16th > September > 2008 Archive

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Register Hardware Netbooks specs chart updated

After publishing our Netbooks & Mini-laptops Buyer's Guide, we received a number of suggestions and requests about our Specs Table. We took them on board, and have now posted an updated version.
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SQL injection taints BusinessWeek.com

Add BusinessWeek.com to the list of big-name sites felled by the mighty SQL injection attack.
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Black hats target Windows Media Encoder bug

Miscreants have wasted no time exploiting a critical hole in Microsoft's Windows Media Encoder. Just four days after Redmond released fixes for that flaw and seven others, security experts found attack code in the wild that preys on users who have yet to install the patch.
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HP inching away from Vista's bad rep?

With Apple's expanding Mac sales and other OS efforts suggesting to PC vendors that flogging non-Windows boxes isn't the kiss of death in the consumer space, Hewlett-Packard may be considering a life less dependent on Microsoft's operating system.

Gemalto glues DVD onto a SIM

Gemalto has started embedding a tiny DVD into the plastic card holding a new SIM chip, enabling Italy's Wind service to bundle 50MB of connection software and manuals in the same envelope as the SIM.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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Chinese manned spaceshot set for 25 September

China's third manned spaceshot is slated to lift off at 13:10 GMT on 25 September, New Scientist reports. The three-man jaunt will blast off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province atop a Long-March II-F rocket, following a six-month delay to the planned launch.
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Tandberg's RDX blockbuster

Tandberg Data looks to have a major success in waiting on its hands with the ProStor RDX QuikStor product - 90,000 drive docks have been sold in less than two years.
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Investigators probe txt link to LA train crash

Investigators probing last week's Los Angeles train crash, which saw a Metrolink commuter train crash headlong into a Union Pacific freight locomotive, killing 25 and injuring 135, are probing the possibility that the commuter train driver may have been "distracted by text messaging moments before the crash".
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NASA to sniff Martian atmosphere

NASA has announced it will in 2013 send a robotic mission to Mars to sniff the Red Planet's atmosphere and gain insights into how most of it was lost.
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HMV keeps Warhammer-ers from goblins

The much-anticipated Warhammer online launches Thursday, with those who pre-ordered the game getting access from Monday. But the true obsessives who bought the Collectors Edition had access from Sunday - as long as they didn't buy it from HMV.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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NPIA extends Holmes 2 agreement

The National Policing Improvement Agency has added three years to its agreement with Unisys for the support of its major crimes enquiry system.
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IBM shrinks virtual desktop storage

IBM is adding a space-efficient virtual desktop image storage capability to its thin client Virtual Infrastructure Access (VIA) services today, as part of its addition of VMware virtual desktops to existing support for Windows, Unix, and Linux, and mainframe application access.
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Orange bundles free HP laptops with HSDPA deals

Orange has bundled a trio of HP Compaq laptops and USB HSDPA 3G modems with new business-oriented mobile broadband airtime packages.
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DfT rounds up Road-Pricing 2.0 contractors

The UK government's rebranded road-pricing scheme took another lurch forward this week, as the Department for Transport announced the companies which will build pilot technology.

Apple releases bumper patch batch

Apple has published a major security patch. Mac OS X 10.5.5 is the sixth substantial security update from the company this year. The patch cycle also includes fixes for version 10.4 of Apple's software.
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Riverbed claims it will de-dupe primary storage

"Hey you storage vendors, listen up. We're gonna tell you how to deduplicate primary data." That's the message given out at Riverbed's Vision Day for financial analysts on Monday.
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MS confirms European Xbox 360 price cuts

Credit-crunch stricken gamers rejoice, because Microsoft has finally announced a long overdue European price cut for its Xbox 360 range.
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HP ups its IQ

HP has broadened its IQ, with the unveiling of its latest addition to a range of touch-sensitive all-in-one PC-TVs.
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VMware sets off another storage bomb

VMware asserted its prime place at the front of the storage management line yesterday when it announced vStorage API set along with its virtual data centre operating system (VDC-OS).
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Scientists study near-death sensations

Researchers on the AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) near-death experiences study want to include more UK centres in the project, in addition to boosting the number of European and US bases.

Mitsubishi eyes Middle Earth for 'early' electric car roll-out

'Leccy Tech Mitsubishi's auto division is to demo its "zero-emission" electric car in New Zealand in a bid to see if the country's ready for 'leccy motoring.
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HTC unveils 3G touch-phone, 2.5G alternative

HTC has launched a handset offensive and unveiled two handsets at either end of the mobile phone technology spectrum.
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Safari Gears up for Mac fanboys

After months of development Gears is finally available for Apple’s Safari web browser.

RIM Blackberry Bold 9000

Review Research in Motion's BlackBerry series has been trying to edge its way into the pockets of consumers for some time, and despite its hefty price tag, the new Bold could be its best attempt yet.
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London Olympics gets IT chief

The organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London have finally named the man who'll be in charge of overspending on implementing its IT strategy.

Apple ARMs up iPhone

An Apple engineer updating his LinkedIn profile has let slip his work on an ARM CPU architecture for the iPhone, confirming the rumour that Apple is working on its own variant of the processor developed for the successor to the BBC Micro.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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HP targets multimedia laptops at movie moguls

HP has expanded its HDX range of notebooks with the addition of two “Premium” models aimed at multimedia junkies with an eye for style.
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Lehman Bros chaps snog amid world economic meltdown

As a stunned world struggles today to come to grips with the global economic catastrophe that is the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it seems that some of the investment bank's employees aren't quite as bothered as they should be:
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DARPA seeks sticky-goldenballs Casimir forcefields

Rogue Pentagon boffinry overlords have decided to weigh into a hot new crazy-science field: That of the mysterious Casimir Force, the tendency of nanoscopic, barely perceptible spacetime ripples - lapping at the edges of the "quantum vacuum" in which all matter exists - to push things together.
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Confirmed: HTC's big-screen Touch HD smartphone

HTC has finally broken its silence over rumours it’s developing a smartphone called the Touch HD. It has also confirmed what the phone’s specs are and even roughly when it’ll land in the UK.
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Lehmans techies start job hunt

Lehman Bros techies chucked onto the pavement yesterday face a decent chance of sliding into new jobs quickly, which may go some way towards sweetening the bitter pill of not receiving a final pay cheque.
Joe Fay, 16 2008
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Lenovo slips into jam-packed SMB server market

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is bigging up its newfound love for all things server-shaped with today’s announcement about its new ThinkServer product line.
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BT's secret Phorm trials: UK.gov responds

Updated The European Commission is analysing the government's explanation of why UK authorites have taken no action over BT and Phorm's allegedly illegal broadband wiretapping and ad-targeting experiments in 2006 and 2007.
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McDonald's serves up free Zune Wi-Fi

Microsoft has served up a tasty treat for Zune users: free Wi-Fi access in thousands of McDonald’s eateries.
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Dell falls hard on 'soft' sales

Dell shares fell 8.3 per cent in early Wall Street trading today after the firm warned investors that it would see a “further softening” in computer sales this quarter.
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Street View operatives object to being snapped

Edinburgh's Evening News has discovered that, when it comes to personal privacy, Google's Street View is a strictly one-way thoroughfare.
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PS3 and Xbox to get Wii-style Nunchuck

A recently acquired gaming firm has unveiled plans to launch a motion-sensing controller that’s compatible with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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Ingram slashes profit outlook on soft market

Ingram Micro cast its own little shadow of financial doom today when it slashed its profit forecast after the market softness it had seen in July and August had persisted into September.
Joe Fay, 16 2008
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Unisys to craft its own X64 server virtualization

Unisys says it will create its own brand of server virtualization on the Xeon Monster server it launched this week with partner NEC as well as supporting hypervisors from Microsoft and VMware.

GM shows off production electric car

'Leccy Tech General Motors has formally unveiled the production version of the Chevrolet Volt, the auto giant's attempt to prove that electric cars needn't look butt ugly.
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Top adviser claims John McCain invented the BlackBerry

Nine years after Al Gore said he invented the internet, the John McCain campaign has claimed that the email-challenged Republican presidential nominee "helped create" the BlackBerry.
Cade Metz, 16 2008

Cray, Intel, and Microsoft birth baby supercomputer

Supercomputer maker Cray today announced a new desk-side, low-end, bladed office supercomputer in conjunction with chip partner Intel and software partner Microsoft. The new CX1 supercomputer is the first product to come to market after Cray tapped Intel as its future strategic chip supplier, dissing long-time chip partner Advanced Micro Devices.
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Adobe yanks speech exposing critical 'clickjacking' vulns

In another event for the "internet is broken" files, two prominent security researchers have pulled a scheduled talk that was to demonstrate critical holes affecting anyone who uses a browser to surf the web.
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Cisco gives virtual servers virtual networking

Cisco has announced a virtual Ethernet switch running as a virtual machine (VM) under ESX that enables VMs to move from server to server and take their Ethernet connections with them. It is just one in a raft of Cisco announcements focusing on virtual and consolidated data centres under its Data Centre 3.0 umbrella.
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Mario and Eee PC Girl bust Best Buy profits

Best Buy's bottom line dipped lower than it anticipated for the second quarter, due to expansion and more folks purchasing less profitable wares such as notebook computers and video game consoles. But the slump was somewhat smoothed by strong sales from its lucrative mobile phone biz.
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Apple gets first Air-look MacBooks from factories - analyst

Apple's contract manufacturing partners have begun sending the Mac maker new-style metal-clad MacBooks, it has been claimed.
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NEC, Appro ink supercomputing pact

Sometimes, when you want to take down a big kill, it takes more than one wolf to do the job. And so it is with specialists in the supercomputing market who are trying to make a stand against the incumbent and much richer general purpose server makers who have the lion's share of sales in the HPC space.
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IMDb adds full-length streaming movies

Internet Movie Database, the popular film and TV reference website owned by Amazon.com, has begun showing free streaming movies and television episodes for users in the United States.
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Microsoft will show world+dog how to write secure code

After spending four years as an internal process for designing secure programs from the ground up, Microsoft's Secure Development Lifecycle could soon go mainstream.