25th February 2008 Archive

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How much does a data breach cost UK companies?

Data breaches cost UK companies an average of £47 for every record lost.

Newcomer punts miniature 'pub phone'

It’s small, it’s shiny and it’s perfect for the pub, apparently. Electronics company Onyx has designed a miniature mobile phone that’s intended to be used in addition to your primary handset.
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MS axes Xbox 360 HD DVD drive

Microsoft is dropping its HD DVD add-on drive from its list of Xbox 360 add-ons, the software giant revealed this past weekend.

Doctor Who and the moody Dane

Stob Perhaps motivated by the desire to avoid type-casting, David Tennant is to take time off from television, to lead the RSC's forthcoming production of Hamlet. Your correspondent sneaked into early rehearsals.
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Lindsay Lohan sweeps Razzies

Lindsay Lohan has been honoured for her contribution to cinema with no less than three Razzies - two worst actress gongs and a worst screen couple award for her twin roles in I Know Who Killed Me - on a night when the film broke the all-time record for Golden Raspberries.
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Airline pilot sacked for 777 Top Gun stunt

A senior pilot with Cathay Pacific Airways has been sacked for an "unauthorised low-level flypast" of a new Boeing 777-300ER in Seattle last month, Flight International reports.
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Sarko verbal spat proves YouTube hit

French prez Nicolas Sarkozy has reinforced his reputation as a man to be reckoned with after telling a disgruntled voter to get stuffed at an agricultural fair in Paris on Saturday. The banter has become a huge YouTube hit.
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Pakistan blocks YouTube

Updated: Pakistan became the latest nation to block access to YouTube, although much of the country has now had access restored.

Morocco jails Facebook faker

A Moroccan IT engineer has been jailed for three years for setting up a fake Facebook profile impersonating a member of the country's royal family.

Krell touts top-rank iPod dock

There are plenty of iPod docking stations available right now, but if you demand nothing but the best for your Apple player - and have the cash to get it - then high-end stereo manufacturer Krell reckons it has the perfect dock for you.

Neterion's NICs are virtually there

10Gig Ethernet specialist Neterion is announcing its third generation of virtualisation-aware network adapters at VMworld Europe this week, with a claim that these NICs will greatly speed up network-intensive tasks such as migrating virtual machines (VMs) from one server to another.

Judge greenlights lawsuit against Microsoft

A US judge has given the go-ahead for consumers to file a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for providing misleading information about Windows XP computers being able to run Vista.

Scotland Yard careers website defaced

Unknown hackers defaced the Metropolitan Police's careers website over the weekend.

Nokia unwraps bendy nanotech phone

Nokia and the University of Cambridge jointly designed a concept mobile phone that allows users to mould the handset into different shapes.

Microsoft emails its staff to reassure Yahoos

!!!!! Microsoft exec Kevin Johnson has emailed all Microsoft staff to reassure them about the Yahoo! acquistion.
Toshiba Portege R500

Toshiba Portégé R500 slimline laptop

Review Take this boy out of the box and the first thing you’re going to say — we guarantee it — is “strewth, that’s light”. We did. After years of carrying around small notebooks that were still big in weight, picking up this featherlight laptop was a real surprise.

The evolution of Crystal Reports

While databases have proved adept at holding vast sums of really useful information, they have lagged when it comes to serving up data in a way suited to human consumption.
Team Reg, 25 2008
Warning: two way

Time to balance WS-* and REST

The WS-* stack was conceived and driven forward by IBM and Microsoft, with other vendors cooperating on specifications where they had relevant expertise (Verisign on Security, BEA Systems on transactions and so on). The design philosophy was for a relatively simple and efficient basic mode of operation, with optional features added independently of each other.
Tom Welsh, 25 2008

Samsung laptop battery burns

A Samsung laptop's battery caught fire yesterday, setting light to the bed it had been left on, South Korean firefighters have revealed.

Fujitsu preps 500GB laptop HDD

Fujitsu has become the latest hard drive maker to spin up a 2.5in laptop hard drive capable of holding up to half a terabyte of data.
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Virgin exhibits coconut-powered flying jumbo

Bearded biz kingpin Richard Branson oversaw a successful trial of a Virgin 747 partially powered by biofuel blends yesterday, but was forced to admit that the fuel used on this occasion probably couldn't offer a clean green future for airlines.

Sony claims home cinema kit helps movie buffs keep the noise down

If you’ve recently been served with an ASBO for making too much noise, then Sony’s lined-up a home cinema range that should help, because its latest speaker and player combo range automatically limits sudden loud sound effects.

Trend Micro snaps up UK-based email crypto firm

Trend Micro, the security firm best known for its PC-cillin anti-virus software, has acquired UK-based email encryption firm Identum. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.

Canon eyes biometric photo tagging

If you’re sick of other folk claiming the kudos for your well-framed shots then Canon may have the answer. The company has filed a patent application for a technology that allows each camera snap to be embedded with a digital watermark of your iris.
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Eye-o-Sauron™ man-tracker masts now fully online, says DHS

US security overlord Michael Chertoff has announced that the troubled, delayed "virtual fence" pilot project developed in Arizona for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally been accepted into government service.
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ISP data deal with former 'spyware' boss triggers privacy fears

More than ten million customers of the UK's three largest ISPs will have their browsing habits sold to a company with roots in the murky world of spyware.

Powerline Ethernet specialist preps 400Mb/s unit

Powerline networking specialist Devolo will next month demo an Ethernet-over-the-mains prototype capable of delivering up to 400Mb/s bandwidth.

Pioneer passes up petite plasma production

Pioneer is reportedly planning to stop making 42in plasma displays, outsourcing manufacture to a third party so it can focus its own manufacturing efforts on screens that are 50in or bigger.
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Taliban demand night-time cell tower shutdown

Reports out of Afghanistan say that the Taliban have threatened attacks on mobile phone companies unless "signals" are "stopped" at night. Reportedly the hardline Islamic militia believes that cell towers are being used to locate and track Taliban gunmen.
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DivX shutters also-ran cat piano video site

Media player and format licensing outfit DivX has announced it will close down Stage6.com, its effort at a YouTube-style user-generated video site featuring cats playing piano, dogs on skateboards and mid-Western teenagers miming to Linkin Park.
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WMG remixes digital execs

Warner Music Group (WMG) today confirmed that Michael Nash will replace Alejandro Zubillaga as the firm’s new digital strategy and business development VP.

Dicota Take.Off Control iPod and laptop bag

Unwired Video Review This laptop messenger bag from Dicota is called the ‘Take.Off Control’, and it’s got iPod buttons built right into the strap, meaning you don’t have to fiddle with your audio player to change tracks or volume.

Sony talks up titanium-clad shooter

If you’re worried about scratches and knocks affecting the look and performance of your camera, then Sony’s created one that’s as hard as nails, thanks to a titanium shell.

Yes! It's the vacuum cleaner mouse!

It isn’t often that Register Hardware gets the opportunity to say just how much a product sucks, so this time we’re going to milk it. Japanese gadget specialist Thanko has created a mouse that’s also a minature vacuum cleaner.
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Spammers crack Gmail Captcha

Spammers, fresh from the success of cracking the Windows Live captcha used by Hotmail, have broken the equivalent system at Gmail.

EMC does VTL on mainframe, bumps RecoverPoint to 3.0

EMC will spin into IBM's turf next month by punting a virtual tape library (VTL) system for mainframe backup.

Novell wants PlateSpin for $205m

Novell wants to buy the Toronto-based virtualization firm PlateSpin for $205m cash. And you know what, they probably will.

MetaRAM double stuffs servers with memory

Fred Weber has a good thing going. As CTO of AMD, he spearheaded much of the work around adding 64-bit extensions to x86 processors. Those extensions made it possible for x86 servers to tap vast amounts of memory. Now, Weber, as CEO of start-up MetaRAM, wants to sell you a ton of memory.

Microsoft and Adobe jockey on rich applications

Adobe Systems and Microsoft are jockeying for attention with pronouncements on new and planned software for the development of online content, applications and hybrid desktop applications.

VMware vuln exposes the perils of virtualization

Security researchers have discovered a bug in VMware desktop virtualization applications that allows attackers to take complete control of the underlying PC, including the execution or modification of files on the host operating system.

Intel will flush Xeon line with six-core Dunny

Rarely the rebel, Intel looks to shake up the processor game with a six-core chip.
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Subprime PC retailer coughs up $5m fine

BlueHippo bills itself as a company that has "helped thousands of Americans with limited financing options purchase computers, flat screen televisions, and other electronic equipment". This may be true. But it's also worth noting that BlueHippo will soon fork over as much as $5m to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that an unspecified number of Americans have paid the company hundreds of dollars in exchange for absolutely nothing.
Cade Metz, 25 2008
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eBay boycott results in mixed feedback

Today marks the end of a week-long boycott of eBay from a semi-organized group of "power sellers" who feel shortchanged over recent pricing changes.