20th > February > 2009 Archive
Apple routs rivals in sat survey
Apple has by far the highest level of customer satisfaction among computer-buying consumers, according to a recent study (PDF) conducted by ChangeWave Research.
AMD spins The Foundry, no thanks to apathetic investors
It's officially splitsville for AMD and its chip-making business.
Yahoo! tosses! video! ads! into! search! engine!
Yahoo!'s second-rate search engine will soon add video, images, and other "rich" goodies to its pay-per-click advertisements.
Dell claims 'fraud' on Psion's netbook claim
Dell is playing hardball with Psion Teklogix, asking the US authorities throw out its claim over the "netbook" name.
Next-gen Mac mini 'photo' surfaces
A fuzzy photo of a purported new Mac mini appeared in a MacRumors forum post, and the resulting rumor instantly made the rounds of the MacRumors news page, Ars Technica, AppleInsider, Cnet, Gizmodo, 123Macmini, SlashGear, VentureBeat, and Electronista
New in-the-wild attack targets fully-patched Adobe Reader
Security watchers are warning of a serious unpatched vulnerability in Adobe's Reader program that's actively being exploited to install malware on the PCs of unsuspecting users.
IBM lands 25 teraflop iDataplex cluster in Bluegrass State
IBM has signed up another customer for its iDataplex super-dense x64 rack servers, this time landing the University of Louisville in Kentucky, which has bought a 25 teraflops cluster of these funky machines.
Euro-style GM Volt design revealed
'Leccy TechThanks to the folks at the EU Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market we can now see the how the Opal Ampera will differ from the Chevrolet Volt.
Seagate ends gunfight at the SSD corral
In the legal gunfight at the SSD corral initiated by Wild Bill Watkins - then top gunslinger at Seagate - STC has emerged victorious, with Seagate abjectly running away.
Solar-powered gadget round-up
MWCSolar-powered mobile gadgets were commonplace at Mobile World Congress this year. So Register Hardware scanned the event’s stands to bring you its three fave funky eco-friendly solar tools.
Acer pushes Gateway back into Europe
AnalysisAcer has relaunched the Gateway brand in Europe, restyling the cow spotted direct supplier as a channel only brand pitched at SMEs.
Nudie subterranean rat protein could arrest human ageing
US boffins believe they may be on the track of longevity-enhancing technology, by analysing the unusual proteins found in naked mole rats. These wrinkly, hairless burrowing creatures from East Africa live many times longer than other rodents, and remain attractive, fit and virile the whole time.
Intempo InSession iPod/MP3 speaker
ReviewIntempo was one of the first iPod accessory makers to exploit the low end market, and it's has had plenty of practice in producing these products now. Without setting the world alight, it's latest offering, the InSession, benefits from some no-nonsense engineering and delivers a decent performance.
Hounslow tries STD test result texts
NHS Hounslow is using the internet and text messaging to encourage more young people to be screened for chlamydia.
Nintendo names UK DSi launch date
Nintendo has revealed that it’ll launch the latest addition to its DS handheld console range – the DSi – in Europe this April.
Microsoft plans to issue non-update update for Win 7
Microsoft will spit out dummy updates for Windows 7 beta testers next week that will probe the forthcoming operating system’s updating abilities.
Brocade turns red in first quarter
Brocade slipped into the red in its first fiscal quarter despite jacking up revenues by almost a quarter year on year.
Wikileaks publishes secret donor list
Whistleblower website Wikileaks faced a dilemma this week when a list of email addresses for the site's donors was submitted as a leaked document.
NASA 'scope captures ferocious gamma ray burst
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's has captured a hi-res image of a gamma-ray burst boasting "the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen".
Intel refutes SSD slowdown accusation
Intel has rejected a reported finding that its clever controller algorithms that deliver terrific write I/O performance on its X25-M solid state drives actually contributes to them slowing down over time.
Shark attacks predict economic bubbles, says boffin
A top Florida fish boffin says that the global recession is causing a massive decrease in the number of shark attacks.
Canon PowerShot G10
ReviewCamera manufacturers are forever searching for the Holy Grail. They know there’s a vast army of people out there who want a camera that’s small enough to slip into a pocket, but which also delivers top-notch performance that’s closer to a digital SLR than a compact.
Philips pumps up PMP duo
Philips has unveiled two Portable Media Players (PMPs) that will have anti-iPod fans everywhere jumping for joy.
The IWF: Charity disparity?
The Internet Watch Foundation is under fire again, this time on the grounds that it shouldn't be classed as a charity. The challenge comes from a Yorkshire-based software developer, who spoke with The Register on condition that we respect his confidentiality.
Vista SP2 release candidate imminent?
A select group of Windows Vista SP2 testers have reportedly received a release candidate build of the operating system’s final service pack.
Campaigners nail amphibians to Google Earth
Campaigning group Froglife has nailed toads to Google Earth as part of its "Toads on Roads" campaign to identify the UK's "700 amphibian crossing points" and help drivers preserve our indigenous fauna by not running the poor blighters over.
Grand Theft Auto IV add-in censors original game
Games developer Rockstar has designed a patch to fix a GTA IV content-censoring error that’s plagued some European gamers who installed the title’s first downloadable update, The Lost and Damned.
'Sexy View' SMS malware targets Symbian devices
Bad sorts have created a malware targeted at Symbian mobile phones that comes signed with an apparently valid Symbian Certificate.
The Equalizer prowls Albert Square
Edward Woodward, aka The Equalizer*, Callan, and "The Summerisle Roast Virgin", is set to appear in EastEnders, the BBC reports.
Ruling: Gov reports into ID scheme must be disclosed
The Information Tribunal has ruled that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for internal government reports into the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of the planned National ID Card scheme should be granted. The reports in question, thought to be critical of the ID scheme, have thus far been withheld.
Website changes link text to settle trade mark fight
A property website has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to display the full URL of any hyperlinks that take its users to the website of US law firm Jones Day. It has undertaken not to embed any links to the law firm within words or names on its site.
HP begins selling pay cut plan to European workers
Hewlett-Packard has begun the tricky task of convincing its workers in the UK and Europe to voluntarily take a pay cut.
Amazon leaks 12Mp Samsung camera
Amazon has mistakenly leaked the details of an upcoming Samsung compact camera that mixes masses of megapixels with analogue gauges.
Woolies Pic'n'Mix bows out with eBay auction
The last bag of Woolworths legendary Pic'n'Mix has popped up on eBay, the Telegraph reports.
pr0n web access into the living room
Why browse the internet from a tiny mobile phone screen or restrict yourself to a desktop’s display, when you can speed along the information superhighway on your enormo flatscreen? That seems to be Philips’ mantra anyway, following its launch of Net TV.
Philips prices up 21:9 ratio 'cinema' TV
Getting that true home cinema experience has been the dream of many a couch potato for years. But it will soon become a reality for some, because Philips’ Cinema telly will soon arrive in Blighty.
Symantec dismisses blind SQL hack claims
Symantec's website has been given the once-over by the same Romanian hacking group that exposed security problems with websites run by Kaspersky Lab, F-Secure and Bitdefender earlier this month.
Forget flying to the stars - try quicker-drying bras
It's official: Humanity has truly reached the zenith of its technical achievement - a peak after which interstellar travel, desktop cold fusion and stem cell cures for cancer will be as nothing compared to the awesome creation which is the infrared express bra-drying appliance:
17in MacBook boasts bloody big battery
Apple's 17in MacBook Pro comes installed with a humungous 12,820mAh battery, a disassembly of the newly shipping system reveals.
IBM, IBEC do rural Internet broadband
It looks like broadband over power lines is going to get another pass, thanks to the economic stimulus bill that President Obama just signed into law this week.
Speeding, driverless Nissan finally stopped by US bombers
VidConversion kits have been developed which can upgrade any normal car for autonomous driverless operation. Video is now available from such a car, driving without human input in the Nevada desert, showing fruitless attempts by US navy bombers to destroy the self-directed machine.
Google antitrust suit: Is there a case?
Should Google be allowed to skew sponsored ads toward favored business partners?
Microsoft should get serious on Moonlight
Web bling toneAdobe Systems' chief financial officer Mark Garrett has said Silverlight is fizzling. Microsoft's director of client platform evangelism Tim Sneath has said it's fizzing. So the RIA war continues.
UK boffin: Social networking causes cancer, heart attacks, lupus, dementia...
There's mounting evidence that Facebooking, Twittering, and other "social networking" activities can kill you.
NASA talks little green men with Vatican
It's a good time to be a Catholic and a cosmologist. Heretic stake burnings are at an all-time low, and the Vatican has even warmed to the idea of ETs out there in the infinite expanse.
State bill would turn RFID researchers into felons
The sponsor of a controversial bill before the Nevada legislature has promised to introduce amendments after security experts and civil libertarians warned it would make felons of people studying privacy threats involving RFID, or radio frequency identification.
Congress mulls stringent data retention rules
US politicians have proposed legislation that would oblige both ISPs and people running Wi-Fi hotspots to keep access logs for two years.
IBM beefs System x with latest Intel, AMD chips
IBM's high-end System x line has been updated with the faster x64 processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. IBM has also updated the Opteron processors used in its BladeCenter blade servers as well.