18th > April > 2007 Archive


Hitachi woos mid-sized Americans with new blade

Hitachi's North American arm has (insert knife-themed verb here) a fresh blade box meant for mid-sized businesses.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Apr 2007

Curl back with Web 2.0 punch

Web 2.0 ExpoCurl, the Rich internet programming language specialist, is re-launching into the North American market having succumbed to the post dotcom crash.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2007

University admins lend phishers a hand

Lax security at Indiana University appears to have played a key role in highly targeted phishing attack last year that hauled in confidential information on as many as 80 account holders of the school's credit union. The finding, gleaned through public records unearthed by a university student, provides an interesting case study in the resourcefulness phishers bring to their trade.
Dan Goodin, 18 Apr 2007

IBM fires on some cylinders in Q1

IBM fired on some cylinders in Q1, growing revenues seven per cent to $22bn and net income eight per cent to $1.8bn.
Team Register, 18 Apr 2007

Yahoo! profits nothing to shout about!

Yahoo! first-quarter profit fell 11 per cent from last year, with the company falling short of analyst expectations for its new advertising platform, Panama.
Austin Modine, 18 Apr 2007

Intel introduces ultra-mobile PC platform

IDFIntel's Ultra Mobile Platform (UMP) came out of the shadows today and with it the A100 series of processors for UMPCs and internet access devices. So did its successor, codenamed 'Menlow', set to ship less than a year from now.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2007

Chip giant pledges integrated graphics boost

IDFIntel's mobile integrated graphics technology is just going to keep on getting better, the chip giant effused today, pledging its next-but-one built-in GPU will deliver a 25 per cent improvement over the one inside the upcoming 965GM chipset.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2007

$1m concept PC contest winners named

IDFKorean combine TriGem this week pocketed $700,000 of chip giant Intel's money for designing what a panel of experts have voted the world's coolest Viiv box. Norway's Mesiro walked away with the $300,000 runner-up prize.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2007

Woven threatens to make 10Gig E cheap and stable

Networking start-up Woven Systems has reminded us that great ideas can come in small, cost-conscious packages.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Apr 2007

Quote of the Day

IDF"Having enthusiasts play with our parts is our goal here..."
Register Hardware, 18 Apr 2007
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C2000 projects high hopes for AV biz

Computer 2000, which recently ramped up its audiovisual business, has confirmed that more deals with manufacturers can be expected over the coming weeks.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2007

Finance managers top company fraud list

Company fraudsters often get away with their crimes for five years, committing as many as 50 undetected frauds, according to the forensic department of audit firm KPMG.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Apr 2007

Delusional thoroughbred chief wants US out of GATS

House of CardsIn a bizarrely rambling and ill-informed interview with Interactive Gaming News last week, National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) head Alex Waldrop advocated that the United States try to remove gambling services from the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), thereby circumventing a string of negative rulings against the US at the WTO covering the provision of cross-border gambling services.
Burke Hansen, 18 Apr 2007

Orange and Vodafone cripple Nokia's flagship

Nokia N95 handsets supplied by Orange and Vodafone, in the UK, have had their VoIP capability removed in what looks like a desperate move by the network operators to defend their voice revenue.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2007

'Please read this important email: you are being shot'

AnalysisThese days, no major tragedy is complete without ambulance-chasing technology boosters muscling in on the aftermath. The Asian tsunami and the London 7/7 attacks both provided a tasteless excuse for evangelists to hype their favourite cause: instant real-time communications in general, and blogging in particular.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2007

Intel inserts hack into Celebrity

IDFThe word on the Beijing streets is that Bill Gates will appear Thursday at a downtown hotel to tout something. As of this writing, Microsoft has decided it would be best for us not to attend that event. The same cannot be said for Sun Microsystems, which has spared some time with Chairman Scott McNealy. And we're not sure what’s going on with AMD's CEO Hector Ruiz, who may or may not be in Beijing, depending on whom you speak to.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Apr 2007

Google grants webmasters the power of China

Google will let webmasters remove sites it has indexed from search results more easily by using a long-demanded new tool.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2007
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US Navy malware infection risked submarine prang

An American contractor holding top-level security clearance has been convicted of sabotaging critical US Navy computers used for submarine traffic control.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2007

HP ProCurve gets the NAC

HP ProCurve has dived into NAC (network access control), announcing an endpoint security appliance and Network Immunity - software that ties into a threat-detection appliance on one side and the network switches on the other, and uses 802.1X port control to lock out miscreants and network threats as they are detected.
Bryan Betts, 18 Apr 2007

BlackBerry network squashed

Users of the BlackBerry email-push service have found themselves disconnected and unable to send or receive messages because of a "critical infrastructure outage" which seems to be affecting people across the western hemisphere.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2007

MS Office versus the browser

Reg Reader WorkshopThe death of the PC and an end to the running of applications on the desktop has been predicted constantly for at least 10 years.
Dale Vile, 18 Apr 2007

Spanish flag flies over Gibraltar

True patriots prepare to choke on your beef and oyster pie of olde England because, by the Lord Harry and Saint George, the Spanish flag today flies over the sacred Rock of Gibraltar:
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Austrian OAPs in crazed hare terror ordeal

Austrian police have defended their decision to shoot a "crazed" hare which savaged a Linz pensioner before laying into her husband and subsequently battling with officers called to the scene.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Fast trekkin' to requirements

Many people in IT are scared of managing requirements, especially in smaller companies, according to Andy Gurd, director of product marketing at Telelogic (which sells the excellent DOORS requirements management tool).
David Norfolk, 18 Apr 2007

UK crematoria eye heavyweight incinerators

The UK's crematoria are struggling to cope with the nation's oversized corpses, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007
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Dual- and quad-core 'Penryn' CPUs benchmarked

IDFHow might processors based on Intel's upcoming 45nm 'Penryn' architecture perform when compared to today's 65nm CPUs? The chip giant today posted test results to give us an indication of what to expect the Core 2 upgrade hits the market.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2007

Data chief does a Bronson over Grange Hill firm's CV exposé

The independent body responsible for enforcing the Data Protection Act has expressed concern about Lime Pictures' monumental technical cock-up which exposed thousands of individuals' personal details on its website.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2007

'Smart dust' to explore alien worlds

A high-ranking British boffin has proposed that other planets might be explored by "smart dust", clouds of tiny electronic devices which would drift intelligently on alien atmosphere currents while communicating by Wi-Fi.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2007

Goldsmiths appoints professor of games

Goldsmiths, University of London, has appointed a professor of computer games.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2007

Orange broadband trials error hijacking

Orange broadband is trialling taking advantage of address bar spelling mistakes and server errors to serve sponsored search results and contextual ads to its customers.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2007

China fails to ban nude web chats

The Chinese have dismally failed to clamp down on nude web chats after discovering "there was no basis in law to bring charges" against a housewife who arranged such online fleshfests, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Midlands police cuff war driving duo

Two people have been arrested and cautioned by UK police in the midlands this month after they were caught "war driving", in a rare example of prosecutions of this kind in the UK.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2007

Workplace smut runs rampant

Audits of workplace PCs by security firm PixAlert discovered that more than a quarter (25.8 per cent) of the 10,000 PCs scanned contained pornography or other inappropriate images.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2007

The VoIP wars: air supply is an optional feature

Truphone boss James Tagg says his fledgling company will ask Ofcom to intervene if mobile networks continue to cripple VoIP-capable handsets.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2007

MPs give Ofcom a high def battering

OfcomwatchOfcom received a battering before a joint Trade and Industry and Culture, Media and Sport select committee yesterday.
Luke Gibbs, 18 Apr 2007

UK's 'elitist' immigration rules billed for January

Home Office minister Liam Byrne has announced he is to introduce "tough new Australian-style" migration controls intended, from January next year, to make it tougher for all but "elite" migrants to get into Britain.
Mark Ballard, 18 Apr 2007

Rookie plumber torches £5m mansion

A fire which ravaged a £5m Georgian mansion was likely caused by an unfortunate meeting between a plumbing apprentice bearing a blow torch and polystyrene roof installation, The Daily Mail reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Barclays deploys PINsentry to fight fraud

Barclays has announced plans to send out handheld chip and PIN card readers to their online banking customers in a bid to combat online fraud.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2007
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LG launches first foray into dual-format HD arena

Yesterday in London LG announced the UK launch of its dual-format, high-definition player. As we reported in January, the Blu-ray / HD DVD device, known as the BH100, was first shown at CES in Las Vegas, earlier this year.
Scott Snowden, 18 Apr 2007

Ethanol cars unhealthier than petrol ones?

An American academic has published research (pdf) suggesting that bio-ethanol vehicles could be more damaging to human health than ordinary fossil-fuelled ones.
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2007

HD DVD player sales pass 100k mark in US

US consumers have bought more than 100,000 HD DVD players, the next-gen optical disc format's backers claim. The figure doesn't include HD DVD drives built into PCs, nor the external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360, leaving the 100,000 units almost entirely comprised of Toshiba's three players.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2007

Afghanistan succumbs to killer virus hoax

The killer mobile phone virus panic which last week gripped Pakistan had by Monday spread to Afghanistan, with rumours circulating that several people in Kabul had succumbed to the message of death over the weekend.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Reg readers admit to faking it

Reg Reader StudiesA Reg reader poll looking at power users and their experiences with customer technical support flushed out a lot of opinions.
Joyce Becknell, 18 Apr 2007

Heavy competition hits Motorola's bottom line

Weak handset sales hit Motorola's results in the first quarter, as the mobile manufacturer revealed a loss for the three-month period.
ElectricNews.net, 18 Apr 2007

Study: Users pay for Microsoft patent woes

Each copy of Windows cost users an additional $21.50 "patent tax" to cover Microsoft litigation bills, the Software Freedom Law Center claims.
Austin Modine, 18 Apr 2007

eBay profits jump 52 per cent

eBay beat Wall Street expectations with a net profit jump of 52 per cent. The online auction leader's first quarter net income hit $377m this quarter compared with $248.3m last year.
Austin Modine, 18 Apr 2007

ICANN gets restraining order against RegisterFly

In a welcome victory for RegisterFly customers, ICANN announced yesterday that it had been granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against RegisterFly, the ICANN-accredited domain registrar accused of allowing tens of thousands of domains to lapse unlawfully. The TRO orders RegisterFly to provide copies of all current registrant data within 48 hours, and provide weekly data updates to ICANN.
Burke Hansen, 18 Apr 2007

Role-players amok in Second Life

ColumnA woman did something to me not long ago. At least I believe so; I'm not certain, because think I blacked out at one point. I'm not really sure what I remember; maybe I hallucinated when I blacked out. If I blacked out.
Destiny Welles, 18 Apr 2007

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