25th > June > 2008 Archive

Xbox 360 owners tougher than PS3 fans - survey

Are you interested in home décor? Do you think friends more important than family? Does standing out in a crowd make you sweat? If you answered 'yes' to all of those questions, then you’re probably a PlayStation 3 owner, according to the latest research.

Eclipse will be watching you very closely

The Eclipse Foundation wants to know who is using Eclipse and how they are using it ahead of next year's planned mega release.
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easyJet warns Expedia: 'Hands off our flights'

Exclusive Budget airline easyJet.co.uk has warned Expedia.co.uk to stop selling its flights via its website or face the possibility of legal action.
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Nokia pays 8 2* years' royalties in advance

Nokia has paid €264m for outright ownership of Symbian, which sounds like a lot until you realise that's about what the Finnish giant will owe in royalty payments over the next 8 2* years, so the question becomes not why they bought Symbian, but why they are letting everyone else share the goodies.
Bill Ray, 25 2008

Intel preps gaming-oriented chipset for 'Nehalem'

Intel looks set to follow the release of its 'Bloomfield' 45nm processors - all based on the 'Nehalem' architecture - with a gamer-oriented chipset, the X58.
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T-Mobile launches price promise

T-Mobile reckons it can beat any competitor's tariff, and is promising more minutes for your money even if you're in the middle of your contract, though as ever the devil is in the detail.
Bill Ray, 25 2008

Panasonic parent makes 30in OLED TV play

Matsushita - best known as the owner of Panasonic - will be punching out 37in OLED TVs within three years, it has been claimed.

Intel knocks back dual-core Atom debut

Speculation a month or so back that Intel will soon be releasing a dual-core Atom processor failed to be followed by the anticipated announcement. Now we know why: shortages of the single-core version.

AMD launches hotter dual-slotter

AMD has rolled out the Radeon HD 4870. The chip maker touted the GPU's ability to churn through more than a trillion floating-point calculations each second. It also heralded the part as the first to be connected to GDDR 5 memory.
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HSBC scripting flaws play into the hands of phishers

Several HSBC websites are subject to scripting flaws that create a possible mechanism for crooks to create more convincing phishing scams.

Eco-activist gets tougher with gadget makers

Sony and Sony Ericsson (SE) may have topped Greenpeace’s latest Guide to Greener Electronics, but almost all manufacturers saw their scores plunge thanks to new, more stringent marking criteria.
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Ofcom chairman will quit next Easter

Ofcom's first chairman Lord David Currie is to quit next year, the communications regulator has announced today. No replacement has been named.

Microsoft dishes up Mac Office converters

Microsoft has finally released file format converters that allow Office 2004 for Mac to read the Open XML file formats that were introduced in Office 2007 for Windows.
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Culture of insecurity blamed for HMRC data loss

A culture of insecurity rather than mistakes by any single official has been blamed for the HMRC data loss debacle, an official inquiry is expected to report on Wednesday.
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RFID could kill you

Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that RFID systems, intended for tracking hospital kit, can fatally interfere with life-support systems from a distance of 30 centimetres.
Bill Ray, 25 2008
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Staff internet policies must be Facebook-ready, warns expert

Dealing with staff who misbehave on the web may be hampered by office policies written without Web 2.0 sites in mind, an employment expert has said. The warning follows disciplinary action against 18 police officers who boasted about crashes on Facebook.
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Boris' crime map plan comes unstuck

Boris Johnson's manifesto pledge to provide detailed crime maps of London has hit problems with privacy regulators.
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Bus-spotting paedo terror bust: Shock CCTV image

Our recent piece on the terrorist paedophile bus-spotter driven off the UK's streets by public and police hostility prompted a certain amount of speculation as to what exactly are your rights when you whip off the lens cap.

Motorola preps 'great' 8Mp cameraphone?

Sony Ericsson only recently unveiled its eight-megapixel Cyber-shot C905 phone, but speculation is rife that Motorola’s set to steal its rival's thunder by releasing its own 8Mp handset.

Staffer spills beans on O2 UK 3G iPhone launch

If you’re itching to buy the 3G iPhone on 11 July, then you’d better set your alarm-clock because O2 is said to be letting the first devices leave its stores at 7am – provided you pass a credit check.
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Let air passengers smoke dope, say Denver potheads

A pro-marijuana group has come up with an ingenious plan to combat air rage - let passengers skin up before flying out of Denver International Airport (DIA) which has become "a hot spot for arrests of drunken, unruly airplane passengers", according to the Denver Post.
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Germany, Spain and Belgium get free mobile calls

Ad-financed network operator Blyk has announced plans for expansion into Germany, Belgium and Spain, taking the concept of mobile-phone operator for freeloaders right across Europe.
Bill Ray, 25 2008

Asus: Eee Box fast-boot tech a boon for flustered females

Asus' recent launch of the initially Linux-less Eee Box compact desktop PC mentioned the machine will come with ExpressGate fast info access technology. But what does it do exactly?
Hard Reg, 25 2008

Dell coughs to second Vostro laptop keyboard cock-up

Despite admitting a month ago that it had shipped Vostro laptops to Europe with the wrong keyboard, Dell confessed this week that it has made the same blunder again.
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Facebook takes a break

Social networking site Facebook is mainly unavailable this afternoon.

Thailand to get Acer Aspire One first?

With still no official word from Acer on the Aspire One Eee PC rival's release date over here, we're left looking oversees for hints. Specifically to Thailand, where the Small, Cheap Computer is due to go on sale at the start of July.
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Tennis sites hit by drive-by download attacks

Two high-profile tennis websites are among scores of victims of a new wave of SQL injection attacks. The website of game regulators ITF and ATP, the professional players tour, were hit by automated attacks in the run-up to this week's Wimbledon championship.

Adobe swings out Acrobat 9

Adobe Systems today released the latest version of its document creation software – Acrobat 9.

Yahoo! Mail! vuln! fixed!

Yahoo! has fixed a vulnerability that left users of its popular webmail service at risk of having their login credentials stolen.
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UK.gov calls on white hat hackers to spot data leaks

The civil service's systems will be subjected to new attacks by independent white hat hackers in a bid to spot weaknesses in government data handling before catastrophic losses occur, it was announced today.
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Dutch government gags Oyster researchers

The publication of a scientific paper by Radboud University that discusses design flaws of the MIFARE chip in cards such as the Oyster travelcard may be in jeopardy. Dutch secretary of state Tineke Huizinga has urged the university not to publish any secrets that may lead to abuse.
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Science MPs horrified by UK bio-lab management

MPs have painted a embarrassing picture of the UK’s bio research facilities, describing some labs as “shabby” and “deplorable” after years of underinvestment and neglect.
Joe Fay, 25 2008
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Beeb's online music stations get rewind button

The BBC has launched a raft of updates to its iPlayer on demand service, including the long-awaited ability to rewind music radio stations online.

Maxdata goes titsup

Maxdata has gone bust. The German computer manufacturer filed for insolvency proceedings at the Local Court in Essen today.
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Spam DDoS assault cuts off south Pacific state

Citizens of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific have been left without a functioning email systems following a denial of service attack on the country's sole ISP.
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Charter suspends NebuAd data-pimping experiment

Charter Communications has suspended plans to deploy NebuAd's web usage tracking technology following howls of protest from critics who say that practice seriously compromised the privacy of subscribers.

Loewe polishes off crystal-studded sets

Today’s pop stars love getting blinged, sorry, 'iced' up. So, what better way to follow in their footsteps than to watch them on a jewel-clad telly?
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Hyperic tells Amazon's cloud to turn its head, cough

Open source systems management specialist Hyperic is sticking its inquisitive probe into Amazon.com's cloud.

JVC docks into iPod TVs

JVC’s latest line of HD TVs include all the usual features you’d expect, including HD resolution and HDMI ports. But the range also boasts one slightly quirky feature: an iPod docking station.
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WebLogic man goes full circle with SpringSource

We had an interesting conversation with Peter Cooper-Ellis, the guy who ran product management at BEA Systems from the time it acquired WebLogic and who's now taking on a similar role with SpringSource. Obviously, in the wake of the Oracle acquisition, it's not surprising that Cooper-Ellis jumped ship.
Tony Baer, 25 2008

Utility computing's 'dirty little secret'

Structure 08 Cloud computing has its very own catch-22. If we can tap into the cloud, grabbing our compute resources on the fly, we can free ourselves from the old school software licensing models. But old school software licensing models may prevent us from tapping into the cloud.
Cade Metz, 25 2008

Dell develops ultra-efficient server power supplies

Dell is fussing over itself again for being such a brilliant shade of eco-friendly green. No surprise. We dare say Michael Dell himself weeps a single tear of amber when you drop a paper coffee cup into the trash.

North Carolina will pay IBM $750,000 for 10 jobs

North Carolina will do just about anything to keep technology companies happy, including offering IBM up to $750,000 to bring just 10 jobs to the state.

Google urged to make a more loving cloud

Structure 08 Yes, Google has opened its cloud to every developer down on earth. But for some, it's not quite as open as it should be.
Cade Metz, 25 2008
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Red Hat rolls along in Q1

Strong sales helped Red Hat's first fiscal quarter 2009 get a healthy increase of cash flow, but internal investments and taxes somewhat stymied the Linux licenser's end results.

Trojan heralds OS X's 'new phase of exposure to malware'

The Mac security scene is heating up, with the discovery in recent weeks of a serious vulnerability in OS X and at least two Trojan horse programs that target the Apple OS.
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Oracle reports bumper results

Oracle's decision to buy 40 software companies continues to pay off, as it announced annual and quarterly earnings growth of nearly a third.