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Allchin peers into crystal ball, sees Windows Vista future
Jim Allchin, Microsoft's outgoing Windows chief, has issued a rallying call to developers to Windows Vista, in an open letter emphasizing industry support for the delayed operating system.
ATI driver update confirms CrossFire for Intel P965 chipset
ATI has posted the latest incarnation of its Catalyst driver package for Windows and Linux, and with it official confirmation that CrossFire now works on Intel's P965 chipset - for Windows systems at least.
Super cops seek fixed link to town centre CCTV
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is seeking a permanent tap into a network of 850 CCTV cameras that look down on greater Manchester.
Two more gambling chiefs arrested
The company whose chief executives were arrested in France last week had already filed a formal complaint to the European Commission claiming that France's gambling laws conflicted with the EC Treaty.
Japan debut for first Class 4 SDHC card
Japanese memory card maker Elecom may have become the first company to announce a mid-speed high-capacity SD card. The company this week unveiled a 4GB SDHC product labelled Class 4, guaranteeing a data transfer rate of at least 4MBps and up to 7MBps, Elecom said.
EU threatens to apply TV standards to web media
Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator, has said that a European Union plan to regulate video risks restricting innovation and even forcing companies to relocate outside the EU to avoid compliance.
Imation fits Flash memory to charity wristbands
Storage media specialist Imation has begun selling a USB Flash drive integrated into a wristband in a range of charity-friendly colours, the company announced in Japan today. Available in capacities ranging fromm 32MB - pah! - to 1GB, the bands can also be customised with a company logo, witty message if you're willing to buy at least 100 of the things direct from Imation Japan. After the break, we reveal one well-known chip maker's who's already availed itself of this service...
MSI sounds 'stolen' GeForce 7900 GS alert
Taiwanese manufacturer MSI has warned its customers to be on the guard against anyone offering low-cost MSI-branded graphics cards - the products may be stolen goods. According to the company, a stack of Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS-based graphics cards nabbed in transit have begun appearing on online auction sites around the world.
Top Gear's Hammond in hospital
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in intensive care today after crashing a jet-powered car while attempting to break the British land speed record.
Cane toads explode from beyond the grave
We all know fertiliser is used by terrorists to make high explosives all the time. Now, a fertiliser made from pulverised cane toads in Australia has gardeners checking their sheds for self-detonation.
ATI wins approval for RS690 launch
ATI's AMD-oriented integrated North Bridge chip, the RS690, has won the approval of the PCI SIG, which this week certified the part for PCI Express compatibility, paving the way for the part's appearance on the chipset market.
California sues car makers
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is suing six car manufacturers for selling products which contribute to global warming and damage the environment of California.
eBay pursued by fashionistas
Auctions of counterfeit couture on eBay have gotten the online tat bazaar into hot water with French fashion types, who are demanding it cough up €37m in a civil complaint.
Astronomers ID Saturn's newest ring
Saturn has another, very diffuse, outer ring identified by astronomers working on the Cassini imaging data at NASA's JPL laboratory and the Space Science Institute in Boulder.
US mobilises fish in war on terror
The US has responded to the possible threat of terror attack against its drinking water supplies by using fish to monitor the state of the H2O, the BBC reports.
iSkoot brings Skype to Treo smart phones
iSkoot the Sype-on-mobile-phones company has brought its VoIP software to Palm's Treo 650 and 700p, the firm announced this week even as it extended its network coverage to dozens of countries outside the US.
RM: nothing to see here
Education IT supplier RM has told an enthralled stock market it expects to meet expectations this year.
Yahoo! guest's Dell laptop goes up in smoke
Days after a ThinkPad decided enough spreadsheets already and committed suicide in spectacular fashion at Los Angeles airport, yet another Dell notebook has joined the list of self-immolating laptops, this time at Yahoo!'s US headquarters.
Google erases Operation Ore campaign site
Google has delisted www.inquisition21.com, the website campaigning against many of the Operation Ore child pornography convictions. The last time the search giant's crawlers checked the site out was on 10 September.
Law chief wants wiretap evidence
Wire tap evidence should be admissible in court, attorney general Lord Goldsmith has told the Guardian newspaper after being briefed by his opposite number in the United States.
Dutch TV hounds Google Earth topless sunbather
Here's a cautionary tale for those of you who like to indulge in a bit of light sunbathing in the privacy of your own patio: make sure you ring Google to see if they're planning a satellite pass-over before whipping off your top:
Yachting blogger plagued by wind, power issues
BlogOne of the things that makes it very easy to spot Americans who are cruising around the Med on sailing boats is the Iridium phones they seem to imagine they need. You only get two or three days to detect them, because they quickly discover that they can buy a Greek SIM card for less than the price of their next ten minutes, and then pretend the Iridium was a toy phone they brought for their children to play with.
Smut sites use IE exploit to spread spyware
Hackers are taking advantage of a new, unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability to infect users visiting pornographic websites.
Airbus A380 faces further delays
The wiring problems which earlier this year forced Airbus parent company EADS to delay delivery of its A380 by six months continue to plague the roll-out programme.
HP CEO named in leak probe
HP chief executive Mark Hurd has been pulled into the firm's burgeoning phone snooping mess for approving an email sting operation on a reporter.
Nestlé shifts Smarties production to Germany
It's enough to have any true patriot choking into his or her beef pie of olde England: Nestlé has announced that it has decided to shift Smarties production from York to Hamburg, in the process axing 645 jobs at the Rowntree chocolate factory which it acquired in 1988.
AOL and Tiscali attract bidders
UpdateConsolidation in the broadband sector looks set to continue apace, as Carphone Warehouse and BSkyB fight it out for control of AOL's UK broadband business, according to reports.
Belgacom pulled plug on Ouranous network
Belgacom cut off satellite broadband provider Ouranous Networks the telecoms services company confirmed this week.
Hitler net cartoon ruffles German feathers
A German satirical cartoon featuring a singing Adolf Hitler in his bunker in 1945, lamenting his fate, has proved an internet hit for illustrator Walter Moers, The Guardian reports.
Shuttle lands, plans for next mission underway
The Shuttle has landed safely at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, a day late, but in one piece.
29% of departing directors admit stealing data - survey
Almost a third of company directors surveyed have admitted to stealing corporate information, with memory sticks making theft easier than ever.
IBM's 'secret island'
It would not be the first time the suggestion has been made that games programmers hold at least one key to the future for business systems development. But IBM's latest research project - a "secret island" within the confines of Linden Labs' Second Life massively multi-player games environment - brings that possibility a whole lot closer.
Vendors prep 200Mbps powerline network adaptors
Network equipment maker Netgear has extended the speed of its powerline networking system to 200Mbps, bringing the high-speed Ethernet-over-mains system to UK consumers through a new two-box starter kit, the company told Reg Hardware this week.
Sun investors blast fat cat greed
Despite losses nearing $1bn over the past year, Sun Microsystems' top executives are cashing in.
EU pledges €78m for grid research
The European Commission has pledged €78m to fund research projects into tailoring computer grid technologies and services to meet the needs of European businesses.
Thailand faces media clampdown
Thai radio, television and internet operators will from tomorrow face closure if they disseminate "news and comments deemed a threat to national security and the monarchy", Reuters reports.
Asus exposes Nvidia physics card product
ExclusiveNvidia is developing a standalone games physics processing card, motherboard maker Asus has let slip. Announcing a new mobo equipped with three PCI Express x16 slots, the Taiwanese firm said the third connector was specifically for "Nvidia's upcoming Physics card".
Virgin Trains to get Wi-Fi
Virgin Trains has teamed up with Nomad Digital to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers.
AMD opens Opteron to
AMD has expanded its friends and family program in an obvious way by allowing partners to plug their CPUs, accelerators and other components directly into Opteron processor sockets. AMD's unveiling today of Torrenza 2 - aka the Torrenza Innovation Socket - builds on an existing deal that let third parties tap into the company's Hypertransport technology. Now, AMD has agreed to open up the entire Opteron socket specifications to preferred partners willing to pay a licensing fee. As a result, customers could start seeing some odd but fantastic motherboards with, for example, a mix of Opteron and Cell chips or even an UltraSPARC T1/Opteron combo.
Intel will open server chips to partners next week
ExclusiveEveryone in the server world has been wondering if Intel planned a response to AMD's opening of its Opteron socket specifications. Well, The Register can reveal that Intel does indeed have a counterattack in store, and it will arrive in part at next week's Intel Developer Forum.
Lord, won't you lease me a rotary phone?
LettersMore than a few people suspect that Mrs E Strogen, the lady who rented a rotary phone for 40 years racking up thousands of pound is a made up name.
Botnet creators AIM high
A new worm spreading over AOL Instant Messenger seeks to built a botnet of zombie Windows PCs. The Pipeline worm packs an executable file disguised as a JPEG, which if executed, tries to download other strains of malware rootkits and Trojans. Pipeline uses the AIM Buddy List on infected computers to target other prospective marks.
Yahoo! wants to buy Facebook - WSJ
Yahoo! is in talks to buy Facebook, the social networking site for college- and schoolkids, the WSJ reports today.
One bus or two?
CommentThis question came up during Progress's recent EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) user conference: at one point, a vendor representative showed a slide showing Sonic as an ESB (enterprise service bus) and DataXtend as a comparable bus operating at the data level. From subsequent discussions it emerged that whether these should be regarded as one bus or two has been the subject of much internal debate.
AT&T insources 2,000 jobs
AT&T is to return 2,000 outsourced DSL broadband support jobs, based in the US and overseas, to its payroll, following a union agreement over pay rates.
HP starts printing docs for SEC
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) doesn't want to be left out of the Big Dig into HP's spy operations. The agency has broadened its probe of the company, asking for records tied to the resignation of board member Tom Perkins and documents related to HP's already infamous mole hunt.