Short takes from this week's news
PalmOne to offer free memory to Treo users
PalmOne is offering a free 128Mbyte expansion card to Treo 650 smart phone purchasers. PalmOne is moving from Dram to Flash memory, which has reduced the amount of memory available to users. The change has meant that small files, such as contacts or tasks, now need to be stored in chunks that are much larger than the files themselves. The Treo 650 is available in the US and will be available in the UK early next year.
Sun says JVM upgrade was successful
Sun said last week it has successfully addressed a recent security vulnerability in its Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Sun said 824,244 users had downloaded the upgraded version of J2SE 1.4.2_06 that corrects the vulnerability. Sun added that there have been no reported attacks exploiting this vulnerability in Java. The firm recommended using the manual download or static installer for the new version of JVM.
MmO2 to launch I-mode in the UK and Ireland
MmO2 is to launch versions of NTT DoCoMo's I-mode mobile internet service in the UK and Ireland in the second half of 2005, and in Germany in early 2006. DoCoMo will license I-mode for mmO2's 22 million customers on 2G GPRS and 3G networks.
I-mode offers e-mail, games, online shopping, video clips, ticketing services in a format nearly identical to standard web pages.
HP introduces tool to react to business flux
Hewlett-Packard has introduced software that can automatically configure computing services and applications based on changes in business demand. At an event in Madrid last week, the new Openview Automation Manager adjusts dynamically to meet peaks in order processing for applications, servers, storage and networks, based on service-level objectives and transaction demand. HP unveiled the software tool as the first software from its Novadigm and Consera Software acquisitions this year.