17th > July > 2008 Archive


EMC adds Mozy lifesaver to Iomega drives

EMC is rolling together two of its recent acquisitions into a storage bundle that combines both local and remote data backup.
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eBay revenues defy worldwide army of bitter users

Despite a flagging economy - and some serious vitriol from longtime users across the globe - eBay is raking in serious dough.
Cade Metz, 17 2008

Review site furious over McAfee SiteAdvisor 'false alert'

A UK business had to fight for two weeks to clear its name after falsely being accused of harbouring malware by McAfee's SiteAdvisor service.
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Police seek two for C&W network robbery

Hertfordshire Police are searching for two men suspected of involvement in last week's robbery from a network centre in Watford.

Logitech taps into Wii keyboard desire

Logic 3 only unveiled its Wii keyboard earlier this month, but the firm’s offering has already been superseded by a laptop keyboard design from rival manufacturer Logitech.

Dell hit by class action over unpaid overtime

Dell is facing a class action case from 5,000 call centre staff in the US who claim the computer giant has underpaid them since 2004.

Snapper unveiled for the uni-dexter

When you’re out with the kids, you’ll usually have to offload their accessories before you’ve got enough hands free to take a picture. But one intrepid designer’s single-handedly changing all that.
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Clay minerals point to vast Martian lakes

A study published today in Nature indicates that large swathes of the ancient Martian highlands, comprising about half the planet, contain clay-like minerals which can only form in the presence of water, demonstrating that the Red Planet once hosted "vast lakes, flowing rivers and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life", as NASA puts it.

How can I free 'hidden' hard drive capacity?

I'm in the market for a new notebook hard drive. Replacing the old one is easy enough, but here's a thought: I've seen drives that offer 120GB and others that offer 160GB, yet both have one platter and two read/write heads. So, are they identical?

Toshiba readies 400GB monster laptop HDD

Toshiba has spun out six new laptop-friendly hard drives, including a 400GB whopper that sports the world's highest data density to date, the company claimed.
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Voicemail and email make beast with two callbacks

UK start-up Inniu is offering to deliver mobile voicemail messages to your email account for free, arguing that voicemail is still an unwelcome monopoly for most mobile operators.
Bill Ray, 17 2008
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MoD in £1.75m rush order for SAS backpack radars

Farnborough Here at the Farnborough Air Show, the emphasis is mostly on flying machines and associated sky-tech. But there are a few exhibitors who don't have their heads in the clouds. One such company is Plextek, an electronic engineering consultancy outfit based in Cambridge, which is here this week showing off its portable battery-powered radar system - the "Blighter".
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Microsoft eyes AOL takeover

Microhoo Time Warner is still trying to flog AOL to either Yahoo! or Microsoft in the event that their on-off merger talks ending completely.

Shuttle intros Phenom-friendly media centre barebone

Isn't it about time small form-factor specialist Shuttle came up with a new case design? This week, it touted its "new" H7 housing, but plenty of punters will have a job spotting how it differs from the rest.
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Sony names date for Euro 80GB PS3

Sony may have disappointed European PlayStation 3 fans by failing to announce a European launch date for the new 80GB PS3 earlier this week, but it's realised its mistake and confirmed that the model will arrive here next month.
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Tech woes threaten NASA's Moon plan

A leaked internal report shows that NASA's ambitions to get its new moonshot spacecraft off the ground in five years may be thwarted by technical and financial issues.

Firefox sweeps away carpet bombing bug

Mozilla has plugged two critical security holes in versions 2 and 3 of Firefox.
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Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

Nike has decided to withdraw its "Air Stab" range of trainers in the UK in response to "horrified reactions" from consumers and anti-knife charities, the Times reports.
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Pope apologises for Apple's MobileMe sins

Thus it is recorded in the Book of The Times of Los Angeles: "And the Lord said: 'Let there be MobileMe. And there was not MobileMe. And the Lord looked down upon Apple's botched transition and saw that it was not good. And he then told Benny 16 to apologise...'"

Intel Classmate PC lands in UK for £239

Intel's kid-friendly cut-price computer concept has come to the UK courtesy of local supplier Actronix.

Samsung gauges TL9 snapper success

Samsung’s camera designers obviously had a flash of inspiration while they were out for a drive, because the firm’s launched a camera with miniature analogue gauges that display the snapper’s remaining memory and battery life.

Economic downturn pushes up Q2 PC shipments

Global PC shipments rose faster than expected in the second quarter, buoyed by strong demand in emerging markets and price drops in the US and Western Europe, according to analysts.

Apple swipes £121 for 'free' MobileMe trial

Europeans who signed up to a trial of MobileMe are finding mysterious charges on their payment cards of up to £121...for what they thought was a free look at Apple's answer to MS-Exchange.
Bill Ray, 17 2008

French get pre-pay iPhone 3G

Updated Apple's 3G iPhone has gone on sale in France - without the need to take out an airtime contract.
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UK gov announces Road Pricing 2.0 - Managed Motorway

The UK government has announced its plans for the national road network in coming years, assigning funding for a variety of different projects. Transport Minister Ruth Kelly has also published plans for a future of "managed motorways", which will require "a high level of monitoring and compliance to make the package work".

Nokia E71 smartphone

Review The follow-up to the E61 is lighter and thinner, yet packs a 3.2-megapixel camera, push email, HSDPA 3G, a better keyboard, more memory and AGPS... and no Pop-Port.
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Icahn Yahoo! writes! a! letter!

Yahoo! has written another letter to shareholders making clear exactly how and when it would sell to Microsoft and why shareholders should definitely not vote for Carl Icahn and his proposed slate of board directors. It also suggests Yahoo! could sell its Asian business and return money to shareholders.

SAP forces customers onto premium support package

SAP is forcing users to migrate to its top level support program, and charging them an additional 5 per cent of their license maintenance fees a year for the privilege.
Joe Fay, 17 2008
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Romanian cops cuff 24 cybercrime suspects

Romanian police have arrested 24 people, all thought to belong to a single cybercrime gang. The group is suspected of involvement in various identity theft, credit card and auction fraud scams said to have raked in an estimated €400,000 ($634,000) from foreign victims, according to Romanian news reports. Targets of the scams reportedly included eBay, craiglist.com and Equine.com.

SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m Unix royalties

A US district court judge yesterday ordered SCO to pay Novell $2.5m for unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion.

Sony signs up contactless data transfer partners

Widespread adoption of ways to allow data to be transferred between gadgets without them touching each other has taken a step further. Some 15 manufacturers have agreed to push Sony’s TransferJet technology.
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Whitehall orders green paint for IT dept

Whitehall has set out its plan for slashing the carbon footprint of its computer systems, and will send someone round to turn off all its PCs as early as this evening.
Joe Fay, 17 2008

Capita wins NHS website contract

The Department of Health has named Capita as its preferred supplier for the NHS website - NHS Choices.

Sony builds wireless data gang

Sony has signed up some friends to support its short-range radio protocol, TransferJet, as members of the new TransferJet Consortium, but has stopped short of calling the proprietary protocol a standard.
Bill Ray, 17 2008
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Volcanoes fingered in oceanic mass extinction

Scientists reckon they've confirmed what caused an oceanic mass extinction during the late Cretaceous period, 93 million years ago, provoked by a sudden, and previously unexplained "anoxic event" which deprived bottom-dwelling species of oxygen.
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Swedes call on Human Rights Court to review snoop law

A Swedish organisation headed by lawyers and university professors has lodged a complaint this week with the European Court of Human Rights over Sweden’s controversial new snoop law.

Elgato revamps USB tuner line-up

Mac TV tuner specialist Elgato has revamped its entire line of USB sticks, kitting them out with new looks and new features.

Brits won't get PS3 movie, TV downloads until 2009

If you’re a European resident itching to download video content through the PlayStation Network, then Sony’s not your PAL – literally.

Nintendo hints at MotionPlus Remote integration

Nintendo’s hinted that it may integrate MotionPlus into future incarnations of the Wii’s Remote rather than offer it separately.

Weird WEP bug strikes Centrino 2 Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi Link 5000 chip that's part of Intel's newly launched Centrino 2 platform doesn't appear to like security keys that comprise a stack of zeros.
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US sees first airliner flight with laser defences

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trials of laser missile-dazzler defences on airliners have passed another milestone, with armaments maker BAE Systems announcing that its "JetEye" gear has made its first scheduled passenger flight. The JetEye-equipped plane, a Boeing 767 operated by American Airlines, made a routine trip from New York to Los Angeles.
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Consume .NET services without Silverlight

Web bling tone Can Adobe Systems' Flex access Microsoft .NET web services? Adobe tends to promote its own ColdFusion or LiveCycle Data Services for use with Flex, but it also has support for SOAP 1.1.
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Red Hat scores empty patent pledge

America, it's said, is a litigious land with a patent system ripe for exploitation and in desperate need of reform. Red Hat's run-in with Firestar Software seems to prove that.

T-Mobile leak reveals latest Sidekick

The Sidekick handset's been released in so many versions that we’re starting to get confused. Now it’s come to light that another model’s set to slide onto the market within two weeks.
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Leopard pimpin' method madness

Mac secrets Having dipped into the undocumented frame class used by NSWindow to handle the parts of a window not directly under the control of the application program, its time to go further. Let's dig into the methods exposed by the frame class hierarchy.

Microsoft's Live Mesh doesn't want you

When Microsoft's top brass tell people the company's still working on getting its online services right, they ain't kidding.
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Congress accuses American Phorm of 'beating consumers'

When US Congressman Ed Markey asked NebuAd CEO Bob Dykes whether his Phorm-like ad targeting system should require an opt-in, Dykes refused to answer.
Cade Metz, 17 2008
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EU thumps Intel with more anti-AMD charges

It's true. The European Union has thrown a new set of anti-trust allegations at Intel.
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Amazon opens video on demand shop

After failing to change the world with its Unbox video download service, Amazon has unveiled a new online storefront that serves up videos on demand.
Cade Metz, 17 2008

Samsung and Sun make 'ultra-endurance' flash chips

Samsung and Sun Microsystems say they've found a veritable fountain of youth for data center solid-state drives.

AMD loses $1.19bn and CEO Ruiz

AMD today hit Wall Street with a one-two punch. It lost a stunning $1.19bn during the second quarter. And it nudged Hector Ruiz out of the CEO role, replacing him with longtime planned successor Dirk Meyer, who has been President and COO.
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Wall Street frowns on ginormous Google profits

Google's ginormous second quarter profits didn't quite match Wall Street expectations, driving share prices down as much as 7 per cent in after hours trading. But it sounds like Sergey Brin will soon crank that big dial on the company's secret money machine, making everything A-OK in Q3.
Cade Metz, 17 2008