13th > February > 2007 Archive
IE and Firefox cough up hard drive contents
UpdatedThe latest versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows and (in the case of Firefox) Unix systems are vulnerable to attacks that could reveal the contents of sensitive files residing on a victim's hard drives.
IBM's juiced Power6 stomps poor, old Power5+
ISSCCAt a time when rivals have given up on juicing their processors, IBM plans to crank the heck out of Power6. The dual-core chip due out by mid-2007 will come in "just shy" of 5GHz and flaunt double the performance of today's Power5.
Are founder-driven SW vendors good for enterprise buyers?
CommentI met with Gerry Cohen last week, the founder CEO of BI vendor Information Builders (IB). After 30 years in the business he still has an infectious enthusiasm for software. As has Jim Goodnight, the founder CEO of SAS, and Michael Saylor, the founder CEO of MicroStrategy, who founded his company in 1989. Between them, this triumvirate of founder CEOs account for $2.3bn of worldwide annual BI industry sales: about one-third of the whole BI market.
Intel owed depressed employee more than counselling
Simply providing counselling for employees does not absolve companies of responsibility for their employees, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled. The Court found that Intel was responsible for a worker's breakdown even though it provided counselling.
Orange takes the cloak off Super SIM
3GSMOrange has announced the availability of its much-anticipated Super SIM supplied by Sagem Orga. The Super SIM has 128MB of storage and, when inserted into a Super SIM supporting handset, automatically installs "the Orange Homescreen, Packet Video player, F-Secure anti-virus client, and a whole series of Orange branded wallpapers and themes".
New copyright police to increase raids and seizures in UK
The Government will fund 4,500 new copyright police to conduct raids from April. The move comes as the Department of Trade and Industry passes responsibility for copyright enforcement to Trading Standards Officers.
AMD licenses ATI phone GPU tech
AMD today said it will license its graphics technology for handheld devices, signing up STMicroelectronics as one of its first customers. The move comes a day after it launched new media processors aimed at... er... handhelds.
EC to overhaul consumer law to boost e-commerce
The European Commission will overhaul European contract law to make internet selling easier, more reliable and more efficient.
HDMI pitches for PC vendor mind share
The battle to determine which PC display interconnect will dominate the market has begun in earnest. Yesterday, the organisation that licenses the HDMI port claimed more than 50 desktops, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards and monitors are now shipping with its technology on board.
Amazon slapped with cockfighting lawsuit
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has slapped Amazon.com with a lawsuit aimed at preventing the online retailer punting cockfighting magazines and dogfighting videos, Computerworld reports.
InPhase begins shipping holographic storage
InPhase Technologies has begun bulk shipping of its 300GB holographic storage disks and drives, the firm said yesterday. The Tapestry HDS-300R drive costs $18,000, with the 1.5mm-thick platters running to $180 a piece. The firm already claims a series of high profile customers, including Turner Broadcasting, the US Geological Survey, and Lockheed Martin.
North Korea to shut down nuclear reactor
North Korea last night agreed to shut down its principal nuclear reactor in return for fuel aid, the BBC reports.
MPs launch IT comp for primary children
A parliamentary group has launched a competition for primary school children to prove their grasp of technology.
ESA boffins make Martian maps
If you have been hoping to take a hiking holiday on Mars, but have found your plans spoiled by the dreadful lack of detailed maps, fear not: the European Space Agency has come to your rescue.
Money transfers go mobile for migrant workers
3GSMThe GSM Association has teamed up with Mastercard to launch a pilot program to make it easier for international migrant workers to send money home.
Intel Tera – not firma, but coming
Here is a long-term question: is Intel starting the long walk away from the x86 architecture and towards what it sees as the "next big thing"?
BP offices hit by mail bomb scare
Technology workers were disturbed this morning by what appears to have been a hoax bomb at a business park near Heathrow.
Nokia turns on N series TV phone
3GSMNokia has introduced its latest digital telly friendly mobile phone: N series member the N77. Ready for viewing, it's equipped with a 2.4in, 320 x 240 display capable of rendering 16m colours. There's a pair of stereo speakers too.
Bank in hot water over BT's Plusnet deal
BT says it will continue to work with Rothschild bank, depite the financial institution giving it such poor advice over the Plusnet acquisition last year that the bank has been formally reprimanded by the Takeover Panel.
IBM plants Linux on the desktop
IBM has announced an open-source desktop, running Lotus apps and Firefox on top of Red Hat or SUSE Linux. It's based on an internal project which has deployed Linux desktops to several thousand IBM staff, in what IBM said was one of the largest corporate Linux roll-outs to date.
Mexican drug gangs slug it out on YouTube
Warning: graphic contentA bloody war between rival Mexican drug gangs has spilled onto YouTube where two competing cartels "taunt each other with blood-soaked slideshows and films of their murder victims", Reuters reports.
Free Nokia route-plan app arrives late, in need of shower, cocoa
Call off the search - Nokia's free Smart2Go route-planning software has arrived at last at its intended destination: the company's Smart2Go website, where it's now available to download.
UK bikers skate on sticky grit
UK bikers have launched an online petition* aimed at getting the government to rethink its "sticky grit" de-icing strategy.
Belgium upholds anti-Google injunction
Copiepresse, the French and German language news agency in Belgium, has for the second time won the support of the Belgian courts in its battle to stop Google including snippets of its articles on the Google News search pages.
Princeton ESP lab shuttered in bad week for irrationality
The news that the lab investigating parapsychological phenomena around extra-sensory perception has closed makes for a bad week for pseudoscience.
ip.access opens Oyster femtocell to the world
ip.access has launched a consumer-friendly 3G cell, called Oyster, that's designed to be plugged into the internet. Oyster routes normal 3G calls over the customer's broadband connection; supplying all the advantages of a VoIP solution with none of the complexity.
Novell and Microsoft swing both ways
The possibilities for recursive virtualisation have just increased, with Novell and Intel announcing that you can now run Windows unmodified on Novell's SUSE Linux, via Xen and an Intel VT-capable processor, while Microsoft says an upcoming service pack will let its Virtual Server run SUSE Linux as a virtualised guest.
'Fatal text' driver jailed for two years
A Pontypool sales executive who killed another driver in a head-on collision, just two minutes after sending a text message, has been jailed for two years.
AMD confirms RS690 will ship as 690G
AMD has confirmed its upcoming RS690 chipset will be available in at least two versions - one for desktops, the other for mobiles - both with the model number 690G, documents released to Register Hardware today reveal.
Cameraphones focus on liquid lenses
3GSMThe quality of autofocus lenses on cameraphones are set to get a boost with technology from Varioptic, a firm that makes its lenses out of oil and water, rather than using traditional mechanical lenses.
Fujitsu man condemns NPfIT as failure
The government's pet technology project, the multi-billion pound NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), is in danger of failing, lacks the leadership required to stop it drifting off course, and is in danger of morphing into "a camel", according to a senior figure in one of the main contractors implementing the project.
US film critics slap Calcutta-born Welsh
US film critics have lined up to have a pop at the "Welsh" accents in The Last Sin Eater - "a creepy religious drama" regarding a Welsh immigrant community living in America's Appalachian mountains.
EMC, FalconStor extend VTL contract
EMC has extended its relationship with its virtual tape library (VTL) software partner FalconStor until 2013. The storage monster's manoeuvrings last year, however, may reveal how EMC put the squeeze on during negotiations.
Altobridge conjures up instant GSM networking
Need a GSM network in a hurry? Altobridge can provide a GSM cell, for use with standard handsets and connected over satellite, within five minutes.
Eight nabbed in China for Panda worm
Police in central China's Hubei Province have detained eight men in their 20s alleged to have participated in the spreading of last year's "Panda burning joss stick" virus outbreak.
IBM scouts for more software acquisitions
IBM's appetite for acquiring software companies shows no signs of diminishing. Last year, the company conservatively spent $3.6bn, adding 12 companies or just their assets to its $18bn middleware business during 2006.
The Java Phrasebook
Book reviewElliote Rusty Harold, acclaimed Java and XML author, recently described Java as the lingua franca of the programming world. According to Harold he can write basic Java and have it understood by non-Java programmers more often than not.
Moto's banana beats Nokia's brick
First lookThe surprise of the 3GSM show so far has turned up in the Gadget Porn Department. Nokia's new communicator, the E90, was one of the most eagerly anticipated launches in a long time. But rather like Apple's iPhone, it's somewhat less spectacular once the reality sinks in.
D-Wave qubits in the era of Quantum Computing
Few start-ups would have the guts or audacity to unveil their first product at the Computer History Museum. D-Wave Systems, however, did just that today by unveiling the world's most advanced quantum computer - a product that may one day be displayed at the museum as a breakthrough system or simply as a curious relic.