22nd > December > 2009 Archive
Intel patches critical security bug in vPro software
Intel has released a patch for its series of silicon-based security protections after researchers from Poland identified flaws that allowed them to completely bypass the extensions.
UK etailer calls self 'the last place you want to go'
Dixons, the UK electronics etailer, has a new tagline. "Dixons," its homepage reads, "the last place you want to go."
US politico calls for cancer warning on cell phones
There's no consensus among scientists whether mobile phones actually slow-cook human brains, but one US legislator is hoping her state will be the first frightened enough to assume they do.
Microsoft AV advice may aid attackers, researcher warns
A security researcher is taking Microsoft to task for advising customers to exclude certain files and folders from anti-virus scanning, arguing the practice could be exploited by pushers of malware.
Doing the maths on Copenhagen
Copenhagen is dead. Hurrah! And I say that as someone convinced that climate change is happening, we're causing it, and we need to do something about it. However, what we don't need to do is the ghastly mess that was being cooked up in Denmark.
Can anyone explain the chunnel fiasco?
CommentDuring the weekend channel tunnel fiasco, Eurostar sent five trains into the tunnel and not one came out. Only then did it stop sending trains.
Devolo dLan AVplus
ReviewIt has taken Devolo a while to come up with a set of powerline Ethernet adaptors with pass-through power sockets in them, but here, at last, they are.
Another Overland Nasdaq delisting threat
Overland Storage was told by Nasdaq on December 15 that its stock would be delisted because its share value was below Nasdaq's $15m minimum.
Samsung not-quite-DSLR surfaces on web
Samsung's upcoming 14.6Mp NX10 "hybrid" digital SLR has made an unscheduled appearance on the web.
HP probes 'racist' webcams
Hewlett Packard is looking into claims that some of its TouchSmart webcams demonstrate an unwillingness to interface with black people, as shown in this YouTube vid:
iPhone gets a decent keyboard
Developers have managed to hack together a Human Interface driver for the iPhone, allowing any Bluetooth keyboard to be used on jailbroken iPhones.
Existence of 'Sea of Krakens' on Titan confirmed
International boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have confirmed the existence of the "Sea of Krakens", a 150,000-square-mile* lake of liquefied patio gas near the north pole of Titan, ice moon of Saturn.
Scientist proposes quantum über-battery
Boffins in Illinois believe they have figured out how to design a battery with ten times the energy density of the best of today's lithium-ion batteries.
Acer to ship lots of smartphones, many of them Android, claims mole
Acer intends to release ten smartphones in 2010. Or possibly only eight. Whatever the total, more of them will run Android than Windows Mobile. Maybe.
Angels can't fly: Official
A UK academic has some very bad news for those who believe they'll one day be fluttering through the pearly gates, because unless they're carrying some form of heavenly jet pack, their appointment with Saint Peter is definitely cancelled.
Ferry giant refuses ID card
An early adopter of the UK's controversial ID card was refused passage when he tried to board a ferry to Rotterdam.
Firefox 3.5 wins top dog browser crown - sort of
Firefox 3.5 trundled passed Internet Explorer 7 in the past few days to become, temporarily at least, the world's most popular web browser.
Chinese villager jailed for eating tiger
A Chinese villager has been jailed for 12 years for shooting and eating the country's last known wild Indochinese tiger, China Daily reports.
UK mobile networks line up to bash net snooping plan
ExclusiveEvery UK mobile network has serious objections to plans to intercept and store details of every communication via the internet, Home Office documents reveal.
iPhone worms can create mobile botnets
A detailed analysis of the most malign in a recent spate of iPhone worms points to future mobile botnet risks.
China moves closer to a smut-free internet
China, which last week effectively ended its citizens' right to register a .cn web address, will now only allow access to websites which have been fully registered with the authorities. Individuals will now need a business licence to register a web address.
BBC Trust kicks out IP Vision appeal
The BBC Trust has thrown out a fair trading appeal brought by set top maker IP Vision.
German strato-sperm airship prototype flies
A 111-foot unmanned, sperm-like airship prototype - which uses long-forgotten tech from the 1930s golden age of the zeppelin - has completed initial flight testing, according to its makers.
Italian project examines data centre energy use
A Milan-based project, Energ-IT, has been set up by Milan Polytechnic and Neptuny to develop ways of reducing data centre power consumption.
Schmidt named Obama cybersecurity czar
Howard Schmidt was confirmed as President Obama's cybersecurity czar on Tuesday, confirming an earlier prediction by AP that the long vacant role was about to be filled.
Essex leaps into bed with IBM
Essex County Council has confirmed it is outsourcing a big slice of services to IBM in a massive deal, despite union fears that this will cost jobs.
Ofcom sets 60GHz free
UK regulator Ofcom has announced it will make 6.8GHz of spectrum - from 57GHz up - licence exempt for fixed-wireless links, unless you're too near the MoD.
Traffic reports for the wrong country? There's an iPhone app for that
It's central London and it's time to go home. So you just fire up Navigon MobileNavigator before you go, to check Traffic Live for potential bottlenecks. Hmm, looks like there's congestion around the port of Dunkerque, so we'd best rule out that short cut to Hackney via Dover and Lille.
Extra dates added to e-bike race calendar
Leccy TechMore good news for anyone who likes their motor sport mean, green and clean.
UK air-traffic offers flying-car-style safety gizmo
More news on the flying-car front this week, as the UK's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has announced that it will provide an affordable auto-warning gadget - supported by free downloadable updates - to prevent private pilots infringing controlled airspace and/or crashing into obstacles such as factory chimneys or broadcast antennae.
Real-time web searcher in ad du jour pitch
There's no shortage of folk looking to exploit the web topic du jour. In June, as Iran teetered on the brink of revolution, UK furniture retailer Habitat started Tweeting houseware ads tagged with words like "Iran" and "Mousavi." Just this week, Black Hat SEOs leapt at the chance to push scareware sites onto the wave of searches looking for instant info on the sudden death of actress Brittany Murphy.
AMD revs up Stream SDK
With Nvidia getting most of the attention when it comes to the use of graphics cards and GPU co-processors to boost the number-crunching capability of workstations and servers, it's hard for Advanced Micro Devices to get a word in edgewise. Perhaps that's why AMD waited until the holiday news dead zone to push out the second release of its Stream software development kit for GPUs and CPUs.
Microsoft loses appeal on Word injunction
Microsoft must remove custom-XML editing from Word or face a permanent injunction barring the company from selling recent versions of the software, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled.
Serious web vuln found in 8 million Flash files
A security researcher has identified more than 8 million Adobe Flash files that make the websites hosting them vulnerable to attacks that target visitors with malicious code.
Apple angling to transform TV?
Apple is reportedly talking with CBS and Disney in its search for content partners for a planned US subscription-based television service.