28th > November > 2007 Archive
Google permits Dell to sell Dell servers
Dell has cuddled right on up to Google, agreeing to hawk search appliances directly to customers.
Java 6 for OS X 'weeks away'
A community project putting the latest version of Java on Apple's newest version of OS X is inching closer to completion.
HDS adds mass to its NAS
Hitachi Data Systems is aiming its high-end NAS at the mid-market, squeezing out two new offerings to appeal to little guys.
Next year's next big thing
Get your nose out of that code and turn off that compiler: the mother of all deadlines is upon us, and nobody (except, maybe, Dr Who) can push back or alter the deliverables. Yes, Christmas and the New Year are factors you can no longer ignore or resist.
The myth of the humble nerd tycoon
Real MailLast week I took Alexander Chancellor to task for a column based on a fantasy. He compared the frugal, down-to-earth Google founders favourably with a Saudi Prince. The Google founders don't even have a jet, he wrote, and this humility was the norm in Silicon Valley.
Google preps magic GDrive
The GDrive rumors have resurfaced. This morning, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is preparing an online storage service capable of housing all the files you now store on your very own hard drive.
America's 8m victims of identity theft
About 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 per cent of the population, were victims of identity theft in 2005, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Regulator can chase liquidator over phone scam fine
A High Court judge has told the liquidators of a premium rate phone scam they can be sued over a huge fine levied by regulators before it went titsup in 2005.
Dell fills out XPS laptop line
Dell has rolled out its latest XPS laptop, a model that builds on the m1330, launched last May, with a bigger, 15.4in widescreen display and available with an optional slot-load Blu-ray Disc drive.
Toshiba to sell trees with laptops
Toshiba is branching out from the electronics industry. It’s begun cross-selling an eco-service that it claims will offset the carbon cost of customers' laptops.
Intel 'Moorestown' UMPCs to feature single-chip CPU/GPU
Intel announced its 'Moorestown' system-on-a-chip platform for UMPCs and internet tablets back in April this year, but it kept the details close to its chest. Now they've leaked out.
UK's toads menaced by fungal attack
Scientists have predicted that the UK's toad population will suffer extinction in some areas within 10 years due to a deadly infectious fungal disease introduced into Britain via North American bullfrogs.
Firm punts RaidSonic NAS server for £6.2m
The successful applicant for the UK's worst-paid IT job will have to save for a very, very long time to get his or her hands on this particular RaidSonic NAS server, currently tempting punters down at Wopple!:
Businesses blind to the security risks of temporary staff
More than 80 per cent of temporary staff have the same level of access to company documents as permanent staff but without the same accountability, according to research released today by security firm Websense.
Declare Steve Fossett dead, asks adventurer's widow
The wife of missing adventurer Steve Fossett has filed a petition for her husband to be declared legally dead, some three months after the 63-year-old disappeared without trace in the Nevada desert.
Rare bug blights Lotus Notes
Security researchers have discovered a rare, and potentially serious, security bug in Lotus Notes. A buffer overflow flaw in IBM's groupware package enables hackers to trick users into running hostile code on vulnerable systems.
ICANN gets test results on internationalised domains
ICANN made a serious public relations push about its long-standing attempts to implement Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) the week prior to the October ICANN meeting, and the initial public test results are in.
Verizon opens network in historic move
US network operator Verizon has announced they are to open up their network next year, allowing devices to be attached to their network and applications to be run on it with only the most basic approval process.
Google adds terrain to Google Maps
Google has added a "terrain" feature to its Google Maps service, giving a nice bit of light relief to its hitherto decidedly flat cartographical offering:
Dixons grinches Christmas
Dixons Store Group (DSG) blamed overstocking of laptops for poor performance at PC World, and sounded a warning for Christmas and the rest of the financial year.
The Romantics sue Guitar Hero for sound-alike imitation
Detroit rockers The Romantics are suing the companies behind the PlayStation game Guitar Hero over the use of one of their songs. The lawsuit does not cite copyright infringement, though. Instead, the complaint is that a cover version is too accurate.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics chip
ReviewAMD's ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT wasn’t a bad graphics chip but it spent too long in development and failed to take the fight to Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 series. But after a quick die-shrink from 80nm to 55nm, the Radeon HD 2900 XT has been reborn as the Radeon HD 3870.
Audit commission tells councils to get competitive
The Audit Commission is urging councils to be more creative in using the market to drive down costs and improve services.
Google agrees to cough Israeli blogger's IP address
Google has agreed to hand over the IP address of a user of its Blogger service accused of "slandering"* three Israeli council members.
Fujitsu promises 320GB laptop HDD next year
Fujitsu today pledged to make a 320GB 2.5in hard drive available to buyers in February 2008 - even though rival HDD makers like Western Digital are already selling laptop hard drives of that capacity.
Apple Nintendo over eco-credentials
Greenpeace has released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics report, ranking Nintendo and Microsoft as some of the world’s least eco-friendly electronics companies.
Capita-Lincolnshire IT venture scrapped
Capita Group said yesterday that a proposed partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council had been scrapped after final negotiations between the two sides broke down.
Nintendo DS Lite sets UK sales record
The Nintendo DS Lite has taken the record for the greatest number of games console units sold in the UK within a single week.
Online sellers warned on UK cheque clearance changes
Online retailers and eBay sellers are advised to keep abreast of new cheque clearance rules that come into force in the UK on 1 December, or risk a heightened threat of becoming victims of fraud.
US judge debenched for jailing entire courtroom
A US judge who jailed an entire courtroom because no one would cough to being the owner of a ringing mobile phone has been removed from the bench by a commission on judicial conduct.
Microsoft funds object of IBM's mainframe fury
Microsoft has put its loaded name behind PSI - a Silicon Valley-based start-up currently at war with IBM in the mainframe market.
Sage clocks £1.16bn revenues
UK accounting software giant Sage Group PLC said today that revenues for the year were up 30 per cent, buoyed by a number of key acquisitions. However, the firm also fired off a warning about its underperforming North American unit.
Celebrity spam gang whips up a storm
A copycat spam gang has launched an effort to compromise PCs that rivals the botnet created by the infamous Storm Worm Gang.
Orange to offer unlocked iPhones for €749
UpdatedOrange France will sell Apple's iPhone to consumers who don't want to be tied to the carrier, provided they cough up €749 for the handset - €250 less than T-Mobile Germany's unlocked iPhones cost.
Tories: Europeans could get access to UK ID database
UpdatedNews emerged yesterday of a mysterious international ID card plan, described by the Tories as "a European-wide identity card project called Project Stork". The Conservatives suggested in Parliament that Stork was a huge Europe-wide extension to the planned UK National ID card with its associated databases and biometrics.
UK database of children delayed
The UK's proposed child database has been delayed after "feedback from stakeholders" and not obviously in response to the government's loss of the UK's child benefit database on two CDs.
Virgin Media strategy boutique boss quits
Virgin Media's managing director of strategy has quit in an ongoing shake-up of top brass, as the firm bids to make broadband cable's biggest selling point.
Brit office Xmas parties going to the dogs
The classic Brit office Xmas party - once an annual drunken orgy of bacchanalian photocopier room rumpy-pumpy and explaining to the boss exactly why he's a tosser - is under serious threat, according to a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) survey.
Ofcom and EU face off for high speed broadband row
UK and European telecoms watchdogs may have set a collision course this week over whether incentives should be offered to tempt broadband giants to invest in new high speed internet infrastructure.
Capita ties up Prudential deal
Fresh from losing a multimillion pound local council deal, IT outsourcing outfit Capita has pounced on the man from the Pru.
O2 gets 225 guinea pigs drunk by phone
O2 has announced a trial of NFC-equipped Nokia handsets, which will incorporate an Oyster Card as well as a Barclaycard OneTouch contactless payment system, for 500 O2 customers.
Exploding mobile battery suspected in S Korea fatality
A South Korean man was this morning found dead at work, apparently killed by an exploding mobile phone battery, AP reports.
Miscreants subvert search results to punt malware
Miscreants have set out to poison search results with links to malware infested sites via a new campaign.
Novell vs SCO will go to court after all
Novell has succeeded in getting a court to lift SCO's Chapter 11 immunity from legal action, meaning the firm's IP spat can go to trial.
US HD DVD player sales pass 750,000
Three-quarters of a million Americans now own a dedicated HD DVD player or Xbox 360 add-on drive, the HD DVD Promotional Group said today.
Turkey probes The God Delusion for 'insulting religion'
A prosecutor in Turkey has launched an investigation into Richard Dawkins' bestselling polemic The God Delusion on suspicion that it incites religious hatred and insults religous values.
PSP battery pack lets you keep on gaming
If you've often set time aside for marathon PlayStation Portable gaming sessions only to have them cut short by your battery giving up the ghost, then Sony's latest announcement will please you. It has unveiled an Extended Life Battery Kit for the handheld console.
EMI's Hands squeezes trade bodies
Guy Hands has been firing off letters to music industry trade organisations in which he has threatened to cut EMI's annual funding commitment by half.
So many paths to Nirvana
We've groused repeatedly about the gaps in the software development lifecycle, or more specifically, that communication and coordination have been haphazard at best when it comes to developing software.
Virgin Mary appears in Google's Iowa data center
Who needs religion in middle America when you have Google?
Nigerian keyboard firm sues One Laptop per Child
The One Laptop Per Child foundation is being sued over its XO laptop keyboard design by the Nigerian-owned, Massachusetts-based firm, Lagos Analysis Corp.
Reported malfunction in PayPal Security Key
UpdatedWhen eBay rolled out the PayPal Security Key earlier this year, its executives hailed it as an important measure that would make users more secure. And it was. By generating a random, six-digit number every 30 seconds that users needed to authenticate themselves online, the small electronic token provided an additional layer of protection against phishers and other online criminals.