13th > September > 2007 Archive
Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center
Cisco put some flesh onto its scrawny "Data Center 3.0" virtualization initiative at VMworld today, by announcing the union of its VFrame Data Center provisioning appliance with VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3.
Canonical and VMware team on mini-Ubuntu
VMworldCanonical has busted out yet another version of Ubuntu – this time taking aim at the much hyped and loved virtualization market.
eBay glitch sends packages to wrong addresses
eBay has acknowledged a bug on its site that's causing some sellers to send items to the wrong address. The flaw, which in certain cases causes eBay to transmit incorrect mailing instructions to sellers, is expected to be fixed soon, an eBay official said today.
Apple iPod Classic
ReviewThe iPod Classic marks the most widespread update Apple has ever made to the 'standard' hard drive-based iPod range. The name's been tweaked, the user interface given a radical overhaul, and while the new model may look like the previous version, it's actually quite different.
Nvidia fills out Quadro DirectX 10 line-up
Nvidia has expanded its line of workstation and business-oriented graphics products with a quartet of cards designed to fill out its low-end and mid-range product grid.
World's smallest economy dives into web scrum
Imagine you're a dignitary from a tiny, isolated, rugby-obsessive Pacific island group. Wouldn't it be marvellous if the UK launch of your new internet economy could be scheduled during the Rugby World Cup in France?
Report backs mobile IT for police
Mobile data solutions and inter-force IT have a big part to play in cutting police red tape, says a major report.
EDS shows one in four staff the door
EDS is offering a quarter of its US staff early retirement as it seeks to move more and more of its operations to cheaper territories.
IT overruns costing business €375m a year
Budget overruns on IT projects are costing Irish and UK businesses more than €375m(£256m) a year, new research has revealed.
Belkin, SanDisk launch charity kit
SanDisk and Belkin both want your money - but this time it's for good causes, justifying the bring purple and pink colours schemes. Both companies have launched products and pledged to donate a percentage of the price to charity.
L'Oreal sues eBay over counterfeit goods
eBay is being sued across Europe by the world's biggest cosmetics firm for not trying hard enough to battle counterfeiting. L'Oreal is taking the action in five European countries, including the UK.
Fujitsu Services ends union dispute
Fujitsu Services said yesterday that it has settled its long-running row with Manchester-based employees over redundancy rights, union recognition and better pay.
Religious hatred a crime from October, but exemptions are wide
The Racial and Religious Hatred Act comes into force in October, carrying a threat of prison terms for a person who tries to stir up religious hatred. However, its free speech exemptions are so wide that convictions could be difficult, a lawyer said.
Virtualization standards becoming a reality
As the virtualization market continues to expand, concerns over incompatibility between virtual machines from VMware, XenSource and Microsoft are unsurprisingly growing with it.
Enraged bee bursts Taiwanese woman's breast implant
A Taiwanese woman was sporting a brand spanking new breast implant this week after her previous joy bag was punctured in a freak bee stinging incident.
Ofcom fails to prevent release of cell locations
Ofcom has failed in its appeal against last September's ruling that information on cellphone base stations must be available to the public, in database form, though it remains to be seen if up-to-date information does become available.
Shuttle debuts 'deluxe, glamorous' SFF PC
Shuttle has brought Intel's G33 integrated chipset to its XPC line of barebone small form-factor PCs, this one using the company's "glamorous" G6 casing and due to hit the shelves with 'Deluxe' appended to its name.
Reference kilo shows mysterious weight loss
French scientists have been offered a welcome distraction from their country’s dismal rugby performance with the news that the much-loved “reference” kilo is mysteriously losing weight.
Sony to roll out four Blu-ray recorders
The Sony Blu-ray Disc wagon shows no signs of slowing, with the company unveiling four forthcoming recorders based on the format. The top-of-the-range model incorporates a massive 500GB hard drive, enough for about 160 hours of HD content, while the whole range also provides 1080p 'full HD' resolution.
Motorola transmits dual Walkie Talkie range
Mobile phones just don't cut it in some situations, such as police stakeouts and mountaineering expeditions, owing to dodgy reception levels, connection times and number punching. So Motorola has unveiled two stylish walkie-talkies that offer a range of handy features for Alpha Bravo Charlies everywhere.
Morse snaps up consultancy firm
Morse has swallowed up Manchester-based consultancy firm Xayce plc for £3.6m in a majority cash deal.
Trojan planted on US Consulate website
Webpages of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia, were infected by malware earlier this week. The US consulate site was caught up in a much larger hack attack and is not thought to have been targeted as such.
If you think the IT industry is grey and colourless, wait until you get a load of this
Some people complain that the IT industry can be a bit colourless and grey, but we can't agree. There's quite a bit of colour around. Let's start with Orange. Nice colour on the whole, unless you happen to be Jem Telecom, a Lancashire-based reseller specialising in BlackBerrys, which went into the red and administration, blaming an outstanding debt from Orange of several hundred thousand pounds - enough, according to the administrator, to keep the company solvent. Orange recently terminated relationships with 150 resellers following an investigation into data leakage from the Orange extranet, stating it had decided not to deal with many resellers, preferring to deal with customers directly. It declined to comment when asked if the policy included refusing to pay money owed to existing resellers.
Bebo fingers Yahoo! for display ads
"Marketing is essentially about feeding poop back to the diners fast enough to make them think they're getting real food." - Generation X, Douglas Coupland
Led Zeppelin reunion opens with Communication Breakdown
The clamour for tickets for Led Zeppelin's reunion gig at the O2 in London in November has overloaded the registration website, frustrating thousands.
Keeping a Hawk-Eye on those miserable Wii kids
ColumnThe idea that Britain is the worst place in the developed world to be a child has been popping up in comment pieces ever since February this year, when The Children's Society announced its new website. This month for the first time, computer games were added to the list of demons tormenting British youth.
US allows import of Qualcomm chips
A US Court of Appeal has granted permission for phones incorporating Qualcomm chips to be imported into the US, but the chips themselves remain banned.
Wii becomes best-selling next-gen console
Welcome back to the top of the world games console totem pole, Nintendo - for next-gen machines at the very least. Sales data suggests that to date 9m Wiis have been bought, to 8.9m Xbox 360s and 3.7m PS3s.
Blind Judo master floors tobacco stealing skinhead
A German skinhead got a far right going over this week when he tried to nick a pack of cigarettes from a blind man, who just happened be a world-class judo champion.
PC superstore unhinged by Linux
For all you car aficionados out there, how's this for an operating system analogy from PC World? Installing Linux onto a laptop sold by the computer retail behemoth is like putting a Ford engine into a BMW, apparently.
NZ surveillance target attempts to flog tracking kit
A New Zealand man under covert electronic surveillance by police turned the tables on his snoopers by attempting to sell tracking kit he found in his car.
You bought into mobile email - what have you got to show for it?
Mobile ClinicOur mobile clinic returns today, this time looking to get some clarity on whether or not we really have become more efficient since the advent of the mobile phone, and if we have, by how much, and why. As before our panel of experts provide their opinion, something which you can do to via the comment forms at the bottom of the article.
Online car tax saves planet from carbon hell
Much desperate saving of the planet round at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) where, we are told, "internet-savvy drivers" have been playing "a vital role in the battle against global warming." This band of heroes has saved sufficient CO2 to fill "81,000 double-decker buses."
Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus
Cassini has sent back a mountain-load of work for its mission scientists, having shot literally hundreds of pictures of Saturn's moon Iapetus on its fly-by this weekend.
Wengé wood inspires Sony's autumn Vaios
Sony has introduced a laptop with what it calls a "fabric-like natural finish" in place of the usual dull, flat plastic look reserved for nondescript notebooks.
Sod robots, send people into space: report
People must be at the heart of the UK's space exploration efforts, according to a report published today. The report's authors contradict the UK's long-held policy that robots are where it is at, both scientifically and financially, when it comes to touring the solar system. They argue that it is time for a new vision.
RIM colours up BlackBerry Pearl
Research in Motion (RIM) has introduced its BlackBerry 8100 handset - aka Pearl - in three additional colours and... er... that's about it. The move could either be a way to help Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sufferers overcome the impending winter blues - or just a method of jazzing up an existing line without too much expenditure.
MPs criticise e-health record progress
The Electronic Patient Record project needs better planning, more consultation and a new timetable, say MPs.
Boffins develop Terminator-vision goggles
If you've ever wondered what it's like to trip on acid or experiencing life through the eyes of the Terminator, then a team of Russian inventors may have the gadget for you. The team has created a pair of virtual reality goggles that enables users to experience the world from a completely different perspective.
Symantec launches new SMB partner programme
Software firm Symantec has upped its bid to capture a chunk of the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market by announcing a new global partner programme.
YouTube, Viacom bow to light-sabre wielding defender of online justice
The Register's favorite light-sabre-wielding school board candidate has stared down an army of YouTube-hating Viacom lawyers, defending the rights of internet users everywhere.
Navman queues up flagship satnav range
Relatively little noise has been made by Navman since it was acquired by Mitac in February, but it appears the company hasn't been resting on its expanded assets. Today, it introduced a four-model flagship S series of satnavs.
Asus launches 'first' GPS laptop
Asus has gone public on what it claims is the world's first mainstream laptop - a machine not intended for specialist use, in other words, with GPS technology on board.
Cybersquatter storms the Bastille (Linux)
Bastille Linux was forced to switch domain this week after a cybersquatter took control of the Bastille-Linux.org website.
IBM holds 128-thread 'Q7' variant of Power7
ExclusiveIBM has shelved a top-secret chip project meant to give the company a massively multi-threaded part that could have served as a major disrupter in the Unix world, The Register has learned.
Hypercard tool gets Linux leg up
Runtime Revolution has released a beta version of its Hypercard-like cross-platform development tool with upgraded Linux support. Version 2.9 of the tool is the first version to offer full Linux support since version 2.6.1 was released in October 2005.
Artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince attacks internet
In yet another battle for control of his name, image, and funkadelic music catalog, the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has launched an attack on the internet.
Canadian police detain Nigerian in alleged 419 scam
A Nigerian national who had been living in Canada was taken into custody by Winnipeg police in connection with a West African email scam alleged to have bilked an 84-year old man of $30,000.
Azul smacks down Reg claims with $40m
In an apparent response to our story yesterday, Azul Systems today announced the completion of a $40m funding round. The Java server appliance start-up stressed that "top tier" investors participated in the funding, including Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, ComVentures, Credit Suisse, JVax Investment Group, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Worldview Technology Partners. "All existing investors in the company participated in the financing."
Lawsuit claims sex-discrimination, bias at EMC
A sex-discrimination lawsuit by two former female EMC employees alleges "locker-room" antics within the firm's sales team in Chicago, detailing company-paid visits to strip clubs, demeaning sexual remarks, and a general failing to hire and promote women.