15th > December > 2009 Archive
Microsoft China accused of pilfering webcode
A popular Asian microblogging site has accused Microsoft of ripping off its code and interface design to build a new MSN social-networking site in China.
Vodafone: No HD2 for you!
Vodafone will continue selling the HD2, just not to ordinary people like you and I - apparently it's a business phone now.
Novell rejigs self, waves bye to CTO
NetWare and Linux operating system seller Novell has been trying to expand into other markets since the late 1980s, and it has reorganized so many times it is hard to keep track. Today, the company did it again, saying that effective January 1, it would be consolidating from four different business units down to two.
LG 42SL9000 42in LED-backlit TV
ReviewLG’s 42SL9000 is billed as a ‘frameless’ set, and indeed the pictures on the website seem to give the impression of the picture spilling out of the frame, in an immersive manner that’s somewhat reminiscent of Philips' Ambilight.
Sun ditches 'try and buy' program
Sun Microsystems is ending its "try and buy" programme that allowed customers to sample a range of hardware kit for 60-day trials with tech support thrown in for free.
Chinese domain crackdown targets smut sites
Chinese regulators have started to request business licences and paperwork before allowing future .cn domain registrations.
2009's Top High-End Touchscreen Phones
Kit of the YearOur choices will be controversial, but for every Register Hardware reader irritated by Apple's command-and-control approach, dozens of phone users don't care so long as their handset delivers a high-quality smartphone experience. And the iPhone 3GS does deliver exactly that. It's not a phone for everyone - but then neither is Nokia's new N900. We like it, though, and all the other top-end touchscreen phones gathered here.
Ladies put off tech careers by sci-fi posters, Coke cans
There's more research out this week on the vexed question of why there aren't more women in the field of computing and IT. According to the latest study, such seemingly harmless habits as putting up sci-fi posters or leaving cans of Coke about can be much more offputting than one might think.
Intel schedules six-core Extreme Edition CPU debut
Intel's 32nm six-core 'Gulftown' desktop processor, once considered the first of a Core i9 series, will ship as a Core i7 Extreme Edition part, leaked presentation slides show.
EU finally ratifies copyright treaty
The European Union has ratified an international agreement on copyright law which was first negotiated in 1996 and which has formed the basis of EU copyright law since 2001.
Nokia N900 to hit Vodafone next month
Vodafone looks set to become UK first operator to release Nokia’s N900 smartphone-cum-tablet.
OGC claims £196.7m ICT savings
The Office of Government Commerce has reported record savings from the collaborative procurement of ICT.
What to do about virtual server security?
LabSecurity’s important, right? Well, so it may be – but when it comes to virtualisation, it’s not hard to get the impression that it isn’t being treated as seriously as it should be. I don’t know about you, but when I read about the take-up of virtualisation, the feeling of foreboding is not unlike seeing a five-year-old play with Daddy’s collection of Samurai swords – while nothing awful has happened yet, one can’t help thinking it’s a matter of when, not if.
Top cop's 'stop stopping snappers' memo: Too little too late?
As yet another senior copper reads the riot act to his fellow officers over the policing of photographers, concerns are growing amongst senior ranks that this is all too little too late – and that serious damage has now been done to relations with the public over this issue.
Critics aim to sink Titanic ice cubes
The UK press has mobilised to express its dismay at a ice cube-making kit which produces miniature Titanics and accompanying icebergs.
LG predicts bountiful 3D TV sales
LG has followed in Sony’s footsteps by publishing aggressive 3D TV sales figures for the coming years, predicting that the Korean company will sell 3.4m 3D sets globally in 2011.
Unpatched PDF flaw harnessed to launch targeted attacks
Adobe is investigating reports of unpatched flaws in its Reader and Acrobat software packages.
Free software lawyers hit Best Buy et al with GPL 'violation' claim
US retail giant Best Buy and 13 other consumer electronics firms have been named in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed yesterday in New York by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).
Google to flog unlocked phones in January
T-Mobile has been fingered as the preferred US operator for the Google phone when it launches in January, while the search giant will also punt an unlocked version to run on any network.
Home Office battles to make CCTV useful
The Home Office will today impose new police standards to encourage better use of surveillance footage, after its own research revealed that most of the millions of CCTV cameras watching the UK have no impact on crime.
Microsoft volume licensing website takes festive holiday
Microsoft's volume licensing websites have been offline for over a week while the software giant has been tweaking its service.
Quarter of France Telecom staff 'psychologically vulnerable'
A quarter of staff at troubled telco France Telecom are on the verge of a nervous breakdown or worse according to a workforce study unveiled this week.
Modders turn nook reader into Android tablet
Hardware modders have prised open Barnes and Noble’s nook ebook reader, turning the device into an Android-based tablet PC complete with a free mobile connection.
The Great Aussie Firewall is dead: Long live the firewall
The Australian government announced new laws today – or yesterday in local time – that will force all Australia-based ISP’s to block dodgy material entering the country from overseas, or face swingeing penalties if they fail to do so.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner set for first flight
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will later today take to the skies for the first time, almost two-and-a-half years after it was originally supposed to get airborne.
Police moot pop-up social network warnings
ExclusivePolice chiefs have privately proposed that social networking sites hosted overseas should carry pop-up government health warnings, as part of measures to increase surveillance of the internet.
Xperia X2 delayed until 2010
The Xperia X2 smartphone won’t now launch this year, Sony Ericsson has admitted.
PS3 hardware still losing Sony money, claims analyst
Sony still makes a loss on every PlayStation 3 it sells, but the console’s latest, slimline redesign has brought the electronics giant closer to that crucial breakeven point, an analysis by market watcher iSuppli has concluded.
Loud sex woman coughs to ASBO breach
The Tyne and Wear woman whose raucous lovemaking was described as "murder" and "unnatural" by neighbours has admitted breaching an ASBO ordering her to turn down the volume.
Major helicopter reorganisation for RAF and Navy
The Labour government has announced significant changes at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), whose effect will be to put more resources into the Afghan war while nonetheless cutting spending overall - largely by reductions to parts of the RAF not engaged in the fighting. However, there is also a major reshuffle of helicopters among the RAF and Navy, which will see many aircraft change services.
Plug-in Prius production plan posted
Leccy TechToyota has finally announced that a plug-in version of its Prius hybrid will go on general sale during late 2011.
SF's rogue admin finally gets day in court
Terry Childs finally went to court yesterday, as prosecutors accused him of being a rogue employee who locked the San Francisco city government out of its own computer network.
IBM's XIV roadmap includes multiple frames and InfiniBand
IBM is planning multiple frames followed by InfiniBand links for its XIV cloud storage products, while asserting that petabytes of multiple XIV box storage are very much easier to manage than petabytes in a single storage array.
Googlephone specs uncovered?
Following Google’s recent confirmation that it will sell a branded Android smartphone, the upcoming device’s possible specifications and launch date have emerged.
Honeynet research lifts the lid on spam trends
Stats from the one billion spam messages blocked by Project Honey Pot over the last five years provide an insight into junk mail trends and spamming practices.
Sun claims IP victory over defunct US 'counterfeiter'
Sun Micro claimed a brace of IP victories today, with a counterfeiter in the US and a UK-based grey marketeer feeling the wrath of the soon-to-be-borged firm.
Neon sues IBM over 'anticompetitive' mainframe tactics
This summer, when Neon Enterprise Software launched its zPrime software for moving legacy workloads on IBM's mainframe engines to lower-cost specialty engines, it was only a matter of time before the lawsuits began.
The Ballmer decade and what's next for Microsoft
Radio RegIt's a different Microsoft leaving the first decade of the 2000s compared to the one that entered it.
Sony PlayStation network moves into reality TV
Sony Computer Entertainment, the folks in charge of the PlayStation game console, are getting into the reality show business.
Google demos image rec 'quantum computer'
Google says it has developed a kind of quantum computer capable of identifying objects that appear in digital photos and videos. According to the company, the system outperforms the classical algorithms running across its current network of worldwide data centers.
Microsoft cops to webcode theft
Microsoft has admitted that its new Chinese microblogging service used webcode pilfered from a similar service popular elsewhere in Asia.
Verari Systems confirms layoffs
Verari Systems - the boutique blade server maker that has been increasingly focusing on peddling its Forest containerized data centers - has confirmed the rumors that it laid off a large portion of its employees and is in the midst of restructuring itself.