23rd > July > 2007 Archive

VMware learns to measure itself

Not afraid to help itself while it helps others, VMware today rolled out a public version of its homegrown virtual server benchmarking tool.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jul 2007
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Culture matters: Why i-mode failed

Opinion M-commerce service i-mode has been dropped by UK operator O2 and Australia's Telstra.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2007
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Hitachi goes global with vein recognition biometric

Retinal scans, finger prints or facial recognition get most of the attention but developers across the world are quietly labouring away at alternative types of biometrics.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2007
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AMD admits no 'substantial' Phenom output in '07

AMD is gearing up to launch its fastest dual-core Athlon 64 processor yet, it has been claimed. Such a product would be handy: last week, the chip maker admitted its Phenom won't appear in significant volumes until Q1 2008, later than previously thought.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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MS: Zune 2.0 to arrive in time for Xmas

Microsoft has confirmed it will detail its second-generation Zune media players in time for the Christmas sales season. Speculation as to what the software giant will announce currently centres on a higher capacity hard drive model and a cheaper, Flash-based Zune.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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Bradshaw assumes NPfIT minister's mantle

Ben Bradshaw MP is the new minister of state in charge of the NHS IT programme.
Kablenet, 23 Jul 2007
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Novatel Wireless preps 'smallest' HSUPA modem

Data-over-cellular specialist Novatel Wireless last week unveiled what it claims is the "world's smallest" USB-connected HSUPA modem, a slimline stick that allows a computer to connect to next-gen 3G phone networks.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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Conservapedia too pinko? Try Metapedia

Those among you who feel that Conservapedia - the "conservative encyclopedia you can trust" dedicated to countering liberal bias - is not sufficiently tough on Marxist-Leninist dogma are directed forthwith to Metapedia, the "alternative encyclopedia dedicated to the pro-European cultural struggle".
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2007
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Web radio firms cry foul over DRM proposal

Internet radio broadcasters have claimed that a last-minute record company deal offered to them is a ruse to force them to use digital rights management (DRM) technology.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2007
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Take a secure hotspot home with you

For anyone fed up with support calls from users trying to connect into the corporate network from home, or set up security on their home wireless router, roaming specialist iPass reckons it has a solution.
Bryan Betts, 23 Jul 2007
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Brainless civil servant amazes doctors

A French man whose skull was mostly occupied by a "huge fluid-filled chamber" was able to operate perfectly well as a civil servant - despite having "little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2007
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Chinese tuck into Texas turtles

Conservation groups have warned that Texas's unprotected turtle species are at risk from unrestricted collection of snappers destined for Chinese gourmets, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2007
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Belgian ISP will appeal order to block file-sharing

Belgian ISP Scarlet has appealed against a surprise court ruling forcing it to filter customers' traffic for unlawful file sharing. The Belgian ISP Association says the trial judge did not examine the law closely enough.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2007
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Samsung spotlights 'first' five-megapixel camera phone

Samsung has rolled out its first five-megapixel, autofocus camera phone, a 1.5cm-thick slider that also packs in a large, 2.2in, 320 x 240, 16m-colour display and a TV connector.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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Read about the last British computer company - in the bath

Last month, we published something unusual for us: a long feature about the consumer electronics pioneer Psion. It's full of previously untold stories: the plucky outfit could have been the British Sony. But we know that reading long pieces on the web is a pain. So as promised, we're making it available as a PDF download.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2007
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Add a dash of Wi-Fi and sprinkle with data services

With such a range of potential options in terms of devices and functions, one could say we are spoilt for choice. Or is it a Hobson's choice – plenty of options, but none really cut the mustard?
Jon Collins, 23 Jul 2007

Spammers dump images, switch to PDF files

Foiled by increasingly accurate corporate spam filters, spammers have dumped pictures for PDFs in their bulk emailings, according to the latest data from security firms.
Robert Lemos, 23 Jul 2007
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US service personnel at risk of ID theft

Personal details of over half a million US service personnel and their relatives may have been compromised by a Pentagon contractor.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2007

LG spins 6x speed Blu-ray Disc burner

LG is preparing a internal optical drive capable of reading both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVD media, it has been claimed. The South Korean giant is also readying a BD writer capable of 6x burn speeds.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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Transformers, MP3 players in disguise

The phrase ‘milking it’ comes to mind, but we weren’t really that surprised to hear that the Transformers characters, about to morph themselves onto the big-screen, have been reborn by a selection of vendors as MP3 players and accessories.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2007
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The search for alien life

The parachutes deploy perfectly, and gradually, swinging gently through the tenuous atmosphere, the little probe falls to the ground. Minutes later it jerks slightly as it unfurls its solar panels. Like a butterfly newly emerged from a chrysalis, it soaks in the rays of the sun.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jul 2007
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Facebook buys Firefox startup

Facebook, the ubiquitous, in-your-face social [cough] networking website, has acquired Parakey, a startup run by the co-founders of Mozilla Firefox.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2007
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MPack developer on automated infection kit

Interview In June 2006, three Russian programmers started testing a collection of PHP scripts and exploit code to automate the compromise of computers that visit malicious websites.
Robert Lemos, 23 Jul 2007
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Dubai claims world's tallest building title

Dubai declared on Saturday it now boasts the world's tallest building, with the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) scraping the sky at 512.1m (1,680ft) a year before its slated completion.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2007

OLPC project goes into production

The One Laptop per Child project has started production, with the first children in the developing world expected to receive their computers in October this year.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2007
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Fasthosts hit by severe floods

Updated Fasthosts, which last week suffered a major system outage, saw its woes continue today, with its headquarters hit by the floods in Gloucester.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2007
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Boffins build miniature robot Jesus

American boffins report that they have developed the necessary technology for robots which can walk on water.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2007
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ICSTIS tells sex lines to clean up their act

UK premium-rate regulator ICSTIS has told sex lines to clean up their act by 31 August or face sanction.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2007
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Autonomy reports big jump in pre-tax profits

Cambridge-based business software firm Autonomy said it has seen its pre-tax profits rocket by 89 per cent for the first half of the year.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2007
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PHP takes aim at Radar

PHP is wildly popular in the open source community, but less so in the enterprise. These things are hard to measure, but one indicator is job vacancies.
Tim Anderson, 23 Jul 2007
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Amp'd shuts up shop

Amp'd, the US mobile virtual network operator, is shutting up shop tomorrow having failed to find a buyer to take on its urban-early-adopter demographic.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2007
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Laser-sight gun grip targets Wii gamers

Wii warriors awaiting the arrival of Nintendo's Wii Zapper gun-style Remote holder don't need to go into virtual combat unarmed. US retailer DealExtreme is offering a pair of products designed to give players a more realistic experience.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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NASA seeks inflight comms for sky marshals

NASA is looking into a wireless system which would give undercover sky marshals aboard airliners the ability to communicate with colleagues on the ground, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2007
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Thomson DTI 6300-16 TopUp TV Anytime DVR

Review Bit of an odd turbot this new TopUP TV service - not a selection of extra Freeview channels like the original TopUp TV offering, nor a full video on-demand system either. Bit of an odd review too, as it's difficult to come to a final conclusion on the hardware without some reference to the associated broadcast service, and that's highly subjective.
Alun Taylor, 23 Jul 2007
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Western Digital channel in a spin over new green HDD

Western Digital (WD) has launched a range of "green" 3.5in hard-disk drive (HDD), but has decided not to disclose any speed or cache specifications.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2007

TomTom bids €1.8bn for map provider

TomTom has put a €1.8bn cash bid on the table for Tele Atlas, the company that supplies map data to the sat nav firm's 10 million GPS devices.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2007
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US wants trucks mounted with frikkin' laser beams

US arms and aerospace manufacturer Boeing announced on Friday that it had landed a contract to develop truck-mounted laser cannons for the US Army.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2007

Logitech plugs in 'world's smallest' cordless mouse dongle

Peripheral manufacturer Logitech has revealed what it claims is the world's smallest USB transceiver for a cordless input device, a tiny unit that sticks less than a centimeter from the edge of the port it's plugged into.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2007
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HP bids $1.6bn on Opsware, $214m on Neoware

Deep in the bowels of Hewlett-Packard's financial department, the person in charge of the company's checkbook has writer's cramp. The hardware maker has announced today the proposed purchase of not one, but two companies.
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2007
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Microsoft and Yahoo! trumpet anti-Google privacy policies

Unable to keep up with Google's market share, the other big search engines are determined to top its privacy policies.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2007
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San Francisco's proposed Wi-Fi network facing angry mobs

The city-wide Wi-Fi network being pushed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom faces two important hearings this week as a motley band of critics mount a series of challenges to the project, which would be jointly operated by Google and Earthlink.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2007
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XenSource ropes Symantec into storage OEM deal

Looking to strengthen its virtualization wares, XenSource has formed an intriguing alliance with Symantec.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jul 2007
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Isilon gets thin with phat storage app

Storage vendor Isilon Systems has hopped aboard the thin-provisioning express that's chugging through the industry, adding the sought-after technology to its clustered storage products as a part of today's hardware and software revamp.
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2007