3rd > September > 2009 Archive
Xbox 360 'least reliable' console
Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the "least reliable" game console on the market, according to electronics warranty firm SquareTrade.
Amazon files Googlebooks pact with the monopolies
Amazon has filed an official objection to Google's $125m book scanning settlement with US authors and publishers, saying the deal is anti-competitive and in violation of anti-trust laws.
VMware lures SMBs with free treats
VMworldSmall and medium businesses (SMBs) are aflocking to virtualization in droves, according to Joe Andrews, VMware's group manager of product marketing for, yes, SMBs.
OnLive game beta enters public stream
OnLive, the streaming game service that seeks to answer if the all-powerful cloud can run Crysis, is letting PC and Mac users test the system for themselves. The company has opened a public beta for the service today, seeking a wide range hardware configurations and broadband situations to apply.
Nokia's £500 netbook: What were they thinking?
Nokia's netbook is beautifully designed and beautifully finished, and the battery lasts all day. It's "more aspirational*, more thin, and more stylish" than the average netbook, according to its European marketing manager.
Yorkshire start-up aims to shake up telecoms security
UK-based security appliance firm Syphan aims to shake up telecoms security from an unlikely base in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Sony shows off triple-tuner HD TV
IFASony has introduced a stack of Bravia HD TVs - including its first telly with a built-in Freesat tuner and another that can handle feeds from satellite, terrestrial and cable sources.
Mountain speculation on EMC/Cisco joint venture
EMC and Cisco are discussing a joint venture centred on Alpine, a one stop enterprise VAR shop focussed on selling and installing integrated Cisco servers and networking, with EMC storage.
Database billionaire trampled by elephant
Tom Siebel has been seriously injured after being trampled by an elephant.
LG, Sony Ericsson Windows Mobile 6.5 phones outed
IFALG and Sony Ericsson have joined the Windows Mobile 6.5 bandwagon, both launching 3G-capable handsets based on Microsoft’s latest phone OS.
YouTube UK welcomes back the music
YouTube has signed an agreement with the PRS to bring back music videos to UK users, while the US arm is busy talking to movie companies about setting up a movie rental business.
NASA works on robo-podcab scheme
NASA software boffins have partnered with a Californian firm to work on a "personal rapid transit" system which would operate using a system of automated two- or three-person taxi-style "pods" travelling on overhead magnetic rail networks.
HMV buys half of music download startup
HMV has bought half the equity in the music download firm 7Digital to boost its attempts to flog entertainment online.
Musical chairs at ST Ericsson
Alain Dugheil, who's been running ST-Ericsson since its creation in February, has been shuffled back into his COO role to make space for ex-TI-VP Gilles Delfassy.
Linutop upgrades Linux micro-PC line
French Linux hardware specialist Linutop has added a new member to its family of wee desktop computers based on the open source operating system.
Panasonic reveals 3D Blu-ray player plan
IFAPanasonic today announced plans to launch a 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player.
Texan confronts the legendary chupacabras
A Texan taxidermist has earned himself some nice publicity for parading what he claims may be a chupacabras - the legendary goat-sucking hell beast first spotted in Puerto Rico in 1995 and which has since spooked fearful citizens across Central America:
Samsung readies 'space saving' 2TB external HDD
IFASamsung is to ramp its Story Station external hard drive to 2TB early next year, part of the South Korean giant's plan to become a major name in the storage biz.
Evangelists. Plenty of them hang out in the sustainability and collaboration fields where I work. Some irritate while others are acceptable. And this isn't because they necessarily reflect my views. (In case you were wondering.) The trick is to spot, early on, which variety you're faced with and make your excuses and leave if they're the 'wrong' kind.
Home Office foot-dragging exposes ACPO to criticism
Relations between the Home Office and one of their favourite police organisations, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) may not be quite as tickety-boo as they should be.
Snow Leopard forces silent Flash downgrade
Apple has bundled a vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard.
Aussie firewall nears death
The Australian Senate Opposition leader Nick Minchin has joined the growing chorus of voices against Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's plans for mandatory ISP-level filtering.
Blu-ray Disc players: Sony adds Wi-Fi...
IFASamsung is to add YouTube video viewing to its Blu-ray Disc player line. Sony, on the other hand, is adding Wi-Fi to its new players.
Samsung lasers to print out web pages
IFAWeb pages are one of the most frequently printed documents, at least according to Samsung. So the firm’s launched printer range that's specifically intended to be web friendly.
Bletchley Park to restore 112-byte* '50s Brit nuke computer
In a project described as "the computing equivalent of the raising of the Mary Rose", engineers at Bletchley Park intend to restore a 1950s-era computer - featuring a magnificent 112.5 bytes of memory* - to working order.
Street View applies extra blur to Swiss
Google has agreed to apply extra blurring to faces and number plates on Street View in Switzerland, following some privacy sabre-rattling from the country's head of federal data protection.
Japan's first lady visits Venus
The wife of Japan's next prime minister claims to have clocked up a diplomatic first by visiting Venus, Reuters reports.
Viewsonic launches slimline netbook
IFAViewsonic, best known for its monitors, has formally announced its entry into the netbook arena. It will offer two models: the skinny VNB101 and the more basic VNB100.
Gov wants £120k web monkey, not junior Twittercrat
Touchy Cabinet Office spin doctors are upset about reports of a Deputy Twittercrat this week. They're so upset, they've tweeted about it.
Nokia intros X series
Nokia didn't just unveil the N97 Mini this week, it also introduced its first X-series phones, the successors to its XpressMusic line.
BMW offers e-Mini tryouts to UK drivers
Leccy TechFancy an electric Mini for six months? Well, now's your chance because BMW is taking applications to be one of the 20 lucky folk who will make up Round One of its UK leccy Mini field trials.
Anti-spam smackdown finds best junk filter
McAfee has claimed the crown in a run-off of anti-spam products organised by Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification body.
Philips cautious on 3D TV plans
IFAThat stalwart of the screenplay, William Goldman, summarises Hollywood in one brief statement: “Nobody knows anything.” This appears to be apt to describe the state of 3D TV at present, if Philips’ stance is anything to go by.
Oracle-Sun merger faces full monopoly probe
UpdatedThe proposed $7.4bn dollar merger takeover of Sun by Oracle is facing a full competition investigation by the European Commission.
Hitachi Data Systems reselling InMage recovery software
Hitachi Data Systems is co-branding and reselling InMage Scout software, used for application replication and recovery across wide area networks.
FCC calls for more frequencies
The FCC has noticed there just aren't enough radio frequencies, and if the USA wants national broadband it's going to have to find more space in which to put it.
Shuttle offers Linux-loaded all-in-one Atom desktop
IFAShuttle has introduced a version of its X500 "ultra-thin" all-in-one desktop PC that now comes pre-loaded with Linux - openSUSE 11.1, to be precise.
Logitech updates network music player with touchscreen
IFAThe old - and much loved - Squeezebox 3 - has been revamped by new (ish) owner Logitech. Now called the Squeezebox Touch, it sports a touchscreen.
German inventor gushes over portable women's weebag
A German firm hitherto dedicated to taking the piss out of men has now turned its attention to women, with the urine-sucking Ladybag.
Sharp launches ultra low power LCD TVs
IFASharp has launched what it has claimed are the world’s least power-hungry LCD TVs.
Sun squirrels away flash drive array
A service manual (pdf) for a F5100 Flash Array can be found through Sun's website - it's a product which doesn't appear on the site's product pages and hasn't been announced yet.
Israelis offer unmanned robo smart-missile 8-pack
Israel appears to have stolen a march on America in the matter of multipack unmanned cruise missile-in-a-box packages. An Israeli maker is exhibiting its "Jumper" robo missile pack as ready for sale, while the rival US "Netfires" system is still in development.
Toshiba: Window Mobile 6.5 will make TG01 a 'new' phone
IFAToshiba is revamping its TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone. Well, sort of. The hardware's staying the same so far as we can judge - it's just getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade.
Gartner confirms crap Q2 server sales
Everyone expected the server market to collapse in the second quarter, but the decline is a little worse than anticipated - at least in some segments and geographies.
LG demos world's largest OLED TV
IFALG has, as promised, demoed the world’s largest OLED TV at this year’s ongoing IFA event in Berlin.
Toshiba multimedia touchscreen tablet out by Christmas
IFAWhile world + dog holds its breath for Apple to pop out the tablets, Toshiba has let out a gasp with its announcement of the JournE touch. This 7in, 16:9 aspect, LED touchscreen, wireless multimedia tablet features an ARM-based processor and runs Windows CE 6.0 Pro.
Apple Store pillaged in 31 seconds
On Tuesday, around 2 o'clock in the morning, a team of well-choreographed gadget-rustlers needed no more than 31 seconds to clear out an Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey.
Breaching Fort Apache.org - What went wrong?
Administrators at the Apache Software Foundation have pledged to restrict the use of Secure Shell keys for accessing servers over their network following a security breach on Monday that briefly forced the closure the popular open-source website.
Hackers strike OneWebDay idealists
A campaign to celebrate and defend the web has fallen victim to one of the internet's inherent sub cultures - hackers.
iPhone taught to edit Office 2007 docs, sheets
You can now edit Office 2007 docs and spreadsheets on your iPhone.
Googlephone set for second US carrier
Sprint will be the second US mobile carrier to dream of electric sheep this October when it begins selling the HTC Hero running Google's Android operating system.
iPhone MMS hits US on September 25
AT&T has announced that on September 25th it will begin offering MMS service to its iPhone customers, solving one image problem and exacerbating another.
Umpteen tools to fight VM sprawl
VMworldThere were 12,500 attendees at the VMworld virtualization fest in San Francisco this week, and apparently half of them were peddling software to help companies cope with virtual machine sprawl or otherwise manage virtualization in the data center or on the desktops.
Google patents (2004) home page
Google has patented its home page, a digital rectangle famous for including almost nothing.