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Ambitious China firms military and commercial R&D ties

China will try to copy the US in any way it can in the hopes of improving the country's technology might. The Pentagon on Monday released a fresh assessment on the PRC's military muscle. Throughout the 66-page report, the US outlines various techniques China employs and hopes to employ in order to boost its technology prowess. Those methods include a better working relationship between the Chinese military and businesses, espionage and more research and development into cutting edge technology such as microprocessors and nanotechnology.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2008

Microsoft picks Exchange and Sharepoint for the online draft

Microsoft appears to be stuffing its rapidly growing data centers with hosted versions of core collaboration applications for businesses customers.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2008

Microsoft codes leap year bug into Exchange 2007

If Steve Ballmer turns up dead this week, you can bet he was killed by those 7000 leap year babies.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2008

Cheap Flash makes Intel lower Q1 forecast

In briefIn brief Intel is lowering expectations for the first quarter of 2008 because flash memory prices are too cheap for comfort. Chipzilla said today it expects a gross profit margin of about 54 per cent, down from 56 per cent forecast in January. The company blames the 2 per cent difference on a market saturation of NAND flash memory driving down prices.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2008

The Bluetooth headset for your neck

Bluetooth headsets are well known for slipping from their position while you’re rushing around town jabbering into one. So an alternative design’s been drawn-up that wraps around your neck to connect up with your voicebox.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

TomTom touts 'more accurate' satnav route-plan tech

TomTom claims its latest satnav will find you the quickest route from A to B, because the unit calculates routes based on assumed average speeds rather than signposted speed limits.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Mobile phone sales under threat in 2008

Despite global mobile device sales of 1.15bn units in 2007, market watcher Gartner expects sales in mature markets to drop by around ten per cent this year.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Minox DC 7411 digicam

German camera manufacturer Minox has unveiled a slimline camera that packs enough features into its anodised shell to make it a certain rival to mid-range digicams already on the market.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Asus 8.9in Eee PC surfaces

CeBITCeBIT Asus is showing the 8.9in Eee PC at the CeBIT show this week, but while it hasn't formally announced the sub-notebook's specs yet, Taiwanese moles have quickly rushed in to fill in the blanks.
Tony Smith, 04 Mar 2008

Wife rings up £11,000 downloading bill

A wife inadvertently cost her husband £11,000 after downloading four episodes of US sitcom Friends using his laptop, according to the Telegraph newspaper. The chap flew to Germany where his machine connected to the local provider and continued the interrupted download - only this time on international data roaming rates.
Bill Ray, 04 Mar 2008

NASA captures Martian avalanche

NASA has released a rather nice snap of a Martian "avalanche" - a cascade of ice and dust tumbling down a slope near the Red Planet's north pole captured by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on 19 February:
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2008

SanDisk finds new use for ExpressCard SDHC adaptors

CeBITCeBIT Having a problem selling ExpressCard memory card reader accessories? Then take a leaf out of SanDisk's book and re-position your add-on as a automatic back-up gadget for laptops.
Tony Smith, 04 Mar 2008
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Intel goes Atomic at Greenwash CeBIT

CeBITCeBIT Intel tried to erase its lukewarm past performance in the ultra mobile market by pushing its standard architecture right down the food chain in a flurry of launches at Cebit this morning.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2008

Pioneer to stop producing plasma panels

Recent claims that Pioneer is planning to get out of sub-46in plasma panel production in favour of sourcing them through a third-party may have only been the start of things. It’s now being said that the company is finalising plans to outsource the whole lot.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Sony Ericsson unveils sexy slider

CeBITCeBIT Posers rejoice, because Sony Ericsson has unveiled a handset boasting chrome and mirrored surfaces that let you stare back at your reflection like Narcissus. It’s also small and light enough to slip easily into your designer outfit’s pocket.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Onyx Liscio micro mobile phone

ReviewReview Leaving your all-singing, all-dancing mobile phone behind when you slip out for the evening is a terrifying thought for some people. So any handset manufacturer advocating the idea of keeping your Nokia N95 or LG Viewty at home in favour of a secondary handset needs to have something special on offer.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Nokia boards Silverlight express

Nokia is to embed Microsoft's Silverlight client on its S60 handsets, with a demonstration promised for 5 March and support on lower-end Nokia devices to follow.
Bill Ray, 04 Mar 2008

Sony exec confirms arrival of in-game PS3 messaging

The PlayStation 3 will get system-wide in-game messaging and video chat, a Sony executive has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008
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Game shares rally on upbeat trading statement

Game Group yesterday released an optimistic trading statement in an attempt to halt its tumbling share price. The gamble appears to have paid off, with shares in the video retailer rallying some four pence this morning, currently trading at 190p on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2008

Lawmakers voice concerns over cybersecurity plan

Members of the House of Representatives sought details on Thursday of a $30bn plan to secure federal government systems and upgrade network defenses to ward off attacks from foreign nations and online criminals.
Robert Lemos, 04 Mar 2008
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IE8 to follow web standards by default

Microsoft is to develop IE8 so that it follows web standards by default and will retain a controversial mode switching proposal.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2008

Data pimping: surveillance expert raises illegal wiretap worries

A leading expert on computer surveillance has raised serious doubts over the legality of deals by BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse to sell their customers' web browsing data to Phorm, a new online advertising company.
Christopher Williams, 04 Mar 2008

El Reg decimates English language

CommentComment It's official: the English language is going to hell in a handcart and if drastic measures are not taken to halt the destruction of our beloved mother tongue then all of the efforts of Nelsonian Jack tars and Spitfire-borne officer pilots to defend this Scepter'd Isle against the forces of barbarism will have been in vain.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2008

Yahoo! unveils third leg for managing mobile content

CeBITCeBIT Yahoo! sprouted the third leg of its mobile content strategy today, with the surprise launch of onePlace, an application that aggregates and filters users' content desires.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2008

Steve Jobs talks open source with El Reg

Radio RegRadio Reg The Register, as many of you know, enjoys enormous pull with Apple.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2008

Sony Ericsson: Xperia X1 delay a 'mistake'

Sony Ericsson has claimed that its Xperia X1 Windows Mobile communicator will still be released this year, as originally planned, despite its own website stating a 2009 release date.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008
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Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 delayed

Microsoft has admitted that service pack one (SP1) for its Ultimate edition of Windows Vista will not be made available to everyone in mid-March as originally planned, because of a delay with 31 of its language packs. Vista product manager Nick White said in a blog post yesterday that Microsoft will now ship Vista Ultimate SP1 in two "waves", with the second one coming "later in 2008".
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2008

Seagate drives up Q3 profit forecast

Hard disk drive maker Seagate Technology today plumped up its profit expectations for the last quarter. The California-based firm attributed the profitability forecast to a favourable mix of its enterprise and consumer drives and to marginally higher than expected pricing.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2008

Hauppauge preps portable Freeview player

Hauppauge is well known for its PC add-ons that let us all watch telly on our desktops, but the manufacturer’s branching out and has created a Freeview-enabled portable media player (PMP) to turn us all into portable telly addicts.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008

Bronze PSP en-route to Japan

Sony has again favoured its Japanese gamers first and launched a special edition PlayStation Portable (PSP) in a bronze-coloured shell.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2008
Pirates ahoy!

Vista volume activation cracked

UpdatedUpdated Pirates have succeeded in making cracking, rather than simply circumventing, Windows Vista product activation easier than ever before.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2008

Analysts hang up on C&W's growth plans

Cable & Wireless (C&W) shares dropped nearly 13 per cent this afternoon following analyst doubts over the British telecoms group’s new growth objectives. The Bracknell-based firm laid out its new business targets for Europe, Asia and US at an investors meeting today and said it was aiming to set annual revenue growth at between five and eight per cent over the next five years.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2008
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Cisco takes routers to the edge

Cisco is set to save the planet while enabling the unfettered proliferation of YouTube videos as it unveiled its Aggregation Services Router 1000 at CeBIT, Hanover today.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2008

When the music costs nothing, why do freetards prefer to leech?

As we reported yesterday, Nine Inch Nails has followed the Radiohead example and is giving the music away for free. Not all of it, but nine of the thirty six tracks from Trent Reznor's instrumental LP Ghosts I-IV are available for free, with a PDF thrown in. The other 27, in higher quality bitrate or lossless format, cost just $5.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2008

Database spin on Sun's Python hires

Sun Microsystems has furthered its ambitions in open source development by hiring top Python developers Ted Leung and Frank Wierzbicki.
Phil Manchester, 04 Mar 2008

Microsoft officially 425 years behind the times

Attack of the Leap Year Babies IIIAttack of the Leap Year Babies III It's official: Microsoft is exactly four hundred and twenty-five years behind the times. It's not just Excel and Exchange that ignore the Gregorian calendar. The Reg has also confirmed that SQL Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server, and Windows Mobile are ignorant as well.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2008
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Ex-anti-virus chief in spyware scareware scam charges

The ex-chief of a South Korea-based anti-virus firm has been charged with using bogus security warnings to shift anti-spyware software of questionable value. Lee Shin-ja, 41, former CEO of Media Port, has been charged with fraud over the alleged distribution of bogus security software to almost four million internet users. Aggressive marketing tactics including the use of fake security warnings were allegedly used to frighten punters into purchasing Media Port's clean-up program Doctor Virus at a cost of 3,850 won ($4) a month. The trial software displayed warnings that systems were infected irrespective of whether they were clean or not.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2008

iPhone may sidestep rubbish caller ID suit

At least one Reg reader believes that Apple will dodge a recent lawsuit tossed at its caller ID function because the iPhone's caller ID function is a piece of trash.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2008
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Canonical fires up box Landscaping business

Canonical - the money bags behind Ubuntu - hopes to attract more corporate buyers toward the Linux light with the release of a systems management package dubbed Landscape.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2008

Bill Gates chuckles at Google Apps

Bill Gates has no respect for Google Apps. Speaking yesterday at a Sharepoint conference up Redmond way, the lame duck Microsoft chairman told loyal Microsoftees that Eric Schmidt and company "really don't understand the special needs of business." So we learn from Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2008

HDS flaunts swollen NAS and search suite

Hitachi Data Systems today is slathering affection on its file-level storage gear, with an overhaul of all its NAS boxes, and the introduction of a new data search suite. Usually punting block-level storage, HDS announced two new models of high-performance NAS units for corporate consumption, and three boxes catering to smaller types.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2008

US and EU haul China into WTO over news noose

The US and European Union have filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization protesting regulations imposed by China that prevent foreign financial news services from dealing directly with Chinese customers.
Dan Goodin, 04 Mar 2008

Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies

ObituaryObituary Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax rolled a natural one on his fortitude save today, dying at level 69 at his home in Lake Geneva.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2008
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Tool makes mincemeat of Windows passwords

A security researcher has released an easy-to-use tool that accesses locked Windows computers in seconds without entering a password. The tool, which was released Tuesday by Adam Boileau, works by connecting a Linux machine to the Firewire port of the target PC and modifying the password protection that's stored in local memory.
Dan Goodin, 04 Mar 2008