2nd April 2008 Archive

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Cellco regulators are not the customer's friends

CTIA Wireless LAS VEGAS - Steve Largent, American Football hero and president of CTIA, the US cellular industry association, spent his keynote speech today reminding the industry that it was customers who asked for video on their mobile phones, that it was customers who asked for 3D games on their phones, and that it is now now customers who are demanding control of home appliances on their mobile phones.
Bill Ray, 02 2008

Sprint and Samsung unveil Jesus Phone lookalike

CTIA Wireless This summer, Sprint and Samsung will offer a touchscreen wireless handheld that dares to compete with the Jesus Phone.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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eBay pulls Vista laptop pwned in hacking contest

An eBay listing for the Windows Vista laptop that was successfully compromised at last week's Pwn2Own hacking contest was removed after the online auctioneer said it violated terms that forbid sales of items that might do harm.

JBuilder puts price on Java code re-use

Code re-use through Application Factories is the big-ticket item that CodeGear touts in the JBuilder 2008 Java development environment, released today.
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Richard Branson dupes entire wireless industry with Google on Mars gag

CTIA Wireless Speaking this morning (Tuesday) at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas, Sir Richard Branson told several hundred mobile industry insiders that he and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will soon fly a solar-powered Noah's Ark to Mars.
Cade Metz, 02 2008

Intel reveals Atom CPU speeds and feeds

IDF Intel announced its 'Silverthorne' processor's brand, Atom, last month and today it completed the picture with speeds and feeds details of what is physically smallest CPU the company's ever made.

Intel VP threatens to turn all Xeon users into 'monkey kings'

IDF Faced with a lack of actual news to discuss, Intel today turned to the "Monkey King" in order to liven up its IDF session on server chips.

2010's Centrino Atom to pack 2008 CPU

IDF Intel disappointed some pundits today by failing to go into details about 'Moorestown', the next generation of its newly christened Centrino Atom brand, aka 'Menlow'. Worse, it emerged the system-on-a-chip simply takes today's Atom CPU and delivers it in a different form-factor.
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Fresh Super Micro kit pushes the ultra low-voltage limits

IDF Super Micro continues to impress with its server gear. The vendor this week released new versions of its blade and 1U designs that make use of Intel's "San Clemente" 5100 chipset built to work with low power processors.
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Congestion Charge offers online tool for ANPR cam dodgers

Transport for London has provided a handy tool for those who would like to use false numberplates to fool any of the various networks of automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras now deployed across much of the UK.

'Calpella' named as Centrino 3

IDF Intel's next-but-one generation of Centrino will be codenamed 'Calpella' - after the California town, presumably - Mobility Group General Manager Dadi Perlmutter said today.
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Landmine charity: Ban the killer robots before it's too late!

Comment A London-based anti landmine and cluster bomb charity has now widened its remit and is calling for a moratorium on the use of killer robots.
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BT hits 'undo' on anti-spam email update

BT has been forced to roll back changes it made to its rules on outgoing email addresses after they caused confusion for its broadband customers.
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Apple ignores Jesus Phone life raft

CTIA Wireless For reasons unknown, Apple's new Jesus Phone SDK won't allow apps that run in the background. As many have noted, this rules out instant messaging - or, at least, instant messaging as we know it. But it also rules out all sorts of other useful applications, including the fledgling smartphone rescue tool from remote control maven LogMeIn.
Cade Metz, 02 2008

Microsoft meths up data center with 220 containers

Crack open the Natty Light. Microsoft plans to throw a white trash data center rager in Chicago.
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Oregon Craigslist looting was burglary cover-up

The fake Craigslist ads which provoked a stampede of looters to strip an Oregon man's home were posted by two thieves attempting to cover their tracks, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
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Fixing the UK's DAB disaster

Analysis How does the UK find its way out of the DAB disaster? First, we have to get beyond the denial stage and into acceptance.

Microsoft tabletop PC to Surface this month

Although Microsoft is keeping mum about any official release date for the Surface tabletop touchscreen PC, the software giant has lined up US network operator AT&T as a retail guinea pig – allowing the company to display Surface in several stores.

Official: OOXML approved as international standard

The ISO/IEC confirmed this morning that Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) has been approved as an international standard, leaving the Open Document Format (ODF) lobby raging about alleged voting irregularities.
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Pregnant man to hit Oprah with ultrasound

The Oregon man who was born a woman, had his breasts removed as part of a gender reassignment but retained his female reproductive organs and then got up the duff, much to the amazement of just about everyone, will prove he's pregnant by flashing some ultrasound scan proof at Oprah Winfrey on Thursday.

Intel touts anti-theft tech for laptops

IDF Intel today announced an initiative it hopes will make it much less desirable for criminals to steal laptops. The aim is to build the ability to lock down a machine's storage - and possible even the processor itself - if it's pinched.
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New(ish) Labour plans Whitehall 2.0

The UK government has dulled the glamorous sheen of Web 2.0 by pledging guidelines on how civil servants should exploit use social media for developing policies and getting their messages out to the public.
Joe Fay, 02 2008
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Child protection project hit by delays

A large number of local authorities in England with social care responsibilities will miss the government's deadline for implementing the Integrated Children's System (ICS), a project for sharing information about vulnerable young people.
Kablenet, 02 2008

UK.gov demands 999 ads on social networking sites

Social networking websites could be forced to advertise the 999 emergency number under government plans to make the internet a safer place for kids to surf.
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Steel Cloud servers to power US Navy robo-cannon kit

Virginia based SteelCloud Inc is to provide ruggedised commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers for use in the US Navy's "Gunslinger" programme.

Link spammers go on social networking rampage

Spammers have found a fertile new marketplace on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Blu-ray Xbox 360 to be sold at a loss?

Microsoft is on track to have sold 2m UK Xbox 360s by next week. But the company could be forced to sell Blu-ray models at a loss, if rumours about HD drive development are true.
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Is sharing a folder copyright infringement?

A US Judge on Monday upheld the view that sharing copyrighted music is infringement. It's a defeat for defendant Denise Barker and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a victory for the four record labels in the case, led by Warner's Elektra.
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EU probes Channel 4's digital handout

The European Commission is to investigate whether a state grant to Channel 4 distorts competition in the UK TV market.

Text message speak - txt msg kids

The time has passed when folk thought it proper to call boys Hubert and girls Gwendolyn. Text messages now dominate our landscape to the extent that boys are more likely to be called Conna and girls named Deby.
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Atos Origin rebels propose board members

Rebel shareholders in Atos Origin have put forward three new members – including the company's founder – to the French services firm's board.
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United Airlines clips Boeing 777 fleet's wings

United Airlines has today cancelled dozens of Boeing 777 flights after it failed to perform the required fire safety checks.

iPhone owners talk less, spend loads more

BT thinks it’s good to talk, but iPhone owners think it’s better to surf the web, send emails and listen to music. A report has found that owners of the coveted handset spend far less time chatting on it than users other handsets do on their devices.

SAP grows two heads

SAP today announced that the firm’s deputy CEO Léo Apotheker will assume co-responsibility for the business software firm, alongside CEO Henning Kagermann.

Is Google Gears safe?

I imagine that is the question most users will ask when they see this dialog box:
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Websense offloads CyberPatrol to industry veterans

A group of security industry veterans has bought the CyberPatrol parental control software product from security vendor Websense for an undisclosed amount.
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EMC makes consumer storage box for China

There's nothing wrong in theory with a vendor that caters to large corporations having a crack at the consumer market.

Wireless wonks celebrate 35th anniversary of first cell call

CTIA Wireless April 3 marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s first cellular phone call, and to celebrate, former NFL hero Steve Largent has presented a priapic monolith to the man who made that call back in the spring of 1973.
Cade Metz, 02 2008

Coming up: the fingerprint-grabbing keylogger

A British researcher has developed a biometric keylogger of sorts that can capture fingerprints required to unlock building doors or gain access to computer networks or other restricted systems.
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Google pink slips 300 Doubleclickers

Google is laying into newly acquired subsidiary Doubleclick by laying off 300 US employees - about a quarter of its US workforce.

Final beta of Firefox 3 available now

Mozilla has made the fifth beta version of its upcoming Firefox 3 browser available for download today, and is freezing code for release candidate 1 in only six days.