4th > September > 2009 Archive
VMworld This week's VMworld conference in San Francisco was the coming-out party for the thinnest thin client we've ever encountered, a sub-pint-sized desktop appliance from Pano Logic of Menlo Park, California.
Canonical has announced a new type of support for enterprises running Ubuntu that need some extra hands-on help: the Premium Service Engineer (or PSE).
Comment Apple is once again playing security catch-up to the rest of the computing world, this time with an update for the Leopard version of its Mac operating system that patches critical holes in Java that were fixed on competing systems 29 days ago.
Map reading courses all round at the Virgin Media press office, after an attempted spoiler campaign served only to disappoint and anger the denizens of "the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire".
Complete Coverage All the key product introductions, all the new technologies, all the stories.
A security researcher has vowed to reveal technical details of a series of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities involving Facebook applications during September.
IFA Toshiba has finally conceded and formally unveiled its first standalone Blu-ray Disc player.
IFA LG has launched what it has labelled as the world’s first range of borderless LCD TVs.
Deutsche Telekom is in early talks with three companies to sell off its UK mobile business T-Mobile.
IFA Samsung formally launched its Nvidia Ion-based netbook, the N510, at IFA this week - though the machine has been available to buy in Europe for a week or so, if you look hard enough.
IFA Toshiba has announced a flagship notebook that, along with all the usual bells and whistles, also features a re-writable Blu-ray drive.
The European Commission's decision to investigate Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems under competition rules could lead to a major rift with US authorities, a competition law expert has warned.
IFA Three-dimensional viewing is the name of the game at IFA this year. Not to be outdone by the likes of Panasonic, LG has demoed its own 3D-capable set. And it's a plasma.
A Swedish dad who hopes he might in future be able to help out his missus in the breastfeeding department has embarked on a rigorous programme of moob-pumping to entice vital nourishment from his chest.
Microsoft plans to release five critical update bulletins next Tuesday, all critical, in the September edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
An 18-year-old Sunderland lass who got her head stuck down a music festival toilet while attempting to retrieve her cash and iPhone from the malodorous pit has become a Facebook celeb, the Sun reports.
IFA HTC has drawn up plans for a significant upgrade to its Touch HD smartphone, Register Hardware has learned.
Microsoft has been granted a stay on a court injunction that would have stopped the software giant selling its Word application.
Police investigating a complex online fraud which scammed more than a million pounds from taxpayers have arrested a man in London.
Last week the Chaos Computer Club announced it had cracked GSM, but by Friday the GSMA was saying the attack was completely impractical - so should you be worried?
Head-to-head With the market for mid-range MP3 players never having been more competitive, seeing Sony and Samsung fight it our for advantage is like watching two wannabe WAGs scrap over a premiership footballer who is rumoured to be hung like a horse and has a Manchester City transfer cheque in his pocket.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped the Apollo 12 landing site where, on 14 November 1969, astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad touched down to begin their 32-hour stay on the lunar surface:
IFA Samsung has launched a notebook range featuring batteries that it has claimed won’t explode, ever.
MSI has formally launched its MacBook Air-alike X600 skinny laptop in the UK, releasing two models: one with an optical drive and one without.
The VoIP outfit founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Terry Matthews has gone into voluntary liquidation.
German boffins have developed a new version of Velcro, made of steel for improved strength. They say that their "Metaklett" metallic hook-&-loop material could be used to hold together buildings, or to tape car parts to one another.
NSFW We're delighted to report that our fave YouTube Lad from Lagos, Prince Obi, has got a positive response to his orginal appeal for assistance:
NAND flash chip manufacturer and Intel partner Micron could be looking to buy Intel offspring and NOR flash manufacturer Numonyx, according to an EE Times report.
Updated An Ealing council employee infected the UK local authority's IT systems with the Conficker-D worm after he plugged an infected USB into a work computer, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damages in the process.
An arrest – and remand time – for being suspected of possessing extreme porn may act as wake-up call for those who thought that the new law on extreme porn would just quietly fade away.
Microsoft is adding a Web 2.0-stylie sharing feature to its Bing search engine.
IFA Further details about Sony’s plans for Windows 7-based touchscreen Vaio PCs have emerged. And it seems the Japanese electronics giant has suffered a set-back.
IFA We’re all for eco-friendly products here at Register Hardware, but hope Samsung isn’t taking the proverbial with its latest speaker system, which, the company claims, uses materials sourced from the sea.
Nokia is expanding Comes With Music, and seemed to welcome the comparison with the tenner-a-month Spotify option this week.
Ofcom's latest update on power-line networking is "dismissive", "inaccurate" and "fails to respond to complaints" according to the Radio Society, who just won't let the matter lie.
The unemployment rate continues to edge up in the United States, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that over 14.9 million people who want to work can't find it.
IFA Gear4 has gone back to audio basics, launching its first ever products incorporating CD players.
Police have dropped their controversial six-month investigation of a Sheffield IT worker who had a minor role administering the activist website Indymedia UK.
Offensive chants on a Manchester United CD aimed at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have prompted online e-tailer Amazon.co.uk to withdraw it from sale.
Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites.
LSI's customers will soon be able to buy a filer from the company as a result of its ONStor acquisition.
One of Blighty's top exomoonologists has said that NASA's new "Kepler" space telescope - in addition to its hotly-anticipated ability to discover habitable planets orbiting other stars - will also be able to detect habitable moons orbiting the gas giants of far-flung solar systems.
Here's a roundup of odds and ends I found at Nokia World Stuttgart this week. Starting with a very odd one...
Leccy Tech Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz just couldn't wait until the opening of the Frankfurt Motors Show to reveal its latest thinking on the leccy car front.
Kindle customers who saw George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four disappear from their screens have received an apology from Amazon's CEO, along with a copy of the book or $30 of restitution.
A US woman has been stung for $4,000 via a fraudulent Facebook "friend in peril" scam.
Attackers have begun actively targeting an unpatched hole in Microsoft's Internet Information Services webserver using new exploit code that greatly expands the number of systems that are vulnerable to the bug.
Microsoft's answer to the touchy-feely iPhone will hit handsets next month. But it's only a partial answer.
Warning that Google's $125m digital library settlement with American authors and publishers provides exactly zero privacy protection for the world's readers, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a motion in federal court to intervene in the hotly-debated Google Book Search case.
Two new alternative power sources for digital gadgets such as the iPhone and iPod touch have just surfaced - one powered by the sun and one powered by you (and your bicycle).
Following in the slipstream of the open-source lidcloud project, Red Hat has unveiled its own effort to create a single programming interface for a wide range of so-called infrastructure clouds, including Amazon's EC2 and the Rackspace Cloud.
Upcoming versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser will automatically warn users running versions of Adobe's Flash Media Player that contain known security bugs, according to a published report.
The government's dizzying statistic that over seven million Brits are involved in online piracy comes from dubious research commissioned by the music industry itself.
If Oracle ends up owning Sun Microsystems, it's got a one-off opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past when it comes to working with open source on Java.
Microsoft is offering to bribe you into throwing a launch party for Windows 7.
Dish Network and its sister company EchoStar must cough up an extra $200 million to TiVo for continuing to offer DVR functionality in their set-top boxes after being slapped with a court injunction.