12th > December > 2007 Archive
When Commodore ruled the world
"We made machines for the masses," said Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore, before motioning to the man beside him, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. "They made machines for the classes."
Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get hijacked
If you use a Hewlett-Packard laptop, chances are a hacker can hijack your machine simply by luring you to a malicious website.
Three critical fixes star in Patch Tuesday update
Three of the seven patches Microsoft released on Tuesday earn the dread rating of critical.
Kylie wraps herself round Dalek
Oz popstress Kylie Minogue has made a guest appearance on the cover of the latest issue of the Doctor Who magazine wrapped around a rather unimpressed-looking Dalek.
Western Digital's 'crippleware': Some lessons from history
Seven years ago, The Register broke what became the biggest DRM story of all time. It described a plot that took place in obscure committee rooms that was quite cunning in its insidiousness. Had it succeeded and been implemented, it would have seen the demise of the open personal computer platform - without anyone realising it. For the first time, many of us became fully aware of the consequences of a locked-down PC.
Honda shows off space-dwarf robot butler capability
The Japanese robot industry is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to designing droids for peaceful uses (for war-bots, of course, the discerning purchaser shops in America). That said, Japanese robots have so far struggled to find a real, erm, killer application.
McKinnon extradition drama turned into radio play
The plight of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon has become the subject of a radio play due to air on the UK's Radio 4 on Wednesday afternoon.The play, due to air at 2.15pm will tell the story of McKinnon's fight against extradition to the US.
Recording industry puts stake in ground with Jammie Thomas case
On 1 October, 2007, Jammie Thomas - a single mother living in Brainerd, Minnesota - was sued in civil court for copyright infringement by the Recording Industry Association of America. Three days later, the jury returned the verdict; Ms Thomas was liable for willfully infringing the copyrights on 24 songs. The fine: $222,000.
Boeing confirms revised Dreamliner schedule
Boeing has confirmed it will deliver the first 787 Dreamliner in November or December 2008, following a maiden flight early in the year.
DHS accepts buggy Eye-o-Sauron™ border scan towers
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has accepted into service its first section of SBInet virtual border fence, but it clearly isn't very happy with the state of the new technology.
w00t voted 'Word of the Year'
The truly repulsive "w00t" has been crowned Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2007 - based on "thousands" of votes from visitors to the dictionary's website.
PS3 sales to surpass Wii's... in four years' time
It may take another four years for the Sony PlayStation 3's sales to catch up with those of Nintendo's Wii, a games market analyst has claimed.
Nokia 6500 Slide mobile phone
ReviewWith its recent 6500 Slide and Classic models, Nokia has introduced the most unlikely twins since Schwarzenegger and DeVito. Although they share the same model number and 3G capability, the 6500 Slide and 6500 Classic are very different devices both in looks and key features.
Toshiba delays OLED TV development
Toshiba has put back its plan to develop ultra-thin OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays until 2009 or 2010.
China pretty chuffed with lunar probe
China's president Hu Jintao today described the country's Chang'e 1 lunar probe, which has successfully beamed back images of the Moon, as a "landmark achievement", Reuters reports.
Microsoft squeezes out early release of 2007 Office SP1
Microsoft pumped out its service pack 1 (SP1) for the 2007 Office suite yesterday, which it said should cheer up customers unhappy with the number of system failures in the previous release.
NASA aims for 2 Jan Atlantis launch
NASA will next week fill the fuel tanks of space shuttle Atlantis for a third time, in an attempt to resolve sensor glitches which have led to two aborted launches.
City to Intel: Kick the rest of the tech industry into line
The UK's citadel of freemarket capitalism delivered a simple message to Intel yesterday – you've got a monopoly, so use it to make it easier for us to make money.
Ofcom will probe UK mobile market - again
Telecoms regulator Ofcom is to investigate whether changes in the UK mobile market should also mean changes in the way it is regulated.
SWsoft to abandon itself and become Parallels
SWsoft – likely the second largest virtualization software maker – will change its name next year and turn into Parallels.
Lily Allen to judge Orange women's fiction award
Brit songstress Lily Allen has been selected a judge for next year's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, joining chair Kirsty Lang, Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice, novelist Philippa Gregory and novelist, journalist and children’s author Bel Mooney on the panel for the women-only £30k award.
Shell in Hawaiian algae biofuel pilot
Oil giant Shell announced yesterday that it will build a pilot plant in Hawaii to make biofuel out of algae grown in seawater ponds.
US gov silent robot white (?) helicopter prangs itself
A revolutionary* new robotic whisper-mode helicopter under development in America has crashed, according to reports.
PC World parent awaits FTSE 100 relegation
Retail mammoth DSG International (DSGi) looks set to spectacularly tumble out of the FTSE 100 today losing its status as one of the biggest PLCs in the UK.
Tiscali sets 200,000 TV subscriber target
Tiscali's boss has set ambitious targets for its TV over broadband service, after the firm's latest results showed it has been losing subscribers.
Six in ten UK punters fear what gov will do with private data
Research sponsored by Symantec reveals that six out of ten UK citizens do not believe their data is safe with government departments.
Paris Hilton cavorts naked in middle of desert
NSFWThose among you who've ever wanted to see a picture of a naked Paris Hilton sprawled out in the desert like a gold-plated strumpet are in luck, because here is that image:
UK.gov data review calls for... data
The Data Sharing Review - announced by Gordon Brown after the loss of 25m records from the child benefit database - is calling for input into how government departments and businesses use and share private information about British people.
Cybercrooks lurk in shadows of big-name websites
A small team of security researchers has documented how many high-profile websites are unwittingly helping phishing fraudsters.
Orange unsure of own upcoming smartphone
Orange has become the latest company to suffer from Christmas confusion, developing amnesia about which handsets it’s actually selling.
Designer pitches PSP phone
It seems some PlayStation Portable (PSP) fanboys are so keen to get their hands on a mobile phone-enabled version of the handheld console that they’re willing to design their own.
Rubbish UK management crushing creativity
Meddling middle managers are crushing the UK's creative instincts.
Orb opens up iPhone
ExclusiveOrb is expected to announce that it's supporting Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch in the next few days. Orb provides access to your playlists and songs on your home PC (as well as photos, videos and TV) from anywhere. It's Sling without the hardware, with many users simply using it to access their home music collections at work.
Tosh promises March '08 launch for super batteries
Toshiba will begin shipping its first Super Charge Ion Batteries (SCIB) next March, capable of powering machines for longer and with far less capacity degradation than today's lithium polymer packs. The snag for laptop users: SCIB cells are aimed at transport and industrial applications.
Microsoft folds-in Multimap for '$50m'
Global OS leviathan Microsoft has continued buying trendy stuff, announcing that it had bought UK ad-driven mapping service Multimap today.
Social networking and pron - together at last
Grumble mag Penthouse is buying a bunch of social networking sites which put the stress on the social rather than the networking.
HSBC pins hopes on Borat and IPO-pimping ATMs
Forget the good, old US of A. HSBC wants to bet on places like Kazakhstan for its financial future.
AMD braces for financial mayhem from ATI acquisition
AMD, Intel's on-again, off-again rival, has given another example how it's mostly been off again over the past year, disclosing plans to take a "material" goodwill impairment charge for its $5.6bn acquisition of ATI Technologies.