26th September 2007 Archive

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Red Hat beats Q2 expectations with Linux sales

Red Hat posted today a sharp rise in earnings during its fiscal second quarter, spurred by (you guessed it) an increase in Linux sales.
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Trilog goes SaaS with ProjExec

Project management specialist Trilog Group has jumped into the Software as a Service (SaaS) market with its established ProjExec package.

New cracks in Google mail

This story was updated on 28th September to report that the vulnerability has been patched.
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Adwalker awarded US patent

Dublin-based firm Adwalker has been granted a US patent for its wearable interactive digital media platform.

Phishers bait hook with Verified by Visa scam

Fraudsters have begun garnishing phishing emails with claims that punters need to respond in order to enrol in the Verified by Visa programme.
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Vanessa Hudgens net smut: your children are at risk

Pity if you will poor old Vanessa Hudgens, star of Disney's High School Musical, who recently got some unwanted exposure when a snap of her striking a birthday-suit strumpet pose for the titillation of squeeze Zac Efron spilled onto the internet, with predictable results.

Halo 3 UK launch fails to fire

Despite the sort of marketing hype usually extended only to film releases and console-style early opening hours, the Halo 3 UK launch was notable for the absence of gamers and large piles of unsold copies.
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Is cellular M2M actually relevant to your industry?

Reader Poll Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communications, which enables applications such as remote measurement, monitoring and management, is a fairly niche topic.
Dale Vile, 26 2007
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Acer plans renewed effort to drag up PC prices

Acer will stick with its policy of pushing up average selling prices for its hardware, despite failing to put a floor under prices so far this year.
Joe Fay, 26 2007
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Vodafone billing woes continue

Vodafone's billing system continues to throw out random invoices, while denying customers access to their online billing.
Bill Ray, 26 2007

Motorola MotoRokr S9 Bluetooth headphones

Review Lacking additional boxes, dangling wires or ear-dragging weights, Motorola's S9 is what a set of Bluetooth headphones ought to be - as long as your head is the right shape for them.
Bill Ray, 26 2007
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Vonage trips $69.5m patent

VoIP provider Vonage has lost another patent battle, this time with Sprint Nextel, which owns six infringed patents and stands to gain almost $70m in a court-ordered payout.
Bill Ray, 26 2007

MS confirms Halo 3 Limited Edn box scratch bug

Halo 3 has only been out for a few hours in the UK, but there's already a problem. The Limited Edition box-set has been added to Microsoft's Disc Replacement Program (DRP) list because of possible scratches to the disc's surface.
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Ofcom primes broadband afterburner

Ofcom has blown the horn on the long march towards a modern internet infrastructure for the UK. Today marks the start of its powwow on who should pay for the next generation telecoms network that regulators and government believe is essential to our economic and social future.

Gear4 debuts 'cheapest ever' Bluetooth speaker

Streaming music wirelessly to a speaker is about to become a whole lot cheaper, accessories maker Gear4 has claimed. It said the price of the soon-to-be-released Street Party Blu flat-panel speaker will significantly undercut its rivals.

Toshiba ups the game with laptop duo

Toshiba has lifted the lid on two laptops, full to bursting with performance and gadgetry. Part of the Satellite range, the X205-SLi1 and X205-SLi3 are pitched at the avid PC gamer - with extra features to ensure mobility and connectivity.

BT cranks VoIP & BlackBerry Enigma machine

BT is crowing for the second time in two weeks about how its products have been security certified by GCHQ, the government's main listening station.
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TV firm takes £2m hit for competition line scandal

Ofcom has fined GMTV £2m for failing to check up on its service provider, Opera Telecom, and thus allowing the public to get ripped off by an early winner selection scandal.
Bill Ray, 26 2007
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French court says non to pre-loaded Windows on Acer laptop

A French man has won a lawsuit against computer maker Acer over a laptop he bought that came pre-loaded with Microsoft's Windows XP and other applications he didn't want.
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DARPA code teams compete on same K9 robot

DARPA, the Pentagon research bureau which likes to put the battiness back into battle-boffinry, is pressing ahead with its robot dog/packmule/mini-Imperial-Walker programme.

T-Mobile serves up rebadged HTC TyTN II

Don’t let the marketing speak throw you. T-Mobile claims the new MDA Vario III handset has a tilting screen, but in reality the feature is much more mundane and ordinary than the PR fluff makes it sound.

AMD launches Radeon HD 2900 Pro

AMD has rolled out a new graphics card to fill a gap beneath its current top-of-the-line ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT.
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If users are a security threat, how do you manage them?

Mobile Clinic In our final mobile clinic, The Register's resident experts return to provide their opinions on the questions you've raised.
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Vodafone UK loses roamers worldwide

A network glitch left Vodafone UK customers travelling abroad without data and voice connectivity this morning.
Bill Ray, 26 2007
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Chemical-weapons hysteria causes cholera

A senior Iraqi government official has said that water treatment plants are critically short of chlorine gas which they need to purify public water supplies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that supplies of the gas are being held up due to fears it might be used as a chemical weapon, and adds that chlorine is vitally necessary to control an ongoing cholera outbreak in Iraq.
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IBM virtual strike goes ahead in Sadville

IBM's Italian workforce is set to strike in Second Life tomorrow (27 September).
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What's 77.1 x 850? Don't ask Excel 2007

A Microsoft manager has confirmed the existence of a serious bug that could give programmers and number crunchers a failing grade when relying on the latest version of Excel to do basic arithmetic.

Sun patches Java patching

Microsoft's security practices seem to be rubbing off on Sun Microsystems as the company is changing the way it updates and secures Java.

It's time to pay attention to Sun's x86 server biz

The fresh Xeon-based servers from Sun mark the company’s most muscular play to date in the x86 realm. The four-socket 2U X4450, in particular, has Sun pushing the equivalent of a midrange SMP down into the heart of the so-called “commodity” market. This move plays well with Sun’s historic strengths in the SMP (symmetric multi-processing) arena and supports Sun’s “R&D will win” mantra.

Best Buy adds disclaimer to 'secret website'

An investigation by Connecticut's Attorney General over bait-and-switch charges has gotten electronics megalith Best Buy to budge over its allegedly deceptive "secret website."
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Three Gorges Dam an 'environmental catastrophe'

Chinese officials have admitted that the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River will, in the absence of urgent preventative action, provoke an ecological and environmental "catastrophe", the Times reports.
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New euro coin stuffs Turkey

The European Commission has admitted the new euro coin - designed to sport a revised map showing the expanded happy band of brothers - is "not exactly the one the commission has proposed" after the powers that be decided to omit Turkey from the monetary celebration of the EU.

Green Dell gets greener with new green initiative

A lot of PC makers are riding the going green pony pretty hard these days, but the folks at Dell — you've got to give them credit — are making a show out of boiling the poor thing down to eco-friendly glue.

Sun packs out Solaris developer support

Users running Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system are getting something a little extra thrown into their contracts: developer support.
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EU online gambling firms demand $100 bil in WTO dispute

The long-running, occasionally tragicomic trade dispute between America and tiny Antigua at the WTO over the cross-border provision of gambling services has sputtered into the settlement phase, according to CasinoGamblingWeb.
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US Navy to remodel Hitler's San Diego bunker

The powers that be have moved with snail-like speed to address the rather embarrassing issue of Hitler's San Diego bunker, spotted by El Reg readers back in 2005:
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Hugo Chavez rails against teen Bulgarian airbags

Hugo Chavez has slammed Venezuelans' growing penchant for celebrating their daughters' coming-of-age by stumping up for breast implants, Reuters reports.

Supremes to rule on PC makers' patent spat

The US Supreme Court will review a patent dispute between LG Electronics and a group of Taiwanese computer makers over whether various degrees of separation can exhaust licensing terms.