13th > February > 2008 Archive
IBM updates oh-so-much storage gear
IBM's storage hardware lineup is getting a big ol' heap of upgrades. The meaty merchandise menagerie includes an OEM'd Brocade switch, a NetApp array, and upgrades to its archiving system and various disks.
Sun's UltraSPARC T2 goes flame-retardant
Congratulations go out to Sun Microsystems for doing its best to make a new NEBS box seem exciting. Sun will ship you a NEBS server that supports 64 software threads, don't ya know.
Amazon pooh-poohs (ingenious) New York net tax plan
More than happy to let the people of New York avoid paying vast amounts of internet sales tax, Amazon.com has spoken out against a new net tax plan from Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Champion of competitive CAT-5 untangling is crowned
They came to the City of Angels to unravel the threads of destiny.
System upgrade to blame for BlackBerry outage
A three-hour outage that left many BlackBerry users unable to send and receive email was the result of an upgrade gone wrong.
Cash-burning Montalvo tapes out Silverthorne rival
Montalvo, Montalvo, Montalvo. Few chip start-ups without an actual product on the market have received so much attention.
How believable are government claims on ID cards?
British people are maintaining steady levels of disbelief over goverment claims about ID cards, according to official Home Office research.
Ruby runs on Rails with NetBeans
NetBeans and Ruby, part 2Having limped along in the wake of Eclipse, Sun Microsystems' NetBeans is getting its second wind. One thing that's helping is a fresh focus on scripting, particularly around Ruby on Rails.
Dell goes on EMEA channel
Dell is to offer its nascent EMEA channel a pricing structure that it claims won’t pit partners and its internal sales team against one another.
Samsung dolls out entry-level talker trio
Mobile World CongressSamsung clearly doesn’t believe entry-level handsets are just about squeezing basic mobile features into an ugly box, because it’s launched a trio of beauties into the price-conscious space.
Email pen concept does away with keyboards
A designer has put pen to paper and created a concept fountain pen that allows users to write and send emails directly from a sheet of A4.
LG's mystery Communicator - what's it like?
Camping World CongressWe got our mitts on the mystery Communicator from LG at MWC today, and dear reader Kebabster, you are quite correct. The KT-610 isn't going to win any prizes in a design contest. We're not even sure it's a serious product, or just pads out LG's catalogue. But quite a few Reg readers value utility over bling, and this design really has potential.
Spielberg quits as Beijing Olympics advisor
Steven Spielberg has quit as advisor to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in protest at the Chinese regime's backing of the Sudanese government, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Microsoft ready to play with PlayReady
Mobile World CongressMicrosoft is proudly showing off its PlayReady technology at MWC, but woe betide anyone who describes it as a DRM platform.
EU to share data with Japan in anti-piracy deal
Japan and the European Union have agreed to create an information exchange scheme to beat intellectual property crime. The countries made the agreement as part of a new trade co-operation deal.
Paleontologists unearth Mexican trumpet-playing hadrosaur
Researchers led by the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah have unearthed a new species of dinosaur - a massive plant-eater belonging to the hadrosaur group of plant-eating duck-billed dinos, which may have had the ability to bang out a tune using a fan-shaped bony crest on its skull.
Panasonic says when it will ship 32GB SDHC
Anyone with a hunger for shed-loads of memory card capacity will soon be satisfied, because Panasonic's announced that its 32GB SDHC card will be available to buy worldwide in April.
Tools vendors stuck on UML and agility
People sometimes do a double take when I talk about analysis, design and agility in the same sentence. And if I mention UML and agility, they spin round several times and fall over. At the expense of inviting a flurry of email replies for posing a rhetorical question, I have to ask: why?
Morse shrugs off market uncertainty
IT services group Morse said it was unflustered by the turmoil rocking the financial markets as it unveiled its interim results today.
Microsoft dishes out six critical updates
Microsoft released eleven patches yesterday, with six of them meriting a critical rating.
Indian IT sector will employ 2m by end of 2008
The Indian IT industry is on track to hit revenues of $64bn, up 33 per cent, by the end of this year and to employ some two million people.
Murdoch taps HP boss for News Corp boardroom
HP boss Mark Hurd has joined the board of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on the recommendation of the Silicon Valley veteran who blew the whistle on the 2006 journo spying scandal at the IT vendor.
Cops hunt charred power cable thief
Derbyshire Police are looking for a "badly scorched" wannabe copper cable thief who decided it was a lucrative idea to hacksaw through an 11,000V power line, Reuters reports.
Alcatel unveils stack of sexy-but-budget phones
Mobile World CongressThat purveyor of cheap but stylish handsets Alcatel today took the wraps off its 2008 line-up. While none of the new phone will challenge the heavyweights when it comes to features, they do the basics - and they're smart lookers too.
TomTom launches file-sharing service
You don't often get something for nothing. However, TomTom has launched a free content-sharing website for users of its GPS navigators.
Firefox 3 beta is live
The Mozilla Corporation has released a beta version of Firefox 3 for download, but is warning it is not ready for "casual users" yet.
Nokia parades recycled handset
A Nokia executive has shown off a concept handset made from recycled cans at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona.
NHS Direct launches text message service
NHS Direct has launched a text messaging service providing details of local health services. The pilot is linked to the already-available information service on Freeview digital TV, which was launched in December.
US may shoot down spy sat to safeguard tech secrets
US defence officials are considering shooting down a rogue American spy satellite in order to prevent its top-secret technology falling into enemy hands, according to reports.
Brit stargazers get Gemini reprieve
British astronomers will continue to enjoy access to the Gemini telecope programme following an apparent Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) U-turn on its decision last month to withdraw from the consortium.
Pssst! Here's ECS' 'super 3G' sub-notebook
Mobile World CongressThere's not much to say about ECS' 11in G10IL laptop other than the fact that it has built-in tri-band HSDPA and HSUPA 'super 3G' technology for downloads of up to 7.2Mb/s and 2Mb/s, respectively.
Armed police swoop on MP3-packing mechanic
An innocent Stoke-on-Trent garage mechanic enjoyed a spell in the cells after armed cops held him at gunpoint having mistaken his MP3 player for a pistol, the Daily Mail reports.
FBI issues prosthetic pregnant belly bomb alert
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning US law enforcement agencies to keep a sharp look-out for "a new type of terrorism" in which apparently-pregnant women suddenly go bang due to the fact they aren't really mums-to-be at all, but cold-hearted suicide bombers packing explosives inside a swelling prosthetic belly.
HMRC self-assessment online gets awards nod
UK taxpayers will have been spluttering into their keyboards today to see HMRC's self-assesment website praised to the skies by the judges of an e-government awards ceremony.
Miidio speakers promise good vibrations
If you like music to shake you to your very core then you'll love the vibrating speakers from Miidio, because they boost their output sounds through flat surfaces, such as your table.
HP latches onto Qualcomm's Gobi chipset
Mobile World CongressHP is to incorporate Qualcomm's Gobi chips into its laptops, supporting both CDMA and GSM 3G technologies and making Wi-Fi connectivity redundant.
Nerf takes aim at the Wii
Gaming megapublisher Electronic Arts (EA) and foam projectile gun designer Nerf are rumoured to be working on a firearm that could be used with Nintendo’s Wii console.
Academics propose carbon-capture kit for cars
US-based researchers have unveiled a cunning plan for future motoring in which carbon-capture technology would be used aboard vehicles. The stored carbon would then be recovered at filling stations and - rather than being "sequestered" underground or wherever - get reprocessed back into synthetic fuel.
US scientists puncture the ethanol biofuel bubble
Good science news (or bad, depending on your point of view) has arrived with two reports on the carbon footprint of biofuels, in the paper edition of Science magazine. They deal serious damage to the belief - which up to now has been driving the biofuel bubble - that stepped-up ethanol production in the US is an answer to global warming.
Jabra unveils titanium talker
Jabra has extended its range of fashion-centric Bluetooth headsets with a brushed anodized titanium design, dubbed the JX20 Purea.
Government wants every English child on 'secure' database
The government will announce plans tomorrow to give every English child an identifying number and a database entry of their school qualifications.
Students win appeal against cyberjihad convictions
Five British muslim students jailed for downloading extremist material from the internet were released today, after the Appeal Court ruled their convictions were unsafe.
EU menaces migrants with border biometrics, dragnets
The Brussels government is working on plans for a range of aggressive new border-control measures designed to prevent mass migration into Europe - particularly from points south and east.
Legal, major label DRM-free MP3s hit UK (at last)
Play.com, the Jersey-based entertainment retailer, has beaten Apple and Amazon to the punch today by opening the UK's first mainstream* legal digital rights management-free music download store with major label backing.
Comcast cops to BitTorrent busting
Eight months after an independent researcher revealed that Comcast was secretly throttling BitTorrent and other P2P traffic, the beleaguered American ISP has at last admitted that's exactly what it's doing.
Sun will have data centers after all
Sun Microsystems has returned to its senses and re-committed to having data centers.
FTC lists 2007's top consumer frauds
For the seventh year in a row, identity theft is the number one complaint reported to the US Federal Trade Commission.
Google in mass 404 land grab
So, Google doesn't like other people hijacking their web pages, but it's more than happy to hijack someone else's.