7th > November > 2007 Archive
Microsoft de-betas (part of) Windows Live
Microsoft has officially announced "the next generation of Windows Live." Whatever that means.
Thousands snared by malware warning from big-name websites
Thousands of PC users have been duped into surrendering sensitive information and installing malicious software after falling victim to a complex scam that continues to plague well-known websites, a researcher warns.
Microsoft fires CIO for 'violation' of policy
Microsoft has fired its chief information officer (CIO) barely two years after he was appointed to the post.
Aussies developing power-generating jacket
The nightmare of a dying mobile phone or iPod battery while miles from a power socket could soon become history. Australia's national science agency has received AUD4.4m (£2m/€2.8m/USD4m) to develop a jacket that powers electronic gadgets.
UK lags Europe on PC sales
The United Kingdom had one of the slowest growing PC markets in Europe in the three months ended 30 September.
Telecoms regulation encourages investment
The presence of strong regulators in the telecoms market encourages investment, according to a report by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA).
3 expands payment options
3 UK customers looking for alternative ways of paying their bills are in luck, as the firm's website is now accepting Delta as a payment option: the airline rather than Visa's debit system.
Ted Baker launches pret-a-porter HTC handset
Ted Baker’s Needle handset has been released by Carphone Warehouse, following the phone retailer’s leak of the first pictures in September.
Sony serves up PSP storage and game bundle pack
If you want a 4GB or 8GB Memory Stick Pro Duo for your PSP, then you’ll have to play ball. Or, more specifically, Smash Court Tennis 3.
Fans beseige Shilpa Shetty's mobe
Bollywood babe Shilpa Shetty has described herself as "extremely perturbed" after a Indian fan got hold of her mobile number and emailed it to all and sundry, with inevitable results.
Topless Liverpudlians confined to tropical fish stores
A survey to determine which of Britain's laws merits the "most absurd" crown has named a ban on popping your clogs in the Houses of Parliament as worthy winner.
Carphone Warehouse to pitch Irish broadband
Carphone Warehouse is set to step into the Irish broadband market with the launch of three packages under its TalkTalk service.
Paris Hilton exits missionary position to save Universe
Reader challenge resultWell, as you can see here, our big Paris Hilton headline competition provoked a bit of a stampede among Reg commentators keen to contribute their bit to the advancement of Vulture Central's award-winning non-IT-related coverage.
Nine-second delay sinks unfair dismissal claim
A case of unfair dismissal was not heard by an Employment Tribunal because the application was received nine seconds too late. The late submission was made by a law student charging £120 per hour.
Real F-15 joins massively multiplayer virtual war
Aerospace behemoth Boeing has announced a possibly worrying new breakthrough in simulators, revealing yesterday that company boffins have linked real combat aircraft into virtual training wargames.
Sony quits 32nm chip production project
Sony is to leave the development of 32nm chip-making technology to its PlayStation 3 processor partners IBM and Toshiba, it said today. The move is the latest step in the Japanese giant's attempt to narrow the focus of its chip business.
Astronomers spy fifth planet orbiting nearby star
Astronomers have spotted a fifth planet orbiting 55 Cancri, making the (relatively) nearby star the centre of the most populous extrasolar system to date, New Scientist reports.
Striking writers target Desperate Housewives
Striking writers who earlier this week forced The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to air reruns, while reducing the presenters of Dancing With The Stars to traumatic improvisation, have upped the ante by descending on the LA set of Desperate Housewives.
Google petrol pumps debut next month
Google, the company that pits bot against bot in the lucrative eyeball-herding range wars of adland, has extended its reach yet further. Not content with hogging browsers and phones, the search colossus will soon appear on the humble petrol pump.
Salesforce.com gone phishing
Salesforce.com has been caught with its pants down after phishers persuaded an employee to hand over customer contact details.
Facebook mounts Tupperware-style ads push
Facebook is bracing itself for a user backlash after it launched a bid to turn hype into profit, when it punted a trio of new advertiser features at New York marketeers overnight.
Bluetooth opts for Wi-Fi while waiting
The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) is prepared to embrace Wi-Fi as a high-speed connection option while it waits for Ultra Wide Band (UWB) to become available on phone handsets, according to presentations by SIG chair John Barr.
Garmin vs TomTom bid battle for Tele Atlas hots up
In sat nav, as in other forms of consumer technology, content is king. Or at least navigation hardware providers Garmin and TomTom believe so - the bell rings today for round two of their fight to acquire map-data firm Tele Atlas.
Do androids dream of an open OS?
As the reality of Google's Android mobile phone operating system starts to sink in, the industry is asking those not involved in the Open Handset Alliance why they decided to stay away.
Virgin Media stops the rot
Virgin Media has confirmed a turnaround in its fortunes today with news it has reversed the flow of customers away from it following its embarrassing public defeat over TV rights by Sky.
'We can't lock them up forever' - top cops join terror debate
Hearteningly, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has accepted that it shouldn't lock people up forever. Which is nice to know, but as a contribution to the current debate on the length of pre-trial detention for terror suspects, it perhaps leaves something to be desired, and skips over a little history.
Flying cow destroys minivan
A US couple had a lucky escape when a 600lb cow unexpectedly landed on the bonnet of their minivan, unsurprisingly causing "heavy damage".
China denies 'space station in 2020' stories
The Chinese government has moved to damp speculation that it will establish a manned space station by 2020.
Prince stomps on unofficial websites
Prince Rogers Nelson has threatened to throw a sue ball at a number of unofficial websites that carry images, lyrics and album covers of the preened, pint-sized 1980s star.
Kirsty Wark's husband investigated over data theft allegation
Strathclyde Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint made against Alan Clements, the husband of TV presenter Kirsty Wark, for alleged data theft.
Russians to get broadband by spy plane
Russian high-altitude spy planes may be given a new lease of life as platforms for telecoms services, if an audacious (and rather improbable) scheme ever gets off the ground.
Instant messaging without a PC
If the thought of booting up your PC to send instant messages (IM) is too exhausting, how does the a dedicated IM handheld strike you? US-based Zipit Wireless has launched exactly that, and it’s called the Z2.
Motorola readies Bluetooth headset for metalheads
If you can’t afford a Vertu phone, then hide your humdrum handset and create the poser’s allure by hooking a diamond-cut metal hands-free kit around your ear. Motorola’s created the MotoPure H12 Bluetooth headset, endorsed by - of all people – David Beckham.
MIT sues architect for crap computing-dept campus
Frank Gehry, a member of the artistic school perhaps best described as Architects Renowned for their Startling Edifices, is being sued by MIT. A $300m building he designed for the famous technical university is allegedly faulty.
Extend your phone's camera - with a telescope
Mobile phone cameras and digital zooms are becoming more powerful, but sometimes they just don’t cut it when trying to take pictures of, say, the girl next door. So, online retailer Brando has launched an attachable telescope for mobile phones to solve all your distance-viewing problems.
iPhone auction fakes swindle the impatient
Buyers unable to wait until Friday are looking to hundreds of eBay auctions to get their hands on Apple's latest Newton-a-like - but many of the auctions are fakes and scams, prompting eBay to tighten its restrictions on sales of the much-desired handset.
Lenovo lays out European plans
Lenovo is continuing to blaze a trail across the PC market as it plans an expansion into the consumer market in Europe.
Microsoft calls in the builders for Dublin data centre
Microsoft is shelling out $500m on a new European data centre in Ireland to support its growing online business.
Finnish school gunman posted warning on YouTube
A pupil at a Finnish high school reportedly posted a video manifesto onto YouTube before killing seven people and injuring several others this morning.
Does Dell scorn EMC with EqualLogic buy?
AnalysisOn Monday, Dell said it will acquire iSCSI storage vendor EqualLogic for $1.4bn. That's no small chunk of change even for a company with Dell's deep pockets. And the price is even more significant when you consider Dell's historic aversions to meaty acquisitions.
Bugs targets Linux devices
Open source is moving beyond the real worlds of business and consumer systems into the more experimental sphere of personal gadgetry.
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran
ExclusiveYahoo! and Microsoft have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services as stronger US sanctions against the Islamic republic begin to bite.
Microsoft spoils Christmas with Xbox 360 locking feature
An upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard update in early December will add a "Family Timer" feature that lets parents set a limit on gaming time.
Red Hat has massive Linux fluidity moment
Red Hat has answered the virtualization bandwagon's call in a major way by ushering in a new era that could be described as "Linux on the move."
Bond buffs offered World's smallest spycam
It may look like Nokia’s 7380 handset, but the CAM-700 is actually claimed to be the world’s smallest commercial spycam.
Microsoft hopes to patent 'automatic goodbye messages'
Microsoft is trying to patent automatic goodbye messages, including "Have a great afternoon!" and "Ciao, Harry!"
Ballmer nails Founder to Windows mast
Founder Technology, China's second biggest PC maker, after Lenovo, is to pre-install Windows Vista on business lines and laptops. Previously, it put Windows only on consumer desktops as a matter of course - about 30 per cent of overall shipments.
Nosing around IBM's Power6 blade
IBM has teased with scant details of its long-awaited updates to AIX and its Power6-based blade server line — but today the specs have dribbled out of Big Blue at last.