2004.
Archos ships video, audio, gaming handheld
Archos has begun shipping its Gmini400 personal multimedia device, taking the French company into the increasingly crowded mobile gaming market.
Orange UK launches corporate push-to-talk
Orange has launched Talk Now, its commercial "push-to-talk" service, following nine months of customer trials across Europe. The service - a kind of voice-based, mobile instant messenger - is available to enterprise customers now, and will be rolled out to smaller companies and consumers later in the year.
3am Labs feels the love with free remote access tool
3am Labs has stepped up its attack against Citrix Systems' GoToMyPC remote access software by releasing its own access software for free.
Blunkett's satellite tagging: the tripe behind the hype
Today's announcement of the Home Office's satellite tracking pilot is a classic of its genre. As is the case with so many Blair government initiatives the earth was noisily promised in the run-up, and continued to be promised by government spokesmen this morning, but the pilot itself is so spectacularly modest, so largely low-tech, that it will provide little or no useful information about the viability of the "prison without bars" that David Blunkett will continue to dangle before our eyes through the upcoming election campaign.
Oracle's first monthly patch batch fails to placate critics
Oracle this week released a multitude of security fixes in a long-awaited and extensive series of patches that constitute its first monthly security update.
Intel disappoints investors with lowered Q3 outlook
Intel has pulled back its third quarter revenue guidance, pointing to a slowdown in chip and flash memory sales as reasons for the move.
Apple faithful's apathy to blame for Napsterized schools
OpinionApple users have this nasty habit of dishing out vicious assaults when you don't want to hear them and staying awfully quiet when you'd like them to chirp up. No where is this pattern more evident than at the universities who have signed up for Napster's music rental service. These schools have run right over the famous Apple faithful, and the Mac addicts seem to enjoy the process.