11th > September > 2008 Archive
Boffins uncork nose-perfect wine glass
If you often ask swanky restaurants to decant wine several hours before you arrive, then giving your plonk enough breathing time at home will be a real pain. But a 'smart' glass has been invented that does it for you.
US carriers hedge open network claims
CTIA WirelessEarlier this year, FCC boss Kevin Martin said there was no need to force open access requirements onto American wireless carriers, insisting they would embrace openness on their own. But it looks like the big-name carriers are still wary of a mobile internet that's as wide open as its desktop cousin.
Apple agrees to pay itself $14m
Apple has agreed to pay itself $14m in order to settle shareholder lawsuits over improperly backdated stock options awards.
CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites
Websites used for email, banking, e-commerce and other sensitive applications just got even less secure with the release of a new tool that siphons users' authentication credentials - even when they're sent through supposedly secure channels.
US wireless pioneer to carriers: Don't be European
CTIA WirelessJohn Stanton - co-founder of US wireless pioneer McCaw Cellular and a three time head of the national wireless association - has urged the big-name carriers to restore their vice-grip on the American airwaves.
Velocity speeds into touchscreen mobile market
Little known UK handset supplier Velocity Mobile has launched its first touchscreen talker, a little later than planned.
Datatec buys Indian distie for Westcon expansion
Datatec has bought a 50.01 per cent stake in an Indian distie called Inflow Technologies Private Limited. Inflow management and other shareholders will retain the remaining 49.99 per cent. Terms are undisclosed.
Judge attacks 'bits of legal boilerplate, bolted together'
A court has attacked lawyers who let word processors do their thinking for them. Standard paragraphs are being bolted together to make nonsensical agreements, said a High Court ruling on Friday.
OiNK BitTorrent admin faces fraud prosecution
Cleveland police have charged Alan Ellis, the former administrator of the defunct BitTorrent tracker site OiNK.cd, with conspiracy to defraud the record industry.
iPod Touch, Nano disassemblies reveal surprises
Repair specialist iFixit's urge to buy new kit and take it to bits continues - it's just disassembled the 2G iPod Touch and the 4G Nano. Revealed: the Touch has a Bluetooth chip, the Nano a scratch-proof screen.
T-Mobile Googlephone to land 'within weeks'
The first handset to run Google’s Android platform will arrive much earlier than anticipated, it has been claimed.
French storm the bastille over 'Sarkozy's Big Sister' database
Imagine, if you will, an announcement by the UK Government that it is going to create a new database to track anyone over the age of 13, who has been "active in politics or the trade unions or who has a significant role in business, the media, entertainment or social or religious institutions". Let's say 20 million individuals who the authorities believe are "likely to breach public order".
BT's Mayfair exchange downed by burglary
PicturesBT's Mayfair exchange was burgled last night, leaving thousands of homes and businesses in central London without internet access this morning.
Ex-Verizon techie cuffed for 5,000 'chat' line calls
A former Verizon facilities technician was on Tuesday cuffed for allegedly tapping the landlines of 942 of the company's customers to make 5,000 calls to 1-900 "chat" lines, racking up a $220,000 bill in the process.
Arizona pulls death certs from website over ID theft fears
Arizona authorities have stopped publishing copies of death certificates on a website over concerns that the information might be used in identity theft scams.
World Camera offers enhanced reality via iPhone
The iPhone again takes us where we've already been with the launch of the Sekia Camera - allowing users to post images, text, and audio locked to a specific location and accessed using enhanced reality.
US boffins develop self cleaning gecko-foot glue
Regular readers will be well aware of the limited progress made to date on one of the greatest challenges confronting human science. That is, duplicating the miraculously hairy, sticky feet of geckos. But now, a team of top Californian biomimetics boffins believe they have made a breakthrough.
Oz minister walks plank for dancing drunk in his smalls
An Oz state government minister was yesterday obliged to resign after it was revealed he'd thrown a few shapes to techno music in "very brief" underwear during a drunken late night party in his in his Parliament House office, the Guardian reports.
Fusion-io looks for partners to share SSDs and SANs
Fusion-io has got the SAN bug and is demonstrating shared solid state drive (SSD) storage at DEMOfall and looking to recruit developers to create applications for it.
Pentax K200D digital SLR
ReviewPentax is pretty clear about the target group for the K200D: the head of a family and digital camera beginner. Automation is the key here – most folk will simply want a camera they can pick up and shoot.
Revealed: the 50in TV
It’s time to chuck out your telly, stereo and sunglasses, because quirky Japanese retailer Thanko has launched a pair of specs that combine every form of electronic entertainment used by modern humans.
Price cut doubles Stateside Xbox 360 sales
Everyone loves a bargain, but none more so than US gamers it seems. Sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console have risen by 100 per cent following a recent Stateside price cut.
Boffinry bitchslap brouhaha: Higgs and Hawking head to head
Famous retired physics prof Peter Higgs - of boson renown - has stingingly counter-poohpoohed the theories of his equally well known Nobel Prize rival, Stephen Hawking, who has already poohpoohed Higgs' particle concept. The clash of intellects is expected to be settled by particle-punishment results at the Large Hadron Collider.
Chinese lorry-crash bee swarm kills six
A total of six people have been killed in northeast China after a truck carrying dozens of beehives overturned, releasing a swarm of bees which stung three to death and later provoked three further fatalities as two lorries collided while attempting to avoid the massed insects.
HP blames falling pound for PC and server price rises
HP is raising UK PC and server prices on Monday, 15 September. But printer and computer storage prices are staying put, for now.
Digit taps up partner in China
Digit Wireless, maker of the Fastap keyboard, has signed a strategic agreement with China's ZTE to put the technology into more of their phones, which is good going as the rest of the world is still trying to squeeze a Qwerty keypad into a mobile phone.
First pictures: HTC Touch HD
Pictures and specifications have been leaked online of the latest phone rumoured to be in development at HTC’s labs.
Hilton documentary reveals hidden side of Paris
Paris Hilton and documentary filmmaker Adria Petty were last night wearing their posh frocks at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of the latter's Paris, Not France - the result of a year trailing around after the talented heiress.
EU plans cross border database of rogue motorists
Are you one of those safe-as-pie drivers, who tootles merrily along the by-ways of this green and pleasant land, before turning into Mr Demon Boy Racer the moment you cross the Channel? Or do you simply tut grumpily over your breakfast, as you open your Daily Mail and read of yet another Johny Foreigner abusing the hospitality of our road system? And getting off scot free for the most egregious of motoring offences?
Laptop-crazy consumers will keep PC market afloat
IDC has dialled up its 2008 PC market forecast as raging sales of cheap laptops allow the industry to “resist economic pressures” – for now, anyway.
Can CDP render backup redundant?
CommentContinuous data protection could render dedupe, virtual tape libraries (VTL) and backup software redundant. Er, run that past me again.
Boffins calculate true speed of 'Lightning' Bolt
Physicists at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo have applied themselves to that most pressing of matters - how fast might Usain Bolt have run the 100m at the Beijing Olympics if he hadn't already been celebrating as he crossed the finishing line?
Literacy leads to happiness and luuurv
A study by the National Literacy Trust claims to demonstrate that literate people are less likely to be still living with their parents, glumly smoking heavily as they contemplate their inability to attract a long-term partner, than those who struggle with reading.
Big three uberising content silos
Content silo drawbridges will be lowered if EMC, IBM, and Microsoft have their way.
Press proves immune to FBI's anthrax corrective
The posting to the net of a transcript of the FBI's briefing to the press on the science behind the anthrax case is remarkable for two things: first, for its explanation of the development of microbial forensics and the team of scientists behind it; and second, for the determination of some members of the press to run off on a conspiracy theory hinging upon whether or not the anthrax was ever weaponized.
Ten of the Best... iPod rivals
Round-upYes, the news is dominated by this week's revamped iPods, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other good media players out there. Put off the colourful Nano, or the shiny Touch? Then here are ten of the best alternatives. Counting down, in reverse order, we kick of with the...
C&W orders up base stations for Tesco
Ericsson has announced a sizeable contract with Cable & Wireless to provide kit for a world-spanning GSM network, but anyone hoping for competition in the mobe market had better get a job at the local supermarket.
PA Consulting begs for mercy after data loss axing
PA Consulting has blamed its loss of the personal details of the entire UK prison population on a rogue employee in an apparent plea not to be kicked off any more big government contracts.
Classical downloads service hits right note on DRM
If you prefer Bach to the Beastie Boys and Mozart to Madonna, then you’ll be pleased to hear that an iTunes rival’s been created that panders only to the desires of classical music fans.
'UK's Chernobyl' spam spreads Trojan
A widespread spam campaign claims that a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of London exploded on Tuesday afternoon.
Net-talking toaster to burn news onto bread
Many things have appeared on toast: Marmite, Vegemite, jam and even Cylons. Now a designer’s invented a toaster that can burn pretty much anything onto your morning slice, including the news.
Blame game over United Airlines stock crash rumbles on
The spat over who is to blame over the United Airlines share price crash continues.
Microsoft, Novell shake hands on virtualization
Odd couple Microsoft and Novell are reaffirming vows to let their products play nice together with an announcement of full joint support of SUSE Linux run as a guest operating system on Window's virtualization hypervisor, Hyper-V.
BlackBerry redoubles iPhone challenge
CTIA WirelessAs part of its ongoing effort to reinvent the BlackBerry as an iPhone-battling consumer-friendly handheld, Research in Motion has announced a bevy of new after hours services for its corporate email baby.
Web designer sues Brat City for assaulting hyperlink
Last year, Jennifer Reisinger, a Web developer from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, received a letter from the city. It demanded that she cease and desist the publication of a hyperlink on her web site pointing to the home page for the Sheboygan Police Department.