16th > May > 2007 Archive

The Register breaking news

Oracle to get Agile with $495m deal

Oracle is buying product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Agile Software in a deal likely to result in an overhaul of its existing PLM suite.

Cisco borgs ________

What's for dinner at Cisco in 2007? More small companies. The switch maker's appetite remains as voracious as ever.

Wi-Fi group launches 802.11n compatibility brand

Wi-Fi overseer the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) will in June begin testing pre-standard next-generation 802.11n wireless networking kit to make sure the products all work with each other, the organisation said today.

Motorola sharpens Razr

Motorola has sliced 2mm off the thickness of its original Razr handset and spliced in a raft of improvements - including an external display to match the quality of the main screen - to re-release the popular phone as the Razr², which made its debut last night.
The Register breaking news

Teen embeds car in Edinburgh basement

We're obliged this morning to reader Paul Moran for sending us a snap of what happens when you try and park a Ford Focus at an inadvisably high speed:
The Register breaking news

IntelliContact hit by rebranding madness

LogoWatch It may be a "leading on-demand email marketing service", but that hasn't afforded IntelliContact immunity from infection by rebranding madness.
The Register breaking news

French outwhine Brits in the workplace

The French have confirmed their position as the world's top workplace whiners, beating whinging Brits into second place on the international scale of dissatisfaction.
The Register breaking news

MP questions police computer policy

An MP has said police forces need to be more consistent in handling requests for removal of records from the Police National Computer (PNC).
Kablenet, 16 2007
clock teaser

The MiFID opportunity

You can say one thing for a business disaster these days: it's usually a lucrative "opportunity" for IT people. The next such opportunity is going to be MiFID – the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which goes live in November 2007.

Motorola remasters Rokr music phone

Not content with simply revamping its Razr, Motorola has updated its Rokr handset - the original iTunes phone - this time bringing it more in tune with the latest Moto look.

Evesham plots rocky road back from HCI havoc

Evesham Technology, one of the UK's last remaining PC manufacturers, is clawing its way back to profit after Gordon Brown's overnight closure of the Home Computer Initiative (HCI) left it with a £30m hole in its accounts.

Fujitsu claims 'world's smallest Vista PC' title

Fujitsu has taken the wraps off what it claims is the world's smallest Windows Vista PC: a tablet PC-styled "microminiature" machine with a 5.6in display and weighing just 580g.

Dell faces fraud case

Dell is facing a lawsuit from Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General, on behalf of consumers in the state.

Sony posts big Q4 loss, blames PS3

Sony today reported widening losses for Q4, blaming reduced sales of its last-generation PS2 games console and costs associated with the launch of the PS3.
The Register breaking news

Former Grateful Dead muso sues YouTube

A mandolin player who once recorded with The Grateful Dead has joined the growing queue looking to give YouTube a legal shoeing.

Elgato add-on takes axe to Apple TV, PSP video conversion times

Tired of waiting for your Mac to convert your videos into an Apple TV-friendly format? AV add-on specialist Elgato claims it has the answer: a plug-in video transcode accelerator.
The Register breaking news

Spoken revelation from Genesys

Alcatel-Lucent's contact centre software subsidiary, Genesys Telecommunication Laboratories, says companies can now afford to build their own voice-based, self service applications with its VoiceXML Sandbox.
The Register breaking news

Spaniard buys flat complete with mummy

A Spanish man has described himself as "shocked" on discovering the mummified corpse of the previous owner sitting on the sofa of his new flat, the BBC reports.

MS names Halo 3 day

Halo 3 will go on sale in the US on 25 September, Microsoft proclaimed last night, two months ahead of the US holiday buying season, when it hopes to sell a lot more Xbox 360 consoles on the back of the game.
The Register breaking news

MPs cosy up with Sir Cliff on copyright term

Like Sir Cliff Richard, its biggest cheerleader and biggest embarrassment, the record industry campaign to extend copyright term on sound recordings refuses to die.

Panasonic previews next-gen Blu-ray players

Panasonic has revamped its Blu-ray Disc player line, with new models targeting consumers in the US and Japan.
The Register breaking news

Argentinian commuters fight back

Argentinian commuters have expressed dissatisfaction at their country's privatised rail services, by last night indulging in "arson, looting and fighting" following rush-hour delays at Buenos Aires's Constituçion station.
The Register breaking news

MPs must act on runaway ID project

The London School of Economics has called for Parliament to intervene in the government's identity card scheme to find out if it is "getting out of control".
The Register breaking news

iPhone demand in the UK is 'soft', survey finds

The UK's largest iPhone survey undertaken by iPhone blog iphonic.tv has found that while interest in Apple's upcoming mobile is very high, even Apple die-hards won't invest in the handset unless it is competitively priced and available on their network.
The Register breaking news

MySpace stands firm on paedophile data pressure

MySpace has refused to act on demands from eight US states that it hand over user data which they say will help catch predatory paedophiles.
The Register breaking news

New North Korean missile tested in Iran

Reports are emerging that a new North Korean ballistic missile may have been test-fired from a site in Iran.
Sony Vaio SZ4 series notebook

Sony Vaio SZ4 slimline laptop

Review Sony's slender Vaio SZ4 is geared to folk who don't like their laptops to weigh them down. It's not the most compact of models, but at very portable 1.7kg, the SZ4 is eminently suited not only to the portability-over-performance crowd but also to those who want their laptop to be a looker.
The Register breaking news

PlusNet shuts down webmail indefinitely

The spam crisis at PlusNet has taken its webmail service offline indefinitely after security auditors found unpatchable flaws in software provided by @Mail.

Foxconn first to forge Intel P35-based mobo?

Foxconn has become one of the first mobo makers to tell the world it's about to bring a board based on Intel's next-gen P35 chipset to market.
The Register breaking news

Norway endorses ODF

Norway is considering whether to make the use of the Open Document Format (ODF) compulsory in its government agencies.
iSoft logo

Aussie bid for iSoft approved

The board at peaky NHS software provider iSoft has approved an offer to buy the firm by Australian healthcare specialist IBA.
Flag United States

US 'war czar' to attack internet safe havens

The White House has at last managed to find a general willing to become "war czar". The administration had been having difficulty filling its new post, formally titled "assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan policy and implementation."

Symantec pursues $55m copyright damages

Symantec is seeking $55m in damages against eight US and Canadian firms for selling illegal copies of its software.
The Register breaking news

Suspect in case that helped sell Iraq war cleared, again

"An Algerian who was branded a terror suspect after being acquitted in the ricin plot trial, was yesterday cleared of being a threat to Britain's national security, reported the Guardian this week.

Blogosphere threatened by Google downtime

Google's Blogger.com has been offline this year more than any of the top 20 most popular websites.

Think thin, says EqualLogic

EqualLogic is the latest storage vendor to adopt thin provisioning, but unlike HDS which offers it on high-end Fibre Channel storage, EqualLogic is adding it to its midrange PS-series iSCSI arrays.
The Register breaking news

Powerpoint is the big Army bandwidth hog, not YouTube

Analysis The US forces' apparent moves to block frontline troops from accessing online media have been strongly criticised, and not just on free-speech grounds.
Flag Germany

Lancom targets UK with high-end Wi-Fi

German networking company Lancom Systems has opened up in the UK with the aim of recruiting up to 50 resellers by the end of the year, and has already signed up TechstoreUK as a distributor.
The Register breaking news

ID scheme not failing, just shifting

The Identity and Passport Service has claimed its identity card scheme is not "out of control", as the London School of Economics claims, but is being built on "uncertain" sands.

DLO debuts Nano-like iPod wireless remote

There are iPod docks with remote controls, but there aren't many with remote controls that let you choose your music without getting up close to the music player's diminutive display. DLO's new HomeDock Music Remote is one of them.
The Register breaking news

G-Wiz electro-car fracas leaves Top Gear blubbing

Motoring buffs and greens have gone head to head during the past week as green-hating petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear henchmen tangled with bicycling mediatart Boris Johnson.
The Register breaking news

Warner sues Imeem

When Imeem launched last year, it appeared to be yet another pastel-coloured Web 2.0 technology looking for an application. Who needed a web-based IM service, we wondered?
The Register breaking news

Amazon plans iTunes rival

Amazon.com is prepping an MP3 music download store, offering DRM-free songs from EMI and 12,000 other labels.
The Register breaking news

Swedish rock band for sale on eBay

Is it a publicity stunt? Or are they seriously looking for a new investment?

How to fix your kids' education for $200m

Analysis Let's start with this sweeping statement: You can consider the money and time spent hyping internet-enabled education a failure.
graph up

Microsoft satisfaction rates slip

Microsoft's satisfaction rating among the American public slipped in the first three months of 2007 - during which it launched Windows Vista and Office 2007.
The Register breaking news

'Gay or straight?' ruling looks bad for all US social networking sites

Analysis The world just got a little scarier for social network providers.

Hitachi fiscal loss goes nuclear

Hitachi fell into deep red during fiscal 2006, posting a net loss of 32.8bn yen ($271.6m), compared with a profit of 37.32bn yen ($309m) a year earlier.

Printers and PCs power HP's second quarter

A jovial Mark Hurd today celebrated a second quarter in which HP posted a double-digit rise in revenue.

Sun climbs buyback mountain

Sun Microsystems will appease investors with a whopping $3bn share buyback.