19th > February > 2009 Archive
Intel and Nvidia take licensing kerfuffle to court
A continuing dispute between Intel and Nvidia over the scope of a 2004 cross-licensing pact has, rather unsurprisingly, made its way to court.
US gooses economy with IT billions
The $787bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed Tuesday by US president Barack Obama, contains significant chunks of cash targeted towards IT spending.
Blogger fights Psion's claim to 'netbook' name
A campaign has been launched to thwart Psion Techlogix's attempt to re-assert its trademark over the name "netbook".
Hacker pokes new hole in secure sockets layer
Website encryption has sustained another body blow, this time by an independent hacker who demonstrated a tool that can steal sensitive information by tricking users into believing they're visiting protected sites when in fact they're not.
Western Digital flashes home backup and media server
Using its 1 and 2TB Caviar Green drives Western Digital is introducing a shared home backup system with media serving capabilities.
Robots used to treat autistic kids
US boffins say they have developed a method for treating children with autism - the condition characterised by repetitive behaviour, difficulties understanding human language and/or lack of imagination - by having them spend time with robots.
Romeo 419ers take Canadian women for $300k
Nigerian fraudsters have relieved a number of Edmonton women of a total of $300,000 in what the local Sun describes as "an online dating scam".
Berry warns about plodding police IT
The former head of the Police Federation has called for the Home Office to mandate the integration of police IT systems by 2015
Northamber: 'It would be wrong to be optimistic'
Northamber said it would be "wrong to be optimistic" as it weighs the chances of an upturn in the economy after the first six months of its financial year saw revenues slump 30 per cent.
Cameraphone with physical shutter spied
MWCCamera firm Jabil has showcased an 8Mp camera module with a physical shutter. The firm hopes it could soon make its way into smartphones.
Judge strips MS 'Vista Capable' lawsuit of class action status
Microsoft scored a major win in the ongoing “Vista Capable” lawsuit yesterday after a US federal judge ruled that the case no longer warranted class action status.
Reg Hardware trials gesture-controlled videogame
MWCRegister Hardware just tested gesture-based gaming technology. Our verdict? It rocks!
Cybercrime losses tax UK small business
Cybercrime and fraud are costing Britain's small business £800 a year each, according to a survey by the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
US teen cuffed for disorderly classroom texting
A text-happy Wisconsin teen who refused to stop messaging during a high school maths lesson was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and now faces a court appearance for her trouble.
ESA gives £6m to Brit spaceplane project
The European Space Agency (ESA) has inked a deal with British firm Reaction Engines Ltd to work on a paradigm-punishing new type of spacecraft engine. The tech could lead to fully reusable runway-launched space shuttles "within ten years".
Swiss boffins build bonkers iPhone-operated electric sportster
'Leccy TechThe Geneva Motor Show tends to bring the crazies out of the woodwork and it looks as though 2009 won't be an exception. The renowned Swiss auto-boffins at Rinspeed have released details of a working concept car they'll showing at Geneva called the iChange.
Fring looks to ID to boost
Fring, maker of free phone software used to access a variety of loss-making services, reckons there's money to be made hosting identities for network operators. But the company's commitment to end users could be its undoing.
College IT departments told to deploy anti-terror dragnet
The government has told colleges to monitor web browsing for Islamic extremist sites and report students to police, drawing criticism from union chiefs that it could alienate muslim communities.
Irish cops tripped up by Prawo Jazdy dragnet
Irish cops have finally uncovered the identity of one of the Emerald Isle's "most reckless drivers" - a Pole who had by June 2007 clocked up over 50 speeding fines and parking tickets on the Garda Pulse computer system without once being convicted of a crime against motoring.
Pirate Bay supporters ram Swedish IFPI website
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has pleaded with fans to stop attacking official entertainment industry websites after the Swedish wing of the The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) site was hacked yesterday.
Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect designer phone
ReviewAfter some flash for your cash? Hot on the well-turned heels of LG's new Prada phone, Samsung and Armani have delivered their latest ensemble - the Emporio Armani Samsung Night Effect.
ICO strengthens criticism of Government data sharing
The Government's controversial plans to share personal data between departments and with the private sector are "too wide" and the safeguards "weak" according to privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
UK gov to fund Virgin mothership micro-sat launcher
The British government is reportedly prepared to fund development of a rocket able to put small satellites into orbit, launched from the WhiteKnightTwo "mothership" piggyback jet which will carry Richard Branson's planned space-tourism rocketplanes to startup altitude.
Scotland Today in news nipslip outrage
NSFWViewers of STV's Scotland Today got an unexpected Royal Bank of Scotland bonus on Tuesday when the teatime edition of the news prog featured a "busty blonde" nipslip boob.
Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop
White hat security researchers have demoed how to bypass the facial recognition systems on several laptops.
HP imposes staff wage cuts
Hewlett-Packard workers fired up their PCs this morning to find a long memo from Mark Hurd explaining why he was imposing wide-ranging pay cuts in an effort to prevent further job losses at the computer vendor.
Airline pilots told to switch off mobile phones
The US Federal Aviation Authority has issued an alert to airlines reminding them that its not just passengers who should keep their phones switched off, but pilots too.
Pro-Heathrow demo challenges Carbon Cult killjoys
As eco warriors descend on Parliament this afternoon to protest against the expansion of Heathrow, an obscure counter demonstration will be taking place. It's quite unusual: Modern Movement will be demonstrating in favour of something, not against it: cheap travel.
Ricoh reveals speed snapper
Ricoh will next month roll out its latest high-end compact camera, the CX1.
Raygun jumbo: 'Long duration' ground blasts begin
Energy weapon maker Northrop Grumman has announced further successful ground tests for the mighty laser cannon installed in America's prototype nuke-blasting jumbo jet.
Fasthosts to offshore support staff
Budget web hosting provider Fasthosts will soon make almost all of its UK customer service team redundant, to be replaced by call centres in Romania and the Phillipines, staff were told on Wednesday.
Grifters punt 'get rich quick' scams at Facebook users
Grifters are using Facebook to lend credibility to an elaborate get rich quick scam designed to trick punters into handing over credit card details.
Asus exec re-iterates plan to poleaxe 8.9in Eee PCs
So farewell, then, Asus' 8.9in Eee PCs. Another company executive has reportedly admitted they're for the chop.
Unisys threatens Itanium with death
The Itanium server chip from Intel needs all the allies it can get these days, particularly after the latest in a string of delays for the quad-core "Tukwila" chip. But it doesn't look like Intel can count on Unisys to be a particularly enthusiastic supporter of Tukwila when it does get out the door.
US feds pull travel site offline after hacker break-in
A travel reservations website used by US government agencies remains offline more than a week after it was infected with malware that tried to install malicious code on the PCs of those who visited the site.
HP to spruce EVA storage arrays
HP is set to launch its upgraded mid-range EVA storage arrays featuring 80TB+ increases in capacity, new controllers, and solid state drive (SSD) support.
Hulu's Hollywood overlords force Boxee block
Hulu's Hollywood overlords have forced the popular American web TV portal to block fans from watching streaming shows on television sets with Boxee.
Windows 7 fast track alarms technical testers
Microsoft has moved to contain growing criticism from beta testers that it's railroading the Windows 7 and Windows Live test programs, leaving bugs unfixed.
Verizon preps LTE rollout for 2010
The ongoing battle over which technology will rule the future wireless-broadband world has tilted strongly in favor of Long Term Evolution (LTE), thanks to two announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Judge approves AP's online news copying suit
The Associated Press can proceed with a copyright infringement lawsuit against an online news aggregation service after a federal judge ruled a century-old US Supreme Court ruling applies to the internet.
Norway mobilizes against IE 6
Norwegian web sites are campaigning to have users dump Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 for a modern browser.
Yelp deflects 'Extortion 2.0' claim
Yelp continues to face questions over the ethics of its new-age city guide, billed as a place where "real people" write "real reviews" of restaurants, bars, shops, and other local businesses.
Intel to chase clouds with custom mobo
For a little more than a year now, IBM and Dell have been offering custom server designs to hyperscale data center operators that deliver more oomph for a given amount of juice. And it looks like Intel is going to be creating some specialized motherboards for the future "Nehalem" family of Xeon processors so it can get in on the hyperscale action.