3rd > November > 2009 Archive
Hacker charged in $1m cable ISP customer cloning scheme
Federal prosecutors have charged a California man with earning $1m over a six-year period by illegally selling products that allowed customers to get high-speed internet service for free.
AMD desktop rejig: six-core 'Thuban' set for Q2 2010?
AMD is reported to have rejiggered its phase-out and phase-in plans for various members of its Phenom II and Athlon II processor lines.
Yahoo! open sources uber web server
Yahoo! has open sourced the back-end software platform that underpins the company's webmail client and countless other applications offered up across its sweeping web portal.
Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro.
Motorola to boost smartphone range
Motorola was slow to join the smartphone bandwagon, but that’s all about to change. The firm has promised to launch no fewer than 20 top-end mobile phones next year.
SpiderCloud weaves 3G into enterprise
Networking startup SpiderCloud wants to bring 3G networks into the enterprise, and hopes that network operators will pay for them.
Sony Ericsson S312
ReviewSony Ericsson tends to get the most publicity from its Cyber-shot cameraphones and Walkman music phones. Not unusual, that, but the company also has a large array of mid-range and lower end mobiles. A case in point: the S312. At £100 Sim-free or £69 from T-Mobile on pay-as-you-go, it fits right into that lower price bracket.
Big Blue red-faced over Congestion charge crash
Things did not go entirely smoothly for IBM on its first day in control of Transport for London's Congestion Charge systems yesterday.
Google not normal for Norfolk
Good news for Microsoft's Bing today - Google does not have the whole search market sewn up and nor is it easy to use. At least one English county is apparently unable to fathom its mysteries.
T-Mobile: Google to open Android Market to Win Mo apps
Google has extended the reach of the Android Market online app store to Windows Mobile devies... if T-Mobile UK is to be believed.
Bono serenades fellow fader, Bill Gates
Bill Gates' fortune may have slipped by $18bn in the past year or so, but pop oldster Bono apparently thinks that the leftover $40bn still deserves a royal salute.
Devious decryption scam rides ransomware Trojan
Devious virus writers have come up with a new twist on ransomware-style malware.
Irish brogue voted world's sexiest accent
There's some good news this morning for our readers from the Emerald Isle: their Irish brogue has topped a poll of 5,000 women worldwide to emerge as the world's sexiest accent.
Big business bullies EU into open source U-turn
The European Union has long promoted open source software, but it seems that years of expensive lobbying by big software companies has finally worn down the bureaucrats' resistance.
Airwave cop-comms to be 'brought to life' for Olympics
The Home Office has announced a £39m deal to upgrade its Airwave emergency-services comms net in and around the 2012 Olympics venues, allowing it to handle "several thousand users within confined geographical locations". Contractors described the requirement as "challenging", but anticipated meeting it by Games time.
Sony Ericsson confirms Android Xperia
Sony Ericsson has finally undressed 'Rachael' – its latest flagship smartphone known for ages only by its sexy pseudonym.
Opera Mobile sings out new Symbian version
Opera's latest Mobile version is out in beta for Symbian, providing the best mobile browsing experience with an interface borrowed from Opera Mini.
Creative back on Apple's case with iPad-style media tablet
Creative Labs, one-time maker of major iPod challengers, is to take on Apple again - if the Mac maker releases its eagerly anticipated 'iPad' tablet, that is.
WD dives into SAS enterprise drive pool
Western Digital has jumped into the enterprise-class hard drive market with a 10,000rpm, 300GB capacity drive.
Nintendo hints at free DSi 3G connectivity
Recent comments by Nintendo’s CEO have sparked speculation that the gaming giant’s upcoming Nintendo DSi XL will offer free game downloads over an integrated 3G connection.
EMC/Cisco's V-Block faces the hard Cell from HP
CommentEMC and Cisco have announced a plan to sell virtual blocks - or V-Blocks - likely to be integrated stacks of virtualised servers, storage and switches, either as products or services. HP's Cell technology could achieve the same end: IT stacks provisioned on demand in private or public clouds.
Atheros touts 802.11n chip for phones, handhelds
We may at last be soon able to see handheld gadgets equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi. WLAN chipmaker Atheros has introduced a part aimed at just such devices, but don't expect full 802.11n speeds.
M86 picks up Finjan to tackle web-based threats
Content security firm M86 Security has acquired web security appliance firm Finjan in a deal designed to allow it to offer better protection against both email and web-based threats. Terms of the agreement, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
Boffins working on biodegradable flexi LED implants
Boffins in America are working on biodegradable, flexible electronic devices printed on silk, which could be implanted in the human body and would decay naturally over time. Applications could include LED displays inlaid beneath the skin, or direct nerve-controlled interfaces.
Granada to start losing analog telly tomorrow
The Granada TV region will lose part of its analog signal tomorrow, paving the way for stronger Freeview digital broadcasts.
MPs give offender system drubbing in scathing report
The Public Accounts Commitee, the funding watchdog, has reported back on its investigation into the failed National Offender Management System - which was abandoned in 2007 after wasting millions of pounds - without pulling any punches.
Extortionist targets jailbroken iPhones
A Dutch hacker who threatened iPhone jailbreakers has relented on their threat to abuse unlocked handsets unless users pay €5.
3M shows 9in naked-eye 3D display
Three-dimensional displays that don't rely on polarised or active-shutter glasses could be coming to handheld devices soon ther than you think.
Friends Reunited reunited with ITV?
The Office of Fair Trading has sent the proposed takeover of Friends Reunited by DC Thomson to the Competition Commission.
Google wheels out Chrome, Wave updates
Google's developers clearly missed all the Halloween fun, with both the Chrome and Wave teams slinging out updates yesterday.
Employers to take fingerprints for CRB checks
Private companies will take fingerprints from job applicants as part of a trial to improve the accuracy of Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) background checks.
ReviewThere haven’t been that many Android smartphones in the UK yet, but T-Mobile is already looking to capitalise on the burgeoning demand Google's operating system by releasing the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android handset.
Cisco plays hardball over Tandberg buy
Cisco is warning shareholders of Tandberg - the video conferencing firm it is buying for $3bn - that it will not pursue the takeover at any price.
Tories will scrap 'pre-crime' vetting
An incoming Conservative government would take steps to cut the vetting database down to size and would balk at 'pre-crime' behavioural vetting techniques.
Nokia Siemens Networks to slash almost 6,000 jobs
Nokia Siemens Networks is planning to shave €500m off annual running costs over the next 26 months, with cuts that could include six thousand jobs.
BetOnSports founder Kaplan jailed for four years
The founder of BetOnSports.com was imprisoned for four years and three months on Monday after pleading guilty to violating the Wire Wager Act and racketeering offences.
FBI techs shy away from facial recognition
A senior FBI technologist declared last month that after decades of evaluation, the agency sees no point in facial recognition.
Adaptec CEO on the ropes after dreadful results
Adaptec's November 10th AGM runup has been bespoiled by dreadful quarterly results and the company is facing the likely ejection of its CEO from the board.
3Leaf makes big SMPs out of x64 clusters
Everybody is looking to shake up the server business this days, it seems. But everyone had better get in line behind 3Leaf Systems, which is launching its much awaited "Aqua" system pooling and virtualization chipset and an intriguing x64 system to match.
Volcanic African 'unzipping' could see continent divided
An enormous 35-mile-long rift which "unzipped" in "just days" across the face of Ethiopia has now been confirmed by boffins as the beginning of a process which will see Africa split in two by a new ocean.
Reg hack pursues Street View spymobile
You know how it is: you pop out in the morning to buy some milk and before you know it you've been recorded for posterity by a prowling spymobile from Google's Street View.
Microsoft chops cloud costs
Microsoft is cutting the cost of its hosted cloud business productivity bundle.
Americans promised all you can eat Twittering for $99
Millions more Americans will now be able to engage in SMS inane babble and update the world on their lunch habits with the official launch of the TwitterPeek, a handheld device that does nothing but let you Twitter.
Arkeia digs deep for dedupe technology
Backup supplier Arkeia is buying Kadena Systems and its deduplication technology for an undisclosed amount.
Trojan pokes Facebook for zombie commands
Crimeware distributors have begun using Facebook as a command and control channel for a Trojan that turns compromised Windows PCs into zombie drones.
Cisco, EMC, and VMware join hands and plunge into cloud
Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware this morning announced the formation of a new joint venture called Acadia and a stack of data centre servers, storage, networking.
Peugeot's bulbous BB1 e-car bound for Blighty
Leccy TechFollowing its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot's visually arresting BB1 e-car has been sent on a European Grand Tour to drum up interest and give the masses a chance to kick the tyres.
US sees 'hot-tub related injuries' increase triplefold
According to a recent study, those US citizens who manage to survive swine flu, terrorists, meteor strikes, guvmint agents fixin' to pry their guns from their cold dead fingers and other such perils of the modern age are still doomed. They will almost certainly be killed - or anyway badly injured - in some kind of horrific hot-tub-related accident.
Barnes & Noble nobbled for 'nicking' Nook-e Reader notion
Spring Design is suing Barnes & Noble for allegedly stealing its e-book reader designs.
Buffalo adds add-in card adaptor to USB 3.0 line-up
Storage specialist Buffalo has re-announced its first USB 3.0 hard drive and this time it's also offering punters stuck in the USB 2.0 era - all of them, in other words - a PCI Express Card containing a pair of SuperSpeed ports.
Microsoft's SQL Server gets appliance of iron
Near-final code for Microsoft's next SQL Server database is due today, wrapping in hardware from partners to help counter Oracle's proprietary Exadata appliance.
Can Darwin help us find little green men?
Life as we know it on Earth is mostly ugly, sometimes monstrous, and to a statistically small but nevertheless disquieting magnitude, it's composed of wandering packs of ravaging blood-thirsty wolves. Curiously, this beastly menagerie comes from what is essentially the same biological recipe that also spawned Academy Award-winning actress and unquestionably classy dame Joan Crawford.
VIA intros Nano 3000 netbook, notebook CPUs
VIA has introduced out its latest Nano CPUs, pitching the new 3000 family of low-power processors at makers of thin'n'light laptops and of all-in-one desktops.
Dell hit by $12.8m camera conspiracy verdict
A New Orleans jury has found Dell liable for $12.8m in damages on conspiracy and unfair competition charges in a lawsuit about the city's problem-plagued crime camera program.
PayPal opens 'embed everywhere' APIs to world+dog
PayPal X InnovatePayPal and eBay have opened their PayPal X developer platform to world+dog. Named with a nod to PayPal's original url, this new collection of APIs is pitched as a way for developers to embedded payment processing in everything from third-party web apps to online app stores to outside dev platforms.
ChiPhone fails to ignite consumer frenzy
Legal iPhones have been available in China since last Friday, but Chinese consumers aren't falling over themselves to buy the pricey smartphones.
Turkey whacks Google with £28.7m fine, claims tax dodging
Google has run afoul of Turkish tax laws to the tune of 71m Turkish Lira ($47m, £28.7m).
Bug in latest Linux gives untrusted users root access
A software developer has uncovered a bug in most versions of Linux that could allow untrusted users to gain complete control over the open-source operating system.
Red Hat pitches x64 virtualization with KVM rollout
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat today got its freestanding, bare-metal Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor, a hardened version of the KVM hypervisor it took control of last summer, to market. That makes Red Hat a player as x64 servers the world over are set for a massive wave of virtualization.
Inside Acadia: the Cisco, EMC, VMware love child explained
As El Reg reported earlier Tuesday, Cisco Systems, EMC and VMware announced a partnership to peddle integrated server, storage, and networking stacks to data centers that want to buy preconfigured and integrated x64 servers running VMware's vSphere 4.0 software.
IBM hurls defiance at Microsoft after communications pitch flop
Enterprise 2.0IBM suffered through an extremely glitchy demo of its unified communications software at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference today, but it still preserved enough bravado to challenge Microsoft to a throw-down.