2nd > May > 2008 Archive


Intel sales chief promises Atom bombing

Intel's sales and marketing boss Sean Maloney has vowed to fix the Atom mobile processor supply issues - only he won't commit to a time line.
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Vodafone bundles mobile data

Vodafone has decided to bundle net access with its monthly service packages, whether the punters want it or not.
Bill Ray, 02 2008
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YouTube rolls out Scientology double standard

It seems that YouTube has one set of rules for The Church of Scientology and another set for Scientology's critics.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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Swiss start-up re-broadcasting UK TV channels

An internet start-up is re-broadcasting UK television from Switzerland without the stations' permission. It is re-broadcasting all five UK terrestrial channels online, but claims it is not breaking the law.

Microsoft to punt pensioner-proof PC

Miss Daisy will soon be able to drive herself around a PC, because Microsoft has announced plans to build a senior-citizen friendly PC.
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Mag-lev flywheel UPS firm says shipments speeding up

A company making magnetically-levitated composite fibre flywheels spinning in vacuum bottles at 50,000 rpm claims it has just shipped its 500th unit. Pentadyne Power Corp also announced proudly that a mag-lev whirlywheel it sold to NASA in March 2004 - one of its first deals - has now racked up 35,000 hours operational.
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Creative settles MP3 player capacity clash

Creative has been successfully brought to book over the way it previously calculated hard drive-based MP3 player storage capacities.

Motorola partners with Kodak on cameraphone

Images have emerged of what's claimed to be an upcoming Motorola handset which features a five-megapixel camera from photography heavyweight Kodak.
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Is the earth getting warmer, or cooler?

Analysis A paper published in scientific journal Nature this week has reignited the debate about Global Warming, by predicting that the earth won't be getting any warmer until 2015. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences have factored in cyclical oceanic into their climate model, and produced a different forecast to the "consensus" models which don't.
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HSBC foils '£70m fraud'

An HSBC worker has been charged after police were called in to investigate an alleged attempt to defraud the bank out of a whopping £70m.

Blu-ray-for-Xbox 360 rumours restoked

The Xbox 360 rumour mill is churning again thanks to fresh claims that the Microsoft has placed orders for consoles with Blu-ray Disc drives, allegedly in partnership with a subsidiary of PC manufacturer Asus.
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Legal blow to secret government lobbying

The Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has lost an appeal to keep secret its meetings with business lobbying group the Confederation of British Industry.
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BOFH: The Boss gets Grandpa Simpson syndrome

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 sub-notebook

Review The launch of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 attracted plenty of comment from Register Hardware readers. ‘Pah,' you said, ‘who cares how thin a laptop is?’

Frustration and joy - Microsoft's CTP in action

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 OK, so choosing and installing the hardware - that was easy. I wish I could say the same for the software.
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Robot aircraft 'sense and avoid' gear in flight tests

US aerospace titan Northrop Grumman has commenced flight tests of new "sense and avoid" technology which could be fitted to existing and future unmanned aircraft - or indeed to the long-awaited flying cars - allowing them to fly routinely in civilian airspace. At present, planes which don't carry qualified pilots are subject to special time-consuming bureaucracy before they can make such flights.

Dell revamps liquid-cooled gaming rig

Dell has rolled out its latest XPS gaming desktop - much to the chagrin of its Alienware subsidiary, we expect, which we're sure would prefer it's parent would leave the gaming stuff to the specialist.

Liven up poker games - with storage!

Next time you’re playing poker over a few beers with the boys, you may want to look more closely at the chips. Because a USB flash drive has been invented that hides itself within a poker chip.

EDS sharpens axe for another 90 UK staff

IT outsourcing giant EDS will axe up to 90 UK-based jobs by the end of this month as part of its "ongoing restructuring and re-skilling programme".
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No-fly list grounds US Air Marshals

One aspect of the American response to air safety in the year after the September 11 attacks that generated relatively little controversy was welcome expansion of the Federal Air Marshal program - other than some concerns about what kind of weapons could be used safely within a pressurized cabin, really, who could complain about extra beat cops in the sky? Airport rent-a-cops, that's who.
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The battle of Lesbos: Exclusive combat pic

The Battle of Lesbos - a bitter struggle between practitioners of the Sapphic arts and true Lesbians for the right to bear the name of the sun-kissed Aegean island - took a dramatic turn earlier this week as militant lesbians attempted a beach landing at the lightly-defended resort of Eressos, in the process outflanking militant Lesbian Dimitris Lambrou who'd expected to join battle in an Athens court this summer:
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Japanese council worker in 750k smut site pornathon

A Japanese council employee has set what is likely to remain an unbreakable record for surfing porn at work, after visiting an impressive 750,000 smut websites in just nine months at the rate of 20 pages for each minute he was sat at his desk.

Customers give Dell the finger over keyboard screw-up

Dell has left customers shaking their fists this week after shipping an unspecified number of its Vostro 1310 and 1510 laptops in Europe with the wrong keyboard layout.
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Phorm in phormulaic logo phorm storm

LogoWatch It's come to our attention that "pimp my data" outfit Phorm may not have been as ground-breakingly creative as we'd have expected when knocking together its logo.

Oz cops sound iPod road cross death warning

We didn’t realise it, but an MP3 player can kill you. According to Australian police, that is, who have launched a series of hard-hitting posters designed to stop people crossing roads while changing tracks.
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Nominet critic wins boardroom seat

Nominet members have elected one of its leadership's sharpest critics to the board in a divisive election that some feared could jeopardise the not-for-profit UK domain registry's future in its current form.

Stamping on the spam or wading through it?

It's messy, slippery and gets everywhere, particularly the high-quality stuff. Spam is still the scourge of the unwary company, and if you don't know your whitelists from your blacklists, you might want to check out our new primer for some spam management pointers.
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Big Blue, Intel chat up little guys online

Intel and IBM are trying to drum up more trade in the small and mid-sized (SMB) market by separately launching online offerings that they hope will lure the little people.

Carphone Warehouse cleared out of 8GB iPhones

Carphone Warehouse has rid itself of the 16GB iPhone, having sold out of the 8GB model last week. So did O2, which is now said to be down to its last few 16GB iPhones.
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Indian electronics firm has Moto device biz in its sights

Indian consumer electronics supplier Videocon has been on the blower to Motorola with a view to taking control of the mobe co's devices division for an undisclosed price.
Bill Ray, 02 2008
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Amazon sues New York over Amazon Tax

Amazon has sued New York over an ingenious new law that would force the mega online retailer to collect taxes it doesn't like collecting.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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FISA warrants on a roll - but who needs a warrant?

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Apple update trick triples Safari share

In surreptitiously slipping Safari onto Windows by way of the Apple Updater, Steve Jobs and his minions have tripled the browser's market share.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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Green data center threat level: Not green

Data centers are rampaging energy hogs. If you haven't been thoroughly beaten over the head with that fact already — you'll have to give us a tour of the underside of your rock some time. We're sure it's lovely.

DoJ beats up tech firm for H-1B only job ads

A Pittsburgh computer consultancy is paying $45,000 in civil penalties over claims it discriminated against legal US residents by advertising only for developers on H-1B visas.

Microsoft and Yahoo! renew their marriage talks

Microhoo Microsoft and Yahoo! have pulled their chairs back up to the proverbial negotiating table.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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Open source software is murder

Radio Reg In Russia, they say the only way to untold software riches is to partner with Microsoft. Or at least that's what Microsoft's Russian operatives are telling people these days.
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Sun stock goes degenerate dwarf

Sun Microsystems' shares took a bath today, slipping nearly 23 per cent after the company surprised investors with its worst financial results in over a year. The market reaction sent Sun stock down to its lowest point in nearly six years.

Broadcom shrinks Ethernet switching gear to 65nm

Interop 2008 Broadcom has refreshed its lineup of Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, bestowing them with smaller 65nm chips in time to show at Interop in Las Vegas.