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Issue no. 177 - 12 November 2000
- Sony quietly codes DVDs to defeat popular multi-region players
Less than a month after Warner Home Video denied that it had put any software on its DVDs to prevent the discs from being played in unauthorized players (and also denied that a final version of the software even existed), competitor Columbia TriStar Home Video has confirmed that it is now using the security software on some of its discs.
Issue no. 176 - 5 November 2000
Issue no. 174 - 21 October 2000
- Gnutella Development Gnotted
The open-source heir apparent to Napster may not survive long enough to claim the crown. Conflict from within the open-source family of developers creating Gnutella, and not its current technical difficulties, could be the file-sharing network's downfall.
Issue no. 173 - 15 October 2000
Issue no. 170 - 24 September 2000
- AOL Subsidiary Program Removes Ads
Nullsoft, a subsidiary of America Online is again biting the hand that feeds it, this time creating AIMazing, a program that can remove advertising from AOL's popular Instant Messenger software.
- Gnutella is dead
If you never used Gnutella, you couldn't care less. If you're a Napster user and you've been waiting to switch until the service gets shut down, it may be too late. In fact, too many users may be the basic problem. A few months ago, during the time of Napster's pending demise, a rush of traffic on the Gnutella network overwhelmed the system. see also Gnutella Not Scaling? (Slashdot)
Issue no. 168 - 9 September 2000
- A cure for e-mail overload
Tired of slogging through hundreds of e-mail messages each day? An emerging technology called Sieve touts a simple, universal way to create filters for sorting, deleting and forwarding e-mail messages before they enter your inbox
- New weapon in child-porn wars
A new software program could potentially revolutionize crime-fighting efforts to crack down on Internet child pornography. Using a sophisticated searching technique, the program extracts unique identifiers from images and within minutes is able to find copies of those files anywhere on a hard drive or the Internet.
Issue no. 167 - 6 August 2000
- Get Your Music Mojo Working
A new file-sharing system could best rivals like Napster and Gnutella through more anonymous and efficient transfers. The service has an innovative feature that rewards users for uploading and distributing files: payment in a form of digital currency called "Mojo."
- 'Net hotels' threaten power
London's electricity network is to be put under pressure by plans to build at least 10 huge "internet hotels" that will boost power demand in London by around a fifth.
Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
- EU Adopts New Regulations On "Dual Use" Exports
The European Union's Council of Ministers adopted new regulations governing the export of so-called "dual use" goods (technologies that have both commercial and military uses), clearing the way for possible changes in US export laws.
Issue no. 161 - 25 June 2000
Issue no. 160 - 17 June 2000
- The latest in anti-piracy efforts: keystroke recognition
A pair of software firms teamed today to use new, advanced "biometric" identification technology to lock up online music against would-be pirates. Start-up Musicrypt.com and Net Nanny Software, best known for its Web filtering programs, are joining forces to create software that can identify individual music listeners by the way they tap out letters on computer keyboards. This information would be used to protect songs against unauthorized distribution and use.
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
- Banned Napster users get second chance
MP3 fans who have been thrown off the Napster digital music sharing website have been offered a backdoor way onto the system. A group of open-source application developers have released a free software patch that circumvents the ban imposed after complaints from musicians Metallica and Dr Dre that users were breaching their copyright.
- Privacy advocates alarmed over radio 'sniffers'
The privacy debate is likely to get more heated with the growing popularity of a wireless technology that detects which stations car radios are tuned to and feeds the information to advertisers via the Web.
- Firm Thinks it Can Solve Music-pirating Problem
As litigation pitting the recorded music industry against music service providers such as Napster and MP3.com continue, an Internet start-up, SealedMedia believes that it has the answers that will allow the transfer of digital content over the Internet while preserving the copyright owner's control over access to that content.
- Technology tackles pirates
IT managers are failing to alert colleagues to the dangers of illegal software, a new report suggests, though there is evidence that technology is increasingly being used to police corporate networks.
Issue no. 156 - 20 May 2000
Issue no. 155 - 14 May 2000
- The Concept of Copyright Fights for Internet Survival
(New York Times)
A program, Freenet, is intended to make it possible to acquire or exchange any kind of digital information - music, video, text or software - anonymously while frustrating any attempt to remove the information from the Internet or determine its source.
Issue no. 152 - 15 April 2000
- Gnutella ignites porn, pirate worries
It could undermine the influence of every search engine and every Web portal. Itís the biggest thorn yet in the side of record companies worried about the spread of pirated music on the Net. And itís the easiest way yet to trade pornography, even illegal child porn, over the Internet. For a piece of software that lived for less than 24 hours on its home page, Gnutella has created quite a stir.
Issue no. 151 - 8 April 2000
- The new world of Gnutella
A so-far unheralded program called Gnutella can make every connected computer on the Internet an independent, distributed node of information - essentially making the system invulnerable to censorship or accountability. Gnutella and programs like it operate not from central servers, but peer to peer. See also Napster Copies Move Forward (Wired) and Scour.net to Debut 'Son of Napster' (The Industry Standard).
Issue no. 150 - 2 April 2000
- Web Closed Captioning Simplified
A new freeware tool allows creators of streaming audio and video to make their websites more accessible to the sight- and hearing-impaired by adding captions and subtitles, as well as voice-over descriptions of images, to Web-based multimedia and CD-ROMs.
Issue no. 148 - 18 March 2000
- I.B.M. Makes Breakthrough in Memory for Computers
(New York Times)
A group of I.B.M. scientists said yesterday that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that could result in disk drives capable of holding more than one trillion bytes of data -- more than 100 times the capacity of today's most typical hard drives.
Issue no. 147 - 11 March 2000
- Microsoft X-Box Wows Game Developers
(New York Times)
Microsoft made converts out of skeptical game developers with eye-popping demonstrations of its new X-Box entertainment console. Now it has to capture the hearts of consumers already wed to the Big Three game makers.
Issue no. 146 - 4 March 2000
- UK scientists expect £100m to build super-fast internet
British scientists are preparing an ambitious plan to build a new internet for the next generation. The Grid, as it is provisionally known, will work far more quickly and reliably than today's internet. It should eventually enable computer users to receive exactly the information they want from anywhere in the world, within seconds - and without having to go through a tortuous search process.
- Web filtering sends Autonomy soaring
Investors enthusiasm over a product that filters and organises information "intelligently" on the web sent shares in Autonomy Corporation soaring by nearly 44 per cent on Easdaq, the European technology market in Brussels.
Issue no. 145 - 26 February 2000
- CeBIT 2000: What's hot at this year's show
Mobile devices, MP3 players, Bluetooth-enabled products and Linux-dedicated solutions are just some of the hot items you can expect at this year's CeBIT.
- Wireless all the talk at Cebit
Wireless is taking a starring role at this year's Cebit. Europe, which usually plays second fiddle to the US in hi-tech, is looking to seriously advance its lead in mobile phones and wirless internet access.
Issue no. 143 - 12 February 2000
- For Extra Cheese, Ctrl+Pizza
(New York Times)
Net appliances offer instant, pain-free access to e-mail and the web. But can a special key for pizza make up for not having a hard drive?
Issue no. 142 - 5 February 2000
Issue no. 141 - 30 January 2000
- Security 'passport' developed
Sonera SmartTrust, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Finnish international telecommunications operator, has developed technology that can turn any mobile phone into the electronic equivalent of a passport or identity document.
Issue no. 140 - 22 January 2000
- Telcos agree mobile internet venture
Ericsson, the Swedish telecoms group, is to join forces with KPN Mobiel, the mobile unit of KPN of the Netherlands, to develop mobile internet technology. Ericsson will provide GPRS (general packet radio service) technology on behalf of KPN Mobiel, Europe's seventh largest mobile operator.
Issue no. 138 - 9 January 2000
- Intel chooses Linux for new Web device range
Linux has stolen a march over Windows after Intel opted this week to use the free operating system for a range of new Web appliances, pushing aside Microsoft, its long-term OS partner.
- Intel to launch 'web appliances'
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor maker, plans to launch a range of consumer "web appliances" - computer-like devices giving high-speed internet access.
- Singing the praises of a compression system
The head of Bath University's Video Coding Laboratory has devised a new video compression technology which involves breaking down the data into "wavelets", highly efficient packets of information, and can carry more than twice the amount of information in the same amount of bandwidth as any rival technology.
Issue no. 136 - 12 December 1999
- 'Music on your mobile' is on the way
Sanyo, Hitachi and Fujitsu have confirmed they are working on a technology that will enable mobile phone users to listen to CD-quality music through their handsets.
- Europe To Decide On GPS Challenge
Plans to build a European rival to the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS), which enables planes, ships, cars, hikers and cruise missiles to navigate by satellite signals, enter a key stage.
Issue no. 135 - 5 December 1999
- Industry leaders join Bluetooth wireless effort
Efforts to develop wireless Bluetooth technology gained momentum as 3Com, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, and Motorola said they would help promote the emerging standard.
- The 1GHz race is on
Just as the 1960s space race paid unexpected dividends in the coin of new household conveniences, experts say the spillover from the AMD-Intel competition to debut a one gigahertz chip is going to drive down computing costs in the new year and beyond.
Issue no. 134 - 27 November 1999
- Microsoft's mobile challenge
Microsoft dominates the market for desk-top computer operating systems. But computers are shrinking and becoming small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.
- New Digital Cameras Poised to Jolt World of Filmmaking
(New York Times)
When digital filmmaking's full potential is reached, a growing number of people in the industry believe, it might even threaten a studio power structure that has held firm since the advent of sound and has absorbed such technological challenges as television and VCR's.
- Transistor breakthrough claimed
A new semiconductor transistor so small that a single computer chip can hold 400 times more of the devices than before could help lead to significantly faster and cheaper chip technology.
Issue no. 133 - 18 November 1999
Issue no. 131 - 4 November 1999
- Sweating Over Fingerprint Sensors
Solid-state fingerprint sensors are nearing the point where pricing and reliability make them suitable for use as replacements for easily forgotten passwords. As the technology and pricing hurdles are overcome, many people think privacy is a key roadblock in the acceptance of the new generation of low-cost fingerprint sensors.
Issue no. 130 - 23 October 1999
- Net turns 30
Thirty years ago, a computer scientist sent the first 'e-mail' to a colleague. The message was the letters "LO". Moments after the two letter message was sent, the computer crashed. see also Hätt ich dich heut erwartet ... Heise Online.
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