2nd > March > 2009 Archive

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LG 830 "Spyder" phones recalled for dropping 911 calls

US consumer safety regulators have issued a recall on some 30,000 LG mobile phones after a software error caused a stranded motorist's phone to drop its connection to 911 emergency services.
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Apple overhauls MobileMe

Apple has introduced a handful of improvements to its MobileMe online service, further draining the swamp of embarrassment caused by the utility's botched introduction.
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Iomega muffs hard drive DLNA testing

Iomega's Home Media Network Hard Drive is not DLNA-certified.
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Citrix taps VMLogix for fake server jukeboxing

Last week, Microsoft annointed long-time partner Citrix Systems as the provider of management tools for virtualized Windows server environments using its Hyper-V hypervisor. But Citrix needed help closing the deal. It landed its own partnership with VMLogix, grabbing some of the key pieces that are actually worth money to customers.
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Melting flash-mem giant Spansion files for Chapter 11

Melting flash-mem giant Spansion has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, less than a week after suddenly axing 35 per cent of its workforce.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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Great Australian Firewall dead in the water?

The final nail in the coffin of the great Australian Firewall was hammered home last week when independent Senator Nick Xenophon withdrew support for the measure. This takes the voting arithmetic in the Australian Upper House beyond the point of no-return, as there are now 43 votes stacked up against the proposal with just 33 in favour.
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Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth

The UK's military top brass are said to be "furious" that updated imagery on Google Earth has laid bare pretty well all of Blighty's defence infrastructure, including Faslane nuclear sub base, the "nuclear crisis HQ" in Northwood, North London, the SAS barracks in Herefordshire, GCHQ in Cheltenham and MI6's spook central in London.
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Two papers about data quality and governance

A delve into the Reg Library reveals two rather good, but very different, papers about data quality. Without further ado, to the summaries:
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Phishers automate attacks using 'Google hacking'

Three in four phishing sites are hosted on compromised servers, according to a new survey.
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Obama chopper plans leaked on file-sharing nets

Confidential blueprints and specifications for the planned new US presidential helicopters have been accidentally leaked to the torrents by download-hungry defence contractors, according to reports.
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Data Domain doing faster dedupe

Data Domain has increased the speed of its deduplication to between 50 and 100 percent through a software update.
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BlackBerry Bold sales suspended in Japan

Some would say that the BlackBerry Bold’s a hot bit of kit. But few would think it's so hot that Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo would decide to suspend sales of the phone because of complaints about the handset's temperature.
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Satyam sale possible before probe ends

Troubled Indian outsourcer Satyam is asking for formal bids from potential buyers before the final details of its fraud investigation are known.
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UK indie resellers get new body

Two trade bodies representing the UK's independent resellers are to merge.
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Office booze-up battered in CPW cutbacks

Carphone Warehouse staff who escape the current round of 450 redundancies will lose many of their perks, including the firm's long-running monthly drinking session, according to documents seen by The Register.
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NASA delays Kepler launch for rocket checks

NASA has moved back the launch of one of the most eagerly-anticipated spacecraft for some time, in order to check out concerns regarding its launch rocket. The Kepler telescope, expected by many to discover evidence of habitable worlds orbiting other stars, will wait until March 6 while engineers re-examine elements of its launcher.
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Three months on, you still can't get off the DNA database

Almost three months on from the unanimous ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the UK's mass retention of DNA of innocent people, the situation has turned worse. Although eventually the UK should become compliant with the ruling, police forces are adopting a wait and see attitude, while Jacqui Smith is pushing back any response.
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Gamer suspended from Xbox Live after saying she's gay

A gamer has claimed that Microsoft suspended her from Xbox Live because she identified herself as a lesbian to other members of the online gaming network.

Sony DSLR-A900 Alpha 900 digital SLR

Review If cameras were rated on specifications alone, Sony’s Alpha 900 would be a hard act to beat. Let’s consider the evidence: there’s a full-frame Exmore CMOS sensor packed with 24.6 million pixels - and, please note, this is the effective number. The sensor measures 35.9 x 24mm. Other goodies include a built-in image stabilisation system, SuperSteadyShot Inside; two image processors to handle all that extra picture data; twin anti-dust systems and HDMI output.
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Asus confirms Eee Box 206

Asus has officially launched the latest addition to its Eee Box desktop PC line: the 206.
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Pirate Bay prosecutor argues for one year prison terms

The chief prosecutor in The Pirate Bay trial wants to see each of the four defendants spend a year in prison for running the BitTorrent tracker website.
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Conficker call-backs threaten to swamp legit domains

The infamous Conficker worm is set to disrupt the operation of at least four legitimate websites this month.
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Last call for UK liberties

On Saturday 28 February, several hundred activists and interested citizens got together to issue a rallying cry to all concerned by the government’s ever increasing encroachment on our traditional civil liberties. Or, if you prefer the Labour Party version: a bunch of mostly white, middle-class, middle-aged do-gooders demonstrated just how out of touch they are with the true needs of the people of Britain today.

Psion countersues Intel in not-netbook spat

Psion Teklogix has filed a counterclaim against Intel in response to the chip giant's attempt to get its Netbook trademark nixed in the US.
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Retailer reveals Touch Diamond 2 launch

Online retailer Expansys has revealed that HTC’s recently unveiled Diamond 2 smartphone will be available next month.
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Is Intel outsourcing chip fabs?

There are myriad reports that Intel is going to announce the outsourcing of its Atom processor chips and NAND flash chips to the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
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Vendor punts laptop-as-server behemoth

Eurocom is the first system builder we've heard from who's put a desktop Core i7 four-core processor into a laptop.
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AVG finally bothers with behaviour-based defences

AVG has belatedly introduced behaviour-based anti-malware protection to its line of paid-for security products.
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NASA shops for new Moon spacesuits and landers

NASA's return to the Moon with manned missions - planned to commence from 2020 - has taken some early steps in recent days. The space agency awarded a contract for its new generation of moonwalker spacesuits, and US defence globocorp Boeing submitted proposals for the new "Altair" lunar lander.
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Protostar steers out Lampo 'leccy sportster

'Leccy Tech Swiss design company Protoscar has announced that it will unveil a new two-door electric sports cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show on 2 March. This in itself should be quite some trick as the show doesn't actually open until the fifth...
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'Ich bin ein storyteller', says UK taxman

Employers receiving HMRC's latest mailshot were confused to find the accompanying CD did not contain the promised payroll software but children's stories - read aloud in fluent German.
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Samsung launches assault on 'hybrid' camera market

Set to sit somewhere between a compact camera and a digital SLR, a new bridge series has been launched by Samsung.
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Microsoft expands hosted services waistline

Microsoft has confirmed that its online services package for businesses will touch down in Europe, Japan and New Zealand next month.
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Ofcom wants mobile TV spectrum pulled

Aspiring mobile TV provider ICO Global Communications has reacted angrily to the UK regulator's decision to pull its spectrum, leaving it without the frequencies it needs to keep talking.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Small is beautiful for Xyratex arrays

Xyratex, one of the three main disk drive enclosure suppliers to the tier one storage array vendors, has introduced its small form factor (SFF) 2.5-inch drive array offering, using Seagate Savvio drives.
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Original Xbox kicks bucket

If you’re still content with your original Xbox, Microsoft has some sad support news for you.
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Gartner: PC sales, except netbooks, to slump in 2009

Here's how you know that the IT market is part of the global economy. IT is no longer immune to downturns, and when the economy gets the flu, IT does too.
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Nokia nixes flagship phone in US

Nokia is pulling the flagship 5800 Xpress Music phone from some US stores as the handset seemed to be having problems with American 3G networks.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Koobface variant worms across social networking sites

A new strain of the Koobface worm is spreading across social networking sites including Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.
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Convicted Romanian hacker is hot commodity in Italy

Software companies and government officials in Italy are falling over themselves to recruit a 22-year-old hacker serving a three-year prison sentence for electronic fraud.
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iPhone surfs to mobile web domination

The iPhone dominated the market for mobile web surfing last month, and there were relatively healthy showings from Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Mobile.
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Yang spent $79m snuffing Microhoo!

Jerry Yang and his Yahoo! cohorts didn't just reject a $47bn takeover bid from Microsoft. They spent $79 million in the process.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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Prime Minister's health records breached in database attack

Personal medical records belonging to Scotland's rich and powerful - including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Holyrood's First Minister Alex Salmond - have been illegally accessed in a breach of a national database that holds details of 2.5 million people.
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Intel taps TSMC for low-power chip fabbing

Intel and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced Monday that the two companies will work together to produce system-on-chip (SoC) silicon based on Intel's low-power Atom processor cores. The chips will be manufactured by TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry.
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EMC faces DoJ probe

EMC is facing a DoJ investigation.
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Obama removes YouTube from YouTube-side chats

US President Barack Obama has removed the YouTube from his YouTube-side chats, after repeated complaints over the video sharer's use of long-term tracking cookies on his official White House blog.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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Bill Gates bans progeny from iPhone Nation

Our hearts go out to little Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe Gates. Their mom and dad won't let them have an iPod or iPhone.
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AMD: 'At heart, we're a design company'

Calling AMD a chipmaker is no longer accurate. The proper term is chip designer and seller.