18th > July > 2007 Archive

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Microsoft Windows patent will spy for advertisers

If you thought adverts on the web have become more offensive and more intrusive than ever before, then it might be time to find alternatives to using software from Microsoft.

Expand gives Oracle a boost

Expand Networks has developed an Oracle-specific software module for its Compass WAN acceleration gear, and claims that beta testers and its own labs are reporting anything from five to 65 times performance gain as a result.
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North Wales Police gets unified IP comms

North Wales Police is going all-IP with a new network that'll put unified communications - including videoconferencing and IP telephony - into all 75 of its cop-shops.

Leaked 'PSP Slim' manual reveals fresh tweaks

With a month to go before Sony's slimmed down second-generation PSP hits the shops, reports have already begun circulating about less cosmetic changes to the console's design, including a battery adjustment among other tweaks.
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Terror-cops get realtime Congestion Charge database link

Updated British terror-plods will be given real-time access to the massive camera network operated in London to support the Congestion Charge, it has been reported.
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PAC slams exclusive DoH deal

The Department of Health ignored procurement guidelines and pursued a back room deal with an informatics company, according to a committee of MPs.
Kablenet, 18 2007

AMD goes after AppleTV

iTV Con Questioning whether Apple TV has what it takes to bring internet television to mainstream consumers, chip-maker AMD continues to call for a less-fascist internet-to-television setup based on the good ol' personal computer. As the company points out, this "Active TV" initiative is part of a shameless scheme to sell more chips.
Cade Metz, 18 2007
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Survey lays bare people's phone habits

The use of smartphones and other communications technology by senior managers and CEOs is driving a more flexible approach to working, a new survey has revealed.

Burned by a MacBook

First Person Can you run a business using a MacBook? No, is my answer. My experience with a new MacBook, which turned out to be a complete and utter lemon, and my battle with Apple's derisory customer service nearly sent me bananas, lost me thousands of pounds worth of freelance journalism and consultancy work, and left me with a burn mark on my arm. This camel's back was truly broken.

Oracle signs Symantec to ULN

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) has landed its third big partner since a launch nine months ago that had Wall St predicting Red Hat's impending death.
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Non-SMS revenues top £10bn

Mobile operators have reported increased revenue from services other than SMS in the first quarter of 2007 when compared with the same period last year.

Intel roadmaps laptop-friendly 45nm CPUs

Intel's 45nm 'Penryn' processor architecture gets ever closer, and as we near the release of the first CPUs based upon it, chip-by-chip details are beginning to leak out. The latest: Intel's plans for mobile processors.

'World's most capacious' mobile HDDs come to UK

US storage specialist WiebeTech has created what it claims are the world's largest capacity portable external hard drives, offered in 200GB and 250GB versions.
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Second Life gets its first copyright law suit

A dispute over a sex bed has become the first copyright law suit within online alternative reality game Second Life. The lawyer behind the suit told weekly podcast OUT-LAW Radio that the nature of the game should not change the issues at stake.
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UK planespotters to battle al-Qaeda

Police have formulated a cunning plan to protect Durham Tees Valley Airport from al-Qaeda kamikaze attack - crack teams of vigilante planespotting anoraks, the Telegraph reports.
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Web 2.0 shows its data muscle

Mashups are, of course, the "new black" in the world of web services, but building them does mean getting access to data on different databases and services - and that can sometimes be a bit of a problem.
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Moving mobile numbers should be instant

Ofcom has issued a second document on number portability, recommending that customers be able to instantly move their fixed and mobile numbers between networks.
Bill Ray, 18 2007
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How green is my V-word?

No, not "valley" as in John Ford's 1941 classic movie based on Richard Llewellyn's 1939 best-seller about a close-knit, hard-working Welsh coal-mining family at the turn of the twentieth century. Nor "vampires" as in the somewhat less classic episode from the Masters of Horror TV series that introduced the "V-word" concept. It's not even the euphemism increasingly being used to avoid saying "Vietnam" when analysing current events in Iraq.
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Derbyshire cops get into deep water

Derbyshire's finest have been entertaining netizens recently with a world-class demonstration of why vans and floodwater don't mix:

Tomato ripens dinky digital device

Tomatoes are often mistaken for vegetables and so this fruit-branded vendor will be hoping its latest tiny portable video player, dubbed simply Video, doesn't get mistaken for something else, like a credit-card, a pack of ciggies or a matchbox.

Official: BlackBerry gets Wi-Fi, VoIP

The rumours were true. Research In Motion (RIM) has officially confirmed its development of the BlackBerry 8820, the first handset in its history to feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. It also supports Micro SDHC memory cards.

Wave goodbye to your TV... literally

Losing a remote control down the back of the sofa could soon become a thing of the past, thanks to two Australian boffins' development of a TV controller system operated entirely by hand signals.

Logica reports revenue slump

Computer services firm LogicaCMG reported a decline in its first half revenues, ended 30 June 2007, but expects the full year to be back on track.

Firefox lances IE bug

Mozilla has pushed out a new version of Firefox that fixes a number of security bugs, including a high-profile bug involving launching Firefox from Internet Explorer.

Cyborg-style 'iLimb' hand a big hit with Iraq veterans

A Scottish prosthetics company engaged in publicising its new bionic hand claims to have achieved significant advances in its field - and says servicemen injured in combat "love the more robotic look" of its technology.
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An embedded XML Database: Oracle Berkeley DB XML

Tutorial Storing an XML document in a relational database has its limitations. XML’s hierarchical structures do not map well to relational database structures. That’s where an embeddable (non-relational) XML database has advantages over a relational database.
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Warner Music Group waves goodbye to EMI

Warner Music Group (WMG) has said it will not be making an offer to buy-out its rival EMI.
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Indians slip on tobacco-flavoured condom

An Indian company has released a "paan-flavoured" condom aimed at the country's prostitutes who apparently like nothing more than chewing on the pungent mix of betel nut and spices wrapped in tobacco leaves, Reuters reports.
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Pirate pitches DVDs to Trading Standards

A 20-something Chinese woman made a creditable pitch for the world's thickest DVD pirate title when she attempted to flog her wares to West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the Evening Standard reports.

EU officially endorses DVB-H

The European Commission (EC) has formally endorsed DVB-H as the preferred standard for digital TV signals to be broadcast to mobile phones, though the business model for broadcast TV is still open to debate.
Bill Ray, 18 2007

German hurls computer from apartment block

A German chap who demonstrated his frustration with his PC by throwing it out of the window escaped a fine when police oficers decided they rather sympathised with his actions.

PS3 outsold Xbox 360 2:1 in Japan

For all ex-Microsoft, now EA Sports man Peter Moore's claim that the PS3 isn't doing too well in Japan, the latest sales figures from that country show the Sony has shifted a darn sight more next-gen consoles than Moore managed.

Blu-ray drive maker slashes burner price by €100

Lite-On is to knock 15 per cent off the price of its internal Blu-ray Disc writer, the LH-2B1S, in a bid to boost the popularity of the next-gen optical disc format in Europe.

Oracle drops litter of summer patches

Oracle released 45 security patches on Tuesday as part of its latest quarterly patch update, one less than expected.
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User panel says US should scrap GPS off switch

American and international sat nav stakeholders have advised that the US government should never again degrade the civilian Global Positioning System (GPS) signal.
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US cons attempt copyright-based prison break

Four inmates of Oklahoma's El Reno federal prison were yesterday indicted for what must rate as the most audicious prison break scheme in history, the Washington Post reports.

Ion mixes it up with second-gen USB turntables

Fresh from its first USB turntable, Ion has expanded its single-model set by adding two additional turntables into the mix, each offering new looks and improved feature sets.
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eBayer mails UK lad £44k

A 16-year-old Norfolk lad got more than he bargained for when he successfully bid £95 for a PS2 on eBay - the console plus €65,400 (£44k) in cash, the BBC reports.

LG Touch Me FM37 MP3 player

Review The personal multi-media category is a crowded one and has risen to a very high point in terms of consumer awareness. However, it is still relatively young and product feature development is coming thick and fast. A bit of fresh thinking can go along way. And LG are as fresh as they come.

BT to drag T-Mobile onto 21st Century

T-Mobile has dodged a massive investment in telco kit ahead of the launch of mobile TV and other bandwidth sucking services by striking a five year managed network deal with BT.
Joe Fay, 18 2007

PC World, Orange, and Pipex sneeze out broadband offers

In a flurry of broadband selling activity, several firms are gunning for your brand loyalty.

Google's Lemon squeezes out web app bugs

Google is developing an automated tool for finding common web application vulnerabilities.

iPass layers on security for laptops

Roaming internet access specialist iPass is getting into device security via a deal with Symantec.
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Sharks in the soup, says conservation group

A conservation group has warned that sharks could be extinct within a generation unless people lose their appetite for shark fin soup, Reuters reports.

Yahoo! buys Indian ad firm

Yahoo!'s first quarter financial results may have been a tad disappointing, but that hasn't stopped Jerry Yang and the gang from acquiring a hefty stake in Indian internet advertising company Tyroo Media. The move comes less than a week after Yahoo! finalized its purchase of U.S.-based ad firm RightMedia, part of an ongoing battle with Google and Microsoft over online ad dollars.
Cade Metz, 18 2007
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Whole Foods CEO sorry for message board trolling

Whole Foods chief John Mackey ate organic humble pie Tuesday, as he apologized to shareholders for making anonymous posts about his company on Yahoo's financial message board.

Oracle buys fraud detection software firm

Oracle is bulking up its system security capabilities through the acquisition of privately held Bharosa for an undisclosed sum. Bharosa software will control and secure access to systems built with Oracle applications and middleware.
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iPhones grease eBay's quarter

eBay today reported a 50 per cent increase in net profit, with its Marketplace, PayPal, and Skype businesses all showing growth.
Cade Metz, 18 2007
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Juniper Networks gets its Q2 profit back

Juniper Networks swung to a profit during the second quarter of 2007, spurred by an increase of product and service sales as companies buy more equipment to handle internet traffic. The company reported a $86.2m profit for the second quarter of 2007, compared to a $1.21bn loss in the same period last year.

Microsoft rigs Live Search traffic

Microsoft has successfully rigged its search traffic. The company recently introduced several online games than shamelessly bribe people to query its moribund Live Search Engine, and according to web research firm comScore, these games gave the engine a significant traffic boost last month.
Cade Metz, 18 2007

Software team codes IBM higher in Q2

Every quarter IBM orders investors to pay attention to a particular product group as the driver of its success. For this year's second quarter, IBM has promoted the software division as its savior. That's software - not services. Got it?

Dell buys SilverBack on road to recovery

Dell is bolstering its managed services business with the purchase of privately held SilverBack Technologies.