27th > June > 2008 Archive


In-flight device maker sues everyone seeking flash memory bonanza

Struggling in-flight entertainment house e.Digital is challenging some of the world's biggest gadget companies with claims that it owns vital patents for using removable flash memory in portable devices.
Austin Modine, 27 Jun 2008

Yahoo! deckchair! shuffle! filled! with! insight! and! clouds!

Trying to become less of an organizational disaster, Yahoo! has shuffled around some executives and even formed a cloud computing division. "Take that, activist shareholders, we've got everything under control."
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2008

easyJet warns 'several websites' to stop selling its flights

easyJet has confirmed that Expedia is not the only online travel firm to have felt the airline’s wrath – it has also fired off letters to several other UK websites warning them to stop selling its flights.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2008

Available to buy: your own frakkin' 7ft Cylon

If you're a really, really big fan of the recent reinterpretation of Battlestar Galactica and have $8000 not doing anything, you could invest in your very own 7ft-tall Cylon Centurion.
Scott Snowden, 27 Jun 2008

Europe acts on mobile charges

The European Commission yesterday released details of its plan to push down termination rates - the charges mobile phone networks make for carrying each others calls.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008

Garmin leads the way with pooch-pinpointing dog GPS

Garmin is branching out from its traditional satnav business and has launched a new GPS system designed for man’s best friend.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

Retailer punts MacBook Air-friendly solar charger

If you’ve splashed out on a MacBook Air then the chances are that you’re either pretty rich, or now stony broke. Either way, a solar panel charger’s now available to help you cut electricity bills and do the Earth some good.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

Asus pledges end to Eee PC 900 battery swap 'delay'

What is Asus UK doing with its Eee 900 battery replacement programme? Punters who've tried to get a new power pack out of the company claim the scheme has been quietly shelved. No so, says Asus.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2008

ICO slaps TfL over Oyster data hoard

Last month Transport for London made it compulsory for children using the network to carry Oyster photocards. This has raised concerns about the amount of data the company is collecting.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008

Dell debuts designer laptop line

Dell has launched a new notebook line, the Studio series, in a bid to plug the gap between its XPS and increasingly low-cost Inspiron ranges.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2008

French punters offered £78 Small, Cheap Computer

The Phone House, the French version of Carphone Warehouse, is touting a Small, Cheap Computer for just €99 ($156/£78), the Airis Kira 740 - a mobile computer par excellence, the company claims.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2008

US hackette ponders jub-powered iPod

NSFWIt's hats off this sunny Friday to US hackette Adrienne So of Washington Post tentacle Slate, who earlier this week pondered the delicious possibility of the jub-powered iPod.
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2008

Judge points laser dazzler man towards prison

A 21-year old man was yesterday sentenced to four months in prison for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008

Nokia Supernova series to hit Q3 with a bang

Sketchy details about Nokia’s Supernova handset range first exploded online earlier this month, but the phone giant’s finally broken its silence and officially announced the new range.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

Microsoft bags MobiComp, woos Powerset

Microsoft is continuing its rounds of the software singles scene after Yahoo!'s rejection of its overtures.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2008

Swedish bloggers give MEP a kicking over media pluralism

Sweden’s bloggers have blown a gasket over an Estonian MEP's proposal that they and their European kindred spirits should assume some kind of responsibility for their content, forcing the European parliament to rush out a statement saying there were no such plans on the table.
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2008

Ripfactory Ripserver CD-ripping NAS box

ChannelFlip Video ReviewThis little beauty takes your CDs, rips them to its 1TB NAS storage then pumps them out to all your network devices. Nifty - but is it worth the cash?

Cambridge congestion charge plans shelved

Cambridgeshire County Council has shelved plans for congestion charging following a lack of local support.
Kablenet, 27 Jun 2008

Snazzy camcorder promises YouTube fame

Manufacturer DXG has launched a colourful selection of camcorders, all sporting HD-resolution recording and the ability to upload all your best footage directly onto video-sharing websites.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

Premiership tackles Ukranian football streaming site

The Premier League has won control over the domain premiershiplive.net, which has been used to offer an unauthorised subscription football streaming service.
Christopher Williams, 27 Jun 2008

The gold standard in data storage?

A lot of things can happen in 200 years, but one thing data storage disc manufacturer Delkin Devices guarantees won’t occur is data loss. That’s because the firm’s launched a Blu-ray Disc reputedly capable of retaining content for two centuries.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

North Carolina targets WTF licence plates

North Carolina is offering 10,000 vehicle owners whose licence plates contain the "potentially offensive" combo of letters "WTF" the chance to replace them for free.
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2008

YouTube rant missus hauled into court

The British former actress who wowed cyberspace with her no-holds-barred YouTube assault on her estranged hubby has been hauled before a New York court to answer for her ranting.
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2008

Canon EOS 450D digital SLR

ReviewThe EOS 450D is more like a step-up than a follow-on to the EOS 400D entry-level digital SLR we recently looked at. The question is, what does the extra 50 in the model number mean in terms of improvement?
George Cole, 27 Jun 2008

Panasonic Matsushita to become Panasonic

Come October and Matsushita will be officially called Panasonic, formalising a name the company's used for years and is arguably better known as.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2008

BBC begins fresh Freeview HD TV trial

Freesat may have only recently launched in the UK, but the BBC has already begun testing the transmission of HD services over Freeview.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008
Wind turbine3, image via Shutterstock

Wind power key to UK's desperate renewable energy bid

AnalysisGood news and bad news. This week's government strategy document-cum-consultation on renewable energy, and on how the UK proposes to meet its EU obligation to derive 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, shows clear signs of practicality and joined-up thinking. But making it to the magic 15 requires several desperately optimistic assumptions, and the gloomy subtext is all too evident.
John Lettice, 27 Jun 2008

Airline passengers get (VoIP-free) broadband

American Airlines have launched their in-flight broadband service, with nary a satellite dish in sight - they're connecting direct to the ground using spectrum owned and operated by Aircell.
Bill Ray, 27 Jun 2008

Grand Theft Auto reportedly inspires teen rampage

Anti-violent videogame campaigners have long searched for hard evidence that some titles inspire real-life crimes, and now they may have an example.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2008

As Gates strides into the future, we wallow in the past

Some of you may have noticed that Bill Gates is hanging up his Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference 1998 briefcase for good today.
Team Register, 27 Jun 2008

Singapore forum 'scammer' faces caning and prison

A British man faces caning and a prison sentence for allegedly conning members of an IT forum in Singapore.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008

Chrysler shoves hotspots into hot rods

Chrysler is to offer a Wi-Fi hotspot in next year's Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models, allowing passengers in the car to surf the information superhighway while struck in traffic on the real one.
Bill Ray, 27 Jun 2008

Sony Ericsson slumps on gloomy outlook

Sony Ericsson issued its second profit warning of 2008 today, advising that it will only break even in Q2 2008.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2008
For Sale sign detail

Witness the future of Brocade

At a presentation to analysts this week Brocade talked about a growing Fibre Channel market, an expanded HBA product line, new fabric core capabilities such as encryption, replication and deduplication, and FCOE and services. There was no mention of FANs (File Area Networks) but file virtualization was discussed.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2008
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Ankle-biting hackers storm net's overlords, hijack their domains

The websites of two of the net's most critical oversight organizations were hijacked by Turkish hackers who sent visitors to rogue pages that challenged the overseers' authority.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jun 2008

Mars suitable for growing asparagus

NASA scientists are pretty excited about the initial results of the Phoenix Mars lander's "flawless" first wet chemistry experiment which has revealed the Red Planet's soil to be "a close analog to surface soils found in the upper dry valleys in Antarctica", as wet chemistry lead investigator Sam Kounaves put it.
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2008

IBM woos Microsoft with iDataPlex oddity

Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, IBM has already started tweaking the new iDataPlex system to reach more customers before the box has even started shipping.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2008

Virgin Mobile USA to buy hipster operator Helio

In a union of hipster-friendly mobile operators, Virgin Mobile USA has agreed to purchase Helio for $39m in stock.
Cade Metz, 27 Jun 2008

Sun picks away at NetApp's patent claims

The war-of-words between Sun Microsystems and NetApp over patent infringement claims wages on, while legal means to settle the matter have failed.
Austin Modine, 27 Jun 2008

Google plugs YouTube into Playstation 3

To the surprise of no one, Google is now offering software that streams video, photos, and music from your PC to your television.
Cade Metz, 27 Jun 2008

DOJ sinks another EliteTorrent admin

Another ex-administrator of former BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents is facing prison time for his part in the site's peer-to-peer sharing of copyright material.
Austin Modine, 27 Jun 2008

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