10th > December > 2008 Archive
Microsoft updates Mac Office 2008
Microsoft today released the latest in its ongoing series of updates to Office 2008 for Mac.
More mobile makers join Android alliance
Open Handset Alliance, the Google-backed group behind Android, has recruited 14 more companies to work on the open-source mobile operating system.
Facebook ignores huge security hole for four months
Facebook has been sitting on a nasty website flaw that for four months has made its users susceptible to malware and forgery attacks.
Sun closes 'future' pay-per-use utility computing service
Sun Microsystems has killed its once high-profile utility computing experiment, Network.com, which let customers buy computing power by the hour.
Sun adds goodies to OpenSolaris 2008.11
Well, it may be December, but it is time for the OpenSolaris 2008.11 update, the second tweak of the open source variant of the Solaris Unix platform. With the new release today, it's getting some interesting storage enhancements as well as the usual update additions.
IWF pulls Wikipedia from child porn blacklist
The Internet Watch Foundation has removed Wikipedia from its child porn blacklist, despite its contention that the free online encyclopedia includes an image "potentially in breach" of the UK Protection of Children Act.
Amazon Elastic Cloud service storms Europe
Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service has finally extended to Europe.
2008's top three MP3 players
Kit of the YearApple's iPod line remains the best-selling series of music players, and while the revamped, thinned down Touch appeals - thanks to its sheer good looks and versatility - it was a couple of other players the scored the best marks this year.
Is filming someone in the street a breach of privacy?
A 40-year-old woman is suing a Croatian TV station after it filmed her in public and then featured her in a documentary about obesity. Gordana Knezic was shopping in Zagreb and did not know that she was being filmed, Ananova reports.
Intel, Nvidia partner on Atom chipset
Nvidia is to tweak its MCP79 chipset to work with Intel's Atom processor, it has been claimed.
Government plans emergency extranet
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat and Communities and Local Government are developing a National Resilience Extranet.
Oz men's mag recovers inflatable jubs
Readers of Oz chaps' mag Ralph are doubtless beside themselves with joy at the news that they will not, after all, have to suffer Xmas without the benefit of a couple of free inflatable breasts.
Discount supermarket offers not-so-cheap netbook
Top marks to supermarket chain Lidl for missing the 'cheap' in 'Small, Cheap Computer'. It wants a whopping £390 for a bog-standard 10in netbook.
HP talks clouds, diamonds and tiaras
CommentFor HP the "big switch" to cloud computing is a big opportunity but is not really a switch at all.
Abbey IT upgrade 'chaos' hits small biz banking
A weekend IT upgrade at Abbey's business banking division left customers unable to login or transfer money in or out of their accounts on Monday.
Microtune boots up for in-car TV
Digital tuner chip company Microtune has launched a new chip for in-car reception of DVB-T signals, a market expected to explode during 2009, despite the obvious luxury status of in-car TV reception.
Yahoo! eyes! Sarin!
Yahoo!'s search for a new leader has brought Arun Sarin into the frame, as someone with experience leading a public company into developing-market expansion who is currently at a loose end.
Hubble sniffs CO2 on far-flung 'hot Jupiter' planet
The Hubble Space Telescope has detected carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a star 63 light years away. NASA says this is "an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life".
Bumper MS patch batch spells client-side misery
Microsoft issued eight updates on Tuesday - two more than expected - as part of its Patch Tuesday update cycle.
'I don't blame pilot', says San Diego jet crash father
The man who on Monday lost his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law in the San Diego jet fighter crash says he doesn't blame the pilot, who "did everything he could" to avoid the disaster.
Regulator to probe Davenport Lyons' P2P porn cash demands
Lawyers for the consumer rights lobby Which? have filed an official complaint to the body that regulates solicitors over Davenport Lyons' campaign of letters alleging illegal filesharing.
O2 strikes at netbooks with Window Mobile gadget
UK carrier O2 has begun offering HTC's year-old attempt to pre-empt the netbook market, branding the 3G-enabled device as the XDA Flint.
GTA: IV available for download on PC
Grand Theft Auto: IV has only just been released for the PC, but if you’re too lazy to get to the shops, then you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s now available to legally download.
Raids net police £1m in pirate game and movie discs
UK police have raided a factory in the West Midlands where pirate films, games and music – with an estimated street value of £1m – were produced.
Logitech makes play with 'comfort' gaming über-keyboard
Gaming’s a tough business, so Logitech has unveiled an ergonomic keyboard designed to help you in your quest to slay dragons, shoot zombies and burn rubber.
Intel completes 32nm development process
Intel has completed development of its next-generation production process that shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometres.
ITU plots third dimension
While most of us are still struggling with HD-TV, the International Telecommunications Union has started work on standards for the transmission of 3D TV, as well as Ultra-High-Definition TV.
Google gives Chrome spit 'n' polish treatment, says report
Hold on to your hats, Google Chrome is coming out of beta.
Nappies OK'd by beaks in Nowak space loverat fracas
Statements made to police by former astronaut Lisa Nowak, accused of plotting to kidnap and mishandle a rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, have been thrown out of court by appeal judges. However various items found in her possession and in her car - including used nappies allegedly worn by Nowak, a hunting knife, a mallet, a BB gun and rubbish bags - will be admitted as evidence.
SOCA budgets £500m to revamp IT systems
The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has budgeted up to £500m on plans to upgrade its IT systems for the 21st century.
Seagate abruptly lowers Q4 2008 revenue forecast
Seagate has announced it now expects to make fewer sales in this quarter because of the recession. Elsewhere in the disk drive business, Western Digital may only want the enterprise part of Fujitsu's hard drive business.
The hitman, the Pirate Bay and the freetard prof
REG: What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can't have babies?! FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression! REG: It's symbolic of his struggle against reality - Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Vertu offers £20k phone with 'beaten up' look
Mobile phones are nothing more than collections of plastic, wires and chips, aren’t they? Not if you’re a Nokia Vertu customer, because its latest talker is a gathering of sapphire crystal and walnut.
ReviewWe had something of a downer on the Intel Atom 230 as the single-core 1.6GHz processor could barely pull the skin off a rice pudding.
Reding still pushing Mob-TV
EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding hasn't given up pushing Mobile TV on anyone who'll listen, and has just published a set of guidelines in the hope that gentle persuasion will work where attempted legislation failed.
Delta Boeing 777 engine suffers 'uncommanded rollback'
The US's National Transportation Safety Board is probing an "uncommanded rollback" on a Rolls-Royce Trent 895 engine which affected a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200ER on 26 November, Flight International reports.
Bollywood to remake The Italian Job
A Bollywood film outfit is planning to remake The Italian Job, in the process spicing up the cinematic mix with “lots of singing and dancing”, the Sun reports.
Sony Ericsson to make Android phone
Sony Ericsson’s recent membership to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has finally prompted it to come clean over rumours that it’s planning to launch a handset based on Google’s Android platform.
Fake Vint Cerf tweets link spam on Twitter
A Twitter account in the name of internet luminary Vint Cerf has been suspended after miscreants abused it to send link spam.
Plod hopes Bluetooth messages will stem drinking
Police in Edinburgh are to pester locals with Bluetooth messages asking them how they plan to get home, in the hope of making them think before getting behind the wheel drunk.
PS3's Home to debut tomorrow
The PlayStation 3’s answer to an online community, Home, will finally be available for mass public consumption tomorrow, Sony has confirmed.
Harvard prof slams US nut allergy hysteria
A Harvard professor of medical sociology has agreeably warned that increasing hysteria over nut allergies in kids bears the hallmarks of mass psychogenic illness (MPI) - described as "a social network phenomenon involving otherwise healthy people in a cascade of anxiety".
Skype fills out with middle age
VoIP provider Skype has decided to appoint Chief Officers for Technology and Strategy, creating both roles within days of the release of its latest Windows Mobile client.
Gloves for (cold) gadget lovers
Aside from the cold, winter presents a unique problem for gadget fans: operating touchscreen devices while wearing gloves. But not any more, thanks to Tavo.
Digital delinquents thrive on IE6 exploits
Hackers have more more luck targeting users of older versions of Internet Explorer for exploitation than other demographics, according to figures culled from a popular attack tool.
FBI recruits former Lehman Brothers IT exec
An ex-IT executive at the failed investment bank Lehman Brothers has been hired by the FBI to be the agency's new technology chief.
Microsoft's mobile Live services slip beta label
Microsoft has launched the mobile version of its Windows Live service, putting re-worked versions of its online services on cell phones.
Microsoft and HP get SaaSy with resellers
Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft hope to give its value-added resellers (VARs) a leg-up in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) game by schooling their channel partners on how to effectively sell the apps to SMB customers.
Jaspersoft secures $12.5m in VC dough
Open source business intelligence software maker Jaspersoft said today that it has closed its fifth round of venture capital funding, raking in $12.5m in money from its existing investors and a new one: commercial Linux distributor Red Hat.
Indian court urged to 'ban Google Earth'
Legal advocates have petitioned an Indian court to ban Google Earth following intelligence indicating the satellite imaging site was used to plan last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 170 people.
Intel to extend chip-tech dominance
According to an article in today's EE Times, Intel will "extend its lead over AMD, IBM and other microprocessor vendors" at next week's übergeekfest, the 2008 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco.
Native-Linux music player Amarok gets major overhaul
Linux-native music player Amarok 2.0 was released today, sporting some big changes to the open-source iTunes alternative.