19th > October > 2004 Archive

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.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Oates, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Faultline, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Oates, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Faultline, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lester Haines, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Philip Howard, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Trusted Reviews, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2004

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".
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004
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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.
Matthew Clark, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lance Davis, 19 Oct 2004
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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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Oates, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Robin Lettice, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Oct 2004

Microsoft spruces up Navision

Navision accountancy software is getting its first big upgrade since it was bought by Microsoft two years ago.
John Oates, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Oates, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2004

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Oct 2004
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Software gains plump EMC's Q3

EMC's 2004 surge continued in the third quarter with its more than ample software business driving growth.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Oct 2004

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.
John Lettice, 19 Oct 2004

Microsoft mocks software rivals with dual-core chip embrace

Microsoft has bucked most of the major software makers by agreeing to count multicore processors as a single chip in its product pricing schemes.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Oct 2004

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