10th > January > 2007 Archive


Penguin lays an Opteron low-ender

Penguin Computing has dished out its lowest-end Opteron box to date, billing the system as the no frills answer for high performance computing customers.
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Windows Vista to connect to Xbox Live

Will Head, 10 2007

iPhone... but what happened to the iPod scroll wheel?

It's crunch time for the iPod. Can a single device be as easy to use for music as an iPod, and also as easy as a Mac for email, and also work as a phone? Steve Jobs has said yes, and to do this, he's dropped the famous scroll wheel.
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Sun packs blade with new Opterons

Sun Microsystems has started 2007 by bouncing out a new blade server and a new blade server buying option.

Computer takes a back seat at Apple

Macworld Despite all hype surrounding the iPhone, this year's MacWorld conference was more notable for what it downplayed -- the computer that put Apple in the limelight in the first place.

Warner pitches adhesive to bring HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc together

Analysis CES 2007 Glue is the solution to the next-generation optical disc format war. Glue, or whatever Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WHE) is planning to use to bond - literally and metaphorically - the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats to create a unified product, THD - Total HD disc.
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Web mobilises to save condemned Iranian teen

A campaign led by former Miss Canada and Miss World runner-up Nazanin Afshin-Jam aimed at saving the life of condemned Iranian teenager Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi (pictured) yesterday released a 30-minute documentary in a last-ditch attempt to avert the young woman's execution.
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Government to create 'super websites'

Whitehall is to shut down 551 websites to make access to information easier for citizens and businesses, a Cabinet Office minister has said.
Kablenet, 10 2007
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Wiki ordered to remove link to drug documents

A wiki about a controversial prescription drug has been ordered by a US court to remove a link to documents which originated with Eli Lilly, the drug's manufacturer.

Steady as she goes at Computacenter

Computacenter said today it had a decent enough 2006, and expects to report pre-tax profits of £38.2m before exceptional charges, in line with market expectations.
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Bell Micro beats the Street

Bell Microproducts beat expectations with a strong fourth quarter.
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UK plots first Moonshot

Updated Britain's first Moon mission is being considered for funding by the government's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.
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Evesham iPlayer HD 80GB DVR

Review Evesham's iPlayer is a Freeview box with a difference. With a built in hard drive, HDMI output and the ability to receive HD broadcasts it would be remarkable enough, but it also manages to fit an internet connection and network media player into the box too, making it potentially the only set-top box you'll ever need...
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MS January patch update omits critical Word fix

Microsoft released four patches on Tuesday - half the number initially expected - that address a number of critical flaws in its Windows OS, Outlook and Office software.

BEA wins Nasdaq reprieve

BEA Systems has cheated the hangman after Nasdaq officials ruled the company's shares could continue to be traded on the market.
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BT clocks up a million VoIP customers

BT is claiming that over 1m punters have signed up for their VoIP services BT Broadband Talk and BT Softphone, but with the latter being a free download it’s hard to tell how many paying customers are using the service.
Bill Ray, 10 2007

EU data retention laws 'too costly' for telcos

EU laws that mean service providers will need to retain communications data for the purposes of possible criminal investigation will place a huge burden on carriers, market watchers warn.

Why I want the iPhone to succeed

Opinion I'm glad the iPhone's is here - and I have very selfish reasons for wanting it to succeed. That's because even without the cellular telephony, it looks like something I've been wanting to buy. But it's also because after years of writing about smartphones, I've seen the established players become lazy and complacent, go down blind alleys, or standardize on horrible designs and feature sets. So the iPhone should focus minds wonderfully - it should raise the bar for everyone.
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Editor's Blog: SEEDing graduates

One really goes to conferences like Microsoft TechEd to meet people you didn’t know you were going to find interesting… One such serendipitous conversation I had at TechEd this Autumn was with Iain Kelwick of the University of Hull, about SEED Software.
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Scientists spot pulsar with 4 magnetic poles

The 209th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Seattle has been entertained by the news that the neutron star within the Crab Nebula may have twice the normal complement of magnetic poles, the BBC reports.

Malware: Windows is only part of the problem

We’ve all been hearing a lot about secure applications recently, or more accurately about insecure applications; specifically those that are exploited in identity theft raids or that we can be “tricked” into running on our PCs.
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NHS Direct all better

NHS Direct is back online this afternoon after going on the sick with a server error earlier today.
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Microsoft dusts off Smart Objects

Microsoft has managed to convince Garmin to embed SPOT technology into some of their GPS devices, while also expanding their transmission network with Clear Channel to broadcast SPOT content over their HD Radio network.
Bill Ray, 10 2007
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ID cards to stop ex-cons migrating for anonymity

John Reid, the UK Home Secretary, told Parliament Wednesday that ID Cards could stop people with seriously sinful criminal records from sneaking across borders to escape scrutiny after they leave prison.

6TB in a pizza box

Tandberg Data reckons its latest autoloader can get 6.4TB of removable storage into a 1U rackmount space - that's 6.4TB in a 1.75 by 19-inch pizza box.

The iPhone: a Naomi Campbell of a product

Several readers have been in touch to ask if I've revised my opinions of the iPhone, now we've seen prototypes and heard the spiel, but the basic premise remains the same: the iPhone needs to appeal to operators, not customers, to be successful.
Bill Ray, 10 2007

Duo deny LA traffic hack charges

A pair of Los Angeles traffic system engineers have been charged with manipulating traffic signals to disrupt transportation across the city in the run-up to a union protest last August.
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Bubble bursts on Web 2.0 site membership claims

The latest snapshot of teenagers' web surfing habits should further debunk sky-high valuations of, and membership clams by, popular social networking sites.
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Acer 'preloads vulns' onto notebooks

Acer has been called out for pre-loading a vulnerability on its notebooks.
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Griffin to make second-gen iPod Shuffle dockable - universally

CES 2007 It is, in a word, genius, and will come as a godsend to anyone who owns a second-generation iPod Shuffle. Yes, it's a universal dock adaptor. The $20 part slots into any modern Apple or third-party dock in place of all the other iPod-specific adaptors, linking the standard dock connector to the 2G Shuffle's unique 3. …

AMD moots SFF PC mobo standard

CES 2007 AMD is following arch-rival Intel into the PC form-factor defining game. Today, the company launched DTX, a would-be standard for quiet, low-power small form-factor systems.

Sling preps TV show-snippet sharing service

CES 2007 Slingbox maker Sling Media is to turn its internet TV box into a content sharing platform, the company said this week. It announced Clip+Sling, a feature that will allow Slingbox owners to share short segments of TV shows with anyone connected to the net. Watching Sling get this one past the broadcasters may well prove compulsive viewing.

Toshiba demos 'first' HD DVD-R notebook drive

CES 2007 Toshiba demonstrated what it claimed the first notebook capable of burning HD DVDs, a Qosmio laptop with an integrated HD DVD-R drive, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. The prototype set-up can record onto 30GB HD DVD media, the company said.

AMD posts Catalyst 7.1 update

AMD has shipped the latest version of its Catalyst driver package for ATI Radeon graphics chips. The new release, version 7.1, covers both Windows XP and Linux - the latter now supporting version 2.6.19 of the open source operating system's kernel.
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How AT&T chewed up, and spat out Net Neutrality

Analysis It sure would be nice, but it doesn't have much chance of happening because of market power, size, etc. I think it would be real hard to do. I don't think the regulators would let that happen, in my judgment." - Ed Whitacre on the possibility of taking over BellSouth, 2005.
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Yelp reviewers paid for their opinions

Yelp - the review site that relies on people just like you and me to help readers find the hippest shops, bars and restaurants - has been paying marketers to write reviews and post comments, BusinessWeek reports.

Dell calls on customers to contribute to carbon-neutral computing

CES 2007 Dell has announced it will plant sufficient trees to absorb all the atmospheric carbon dioxide generated by power plants producing the electricity used to drive its computers for a three-year period.

Carly of La Mancha

Review It's good to see that a couple years away from the executive ranks haven't diminished Carly Fiorina's embrace of the delusional. Her recent memoir Tough Choices confirms that the same quixotic persona behind HP's yo-yo impression lives on safely in semi-retirement.
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Bell tolls for SCO, Novell claims

SCO, whose claim to the Linux kernel has touched off a firestorm in the open source realm, is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to court documents filed by legal opponent Novell, several publications reported.

'Pay with PayPal and you're covered'

PayPal is doubling payment protection in the US and Canada for most eBay transactions to $2,000.