21st > November > 2007 Archive


Virtual Iron presses OEM deal with Dell

Virtualization software firm Virtual Iron has found another top OEM to vend its wares. The company today announced an agreement with Dell, which will resell Virtual Iron's server and storage software alongside the OEM's virtualization-friendly hardware.
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New emails address you by name, then try to hose your PC

Beware of emails that mention you and your company by name and claim to be official communications from the US Department of Justice. They're phony and will attempt to install malware on your machine.
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Ring-back tones to carry adverts

Wannabe telecommunications company Jajah is planning to replace the ringing tone with recording advertisements, when the user wants them, with the revenue split 50-50 between customer and operator.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Personal data is not a bar to FOI disclosure

Documents containing personal data cannot be withheld under EU freedom of information laws if the disclosure of the data does not undermine the privacy of the persons named, according to a ruling by the European Court of First Instance.
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EU fines videotape manufacturers for alleged cartel

The European Commission has fined videotape manufacturers Sony, Fuji and Maxell a total of €74.8m for alleged cartel activity in the videotape market.
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Police Complaints joins inquest into Darling data giveaway

UK Identity Crisis Police complaints authority the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the loss of 25 million private records by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Consumers not confident about web security

The risk of identity theft is a serious concern for users of internet services, with 70 per cent of adults saying it has changed their online behaviour.
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Lost HMRC discs pop up on eBay

UK Identity Crisis Well, it had to happen, and so here you have it - those mislaid HMRC discs going for a song down at eBay:

Nvidia on-the-fly GPU switching desktop debut due Q1 '08

Nvidia will bring the ability to flip at will between integrated and discrete graphics cores to the desktop early next year, courtesy of upcoming AMD-oriented chipset the MCP78S.
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Huge sea scorpion overshadowed humans

The giant fossilised claw of a 2.5m-long (8ft) cannibalistic sea scorpion has been discovered by a European researcher.

WolfKing howls about wacky gaming keyboard

Peripherals manufacturer WolfKing has created what it claims is the world’s first hybrid PC gamepad and keyboard for gamers - and, we might add, poser typists - everywhere.

Digital SLRs

Top Five Christmas time always means photography time. So, if you're looking to buy a new digital SLR (DSLR) or upgrade on older machine to capture this year's happy moments, here are the season's five hottest models according to camera expert George Asghari, who runs independent retail chain Ask Electronics' flagship London store.
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Luvvies get temporary reprieve

Ofcom has guaranteed some radio channels will be available for the wireless microphones used in theatre and for events, at least until 2009 - but the available frequencies won't be the same across the country, which could be a nightmare for touring shows.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Helicopters: President buys British, Queen buys American

The Queen's new helicopter will be supplied by an American company, it has been announced - just as a plan to replace the US President's helicopters with British-made ones seems to be faltering.

Google serves up surprise password cracking function

A Cambridge University researcher successfully used Google to unearth a password used by an attacker to compromise its security blog.
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German cops shutter school after net massacre tip-off

A German secondary school was closed by police yesterday after internet investigators discovered it was being targeted for a Columbine-style killing spree.

Inventor offers London Congestion Charge GPS gizmo

Most activities in London are expensive - and so is driving through it. So one inventor has developed a GPS device to automatically pay the Congestion Charge fee, ensuring drivers are never stung by late-payment charges.
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Iowa house swallowed in grain bin collapse

An Iowa family had a near miss when a collapsing giant grain bin buried their house under "thousands of bushels of corn", destroying the structure and trapping father and son in the wreckage.

iSkin Cerulean F1+TX Bluetooth stereo headset

Review You know the problem: your iPod's safely stashed deep down in a pocket or a bag and you want to skip the current track or adjust the volume. Or you're just fed up of the earpieces dropping out as you're walking around. Accessory specialist iSkin reckons its stylish Cerulean F1 and TX combo is the answer.

PSP PlayStation Store launched on PC

Sony has re-launched its Playstation Store for the PSP, allowing gamers to download titles for the handheld console through a PC.

Will Darling's data giveaway kill off ID cards?

UK Identity Crisis Anti-ID card campaigners believe that yesterday's admission by Chancellor Alistair Darling that the government has lost records and private information relating to 25 million people could be the nail in the coffin for the ID card project.
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Darling's Data giveaway - what the readers say

UK Identity Crisis More than 200 Register readers have commented on our stories on Alistair Darling's great data giveway. Many pointed out that this loss does little to increase confidence in government's ability to care for our personal information - even without creating a national ID database.

Germany seeks malware 'specialists' to bug terrorists

The German government has reportedly started hiring coders to develop "white hat" malware capable of covertly hacking into terrorists' PCs.

When is Java not Java?

Google's cunning plan to bypass the Java license might not be cunning enough, depending on how Sun decides to play it and if they see Android as a significant threat to their Java revenues.
Bill Ray, 21 2007

T-Mobile unlocks iPhone, charges €999

Want an unlocked iPhone? Go to Germany. T-Mobile today said it would sell Apple's handset without a contract for a whopping €999 ($1481/£720). It also said it will unlock already-purchased iPhones.

Sagem's feature-less bling mobile

Some say you get what you pay for and, in the case of a Sagem handset, the statement rings true. Its gold-and-black MY220X handset costs about the same as an Indian takeaway, but still delivers plenty of bling.

Yes! It's the USB retro-style vacuum cleaner

If you usually eat lunch at your desk, you’ll probably have crumbs everywhere. So, if the missus/cleaner doesn’t quite live up to the job, then get de-crumbing yourself with a USB vacuum cleaner.
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Qinetiq Q-branch and Area 51 tech sell-off due a roasting

A long-anticipated report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into the privatisation of defence-tech research company Qinetiq is due out on Friday. Advance hints suggest damning criticism of the sell-off.

MoveOn tells Facebook to stop shining Beacon

Facebook has been hit by yet another privacy backlash, this time from an online democracy watchdog which has mounted a campaign against part of the social networking site's new advertising strategy.
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Wii grasses up cheating wife

A US soldier discovered his missus had been playing away at home after spotting a suspicious "Mii" on his Nintendo Wii, the Evening Standard reports.
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Where does Web 2.0 leave the BBC?

Beeb Week The BBC is in a bind. The changing media landscape means that news and information must increasingly be presented in a provocative or visually stimulating fashion. Very often the easiest way of doing this is to offer it via the perspective of a celebrity reporter.

Leopard out, Tiger back in

I just downgraded from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to the previous release, Tiger. I'd had enough of a recurring glitch that left me looking at the spinning Beach Ball of Death right after Finder starts loading. The only way out: force the computer to power-down.
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A parents' guide to the HMRC data giveaway

If you are a recipient of child benefit in the UK, the chances are your records and bank details were included in one of the two CDs that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has lost. HMRC has said we have nothing to fear, despite the fact it doesn't know where these unencrypted CDs are or who has been accessing them.
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ITU allocates post 2015 frequencies

The World Radio Conference, discussion forum of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), has allocated five frequency blocks for use by future mobile telephony technologies, with member countries signed up to the blocks they like the look of and aren't using for anything else.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Info chief renews call for data breach crime penalties

UK Identity Crisis The Prime Minister pledged today to give the Information Commissioner the right to perform spot checks on government departments in the wake of the HMRC ID debacle.
Joe Fay, 21 2007

Tosh to tempt laptop buyers with free HD DVDs

Want five free HD DVDs? Then hop on over to Toshiba's website and pick one of the manufacturer's HD DVD-friendly laptops. Buy it and the company will send you the discs - worth £75, it said.
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Who's the greenest x86 vendor of them all?

Despite unrelenting ado from every server vendor about their eco-friendly prowess in the data center, the reception of just who paints the most vivid shade of green remains unsubstantial.
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Senate bill proposes to outlaw pretexting

The US Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten US cyber-crime laws. An amended version of the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2007 was unanimously approved by the Senate on 15 November but the measures still need to be approved by the House and the President before becoming law.
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E-voting vendor sued over machine change

California's chief elections official has sued a popular e-voting device vendor for almost $15m in a suit that claims Election Systems & Software (ES&S) repeatedly violated state laws requiring it to receive certification for a ballot-marking device before selling it to county voting officials.
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NASA's Messenger mission reaches halfway point

The Messenger probe is nearing the halfway point of 7.9 billion kilometre journey, which when completed will make it the first man-made object to orbit the planet Mercury.