29th > August > 2006 Archive


Microsoft Canada spills Vista pricing

Microsoft today provided the most concrete evidence to date that it will actually ship Windows Vista. It released pricing for the operating system on its Canadian web site by mistake.

Intel completes 'Operation Catch-up' with Tulsa release

Intel is ready to love promote the NetBurst architecture one last time, if it means giving AMD more competition in the high-end server market.
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Orange invents new word

Research provided to us by Orange supposedly shows the great new trend of “mobification” is spreading to the UK: apparently from the Far East.
Bill Ray, 29 2006

Google bundles software apps

Google has announced a package that will offer email, calendar, instant messaging and web-page creation services.
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Guitar instruction sites shut down by music industry

Music publishers are taking action against guitar fan websites which they say infringe songwriters' copyrights. Publishers have started to use copyright lawsuits to shut down sites which share notations to help musicians to play songs at home.

Patent rulings could destroy open source software

US courts are endangering the very existence of free and open source software, according to a leading digital rights pressure group.
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Atlantis launch under pressure from Ernesto and Russia

Tropical storm Ernesto has almost menaced the Shuttle Atlantis back into a storm-proof hanger, as NASA mission managers wait for the weather to clear.

MS cuts UK Xbox 360 Core System cost

Microsoft UK has cut the price of the Xbox 360 Core System to a mere pound under £200, knocking a tenner off the console's previous price.
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Diode dearth still hindering blue-laser drive shipments?

Laser diodes for next-generation, blue-laser optical disc drives are still in short supply, it has been claimed. The problem: diode makers are still ramping up yields of the devices and there aren't, it's said, enough to go around.
Hard Reg, 29 2006

Florida pirate banged up for six years

An online software piracy baron was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a US federal court on Friday.

Samsung ships 'first' 80nm 1Gb DDR 2 chip

Samsung has begun rolling 1Gb DDR 2 SDRAM chips off its 80nm production lines in volume, the company said today. The South Korean giant claimed it's the first memory maker to do so, five months after it began mass-producing the first 80nm 512Mb part.
Hard Reg, 29 2006
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Getting to grips with Callisto

Eclipse is not just a Java IDE, it is a tools platform, which supports an increasing number of projects. The broad scope of these was apparent in Callisto, the code name for a set of simultaneous project releases earlier this summer.
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Wheelie bin bugging foreshadows 'rubbish tax'

Electronic spy chips have been surreptitiously planted in household wheelie bins by many councils in an attempt to gauge how much rubbish we're chucking out.
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China struggles against online game bloodbath

A Chinese online game designed to counter the growing addiction of young citizens to blood-spattered foreign imports is still not ready for release after a year's development, Reuters reports.
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Finn triumphs in mobile chucking contest

A local man has triumphed against strong international competition to take gold in the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship in Savolinna, Reuters reports.

LG confirms Nvidia HDCP-native GPU plan

LG has tacitly confirmed Nvidia's plan to roll out a revised version of the GeForce 7900 GT graphics chip with built-in support for the HDCP anti-piracy technology. The South Korean company today launched a PC fitted with the Nvidia chip and the 'world's first' 4x Blu-ray Disc writer.
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Firemapping system put on back burner

Terrorism has delayed the launch of a new system for monitoring wild fires in the US, according to NASA engineers.
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CNN to rerun 9/11 coverage online

CNN has decided to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 by rerunning its news coverage of that day on its CNN Pipeline service, Yahoo! reports.

Corsair to cool high-speed DDR 2 DIMMs with clip-on fan

Memory maker Corsair has launched a pair of high-performance memory modules that not only ship with a specially design heat sink but can also be supplied with a clip-on cooling fan. The DDR 2 DIMMs run at 1,111MHz.
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Louisiana rejects ban on violent video games

A Louisiana judge has declared that a proposed state ban on sales of violent video games to minors "violates free speech rights and cannot be enforced", Reuters reports.

AOpen mobile-on-desktop PCs enter Core 2 Duo era

AOpen has equipped its MiniPC line-up with Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo processor - aka 'Merom' - the company said today, neatly avoiding World+Dog's announcements yesterday of notebooks based on the chip giant's latest next-generation part.
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eBay dials Google for 'click-to-call' advertising

Google will give eBay a taste of its lucrative advertising business when the two companies team up to plaster the online auction site with advertising from early 2007.
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Dog crashes car during driving lesson

A Chinese dog owner who allowed her mutt to take the wheel of her car promptly crashed headlong into an oncoming car, Xinhua News Agency reports.

Nokia 8800 Sirocco to blow in next month

Nokia will next month ship an enhanced version of its Nokia 8800 luxury slider phone, upping the handset's camera to two megapixels and re-naming its the 8800 Sirocco.
Hard Reg, 29 2006
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Europe temps cause icy chaos in the US

The Butterfly Effect theory has it that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world could cause a hurricane on the other side of the globe.

Wi-Fi Alliance to certify 802.11n ahead of IEEE standard

The Wi-Fi Alliance is to start certifying 802.11n products in March 2007, despite the fact the standard won't be completed until the following year, according to CNet.
Bill Ray, 29 2006
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Brazilians unearth new monster dino species

Brazilian paleontologists who have spend the last four years piecing togther fragments of a monster dinosaur have declared it a new species of the Titanosauria group - a 13 metre, nine-tonne beast snappily dubbed Maxakalisaurus topai, Reuters reports.
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Wireless Brits just want to do it in the garden

An AOL survey of more than 2,000 UK internet users reveals the popularity of wireless surfing: more than a third have wireless access and 84 per cent of those use it at home.
Bill Ray, 29 2006

AOL software labelled as 'badware'

Privacy watchdogs have slapped a health warning on the latest version of AOL's client software, AOL 9.0.
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Gang robs eBay car buyer at gunpoint

A gang which set up a fake eBay car auction robbed the would-be buyer at gunpoint when he met to close the deal, The Daily Mirror reports.
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Car industry must cut CO2 or face legislation

The European Commission has warned car makers that they need to do more to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the vehicles they produce, or they risk EU-wide legislation being drafted.
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London school to fingerprint students

A London school is to embark on a trial to fingerprint children when they return to school.
Kablenet, 29 2006
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Free legal music downloads in time for Christmas

It had to happen. A new legal music download service will be launched in December which will offer MP3s free at the point of delivery. New York-based Spiralfrog says its site will be fully funded by advertising.
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Home Office coughs to five database breaches

Security at the British Home Office's Identity and Passport Service (IPS) database has been compromised four times, with individuals' data used inappropriately by Home Office employees and contractors. A fifth breach has hit a Prison Service database.
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NBC aplogises for Emmys plane crash skit

NBC has apologised for a sketch in its Emmy Awards programme which showed presenter Conan O'Brien aboard a private jet that crash landed on a desert island.
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World of Warcraft fingered in iPod aircraft terror alert

A World of Warcraft aficionado travelling from Chicago to Canada earlier this month to hook up with fellow gamers sparked an airborne terror alert after accidently flushing his iPod down the toilet.

Botnet herder jailed over hospital attack

A California man has been jailed for three years and one month over a botnet attack that floored tens of thousands of computers including systems at a Seattle hospital, a California school district, and US Department of Defence machines.

TrendNet ClearSky Bluetooth 2.0 Skype handset

Review The time will surely come when someone ships a really sexy Skype-friendly handset. Until then we'll have to make do with gadgets like TrendNet's ClearSky. But what this device lacks in looks it makes up for in functionality: not only good integration with the Skype service itself but also a Bluetooth wireless connection for cordless calls...
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Cassiopeia A gets papped by Hubble

Hubble has snapped yet another stunning picture of a not-too-distant part of the galaxy. This time, the relatively nearby supernova remnant known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A) poses nicely for the camera, revealing intricate details of the remains of the star.
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Footballers harvest babies for stem cell 'repair kits'

Premiership footballers have apparently swapped their copies of The Beano for Nature and jumped on the stem cell bandwagon.
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Analog Dylan kidnapped, replaced by digital Dylan?

Last week, you may recall, Rolling Stone reported Bob Dylan's views on modern digital production technology. It was so bad, the great man suggested, he that he couldn't blame people downloading it for free on the internet. That was all it was worth, he said.
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IBM sends Power5+ downstream

IBM last week took care of its low-end System P Unix gear by outfitting the systems with new Power5+ chips and multi-core modules.

Microsoft extends legacy products support

Microsoft is breathing more life into older versions of its products by offering businesses extended coverage for fixing security problems and bugs.
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Google's CEO picks up side gig as Apple board member

Google today revitalized its attempt to make the company in Apple's image by sending CEO Eric Schmidt over to Apple as a board member.