9th > September > 2009 Archive
Microsoft tells US retailers Linux is rubbish
As the launch of Windows 7 approaches, Microsoft is distributing literature to American retailers claiming that Linux works with few peripherals or online services, offers limited software capability, affords no authorized support, does not work with games "your customers want," and cannot use video chat on any of the major IM networks.
Silverlight swallows off-line DRM pill
The next version of Microsoft's Silverlight will cozy up to media giants with out-of-browser digital rights management (DRM).
Microsoft, Cisco issue patches for newfangled DoS exploit
UpdatedMicrosoft and Cisco have issued updates that protect against a new class of attack that requires very little bandwidth and can leave servers and routers paralyzed even after a flood of malicious data has stopped.
Google Maps reborn as world's largest Monopoly board
Toymaker Hasbro is preparing to launch a world-encompassing live version of Monopoly using Google Maps as its game board.
Sony Ericsson demos transparent handset
A futuristic handset with transparent display has been caught on video.
Xperia Pureness: The oddest mobile phone ever?
Sony Ericsson has designed what may be the strangest phone ever. It certainly challenges the last ten years of conventional wisdom in phone design.
T-Orange: And then there were four
T-Mobile and Orange reckon their merger will be good for shareholders, good for the industry and even good for the environment. But it is possible that customers might not be so enamoured.
Morse sales and profits sink in economic storm
Reseller and consultancy Morse saw revenue for the full year ended 30 June 2009 fall to £211.9m compared to £235.3m in 2008.
Director misappropriated former employer's data, court rules
The founder of a conferencing business breached his former employer's database rights and misappropriated its confidential information, the High Court has said.
Palm introduces Pré junior
UpdatedRumours of a low-end alternative to the Pré were true, Palm has formally announced.
Asus intros stylish binary-inspired monitors
Asus has come up with a series of LCD monitors. The screens' designers say the panels' sexy look was “inspired by the binary state”. Hmmm....
Dell shoots low for SMBs
If you are a small and medium business getting ready to buy servers or storage, Dell wants to talk to you.
Last week a UK tribunal ruled that belief in manmade global warming had the same status as a religious conviction, such as transubstantiation. True believers in the hypothesis will need mountains of faith in the years ahead.
Adaptec bolts SSDs onto lightning RAIDs
Adaptec is adding a NAND flash cache to its RAID controllers to speed up disk array read I/O.
Sony writes up UK e-book viewer plan
Sony obviously read pollster YouGov's research into the current state of the UK e-book viewer market, because the Japanese electronics giant has promised to boost its e-book efforts over here.
MPs meet Home Sec to urge McKinnon extradition rethink
Home secretary Alan Johnson is due to hold talks later on Wednesday with a cross-party delegation of MPs over the possible extradition of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
'Ring-wing' robo-sub smart swarm lands £6m oil deal
DSEiAn upstart startup founded by BAE Systems engineers, let go following a corporate reorganisation, says that it has won a large oil-industry deal for its underwater ring-wing robot swarm technology.
Ofcom website takes second day off
Communications regulator Ofcom is mainly non-communicative today - its website is down for the second day. Surely nothing to do with problems at Colt?
Good Housekeeping readers play hunt the G-spot
In a final death blow for the values which once made Blighty great - long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, triumphant foreign wars, etc, etc - Good Housekeeping has published a reader guide to the top five vibrators.
New web filter laws questioned by top child abuse cop
New laws reportedly planned for the Queen's Speech to force all internet providers to block access to child pornography websites have been questioned by Britain's top abuse investigator.
Baby swing vid man cut loose
A Queensland man plans to sue police who arrested and charged him for child abuse offences after he uploaded a video of a man apparently recklessly swinging a baby to a video website.
First solar-powered noise-cancelling headset launched
The world’s first solar-powered Bluetooth headset featuring noise cancellation technology has been launched, helping callers reduce their carbon footprint while out and about.
HP OfficeJet 6500 Wireless all-in-one inkjet
ReviewAll inkjet makers are trying to persuade us that their printers really do offer an alternative to colour lasers. HP has been a leader in this push and, to its credit, has produced machines more likely to tempt people than most. Surprisingly, running costs are also claimed to be lower than from equivalently priced colour lasers. Can this be true?
Scientology seeks to squash anonymity
A little local controversy involving the Church of Scientology and its critics could lead to curbs on the right to anonymity of anyone using the web.
Google books deal 'bad for biz', thunders Microsoft
Opposition to Google’s plans to scan and punt millions of books on the interwebs has swelled in the past 24 hours, with the French government, Microsoft and privacy groups all voicing their concerns about the deal.
Sonic the Hedgehog to make 2D comeback
He’s blue, a hedgehog and – from next year – will be back in 2D, Sega has announced.
Pesticides fingered in UK honeybee wipeout
A new study appears to have confirmed suspicions that the neonicotinoid group of pesticides is in part responsible for the dramatic decline in UK honeybee numbers, the Telegraph reports.
BBC newsreader kidnapped by Phillip Garrido
BBC newsreader Jonathan Charles has been delivered a short, sharp and very public lesson in "importance of punctuation on the autocue and breathing":
Samsung launches skinny monitor, spurious marketing
Warning, meaningless acronyms ahead. Samsung today announced a new 23in monitor with "LED BLU" technology on board. Something to do with Blu-ray Disc, perhaps, or some other HD jiggery-pokery? No. 'BLU' simply stands for... er... "back light unit".
Intel Core i5-750 and Core i7-870
ReviewWe published an in-depth look at Intel's 45nm 'Lynnfield' processors - aka the quad-core Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 - last week. Unfortunately, the chip giant's non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prevented us from including full performance figures.
Flight sim site turns over hacker evidence to UK cops
A US-based flight simulator site targeted by a debilitating hacking attack back in May has reportedly tracked its attackers back to the UK.
Good Day Sunshine as Beatles hits iTunes? Er, nope
Sky News has yanked a story that reported Yoko Ono claiming that the Beatles' catalogue was finally coming to Apple's iTunes.
Spotify on iPhone: nice app, but no multitasking
ReviewThe Spotify application for the iPhone extends the usefulness of the service greatly - at the cost of a tenner a month. However the app has one show-stopping flaw: you can't play music when the application is in the background.
Philippine fury at text tax
Filipino consumer groups have reacted with outrage to a proposed law imposing a tax on text and multimedia messages sent from mobiles.
China Mobile embraces Symbian
Nokia might not be as enthusiastic about Symbian as it used to be, but China Mobile is endorsing the platform to the extent of setting up its own Symbian Application Store.
Blade Network nabs $10m in funding
Blade Network Technology - the blade switching business that was mercifully spun out of Nortel Networks before the Canadian firm collapsed - has locked down some Series B funding to help it bolster its business of selling switches for blade server chassis, and expand out to top-of-rack switches.
EC to tackle 'misleading' online gadget sellers
More than half of Europe's online gadget sellers failed to provide buyers with correct sales information or misled punters over pricing, an European Commission investigation has concluded.
Philips demos specs-less 3D TV
A Philips business partner has demoed one of the electronics giant’s 3D screens. Unlike most 3D TVs, this one can display HD content without the need for polarising or active shutter glasses.
Ohio armed robber asked victim for a date
An Ohio man who robbed a couple at gunpoint was arrested when he returned to ask his female victim for a date, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
EMC quadruples investments in India
EMC is quadrupling its investments in India, and said today that it will plunk down an incremental $1.5bn over the next five years to build up its research, development, and support operations for the Asia/Pacific region.
Micro Focus stock tumbles as boss quits
Micro Focus saw its shares fall sharply today on the surprising news that its chief executive is leaving the company.
Guardian hitches ride in Mercedes Bunz
We're overdue a cheery Reg 'willkommen' to The Guardian's new Teutonic media and technology correspondent.
Slime-powered Toyota Prius demoed
Leccy TechWith pee-powered cars a very real possibility, it shouldn't come as a shock that we may soon be driving vehicles that run on green slime.
Tesco gets Flash of Silverlight in 'virtual DVD' deal
Microsoft has inked a deal with UK mega-grocer Tesco to flog a new home viewing service built on the software firm's Silverlight technology - which MS developers recently shunned at the launch of its Flash-only MSN video player.
A phone in every car gains hard-won GSMA support
The GSMA has, unsurprisingly, come out in support of the EU plan to fit a mobile phone in every car, valuing each life saved at over fourteen million quid.
Next-gen Atom gets faster sibling
Intel's 'Pineview' processor looks set to run more quickly at launch than previously anticipated.
Ubuntu's Koala food arrives on shelves
Eucalyptus Systems - the fledgling open source outfit that mimics Amazon's so-called compute cloud inside private data centers - has announced its first commercial product.
AT&T (tries) to double iPhone 3G speeds
AT&T - Apple's US network of choice for the iPhone - will double the speed of its 3G service in six cities by the end of this year, and it plans to extend that service to 90 percent of its current 3G coverage area by the end of 2011.
Word nemesis: Microsoft deliberately 'destroyed' our business
Word litigant i4i has claimed Microsoft worked to destroy its business while publicly touting its partner status.
Sage payment processor suffers 24-hour outage
SagePay - the payments processor serving 25,000 companies in the UK and Ireland - experienced a major outage on Monday evening, and as problems dragged on late into Tuesday, one of its biggest competitors claimed a significant uptick in business.
Google Maps Monopoly board folds under server strain
There are riots in the Monopoly City Streets, after the game's debut today was utterly upended from the strain of the initial land grab.
German Pirate Party MP charged in child porn case
A German MP who recently quit the Social Democrats for the Pirate Party has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.
Apple squeezes video camera into iPod nano
Apple — in the person of CEO Steve Jobs — has announced a revamp of its iPod line, an upgrade to its iTunes Store, and a new version of the iTunes application for both Mac and Windows.
Critical bug infests newer versions of Microsoft Windows
Microsoft has promised to patch a serious flaw in newer versions of its Windows operating system after hackers released exploit code that allows them to take complete control of the underlying machines.
Hubble back in form with stunning new images
The Hubble Space Telescope is back to snapping pictures of the cosmos, supplying Earth with its precious allowance of desktop wallpapers. And with upgrades and repairs performed last May, the orbiting observatory is doing science even better than before.
Storage hardware crawls out from under melted economy
You take the good IT news where you can find it during this economic recession. The relative good news coming out of IDC is that storage hardware sales are starting to show sequential growth at some vendors and that the more profitable storage software biz is starting to recover even if sales are still down dramatically year-on-year.