31st > August > 2006 Archive

AMD defining Centrino-like ATI-based laptop platform?

AMD and ATI are to launch a notebook platform next quarter, it has been claimed. The move appears to build on AMD's past portable-platform development efforts, in particular 'Yamoto', it's attempt to devise a set of specifications based on its CPUs not unlike Intel's Centrino.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2006

Sony to bring Sports Walkman MP3 player to Europe

Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2006

Web 2.0: if you're not on the list, you're not coming in

Organizers of a Web 2.0 talkfest are promising to unlock the secrets of the social networking universe for ordinary folks and to hook 'em up with some big swinging internet dicks over canapés.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2006

Astronomers watch supernova go bang

Scientists have, for the first time, been able to watch a star go supernova in real time, thanks to NASA's Swift satellite.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2006

Nvidia GeForce 7100 GS slips out

Nvidia has quietly rolled out the GeForce 7100 graphics chip family at the bottom end of its GeForce 7 series of GPUs. For now, though, there's only one member - the 7100 GS - but at least three card companies have announced boards based on the part.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2006

Google Book Search goes live

Google is making waves in the publishing industry by offering free PDFs of out-of-copyright books.
Ciara O'Brien, 31 Aug 2006

Japanese get external internal hard drive cooler kit

Is your hard disk running too hot? Japan's Freedom PC has what it believes is the answer: a pair of 6cm fans mounted on a standard to which you fix your thermally troubled 3.5in HDD. You also keep the drive outside your computer's casing.
Hard Reg, 31 Aug 2006

A streaming headache for IT managers

The long summer of sport draws to a close, and corporate networks draw a breath of relief as multiple streams of video cease to take 90 per cent of available bandwidth from the business. How was it for you? Did the voices from on high make the big statement "stop all streaming media - now!" And what was your response?
Clive Longbottom, 31 Aug 2006

Feds arrest 15 aliens at Roswell

It appears that the black helicopter brigade were right all along about Area 51, since US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operatives this week arrested 15 aliens at the facility who were, chillingly, in the process of painting military aircraft when the net closed.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2006

Mag moots March '07 PSP redesign

Sony fanboys and PlayStation Portable owners are all getting hot under the collar over a claim made in the US PlayStation Magazine that the consumer electronics giant is planning to ship a redesigned PSP next year.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2006

OCZ clocks DDR 2 DIMM to 1,120MHz

Memory specialist OCZ has unveiled a 1GB DDR 2 SDRAM memory module clocked to a whopping 1.12GHz. The unbuffered 2.4V DIMM is latency rated at 5-5-5-15, the company said.
Hard Reg, 31 Aug 2006

Japan's AKARI 'scopes out stellar evolution

The Japanese infrared space telescope AKARI has sent back a raft of stunning new images of stellar evolution, from the earliest stages of star formation to the final death throes of stars in our own galaxy.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2006
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Simms makes its first acquisition

Memory distributor Simms International has bought a rival in Australia in its first acquisition since forming in 1990.
Team Register, 31 Aug 2006

Palm boss backs cellphone driving ban

As any New Yorker will cheerfully tell you, California's drivers are second to none in the nation. They possess what seems to be a sixth sense when it comes to anticipation and awareness, and their vehicle handling would shame a professional rally driver.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2006

Seat revs iPod, digital radio-friendly sporty auto

Volkswagen subsidiary Seat has joined the fleet of car makers keen to cash in on the iPod arena and launched a special edition of its Ibiza hatchback featuring not only an integrated digital radio but also a connector for Apple's music player. The car also sports a MP3-compatible CD unit.
Dee Sell, 31 Aug 2006

Serco profits swell

Government services firm Serco announced tasty half year results today.
Christopher Williams, 31 Aug 2006

Browzar browser offers privacy protection

Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed has launched an internet browser that protects against leaving details of sites surfers visit on the computers they use to access the net.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2006

Airfix crashes and burns

There's been a certain amount of teary-eyed nostalgia this morning down at Vulture Central at the news that the firm behind plastic model legend Airfix has gone into administration.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2006

Freetalk shuts up

Vonage has taken over the distribution and customer base formally belonging to VoIP outfit Freetalk.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2006

Britney's half-eaten sarnie regurgitates onto eBay

Lovers of pop memorabilia who also have a penchant for egg salad sarnies would do well to drop everything and rush down to eBay where an enterprising waiter is flogging an example of the latter as partially consumed by highly-talented and highly-pregnant popstress Britney Spears.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2006

eBay accused of privacy breach

UpdatedThe Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is to investigate eBay after Privacy International lodged an official complaint about the company's data retention practices.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2006

Ex-Brocade pair plead not guilty

Former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes and his former human resources VP Stephanie Jensen pleaded not guilty to mail and securities fraud charges in San Francisco federal court yesterday.
Christopher Williams, 31 Aug 2006

RadioShack sacks 400 by email

RadioShack sacked 400 workers at its Fort Worth headquarters on Tuesday morning via an email, which stated: "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2006

Porn downloader jailed for abusing child at work

A US man who abused a pre-pubescent girl in his workplace has been jailed for 15 years.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2006

Nokia revives N80 3G smart phone for VoIP

Nokia will next month ship a revised version of its N80 smart phone, the mobile phone giant said today. Dubbed the N80 Internet Edition, the upcoming 3G handset appears to be little more than a software upgrade over the current 'non-Internet' version.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2006

Chlorophyll inspires Aussies in quest for green power

Researchers in Australia have developed technology that could pave the way for highly efficient solar cells.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Aug 2006

Peter Jackson to remake The Dam Busters

Peter Jackson has announced he will remake 1954 classic The Dam Busters, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2006

Up with cohesion, down with coupling

The standard advice on cohesion and coupling is that a design should strive to maximise cohesion and minimise coupling. This is a fine mantra, but, as is so often the case, without a good understanding of what is really intended, it becomes either misguidance or perceived as academic and irrelevant.
Kevlin Henney, 31 Aug 2006

Samsung's 4G outpaces WiMAX

On a bus fitted out specially for the occasion in Jeju this week, Samsung demonstrated a new version of 4G technology transferring data at speeds of 100Mbit/s.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2006

T-Mobile hacker escapes imprisonment

A hacker who broke into the systems of T-Mobile USA and lifted the personal details of around 400 people, including a US Secret Service agent, has escaped imprisonment.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2006

Fiorina.com goes live ahead of non-stop book tour

Ever the marketing whiz, Carly Fiorina has set up a non-stop touring schedule and flash web site to promote her soon-to-be-released epic Tough Choices.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Aug 2006
homeless man with sign

Sun kills off much delayed UltraSPARC IIIi+ chip

Sun Microsystems has turned to half-truths where its UltraSPARC IIIi+ processor is concerned. The company has cancelled the product, once slated for 2005, in favor of concentrating on the UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara - processor line.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Aug 2006

MS preps DRM hack fix

Microsoft is working on closing a loophole that creates a means to strip usage restriction from music files wrapped in its DRM technology. A program called FairUse4WM, recently posted on the internet, allows users to bypass Microsoft's Digital Rights Management (DRM) system.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2006

Intel to decimate workforce - report

CNET has come out as the first organ willing to put a firm number on Intel's alleged upcoming mass layoff. The online rag reckons that up to 10,000 workers will be cleaved from Intel's payroll. Word of the layoffs should arrive next Tuesday after the stock markets close their regular trading sessions.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Aug 2006

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