19th > June > 2008 Archive


New vistas with windows frames

Mac Secrets Time to look at the mysterious 'borderView' object, used by the Cocoa libraries to render a window to the screen. Although you'll not often need the specialised facilities provided by the border view, they can be very useful when creating certain kinds of application.

European release date inked for Samsung Omnia

Speculation continues to grow over the date on which Samsung will release its latest would-be iPhone killer, the Omnia, to European customers.

Japanese mobile-based bank cashing in

Japanese carrier KDDI hopes the country's mobile users will soon begin shunning physical cash, as it's created a bank of its very own, paving the way for more mobile-mediated payments.
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Tumble dryer bites woman in Weston-super-Mare

RoTM A Weston-super-Mare woman is lucky to have survived an encounter with an obstreperous tumble dryer after a simple fluff-removal operation ended in an emergency services tin-snip deployment, a local rag breathlessly reports.

Bugs casts shadow over Firefox 3

Firefox 3 is only hours old but flaw finders have already located bugs in the browser bairn.

FSA fines stockbrokers for poor data security

A firm of stockbrokers has been fined for failing to adequately protect its customers from the risk of identity fraud. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said its mistakes included failing to manage the risks introduced by staff using instant messaging and web-based email.
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Vodafone hangs up on Tiscali auction

Vodafone has done an about-face on its ambition to acquire Tiscali's broadband punters, according to a report.
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Could pen-sized GPS jammers paralyse UK shipping?

Analysis Contractors and sector-straddling quangocrats sought yesterday to convince politicians of the need to spend defence or security funds on radio-based backups for GPS satnav, according to reports.

US school cheat hack suspect faces 38 years jail

Updated A pair of US teens are looking at an extended spell behind bars over accusations they hacked into school computers to change their grades.

Snail mail goes hi-tech – literally

Email’s near-instant delivery speed is one of its best selling points, but a group of British artists are challenging that with a work that uses living snails to deliver email in a true 'snail mail' fashion.
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Oxford tops Blighty university rankings

A well-known annual league table of British universities has been published today, and flies in the face of basic common sense by placing Oxford top. The Times Good University Guide is issued by the well-known London newspaper, whose reputation for impartiality has suffered ever since it was bought by billionaire media tyrant Rupert Murdoch - an Oxford graduate.

Nokia N78

Review Nokia’s latest N-series "multmedia computer" bundles a 3.2-megapixel camera, music player, satnav and maps into a sleek go-anywhere, do-it-all device.
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Big TV flips ad blockers the bird

At Hulu - the ad-driven streaming video site cooked up by media giants NBC and News Corp. - you can watch mainstream feature films and big-name TV shows without paying a penny. But you aren't welcome if you've installed an ad blocker.
Cade Metz, 19 2008
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Yahoo! email! fans! get! more! domains!

Yahoo!’s free online email service is to grow new tentacles with the company planning to add two domains alongside its existing “@yahoo.com” addresses.
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New mobe operator slash Wi-Fi hotspotter launches in UK

Just when you thought the UK mobile phone business was pretty much settled along comes UK01, claiming its place as the sixth mobile phone operator and brandishing its own GSM spectrum to prove it.
Bill Ray, 19 2008
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Do you know how much of your porn is extreme?

Updated It seems likely that the government thought that passing a new law on extreme porn would be the last word on the matter. Recent events in Birmingham suggest that this may not quite be the case.

3G iPhone packs in $100 of hardware - analyst

Apple's 3G iPhone costs just $100 to make, it has been claimed. Yet Asian component makers are jumping for joy at the boost they expect the handset will make to their revenues.

Smile! You're on grin-gauging HD camcorder

Smile detection has already taken over the compact-camera market, so it was only a matter of time before one manufacturer became the first to integrate the toothy feature into an HD camcorder.
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Net addiction a 'clinical disorder', says US shrink

A US psychiatrist has declared internet addiction a "clinical disorder" with some sufferers so hooked on cyberspace they "required medication or even hospital treatment to curb the time they spent on the web".
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British Columbia stray foot tally hits six

The British Columbia stray foot tally yesterday reached a round half dozen with the discovery of a size 10 right foot wearing a black Adidias trainer which turned up on a beach in Vancouver Island.

WD RAIDs up My Book external hard drive

Western Digital has rolled out one its My Book external hard drives, this time packing a pair of disks in RAID configuration to guard against data loss.
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Jumbo bug crashes Cisco anti-hacker appliances

Security appliances from Cisco can crash when handling Jumbo Ethernet frames, the networking giant warned on Wednesday.
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Preachers caught squatting in white spaces

The Wireless Innovation Alliance has written an open letter to the FCC accusing US churches, clubs and events of illegally operating in the white space they want for themselves - though it says it's prepared to compromise in exchange for access.
Bill Ray, 19 2008

AMD SB750 chip to support 'OverDrive Extreme' overclocking

AMD's upcoming SB750 southbridge chip, destined for use with the 790FX and 790GX chipsets, is set to allow the company's Black Edition CPUs to be overclocked further than was previously possible.
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Google faces probe over Yahoo! advertising deal

Google and Yahoo! will face a competition probe over their proposed advertising deal. The inquiry will look at whether the deal gives the already-dominant Google too much market power.
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Devil dog laughs in the face of Taser

A Saarf London teen's Staffordshire Bull Terrier was earlier this week shot dead by police after an attempt to subdue the devil mutt with a Taser failed to stop it in its tracks.
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Mario Puzo's son sues Paramount over Godfather royalties

The son of The Godfather author Mario Puzo yesterday filed suit against Paramount Pictures claiming $1m in damages over a 2006 Electronic Arts game based on the classic Mafia tale, AP reports.

AMD rolls out Radeon HD 4850

AMD has launched its Radeon HD 4800 series, kicking the next-gen GPU line off with the 4850, aka 'RV770'. Expect a second chip, the 4870, next week on Wednesday 25 June, our moles tell us.

Sanyo invites you to splash out on 52in waterproof HD TV

Fans of Singing In The Rain can now actually watch the film in a downpour, because Sanyo has produced a waterproof 52in HD TV.
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We've harvested your green computing views

Reg Tech Panel Oh no, not another 'green' report. Yep. But this time it's the result of teamwork between you (well, the 1474 of you who responded to our survey), The Register and FreeForm Dynamics.
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Sprint promises WiMAX in September

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has laid out a schedule for the company's much-awaited WiMAX deployment, which will now be launched in Baltimore in September. Washington DC and Chicago will also get coverage before the end of the year.
Bill Ray, 19 2008

Sky HD prices to tumble next month

Sky is to knock £99 off the price of its Sky HD satellite TV set-top box, reducing the price of the hardware from £249 to £150.

Apple out to trump gadget warranty fraudsters

If you’ve dropped your iPhone down the privy and tried to get a new one by saying “it simply stopped working”, your cover’s blown. Apple is working to prove when a gadget’s been damaged by water.

SMS addiction awakens 'sleep-texting' phenomenon

Drinking and texting is a recipe for disaster, but you’re not likely to text an ex when you’re asleep in bed, right? Wrong, 'cause some now suffer from a sleep-texting affliction, it's been claimed.

UK Unix group vows to appeal OOXML ruling

A group of UK open source supporters today slammed a High Court judge’s decision to reject its call for a review of the British Standards Institution’s approval of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard.
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Bogus Beijing earthquake reports used to spread malware

Supected botnet operators are using false reports that a fictitious earthquake near Beijing could disrupt the Olympic games to spread malware.

Asus Eee Box to debut in UK... minus Linux

Exclusive Asus will bring the Eee Box desktop to the UK in August. However, the company confirmed to Register Hardware that machine will initially only ship with Windows XP Home Edition.

Apple sells 5bn iTunes songs

Apple has announced that over five billion songs have been downloaded worldwide through its iTunes online store in the past five years.
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Freescale loves open and closed source equally

Freescale Semiconductor, whose chips power a broad range of business and consumer devices, has spread its bets in embedded software development by joining the open source Eclipse Foundation and Microsoft's embedded partner programme.
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Red Hat opens Satellite service code for Spacewalk

Summit Red Hat is opening the code of its Network Satellite Server, the locally hosted service behind the Red Hat Network (RHN) management platform.
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eBayer slaps $714 price tag on $630 in cash

In an attempt to game Microsoft's new Live Search Cashback program, an eBayer has put a $714 price tag on $630 in cash.
Cade Metz, 19 2008
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MySQL quits Torvalds' former BitKeeper love interest

MySQL has ended its five-year relationship with BitKeeper and handed all code management for its database to a Canonical-backed system to secure broader community input on development.

Are Dell's Energy Smart servers really smart at all?

A couple of years ago, Dell launched a new line of so-called Energy Smart servers. They were billed as modified versions of the company's standard PowerEdge systems, which cost a bit more up front but helped customers save more money over the long haul by reducing power consumption. But, we wondered, how smart were the Energy Smart systems here in 2008. Or more precisely, is Dell living up to its green computing claims?
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Cobbler pieces together mass Red Hat Linux installations

Summit One of the main community-driven projects that prompted Red Hat to open source its Satellite code today was the Linux boot server, Cobbler.
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AVG fake traffic spares Google AdWords

Yes, AVG's LinkScanner is spewing fake traffic across the internet, messing with the log files and bandwidth budgets of web sites large and small. But there's one thing it doesn't mess with: search engine paid clicks.
Cade Metz, 19 2008