12th > September > 2006 Archive
Intel sends networking chip biz to Cortina
Intel found a suitor for another one of its less flashy business lines. The chipmaker today revealed that Cortina Systems has bought its optical-networking components operation.
Chickens and guinea pigs menace civil liberties
LettersWe'll start with the paranoid and then roll out the black helicopters. How does that sound?
Germans hand EC evidence on Intel
AMD vs IntelThe EC's anti-trust probe of Intel is growing and taking on a German flavor.
Climate change heads for the Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the arguments in the case of Massachusetts vs the Environmental Protection Agency.
Being mobile in a secure and managed fashion
Well, we're back! Thanks to those who registered and responded to last week's debate and workshop on mobile email. You can see a round up of this here, but meanwhile, we want to pick up on the question of mobile security and the need for device management.
Attempt to redefine .eu rules fails over sex.eu case
A company which claimed a right to the domain name sex.eu under an unusual legal interpretation of the rules has lost its case. It has emerged that the firm behind the attempt had failed in a previous attempt to win casino.eu on the same basis.
Teenagers wary of new children's database
Lack of trust may hinder the children's index, according to a new survey.
Nortel in SMB reseller draft
Comms kit maker Nortel will is pimping itself out to SMB resellers more agressively by teaming up with its partner distributors for a new marketing push.
Bank fined $50m for buying drivers' data
A bank which purchased the names and addresses of more than 650,000 people in the US has been ordered to pay a $50m fine. The case was brought by a Florida resident against Fidelity Bank and also included the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.
Computacenter turns the corner
Computacenter insisted it is back on the straight and narrow yesterday following a tumultuous 2005.
CSC eyes NPfIT cluster
A director of Computer Science Corporation (CSC) has confirmed the company's interest in taking over another region of England's NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Freescale bidding war declared
Computer chip maker Freescale Semiconductor, a spin-off of Motorola, has announced that it is in talks with several possible investors.
3 shifts phones through Xtra-vision video stores
While most companies are looking to rent films over their mobile phone networks, 3 has started selling phones through a film rental network.
iPods now doubling as alcohol breathalysers
Those with a few pints under their belts on a Friday night can now gauge how much liquor they've consumed by using their iPod.
Logitech touchscreen Harmony
Logitech's latest addition to the Harmony family of remote controls will be available later this autumn.
HDMI video editing on the cheap
Blackmagic Design has launched a High Defintion Multimedia Interface (HDMI) editing card for those on a budget.
Business jets get inflight 3G
TriaGnoSys and 3Way Networks have announced a collaboration on the world's first 3G service in the air - providing a 4Kg box which offers 3G connectivity for up to 10 passengers in their private jet.
Blind driver ordered to take extended test
The eyeless Iraqi driver pulled for operating a motor vehicle without MOT, licence, insurance, or eyes has been slapped with a suspended jail sentence, the BBC reports.
Scientists probe causes of solar flares
Next week, Japanese space agency JAXA will launch Solar-B, an orbital observatory designed to investigate the causes of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, the huge eruptions from the surface of the Sun.
Exploding meteor wows NZ
New Zealand was earlier today treated to a suspected meteor crash-landing which "rattled windows across the Pacific nation's South Island", Reuters reports.
Feds investigate the HP way
The FBI, a House of Representatives committee, and the US Attorney General for northern California are all now investigating HP. They join the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is looking at how HP told the markets about the resignation of director Tom Perkins.
Peter Jackson: please call The Dambusters
Our recent piece on Peter Jackson's forthcoming remake of The Dam Busters provoked quite a flurry of emails - much of it concerning how the screenplay writer will deal with the delicate matter of Guy Gibson's dog.
Crazy Frog leaps into deal with Murdoch
News Corp is expected to announce today that it is to buy Jamba, the ringtone vendor that unleashed Crazy Frog on the world.
Stop press: Planktic foraminiferal biostratigraphy data!
It's bad enough down here at Vulture Central having to deal every morning with an inbox packed to the gunwales with breathless emails describing just how some company's exciting new product will cure AIDS, reverse climate change, and restore peace in the Middle East, but for the love of all that's Holy, can the people responsible for this release please just get a grip:
Encore processor upgrade for Apple G4
Sonnet Technologies is to launch a new line of dual processor upgrade cards for the PowerMac.
Steve Irwin fans turn on stingrays
Stingrays found dead on two Queensland beaches may have been the victims of "revenge attacks" for the Crocodile Hunter's untimely death, the BBC reports.
eMusic debuts across Europe
American music download second fiddle eMusic finally gets a pan-Europe launch today.
The NFC revolution is running late
ABI Research has downgraded its forecast for Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled handsets to 450m units (or 30 per cent of all handsets) in 2011.
Penis-pump driver crashes into bus
A Slovak driver who ignored a give way sign and crashed into a bus was subsequently extracted from his car unconscious, half naked, and "with a vacuum pump on his penis", Channel 4 reports.
ViewSonic teases with 'made for iPod' displays
ViewSonic is showing off "Made for iPod" desktop displays at Apple's Expo in Paris.
HP chairman apologises, promises to go (sort of)
HP chairman Patricia Dunn will leave the position in January next year and be replaced by current CEO Mark Hurd. Dunn's position has been shaky since her role in the snooping scandal became public - Dunn hired private detectives to spy on directors and reporters.
Palm, Vodafone to ship 3G Treo 750v on 2 October
Palm and Vodafone have launched the Treo 750v, the PDA maker's new 3G Euro-centric smart phone, and pledged to ship the gadget on 2 October in the UK.
Beijing Big Brother gets bigger
Beijing today attempted to defend sweeping new powers which gag foreign media and bar citizens from subscribing to news from abroad. The laws were published Sunday and went into effect immediately.
i-mate touts two new handsets
i-mate is releasing two smart phones into the wild in a bid to appeal to a wider market.
WD launches new external 2.5in hard drives
Western Digital has released a new range of Passport Portable Drives, which it says have grown in storage capacity and shrunk in size.
HP 'leaker' shows himself the door
The director fingered by HP as its boardroom leaker has agreed to abandon his post.
Symantec and Juniper to snoop networks together
Symantec and Juniper Networks have struck back against rivals Microsoft and Cisco with an astonishingly vague, sweeping partnership of their own.
Apple goes iPod mad
Apple CEO Steve Jobs put on his mouse ears today and did his thang as the head of a computer consumer electronics company.
Atlantis crew loses nuts on space walk
Proof that even the most exalted rank of astronaut does not make you immune to the horrors of flat-pack furniture.
Crowdstorm: faith-based shopping
"So," the CTO asked me. "Don't you think Wikipedia is the most amazing thing?"