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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are f**king negative arsehole!!!
FoTWSurprise, 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Gay sheep face neutral net censorship plot
LettersIt 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:
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.
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.
'We've reinvented the phone ... as a wheelbarrow'
LettersBill 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.
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
CommentHi, 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.
Here’s a long range heads-up on a couple of conferences that should tickle the interest of many developers.
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.
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.
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.
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.