10th > September > 2009 Archive
Guns, drugs, stolen identities - portrait of a phisher
A California man has admitted he was part of an international phishing ring and stole tens of thousands of identities so he could support his methamphetamine habit.
Google Android future haunted by fragmentation past
With four billion connected mobile phones on the planet - compared to one billion PCs - handhelds offer developers the mother of all opportunities: ubiquity and mass market.
Oz government sites floored in firewall protests
Hackers reportedly knocked over the website of Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd for a few minutes on Wednesday in an apparent protest against government plans for compulsory internet content filtering.
3-tonne robot flying saucer offered to world's militaries
DSEiA struggling British firm, restored to life by an anonymous private backer, is exhibiting a concept "flying saucer" aircraft able to lift a payload of one tonne, as well as smaller surveillance models down to pocket size. Company reps say that the firm is in contention for a significant European naval contract.
T-Orange: It is possible to have too much spectrum
The merger of T-Mobile and Orange means combining their spectrum holdings, throwing Digital Britain into confusion and putting the Digital Dividend at risk.
P2P pushes IPv6 surge
IPv6 traffic levels surged over the last 12 months, with the 15-fold increase down to just one application and one ISP, according to a study by Arbor Networks.
EU firms wary of China over IP insecurity
European companies are hesitant to do business in China because of fears that their intellectual property will not be protected, according to the European Union's Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton.
Scientists lay bare Irish potato famine blight
Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of Phytophthora infestans - the potato blight mould which in the 1840s devasted Irish potato crops, leading to the deaths of one million people.
IWF takes 'pragmatic' stance on level one images
The head of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has reiterated the organisation's focus on the most serious images of child abuse, implying a recalibration of its efforts to police borderline material.
Orange data users turning red as data dries up
UpdatedOrange's data network is heading titsup across the UK, with both cellular and broadband networks affected and little in the way of explanation.
Dell teases with Adamo XPS website
Dell is on the verge of unveiling a laptop thin enough to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air.
250GB PS3 Slim rumoured
Sony will launch a more capacious slimline PlayStation 3 next month, a mole has claimed.
Pirate Bay suitor shoved off Swedish stock exchange
The Swedish stock exchange has kicked the proposed buyer of The Pirate Bay off its trading floor.
Firefox update quells quartet of security vulns
Mozilla pushed out a new version of Firefox on Wednesday fixing four security bugs and a number of stability issues.
Twits twitter while driving
Almost one in ten UK drivers admit using mobile data services while driving.
Ageing Google supersizes its search box
Google is finally growing up, and its eyesight is clearly going accordingly.
The Register Readers Buzz Report
Reg Tech PanelMicrosoft, Google, Apple, Dell and Adobe systems are ruling the roost when it comes to mindshare amongst the readers of The Register, according to the latest findings from our industry Buzz Report. But not everyone gathers such glowing reports. NetApp, Nortel, Avaya, Salesforce.com and HDS are positively languishing in the mindshare rankings – with HDS propping up the entire mindshare list.
Vodafone pledges fix for Snow Leopard 3G modem woes
Vodafone customers have let rip at the carrier for its failure to update its wireless modem software for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Google moves to micropayments
Google is looking at adding a micropayments system to its Checkout payment system.
SA pigeon outpaces broadband
A South African IT outfit has shamed telecoms operator Telkom by sending 4GB of data 60 miles by pigeon in two hours - faster than it arrived by the ISP's broadband service.
Download Reg Readers desktop and server virt reports
WorkshopDuring our recent Virtualization workshop we polled Reg readers about the principles and practice of virtualization, on the server and the desktop.
Leica launchs cheapish compact camera
The whopping price of Leica's S2 won’t fit every pocket. So the famous photography firm has launched a (slightly) more affordable model – the M9.
Google extends love for Chrome extensions on dev preview
Google has now added support for extensions to customise the developer preview of its Chrome browser by default.
British troops get nifty techno-gunsights
DSEiThe Ministry of Defence has announced a new £150m purchase of hi-tech weapon sights and optics, saying that the new kit will "improve soldier lethality" and "support the British defence industrial base". Serving soldiers have disparaged only a little of the new kit - and much of the money will in fact be spent overseas.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
ReviewNokia’s touchscreen user interface has not had many outings. We’ve seen it before in the original Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and in the much more highbrow, Qwerty keyboard toting N97. Now we have a third appearance in the shape of another XpressMusic handset, the 5530, currently an exclusive offering from Carphone Warehouse from £130. To reach that price some compromises have had to be made. So, while Wi-Fi is here, as well as the ubiquitous Bluetooth, the handset does not support 3G and there is no GPS.
Wii web update wallops BBC iPlayer
Nintendo’s latest Wii system software update “has caused BBC iPlayer to stop working”, the broadcaster has confirmed.
Southampton Uni slaps IP notice on FOI requests
Secretive management at Southampton University are undermining the spirit of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, if not necessarily contravening the letter.
Philips waves farewell to point-and-press remote controls
The traditional infra-red remote control is dead. Long live, Philips’ latest spin on channel-switching technology - uWand.
Church altar smites devout Catholic
A devout Catholic who popped into church to thank God for a his rescue from a lift was crushed to death by a 860lb stone altar, the Telegraph reports.
Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper resigns as NASA astronaut
One of NASA's most famous astronauts, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, has resigned from the space agency. She achieved arguably the highest profile of any currently-serving astronaut* when she dropped her tools into an independent orbit about the Earth during a spacewalk last November.
Fujitsu redundancy row deepens
The redundancy programme at Fujitsu Services, which will cut 1,200 UK jobs, is already breaking down into arguments.
AMD shines light on Vision thing
With a call for chip makers to "stop talking about processors" and "start talking about usage", AMD has launched its awaited Vision brand for HD mobile computing.
BlackBerry users left bereft of service
Many BlackBerry users are finding themselves bereft of connectivity as the service crashes out for some, while others continue oblivious.
Florida cops cage 'Dracula'
The powers that be in Florida are holding a man cops have dubbed "Dracula", and who's certainly a contender for the worst ever mugshot trophy.
Oracle and Sun taunt IBM with Sparcs
If Oracle keeps saying that it wants to be in the server and storage hardware business long enough, maybe some people will start believing it.
Obama closes in on cybersecurity czar appointment
US President Barack Obama is reportedly close to appointing a new White House cybersecurity chief.
Fossil fuel: Now without the fossils
More bad news for the Peak Oil doomsday cult. Russian boffins say they have proved that fossil fuels can be created synthetically by replicating the high pressure, high temperature conditions found in the upper parts of the Earth's crust.
Plug-in Mercedes hybrid saloon emerges
Leccy TechMercedes Benz is working at “full steam” to bring a plug-in hybrid version of its S-Class über saloon to market.
Pop stars tell labels to FOAD
Controversy has ignited over last week's statement by the Featured Artists Coalition. The group, which is a sort of Emu to the Music Managers' Rod Hull, released a feisty contribution to the Digital Britain consultation process last Thursday. It went practically unnoticed until today.
Orange reckons the future's bright again
Orange UK tells us that their data network is back up and running again, and that both broadband and mobile customers should have full connectivity working now.
iPhone anti-phishing protection goes AWOL
An anti-phishing feature hyped by Apple marketers has gone AWOL from the iPhone, according to two independent researchers who say the feature simply does not work.
IBM punts free enterprise language tools
Apple welcomes music streaming to US App Store
Apple has approved an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows access to RealNetwork's Rhapsody music-streaming service. It's now available on the App Store.
Motorola unveils Googlephone for the Tweetbook set
Mobilize 09Motorola has unveiled its first Android phone, a long-promised effort to revive the company's floundering smartphone business.
New iPod nano torn to pieces
PhotosThe fifth-generation iPod nano was released only yesterday, and already the deconstructionistas at repair-and-parts shop iFixit have vivisected one, yanking out its tiny, tightly engineered internal organs.
Microsoft throws $1m open-source party
Industry organizations and foundations are like parties - it's who you don't invite and who shows up that's really important.
Google invites Amazon to resell its digital books
Hoping to allay fears that its $125m library-scanning settlement would deliver far too much power over the fledgling digital-book market, Google has told Congress it will give competitors access to its online texts.
Japan hurls first space freighter at ISS
Japan's first unmanned space freighter was launched today, stocked with cargo and equipment for the International Space Station.
Feds bust world's most prolific music piracy ring
Six men have been accused of running the world's most prolific music piracy ring, an online crew federal prosecutors allege delivered more than 25,000 copyrighted albums, often before they were officially released.