21st > August > 2008 Archive


Mobile devices hit the stage, execs at IDF

IDF Intel wheeled out a slew of partners who have bought into its mobile internet device vision today, and announced that it has turned out first silicon of the next generation of the platform.
Joe Fay, 21 2008
The Register breaking news

Investors introduce Salesforce to sell-off as a service

Software as a service poster-child Salesforce.com today dished out second quarter results that showed a massive rise in revenue, which did absolutely nothing to impress investors.
Warning: uneven road

Fringe box office system provider goes titsup

The software outfit behind the chaotic implementation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s box office system has gone titsup.

Japan runs out of Xbox 360s

Japan has sold out of Xbox 360s, Microsoft has confirmed. It released a statement which, according to a translation, blames the shortage on sales projections being exceeded by actual sales numbers.
Children crossing sign

BSF programme boosts schools' IT spending

Education spending on ICT will be accelerated by the Building Schools for the Future programme, according to research by Kable.
Kablenet, 21 2008

Intel Classmate PC turns tablet

IDF Intel has demo'd the third incarnation of its kid-friendly Classmate PC, a new model that incorporates not only a touchscreen but also one that swivels into a tablet mode.
The Register breaking news

Nokia admits major Series 40 security problems

Nokia has admitted that the security flaws exposed by Adam Gowdiak of Security Explorations are genuine, and that a miscreant exploiting them could do whatever they like to a Series 40 phone just by knowing the phone number.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
The Register breaking news

DARPA seeks 'perch and stare' spy-fly robot

Pentagon war-boffins have shelled out $4.6m to a noted aerial crazytech firm to develop a spy drone which can "perch" near a target, "stare" at it, then take off again and fly home.

What’s going on in your data centre?

Mini-Survey With data centres in a state of flux, we thought it would be a great time to get away from vendor hype and find out what's really going on. Have you virtualised everything you can? Have you consolidated to a fraction of your former self? Or are you somewhere between sorting out the rats' nest legacy and planning a coherent future?
The Register breaking news

UK fraudster gang go PIN sniffing

Analysis The organised tampering of PIN entry devices to commit credit card fraud, which led to arrests in Birmingham last week, has been linked to a breach in an Asda store on the outskirts of Portsmouth.

Sony pumps up PSP screen

Updated Sony has broken its silence over recent rumours that's it's readying a redesigned PlayStation Portable and unveiled the sexy new PSP-3000 at the ongoing Leipzig games developers convention.

Fujitsu intros 5.6in bonsai laptop... with Vista

Updated Fujitsu's Japanese customers will soon be able to get their mitts on one of the most stylish - and tiniest - Atom-based mini-laptops we've seen: the LifeBook FMV Biblo U/B50.

Sony confirms 160GB PS3 imminent

Updated The 80GB PlayStation 3 lands in Blighty tomorrow, but if you’re a storage-hungry gamer then hold your horses - Sony’s just announced a PS3 with double that capacity.

Acer Aspire 8920G 18.4in laptop

Review Acer is just one manufacturer vying for our attention amid the furore over the new netbooks, and it's hoping the Aspire 8920G will re-interest us in full-size laptops.

Apple faces lawsuit over wobbly 3G claims

An Alabama woman is suing Apple for claiming its latest iPhone offers 3G connectivity when she can't get connected most of the time, despite AT&T having decent coverage where she lives.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
The Register breaking news

BBC to 'reimagine' The Thirty-nine Steps

The BBC will begin filming next month on a "reimagined" version of John Buchan's 1915 novel The Thirty-nine Steps - casting Spooks thesp Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard Hannay, the Guardian reports.

Asus said to be prepping Eee-free Atom mini laptop

Is Asus gearing up to spin off its Eee PC line, or has it lost the plot? Having extended the Eee range to a dozen laptops, it now plans to compete with itself by launching a 10.2in Atom-based mini-notebook.

Sony taps out PS3 controller keyboard

PlayStation 3 owners can finally get chatty because Sony has launched a clip-on keyboard for the console’s SixAxis and DualShock 3 controllers.
The Register breaking news

That 'Elderly Persons' sign: Can you do better?

Competition The revelation yesterday that some old timers didn't much like being portrayed as hunchback cripples on the UK's "Please don't run over elderly persons" road sign prompted the rather intelligent suggestion from some commenters that we at El Reg should offer a suitably non-patronising alternative.

Fresh LG Prada II images surface

The first non-CGI picture of LG’s second Prada handset has appeared online, sparking fresh rumours that the Korean company is poised to relaunch the fashion phone.
The Register breaking news

Gordo returns to website in crisis

The Prime Minister has returned from his holiday to find his £100,000 blog, which launched last week is taking a bit of a shoeing in the press. Downing Street has learned that running a high tech, interactive, multimedia Nu Meeja operation* isn't as easy as El Reg makes it look.
The Register breaking news

FCC pelts Comcast with rotten veg

Having put the company in the stocks two weeks ago, the FCC heaped a load of rotten vegetables over US cable giant Comcast yesterday.

MS redesigns Xbox 360 controller key

Not to be outdone by Sony’s PS3 controller enhancements, Microsoft has unveiled a redesigned Xbox 360 controller sporting an improved four-way control.
eBay teaser 75

eBay changes anger smaller sellers

Online tat bazaar eBay is changing how it charges to encourage more fixed price sales instead of auctions.

Nokia's Tube touchphone to be out in time for Xmas?

Nokia’s eagerly anticipated Tube phone could appear before Christmas. One of the Finnish firm’s executives has certainly confirmed that the company plans to launch a touchscreen mobile by the end of 2008.
The Register breaking news

Hacker unearths young Chinese gymnast scam

A search engine hacker has uncovered fresh evidence that the Chinese women's gymnastic team cheated by fielding underage competitors.
The Register breaking news

Royal Navy plans world's first running-jump jet

British boffins and test pilots are continuing to work on a new deck-landing technique, to be employed by Blighty's upcoming generation of supersonic stealth jumpjet drivers when coming aboard the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. It seems possible that the "Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing" (SRVL) may become a routine option in future.
The Register breaking news

Scientists unravel galactic spaghetti monster

Scientists believe they have deduced what sustains the noodly appendages of a galactic "spaghetti monster" - actually Galaxy NGC 1275 in Perseus - which displays "a mammoth network of spaghetti-like gas filaments around a black hole", as New Scientist puts it.
The Register breaking news

Opera update draws the curtain on seven security vulns

Opera users should upgrade their browser software following the discovery of multiple security bugs.

Ericsson ST move helps consolidate wireless chip makers

The announcement this week that Ericsson would merge its Mobile Platforms division into the ST-NXP Wireless business sent shock waves around the industry.
Faultline, 21 2008
The Register breaking news

Microsoft's Photosynth falls out of cloud

Updated Microsoft today released a free photo-stitching tool that runs in the cloud – sadly for Redmond, at time of writing Photosynth is having a little lie-down.
The Register breaking news

NASA's Ares V may crush Kennedy crawlerway

The budget for NASA's Constellation programme - comprising the Orion and Ares vehicles - looks like it may have run to a few billion cubic metres of road surfacing after the agency admitted the Kennedy Space Center crawlerway over which spacecraft are trundled to their launchpads could collapse under the weight of the Ares V heavy lifter.

Nintendo facing lawsuit over Wii - again

A lawsuit has been filed against Nintendo by a US-based firm, which claims that the Wii tramples over four patents for on-screen navigation and control technology.
The Register breaking news

Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

Lady and gentlemen,
The Register breaking news

JavaFX preview highlights critical weaknesses

Review Sun Microsystems recently released the JavaFX Preview SDK. I decided to revisit what is Sun's last, best hope to recapture both the desktop and the browser in the face of stiff competition.
The Register breaking news

Logic-gate 'supermolecules' play noughts & crosses

The Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded a Belfast-based boffin a prize for developing "intelligent supermolecules" which are on an intellectual level with (some) human children - able to win games of noughts and crosses.

Dabs.com founder accused of attempted rape, drugs offences

The founder of Dabs.com, David Atherton, has been charged with attempted rape and possession of Class A drugs.
The Register breaking news

Bush makes last-minute grab for civil liberties

US citizens could be investigated without just cause under a new plan from the Justice Department, while those who choose to leave the country will have their records kept for 15 years and available to any litigious attorney.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
The Register breaking news

Phreakers seize government phone system

Information technology workers at the US Department of Homeland Security are busy scraping egg off their collective faces after unknown hackers broke into their telephone system and racked up $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia.
The Register breaking news

Microsoft's .NET goes Web 2.0 with Sadville

Sadville is rolling out the open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET on its virtual infrastructure in a step towards enabling software development.

Booze and breasts combined, finally

Ladies, if you’re not happy with the size of your bust, but your boyfriend won’t let you see surgical redress, then retailer Firebox has a solution that’ll make you both grin with glee.
The Register breaking news

Intel CTO demos building blocks of shapeshifting robots

IDF Intel sent sane journalists screaming for the exits this morning when it unveiled a nightmarish future vision where robots are more intelligent than humans, computers can change shape, electronic devices are recharged remotely, and humans are probably going to be ruled by an x86-based server farm.
Joe Fay, 21 2008
Amazon logo 75

Amazon gives marching orders to cloudy storage

Amazon.com continues to offer deeper penetration into its cloud. The company this week unfurled a storage service for hard-core users that will let you keep data and file systems in separate piles.
graph up

Media companies urge judge to activate Intel's anti-redaction machine

AMD vs Intel The Register has joined several other news organizations in a bid to make court records related to AMD's ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against Intel public.
The Register breaking news

Sun attempts to whip BEA users out from under Oracle

Sun Microsystems is challenging database partner Oracle with a middleware offer to woo customers of its newly acquired BEA Systems business.