Old-timers leave IBM flat in Q3
IBM's pension plan woes kept the company's third quarter results flat, as a $320m settlement charge erased a double-digit rise in income.
Toshiba TV cries for help
Forget the Patriot Act and overactive spooks. It's your TV that could have the Feds knocking at your door.
PeopleSoft boss gets $18m to walk away
Craig Conway, the former chief executive of PeopleSoft who was pushed out by the board, is to receive an $18m severance package.
Apple preps 'black iPod' U2 limited edition promo
The infamous black iPod looks set to make a second appearance next month, when Apple ships a special edition digital music device to commemorate the arrival of rock band U2's newest long-player.
Sharp pulls Linux Wi-Fi PDA out of US
Sharp has confirmed reports received by The Register that the company has dropped its Zaurus Linux-based PDA in the US market.
Amsterdam Internet Exchange goes photonic
Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has connected its member Open Peering to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet per second public-peering service using photonic switching for the first time in Europe. Public peering is a means for internet service providers to send and receive traffic destined for one another's networks.
Finland can't live without Nokia
Manufacturer Nokia is more important to the Finnish economy than was previously thought. According to preliminary figures by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Nokia's share of Finland's Gross Domestic Product has risen to at least 3.5 per cent, up from 3 percent last year. Finland is the only western country where a single company commands such a large proportion of the nation's GDP.
PalmOne Treo 650 details confirmed
Details of PalmOne's launch plan for the much-anticipated successor to the Treo 600 have leaked on to the web.
Scot develops dust-busting hovercraft
Readers might be forgiven for thinking that boffins could not possibly squeeze any more innovation from the humble vacuum cleaner. After all, we now now have micro-filtering vortex hoovers with sufficient power to make short work of the cat — without loss of suction — and more accessories than you can shake a feather duster at.
Ofcom conjures up idea of public IP TV broadcaster
UK communications regulator Ofcom has called for the setting up of a new public service provider (PSP) which would distribute TV programs in a digital format through broadband lines, networked PVRs, and mobile networks, as well as more conventional TV distribution systems.
Let's Parlay over Open APIs
Telecoms standards group Parlay was in London yesterday to bang the drum for new developers. The Parlay Group sets and promotes open standard APIs to allow easy interaction between traditional IT applications and telecoms networks. The group says its standards are already allowing the development of enterprise applications and that consumer services will soon follow. Sprint and BT have already deployed enterprise applications based on the standards.
419ers take Aussie financial advisor for AU$1m
A Melbourne financial manager faces a hefty prison sentence after stealing AU$1m from his clients and handing it over to Nigerian advance fee fraudsters.
AMD slashes prices, ships Athlon 64 4000+
AMD today introduced the Athlon 64 4000+ and Athlon 64 FX-55, as anticipated, along with price cuts across the rest of its 64-bit desktop and desktop-replacement mobile CPU line-up.
Egg losses soar on France debacle
Egg's decision to pull out of the loss-making French market is continuing to hammer the UK internet bank as the group recorded a pre-tax loss of £103m in the nine months to the end of September. Much of this loss is down to the £113m Egg has already announced it is spending to exit France, along with the £35m its French business has lost so far this year.
AMD heralds PCI Express chipsets
AMD formally welcomed its Athlon 64 processor family into the world of PCI Express, touting the availability of chipsets that support the new add-in card format.
Microsoft moves in on music downloads
AnalysisThe press say this is Microsoft IBM all over again from the 1980s with only one result possible. We're not so sure.
Peruvians develop super-tasty guinea pig
Scientists at Peru's La Molina National University reckon they have developed a world-beating culinary experience - the plumper, tastier "Peruvian Breed" guinea pig, AP reports.
NEC to show laptop with built-in fuel cell
NEC will this week show a prototype notebook PC powered by its own fuel cell unit, the company said today.
The problem with Informix
OpinionIBM has a problem with Informix. It is one of those problems that is actually a good problem, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't cause headaches.
German claims mobile phone chucking record
A German man is claiming the title of world mobile phone-chucking champion after hurling his handset 67.5m - that's 223 feet in old money.
Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music
ReviewWith so many PC owners now having large collections of music on their hard drives, it's no surprise that we're seeing more and more devices designed to get that music off the computer and into the living room. Creative's Sound Blaster Wireless Music attempts to do all of this without the hassle of network cables, instead using a Wi-Fi network to stream audio data, writes Dave Cusick.
HP Labs demos plastic LCDs
HP Labs, HP's research arm, demonstrated a prototype plastic colour LCD screen in London yesterday. Although the prototype is small - just 3cm by 4cm - the team says the technology could be scaled up to extremely large displays, with resolution comparable to that of printed material.
UK watchdog blocks 11 rogue dialler operators
Eleven companies have been barred from running premium rate internet dialler services as part of a crackdown on scammers ripping off UK punters.
UK preps major security awareness campaign
A major UK government campaign to help small businesses and consumers protect themselves from Internet security threats will launch in the UK next year.
ARM rise bucks Q3 trend
ARM made solid gains during the third quarter of its current fiscal year, with rising royalty revenues and improving margins pushing up the chip designer's income in what CEO Warren East called a "seasonally weaker quarter".
Weak US drags down PC sales growth
Though the global market for personal computers continued to expand in the third quarter, shipment levels were not as strong as expected.
Digital Retro goes coffee table
Book ReviewGordon Laing's Digital Retro (Sybex Books, ISBN 078214330X) is a trip down memory lane. When memory was £5 a kilobyte and 64k was 'elephantine'. It's a look at forty computers from 1975 to 1988, starting with the MITS Altair and finishing with the NeXT Cube.
Apple updates iBook laptops
Apple updated its iBook consumer notebook line today, as expected, and extended its Power Mac G5 family downmarket with a single-processor 1.8GHz model.
IT contractors dream of fat futures
The UK IT contracting market is enjoying a boom last seen in the heady days of desperate Y2K projects. The finance market, with upgrades needed to ensure compliance with new regulations, has helped push up demand.
Motorola MPx220 to hit UK in December
Motorola will ship its eagerly awaited second-generation Windows Mobile 2003 smart phone, the MPx220, in the UK in December, The Register has learned.
Boffins moot chilled light for optical comms
A group of American theoretical physicists have, on paper at least, proven the existence of a new class of soliton that could help simplify high-speed optical communications because it can be slowed down.
Robbie Williams: crooning soon on a phone near you
Record label EMI will release Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits on mobe and PDA-compatible Multimedia Memory Card (MMC) memory card from next month. Pundits say it's the first time that music has been made available in this format. The album will come with video content and will be on sale at 600 Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK for £29.99.
UK Gov unwraps Gambling Bill
The Government has published its new gambling bill today designed to shake up the gambling industry. Although the legislation covers the whole of the industry, part of it also covers the explosion in internet gambling and casinos.
Microsoft spruces up Navision
Navision accountancy software is getting its first big upgrade since it was bought by Microsoft two years ago.
Sainsbury's, Accenture and the £3bn IT flop
Sainsbury's, the UK supermarket group, is blaming Accenture for the disastrous state of its new logistics system. It is recruiting 3,000 shelf stackers to fix the damage manually.
Nvidia details nForce 4
Nvidia made public details of its nForce 4 PCI Express chipset, as expected - doubly so since AMD welcomed the company's Athlon 64-oriented product earlier today.
Talented flunkeys unite against phishing
LettersWe thought we'd spice things up a little this week and do something different. Among all the letters we get telling us that we are ignorant morons undoubtedly in the pay of [insert large technology company's name here], we do get the odd bit of praise.
Software gains plump EMC's Q3
EMC's 2004 surge continued in the third quarter with its more than ample software business driving growth.
ID scheme? 'Nah, it'll never fly', says UK eGov head
The Register's department of bizarre coincidence notes with some concern Sainsburys' squeal of 'It was Accenture!' with reference to its sad IT disaster, together with the arrival at uk.gov of Ian Watmore, formerly UK MD of, er, Accenture.