18th > September > 2009 Archive
IBM tries to patent teleconference sound effects
When hosting a business conference call, there are two easy options for keeping participants interested and alert:
World's nastiest trojan fools AV software
One of the world's nastiest password-stealing trojans evades detection by the majority PCs running anti-virus programs, according to a study that examined 10,000 machines.
Students get deep Windows 7 price break
With its deepest Windows 7 discounts yet, Microsoft is targeting students who might otherwise chose Apple.
NEC upgrades HYDRAstor NAS archive
NEC in America has upgraded HYDRAstor, its grid-based NAS archive product, by adding more performance, improving software features, extending deduplication, and adding three entry-level models.
Paul Allen flogs radio licence
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sold off most of the 700MHz he owns through Vulcan Spectrum, putting more of the US digital dividend into AT&T's hands.
Volvo reveals electric C30's specs
Leccy TechWith World+Dog whipping dust sheets off electric cars and concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volvo has stepped aside to shed more light on the technical features of its upcoming leccy C30.
HP's full flash house
HP is providing a Samsung solid state drive (SSD) option for its ProLiant servers.
Xiotech gets $10m funding fillip
Seagate spin-off Xiotech has raised $10m in a funding round along with a $10m credit line. It will use the cash for product development.
Wireless charging coming to Latitude?
Dell may be on the cusp of launching a high-end laptop equipped with wireless charging technology, it has been reported.
Medion turns to touchscreen
Medion has launched an all-in-one touchscreen PC called, rather unimaginatively, The Touch.
Society bible lectures students on etiquette
As another crop of 18-year-olds heads to college for the first time, University towns across the land are bracing themselves for the bacchanalian orgy known as freshers' week.
Carder forum drops offline after hack attack
A Pakistan-based carder site has dropped off the net, after white hat hackers broke into the forum and posted details of the hack on a full disclosure mailing list.
Bakbone slips disk into product range
Responding to the inevitable, backup software supplier BakBone is extending its NetVault data backup products to disk as well as tape, building on capabilities it has already introduced, such as NetVault: FastRecover.
Nokia launches Braille Reader app
Nokia has launched a mobile phone application that lets blind people read text messages.
Ex-BT tech chief quits Phorm
Stratis Scleparis, the former BT Retail chief technology officer who joined Phorm after overseeing secret trials of its web monitoring and profiling system, has quit the firm.
Home Office minister owned by own rules
Home Office minister and Attorney General Baroness Scotland - the government's chief law officer and the woman who put in place rules making businesses take the blame for employing illegal immigrants - has been caught apparently employing, er, an illegal immigrant.
Sony and BBC clash over PS3 problems
Sony has sent the BBC a stinging rebuttal after the broadcaster's Watchdog programme investigated an alleged PlayStation 3 problem dubbed The Yellow Light of Death.
Thieves help selves to PCs from Office for Digital Inclusion
The UK.gov's digi-quango, the Office for Digital Inclusion, has lived up to its name by distributing a whole office of PCs to underprivileged people without even trying.
States wade into Google book deal row
Hostility to Google’s proposed settlement with authors and publishers continues to build across the pond, where five state attorneys general have bemoaned the Books Rights Registry deal.
A journey through VoIP
RegcastLast week James Hone of Thus joined Freeform Dynamics’ Josie Sephton in the Reg studio to discuss how you get from your current set-up to a VoIP solution in a few easy steps - from concepts through to requirements definition and implementation.
Samsung GT-B2100 Solid Extreme rugged phone
ReviewFollowing on from the original Solid SGH-M110 and the recent B2700 Bound, the GT-B2100 Solid Extreme is the latest in a line of Samsung handsets that show themselves as well ’ard. While designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the Solid Extreme nevertheless touts features we typically expect to find on phones these days, namely a music player, FM radio and a camera.
AT&T juices PC rescue service with Intel's Fast Call for Help
Intel and AT&T are cuddling up to provide remote help-desk support for small and midsized businesses.
NASA probe scents crusty bonanza in dark moon bottoms
NASA says that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) probe in orbit around the Moon has detected neutron signatures indicating possible frozen water deposits hidden in craters at the lunar south pole.
North Wales Police institute new happiness law
Police in North Wales are road-testing a new offence: it's called "failing to make a police officer happy".
'Do You Want To See My C*ck?' asks budding author
The world of books is buzzing about a new publishing sensation to rival Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, industry sources have revealed to The Register.
NYT scareware scam linked to click fraud botnet
A botnet, initially run through compromised servers in the Bahamas, has been blamed for the recent upsurge in scareware scams.
Palm waves farewell to Windows Mobile
Palm's four-year flirtation with Windows Mobile is over, now it finally has an operating system to call its own again.
So you wanna build an Application Security Programme
WebcastWhether you're already knee-deep in security challenges or about to embark on such a strategy, we have a webcast that you should find useful.
Toshiba's Cell TV to debut in Japan in Q4
Toshiba's first HDTV to incorporate a Cell processor - essentially the same CPU found in the PlayStation 3 could be out by the end of the year.
Psion founder retires
The founder of mobile computer firm Psion has stepped down from his role as chairman of the company.
Facebook hack service smells fishy
Eastern European hackers are offering to crack into any Facebook account for a fee of $100, payable online through Western Union, though circumstantial evidence suggests that the scheme might just as easily be geared towards ripping-off potential clients while delivering nothing.
Pirate Bay's would-be saviour hit by 'bankruptcy order'
Global Gaming Factory X - the supposed saviour of Pirate Bay - has apparently been hit by a bankruptcy order in a Swedish court.
DARPA seeks orbital wheely-bin plan
The noted US military bonkers-boffinry bureau, DARPA, announced yesterday that it would like to hear from anyone with ideas for cleaning up the large amounts of space debris orbiting the Earth. Aerospace globocorp Boeing has already indicated that it is interested.
Mission sets e-bike land speed record
Leccy TechMission Motorcycles has set a land speed record for an electric motorbike.
Malvertisers slapped by Microsoft lawsuits
Microsoft has filed what are believed to be the first lawsuits designed to stop the growing practice of malvertising
US software firm sentenced for 'trading with the enemy'
A US software company has been sentenced by a federal judge for "trading with the enemy."
California man jailed for E*Trade skim scam
A man who scammed online brokerages including E*Trade and Charles Schwab by stealing a huge number of tiny test deposits from multiple accounts was jailed for 15 months on Thursday.
Dell XPS support takes a catnap
Dell's XPS Premium Support service database servers were down for four hours on Thursday and two on Friday, according to a Register source, making the company's "24x7" support promise moot.
AMD to reverse pay cuts
The employees at chip designer and seller AMD got some good news in their email this week: they are getting a raise.
'Evil' Windows 7 campaign goes global
The Free Software Foundation's Windows 7 sins campaign goes global next week, with letters to 500 of the world's charities and non-governmental organizations.
Google says Apple silenced its Voice
Google has told the US Federal Communication Commission that Apple rejected the Google Voice and Google Lattitude apps it submitted to the iTunes App Store - though Apple says otherwise.
Undead COBOL celebrates (another) 50th birthday
COBOL is celebrating its 50th birthday. Or at least the name is.
FOSSers host global Saturday celebration
Join the shopping masses in Kingston-Upon-Thames this Saturday and you might come away with more than you bargained for: an Ubuntu CD, plus schwag, along with that Zara top.
Brute-force attacks target two-year hole in Yahoo! Mail
Scammers are exploiting a two-year-old security hole in Yahoo's network that gives them unlimited opportunities to guess login credentials for Yahoo Mail accounts, a researcher said.