17th > May > 2007 Archive

BEA Q1 weakened by too much choice

BEA Systems is paying the price for playing hardball on service oriented srchitecture (SOA), announcing a "surprising" drop in first-quarter sales.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2007

IBM polishes grid for healthcare providers

IBM is souping up its grid storage system aimed at healthcare service providers struggling to store a veritable data deluge of medical imagery.
Austin Modine, 17 May 2007
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Slammer turns Florida election result into worm food

New concerns about the accuracy of electronic voting in Sarasota County, Florida are being raised after a published report documented how the county's main database system came under attack from a virulent worm. The county server was breached on the first day of early voting in the 2006 election, which included a now-disputed race for a seat in the US House of Representatives.
Dan Goodin, 17 May 2007
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Google free again to pump out porn thumbnails

It's once again easy to consume porn online after a US court ruled in favor of search juggernaut Google's right to display tiny pictures of naked people.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2007
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JavaScript in web browsers is new security weak spot

The growing use of JavaScript in web browsers is the new security weak spot, says Brian Chess, chief scientist and founder of US security software specialist Fortify Software.
Phil Manchester, 17 May 2007
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'Media monster' Motorola mobile hits UK

Motorola came to London yesterday - part of a world tour taking in stops in New York and Bangkok - to demo and announce the UK availability of the all-singing, all-dancing Z8 - first seen at the 3GSM show, as we reported in February.
Scott Snowden, 17 May 2007
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Acer debuts ProFile pro-laptop look

Acer not only sketched out its plans for new look "nature-inspired" consumer-oriented notebooks this week, it also drew attention to its new-style "ProFile" business machines, the first if which is the ultra-portable TravelMate 6292.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2007
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Armed cops in Lara Croft bust action

Those of you thinking of firing up Tomb Raider this morning should be aware that Lara Croft is currently unavailable - a guest of Manchester's Boys in Blue after armed officers cornered the gun-toting minx in a suburban living room.
Lester Haines, 17 May 2007
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NHS staff bemoan NPfIT problems

NHS staff believe that financial deficits and poor communication are hindering implementation of England's National Programme for IT (NPfIT), according to a new study.
Kablenet, 17 May 2007
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Consumers more excited by GPS than mobile TV

Mobile TV is getting a lukewarm reception among consumers, with more mobile users expressing an interest in getting their phone kitted out with GPS technology.
Ciara O'Brien, 17 May 2007
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Judge doubts Intel can defeat Intelmark trademark

The Court of Appeal has said Intel should fail in its bid to erase the trademark of a telemarketing company.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 May 2007
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Trouble looms for enterprises who don't know what storage they've got

Try asking enterprise executives what policies they have in place to ensure legislative compliance for their information. If you get a positive reply, be very sceptical; a negative reply probably represents more realism.
Peter Williams, 17 May 2007

Capcom uploads DirectX 10 game demo

DirectX 10 games may be very thin on the ground - let's be honest, they're non-existent - but at least you can try a demo. Capcom has released a sample version of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for folk who've bought an Nvidia GeForce 8-series processor.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2007
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BT swallows a third of new broadband punters

BT's resurgence was confirmed today when it announced broadband and other "new wave" products had boosted fourth quarter sales and profits.
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Google launches universal search

Google announced yesterday that users searching the web with its site will be treated to a veritable bounty of results from now on. No longer just the useful links you were after, but an array of video, pictures, and news will all be returned by a single search query.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 May 2007
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Illinois baby issued with firearms permit

A 10-month-old Chicago baby named Bubba has been issued with a gun permit after his father submitted an online form on his behalf.
Lewis Page, 17 May 2007
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Hilton to go down for 23 days

Paris Hilton will serve just 23 days of her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving rap, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 17 May 2007
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US in The Long Good Friday remake outrage

Harold Shand must be spinning in his grave: Handmade Films has announced that 1980 UK gangster classic The Long Good Friday will be "refreshed" under the guiding hand of Resident Evil celluloid-botherer Paul W S Anderson.
Lester Haines, 17 May 2007

Samsung shouts up 'first' 8GB MicroSD card

Need a high-capacity MicroSD card for your phone? Samsung today slipped out what it claims is the world's first card of that kind with a capacity of 8GB - big enough for five DVD-quality movies.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2007
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Will bloggers get the blame for DoH mess?

Opinion Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said the mess made of online applications for doctors could lead to criminal charges. But did she mean the people responsible for such a shoddy system or did she mean the bloggers who brought the problems to light are likely to be charged?
Tim Worstall, 17 May 2007
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Fraudsters feast on credit card scam

Fraudsters are dining out on the proceeds of a new credit card scam.
John Leyden, 17 May 2007
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Freeloader portable solar energy charger

Review The temperamental English weather makes testing a portable solar charger like the Freeloader a tad difficult. Luckily, we were able to grab a day or two of glorious sunshine before the heavens opened and the onslaught of April showers began... in May. Yup, it's all change up there in the atmosphere and as the world warms up, you may be grateful for little devices like this one. Or not, of course...
Scott Snowden, 17 May 2007
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Darwin's letters go online

More than 5,000 letters written by Charles Darwin have been put online at the Darwin Correspondence Project, a sister project to the Darwin Online database collated and maintained by researchers at the Cambridge University Library.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 May 2007
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DSG results hit by sunshine

Dixons Store Group (DSG) said sales were hit by the unseasonally sunny weather in April and problems in France and Italy.
John Oates, 17 May 2007
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Met staffer arrested over Al Qaeda terror report leak

A civilian member of Metropolitan Police Service staff, Thomas Lund-Lack, was arrested last night in connection with the leaking of information to a reporter.
John Lettice, 17 May 2007
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Alba outs ultra-budget Freeview DVD recorder

Why take a DVD recorder and a Freeview set-top box into the living room, when you need only take one? And Alba's DVD382STB will only set you back sixty quid, too.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2007
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Microsoft tries to hit jackpot with patents FUD but do the numbers add up?

This was a week for figures, at least if you were Microsoft that is.
Billy MacInnes, 17 May 2007
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Dell plans channel shake-up

After decades shunning the indirect market, struggling computer maker Dell has said it will slip into bed with resellers in the hope of shifting more boxes.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2007

LG takes a Shine to touchy-feely music player

Updated LG will next month bring its Shine-like digital music player, the Touch Me, to UK consumers looking for an iPod alternative. The name comes from the gagdet's 2.4in touch-sensitive display.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2007
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BMW helps nail 105mph V-sign biker

A 45-year-old biker who thought it was a bright idea to give speed cameras the two-finger treatment while travelling at up to 105mph, on the grounds that his visor was obscuring his face and he had no registration plate on the front of his BMW, has been banned for a year, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 17 May 2007
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Salesforce.com continues rise

CRM provider Salesforce.com announced a 55 per cent sales boost today, bagging revenues of $162.4m for its record Q1 2008.
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Government clears road for human hybrid embryos

The UK government has nixed a proposed ban on the creation of human-animal hybrids, clearing the way for embryologists to create hybrid embryos for stem cell research.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 May 2007
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O2 high speed broadband stuck in the garage

O2 has been forced to delay integrating its ISP business into a bundle package again, this time until at least September.
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Feeling left out? Get your PC infected today!

A spoof ad campaign offering surfers the chance to infect their PCs with malware has drawn plenty of interest.
John Leyden, 17 May 2007
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Scientist says nerve gas nastier than you thought

A new academic study has suggested that US troops may have been physiologically affected by exposure to low levels of sarin nerve gas in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War.
Lewis Page, 17 May 2007
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RealNetworks bags Sony NetServices

RealNetworks, the firm behind the Real media player and Rhapsody download site, made a significant move yesterday when it bought Sony NetServices, the Japanese giant's European mobile music outfit.
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BT: we need fibre, not share buybacks

Analysis Fibre to every home and business (FTTH) in the UK is desperately needed if the UK is to keep its long-term economic competitiveness.
Keith McMahon, 17 May 2007
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Galileo is military, EC admits

Galileo, the planned European sat-nav system, has been acknowledged as having a military role by the European Commission.
Lewis Page, 17 May 2007
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NASA blows whistle on Antarctic Y2K (+5) meltdown

The summer of 2005 saw enough snow to cover the whole of California melt from the face of our coldest continent.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 May 2007
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Metal Gear Solid 4 delayed until 2008?

Arguably the game that the PlayStation was made for and certainly the most eagerly-awaited game for the PS3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has apparently had it's release date pushed back to next year. Reports allegedly from major US games retailer EB Games have now indicated a March 2008 release.
Scott Snowden, 17 May 2007
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Microsoft pushes for SaaS

Microsoft is pulling out as many stops as it can to position itself as a leading contender in the burgeoning Software as a Service (SaaS) marketplace, not least with events such as the latest Architects Forum held this week in its Reading fastness.
Martin Banks, 17 May 2007
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100,000 'erroneous' records on DNA database

The complex relationship between the police, the National DNA Database Unit and the forensic service has left the UK's DNA database with at least 100,000 erroneous records, The Register can reveal.
Mark Ballard, 17 May 2007
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Judge in tech trial says he 'doesn't know what a website is'

Evidence has emerged today that British judges exhibit wildly differing levels of IT competence.
Lewis Page, 17 May 2007
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Fujitsu LifeBook FMV-U8240 ultra-mobile PC

Hands-on preview Japan continues to live up to its reputation for miniaturisation. This week, Fujitsu unveiled a family of small PCs, sized only slightly larger than a hefty PDA, known as the U Series, where the U is taken from Ultra-mobile PC.
Hugh Ashton, 17 May 2007
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Gates predicts death of the office phone

Bill Gates has been banging the communications convergence and new media drum for business leaders, telling chief executives the PC is the phone of the future.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2007
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Trade Commission probes HP-Acer patent spat

The US International Trade Commission said today it will investigate allegations that Taiwan-based computer vendor Acer has violated Hewlett-Packard patents.
Austin Modine, 17 May 2007
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Grifters find rich pickings on social networking sites

Social networking sites are creating a means for hackers and conmen to worm their way into the confidence of users.
John Leyden, 17 May 2007
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EMC to hang fire on VMWare stock sales for two years (or more)

EMC is to retain a 90 per cent stake in VMWare for at least two years after the subsidiary's IPO in late 2007.
Austin Modine, 17 May 2007