12th > February > 2008 Archive
Blue-laser alternative to Blu-ray, HD DVD launched
Mobile World CongressIt's based on blue-laser technology, but that's where the similarity between the V Media disc and both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc ends. V Media holds just 1GB of data on a disc with a diameter of about an inch and a half and a casing reminiscent of Iomega's ill-fated Clik.
Hitachi shrinks VTL bundles for mid-size folk
Hitachi Data Systems is introducing three pre-configured midrange Virtual Tape Library (VTL) packages to help coax the mainstream towards its de-duplication wares.
Hands on with the blingest flagship phones
Mobile World CongressI'm only here because of a terrible misunderstanding. When the News Editor asked if I wanted to go to "Mobile World Congress", I naturally jumped at the chance. Pictures of caravans, camping equipment and motorized Zimmer Frames swam before my eyes.
Citrix gets around to XenServer update
A few months ago Citrix told us it would use XenSource as a weapon, pushing prices of virtualization software down far below what VMware currently offers. Now we're wondering what happened to Citrix's guts.
Thievin' teen bot herder admits to infecting military computers
A young hacker accused of helping to corral more than 400,000 computers into a money-making botnet has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with the scheme, which he admits damaged US military computers.
imitates sincerely flatters Palm Centro
Mobile World CongressWe can understand Asian companies nicking paying homage to Western smartphone designs, but why risk demo'ing them just a few minutes' walk from the original manufacturer's booth?
Toshiba premieres Portégé G810
Mobile World CongressToshiba has unveiled a Windows Mobile-based smartphone that, as technically advanced as it may be, has unfortunately been released with the same product number as a rival Samsung handset.
El Reg collectible pops up on eBay
Those of you who can remember when it was all fields round here and kids respected their elders and you could leave your front door open without getting burgled by crack-fuelled hoodies may have a vague recollection of a paper version of El Reg - the first and last issue of Vulture Central's foray into the print media market.
Dodgy affiliates use malware to flog Symantec and Check Point
Unscrupulous affiliates are using malware to advertise security software from legitimate firms. The practice is the brainchild of people who make a commission for every sale they generate - and not security vendors themselves. The practice raises serious concerns about the integrity and policing of affiliate programs from big names in security including Symantec and Check Point.
Boozing boffins contribute less to science
A Czech researcher has stayed out of the pub long enough to demonstrate that those scientists who don't follow his shining example produce fewer papers, attract fewer citations per paper, and fewer citations overall.
HTC premieres mass-market GPS smartphone
Mobile World CongressThe newest addition to HTC's Windows Mobile 6 Professional line-up,the P3470, will offer sat-nav software and a touch interface via its 2.8in LCD screen, the company said this week.
Robot carrier planes start work early with Navy SEALs
A capable robot aeroplane has been successfully catapult launched and recovered using an arrester hook by a US Navy warship - and the ship was only 25 metres long.
Star Wars animation heads for the silver screen
US aficionados of Star Wars can on 15 August enjoy a cinematic launch of forthcoming animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Variety reports.
BlackBerry takes Monday afternoon off
BlackBerry users got some time yesterday to smell the flowers and talk to their families and friends - the company's email servers went down just after 3pm Eastern Standard Time.
Gates pumps up Office, slaps down Yahoo!
Office System Developer ConferenceA "brilliant, powerful - and let's face it, sexy and good looking - leader of men and women who just doesn't believe in paying more than seven dollars for a haircut".
Europe hails foothold in space
Europe finally gained its long-awaited foothold in space yesterday when astronauts attached the Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station, Reuters reports.
Sarko calls for global Mars exploration gig
Newly-wed French president Nicolas Sarkozy called yesterday for the world's space powers to work together in a global programme to explore Mars, New Scientist reports.
LG quietly launches KT610 Symbian smartphone
Mobile World CongressSeoul-based phone maker LG has quietly shown the latest addition to its smartphone range - the LG-KT610, a clamshell handset with a 2.4in, 640 x 480 flip screen and Qwerty keypad.
BSA sinks teeth into US dentists and door makers
Two US firms have agreed to hand over significant piles of cash to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to settle claims they had run unlicensed software on their computers.
Consumers warned on data loss compensation packs
Victims of Government data loss are being encouraged to buy packs claiming to help them claim compensation. Thousands have paid out, but privacy lawyers have warned that success is very unlikely.
World's first expandable USB Flash drive launched, sort of
Mobile World CongressWant a USB Flash drive that has a capacity that can grow? How about Kingston's DataTraveler Micro Reader? It's a 1GB drive that'll also hold Micro SDHC and Memory Stick Micro - aka M2 - add-in cards.
Calls to ban hoodie-busting sonic weapon
Campaigners are calling for hoodie-busting sonic weapon the Mosquito to be banned, claiming it targets innocent young 'uns and is an "infringement of their human rights", the Telegraph reports.
Plantronics talks-up military grade headset
Plantronics has declared war on the Bluetooth headset market. It’s launched a military grade unit that it claims stands up to the rigours of the communications adventurer.
Hannspree glams up the desktop monitor
Designer display manufacturer Hannspree has designed a stylish monitor, crafted to help users recognise the pitfalls of bland and uninspiring screens.
iPhone-friendly mobile digital telly tuner demo'd
Mobile World CongressDigital video playback software specialist PacketVideo this week introduced a matchbox-sized gadget capable of picking up DVB-H digital TV broadcasts and streaming them to any Wi-Fi enabled player - including the iPod Touch and iPhone.
Motorola MOTO U9 mobile phone
ReviewMotorola has refreshed the PEBL concept with the MOTO U9, another stylish clamshell with a glossy front and external music player touch controls. But is this tune-playing mobile the one to get Motorola back on track with the fashion phone crowd?
DARPA continues military AI air-traffic project
DARPA, the US warboffin bureau which curls a supercilious lip at established wisdom and tweaks the nose of consensus opinion, has decided to press ahead with its automated artificial-intelligence air traffic control system.
ISPs demand record biz pays up if cut-off P2P users sue
ISPs are calling on the record industry to put its money where its mouth is on illegal file-sharing, by underwriting the cost of lawsuits brought by people who are wrongly accused of downloading or uploading music.
US hospitals launch Wiihabilitation
The Wii is proving a hit across the US medical scene. Several US hospitals have admitted using the Nintendo console as an additional method of post-injury patient rehabilitation.
GCap reaches for DAB off switch
GCap Media said it will axe the home of Planet Rock and theJazz because the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) platform has not been a money spinner for the firm.
When poor people pollute - the Tata Nano and eco-crime
It's small, it's cheap, it's low emission so... the arrival of the Tata Nano, India's new 'people's car', has been greeted by a wailing and a gnashing of the teeth from the environmental aristocracy. The prospect of millions of the global peasantry driving, emitting and pushing up 'our' gas prices is a nightmare. It promises to be, said Yale environmental law professor Daniel Esty, "an environmental disaster of substantial proportions."
T-Mobile and Orange hook up video trial
Mobile World CongressOrange and T-Mobile are to try broadcast TV in London, using MBMS technology over the existing 3G infrastructure to provide 24 channels of video and ten of audio, all at "high resolution". The companies will try this out for six months to see if the service can be made economic.
Vodafone CEO finds wireless too complicated
Mobile World CongressVodafone CEO Arun Sarin today called for wireless unity, saying it's now so complicated it would be better if everyone just stopped using different operating systems and network technologies.
Intel and Dixons raided by Competition Commission
Officials from the European Competition Commission, accompanied by local officials, raided Intel offices in Munich and those of Dixons Store Group International in the UK today as part of an investigation into alleged illegal collusion - that Intel and retailers worked together to fix prices.
Feds, NASA bracelet space shuttle spies
The US Department of Justice yesterday announced further high profile arrests of Americans alleged to have acted as technology spies for communist China.
Trolltech delivers Qt WebKit
Mobile World CongressCross-platform tools specialist Trolltech has updated its popular Qt framework by integrating the WebKit browser engine.
Mobile subscribers showered with spam
Mobile operators are being warned to brace themselves for a global upsurge in mobile messaging abuse.
P2P uploader hoaxes leading BitTorrent blog
A German record label has been forced to deny it wants people to pirate its music after a blogger cooked up a story that it had uploaded its entire repertoire to Pirate Bay.
i-mate expands Ultimate range by two
Mobile World CongressHandset manufacturer i-mate has stepped out of the cold and unveiled two PDA devices at this year's Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Yahoo! debuts! mobile! creepware!
Camping World CongressIf you thought Facebook's Beacon ad program had FAIL written all over it, wait until you see what Yahoo! has in store for you.
Wind River claims Android 'first'
Mobile World CongressThe jockeying for dominance in mobile Linux developer platforms has taken a fresh twist with key announcements from two leading players arm wrestling for advantage.
London Congestion Charge becomes CO2 tax
London mayor Ken Livingstone yesterday announced a comprehensive shift in the capital's "congestion charge" road-pricing policy, reorienting the tolls much more towards green issues and away from actual congestion charging.
Sun nabs innotek's 20MB of open source, virtualized goodness
Sun Microsystems has gone very granola by buying desktop virtualization software player innotek. (The small 'i' stands for big innovation or something like that.)
Google won't support you - Symbian
Caravan World CongressGoogle Android phones aren't even on vapourware yet, but already Symbian is already welcoming the challenge.
SaaSy Dell 2.0 buys MessageOne for $155m
Anyone confused by exactly what Dell 2.0 means should have a look at today's acquisition of MessageOne.
NetApp SnapManager blows VMware a virtual kiss
Network Appliance is giving its SnapManager software a virtualized twist and introducing automated storage provisioning along with a handful of product and service announcements today.
Portly HP fires up double-wide Itanium blade
A long time ago, in a data centers far, far away, blade servers ran on laptop chips from Transmeta. These days companies such as HP pop double-wide, scorching hot Itanium-packed blades into their chassis.