12th January 2007 Archive

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O2 ties up with Gandalf

The stage show of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings opens in London on the 9th of May, and O2 has signed up for exclusive content including ringtones and O2-customer-preview nights.
Bill Ray, 12 2007
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Bill Gates: a man and his music devices

Will Head, 12 2007
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CES 2007: all the stories, all the goodies

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought a bumper harvest of gadgets and goodies to Las Vegas. Here are all of Reg Hardware's CES 2007 stories, brought together for your reading - and viewing; we've included our exclusive video reports - pleasure...
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AMD stuffed in Christmas run-up

AMD’s CPU business took a slap in the fourth quarter as chip selling prices came in lower than expected, it revealed yesterday.
Joe Fay, 12 2007

Don't rush into Vista, schools told

A leading government advisory body has advised schools in Britain not to deploy Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista, for at least 12 months.
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Email marketing abuse is rife among top UK companies

A study of the UK's biggest companies has found 31 per cent of them breaking anti-spam laws by sending marketing emails without either prior consent or an existing customer relationship.
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Gates Foundation launches investment review

Bill and Melinda Gates are reviewing policy at their philanthropic foundation after a newspaper investigation revealed it invested in corporations with questionable ethical records.
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SAP takes a tumble

SAP shares fell sharply after the software company admitted it had missed sales targets for 2006. Its shares on the New York Stock Exchange ended the day down ten per cent.
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Supernova topples Pillars of Creation

The famous "Pillars of Creation", the subject of the best known of Hubble's images, have already been blown apart by a supernova. We won't see their destruction here on Earth for another thousand years, but the astronomers making the claim estimate that the massive, star-forming pillars that make up the Eagle Nebula were obliterated almost 6000 years ago.

Kingston ships 1.2GHz DDR 2 DIMMs

Memory specialist Kingston Technology yesterday claimed to be the first company to ship DDR 2 memory modules clocked to 1.2GHz - aka PC2-9600. The firm also made available PC2-9200, 1.15GHz DIMMs.
Hard Reg, 12 2007

ECS touts top-of-the-line Nvidia graphics cards for Vista

Elitegroup (ECS) this week announced its latest flagship Nvidia-based graphics card, based on the GPU maker's GeForce 8800 GTX and equipped with 768MB of GDDR 3 video-buffer memory. It also unveiled a board based on the 8800 GTS.
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HP snoop cops a plea

The private detective facing charges over the HP snooping scandal is pleading guilty and will give evidence for the prosecution.
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Searching for consumers

As more developers find interesting ways of getting more applications and information into consumer devices of all types, the need for a database that can be embedded in consumer units becomes more pressing. To meet this need, Hitachi’s US-based Embedded Business Group is to provide its Entier Relational Database Management System with full support for two versions of Wind River’s Platform for Consumer Devices.
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Contract killer spam scam hits the net

Scammers are posing as professional hit men in a bid to frighten punters into handing over large sums of money.

Abit KN9 SLI Socket AM2 motherboard

Review Built around Nvidia's nForce 570 SLI chipset for Socket AM2, the KN9 SLI generated a fair amount of pre-launch anticipation based, not only on the chipset, but also its clean layout, expected selling price and well-rounded spec sheet. Was that anticipation justified?
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You are f**king negative arsehole!!!

FoTW Surprise, surprise: our illuminating piece yesterday on possible uses for a dead iPhone provoked a supernova-strength explosion of indignation among the Macheads. Rudee kindly took time from cracking one off over his iPod to write:
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Carphone celebrates bumper Christmas

Carphone Warehouse said it had a fat festive period, adding 7.3 per cent in like-for-like retail revenues for the third quarter
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EC throws money at OSS quality control

The European Commission is investing some of the final chunks of change in its Framework 6 Research and Development budget into four projects dedicated to defining and checking the quality of open source software. The total investment is in the region of €25m, and is being matched by money from industry.
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Bullseye of Oracle patches due Tuesday

Oracle has taken a leaf out of Microsoft's book by publishing a pre-alert of patches database admins can expect as part of its next patch release cycle.
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CES in five minutes

Will Head, 12 2007
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UK to review school fingerprinting

The Department for Education and Skills is to reconsider the fingerprinting of school children after a four year campaign by parents.
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iPhone frenzy, Vista ahoy and SAP

Fly your iPhone to the moon Saving the environment is at the forefront of most people’s minds at the moment, with companies going to great lengths to get themselves seen as green. And in true tree-hugging style, we’ve come up with some great ways to dispose of your iPhone – Steve Job’s latest toy to hit the market – after it …
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The Pirate Bay plans to buy Sealand

Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy the 550 square metre principality of Sealand, a former British naval platform in the North Sea that has been designated a 'micronation'.
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iPhone locked down, Apple confirms

It's a good job Apple's amazing new gadget beats as it sweeps as it cleans - and allows you to leap over tall buildings with one bound. Because it's beginning to look somewhat Dead On Arrival as a competitive smartphone.
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Free Vista test

Concerned that all the effort you are putting in to develop upgraded applications to run on Microsoft Vista may bring client systems around the company network to a grinding halt? Well, there is a simple way to check those client systems out in advance.
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BOFH: It's a funny old world isn't it?

Episode 2 Episode 2 It's a funny old world isn't it? Strange the way things pan out. Take for instance the New Year's truce forged between the PFY and myself. On one hand we reached a landmark accord which allowed us to work in harmony with each other and the users and on the other hand I'm now locked in a dark basement room that the …
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Mobile operators lose millions to SIM boxes

If you're getting poor quality on calls to mobile phones at home or abroad, it's probably because of the operator's poor business strategy, not the quality of its wireless network.
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Gay sheep face neutral net censorship plot

Letters It would be wrong to run letters without some kind of reference to that new phone thingey some company or other launched this week. As soon as Apple debuted the iPhone, Cisco unleashed the legal hounds to hunt down and retrieve a the name. To help Apple out, you thought up some alternative names for the handset. And told us why you love to love and hate it, all at the same time:
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Falling margins spell doom for carrier diversification

Telecom carriers are spending billions investing in IP technology but more than half will fail to establish new lines of business over the next four years, according to analyst group Gartner.
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Comet McNaught prepares show for Soho

Those of us who live behind the almost permacloud that has covered the south of the UK for the last umpteen days will not have noticed, but apparently there is a comet currently gracing our skies.
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'We've reinvented the phone ... as a wheelbarrow'

Letters Bill Ray had the pleasure of being able to say "I told you so" this week, having correctly predicted the go-to-market strategy and price of Apple's first phone. Here's the response to his post-launch verdict, and a few of other iPhone articles this week:

Cisco on brink of losing iPhone name in Europe

Cisco could be on the brink of losing the rights to the iPhone trade mark in Europe, according to trade mark experts. Apple could end up with European rights to iPhone, in contrast to reports around the world suggesting that Cisco's rights were absolute.
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Spods find God ... in Sadville

Two items of interest for those of you who collect Really Stupid Things People Say About Technology.

Print is dead, long live the printer

Comment Hi, Annabel Fancy here. A time-slip mailing - I haven't got time to start this company here in the second decade of the millennium, so I thought you might like to try it. It's an internet printing business. You can use it; just mark me down for one per cent of share equity in exchange for royalty-free use.
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Confering developers

Here’s a long range heads-up on a couple of conferences that should tickle the interest of many developers.
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Man-in-the-Middle phishing kit netted

A new kit for sale in the digital underground makes it easier for fraudsters to run more sophisticated phishing fraud attacks.

EMC's Insignia brand here to stay, despite layoffs

Contrary to rival propaganda, EMC's Insignia line of products will continue to live on as the preferred gear for small- and medium-sized businesses. That is until EMC kills the brand.
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AT&T razes the Cingular brand

AT&T is consigning the Cingular name to the dustbin of history. Its wireless operator will now also be known as AT&T.
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SGI hermit crabs over to Sunnyvale

After once dominating the Silicon Valley suburb of Mountain View, SGI has packed up and moved to Sunnyvale - the latest shift in the company's resurrection agenda.
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Feds scrutinize backdated options awarded Steve Jobs

If Steve Jobs is indeed able to defy gravity at times, as the New York Times suggested today, backdated stock options given to the larger-than-life Apple CEO may prove to be the tractor beam that brings him crashing back to earth.

Dell accused of selling defective notebooks - again

A lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court alleges that Dell notebooks suffer from design defects that cause premature failure of the motherboard due to overheating.