29th > May > 2009 Archive


Sky dishes up iPlayer-style service for Xbox 360

Microsoft has signed a deal with Sky that’ll see the broadcaster’s programmes available on your Xbox 360.
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Microsoft's Silverlight 3 due in July?

The next version of Microsoft's browser-based media player - and challenger to Adobe Systems' Flash - could be coming in just two months.
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Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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KOffice 2.0 available for early adopters

KOffice, the often overlooked challenger in a productivity suite rivalry championed by Microsoft Office and OpenOffice, rolled out version 2.0 Thursday.
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Doro PhoneEasy 345gsm

Review Swedish firm Doro's basic handsets for elderly or disabled users have been around since 2007. With the latest range of PhoneEasy handsets, the company raises the bar from its original sackcloth and ashes models in terms of build, style and functionality.
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Russian blows off ex-boyf's todger with firecrackers

A spurned Russian woman whose boyfriend declined to take her hand in marriage responded by blowing off his penis with firecrackers, Mosnews reports.
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Blog homeopathy horror hammers hippy herbalists

So there you are, harnessing the power of community and innovative new editorial formats, spreading enlightenment by putting the customers together with the vendors, and what happens? Lynchmob, vendor megasulk, blog meltdown 2.0.
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Scotland welcomes back wild beaver

Scotland is today one animal species richer following the release into the wild of three beaver families - the first examples to enjoy the Caledonian habitat since the animal was driven to extinction in the 16th Century.

MS hits 30m Xbox 360 sales total

Microsoft has sold more than 30m Xbox 360s, the company announced last night.

Palm Pré plays nicely with iTunes

More details of the Palm Pré's functionality have emerged at the D:All Things Digital conference in San Diego, including iTunes integration and a Twitter client, not to mention promises of a GSM version suitable for an 2009 European launch.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Shifty study proclaims Brits a nation of freetards

An estimated seven million Brits are involved in illegal downloads of music, movies, software or games. This digital piracy is resulting in "huge economic losses" and confusion about copyright law, according to a study by UK government advisers published on Friday.
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Nokia's Ovi can't fail - must fail

Comment It must be frustrating to sketch out a long-term technology roadmap in great depth, and see it come to fruition... only to goof on your own execution. But to do so repeatedly - as Nokia has - points to something seriously wrong.
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Sharp creates true-hue five-colours-per-pixel LCD

Sharp has developed a full HD LCD panel that mixes the hue of each pixel from a palette of five colours rather than the usual three. The result, the company claimed, is the ability to render faithfully the colour space of the unaided human eye.

Sony Ericsson rolls out Wii-style gaming phone

Sony Ericsson has unwrapped a gaming-focused phone with Wii-like motion-sensing technology. It also introduced a second handset, with PlayStation 3 support.

Audi working on electric R8?

Leccy Tech The latest e-car buzz is that Audi is set to demo a battery-powered version of its R8 supercar at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ingram sore over Belgian warehouse burglary

Ingram Micro has told customers to be on the lookout for laptops stolen in a recent raid on its Belgian warehouse, and pointedly warned them that it plans legal action against those who fail to report offers of hooky kit.
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BOFH: Snout, meet trough

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Smart-map battle network for footsoldiers gets $12m demo

Weaponry globocorp Raytheon has announced the inking of a $12m deal with the US Army, under which the firm and its subcontractors will demonstrate nifty networked smart-map computers for use by American footsoldiers in combat. Troops will be able to see enemies and each other on the digital maps even where GPS satnav is unavailable.

SanDisk and Samsung end flash row

Flash chip supplier Samsung and flash memory product supplier SanDisk have kissed and made up. They are renewing an existing cross-licensing agreement for another seven years from August 14th this year.
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EU backs advanced network tech to boost resilience

An EU security agency is calling for greater use of advanced networking technologies - specifically IPv6, DNSSec and MPLS - to improve the resilience of communication networks.
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Toshiba suing Imation

Toshiba is suing Imation and other companies, claiming that they are infringing its recordable DVD patents.
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Google nukes Norks

We're not quite sure what's going on down at Google Maps, but the search monolith's cartographical service has decided that the world would be a better place if North Korea were one big blank:
Samsung WB500

Samsung WB500

Review Camera manufacturers are always looking for some unique selling proposition. In the case of the Samsung WB500, it’s been marketed as world’s first compact with the equivalent of a 24mm, ultra wide optical 10x zoom. But with a few other models, such as Panasonic’s DMC-TZ6 and DMC-TZ7, already equipped with a 25mm lens, this isn’t exactly a massive leap forward in camera technology. However, the WB500 does have one or two other tricks up its sleeve.

Colour Kindle in development, says Amazon

Amazon has designed a colour version of its Kindle e-book reader, but this week warned that customers shouldn’t hold their breath while they wait for a launch.
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UK2 brings support back to Blighty, culls execs

Hosting provider UK2 has shut its overseas call centres in favour of a UK support team and this week culled executives as part of a major reorganisation.

HP confirms job cuts will hit research labs

HP has confirmed that yesterday's announcement of UK job cuts will not just hit its manufacturing plant in Scotland, but also HP's research laboratories in Bristol.

World's first electric jet ski surfaces

Leccy Tech US company EcoWatercraft has sailed out what it’s claimed is the world's first electric jet ski.
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Revealed: Full specs on SEAL Team Six multimedia setup

Updated to Add This piece from 2009 seemed worth presenting again given the now worldwide fame achieved by the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (aka SEAL Team Six) following the killing of Osama bin Laden. The lavish multimedia/computer briefing rig described below will surely have been used in planning Operation Neptune …

Novell cuts ERP outsource deal

Novell, having reported its second quarter financial results yesterday after Wall Street closed, said it had inked a deal with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services to have that outsourcer take over its ERP systems and related data center in Provo, Utah.
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Beeb names new Who companion

The BBC has announced that 21-year-old Karen Gillan will be Matt Smith's new companion for his first outing in Doctor Who, scheduled to hit the small screen next year.

EqualLogic excelling

Dell's financial first quarter 2010 results saw revenues and profits down, but within the falling revenues there was a storage bright spot.
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TV's Breaking Bad: could it help save chemistry?

Educators seem to have decided that chemistry is unteachable, and our children are too stupid to learn it. Perhaps it's just as well that a hit TV drama has done so much to raise the profile of the subject.

Orange intros PAYG BlackBerry 8900

Orange has gone one-up on T-Mobile’s recent BlackBerry 8110 pay-as-you-go package by becoming the first UK operator to offer the Curve 8900 on PAYG.
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Fans decry tennis gal's breast-slash plan

Rising Romanian tennis star Simona Halep is facing popular opposition to her plan to reduce her breasts, which she describes as an "uncomfortable" impediment to optimum performance on the court.

Sky shoots Swan Lake in 3D

Broadcaster Sky has continued its research into the potential of 3D TV by filming snippets of the famous ballet Swan Lake in 3D.
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Massive ID fraud and cheque scam busted in NYC

A corporate identity theft ring that exploited the identities of local corporations, religious institutions, hospitals and even schools to run a cheque fraud scam has been busted in New York.

Greenpeace tackles tech CEOs

Greenpeace has turned on the CEOs of major tech firms, naming and shaming those who it claims don’t live up to their eco obligations.
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IntelliJ's Maia shapes up against Eclipse

Web, scripting, and open-source have been boosted in the next version of the ever-popular IntelliJ IDAE, released this week in early access.

AMD cuts Opteron prices pre-Istanbul

Over the Memorial Day holiday, x64 chip designer and seller (but no longer maker) Advanced Micro Devices cut prices for its Opteron line of processors for servers and workstations. The price cuts come as rival Intel is cranking up the pressure with its "Nehalem EP" Xeon 3500s and 5500s for one and two-socket servers and as AMD is preparing to launch its six-core "Istanbul" Opterons.
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Hackintosher to open US storefront

Yet another Mac clone maker has surfaced, but this time with a twist: Quo Computer will sell its hackintoshes in its own bricks-and-mortar retail store in Los Angeles.
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Obama fights cyber threats with new White House post

US President Barack Obama will create a new White House post that's responsible for protecting the country's critical computer networks, a step he said was crucial to confronting one of the biggest national security challenges.
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Cloud power harnessed to dump unwanted Mac apps

Mac Secrets One of the many cool things about the Mac is the attention to detail that's been put into the user interface.
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ISS stuffed with full staff of six

Three more crew members boarded the International Space Station today from a Russian Soyuz capsule, doubling its permanent crew to six for the first time ever.
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LTE set to spank WiMAX

The battle between LTE and WiMAX is tilting heavily in LTE's favor, with spending on that 4G mobile-broadband technology projected to be nearly five times that of its Intel-championed competitor by 2014.
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Turkish hackers breach US Army servers, says report

US government investigators are probing breaches of two sensitive Army webservers by suspected Turkish hackers, according to a report by InformationWeek.
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Microsoft breaks Windows 7 three-apps netbook handicap

Microsoft has made a major concession on Windows 7 for netbooks, saying it'll no longer restrict the number of applications you can run concurrently.