28th > April > 2008 Archive


Sun woos Linux distros with bundle deals

Sun Microsystems is in talks with two more Linux projects to ensure its open source software and tools are delivered straight into the hands of developers.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2008

Saudi blogger freed from prison after four months

A Saudi blogger imprisoned in early December has been released.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2008

Alcatel presents rubber-key candybars

Alcatel has launched three candybar handsets that feature several ‘innovations’ designed to make general phone use easier than usual.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008
Pirates ahoy!

China and Russia still piracy hotbeds, says US gov

The United States Trade Representative has slammed China and Russia as the world's worst offenders for stealing US intellectual property - again.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2008

Canadian geeks to turn off the tech

A group of Canadian self-confessed geeks is asking concerned citizens to turn off their tech on Saturday 3 May - dubbed "Shutdown Day" - in an attempt to "spread awareness about the pitfalls and dangers that lie in the extended and unnecessary use of, and exposure to television, computers and computing equipment".
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2008

Second Galileo test sat now in orbit

The second test satellite for Europe's planned Galileo satnav constellation went into orbit at the weekend. The GIOVE-B (Galileo In Orbit Validation Element B) satellite took off aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Lewis Page, 28 Apr 2008

Microsoft winds down smart wristwatch

Microsoft has unwound its Spot wristwatch offering - the special timepieces used to pick up news, weather updates and other information sent out over FM radio.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2008

Rumour-mill rumbles on Apple, Immersion vibro iPhone pact claim

Apple's plans for the evolution of the iPhone could be on shaky ground - in a good way. The company is said to be talking to tactile feedback firm Immersion to build haptics into the handset.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008

Mexican press aide lifts US gov BlackBerrys

A press aide to Mexican president Felipe Calderon has been given his marching orders for making off with BlackBerrys belonging to US officials participating in a summit in New Orleans, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2008

Nintendo says no to Wii price cuts

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the price of the Wii or the DS to come down this year, because Nintendo’s President has stated that the console pioneer has no plans to reduce the prices of either machine in 2008.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008

MoD in push for alternative military energy tech

The UK armed forces are looking to make a shift away from fossil fuels and into a range of alternative energy sources, according to reports. This is born as much from concerns over prices and security of supplies as any green motivation.
Lewis Page, 28 Apr 2008

US lag sues over prison crash diet

A US prisoner awaiting trial on a murder rap* has filed suit against the county after losing more than 45kg in eight months on an Arkansas prison "starvation" diet, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2008

Spy regs used against dogs, litterbugs

Local councils are using snooping laws - the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - to follow dog walkers suspected of letting their dogs crap on public land and people suspected of littering.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2008

Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e green PC

ReviewLenovo claims that its ThinkCentre A61e laptop-as-desktop PC is the greenest ThinkCentre ever, thanks to the low power requirements of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 processor it uses. Does that claim have any merit?
Leo Waldock, 28 Apr 2008
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JBuilder 2008: Bold vision, rough edges

ReviewWhat is the point of JBuilder, when you can simply use Eclipse? That has been the marketing challenge for CodeGear ever since it decided to scrap its home-grown Java integrated development environment and replace it with a new product based on the open-source Eclipse tools platform.
Tim Anderson, 28 Apr 2008

Freenet to buy debitel for $2.54bn

Hamburg-based internet access provider Freenet has agreed to buy telecom reseller debitel AG for €1.63bn ($2.54bn).
Jan Libbenga, 28 Apr 2008
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VXers slap copyright notices on malware

Malware authors have lifted a page from the legit software industry's rule book and are slapping copyright notices on their Trojans.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008

New season Prada phone coming soon to catwalk?

Unconfirmed reports claim that LG is developing a second-generation Prada handset that adds in a slide-out Qwerty keyboard to the current phone’s touchscreen.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008

Nokia decks execs as it counts cost of free music

ExclusiveNokia faces a crippling financial bill for its strategy of bundling free music with handsets, which will give users unlimited song downloads with Nokia phones.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2008

Asus to spin off Eee product line?

Asus is said to be pondering a new lease of life for its Eee PC and other Eee-brand hardware: as a subsidiary company. It's also preparing an 11in laptop too, other moles claim.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2008

Reaper aerial killbots enlist mobile phones against owners

American Predator and Reaper unmanned flying hunter-killer robots will soon be equipped to track and listen in on mobile phones. The move is sure to be greeted with fear among tinfoil-clad bunker residents, but could also lead to calls for a no-nonsense enforcement campaign against noisy cellphone users in public places.
Lewis Page, 28 Apr 2008

AMD touts Business Class service to PC vendors

AMD today tried to claw corporate customers back from Intel with its first ever strictly business platform.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2008

El Reg visits Hyderaspace and sees bullocks, giant rabbits

Hitec City in Hyderabad is the home of Satyam, one of India’s top four IT players, and hosts offices for a raft of other Indian and international tech companies. It used to be a rocky wasteland on the edge of the city that Hyderabadis were afraid to go to – they feared you could be murdered and your body never seen again. Now with companies like Dell, IBM and Oracle setting up shop here alongside the local players, it’s your tech support calls that are likely to end up there...
Joe Fay, 28 Apr 2008

Coldplay in digital and vinyl giveaway

Coldplay have announced they'll be giving away a free download of Violet Hill from their forthcoming album Viva La Vida, as well as an old-school 7-inch vinyl version of the ditty with 7 May's NME.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2008

Nvidia launches entry-level GeForce 9 GPU

Nvidia has tacitly confirmed speculation about the specifications of its upcoming GeForce 9600 GSO graphics card by launching the thing.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2008

UK elections vulnerable to fraud - e-voting no solution

An investigation into the UK's electoral system has found serious failings with security ahead of London's Mayoral elections on Thursday.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2008
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New attack technique threatens databases

Database security expert David Litchfield has published details of a new type of database attack technique. Lateral SQL injection creates a means for hackers to access database data or inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008

Skype comes to mobile (almost)

Skype has launched a beta version of its VoIP client for 50 models of mobile phone - but don't expect free calls, as this VoIP isn't all that it appears.
Bill Ray, 28 Apr 2008
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Western Digital's VelociRaptor primes data center charge

Number two hard drive supplier Western Digital, not currently an enterprise drive supplier, appears to be readying itself to ship 2.5-inch enterprise SAS drives.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2008

Nokia intros snazzy talker trio

Nokia has unveiled a trio of handsets that blend good old-fashioned useful features with smooth lines and nicely coloured bodies.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008

Lightning-zapgun maker gets more US gov cash

A US company developing laser-enhanced electric plasma lightning blaster cannons says it has received further funding from the US military. Applied Energetics (the company formerly known as Ionatron) announced today that it had landed a $4.5m contract to advance its Laser Guided Energy technology (LGE).
Lewis Page, 28 Apr 2008

Natasha Henstridge braces for Impact

In what is quite possibly the most ominous sci-fi news so far this year, Variety reports that Species minx Natasha Henstridge will star in Impact - a TV two-parter featuring a dwarf star hitting the Moon, followed by the usual apocalyptic pandemonium down on Earth.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2008

Apple punts 'Penryn' iMacs

Apple has updated its iMac line of consumer desktops, taking the machines' processor into the 45nm era with a set of 'Penryn' Core 2 Duo options. It upgraded the desktops' graphics too.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2008

Supermarket offers phones for a fiver

You don’t get much for a fiver these days, but Asda has begun connecting people with a claim that it's punting Britain’s lowest priced pay-as-you-go mobile.
James Sherwood, 28 Apr 2008

Botnet agent plays lost sheep to avoid detection

The latest variants of Kraken have thrown up innovations in black hat stealth technology that are making botnets spawned by the malware harder to detect and dismantle.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008
Warning: biohazard

Anti-virus hacking contest polarizes vendors

Security firms have split over the merits of a hacking contest aimed against anti-virus packages planned for August's Defcon conference.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008
Warning Stop

Union blasts chip industry's 'cancer risk denial'

The UK’s largest trade union has slammed the semiconductor industry after it told the British government that a national study to look into the effects of work-related cancer in the chip biz was unnecessary.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2008
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Intel lands Cray

Intel has busted into Cray, securing a deal with the high performance computing specialist to slot Xeon processors in future systems.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Apr 2008

Canuck faces life sentence for nude girl webcam scheme

More charges have been filed against a Montreal man accused of fiendishly using the internet to trick or coerce girls into posing nude for him on webcams.
Dan Goodin, 28 Apr 2008

Microsoft snags Google-thrashing data pioneer

Microsoft has recruited database guru David DeWitt to head up a new database research lab. Based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where DeWitt was until recently professor of computing sciences, the new lab will focus on advanced data-management techniques.
Phil Manchester, 28 Apr 2008

Yahoo! pimping malware from banner ads

Over the past three days, Yahoo has been exposing visitors to banner ads that try to trick them into installing malware, and there's no indication anyone at the company is even aware of the problem.
Dan Goodin, 28 Apr 2008

Citrix scales up NetScaler

Interop 2008Citrix is brushing the cobwebs off its NetScaler line today and introducing a new top-end to its web acceleration appliances.
Austin Modine, 28 Apr 2008
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Google trumpets PageRank for pics

Nearly a decade ago, Google unveiled an algorithm called PageRank, reinventing the way we search for web pages. Now, the company says, it has a technology that can do much the same for online image search.
Cade Metz, 28 Apr 2008

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