13th March 2006 Archive

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And the winners of the (UK bit of the) Imagine Cup are ...

Sadly, there was no Terry Wogan around to make incisive comments about the entries, but that did not stop the winners of the UK heat of another important international competition emerging last Friday.

Telewest TVDrive HDTV-enabled PVR

Review Sky might be making all the noise about HDTV in the UK but, in classic tortoise versus hare scenario, its cable rival Telewest has got there first. Telewest's HDTV enabled hard disk based video recorder, the TVDrive, went on sale last week. It is available to four million homes with viewers signing up via Currys, Dixons or through Telewest.
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When 'enterprise' is self-defeating

Companies like to describe their products as being suitable for enterprise-wide deployment. However, this is by no means always a good thing. Indeed, an "enterprise" product, by its very nature, may be precisely the reverse of that.

Virtual rootkits create stealth risk

Security researchers have uncovered new techniques to hide the presence of malware on infected systems. By hiding rootkit software in virtual machine environments, hackers have the potential to avoid detection by security software, boffins at Microsoft Research and the University of Michigan warn.
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More sign against AOL's email tax

The campaign to stop AOL charging to guarantee delivery of emails is growing with more than 500 groups and almost 37,000 people signing up.
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Mobile TV gets thumbs up

Participants in pan-European trials of mobile television say they would gladly sign up for such a service and many would be prepared to pay for mobile TV.
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eBay buys into meetup

eBay, with five other investors, has bought a ten per cent stake in networking company Meetup.com.
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Man survives satanic BMW crash-and-burn

It's official: the German automotive industry fell to the Lizard Alliance on 5 March when a 26-year-old UK man recorded the first incident of murderous Teutonic automobile: an R-reg BMW 318 which took its terrified victim on a high-speed white knuckle ride of near death before self-destructing on a roundabout.
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Women improve your performance

Male dominated workplaces have more trouble with their performance than more gender balanced offices, business leaders said at the UK Resource Centre for Women last Wednesday, which was also International Women's Day.

VIA ships C7-M ULV with Intel-like model numbers

VIA has begun mass production of an ultra-low voltage version of its C7-M mobile processor, the Taiwanese chip maker said late last week, allowing it on the ultra-mobile PC bandwagon and target Intel's performance-per-Watt strategy too. It's even adopted Pentium M-style 77x series model numbers for the CPU line.
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End point security attracts new vendors

Quocirca's changing channels End point security is a fast maturing market and is becoming big business. Many of the major vendors have products, or at least future plans. But it is still worth resellers looking at some of smaller vendors who have interesting new products and ideas.
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Gent quits Voda

Sir Christopher Gent has quit his role as life president of Vodafone, following ongoing speculation about boardroom rifts and bust-ups.
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British Rail flying saucer unearthed

British Rail patented a design for a flying saucer powered by thermonuclear fusion back in 1973. The public transport body submitted Charles Osmond Frederick's maverick contraption, the Guardian reports.

Apple drops 20in iMac G5

Bid farewell to the PowerPC-based iMac G5, ladies and gentlemen. Apple has dropped the 20in model from its online stores in the UK, Europe and Japan, though the machine remains on sale in the US. Not for long though, we'd guess.
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DEA dragnet hunts fugitive Larry Ellison

We were shocked this morning to learn that the DEA is hunting Larry Ellison on a distribution of cocaine rap.

Gateway UK unveils dual-core desktop

Gateway UK today unveiled its latest notebook and desktop PCs, pitching the products at consumers and small businesses needing performance on a budget price. The roll-out also takes in Intel's latest dual-core desktop processor technology.
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Compulsory and centralised - UK picks hardest sell for ID cards

By using both compulsion and a central identity register in its ID card scheme the UK Government has opted for the combination least popular with the public, according to a study carried out by the Open University. The results of the study, Privacy Attitudes and the Acceptance of Identity Cards in the UK, are due to be published in the Journal of Information Science, and show increased levels of suspicion in the public over both of these key aspects to the ID scheme.
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Freecom FSG-3 Storage Gateway

Review Network Attached Storage - NAS for short - has become immensely popular of the last couple of years, especially as hard drive sizes have increased and prices have come down. Consumer-oriented devices have been around for some time now, but most of them have been fairly basic units that you attach to an existing network. The Freecom FSG-3 Storage Gateway is so much more than just such a dumb NAS box...

Samsung to bring HD Ready CRT TV to Europe

Yes, we know the consumer electronics industry wants us all to upgrade our TVs to brand spanking new LCD jobs - with HDTV dangled before us as bait - but some of us prefer the better picture quality, greater screen longevity and, frankly, lower price benefits of good old CRT technology.
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NASA relieved as probe makes orbit

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully entered orbit round the Red Planet, NASA has announced. Eggheads at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena cheered the news, a boost after a series of Mars-related mishaps.
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BT, Skype woo SMEs

BT has unveiled a computer security service that remotely checks the status of PCs using a broadband line. Typically, a test takes around half an hour and checks a range of potential online threats, including spyware and other known vulnerabilities.
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Sprinklers blamed for Level 3 'leak'

The "leak" at Level 3's Braham Street data centre in London was caused by sprinklers being accidentally set off, El Reg can confirm.
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Intel marks Pentium D 920 for termination

Intel has confirmed earlier hints that its 65nm dual-core Pentium D 920 is nearing the end of its useful life. The chip giant last week told customers that it will stop taking orders for the part on 30 June this year.
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Met police warned on blogs

The Metropolitan Police is the latest organisation to warn its members about blogging. The "guidance" was issued earlier this month and some blogging coppers have already stopped updating their online diaries.
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419er mugged by rubbers

Here's a refreshing new angle on the 419 advance fee fraud email: a "show me the money" variant which takes our beloved English language round the back of the bike sheds and gives it a right shoeing. Enjoy:

Sony readies PSP-friendly MemoryStick video recorder

Sony is gearing up to help Japanese PlayStation Portable owners get more video content onto their handheld gadgets. The consumer electronics giant has announced a digital video recorder that stores programmes on MemoryStick in a PSP-friendly format.
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Google lands on Mars

Google has added another body to its planetary roster with the launch of Google Mars - an extraterrestrial resource which allows punters to have a shufti at probe landing sites, mountains, plains and canyons, among other exciting features.

Email marketing firm settles data mining lawsuit

Email marketing firm Datran Media has agreed to reform its business practices after paying $1.1m to settle a lawsuit that alleged it used personal data and email addresses gathered from other companies to mount junk mail campaigns.
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Twitchers in a flap over elusive pecker

It was with great fanfare last summer that the US Fish and Wildlife service trumpeted the rediscovery of an apparently 'extinct' species: the ivory-billed woodpecker. Until a Cornell team reported the sighting in a Arkansas swamp, the iconic bird had not been spotted for more than 60 years.
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CIA offers studies in inteligence

It's good to see that the US taxpayer is getting plenty of bangs for his/her bucks from the CIA - apart from Talibanning it up in Afghanistan and smuggling exploding cigars into Cuba. The proof can be found at its "Studies in Intelligence" webpage, which kicks off:
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London SMEs: get yer free MCP training here

Site offer Those London companies who have less than 250 employees, an annual balance sheet total of less than €43m, or an annual turnover of less than €50m are offered another chance to grab some free "accredited high level IT MCP training, exam; and business and management courses".

Mobiles ring changes for dealers

The mobile industry, worth about $126bn in 2005, will move away from an integrated, vertical business model towards complex, layered structures with more distributors and retailers, according to research carried out by analyst Informa Telecoms.
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Net blows CIA agents' cover

A trawl of the net has allowed a US paper to compile a list of the personal details of 2,653 CIA workers. The Chicago Tribune said it compiled its dossier from public records (such as telephone listings, property tax records, voting rosters, legal judgments and business incorporation papers) accessible to anyone with the nous enough to know the system and pay data aggregators a fee.
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Ariane 5 launches; doesn't explode

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Ariane 5 rocket, the Shire horse of space freight, has blasted off from French Guiana carrying two communications satellites.
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Dell sells file server to man with two PCs

Dell's growth figures have long been envied by others flogging boxes, but a posting on a forum reveals just how they manage to increase sales so fast.
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Citibank ATM fraud 'just tip of iceberg' - analyst

An ongoing ATM fraud problem that forced Citibank into reissuing an unspecified number of US credit and debit cards is only part of a larger ongoing threat, a leading analyst warns. Avivah Litan, a research director at Gartner, said that Citibank is only one of a number of victims and that the banking industry is "less than halfway through this latest scam, which will continue to affect large numbers of cardholders".

Panicked analyst ravaged by AMD chip pricing fears

AMD's recent share price slide accelerated Monday after a pair of financial analysts cut their ratings on the chip maker.