20th > March > 2008 Archive


Colonel EMC...in the data center...with a Quantum software?

EMC will soon reveal a new OEM partner for data de-duplication in its boxes, according to several industry reports.
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Next Eclipse platform in two years

EclipseCon A web-friendly and easy to maintain version of Eclipse has been penciled in for delivery two years from now.
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HP CEO asks investors to do more

Okay, okay. The stock market is as stable as Steve Jobs at an Egos Anonymous beef-only barbecue. The irresponsibility and greed of the very firms controlling Wall Street have resulted in plummeting stock prices and a crippled housing market. But, you know, CEO Mark Hurd would like everyone to pause for a moment and consider how they've missed out on a great investing opportunity with HP.
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Woman accuses RIAA of killing dolphins

Oregon's most famous disabled single mother has launched a new attack on the Recording Ass. of America, accusing the organization of "killing dolphins."
Cade Metz, 20 2008
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Mega-mortuary creaks open its doors in Westminster

The Home Secretary has cut the tape on a futuristic forensic mortuary, costing £783,800 and accommodating over 100 deceased citizens in Westminster.
Sarah Bee, 20 2008
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Robo spy-zeppelin prototype in test flight

Vid An American firm has carried out flight tests of a prototype robotic spy dirigible, intended ultimately to lurk high in the skies for days carrying surveillance gear.
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FSA acts as rumours send bank shares crashing

The Financial Services Authority is combing through share transactions today as it investigates whether anyone was manipulating the market on Wednesday when rumours about Halifax Bank of Scotland sent its shares crashing down.

Ericsson CMO says Wi-Fi hotspots' days are numbered

Ericsson's chief marketing officer, Johan Bergendahl, caused a huge commotion last week when he predicted that Wi-Fi hotspots would become as "irrelevant as telephone boxes". Even allowing for Ericsson's self-interest in a world where cellular networks will be the main route for users to reach the internet while on the move, the surprise that greeted Bergendahl's remarks was strangely anachronistic.

Panasonic punts Wi-Fi snapper

Compact cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but very few feature Wi-Fi connectivity. However, Panasonic has bucked the trend and launched a snapper with integrated 802.11b/g support.

Philips sees green with backlight-balancing Eco TV

Philips has launched an LCD TV that it claims helps viewers reduce their electricity bills no matter how long they spend lazing about in front of the telly.
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Police tech agency rewinds on smartphone CCTV

The organisation responsible for guiding the police on their use of technology has downplayed reports that its chief executive reckons cops would be using smartphones to check fingerprints and CCTV footage by 2012.
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Sony pledges Blu-ray Profile 2.0 PS3 update this month

Updated Sony has announced a PlayStation 3 firmware update that will bring support for the Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0's BD Live online interaction technology to the games console.
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Ofcom says yes on more TV ads

More TV viewers could be driven to the internet under new Ofcom proposals that would allow longer and more frequent commercial breaks.
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V-22 Osprey combo-copter hits fresh tech snags

The famous V-22 "Osprey" tiltrotor plane-chopper combo is back in the news again for unhappy reasons, mere months after it had seemed to be finally putting its troubles behind it.
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Endeavour accompanied by Rocket Man

NASA may not be emblazoning its shuttles with Formula One-style advertising slogans, but like Hollywood it seems to be sidling towards the odd sneaky bit of product placement.
Sarah Bee, 20 2008

AMD readies third Radeon HD 3800-series GPU line

AMD will next month launch the ATI Radeon HD 3830, an 'RV670'-based graphics card said to have been designed to pull the rug from under Nvidia's low-end-of-the-top-range offerings.

Critical bugs bite Kerberos

Multiple critical vulnerabilities have been discovered in version five of the widely-used Kerberos authentication protocol. The most serious of the bugs create a means to either compromise or crash vulnerable systems.

BBC Micro creators meet to TRACE machine's legacy

Forgotten Tech The brains behind the must-have home computer of the early 1980s, the BBC Micro, will gather today to catch up and reminisce about a time when Britain led the way in the domestic computing revolution.
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HP and Microsoft plan Taiwanese R&D centre

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have announced plans to set up a new product research and development centre in Taiwan, reports say.
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Virgin Media in premium rate U-turn

Virgin Media will drop premium rate charges to its technical support line in June, less than a year after they were introduced, the firm has confirmed.

DroboShare network storage 'robot'

Review Network-attached storage (NAS) boxes are all very well, but they're not what you'd call user friendly. Arch-geeks love 'em for storing and streaming content, but a fair few folk would prefer a simpler yet equally robust way of making storage available on a network.
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Famous Five film lined up

In further proof that there is not a single original concept left in the universe, another dusty retro classic is to be reheated in various media for today's ungrateful slack-jawed youth. The Times is jolly thrilled to report that Enid Blyton's venerable Famous Five, now 66 years old, are to return in a Disney Channel film.
Sarah Bee, 20 2008

Anglophone cybercops team up to fight fraud

Cybercops across the English-speaking world have formed a cross border alliance to fight online crime.
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BBC races away with five-year F1 rights deal

The Beeb has bagged the rights to broadcast Formula One (F1), having signed an exclusive five-year deal.
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Pentagon says sat-smash smithereen cloud almost gone

An American admiral says that all significant orbital debris from the recent missiling of a duff spy satellite by US warships has now burnt up.

Nokia passes buck over Greenpeace eco rating reduction

Nokia has blamed third-parties behind its handset recycling scheme after Greenpeace docked points from the Finnish phone giant's environmental rating for failings the organisation found in its take-back efforts.
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EU wants data sharing network for driving offences

The EC has kicked off a drive for data sharing amongst member countries' police forces in an effort to track down drivers who commit motoring offences in foreign countries.

ECS spills more beans about 'super 3G' Eee PC rival

Remember the G10IL HSDPA and HSUPA sub-notebook Taiwanese manufacturer ECS cautiously showed at Mobile World Congress last month? Register Hardware snapped the "pre-commercial" machine, seeing it as a sexy alternative to Asus' elfin Eee PC.
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Asterisk mauled by buffer overflow bug

Buffer overflows - the perennial cause of security vulnerabilities in desktop applications - may become a worry for sys admins managing computerised telephone switchboards in the wake of the recent discovery of bugs in a popular IP PBX package.

Philips shows gadgets galore

Philips this week launched a slew of products at its Consumer Lifestyle Event in Sintra near Lisbon, including a digital photo frame that doubles as an alarm clock radio and more iPod docking stations than you can shake a stick at.
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Vista SP1 launched as Phorm declared illegal

IT greenery Personal computers have come in for a lot of flak lately over their impact on the environment, but just how environmentally unfriendly are they? We spoke to Fujitsu-Siemens Computers CTO Dr Joseph Reger to get a better idea of the answer.
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E-Plus kills i-mode service

E-Plus, the KPN-owned mobile operator from Dusseldorf, is ending its i-mode service from April 1. Subscribers will be offered a Surf & Mail Flatrate service instead.
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Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

Windows Vista customers have been complaining about problems with installing Microsoft’s first service pack for the unloved operating system.

Caribbean firm circumvents BD+ copy protection

Software developers based in the Caribbean have thrown down the gauntlet to the movie industry with a product that can copy Blu-ray discs protected by the latest high definition disc copy protection technology.
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SIIA slaps lawsuits on eight eBay Adobe sellers

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today filed suit (pdf) in California against eight people for "knowingly selling illegal copies" of Adobe software on eBay.
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Cisco-baiting security co goes titsup

An Intel-backed security company which tried to compete against networking behemoth Cisco in one of its strongest markets has shut down.
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Esther Dyson clones self

Esther Dyson has been evangelising the start-up 23AndMe recently. She is an investor in the DIY DNA-sequencing company, founded by Mrs Sergey Brin, and she sits on the board of directors.

Apple's Time Machine now works as advertised

Apple has finally opened OS X Leopard's Time Machine wireless backup capability to disk drives lacking the glossy plastic anointment of Cupertino.

HP stuffs XenServer into ProLiants

Er, before we get to HP's rather unfortunate "iVirtualization" roll out, we'll note that HP plans to offer Citrix's XenServer software as a pre-installed option across the ProLiant server line.
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Sequoia attack dogs kill review into e-voting discrepancies

Updated New Jersey elections officials have scrapped plans to inspect electronic voting machines suspected of malfunctioning during the recent presidential primary election, following legal threats by their manufacturer, Sequoia Voting Systems.
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Eclipse learns how to let go

EclipseCon The Eclipse Foundation looks destined to remain a mistress to Microsoft and Sun Microsystems - while the platform is married to IBM.

Dell flees sinking US economy on quick boat to China

Dell will significantly raise its stakes in the booming economies of China and India as the company braces for lackluster growth in the US.

Ex-FCC chair vows government control over the Google Brain

The Cloud Computing Revolution will be regulated, according to former Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Reed Hundt.
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AT&T and Verizon thrash rivals with $16bn spectrum swipe

AT&T and Verizon Wireless barreled through the auction of some prized US airways, shelling out $16bn to keep data humming across their cross-country networks.