9th > September > 2008 Archive
Big and bendy e-ink displays on way
Plastic Logic will be ready to ship its long awaited portable and flexible e-ink display early next year, the firm has announced.
Google to ‘anonymize’ user IPs after 9 months
After continued pressure from EU regulators, Google has once again revised its data retention policies, saying it will "anonymize" user IP addresses after 9 months.
Crunch starts to bite on IT spending
The credit crunch is starting to hit IT spending, with 43 per cent of large companies across the world reducing IT budgets this year.
Nuke-nobbling US laser jumbo fires test beams
America's famous nuke-toasting aerial ray cannon jumbo jet has at last fired its first energy beams in ground testing, according to prime contractor Boeing. The Airborne Laser (ABL) system is now complete, and testing will progress to a live intercept against a ballistic missile in 2009.
HP clocks up 24-hour laptop battery life
HP has beaten Dell - in the laptop battery longevity hype stakes, that is. It's produced a notebook with a full-day runtime, it claims - five hours longer than Dell's most recent battery life boast.
Google's Street View fleet - 100 spots and counting
We're tipping our hats today to vigilant Reg readers, who have so far contributed 100 sightings of Google's Orwellian Street View spycar fleet as it goes about its masters' dark business on the highways and byways of Blighty and beyond.
AMD Socket AM3 Phenoms due Q1 2009
AMD's first 45nm desktop processors - codenamed 'Deneb' - will initially support the Socket AM2+ interconnect. But the chip maker's roadmap shows AM3 versions out not long afterward.
Sony Ericsson shows off secretary smartphone
Personal assistants are expensive, we’d guess, so Sony Ericsson’s launched a handset that it’s claimed is the next best thing.
Tikitag lets anyone become Big Brother
If you're still wondering exactly what NFC technology is for, then Tikitag will sell you enough kit to try and find out for only $50 - a small investment if you can find a killer application for the technology.
Google publishes Chrome patch details
Google has belatedly released details of a security update to its newly released Chrome browser, days after it actually pushed out the patch.
Morse suffers blip amid economic turbulence
The economic downturn has hit Morse Plc with a vengeance, the service provider's full year figures show today.
Ubuntu zoo preps for new arrival
Unassuming Ubuntu has announced a new clever creature is coming to its alliterative aggregation of Linux distros.
AMD releases overclockable tri-core CPU
AMD has rolled out its first tri-core 'Toliman' Phenom processor that's overclocker friendly.
DoJ hires Mickey Mouse lawyer for Google probe
The Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss from private practice to head up a probe into Google's advertising business.
Sony gushes over gurly laptop line
Sony has announced the latest in its series of colourful laptops it hopes consumers will love, cherish and... er... treat like a real friend.
Creative Zen Mozaic MP3 player
ReviewFirst announced back in July, the Mozaic settles nicely into Creative's MP3 player range sitting between the Zen Stone Plus and the Zen proper.
BlackBerry, HTC eat into Nokia Q2 market share
Global smartphone sales were steady during the second quarter of 2008, according to Gartner. But only a wider availability of new touchscreen smartphones will spur stronger sales in Q3, the analyst warned.
Doctors rally for right to call UK.gov quangonista a 'sh*t'
A junior doctor has been suspended by academic authorities for a month for branding a senior medical establishment figure a "fucking shit" on a web forum.
Nokia plays MobileMeToo
Nokia is pushing its online money pit Ovi with the launch of remote synchronisation and file management, promising much of the functionality offered by Apple's iPhone but without the slick interface.
Exposed: North Korea's taekwondo assassins
North Korea was yesterday accused of infiltrating an international taekwondo group and using it as a front for espionage and assassination, including a planned 1982 attempt on the life of South Korean president Chun Doo Hwan, Reuters reports.
Scientology critics fight YouTube takedown notices
Net users are fighting back against attempts to remove content critical of the Church of Scientology (CoS) from YouTube.
MS pumps up Zune storage ahead of iPod revamp
As everyone eagerly awaits news from Apple’s forthcoming “Let’s Rock” iPod event, Microsoft has snuck in ahead with two new Zune capacities - reminding the world that it too sells MP3 players.
Sony intros dual-drive HDD, SDD 18in hi-def notebook
Sony has introduced a quartet of PCs - three all-in-one desktops and a desktop-replacement notebook - pitched at punters after a Blu-ray Disc system.
UK Govt screws browser choice
A firestorm is brewing over proposals issued by the UK's IT advisory body over which browsers the public sector should support. Taxpayers will be forced to change their browsing habits and computer setup to accommodate the guidelines, say web standards experts.
VMware co-founder quits for academia
After his wife was whacked as CEO by EMC padrino Joe Tucci, VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum has decided to retreat to the altogether cosier world of academia.
Ballerinas and fish-gutters beat techies in UK immigration race
The UK is in dire need of ballet dancers, fish-gutters and sheep shearers - but not, it seems IT staff.
Google goes after 3 billion with super satellite
Google has hooked up with Liberty Global and HSBC Principle Investments to start funding a satellite network aimed at connecting the three billion people who still can't get access to the internet, at least those living near the equator.
Legal digital music is commercial suicide
OpinionLala, for those who don't know, is a free streaming music venture. Invested in by Warner Music group to the tune of $20m it streams about five million songs, but also offers 89 cent MP3 sales, and song rentals for 10 cents each. But why is almost nobody using their well-designed, expansive, free streaming service?
Ingram Micro captures Eurequat at point of sale
Ingram Micro Europe is buying Eurequat, a French owned distributor ofc (AIDC) and point of sale (POS) products. Terms are undisclosed.
Vodafone to offer Nokia 'Tube' iPhone rival
Pictures have emerged online revealing which network operator Nokia has chosen to launch its much-hyped 5800 XpressMedia - aka 'Tube' - phone.
Aaaagh, there's a thumb in my USB port!
Next time you see a thumb poking out from a PC’s USB port think twice before calling an ambulance, because it’s more likely to be quirky online vendor Brando’s idea of a joke.
Fake Twitter profile punts Orkut attack
Miscreants are using a fake Twitter profile in a bid to spread malware that harvests login credentials for Orkut.
Sony Ericsson and Nokia fight over uncapped music downloads
Sony Ericsson is poised to jump on Nokia’s recent Comes With Music announcement by launching a rival unlimited music download service.
Sony Ericsson apes Nokia's 'Saw You Coming'
Sony Ericsson is imitating market leader Nokia and will bundle "free" music with its handsets, the FT claims today.
Obama strumpet-sex scandal ruse spreads malware
False claims that presidential candidate Barack Obama is a sex tourist are being used to trick users into getting infected by malware.
AMD trumpets Hyper-V nuptials
In addition rolling out a trio of tri-core processors, AMD has said it's snuggling up to Microsoft and Hyper-V.
Flagship Sony Alpha blown in
Sony’s latest Digital SLR isn’t just the flagship model in its Alpha range, it’s also claimed to be the world’s first 24.6-megapixel camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor.
Apple revamps iPod line-up
Yes, it's iPod update time, with new Nanos and Touches, and tweaked Shuffles and Classics all announced by Apple this evening.
Google smears Chrome on 'sacred' home page
When an army of angry American watchdogs barked for a one-word privacy link on the Google home page, the search giant refused. At least initially. And when it finally acquiesced a month later, it did so only after carefully removing another word from the page. The way head Googirl Marissa Mayer tells it, the Google home page mustn't contain any more than 28 words. Yes, 28.
The Hadron Collider: What's it all about, then?
Around about now, boffins will be eagerly awaiting news that protons are finding their way fully around the 27km circuit of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the latest and best atom-smasher particle accelerator - and the biggest scientific experimental apparatus ever built.
Apple channels Pandora with iTunes 8
Along with an iPod hardware refresh today, Apple's product announcement orgy unveiled an update to iTunes, some iPod software tweaks, and declared peace with NBC.