26th > September > 2006 Archive
Micron samples 1Gb DDR 3 chip
US memory maker Micron today took the wraps of what it claimed is the world's first 1Gb DDR 3 chip well ahead of full-scale production of the part, which the company said will begin "early next year". In the same timeframe, Micron will sample a 2Gb chip, it added.
Trend Micro to kick butt on botnets
Trend Micro has declared war on botnets, opening a zombie PC pest control service for ISPs and other big network providers.
Nokia dials up Express Music phone family?
Nokia is gearing up to launch a pair of music-centric mobile phones, according to a Russian handset retailer's website. The site's pictures of the products certainly tally with blurry photos of the devices that popped up on the web last month.
Apple equips iMac with next-gen Wi-Fi?
Do Apple's latest iMacs ship with an 802.11n Wi-Fi card? Photos of the Core 2 Duo-based all-in-one consumer computer certainly imply as much, but users will have to install and run Windows Vista to see it for themselves.
Revenue and profits jump at Calyx
Gaining a strong foothold in the British market has contributed to strong interim financial results for Irish IT services firm Calyx.
StreamBase touts a standard language for event processing
CommentStreamBase has just, amidst much fanfare, announced that it is pushing for the establishment of a standard development language for event processing applications.
NASA's trip to China is stirring things up
NASA officials are to visit China for the first time, with a view to possibly establishing some sort of cooperative approach to exploring space.
Ebbers starts porridge
Worldcom ex-CEO Bernie Ebbers starts a 25-year prison sentence today for his role in the $11bn collapse of the firm.
Three-year-old buys £9k car on eBay
A three-year-old Lincolnshire computer whizz bought a £9k car on eBay while his mum's back was turned, the BBC reports.
MS mulls emergency IE fix
Microsoft is considering plans to release an unscheduled security patch to address a serious security vulnerability in its ubiquitous Internet Explorer web browser.
Novell raises exec pay under shadow of delisting
Novell's board has approved pay rises for the company's CFO and CEO just days after NASDAQ handed the company a delisting notice for its delay in filing its third quarter results.
Mobile gaming initiative gains OMA backing
The Mobile Gaming Initiative has gained backing from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and formed a Game Services Working Group within the OMA to look at standards in mobile gaming.
The haunting issue of latency
Ionian BlogA storm forced us to spend two days here, on the island of Cephalonia.
Carphone Warehouse buys Aussie telco
Carphone Warehouse has bought Newtel Communicaciones for £370,000.
China going blogging mad
Despite scant internet access outside major metropolitan centres, blogging in China is enjoying a boom to match its manufacturing industry.
Scottish MPs cop an eyeful of Red Hot Wives
Hard working Scottish MPs were over the weekend treated to a bit of light relief when their Holyrood TV system offered ads for porn channels, The Scotsman reports.
Buy your piece of the .mobi internet today
The latest addition to the internet - new .mobi domains - will go on sale from 3pm today (GMT).
Malware lurks behind safety seal
Sites handed the TRUSTe seal of approval are twice as likely to host malware or engage in spamming as those not endorsed by any security certificate, according to a study by spyware researcher Ben Edelman.
Private space rocket crashes in desert
A privately funded rocket, bound for (sub)orbit, has crashed into the New Mexico desert after something went wrong at 40,000 feet.
Britain became island in 24 hours
A sonar probe of the bed of the English Channel has produced evidence that Britain may have become an island is less than 24 hours, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Nokia to ship 8GB hard drive music phone by year's end
UpdatedNokia today unveiled a version of its N91 mobile phone fitted with an 8GB hard drive. The handset was joined by Music Edition versions of a number of other N series devices, part of Nokia's plan to pitch the phone family as a viable alternative to Apple's iPod.
Olympic Games committee shortlists IT firms
Leading IT firms have been shortlisted to run the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Game's (Locog) back office system.
Koreans power up 'small-sized fondling robot'
Those readers who like a challenge can apply their intellects to this poser: what exactly on God's green Earth is the purpose of IZIrobotics Azzang?:
Yahoo! shuts! for! Christmas!
Yahoo! is making sure all its staff get a bit of Christmas cheer this year by sending them all home for a week's holiday between Christmas and New Year.
AOL sued over search engine data release
A trio of AOL subscribers are suing the media giant over the public release of search engine queries.
UK's top web retailers failing the disabled
The UK's top 30 shopping websites exclude disabled users, new research has found.
Teddy bear slaughters 2,500 trout
A teddy bear dropped into a pool in a New Hampshire fish farm managed to kill 2,500 trout, The Mercury News reports.
Stuff ID cards in Faraday cages
LettersIn the postbag this fine Tuesday, we discovered a multitude of mail on the subject of cutting the cost of the ID card scheme. You had much to say about minister Liam Byrne's suggestion that using existing government databases might help trim the budget a little:
Nokia opens up on N75 multimedia flipper
In addition to the phones announced earlier today, Nokia also unveiled the N75 in New York. This S60 phone has front mounted music controls and an external 1.36 in (160 x 128 pixel) display which allows you to control your music playback without having to open the flip. The N75 will play back MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA files and also has a built in FM radio.
Merging your landline and mobile
Mobile WorkshopFor the last part of our mobile workshop we’re looking at mobile convergence. After our customary market observations, we’d love to hear your experiences with converged mobile and fixed voice and data.
Kid-only tone firm bids for the charts
What to do when you’ve discovered you own a sound that only children can hear?
Greenpeace wants Apple to clean up
Apple is a grubby polluter and isn't doing enough to change that, according to environmental pressure group Greenpeace. A new campaign comes on the back of a Greenpeace investigation into the contents and destination of hardware which ranked Apple below less hippyish brands like Dell and HP for environmental responsibility.
California mulls RFID privacy law
California is on the brink of introducing privacy laws to safeguard personal data stored on radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in government-issued documents and identification cards.
Bluetooth SIG gets serious
The Bluetooth SIG showed its muscle today when the manufacturing facility of Shenzhen Bluebird Hi-Tech. Co. in Shenzhen was raided by officers from the Shenzhen City Economic Crime Investigation Department of the Public Security Bureau (a unit which will never make for a snappy TV title).
Intel's Otellini accelerates performance-per-Watt plan
IDFIntel will tape out its first 45nm microprocessor designs during Q4, company CEO Paul Otellini revealed today. That's the first step on the road to delivering a CPU that consumes a tenth of the power today's chips do. Otellini promised such a part a year ago. Today, he said it will arrive in 2008, two years earlier than forecast.
Intel offers $1m for a Viiv-based Mac Mini killer
IDFIntel will pay whoever designs what it reckons is the world's coolest living room computer $1m. Apple's Mac Mini might be a candidate, but despite the appearance of VP Phil Schiller during CEO Paul Otellini's Intel Developer Forum - a first for the Mac maker - the contest is only open to Viiv-branded machines.
Intel goes public with quad-core roadmap
IDFIntel's first mainstream quad-core processor will be branded Core 2 Quad, the company confirmed at its bi-annual developer forum today. The chip family will ship in Q1 2007 - at least two months after the first Intel quadie, a new Core 2 Extreme, debuts in November 2006.
US politicians go to bat for Microsoft
Microsoft's lobbying of the Bush Administration to intervene on its behalf in its antitrust battle with the EU, is bearing fruit.
Crash! Bang! MySpace! Wallop!
A Microsoft spinout is adding to the social networking detritus with an ads-free service intended to challenge MySpace for internet traffic.
Intel on top of the server world again
IDFPut a marketing man in charge of Intel, and you get a marketing-based product launch.
Intel fabs 80-core teraflop processor
IDFQuad-core? Pah! Intel has produced an 80-core chip, the world's first programmable microprocessor with teraflop performance capabilities, the chip giant claimed today. It's not compatible with the x86 instruction set - it's a proof of concept part designed to show how a production processor might operate.
DIY and nearly BI
ColumnMy esteemed colleague on Reg Developer, Martin Banks, has argued that do-it-yourself BI (Business Intelligence) is a trend worth watching:
Intel names new chips after failed Israeli political party
IDFIntel's tradition of issuing confusing and innocuous processor code-names has been derailed. Oh, the code-names are still confusing because of their quantity, but they've shifted from innocuous to loaded.
Sony ships first EV-DO Rev A equipped laptop
Sony has begun pitching the first EV-DO Revision A-enabled notebook to Sprint customers, touting the machine's readiness for the carrier's soon-to-be-upgraded PowerVision network.
Boeing closes Connexion - and I thought they were just being rude!
CommentI recently interviewed Boeing (Farnborough International Air show) and couldn't get a word out of them about Connexion By Boeing - their inflight WiFi/satellite service. Now, I find that Connexion has gone bust.
LimeWire slams RIAA members' 'illegal online cartel'
LimeWire LLC has returned fire in its copyright dispute with Recording Industry Ass. Of America (RIAA), accusing its members of operating an illegal cartel to control the online distribution of music.
Rackable and Intel scratch each other behind AMD's back
IDFDangle the promise of a few thousand customers in front of a vendor, and just about anyone will show up to the Intel Developer Forum. Case in point, longtime Opteron backer Rackable Systems, which graced IDF with its CEO Tom Barton – in the midst of Intel CEO Paul Otellini's keynote no less.