23rd > November > 2005 Archive
Oracle's Ellison donating $122m to charities and attorneys
Uber-loaded chief executive Larry Ellison is reportedly paying $122m to settle an insider trading case, brought following a drop in Oracle's stock price in 2001.
Search usurping email as top internet activity
Search is catching up to email as the internet's number-one activity, according to a new poll.
Hyperion System 9 and master data management
CommentThe recent release of Hyperion System 9 was not, basically, a surprise. Amongs other things, not least, the front-end user environment, the company introduced a unified platform for its entire product suite and is claiming that it is the first CPM (corporate performance management) vendor to do so.
Heroes pull woman from Xbox blaze
An Anglesey woman was pulled unconscious from her house by two strangers after succumbing to smoke generated by a faulty Xbox.
AMD readies rival to Intel's Viiv
AMD is to launch a new brand to better associate its processors with PC-based home digital media systems, the company has revealed.
Home Office plans for science to tackle terror
The government has set out its plans to use science and technology to tackle crime and terrorism. Home Office Minister Andy Burnham, last seen on the ID card campaign trail, published details of the technologies he hopes can be brought to bear in the department's Science and Innovation Strategy 2005-08.
DSG gets Seasonal blues
Bosses at DSG International - the electrical retailers with companies including Dixons, Currys and PC World - are in need of some festive cheer after reporting that the run-up to the Christmas period remains tough.
iPod vibrator promises 'party in your pants'
NSFWThose female readers who have tried the SMS-triggered Bluetooth vibrator and the Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit but still feel some way short of total satisfaction in the earth-shattering climax department might like to road test the latest gadget to jump on the tech-driven orgasm bandwagon - the iBuzz vibrating bullet:
iPod vibrator promises 'party in your pants'
Those female readers who have tried the SMS-triggered Bluetooth vibrator and the Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit but still feel some way short of total satisfaction in the earth-shattering climax department might like to road test the latest gadget to jump on the tech-driven orgasm bandwagon - the iBuzz vibrating bullet.
Korea confirms Apple, Samsung Flash deal probe
South Korean Fair Trade officials have confirmed they are probing an alleged deal struck by Apple and Samsung to supply NAND Flash chips at below the market rate.
Navio to clone Apple's iPod DRM
iPod compatibility could come to a host of online music and video shops besides Apple's own iTunes Music Store, if US-based start-up Navio has its way.
Eclipse getting back to normal
Eclipse - the ISP owned by Kingston Communications - is reporting that all its punters "should now be able to connect" to its broadband service after its ADSL platform went titsup on Monday.
Browser developers team up to thwart hackers
Security developers representing four of the major browser firms have met up to discuss how to combat security threats. Techies working on Internet Explorer, Mozilla/FireFox and Opera teamed up with the folks from Konqueror to discuss how to combat security risks posed by phishing, aging encryption ciphers and inconsistent SSL Certificate practices. A surprising amount of consensus emerged through the informal meeting, hosted by Konqueror's George Staikos in Toronto last week.
Sonnet sings of bigger, better iPod batteries
Mac upgrade specialist Sonnet has launched a range of replacement batteries for old iPods.
Public divided on ID cards, poll reveals
The public is evenly divided on whether or not identity cards are a good idea, with 50 per cent supporting the introduction, and 48 per cent opposing it, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of campaign group No2ID.
Bulldog targets SMEs
Bulldog - the local loop unbundling (LLU) ISP owned by Cable & Wireless (C&W) - has set up a new division to flog its broadband service to business users.
Sony fiasco: More questions than answers
The big story the last few weeks has been the Sony BMG rootkit and in fact, it's the kind of story for which columnists drool: a big company does something unbelievably dumb that violates basic security principles. Many questions have arisen in my mind over the past few weeks as I've watched this story unfold. I'd like to share a few of them with you. If you have answers - or more questions - email them to me at the byline link above.
Euro phone shipments jumped 16% in Q3
Mobile phone makers pumped 39.5m handsets into Western Europe during Q3, 16 per cent more than they did in Q3 2004 and five per cent more than Q2 2004, market watcher IDC said yesterday.
London's top science scholars under hoodie ban
In what appears to be a misguided attempt to steal a march on the government's plans to deploy science and technology to fight crime and terrorism, Imperial College (IC) has banned staff and students from wearing hoodies and hijabs on campus.
Segway burns into Vulture Central
Picture specialWe're not quite sure what the VP in Charge of Writing at El Reg's Mountain View bureau, Ashlee Vance, will make of it*, but Segway yesterday visited Vulture Central in an attempt to convince the jaded hacks that a two-wheeled pogo stick is indeed the future of personal transportation for right-minded metropolitans.
Productivity – operational dream or individual reality?
Are there benefits resulting from an investment in wireless or remote access technology in addition to direct financial return? Many companies recognise the importance of increased competitive advantage, and enhancing the value of previous investments, but far fewer perceive the value of user acceptance.
Canon braces for arse-induced copier carnage
In case you hadn't noticed, Xmas, aka The Holiday Season as it is known down at Wal-Mart, is almost upon us. As ever, it is a time for good cheer, good will to all men and a good skinful of alcohol followed by an attempt to reproduce a likeness of one's buttocks on the office photocopier.
PayPal urged to cut off BNP
Tory MP Ben Wallace has written to the boss of PayPal Europe over concerns that the online payment service is being used to raise funds for the British National Party (BNP).
2006: crunch time for mobile firms
Next year will be difficult for mobile companies as their traditional business model comes under threat, Arpu continues to fall and wireless VoIP starts to have an impact.
Voda logo takes early bath at Man U
The Vodafone logo will disappear from Manchester United shirts at the end of this season - May 2006 - after the two agreed to end their £9m a year sponsoship deal two years earlier than expected.
BitTorrent to block links to pirate flicks
BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has agreed to strip links to pirate movies out of his bittorrent.com search engine - the outcome of talks between his company and the Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA).
Phoenix enjoys first half
Phoenix IT Group increased revenues by 32 per cent to £54.8m for the first six months of the year ended 30 September 2005.
Neuros updates MPEG 4 recorder for PSP, iPod
Neuros has updated its Neuros MPEG 4 Recorder (NMR), dropping the original gadget's SD memory card support for the Sony PlayStation Portable-friendly MemoryStick family. It's also added support for video iPod-compatible content.
Microsoft moots 'universal' MP3 player dock
AnalysisThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has established a working group to develop a universal docking standard for portable devices, the US-centric organisation announced this week.
A truly open Office for Microsoft?
AnalysisMicrosoft's decision to release the XML file formats planned for the forthcoming Office 12 for ratification as official standards has generated a lot of chatter and opened an old debate. What do the standards mean and can Microsoft be trusted?
Gartner 'clarifies' Windows Vista advice
A misunderstanding of meaning has forced Gartner to restate earlier advise apparently telling customers to postpone upgrading to Microsoft's planned Windows Vista operating system.