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.
AMD reveals 'Spider' platform
AMD is introducing its 'Spider' high-end gaming platform today, one week after Intel released its 45nm 'Penryn' processors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
123-Reg takes weekend off
UpdatedPipex's hosting service 123-Reg suffered a weekend of downtime thanks to broken hardware.
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.
MoD defends £5bn IT system
The Ministry of Defence has moved to quash claims that its Defence Information Infrastructure programme is an 'unmitigated disaster'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nvdia launches latest laptop graphics chip
Nvidia has introduced its new top-of-the-range GeForce 8M-series mobile graphics processor, as forecast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.