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Global chip sales shriveled in 2008
Last year was the first since 2001 that saw a year-on-year drop in chip sales, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Irish ISP Eircom in 'three strike' filesharer crackdown
Irish internet provider Eircom has bowed to litigious pressure from four major music labels to implement a French-style "three strikes" regime where customers repeatedly accused of illegal filesharing have their internet access cut off.
Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality
It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now. That's the kind of cold that makes a man concentrate on his work so he can keep from remembering that the tears the wind blows out of his eyes will freeze on the side of his face before they hit the ground.
Dell pairs with Xsigo on virtual I/O
Xsigo Systems - which back in September 2007 launched an in-band I/O virtualization appliance that cuts the hard-coded links between servers, storage, and networks and completely virtualizes those connections - has landed its first tier one server partner and distributor: Dell.
What's next for Microsoft's Flight Sim partners?
Flight Simulator developers have called on Microsoft to clarify quickly its plans for the massive flight franchise that's found its way into the defense sector.
Investigators claim UK's largest 'illegal game copying device' haul
A raid on a London-based business has resulted in the discovery of what's claimed to be the UK’s largest ever haul of illegal game-copying devices.
Kyocera Mita FS-C5200DN colour laser printer
ReviewKyocera Mita isn't perhaps one of the first names to trip off your tongue when considering a new laser printer, but it deserves to be. The company has sold lots of its big-business printers to corporates for many years and its range of smaller mono and colour lasers includes the newly released FS-C5200DN.
French court fines Google over trade marked keywords
A French court has fined search engine giant Google €350,000 and said that its search advertising business has infringed on two companies' trade marks.
Iranian rocket puts satellite into orbit
Iran says it has successfully launched its first satellite into orbit using domestic technology. The launch, while expected, will be seen by some in the West as confirming the view that Iran could have nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles relatively soon.
Xbox 360 NXE audio patch posted
A fix for the HDMI audio issue experienced by downloaders of the New Xbox Experience (NXE) has been released ahead of the predicted launch date.
Nikon jazzes up Coolpix range
Nikon has broadened its Coolpix range with an "ergonomically designed" bridge camera.
Weak pound helps Vodafone dial up profit
Vodafone Group grew revenues by 14.3 per cent to £10.47bn for the quarter ended 31 December 2008, helped by the weak pound and has jacked up its outlook for the full year
Dimension Data scoops up Teksys
Dimension Data Holdings Plc has bought a UK-based Microsoft infrastructure and licensing services company for an undisclosed sum.
Don’t let Microsoft timescales dictate your Windows migration
There is a lot of talk at the moment about desktop migration schedules. With the majority of enterprises still managing XP estates, the big question is whether to make a short term move to Vista, hang on and wait for Windows 7, or dig in and not think about it until you really have to.
Ofcom woos theatricals and delays digital dividend
UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on the harmonisation of 800MHz across Europe, and proposes shuffling the digital TV bands already in operation and finding a permanent home for wireless mics at channel 38, by paying off the luvvies.
Sun beefs up modular arrays
Sun has upgraded its StorageTek modular array line with two new products using tried and tested ingredients to take capacity up to 448TB.
Asus unwraps 10in Eee with 9.5-hour battery life
Asus has introduced its latest Eee PC, a 10in model that will incorporate the latest Atom CPU - the N280 - and a nine-and-a-half hour runtime.
Kurdish spyware suspect faces espionage charges
A suspect who allegedly used spyware to snoop on Turkish government computers on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) faces charges punishable by up to ten years behind bars in Turkey.
Father of Playmobil dies at 79
Hans Beck, the man who invented Playmobil, died last Friday at the age of 79 following a "serious illness", Deutsche Welle reports.
Seagate sets Constellation above Barracuda
Seagate has launched its much-expected 2TB drive under the Constellation brand, which includes 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) drives, for nearline storage needs.
Finland fingerprints all Finns and foreigns
The Finnish government is pushing ahead with plans to collect all citizens' fingerprints for passports and to give police access to fingerprints for crime detection.
Swiss EV coupé gets Berlin runabout
'Leccy TechWe reported on the unveiling of the Swiss Mindset leccy coupé back in December 2008. The world of new electric car announcements being what it is, we perhaps wouldn't have been massively surprised if we had never heard another peep out of the company again.
NetApp virtualises third-party SSD
NetApp's V-Series controller has added support for Texas Memory Systems' RamSan 500 SSD product, in an unexpected twist on storage array sold state drive use.
Apple patent points to tablet PC
A recently filed Apple patent application has revealed the firm’s idea for a tablet-style Mac.
Sony cuts ties for 3G real-time video streaming
Sony has launched a portable device – and we use that term loosely – for wirelessly streaming live camcorder-captured video to, say, your TV.
Oz man collared with pigeons down trousers
An Oz man faces up to ten years' jail and "substantial fines" after Melbourne customs operatives discovered he'd flown in from Dubai with two live pigeons down his trousers.
Sony Ericsson J132 vs LG KP100
ReviewWhile there's nothing like an economic downturn to focus the mind on affordable technology, it gets beaten every time by a pretty girl walking into Reg Hardware's office and asking which is the best bargain mobile phone to buy as a holiday handset. One embarrassing silence, several blank stares and some muttering later we decided we best find out.
India could change takeover law to save Satyam
Regulators from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) have won the right to question the Raju brothers and other Satyam staff.
X2 triplex supercopter gets tail-drive hooked up
US helicopter firm Sikorsky has announced successful ground testing of its "X2" twin-rotor, tail-prop high speed helicopter prototype with the tail propulsor fitted and working. The firm says the X2 is on track to achieve 250-knot speeds this year - beating normal helicopters by two thirds again.
EU security agency draws 'privacy baseline' for ID cards
Europe urgently needs to develop a strategy for protecting the privacy of data held through national ID card schemes, a European security agency warns.
Kurzweil to found 'Singularity Uni' in Silicon Valley
Renowned futurologist Ray Kurzweil has teamed up with space promoter Peter Diamandis and Google to set up annual techno/zeitgeist workshops at the famous NASA Ames research centre in Silicon Valley. The discussions will be known as "Singularity University", and will offer courses of varying length to paying customers.
Toshiba wows crowds with sexy touch smartphone
As if from nowhere, Toshiba has unveiled a supremely sexy touchscreen mobile phone.
Blizzard of smut cuts off Council websites
If you’re seeking smut, you only need go as far at present as the leafy green home pages of West Wittering Parish Council. Or there's Worcestershire County Council’s Healthy Schools Forum which, in an area dedicated to "internet safety", advises visitors on where to find "sexy escorts", before inviting them into a chat room to talk with "sexy girls".
Dell expands XPS all-in-one line with 24in boy
Dell has revamped its XPS One all-in-one desktop PC, packing in a 24in "edge-to-edge" display capable of full 1080p HD playback.
Seagate kisses Maxtor goodwill goodbye
In a telling move, Seagate is writing off $2.3bn goodwill from its Maxtor acquisition and other intangible items.
Intel plucks power from TV signals
Researchers at Intel have demonstrated low-power electronics running on nothing more than power harvested from a normal TV aerial, or an RFID reader if there happens to be one nearby.
Harry Potter Lexicon published after judgment-guided edit
A new version of the Harry Potter companion book at the centre of a US intellectual property court case has been published. Author Steve Vander Ark has stripped the book of the material a US judge objected to in order to make it publishable.
Facebook turns pollster in search for cash
Facebook's top brass have been at the World Economic Forum in Davos, punting another way to try to turn their enormous database of personal information and trivia profitable.
App promises superior suntan from iPhone, PC screens
Maintaining your post-holiday tan is time consuming. So a tech firm’s launched a revolutionary application for the PC and iPhone that’ll toast your skin a healthy brown - just by looking at the screen.
Gimme some (more) money, demand Spinal Tap
Legendary rockers Spinal Tap are back in the studio after an extended musical hiatus broken only by their breathtaking performance at 2007's Live Earth spectacular in London.
Unpatched web vulns turn internet into drive-by warzone
The compromise of corporate websites with malicious code and browser exploits became the preferred method for distributing malware last year, according to the annual security report from IBM's ISS security tools division.
Immortal Dr Who jellyfish poised to rule Earth
The worldwide jellyfish-threat trouser state was officially raised from "damp" to "brown" last week, as reports emerged of a dreadful new oceanic menace: that of immortal rebirthing ocean-prowler hydrozoan clone swarms, described by top jelly boffins as "silent invaders".
Uncle Sam buys 20 petaflops BlueGene super
The American government's appetite for ever-bigger gobs of supercomputing power has been a blessing for IBM and Cray, and this morning it was Big Blue's turn to brag about two big deals it has scored with Uncle Sam.
Intel shows Visual Studio multi-threaded way
Intel today released the long-awaited beta version of its Parallel Studio development tools, available as a free download.
Exploding mobile phone kills Chinese man
A Chinese man was reportedly killed at a computer shop last Friday after the cell phone in his chest pocket exploded, severing a major artery in his neck and leading to massive blood loss.
Hitachi takes losses, chops jobs
Japanese conglomerate Hitachi reported its financial results for its 2008 fiscal third quarter today and swapped some execs in its Americas unit and disk array and disk drive businesses.
Motorola handset profits still MIA
The fact that nobody seems to want a Motorola phone these days wasn't terrific for the handset maker's bottom line in 2008.
Sun angles cloud-on-credit-card play
Cloud computing is the new open-source for Sun Microsystems, which has promised to reveal more next month about a cloud platform it's building.
ASProx botnet dials into Conficker domains
The zombie network created by the Conficker worm is yet to go "live", but it's displaying curious behaviour that yields potential clues to its origins and purpose.