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.
Dan Goodin, 09 Feb 2009
Brother MFC-5890CN

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.
Simon Williams, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2009

Samsung flies flagship phone

Samsung has lifted the curtain on its flagship handset for this year: the Tocco Ultra Edition.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

Woz goes Strictly dancing

The US version of Strictly Come Dancing has secured Apple founder Steve Wozniak as a contestant.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009

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?
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009
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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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Alun Taylor, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Oates, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

Man arrested in Indymedia animal extremism probe

A man has been arrested in connection with comments posted to the activist news site Indymedia.
Christopher Williams, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Jane Fae , 09 Feb 2009
AMD Phenom II

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.
Leo Waldock, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Ted Dziuba, 09 Feb 2009

Brits and Yanks struck with embarasment embarrassment

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.
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Dale Vile, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Lewis Page, 09 Feb 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Lewis Page, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2009
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Christopher Williams, 09 Feb 2009

TotalMusic goes totally titsup

Music vapourware venture TotalMusic is closing down, leaving only a sprinkling of buzzwords behind it.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Oates, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Bill Ray, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2009

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.
James Sherwood, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Austin Modine, 09 Feb 2009

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.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2009
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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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009

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).
Rik Myslewski, 09 Feb 2009

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.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2009

Houston justice system laid low by Conficker worm

The justice system in Houston was thrown into disarray late last week after the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm infected key systems.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2009

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