11th > July > 2008 Archive

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HP's big splash on EDS all about shrinkage

Comment I love this Mark Hurd guy. He's turning cost-cutting into an art form.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008
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Mobe operators warn of ruin if regulators set roaming charges

The last thing you want when you get back from a holiday abroad is a £200 hike on your cell phone bill, brought about by what are seemingly invisible roaming charges, and usually because the office phoned you, not the other way around. So the battle between the GSMA, representing cellular operators everywhere, and the European Commission, is being keenly watched.
Faultline, 11 Jul 2008
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Dept of Business waves WEEE stick at electronics vendors

The British government is pleased with how the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) disposal scheme is working out, a year on from its inception. Collection has exceeded the EU target by 2kg per person, which is pretty good considering how poorly the UK usually fares with waste disposal and recyling.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2008
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Davis increases majority, says goodbye to Tory front bench

David Davis trebled his majority in his Haltemprice and Howden constituency in yesterday’s by-election, though the 35 per cent turnout will continue to raise questions over how much of a debate on civil liberties he has achieved.
Joe Fay, 11 Jul 2008

The Top Ten 3G iPhone beaters

Round-up Sick to the teeth of 3G iPhone this and 3G iPhone that? Then express your anti-Apple anger by selecting one our list of the top ten feature-packed alternatives. Counting down, in reverse order, we kick of with the...
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Boeing to build combo airship-copter flying cranes

Aerospace behemoth Boeing has announced that it will build a hybrid airship/helicopter combination aircraft, able to lift heavy loads across long distances. Boeing will work with Canadian firm SkyHook International.
Lewis Page, 11 Jul 2008
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El Reg net closes on Street View fleet

Updated It's hats off this sunny Friday to spycar-spotter Andrew Peters, who's clocked a third Street View Orwellian Opel prowling the outskirts of Birmingham (here to be exact):
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008

3G iPhone disassembled, photographed

It didn't take long for someone to splash out on a 3G iPhone and take it to bits. Mac repair specialist iFixit got its handset in New Zealand and has uncovered the phone's interesting under-the-bonnet features.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008

O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand

O2 customers reported that the firm's activation system crashed this morning as they raced to get their new 3G iPhones, but the telco insists everything is going swimmingly.
Joe Fay, 11 Jul 2008

Rambus sues Nvidia

Litigation-loving Rambus has targeted Nvidia with a complaint that alleges the graphics chip specialist has used its memory controller tech without asking.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008
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Public sector faces hefty fines for data breaches

UK state-sector organisations could face seven-figure fines for data breaches, according to the review of data sharing ordered by the prime minister.
Kablenet, 11 Jul 2008
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Ryanair wins German court victory in screen-scraping injunction

Ryanair has claimed a German court victory against a tour company it has accused of screen-scraping its website against its wishes. The airline said that Hamburg Regional Court has awarded it an injunction against Vtours.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2008
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Dancing to power London nightclub

People have done all sorts of things to promote eco-friendliness in the past. But how about boogie-ing your way to a cleaner climate? Now you can, thanks to Dancefloor Power.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Insight buys UK dealership for Cisco glory

Insight Enterprises has gained Cisco Gold Partner accreditation in the UK through the back door - by buying a small reseller that's already got the badge.
Team Register, 11 Jul 2008
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London's black cabs get wireless payment kit

Royal Bank of Scotland is to fit proximity-payment readers into 25 London taxies, allowing punters equipped with wave-and-pay cards to settle any fare under a tenner with a touch of the card.
Bill Ray, 11 Jul 2008
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Alcatel launches 'My First Handset'

It’s hard to believe, but there’s actually a sector of society where people exist without owning mobile phones. Alcatel is trying to change that though and has unveiled a cheap-as-chips handset for first-time phone users.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Kodak unveils 720p HD pocket camcorder

Kodak has launched itself into the so-called “pocket” camcorder market with an HD video camera that’s all about style and portability.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Obama bloats Vista by 11MB

We're very much obliged today to readers Hawkeye and Duncan Lilly for providing evidence that the Beast of Redmond's Vista is not the lean, mean fighting machine it really should be. Try this "important" update warning for size:
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008
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UK games biz demands closer ties with academia

UK videogame industry leaders have demanded greater ties between business and academia to ensure that Britain's games developers remain globally competitive. But will any of them step forward to foster the relationship?
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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ISS cosmonauts extract Soyuz explosive bolt

Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Volkov yesterday ventured outside the International Space Station to remove an explosive bolt from the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft amid suspicions that faulty pyro fittings may have been responsible for two ballistic re-entries into Earth's atmosphere.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008
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Oracle preps summer patch cluster

Oracle is preparing to release 45 security patches on Tuesday 15 July as part of its quarterly update cycle.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2008
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Upgrade drags Stealth Bomber IT systems into the 90s

US aerospace heavyweight Northrop Grumman has revealed some details of a planned upgrade to the computing system of the famous B-2 Stealth Bomber, one of the most expensive and unusual aircraft in the world. According to reports, the well-known but seldom seen ghost bomber will be finally moving up to Pentium processors and code written in C. The B-2 will also get a new disk drive.
Lewis Page, 11 Jul 2008
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Woman finds Lithuanian living in shed

We know that some of you were rather sceptical about the shocking tale of Kosovan loftdwellers, so let's see what you make of the strange case of the Lithuanian lorry driver and the Banbury garden shed.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008
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MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

First question: which electronics manufacturers embed Windows 3.11 for Workgroups in their products? Second question, and much more pressing: why?
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2008
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Thales swoops on nCipher for hardware encryption goodness

Thales, the French defence electronics firm, is buying hardware-based encryption specialist nCipher for around £50.7m ($100.3m). This works out at 300p a share, a 15 per cent premium of nCipher's closing price in London on Thursday and double Wednesday's closing price.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2008

Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090 plasma HD TV

Review How serious are you about your telly? If you find yourself in cocktail-party conversations saying, 'Oh, I don’t really watch TV...' then either you’re in denial, or you haven't seen the latest Pioneer Kuro.
David Phelan, 11 Jul 2008
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Telegraph explains 'Why Heath Ledger will blow us'

A deserved pint for Tim Cuthill come pub o'clock this afternoon, who notes "the importance of titling on web pages and how these are displayed in the title bar of the browser window cannot be underestimated", as this fine example from a well-known UK broadsheet demonstrates:
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008
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FCC chief wants to throttle Comcast

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking aim at Comcast for violating the agency’s guidelines on providing open internet access by blocking P2P traffic across its network and keeping schtum about the policy.
Joe Fay, 11 Jul 2008
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Yoof forum eats schoolkids, spits out ID card robodroids

The Home Office ID card yoof discussion forum has banned users "David Blunkett" and "Jacqui Smith" along with other "inappropriate" comedy logins, while laying a trail of positive comments from shadowy, spookily robotic "students". Elsewhere in the forum the barracking has intensified since the site's wobbly launch earlier this week, but in the Shooters Hill discussion section, a grey army of Shooters (Shooter1 onwards) chants its relentless pro-ID card mantra.
John Lettice, 11 Jul 2008
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Has ISO already rejected anti-OOXML appeals?

The International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) is refusing to discuss a leaked paper that suggests it has already rejected appeals against the ratification of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2008
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HP demonstrates mega-memory concept

Research work on HP's never-ever-forget Memristor concept is proceeding apace. Memristor technology could provide a new type of computer memory that's much faster than flash memory. HP Labs' engineers in Palo Alto have demonstrated control over how the technology operates, opening the door, they say, to its incorporation into integrated circuits (ICs).
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2008
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South African survives exploding fridge attack

RoTM It's been suspiciously quiet of late on the murderous white goods front, but confirmation that your kitchen is still out to get you comes in the form of a chilling exploding fridge attack in South Africa.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008
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Reg readers kickstart WiReD UK recovery

Competition So WiReD magazine is returning to the UK next year, after an 11 year absence. The very idea of "a UK edition of WiReD" is as strange as one of those creepy medical experiments where boffins graft an ear onto the back of a mouse; but you have to admire the suicidal determination of the publisher, Conde Naste.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2008
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Groundbreaking two-in-one tubular console controller uncovered

It’s already been rumoured that Sony’s designing a wireless controller that breaks into two sections. But the electronics giant may have been beaten to it by a similar controller design that’s codenamed 'Darwin'.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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MediaMax/Linkup falls out of the cloud

Notorious San Diego, California-based startup The Linkup (aka MediaMax) has gone titsup.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2008
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Truphone brings VoIP to the iPhone

UK VoIP provider Truphone has managed to get its client into the Apple store, though the application won't make calls over the 3G network and calls it does make won't be free.
Bill Ray, 11 Jul 2008

Gadgets safe from global airport anti-piracy plan

Alarming headlines claiming that our laptop hard drives and iPod libraries could soon be scanned at airports for illegal copies of content are unfounded.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Bic punts 'disposable' pre-charged phone

Next time the missus asks you to pick-up a Bic at the newsagents, you’d be wise to clarify what she’s after. The firm's branching out from disposable razors and pens, and has launched a mobile phone.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008

Europe loves HD TVs - but not HD broadcasts

Only one in five households in Western Europe own an HD TV today, and while that figure is expected to jump to 85 per cent by 2012, most of us will still be watching standard-definition content.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008
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Sony pooh-poohs PS3 price cut

Sony has set in stone its position on PlayStation 3 pricing - and it’s not good news for cash-strapped gamers.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Japanese tiny PC fans offered 50p Eee

Here's a way to get an Asus Eee PC for less than 50p - though flying to Japan to pick it up will set you back rather more than that.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008
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Verizon's open-door policy yields dip stick

The first third-party device has been approved for connection to the Verizon network under the Open Development Initiative, and it's a very exciting electronic dip stick.
Bill Ray, 11 Jul 2008
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AMD takes a $950m hit in Q2

AMD has bitten the write-downs bullet and will take an $880m impairment charge on parts of its ATI Technologies acquisition in its second quarter results.
Joe Fay, 11 Jul 2008
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Dog off the menu at Olympic restaurants

The Beijing Catering Trade Association has ordered 112 official Olympic restaurants to pull dog from their menus, in order to avoid outraging the delicate sensibilities of pet-loving foreign devils.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2008

The iPhone 2.0 update - don't do it, kids

Anyone with a 2G iPhone or an iPod Touch would be well advised to steer clear of the version 2 software, at least until the rush dies down and gives iTunes time to catch its breath.
Bill Ray, 11 Jul 2008
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Sony will fix PS3s bricked by 2.40 update

Sony claims that only a “limited number" of PS3 owners were affected by the infamous v2.40 firmware, but Sony has said it'll replace any console hardware that was nuked by the update.
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Intel stinks

Who let the ass out?
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008
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Patent violation, prosecution, acquisition: pick your top open-source project

The world of open source gets the equivalent of an Oscar awards ceremony later this month when code-host SourceForge announces the winners of its second-annual vote on the community's top projects.
Phil Manchester, 11 Jul 2008

Apple iPhone 3G

Video Review The iPhone 3G went on sale this morning, and we were down at our local O2 store before opening this morning to pick up ours, thanks to the nice chaps at O2 - the UK’s exclusive iPhone carrier.
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Cnet blogger squadron discovers long lines at Apple retail stores

Early this morning, three different Cnet reporters blogged from three different retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. And two others blogged from more retail stores in New York City.
Cade Metz, 11 Jul 2008
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Green-loving California may dodge utility bill bullet

California may get the last laugh standing firm by its tree-hugging ways.
Austin Modine, 11 Jul 2008
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IBM's eight-core Power7 chip to clock in at 4.0GHz

Exclusive IBM looks set to join the seriously multi-core set with the Power7 chip. Internal documents seen by The Register show Power7 with eight cores per processor and also some very, very large IBM boxes based on the chip.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008