24th > November > 2004 Archive
DIY fingerprint idea thwarts ID thieves
The Home Office is touting ID cards as a solution to ID theft in today's Queen's Speech but a Yorkshire man has taken matters into his own hands. Jamie Jameson, a civil servant from Scarborough in North Yorkshire, insists that credit can only be extended in his name on production of a thumbprint.
Fraudsters recruit phishing middlemen
Fraudsters are trying to recruit phishing mules with bogus job offers. Email filtering firm MessageLabs reports more than 20,000 copies of this scam email have been intercepted to date, following the emergence of the fraud over the weekend.
New round of HP firings to cost $200m
HP revealed on Tuesday that its latest round of job cuts will cost the company $200m through the first half of 2005.
Deregulation lobby scores UK KO
The UK's Ofcom has become the first telecoms regulator to spark a spectrum free-for-all, opening up the airwaves to "market forces". License holders will be able to do what they want with 70 per cent of the spectrum and exchange it with other holders: effectively giving the green light for massive media and telecomms consolidation. It's a victory for a well-funded lobby - Intel and Microsoft are amongst the leading backers - and it's a favorite idea of right-wing US think tanks and ideologues.
ATI rolls out X300, X800 mobile GPUs
ATI has extended its PCI Express-based mobile graphics processor line-up further upmarket and downward with the addition of high- and low-end chips to its Mobility Radeon X series.
MS rewards reformed critic with $10m
Microsoft has paid almost $10m directly to the top official of the Computer and Communications Industry Association as part of its settlement with the trade group.
Get yer draconian Blunkett rhetoric here
Those readers who are following the magnificent meanderings of UK home secretary David Blunkett as he moves the UK inexorably towards voluntary/compulsory ID cards in an attempt to stem the tide of swan-roasting illegal immigrant members of al-Qaeda who threaten the very fabric of our society will certainly enjoy Chris Applegate's David Blunkett Policy Maker.
Cingular lays off 7,000
US mobile firm Cingular is laying off 7,000 people, or ten per cent of its workforce, as part of its integration of AT&T's wireless unit.
Intel to retain top chip maker title on 04...
Don't expect to see a major shake-up among the world's ten biggest chip makers this year, market watcher IC Insights forecast this week, but do anticipate lesser players to get ever closer to market leader Intel, the researcher warned.
How good is UK.gov at its own security agenda?
CommentYesterday Peter Hain, the Leader of the Commons, was happily telling journalists that the Government's security-heavy legislative programme was intended to frustrate the opposition by "crowding out any place for them on the security agenda". Which one might think a remarkably cynical thing to say on its own, but he went a step further later; speaking to Radio 4, he groomed Labour as the only party that could protect us adequately from terror.
Yahoo! - the thinking corporate's email solution
Google, which doesn't quite seem to be able to get its GMail service into service, has nevertheless changed the email world forever. The threat of its new 1GB service caused other public players like MSN and Yahoo! to up the stakes. Yahoo!, I now contend, should be regarded as a potential corporate IT email solution, having recently upped its mailbox size to 2GB for pay-as-you-go customers, and that's available right now.
Business Serve posts profit
Business Serve PLC - the acquisitive Lancaster-based ISP - has posted a profit after seeing a sizeable jump in turnover. The increase in revenue for the six months to the end of September was down to a string of acquisitions underpinned by organic growth.
Cisco market share slipping
Networking giant Cisco is losing market share in its core router market to rival Juniper Networks.
Group voices concerns over synthetic technology
A Canadian advocacy group has called for a tighter regulation of nanotech's spread into the biological world. It has published a consultation document, Down on the Farm, which examines how nano-scale technologies will affect farmers, food and agriculture. The ETC group (Erosion, Technology and Concentration) has called for a moratorium on all lab experimentation and environmental release of synthetic biology - autonomous nano-scale devices - until their impact is better understood.
UK prof pioneers new LCD screen system
A Cambridge UK academic has come up with a completely new flat TV concept that relies on total internal reflection in a wedge shaped piece of clear plastic, fed by the same LCD video projectors that drive rear-projection televisions. The technique promises to cost about a fiftieth of the price of current plasma screens and yet deliver a similar quality picture.
Group Sense ships Palm slider-phone
Far Eastern Palm OS-based smart phone maker Group Sense PDA (GSPDA) formally launched its latest handset this week, two months after revealing the device in a series of sneak previews.
Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1
ReviewSony knows a thing or two about design, but when it came to portable digital audio, Apple stole the crown that Sony had worn since the launch of the original Walkman, writes Riyad Emeran.
ID scheme, IT the key to Blunkett's new terror laws
The pile of security legislation the Government unveiled yesterday is disturbingly large but, as Peter Hain has to all intents and purposes confessed, most of it is window-dressing this side of the election. A couple of Bills will get through before May, with ID cards and SOCA, the 'British FBI', among the most likely to do so. Another with heavy IT implications, the Management of Offenders Bill (tagging) also stands some chance, but ID Cards (the Government seems to have switched back to "Cards" rather than "Scheme") looks like being the showpiece the Government will try to sell itself on in the next election campaign.
Telstra appoints itself Oz net censor
Australian telco Telstra has appointed itself guardian of the Lucky Country's net morals after an embarrassing advertising blunder directed fans of Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan to a US gay porn site.
HP confirms plans for Blu-ray
HP has firmed up its plans for Blu-ray DVD disk drives and said the format would begin going into many of its product lines, including select consumer desktop and notebook PCs, personal workstations and digital entertainment centers.
Citrix buys Net6
Server-based computing firm Citrix yesterday announced a deal to acquire SSL VPN vendor Net6 for approximately $50m cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
Dixons to offer Philips Wi-Fi PCs
UK consumer electronics retail chain Dixons has partnered with Philips to bring the Dutch manufacturer's Freeline range of home wireless PCs to the High Street.
Stelios to hop into bed with T-Mobile
The launch of a new discount mobile phone service from serial entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou could be just weeks away according to the Financial Times. It reports that T-Mobile and Stelios' Easy Group are set to ink a deal within the next fortnight or so that would see the Deutsche Telekom's mobile division provide a wholesale mobile service for Stelios' latest venture.
Tony Blair to face SMS inquisition
Tomorrow marks a significant first in UK politics when O2 Active hosts a live "mobile phone chat room session" with British prime minister Tony Blair. The online love-in offers ordinary people the chance to text their pressing questions of the day in advance to our Tone, who will then dispense wisdom to a selected cross-section worthy voters.
Scientists spot really, really big black hole
The discovery of a 12.7bn light-year distant supermassive black hole has challenged astronomers' understanding of star and galaxy formation. NASA's Chandra X-Ray observatory spotted the object, which is generating energy at the rate of twenty trillion suns, at the heart of a quasar formed less than a billion years after the big bang.
Telefónica UK ditches narrowband
Telefónica UK is to stop providing wholesale narrowband services to ISPs because of dwindling demand from end users. Instead, the UK subsidiary of the Spanish telco intends to focus on the provision of broadband services to the ISP and corporate marketplace.
How MS will end the Dell - Intel love-in
AnalysisHere's a prediction you don't see everyday. Microsoft will be responsible for ending the monogamous relationship between Dell and Intel. Microsoft will deliver Dell to AMD.
Italian Senate in gay porn worm attack outrage
Proceedings in the Italian Senate were disrupted this week after hackers used a computer worm to display hardcore gay porn on computer monitors.
UK wireless watchdog to 'open' 72% of public spectrum
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to put over 70 per cent of the nation's public airwaves under the influence of market forces in a bid to eliminate inefficiencies in spectrum management that have, it claims, "limited the innovation and development of higher-value services".
Dutch actress to authenticate breasts online
Outraged Dutch actress Georgina Verbaan is to publish x-rays of her assets online after speculation that she underwent a breast augmentation in advance of a €200,000 appearance in the December issue of Dutch Playboy. The implant-free mams will reportedly appear sometime this week on her website.
No winding-up order for Gio Internet
NetServices has denied reports that it has issued a winding-up notice against Gio Internet over a disputed unpaid bill. A spokesman for the Manchester-based network distributor told The Register: "A winding-up order has not been issued. However, I can confirm that NetServices have now handed over all responsibility for recovery of bad debt to our insolvency agency."
UK.gov in scrap over school e-register patent
The UK government is embroiled in legal wrangling over the validity of a patent covering an electronic registration system for schools. Far from settling the dispute, a high court ruling on 17 June prompted both sides to claim victory. The continuing dispute, and contradictory advice from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), has caused uncertaintly over whether schools themselves could be held liable for infringing on the patented technology.
iPod gains ghettoblaster accessory
North American iPod users can now blast the music collections to the whole street courtesy of accessory maker Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO)'s latest add-on for the digital music device.
Career database 'wide open' to hijacking
An on-line database containing the career and contact details of over 22 million business people can be edited by anyone.
Huygens probe gets clean bill of health
The European Space Agency's Huygens probe, carried millions of miles to Saturn on board the NASA Cassini space craft, has completed its final series of checks before separation. The check up, its sixteenth, found the probe in good health, according to the ESA.
Poison applet peril affects IE, Opera and Firefox
A vulnerability in a Java plug-in from Sun Microsystems used by most web browsers poses a risk for users of IE and alternative browsers alike. Because of the flaw, malicious applets can escape the safe confines of a sandbox and damage vulnerable systems.