15th > October > 2004 Archive

Apple iTunes tops 150m downloads

Some 150m songs have been downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Mac maker has announced.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

Netflix delays UK launch

Netflix is synonymous with online DVD rental, but its pioneer status hasn't been much help in fending off ferocious competition Stateside. On worse than expected US figures, stock crashed by 35 per cent and the company said it's cutting fees and delaying its UK launch. All this despite turning in its best ever profit: $22.6m after adjustments, on revenue of $141.6m.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2004

PeopleSoft begged for earnings help

PeopleSoft asked its key customers to pony up early for large software buys in a bid to make its earnings look stronger than they might have been.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Oct 2004

Sharp to ship world's first HDD-based PDA

Sharp will next month ship its latest Zaurus PDA into the Japanese market, the consumer electronics company announced this week. The device will be the first PDA to sport a hard drive.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

NetSuite's new offering joins up the dots

AnalysisOver the past few years, CRM implementations have come in for much criticism, especially in the elusive area of ROI. This has caused many companies to re-evaluate their technology implementations and heralded the success of new services delivering CRM functionality over the web – rather than making expensive technology investments.
Fran Howarth, 15 Oct 2004

Hydrogen-powered cars creep forward

Fuel-cell-powered cars moved another step closer yesterday with the announcement that a group of British scientists have developed a material that can safely store and release hydrogen.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2004

US air traffic control open to attack

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to examine computer security at air traffic control centers around the country, following a government audit that found the systems insufficiently secured against cyber attacks.
Kevin Poulsen, 15 Oct 2004

Reg road tests the BioNav™ in-car nav wonder

Let's face it - you're no-one these days unless you've got an onboard satnav system in your motor - preferably one that speaks, can guide you to any location to within one centimetre and will tell you when your road tax has expired.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2004

Rambus sales, earnings rise on royalties

Memory technology developer Rambus saw last year's XDR licences start to pay off during the third quarter of its 2004 fiscal year, the company reported last night.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

US plugs into power-line broadband

US telecoms regulator - the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - has given the green light for operators to provide broadband over power lines in a move which it hopes will increase the availability of high-speed net access and increase competition.
Tim Richardson, 15 Oct 2004

Intel readies updated 90nm Celeron cores

Intel's programme to upgrade the cores of its 90nm 'Prescott'-derived processors will continue with the Socket 478 Celeron line-up, it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

Corel snaps up Jasc

Corel has acquired Jasc software, the company responsible for the Paint Shop software range, for an undisclosed sum. The company indicated the deal was the start of a new growth strategy, saying that other acquisition deals are "on the horizon".
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2004

6m South Koreans exposed in slam and spam scam

South Korean police want to question 15 mobile phone workers and brokers over allegations they traded the personal information of an estimated six million people in the northeast Asian country. The group netted 360m South Korean Won ($314,0000) by allegedly selling the personal details of an estimated one in five of south Koreas 30m net users. Police are still investigating exactly how the group obtained the sensitive data but some details are already emerging.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2004

Exabyte slashes media costs

Storage ExpoTape drive pioneer Exabyte reckons it has worked out why it doesn't have much market share anymore - its media was too expensive.
Bryan Betts, 15 Oct 2004

The risks of remote back-up

Storage ExpoIf you're shopping for remote back-up services or software, make sure the storage behind it is up to the job, because choosing the right hardware is not as simple as it might seem.
Bryan Betts, 15 Oct 2004

Colourful US PC company calls it quits

Controversial US PC vendor Liebermann has shut its doors. According to an open letter to customers posted on the company's web site, it is "no longer in a position, from a financial standpoint, to continue doing business".
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

JetGroove culls songs as music biz says 'cease, desist'

Controversial music download site JetGroove has removed more than 50,000 songs from its database after receiving cease and desist requests from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) and its UK wing, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

Electronic underwear warns of heart attack

Electronic underwear sensitive to fluctuations in the wearer's heart rate has been developed by the Philips Research facility in Aachen, Germany.
Robin Lettice, 15 Oct 2004

China jails four for running mucky site

Four men have been jailed for peddling porn as China continues to wage its war against online smut. The four men - Liang Hongbin, Li Yufei, Yu Jianhong, and Chen Dong who are all in their twenties - have been jailed for between 12 months and two-and-a-half years.
Tim Richardson, 15 Oct 2004

Four charged in landmark UK phishing case

Four eastern Europeans appeared in a London court yesterday charged with defrauding online banks of hundreds of thousands through an elaborate 'phishing' scam.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2004

Dell to ship iPod Mini rival next month

Dell launched its anticipated iPod Mini challenger, the Pocket DJ 5, yesterday, along with an updated version of its higher-end model in matching livery.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

Archos unveils 20GB iPod Mini-sized player

French media player maker Archos has launched what may the world's smallest 20GB hard drive-based music player.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

US science alliance eyes artificial retina

Nine US research institutions, including five of the Department of Energy's (DOE) laboratories, have forged an alliance in a bid to speed development of an artificial retina.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2004

Schools, patents and the future of Linux

Open source activists need to get Linux into schools if Windows' pre-eminance on the desktop is ever to be seriously challenged, a panel discussion at LinuxWorld conference in London last week concluded.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2004

Sprint to shed another 700 jobs

US telecoms giant Sprint is to shed 700 sales and support jobs as it continues to jiggle its business about.
Tim Richardson, 15 Oct 2004

Wobbly footballs and electronic pants

LettersYou know what? Writing a story about open source stuff is a bit like poking at a beehive with a stick. You know you'll get some kind of response, but it is often hard to tell whether it be a load of honey, or an angry bee sitting on your nose:
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2004

Motorola pilots 'digital wallet' phone trials

Motorola has teamed up with Mastercard to conduct US trials of technology that allows mobile phones to act as "digital wallets".
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2004

IBM's Power5 beast takes on Sun, HP - and IBM

IBM is set to start shipping the biggest, baddest Unix servers in its history.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Oct 2004

Boffin channels god, scares students

A physics professor at a Louisiana university has been suspended and is being held for evaluation after allegedly flying into a fit of rage in front of his students.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Oct 2004

Google Desktop privacy branded 'unacceptable'

Google's Desktop represents a privacy disaster just waiting to happen, a rival has warned. David Burns, Copernic CEO, says users should know that the giant ad broker intends to mix public and private queries in the future, leveraging its key moneyspinning product: contextual advertising.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2004

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