5th > November > 2009 Archive
Men allegedly broke into computers of former employer
Federal authorities on Wednesday filed intrusion charges against two men accused of accessing the computer systems of their former employer.
Judge spanks lawyer for leaking personal details in brief
A judge has chastised a lawyer for including the social security numbers and birthdays of 179 individuals in an electronic court brief, ordering him to pay a $5,000 sanction and provide credit monitoring.
Google: Android fragmentation not 'bad thing'
OpenMobileSummitGoogle has defended its decision to allow unfettered Android tweaking, saying that although this may fragment the Googlephone market, it's what's best for developers.
Linden Lab unveils Sadville: Enterprise Edition
Some companies like IBM have an uncanny attraction to Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life. They claim the software provides a 3-D collaboration space that's viscerally superior to what traditional mediums such as teleconferencing, instant messaging, or video conferencing can provide.
Sun and Apache: the Java scars that endure
ApacheCon 09Apache Software Foundation (ASF) pioneers have toasted 10 years of independence and successful code development at their annual conference in California.
Second-gen TTxGP e-bike unveiled
Leccy TechThe organisers of the TTxGP e-bike Grand Prix series have revealed their off-the-shelf electric superbike at the annual Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
Open-sourcers promise cloud elephant won't trample your code
ApacheCon 09Popular grid computing platform Hadoop could grow up next year, with network authentication and features to stop brand-new code breaking users' existing applications.
115,000 nabbed for in-car calling
More than 115,000 people in England and Wales got fixed penalties for being on the blower whilst driving in 2007, dropping off from the 2006 peak of almost 160,000.
Tech titans meet in secret to plug SSL hole
Researchers say they've uncovered a flaw in the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to inject text into encrypted traffic passing between two endpoints.
Hisense 1080p Media Player
ReviewThe world isn't exactly short of devices designed to get audio-visual content from your Nas box, USB stick or external hard drive and onto your telly. The trouble is, many of them are three-legged nags let down either by grim UIs, lacklustre codec support, cheap and nasty remote controls, a simple lack of expected functionality, or all the above.
Asus ups ante on Acer with two 3D laptops
Watch out, Acer. Rival PC manufacturer Asus has crafted not one, but two laptops with 3D displays, both designed to tempt gamers and film fans into parting with their cash.
Toshiba attacks 2.5-inch drives from below
By putting 320GB of capacity on a 1.8-inch drive, Toshiba has signalled its confidence in this micro-drive form factor.
Pirates get extra seat in Euro Parliament
Now that the Lisbon Treaty has been ratified by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the European Parliament gets an extra 18 members, and one of those will be from Sweden's Pirate Party.
All-in-one PCs to replace desktops, claims Asus
Asus has forecast that sales of all-in-one PCs will soon overtake those of traditional desktop PCs.
'Searched' web info hits harder than 'surfed' - shock
Journalism academics have published a study asserting that people are more likely to "understand, remember and emotionally respond" to web news and information which they have searched for than stuff they have "surfed".
Cybercriminals down five British police forces in a year
In the last year five British police forces have suffered major computer failures lasting three days or more as a result of malicious internet attacks.
Wikipedia's founder gets €10K coolness credit
Jimmy Wales can add "Nokia Foundation scholarship" winner to his list of achievements, having received €10,000 for his sterling work as Maximum Leader of the Wiki.
Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul
Mozilla has detailed plans to revamp and simplify the user interface of Firefox.
BBC website now unbroked
BBC Online is mostly back online now, after serious problems overnight and early this morning.
EU block to Mandelson's filesharing laws removed
A plan by the European Parliament to restrict the power of national governments to disconnect illegal filesharers has been dumped to win agreement on new telecoms competition laws.
Mandriva flashes its small aggressive penguin
The end of year race to update product names has begun in earnest, with Mandriva becoming one of the first to launch a product with 2010 in its moniker.
Orb goes Mac - at last
Orb, the Slingbox-in-software app that allows you to access your music, TV and photos on any device, has finally unleashed its long-awaited Mac version.
Ex-HP boss confirms political move
The former boss of HP, Carly Fiorina, is to stand as a Republican candidate for Senate for California.
Fifth of iPhone users watching porn
Shopping site Retrevo has been talking to iPhone users and has discovered that they prefer cool gadgets to degrees, but still consider themselves intellectual.
Spotify: The Sutton Coldfield challenge
ExclusiveNew Spotify figures obtained by El Reg shed some new light on the progress of the music phenomenon.
Asus delays 'smartbook' release
Asus has push back scheduled plans to launch its first "smartbook" early next year.
Google launches privacy Dashboard service
Google has launched a Dashboard service that's designed to show how much the search engine giant knows about its users online activities.
Samsung Galaxy i7500
ReviewHTC may have done it first, but now the Androids are starting to come thick and fast. Motorola got in early with the Dext, and all the major manufacturers are planning their own entry into Android land.
Brown declines to resign
Shocking news from the home of 10 Downing Street's e-petitions site, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is not going to resign.
Could a hard drive dedupe data?
CommentHitachi GST president Steve Milligan says one of the drivers affecting the hard drive industry is the need for efficient storage with technologies like virtualisation and deduplication. What is he on about?
Large Hadron Collider scuttled by birdy baguette-bomber
ExclusiveA bird dropping a piece of bread onto outdoor machinery has been blamed for a technical fault at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week which saw significant overheating in sections of the mighty particle-punisher's subterranean 27-km supercooled magnetic doughnut.
US carrier in shock 'wireless pipes make money' claim
OpenMobileSummitA US wireless carrier has admitted that it can make a very good living as a wireless carrier.
You too can become a Taoist Mao Shan master
The shock news earlier this week that a Chinese truck driver had persuaded an 18-year-old aspiring model that he was a Taoist Mao Shan master with the power to grant her catwalk success - providing she indulged in ritual sex - prompted many readers to enquire how they too might achieve the same kind of spiritual enlightenment.
China says there's no such thing as net addiction
China's health ministry has turned down the country's rhetoric on internet addiction, and has warned against "boot camp" style approaches for habitual web abusers.
Olympus intros E-P1's successor
Olympus has launched the follow-up to first Micro Four-Thirds format camera, the E-P1, called, unsurprisingly, the E-P2.
T-Mobile backs into Android Marketplace
T-Mobile USA is to integrate Android application purchases into its billing platform, proving there's still value in the operator-customer relationship.
Swedish spooks knocked offline by hack attack
The website of the Swedish Signals Intelligence agency (Försvarets Radioanstalt, or FRA) was taken offline by a massive DDoS attack this week.
Travel agents accused of shilling for ID cards
Lobby group NO2ID has told the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to stop acting as a propagandist for the government's doomed ID card project.
IBM gives big discounts on Power engines
The U.S. economy may look like it is coming out of the Great Recession, at least according to the economists who work for Uncle Sam, who said recently that gross domestic product in the States rose by a 3.5 per cent annualized rate in the third quarter.
Sony upscales PS3's PlayTV to HD
Sony has released an update for the PlayStation 3 Play TV tuner unit enabling it to better serve the needs of HD buffs and mobile maniacs.
Gwen Stefani in Band Hero avatar argument
US ska-pop band No Doubt - best know for its 1996 hit Don't Speak - has become the latest group to throw a hissy fit over the use of its lead singer’s likeness in a videogame.
Murdoch admits delays on paywall scheme
Rupert Murdoch has confirmed that his company is unlikely to hit its June deadline for putting up paywalls around its newspaper websites.
NY insider trading scandal widens, 14 more charged
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said this morning they are bringing charges against 14 people it claims were involved in yet another insider trading network.
Vint Cerf mods Android for interplanetary interwebs
OpenMobileSummitInternet founding father cum Google evangelist Vint Cerf is working to bring his interplanetary interwebs protocol to mobile networks here on earth.
Latest Moblin Linux polished for netbooks
The effort putting Linux on Intel's mobile Atom processor has seen its latest release, with an across-the-board polish for Moblin.
Windows 7 sales leave Microsoft coffers unstuffed
Sales of boxed copies of Windows 7 are thrashing Windows Vista's early history, but at a price - the money that Microsoft is making on them isn't keeping up.
Spain won't disconnect illegal file sharers
Spain doesn't plan on unplugging internet users accused of illegal file-sharing, despite strong government support for "three-strikes" disconnection laws in the UK and France.
Facebook, MySpace backdoor exposed user accounts
Facebook and MySpace have closed gaping security holes in their sites that gave attackers full access to accounts that had automatic-login features enabled.
Google demi-god backs shared mobile airwaves
OpenMobileSummitAfter plugging Google's open source Android OS into the interplanetary interwebs, net demi-god Vint Cerf has called for a mobile world where the airwaves are shared by multiple wireless outfits.
IBM parks beta cloud on development and test servers
IBM on Thursday kicked off a free public beta of a new cloud computing development and test environment that's hosted on Big Blue's machines.