21st > December > 2006 Archive

Ofcom reserves spectrum for future inventions

Technologies that have yet to be invented may be reserved their own piece of spectrum when analogue television is switched off. Regulator Ofcom has said it could reserve spectrum specifically for as-yet-unimagined services.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2006

Astronomers spot weirdo gamma ray burst

NASA boffins have spotted a new type of explosion which they are calling a hybrid gamma ray burst. The explosion was detected by the Swift satellite in June this year (2006).
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Dec 2006

Mobile entertainment market will hit $38.1bn by 2011

The mobile phone entertainment market will double over the next five years reaching $38.1bn in 2011, according to a report from Informa Telecoms and Media.
Aoife Carr, 21 Dec 2006

Companies to update websites and email footers before 2007

Companies in the UK must include certain regulatory information on their websites and in their email footers before 1 January 2007 or they will breach the Companies Act and risk a fine.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2006

NHS 'filth peddler' fights back

NSFWIt seems Andy Lawler, the man responsible for the Worcestershire Health Authority's Sexual Health Online minge outrage...
Lester Haines, 21 Dec 2006

Lufthansa shuts down internet access

Lufthansa will start the New Year without internet access on its flights. The German company had equipped 66 of its 80 long-range jets with a fast Internet connection that even worked over the Atlantic. However, Lufthansa took the service from Connexion by Boeing, which will end the business on December 30.
Jan Libbenga, 21 Dec 2006

Intel to drive down Core 2 Quad price in Q2 07?

Intel may be set to drive down the price of its Core 2 Quad Q6600 four-core processor in Q2 2007, reducing what it charges volume buyers for the chip by up to 37.7 per cent, industry moles have claimed.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2006

Spamty Claus is coming to town

Spammers are set for a Christmas bonanza this year as they take advantage of the holiday season to send out more nuisance email.
Ciara O'Brien, 21 Dec 2006
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Time to denationalise the software monopolies

AnalysisAs PR stunts go, Sun Microsystems' Blackbox trailer park computing launch this autumn wasn't bad. Sun pumped up some rather dull AMD Sun servers by unveiling a black, spray-painted, branded shipping container that could be crammed with Sun storage and server devices.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2006
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Escape from Access DB

Do you like Microsoft Access? Well, thanks to an intuitive and powerful user interface and being bundled as part of Office, it has established a niche for itself in many organisations, sometimes unofficially.
Dr Pan Pantziarka, 21 Dec 2006

AMD reportedly revising CPU performance ratings

Is AMD about to ditch or radically revise its relative-performance related processor number schemes? That's what some sources cited by a Far Eastern website claim, stating the chip maker will move to an alternative approach when it ships its 65nm quad-core chips mid-2007.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2006

Global PC market growing

Growth in the worldwide PC market has increased by 9.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2006 despite stagnant growth in the US.
Aoife Carr, 21 Dec 2006

PHP security under scrutiny

A week after a prominent bug finder and developer left the PHP Group, data from the National Vulnerability Database has underscored the need for better security in PHP-based web applications.
Robert Lemos, 21 Dec 2006

Sapphire preps 'quad-CrossFire capable' dual-GPU board

Graphics card maker Sapphire is preparing to launch a board built around two CrossFire-connected AMD ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics chips. Called The Godfather, the board needs two power feeds and, as you'd expect, takes up two PCI Express slots but only one connector.
Register Hardware, 21 Dec 2006

HTC UMPC revealed on web

HTC's eagerly anticipated entry into the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) market has made an early, unscheduled appearance on the web, adding weight to the company's own admission that it could release a UMPC-like product as early as 2007.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2006

Creative ships stylish wireless earphones

Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2006

Financial firms back Microsoft Linux deal

Three big financial firms have come out of the closet and confirmed they have taken delivery of SUSE Linux subscriptions from Microsoft.
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2006

Vodafone weighs up Indian acquisition

The Vodafone board is to consider launching a $13bn bid for Hutchison Essar, India's fourth largest mobile operator, at a meeting next week, the Financial Times reports.
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2006
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Fender bender crooks swipe $190K in chips

Crooks in California stole $190,000 in chips after staging what investigators reckon was a planned car collision.
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2006

BAA website grounded by fog

BAA's website earlier today crashed and burned under the weight of anxious flyers attempting to get info on whether their flight had been cancelled due to fog.
Lester Haines, 21 Dec 2006

Verisign signs on to movie download business

SSL certificate flogging firm Verisign will provide the technology behind a new family friendly movie download service launching in the new year.
Christopher Williams, 21 Dec 2006
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Firefox update guards against critical flaws

Firefox users need to upgrade their browsers following the discovery of multiple security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2006

UK government puts kybosh on NHS monkeys plan

Someone in Downing Street has a sense of humour - and we have proof.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Dec 2006

No admin rights? No Wi-Fi, says D-Link

The mysteries of wireless networking are many and arcane - ask anyone who's tried to type in a WPA key from memory - so much so that D-Link has taken the decision to restrict Wi-Fi usage to admins only.
Bryan Betts, 21 Dec 2006

WHSmith defuses Xmas crackers

WHSmith has decided to clamp down on the unauthorised ownership of explosives by banning anyone under 16 from buying Christmas crackers, The Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Dec 2006

BT Yahoo! customers stuck with old passwords

BT broadband customers are unable to change their password if they've upgraded to the latest web browser versions. The browsers refuse to connect to what they consider to be an insecure version of SSL which the site is using.
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2006

US record labels file suit against Allofmp3.com

Controversial music website Allofmp3.com is being sued by a collection of record labels. The suit has been filed in a New York court against the Moscow firm, which claims that it abides by Russian law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2006

Ofcom to get tough in 2007

Newly minted Ofcom boss Ed Richards laid out a tougher approach to UK media and telecommunications regulation in an interview with the Financial Times yesterday.
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2006

HP grabs Bitfone

Hewlett Packard has acquired mobile device management software vendor Bitfone for an undisclosed sum.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2006

Seagate takes EVault

In a last minute spot of Christmas shopping, Seagate has bagged online backup provider EVault for $185m in a bid to expand its services effort.
Christopher Williams, 21 Dec 2006

Blue vanishes into yonder and takes Telewest with it

Blueyonder, the broadband service provided by NTL Telewest, suffered a country-wide failure this afternoon between 14.30 and 16.00. Customer were unable to connect, and both blueyonder.co.uk and telewest.co.uk web sites ceased to exist for a little over an hour.
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2006

Japanese scientists cage light

Scientists have used silicon crystals to trap light and slow it down to the lowest speed ever recorded in the material. The breakthrough is a step towards light-based storage for quantum computers.
Christopher Williams, 21 Dec 2006
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Open sourcing Second Life

CommentThe panic that broke out in Second Life last month over a copybot raised many questions about the security of property in the virtual universe.
Ben King, 21 Dec 2006
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Novell's Allison quits in protest

Jeremy Allison, best known as co-lead of the Samba project, has quit Novell in protest at the company's recent partnership with Microsoft.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2006

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