28th > May > 2009 Archive

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IBM goes judicial over second strategic exec exit

IBM has apparently moved to block a second strategically important employee from joining a systems competitor.
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2009
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Microsoft fortifies Windows 7 kernel with overrun buster

Microsoft engineers have fortified the latest version of Windows with a feature designed to make it significantly harder for attackers to exploit bugs that may be lurking deep inside the operating system.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2009
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Google: The internet is 'the right programming model'

Google I/O Just five years ago, Vic Gundotra argued that web apps could never rival their desktop brethren. But that's when he worked for Microsoft. He works for Google now. And he sees things quite differently.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2009
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Decarbonising Britain won't work: study

The UK's climate act is "all but certain to fail" and alternative approaches should be considered, according to a new study. The act commits the UK to cut its CO2 emissions by a third in just 13 years, and by 80 per cent by 2050.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2009
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Sun rolls out turbo-munchkin cluster storage box

Sun has introduced an entry-level 7000 cluster configuration, for users needing high-availability with up to 96TB of capacity.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2009
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Ofcom sets out Olympic spectrum plan

UK regulator Ofcom has laid out a consultation plan for radio spectrum use during the London Olympics in 2012, ensuring that even if the games fail to be spectacular, at least the coverage will be wireless.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2009
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Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset

Review Last year Reg Hardware ran the first UK review of Jawbone II, the second Bluetooth headset from Aliph. This wasn’t just another gizmo for hands-free phone calls, it looked better than the rest, was easier to set up and reliable too. It also featured effective noise-cancelling characteristics, based around technology developed in conjunction with an American military agency. If it’s good enough to use in a battlefield, then it’s good enough to report, ‘I’m on the bus’.
David Phelan, 28 May 2009
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4K by 2K resolution, Ethernet-equipped HDMI 1.4 announced

Ladies and Gentlemen, will you please welcome HDMI 1.4, the latest incarnation of the all-digital hi-def interconnect.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2009
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Irish politico in Facebook jub-rub outrage

Those of you eligible to vote in the forthcoming elections for Newbridge Town Council in County Kildare might want to consider the impressive political credentials of Fine Gael candidate Emma Kiernan.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2009
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Time Warner gives up selling AOL

Time Warner's board of directors are likely to decide today to spin-off AOL as an independent company.
John Oates, 28 May 2009
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Sata spec update to yield faster, thinner netbooks

Serial ATA 3.0 is go, the Sata-IO industry body announced yesterday.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2009
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HDS adds failover clustering

Replicating features that NetApp and IBM already support, Hitachi Data Systems has added failover clustering to its enterprise-class USP-V storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2009

Intel nudges back mid-range Core i CPUs?

Intel has delayed the roll-out of its anticipated 'Nehalem'-based mainstream desktop processors - as opposed to 'performance desktop parts, already released as Core i7 - it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2009

Gov spunks hundreds of thousands on mobe condom clip

Much backslapping at the Department for Children, Schools and Families whose safe-sex mobile phone drama, Thmbnls, has been shortlisted for a Meffy (Mobile Entertainment Award). It ought to be gong-worthy, given the series is costing the UK taxpayer more than fifty quid per viewer.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2009
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Nintendo: no DSi phone but maybe a 3G-connected one

A Nintendo executive has said that although the console pioneer isn't planning to bolt phone services onto its handheld gaming devices, it may consider expanding its consoles’ wireless connectivity features.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2009
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Spotify shows offline, Android smarts

Spotify, the major labels' big bet for stopping P2P wickedness, has demonstrated an offline version of the service for the first time. It's running on a Google Android mobile phone at Google's I/O developer event. And as you can see, it provides fast and slick access to the music, just like the desktop client. The most interesting aspect is not that it's mobile - that's no surprise - it's the "offline mode" that's new. Playlists can be cached, which turns your phone into an MP3 player with Spotify as the default music client.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2009
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'Supermodel' glow-in-the-dark pocket monkeys created

A team of crack Japanese boffins has at last achieved one of humanity's most important scientific goals - namely, the creation of small monkeys which glow green when exposed to ultraviolet light. Unsatisfactory one-off fluorescent primates had been created previously, but the new, cutting-edge fluoro-monkeys' abilities are hereditary.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2009
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Google book scan plan raises European hackles

Google's ongoing effort to create a vast digital library is set to come under fire at the EU from countries who fear it will violate copyright and stymie competition.
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Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details

The Dutch "artist" who in 2004 turned her pussy into a handbag under the performance art title "My dearest cat Pinkeltje (2004)" has published personal details of those who emailed her expressing their disgust.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2009
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Sony extends Cyber-shot W series compact line

From Sony, two new Cyber-shot W-series compact cameras, out in July in time for the summer hols.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2009
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German politicians leak election info on Twitter

A pair of German politicians are in trouble for breaking constitutional protocol after leaking news of the German president's re-election through Twitter ahead of the official publication of the results.
John Leyden, 28 May 2009
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BBC devs Doctor Who movie script

The BBC has said “a script is in development” for a possible Doctor Who movie spin-off - with David Tennant the favoured thesp to take the lead.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2009
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Clickfree Traveler SSD

Review The Clickfree concept is to provide effortless file backups for people who want hassle-free security from data loss. Yet the original Clickfree Portable drive received a mixed reception from Reg Hardware readers, comparing it unfavourably with ‘regular’ USB hard drives. The latest incarnation is a little different and relies on an SSD for storage. It's intended for backing up laptops and netbooks on the move and is considerably more compact than the Portable.
Simon Williams, 28 May 2009
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HP job cuts hit Scotland

Ink giant HP is sacking 850 people at its plant in Erskine, Renfrewshire because production of servers and storage devices is moving to the Czech Republic.
John Oates, 28 May 2009
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Cobol hits fifty

Cobol, the venerable computer language so beloved of Y2K-fearing businesses, has hit 50 years young today, having been invented on the 28th of May 1959 at a meeting of the Short Range Committee at the Pentagon.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2009
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Segway inventor builds shoe-controlled bionic arm

Famous inventor Dean Kamen has developed a revolutionary new bionic arm for use by US troops injured in combat. The arm, now in beta testing, is manipulated from a foot-operated control panel inside one of the user's shoes and employs a vibrating feedback mechanism.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2009
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Tory who claimed brother's tech gear on expenses quits

Julie Kirkbride, the Conservative MP who claimed almost £1,000 from taxpayers for computer equipment bought by her IT consultant brother, will not stand as a candidate at the next election, she has announced.
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HP launches SMB storage blitz

HP is blitzing small and medium businesses with SAN, direct-attached and unified shared storage product offerings, upgrading its own products and taking on all comers.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2009
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Lost laptop exposes thousands of pension records

Exclusive A lost laptop containing the personal data of 109,000 Pensions Trust members has sparked the latest in a growing list of information security breach alerts.
John Leyden, 28 May 2009
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Administrators called in at titsup Sage reseller

The fate of Sage reseller BDE Group has been confirmed by the appointment of administrators.
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Welsh mum amazed by Marmite Messiah

Aficionados of Jesus simulacra can add a Marmite lid to the list of places the Son of God has chosen to manifest, following a Welsh woman's discovery of the Messiah's likeness formed from the delicious tar-based spread.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2009
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HP begins European jobs chop

HP is beginning consultations on cutting nearly six thousand European jobs.
John Oates, 28 May 2009
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Dell slides out svelte, DVD-less notebook

Dell has launched a notebook which, the vendor claimed, doesn’t compromise on self-expression. Just on optical storage.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2009
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RIM warns over PDF peril

Research In Motion (RIM) has warned of a vulnerability in how BlackBerry servers handle malformed PDF files that potentially leaves the door open to hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 28 May 2009
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IDC: First quarter worst for servers in 12 years

All the gadgets and gizmos and marketing spiel in the world didn't make much of an impact on IT shops in the first quarter, with box counter IDC reporting this morning that the run from January through March was the worst quarter for server sales in the dozen years that the market researcher has been releasing quarterly server figures.
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Virgin Galactic tests laughing-gas powered rocket motor

Sir Richard Branson's space-tourism operation, Virgin Galactic, has announced successful tests of the rocket motor it will use to launch fare-paying passengers out of the Earth's atmosphere. Unusually, the rocket runs on laughing gas and tyre rubber.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2009
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Nokia's Ovi store mostly unavailable and empty

It's been two days since Nokia's Ovi application store opened for business, and we had hoped to bring you some recommended apps by now, but Ovi's shelves are still very empty as Nokia's openness could yet prove Ovi's downfall.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2009
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Google Oz coders crossbreed email with IM

Google I/O Google has unveiled a new-age communication and collaboration tool developed by the brother tandem behind the original Google Maps.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2009
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AOL and Time Warner splitsville by end of the year

Time Warner and AOL will divorce at the end of the year, just as soon as the internet unit buys its stock back from Google.
Austin Modine, 28 May 2009

Apple raises retail stakes against Microsoft

Apple plans to refurbish 100 of its retail stores this year, just as Microsoft prepares its first tentative moves into the bricks-and-mortar sector.
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2009
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Microsoft's Google challenger is not a search engine

Microsoft likes to take simple, everyday technologies and deliberately inflate them, making them seem greater than they really are.
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2009
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EMC lashes another to its systems management vision

You could call it the Victor Kiam strategy. EMC liked systems management company Configuresoft so much it OEMed the products, and now its bought the the whole company.
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Hiding secret messages in internet traffic: a new how-to

Researchers have demonstrated a new way to hide secret messages in internet traffic that can elude even vigilant network operators.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2009
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Jobs sighted, reality distortion field primed for WWDC?

Evidence has surfaced that Steve Jobs may be hale and hearty enough to put in an appearance during Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller's keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 8th.
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2009
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Super computer innovator preps for asset sale

SiCortex, an innovative maker of MIPS-based massively parallel supercomputers running Linux, has hired intellectual property managers to sell its assets.
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NASA marks 50th anniversary of monkey spaceflight

Fifty years ago today, two monkeys became the first mammals to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight, paving the way for manned missions.
Austin Modine, 28 May 2009
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Non-beta Google betas may lose beta tags

Google I/O Five years after its public debut, Gmail is still "in beta." But Google is willing to bring the curtain down on this long-running online farce. Or maybe not. Its decision to eliminate meaningless beta tags is still in beta.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2009
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Critical Windows vulnerability under attack, Microsoft warns

Microsoft has warned of a critical security bug in older versions of its Windows operating system that is already being exploited in the wild to remotely execute malware on vulnerable machines.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2009
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Dell profits down, hopes up

As is true with most every tech company during the ongoing meltdown, Dell announced Thursday that its just-finished fiscal quarter saw shrinking revenues and income.
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2009
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Novell carbon copies another quarter

Operating system maker Novell had about as good - or bad - a recent quarter as everyone else in the IT racket.
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Judge throws the book at phishing fraudster

A fraudster has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison after copping to a series of phishing scams that affected 7,000 victims and netted an estimated $700,000 in illicit income.
John Leyden, 28 May 2009