2nd > July > 2008 Archive


TSA says 'checkpoint friendly' laptop bags on the way

US airline travelers may have an opportunity to skip one particular round of manhandling by Transportation Security Administration agents this year.

Is SproutCore worth the Flash and Java iPhone snub?

A little-known open-source project became the subject of intense interest recently, following a session at Apple's developer conference in San Francisco, California. That project? SproutCore.
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How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

Updated As the AVG LinkScanner continues to spew fake traffic across the internet, web masters say they've uncovered a reliable means of filtering these rogue hits from their log files.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market.
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Observers criticise London e-count

The body which provided official observers to the London elections has said it was given insufficient evidence to feel confident in the results.
Kablenet, 02 2008

Leaked AMD southbridge details yield 'Fusion' CPU snippets

AMD's next-gen southbridge chip, called the SB800 and revealed yesterday, is being designed with the company's 'Fusion' processor in mind.
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El Reg procures OGC mousemat

LogoWatch exclusive We're absolutely delighted this morning to bring readers concrete proof of the Office of Government Commerce's rebranding folly, in the form of this splendid mousemat:

AMD records Q1 marketshare gain

AMD fanboys today jumped on figures from market watcher iSuppli highlighting marketshare gains made by the chip maker, but the picture's not as clear as they would like.

What's going to power Small, Cheap Computers?

Between the mobile phone and the laptop computer a new class of device is emerging, and control of it is up for grabs - it appears the next battle will be fought between seasoned industry scrappers and young bloods over the 'armtop'.
Bill Ray, 02 2008

Yes! It's the Star Wars Nintendo DS stylus!

If your Nintendo DS’ stylus doesn’t deliver enough 'schvvvvoom' when you swing it, then why not pimp it up with a Star Wars lightsabre?
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Cable and Wireless left cableless by double line break

Several of Cable and Wireless' large corporate customers were booted offline on Moday night when its Leeds data centres fell to an unlikely double cable break.

Blockbuster withdraws $1bn Circuit City bid

Blockbuster Inc. yesterday backed away from its $1bn bid for consumer electronics retailer Circuit City citing gloomy “market conditions”.

Olympus creates 360° camera lens

Wet Wet Wet sang that "love is all around”, but Olympus thinks that photography should be too. That’s because the firm claims to have developed the world’s first camera able to snap full 360° images.

Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc player

Video Review This Sony is a particularly fine example of a sub-£300 Blu-ray machine. Dubbed the BDP-S300, it costs just £200 if you shop around online. That’s super-cheap - but can it actually deliver on performance?
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Land Warrior wearable war-smartphone survives Iraq baptism

The world's first unit of digitally networked foot soldiers returns from combat in Iraq this week. Reports have it that the American troops' controversial "Land Warrior" wearable-node technology has changed in both role and configuration during its 15-month baptism of fire. Indications are that the equipment - slated for disposal by army chiefs just last year - has done well enough that it will now live on.

Nintendo cans DVD Wii plan

Plans to let Wii owners play DVDs through the console have, for now at least, been shelved by Nintendo, according to a Japanese report.
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eBay Australia faces PayPal fury

eBay Australia's attempt to force all sellers to use PayPal is failing to win over users and still faces a competition investigation.
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Virgin Media ads throttled by peak time bandwidth squeeze

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rapped Virgin Media for making dodgy claims about its download speeds after a complaint by rival BT.
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Asus readies iMac attack with all-in-one Eee

Asus' attempt to conquer the world with its Eee family continues with the appearance this week of an iMac-alike all-in-one desktop model.
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90 per cent of Sony devices to be networked by 2010

Sony intends to have 90 per cent of its products networked up by 2010, though how many of them will be using the company's proprietary TransferJet technology remains to be seen.
Bill Ray, 02 2008

Microsoft turns up volume with new licensing agreement

Microsoft yesterday announced that it has revised its volume licensing agreements – effectively shackling its mid-size and large business customers to lengthy new contracts.
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Court rules 90s UK.gov wiretaps violated human rights

Liberty called for an overhaul of RIPA yesterday after the European Court of Human Rights slapped the UK government over the way it applied the UK's previous interception legislation.
Joe Fay, 02 2008
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$5.8m payout draws line under FBI's anthrax screw-up

When the US Department of Justice agreed to pay Steven J. Hatfill $5.82 million in damages for trashing his life and reputation late last week, it was another big low in the mess that's been the Amerithrax 2001 case. With the de facto exoneration of Hatfill, who had been dubbed a "person of interest" by the FBI, bystanders can conclude the agency has no evidence and no valid notion of who may have been responsible for the mailings of anthrax powder which resulted in five deaths seven years ago.

Chillblast Fusion Juggernaut gaming PC

Review UK-based gaming PC specialist Chillblast is a master in the art of overclocking, producing systems that perform blisteringly fast - yet entirely stable: its latest desktop creation is the Fusion Juggernaut.

Xbox 360 pricing downed Down Under

Australian gamers have become the latest console fans to benefit from Microsoft’s ongoing series of regional Xbox 360 price cuts.
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Top airline bosses launch assault on airport ID card plan

The bosses of the UK's major airlines have attacked plans to force airport workers to enrol in the national ID card scheme, claiming that "the UK aviation industry is being used for political purposes on a project which has questionable public support."* If anything the move, they say, could reduce security by adding a "false sense of security to our processes."
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Google's Street View spycar clocked in London

It's time to lock up your daughters, and here's why: The roving spycar of Google's Street View has been spotted prowling the mean streets of London...
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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

Sir Alan Sugar is leaving Amstrad a year after he sold the set-top box maker business to BSkyB.
Joe Fay, 02 2008
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Court slaps UK BitTorrenters with landmark damages award

The Central London County Court has ordered four BitTorrent users to pay a video games company £750 interim damages following a landmark victory by no win, no fee copyright lawyers.

Super-safe storage surfaces

If you thought that viruses were one of the most likely things to damage your data, then think again - it could well be fire and water. Thankfully, there’s a solution.
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HP VP charged for trying to pass on IBM trade secrets

A former Hewlett-Packard vice president has been charged by US federal prosecutors for allegedly attempting to pass trade secrets from his previous employer, IBM Corp, to senior HP execs.

Asahi premiers pint-pulling robo-barman

Video Report Friends, does life get any better than this? It’s a robot. It grins. It serves you beer. Watch - and drool. Hands up if you want one?
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UK.gov launches data mash-up competition

The UK government is starting a competition to find funky, Web 2.0 ways to mash up its data, man.

AT&T: pay-as-you-go iPhones will be locked

AT&T has revealed that non-contract, unsubsidised 3G iPhones will be tied to the network, dashing hopes that PAYG models might be more portable than the cheaper, subsidised versions of the handset.

Acer punts £199... er... £220... er... Linux laptop

Acer has clarified its pricing plan for the eagerly awaited Aspire One sub-notebook - and it's clarified the price upwards.
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Microsoft targets online Office bundle at US cheapskates

Microsoft has tied up with ailing US retailer Circuit City to launch its Office and security subscription service which hits the market bearing the moniker "Equipt".

Chinese cops opt for Segways

Chinese authorities are going high-tech and have begun equipping elite crime fighting units with motorised Segway scooters.

IBM rids world of mainframe up-start PSI, inherits Itanium server biz

Platform Solutions Inc. (PSI), the upstart mainframe house that's been leading international anti-trust charges against IBM, has today been bought by, er, IBM.

Parallels forms Windows containers on HP's Itanium servers

Parallels is giving some delayed attention to Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers today.
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The9 exposed as China's supercomputing powerhouse

Exclusive For more than six months, a list ranking the top supercomputers in China has been floating around, but no one has managed to solve its riddle.
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Midwestern data pimping alive and well

Though the head of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet has urged American ISPs to "hold off" on the use of so-called behavioral ad systems, it seems at least one company has yet to heed the suggestion.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

So, everyone and their brother is yapping about a recent blog post from Microsoftie Dare Obasanjo, who says he knows lots o' people who've forsaken Larry and Serg for Big Steve.
Cade Metz, 02 2008
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Bill Gates battles Kermit the Frog in the name of open source

Radio Reg Every time Mark Shuttleworth farts an angel gets its wings. Or at least that's what his girlfriend told me.
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Jobs and Apple board fingered in backdating civil lawsuit

The US Securities and Exchange Commission may have washed its hands of the Apple stock option backdating affair, but Steve Jobs and company aren't quite clear of the dirt yet.