11th > February > 2008 Archive
Official: Brits will give up nookie for plasma TVs
What would you do to get a 50in plasma HD TV? Overload the credit cards? Save up for a year? Rob a bank? Most Brits would give up sex for six months to get one.
Hyper-V in Server 2008 RTM doesn't like non-US locales
Hyper-V is Microsoft's whizzy new virtual server manager, which uses new virtualization features in recent Intel and AMD processors so support more efficient virtual machines. Intel's extensions are called Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel-VT), formerly code-named Vanderpool, while AMD's extensions are called AMD Virtualization (AMD-V), formerly code-named Pacifica. Here's what Intel says:
Sony Ericsson goes Windows Mobile with Xperia X1 'arc slider'
Mobile World CongressSony Ericsson last night announced a new smartphone range. Dubbed Xperia, the series' flagship is the X1, featuring a Windows Mobile-based handset with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and 3in, 800 x 480 display.
Sony Ericsson shows off horde of handsets
Mobile World CongressSony Ericsson has announced the Z770, a clamshell phone, supporting HSDPA data speeds, it's been designed offer easy access to online services. It can also be connected directly to a laptop (via USB cable) and can be used as a modem.
Invisible-shed spy beam tech detects hidden artworks
Last week was a big one for those who like their T-rays. The spy-beam technology has been used to view murals hidden beneath inches of plaster, and has also been linked to metamaterials - the stuff from which invisible sheds could be made.
Brazilian cleaner spots security hole in Heathrow e-borders
The arrest of yet another illegal immigrant working at the House of Commons has revealed an unexpected vulnerability in the Home Office's plan to secure the UK's borders. What if they arrive at Heathrow and just run for it?
Nokia unveils the N96 and N78
Mobile World CongressThe eagerly-awaited successor to the the popular N95 was at last unveiled in Barcelona this morning. Details of the N96 - the latest addition to Nokia's smartphone range - were leaked before the weekend, and they weren't far wrong.
Novatel Wireless Ovation MC950D USB HSUPA modem
ReviewNovatel Wireless pitches the Ovation MC950D as the world's smallest USB modem capable not only of making 7.2Mb/s HSDPA connections but also that 3G speed-boost technology's upload equivalent, HSUPA.
Betamax 2.0: the future of mashups?
Simplicity in software is, I believe, more than just a noble aim; it is essential for successful software projects. However, simplicity should not be assumed just because one particular technology or methodology is being used.
Small biz faces bumpy ride as orders dip
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned UK small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to expect domestic orders to drop over the next few months as spending tightens and costs rise.
Sony Ericsson unveils Cyber-shot and Walkman trio
Mobile World CongressSony Ericsson has unveiled two additions to its Cyber-shot range: the C702 and C902. Each packs enough functions to keep the amateur snapper happy, but neither matches the new W980’s audio features.
Mobile operators team up against child abuse
Mobile operators across Europe are teaming up against the use of mobile internet services to distribute child pornography images.
Perens: 'Badgeware' threat to open source's next decade
10th birthday interviewBruce Perens doesn't regret the fact that, since officially co-birthing open source with The Cathedral and the Bazaar author and hacker Eric Raymond ten years ago, Linux and open source have moved from the sandal-wearing fringes to acceptance by Wall Street and big, closed-source industry giants.
TheTrainline revamps security handling after glitch
TheTrainline.com, the UK website for buying train tickets, has revamped its procedures for dealing with security reports following an incident where a security bug meant that customers could be invited to submit credit card details over an insecure link. The flaw had an effect only when users made an error in submitting their credit card details, so it didn't affect the majority of customers.
Germans to blast fish into space
German scientists will today blast 60 baby cichlid fish 260km into space aboard a two-stage rocket to see how the poor blighters react to six minutes of weightlessness.
OFT mulls Egg probe
The Office of Fair Trading is considering investigating online bank Egg over allegations that it is ditching credit card customers who pay off their bills every month and so avoid paying penalty charges.
More videogames to face censor scrutiny
The ongoing Byron Review of the impact of technology on children will recommend a clampdown on violent videogames, it has been reported.
Polaroid to close instant film plants
The Polaroid Corporation has announced it's running down its instant film business, likely marking the death knell for the technology.
HTC Advantage gets a facelift
Mobile World CongressHandset manufacturer HTC has redesigned its existing Advantage device, upping the storage capacity to 16GB, overhauling the keyboard’s responsiveness - it claimed - and updating the UMPC's software.
Nokia preps 'pedestrian's pal' navigator phone
Mobile World CongressNokia today took its phone-as-navigation device strategy to the next level, announcing Nokia Maps 2.0 and a handset to go with it: the 6210 Navigator, successor to the 6110.
Police bugging of lawyer visits might see flood of appeals
The furore over police bugging operations conducted in prison visiting rooms has widened somewhat, with allegations that significant numbers of conversations between prisoners and their legal representatives may have been taped. Angry lawyers are speculating that this could invalidate an unknown number of convictions and see dangerous criminals set free.
Alcatel-Lucent reports write-off headache
Alcatel-Lucent has admitted its outlook is dire after it disclosed it would be writing down $4.3bn of assets.
Suicide bomb swoop bags Musharraf's merry men
Eight days ago the Sunday Times revealed the thwarting of yet another terror plot. In late January "a group of suspected Islamist suicide bombers were arrested in a secret security operation at Gatwick airport," the paper told us, going on to describe plans for "pairs of suicide bombers... to strap explosives to their bodies and blow themselves up on the rail and bus networks in Britain, France, Germany and Portugal."
Samsung takes touchphone fight to LG, Apple
Mobile World CongressSamsung doesn't want to leave that iPhone-like phone look all to LG, now does it? You know, straight lines, round corners, chrome trim, shiny touchscreen. We've already seen the Armani handset and now we have the F480.
Spanish police cuff 76 net fraud suspects
Spanish police arrested 76 people nationwide on Sunday in what is being touted as the country's biggest ever investigation into internet fraud.
Motorola calls up handset three-some
Mobile World CongressWi-Fi’s the word according to Motorola: the handset manufacturer has unveiled its web-enabled MOTO Z6w phone, alongside the twin-like W161 and W181 handsets.
Canonical scoops up KVM for Ubuntu virtualisation
Canonical has confirmed it will use Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as its primary virtualisation software in its latest Ubuntu Linux server release.
Samsung shows Shine-y metal multimedia phone
Mobile World CongressSamsung's rumoured G810 - a phone the firm calls an 'infotainment' handset - has made its anticipated appearance at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona this week.
Microsoft takes a back seat as Orange goes for the eyes
Mobile World CongressOrange upped the ante in the battle for control of the mobile phone screen by today announcing its "Accelerated Signature Program", which sees a host of applications and unifying interfaces pre-installed on a range of handsets, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
LG promises 'mind-reading' phone
Mobile World CongressLG has unveiled the multi-dial K700 to help you locate applications more easily and the K600 - which the Korean manufacturer claims can display buttons based on telepathy, sort of.
eBayer invites buyers to rip him off
Here's an eBay auction with a difference: an apparently innocent-looking punt of a Sony VAIO VGN-NR21J/S laptop:
Yahoo! formally! rejects! Microsoft! offer!
!!!!!Yahoo!'s board of directors has formally rejected Microsoft's hostile takeover bid at a meeting in New York.
Pave your patio with... er, Game Boys
Game Boy-shaped bricks are an odd concept. But if you firmly believe Nintendo's handheld gamer paved the way for modern portable consoles, then start ripping up your turf because you can now deck your garden pathway over in retro gaming chic.
Netflix falls in behind Blu-ray
Online video rental outfit Netflix has raised its colours in the Blu-ray camp by announcing it will stop buying new HD DVD discs and phase out existing stock by "about the end of the year".
Reding sets 1 July deadline for data roaming charge cuts
Mobile World CongressEU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has warned mobile executives in Barcelona today that she will impose caps on roaming charges for data and text messaging if they do not cut prices by 1 July.
Adobe Reader Trojan predates mystery update by two weeks
Security researchers have confirmed that a flaw fixed by a recent "covert" update to Adobe Reader has been exploited to distribute Trojans for at least a fortnight prior to its publication last Thursday (7 February).
Oil rig dream bomb taxpayer bill 'astronomical'
A false bomb alert over the weekend led to scores of offshore workers being unnecessarily evacuated by helicopter from a North Sea platform at taxpayers' expense. Blame for the panic is being placed variously on oil company management (by unions) and on a young female worker aboard the rig (by management).
Apple sets its sights on video consoles
Established console manufacturers might be quaking in their virtual boots, 'cause Apple has filed documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office that suggest it may be devloping a video games console.
EU squeals over US pre-flight personal data grab
EU officials are crying foul over Department of Homeland Security attempts to impose draconian and invasive data requirements on passengers travelling to the US. The US demands, however, are remarkably similar to the ones the EU itself proposes to make of passengers travelling to Europe, making the officials shouting "blackmail" and "troublesome" somewhat unlikely guardians of the citizenry's freedoms.
O2 plans commercial femtocells for 2009
Mobile World CongressO2 is pushing ahead with expanded femtocell trials over the next year with the stated intention of rolling out a commercial product during 2009, reducing their network costs and increasing customer connection speeds all at the same time.
NEC lets Sadville residents call the real world
Mobile World CongressSecond Life got its first mobile phone today in the form of an NEC Communicator that can make calls, and send texts, into meatspace - assuming the residents have any friends left who lack a virtual presence.
Moto and Nortel talk wireless merger
Nortel and Motorola are reportedly in talks to merge their wireless infrastructure businesses in a bid to cut costs.
Microsoft reinvents Office Live for small biz as 'free'
Microsoft has rejigged its Office Live Small Business product to pull in more customers by bringing three existing paid-for versions under one roof for free.
Microsoft acquires Sidekick designer
Microsoft has agreed to purchase mobile software developer Danger Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which has not yet been finalised, means the software vendor has closed at least one bid this week - its unsolicited bid for web search competitor Yahoo! was officially snubbed earlier today.
Downed Salesforce systems slow Europe and US
Salesforce.com systems are calling in sick this Monday. The company's service status page has been winking red X's as the software-as-a-service poster child struggles to wrangle its machinery.
DLO cracks open egg-shaped iPhone speaker dock
If the iPhone's the centre of your life - and let's face facts, it is for many - then thanks to this speaker system/docking station it can now be the centre of your party too.
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone
A teen hacker known for his deftness with iPhones has figured out how to unlock models running the latest firmware versions by cracking a protection that has frustrated hackers for weeks.