Serious security hole plugged in RealPlayer and HelixPlayer
RealNetworks has patched a vulnerability in its RealPlayer and HelixPlayer software that made it possible for attackers to run arbitrary code on a victim's machine. The security hole affects applications running on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Windows Server 2008 CTP packs IIS punch
Two months after releasing a "feature complete" third Windows Server 2008 beta, Microsoft has added new features to the planned operating system's code base.
E-voting vendor succumbs to California source code demands
Electronic voting machines vendor Election Systems & Software Inc. has finally given in to demands by California's Secretary of State office that it submit the source code used in one of its products. But it made it abundantly clear it is unhappy about the requirement.
Dell: 'We'll clobber pricey NetApp with new iSCSI kit'
Dell has been rumbling about "changing the economics" of data center storage for months, but little has slipped out, until now, in terms of a method for such madness.
Blockbuster and Netflix stop suing each other
Blockbuster and Netflix have ended their patent litigation battle, Blockbuster revealed today. No terms have been announced, but in an SEC filing the video retailing giant said the settlement would not affect financial performance.
Vodafone looking to Reach excluded youth
The Vodafone UK Foundation has got five million quid burning a hole in its pocket, and is looking for consortia of charities that can help 16-25 year olds who might be excluded from society; presumably not by giving them mobile phones or broadband.
GPS becomes more than a back-seat driver
Vodafone has announced a deal with TomTom to develop a co-branded product for avoiding traffic jams, just as Telmap launches version 3 of its software, with the needs of the pedestrian in mind.
Robot brains? Can't make 'em, can't sell 'em
The current generation of "consumer robots" is driven mostly by robot-love: people enjoy things which move around on their own, especially if they can build or tinker with the gadgets themselves. That much became clear at a recent symposium on Robots, which I described here last month. The consumer robot business today is manned by avid tinkerers because there is neither a technology for autonomous gadgets, nor a business model to support them even if they did exist.
Mobile industry group leaps into VoIP debate
The Open Mobile Terminal Platform , a mobile-phone industry body which counts Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile and 3 amongst its membership, has published guidance for network operators and handset manufacturers on provisioning and maintaining VoIP settings on new handsets.
Google Desktop finds Linux at last
Google Desktop - the company's downloadable application for searching your computer - has finally landed on Linux.
HP steals agenda setting crown from IBM
CommentIt took the well-dressed businessmen hanging upside down from the rafters, the acrobats with iPAQs and the data center porn to mush the concept all over my brain. HP has unseated IBM as the agenda setter in the IT game. Or at least that's what HP believes.
Home Office, civilians all fingers and thumbs on biometrics
The government's senior biometrics advisor says that the Home Office's biometric programmes have become bogged down in the face of bureaucracy's liking for manual processes.
Nintendo readies Wii game-making tool for all
Nintendo is to follow Microsoft's lead and offer a downloadable games programming package for its latest games console.
Intel releases updated quad-core CPUs
Intel has revised its four-core desktop processors, the 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 and the 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6800, the chip giant warned its customers yesterday. The move had been expected.
Could open source BI close out incumbents?
JasperSoft has just released version 2.0 of its software, which makes this a good time not just to consider JasperSoft's latest capabilities, but also open-source business intelligence (BI) more generally.
Press code bans snooping in wake of royal eavesdrop case
The Press Complaints Commission has explicitly banned digital snooping by journalists in a change to its Code of Practice. The move comes in the wake of journalist Clive Goodman's conviction for eavesdropping on royal staff members' phone messages.
SanDisk promises 8GB Micro SDHC card... sometime
No sooner did Toshiba announce a 4GB Micro SDHC memory card to match the one SanDisk put out just recently - reviewed here - but SanDisk took the lead again, this time announcing the first ever 6GB and 8GB Micro SDHC cards.
Sony Ericsson leaves smartphone sufferers spitting
Sony Ericsson's long-suffering smartphone users are spitting mad at a decision by the company not to issue any more firmware updates to their phones. The policy was confirmed on Tuesday, and affects owners of the P990i smartphone, M600i communicator and W950 music phone.
GPLv3 set for formal launch
After months of pre-launch wrangling, legal jousting and clause tweaking, the Free Software Foundation is ready to launch the final version of the GNU GPL version 3. The champagne corks will officially pop at 12 noon, EDT, tomorrow, Friday June 29.
Underwater MP3 players surfaces
Century clearly hit the nail on the head when it dreamed up the Dolphin underwater MP3 player, because it's now not the only fish in the sea. Uk retailer Advanced MP3 Players is riding the wave with its own version - the SwiMP3.
International effort on privacy protection is launched
The world's most developed economies will co-operate to uphold privacy laws in the face of increasing amounts of cross-border data transfer. The member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have agreed the plan.
Top BT exec wholesales himself to New Zealand
BT wholesale chief Dr Paul Reynolds, who had been tipped as a possible successor to CEO Ben Verwaayen, has quit the firm to become boss of Telecom New Zealand.
UK boffins form nanotech taskforce
Nanotechnology will be the next industrial revolution, and if the UK wants a piece of the action, it has to move now to fund research in the subject.
Ghostly plastic bathtoy flotilla nears Cornish coast
Residents of the western UK and Irish coasts have been warned to expect an invasion by a vast flotilla of ghostly, immortal albino plastic ducks, according to reports.
Paris Hilton says jail term has changed her
Hot from serving a jail term for drink-driving-related offences, Paris Hilton has promised to be a better person and said she learned a lot from her "traumatic experience" behind bars.
YouTube uber-Daddy of online vid sites
When Google paid $1.65bn for YouTube many questioned what the site's business model was and if it could continue to grow its audience.
Morse will dash for AIM under new CEO
Morse has shaken up things at the top with a number of board changes including the appointment of Kevin Alcock as its new chief executive.
Body that spawned the internet wants to rebuild it
DARPA*, the US military's occasionally eccentric death-tech hothouse, is often lauded as having created the internet. Under its old name ARPA, the agency oversaw development of the so-called Arpanet, forerunner of today's IP net. Now, however, DARPA reckons the internet needs to be reinvented.
Qualys: When rules finally meet technology
Rumour has it that TJX, the embattled US retailer trying to recover its reputation following the loss of 45 million credit and debit card details, is dishing out free ice creams to entice shoppers back in to their stores in major US cities.
Don't touch that Microsoft Security Bulletin email
Do not be tempted into opening an email with the subject line: "Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-0065" because it is no such thing.
Bush and Cheney subpoenaed for wiretapping
The US Senate has issued subpoenas demanding the White House hand over documents relating to its policy of snooping on US citizens without getting warrants or other legal clearance.
Lots of rain and too much Sun: climate change is on its way
Despite Britain being pelted by record rainfall over the past few days, there was a lot more Sun about than usual. Not that it was all bright. There was the 'shock departure' - that's what it said in The Reg, so it must be true - of UK president Trudy Norris-Grey and the appointment of Kim Jones as her successor. According to Sun senior EMEA vice-president, Peter Ryan, Norris-Grey left after two years at the helm to "pursue other interests".
Dr Google will see you soon
Google is getting its ducks in a row for its push into medical information. The advertising broker has rounded up a herd of healthcare policy-types to advise it on medical matters.
Pedal to the metal: bike-friendly iPod dock launched
The endless cycle of iPod accessory creation continues to churn on relentlessly, with the latest being an iPod docking station for your bike.
Apple limits buyers to two iPhones
When Apple's iPhone goes on sale tomorrow evening, buyers will only be allowed to take home two of the "revolutionary" mobile telephones, the Mac maker said today. That's twice as many as AT&T, the only carrier offering the iPhone for the immediate future, will allow.
Celebrating the iPhone's Newtonian past
As Apple begins handing out its wunderkind one can't help but be reminded of its last foray into mobile computing: the Apple Newton.
Nokia restructuring from strength for mobile internet
Three years after its last major reorganization, Nokia has announced another one, as new CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo seeks to stamp his mark further on the firm and accelerate the push towards being a mobile internet company, his stated objective.
UK could get privileged access to American kill-tech
The US and UK Governments have drawn up a treaty that will give Britain easier access to American military technology, but no rights to resell it.
Synchrotron boffins sign collaboration deal with Brazilians
Researchers at Oxfordshire's Diamond Light Source Synchrotron have signed on to collaborate on research with colleagues at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory.
Microsoft UK changes mind on distie beauty parade
Microsoft has changed its mind on changing its UK broadline distributors.
American trademark attorneys to consume own young
ICANN San Juan 2007The Tuesday ICANN extravaganza continued with the ritualized slaughter of individual privacy rights in the holiest of holies for American trademark attorneys: ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) triannual meeting, wherein they flog their misrepresentations of American trademark law on an unsuspecting, powerless and almost entirely ignorant internet community.
MPAA unleashes legal eagles on YouTV and Peekvid
The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) has filed lawsuits against YouTV.com and Peekvid.com, claiming the sites' "sole purpose... is to disseminate content that has been illegally reproduced and distributed".
Brown splits DTI, creates ministers for biz & boffinry
One of Gordon Brown's first acts as Prime Minister has been the abolition of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).
Alienware beams down dual-core, dual-GPU laptop
Alienware has unveiled its latest high-end laptop, the Area-51 m9750, a monster 16in machine with a dual-core Intel processor and - if you fancy it - a pair of Nvidia SLI GPUs.
FTC sides against Net Neutrality
The Federal Trade Commission has cautioned against regulations that would ensure telecom providers treat all internet traffic the same way.
Red Hat tight lipped on Microsoft talks
AnalysisThe debate over who in the Linux camp will next get into bed with Microsoft is back on, after Red Hat's chief executive admitted to holding patent talks.
Microsoft's Silverlight gets Linux treatment
An open source version of Microsoft's potential Adobe Flash challenger, Silverlight, has been developed within two months of being unveiled as a beta.
FCC wants public comment on XM-Sirius merger
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on whether it should uphold a 1997 decision that bars satellite radio rivals Sirius and XM from merging.
Data Domain's stock rocks, Netezza seeks $80m
Data Domain stock soared 66 per cent to $24.95 on its first day of trading as a public company, Wednesday.
How furry is it?
On the way back from a popular Palo Alto coffee house, Adam Riggs - also known as Nicodemus - stops at his car to show off a new raccoon suit. Sporting a furry blue headpiece, the Silicon Valley computer programmer begins to wave like an amusement park mascot.