9th > February > 2009 Archive
Kaspersky hacker: Database exposed for days
Some 24 hours after a hacker claimed to hack a Kaspersky website and access a database containing proprietary customer information, the security provider issued a terse statement confirming it had experienced a security issue.
Brother MFC-5890CN inkjet all-in-one A3 printer
ReviewIf you need to print on paper bigger than A4, your choices of printer are severely reduced. If you need colour and can only afford an inkjet, they’re smaller still, and if you’d like an all-in-one, you’re down to half a dozen possibilities. Make that seven - Brother now has its MFC-5890CN, coming in at a touch over £150.
Parcelforce website cold-shoulders Linux lovers
Blighty's national parcel service has no online facility for Linux fans because its website only supports some Microsoft Windows operating systems and Apple's Mac OS X.
Samsung flies flagship phone
Samsung has lifted the curtain on its flagship handset for this year: the Tocco Ultra Edition.
Woz goes Strictly dancing
The US version of Strictly Come Dancing has secured Apple founder Steve Wozniak as a contestant.
Why EMC should really rev InVista
CommentInVista is a stunning flop that EMC is refusing to shut down. Why? Is EMC in a state of denial, or does it have a plan?
Outgoing Seagate CEO: Bill's big bill
Seagate terminated ex-CEO Bill Watkin's employment on 4 February and will pay him $5m according to SEC filings.
AMD cores up with Phenom II
AMD has officially released a set of Phenom II processors with three or four cores priced to undercut Intel's Core 2 Duo and Quad line on a bangs per buck basis.
RM walks the line
RM saw no indications of a fall in spending in its markets for the first half of its fiscal year, and said expectations for the full year remain unchanged.
LG officially unveils Arena flagship
LG hasn’t done a very good job of keeping its latest flagship handset under lock and key. Just seven days before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, the firm’s officially unveiled its Arena smartphone to the world.
Ford partners with British e-van maker to kickstart US EV drive
'Leccy TechWhen Ford announced its electric vehicle roadmap at the Detroit Motor Show, we speculated that one part the plan would be the introduction into the US market of a 'leccy version of the humble Transit Connect.
We need cheap, abundant energy. Here's how
Energise![ This week, El Reg brings you extracts this week from Energise! - a fresh look at energy policy and innovation - eds]
Vodafone and 3 merge Oz operations
Vodafone Australia and Hutchison's 3 network are giving up competing and will merge their operations into a 50:50 joint venture.
Footy star sues Facebook over fake fascist profile
Juventus star Alessandro del Piero is reportedly suing Facebook over a fake profile bearing his name that links to Nazi propaganda sites.
Official Amazon Kindle 2 images leak out
Just hours before Amazon is expected to officially unveil its second-generation Kindle in New York, a pair of very official-looking images of the so-called Kindle 2 have appeared online.
Man arrested in Indymedia animal extremism probe
A man has been arrested in connection with comments posted to the activist news site Indymedia.
HTC working on 1GHz smartphone?
HTC may follow in the footsteps of Toshiba’s recently unveiled TG01 smartphone - by launching its own device based on Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon chip.
Link-spamming spreads to NHS, police
Hot on the heels of spam-linked local government and pwned parish Council sites, El Reg has discovered that central government is not immune to infiltration by spammers.
AMD Phenom II Socket AM3 processor
ReviewThe first two models of AMD’s Phenom II processor showed that the move from 65nm to 45nm was thoroughly good news. It reduced power draw and waste heat while allowing AMD to increase clock speeds, which is very jubbly indeed.
Google faces post-Fleetwood Mac comedown
Fail and YouAmerica loves its ballin'. Walk into the shop, ice around your neck, and twist off a hand full of cabbage to buy things - not out of necessity, but out of the joy of buying things.
Brits and Yanks struck with
It's official: English is going directly to hell in a handcart because more than half of native speakers of the lingo can't spell "embarrassed" - and even more have entered the new millennium without the foggiest idea of how 1,000 years pan out in our beloved mother tongue.
Data Domain sticks neck out on deduping
CommentCan block-level access storage area network data be deduplicated? Data Domain thinks so, but nobody else does.
Users: The weakest link in laptop security
Reg Tech PanelIf you ask the average business person who is responsible for the security of data held in computer systems, the chances are they will point to the IT department. After all, it's all about passwords, keys, firewalls, locks on computer room doors and other systems-related perceptions they have picked up without ever really having thought about it.
HP printer hack risk prompts update
Users of HP LaserJet printers need to apply a firmware update following the discovery of a potentially troublesome vulnerability.
US spooks want 'stand off' biometrics-harvesting iPhones
Sinister government agencies will soon be able to harvest our biometrics from afar without us even realising it has happened, according to reports. Even worse, one of the main tools of the coming surveillocracy is expected to be the beloved Jesus Phone, evilly twisted from its intended purpose of bringing peace and wellbeing to humanity.
Dow leaves Dell amid UK channel shake-up
Dell is rejigging its UK indirect business after its channel director made a shock exit from the firm a few weeks ago.
Top Qinetiq raider to retire with vast treasure chest
Sir John Chisholm, the famous biz kingpin who led a decade-long corporate raid on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and amassed a huge personal fortune while doing so, is reportedly about to retire.
Valentine Trojan onslaught blights inboxes
Virus authors are attempting to hoodwink unwary and lovestruck internet users with malware that poses as Valentine's Day-related games and email greetings.
Mozilla comes out in support of Brussels IE on Windows findings
Mozilla Corporation has joined the growing number of browser makers to come out in support of European antitrust watchdogs’ grumbles against Microsoft tying Internet Explorer to its Windows operating system.
UK.gov to send your holidays to sunny Manchester
The government is building a new data storage and processing centre near Manchester, as the £1.2bn e-Borders programme gears up to monitor every movement in and out of the UK.
TotalMusic goes totally titsup
Music vapourware venture TotalMusic is closing down, leaving only a sprinkling of buzzwords behind it.
Isle of Man gov gets social
The Isle of Man is trying to tempt back departing graduates with a bit of Web 2.0 social networking magic.
Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars goes multiplayer
A flyer for the upcoming GTA: ChinaTown Wars Nintendo DS game has revealed that it will support multiplayer action.
BONDI gives mobile widgets a day in the sun
The Open Mobile Terminal Alliance has launched version one of its Web-2.0-widget platform BONDI with a reference implementation, software developer's kit and endorsements from Opera and the other Linux consortium.
Sony pumps up the bass
Music with a bangin’ bass is important, or so Register Hardware’s intern said. Sony obviously knows this too, because it’s launched a series of eXtra Bass (XB) headphones.
Next-gen Atom set back to Q4
Intel's next-gen netbook-centric mobile Atom, codenamed 'Pineview', won't appear until mid-way through Q4, the chip giant's latest roadmap reveals.
HD TV beats depression, claims HD TV company
If you’re feeling a tad depressed then we’d admit that a comedy could help boost your spirits. But a questionable piece of Sky research claims to have concluded that watching HD TV programmes can help improve the viewer’s psychological well being.
Intel to tweak desktop 'Nehalem' line-up in Q2
Prepare for faster Core i7 'Nehalem' desktop processors next quarter, including a 3.33GHz successor to the current Core i7 Extreme 965.
Amazon unveils Kindle 2.0
The worst kept secret in literary history has finally been officially confirmed by Amazon: the existence of its Kindle 2.
Dalai Lama's Twitter account is a fake
Social networking fans on the wrong side of the six-fold path to enlightenment may be heartbroken to learn the Dalai Lama's account on Twitter is a fake.
Microsoft to launch Windows mobile apps 'bazaar'
Those hoping for a Microsoft mobile phone may need to settle, instead, for a planned online application store for handsets running Windows.
NetApp lays off staff
NetApp is laying off up to six per cent of staff as it copes with a recession that's affecting enterprise storage purchases.
Intel kills off IDF Taipei
If you have booked you travel and hotel accommodations for the upcoming Intel Developer Forum shindigs in Taipei, Taiwan, and Beijing, China, you are going to have to make some changes to your itinerary. These events have been crushed by the economic downturn.
Green semiconductor advice goes beyond the chip
ISSCCThe semiconductor industry is poised to make major contributions to global energy efficiency, according to NXP Semiconductors chief technology officer René Penning de Vries speaking at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
Tough times mean channel love for Novell
A lot of IT vendors make their numbers or don't because of the efforts of their indirect sales channels. And when times are tough, the vendor has to take some of the economic heat off their channel partners so they don't lose the people who actually interface with customers.
Kaiser Permanente breach leads to ID theft
Kaiser Permanente has admitted a breach of its employee records systems has resulted in incidents of identity theft.