17th > September > 2009 Archive
Microsoft offers online tools for Swine Flu infected kids
Microsoft is leveraging this year's most fashionable pandemic to pitch its online storage and document sharing service for Office.
Mozilla catches half of Firefox users running insecure Flash
More than half of all Firefox users ran an unsafe version of Adobe's Flash Player, according to statistics collected last week as users installed the latest release of the popular open-source browser.
Google talks book deal edits with DoJ
Google is in talks with the US Department of Justice over possible changes to its controversial Book Search settlement.
Tape users wait for news of LTO 7 and 8
CommentAccording to published plans, the all-conquering LTO tape format has no future after LTO 6, which is expected in 2012. This is ridiculous and there must be a secret roadmap for LTOs 7 and 8.
Audi's R8 goes all-electric
Leccy TechBack in May Register Hardware reported that Audi was rumoured to be working on a leccy version of its R8 supercar. Now Audi's confirmed that the rumours were true.
Microsoft, Yahoo! attempt to head off legal action
Microsoft has confirmed that it is engaged in informal talks with European regulators to deal with competition concerns over its search deal with Yahoo!
Italian Job sat nav driver cops £900 fine
The Doncaster man who slavishly followed his sat nav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff has been punished with a £370 fine, £500 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and six points on his licence for driving without due care and attention.
Oracle/Sun may resell Pillar arrays
Pillar Data storage could be resold by Oracle's Sun hardware unit in an Oracle-Sun-Pillar combination, threatening Sun's existing HDS OEM deal.
Doctor Who fans name best episode ever
Over 6,700 Time Lord fans responded to a Doctor Who Magazine call to rate all 200 episodes of the classic sci-fi TV series, and selected 1984's The Caves of Androzani - in which fifth Doctor Peter Davison hung up his sonic screwdriver - as the best of the bunch.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 1GB
ReviewWhen Sapphire had added its Vapor-X cooler to AMD's Radeon HD 4850 it turned a standard single-slot board into a very, very quiet dual-slot card. Now it has performed the same trick on the Radeon HD 4890.
Premium rate regulator stops providers charging for free info
The premium rate phone regulator has moved to stamp out charges levied by operators for information provided elsewhere for free. It also objected to operators promoting premium-rate services on websites with the .org suffix.
Twitter slaps itself with $1bn price tag
Twitter is trying to raise another $50m, pushing the (self) valuation of the company above a billion dollars, despite lacking an income of any kind.
Asus reaffirms Eee Reader launch
Asus has reiterated the planned launch date for its first e-book viewer.
LG widens notebook range
LG has launched a new notebook range called Widebook which the South Korean electronics giant claimed offers something for everyone.
Canadian judges OK Nortel sale
Canadian and US bankruptcy courts have approved the sale of Nortel Networks to Avaya for about $900m.
News anchor tells weatherman to 'keep f**king that chicken'
NSFWNews anchor Ernie Anastos last night delighted viewers of New York's Fox 5 network by suggesting that weatherman Nick Gregory "keep fucking that chicken":
Peugeot looks to 1940s for quirky e-car design
Leccy TechFollowing Renault's recent launch of the odd looking Twizy at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot has stepped in with its own take on ‘eye catching’ electric city cars.
New SOCA chief battles Yes, Minister jibes from MPs
The new boss of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, which has responsibility for policing international e-crime, has been forced to battle suggestions from MPs that his background in senior government bureaucracy is unsuitable experience to run a front-line crimefighting agency.
Fraudsters add IM to phishing attacks
Fraudsters have begun experimenting with introducing IM chats to phishing attacks.
Microsoft wraps Project 2010 parcel in Ribbon
Microsoft has unveiled a few more details about its upcoming Project 2010 application, which the firm described as the “most significant” upgrade of the software in a decade.
New gizmo means working electropulse rayguns at last
American boffins say they have developed a new and more powerful magnetron - a device used to produce microwaves - and that the day of the long-awaited, circuitry-frying electropulse raygun may as a result finally be at hand.
MS launches 250GB Xbox 360
Microsoft has launched its most capacious Xbox 360 yet – a 250GB console.
Getting a handle on the virtual help desk
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AMD punts sub-$100 quad-core desktop CPU
You can now buy a quad-core x85 processor for less than $100 (£61/€68). It's the AMD Athon II X4 620.
Street View stalks Swiss data protection bureau
It's still not clear what will be the final outcome of the spat between Google's Street View and the Swiss head of federal data protection, but evidence suggests the Great Satan of Mountain View's all-seeing eye is not going to go down without a fight.
Apple iPod Touch 3G
ReviewIt’s official – the iPod Touch is a games machine. When the second-generation model was launched this time last year, we noted – in one of our occasional moments of penetrating insight – that Apple seemed to have been taken unawares by the flood of games that had appeared on the iPhone and the first Touch.
T-Mobile's G2 denied the update Touch
Earlier this week HTC released an update to the software on its Hero handset, but T-Mobile customers who thought their handsets were equally Heroic are being left behind.
Rich people cannot feel pain, don't care if they're liked
Being rich makes people invulnerable to pain and steels them against rejection by other people, according to researchers in China and America.
IETF forges botnet clean-up standard
The IETF is developing a standard for how ISPs should go about cleaning up subscriber botnet infections.
Student loans company says 'we're not overloaded'
The Student Loans Company has insisted its systems are coping with a surge of applications despite complaints of a rising backlog of applications ahead of the new academic year.
Lenovo launches Atom-based all-on-one
Nettops are primarily for web surfing, right? So they should ideally sport a nice, big built-in display, yes? Lenovo thinks so - its new Atom-based IdeaCentre C100 is essentially an 18.5in, 16:9 ratio screen.
Nokia brings Braille to SMS
Nokia Labs has been busy again, this time bringing SMS reception to the blind with a Braille-based text message reader compatible with the company's latest touch-screen phones.
Proposed change in libel law may shield websites
The Government could scrap a part of defamation law that makes newspapers liable many times for material in a single article. The Government may prevent people suing every time a web page 'publishes' an article.
SGI's Itanium super smokes Java test
Even before Rackable Systems bought the carcass of supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics in April and took its name a month later, the future of the Itanium-based Altix shared memory supercomputers was in question.
CSI boffins: You can't ID crims from bitemarks on victims
Topflight CSI boffins have cast doubt on the apparently "commonly held belief" in forensics that criminals can be positively identified from the bite marks they leave on their victims.
Google urges developers to get in loop with Noop
Web developers are being encouraged by the world’s largest ad broker to get in a lather about Google’s Noop language.
LG unfolds tiny sub-A4 nettop
LG has launched a super-small nettop PC with Nvidia’s Ion chipset inside.
US healthcare data plan slammed for encryption get-out clause
New data breach rules for US healthcare providers have come under criticism from a security firm that specialises in encryption.
Microsoft's Web Office trial gets limited release
Microsoft has released the online version of its Office applications for limited technical evaluation. And limited is the word.
Apple sends iPhones into 'Coma Mode'
Complaints about Apple's new iPhone OS 3.1 are flooding the web, with one poster calling it "the buggiest update that Apple has yet released for the iPhone."
Google Maps glitch tags shops with rival phone numbers
Five months on, Google Maps is still tagging local businesses with the phone numbers of their competitors. And local businesses are none too happy about it.
eBay fights for right to sell luxury stuff in EU
eBay has told European lawmakers that more than three quarters of a million people have signed an online petition demanding changes to regulations that let luxury brand makers limit who can sell their products online.
Google bear hugs Microsoft in web standards team tag
Google has given Microsoft a virtual bear hug, lauding the Redmond software giant for finally joining the push for a new-age HTML.
Microsoft's online Office story interrupted
CommentSure, Microsoft has kicked off its challenge to Google Docs with a limited - and now closed - test trial edition of Office Web apps