14th > November > 2005 Archive
Formula One motor teams 'courting' Intel cash
Formula One racing teams McLaren Mercedes and BAR Honda are both attempting to persuade Intel to become a regular team sponsor, it has been claimed.
E-gov awareness campaign planned
The UK Government is planning to launch a national campaign to get more of us to communicate with local councils online.
'Spyware' vendor bangs copyright shield
RetroCoder, developers of the SpyMon remote monitoring program, is brandishing copyright law in a bid to protect its software from being detected by anti-spyware or anti-virus products.
Pump-and-dump spam domains go silent after botnet closure
Pump-and-dump spam domains have gone quiet since the closure of a major botnet operation earlier this month. The finding, by Alex Shipp of MessageLabs, suggests that a botnet (a network of compromised machines controlled by hackers) thought to be associated mainly with adware distribution was also used to distribute junk mail on a massive scale.
Sun admits to UltraSPARC T1
It may be a "systems" company, but Sun Microsystems isn't ready to talk systems where its Niagara-based line of servers are concerned. Instead, Sun today dribbled out a single detail around Niagara - now officially named the UltraSPARC T1 - saying that the processor has started to arrive in volume at 1.2GHz.
Sony Ericsson's noddy phones
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
Siemens cuts 3, 000 jobs
Siemens is cutting 3,000 jobs in its computer division after posting a big fall in profits.
Linux Networx unleashes designer Opteron beast
SC05Linux Networx may well win the cluster fashion awards at this year's Supercomputing conference with its new LS Series systems.
Intel debuts virtualisation on the desktop
Intel has begun shipping the eagerly anticipated pair of Pentium CPUs equipped with its 'one processor, multiple operating systems' Virtualisation Technology (VT).
Rebranded CA in strategy refocus
CA WorldComputer Associates has rebranded itself as CA in a move to further distance itself from a troubled recent history. The move - which which been mooted for some time - was accompanied by a pledge by the enterprise software developer to focus on four key market segments: systems management, security, storage and business service optimisation. The 5,000 delegates at the firm's annual CA World conference in Las Vegas were promised the launch of 26 products on Monday, the largest such launch in the firm's history.
Kingmax touts 'thinnest' USB Flash drive
Kingmax has release what it claims is the world's "lightest and thinnest" USB Flash drive, a 5g device that's just 2mm thick.
NHS's £6bn IT project in trouble, leaked email reveals
Leaked emails have revealed that Richard Granger, the head of Connecting for Health, the £6.2bn project to revamp the NHS' IT infrastructure, believes the project is in grave danger of being derailed.
Intel 'Broadwater' chipset to ship 'Q2 06'
Intel's follow-up to its 945 chipset family, the 965 series, will ship in Q2 2006.
O2 ups revs and punters
O2 - which has agreed to the acquired by Spain's Telefonica for £18bn - continues to attract new punters to its service, helping it post increased revenues for the six months to September.
World Summit blog: internet, freedom of speech and the UN
WSIS TunisThe most controversial aspect of this whole world summit hasn't been the ensuing fight of who should run the internet but where it is being hosted: Tunisia.
So where are we up to with this internet governance thing?
WSIS TunisThe World Summit on the Information Society starts this Wednesday in Tunis. It will be three days in which the world's governments will decide for the very first time what should and can be done with this medium we call the internet.
Gartner warns business on Vista
Business users should stay away from Microsoft's upcoming Vista OS until 2008 at the earliest, say analysts Gartner.
Alleged techie killer Googled 'neck snap break'
A Mac specialist on trial for the murder of his wife allegedly carried out a Google search for "neck snap break" and "hold" before her death, prosecutors in Durham, North Carolina, claimed last week.
Linux phones get standardised
Orange and PalmSource are among a group of companies working to standardise Linux so it can be used on a variety of mobile phones without the need to check applications will run effectively. Ten companies are backing the formation of a new standards group.
BT 'gets angry' if criticised, says C&W boss
BT has been left scratching its head following comments made by Cable & Wireless (C&W) boss Francesco Caio last week at a telecoms conference in Edinburgh.
Snocap settles on Warner Music deal
P2P content tracking company Snocap has added Warner Music Group to its list of recording companies whose song catalogues it is able to monitor.
Buffalo Link Theater wireless media player
ReviewBuffalo probably isn't the first name that springs to mind when you think of DVD players, but the Link Theater is more than just a DVD player. Following in the footsteps of KiSS, Buffalo has created a DVD player that can play multiple video formats on multiple storage media. Gone are the days when consumers just needed MPEG 2 DVD playback in their living room, now MPEG 4 is as much a pre-requisite as retail DVDs.
Britain's wind power could be best in Europe
The government's target of generating 10 per cent of the UK's electricity from renewable resources could be met by wind alone, a study has found, with very little risk of either high or low winds significantly disrupting the power supply.
Vodafone signs Universal song selection
Vodafone has licensed Universal Music Group's music and video content catalogue, allowing the mobile phone network to offer songs as audio downloads, video downloads and streams, and ringtones.
Newbury wired for cashless parking tickets
Car drivers in West Berkshire are now able to pay for their pay-and-display parking tickets using a mobile phone. The new service is up and running in Newbury, Pangbourne, Theale and Hungerford and is billed as being as more convenient for drivers.
World Summit blog: Heat, taxis and cous-cous
WSIS TunisTunis is relatively mild this time of year for a North African country. Although if you've just come from Britain, the sudden jump of 10-15 degrees wouldn't let you think so.
Finland to license commercial mobile TV service
Finland has become the first European country to issue a licence for a commercial TV service for mobile phones, the Finnish News Agency reports.
AOL tunes in to video on demand
AOL has unveiled details of a new broadband TV service that will see the giant ISP raid the archives of sister company Warner Bros. The new "In2TV" service is due to be launched early in 2006 enabling broadband users to stream full-length episodes of programmes including Kung Fu, Spenser: For Hire, The New Adventures of Batman, Pinky and the Brain and Growing Pains.
Smut-blurring software ruins quality net porn
NSFWIrish smut-busting outfit PixAlert has develeoped technology which it claims "completely prevents pornographic images being displayed and viewed on computer screens" by somehow blocking "illegal or inappropriate images as they are rendered".
Google to bring online rental to books
Google has approached at least one publishing house with a view to setting up an online book rental service, according to reports.
Microsoft seeks allies in EU antitrust fight
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops in a bid to get the US government and US businesses to support it in its anti-trust battle with the European Union.
Meet the man who will save the internet
WSIS TunisIt’s been four years since the issue of how the internet should be run, and by whom, became an official United Nations topic.
Cisco goes port crazy with Infiniband gear
SC05Cisco Systems continues to make good on its Topspin acquisition. Come December, it will start shipping the 144-port and 288-port giants that once sat at the high-end of Topspin's Infiniband switch line. In addition, Cisco will wrap these products with some updated management software and cabling options.
Xbox 360 old-game support needs hard drive - MS
Microsoft has posted a list of 212 Xbox games that are backward-compatible with the Xbox 360 - but only next-generation consoles with a hard drive.
IBM tops supercomputer list again
SC05The new list of the world's fastest supercomputers has arrived with few surprises. IBM servers and Intel chips still stand behind the majority of the systems. Itanium keeps losing spots, while Opteron gains momentum; and HP gains strongly while Sun Microsystems struggles to claim a handful of systems.
Juniper gets Funky
In briefJuniper Networks has acquired network access security firm Funk Software in a cash transaction valued at approximately $122m. The deal, which is expected to close in December 2005, gives Juniper a policy enforcement technology to compete with Cisco's existing Network Admission Control (NAC) programme for curtailing the spread of worms (such as Slammer or Sasser) across corporate networks.