24th > September > 2009 Archive
USB supreme court backs Apple in Palm Pre kerfuffle
The USB Implementers Forum has decreed that Apple has not violated industry standards by preventing the Palm Pre from accessing iTunes.
Microsoft and Intel port Silverlight to Linux
Intel and Microsoft have announced a new port of Silverlight to Linux, specifically for the Intel-sponsored Moblin operating system running on Atom-powered devices such as netbooks. The port enables Intel to include Silverlight as a supported runtime in the Atom Developer Program, which will feed an iPhone-like App Store.
HP launches Linux-fiddling support group
LinuxCon 2009Hewlett-Packard is making an effort to support non-commercial Linux distributions on its servers and other vendors' business hardware. But you wouldn't know it from the black hole of fanfare regarding its new collaborative portal, communitylinux.org.
Former AMD kingpin gives Intel hell
AMD's former CEO Hector Ruiz has released a commentary that picks apart Intel's defense against the European Commission's €1.06bn fine for anticompetitve practices.
UK council forced to swallow dick
Flintshire County Council has been forced to swallow dick following its ill-considered decision to rename Spotted Dick as "Spotted Richard" - a rebrand it ordered following juvenile comments from sniggering staff,
O2 confirms UK Pré launch date
O2 has finally confirmed a UK launch date for the Palm Pré smartphone.
Northamber sees profits collapse on sales slide
Northamber's pre-tax profits collapsed in the year to June 30, with only investment revenues keeping it in the black.
Gartner calls bottom for PC sales
Analysts Gartner Group is calling the bottom of the slump for PC sales.
Cops cuff Mafia Don's crocodile enforcer
Italian police and "reptile wranglers" have seized a 1.7-metre-long crocodile allegedly used by a Naples Mafia boss to "intimidate" extortion victims.
Sony uncloaks Motion Control
Some of the first images of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 Motion Control peripheral have been captured.
Secret teen hacker army ridiculed
The UK government's reported decision to employ ex-hackers to work at a newly-established Cyber Security Operations Centre have met with derision from both a high-profile former hacker and an acknowledged cybersecurity expert.
Labour to push for broadband tax before election
The Labour government has reaffirmed its commitment to a 50p per month tax on every landline, and vowed to push through the necessary legislation before the general election in May.
Sun open storage slashed till Saturday
Sun, about to be happily digested by ardent wooer Oracle, is offering a 40 per cent plus discount on its Open Storage 7000 system, but only until 26 September.
Microsoft woos web devs with (semi-)free stuff
Microsoft has launched a new web developer program for small companies with ten employees or fewer.
New cyber-security research centre opens in Belfast
Computer boffins at Queen's University in Belfast are chuffed as ninepence today to snip the ribbon on a new government- and industry-sponsored cybersecurity research centre.
Dell Perot deal sparks insider dealing charges
A Texas man has been charged with insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for trousering $8.64m of illegal profit, following Dell’s proposed acquisition of services firm Perot Systems.
Microsoft mobiles spied online?
Images of two handsets purportedly designed by Microsoft have appeared online, fuelling rumours that the software giant is preparing to dip its mighty toes into the mobile phone market.
Fun with CoreGraphics, Part II
Mac SecretsThis month, we continue our exploration of Apple’s mysterious CoreGraphics framework, beginning with an anatomical overview. Then, I show you how to exploit the notification mechanism built into the framework.
There's water on the Moon, scientists confirm
Analysis of the lunar surface by three different spacecraft has provided "unambiguous evidence" of water on the Moon, Space.com reports.
Phishing worm spreads across Twitter
A worm linked to a new phishing scam is spreading via messages on Twitter.
Sony beefs up slimline PS3
UpdatedSony has confirmed those recent rumours of an upcoming 250GB slimline PlayStation 3.
iPhone + naked ladies = headline gold
Porn is finally giving the iPhone a good seeing-to with two applications branded by stars of the adult entertainment scene, making the two-handed nature of Apple's handset even more of an issue.
Seagate reveals 1TB FreeAgent
Confirming a channel leak, Seagate has announced a 1TB FreeAgent Go, but said the drive will not be used in its notebook product line.
Microsoft takes on Wet Willie's to punt Windows 7 in Paris
And so to Paris, where we find Microsoft getting in a froth about its upcoming Windows 7 launch next month by becoming a café owner to punt a slice of OS with its watery espresso.
Vodafone clings to customers with cloud contactbook
UpdatedVodafone has announced its latest plan to try and hang on to customers, which centres on a cloud-hosted address book.
McAfee creates 120 sales jobs in Ireland
Net security firm McAfee is creating 120 new sales at its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
LaCie LaCinema Black MAX
ReviewLaCie was among the first hard disk manufacturers to produce high capacity, multimedia storage devices designed for media playback. These hard drives, equipped with A/V interfacing, enabled you to take your digital music and video files away from your computer and play them on a decent hi-fi and a full-size TV screen. With its new LaCinema Black range, LaCie has gone a step further and produced a full-scale set-top box.
Adobe pushes out Photoshop Elements 8
Adobe Systems has launched Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac platforms.
Panicky Plod apologises to Innocent Terror Techie
A Reg contributor who was unlawfully arrested and had his home PCs inspected by the Met has received an apology from the police after four years.
SandForce gets SMART
SandForce's enterprise flash disk controller is going to be used by SMART for its enterprise flash drives.
EU bodies to discuss IP barriers to innovation
A meeting of members of the European Commission and Council of Ministers will today and tomorrow discuss whether the European Union's intellectual property laws are holding back the region's competitiveness.
Geordi LaForge video-to-brain rig built at MIT
MIT boffins have devised a method of fitting a chip on the end of the optical nerve which can be used to input electronic images directly into the brain without any need for an eyeball. The technique could offer blind people a degree of vision using head-mounted camera/sensor equipment, in the style of Geordi LaForge from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Flagship Vodafone 360 handsets emerge
Vodafone has unveiled its first two flagship touchscreen handsets designed to help you take full advantage of its new 360 web portal.
Wireless carriers gear up to fight FCC’s net neutrality plans
The US FCC, headed by new chairman Julius Genachowski, wants to apply the same net neutrality rules to mobile networks as wireline systems, to the fury of the cellcos.
Nintendo re-jigs Wii pricing
If you’re thinking of buying a Wii, hold off until next week. Why? Because Nintendo’s inked plans to lower the console’s trade price.
Facebook claims mail API less intrusive than Gmail
Facebook has defended plans to open up members' inboxes to application developers as a technology designed to spur for innovation in areas such as mobile messaging.
Honda develops motorised unicycle
Honda has created a high-tech unicycle, which the firm’s claimed boasts the world’s first drive system with 360° movement.
Post Office will snap and dab for ID card scheme
The Post Office will offer fingerprint and photograph-taking facilities for foreign nationals who need to enrol for an ID card.
O2 launches democratically-minded MVNO
O2's new MVNO, giffgaff, claims it will be run by its customers to reduce costs and reward loyalty. Assuming it gets any customers, that is.
Ammo rationing at Wal-Mart as panic buying sweeps US
The USA is suffering the most severe ammunition famine in living memory. Gun fanciers, fearing a Democrat crackdown on every American's right to pack heat, are clearing shelves at ammo shops and hoarding cartridges.
Gmail de-goodened by contact list glitch
Gmail services were disrupted on Thursday afternoon, as users lost access to their contacts.
Fujitsu battles WMDs with online survey
Like other dutiful hardware manufacturers, Fujitsu is doing its bit to fight the war on terror with a customer survey.
Malware house offered bounty for infected Macs
A researcher has unearthed fresh evidence of cyber criminals' growing attraction to Apple's OS X platform with the discovery of a now-disbanded group that offered 43 cents for every infected Mac.
Intel debuts Atom SoC for set-tops
IDFIntel has introduced its first Atom-based system-on-a-chip for consumer electronics kit. Formerly known by its codename, 'Sodaville', the part is officially called the Atom Processor CE4100.
Microsoft howls as Google turns IE into Chrome
UpdatedGoogle is offering a new Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser. And in predictable fashion, Microsoft is peeved.
Archos punts 9-inch Windows 7 tablet PC
Archos, creator of what the company calls "pocket entertainment products," is taking a step beyond mere entertainment with the launch of its Windows-based Archos 9PCtablet.
Malware torrent delivered over Google, Yahoo! ad services
Some of the web's bigger websites were flooded with a torrent of malicious banner ads after cyber crooks managed to sneak them onto syndication services operated by Google, Yahoo, and a third company, according to a security firm.