19th > September > 2007 Archive
XtremeData volunteers to serve as Intel's FPGA busboy
IDFCo-processor specialist XtremeData has revealed a first quarter ship date for a new FPGA that will tap into the front side bus of Intel's Xeon chips.
USB set to go to 3 for HD
IDFThe brains behind USB are to take the peripheral interconnect technology into the HD era with a new version, 3.0, due to be completed by the middle of 2008.
Doomwatchers sound Windows and IE vuln alarm
Security researchers are warning of a newly discovered vulnerability in Windows operating systems that makes applications susceptible to remote attack if they rely on widely used application programming interfaces. It is one of at least three PC-based security flaws to be published in four days.
Intel chief waves wafer full of 'world's first' 32nm chips
IDFIntel has proclaimed its 32nm process "on track" for the delivery of processors fabbed using the process in late 2009. As proof, it showed off a 300mm wafer comprising 32nm memory cells - the world's first 32nm chips, it claimed.
Brother unveils 'fastest' laser printer
Brother claims that its latest office-grade printer is the fastest in the west... er... in its class. The DCP-9045CDN is a beast of a machine and has several key features built into its frame to make the chore of refilling the printer tray slightly more fun.
Business Nokia makes an entrance
Nokia has launched a mobile phone for business users who never have enough time on their hands. The E51 handset sports most standard multimedia capabilities, but also includes dedicated short-cut buttons for key functions and connects up to corporate telephone networks.
Turkey stuffs YouTube (again)
A Turkish court has banned YouTube access after someone complained that the world's most popular video sharer was hosting clips that insulted the country's founding father. And, yes, you've heard all this before.
Benioff launches pre-emptive A1S strike
DreamforceMarc Benioff, Salesforce.com's chief executive, today poured scorn on SAP for its temerity in planning on-demand business applications. At no time did he mention the company by name, but everyone recognised his target when he referred to software firms using dated architectures and hoodwinking customers.
Intel slobbers over flash-based server storage
IDFIntel plans to shakeup the storage market in 2008 with the introduction of solid-state disks designed for data center hardware.
Microsoft vs EC round-up
Monday saw the long-awaited verdict to Microsoft's appeal of European anti-trust action. On all major points Microsoft lost its appeal, although the commission's imposition of a monitoring trustee has been overturned.
Fresh Xeon to rough up twittering Opteron
IDFIntel has given up on anything resembling restraint with its latest round of AMD bashing.
Maddy: TV torture for the ADD generation
ColumnFollowing the first Gulf War of 1991, the French social theorist Jean Baudrillard made the famous statement that "the Gulf War did not take place". It was seized on by academics, journalists, and pub intellectuals in the English-speaking world as a prime example of the absurdity and irresponsibility of French philosophy. When he died earlier this year, it was this bizarre comment of his that the obituary-writers fixated on. What did Baudrillard mean by it?
New competition minister makes broadband rallying cry
Competitiveness minister Stephen Timms has called for a road map to push forward the UK's move to super fast broadband.
Irish firm launches 'global' mobile phone
Irish start-up firm Cubic Telecom has launched what it claims is the first "truly global" mobile phone at a major industry exhibition in California.
New GPS sats to lack Selective Availability
The US military announced yesterday that it will no longer procure Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites with the capability for worldwide civil sat nav degradation.
New York Times and Murdoch gunning for more clicks
The trend towards coughing up free online news continued apace yesterday following the New York Times's decision to drop charges on its website.
Bioethics group raises DNA database concerns
AnalysisThe Nuffield Council on Bioethics has condemned the retention of "innocent" DNA on the National Database as unjustifed and unethical with "overtones of a police state".
Time Warner mulls flogging AOL US dial-up biz (again)
The boss of media omnicorp Time Warner said yesterday he is considering selling off the AOL dial-up business Stateside.
Battling iPod docks take to the battlefield
If you don’t have a docking station for your iPod, then you may be depriving it of a decent place to work, charge and play. But which model should you choose? Is it best to shell out for a top of the line one? Or are all versions pretty much the same? Are those with built in speakers best? Or should you opt for one that connects into your stereo?
The iPhone arrives, but is O2 being taken for a ride?
AnalysisYesterday Apple announced that O2 would have the exclusive rights to their iPhone in the UK, with punters paying £279 for the phone and signing up to an 18-month contract.
Nobel-winning boffin slams ISS, manned spaceflight
A Nobel laureate physicist has poured scorn on human space exploration, saying "the whole manned spaceflight programme, which is so enormously expensive, has produced nothing of scientific value".
LG unwraps HD DVD and Blu-ray combi drive PC
LG has announced a desktop PC that supports both high definition (HD) formats. The LX97WH has been unveiled in Korea and packs a combi drive allowing users to read discs in both the HD DVD and Blu-ray format.
easyJet's cheapo astroturfing campaign downs charity servers
easyJet has quickly apologised to a charity that makes it easier for people to contact their MP, after the airline overloaded servers by ignoring anti-spam guidelines.
How to create a sensible telephone strategy
Mobile ClinicIn this our penultimate mobile clinic piece, The Register's group of experts return to provide their opinions on your questions.
Lenovo debuts world's highest res 22in monitor
It seems a little extraordinary, but until now we've been living in a world without any 1920 x 1200 resolution 22in desktop monitors. Thankfully, Lenovo has come to the rescue with the L220x to do just that and more, including full 1080p HD support.
Doggers dogged over the dog and bone
A text alert service for doggers has been fined £20,000 by regulator ICSTIS for breaches of the premium-rate code, including signing up punters without their knowledge and failing to respond to "stop" messages.
Internet gambling apparently no problem after all
The UK National Centre for Social Research today released the long awaited results of the UK Gambling Prevalence Survey 2007 and, contrary to hysterical media speculation, there has been no significant change in UK gambling habits since the last survey in 1999.
Hypersonic plane project confirmed by DARPA
The US Air Force (USAF) has inked a deal with DARPA* - the famously luncheoning-elsewhere Pentagon boffinry outfit - to collaborate on a "combined cycle hypersonic vehicle that could take off and land like a plane", according to reports.
First Intel quad-core mobile CPU due Q3 08
IDFIntel's first four-core processors for notebooks will debut in Q3 2008, it has been claimed. That narrows the release window down from the previous forecast: sometime in the second half of the year.
T-Mobile wins iPhone for Germany
T-Mobile has won exclusive rights to sell the Apple iPhone in Germany. The Deutsche Telekom-owned subsidiary will launch the handset on 9 November, the same day that hordes of Brits are expected to flock to Carphone Warehouse, Apple or O2 UK stores for their Jesus phones.
German web host to go carbon neutral
Web hosting firm Strato has pulled on its hemp-woven strides and made an ambitious proclamation that it will be completely carbon-free by January 2008.
Ever wanted to see the game from the football's PoV?
If you’ve ever been frustrated enough to consider throwing your digicam across the room, then you’ll be pleased to know that you now can. A designer has created a concept camera that’s actually designed to be used while being flung around, suspended or even kicked.
Brussels deploys Galileo rescue plan
The European Union (EU) central bureaucracy has today announced its plan to save Galileo, the troubled European sat nav project. Brussels officials believe that no additional taxpayer cash would be required on top of existing EU plans, saying that funds could be reassigned from other areas.
Google says go-go-Gadget Ads
Google is rolling out yet another way of pumping advertising onto the web with Gadget Ads, and this time it reckons it can trick you into thinking it's real "content", whatever that is.
IBM hopes open office is Symphony to your key-tapping fingers
IBM has joined the growing group of tech companies punting alternatives to Microsoft's omnipresent Office suite.
Intel pledges ultra-low power web gadget chip - again
IDFIntel today re-iterated its plan to squeeze an entire handheld web tablet's system chippery into a single slab of silicon, but it make a fresh pledge: to cut the chip's idle power consumption to a tenth of what it expects next year's multi-chip platform to use.
Nvidia readies SLI for Intel's X38?
IDFIntel will formally launch its awaited gaming-oriented chipset, the X38, on 10 October, the chip maker said yesterday after touting the product's overclocking credentials. It also hinted Nvidia may enable SLI on the chipset.
787 unsafe, claims former Boeing engineer
A former Boeing engineer claims the 787 Dreamliner is unsafe, and that in the event of a crash its innovative composite material fuselage would "shatter too easily and burn with toxic fumes", the Seattle Times reports.
Smiley celebrates 25th birthday
The "digital smiley" - a cunning series of keystrokes which gave rise to the ubiquitous emoticon - is today celebrating its 25th birthday.
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients
Layered Technologies has been targeted by malicious hackers who may have stolen passwords and other personal details on as many as 6,000 of its clients, the Texas-based web host provider warned. It is advising customers to change login credentials for all host details submitted in the past two years.
ICANN dukes it out with the USSR in cold war rematch smackdown
The Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers - that's ICANN to you, Boris - has had enough, and decided to stick it to those godless pinko commie automatons once and for all, nukes be damned.
NASA trolls web for wannabe astronauts
In its search for new astronauts, NASA has turned to the web.
Sorting through Intel's SoC drawer
IDFIntel launched its first foray into the world of system-on-a-chip (SoC) products for consumer electronics kit in April this year. Then, at its Spring IDF conference, it launched the CE2110, an ARM-based CPU with a built-in graphics engine, memory controller and more.
Argos admits selling Halo 3 early
Argos has admitted breaking the official release date for Halo 3. The UK high street retailer coughed to the goof after lucky gamers reported getting their mitts on copies of the game before the scheduled release date next week.
Supermicro debuts super quiet server blade
IDFSupermicro is showing off a new ultra quiet and low energy server blade at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week.
Yes! It's the Intel 'Penryn' codename decoder
IDFIntel's 45nm 'Penryn' processor comes in many forms, all derived from this tweaked version of the chip giant's Core 2 microarchitecture and targeting different segments of the market. Here's our guide to the many personalities of Penryn and their codenames.
TerraTec Noxon 2 net radio and iPod dock
ReviewNo sooner does DAB establish itself as the radio format of the future, than internet radio begins tapping it on the shoulder and trying to muscle its way past.