21st > May > 2007 Archive


Apple gets go ahead for iPhone launch

Apple's iPhone has been given the green light to take a bite out of the US handset market as the firm bit back at false rumours that sent shares plummeting.
Emmet Ryan, 21 May 2007

'Data storm' blamed for nuclear plant shutdown

The US House of Representative's Committee on Homeland Security called this week for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to further investigate the cause of excessive network traffic that shut down an Alabama nuclear plant.
Robert Lemos, 21 May 2007

Norman Tebbit to play Iggy Pop

Poll resultIt's official: by overwhelming popular demand, Norman Tebbit will replace Elijah Wood as Iggy Pop in forthcoming biopic The Passenger.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2007

Lawsuit targets Apple over laptop display dithering claims

Apple has found itself at the receiving end of a lawsuit alleging it played fast and loose with the way it promoted the abilities of the displays it builds into its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2007

Gorilla rampages through Dutch zoo

A 400lb silverback male gorilla has injured four people after escaping from his compound at Rotterdam's Blijdorp zoo, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2007

US Marine murder trial will use Google Earth

The trial of a US Marine accused of murdering an Iraqi man will make use of Google Earth, according to a ruling last week.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2007
Warning Speed Camera

British Film Institute's Mediatheque presents a great opportunity

Every so often one is privileged to bump into an IT application which prompts the response: "yes, that is damned good". One such, in my opinion, is the Mediatheque inside the British Film Institute (BFI) building in London's South Bank complex.
Martin Banks, 21 May 2007

Zeus virtually ports traffic manager to Windows

Load balancing specialist Zeus Technology has ported its ZXTM traffic manager to Windows - by the simple expedient of wrapping its Linux software up as a Microsoft Virtual Server package.
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2007
Free Software Foundation

Microsoft vouchers undercut patent claims

Novell's deal with Microsoft (on behalf of its customers, of course) could end up benefiting everyone in the open source community after all, thanks to a missing expiration date and a nifty little clause in GPLv3.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2007

Fujitsu 'first' with single-chip H.264 video processor

Fujitsu has taken the wraps off what it claims is the first ever single-chip video decoder capable of numver-crunching the H.264 codec at HD resolutions.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2007
Flag Russia

Symbian malware escapes Russia

Malware profiteers have created a trio of smartphone Trojans that send out premium-rate SMS messages from infected Symbian S60 devices.
John Leyden, 21 May 2007

Exploding curry menaces 747

Forget binary liquid explosives, a British Airways stewardess has shown how it's really done by popping her curry ready meal into a 747's club class microwave, with explosive results.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2007

Griffin shrinks iTrip

It's Griffin's smallest iTrip yet: a dinky FM transmitter designed to fit the shape of Apple's iPod Nano but is as happy connected to any other dockable iPod.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2007
Sony PlayStation 3

Sony announces 80GB PS3

Sony is indeed preparing an 80GB PlayStation 3, the company confirmed today, but so far it's only due to go on sale in South Korea.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2007

LG unwraps dual-display Chocolate laptop

LG announced its Z1 Dual LCD laptop in February. At the time, it said it would announce the two-screen machine's availability at a later date. Three months on, it has at last brought the laptop to market, though it's failed to avail itself of new processors released in the meantime.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2007
fingers pointing at man

Phoenix maintains gentle ascent

The disaster recovery business has been keeping Phoenix IT Group heading skyward.
Mark Ballard, 21 May 2007

Police raid ends allofmp3.com vouchers

Police have shut down an online voucher system allegedly used by Russian music download website allofmp3.com to get around the recent removal of its card processing facilities in the UK and Europe.
John Leyden, 21 May 2007

Cars could run on aluminium, say US boffins

US engineering boffins believe they have found a way to make existing cars run on aluminium pellets.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2007

Negroponte slams Intel over OLPC competition

Nicholas Negroponte, the man behind the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has hit out at chipmaker Intel, saying the firm should be "ashamed of itself" for mucking around with OLPC's plans to get affordable laptop computers to children in developing countries.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2007

US and UK unite for $100m telescope

Scientists in the UK and the US have joined forces to build a new $100m, 25 metre infrared telescope in the high Chilean desert. The latest addition to the team, the University of Colorado at Boulder, signed on late last week.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2007

Liverpool police get mini-Black Helicopter

The era of Robocop - and perhaps of the surveillance society - came a step nearer today with the announcement that Merseyside plods have started trialling a flying police robot.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2007
Flag United States

Alltel in multi-billion dollar buyout

TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (GSCP) have agreed a deal to purchase US mobile operator Alltel in a $27.5bn deal.
Emmet Ryan, 21 May 2007

Mobile TV will reach 244 million by 2011, says report

TV enabled handsets will reach a staggering 244 million devices by 2011, according to a new report.
Peter White, 21 May 2007

China will head for the moon this year

China's National Space Administration (NSA) is planning to send a probe to the moon later this year, according to reports.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2007

Thus results paint rosier picture

Telecoms company Thus, spun off from Scottish Power in 1999, pulled in revenues of £532.7m in the year ended 31 March 2007.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2007
vulture tv reporter

Italians sink Ellison's America's Cup bid

Larry Ellison's ambitions to lift the America's Cup have sunk beneath the Med after his BMW Oracle Racing Team went down 5-1 to Italian sail worriers Luna Rossa Challenge in the waters off Valencia, InfoWorld reports.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2007

Profit margins sway the mobile hit parade

Mobile operators have been crowned as the future kingmakers of digital music so many times, the coronet must be getting pretty greasy by now.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2007

Europe's mission to Mars hangs in balance

Top boffins from the European Space Agency (ESA) are to meet in Paris this week to vote on plans for a European mission to Mars.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2007

Telelogic models SOA look

Telelogic is updating its model-driven development suite for SOA, as part of a move to meet requirements of more "mainstream" IT users.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2007
Warning: fire

Norton's firewall not fiery enough

Users of Norton Personal Firewall have been urged to update their software following the discovery of a serious vulnerability in the security package.
John Leyden, 21 May 2007

IBM grills HP with 4.7GHz Power6-based box

IBM's protracted Power6 dance ended today with the revelation of a midrange server that shows blistering benchmark numbers.
Ashlee Vance, 21 May 2007

Google and Salesforce.com, sitting in a tree

The Wall Street Journal has a hunch that Salesforce.com and Google have plans to further team against mutual rival, Microsoft.
Austin Modine, 21 May 2007
graph up

MySpace to turn over sex-offender data after all

Under growing pressure to do more to protect underage members, MySpace has agreed to give state authorities details about registered sex offenders known to have been users. The decision, announced Monday, resolves last week's standoff in which the News Corp.-owned site refused to turn over the data because law enforcement officials hadn't followed the required legal process.
Dan Goodin, 21 May 2007
Flag China

Symantec and Huawei partner to secure and store China

Symantec and Huawei have concocted a rather fascinating arrangement to go after the security and storage markets in China. The vendors today revealed that they will, as rumored, create a joint venture to sell appliance-like systems based on Huawei's hardware and Symantec's software.
Ashlee Vance, 21 May 2007
hands waving dollar bills in the air

EMC announces data protection house party

EMC released a smörgåsbord of data protection products at the EMC World conference today, including a new virtual tape library line starting at *pinky to lip* one million dollars.
Austin Modine, 21 May 2007

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