19th > August > 2008 Archive


Red rag, meet bull: The software resilience gamble

New research alertYou, the fine Reg readers, recently regaled us with the gory details of your application failures - and it ain't too pretty. It turns out that a large majority of you find business is disrupted by app failure way too often.
Martin Atherton, 19 Aug 2008

NASA to brief on manned spaceship 'concerns'

NASA will map the future of manned spacecraft later today, following long-running rumours of possible delays to the programme and increasing worries of over-reliance on Russian technology to support the International Space Station.
Lewis Page, 19 Aug 2008

Intel adds 22nm octo-core 'Haswell' to CPU design roadmap

IDFIntel's 'Tick, Tock' model of chip development is now well established and mapped out through the transition from 45nm to 32nm. Now we know what's happening at the 22nm.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008
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Game sharer gets £16K fine

A woman who put a copy of Dream Pinball 3D on a file-sharing network must pay £16,000 to the games maker and its lawyers.
John Oates, 19 Aug 2008

Vodafone jacks up UK prices

Vodafone will jack up its prices next month, it said today. Standard call charges will rise from 15p to 20p per minute for pre-pay customers and contract minutes outside monthly inclusive packages.
Christopher Williams, 19 Aug 2008

Japanese photographers offered recyclable camera

A Japanese electronics store has begun selling a digital camera that will definitely be recycled - because otherwise you won’t get a copy of your photos.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

Skinny ThinkPad X300 gains Centrino 2 tech

Lenovo has revised its ultra-skinny ThinkPad X300 notebook for the Centrino 2 age, revamping the machine's spec and renaming it the X301.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008

Symantec nabs PC Tools for added street cred

Security and storage giant Symantec has agreed to buy specialist Australian-based anti-spyware firm PC Tools. Terms of the deal were undisclosed in Monday's announcement.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2008

Nokia rolls in sportscar-styled Arte phone

Nokia has extended its high-end Arte mobile phone range with a model that sounds as though all the materials were nicked from a luxury sports car.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

Teachers give toilet CCTV top marks

As schools increasingly opt to install cameras in their pupils’ toilets, a survey this week shows the message from some teachers is “do as we say, not as we do”.
Jane Fae , 19 Aug 2008

Apple tops customer satisfaction poll as rivals' ratings slide

Apple has been named the computer maker that most satisfies its customers after it scored a personal best of 85 out of 100 - ten points above its nearest rival, Dell - in a key US customer satisfaction index.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008
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Intel slings sue ball at N-Data

Intel has filed a lawsuit against Negotiated Data Solutions, LLC (N-Data) in a royalties dispute about the industry standard for Ethernet computer networking.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2008

Alienware Area-51 m15x gaming laptop

ReviewAlienware claims that its Area-51 m15x gaming laptop is the "fastest 15.4in notebook ever". Not true if you opt for the basic m15x with Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor however.
Leo Waldock, 19 Aug 2008
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Googlephone is coming soon

T-Mobile will launch an Android phone this year and with Google allowing developers access to version 0.9, we'll soon see if it has managed the finesse of an iPhone with Nokia-grade functionality.
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2008

Vodafone exec stabbed to death in country home

Police are questioning a man following the murder of a senior Vodafone UK executive on Saturday.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2008

ICANN backs auction of disputed domains

The body behind the internet's addressing systems has said that it will settle disputes over who wins the right to new generic top level domains (gTLDs) by auction.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Aug 2008

Surveillance Teddy nabs granny-bag robber

An NHS care assistant who stole from a grandmother dying of cancer was nabbed in the act by an electronically enhanced teddy bear, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 19 Aug 2008

Another 60 days' free MobileMe service, madam?

Apple has added 60 days onto the end of every MobileMe subscription, in another attempt to pacify punters still unhappy with the online synchronisation service.
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2008

Is Zune finally coming to Europe?

Many European iPod haters have prayed for the Zune’s arrival. Now US Federal Communications Commission documents have revealed that if it does land this side of the Pond, we could be in for a storage treat.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

The Terminator's back - as a DVD player

The Terminator said he’d be back, but we didn’t know he meant as a consumer gadget. But the robot that once tried to destroy the human race has been recycled, into a DVD player.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

Duke Nukem to make Xbox debut

If aliens recently invaded your home to enslave your womenfolk, then don’t fret. Simply log onto Xbox Live and call up the ultimate cigar smoking hero, who’s all about alien bashing and leering at ladies.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008
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iPod Nano trouser fireballs sweep Japan

The long dry* summer wears on, rendering habitats parched and flammable as tinder. Pockets containing iPods are one such habitat and the annual outbreak of gadgetry-related conflagrations is under way.
Lewis Page, 19 Aug 2008

Dell extends laptop warranties to cover duff Nvidia GPUs

Dell has extended the warranties on certain laptops that incorporate Nvidia GPUs by a further 12 months.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008

A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

Vista’s death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2008

Palm to unveil Treo Pro today?

Palm looks set to announce the Treo Pro today, according to an email sent out by one of its media agencies.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008

Goldfish customers sent wrong bills

A printing mix-up resulted in thousands of Goldfish credit card customers receiving other people's bills.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2008

Network Solutions falls off the web

Network Solutions - the company that resells top level domains like .com and .net - seems to have misplaced its own website.
John Oates, 19 Aug 2008

Red Devil assaults Burnley FC's stadium roof

Burnley FC has suspended all pre-match entertainments at its Turf Moor stadium after a member of the elite Red Devils parachute team performed an unscheduled assault on the roof of the ground's David Fishwick stand, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2008

3 launches second-gen Skypephone

Skype and network operator 3 obviously think they’re onto a winner with the Skypephone, so the duo’s teamed-up again to launch the brand’s second handset.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

Russell Crowe to play Bill Hicks?

It appears we have the leaves of Sherwood Forest to thank (or blame, depending on your viewpoint) for a possible outing of Aussie thespo Russell Crowe as legendary US comedian Bill Hicks.
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2008

UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on snooping silo

ExclusiveThe government is pressing ahead with plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on a massive central silo for all UK communications data, The Register has learned.
Christopher Williams, 19 Aug 2008

Free the airwaves, cries Google

Google has launched another round in the PR battle over American white space, with a new website asking visitors to sign a petition to convince the FCC to allow unlicensed use of the spaces between TV channels.
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2008

Spice up your Apple applications

Mac SecretsApple's "Professional" range of applications such as Final Cut Studio, Aperture or Logic Express have a completely different look to the standard Aqua color scheme. This comes courtesy of a private framework called ProKit.framework, intended to make Apple's professional software stand out from the crowd.
Dave Jewell, 19 Aug 2008

Microsoft slackens VM licensing rules

Microsoft will relax its virtual machine licensing policy to make it easier for businesses to move a VM freely about physical servers.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2008

Mystery Fedora disruption prompts security fears

The majority of servers supporting the Fedora Linux distribution were back online on Tuesday following a mystery disruption.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2008

Nokia travels Lonely Planet

Visiting cities with a copy of Lonely Planet is like carrying a big sign saying 'tourist'. So Nokia’s teamed up with the travel guide publisher to create more discreet handset-based editions.
James Sherwood, 19 Aug 2008

Sun double teams Xeon chip

IDFNo server vendor worth its hot swappable fans will let an Intel Developer Forum go by without announcing some new kit. So here's Sun Microsystems doing its part for the epic Intel ecosystem with a pair of new servers.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2008

Microsoft dashes hopes for 'major' Windows server upgrade

Microsoft has re-committed itself to an interim release of its Windows server operating system, countering reports it had planned to go straight to a major release instead.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2008

Intel's Barrett goes for Washington on education, innovation

IDFIntel chairman Craig Barrett got political at the opening of the Intel Developer Forum this morning, taking aim at the US’ records on education, healthcare and investment in R&D.
Joe Fay, 19 Aug 2008

WiMax to cover 1 billion by 2012, says Intel

IDFCraig Barrett banged the drum for WiMAX in the opening keynote of IDF today. But only quietly, and not for very long.
Joe Fay, 19 Aug 2008

Intel does SSD flash dance

IDFFull of what we call "self mettle," Intel has championed its "highly anticipated line" of big daddy solid state drives (SSDs).
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2008

Gag order lifted for students who hacked subway card

Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates are once again free to publicly discuss gaping security holes in the Boston subway system after a federal judge refused to renew a gag order requested by transportation officials.
Dan Goodin, 19 Aug 2008

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