29th > June > 2009 Archive


Tesla's first UK showroom opens for business

Leccy Tech Tesla Motors has thrown open the doors of its London showroom – the firm’s first outlet outside of North America.
Samsung ML-1640

Samsung ML-1640

Review There are a good few people who run two printers; an inkjet for all the colour and photo work and a mono laser for quicker, cheaper, sharper black print. Samsung is looking at the home and one-per-desk customer with its ML-1640 mono laser. With a street price around £50, it’s close to being an impulse purchase and puts itself in the second printer market, too.

Transformers MacBooks, robots in disguise

A video has been leaked online of what some may hope is Apple’s next addition to its laptop line: a transforming MacBook.
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Vodafone said to be mulling T-Mobile UK bid

Vodafone is mulling a multibillion-pound swoop for T-Mobile UK, according to a report.
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Think tank rumbles over gov data-hogging

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative model for managing personal data used in public services.
Kable, 29 2009
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Oracle hits DoJ roadblock on Sun deal

Oracle is still gunning to wrap up its Sun Micro purchase by the end of summer, despite the US Department of Justice refusing to give the deal fast-track approval.
Joe Fay, 29 2009
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JustGiving CEO pledges refund over upgrade cockup

JustGiving.com’s CEO has apologised to users of the company’s online charity donation service, following a clumsy upgrade that has plagued the system since going live over a week ago.
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EMC forced to extend Data Domain offer

EMC has lengthened the offer period for its $30/share bid for Data Domain by 11 days, after attracting a derisory level of acceptance for the bid. It says this is to provide "additional time to satisfy closing conditions".
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Toyota in 'real time brainwave driver control' success

Japanese-headquartered motor globocorp Toyota says it has achieved and tested working "driver brain wave control". So far, however, it envisages the handsfree driving tech being used only in wheelchairs, rather than its roadworthy vehicles.
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Britney Spears dead hacked

Britney Spears's Twitter account has been hacked again - this time around the fake microblogging update falsely reported that the troubled warbler was dead.
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Humberside koi carp rustlers trawl Google Earth

Humberside Police reckon a gang of koi carp rustlers are using Google Earth to identify garden ponds from which they subsequently fish their booty.
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NASA reacquires original Moon landing footage

NASA has seemingly confirmed that the original taped recordings of the first Moon landing have turned up in Australia - almost three years after the agency admitted it had carelessly mislaid them.
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Girls Aloud net obscenity case falls at first hurdle

A landmark case, which could have led to draconian new restrictions on what UK authors may publish on the internet – and elsewhere – has been dismissed.
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HSBC online banking hits another wall

HSBC customers are still struggling to access the banks' online service after we reported on Friday that the company was having technical trouble with its system.
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Intel to double SSD capacity

Intel is expected to bring forward the projected doubling of its SSD capacities to as early as next month.
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Chaps: Give up, you'll never understand women

Further scientific evidence emerged today that a commonly-held viewpoint is actually true. At least in some respects, women as a group simply don't agree on what they want: it's fairly useless therefore for men seeking female companionship to strive towards an ideal of attractiveness. By contrast, male psychology is simple and ladies can be assured of success if they conform to a set standard.

Sony building design team for assault on iPhone?

Rumours that Sony is planning to launch a PlayStation Portable phone have been doing the rounds for years. But now it has emerged that the firm may indeed be about take on the Apple iPhone with a hybrid gaming-cum-phone device.
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The bogus FM switch-off: Will you budge?

Andrew's Mailbag So contrary to reports, we're not going to have an "Analogue Switchoff" - and 150m good radios won't stop working overnight (or merely be able to tune into static, plus a very local low-power FM station).
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Win a Samsung C6625!

Reg Lucky Draw The Register has teamed up with Microsoft to give two readers the chance to get their hands on the Samsung C6625 equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1.

Samsung premiers Blu-ray laptop

Combine a 16in HD display with a Blu-ray drive and assorted components, and what have you got? Samsung’s latest laptop, which the firm claimed is perfect for mobile movie moguls.
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Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook

Review In the 18 months since Asus rocked up with its Eee PC 701 and kicked off the whole netbook malarkey, we've seen the number and types of devices that are nominally included in the category expand almost exponentially. As Ms Streisand so appositely noted, it was all so simple then.
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Firefox 3.5 set to land tomorrow

Mozilla is expected to spin out a complete version of Firefox 3.5 tomorrow, more than six months on from when it had originally planned to release the browser.
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Cyber security minister ridiculed over s'kiddie hire plan

Security experts have strongly criticised suggestions by a government minister that former hackers might play a key role in Britain's newly announced cybersecurity strategy.
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A Google monopoly today means packet snooping tomorrow

Now that America’s lawmakers have repaired the world economy, they can turn their attention to more mundane matters, such as saving the Internet.
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Stop ID cards, says Scottish minister

The Scottish government has reiterated its opposition to Whitehall's plan for national identity cards.
Kable, 29 2009
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Owners say iPhone 3GS is a scorcher

Owners of Apple’s latest iPhone, the 3GS, have begun letting off steam online with claims that the smartphone gets hot enough to cause itself and its owners physical harm.

EU plays catch up on mobile single charger standard

The EU Commission has welcomed the mobile industry's commitment to using a single charging standard, only 18 months after the industry agreed it and two years after the Chinese government mandated it.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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The human factor in laptop encryption

Hardly a day goes by without news of some laptop containing sensitive information about customers or staff getting lost or stolen. The latest high profile example is the Bord Gais burglary in Dublin in which an unencrypted laptop containing the bank details of 75,000 electricity customers was stolen. Hilariously, Bord Gais told the people affected that "data security and laptop encryption is a major priority for us". More practically, it urged the names to watch out for their bank accounts.
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DARPA hands BBN $30m in evil 'Machine Reading' plan

Famed techsploration company BBN - renowned for inventing forerunner internet kit, and for giving the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has received a hefty wedge of green from the US military to automate out of business everyone who uses the internet for a living.

Broadcom ready to raise Emulex bid

Broadcom could be about to raise its $9.25/share bid for Emulex and so get the FCoE firm to at least sit down and talk, if sources are to be believed.
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Court reinstates ID theft charges in email hack case

US judges are grappling with the implications of a workplace email hacking case that led to the suicide of a local official.
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Firefox's little cousin pops out of den

The mobile version of Firefox, Fennec, has gone into general release with a version available for Windows Mobile 6 devices - though anyone hoping to replace their existing browser might want to hold off for a while.
Bill Ray, 29 2009

StorageWorks goes Citrix and Hyper-V virtual

HP is automating the provisioning and virtualisation of its storage arrays with Citrix and Microsoft server virtualisation.
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Bull waves red flag at HPC with blade supers

Having seen its partner Sun Microsystems get the bulk of the 200 teraflops Juropa supercomputer blade cluster deal at Forschungszentrum Jülich, French server maker Bull is trying to position itself as the European favorite for future deals at places such as FZJ with a new line of Xeon-based blade supers called bullx.

Yes! It's the air-powered car!

Leccy Tech Luxembourg-based engineering concern MDI has unveiled a car powered by, of all things, compressed air.
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FTC settles with scareware scammers on reduced terms

US consumer watchdogs at the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit against rogue security software distributors on reduced terms.

Obama: the face of USB Flash storage

Technology usually ignores politics, but every true American patriot will want Active Media’s latest gadget: a President Obama USB Flash drive.
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Amazon.com dumps North Carolina affiliates

Amazon.com was willing to blink for New York state's online taxing plan, but it's not putting up with North Carolina.
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Microsoft to offload digital ads agency?

A French marketing specialist is reportedly the latest beau being targeted by Microsoft for an arranged marriage with its digital advertising pick-up Razorfish.
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Steve Jobs finds part-time work

Steve Jobs has returned to work a full day before Apple's oft-promised "end of June" deadline.
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Mitnick site targeted in DNS attack on webhost

A website belonging to security expert Kevin Mitnick was compromised after hackers managed to access a domain name server maintained by the site's webhost and redirect visitors to pages that displayed pornographic images.
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US IT staff salaries and benefits shrink

US Salaries are down across organizations and job titles, but compensation might be holding up better than you'd think - especially if you hang in there - according to Janco Associates' mid-year salary survey.
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Stallman: open-source .NET 'danger' for Debian

Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project and a General Public License author, has slammed plans to include Mono in Debian's default install as a "dangerous" risk for the open-source community.
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Notorious phone phreaker gets 11 years for swatting

A notorious phone phreaker has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after admitting he took part in a scheme that hacked phone systems to fake emergency 911 calls that sent teams of heavily armed police to the home of unsuspecting victims.
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HDS spices up mid-range

HDS has added a raft of incremental upgrades to its AMS2000 line of mid-range storage arrays.
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Hip-hop site served child porn, police say

Police in Switzerland have uncovered a child pornography ring that secretly used a hip-hop website to distribute illegal images to some 2,300 computers in 78 countries.
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Sun hardens OpenSolaris for EC2

In the wake of the launch of the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release earlier this month, the open source Solaris project has packaged up a bunch of Amazon Machine Image (AMI) virtual machines based on OpenSolaris so they can be deployed on the ECS compute cloud.