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Sun puts enterprise muscle into NetBeans
Sun Microsystems is backing a "milestone" release of NetBeans by expanding a year-old partner program to drive uptake for its tools environment and IDE.
Intel set to show off 'Footballers' Wives' four-core line
The server and PC markets will get glitzy and awful hot in a couple of weeks when Intel pushes out its four-core chips. Both Kentsfield for high-end PCs and Clovertown for servers should officially arrive on 14 November, although review sites will be freed from their NDAs on 3 November, sources tell us.
Net forum produces anti-spam plan
IGFSix of the world's largest anti-spam organisations have set up a new website aimed at killing the online menace.
Open standards group to beat Microsoft at its own game
IGFThe first "dynamic coalition" resulting from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has vowed to get governments interested in adopting open standards for both hardware and software.
US DoJ SRAM probe turns to Sony
Sony has been told by the US Department of Justice to provide information regarding its SRAM business, part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to fix prices. Separately, the probe took on a European dimension when it emerged European Commission officials are engaged in a similar investigation.
Data failings threaten NHS payments
The Payment by Results (PbR) system could be in jeopardy because data collected by the NHS is not accurate, a pilot has revealed.
CE giants punt wireless rival to HDMI
Six big-name consumer electronics companies have come together to thrash out a wireless alternative to the HDMI cabling standard that may also tread on the toes of next-generation Wi-Fi technology.
Reid fires starting gun in spook toys arms race
The UK Home Secretary has called on the country to back the surveillance industry at the start of a civil security arms race.
Government turns down request for FOI data
The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has refused a request to make public the data behind a controversial recent report. The DCA is in charge of policy for the Freedom of Information Act (FoI).
Intel, AMD squeeze other x86 chip makers
AMD increased its share of the x86 processor market during Q3 2006, it has emerged. But fanboys hoping AMD's gain came at arch-rival Intel's expense will be disappointed: the chip giant's market share also rose sequentially.
Smart loses battle with ComReg
Smart Telecom has lost its High Court battle with ComReg, with the court ruling that the troubled telecoms firm should not have been offered a 3G mobile licence.
European expansion on the cards for 3V
Pay-as-you-go Visa voucher firm 3V is preparing to launch its product in the UK and Europe, raising €20m to fund the expansion and creating new jobs.
AMD releases ATI Catalyst update
AMD's ATI division has released the latest version of its Catalyst drivers package, implementing the usual array of tweaks to boost game framerates and benchmark scores: gains of 6.7-15.8 per cent can be seen in 3DMark06 and 9.7-10.5 per cent in 3DMark05, the company claimed.
S&P updates ratings method for exchanges and clearing houses
Exchanges and clearing houses have changed almost beyond recognition over the past 10 years.
Welcome to RTFM: the Reg audio experience
Welcome to RTFM: a new audio service from sci-tech world superpower The Register. We at Vulture Central have been talking for some time about doing a pilot for a possible monthly broadcast, and we finally got out of the pub long enough to put together a 14-minute sonic burst for your listening pleasure.
Samsung squashes 16 Flash chips into one
Samsung has worked out how to stack up to 16 memory dies in a single package, allowing a standard-sized chip to contain rather more storage capacity than is currently the case. A chip that might have once held 10GB of Flash memory can now hold 16GB.
Chinese democracy campaigner attacks Yahoo! snitchers
Yahoo!'s snitching to Beijing over pro-democracy activity on the internet refuses to go away. Leading campaigner Wei Jingsheng sigled out the portal on Monday for actions which directly led to a journalist being imprisoned in 2004.
Level 3 floored by robbery
Level 3, the supposedly secure back bone provider, has lost all services at its Braham Street data centre thanks to a robbery.
VXers target online video
Virus writers are tapping into the popularity of online video sites to spread their malware. As well as posting spyware and adware infected files that pose as video clips onto P2P networks, hackers are booby-trapping Windows codecs that are needed to play some video formats with Trojan code or posting viruses that pose as codecs.
Stupid aul' Reg hack has tin ear
CorrectionIn a recent article about electronic voting in Ireland, I claimed that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had been misquoted in a Sunday Times article by Mark Tighe on the same topic. Speaking in the Dáil, Bertie had advocated resurrecting Ireland's electronic voting terminals whilst decrying the insult to Irish sophistication implied by voting with "stupid old pencils."
PayPal claims 15m UK users
PayPal now has 15m accounts in the UK - a third of the adult population and more than half of active internet shoppers.
Sony launches 'world's lightest' laptop in Japan
Sony has launched what it today claimed is the world's lightest 12.1in notebook, an 898g machine constructed out of carbon fibre, though the weight pushes past 1kg if you want a machine with a bigger battery capacity and an optical drive.
Vista delayed by 18,000 years
Microsoft's mythical operating system looks set to remain a thing of legend. The oft-delayed Windows Vista is facing an epic setback, having been pushed back 18,000 years.
Hitachi punts Frankenstein storage
Hitachi's hard drive division today outlined its strategy for the next year, pushing encryption and flash memory hybrids at notebooks. It'll be increasing capacity on its cash cow 2.5-inch notebook drives too. A 2.5in 7,200rpm effort will lead the charge in the first half of next year with 200GB of storage. Later in the year a 5,400rpm drive will push notebook capacity up to quarter of a terabyte.
HP slices into storage
In BriefHP has shoehorned its Storageworks brand into the c-Class server blade systems it announced in June.
Fearmeister Reid fakes his terror figures
Quality control issues at the Ministry of Truth & Fear? To shore up his speech to the Society of Spookgear Suppliers yesterday Home Secretary John Reid produced some impressive (but strangely implausible) numbers showing the devastating effect the UK security services are having on terrorism. But by bizarre coincidence (?), on Monday Tony McNulty, Home Office Minister for tags, shackles and prison hulks, trotted out numbers covering precisely the same territory.
Softek signs distie agreement
BriefSecurity distributor Softek has been appointed a distie for authentication company Deepnet Security.
Logicalis gets new boss
BriefLogicalis is promoting Ian Cook, currently head of European operations, to chief executive officer.
HIS targets Radeon X1300 card at pre-Express PCI users
Last week, Reg Hardware reported PowerColor's plan to bring AMD's ATI Radeon X1950 Pro to consumers with older, AGP-based motherboards. This week, it's Hightech Information Systems' turn. It's just announced an ATI-based board for users languishing in the PCI era.
AOL Europe gets new head
AOL Europe president Karen Thompson has resigned, leaving the job open for AOL France CEO Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, who starts today.
Virgin USA launches new audio services
Virgin USA has launched its Cyclops phone, so called thanks to a lens mounted on the front of the clamshell.
Windows Firewall exploit overhyped
The release of an exploit that means a hacker, who happens to be on the same local area network, can knock over Windows Firewall on machines running XP has created a lot of publicity, despite being not much of a threat. By using the exploit, an attacker could disable Windows Firewall on a fully patched machine running Internet Connection Service (ICS).
Azzurri buys virtual network firm Sirocom
BriefCommunications firm Azzurri has acquired UK-based virtual network operator (VNO) Sirocom for an undisclosed sum.
Apple sinks its teeth into Scotland
Glasgow is getting an Apple store, the company's first Scottish store and one in the eye for Edinburgh, Glasgow's east coast rival.
United Nations Internet forum goes titsup
The website of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum has been suspended and replaced with a cartoon dog pulling wires out of a PC.
MySpace tries to block unauthorised tunes
MySpace will use filtering software to block copyrighted music hosted without permission on members' pages, the site said. It will permanently delete the accounts of people who upload tunes a number of times.
A policies primer
The suggestion that the next upgrade of the major applications suites such as Oracle and SAP will force users into adopting systems and business management policies that they may not realise are necessary has met with something of a mixed reception.
Halloween bomb thrown at PayPal's HQ
San Jose's firefighters, bomb squad and hazardous materials team last night descended on PayPal's headquarters to investigate what appears to be a 'minor' bombing.
Image-conscious IBM wants to service thin clients
Without a PC albatross hanging around its neck, IBM can now zero in on the thin client market. Big Blue this week rolled out a fresh services package to do just that by helping customers move away from their tubby PCs toward "virtualized" setups that include thin clients, servers and a wide variety of software.
Eleventh-hour name change for Microsoft database
Microsoft has made a quiet, last-minute name change to a planned version of its Windows database which was unveiled amid much corporate fanfare this Spring.