Bulldog cuts price of 4Mbps broadband by a third
Bulldog has cut 30 per cent from the price of its 4Mbps broadband and telephone services. The cuts follow an expansion of the LLU-based ISP's coverage, which will make it available to 30 per cent of UK homes and business by the second half of 2005.
New customers signing up before 31 March will get the reduced rates for one year. ...more
Small businesses benefit from DIY Web presence
How great a financial benefit do small businesses see from a DIY presence on the Web? A new survey indicates that 70 per cent of such businesses are quickly generating new sales revenues from relatively modest outlays - the majority had spent less than ?100 on creating and maintaining their website.
It must be declared, however, that the survey was carried out for 1&1 Internet, the Web hosting provider, which will be more than keen to encourage the take-up of business websites. Nonetheless, there are some interesting stats thrown up by the survey of 25,000 users. ...more
Microsoft offers new support for WiFi security
Microsoft has announced a free download that adds in XP support for the new WiFi wireless security standard WiFi Protected Access (WPA).
The download, available at the Microsoft Web site, addresses security concerns over the WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) that was proved 'crackable' more than a year ago.
Since then, stories have abounded over corporate appetite for the latest wireless networks that have been implemented by default with security controls switched off, or with the flawed WEP protocol. ...more
Microsoft and the Mounties combine to track down child porn
A new software system aimed at tracking down paedophiles on the internet has been developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with the help of Microsoft. The system, known as Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) was developed following a personal plea to Bill Gates by Sergeant Paul Gillespie, a Canadian Police Detective in 2003.
Following the plea by email, Gates ordered a Microsoft team to help out the Canadian law enforcement authorities to develop the customised program they needed. ...more
VideoWave 5 writes DVD
MGI has launched the next version of its popular video-editing software, VideoWave 5, with DVD authoring built in.
Optimised for P4 and XP systems, the fifth incarnation adds support for WMA format audio files, a new MPEG encoder for capture and production of MPEG1 and MPEG2 content, and the ability to handle video files larger than Windows' 4Gb limit.
All DVD formats used by commercially available burners are supported and, of course, you can author Video CDs as well. ...more