10th > September > 2008 Archive
Glasgow tube gets phone coverage
Glasgow’s underground railway isn’t as well connected as London’s, but the Scottish city’s network will soon boast something that the UK capital’s tube network doesn’t: subterranean mobile phone coverage.
Amazon flash mob mauls Spore DRM
For software that appeals to a wide audience like EA's latest sim game Spore, it's sometimes the first time the average person gets a good taste of how digital rights management (DRM) puts the screw on legitimate users.
Google News farce triggers Wall Street sell-off
UpdatedUnited Airlines' stock price plummeted more than 75 per cent yesterday, after a six-year-old bankruptcy story somehow surfaced on Google News.
Apple code of secrecy imperils Aunt Mildred
Those who use Apple's iTunes or QuickTime on either a Mac or Windows machine, or who own an iPod touch, will want to install newly released updates that fix a raft of serious security bugs. Not that Apple is going out of its way to warn of the risks, mind you.
Dell goes for gold at the virtualization Olympics
Dell is giving its servers sex appeal - six-core processor, better switches and three times more storage as it pushes really, really, really hard, and goes for gold in the server virtualization Olympics.
Bury council carries can over spycam binmen
It's one step forward, one step back for local government snooping, as new figures reveal the extent of Council spying on residents, and Bury comes a cropper to the tune of (allegedly) £100,000 for its secret filming activities. However, those who believe they have a divine right to intrude into everyone else’s lives seem remarkably coy when asked questions about their own activities.
Sony can sue distributor for sales value of stolen goods, not just cost
A distributor which lost a consignment of PlayStation memory cards must compensate Sony at the sale price of the cards and not their cost to manufacture, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Today is not Hadron Collider Day
All the world's media is going bananas over "first beam" day at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's most stupendous particle-punisher, which switched on this morning (following an initial hiccup which appeared to be fixed by the traditional expedient of turning it off then on again). Today, it is being strongly implied, is the moment of truth - today is the big day, when the LHC might unmask the elusive "god particle" - or alternatively destroy the world and indeed perhaps the entire universe.
DR Congo minister liberates imprisoned goats
The Democratic Republic of Congo's deputy justice minister Claude Nyamugabo has ordered police to release a dozen goats being held in a Kinshasa jail on a "being sold illegally by the roadside" rap.
RIM flicks open first clamshell BlackBerry
Research In Motion (RIM) has introduced the eagerly awaited BlackBerry Pearl 8220 - its first clamshell handset.
Microsoft moves to improve mouse movement
If you must use your PC mouse on a granite kitchen work surface or around a bath’s edge, then Microsoft’s new mouse tracking technology lets you do just that.
Intel X-25M solid-state drive
ReviewAfter leaks galore about Intel’s foray into solid-state drives, we’ve finally got our hands on an 80GB X25-M - dial 'M' for 'mainstream'.
El Reg drops in on Bletchley Park
The campaign to raise funds to preserve Bletchley Park’s heritage got into full swing yesterday with a cash injection from tech giants PGP Corporation and IBM. But the site, which also houses the National Museum of Computing, needs millions of pounds more to keep it alive.
NYC invites 911 crime-busting snaps
Callers to New York's 911 and non-emergency 311 lines can now send photo and video footage from PCs or mobile phones - the better to finger ne'er-do-wells and report "quality-of-life problems like uncollected garbage", as AP puts it.
AMD intros mid-range Radeon HD 4-series GPUs
AMD has rolled out its ATI Radeon HD 4600 graphics card line, the mid-range stablemates of the high-end 4800 series it launched a couple of months back.
American Airlines typo dispatches corpse to Guatemala
A Brooklyn widower is rattling the sabre of litigation at American Airlines after it sent the body of his deceased wife to Guatemala, rather than her native Ecuador.
Parents plant spyware to snare sex predator
A 38-year-old Briton has been jailed for an underage sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl after her father uncovered evidence by planting monitoring software on her PC.
Mills and Boon thrusts into pr0n market
Legendary bored-housewife-pleasing publisher Mills and Boon is planning to up the romantic ante with its first porn books.
Motorola gets down with the kids
Motorola has published the results of its study into what today's 16 to 27-year-olds want from technology, which discovered that - surprise, surprise - most demand more telly.
Toshiba to ship 240GB 1.8in HDD this month
Apple may have chosen to limit its latest iPod Classic to 120GB, but Toshiba's already announced a mini hard drive with twice that capacity.
Notebook battery famine set to continue
The world’s largest laptop battery manufacturer has warned that a global shortage of power cells will last three months longer than expected.
US Senate wants answers on soaring text rates
The chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee in the Senate Judiciary Committee has written to the four largest US network operators demanding they explain why the cost of texting has doubled since 2005.
Pump and dump scam hacker banged up
An Indian man convicted of hacking into internet brokerage accounts to manipulate stock prices has been jailed in the US for two years.
Saatchi to promote foreigners' ID cards
The Home Office will use advertising agency M&C Saatchi to tell employers about the introduction of identity cards for foreign nationals.
AMD to target Atom with... Athlon
The first thrust of AMD's two-pronged attack on Intel's Atom processor will be launched in November, leaked roadmap slides have revealed.
Freelancers might be taxed as employees after High Court ruling
An IT contractor has been hit with a £99,000 tax bill after the High Court ruled that he should be taxed as an employee of the company he undertook work for.
Home Office screws prison data bunglers
The Home Office has today terminated a £1.5m contract with PA Consulting after it lost the personal details of the entire UK prison population.
Yes, there was a viable liquid bomb plot
So the verdicts are in - or not in. The "liquid bomb" plot trial is at least on hold, possibly finished altogether.
Sony Ericsson confirms Xperia X1 UK launch
Numerous dates have been sloshed about for the UK release of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone. But the firm’s finally given panting punters an official arrival date - and it’s soon.
HP designs handbag laptop
Catwalks aren’t somewhere you’d usually expect a laptop launch. But Hewlett-Packard’s paired itself with a clothes designer and stitched together a range of femme-friendly laptops.
Caterpillar plans 600 tonne godzilla-lorry robots
Those who follow the robot news will be pleased to hear that recent US military-funded driverless car contest technologies are finding their first real world applications. To be precise, American droid chiefs plan soon to unleash titanic, 600-tonne automated trucks capable of squashing flimsy human vehicles like bugs.
Vodafone accused of talkingtoofastinradioad
Vodafone jabbered its terms and conditions at an unreasonable clip in a radio ad, according to a complaint upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Belkin delays wireless HD box, doubles price
Belkin's wireless HDMI box, the Flywire, has been delayed again, though the slippage is rather narrower than last time. It's price has ballooned though.
Microsoft mouse to bend but not break
Microsoft has unfolded a designer mouse that’s built to be bent in half and put in your pocket.
Lawyers slap Nvidia with chip glitch lawsuit
A lawsuit alleging Nvidia violated US securities laws and kept secret a major defect in its graphics chip product line was filed in a Californian district court yesterday.
The Great Circular Award Ceremony
What a strange world it is, the world of "digital rights" activism. Campaigners pause only to pat each other on the back.
Eye-o-Sauron™ poked out by Great Wall of America
American plans to erect a chain of all-seeing eyes atop tall towers to guard the Mexican border have been put on hold in favour of a more conventional fence or wall, according to reports.
Rogue SF sysadmin may cost city over $1m
The disgruntled sysadmin accused of locking San Francisco out of its IT network may cost the city more than $1m in upgrades, consultants and repairs to undo the damage, according to the City's Department of Technology.
United 'bankruptcy' points to new stock scam techniques
Market watchers are trying to unravel how a six-year old story suddenly rose to prominence, hammering the share price of United Airlines earlier this week.
Red Hat sprints past ESX on VM running
Red Hat claims it can run five virtual machines (VMs) for every three that VMware's ESX runs in the same server hardware. Qumranet technology also enables it to run more Windows virtual desktops than VMware, too.
Yahoo! punts! mobile! development! platform!
CTIA WirelessYahoo! has unleashed a new incarnation of its Blueprint mobile development platform, providing a single environment for building standalone apps for Java, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices.