20th August 2007 Archive

Xbox 360 Elite Australian debut date confirmed

Australian games buffs will be able to get their mitts on the Xbox 360 Elite on 30 August, Microsoft confirmed late last week. It also said HDMI would become standard across the Xbox 360 range later in the year.

iPod Nano revamp to see widescreen display?

Apple is said to be preparing to revamp its iPod Nano music player with a third-generation case design that not only introduces a new colour scheme but also sacrifices the gadget's skinny looks to add a video-friendly widescreen display.

LG shines a light over its U990 handset

LG looks set to dazzle consumers later this year with yet another glossy mobile phone. The U990 will feature a five-megapixel camera and is 3G-enabled, with HSDPA high-speed download technology.

AMD's dual-core Athlon 64 line hits 3.2GHz

AMD has today rolled out a fresh top-of-the-line mainstream desktop dual-core processor and - bizarrely - extended the same Athlon 64 X2 family into the mobile market.

Intel driver tweak adds vertex shaders to old IGPs

Intel has quietly rolled out support for hardware acceleration of Vertex Shader 3.0 calculations in a range of its integrated graphics chipsets, including the Q963, G965, 945G and the mobile GM965.
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Students get lecture on ID crime

New guidance from the information commissioner could help students avoid identity theft at university.
Kablenet, 20 2007

Product safety: don't let a crisis turn into a disaster

With Mattel recalling 18 million toys and Cadbury on the receiving end of a conviction for making and distributing unsafe chocolate, many manufacturers will be looking again at what they can do in the event of a product safety problem.
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Is Chernobyl behind academic slump in Sweden?

It is 21 years since the nuclear plant at Chernobyl went bang, and the extent of the damage wrought by the radioactive fallout is still becoming clear.
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Natalie Portman: Attack of the Film Fans

Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen have been voted "the movie couple with the most unconvincing on-screen chemistry" for failing to spark in Attack of the Clones.
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Patch Tuesday update triggered Skype outage

Skype has blamed last week's prolonged outage on the effects of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.
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Malaysia honours piracy-busting mutts

Malaysia has honoured Lucky and Flo - the pirate DVD-sniffing black Labradors whose olfactory skills have led to 26 arrests and the seizure of $6m in hooky discs, Reuters reports.

RSA acquisition of Tablus logical move for EMC

RSA, the security division of EMC, announced recently its intent to acquire Tablus Inc., a provider of data loss prevention solutions based in San Mateo, California. Tablus is privately-held; further details of the transaction are not being disclosed.
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Anyone care to wager on Russian politics?

The high-stakes game that is Russian politics is now available for all to play online.

BT storms Basilica for channel goodness

BT's small business division has ponied up an undisclosed sum to acquire another IT firm as part of its plan to drive unified communications downmarket.
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'Mystery ailment' smites Saudi camels

A "mystery ailment" last week claimed the lives of over 200 camels in Saudi Arabia's Dawasir Valley, Reuters reports.
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Vauxhall recalls self-combusting Corsas

Vauxhall will re-recall over 200,000 Corsas suffering a fault in the anti-lock brake system which can provoke spontaneous combustion, the Evening Standard reports.
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Dwarf superglues todger to hoover

Staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh battled for an hour to disconnect the penis of Captain Dan The Demon Dwarf from a hoover after the diminutive Fringe performer inadvertantly superglued it to the vacuum cleaner's "attachment".
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Boeing touts feeble Hummer-mounted raygun

US aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to demonstrate laser energy weapons for battlefield use within months.

Storm worm authors switch tactics

The hackers behind the Storm worm attack are switching tactics.

Europe finally granted Xbox price cut

Microsoft has finally treated European gamers to a slice of American-style price-cutting on its Xbox range. European gamers should be able to get their hands on the ‘standard’ model for £30 less and save £20 on the cost of the Core model, when the cuts kick in later this week.
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Hurricane Dean menaces Jamaica, sends shuttle packing

The space shuttle Endeavour is heading home a day early, as concern rises that Hurricane Dean, currently battering the south coast of Jamaica, could turn North and threaten mission control in Houston.
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Sensible, practical anti-terror tech shocker

US federal boffins reckon they could be on the track of an easy-to-use kit or sensor which could tell if people had been exposed to nerve gas or other chemical weapons. This would allow medics dealing with victims of possible future terror attacks to separate out genuine casualties from the swarms of "worried well."

Canon launches barrage of SLR cameras

Canon has beefed-up its professional EOS SLR range with the introduction of the 21.1-megapixel 1Ds and the 10.1-megapixel 40D. It has also unveiled a digital camera for serious shooters or cash-strapped professionals, the 12.1-megapixel G9.

3 launches tenner-a-month data

Mobile operator 3 is set to offer budget mobile data to UK punters. According to reports, three new tariffs will see it match the most attractive offerings from T-Mobile, starting from £10 a month. That's the same price that Demon set when it launched its pioneering consumer dial-up internet offering, back in 1993.

Is Hannspree winding us up with watch TV?

Hanspree has launched its latest souped up TV - at least we think it’s a TV. The screen incorporates several unconventional gadgets that can only be a distraction from whatever is being displayed on its 12.1in LCD screen.
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Software tool promises 1-click colonialism

The music industry has a long and shameful history of robbing black artists of their rights. Now along comes some new software that will help speed up the job. Think of it as a sort of 1-Click "non-payment" system.
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Dolly Parton's theme park shells out for more silicon

Splash Country, a water park attached to Dollywood in Knoxville, Tennessee, is offering punters the chance to carry "Sunny Money" in the form of RFID-equipped wristbands as tickets and wallets.
Bill Ray, 20 2007

Toshiba expands its constellation of Satellites

Toshiba has expanded its Satellite laptop range with the U300 and Pro U300 models, targeting home and mobile workers looking for a little aesthetic flare while carrying out their otherwise mundane computing tasks.
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BAE demos DSL-esque military radio protocol

Noted arms firm BAE Systems has announced lab success for its effort to use jet fighter data radios as Wi-Fi IP networking kit.
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Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

A man has been arrested in Australia on suspicion of filming The Simpsons Movie in a cinema on his mobile phone and uploading it to the internet. The unnamed 21-year-old from Sydney has been charged with copyright theft and could face up to five years in jail.

Tilera throws 64-core meshy chip at video and security tasks

Hot Chips The multi-core chip revolution advanced this week with the emergence of Tilera - a start-up using so-called mesh processor designs to go after the networking and multimedia markets.
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Google throws cash around China

The world's most popular search engine doesn't like playing second fiddle in the world's most populous country. As it struggles to keep pace with the home-grown Baidu in the Chinese search market, Google has invested in "four or five" China-based web sites, including a user-driven destination called Tianya.cn.
Cade Metz, 20 2007

Cisco and Microsoft vow to fight nice

Microsoft and Cisco may be headed for a market rivalry, but the companies vowed today that their competing products will work together well.
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Spanish TV turns Wiki-hoaxer

The Spanish "silly season" has brought out the gonzo element of the local media, with two TV stations vandalising Wikipedia.

PC Mall buys Sarcom on the cheap

PC Mall, the California-based direct marketing reseller, is to acquire Sarcom - "one of (America's) largest independent IT solution providers" - for $55m. More or less: some $19.6m of the purchase price is contingent on net assets declared by Sarcom. So the money could move up or down, depending on what the auditors find out.

Brocade securities probe hits former CFO

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has smacked former Brocade CFO Michael Byrd with eight counts of fraud related to backdating stock options.
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Customers can sue AT&T, after all

A federal court in San Francisco has decided that AT&T's wireless contract is "unconscionable".
Cade Metz, 20 2007

Epson launches 'world's first' white LED scanner

Epson has launched the world's first charge-coupled device (CCD) scanner to use a white LED as a light source. It also claimed the V500 scanner can be used within one second of it being switched on.