14th September 2007 Archive

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NASA gives jet-setting Googlers the presidential treatment

At NASA, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are getting the same treatment as The President of the United States.
Cade Metz, 14 2007

Flash memory makers propose common card

Nokia said today it is collaborating with several of its rivals to create a common Flash memory card format. First virtual machines, now Flash, what is the world coming to?

Microsoft dispels rumors of stealth Windows updates

Microsoft officials are seeking to dispel rumors the company is performing stealth updates on Windows machines. They are also pledging to be more transparent in the future to prevent such misunderstandings from happening again.
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SWsoft prepares for psychotic server episode

Virtualization software maker SWsoft has scheduled its bout with multiple personality disorder to take place in 2008.
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BEA to tempt developers with Essex server

Next year will see BEA Systems' first implementation of a slimmed down application server. Codenamed 'Essex', WebLogic Server version 10.3 will launch by March 2008 - BEA said at BEAWorld this week - and marks the debut of an architecture that lets developers remove modules they don't want prior to installation.
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Be kind to your stomach: eat chilies

Red hot chili peppers (not the band, the actual peppers) could be good for the stomach, according to new research.

Sony pitches Blu-ray deskops, laptops

Sony has brought its Blu-ray Disc equipped all-in-one desktop PC, the Vaio LT, to the UK, part of a promotional programme for the next-gen optical disc format that will see more laptops fitted with BD drives too.
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Open source prima donnas to crush IBM, BEA and MS in 2008

Meat Cast If you have anything at all to do with open source software, you'll want to listen to Episode 2 of Open Season because there's a good chance we said something good or bad about you.
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McLaren fined $100m for spying

Formula One team McLaren must pay a $100m fine and has been kicked out of the constructors' championship for spying on rival team Ferrari.
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Kung fu monks battle Colombian karate assassins

Reader poll Our recent piece on the verbal spat between China's kung fu monks and an anonymous gobby net ninja provoked a certain amount of reader speculation as to who might in fact be the meanest kick-ass mutha on the planet.

Intel readies successor to unlaunched gaming chipset

Gamers have been waiting for Intel's X38 high-end desktop chipset to show up for some time, and it finally looks like the part will begin shipping any day now. But it had better be quick - there's apparently an updated version coming by year's end.

AMD Phenom CPUs to support DDR 3?

AMD's Phenom processors weren't expected to gain DDR 3 support until H2 2008 when the chip maker introduces its Socket AM3 interconnect. But documents posted on the company's website show the upcoming, Socket AM2+ versions are DDR 3 compatible too.

Retail giants to crack whip over digital dawdlers

Consumers won't have much time left to buy an analogue TV set if The Digital Switchover Supply Chain Group (DSSCG) gets its way. The group, backed by the likes of DSGi, Comet, Sony and Panasonic, said it plans to phase out the manufacture and sale of analogue equipment long before the UK's digital switchover is complete.
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Czech falls off motorbike, wakes up with British accent

A Czech speedway racer discovered his inner British toff after another rider ran over his head.
Joe Fay, 14 2007
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Revolutionary label to focus on streaming as downloads falter

A record label which uses Creative Commons licences and allows consumers to choose how much they pay for music is focusing on streaming music because its downloading business has dipped dramatically.

Want a free iPod Shuffle? Ask Tesco

Supermarket giant Tesco is offering new members of its online DVD rental service a free 1GB iPod Shuffle - but only until 10am, 16 September 2007.
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BOFH: Building changes

Episode 31 Episode 31 "Just before you go," the Boss cries, waving some building plans at me as I'm ducking out to lunch. "Can you just take a look at this?" "What is it?" "We're just looking at making a few small alterations on the third floor," he responds. "And I'd like to get your thoughts on them." "Didn't we make some 'small' …
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Google touts Asian privacy model

Google is recommending that global privacy regulators take a leaf out of Asia's book when they are drawing up the rules.

Storm Worm linked to spam surge

A recent upsurge in Storm Worm activity was accompanied by a spike in spam levels 48 hours later, according to an analysis by managed security services firm MessageLabs.
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Japan, Google head for the moon

Everyone is going to the moon. Japan has launched its first lunar probe, Selene, and the X-Prize foundation has persuaded Google to put up a $30m fund to reward any private enterprise that manages to land a probe in lunar-land.

TwinMos Boom 1 2.1-channel iPod audio system

Review The iPod. Yes, it's arguably the most successful portable music player of all time. Yes, it's easy enough for your granny to use. And yes, everyone on the planet has one - or so it seems. But therein lies the inherent problem for any iPod accessory manufacturer...
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Opportunity rolls into Victoria

The Mars Rover Opportunity has started its exploration of the Victoria crater. The images it is sending back suggest any previous (or current, but hidden) inhabitants of the red planet had a bit of a thing for crazy paving.

Samsung iPhone rival to hit UK in November

Samsung's would-be iPhone beater, the F700 smartphone - aka the Croix - will come to Europe in two months' time through the Vodafone network, the company revealed today.

Webcam conundrum

A very basic question here. I run Windows XP Home SP2 on a Fujitsu LifeBook. I just bought the Creative Live!Cam Vista IM webcam. It captures (fine quality) whatever the camera is pointed at but I cannot persuade it to transmit outbound when talking on Skype.

PC shipments set to jump

Worldwide PC shipments are expected to rise by 12.6 per cent this year, according to new research by analysts IDC. The projected figure of 257.5 million units is up on IDC's prediction in June, which estimated growth of 12.2 per cent in 2007.
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Pentagon to hold event prior to battery tech prize

The Pentagon has announced that it will hold an "Information Forum" event at a Washington hotel to kickstart its portable power-source innovation competition. With the Wearable Power Prize, the American brass aim to encourage development of technology which could reduce the crippling load of batteries carried in the field by modern soldiers.

Facebook gags verbal dissent group

Facebook has silenced a 20,000-strong campaign group dedicated to the seemingly innocuous goal of stopping the site from forcing people to use the verb "to be" in their status updates.
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It's virtually all about virtualisation, EDS job cuts and EMC court cases

Need air? Open your Office, er, Windows Outsourcing outfit Cap Gemini said it will start selling Google Apps to its corporate customers in a move that could help companies negotiate better deals with the big mama of office apps, Microsoft. Serena Software has laid out a roadmap founded on Web 2.0 representing the software …
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Philips looks to build 'huge' video database for video ID service

When Philips Research fell out of the audio fingerprinting business in 2005, it obviously left something of a scar, with the business sold for an unspecified amount, but since it was just as the buyer, audio database specialist Gracenote, had just raised $10.9m, that was taken to be the amount. But talking to Alex Terpstra, the CEO of Philips Content Identification at IBC this week, it seems like it plans to achieve a better outcome in the world of video fingerprinting.
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Senate to call Boeing's 2009 raygun nuke-zap bluff?

Senators are planning to cut budgets for the space interceptor portion of the controversial US missile defence programme, according to reports. However, it appears that a complementary scheme to blast enemy ICBMs shortly after takeoff using a giant laser cannon mounted in a jumbo jet will be fully funded.

Sony dumps DVD for Blu-ray Disc

Sony is steaming ahead with plans to transform the video landscape into HD as soon as possible - so long as it's based on Blu-ray Disc. To that end, the company has announced it will ditch DVD from its video recorders in Japan, in favour of BD.

Take pot luck with the USB Greenhouse

Calling all budding - literally, perhaps - horticulturalists. Now you can see just how green your fingers are with the USB Greenhouse. For once the computer connection isn't simply an alternative to batteries - it can be used to monitor your plant's progress too.
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The trusting, the diligent and the downright paranoid

Mobile Workshop The results of the mobile security connectivity poll earlier this week revealed some findings that were to be expected and others that were a bit of an eye opener.
Dale Vile, 14 2007

Root-locked Linux for the masses

Eddie Bleasdale, open source evangelist and the man behind NetProject, has a new plan. Secure, managed desktop computing: Linux for the non-techies.

Self-powered Wi-Fi adaptor?

I have a PC with a woefully underpowered and not upgradeable power supply. It freaks out with a PCI Wi-Fi card installed. Is there such a thing as a wireless access device that has its own power supply?
Will Doak, 14 2007
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Great British fry-up under threat

The cost of a full English is set to soar, as animal feed prices push up the cost of eggs, bacon and dairy produce. Wheat has also hit a record high, so toast isn't going to be the budget option, either.
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Care home workers in web campaign victory

A hosting firm caught up in a row over the pay of carers for the elderly has reversed a decision to shut down an online campaign against cuts.
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O2 takes it to the EDGE

EDGE connections are popping up on O2's network as the company prepares to deploy the 2.5G technology.
Bill Ray, 14 2007

Microsoft awaits European Court decision

The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg will rule on Monday whether the guilty verdict against Microsoft should be overturned.
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Next generation BBC iPlayer gets MS man on board

The BBC has hired another Microsoft executive in a shakeup of its digital media technology teams earlier this week.

Germany nets ten phishing suspects

German police have arrested ten people suspected of running a phishing scam designed to raid the contents of online bank accounts that netted hundreds of thousands of euros.
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Quantum computing spectre looms over ecommerce

Two team of boffins have independently set up quantum computers running proof of concept versions of an algorithm for factorisation.
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Tech gets steamier with mp3 vibrators and strap-on kit

Comments An armed robber, evidently going for the soft targets, attempted to hold up a karate school in the Columbian town of Bucaramanga. For his pains he received a dis-arming and further pain when the students "put their knowledge to use". A bit of practical experience probably did them some good, although the robber might have preferred to avoid it.
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Attacking multicore CPUs

The world of multi-core cpus we have just entered is facing a serious threat.
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Universal charges into legal P2P

The world's biggest record label is touting a scheme that would permit internet users to swap DRM-free music under a blanket license, according to a report. Universal Music Group's "TotalMusic" program would allow customers of ISPs who signed up to the program to exchange files freely - but only if the ISP signed up.
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SanDisk subpoenaed in US antitrust probe

SanDisk and its CEO Eli Harari have received grand jury subpoenas from the US Department of Justice for possible anti-trust violations in the NAND flash memory market.
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Judge OKs Sprint's $30m overcharging settlement

A federal judge has given Sprint Nextel initial approval to pay $30m to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of colluding with other phone companies to overcharge customers. Qualified customers will receive prepaid calling cards from a cache worth $25m. Attorneys get the remaining $5m for fees and costs.

Salesforce.com uses Force to disappear

Salesforce.com's incredible disappearing act will continue next week the announcement of its latest platform and tools initiative to target developers.
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SCO files for US bankruptcy protection

SCO Group today filed for bankruptcy protection. With less than $10m cash left to call on, SCO said that Chapter 11 protection and reorganization would protect assets as it addresses, ahem, "potential financial and legal challenges".
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Brazilian physicists boycott Dell

A group of Brazilian physicists is trying to launch a boycott by the country's academic community to fight Dell Computer's war on terror.

AMD gives itself Web 2.0rhea

While struggling to get its chip machismo back, AMD has decided to distract itself as much as possible by rolling out a new Twitter-based news service.