25th > January > 2008 Archive


DfT magicians conjure a nation of car sharers

We are an environmentally conscious nation of car sharers, apparently. Or so the casual browser might conclude from a Department for Transport announcement claiming new research highlights "the popularity of car sharing."
John Lettice, 25 Jan 2008

Polish IT worker calculates exact speed of snail mail

A Polish IT worker has calculated the exact speed of snail mail after receiving on 3 January a letter which was sent priority mail on 20 December, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

MP calls for law to force online shops to verify customer age

A bill has been introduced in Parliament which would force online retailers to check customers' ages before selling goods that cannot be sold to children.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jan 2008

RIPA could be challenged on human rights

The government's new powers to force the handover of encryption keys could be vulnerable to a legal challenge under the Human Rights Act's guarantee to a fair trial. People who refuse keys or passwords face up to five years in jail.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jan 2008

IBM's anti-MacBook Air goes up for sale on eBay

Forgotten TechWant to own a piece of portable computing history? Actually, we use the word 'portable' advisedly - we're talking an IBM 5155 here, a 30lb (13.6kg) monster that, as the eBayer offering it up to the highest bidder admits, "is not a MacBook Air".
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2008

Oz organ recipient changes blood group

An Australian teenager has been dubbed a "one-in-six-billion miracle" after her blood group changed following a liver transplant, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Handsets for the teenager or businessman in your life

If you’re a businessman by day and a dedicated follower of fashion by night, then you’ll have to buy both of Sony Ericsson’s latest handsets. That’s because the T270 and T280 have been designed with just one thing in mind: your dress sense.
James Sherwood, 25 Jan 2008

ER thesp joins Doctor Who

Alex Kingston of ER and Moll Flanders fame will guest in a Steven Moffat penned two-parter in series four of Doctor Who.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Shuttle launches Intel X38-equipped gaming SFF PC

Small form-factor PC specialist Shuttle has rolled out one of its compact boxes, this time equipped with Intel's X38 gamer-oriented chipset to allow it to take a 45nm processor and a pair of graphics cards.
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2008

Vista SP1 RC Refresh 2 tweak out now

Redmond said yesterday that it has shot out another beta build of Windows Vista SP1, although this one is reserved for hardcore testers only.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008

High Court orders Manhunt 2 release to be re-evaluated

The controversial ‘slasher’ videogame Manhunt 2 is to be re-assessed by the UK's Video Appeals Committee (VAC) after the High Court this week judged its decision that the game should be released was legally flawed.
James Sherwood, 25 Jan 2008

Tesla shifts gear out of park and into interim

Tesla has confirmed that the first models of its electric sports car will ship with an interim transmission which reduces expected acceleration.
John Oates, 25 Jan 2008

Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone

Palm Europe has released the unlocked version of its compact Treo 500v handset, previously only available on the Vodafone network.
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2008
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Critics split over DDoS attacks on Scientology

Websites associated with the Church of Scientology are intermittently unavailable today after an internet group calling itself Anonymous declared war on the controversial organisation.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2008

Man stumps record £375k for number plate

A businessman has stumped a record £375,000 to secure the F1 number plate, the Mirror reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Sony shrinks Blu-ray laser

What do you get when you cross Sony with Japanese laser specialist Nichia? The answer’s a tiny blue-laser data reader module that paves the way for slimmer, cheaper and portable Blu-ray drives.
James Sherwood, 25 Jan 2008

Malware authors target Mac emerging markets

Cybercrooks are looking beyond PCs running Microsoft as targets for attack, with Macs increasingly in the firing line of hacker activity.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2008

Scottish Government to block wind farm plan

The Scottish Government will reject plans to build a 181-turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis, according to the BBC's Gaelic news service Radio nan Gaidheal.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Nokia E51 executive phone

ReviewBusiness is business, so it’s no surprise that the world’s most successful mobile maker knows exactly what makes the executive phone user swoon. Nokia has a long track-record of producing handsets that may not get consumers’ pulses galloping, but which absolutely bowl over businesspeople.
Simon Lorne, 25 Jan 2008

Apple applies to light up laptop touchpads, iPod clickwheels

Apple has touched on a new way to help you find your way around its products. The company has registered technology in the US that could see the iPod’s clickwheel or your MacBook Air’s touchpad light-up when you finger it.
James Sherwood, 25 Jan 2008
Warning: biohazard

Growing virus production taxes security firms

The volume - if not the variety - of malware samples has undergone almost exponential growth over the last three years.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2008

Netgear recalls 82,000 powerline Ethernet adaptors

Netgear UK has asked anyone who owns and uses its XE103 85Mb/s powerline Ethernet adaptor to send them back - all 82,000 of the ones that it's sold here and elsewhere in Europe.
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2008

Best Buy nixes in-store Heath Ledger shrine

US retail giant Best Buy has apologised to Heath Ledger's family and fans after one of the firm’s employees erected a makeshift movie display in memory of the Brokeback Mountain star.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008

New Bond film title voted a 'Licence to Thrill!'

An online poll down at the entertainment section of the Beeb's website indicates that the vast majority of those voting are fully in favour of Bond 22 being titled Quantum of Solace.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Viewsonic VX2240w 22in monitor

Unwired Video ReviewFor monitors, 22in seems to be the size of choice at the moment. They're bright and cheerful, offer more screen than a puny (!) 20in, but are far cheaper than a 24in - although lacking the screen resolution.
Wil Harris, 25 Jan 2008

Giant solar plants in Negev could power Israel's future

DLD08A series of solar energy power stations in the Negev could supply all of Israel's power needs - or, if you wanted to be really ambitious, you could supply all of the world's electricity needs with the aid of slightly under 10 per cent of the Sahara. So says Professor David Faiman of Israel's Ben-Gurion University, man with a plan and current proprietor of the largest solar energy dish in the world.
John Lettice, 25 Jan 2008

Leaked email reveals civil service laptop rules

The Register has received the email sent out to all staff at the Medical Research Council passing on instructions from the Cabinet Office that the ban on taking laptops out of the office could apply to mobile phones too.
John Oates, 25 Jan 2008
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Best Buy 'framed' by pesky Windows virus

Big box retailer Best Buy has admitted that it sold digital picture frames over the festive period containing malicious software that targets Windows-based PCs.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008

DuBreq Stylophone pocket organ makes a comeback

Forgotten TechWe thought the Stylophone pocket electronic organ was dead and buried, but no, the pianist’s portable training board has been revived for the hi-tech age.
James Sherwood, 25 Jan 2008

Apple's iPhone numbers do not add up

Analysts looking at both Apple's results and those posted by AT&T - Apple's iPhone partner in the US - have noticed a large discrepancy in the figures.
John Oates, 25 Jan 2008

Rogue trader blows sox off control systems

The apparent ease with which a former software developer turned rogue trader was able to sink France's second-biggest bank into a €4.9bn ($7.2bn) hole has sparked questions about the effectiveness of risk analysis systems.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2008

HP and Deutsche Post seal outsourcing deal

Deutsche Post World Net AG has inked a letter of intent to enter into an outsourcing agreement with HP Services.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008
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HP gets an ology for FOSS

Hewlett-Packard isn't known for software governance, but after years of sifting and sorting through its own systems for non-compliant code, the hardware vendor wants to share its experience with developers and foster construction of tools for tracking free and open source software (FOSS) permeating corporate systems.
John K Waters, 25 Jan 2008
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Just how cute are cats? W3C can help

Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Microsoft's smiley browser face turns sour

Microsoft's latest idea for tackling Internet Explorer's lack of web standards compliance in the up-coming IE 8 has attracted a barrage of criticism.
Phil Manchester, 25 Jan 2008

Sony signs on for made-to-order DVD service

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is to use HP's DVD manufacturing-on-demand service to release DVDs that would otherwise not see the light of day.
Austin Modine, 25 Jan 2008

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