1st > September > 2009 Archive
Mozilla: Web's future rests with millions outside IT
The future of the web rests with millions of people outside the IT industry being persuaded to take an interest security, privacy, and freedom.
Discovery pair prep for first spacewalk
Flight engineer Nicole Stott and mission specialist Danny Olivas will later today step outside the International Space Station for the first spacewalk of space shuttle Discovery's mission STS-128.
Netbooks took a fifth of mobile PC biz in Q2
Netbooks increased their share of the overall notebook computer market during Q2, accounting for 22.2 per cent of shipments of mobile PCs during the quarter.
eBay close to Skype sale
eBay is close to getting shot of Skype - the VoIP phone service it paid $2.6bn for in 2005.
EU consults on problems of digitising libraries
The European Commission will conduct a consultation on how best to operate a digital library of Europe's scanned-in books. Unlike Google's controversial digitisation programme, the EU's existing digital library does not scan in copyrighted works.
Spanish boy racer cuffed for snapping self on mobe
A Spanish youth is in a bit of bother with the powers that be after drunkenly snapping himself on his mobile while fishtailing his wheels round a roundabout and jumping a few red lights in the process.
Hitachi factories punch out 500GB, 7200rpm laptop HDD
Hitachi's hard drive division has begun shipping - in "limited quantities", mind - a notebook-oriented 3Gb/s Sata HDD with a raw capacity of 500GB and a spin speed of 7200rpm.
Opera stretches vocal cords with v.10 release
Opera 10 is now available to download for Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, less than a week after Opera Software spun out the release candidate version of the browser.
3 goes after Apple's App Store
The race for control of the palm continues, with 3 launching a branded version of Handango's inHand on-device shop as Samsung announces its version will be up and running in a fortnight.
LG to demo 'world's biggest' OLED TV this week
LG is set to display the world’s largest OLED TV at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin later this week.
Samsung Android phone finally hits O2
UpdatedSamsung’s first Android-based smartphone has finally appeared for sale on O2’s website.
NZ woman sacked for SHOUTY EMAILS
A NZ woman who was sacked for sending "confrontational" emails in red, bold and CAPITAL LETTERS has been awarded NZ$17k (£7,150) for unfair dismissal, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Celebs join call for official Turing apology
Celebrities including writer Ian McEwan and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins have signed a petition calling for a posthumous government apology to computing pioneer and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing.
Samsung steels itself for Twittering yoof touchphone release
Samsung will launch a new yoof-centric mobile phone later this month. The handset shares a moniker with a former Northamptonshire steel town.
Lord Mandelson wants mobile internet fix
Mandy has summoned heads of all the UK mobile operators in the hope of sorting out the 900MHz question, a roadblock on the way to Digital Britain which shows no signs of moving.
Official: Grand Theft Auto coming to iPhone
Gaming on the iPhone is about to get a lot more violent. Rockstar has confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto videogame series is coming to the handset.
O2 just can't keep it up
O2 again showed its commitment to mission-critical wireless by dropping the national data network on Saturday, another unexplained outage that left customers having to talk to each other again.
SanDisk upgrades Clip music player
SanDisk has updated is Sansa Clip music player ahead of Apple's anticipated iPod revamp next week.
Sony to ship Chrome Vaios
Sony has signed a deal with Google to include the search giant’s Chrome internet browser on its Vaio PCs.
Samsung unveils DSLR-style compact camera
Despite looking like a digital SLR, the WB5000 is actually Samsung’s latest attempt at a high-end compact camera embedded with DSLR-style features.
ReviewSamsung is knocking out new netbooks like there is no tomorrow. Yet, with the N120 and N310, we have seen the company try to define new netbook genres where there really aren't any. The former is marketed as a multimedia optimised machine, while the latter targets anyone swayed by styling and fancies a laptop that resembles a bar of soap.
Caviar Black gets 2TB model
WD has uprated its four-platter, 2TB disk technology to 7200rpm with Caviar Black and WD-RE4 models.
Sony snubs Microsoft in Google Chrome browser deal
Google has inked an agreement with Japanese tech giant Sony to make Chrome the default browser in its PCs.
Android app puts signs where they should be
Augmented reality offers many exciting possibilities and applications, but encouraging drivers to gaze at a mobile-phone screen when behind the wheel surely isn't one of them.
Dole bludger fined for BNP leak
A man has been fined £200, for data protection offences relating to publishing the British National Party's membership list last year.
Seagate to whip out 1TB 2.5-incher
It seems that you can buy a 1TB 2.5-inch FreeAgent Go drive from morecomputers.com for £150, including VAT. The only small problem is that Seagate hasn't announced it yet.
California child kidnapper stalked Street View van
A sharp-eyed Boing Boing contributor has spotted what may be alleged kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido stalking a Street View van, after he spotted it capturing his house in Antioch, California.
The cloud virtualization black hole
Reader WorkshopLast week was an interesting one for the virtualization workshop, as we turned our attention to cloud computing and the reaction has been, well, nothing. Well, that's not quite fair – the comment on Virtualization and the cloud was, "Good article. Please, I implore you to add case studies," and on Unravelling the cloud confusion was "Where's the silver lining?"
Adobe makes mystery web buy
Adobe Systems quietly acquired web platform outfit Business Catalyst (BC) for an undisclosed sum on Monday.
Microsoft names the day for iPhone come-back punch
Handsets featuring Microsoft's first come-back to the touchy-feely iPhone are due to hit retail stores on October 6.
Samsung spins out DJ PMP
Samsung has launched what it has claimed is the world’s slimmest and lightest multimedia player with integrated DivX support.
NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts
Residents are suing the Long Island town of Hempstead for allowing the installation of cell phone antennae, on the basis that it's lowering the value of their properties.
Malware thrown on California bush fires
California bush fires that have destroyed 50 homes and ten commercial buildings - and claimed the lives of two firefighters - have become the latest lure for malware scams.
iRiver e-book reader spied online?
Images of what is thought to be an iRiver e-book reader have appeared online.
Dell rides after Cisco with Brocade, Scalent posse
Like other server makers, Dell has a lot to lose if Cisco Systems succeeds in its efforts to convince IT shops to buy its "California" Unified Computing System, which sports blade and rack servers with converged storage and network switches.
Skype's the limit for eBay: Voip biz sold to private investors
It’s official - eBay has offloaded a majority stake in Skype to a gaggle of investors in a deal that values the VoIP outfit at $2.75bn.
Microsoft names Windows Mobile 6.5 release date
The latest version of Windows Mobile will be available on mobile phones next month, Microsoft has confirmed.
5 men named in racket that netted $4m in stolen card data
Prosecutors in Manhattan have named five additional men from Eastern Europe in an alleged scheme that pilfered $4m using more than 95,000 stolen credit cards.
Microsoft sneak peeks embedded Windows 7
Microsoft has conjured a technical preview of its Windows 7-based embedded operating system today. Developers, device makers, and just plain folk who like to play fast and dangerous with their cash machine software can snag a copy as a Community Technology Preview over at Microsoftland.
Spyware ad-on targets Firefox fans
Miscreants have created an item of spyware targeted at Firefox users.
Parallels unfurls desktop virt for Windows, Linux
Virtualization software maker Parallels has unveiled a desktop hypervisor for Windows and Linux machines.
VMware plots world data centre domination
OpinionVMware is making a play to wrest data centre control away from every other vendor and become the single door through which users and admin staff see data centre server, networking, and storage resources.
Will Intel's Braidwood threaten SSD uptake?
Intel is adding solid state drive (SSD) storage to PC and server motherboards with Braidwood, its second generation Robson technology. This caches data stored in hard disk drives inside a NAND flash module installed on a PC's motherboard.
South Africa official calls for 'outright ban' on pornography
A South African government official is calling for the country to pursue a complete ban on pornography as a way to combat online child porn.
Dot Hill punts array of disk arrays
Dot Hill is adding iSCSI RAID storage offerings to its small-form factor 2.5-inch disk array product line, as well as three new products to its mainstream 2000 series disk arrays.
Amazon API crackdown neuters book apps
Following a change in the Amazon.com API, downloadable applications that rely on the etail giant for product data are experiencing a kind of Amazonian impotence.
Gmail in massive web outage
UpdatedGmail was widely unavailable today to users on both the west and the east coast of the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and elsewhere. The outage affected "a majority" of Gmail users, and even Google was unable to access its own web-based email service.
Buggy home routers expose O2 customers to hijacking
UpdatedIf you get your internet service from O2, there's a good chance Paul Mutton can remotely log in to your router and make configuration changes that surreptitiously allow him to access computers on your network.
VMware in quest to marry internal, external clouds
VMworldVMware plans to erase the boundaries between internal and external clouds, and it's working with over 1000 external-cloud service providers - including AT&T, SAVVIS, Terremark and Verizon Business - to pull it off.
Russian prez launches YouTube channel
Joining the Pope, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, and five billion teenagers lip-syncing to terrible pop music, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has launched his own channel on YouTube to reach a more youthful audience.
Twitter tracker goes twotspotting
Geome uses the location information already attached to many tweets to provide a geocentric view of twitter, enabling you to find out who's twittering locally, and avoid them.
Cisco predicts swift California ramp
Without any server product announcements to speak of this week while VMworld is raging in San Francisco, networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems trotted out its first customer for its "California" Unified Computing System.