18th > September > 2007 Archive
Samsung, Toshiba join SanDisk in US antitrust probe
The US Justice Department is busy handing out more RSVPs to NAND flash memory makers, cordially inviting them to a new market-wide price fixing investigation.
Uber-hacker Max Vision misses the killswitch
Having already done time in prison, Max Butler - aka Max Vision - went to great extremes to cloak his new and allegedly-illegal activities from prying eyes. But court documents filed in a case charging him with five new counts of fraud suggest that despite the care he took, much of his undoing came at his own hands - and the hands of associates he trusted the most.
Sun to virtualize boxes, storage and NICs with 'Project Virginia'
Sun Microsystems will soon extend its virtualization ambitions via something code-named Project Virginia.
US mercenary outfit shoots 11 Iraqis - and self in foot
The Cheney administration's lust for outsourcing work formerly performed by the government - and for favored contractors to profit handsomely thereby - is well-known and insatiable.
What does Microsoft's European defeat mean?
Microsoft today lost the majority of its appeal against the European Commission anti-trust decision. Microsoft will have to open up access to its server protocols, continue selling a version of its Windows operating system without Media Player, and pay a fine of at least €497m.
NASA names the day for Dawn raid on asteroid belt
NASA has confirmed the launch date for Dawn, its mission to the asteroid belt. The space agency is aiming for a launch window that opens at 07:25 (EDT) on 26 September, and closes again 29 minutes later.
NHS looks to prevent Mtas repeat
The NHS has published a consultation document on the use of a national computer system to manage recruitment of junior doctors, in a bid to avoid a repeat of this year's debacle.
Yahoo! hopes Mash will be a monster
Yahoo! has launched a new social networking site, its second such foray into the field.
Kazaa tech chief joins BBC future technology team
The shakeup of the BBC's iPlayer team we revealed last week was officially announced yesterday with the appointment of Kazaa CTO Anthony Rose as head of digital media technology.
Europe claims UK botched one third of Data Protection Directive
The UK's Data Protection Act (DPA) does not implement European law properly, according to the European Commission which is investigating problems in the UK's implementation of 11 of the Data Protection Directive's articles, almost a third of the entire directive.
Security to drop out of CIO spending top ten
Security pros need to get more proactive about dealing with threats and adopt strategies to persuade their colleagues to take on security spending as part of their projects, according to analysts Gartner.
Orange speaks out with new voice
In between sulking with Nokia and billing customers for imaginary debts, Orange UK has changed the voice used for its menus and automated systems, opting for something a little more matey and a little less BBC.
Google punts ads on the move
Google has expanded its AdWord product to mobiles, allowing creators of mobile content to embed Google advertisements into their pages and receive revenue on click-throughs.
uSwitch cans IT workers
Price comparison site uSwitch.com has made around 10 of its IT department redundant in a bid to cut costs.
Barracuda snaps up firewall firm
Anti-spam appliance firm Barracuda Networks has bought application firewall firm NetContinuum. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed.
Space watchers spot pulsar eating a star
Astronomers using NASA's Swift and Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellites have discovered a stellar skeleton, a remnant of a dying star that is being consumed by its pulsar companion. So little of the star's original material is left that it now barely masses more than Jupiter.
Orange kneecaps Nokia
Orange UK disclosed the details of its Christmas range of handsets last week - giving the bum's rush to two of the biggest phone manufacturers.
Mozilla creates start-up to recruit email developers
Mozilla plans to replicate the success of its Firefox web browser in the email and communication market with the creation of a new firm.
Galileo scepticism rife even in Brussels
Reports from Brussels suggest that European and national officials are beginning to acknowledge the lack of any firm consensus regarding the funding - or even the need - for the planned Galileo Europe sat nav constellation.
beater beta is go
Google's attempt at a net-based PowerPoint slayer has gone live just in time for the firm's web-worshipping warlocks to celebrate the autumn equinox.
Jobs hits London to announce O2 iPhone deal
Apple has finally confirmed that O2 has won the exclusive rights to carry the iPhone over its UK network from next month. Steve Jobs made the announcement at its flagship UK store in London this morning.
Like Mars, 3 needs women
With the dash for growth over, UK mobile operator 3 is settling into the business of consolidation. 3 has opened 200 new UK stores in the past year, but there's one slight problem - they're a bit blokey.
International media firm pays $3.5m over pirate software
An unnamed international media firm has agreed to pay a record fine of €2.5m ($3.46m) for being found to have "significant shortfalls in software licenses".
AMD to try to take on Intel Core 2 with tri-core Phenom
IDFAMD's upcoming Phenom desktop processor family will include CPUs with three processing cores, the chip maker announced last night. Now that dual-core products are commonplace and four-core chips becoming more so, why not tri-core too?
Warner punts Blunt on MySpace
Not wanting to go back to bedlam, James Hillier Blount aka James Blunt is to see his latest album sold to US fans through MySpace.
Zombies flood broadband networks
Zombie compromised PCs are as fond of eating bandwidth as their counterparts are of munching through brains, according to a new study.
New bird takes to the skies for Digital Globe
Satellite imagery provider Digital Globe is launching its second imaging bird this evening.
Subterranean mole-bot under development
British boffins are developing a mechanical, mole-like robotic system which could dig its way through debris or rubble. The technology could be used to build burrowing rescue machines able to retrieve people trapped by collapsing buildings or tunnels.
Boffins challenge shape of neutron neutrality
Neutrons. You might very well think (unless you are a physics buff, or associated geek) they are neutral, that is to say, without charge. After all, they even sound like the word neutral.
Facebook's marketing goldmine may be crock of shite
Several times a year I receive emails congratulating me on my age from websites. It's very thoughtful of them to do this - but then it's not often they get the opportunity to market to a genuine silver surfer, like me. You see, I'm actually 112 years old. Or 103. Or 107. And several ages in-between.
Ditch the desk phone? Yes please
Reader PollThe feedback we received in this week’s mobile workshop about the merits of ditching the desk phone and going purely mobile was overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as...
Halo 3 Legendary Edition stocks blown away
British gamers hoping to get their paws on a special edition of the upcoming Halo 3 are set for a big disappointment. Microsoft has confirmed that all Legendary Edition versions of the game allocated to the UK have already been snapped-up through pre-order, and almost all its Limited Edition version reserves have been reserved too.
Top US boffin plans jizz-based LEDs
One of America's top light-emitting-diode boffins plans to develop improved LEDs made from sperm. Salmon sperm, to be precise - for now at any rate.
Reg Technology PanelIn a recent article we reported on how social networking tools were having an increasing impact on corporate life - for better or worse! No doubt the debate will run and run, and no doubt, like so many new technologies (the Web, anyone?), we shall arrive at a happy medium where such tools become part of the business fabric.
Feeling the heat at Neptune's south pole
The south pole isn't where you'd ordinarily think of going for your summer holidays, but that is because you are from Earth, not Neptune.
Cisco tries to save kids from careers in the arts
Networking giant Cisco Systems has teamed up with the UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the hope of luring young whippersnappers away from the clutches of Media Studies and into the loving arms of the IT profession.
Embarcadero brings discipline to XML schema
Database tool builder Embarcadero wants to make life easier for data modellers involved in building Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications.
Hitachi injects hypervisor into Xeon blade
IDFHitachi will continue carving out its own place in the virtualization market with a Xeon-based blade server that includes a built-in hypervisor.
Intel 'Nehalem' design completed, boots Mac OS X
IDFIntel has booted Apple's Mac OS X operating system on its next-generation 45nm microarchitecture, 'Nehalem', the chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, mentioned at IDF this morning.
Chinese bloke games himself to death
A Chinese man who indulged in three-day marathon gaming session joined his ancestors after succumbing to exhaustion, the Beijing News reports.
Next-gen Centrino to ship 'May 2008'
IDFIntel will ship 'Montevina', the next major incarnation of its Centrino platform, in May 2008, CEO Paul Otellini let slip today. He also announced a 25W version of the platform's Core 2 Duo processors, based on the 45nm 'Penryn' design.
Intel Developer Forum: complete coverage
Register Hardware once again brings you the best coverage of the Autumn 2007 Intel Developer Forum. Check back regularly, as we'll update this page with all the event's key announcements and stories.
Intel CEO dishes discrete graphics return
IDFIntel CEO Paul Otellini has finally confirmed the company's plan to return to the discrete graphics chip market, although the confirmation did not come easy.
Big-name vendors lined up to offer WiMAX laptops
IDFAcer, Asus, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba have all committed themselves to offering 'Montevina' Centrino laptops with on-board WiMAX wireless broadband support, Intel said today.
Beethoven's barnet fused into diamond
A synthetic diamond company has transformed 10 strands of Beethoven's hair into a "Fancy Blue" 0.56 carat gem expected to sell for up to $1m on eBay.
Intel names 'Penryn' launch date
IDFProcessors based on 'Penryn', Intel's 45nm architecture, will be formally launched on 12 November, the chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, revealed today. But what CPUs will the company announce?
NEC ships HydraStor grid storage platform
NEC of America is rolling out the first product based on its HYDRAstor grid storage platform this week, offering a high-tier system for businesses looking to cram backup and archive data into a single system.
BitTorrent-busters busted by BitTorrent
MediaDefender vows to protect the big-name movie studios and record labels from attack by P2P file sharers. But it seems to have trouble protecting itself.
Adobe reports record revenue in Q3
Creative Suite 3 has been putting bread on Adobe Systems' table this quarter.
Fossett search 'downgraded'
Nevada Civil Air Patrol has "downgraded" the search for missing adventurer Steve Fossett, suspending aerial missions while keeping two aircraft on standby to follow up any possible leads as to his whereabouts.
Florida uni cops taser shouty student
A Florida university student who overran his allotted time while quizzing John Kerry on matters of national import at a forum graced by the Democrat senator for Massachusetts received a solid tasering for his trouble, quickly followed by the now-obligatory YouTube martydom:
California returns once more unto the breaches
Any business that takes card payments from residents of California will face strict new duties on the security of card data under proposals that are just a signature away from becoming law. A breach would trigger unprecedented reimbursement provisions.
ICANN celebrates ninth anniversary as master of your domain
Today is the ninth anniversary of ICANN as the master of the internet universe, and on that note, the controversial organization that controls the technical standards of internet seems to merit a salutation of sorts.
T-Mobile penetrates Virgin Islands
T-Mobile USA has gobbled up SunCom Wireless, looking to expand the country's fourth-leading cell phone network into Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the heart of the Southeastern United States. You know, the former confederacy.
Peruvian 'meteorite' strike provokes noxious gas attack
The Peruvian authorities are warning people not to visit the site of a suspected meteorite strike in a remote area of the Andes after 600 people succumbed to "headaches, vomiting and nausea" caused by inhaling gas at the scene.