28th > September > 2011 Archive
Facebook cookies 'fixed' as Oz privacy bureaucrats investigate
While Facebook flip-flops over whether or not its track-after-logout cookies were or were not benign, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is reportedly taking a look at whether or not the cookies breached privacy laws.
On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate
The Document Foundation, which produces the LibreOffice open source office-software suite, is celebrating the first anniversary of the code’s release.
Mobile messaging comes to Oihoo 360
Chinese ISP Qihoo 360 has launched a mobile messaging service on Android, iOS and Symbian smartphones.
iiNet gets cloudy with voice
Although iiNet has offered various SME services for some time, it’s predominantly seen as a consumer brand. With its latest launch, the country’s second-largest ISP now hopes to give itself a strong position in the business services market as well.
Microsoft staff savage Ballmer at company confab
During Microsoft's annual full staff meeting, employees unmistakably expressed their displeasure about how the company is being run.
Renault Wind Gordini roadster
ReviewThumbing its nose at yet another grim British summer, Renault has added a Gordini model to its Wind roadster line-up and so given us all an excuse to put on our best French accent, pretend to be Maurice Trintignant and ponder why Renault didn’t name it Le Vent and dodge the inevitable flatulence jokes.
Java, Adobe vulns blamed for Windows malware mayhem
Failure to patch third-party applications has become the main reason that Windows machines get infected with malware.
Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack
A 39-year-old woman was cautioned by police after she unleashed what officers described as a "senseless" attack on an ATM.
LibDems call for gov 'IT skills' office
The Liberal Democrats have said the government should set up a new office to promote IT skills throughout Whitehall, in an effort to fill the "skills gap" in the sector.
ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open
University workers must release information from personal webmail accounts on request if it is related to public business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
Brits not keen on 3D, reveals poll
Reg Hardware readers last year voted 3DTV the Rusty Dodo in the Reg Hardware Awards, and it seems Brits aren't too keen on the technology when its used in the cinema, either.
The Secret of Monkey Island
Antique Code ShowThe Secret of Monkey Island ignites the urge to buckle swashes in everyone and 20 years on from its debut everyone I know still loves this game.
Nokia rolls out N9 across Europe, avoids UK
Nokia has reiterated the fact that its new MeeGo-based handset, the N9, will not be heading to the UK anytime soon, despite its European roll-out this week.
US lawmakers call for FTC probe of supercookies
Two US lawmakers have called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the use of “supercookies” that secretly log web visitors' browsing histories across multiple sites, even when the users delete browser cookies to elude tracking.
Toshiba outs 7in Android 3.2 tablet
Toshiba has taken the wraps off a 7in version of its Thrive tablet.
D-Link unhooks from UK boss
D-Link has split with long-serving UK and Ireland general manager Chris Davies amid suggestions that he had no place in the next growth drive.
Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth
Parents who think their tearaway hacking kiddies are seeing all sorts of things they shouldn't online are buying into some of the top myths about children on the web, according to a new report.
iLuv shows desktop-style iPad dock
We've seen tablet cases that make a fondleslab operate as a laptop screen, but you'll soon be able to go for that desktop look too.
Leave nothing behind when migrating virtual machines
We migrate virtual machines (VMs) for all sorts of reasons: to load balance our physical hosts, say, or to offload a server so it can be taken offline for maintenance, or because the original host has failed. But in every case we want no interruption to the VM's operation, or at least as little interruption as possible.
Veggies tricked into dating meat-gobbling escorts
Vegetarians looking online for lovers who have the same dietary preferences as they do were misled by dating site VeggieDates.com, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled today.
Gutsy golf-club granny collars crim in Flying Squad bust
A middle-aged heroine was hailed by Scotland Yard today for her part in helping the Flying Squad arrest a gang of violent crooks who were attempting a robbery at her golf club.
Chocolate weighed in Schwarzeneggers: Official
Regular readers will be aware that a couple of years back we at El Reg established a set of standards designed to supersede the wholly inadequate imperial and metric measurements which had for so long battled for international supremacy.
Huawei gets tough with Discovery Channel handset
Huawei ventured further into the rugged terrain of mobile phones this week, unveiling a toughened handset stamped with Discovery Channel branding.
Google plants self on Silicon Roundabout
Google is set to plonk itself on the doorstep of the Silicon Roundabout next year, after the company signed a lease for a seven-floor building intended to be used as a base for start-ups and coders.
Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet
Firefox 7 has been released with a promise from Mozilla its browser is less of a memory hog.
Carphone Warehouse whipped for cheap Jesus mobe ads
Carphone Warehouse has been smacked down by the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming that it had the lowest price in the country on the iPhone 4.
Virgin Media goes cloudy for biz punters
Virgin Media plans to launch a range of cloud-based services for its business customers.
Schoolteachers can't teach our kids to code, say engineers
ICT teachers will need extra training to teach the new IT curriculum that science minister David Willetts announced this month, says the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
UKChatterbox urges password change following hack attack
Popular IRC service UKChatterbox is advising users to change their passwords following a series of hacks which culminated in an attack that may have compromised user details.
WTF is... HbbTV?
Connected TV is all the rage. Every major brand has its own IPTV platform, such as Panasonic's VieraConnect or Samsung's Smart TV, offering a mix of catch-up services and additional content like movie trailers and YouTube access.
Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip
A radical tech coalition has produced an open-sourced music visualiser that modifies input video rather than generating patterns - and interestingly the box includes a system-on-a-chip that could one day compete with ARM. If just 80 units sell, the "Milkymist" will have already paid its way.
Hackers disguise malware as emailed docs from smart printers
Hackers have developed a new ruse designed to trick recipients into opening malicious email messages that come loaded with malware.
Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google
A story in which any number of Mae West quotations can be applied: "I speak two languages, Body and English Google." Or, "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." Or, "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
Pierre Cardin reckons it can out-bling the iPad
Fashion label Pierre Cardin has joined world+dog in trying to muscle in on the fondleslab phenomenon.
Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line
UpdatedIt's official: the Amazon Kindle Fire will debut at $199 (£130), sport a 7in colour screen and run a customised version of Android with its own UI.
PCIe flash performance: Your mileage may vary
A Swiss supercomputing centre has found TMS PCIe flash delivers its advertised goods while Fusion-io and Virident do not.
Windows Marketplace goes webby
Windows Phone users, happily getting their Mango update, can now buy apps using a website as well as the Windows-only Zune client.
Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle
Amazon has refreshed its entire range of Kindle tablets, adding a seven inch $199 colour Android model, a keyboard-less 4GB Touch model at $99 and a non-touchscreen 2GB $79 version. It also took an aggressive step into TV and movie delivery, bundling free streaming with the new Kindle Fire and a taster for Amazon’s Prime movie delivery store.
French gov trousers hefty wad in 4G spectrum sale
France's 2.6GHz auction has raised a shade under €1bn in an auction apparently designed to wring revenue out of the usual suspects rather than spurring innovation or competition.
Microsoft to skim Samsung Android takings
Samsung, one of the industry's biggest Android device makers, will pay Microsoft a royalty for every handset it ships running Google's operating system.
Apple to execute touch-less iPods
The iPod will be ten years old next month, but despite that, the much-loved music player is facing extinction.
HP networking boss leaves after less than a year
HP UK and Ireland networking boss Barry Bonnett is leaving the role after less than a year in charge, The Register can reveal.
HP parks Airbus supers in containers
Airbus is one of the first industrial HPC customers in the world to plunk its most recent supercomputers into containerized data centers.
Electro-plaster points China Unicom mobes at 3G
China Unicom has created a roaming agreement to offload 2G customers, achieved using a carefully placed sticker instead of mucking about with contracts and signed deals.
Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception
Reebok has to fork over $25m to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for talking out its arse about its butt-toning footwear.
OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers
OnStar has backed down from a proposed change in its terms and conditions that would have seen the vehicle info system collecting car monitoring data on former customers.
Diebold e-voting hack allows remote tampering
Computer scientists have demonstrated a hack that uses off-the-shelf hardware to tamper with electronic voting machines that millions of Americans will use to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential elections.
US tops the class in IT competitiveness
The United States may be messed up in a lot of ways, but it is still the most competitive country in the IT sector, according to an index put together by the Business Software Alliance and The Economist's Intelligence Unit.
Fixed broadband rules downloads, mobile rules new services
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Internet Activity Survey is one of the country’s easiest sources of regular copy for tech writers: it’s published every six months on a predictable schedule, and merely reciting the data points is good for a couple of hundred words.
AMD misses Q3 revenue targets
Struggling x86 and graphics chip maker Advanced Micro Devices put out its preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 after Wall Street closed today, and the numbers were not good.
Linux Foundation merges MeeGo into Tizen
The Linux Foundation has officially put MeeGo on the back burner and is working towards a new open source OS called Tizen, which will have a greater emphasis on HTML5 support.
Global data center building booms
The Great Recession didn't just throw cold water on server spending, it also slammed the brakes on data center buildouts. While server spending picked up in late 2009 and shipments recovered in 2011 to their pre-recession levels, it takes a bit longer to fund data center projects. But it looks like brick-and-mortar – and sometimes container-and–prefab module – construction for glass houses is starting to pick up.