19th > November > 2007 Archive


Sun's top brains salivate over storage kit and code

SC07Sun's hardware chief John "I don't comment on unannounced products" Fowler has storage on the brain.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Nov 2007

AMD reveals 'Spider' platform

AMD is introducing its 'Spider' high-end gaming platform today, one week after Intel released its 45nm 'Penryn' processors.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2007
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Disability law can protect alcoholic workers

Alcoholic workers could receive protection from the Disability Discrimination Act despite the fact that alcoholism is specifically barred from protection, employment experts have said. They say workers could claim protection for the disease's symptoms.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Nov 2007

Wii regains US next-gen console arena leadership

Microsoft's Xbox 360, having enjoyed enhanced demand on the back of Halo 3, last month fell back behind Nintendo's Wii in the US monthly sales charts.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2007

Q3 revenues looking rosy at Salesforce

Online customer relationship management provider Salesforce.com saw revenue rise by a whopping 48 per cent during its third fiscal quarter.
Charlie Taylor, 19 Nov 2007

Local govt think tank slams road pricing plan

A new think tank report says government should drop the idea of a national road pricing scheme and allow councils to make decisions on local schemes.
Kablenet, 19 Nov 2007

AMD preps DirectX 10.1 'Radeon HD 3600' GPU pair

AMD is expected to launch the successor to its ATI Radeon HD 2600 in January, and now the two new parts' speed details have emerged.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2007

123-Reg takes weekend off

UpdatedPipex's hosting service 123-Reg suffered a weekend of downtime thanks to broken hardware.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2007

Bumblebee boogie analysis in webserver boost

Researchers in Georgia, USA, reckon they can increase the efficiency of web servers by mimicking the methods used by honey bees to collect nectar.
Lewis Page, 19 Nov 2007

MoD defends £5bn IT system

The Ministry of Defence has moved to quash claims that its Defence Information Infrastructure programme is an 'unmitigated disaster'.
Kablenet, 19 Nov 2007

Singapore allows sale of 'lesbian' video game

Singapore’s authorities have relented and reversed their decision to ban Xbox 360 game Mass Effect because it contains a steamy girl-on-girl love scene.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2007

Nano cancer-bombs and mini organs from MIT

Scientists at MIT have developed remote-controlled nano particles that, with the push of a button, can deliver drugs directly to a tumour. The same research director has also found a way to build tiny human "livers" just 500 micrometres across. This work should lead to more reliable toxicity testing for new drugs.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Nov 2007

LG models twin-screen phones

LG has shown off Voyager - its take on the classic Nokia Communicator design - and Venus - a touchscreen-based, music-oriented slider phone - both of which it plans to release in the US soon in partnership with Verizon.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2007

UN mandates stability control in trucks - cars to follow

The United Nations has agreed the roll-out of Electronic Stability Control on passenger vehicles from next year, meaning psycho boy racers will have to drive even faster before they can cause mayhem on Euro-roads.
Joe Fay, 19 Nov 2007

Powering the mobile experience

Reg Technology PanelDeep in the heart of Gotham City, a gang of arch-criminals descends on the central bank. The plan: to execute the most audacious heist ever. What can stop them? Nothing! Unless... across the windswept street, from the darkest confines of a garbage-strewn alleyway emerges our masked hero, the caped crusader.
Jon Collins, 19 Nov 2007

Spain goes mad for King versus Chávez

The unseemly spat at the recent Ibero-American summit in Chile, which saw Spanish King Juan Carlos ask a gobby Hugo Chávez "Why don't you shut up?", has proved a big hit down at YouTube, as well as spawning a spin-off industry punting t-shirts, mugs and ringtones to impressed Spaniards.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2007

UK charity acts on YouTube bullying

A UK charity has launched a channel on YouTube to encourage kids to stop putting up with bullying on social networking and video sharing websites.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2007

O2 to launch Stella/Stellar in December

UK network operator O2 has announced that its latest XDA smartphone will be available next month - even though the company is unable to decide on the handset's name.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2007
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Capgemini CEO claims 'truly tremendous' October

Capgemini's chief executive said Friday that the IT outsourcing firm had a "truly tremendous" October in the face of current economic uncertainty in the US.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2007

Mozilla hits back at Firefox 3 quality slur

Mozilla has hit back at claims that multiple bugs in its forthcoming Firefox 3 browser will be ignored in order to meet release schedules.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2007

NZ bans Brit immigrant's overweight missus

The wife of a British man who moved out to New Zealand in September will have to shed a few pounds if she wants to join him after the authorities ruled her too fat to enter the country.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2007

Frenchman spit-roasts 550kg camel

A French chef hopes to claim the "world's largest barbecue" title after expending 15 hours, three tons of wood, and 15 litres of cooking oil to spit-roast a 550kg camel.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2007

Brown blushes over green cuts

Gordon Brown is preparing to give his first major speech on the action the government is taking to tackle climate change, but it will be against a background of massive cuts in the government agency charged with managing the environment, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Nov 2007

Tories call for mobile phone ban in schools

Mobile phones would be outlawed in UK classrooms under Conservative Party plans to beef up discipline in schools.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2007

Promote your local synthetic biologist

AnalysisIf your news filter is set to "bioterrorism" you may have seen a recent column by Madeleine Bunting in the Guardian. Spurred by a London visit by Craig Venter, it was the usual journalistic script on synthetic biology.

Samsung SGH-F210 mobile phone

ReviewPhone or MP3 player? That, as the Immortal Bard would say, is the question. Looking at it lying on the table like a tiny toppled megalith, albeit a highly polished one, it's difficult to imagine a more MP3-player-esque looking phone. The question is, has this desire to combine styles led to any compromises that delight us.
Alun Taylor, 19 Nov 2007

Pioneer creates iTunes, YouTube rival

A Pioneer-created TV service will soon enter public testing and allow consumers to download unlimited numbers of TV shows for a monthly fee.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2007

US man dies in Taser incident

A 20-year-old man died yesterday in Frederick City, Maryland, after being tasered by a police deputy, the Frederick News Post reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2007

US Navy buys 'Metal Storm' grenade-gasm gun

Metal Storm, an Australian company looking to market a radical gun design, has announced delivery of production weapons to the US military.
Lewis Page, 19 Nov 2007

Dutch mull radical cash for kidneys plan

Dutch health minister Ab Klink is mulling a Dutch Health Council recommendation to offer "free health insurance for life to anyone who donates a kidney for transplant", the Sunday Times reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2007

Vonage to stump up $120m to Verizon

Vonage has been ordered to pay $120m to Verizon for patent infringements, as the US Court of Appeals rejected its call for the case to be reconsidered.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2007

911 phone phreakers face jail

An Ohio man faces an extended spell behind bars after pleading guilty to making emergency calls using spoofed caller ID numbers as part of a prank designed to make sure his victims were raided by SWAT teams.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2007

iPhone to get 3G in May 2008

Apple is asking for 30 per cent of subscriber revenue and can't provide enough iPhones for a Christmas 2007 launch in Spain, according to Spanish technology company SevenClick, which reports that it got the information from a senior manager at Telefonica. It also claims the May 2008 launch will see a 3G version of Apple's super-slate.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2007

Amazon's $399 folly book reader

Reading has never been cheaper, and for most of us, requires no additional machinery - only the source material itself. So why do we need to pay the online retailer Amazon.com $399 to read books?
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2007

T-Mobile suspends Sidekick Slide sales

T-Mobile has suspended sales of its recently unveiled launched Sidekick Slide handset, following reports of power faults on the device.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2007

Stuff string theory - try E8 to explain the universe

The mathematics that underlie the E8 Lie Group, a 248-dimensional puzzle that was finally solved in March this year, have already been put to use in developing a new Theory Of Everything.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Nov 2007

Tune your service oriented applications with SQL

Performance is one of the more insidious problems that a developer can face. We don't seem to have time for it with all work just getting an application's functionally correct.
Dan Clarke, 19 Nov 2007

Vodafone CEO sticks head in sand, goes 'La la la'

Arun Sarin has told the FT that he has nothing to fear from Apple's iPhone/iTunes combination, or Google's Android, or even Nokia's Ovi, as no one can ever take their customers' billing relationship away from them.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2007

Nvdia launches latest laptop graphics chip

Nvidia has introduced its new top-of-the-range GeForce 8M-series mobile graphics processor, as forecast.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2007

Americans clueless on NASA budgets

A recent survey, carried out on behalf of The Space Review, has revealed that the average American believes a quarter of the country's public purse goes towards funding NASA.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Nov 2007

BBC HD channel gets green light

The BBC's governing body gave a thumbs-up today to limited plans for a high definition TV channel over Sky, Freesat and cable.
Christopher Williams, 19 Nov 2007

Prince and fan sites could unite

Prince is said to be in talks with three unofficial fan websites which could lead to a settlement over an ongoing copyright dispute.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2007

Now let us praise the humble, jetless Google founders

CommentCasting around for an example of the simple life to use in an Arab-bashing column, veteran columnist and editor Alexander Chancellor alighted on what he must have thought was the perfect foil to the free-spending Saudis.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2007

IBM challenges HP to virtual I/O blade duel

IBM is releasing an I/O virtualization tool for its BladeCenters to compete against HP's Virtual Connect technology.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2007
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Microsoft lets slip Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft on Monday gave developers early access to the next version of its Windows development tools and framework, for the first time tying in both Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2007
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Thumb twiddling Mozilla promises fix for privacy-biting bug

Mozilla's head of security has promised a patch for a dangerous vulnerability that's been lurking in the popular Firefox browser for more than eight months.
Dan Goodin, 19 Nov 2007
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Google builds very own Ethernet switches

Google seems to be building its very own Ethernet switches. But you already knew that. We told you in June.
Cade Metz, 19 Nov 2007

Everything still fine and dandy with HP in Q4

Ongoing cost-cutting measures at Hewlett-Packard continue to make their quarterly earnings a cheerful affair for stockholders — although probably not for the 15,000 former employees sacrificed since 2005 to buoy profits.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2007

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