Sony BMG licenses music to Playlouder file sharing service
Sony BMG has become the first major UK record company to license its catalogue to the legal file sharing service Playlouder.
Subscribers to Playlouder, which describes itself as the world's only music ISP and appears to prefer the PLMSP moniker, get a broadband connection plus unlimited downloading of licensed music using established P2P technology.
Sharing is restricted to what Playlouder calls a 'walled garden' of subscribers, using audio fingerprinting to monitor which tracks are shared and pay the appropriate royalties to the record labels. ...more
Interview: SCO sets out its defence
Following SCO CEO Darl McBride's Open Letter to the Open Source Community, SCO PR Director Blake Stowell argues his company's case for compensation and why the GPL is an uncomfortable fit.
Can you clarify for me parts of Darl's open letter regarding a general monetizing of Linux for the good of all: 'The SCO Group is open to ideas of working with the Open Source community to monetize software technology and its underlying intellectual property for all contributors, not just SCO.' How exactly does SCO envisage working with other Open Source contributors to monetize the software?
I think that what Darl was referring to is the fact that many software vendors have approached SCO to try and find a way to change the GPL or create a different license that wouldn't be so damaging to their business. ...more
Apple unveils 'twice as fast' iMac
Apple has taken the wraps off the first desktop Mac to be powered by an Intel processor.
The new iMac runs on a Core Duo chip said to be twice as fast as the PowerPC G5 that it replaces. It includes the new iLife '06 suite of applications, which with its Universal Binary code is optimised to run natively on the new hardware. ...more
Broadband connections shoot up
The number of homes with broadband in the UK has risen by more than 60 per cent in the past three months, according to new figures.
The latest research from industry regulator Oftel shows that 13 per cent of homes are broadband enabled, nine per cent with cable modem and four per cent with ADSL.
Overall Internet usage in the UK remains steady, with 42 per cent of UK homes connected and 50 per cent of adults going online. ...more
Price Check: Graphics Cards
With both of nVidia's and ATi's latest and greatest graphics cards finding their way to the UK, it means the moneyed can up the graphics ante, while those of shallower pockets should see prices fall on those cards that have been usurped.
And if there's nothing more annoying than finding what was billed as the best money can buy being superseded just months later - as we've seen with nVidia's new NV35 chipset that has just arrived in the form of the GeForce FX 5900 - at least the erstwhile leader the nVidia FX 5800 card should quickly become that much more affordable.
It'll take ?388 to get the former to turn up at your door, in a card from Creative and available from Dabs. ...more