12th > April > 2006 Archive

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US to deploy RPG-busting 'force field'

The US is to field test an innovative Israeli set-up designed to act as a "force field" around armoured vehicles, protecting them from rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and anti-tank missiles, according to a Fox News report.
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UK indies head for China

A selection of the UK's finest independent bands are hoping a new deal to promote their wares in China will bear fruit.
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Carphone clarifies '40 gigabit' download limit

The Carphone Warehouse is to amend the small print on its new broadband service following the vulture-eyed intervention of Register readers.

Chinese PC makers told to install legal OS

The Chinese government is calling on computer manufacturers to make sure their machines include a legal operating system before they leave the factory.
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Coke-smuggling granny jailed for eight years

Continuing our occasional series "When Blue Rinses Go Bad", we have the sorry tale of a South African grandmother who has just been banged up in New Zealand for a cool eight-and-a-half years for "trying to smuggle cocaine hidden in garden gnomes".

Sun opens modeling tools

Tools for UML, XML and service orchestrated architectures (SOAs) will become the latest features in Sun Microsystems Java Studio Enterprise suite to be open sourced.
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World Cup Mobile TV - will anyone be watching?

Mobile phone TV (DMB) will be available at all twelve venues of the World Cup in Germany this summer, but whether any viewers will be tuning in is another matter.
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Skype blows $27m on VoIP firms

Skype - which is "not a telephony replacement service and cannot be used for emergency calling" - has snaffled up two techie VoIP companies.

Miaow to kitten-based authentication

Web developers have taken the idea of Captchas - challenge-response systems that are often used to stop the automatic creation of webmail accounts by spammers - forward in a fun way by using images of kittens instead of distorted images of letters. KittenAuth features nine pictures of cute little animals, only three of which are feline. A user demonstrates that there's a human in front of machine by selecting the three kittens among these images.
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PayPal offers plastic

eBay's payment arm PayPal is to offer a credit card to its UK users.
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Ads watchdog bites PC World

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has slapped PC World for advertising product on TV that it was unable to supply to customers because of lack of stocks.
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Plusnet intros new 'consultancy' helpline

Plusnet - the Sheffield-based ISP that had 176,000 broadband punters at the last count - is "evolving".

Apple readying multi-coloured MacBooks?

Apple's upcoming Intel-based iBooks - now firmly believed to ship under the MacBook brand - may see the company once again offer the product in a range of coloured cases not seen now for more than four years.
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Surveillance at a crossroads

CCTV Befuddled bureaucrats are filling Britain's town centres with the instruments of a surveillance state even though they suspect it's a waste of time and money.
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Russian bear plots Mars mission

The top man at Russia's leading space firm has mooted an ambitious expansion of the country's space effort. President of Energia corporation Nikolai Sevastianov said manned missions to the Moon and Mars were on the cards by 2030.

Enta signs Connect 3D

Components distributor Enta Technologies has signed another ATI graphics card manufacturer, Connect 3D.

TDK at work on 200GB Blu-ray Disc

TDK this week confirmed its plan to develop a Blu-ray Disc with a storage capacity of 200GB. If successful, the company's R&D effort will yield a disc with four times the capacity of today's biggest BDs and double the size of protoype next-generation BD-Rs TDK has already demo'd.

MS releases long-awaited IE fix

Microsoft released a fix for a serious security bug in Internet Explorer on Tuesday (11 April). The fix for the "CreateTextRange" vulnerability - which has become the subject of hacker exploits over recent days - was released as a cumulative update to Internet Explorer along with four other security bulletins, two of which also earn the dreaded critical ranking.

Buffalo to bring 'reincarnated floppy disk' to Japan

Japan's Buffalo has become the latest storage product provider to offer M-Systems' 16MB FlashDisc, an apparently "exciting" new take on the old USB Flash disk concept that packages the solid-state storage into a circular shell reminiscent of 1970s computer tapes.

Users turn to second-hand Microsoft licences

Sales of second-hand Microsoft software licences have doubled month-on-month since the market was opened in November 2005, according to the Staffordshire start-up that spotted the opportunity in Microsoft's small print and Britain's insolvency laws.

Morse signs network processors

Morse has signed a deal with Azul Systems to sell its network devices in the UK.

Website confuses Athlon XP with Pentium III

Do AMD and Intel have something to tell us? Is their cutthroat rivalry a sham? Are they really in business together? If online retailer Ebuyer.com's website is anything to go by, the two chip makers must be in cahoots.
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Asus Lamborghini 'supernote' spec not so super?

Asus has finally revealed what lies under the hood of its Lamborghini-branded notebook, the VX1. Unfortunately, the laptop is unlikely to impress anyone expecting the computing equivalent of the performance cars it's named after. It's also more expensive than Asus has hinted in the past.
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Evolution fightback continues at Royal Society

Over 400 people were turned away from the Royal Society's pro-evolution lecture last night, while anticipated protests from creationists failed to materialise.

T-Mobile exposes Robbie Williams Walkman phone

T-Mobile's Robbie Williams-branded Sony Ericsson W300 Walkman phone will ship across Europe in time for the 9 June start of the European leg of the crooner's Close Encounters tour, the cellco said today.
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Carphone talks tough on LLU deadline

Analysis It's been just over 24 hours since Carphone Warehouse announced details of its cut-price bundled telecoms and broadband service - and the war of words has already escalated to threats of legal action.
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Visma knocks back Sage charms

Sage's romancing of Visma has received the brush-off from the Nordic firm's chaste board. They said Sage's advances were now inappropriate in a statement to Oslo stock exchange.

Aston Martin revs £940 Nokia 8800 handset

While Asus is pondering whether to produce a Lamborghini-branded phone, Nokia beaten it to the finish line with a Aston Martin version of its Nokia 8800 handset. Like the cars, it's not cheap - Aston Martin wants a whopping £940 ($1,640/€1,353) for the device.
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A walk on the Dark side

Imagine Cup Here at Hull we've been working away on our Imagine Cup entry, a system that can provide a personal history for patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). All relevant information – be it from doctors, friends or family members – can be accumulated against a timeline and accessed by the patient when they are sufficiently conscious to make sense of it all.
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More on databases in academia

Well, my (this is David Norfolk writing) Blog on Databases in Academia excited some robust comment – and, strangely, it didn’t come from the Intelligent Design people I was expecting to upset. As the implications of some of the comments were pretty personal, I felt I should give my main informant, Mark Whitehorn, the “right to reply”, and at the same time go into some of the detail I skipped over.

JVC pushes play on female-friendly MP3 players

JVC will this month ship its latest Flash-based digital music players, offer consumers in the US a choice of five female- and fella-friendly colours, and sporting neck lanyards with integrated earphone cables.
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Disclaimers could make emails into contracts

The High Court in Manchester has ruled that an email cannot be recognised as a legal written offer if it does not contain a signature or name within the body of the mail. The inclusion of a user name in the message header is not enough.
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Nutt plots downfall of booze

Sinister moves are afoot to replace old faithful ethanol with a cocktail of drugs engineered to mimic its effects. Bristol professor David Nutt reckons chemicals called partial agonists offer a turn off the Yellow Puke Road and into beerless drugtopia.

Linksys CIT200 cordless Skype handset

Review Skype may have given all the microphones built into desktop and notebook computers over the years a role in life, but making calls still feels more comfortable with a phone in your hand. Yes, if you don't fancy shouting at your computer, you can use a headset, but only if you don't mind feeling like you work in a call centre...
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Plusnet suffers LLU wobble

Plusnet has admitted that around five per cent of broadband subscribers recently migrated to a new LLU platform lost their connection.

Oracle buys Portal Software

Oracle is paying $220m in cash for Portal Software which makes billing and "revenue management" software.
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Asus to make MacBook with AU Optronics LCDs - report

A second report has come out of Taiwan claiming Asus has won the contract to manufacture Apple's upcoming Intel-based iBook, expected to ship as the MacBook.
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Green.tv in the pink after promising launch

The people behind green.tv - the first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues - are cracking open the nettle wine after notching up 250,000 hits in the first week of being online.
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Higgins: an API for identity

Identity is an essential enabler for eCommerce; unfortunately, it's currently a bit of a mess. However, there is hope...

MS SQL Server man lets betas have it

With the first service pack for SQL 2005 Server due in the next two weeks, Microsoft has been laying down the law on future development plans for the database.
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Opteron carries AMD to banner Q1

Freed of a money-losing memory business, AMD posted clean first quarter results that reflected gains in the server, desktop and mobile processor markets.