17th > February > 2009 Archive
Ballmer demos LG wristphone
MWCLG helped Microsoft launch Windows Mobile 6.5 at Mobile World Congress in Spain yesterday, so in return one of the software giant’s executives helped the Korean firm demonstrate its 3G wristphone.
Feuding iPhone fart-makers raise legal stink
The developer behind the iPhone's top digital fart generator wants the American legal system to declare that using the phrase "pull my finger" does not run afoul of a rival's trademark.
MySQL daddy juices Finnish security firm
MySQL creator Michael "Monty" Widenius is injecting some venture capital and executive experience into a Finnish firm that makes a community-driven security add-on for browsers.
Satellite-hacking boffin sees the unseeable
White-hat hacker Adam Laurie knows better than to think email, video-on-demand, and other content from Sky Broadcasting and other satellite TV providers is a private matter between him and the company. That's because he's spent the past decade monitoring satellite feeds and the vast amount of private information they leak to anyone with a dish.
Kensington Universal Notebook Dock
ReviewLaptops invariably lack a port you’ve been used to on a desktop. You have to buy a suitable adaptor or work around the missing connection. Kensington, maker of peripherals you never thought you’d need, has come up with a solution: a universal dock, needing just one USB connection to your portable.
Scots and pilots brace against ID cards
The Home Office is seeking parliamentary approval to extend the scope of identity cards for non-European nationals, while opposition to the scheme increases.
Inventors given £1.5m by High Court
Two researchers have been awarded £1.5m under a little-used section of patent law which allows employees extra compensation for inventions which are of "outstanding benefit" to employers.
Sony Ericsson 12Mp cameraphone comes into focus
MWCSony Ericsson has continued its megapixel ramp-up with the launch of a 12.1Mp cameraphone called Idou.
Who's going to turn base Ethernet into gold?
Data Centre Ethernet (DCE) is the great white hope of convergence, the single über-network across which all other protocols will flow, simplifying network component acquisition and operating costs - but it's not that simple.
Spy boss damns government's culture of fear
Dame Stella Rimington, the ex-boss of MI5, said the UK government risks creating a police state with its relentless attacks on people's privacy and creation of a culture of fear.
Taking note of notebooks
Few organisations today have exempted themselves from the rapid increase in the use of mobile computing tools, be they laptops, netbooks or handheld devices. There is no doubt that their use can deliver tangible business benefits. Equally, they can help employees better tailor their work-life balance, which is to their benefit and the organisations they work forn
Info chief slaps Met on CCTV in pubs
The Met Police got a short sharp rap over the knuckles yesterday, as the Office of the Information Commissioner questioned what looks very much like a blanket policy to force CCTV onto public houses in certain parts of London.
Hydrogen motoring too heavy for pundit
'Leccy TechAs a way of getting yourself crossed off Honda President Takeo Fukui's Christmas card list, a recent LA Times story about the Honda FX Clarity hydrogen EV is going to take some beating.
Boffin: Earthlike worlds within 30 lightyears of here
A heavyweight American boffin says that Earthlike worlds will soon be discovered within 30 light-years of our Solar System, and that such worlds' abundance across the universe means that the existence of alien life is a racing cert.
Nokia to preinstall Skype on handsets
UpdatedNokia is pre-installing a Skype client on the flagship N97 handset, being launched in June, allowing users to make VoIP calls without paying a penny to the network operator who is still expected to subsidise the cost of the phone.
UK childcare voucher site offline after security snafu
A UK childcare voucher scheme has admitted that confidential customer data was briefly left exposed to other users during an upgrade last week, but denied suggestions that any sensitive information leaked as a result.
HTC waves wand, pulls second Android phone out of hat
MWCHTC has shown off its second Android-based smartphone. The Magic will be offered over here by Vodafone on an exclusive basis.
Operators and handset vendors plug standard charger
MWCAn alliance of operators and handset manufacturers has blown a substantial hole in the mobile accessories market by agreeing on a standard power charger for mobile phones.
Fancy writing a 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxies'?
Armchairs astronomers are being invited to contribute to an online "Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxies" - an in-depth examination of 250,000 galaxies in search of "the strange and unusual".
Acer strikes up new Tempo
MWCAcer introduced a quartet of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this week, all members of the Tempo band, though it's clear rival manufacturer HTC is calling the tune when it comes to hardware and UI design inspiration.
BCS accuses UK.gov of grabbing 'draconian' data powers
The British Computing Society has joined the chorus of criticism of the way the government has hidden major changes to data protection law in unrelated legislation - the Coroners and Justice Bill.
Tosh will buy Fujitsu disk biz
It's as good as a done deal - Toshiba is set to take over Fujitsu's hard disk drive operations after the two firms thrashed out a memorandum of understanding.
Connecticut cop forced to shoot chimp
A pet chimpanzee which violently attacked a woman visiting his owner was shot dead by a police officer "cornered" in his vehicle by the 200lb ape, the BBC reports.
Sub-prang panic: Calm down, it happens all the time
AnalysisThere's widespread media panic at moment over the news that French and British nuclear-missile submarines collided beneath the Atlantic earlier this month. But in fact atomic-powered and -armed submarines have been bumping into each other - and sometimes sinking - for decades with no significant effects.
Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard
UpdatedHalf of the charges made against the four men behind the notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sensationally dropped on day two of the trial.
Boffins ponder Geordies' lack of winter clothing
Boffins are pondering one of Blighty's great unanswered scientific questions: Just why do Geordies insist on wearing the legal minimum of clothing even when a chill wind is whipping across the Tyne?
BT Granite slimline DECT cordless phone
ReviewBT's new DECT handset, the Granite, introduced us to a genuinely new experience. Opening the box, it wasn't the phone that took pride of place under the lid, but its stand. The Granite itself was tucked away under a fold of card right at the back. Unbox the product too hastily and you might miss it.
Gigabyte touts 'world's first' phone with Flash UI
A phone sporting what its maker has claimed is the first mobile equipped with an Adobe Flash-based UI is on its way to the UK.
Routing instability causes net traffic chaos
Surfers experienced problems accessing parts of the internet Monday, following the flare-up of router instability problems.
TV jacket spied at MWC
MWCFrench news service France 24 has discovered the true meaning of mobile TV: jackets with integrated TV screens.
Hardware hack caught watching telly on the job
MWCIf watching telly on your iPhone’s getting tiresome, how about watching it using a funky pair of glasses that'll stream films to your eyeballs from your mobile phone?
Sun wades into key management kerfuffle
Sun has thrown its open source key management ideas into the key management standards giant brandy glass, offering license-free management that it hopes will become an industry standard.
Truphone becomes Tru-network
Truphone has completed its transition into an MVNO*, actually a whole clutch of them, offering local numbers and calling rates across a range of countries including the UK and USA.
Kiwis go all black over copyright enforcement laws
Filesharers have deployed the ultimate weapon on the Antipodean front in their global copyright battle with the music and film industries: Twitter*.
Paris Hilton celebrates 28
It's with a great deal of pleasure that we today wish a very happy birthday to El Reg's fave celebutard Paris Hilton - she without whom Fridays would in the last couple of years have been a sorry affair indeed marked merely by wholly IT-related material and bereft of something for self-appointed commentard content guardians to bang on about at some length.
Hyundai motors in with handset trio
MWCMaking good on its recent promise to launch phones into the UK, car firm Hyundai has unveiled two mid-range devices and a low-end one.
Navy glovepuppets minister in carrier battle against RAF
The UK's plan to build new aircraft carriers remains under threat, and ongoing attempts by the RAF to shut down the Harrier jumpjet force - eviscerating the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm - have yet to be resolved. However, the RN has managed to manoeuvre a Defence minister into endorsing the view that Britain has needed proper carriers since the Falklands.
More Modu jackets seen at MWC
MWCModu is determined to make its modular phone concept fly, so it’s designed a range of new jackets for the device.
Mobile World Congress 09: Complete Coverage
MWCMobile World Congress - née 3GSM - once again saw vendors introduce a stack of new smartphones, cameraphones, musicphones - even the odd, regular voice-oriented handset. Here are all of Register Hardware's ongoing MWC 2009 stories, brought together for your reading pleasure...
Mobes will save the world - just give us some spectrum!
MWCEvery World Congress - GSM World Congress, 3GSM World Congress and now Mobile World Congress - has seen rising attendances, but this year it's a little more echoey in there. GSMA CEO Rob Conway’s keynote tried to make the best of it by saying that only the elite of the mobile world had come this year.
Nokia prepares to fiddle with Symbian
MWCNokia boss Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo livened up an otherwise by the numbers Mobile World Congress Keynote today with a declaration that we’d see a wide range of Symbian devices which are not phones.
Microsoft signs Telstra mobile services deal
In lieu of a phone or touch-screen mobile Windows, Microsoft has returned to familiar territory, inking a software and services deal with one of Australia's largest carriers.
Appro calls Cray ante with super blade cluster
Supercomputing cluster maker Appro is looking to midrange HPC shops for some new business in this tough economy. Just like rival Cray started doing last year.
Microsoft freezes legacy support charges
Microsoft is freezing the price it charges customers that continue running legacy versions of its business software.
IP security shortcomings unpicked
The UK's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has completed a study on the TCP protocol that underpins intenet communications.
Fake server beats real server on Web test
Server virtualization juggernaut - well, at least on x64 iron - VMware is beside itself with glee that a virtualized Linux server running atop ESX Server hypervisor narrowly beat out real Linux boxes on a popular Web serving benchmark test.
Surreal appeal of Sun's JavaFX for mobile
ReviewIt's somehow fitting that Sun Microsystems chose Barcelona, the home of modernist architect Gaudí and this week's Mobile World Congress, to announce JavaFX Mobile 1.0 - part of the JavaFX SDK 1.1 release.
Googlephone gets native MS Office viewers
Mobile-doc mavens Quickoffice have brought their handheld Microsoft Office viewers to the Googlephone.
Mobile phones to get universal charger
You'll be able to charge any new mobile phone from the same universal charger beginning on January 1, 2012. Except the iPhone.
Facebook downplays eternal user data grab
Responding to a torrent of outrage and suspicion over changes to Facebook's terms of service, the site's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is asking users to trust the social networking company with eternal permission to use and license all content and information ever posted there - even after an account is deleted.
New attacks on IE7 go wild
Cybercriminals have begun attacking a critical hole that Microsoft patched in its Internet Explorer 7 browser last week, corroborating the company's warning that the vulnerability would be easy to exploit.