22nd January 2008 Archive


Brazil bans the evil sold in EverQuest and Counter-Strike

Brazil is taking a hard line against two nearly decade-old computer games that federal officials say incite violence and harm consumer health.

Toshiba touts oddball handset that's also a modem

One of the wackiest handset designs to hit the market since Nokia’s 7380 has been unveiled by Toshiba: the G450. It may look odd, but it also functions as a modem.
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Paul Burrell pulls website amid 'hate mail' blitz

The Queen of Hearts'™ former butler Paul Burrell has been forced to temporarily shut down his website following his humiliating appearance at the Lady Di inquest, the Sun reports.
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3 fails in court bid to uncover evidence of alleged collusion

Mobile phone network 3 has been refused permission to force its rivals to disclose emails and documents in a process that would have cost each of them £200,000. The High Court ruled that 3's requests were not specific enough.
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MoD coughs to laptop triple whammy

Updated: Defence minister Des Browne has admitted that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has lost not one, but three laptops containing unencrypted information since 2005.
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eBay's dotcom survivor boss to quit auctioneering

Long-serving eBay sultana Meg Whitman is set to hang up her hammer within weeks, it's reported, as the web's number one tat bazaar struggles to restore trust and respond to new challengers in the online jumble racket.

Seagate releases 250GB laptop HDD

Seagate is now selling 250GB laptop-friendly hard drives, including a model with integrated automatic data encryption, the company announced this week.
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Japanese to launch paper plane from ISS

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have hooked up with the Japan Origami Airplane Association for what is quite possibly the most splendidly pointless space experiment of all time - the development of a paper plane capable of surviving re-entry into Earth's atmosphere after launch from the International Space Station.
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A green solution? So what?

With vendors falling over themselves to demonstrate their green credentials, it's interesting to consider how much customers really care when they are looking to buy IT products and services.
Dale Vile, 22 2008

Latest iPhone firmware unlocked

The latest version of the firmware for Apple's iPhone has fallen to hackers less than a week after its release.
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Couple sue over Shanghai metro snog vid

A rather hacked-off Chinese couple is suing the operator of the Shanghai metro after CCTV footage of them indulging in some light snogging was uploaded onto YouTube:

Hackers KO Panama's National Assembly website

The website of Panama's National Assembly has been out of action since 9 January after hackers briefly posted the US flag there.

Nokia touts 'loose change' handsets

Nokia believes that if you want a cheap-as-chips handset, then you’ll also want to share it with your friends. So it’s unveiled two low-cost handsets for anyone unwilling to stump up the wonga for a luxury Vertu.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 'superzoom' camera

Review Some people want a camera that’s small enough to fit in a pocket, but they also want the features of a SLR. In other words, they want the impossible. Or do they? Enter the 'superzoom', which in the days of film would have been described as a 'bridge camera'.
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Swedes to probe cow-belch threat to planet

Swedish researchers have secured $590,000 to determine just how much methane is emitted by belching cows, AP reports.

Mobile phone signals prevent sleep, claim boffins

Updated If you’re wondering why you rarely get a good night’s sleep, then a group of boffins may have the answer: it’s because of your late-night mobile phone calls.

Star Trek XI teaser trailer beams onto web

A teaser trailer for much-anticipated new Star Trek film has finally found its way onto the web.

Love lure used to spread mobile malware

A strain of mobile malware targeting Symbian-based phones is "actively infecting" a small number of smartphones, according to security vendor Fortinet.
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EU debates privacy of IP numbers

The European Union moved closer to labelling Internet Protocol addresses as personal information yesterday at a public hearing of the Civil Liberties Committee.
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Tiscali bandwidth throttling flub fix flops

Tiscali's attempts to restore anything close to reasonable internet service for its customers following a botched software upgrade have failed.
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Former top brass call for first-strike nuke option

A group of former senior military officials has said that Nato must be prepared to launch pre-emptive nuclear strikes to "ward off the use of weapons of mass destruction by its enemies", the Telegraph reports.

IBM snubs OS/2 open source plea

IBM has dashed the hopes of a bunch of software nostalgics by refusing to open source its coulda, woulda, shoulda OS/2 platform.
Joe Fay, 22 2008

Man wields soldering iron, welds eight new devices into Eee PC

You've got to admire Ivan Cover's soldering ability if not his ability to work out how and then cram no fewer than eight extra components into his Asus Eee PC.
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Israel electric car project aims to wipe out oil

DLD08 Israel today announced backing for Project Better Place, intended to switch motor transportation from oil to electric, and by a massive coincidence one of the project's prime movers, Shai Agassi of Better PLC, was evangelising at the DLD (Digital Life, Design) show in Munich. His objective, he says, is to "take one country off oil in a way that is repeatable." Israel is that country.
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Spirit discovers life on Mars

A Chinese website has reportedly posted the first sighting of Martian life in the form of a mysterious figure caught on camera by the Spirit rover:
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EU moves to establish gibberish as lingua franca

The European Commission is seeking to make us all speak in Brusselsese by donating millions of its documents to translation software developers.
Joe Fay, 22 2008

Apple colours iPod Nano pink

If your outfit doesn't yet match any of the colours the iPod Nano 8GB currently comes in, then maybe the player's new hue will tug your heart strings.
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Microsoft prints get-out-of-jail card for Vista Home

Microsoft execs admitted today that its decision to open its Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions up to virtualisation was a "get-out-of-jail" card for the unloved platforms.
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MoD laptop losses expose government data indifference

The latest data giveaway by the UK's Ministry of Defence shows that not even the most basic IT policies are being followed.

General Electric brings blink-recognition digicams to UK

Super-sized manufacturer General Electric (GE) today marked its launch into the UK's very crowded digicam market by unveiling seven compact models, each sporting a unique 'blink recognition' feature.
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Heathrow PC security probe launched

Public access internet terminals at Heathrow airport may be vulnerable to hacking attacks. An Italian hacker stumbled on flaws that create a possible means for miscreants to load key logging software or other malware on a PC that allowed members of the public to access the internet. The same flaws create a means for the unscrupulous to obtain free internet access.
Pirates ahoy!

Software pirates put sizeable dent in UK economy

The UK is missing out on more than £1bn in lost taxes and the creation of over 13,000 new high-paying jobs over four years if we all took software piracy more seriously, according to a new report.
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Librarians challenge Web 2.0 youf-work myths

From BEA Systems and its soon-to-be owner Oracle, from mighty IBM to a myriad of social network and online office start-ups, vendors have been telling us how the "Google generation" and Web 2.0 will change the way we work. Many have been flogging applications and middleware products, strategies and marketing puff to back this up.

Apple cripples Sun's open source jewel

It was all hookers and balloons at Sun Microsystems when the company first found out that Apple would pick up its well-regarded DTrace analysis tool for use with Mac OS X. Now, however, one of the lead DTrace developers has expressed some regrets after Apple "broke" his software in an apparent bid to protect big media and ISVs.

EMC limps into SaaS game

Storage behemoth EMC clearly wants to ride the wave of successful on-demand web applications that made headway in 2007. Or at least it wants to cash on the SaaS hype.

'Highly critical' security bug bites HP Virtual Rooms

A security researcher has uncovered a serious security bug in a Hewlett-Packard website used to host virtual meetings that could allow an attacker to remotely run malicious code on the machines of people who use the service.

HP to, like, totally buy Exstream Software

In brief Hewlett-Packard says it plans to buy Extstream Software, a firm that makes apps to assist large businesses with creating personalized documents for customers.

Major HTML update unveiled

The first major update to HTML in 10 years - factoring in changing tastes around rich-media applications and online collaboration - has been unveiled by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).