12th > November > 2009 Archive
Wikipedia sued for publishing convicted murderer's name
A man who served 15 years for the gruesome murder of a famous German actor is taking legal action against Wikipedia for reporting the conviction.
AMD lays out 2011 PC roadmap
AMD outlined its product roadmaps through 2011 for servers, desktops, and notebooks on Wednesday during the company's financial analysts' day at its Sunnyvale, California, headquarters.
Attackers conceal exploit sites with Twitter API
Drive-by exploit writers have been spotted using a popular Twitter command to send web surfers to malicious sites, a technique that helps conceal the devious deed.
ASUS, MSI reveal quad InfiniBand boards
You could argue that a networking technology never really goes mainstream until it is integrated into a system motherboard, making its use seamless and its cost invisible.
Android's delicate guts ripped apart
PhotosSure, plenty of people have cracked the iPhone's software, but the Droid's hardware? That's a different matter.
Boffins develop virtual reality anti-bullying game
Boffins at Warwick University* have claimed their virtual reality bullying simulator will help victims cope with the stress of being taunted.
Commentard to lose mask for teasing politico's son
A suburban Illinois politician will be told the name of a man who allegedly made disparaging remarks about her teenaged son on a newspaper website's comment section, a local judge has ruled.
Toshiba Satellite L450
ReviewPick up the Satellite L450, or even just glance at it, and you’re left in no doubt that it’s very much a budget laptop. Chunky, plasticy and devoid of any bells and whistles, it’s not going to appeal to those who like their laptops to stand out from the crowd.
SandForce gets OCZ SSD design win
El Reg wondered why SandForce was talking about consumer flash in a job advert: now we know. OCZ will be making consumer and enterprise flash product using SandForce controllers.
Robot negotiator ends tense Colorado siege
Everyone knows about the current rise of the killer robots, metal assassins able to crush puny meatsacks as easily as one might despatch a troublesome fly. But now there is a new development - robots which seek to negotiate with troublesome fleshies rather than mowing them down like so much grass.
Redundancy costs dent BT profits
BT's results for its second quarter - ended 30 September 2009 - are not as bad as expected.
Luvvies make last ditch appeal for radio mics
A new campaign backed by everyone from professional footballers to Shakespearian actors is trying to get Ofcom to rethink its Digital Dividend auction.
Brace of Intel SSDs imminent
Intel is spreading its solid state drive (SSD) wings with new models at the top and bottom of its range.
Government consults on possible £500,000 data breach fines
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) would have the power to fine organisations up to £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection principles under plans announced this week by the Ministry of Justice.
Brazilian Playboy eyes miniskirted uni student
The Brazilian edition of Playboy has set its sights on Geisy Arruda - the 20-year-old São Paulo university student who caused a bit of a rumpus by turning up for lectures in a miniskirt, provoking a near riot, and getting herself expelled from the seat of learning.
Samsung's first Bada smartphone pictured
Samsung only announced its open mobile platform alternative to Android two days ago, but the first image of what may be the first Bada-based smartphone has already appeared online.
UK2.net still sorting email service
UK2.net has moved all email boxes across to a new system, and should have restored emails and other data within 24 hours.
Azerbaijani donkey bloggers jailed
The US has said it "regrets" the jailing of Azerbaijani bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, on what human rights organisations consider a trumped-up charge of "hooliganism".
Google expands navel gazing
Google has ramped up its Latitude service, adding the ability to see where you've been and alert you when your friends are nearby.
Intel's initial mobile CPU+GPU chips named
Intel's first 'Arrandale' 32/45nm Core i CPU+GPUs for laptops will debut during H1 2010, but the chip giant may be easing back on its introduction schedule.
Wolfram Alpha given keys to the Bingdom
Microsoft has inked a deal with Wolfram Alpha, making its Bing search engine a high-profile customer of the egghead web product’s API.
Terrorism chiefs don't know what they've censored online
Police are shutting websites without keeping any records, hampering government efforts to address online extremism, it's been revealed.
Brain-delving boffins in key monkey-butler breakthrough
In a development with potentially immense consequences in the important area of monkey* butlers, boffins have identified the crucial genetic differences which permit humans to employ speech and deny this ability to chimpanzees, our closest genetic cousins.
Win 7 remote kernel crasher code released
Microsoft has reportedly begun investigating a potentially nasty denial of service vulnerability affecting Windows 7.
Motorola muses marketing meatier cuts
Motorola, having failed to sell off its mobile division, is reportedly considering flogging everything else instead, demonstrating that there's more than one way to skin a dead horse.
Wistron to release roll-out screen e-book reader in 2010
An e-book reader with foldable screen - similar to the Readius - will be launched next year, Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron has claimed.
Boffins find new way to spot stars which have planets
Astro boffins have developed a simple method for telling which stars have planets and which don't, potentially a great help in hunting for alien civilisations or uninhabited Earthlike worlds ripe for colonisation by humanity*.
Mozilla hits FF button with second Firefox 3.6 beta
Mozilla has hastily released a second beta of Firefox 3.6 just over a week after pushing out the first test preview of its popular browser.
UK's cyber warriors go into battle in March
The UK's new cyberwarfare unit will be ready for action on 10 March, according to the government.
Intel P55-based motherboards
Group TestIf you’re planning to build a new PC around an Intel 'Lynnfield' Core i5 or Core i7-800 processor then you are guaranteed to get stacks of performance at a reasonable price. In addition to a new CPU, you'll also need a motherboard that's based on Intel's P55 chipset and supports the LGA1156 interconnect spec.
Cross-platform Safari update shoots down multiple bugs
A new version of Safari tackling numerous security bugs was published on Wednesday, just two days after a major operating system update from Apple.
SAP rejects blackmail charges over Oracle letter
SAP has rejected suggestions made in The Wall Street Journal that it was effectively trying to blackmail Oracle by claiming it could influence the investigation by the European Commission.
Ringback tones outselling ring tones
German operators are making more money from ringback tones than they are from ring tones, despite only having 2.3 per cent signed up.
MS exec gets shot down after 'inaccurate' Windows 7 spiel
Apple might agree that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Microsoft has slammed suggestions that its Windows 7 operating system was inspired by Mac OS X.
3 to start shaping traffic on Monday
3UK is to start limiting mobile broadband traffic from Monday, throttling P2P application and restricting video streaming on overloaded cells.
Britain needs meat trimmers and boners, not techies
British IT workers can rest easy that they are not about to be displaced by a tide of non-EC workers after the government published its latest list of shortage occupations.
Vodafone prices up the HD2
If you don’t minding signing an airtime agreement, then you can now bypass Expansys’ £500 ($828/€554) asking price for an unlocked HTC HD2 and bag yourself the phone for free on Vodafone.
Sky downplays Spook behavioural link
BSkyB has been downplaying concerns about its AdSmart behavioural advertising technology, which will launch next year.
Britney's Twitter feed hacked again
Britney Spears' Twitter profile was again seized by hackers on Thursday.
Designers detail the cars of 2030
Leccy TechEver wondered what the progeny of today's gadget obsessed ‘yoof’ will be driving come the year 2030?
Intel settles with AMD for $1.25bn
If you were looking forward to a long and protracted antitrust battle between Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, you're out of luck. The two companies have buried the hatchet and settled all outstanding intellectual property and antitrust lawsuits.
Hotmail imposes tracking cookies for logout
Hotmail users are now unable to log out of their account if the browser they are using does not accept third party cookies.
Palestinian network launches without spectrum
Palestine network Wataniya has gone ahead with a commercial launch, relying on Tony Blair's assurances that Israel will release the needed radio spectrum very soon.
Nintendo posts DSi XL promo
A short promotional video for Nintendo’s upcoming DSi XL has popped up online.
Brocade's file virtualisation efforts come to nought
Brocade's StorageX file virtualisation push is to end with a whimper, with the formal last ship date passing with a roadmap to nowhere, meaning support withdrawl in 2012.
US Navy 'PANDA' tech to sniff out 'deviant' sailors
US Navy Intelligence is soon to deploy radical new computer monitoring software able to sniff out "deviations" among hundreds of thousands of sailors at sea on the world's oceans.
Data Domain-besotted EMC dumps Quantum
EMC, flushed and happy with Data Domain, has dumped its Quantum-based Disk Library products, just like that.
Google's Chrome beta for Mac expected early December
A beta version of Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac is set to land in December.
Facebook status bolsters alibi in armed robbery case
A banal Facebook status update has provided an alibi for a 19 year-old New Yorker facing armed robbery charges.
AMD squeezes promises from Intel
AMD and Intel's agreement to settle legal disputes around the world includes a provision which would stop Intel fighting action from any regulator which tries to change its discount and pricing regime.
LG: watchphones for all in 2010
If you haven’t been impressed by LG’s all-hype and little-substance GD910 watchphone so far, then fear not. The firm has hinted at plans to improve on the design next year.
Dell resells customized Cray baby super
Supercomputer maker Cray today announced a reseller agreement with number two PC and server maker (in terms of shipments) Dell, which will see the latter company resell its own custom version of the entry-level Cray CX1 baby supercomputer.
Intel takes out $1.25bn insurance policy
Intel's take on today's settlement of its multiple legal entanglements with rival AMD is simple: we didn't do anything wrong, we're not going to change, and we think $1.25bn is a reasonable amount to spend to avoid trial - and, possibly, to guard against even more-serious legal challenges.
MS patent looks just like Unix command, critics howl
Microsoft has won a patent that covers functionality closely resembling security features that have been at the heart of Unix for more than two decades and more recently been folded into the Linux and Mac operating systems.
Windows XP on netbooks to lose life support?
You might not be able to buy a brand-new netbook running Windows XP much past the New Year, even though Microsoft has committed to offering that operating system for another year.
Parking spot flies to International Space Station
A new Russian module has arrived at the International Space Station today, providing the orbiting outpost with an much-needed extra parking spot for its expanded crew of six.
Chrome web protocol seeks 2x download speeds
UpdatedGoogle is developing a new application layer protocol designed to speed the movement of stuff across the web. It's called SPDY, pronounced, yes, speedy.