17th > December > 2009 Archive
Adobe: critical Acrobat flaw fix 4 weeks away
Users of Adobe's Acrobat and Reader programs have a full four weeks to fret over a critical flaw that's being exploited in the wild to install malware on vulnerable machines.
Nvidia boss: Intel suit to 'transform computer industry'
Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang believes the US Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Intel could "completely transform the computer industry."
ReviewEarlier this year, Motorola was doing a very good impression of a company that, if not quite dead in the water, was certainly looking increasingly like shark bait. But then came its Android-powered Dext, with some advanced social networking capabilities and a clutch of high-end features, and the US company suddenly seemed to be back in the race.
Dell internalises EqualLogic's automated data movement
CommentDell contacted us when we reported on its 10GbitE product announcements to say that contrary to our first impression, that it did have "auto-data movement between tiers of EqualLogic storage."
Government lets CCTV watchdog off the leash
The Government has appointed a regulator to oversee the use of CCTV technology amidst growing concerns about surveillance and the effectiveness of the cameras. A minister said he hoped the appointment would "address public concern" about CCTV use.
The double-edged sword of virtualisation security
LabA quick search will provide ample warnings of the risks of adding virtualisation technology to the business IT mix without due care and consideration to security.
Conficker jams up developing interwebs
The infamous Conficker worm has disproportionally affected computer systems in the developing world, according to new research.
Leaner Symmetrix goes faster
EMC has made its high-end Symmetrix V-Max thinner and faster. It's added 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel and deleted space reclaim features to make it use its capacity more efficiently and get data in and out faster.
Blu-ray boys finish 1080p 3D spec
The Blu-ray Disc Association has completed its specification for standardising the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D content on its optical discs.
Wireless mics get reduced bureaucracy
UK regulator Ofcom has written to holders of wireless microphone licences explaining how from January 4th new licences will give them the confidence to invest in new kit.
Secure USB drive relies on recognising faces
Portable data security has stepped up a notch following one manufacturer’s decision to pair a USB Flash drive with facial recognition technology.
Stargazers spy super-Earth waterworld
Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) say they've spotted a super-Earth waterworld orbiting a red type M star some 40 lightyears from Earth.
Research suggests Wii Fit is no flab fighter
Adults should think twice before considering Wii Fit as a way of shifting those post-Christmas pounds, a University of Minnesota study has hinted.
£500m telecoms deal up for grabs
Buying Solutions has started the procurement process for a new Managed Telecommunications Service.
Belkin intros iPhone-to-hi-fi Bluetooth link
Belkin has introduced a handy gadget for owners of iPhones or iPod Touches - and probably any other device that supports Bluetooth's A2DP spec - to stream music to a nearby hi-fi.
Packard Bell preps Moto GP champ backed PCs
Motorcycle racing fans will soon be able to relive the smell of burning rubber and singed knee pads on their desktop – well, sort of – because Acer offshoot Packard Bell plans to launch a Valentino Rossi PC range.
Senior IT workers caught in bank bonus tax crossfire
Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs has warned senior IT staff in British banks to expect to be hit by the government’s bonus tax.
BMW uncloaks ActiveE
Leccy TechBMW has revealed the next step in its leccy car development cycle - the ActiveE.
Facebook sues social network spammers
Facebook has launched lawsuits against a trio of alleged high profile hijackers and spammers.
EDS mainframe goes titsup, crashes RBS cheque system
HP managers are reaping the harvest of their deep cost-cutting at EDS, in the form of a massive mainframe failure that crippled some very large clients, including the taxpayer-owned bank RBS.
Soaraway PC market growth for 2010, says IDC
The world PC market has surged out of its recent doldrums and returned to sustained growth, according to research group IDC, which predicts double-digit gains through 2013.
RockYou admits security snafu exposed email login details
Social media application developer RockYou has vowed to improve its security and apply encryption following a breach that exposed 32 million user login credentials to hackers.
Google Fast Flip pulls in more news outlets
The Google news mole burrowed deeper into the dried ink of over 50 media publications yesterday, after it launched Fast Flip three months ago.
China cages game Trojan hackers
Chinese authorities have sentenced 11 members of a malware gang to long stretches behind bars, after the group was convicted of creating and distributing Trojans designed to steal the login credentials of online gamers.
Surveying anonymity and the public good
CommentMembers of the public are wary of having their data used – even anonymously – for research purposes, whilst researchers are altogether more laid back about the proposition.
Official: British telly really is almost all repeats
One thing you can say about the rise of digital telly: there are now more repeats shown on British television than at any time since 2003.
A New Year's call to Apple: publish and be damned
Mac SecretsPlease don't imagine that writing for El Reg is a piece of cake, much less a sizable rum-soaked hunk of Stollen with most of the marzipan in it.
Why buy CDs? It's instant music, stupid
Andrew's MailbagI recently mused on how the CD was taking an awful long time to die. Susan Boyle has just become the fastest selling CD on Amazon. Now it could be that SuBo is our revenge on any relative who ever bought us a dodgy sweater for Christmas. It's a weapon of mass retaliation. But a lot of people are ensuring the CD endures. Why so, dear readers?
Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?
Microsoft closes The Noughties by trying to keep up with competitors and to remain a top destination for developers by embracing cloud computing and open source. It opened the decade with another massive platform shift, though: the introduction of .NET.
Sony plots death of Amazon Kindle
Sony - a company that has struggled to establish itself as a dominant player in the world of ebook readers - is anxious to remind you that the ebook market is still in its infancy and that the Amazon Kindle is far from winning the battle. In fact, Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading business division, thinks Jeff Bezos and co. have made some critical mistakes.
Brando outs retro Bluetooth headset
Skinny Bluetooth headsets that conduct sound through your jawbone are sad, admit it. For some proper office credibility get yourself a retro Bluetooth headset.
Fasthosts martyrs relive email FAIL (again and again)
Fasthosts email customers endured (yet another) outage this morning, thanks to a glitch in the company's BlueArc storage system.
VMware: virtualized SMBs do it better
A new VMware survey says that small biz IT departments that embrace virtualization are more competent than those who don't. Not that you'd expect anything different from VMware.
Iraqi insurgents hack US drones with $26 software
UpdatedIraqi militants are intercepting sensitive video feeds from US predator drones using $26 off-the-shelf software, and the same technique leaves feeds from most military aircraft vulnerable to snooping, according to published reports.
Shuttleworth steps down as Canonical CEO
Mark Shuttleworth - the billionaire founder of the Ubuntu Linux project that was started in 2004 and the chief executive officer of Canonical, the company that provides support and services for Ubuntu - is apparently sick of paperwork.
Google 'in talks' over Googlenetbook
Google has been in talks with at least one hardware manufacturer about a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook, according to internet rumor. And it only stands to reason. We now have the Googlephone. Why not the Googlenetbook?
Watchdog files complaint over Facebook 'privacy' settings
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a formal complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission over Facebook's recent changes to user privacy settings, claiming the changes are in violation of consumer-protection law.