4th > September > 2009 Archive
Startup makes thin clients look chubby
VMworldThis 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 rents out Ubuntu mavens
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).
Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches
CommentApple 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.
Feds force Googlebooks privacy promise
Virgin Media in 'which Whitchurch' whoopsie
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".
IFA 2009: All the Stories
Complete CoverageAll the key product introductions, all the new technologies, all the stories.
Month of Facebook flaws gets underway
A security researcher has vowed to reveal technical details of a series of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities involving Facebook applications during September.
Toshiba unwraps Blu-ray player
IFAToshiba has finally conceded and formally unveiled its first standalone Blu-ray Disc player.
LG parades 'first ever borderless' TV
IFALG has launched what it has labelled as the world’s first range of borderless LCD TVs.
Sale talks heat up at T-Mobile UK
Deutsche Telekom is in early talks with three companies to sell off its UK mobile business T-Mobile.
Samsung intros Europe's first Nvidia Ion netbook
IFASamsung 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.
Toshiba launches latest Satellite
IFAToshiba has announced a flagship notebook that, along with all the usual bells and whistles, also features a re-writable Blu-ray drive.
EU Oracle/Sun investigation could cause rift with US
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.
LG promises 3D plasma telly
IFAThree-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.
Swedish bloke attempts lactation
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.
MS fuels up five critical Windows fixes
Microsoft plans to release five critical update bulletins next Tuesday, all critical, in the September edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
iPhone rescue girl gets head stuck down bog
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.
HTC readies radical Touch HD revamp
IFAHTC has drawn up plans for a significant upgrade to its Touch HD smartphone, Register Hardware has learned.
Microsoft can still sell Word
Microsoft has been granted a stay on a court injunction that would have stopped the software giant selling its Word application.
Man arrested for £1m online tax fraud
Police investigating a complex online fraud which scammed more than a million pounds from taxpayers have arrested a man in London.
Mobile hack shows need for security upgrade
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?
Samsung YP-Q2 v. Sony E-series deathmatch
Head-to-headWith 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 orbiter snaps Apollo 12 landing site
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:
Samsung pledges X-series laptops 'will not explode'
IFASamsung has launched a notebook range featuring batteries that it has claimed won’t explode, ever.
MSI brings ultra-skinny laptop to Blighty
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.
Newport Networks goes titsup
The VoIP outfit founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Terry Matthews has gone into voluntary liquidation.
German boffins invent steel Velcro
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.
YouTube Lad from Lagos gets a bite
NSFWWe're delighted to report that our fave YouTube Lad from Lagos, Prince Obi, has got a positive response to his orginal appeal for assistance:
Could Micron buy Numonyx?
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.
Conficker borks London council
UpdatedAn 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.
Man remanded for extreme porn offences
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 adds Ping to Bing, leaves Windows Live in dark
Microsoft is adding a Web 2.0-stylie sharing feature to its Bing search engine.
Touchscreen Vaios delayed
IFAFurther 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.
Samsung 'submarine' speaker system surfaces
IFAWe’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.
Comes With Music aims for Spotify
Nokia is expanding Comes With Music, and seemed to welcome the comparison with the tenner-a-month Spotify option this week.
Ofcom fails to sweep away power-line networking
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.
US jobless rate climbs again in August
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.
Gear4 launches first CD-capable kit
IFAGear4 has gone back to audio basics, launching its first ever products incorporating CD players.
Police drop case against admin over animal rights comments
Police have dropped their controversial six-month investigation of a Sheffield IT worker who had a minor role administering the activist website Indymedia UK.
Amazon red cards 'offensive' Man Utd chant CD
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.
Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff
Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites.
Coming soon - LSI: Filer
LSI's customers will soon be able to buy a filer from the company as a result of its ONStor acquisition.
'Exomoonologist': NASA can detect forest moon of Endor
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.
Nokia: Castration as Motivation
Here's a roundup of odds and ends I found at Nokia World Stuttgart this week. Starting with a very odd one...
Mercedes moves e-car concept closer to the forecourt
Leccy TechLike 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.
Amazon offers restitution for Orwellian Kindle moment
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.
Faux Facebook 'friend' takes US woman for $4,000
A US woman has been stung for $4,000 via a fraudulent Facebook "friend in peril" scam.
New IIS attacks (greatly) expand number of vulnerable servers
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.
Windows Mobile 7 feature details mined
Microsoft's answer to the touchy-feely iPhone will hit handsets next month. But it's only a partial answer.
Net watchdog inserts self in Googlebooks pact
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.
iPhones get sun, leg power
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).
'Special' Red Hat project joins search for The Meta Cloud
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.
Firefox to warn users of insecure Adobe Flash
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.
Music industry cooks UK government's piracy stats
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.
Oracle should relax Sun's Java Community control grip
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 pimps bogus Windows 7 'launch parties'
Microsoft is offering to bribe you into throwing a launch party for Windows 7.