10th > February > 2009 Archive
Kaspersky: no personal information lifted during web hack
Anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab on Monday moved to reassure customers that none of their personal information was accessed during a 10-day security lapse that exposed a database used to run a support site for its US users.
Delayed Debian plans Valentine's weekend arrival
The next version of Debian - the basis of Ubuntu - could arrive this weekend, five months late and just as it's been hacked into phones running Google's Android.
Ex-eBay CEO to bid for Schwarzenegger's California job
Former eBay boss Meg Whitman plans on running for governor of California when Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves the high-profile executive gig in 2010.
Deconstructing and rebuilding IBM's server sales
It's that time, once again, to play Guess How Much Server Revenues Big Blue Had. Get out your stack of quarterly reports from IBM, your thinking cap, your fuzzy dice, and your spreadsheet program of choice, and let's see if you can come up with better numbers than I did.
Red Hat updates real-time Linux
Red Hat has announced that it has begun shipping the second rev and the first fully functional version of its Enterprise MRG real-time Linux. The Fedora Project, which is sponsored by Red Hat, has also put the alpha of its Fedora 11 development release in the field on time.
XSS bug crawls all over PayPal page
Online payments site PayPal has been bitten by yet another cross-site scripting (XSS) bug that could be exploited by black hats to phish user passwords or possibly steal authentication cookies.
Google beds Microsoft for mobile sync service
Microsoft has - once again - leveraged its muscle in collaboration and email for mobile services to bring one of its biggest rivals to heel.
Intel releases eight-headed* beast
ISSCCIntel offered only a few new details about its latest processor offerings at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) today, even though it essentially had the stage to itself.
Big Blue boasts cloud drag-and-drop
In IBM's world, some clouds are public, and others are private. There's blue sky between them, but high-flying IBM engineers believe they can bring the two together.
Europe gets first petaflops super
The Germans will have bragging rights to the floppiest supercomputer in Europe today as the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) is upgrading its Power-based massively parallel supercomputers to break through the petaflops barrier.
New-age cyber-attack inflicts major damage with modest means
A sustained cyber-attack against a handful of niche pornography sites has demonstrated a novel way to inflict major damage on hardened targets using a modest amount of data, a security researcher has warned.
Nokia N85 smartphone
ReviewWhile there’s been much talk of touchscreen operation coming to its N series, Nokia continues to roll out conventional additions to its high-end smartphone range that don’t demand the spotlight but which still put in a big-stage feature performance.
No Intel mobile price cuts coming until June, say moles
Intel has told notebook makers it won't be reducing what it charges for mobile processors and chipsets until well into Q2, at the earliest.
MPs confirm new information commissioner
A House of Commons Committee has given its seal of approval to the Ministry of Justice's choice to be the new Information Commissioner, clearing the way for the appointment of Christopher Graham to the post.
Tories search Google for economic policy
The Conservative Party is getting Google boss Eric Schmidt to fill a seat on its Economic Recovery Committee.
AMD 'confirms' unannounced mobile, desktop GPUs
AMD hasn't announced the 'RV740' desktop graphics chip and M97 mobile GPU but it has revealed their existence in its driver release notes.
3G BlackBerry Curve said to be in the works
Word’s broken through that RIM has designed a new 3G BlackBerry, to be called the Gemini.
Amazon: Kindle 2 to sell internationally
Amazon has confirmed that the Kindle 2 will be launched internationally - at some, unannounced point.
US Navy SEALs buy twin-screen laptops, refuse Vista
You know how it is. You're a power user, an alpha nerd. You just aren't happy without multiple screens - a puny one-screen desktop isn't enough for the multiple video feeds, apps and so forth that are essential to your working life.
Scotland to battle grey squirrel invaders
Scotland's native red squirrel population is to benefit from a £1.3m investment aimed at preventing it falling to the invading forces of its North American grey cousin.
Intel advances 32nm mobile CPU+GPU rollout to Q1 2010
Expect a big shift away from today's Core 2 architecture when Intel finally released mobile processors based on its 'Nehalem' chip design - particularly come Q1 2010 and the debut of 32nm mobile CPUs.
DSA looks at 3D animated driving tests
The Driving Standards Agency is considering the use of three-dimensional animation in the driving theory test's hazard perception section.
Sony Ericsson unwraps entertainment duo
Sony Ericsson has unveiled two phones at different ends of the entertainment spectrum. One’s a relatively high-end cameraphone and the other’s a music-oriented device with lower quality snapper.
Canadian boffins develop mindreader headband
Canadian boffins say they have developed a headset which can read the wearer's mind by shining infrared light into the brain.
IBM's winter storage blast
As part of its Dynamic Infrastructure announcement IBM has announced a deduplication appliance, encrypting high-end DS8000 arrays and low-end XIV storage products.
Which wireless technologies will get credit crunched?
The last few years have seen an explosion in ways of going wireless - in everything from light switches to battery chargers, wires are starting to look distinctly 20th century. But leaner times will force wireless technologies to prove their value, and not all of them are going to make it.
UK cybercrime unit to meet IT leaders
The newly-established Police Central e-crime unit (PCeU) has scheduled a meeting with UK business later this month.
Wacky Jacqui Smith says whole country crusading against CCTV
Home Secretary Wacky Jacqui Smith has conceded that there is zero support for CCTV cameras in UK communities. In a shock letter to the Guardian, she claims massed phalanxes of irate burghers are poised to join a Tory march on Whitehall to overthrow the hated devices.
Morse sells loss-making consultancy
Morse Plc has agreed to sell its UK and Jersey investment management consultancy business after it notched up an operating loss of £44,000 in the six months ended 31 December 2008.
Rogue admin faces court delay
Terry Childs, the rogue San Francisco administrator, must wait until Friday for his day in court.
Dell streamlines channel biz exec team
Dell has insisted it is committed to its British channel policy amidst confusion as to whether it will replace its just departed UK channel director Andy Dow.
Joker must retire, insist Heath Ledger fans
Fans of the late Heath Ledger have launched a net campaign aimed at ensuring that his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight remains the ultimate and definitive outing for the character.
New ISS piss-extractor drinks unit to go up on Discovery
Contrary to earlier reports, it now appears that troublesome equipment recently installed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to reprocess astronaut urine into drinkable water is still not working. Worried NASA chiefs intend to rush replacement golden-beverage equipment into space on the next shuttle flight.
Large Hadron Timewaster
The CERNocrats have decided it will be another few months before they can restart the world's biggest scientific money-smashing machine, the Large Hadron Collider.
Archos announces Android web tablet
Archos has jumped onto the Android OS bandwagon and announced a slimline internet tablet that also functions as a phone.
Retailer posts unannounced Nokia phone's spec
Online retailer Expansys has published the specifications of Nokia’s upcoming E75 handset.
Anonymous digs ahead of more assaults on Scientology
The Anonymous collective is moving on from the first anniversary of its protests against the Church of Scientology with a round of further demonstrations.
Brum laid bare on OpenStreetMap
Birmingham has joined Berlin, Canberra, Paris and Vienna in falling in its entirety to the cartographical skills of locals who've "completely digitally remapped" the city - in the process elevating it to the first British location to enjoy full-fat coverage on OpenStreetMap.
Police bail sysadmin in animal rights extremism probe
A Sheffield man has been released on police bail after being questioned in connection with comments posted to the activist news website Indymedia, which included the personal details of a prominent High Court judge.
O2 saunters into laptop market
Telefonica-owned brand O2 has launched into the subsidised-laptop market, and is giving away a couple of models of Samsung netbook mini-laptop with £30 and £40 contracts.
Mexican phone firms to fingerprint new customers
Buying a mobile phone in Mexico will soon be a biometric affair. The country’s set to introduce a law requiring all new phone buyers to be fingerprinted.
Freeway-averse Peapod runabout to go on sale in April
'Leccy TechBack in September we reported the development of Chrysler's Peapod neighbourhood electric vehicle-cum-self propelled iPhone dock.
Norfolk town's schools first to be heated by burning cattle
A "trailblazing" Norfolk town has begun heating many of its buildings - including the schools - by burning oil made from melted-down cow and pig carcasses. The strategy is described as "equal or lower in carbon footprint than natural gas".
Ticketmaster and Live Nation forge unholy alliance
Concert scalper Ticketmaster and concert promoter Live Nation have agreed to merge.
Phorm: BT system 'most definitely' online by end of 2009
Phorm CEO Kent Ertugrul has announced his firm's ISP-level adware system will "most definitely" be live across the BT broadband network by the end of 2009. BT seems less sure.
You did what? The trials of supporting remote users
Reg Reader WorkshopIT support, as we know, is that job function in the technical ecosystem that takes the flack for any problem affecting a user. These can range from the straightforward if annoying forgotten password requests and slightly cryptic ‘my-laptop-isn't-working-anymore’ complaints, through to the more serious ‘accidentally deleted’ mission-critical spreadsheet containing the lottery syndicate's surefire numbers for the week's rollover jackpot.
Intel to spend $7bn to upgrade US factories
Intel's president and chief executive officer, Paul Otellini, was at the Economic Club in Washington DC this morning as the Senate, the House, and the White House are arguing about what kinds of investments to make in the US economy.
UFO ruled out of wind farm prang
An examination of the turbine at Conisholme wind farm in Lincolnshire which last month shed one of its blades has disappointingly revealed no extraterrestrial involvement in the incident.
Flash mem maker Spansion Japan files for bankruptcy
Spansion Inc. - one of the world's largest flash memory makers - says its Japanese unit has filed for bankruptcy protection.
BitDefender distances self from gaping BitDefender.pt breach
CommentThis piece was updated to reflect information released by BitDefendor after publication.
Symantec takes on Mozy with cloud backup
Symantec is to offer a cloud backup storage service for consumers, similar to the Mozy, Carbonite, and Spare Backup services
Microsoft promises to slash cost of 'high-end' search
Microsoft has promised to make enterprise search cost effective under a roadmap outlined today, having splashed out $1.3bn on FAST Search and Transfer a year ago.
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent
Reeling from revenue declines and even steeper drops in profits in the fourth quarter, Intel confirmed today that it will ship its "Nehalem" Xeon EP processors for two-socket servers before the end of this quarter.
Intel 'accelerates' 32nm chip launch
Intel is feeling pretty confident about the ramp of its 32nm processors, set for production in late 2009. In fact, the company says it's "accelerating" the process shrink by skipping 45nm chips that were going to arrive later this year.
Hackintosh maker lands Apple punch
In its on-going legal battle with Apple, upstart clonemaker Psystar has won its first victory in many a month.
Unisys tastes recession red ink
Mainframe and x64 server maker Unisys is struggling, as it does from time to time. In the fourth quarter of 2008, slackening server sales and some tapering off in services revenues moved the company into the red.
Fraudsters cream opposition in cybercrime wars
The celebration of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday was marked by warnings that cybercriminals are staying ahead of defenders in their attempts to defraud or otherwise abuse internet users.
Windows Vista man channels Neil Diamond with debut album
Where do you go after you've given the world Windows Vista? Music, apparently.