21st August 2007 Archive


Canon bulks out compact cam range

Canon has spent all its ammo in a single burst and launched not one, but five new compact digital cameras. The selection seems to offer something for almost every amateur snapper, with models ranging from a 12.1-megapixel job with scratch-resistant LCD screens to an eight-megapixel camera for less-advanced users.

Paramount, Dreamworks go all out for HD DVD

HD DVD gained fresh ammunition for its battle with rival next-gen optical disc format Blu-ray Disc today when Paramount said it would support the format exclusively on a global basis. And since Paramount distributes Dreamworks' movies, they too will be HD DVD only going forward. Well, almost...

Apple puts refurbished iPhones on sale

Want a cheaper iPhone? Apple has begun offering refurbished handsets for $100 less than it charges for freshly made models.

Ion drives USB deck to digitise cassettes

USB LP decks are well known, but they can't help you digitise all those old cassettes you've got stuck in a box in the loft - or even on your living-room shelves. This gizmo can, though: a USB-connected tape deck.

QuickTek Base Station upgrade promises 802.11n range boost

Does 130 bucks seem a right amount to pay to boost your 802.11n Wi-Fi router's range? That's what US company QuickTek is charging for an add-on three-aerial high-gain antenna for Apple's latest AirPort Extreme Base Station.

Monster Trojan monsters job seekers' records

Monster.com suffered a major data breach at the weekend, with a Trojan horse stealing more than 1.6 million records from the job search site's database.
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El Reg protests North Korean internet domain

The Register isn't too happy about last week's news that North Korea is poised to register its own Internet domain.
Cade Metz, 21 2007

Dell's iSCSI assault revealed

Exclusive Dell will host a major storage product unveiling in September, and we've got our money on an iSCSI storage device the company has been hinting at for months as part of the show.

Microsoft vs. Google – the open source shame

Comment Somebody toss me a Che Guevara T-shirt. Google and Microsoft have gone to war over open source software.
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Girls prefer pink: official

Two Newcastle Uni researchers appear to have confirmed what the manufacturers of "My Little Pony" have known all along: that girls have a natural preference for pink while boys demonstrate a penchant for blue.
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Cadbury bows to 'bring back Wispa' net campaign

Cadbury has agreed to resurrect the Wispa bar it consigned to history in 2003 after a concerted net campaign in which choc fans mobilised on Facebook and YouTube to demand satisfaction:
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Paper calls for local ID cards

A think tank has argued that local authority "entitlement cards" could be more practical than the National Identity Card
Kablenet, 21 2007
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Info office to monitor blogs

The Central Office of Information is developing a media briefings service to inform government about major online debates.
Kablenet, 21 2007
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Garmin tops mobile navigation market

The mobile navigation device market has a new king with a new report revealing that Garmin is the top seller in the field.
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Little bear harbouring isolated neutron star

A group of American and Canadian astronomers have spotted what appears to be an isolated neutron star relatively near to Earth, the BBC reports.
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Robber held up bookies with vibrator

A robber who held up a Leicester bookmaker's with his girlfriend's vibrator has been jailed for five years, the BBC reports.
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UK ecommerce breaks £4bn a month

July saw a massive jump in online retail, with sales rising 80 per cent on last year to a new all-time high, according to e-tail industry body IMRG.
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Real time location systems are the new buzz in RFID

A new acronym is being banded around the RFID world - that of RTLS. What is a real time location system (RTLS)?
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Doctor Who to meet self in Children in Need special

Doctor Who will meet himself in a one-off special for the BBC's Children In Need, the Sun reports.

The difficulty of validating systems and users

One of the issues plaguing identity management and online authentication systems is how to accurately validate the identity of the system or user connecting to a service.
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Naomi Campbell piles into Vogue

WSA Battling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi Campell has fired a broadside against "glossy magazines" which she claims have "sidelined" black models in favour of their fair-skinned counterparts.

High street music retailer ChoicesUK goes titsup

The long death march of Britain's bricks and mortar entertainment chains moved a step closer to oblivion today, with the announcement that ChoicesUK is headed into administration.
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Slide towards IP gathers pace

The drift towards IP technologies is accelerating faster than anticipated, at the cost of security and stability, according to survey from Dimension Data.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Climate change: looking for a haystack, not a needle

Column Weather forecasting. It's the archetypal "science doesn't know jack!" cop-out for mystics who think climatology isn't a science.

Samsung plugs tiny Bluetooth earpiece

Samsung has launched an impossibly tiny Bluetooth earpiece that’s more like a hearing aid than a wireless connectivity gadget. The WEP500 is likely to appeal to users searching for supremely minimalist Bluetooth kit, with the only drawback being the ever-present danger of it falling out and going the way of stray contact lenses and marbles.

Adobe exec updates open source group think

Sun Microsystems' former software chief has curbed his enthusiasm for free and open source software, drawing a line between the needs of communities and users.
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Dolphins abandon Bay of Biscay

Most of the dolphins usually spotted in the Bay of Biscay are missing this year, according to researchers at the wildlife conservation charity Marinelife.

Researcher crosses swords with Google over XSS 'flaw'

Google has crossed swords with an independent security researcher who claims that the domain used by Google module applications provides a potential "safe haven" for phishing fraudsters.
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US boffins demo steampunk artificial arm

American researchers may have revolutionised the field of artificial limbs by adopting a new power source formerly used mainly in torpedoes and rockets.

Time marches on to Nokia's latest handset

Nokia has unveiled its latest clamshell handset, which is supposed to mirror a high-end luxury phone without the matching high-end luxury price tag. The 6555 is a 3G handset with a large analogue clock on its front fascia.
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Adobe improves Flash video

The next version of Flash Player will support the H.264 video codec - allowing much better quality footage, for less bandwidth.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Doctor faces High Court battle with GMC over weblink

Exclusive A mental health doctor is headed for a showdown with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the High Court because she is accused of breaking confidentiality by posting a link on her blog.
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Evesham releases first product since administration

Evesham Technology has announced its first product launch since axing 150 jobs and declaring a pre-pack administration deal earlier this month.
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Amazon punts grot flicks to hardcore Natalie Portman fans

It's often been suggested in these pages that the gifted actress Natalie "microphone head" Portman is apt to attract a certain breed of internet fan.
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Northrop enters US Army monster raygun lorry race

Northrop Grumman has won a $8m US Army contract to develop a beam control system demonstrator for a laser energy weapon which can be mounted on an enormous truck.
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Virgin Media boss in shock exit

Steve Burch, the chief executive of troubled UK cable monopoly Virgin Media, surprised industry watchers today by quitting the firm for "family and personal reasons".

Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop

Review Dell has hit refresh on its Inspiron range of notebooks and added the desktop replacement 1720, using the latest Intel Santa Rosa technology. This addition is one in a line of constant improvements to the Inspiron range, which appeals to both business and home users.

Shuttle launches Glamour range of PCs

PC manufacturer Shuttle has blinged-up the casing for its two latest small form factor (SFF) PCs. The SG31G2 and SG31G5 take the Glamour Series name and sport some clean lines and stylish looks, whilst still managing to pack a powerful punch into a miniscule chassis.

Toshiba crams 320GB onto 2.5in HDD

Toshiba has created the world’s largest capacity 2.5in hard disk drive, packing a stonking 320GB into the device. The storage monster is just one of nine-strong range of 2.5in drives destined for a selection of devices, including high-end notebook PCs.
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Solar waves make Earth ring like a bell

Sounds generated deep in the fiery depths of the Sun make Earth, its atmosphere, and even its magnetic field ring like many cosmic bells.
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BEA avoids NASDAQ drop - again

BEA Systems continues to dice with fate, having evaded yet another attempt by US regulators to deprive the company of its NASDAQ listing.
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Google pinches fewer pennies in video shutdown

After a nudge from The Reg - and what would seem to be thousands of angry emails - Google will now provide full refunds to anyone who purchased clips from the now defunct Google Video store.
Cade Metz, 21 2007

Sun data center goes less power-crazy

After 12 months of planning and construction, Sun Microsystems is opening the doors on its newly consolidated data center - and ready to pass the green Kool-Aid along to its customers.
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Storm Worm of a thousand faces

Authors of a particularly nasty piece of malware known as Storm Worm have yet again shifted their tactics. They are creating a flood of email hoaxes that try to install a bogus "applet" so victims can redeem membership benefits to clubs related to music, online dating and other interests.

Sun slots transactional memory into Rock

Hot Chips Hoping to improve the state of server software, Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it will include support for transactional memory with the first generation of its Rock processors due out in the second half of next year.