15th > December > 2006 Archive
Virgin Mobile lingers over Xmas 'knick-pics'
Virgin mobile, in what is either utter desperation or a brilliant PR coup, has identified a new trend in Christmas shopping that manages to combine boobs and mobile phones.
HP ships 'super 3G' laptop in UK
Vodafone has added HP's Compaq nc6400 notebook to the list of laptops it offers with integrated HSDPA - 3G Broadband, as Vodafone calls it. HP's machine joins portable PCs from Acer, Dell and Lenovo.
Microsoft begins 'Cardspace' publicity push
A major card issuer is preparing to announce its support for Microsoft's new identity security system, Cardspace, in the new year, along with "a major consumer retail site", Microsoft said this week.
HP ends not so special ties to lawyer
HP has decided that it can do without the special advice of Silicon Valley powerbroker and lawyer extraordinaire Larry Sonsini, according to a New York Times report.
Cisco bids to control IPTV
AnalysisCisco has virtually re-invented IPTV services by dropping key elements of the IPTV experience – VoD, network PVR, fast channel change and packet re-transmission – down a layer into the network layer, sitting on Cisco routers and servers in the network.
Borland throws down Gauntlet to software defects
Software is unstable, full of bugs and bloated. Developers spend so much time adding new features that software testing is a last minute thing. Even the mantra of "designed secure" has failed to really improve the quality of software - just witness the number of day zero attacks against Microsoft.
Dell delays results
Dell has delayed posting its results for the three months ended November 3 while it continues an investigation into: "certain accounting and financial reporting matters".
Vista plugs piracy hole
Microsoft is taking action to thwart a possible hole in its Vista anti-piracy measures.
Apple iPhone to be announced on Monday?
Apple will announce the iPhone on Monday, website Gizmodo has claimed. It cites no sources and provides no details, but a senior staffer guarantees the announcement - which he says was unexpected - will happen, for what that's worth...
AMD maps out path to HT 3, DDR 3, DirectX 10
Desktop RoadmapAMD yesterday spilled the beans on its processor plans for the next two years, at a stroke confirming much of the info that has leaked out of the company and onto the web this year. On the desktop, the future is HyperTransport 3 and DDR 3. Chipsets will not shift to DirectX 10 until late 2007.
Patent applications to be peer reviewed?
The UK Patent Office is considering how it might implement some of the recommendations of the Gowers Review of intellectual property law in the UK. One of the suggestions Gowers made in the report was that the patent authorities should evaluate how peer review might improve the patent checking process.
Intel gears up to deliver movie download service
Intel is teaming up with a new digital download portal firm, Coolroom.com, to release downloads of Hollywood films at the same time as their UK DVD release.
AMD flies in Hawk, Griffin notebook CPUs
Mobile RoadmapAMD's roadmap for its notebook-oriented has taken a decidedly avian turn as the chip maker gears up to battle Intel's Centrino, a plan that will see it support Flash-fitted hybrid hard drives, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HyperTransport 3 and DirectX 10.
Irish consumers wising up to phishing scams
New research indicates that online banking users are getting more savvy when it comes to responding to e-mails purporting to come from banks and building societies.
Hercules Tunes Explorer remote control for iTunes
ReviewNot every living-room computer is a Windows XP Media Center Edition PC or a Mac capable of running Apple's Front Row software. Both systems can connect to a TV and provide a remote control to help you select content to play, but there are plenty of older machines out there that have been put to use as song storage systems. What can they use?
Blogging to slide - PC TCOs too?
Blogging is set to peak next year according to a new forecast which also predicts two-thirds of firms are likely to be infected by financially motivated malware.
AMD readies second-generation quad-core Opteron
AMD will release 'Shanghai', an "enhanced" version of its recently demo'd 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron processor family, early on in 2008, the chip maker revealed yesterday when it published a server roadmap that was also notable for the absence of FB-DIMM technology and, indeed, DDR 3.
Vodafone fined €76m over Greek wiretap scandal
Greece's privacy watchdog has fined Vodafone €76m ($100m) over a wiretapping scandal that saw the illegal monitoring of the mobile calls of top government officials including Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
NAO criticises Whitehall on consultants
A National Audit Office report says central government is not using consultants efficiently
MIT launches buddy-stalker messenger service
MIT students are tracking each other as they wander from lecture to lecture using iFind, a new piece of beta software from the university's Senseable City Lab.
Intel vs AMD - integrated graphics shoot-out
Head-to-HeadMake no mistake about it, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor struggles to compete with Intel's Core 2 Duo, and the upcoming four-core Core 2 Quad will move the goalposts even further away. Which gives AMD a major problem until it starts to roll out Athlon 64 X4 mid-2007. Meanwhile, it can’t rely on sales of mobile processors as that sector is owned by Centrino and it must surely be worried about Opteron’s position as Intel spreads its Core technology into servers.
Nintendo offers weak-of-grip fresh Wii wrist-straps
Nintendo has begun offering Wii owners free replacement wrist-straps for folk who become way too aggressive in their gameplay and end up snapping the straps or simply - and literally - losing their grip.
Queen commands Samsung to supply 100 TVs
The Queen has ordered one hundred Samsung flat-panel TVs to be installed in Buckingham Palace, the South Korean giant announced yesterday. But it's not able to claim its products come 'by appointment' to the monarch of all she surveys - for that, its screens have to be under the royal gaze for the next five years.
Murdoch bets on 365 - report
News International broadcaster BSkyB is in talks to acquire 365 Media Group according to a report in The Times - also owned by News International.
Third unpatched vuln menaces Word
Hackers have released an exploit targeting a third unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word. The flaw is different from the two previous Word vulnerabilities reported earlier this month, US CERT helpfully explains.
German court rules SanDisk MP3 player seizure lawful
A German court has ruled that local Public Prosecution officers were right to seize SanDisk digital music players at the IFA consumer electronics show held in Berlin last September. SanDisk's players are accused of incorporating without permission technology owned by a number of European firms.
Reg readers save the planet from offshored asteroids
LettersIs this the end for IT peeps in the UK? Analyst Bob McDowell certainly seems to think so. Not a cheerful subject for readers of El Reg, and understandably once you'd read his article, you had a few things you wanted to get off your chests:
PayPal repels Reg reader over piracy refunds
A disgruntled Reg reader got in touch with us because he'd unwittingly bought some counterfeit X-box games.
Operator greed kills online services
Ninety-five percent of mobile services fail in the market - and it's thanks to greedy network operators who have treated their customers as a lumpen mass.
Transport for London shreds LogicaCMG contract
ExclusiveTransport for London (TfL) and LogicaCMG have binned a troubled multimillion pound IT outsourcing contract..
Woolworths.co.uk collapses under mispriced TV rush
The UK website of the high street retailer Woolworths, fell over today as British punters rushed in to place orders for ultra cheapo LCD TVs.
SAN-in-a-box scores with Fibre Channel fans
As iSCSI gains traction in the market, cheaper Fibre Channel is back on the agenda this week, with both EMC and Fujitsu-Siemens picking up 4Gig SAN-in-a-box packages assembled by Emulex and Brocade. Could this be the long-awaited low-end breakthrough for Fibre Channel?
Mark Anders on Flash development
InterviewAlong with Scott Guthrie, Mark Anders was one of the fathers of ASP.NET. Then he led the Flex Builder team at Macromedia. Now at Adobe, he’s in charge of making Flash a development platform for rich Internet applications.
NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories
The New York Times continues to perplex with its analyst-quoting policy. Rather than having analysts declare their ties to clients, the paper would prefer to quote analysts that have no experience with a client - a protocol which seems to undermine the very point of citing analysts.