22nd > September > 2008 Archive
OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history's dustbin
Fail and YouHey, does anybody remember Google's OpenSocial? Come on, it hasn't even been a year since it was announced. OpenSocial was supposed to unify social network application developers behind one common API. Revolutionary, innovative, all that shit.
Miracle airship tech sustained by DARPA pork trickle
A Ukrainian airship visionary based in California has won further US military funding to develop his miraculous "Aeroscraft" sky-leviathan design. However, some question marks remain over the craft's unique - almost miraculous - buoyancy-control technology.
Comcast reveals it is protocol agnostic
As part of its response to an August order from the FCC, Comcast has unveiled a new "protocol-agnostic" method for managing heavy traffic on its cable-based network.
Intel ships dual-core Atom
Intel formally begun shipping its first dual-core Atom chip, the 1.6GHz desktop-oriented 330, yesterday.
Nokia's next-gen Linux-based net tablet to incorporate HSDPA
Nokia has let slip some of the key features of its next internet tablet, the successor to the N810, reviewed here. Top of the list: integrated HSDPA 3G support.
Palm OS II-based smartphones now due H2 2009
Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.
Gov seeks UK nuclear competition for EDF
French energy giant EDF will have some competition in the new British nuclear sector, according to reports. It appears that certain UK sites belonging to British Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will see new plants built by EDF's rivals.
Carphone goes bargain hunting in Tiscali sell-off
Carphone Warehouse has made a renewed, lowball offer for Tiscali's UK operations of "less than £450m".
Feds search Palin hack suspect's flat
Federal investigators served a search warrant on a suspect in the Sarah Palin webmail hack case in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Sony Ericsson Walkman slider spied online
A picture has popped up online of an upcoming Sony Ericsson handset that looks as though it’ll sit somewhere between the recently announced G705 slider and the latest Walkman, the W890i.
UK.gov IDs identity vendors
The Identity and Passport Service has announced shortlists for two stages of the National Identity Scheme procurement programme.
SanDisk seeks to replace the CD with the SD
SanDisk has launched a new flavour of storage across Europe and the US: Micro SD cards with DRM-free music already loaded.
Is flash a cache or pretend disk drive?
InterviewShould you use flash solid state drive (SSD) storage as a pretend hard disk drive or as a cache attached to a server’s main bus?
MI6 agent's moustache falls off during TV interview
The first ever British spy to purposely appear as such on TV had his false moustache fall off during filming, it has been revealed.
Sun faces up to the 64 thread question with T2+
AnalysisYou wouldn't know it by the revenue and profit figures, but Sun Microsystems is managing a fair amount of churn in its Sparc and X64 server product lines.
Are today's developers more creative?
Reg Reader WorkshopBack last year, I stumbled into a conversation at a conference just as a twenty-something programmer was uttering the words "Of course, developers nowadays are a lot more creative than they were 20 years ago".
College launches iPhone videogame course
Don’t like the games on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Well, you’ll soon be able to make your own, if you pass the world’s first iPhone videogame course.
Apple 2G iPod Touch
ReviewWe like the iPod Touch. It's not the only portable device with a touchscreen control system, but the way that Apple has employed the technology is clever.
Fujitsu to take on FSC commercial biz?
Siemens is expected to unload its stake in Fujitsu Siemens Computers to its Japanese partner, which will then slice and dice the business before flogging the consumer aspects.
Scrap PCs smuggled, dumped in Africa, China
The British government needs to tighten up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive to prevent e-waste being illegally exported to and dumped in the developing world, according to a charity group.
SanDisk pre-launches slotMusic
DRM-free music for your mobile phone and MP3 players sounds a good idea but not when an announcement is rushed out by SanDisk eager to to push up Samsung's bid price.
Million dollar burnout features as malware lure
First it appeared as an art project. Now, over a decade later, it's back from the dead as a malware lure.
London battles fire-breathing black cabs
RoTMTransport for London last week announced the temporary withdrawal of 500 black cabs following eight spontaneous combustion events in three months - the first incendiary transportation incidents in the capital since Red Ken Livingstone's removal from office apparently contained the fire-breathing vehicle menace.
Superfluid leak downs LHC for months
Bad news broke at the weekend for fans of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the titanic underground magno-doughnut proton punisher located outside Geneva. Technical mishaps will mean at least a two-month delay before the inaugural hadron headbang.
What's the cost of global warming?
AnalysisLet us assume global warming is happening. Let us assume too that it is doing so at a rapid pace. What should we do about it?
Pentax goes back to DSLR basics
Pentax has unveiled an entry-level digital SLR that it hopes will persuade avid snappers to ditch their simplistic compact cameras in favour of more complex photography.
Electric Mini spied in Munich
'Leccy techBMW's electric Mini has been spotted pootling around Munich, its zero-emission power source revealed by the lack of an exhaust pipe.
Hammer Films has risen from the grave
Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it's called action on its first horror production for over 30 years.
Police drop BT-Phorm probe
ExclusiveCity of London Police have decided not to formally investigate BT and Phorm for their allegedly illegal secret ISP-level adware trials, arguing that there was implied consent from customers and it would be a waste of public money.
Android-based T-Mobile G1 pics leaked
With just 24 hours or so to go before T-Mobile officially unveils the G1 Android-based handset, pictures of the phone have emerged online to whet consumers’ appetites.
Free from Philips, iRex launches A4 e-book reader
Philips spin-off iRex has gone up a size to produce an A4 version of its e-book reader, this one aimed at the document-reading business type, rather than the classic-consuming bookworm.
Armani stiches together latest talker
Fashion favourite Armani has expanded its range of branded gadgets with the creation of a second Samsung mobile phone.
Has the war on terror scored a virtual victory?
CommentScore one for the good guys – if, that is, you believe that some websites are just so wrong that they are fair game for a takedown. Alternatively, bemoan the demise of a voice that you may not agree with, but which at least gave you the opportunity to understand better what the other side in the “war on terror” are thinking.
McAfee snaps up Secure Computing
McAfee is buying smaller IT security rival Secure Computing for $465m in cash.
Turkish court bans Dawkins' website
CommentOnce upon a time, it took a Pope or a Stalinist dictator like, um, Stalin to have scientific discourse banned by decree. Nowadays, however, it merely takes a large and influential publishing house, and the agreement of Turkey’s criminal court of peace.
Oracle website 'not found' as Ellison et al schmooze customers
It's just as well Oracle customers are today holed up at the firm's OpenWorld event in San Francisco seeing as, for the second time inside a month, the Oracle website is having a little lie-down.
US pilots will go to VR drone ops straight from training
The new head of the US Air Force, General Norton "Norty"* Schwartz, has said that in future some rookie pilots will go straight from training school to remotely flying robot planes.
Toshiba, Sony to ship 45nm Cell in 2009?
Toshiba will next year begin mass-producing 45nm Cell processors, allowing Sony to put them into a (hopefully) slimmer PS3.
Brocade adds encryption to SAN fabric
Brocade has added an encryption switch and blade to its SAN fabric products. You can now encrypt the data in your Brocade SAN without having to use Brocade's own-brand HBAs.
MS trains eye on supercomputing with HPC Server 2008
Microsoft wheeled out the big guns today with its high performance computing (HPC) Server 2008 product finally hitting manufacturers.
Will Microsoft ever get the web?
Remix 08The UK Remix conference in Brighton last week was a local echo of Mix in Las Vegas, Microsoft’s web development event. Some 500 developers and designers turned up in a tired Brighton Centre to hear Microsoft’s web story, covering products like Silverlight, ASP.NET, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live services, and the Expression design tools.
'Malware-friendly' Intercage gets PIE in the face
UpdatedCalifornia-based network provider Intercage has gone completely offline following weeks of scathing criticism that it hosts an inordinate number of sites engaged in phishing, malware propagation, and other illegal activities.
Oracle pledges $3bn R&D spend
OpenWorld 08Oracle has promised increased research and development to maintain a growing software stack, while announcing updates to its collaboration, tools, and databases.
Data centers embrace The Great Outdoors
Some years ago, when power and cooling issues first started coming to the fore in data center conversations, some of us were joking that the smart thing to do would be to move big data centers to the polar caps and use the cool air keep the iron from overheating.
Senate bill sics DoJ on copyright infringers
As legislation allowing the US Department of Justice to sue suspected copyright violators on behalf of the entertainment industry heads to a vote on the Senate floor, an outspoken advocacy group is calling for the public to voice their concern.