6th > February > 2006 Archive
Getting virtual clients managed
A potential weak spot in the otherwise rather enticing offerings of Boston-based Softricity, looks like it gets filled today with the announcement the company has launched a version of its SoftGrid Virtual Application Server that integrates with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS).
Kiwis craft first iPod-integrating bed
What do you give the iPod owner who has everything? An opportunity to listen to their favourite digital music player while they sleep with none of that tangled-in-the-duvet earphone misery, that's what. And now you can, courtesy of New Zealand bed maker Design Mobel. The company's Pause bed incorporates not only an iPod dock, but a pair of Bose speakers and - just for the truly media obsessive - a built-in LCD TV.
Go home - it's National Sickie Day
If your office is looking a little empty this morning it could be because today is the most popular day of the year to take a sickie.
BT mum on Pipex buy-out rumours
BT has declined to comment on weekend press reports that it is planning a £350m bid for broadband ISP Pipex.
Compal to fab Fujitsu-Siemens' 3G handhelds
Fujitsu-Siemens' (FS) pipelined pair of PDA phones, the Pocket Loox T810 and T830, will be manufactured by Taiwan's Compal, Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times said.
VW preps Google Earth-based in-car sat nav rig
Volkswagen is partnering with Google to devise an in-car navigation device that plots your path using Google Earth images and points-of-interest (POI) data rather than the more basic vector graphics displayed by today's sat nav units.
Warez pirates caught by Operation Jolly Roger
Nineteen participants in the so-called 'warez' scene were indicted on federal charges last Tuesday for pirating more than $6.5m worth of copyrighted computer software, games, and movies and distributing it online.
Lords restrict terror website censorship plans
The House of Lords has restricted Government plans to allow the police to order the take down of suspected terrorism-related web content by requiring that the authorities obtain the permission of a judge first.
Man torches self in Hwang Woo-suk protest
A South Korean man died on Saturday after dousing himself with paint thinner and setting himself on fire in support of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk, Reuters reports. Shortly before his suicide in the centre of Seoul he distributed around 30 leaflets "calling for Hwang to carry on his studies".
Evesham readies RAID-enabled home music store
UK PC maker Evesham will ship a music streaming system designed not only to pump your favourite tunes out across your home network, but also to protected your collection against hard drive damage. The MBox provides up to 500GB of storage, though you only get half of that because the unit has two drives, one configured to mirror the contents of the other. If one fails, the company said, the other still has a full archive.
Sony Ericsson to ship iPod-styled 3G email phone in Q2
Sony Ericsson today launched its first device based on a new version of the UIQ user interface for the Symbian mobile phone operating system. Launched in two forms - one black, the other white - the 1.5cm-thick M600 dual-mode 3G phone is pitched directly at the iPod generation.
UK footie fans warm to Deportivo Wanka
Peruvian football team Deportivo Wanka has been giving Manchester United a run for its money in the replica kit market, although the Huancayo-based outfit has no idea why more than 1,000 British footie fans might want to sport a Deportivo Wanka shirt.
Bulldog faces uncertain future
There are fears for the future of broadband ISP Bulldog amid reports that parent Cable & Wireless (C&W) could be about to undertake a massive restructuring.
Linux users demand Photoshop
A Novell poll asking Linux users which Windows/Mac apps they'd most like to see running on their machines, currently names Photoshop as the software of choice.
Dell drops out of HDD MP3 player biz
Dell has dropped its line of hard drive-based MP3 players, but it's taken more than a month for anyone to notice. The absence of the Pocket Digital Jukebox players from Dell's website was spotted last week by Bloomberg. The news agency asked Dell about it and learned the products were canned late December/early January, it reported.
French cops ditch IE
The French police force plans to ditch Microsoft's Internet Explorer as its preferred browser software and replace it with Firefox by the end of the year. Up to 70,000 desktops will be switched over to a Firefox and Thunderbird email client set-up because of the combo's "reliability, security and inter-interoperability with other state services"," General Christian Brachet, IT director of the French police force said.
Kama Sutra a wet blanket
The much anticipated Kama Sutra worm turned out to be rather flaccid. The worm was programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs on Friday (February 3), but in the event only a few people got hit - even though many machines were infected at one time or another.
Google shifts Greenwich Meridian
We gather the official position of the Prime Meridian at Greenwich is not to the liking of the powers that be at Google, as they have decided to shift it 100 metres or so east.
Ergo preps pink PC for breast cancer charity
You've seen the pink Motorola Razr V3 mobile phone. You've eyed the pink T-Mobile MDA Compact II PDA. Now gape at the pink Ergo Ensis S notebook - the latest item of rose-hued technology to be offered up to UK consumers.
BT suspends SMS trial amid data protection fears
BT is to pull the plug on a new SMS service amid fears it might breach data protection laws.
Autonomy beats the Street
Search specialist Autonomy saw its shares rise slightly today after posting good results for the fourth quarter.
Motorola SLVR L7 music phone
ReviewAccording to the 'word on the street', there are two reasons why you would want Motorola's SLVR phone over any other. The first is the dimensions of the device and the second that it's the second phone from Motorola to offer users iTunes software.
WD offers 120GB pocket external drive
Western Digital has upped the capacity of its Passport external hard disk drive to 120GB. The drives are based on WD's own Scorpio line of 2.5in notebook-oriented HDDs, and since they too were recently upgraded to 120GB, it's no surprise that the Passport series now offers that capacity in addition to the 40, 60, 80 and 100GB versions already shipping.
Good enough for kids
StobSitting watching telly, a BBC trailer for its Bitesize GCSE revision programme caught my eye. This is an adjunct to the BBC website, a sort of punishment block, where young shavers are encouraged to swot up for their oncoming exams. What, I wondered idly, were our youngsters being taught about our own, dear trade? How had things moved from my own distant youth, when IT training had comprised, as I remember it, Mr S the maths teacher telling us where the Research Machines 380Z lived and emphatically interdicting its use?
BMW and Ricoh Germany delisted from Google
BMW and Ricoh have had their German web pages removed from Google because they have been using deceptive means to boost ranking, according to the search engine.
Four-year 'limited patent' proposed
A patent lasting 20 years makes sense for some inventions, but for those in the fields of software and technology, a four-year term is often more appropriate. This is part of a new 'limited patent' proposal set out by a computing professor this month.
Informatica buys Similarity
CommentInformatica has announced the acquisition of Similarity Systems, the Dublin, Ireland-based purveyor of data quality solutions. Now, I have been asking Informatica for years about why they weren’t going beyond data profiling and into full data quality solutions and had more or less given up beating my head against this particular brick wall, so I am pleased that the company has at last taken this step. The question, however, is whether this particular step (given the number of data quality vendors in the market) is the right one?
Greece rocked by mobile phone tapping scandal
Eavesdroppers tapped the mobile phones of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, cabinet ministers and security officials for about a year around the time of the Athens Olympics, according to Greek ministers. The mobile phones of approximately 100 people (whose ranks include journalists and Arabs living in Greece, as well as the country's political and security elite) were monitored after snooping software was illegally installed on the systems of Vodafone Greece, the country's second largest mobile operator. Spyware enabled phone conversations from Vodafone subscribers to be diverted to 14 'shadow' pay-as-you-go mobile phones and relayed to a recording system, The Observer reports.
ATI launches mobile workstation GPU with 12 pixel engines
ATI has introduced its latest graphics chip for mobile workstations, the Mobility FireGL V5200. The GPU's got five vertex engines feeding 12 pixel-shader processors. While the previous generation of the product, the FireGL V5000, had just eight pixel-shader units, it also had six vertex engines, one more than the new chip.
IBM and Freescale really commit to Power
Spurned by Apple, IBM and Freescale have stunned the technology world by announcing that PC processor technology has become boring and is a dead end. With that in mind, the pair plan to reinvigorate their partnership around the Power processor architecture.
Big EMC says small is beautiful
EMC, long chided as a bully of the enterprise, wants to make nice with the little guy - as evidenced by its release of a broad portfolio of new products aimed at small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).