9th > December > 2011 Archive
Samsung gets a few days of Christmas
Breaking:Australia’s High Court has refused Apple’s application for special leave to appeal in the ongoing Apple-Samsung case.
Microsoft and HP sign four-year cloud cooperation pact
Microsoft and HP have signed a deal to offer joint cloud hardware and software configurations for sale over the next four years.
OnLive Game System cloud gaming console
ReviewThe OnLive cloud gaming service was launched in the UK in September, and I was impressed by the fact that it allowed me to play a wide range of PC games on my Mac – without requiring Boot Camp and a copy of Windows, or any virtualisation trickery.
US judge: Ad-pushers may be liable for 'facilitating' website piracy
Advertising networks can be found liable for contributing to copyright infringement on websites if they facilitate that infringement, a US court has suggested. It ruled that the ad network in question was not liable, but suggested that others could be in other situations.
Post Office wins contract to take snaps of foreigners
The Post Office has won a contract to take photographs and fingerprints of foreign nationals seeking biometric residence permits (BRPs).
Cops bust den of text-spam spewers
Police have raided a UK office they suspect was a front for spam texters and are eyeing up other hotspots of SMS spam in a crackdown announced today by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Leaked EU data protection draft SHALL. NOT. PASS.
AnalysisThe first impression of this leaked text is that this version of the Regulation is more prescriptive than Directive 95/46/EC and will get up most data controllers and governmental noses. I think the text makes far too many fundamental changes than can be reasonably done via a "Regulation" (which has three times as many Articles as the Directive it replaces). And this conclusion is from someone who thinks changes to the UK data protection regime are badly needed*.
Griffin iTrip Dual Connect car kit for iPhone
Accessory of the WeekSending audio from your iPod or iPhone to your car stereo over FM is all very well, but it has some nasty drawbacks.
NASA slammed for losing hundreds of moon rocks
Butter-fingered admin work at NASA HQ has meant that hundreds of moon rocks, meteorites and cosmic dust samples have gone missing since the 1980s.
Six cuffed in £1m student readies phishing probe
Scotland Yard's cybercrime crackdown squad has cuffed suspected crims accused of masterminding a phishing scam that netted more than £1m in cash from hundreds of unsuspecting students.
Survey: Apprenticeships will fix IT skills gap
Get kids into apprenticeships. This was the message from British IT pros asked how to fix the tech skills gap in the UK.
Twitter redesign seeks to monetise user base
Twitter has injected some new features into the micro-blogging site in an effort to lure more developers, partners and - most importantly - users to the service.
Android, BlackBerry phone owners favour Apple tablet
Now the Fandroids are not going to like this, and are advised to look away lest they suffer an apoplectic fit and shower their keyboards in even more drool than usual.
Duqu vuln fix stars in bumper Patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to deliver a festive hamper of 14 security updates next week, three of which are designed to tackle critical remote code execution flaws.
Royal Mail double-dip billing bug enrages stocking-filling biz
Royal Mail apologised on Thursday for the resurgence of technical problems that have bedevilled the website over recent weeks.
Northamber money boss Lee resigns after seven months
Northamber has split with director of finance Nick Lee just seven months after he stepped into the role, The Register can confirm.
Carol singers rejoice at pay-by-tap credit card donations
Carol singers in Covent Garden aren't taking cash donations this morning - instead they're accepting tap-to-pay credit cards, but by a lucky coincidence BarclayCard has staff handing them out nearby.
Red Cross: 600m videogamers may be war criminals
Move aside, Milosevic. Out of the way, al-Bashir. It's the world's videogamers who should be hauled up on war crimes charges, some members of the Red Cross seem to think.
El Reg takes man for romantic weekend for two at Intel chip factory
So what do you get when you enter a competition on the Reg? The leftovers from the Cash and Carrion bin? Whatever unboxed review kit we’ve managed to hide from the courier?
Hackers jimmy Android Marketplace onto PlayBooks
Hackers have managed to get Google's Android Marketplace running on the RIM PlayBook, potentially bypassing RIM's App Planet though the mod is far from mainstream.
2011's Best... Premium Tablets
Xmas Gift GuideNow, we're going to annoy some of you with this one. Choosing the year's best tablet is easy. Picking one that'll appeal to the more vocal Reg readers is easy too. Selecting a different one because you think it's right is another matter, however.
Blighty's bumpkins bemoan bold broadband bluster
AnalysisA picture is slowly emerging that suggests that the UK's incumbent telco - BT - has a perceived stranglehold on the rollout of a faster broadband network in hard to reach parts of the UK.
Download.com sorry for bundling Nmap with crapware
Download.com has apologised for bundling open-source packages, including Namp and VLC, with crudware toolbar installers.
RED MOON to GO DARK tonight in Pacific eclipse
The last lunar eclipse of the year, and the last total one until 2014, will turn the Moon red for some lucky viewers.
Win8 beta to surface in Feb 2012 - Microsoft exec
The Windows 8 beta is coming in February, if a Microsoft exec launching the Windows 8 Store is to be believed.
Next Dr Who game to leave Xboxers in the cold
The BBC is to release a new Doctor Who game next year, but if you're an Xbox owner you won't be able to enjoy it.
Chrome is the most secured browser - new study
Google Chrome offers more protection against online attacks than any other mainstream browser, according to an evaluation that compares exploit mitigations, malicious link detection, and other safety features offered in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
Microsoft arms Win8 store apps with remote self-destruct
Microsoft has added a kill switch to the Windows Store that’ll let Redmond remove apps from Windows 8 beta machines.
Busty Ohio mannequin survives assassination attempt
A busty Ohio mannequin with political pretensions has survived a terrifying assassination attempt, local new outlets report.
Google's Schmidt strikes Carrier IQ off Xmas card list
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has criticised Carrier IQ and added that the company doesn't work with the controversial software maker.
Is Bill Gates mulling a return to Microsoft throne?
Bill Gates is mulling a return to Microsoft according to a well-placed source. The mole told Fortune that the tycoon may consider clasping the reins of the company he co-founded and replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO.
Motorola parks tanks on Apple's German lawn
Motorola Mobility has gained an injunction against Apple sales in Germany, through careful application of owed royalties on previous infringements, but enforcing it will cost Motorola €100m in bond money.
Senators: Globo-domains could mean consumer chaos
US senators have called on web address overseer ICANN to rein in its imminent generic top-level domains programme over fears that it may lead to cybersquatting and consumer confusion.
Integrator GlassHouse kicks IPO plans into touch again
GlassHouseTechnologies has for the second time shelved plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US due to the uncertain economic outlook.
Yahoo! may! never! see! a! penny! of! $610m! anti-spam! win!
Yahoo! has been awarded a $610 million default judgment against spammers who abusing its brand to run a lottery scam.
Skype founder to offer FREE mobile broadband for all
Niklas Zennstrom's FreedomPop has signed a mind-boggling deal with LightSquared to provide free broadband to everyone in America.
Private investor pays $1.3bn to don Blue Coat
Web security and WAN optimisation appliance firm Blue Coat Systems has been acquired by private equity investment outfit Thoma Bravo in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion.
PC sales forecast slashed on back of disk drive crisis
IHS has slashed PC sales forecasts for 2012 because of weakening demand and an ongoing disk drive crisis.
HP throws WebOS to open source community
HP will bite the bullet and dump the WebOS operating system on the open source community.
Apple stores getting close to overload
A study of traffic and productivity in Apple’s retail arm makes worrying reading for Cupertino, according to a new analysis by Asymco.
Four Romanians charged with hacking 150 Subway shops
Four Romanian nationals were charged with pocketing millions of dollars by hacking into the credit card processing systems of more than 200 businesses.
Telstra shutters customer self-service site after security blunder
Several sharp-eyed readers have pointed El Register to the latest corporate security howler in Australia: Telstra’s customer self-service site has had to be shut down after it sprayed sensitive customer data to the world at large.