9th > November > 2009 Archive
VMware virtually crashes Windows 7 desktop party
VMware has unveiled the latest version of its ESX-based virtualization software to capitalize on Microsoft's rollout of Windows 7.
How new is Juniper's 'New Network'?
Juniper Networks had a lot to show last week during its "New Network" launch, billed as its most significant event since its founding in 1996. Covering new data center kit, software, and partnerships, the rollout even occasioned a fresh Juniper logo and promises of a new vision of networking going forward to next decade.
Nokia N86 8Mp cameraphone
ReviewWhile many mobile makers in the smartphone game have been concentrating their designer firepower on touchscreen devices, the Nokia N86 8MP rolls in as a successor to Nokia’s previous generation of Symbian S60 3E-packing heavyweights rather than as another touchphone contender.
Morgan Computers shuts its doors, sells website
Morgan Computers - one of Britain's longest surviving independent retail PC dealers - has sold its online business to a Jersey-based businessman, but questions remain over its retail arm.
Legal vultures circle STEC after overstock admission
At least four law firms are flying class action kites alleging STEC misled investors by a late announcement of EMC's overstocking of SSD inventory. They are looking for disgruntled investors to join in and give STEC a good kicking.
Blind gamer sues Sony
A sight-impaired gamer is taking various branches of Sony to court for failing to make their games accessible enough to disabled gamers.
Isle of Man plays catch-up on extreme porn law
Just when you thought everything had gone quiet on the extreme porn front, up it pops once more. This time, it’s the Isle of Man doing its best to save us all from unnatural vice, and demonstrating in the process the oddly fractured nature of law-making in the British Isles.
Adaptec cancels AGM
Beleaguered Adaptec has cancelled its November 10 annual general meeting and legacy board chairman Joe Kennedy has apparently resigned.
Swedish cyborg gets haptic hand
Boffins in Israel and the EU have fitted a Swedish man with a robotic hand which has a two-way hookup to the nerves in his arm: not only can he operate the hand as if it were his own, he can feel with it too.
Nokia coughs to shock-risk phone chargers
Nokia has admitted that some of its mobile phone chargers could have a shocking surprise in store for their owners.
No jobs recovery for years
The UK jobs market won't show any signs of improvement for "several years" even if the economy returns to robust growth, a personnel body has warned.
French cheer on €11.6m heist security guard
A French security van driver who last week disappeared with €11.6m has earned himself an internet round of applause from his impressed fellow countrymen.
Play.com emails customer details to other customers
Online DVD and CD seller Play.com has sent out dozens of emails containing customer account details to the wrong customers.
How malware frames the innocent for child abuse
Innocent people have been branded as child abusers after malware infected their PCs, an AP investigation has discovered.
Intel to fast track Atom 2.0 introduction
Expect a raft of new netbooks early next year - you may want to hold off buying one until after Christmas - as Intel plans to make a "fast transition" from the current generation of Atom processor to the next.
Xbox 360 802.11n add-on priced for UK
The Xbox 360’s elusive 802.11n wireless adaptor has finally landed in Blighty.
Nintendo nixes Wii HD speculation
Strike a line through that Wii HD request on your Christmas list, because Nintendo has categorically denied that a next generation version of the console is in development.
Spanish Army builds ant-colony AI conquistador algorithm
Spanish computer researchers and army officers say they have developed an algorithm based on the behaviour of ant colonies which can plot "the best path" through battlefields for manoeuvring troops. The general-ware has apparently been tested in a "mini-simulator" developed by modifying the computer game Panzer General.
Spain cuts off 3m pre-pay mobiles
Spanish mobile operators last night cut off an estimated three to four million pre-pay mobile phones whose owners had not followed government instructions to register their devices.
Government rejects call to secure snoop data
Councils and police will continue to pass around sensitive data obtained using spying powers in the clear, after the government rejected calls to impose encryption.
WarMouse pushes gamers' buttons with OOMouse
WarMouse plans to ship a multi-button office application mouse by February next year.
Delays, password problems hit UK2 email restore
UK2.net, the web host which last week lost its customers' emails, is still working on the completion of the email migration - originally promised to be completed by last night.
Kingston SSD Now V 40GB boot drive
ReviewWe are deeply impressed by solid-state drive technology and would love to recommend that you ditch your hard drive immediately. However, there are a few obstacles. You can buy a 2TB hard drive for £135 but have to fork out £195 for an 80GB Intel SSD, up to £300 for a 128GB SSD and £500 for a 256GB SSD.
'L33T' web defacer blames Durham police for Pakistani conflict
Police in Durham have been forced to take their website offline after it was defaced in apparent protest against the conflict in Pakistan.
Watchdog clears NotW over renewed phone hack allegations
The UK press self-regulation body has dismissed allegations that phone tapping of celebrities was endemic and ongoing at British tabloid the News of the World.
WTO could be used to abolish censorship say researchers
The World Trade Organisation has raised the delicious possibility of using its regulations to smite companies that censor their citizens' access to the internet - before admitting that this approach is unlikely to get very far.
Jetpack 0.6 dishes up two major APIs for Firefox add-on coders
Mozilla Labs has released a new version of Jetpack, just two months after the last iteration of its Firefox web extensions package landed.
Wallace and Gromit make iPhone comic book debut
Crikey, lad, Wallace and Gromit have returned to the iPhone and iPod Touch, this time in comic form.
More delays for UK.gov's net snooping programme
Protests from ISPs and phone providers have further delayed government plans to massively increase monitoring of phone calls, web browsing and emails, it's revealed today.
Microsoft buys Teamprise tool for Java bridge
Microsoft prepped the ground for its European TechEd conference this week by snaffling up SourceGear's bag of Teamprise tools.
Regulator warns on school CCTV schemes
The Information Commissioner's Office has reiterated common sense advice for schools wishing to use CCTV to monitor kids.
Ofcom balks at Beeb's HD DRM dream
Ofcom has told the BBC it will not allow the broadcaster to mandate DRM on HD, at least not yet, following overwhelming response to its two-week consultation.
Windows 7 kills two thirds of active Vista initiatives
Tech Panel resultsWe recently ran a Reg Reader survey asking respondents (over 1,100 IT pros) about their thoughts and plans on the topic of desktop modernisation. Along the way, we took the opportunity to figure out where organisations are out there today with their desktop estates.
Firefox keeps Microsoft 'honest' on 5th birthday
Mozilla is celebrating Firefox’s fifth birthday today by proclaiming 330 million users worldwide since the browser was launched on 9 November 2004.
How I rebuilt Europe after the Berlin Wall collapsed
CommentMorgan Computers has shuttered its stores as we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. The coincidence might not mean much to you, but Morgan and the Wall go together for me in a strange way: it was Morgan that indirectly funded my wanderings over the rubble that the Wall's collapse revealed.
Xbox 360 Twitter, Facebook clients rated X
Microsoft has confirmed that children won’t initially be able to access Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm through the Xbox 360, when the social networking duo and online music catalogue launch on the console later this month.
BT call centre staff snaffle £45m lottery win
A syndicate of seven or eight BT call centre staff are celebrating a massive Euromillions lottery win today.
B&W commits to cans
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has made the jump from stationary audio gadgets to mobile music, launching its first ever pair of headphones.
Baying mob turns on miniskirted Brazilian uni student
A Brazilian university student has become a national cause célèbre after footage demonstrating just why it's a bad idea to wear a miniskirt to lectures surfaced online.
zPrime cost-cutting mainframeware gets traction
Neon Enterprise Software, which in late June launched a tool which allows customers to run IBM mainframe apps for a fraction of the cost, is getting traction and not as much push-back from IBM as you might expect.
Cisco leaps into hosted email, social networking
Cisco has thrown down the gauntlet at new rivals and old partners alike on Monday, in a barrage of collaboration product debuts and updates, including a hosted email service and foray into enterprise social networking.
iTunes sync comes to Moto's Droid
Motorola's Droid smartphone, which runs Google's Android mobile operating system, may have only appeared on US shores last Friday, but you can already download a free app that'll sync it with iTunes.
Bot herders hide master control channel in Google cloud
Cyber criminals' love affair with cloud computing just got steamier with the discovery that Google's AppEngine was tapped to act as the master control channel that feeds commands to large networks of infected computers.
Microsoft U-turns on Exchange Server 2007 support
Microsoft's reversed its decision not to support Exchange Server 2007 on its latest Windows Server, potentially forcing users to upgrade to Exchange Server 2010 released today.
HP shoots low with Lynnfield ProLiants
Hewlett-Packard rounded out the G6 generation of its ProLiant x64 servers Monday with the introduction of two machines based on the new quad-core Xeon 3400 processors, which are basically glorified Core i7 desktop chips tweaked for single-socket servers.
Google swallows AdMob for $750m
Google is backing a dump truck of acquisition money on AdMob, a company that specializes on serving display ads on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Murdoch threatens to yank News Corp. from Google News
Rupert Murdoch says his company will forbid its content from appearing in Google search results once pay-walls are set up across News Corp websites.
BlackBerries get their (3D) game on
RIM has announced a series of initiatives targeted at helping developers bring 3D games to the BlackBerry, assist content creators using Adobe apps, and - not coincidentally - help developers fatten their revenue streams.
Sprint axes (at least) 2,000 (more) jobs
Sprint Nextell announced Monday that it will eliminate between 2,000 and 2,500 positions by the end of this year.