8th January 2008 Archive


Motorola motivates movie makers with mobile

CES Motorola launched it's successor to the impressive "kick slider" Z8, the Z10 at CES in Las Vegas. First seen in May last year, the Z8 was a packed full of features and the Z10 is no less so.

Second-gen Eee PC a CES no-show

CES Asus today committed itself to expanding its Eee PC line-up not only with WiMax wireless broadband-enabled versions but also machines with 7, 8 and 8.9in displays. They'll appear in Q2, Asus said.

EMC dangles wee NAS code at OEMs

EMC is hoping to woo OEMs with a new piece of centralized file management software aimed at small and medium sized businesses and even home users itching to craft a NAS (network attached storage) setup.

Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look

CES Pioneer proudly premiered its Project Kuro "Extreme Contrast" presentation at CES, and Register Hardware was exclusively invited to see this awesome, absolute black TV in action.
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Canuck record labels accuse tunesmiths of smoking opium

Canadian songwriters want to give the entire country unfettered access to any and all online music for a flat monthly fee. Meanwhile, the major Canadian record labels want the songwriters to quit smoking opium.
Cade Metz, 08 2008
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Hackers turn Cleveland into malware server

Tens of thousands of websites belonging to Fortune 500 corporations, state government agencies and schools have been infected with malicious code that attempts to engage in click fraud and steal online game credentials from people who visit the destinations, security researches say.

Intel fires up 45nm laptop chip assault

Intel has kicked an already down AMD by celebrating the arrival of 16 new chips across its laptop, PC and server lines.

Paramount poised to drop HD DVD

Paramount Studios could soon drop its support of HD DVD following Warner's recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, effectively killing off HD-DVD and bring the format war to a definitive end.

Dell does four-core Xeons and Opterons with new blade box

Dell once hoped to put its revamped blade platform in customers' hands during the fourth quarter of 2007. The hardware maker missed that goal but does appear to have an imminent blade dump on tap, The Register has learned.

Revealed: Skype on Linux-based Intel mobile internet gadgets

CES Skype is developing a version of its VoIP app for Intel's Mobile Internet Device (MID) concept handheld. Want to see what the software and the chip giant's hardware looks like?

Dot Hill scores four more years with HP

Hewlett-Packard seems pleased with its OEM arrangement with storage manufacturer Dot Hill.
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The 'Funky Business' consultants want to poke you

Column Recently, we've seen a spate of reports of employers blocking the use of social networking sites at work. With one estimate suggesting that sites such as Facebook cost UK employers over £130m a day in lost productivity, this is perhaps unsurprising.

DVR reception problems

I have a TVonics DVR FP-250 - reviewed here. The picture is breaking up on BBC 1 and BBC 2, but not the other channels. Can you help?

3M develops mini projector

Manufacturer 3M is projecting big things with its latest innovation: a tiny projector for electronic gadgets.
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Pandora UK closes after royalties demands

The robot-powered music streaming service Pandora will close its UK operation next week. The company blames high royalty demands from the two main UK collection agencies. The site will continue to stream to what it recognizes are US-based IP addresses, but will block connections to UK addresses from January 15.

Microsoft previews TellMe phone voice control

CES on Video The future of the mobile phone is... er... voice. So said Microsoft staffers during Bill Gates' (final) CES keynote speech last night. Voice for calls, obviously - but also voice for controlling the phone...
Will Head, 08 2008

'Fat PSP' owners won't get Skype

CES Sony will release the PlayStation Portable firmware that will load the handheld games console with Skype's VoIP app late this month, it said today. But the software will only run on the second-generation PSP.
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DHS to fit airliners with laser beam defences

The US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it will mount testbed anti-missile defence kit on three airliners this year, in order to assess how it affects performance in the commercial aviation environment.
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Head banker leaves job over Muslim gaffe

A senior banking industry figure has left his job after making a joke about Muslims which reportedly stunned colleagues and was the subject of complaints. Marc Howells of Barclaycard Europe has left his post.
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UK nuke-power plans leak early

Prime Minister Gordon Brown insists that the UK government has not made up its mind yet on a new generation of nuclear power stations, but that the decision will be announced on Thursday. However, it is now virtually certain that Brown intends to permit atomic energy to continue in Britain.
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China ramps up space programme

China will this year launch 15 rockets, deploy 17 satellites and mount its third manned space mission, the country's secretary-general of the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence has announced.
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'Dangerously alluring' Ukrainian joins Bond 22

Casting is pretty well done and dusted for the 22nd Bond movie outing with the announcement that Ukrainian former model Olga Kurylenko will play Daniel Craig's "dangerously alluring" sidekick Camille.
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Meteor shower traced to 1490 comet break-up

Astronomers have confirmed the origin of the Quadrantid meteors as a "deep-space explosion" of a comet in 1490 which was observed in China, Japan and Korea, New Scientist reports.

Samsung touts tiny HD digital camera

CES Samsung has unveiled a High Definition (HD) video capture capable digital camera, which it claims is also the world’s smallest 24mm ultra-wide angle digi cam with ten megapixels.
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Bond stamps mark Fleming centenary

The Royal Mail today released a set of commemorative stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bond creator Ian Fleming.
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Nokia plays games with Vivendi

Nokia has signed a deal with Vivendi to distribute the latter's games through their Download! client on the S60 platform, including the eponymous Leisure Suit Larry.
Bill Ray, 08 2008
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Mozilla pulls offensive viral campaign

Mozilla apologised on Monday for an ill-advised viral marketing campaign that featured inappropriate references to cancer. The "wacky" "Firefox Users against Boredom" program featured a variety of off-beat "statistics" that compared Firefox and IE users.
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Taser unleashes leopardskin C2 and MP3 holster

Taser International yesterday used CES in Las Vegas to unleash the last word in must-have, non-lethal fashion accessories - a leopardskin Taser C2 which can be rather splendidly carried in a new one-gig "Music Player Holster" (MPH).
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School-dodging Mexican lad glues self to bed

A ten-year-old Monterrey lad who didn't much fancy the return to school following the Xmas hols simply attached himself to his bed with "industrial strength shoe glue", local paper Reforma reports.

Microsoft bids $1.23bn for Norwegian search firm

Microsoft is to acquire Norwegian business search engine company Fast Search and Transfer for 6.6bn kroner ($1.23bn).
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UK wants more Reaper drones, large package of extras

The Royal Air Force intends to purchase additional MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned aircraft from the United States, it has been revealed.

German hackers fight electronic voting

Veteran German hacking group the Chaos Computer Club is fighting the use of electronic voting machines in upcoming local elections.
The Register breaking news

Cambridge University dials up VoIP

BT and Cisco have landed a deal to provide VoIP connectivity to Cambridge University users, replacing their current telephone system which provides communications across 200 locations.
Bill Ray, 08 2008
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Dearly departed to heat Manchester crematorium

A Manchester crematorium where "grieving friends and relatives have complained of the cold during services" will tackle the problem by using the "body heat" generated in the incineration process to crank up the temperature, the Telegraph reports.

Digital camera promises musical photos

Samsung has updated its i-series of digital cameras, with a gadget that doesn’t know if it’s a portable media player (PMP), video player or a digital camera.

Sony beams down wireless data transfer

CES Sony has unveiled its own answer to Near Field Communication: a contactless data transfer system dubbed TransferJet that carries data at speeds of up to 560Mb/s.
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CD copying OK, DRM circumvention not OK

Circumventing DRM to make copies for personal use will remain illegal for consumers, under copyright reform proposals floated by the UK government today.
Pound Sterling

Union threatens Shell with legal action

Royal Dutch Shell faces legal action from trade union Unite over the terms of its redundancy package, a week after telling staff that more than 3,000 IT jobs were to be outsourced at the firm.
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Ofcom boardroom musical chairs runs out of seats

Ofcom, the best-paid quango in all of Quangistan, has replaced one board member with two new ones, bumping its quota of directors to ten - the maximum allowable by its charter.
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Government piles filesharing pressure on UK ISPs

The government turned up the heat on internet providers today, warning that laws to force disconnection of illegal filesharers are already being drafted for a parliamentary debut in November.

Facebook blocks Secret Crush over adware row

Facebook has blocked the "Secret Crush" widget for violation of its terms of service, following a row about the use of the application to dupe users into downloading adware onto their PCs.
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GPS is killing children

A new report from the Dutch research organisation Stichting Onderzoek Navigatiesystemen seeks to compare different satellite navigation systems, and finds that only one allows for proper route planning while labelling the rest "kid killers".
Bill Ray, 08 2008
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Brit violinist does a Radiohead

Brit violinist Tasmin Little will next Monday do a Radiohead and release her latest recording online in an attempt to "popularise classical music", as Reuters puts it.

Taser touts MP3 player that's a real shock to the system

CES If you feel the lusting eyes of robbers every time you publicly adjust your iPod Touch, then American company Taser International looks set to stun you with its latest offering.
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I am Legend hints at Batman-Superman movie

We're obliged to Michael Moran over at the Times for alerting us to a good piece of work by Ain’t It Cool who spotted this provocative movie poster in the background of Will Smith vehicle I am Legend:
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US Marines: Osprey tiltrotor doing OK in Iraq

The troubled, revolutionary V-22 "Osprey" tiltrotor aircraft - which takes off and lands like a helicopter, but flies from place to place like a fixed-wing plane - appears to have finally left most of its development snags behind it.

Creative blasts out MP3 players with speakers

CES If you hate your personal space being invaded by the excessive noise of someone’s MP3 player, then look away now. Creative has updated its Zen Stone MP3 players by building in a speaker.

Samsung shows second-gen dual-format HD disc player

CES Samsung has introduced its second Duo HD-branded dual-format next-gen optical disc player, though the machine isn't due to go on sale until the second half of the year.
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Qualcomm guilty of exceptional misconduct

A San Diego judge has found Qualcomm guilty of "a monumental discovery violation" in its failure to produce relevant documents for its dispute with Broadcom, and has reported six lawyers for disciplinary action.
Bill Ray, 08 2008
Bill Gates teaser pic

Exposed! Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft

CES on Video What happened on the day Bill Gates finally left Microsoft...
Will Head, 08 2008

Samsung shows very skinny telly

CES on Video Up close with Samsung's size-zero 52in LCD TV prototype...
Will Head, 08 2008

Slash, Bill Gates and rock chick trade Guitar Hero licks

CES on Video Billy G, Guitar Hero champ Kelly Law Yone and Guns'n'Rose axeman Slash slam out some chords...
Will Head, 08 2008

Write once, run anywhere: a lesson for digital TV

If, as reported, entertainment giant Paramount throws its weight behind the Blu-ray high-definition DVD format it would seem like a vote in favor of using Java (Sun PDF here) in digital TV entertainment.
John Hunt, 08 2008
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Microsoft plugs 'critical' hole in Vista

Microsoft on Tuesday issued two security updates, one of them rated critical that fixes nasty bugs in Windows Vista that could allow an attacker to gain complete control over a user's machine.

AMD offers glimpse of DisplayPort enabled 'RV635'

CES AMD today demo'd the version of its upcoming 'RV635' graphics chip and card combo that will incorporate a pair of DisplayPort connectors.

Mk II... er, Tank Chair trundles into Las Vegas

CES The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week has seen a wealth of innovative ideas on show, and one such creative concept is Tank Chair. Strictly speaking, this isn't new, but the Mk II that was on show features many improvements over the original.
Ruby on Rails teaser

Uncertainty for Ruby and Rails despite changes

The launch of a low-cost Ruby on Rails integrated development environment from SapphireSteel Software based on Microsoft's Visual Studio comes at a turning point for both the Ruby language and its associated Rails framework. But quite what the turning point will be is open to question.

DisplayPort to incorporate USB

CES DisplayPort, the would-be replacement for VGA and DVI, and a rival to HDMI, will gain the ability to host USB traffic, the Vesa standards organisation said revealed today.

EMC reapplies iSCSI storage warpaint

EMC is reinvigorating efforts to win the hearts and wallets of SMBs with a new storage area network (SAN) array.

SanDisk unveils 12GB Micro SDHC card

CES SanDisk has started sending phone makers a Micro SDHC card that offers a whopping 12GB of capacity. Presumably it hopes the move will get the handset makers to start supporting memory cards that size.

Nvidia plies Hybrid SLI

CES It's official: Nvidia will roll out laptop and desktop chipsets supporting Hybrid SLI throughout 2008, the graphics chip maker announced this week.

Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour

Hollywood-based Paramount Studios has denied claims that it will be dropping the HD DVD format and returning to Blu-ray Disc.
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US mobile hero Frontline Wireless goes titsup

Frontline Wireless, the uber-startup that was poised to lay down a bid for a prime portion of the US wireless spectrum, now says it's "closed for business".
Cade Metz, 08 2008

Apple guns Xserve and Mac Pro to 11

Screw all the namby-pamby gadgets being dished out by weaklings at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Big Iron - not gizmos - is where it's at, as far as Apple is concerned.