5th > December > 2006 Archive
New Dell servers blow . . . cool
Dell today entered the green data center wars with a pair of PowerEdge servers tweaked for improved performance per watt.
Teen shot dead by police over stolen PS3
An 18-year-old North Carolina man, suspected of stealing two PlayStation 3 consoles, was shot dead by police executing a search warrant at his residence.
Film pirate gets seven years
A man convicted of recording films using a camcorder in cinemas has been sentenced in the US to seven years in jail. The man was the first to be charged in a nationwide campaign against video piracy.
NASA outlines moon base construction plans
NASA has outlined its plans for a moon base. The space agency says it will start work on the project after it has started flying astronauts to our largest satellite again in 2020.
AMD debuts 65nm dual-core processors
AMD this morning rolled out its 65nm Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors, as expected. The chips are pitched as "energy efficient" products, and come in at the same price as their 90nm equivalents.
Toshiba intros 'world's most capacious' 1.8in HDD
Toshiba has unveiled what it claims is the world's most capacious 1.8in hard drive, a tiny unit that nonetheless packs in 100GB of unformatted storage space. To achieve that capacity, the company used perpendicular recording.
Linux adoption - it's the ecology stupid!
CommentWhy should an operating system be important for a mobile phone? It shouldn't, but of course mobile phones are no longer simple voice communicators, they are smart devices capable of many methods of communication and other sophisticated applications. Capable and complex, with a high degree of variety required to meet different market and user needs.
Swiss set back luxury Windows smart phone
Swiss phone maker Zenum will bring its Windows Mobile 5.0-based slimline BlackBerry-like handset, the Opus, to market in March 2007, having missed its planned November 2006 release window, the company has announced.
HTC QWERTY candybar smart phone to ship as Vox?
HTC looks set to market its upcoming candybar smart phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as the Vox, leaked roadmap slides reveal. The Taiwanese handset maker showed off the device in September as carrier UTStarcom's Libra.
Sony exec says 'yes' to PS4
Panic ye not - you will have the opportunity to spend hours in the freezing cold queueing overnight to get your hands on a PlayStation 4, risking a cap in the a**, a Sony executive has revealed, but not before 2010. Just as well - Europeans haven't got their hands on the PS3 yet, let alone its successor, and won't until March 2007.
Social sites' insecurity increasingly worrisome
Personal web spaces on MySpace, videos on YouTube, and blogs - community sites hosting user-created content - have become increasingly popular.
Qualcomm prepares for a cell-less future
Qualcomm has spent well in excess of $40m readying itself for a world beyond CDMA.
Antarctica's amazing disappearing, reappearing ice shelf
The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica has melted and reformed many times in geologically recent history, scientists have found.
Bogus anti-spyware firm fined $1m
A firm accused of marketing bogus anti-spyware software has paid $1m to settle a lawsuit brought by the US State of Washington.
AWOL satnav system leads to ambulance joyride
Two ambulance drivers' unswerving obedience to their satnav system ended up turning a 30 minute hospital transfer into an eight hour, 430 mile wild goose chase.
Handhelds beat shirt cuffs in cheating stakes
Mobile phones can replace anything these days: diary, address book, TV, and radio, and now they are substituting for the scrawled notes on the inside of the cuff which have been so important to a generation of students.
Motorola unveils iTunes-less ROKR
Motorola will ship its latest ROKR music phone later this month, the company announced this week. It entirely failed to mention Apple's iTunes, the software the original ROKR was launched to support, pushing instead the handset's PDA-like styling and functionality.
Philips loses interest in navigation
Philips has gone into reverse on plans to enter the market for personal navigation devices because of fears the sector is getting too crowded.
Britney wallops Shakira in search tussle
Talent-lite genitalia-flasher and mother-of-two Britney Spears has topped Yahoo's list of the year's most popular search terms.
Sony to ship major PS3 firmware update next March
The Sony PlayStation 3 European debut - due to take place in March 2007 - will be accompanied by a major firmware update, a senior Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Europe executive has revealed.
Sony Ericsson reflects upon mirror-finish phone
Sony Ericsson today launched its latest clamshell handset hoping to pull in the punters with the phone's mirror-finish casing, its choice of black, bronze or pink hues, and ability to colour-code contacts with lighting effects.
SAP goes modular on ERP
SAP has released its first incremental update to its application suite under a rewritten roadmap that will not see another major update to its ERP until 2010.
Virtual and Mac worlds turn fiery wrath on El Reg
LettersAn anti-poverty campaign has set up its stall in Second Life, the online virtual world game that is so popular with so many. Our short, and somewhat cheeky, story on this collision of the most and least real of places to live (poverty vs. Second Life, for those only on coffee no. 1) has provoked quite a storm:
Sage brings compliance software inhouse
Newcastle-based business software firm Sage has bought compliance and document tracking technology from Virginia developer VerticalFalls Software.
The Electro-pulse of Doom that threatens America
Be afraid. The recent election removed a stalwart defender of the United States against one demonical menace among many, the electromagnetic pulse attack, the one that will fry our electronics. The spiritual leader of the cause, Republican Congressman Curt Weldon, was endorsed by Frank Gaffney, right wing defender of the faith in national security and pundit for the pages of the Washington Times, two days before Weldon's political career was terminated.
No let up in Big Blue's software buying spree
The year may be coming to a close, but IBM keeps the acquisitions coming with this week's purchase of risk management specialist Consul.
Database in depth
Book reviewReaders have probably noticed that I was a DBA (Database Administrator) in a former life and I'm an enthusiast for the Relational Model.
Phishing worm hooks MySpace users
Malware wars: Are hackers on top?
The money made from malware is eclipsing the revenue of anti-virus vendors, a leading net security vendor claims. Raimund Genes, CTO of anti-malware at Trend Micro, cites FBI figures that IT security problems cost the economy $62bn last year against IDC estimates that the anti-malware market was worth $26bn in 2005.
Concerns mount over missing SCO web admin
Our SCO cluster watch has officially shifted from threat level "amusement" to "concern."