9th > February > 2006 Archive
Ad happy Napster turns Q3 profit to loss
Despite adding tens of thousands of customers, Napster continued to cough up tons of cash in its third quarter.
EC marks copyright monopoly's cards
The European Commission's competition police have opened a formal investigation into the network of companies that collect copyright royalties for music broadcast on the internet.
WidowPC to ship world's first SLI laptop in 60 days
US system builder Widow PC has announced an SLI-equipped gaming notebook that it claims will be "the first on the planet". The graphics guzzler is going to ship with a monster 19in "fast-response" display, the company added.
Borland gambles without developers
AnalysisAnyone hoping Borland Software's decision to exit the integrated development environment (IDE) game will meet the same fate as its plan (subsequently dumped) to re-invent itself as Inprise in 1998, is likely to be sorely disappointed.
Brocade and ex-CEO could square off in court over failed Cisco buy
The controversy between Brocade and its former CEO Greg Reyes has been kicked up a notch, following a report the parties could face off in court over Brocade's handling of acquisition talks with Cisco.
VIA pitches P4M890 chipset at mainstream PCs
VIA has begun shipping its P4M890 integrated chipset for mainstream Pentium 4- and Celeron-based desktop systems, the chip maker said today. The part has support for HD audio and video, with an output resolution of up to 1080p, VIA said. With an eye on the media centre market, the chipset has two video capture ports and three digital video outputs.
Man eats 50-year-old chicken for golden wedding anniversary
A sentimental husband in Denton, Greater Manchester, has celebrated his golden wedding anniversary by eating a 50-year-old can of chicken.
Bloke installs PC in whisky bottle
Those of you who have ever wondered what they do in Finland to pass those endless winter nights will be delighted to learn that, thanks to reader Mark Morgan, we can now reveal the astounding truth: the activity of choice is to get plastered on imported scotch and then install a PC in the empty bottle.
Sony plans Taipei Game Show splash for PS3
Will Taiwan play host to the first working, playable PlayStation 3 consoles? Sony will be presenting the next-generation entertainment device next week at the Taipei Game Show, and Chinese-language paper the Commercial Times said Sony will devote a quarter of its extensive 80-booth show space to the PS3.
BT Fusion batphone dials up 13,000 punters
More than 13,000 punters have signed up to BT's Fusion batphone, the UK's dominant fixed line telco confirmed today. In the last week or so, BT has tinkered with the pricing for its consumer product and also repackaged BT Fusion for small businesses as part of plans to increase sales.
AMD to ship 65nm Athlon 64 and FX CPUs 'H1 07'
RoadmapAMD's first 65nm Athlon 64 and FX processors will debut early next year, followed by 65nm Semprons in the second-half of 2007, according to alleged company roadmap presentation slides that have popped up on Chinese-language website HKEPC.
Fossett's farewell fatalities
Steve Fossett's non-stop flight distance record attempt has entered its second day, but was nearly scuppered on take off, it has emerged. As soon as Fossett had got off the ground a flock of birds at the Kennedy Space Centre could have brought him crashing back down, the Virgin GlobalFlyer website reports.
Islamist hackers attack Danish sites
Protests over cartoon images of the prophet Mohammed have spilled onto cyberspace with a series of attacks against Danish and other western websites. Islamist ire over the publication of the "satiric pictures" portraying the prophet Mohammed, first published in Denish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, has resulted in 1,000 attacks against web servers, according to defacement archive Zone-H. Danish sites have copped the majority of attacks, but the barrage of assaults has also hit Israeli and other western web servers.
Intel's 'Conroe' to end dual-core, single-core split
RoadmapIntel's next-generation architecture-based 'Conroe' desktop processor will ship as the Core E6000 series, the latest desktop roadmaps to leak out of the chip maker reveal, and finally begin to blur the distinction between single- and dual-core processors. The chips will debut, as expected, in Q3, at speeds of up to 2.66GHz.
BT cool on Pipex buyout rumours
BT has played down speculation that it is eyeing up broadband outfit Pipex as a possible £350m take-over target.
Cuts help EDS
Job cuts have helped double profits at IT services giant EDS during a quarter of stagnant revenues.
Intel moves mobile 'Merom' back to Q4
RoadmapIntel's next-generation architecture-based 'Merom' notebook processor will not ship until Q4, leaked roadmap documentation suggests, lending weight to recent claims that 'Santa Rosa', the next generation of the chip maker's Centrino platform, will not debut until March 2007.
Biostar Intel-oriented nForce 4 Ultra mobo ships
Nvidia was quick to point out yesterday that motherboard maker Biostar has begun shipping a board based on its recently announced nForce 4 Ultra for Intel chipset. Nvidia announced the part mid-January, and its debut in retail comes a year after the first nForce Intel chipset - aka 'C19' - was granted PCI Express certification.
Software packages 'left to gather dust'
Two in three IT departments are squandering money and resources by delaying the deployment of new software by a year or more. Many organisations leave software gathering dust on shelves for six months before taking a further six months to introduce it, according to a new survey commissioned by enteo Software.
Microsoft runs out of EC time
Microsoft is facing fines from the European Commission after failing to get an extension on a deadline it had been set by the competition police.
Nominet flip-flops on industry code of conduct
Nominet UK, the outfit that administers the .uk domain, says it's committed to "raising standards in the UK internet industry" four years after insisting a code of conduct was "not feasible".
Opera preview bakes in BitTorrent
Opera this week announced plans to integrate BitTorrent into the next version of its browser, Opera 9. A BitTorrent search engine will be available from the browser’s user interface in a development Opera said will allow for faster and more efficient downloads of large files.
Slim Devices to put Pandora in its network music box
Slim Devices, maker of the Squeezebox family of network music players, will next month link its web-based internet radio service, Squeeze Network, to the Pandora music discovery service, the company said today. From March 1, Squeezebox will provide customers old and new with three months' free access to Pandora.
RIM prepares to post ban-beating Blackberry update
Research in Motion has finally come clean - sort of - as to how it plans to side-step the effects of its infringement of NTP intellectual property and keep its Blackberry service in business. It will ship a software patch that converts Blackberries into what it calls "multi-mode" devices. New product will get the code automatically. If the US District Court bans the current, patent-infringing "standard mode" Blackberry, RIM will activate an alternative, non-infringing mode on all upgraded devices.
ID fraud conmen target TV comic Hill
Fraudsters siphoned £280,000 from the bank account of TV comic Harry Hill as part of a scam targeting wealthy people that netted an estimated £500,000. A court heard that an unnamed pair of crooks allegedly used threats to obtain answers to confidential security questions needed to control the bank accounts of prospective marks including Hill, 41.
Apple gears up to launch 'true video iPod'
Time to drool, iPod fans. Apple is preparing the long-anticipated video-specific iPod, complete with a 3.5in, colour touch-sensitive display that covers the entire front face of the device and sporting a virtual clickwheel, according to a report posted on the web today.
Sun butts against IBM in integration
Sun Microsystems is today expected to make the first fruits of its SeeBeyond Technologies acquisition available with software targeting IBM.
Motorola posts slimline slider phone specs
Motorola's Z ultra-slim slider phone will sport a 2.2in, 262,000-color 240 x 320 display, incorporate up to 128MB of memory, be capable of operating as an e-book reader and be able to play 128-voice polyphonic ringtones, the company's South Korean subsidiary, which designed the phone and launched it earlier this week, said today.
EU's Reding gets tough on roaming
As consumer grumbling grows over roaming call charges, the European Commission is flexing its muscles to force down international charges.
Google sued for selling Check 'n Go keyword
The company behind US cash-advance firm Check 'n Go has sued Google for selling its trademarks as keywords in search advertising, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Such sales do not breach Google's own policy for the US and Canada.
Ofcom acts to improve consumer protection
Ofcom has published a stack of proposals about how to improve consumer protection for millions of UK phone and broadband users, kicking off ten weeks of consultation during which it will look to thrash out a number of proposals to keep UK consumers safe from rogue or incompetent operators.
Fossett fuel fears
Steve Fossett has given a first conference from aboard his record-chasing aircraft. He told assembled reporters, via webcam, that he was now enjoying the ride, despite technical problems.
Koreans conduct 'dawn raid' of Intel offices
AMD vs IntelSouth Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) officials today mounted raids on Intel's local offices, as part of the authority's investigation into allegations that the giant abused its leadership position in the chip market, the Korea Economic Times newspaper reported today.
Gateway starts CEO hunt after Inouye quits
Wayne Inouye - he of the cheap box - has quit as Gateway's CEO, leaving the company with an interim chief.
Oracle welcomes Siebel staff with 2,000 job cuts
UpdateOracle will layoff 2,000 staffers as it works to bring Siebel Systems on board.