17th > September > 2007 Archive


Unsung software developers behind rise in online fraud

One weekend in June, a little-known Trojan downloader made a major debut on the international malware stage after it managed to burrow its way into more than 10,000 websites in just 72 hours. Infected sites - including one connected to rock musician Bon Jovi and another that raises money for charity work of the late Mother Teresa - suddenly became the agents of Russian crime gang, as they pushed malware on unsuspecting visitors.

Microsoft vs European Commission: the verdict

Microsoft has lost its appeal against European Commission charges of anti-competitive behaviour.
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Patient info ends up on eBay

The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust is trying to find out how one of its computers full of confidential medical information was sold on eBay.
Kablenet, 17 2007

The Christmas Console Wars: round one to Xbox?

In the run-up to the Christmas season, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will all be eagerly analysing sales figures in an attempt to declare their own console champion of champions. Microsoft has already made the first move and declared that it's in the best position to win the race to that place under the tree.
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Intel snaps up Dublin gaming firm

Dublin-based games middleware company Havok is to be taken over by chip manufacturer Intel in a deal valued at over $100m.

Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict

Microsoft may have lost in court, but it quickly tried to win the war of media reaction via organisations like CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association and ACT (the Association for Competitive Technology) which both intervened in court on its side.
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FTSE 100 switchboards confused by data protection

The UK's biggest companies still struggle to deal with basic data protection enquiries, according to a survey of responses.
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Could you give up your desk phone?

Mobile Workshop Mobile phones are now pervasive in the business environment. Love them or hate them, there’s no getting away from the fact that many of us are using them as an integral part of day to day communications.
Dale Vile, 17 2007
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The importance of 'whole journey' email encryption

It is very rare for an organisation to mandate less security in its IT systems. In fact, the relentless march of new threats places pressure on us all to increase our levels of security, to ensure we can match new and emerging attacks.

Thrustmaster unveils Wii peripherals kit

Gaming peripherals manufacturer Thrustmaster claims to have created the world’s first programmable and vibrating wireless gamepad, which is also compatible with GameCube and Nintendo Virtual Console games played on the Wii.

ESO galaxy hunters come up trumps

Galaxy-hunting astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have turned up 14 previously undiscovered starburst galaxies, thanks to a new searching technique.
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W3C sets standards for SOA and Web 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced two standards aimed at bringing order to the web.
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Arctic sea ice loosens grip on Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage, a much-sought shipping route, opened to sea traffic this summer, as arctic sea ice fell to the lowest levels observed since we started keeping track almost 30 years ago.
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Aussie politicos in a froth over naval boob jobs

Australian politicians have criticised a decision by armed forces medical authorities to pay for two female sailors' breast enlargement operations.
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Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus

Updated A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus.
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Left-handeders finally unlock the closet, researchers find

Scientists have been left scratching their heads with both hands, after research showed the number of left-handed people in the population has almost quadrupled over the last 100 years.
Joe Fay, 17 2007
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DIY PS3 import

If I had mates in Hong Kong, Australia and the States, which one should I ask to buy and send me a PlayStation3, particularly with consideration to compatability with UK electrics and prices?

O2 to launch iPhone tomorrow?

Apple fan boys may soon discover which UK network provider they must switch to in order to secure an iPhone. An online source has reported that O2 may tomorrow announce a deal with Apple for the much-hyped handset.
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Microsoft thanks EU after losing its appeal

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith has given the company's first response to the rejection of its appeal against the European Commission's anti-trust action.

Google gloats over ISO's OOXML rejection

Google has proved unable to restrain itself from gloating over the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) decision not to approve Microsoft's request that the OOXML specification be fast-tracked for approval.

Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus TV tuner with MPEG 2 encoder

Review When we reviewed Elgato's EyeTV Hybrid almost a year ago, we found it a darn fine analogue and digital TV tuner. With its analogue input port, it's a pretty good way to digitise your old VHS tapes and feeds from set-top boxes. The company has now released the EyeTV 250 Plus, which replicates the Hybrid's feature set. Did it need to bother?

Microsoft: no plan to appeal EC verdict for now

Microsoft has yet to decide whether to appeal the verdict of the Court of First Instance, according to the company's general counsel Brad Smith.
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DARPA seeks flexible ion-drive tech for spy sats

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon death-boffin hothouse where ideas don't have to be mad to get funding but it doesn't hurt either, has issued a new request for proposals.

Innocent 'terror techie' purges DNA records

More than two years after his arrest and subsequent release, techie and some-time Reg contributor David Mery has succeeded in purging the police databases of his fingerprints and DNA.
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Build malware protection into operating systems

Malware protection needs to be built into operating systems rather than bolted on as an afterthought if the industry stands any chance of dealing with the evolving threat of targeted attacks, according to a senior security researcher.

Nokia gets into mobile advertising

Nokia continues its path towards being a consumer-service provider with its acquisition of Enpocket, a specialist in the delivery of targeted mobile advertising.
Bill Ray, 17 2007
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PC superstore suffers breakdown over Linux notebook

PC World's shop floor management and the PR machine behind the retail behemoth's marketing strategy appear not to be on the same page when it comes to customer satisfaction.
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California clamps down on in-car mobile use

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has banned the use of mobile phones while driving, but only for those under the age of 21. The rest of the population is free to chat while cruising down the freeway, eating ice cream out of a bucket and reading Sports Illustrated.
Bill Ray, 17 2007

Sony to break out of Cell?

Sony could be set for a big chip payday by backing away from its semiconductor biz and selling it off to Toshiba, if industry rumours prove correct.

USAF flying deathbot power-grab rebuffed

The US Air Force (USAF)'s plan to seize control of almost all American flying killbots has been rebuffed, according to reports.
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Chuck Norris has two speeds: Walk and Kill

Poll update There's still time to vote in our reader poll to decide just who is the hardest kick-ass mutha on the planet, but it looks like bearded death machine Chuck Norris will finally secure the title unless the Shaolin Temple kung fu monks can rally for a last stand.

Gear4 BlackBox audio systems touch down

Accessory specialist Gear4 has created two audio systems with chic appeal. The BlackBox and BlackBox Mini would both sit well in a Tate Modern exhibition, but could also provide you with some decent audio too.

Warner puts Blu-ray, HD DVD combo disc 'on hold'

Will Glu-ray Disc ever make it to market? It's certainly looking less likely that the Blu-ray and HD DVD single-disc combo product from Warner Home Video (WHV), dubbed TotalHD, is going to happen.

OQO touts UMPC with solid state drive

Manufacturer OQO today unveiled its latest Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) incarnation at a London press event. It claims the palm-sized Model e2 boasts the smallest form factor currently available and it ships with Windows Vista, alongside an optional solid state drive (SSD).

Hitachi opens UK storage admin call centre

Hitachi has opened a new service command center to remotely manage large and mid-market data centers from its UK headquarters at Sefton Park in Stoke Poges.

Dell grabs ex-Sun comms chief

Dell 2.0 has acquired former Sun Microsystems corporate communications chief Andy Lark as its new VP of marketing and communications.
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Venezuelan man survives autopsy

A Venezuelan car crash victim who had been declared dead gave morgue examiners a nasty shock by waking up as he went under the knife, Reuters reports.

Intel to buy games physics company

Intel is to buy Havok, one of the two major developers of physics technology for games. But the chip company may have its eye on loftier applications.
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Bell Canada in Sex Pistols billboard ad gaffe

Bell Canada is suitably red-faced after deploying a billboard campaign featuring a young woman dressed in punk rock attire and proudly sporting a badge declaring "Belsen was a gas".
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Chernobyl to get new steel lid

Ukrainian authorities will spend an estimated $1.4bn of foreign donors' cash covering the remains of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's No 4 reactor with a new "containment structure", the BBC reports.

Salesforce force feeds SaaS to the masses

Dreamforce Chief executive Marc Benioff today kicked-off Salesforce.com's fifth, annual Dreamforce conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco by citing customer numbers, growing developer and partner channels, and increased revenues as proof that Salesforce.com will force its way onto the software industry's table.

MS shines Silverlight into thin AIR (and kicks 'beaten up' Google Gears)

At the Mix07 conference in London last week, Scott Guthrie, co-inventor of ASP.NET and Microsoft's general manager for the technology, presented the latest plans for ASP.NET and Silverlight and took a swipe at the competition in the process.

Acronis grabs virtual servers by their backups

Data protection specialist Acronis has jumped on the virtualization bandwagon with a product aimed at handling data backups for physical and virtual servers.

Yahoo! Agrees! To! Acquire! Talking! Heads! Song!

Yahoo! is to pay roughly $350m for Zimbra, a San Mateo, California company that specializes in open-source email and collaboration software. It looks like Yahoo! plans to use Zimbra's new-age Exchange competitor to "expand its presence" in universities, businesses, and ISPs.
Cade Metz, 17 2007
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James Bond ditches the Aston Martin

Author Sebastian Faulks has agreeably announced that James Bond will get back behind the wheel of a Bentley for next year's literary celebration of the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth - entitled Devil May Care.