19th > December > 2008 Archive

WIN a BlackBerry Storm!

Competition Samsung Omina? 'Orrible! Apple iPhone? I don't think so! No, RIM's BlackBerry Storm is the touchscreen mobile to go for this season, says Vodafone, and it's going to give three lucky Register Hardware readers one of the in-demand handsets.
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YouTube 'poisoned baby food' hoaxer pleads guilty

A New York man on Thursday admitted he repeatedly posted videos of himself on YouTube claiming he caused millions of jars of baby food to be poisoned.
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Man faces $52k bill after voicemail breach

A Winnipeg businessman has received a telephone bill for more than $52,000 (Canadian) after unknown miscreants breached his voicemail system and made hundreds of calls to Bulgaria.

Battery builders beg for $1bn

A consortium of 14 US tech companies is asking for $1bn in federal aid to build a lithium-ion battery plant.

LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player

Review At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that the heavily polished DVS450H is a victory of style over substance. But not a bit of it. This player has looks and brains, and has enough surprises up its sleeve to genuinely impress.
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Beatle associate can sue over 'charlatan' claim, says High Court

A former associate of The Beatles has won the right to sue in England over a New York Times article which called him a charlatan. Because the article was published online the case should go ahead, the High Court has said.
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Sun and Micron extend flash life

Sun and flash memory vendor Micron have collaborated to extend the life of enterprise flash memory to one million write/erase cycles, higher than any other NAND technology available.
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Ohio prof develops CCTV people-tracker 'ware

Boffins in Ohio have taken another step towards the global surveillance panopticon of the future, developing software which can autonomously track an individual through a city using CCTV cameras.

Dogs and arson feature in top 10 data recovery disasters

Computer forensics experts need a talent for data recovery.

Apple sued in Apple TV wireless audio patent clash

A little-known maker of wireless media players is suing Apple, alleging the Mac maker not only used its technology without permission but poached staff to do so more easily.
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Amazon peddles Prince for pence

Amazon UK is currently selling the MP3 version of Prince’s Lovesexy album for the not so princely sum of 79 pence.
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Oracle takes profit blow

Software giant Oracle has blamed the US dollar for putting a dent in its second quarter earnings, with the firm’s net profit falling one per cent to $1.3bn.
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iPlayer finally makes friendly with Mac and Linux

The BBC has finally released a desktop version of iPlayer that works with both Mac and Linux computers.

First lady of Star Trek dead at 76

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and first lady of the seminal science fiction series, died early Thursday morning. She was 76.
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Canada's biggest stock exchange back after day-long shutdown

The Toronto Stock Exchange is open for business once again after a technical glitch on Wednesday wiped out an entire day of trading for the world's seventh biggest exchange.

New alliance tunes into the 'net

Add another acronym to your collection of tech-industry alliances. A group of internet-media movers and shakers, including broadcast services and device makers, have joined together to form the IMDA, aka the Internet Media Device Alliance.
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Boffins beget bacterial biofuel bonanza

Californian boffins have developed a way of producing more powerful biofuels, using genetically modified food-poisoning bacteria.

Mac OS 10.5.6 problems? Apple suggests shampoo

Apple has finally responded to numerous reports from disgruntled Mac users about their inability to upgrade Mac OS 10.5, Leopard, from version 10.5.5 to 10.5.6. Their advice: Try again.