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Google malware watchdogs bite mom-and-pop shops
One morning last week, Alan Jay, director of Digital Spy, woke up to discover that Google was warning millions of web surfers that his UK-based entertainment news site was one "that may harm your computer."
Next-gen Intel vPro platform to get hardware encryption
IDFIntel's next-generation 'Eaglelake' chipset family, due for release next year, will feature a built-in data protection engine with the ability to encrypt all the files on your hard drive, the chip giant announced this week.
Salesforce shuns Google Docs route (for now)
Salesforce.com wants to be many things to all people. But a move into hosted office productivity apps won't be appearing on its agenda anytime soon.
AMD RX780 chipset wins PCI Express approval
AMD's RX780 chipset, a cut-down version of the similarly AMD-oriented RD790, has won the approval of the PCI SIG, the organisation behind the PCI Express standard. So has a reference motherboard. Both certifications are key steps towards the release of the product.
TwinMos MiniBoom for iPods everywhere
Perhaps TwinMos felt its earlier attempt at an iPod docking station, the Boom 1, was a little heavy-handed. Its created new model that's not only smaller but also includes more features than its predecessor.
Lenovo pitches solar-powered PC
Lenovo has become the latest manufacturer to jump on the green PC bandwagon. It's created a desktop machine that doesn't gobble up as much electricity as others do and which can also be powered by a solar panel.
Government outsourcing shifts to front line
An emphasis on meeting policy outcomes and an increase in local procurement are set to create a more diverse market for government outsourcing.
UK e-services ranked fifth in EU
A European Commission report says the UK's online services show a marked improvement since last year.
SCO faces financial crunch after Unix defeat
The company at the centre of an intellectual property dispute with IBM that has lasted for years is facing the prospect of financial ruin. The SCO Group said it may be unable to continue operating as a company.
Google schtum on UK wireless spectrum bid report
Google has refused to comment on "speculation" in today's papers that it will bid to provide mobile broadband in Ofcom's mooted auction of radio spectrum in 2009.
Sony delays launch of PS3 virtual community
Sony is to delay the launch of Home, its virtual community service for users of the PlayStation 3 console, until spring 2008. The service, which was originally scheduled for release this autumn, is a real-time interactive virtual world that serves as a meeting place for PlayStation 3 users.
Making the move to the Mac
Last time round, we cautiously dipped a toe into the Mac development waters from the perspective of a Windows programmer with RAD experience. Along the way, I briefly looked at the rudiments of Objective-C syntax, and I described terms such as 'framework' and 'Cocoa'. (Remember, the idea here is not to turn you into a killer Mac coder, but rather to look at the essentials of mainstream Mac development using terminology that's familiar to a .NET, Delphi, C++ or VB developer.)
Man sues God
A politician in the US is protesting at frivolous law suits in the US courts by launching one himself in which he is suing God.
Oracle Q1 profit up a quarter
Database software giant Oracle said its first quarter profit rose by 25 per cent, with revenue and earnings per share beating Wall Street expectations for the firm.
Welcome indeed to the billionaire toyshop
So you've finally done it. You had an idea, or successfully nicked one; you wrote some code, or had it written. The customers flocked to buy licences, or perhaps the unpaid Web-2.0 peon hordes spewed content in an endless stream while you booked ads on the eyeballs and waxed fat. Maybe that last bit never actually happened, but you managed to convince people it would and walked away after the IPO/buyout laughing and laughing and laughing.
Acer calls for profit levelling
Acer's president has called for a fairer division of the spoils in the PC industry this morning, but stopped short of pointing the finger at any profit hoggers.
The sarcastic TV
A TV that responds to your actions is one of those gadgets you never knew you needed, but which you won’t be able to live without once you’ve seen it. The Segnity TV is just that, a TV that shouts out witty one-liners each time you turn up the volume or switch channels.
Balls: Schools should police the net
Guidance released by education ministers today has called on schools to do more to stop bullies using the internet and mobile phones to target fellow pupils.
Crooks try to besmirch CastleCops with fraudulent donations
Miscreants are making fraudulent donations to CastleCops in a bid to discredit the volunteer security community.
Copyright nagware accord reaches 30
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the agreement that means legitimately purchased DVD/video owners everywhere have to sit through a minute of footage warning them about piracy.
Fed up with disjointed telephony?
Workshop roundupThe proliferation of mobile phones has led to a situation in which many professional workers have at least two numbers and two voicemail boxes to juggle.
Channel to Dell - you've lost
The channel model wars are over, and Dell lost, one industry pundit declared today.
ElReg40™ seeks the world's worst web 2.0 ideas
CompetitionReaders who live on planet Earth may have failed to notice it but the white hot, bleeding edge, ground zero of web 2.0 imagineering this week was the TechCrunch40 conference in San Francisco.
BAE slimed from all directions
Brobdingnagian arms firm BAE Systems plc's recent run of luck may be coming to an end, as a flurry of bad-news revelations have emerged in recent days. The UK-headquartered multinational may soon be the focus of criminal charges in Tanzania; is the subject of a new American lawsuit; and US investigators continue to pursue the long-running Arabian corruption case which has dogged BAE for most of its history.
Dismantling gas giants with nanotech
The future is a different country; they do things more grandly there.
Girlie website's user data blunder
Like stripping off chipped old nail varnish and applying a fresh coat, Handbag.com relaunched its website last week.
Portable mixing set for DJs
The mobile revolution has already taken most workplaces by storm, perhaps with the exception of DJing. Thankfully, manufacturer Hercules claims to have created the world’s first handheld wireless DJing controller that allows upcoming Pete Tong’s and Fat Boy Slim’s to serve up freshly carved tunes from the comfort of their sofas.
Home cinema kit goes 3D
After thousands of sci-fi movies have already exploited the idea, the possibility of immersive 3D films and gaming is finally upon us in the real world. Manufacturer Headplay claims to have created the world’s first portable cinema capable of rendering both 2D and 3D content through a head-mounted visor.
WANs go faster Down Under
Australian WAN acceleration company Exinda has brought out its second generation of WAN speed-up gear. There's a new 800 series of hardware appliances, but their new Unified Performance Management (UPM) software will also work on the current Exinda 700 series hardware, and is a free upgrade for existing customers.
Allot intros big bandwidth shaper
Allot Communications, an Israeli outfit which does high-end bandwidth shaping and network traffic management gear, has brought out an even bigger Service Gateway device. Aimed at the service provider (SP) or large enterprise, this is capable of handling over 20 Gbit/s of traffic.
No more buys from Acer
Acer has pulled itself off the acquisition trail for the foreseeable future and will spend the next couple of years digesting Gateway and Packard Bell.
Eye spied on blog
The long-awaited PS3 Eye will hit stores next month. The news was revealed on the official PlayStation blog, which said the Eye will be bundled with the aptly named The Eye of Judgment game.
Spunky salmon return to life to gas us all
CommentsWe begin the weekly comments mishmash with a close look at fish sperm. Apparently there are many, many salmon farmers sitting around wondering what to do with all those gallons of salmon spunk they don't need. So to forestall them getting any bright ideas, a top light-emitting-diode boffin has announced plans to use it for a more efficient LED. The DNA in the salmon semen apparently traps electrons for longer than standard materials, leading to a brighter, longer-lasting LED. Naturally though, you identified the important issue: the spunk.
Human or Hobbit: it is all in the wrist
A fresh analysis of the fossilised skeleton that sparked the Hobbit controversy, has provided more evidence to support the claim that Homo floresiensis is a new species of hominid, the Guardian reports, and not a diseased human with a shrunken and malformed brain.
Why Microsoft vs Mankind still matters
CommentFor all but three of the past 17 years, Microsoft has been involved in antitrust litigation with government agencies. That's enough to wear anyone down. But as Europe's highest appeals court delivered its judgement on Monday, I did notice some ennui - not from dogged old hacks, but from a new generation of pundits.
Malware spectre haunts Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader may be subject to a security hole that creates a means for hackers to take over vulnerable Windows boxes simply by opening a maliciously constructed PDF document.
Welsh council workers turfed out over eBay addiction
Three Welsh council workers have lost their jobs after spending too long on eBay when they should have been working.
One plug to rule them all
The Open Mobile Terminal Alliance (OMTP) has published a recommendation paper suggesting that mobile phone manufacturers all use micro USB connectors to charge, and connect, their handsets.
Chip pioneer David Ditzel talks Transmeta, Sun and Bell Labs
Radio RegEpisode 7 of Semi-Coherent Computing thrusts us back into the history of computing track in style, as Chris Hipp and I sit down with chip legend David Ditzel.
Next generation Wi-Fi mired in patent fears
ExclusiveThe IEEE working group developing the 802.11n Wi-Fi is holding urgent meetings this week to discuss a significant threat to the standard from patents held by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Despite requests from the IEEE, CSIRO has failed to promise not to sue anyone for infringement.
Scots tell ET to eff off
ET would probably do well to steer clear of Scotland, where he will evidently receive the sort of welcome previously enjoyed only by visiting England football supporters. Why? Well, earlier this year, our chums north of the border discovered the popular rural pastime of giant cornfield profanities (as exemplified by this shocker), and promptly dumped an enormous poo in an Edinburgh field.
Hitachi admits hybrid drives aren't all that, bag of chips
The concept of so-called hybrid hard drives created buzz in the storage world from the moment Microsoft opened its mouth about them back in 2004.
Oz burglar had sex with Hoover
An Oz chap who broke into a neighbour's house and "played sex games in the bathroom with a bottle of toilet detergent and a vacuum cleaner" was fingered two years after the outrage by the DNA he left on a pair of rubber gloves, Reuters reports.
Google readies Pacific-spanning, Verizon-battling underwater comm cable
In yet another bid to free itself from the Verizons of the world, Google will soon drag a multi-terabit communications cable under the Pacific Ocean.
419er needs $2k to buy portrait of Queen
Calling all true patriots: one of the Lads from Lagos has got himself into a right royal state and needs a quick $2k to fulfil a lifetime's ambition to hang a pic of Her Imperial Majestyness Queen Liz II on the wall. Read on...
FBI redefines length of century
Those among who feel that the bog-standard century is just, well, too damn long will be delighted to learn that the FBI has decided to shorten it by one year by effectively cancelling 2007 and cutting straight to 2008:
Retailer sets legal attack dogs on protest website
Allen Harkleroad was so unhappy with a $3,500 fence he paid Lowe's Home Centers to have installed that he posted pictures he says document the shoddy workmanship on a site called lowes-sucks.com. Now attorneys for Lowe's are threatening legal action unless the site is taken down.
Thailand menaces YouTube - again
Thailand's powers that be are considering a new block on certain "offensive" YouTube material after last month lifting its ban on the site, Reuters reports.
MIT student walks into airport wearing circuit board and wires
An MIT student was arrested at gunpoint today at Boston's Logan International Airport after she entered the building wearing a black hoodie with a computer circuit board and wiring attached.
ClearSpeed plots 1 TeraFlop floating point pizza box
IDFFloating point whiz ClearSpeed continues to round out its software play ahead of several major product upgrades.
Plucky picoChip pulls in $27m
Flashy UK chip designer picoChip has secured Samsung as a major investor in a fresh $27m round of funding. The cash infusion from Samsung would seem to open a spot for picoChip's products in the giant's WiMax base stations.
ABN Amro customer deets tip up on BearShare
Social security numbers and other sensitive information belonging to more than 5,000 customers of ABN Amro Mortgage Group have been leaked onto the BearShare file-sharing network by a former employee, according to news reports.
Ramones sticksman sues Apple and Wal-Mart
Former Ramones drummer Richard Reinhardt today filed suit in US federal court in Manhattan claiming that his music publisher never had the right to "authorize distribution or duplication of six songs he wrote between 1983 and 1987" which were subsequently made available through iTunes, Wal-Mart.com's music store and Real Networks Real Store and Rhapsody services.