28th > August > 2009 Archive

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Dell sees 'stability,' not growth

Dell sees stability returning to the PC market during its fiscal second quarter, but not a lot of growth.
Austin Modine, 28 Aug 2009
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Yahoo! loses spot at Britain's biggest ISP

In a bizarre development Yahoo! has lost its search place on the BT Yahoo! home page to Google.
John Oates, 28 Aug 2009
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Computacenter eats recession for breakfast

Computacenter's half yearly results show a slight fall in turnover but a big jump in profits, as the firm's cost cutting programme starts to bear fruit.
John Oates, 28 Aug 2009
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Pillar first past 2TB post

Pillar Data is the first manufacturer to incorporate 2TB SATA drives in its arrays, doubling the Axiom product's capacity.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2009
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Reg bean counter in charity cycling towerathon

It's come to our attention that El Reg's chief bean counter Charlie Caton is about to arrive in Blackpool having decided to tackle his mid-life crisis head-on by cycling there from Paris.
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2009
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Copan cops more funding

Struggling power-down array systems vendor Copan has raised another $3m; it wanted another $6.2m according to a techrockies report of a company filing in Colorado.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2009

WPA keys gone in 60 seconds

Networking nerds claim to have devised a way of breaking Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption within 60 seconds.
James Sherwood, 28 Aug 2009
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Loch Ness Monster surfaces on Google Earth

Scotland's Loch Ness is doubtless braced for a stampede of Nessie-spotters after a reader of UK tabloid The Sun provided Google Earth evidence of the existence of the Scottish lake's elusive leviathan:
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2009
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Home Office coughs to larger data loss

The Home Office has admitted to losing a quarter of a million more records than it originally thought.
John Oates, 28 Aug 2009
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Belgian boy's iPhone 'explodes'

After a spate of incidents in France, a 15-year-old Belgium boy today claimed he too has suffered at the hands of an allegedly exploding iPhone.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2009
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Manufacturer demos two-screen 15in laptop

A PC maker has unveiled a prototype laptop with two sliding display screens.
James Sherwood, 28 Aug 2009
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EA exec predicts PlayStation 3.5, Xbox 560

An executive at game publisher Electronic Arts has hinted that both Sony and Microsoft will roll out new consoles in stages.
James Sherwood, 28 Aug 2009
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C2000 hits out at loveless Novell

Computer 2000 has slammed Novell by labelling the software maker as “not channel-friendly”.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2009
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Lad from Lagos makes YouTube pitch

Fans of the Lads from Lagos will enjoy this Friday piece of silliness: a classic 419 pitch from one Prince Obi Matumbe Akumbe, who's ditched the traditional email and decided to lay out his stall on YouTube:
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2009
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NASA suffers rocket fail 20 seconds from firing

Troubled US space agency NASA yesterday scrubbed a test-firing of the Ares I rocket - which will carry American astronauts into space after the space shuttle fleet retires - with just 20 seconds left on the countdown. Meanwhile other problems have seen this week's launch of the shuttle Discovery delayed, and a moon-impact probe running seriously short of fuel.
Lewis Page, 28 Aug 2009
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Hackers serve up pre-release malware to Mac fanboys

Virus slingers are taking advantage of the release of Apple's Snow Leopard operating system by offering malware from sites touting operating system upgrades.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2009
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Unanimis turns Orange

Orange has snapped up on-line advertising company Unanimis for an undisclosed sum, putting an awful lot of eyeballs in front of France Telecom's content.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2009
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Sky's the limit

When Sky News needed pictures of a shooting at Waterloo Station, it grabbed them from the nearest internet source – with neither acknowledgement nor payment.
Jane Fae , 28 Aug 2009
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UK Femtocell manufacturer goes it alone

A UK manufacturer is planning to sell Femtocells direct to the public, just as soon as it can get enough punters signed up to force interoperation on the network operators.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2009
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Breakfast cereal freebie CD dishes up hard-core smut

A Swedish woman has described herself as "shaken" and somewhat "disappointed" that a freebie fitness CD from a packet of Nestlé Fitness cereal dished up hard-core porn in addition to the healthy benefits of a dance-based workout.
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2009
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Guardian recruits citizen journalists to cover Climate Camp

Relationships between the Guardian newspaper and professional photojournalists look set to worsen next week, as the Guardian uses Flickr to recruit Climate Camp protesters as unpaid freelance photographers.
Jane Fae , 28 Aug 2009
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Virgin Media 'overwhelmed' by broadband customers fleeing BT

Exclusive Hundreds of people who have recently signed up to Virgin Media UK’s ADSL broadband service face lengthy delays getting their accounts activated.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2009
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Venezuela to ban violent videogames?

An end to the sale of violent videogames in Venezuela has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.
James Sherwood, 28 Aug 2009
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Panasonic DMR-BS850

Review At first glance, Panasonic’s DMR-BS850 Freesat+ Blu-ray recorder is essentially identical in appearance to the DMR-XS350, it’s DVD version we reviewed recently. Actually, Panasonic offer two Blu-ray models with the £1000 DMR-BS850 featuring a 500GB hard drive, while the DMR-BS750 has 250GB drive and an £800 price tag. Shop around is all we can say to that.
Nigel Whitfield, 28 Aug 2009
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Home Office publishes bold do-nothing initiative

The Home Office's approach to mobile payment security parrots exactly what the industry is already doing: publishing guidelines for a technology that nobody wants or ever intends to use.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2009
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The Prisoner of Blogger

I am not a free man, I am a number - number 27950736 to be precise - on Blogger, the village cloud application I've been trying to escape from for the past year.
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Apple working on Mac tablet in addition to 10in iPod?

Here's a twist to the Apple iTablet story: in addition to the 10in scaled up iPod Touch model, the Mac maker is also working on 13in and 15in models, both running Mac OS X.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2009
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UK media: 'Met Office computer will destroy the world'

Analysis The UK media has plunged into an unusually cretinous feeding frenzy following the "news" that the Met Office headquarters complex in Devon - owing to the presence of a lot of supercomputing hardware there - is considered to lie at 103rd place in a table ranking nearly 30,000 large UK buildings by carbon-emissions footprint.
Lewis Page, 28 Aug 2009
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Hackers scalp Apache

The website of Apache was taken offline for several hours on Friday after the SSH remote administration key on one of its servers was compromised.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2009
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UK Music secret data: 'Young people will pay for downloads'

A music trade body has kept secret the results of asking 1,800 young people how much they would pay for a limitless download service. UK Music chief executive Feargal Sharkey told OUT-LAW Radio the information was commercially sensitive.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Aug 2009
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Apple signs iPhone deal with China

The iPhone will expand its global footprint into China now that a deal has been struck between Apple and state-owned network operator Unicom.
James Sherwood, 28 Aug 2009
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Whistleblower releases Skype snooping code

The source code for a Windows Trojan capable of recording Skype calls as MP3 files has been released in a move that spells bad news for VoIP confidentiality.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2009
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HTML 5 is no Flash or Silverlight killer — yet

Much has been made of how HTML5 will kill proprietary media tools and players from Adobe Systems and Microsoft. Web advocates claim that with the much more sophisticated audio, video and animation tools in HTML 5, the web will no longer need proprietary plug-ins from outside vendors.
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x86 Server virtualization still work in progress

Workshop Poll Results While x86 server virtualization is now widely accepted as an important part of IT activity looking forward, the results of our recent workshop poll of Reg readers suggests that it is still early days when it comes to implementation.
Dale Vile, 28 Aug 2009
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Hacks hoodwinked by hoax Baltimore mayor's website

A fake website linking cult US television show The Wire to not-so-cult Blighty TV drama Midsomer Murders has hoodwinked several newspapers into reporting what they believed were the reactionary views of Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2009
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Intel boosts Q3 guidance

Wall Street and the IT market got some good news this morning, after the market opened as chip maker Intel said that its third quarter ending in September is shaping up to be better than expected.
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'External force' fractured French iPhones, says Apple

Apple has claimed that all of the iPhones it has examined which allegedly underwent sudden screen shatter did so because of pressure applied to the outside of the handset.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2009
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US regulators probe wireless competition

US regulators are probing the level of competition in the wireless sector in a move that could lead to broader investigation of the communications industry.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2009
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Mobile operators pooh-pooh universal phone-snooping plan

Mobile operators have struck back at organizers of an open-source project that plans to crack the encryption used to protect cell phone calls, saying they are a long way from devising a practical attack.
Dan Goodin, 28 Aug 2009
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Web-based Office misses August appointment

Microsoft has promised the planned web version of its Office applications will be available for testing "soon," after missing its August deadline.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2009
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Internet Archive stares down Google book mine

Google Books Settlement Con As part of his ongoing campaign against Google's $125m book-scanning pact, the Internet Archive's Peter Brantley has warned that even if authors opt-out of Google's Book Search service, the web giant will still have the power to mine their book data for use in other services.
Cade Metz, 28 Aug 2009
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Sony explains PS3 Slim's loss of Linux option

After Sony's PS3 slim announcement last week, many fans were dismayed the new model would no longer include backwards compatibility and the option to run Linux as an alternative operating system.
Austin Modine, 28 Aug 2009
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Fed chairman hit by ID thieves

The US Federal Reserve Board chairman has become the latest high-profile public figure to fall victim to identity theft.
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2009
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US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

Scammers pumping out emails that try to trick recipients into parting with large sums of cash are getting a helping hand from the Democratic National Committee.
Dan Goodin, 28 Aug 2009
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OpSource floats VMware cloud

OpSource is hot on the heels of Amazon Web Services in announcing its own virtual private cloud with the debut of a beta program for what it's calling OpSource Cloud.
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Snow Leopard arrives with meow, not a roar

Photo special Snow Leopard went on sale this morning, and in San Francisco the turnout was modest, with merely a hundred-plus fanbois in line.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Aug 2009
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Accused TJX hacker faces 15 to 20

The hacker accused of orchestrating the largest-known identity theft in US history will serve between 15 to 25 years in prison under a plea deal filed Friday.
Austin Modine, 28 Aug 2009