26th > February > 2009 Archive
Jobs will return, says Apple's board
The Apple shareholders meeting held Wednesday was dominated by a man who wasn't there: Steve Jobs.
Microsoft sues GPS maker TomTom
Microsoft said it's suing GPS maker TomTom for patent infringement, claiming the Dutch manufacturer uses Redmond's technology but refuses to sit down for licensing talks.
VMware, Novell hatch virtual appliance scheme
Virtualization specialist VMware has teamed up with commercial Linux distributor Novell to create software appliances based on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) wrapped up in VMware's ESX Server virtual machines. The deal was inked at the VMworld festivities in Cannes this week.
Windows 7 to take Surface mainstream?
VSLiveCould Windows 7 take Microsoft multi-touch mainstream? To an extent.
Hacking contest offers $10,000 for iPhone exploit
An annual hacker competition planned for next month has setting its sights on Apple's iPhone and four other smart phones in a contest that will pay cash prizes of $10,000 to anyone who can break in to the mobile devices.
Google seeks starvation of growling watchdog
Google has attempted to cut the funding of a well-known public watchdog, after the organization launched a "guerrilla" attack on its Washington lobby operation.
Microsoft trades goodwill for TomTom Linux satisfaction
AnalysisIt looks like Microsoft finally did it. It has filed a lawsuit over alleged infringement of its US patents by Linux and open source.
VMware's one-trick pony: Destined to be a platform?
CommentThese guys could make it. VMware could be another Oracle, another supplier whose steel is tempered by the furnace heat of Microsoft competition, instead of weakening and melting away like Netscape, the Lotus spreadsheet and other classic Microsoft-whipped suppliers.
Debt collection can be harassment, rules court
A woman who took a case for harassment against British Gas has won a settlement from the company. One legal expert said that the case should act as a warning to all firms to make sure their debt collection and complaint handling operations communicate.
Samsung S1 Mini 1.8in external hard drive
ReviewWe've just received what has to be one of the cutest little external hard drives we've ever seen: Samsung's new S1 Mini.
Dominican lad suffers six-day stiffy
A 23-year-old male from the Dominican Republic spent five days in hospital suffering from an attack of priapism while doctors battled in vain to encourage his hideously empurpled member to succumb to deflatory treatment.
Polluters to start paying, tardily
New regulations implementing the 'polluter pays' principle for environmental damage come into force in England on 1st March 2009, nearly two years after an EU Directive's original deadline.
Nokia plotting Symbian laptops
Nokia has plans to put Symbian onto laptop computers, with the vendor predicting converged devices were likely to appear in as little as five years from now.
UMD-free PSP coming this autumn?
A redesigned PlayStation Portable (PSP) that doesn’t use UMD game discs could be launched this autumn, according to a senior gaming industry excutive.
Small biz still struggling for funding as RBS flounders
Royal Bank of Scotland has recorded the largest loss in UK corporate history and is being bailed out again by the Treasury, while small and medium businesses are still struggling to get hold of credit.
Hertfordshire drivers endure 200-year roadworks
We're obliged this morning to reader Paul Smith for alerting drivers to ongoing and rather prolonged roadworks in Hertfordshire, albeit with "slight" impact on traffic flow:
Boffins: Send robot lawn tractors to the Moon
Corporate and academic robotics boffins in the States say they have validated plans for creating a spaceship landing field on the Moon using small droid dump-trucks "the size of riding mowers".
Miley Cyrus hacker in MySpace spam ringtone scam
A teenager already suspected of breaking into the Gmail account of actress Miley Cyrus and swiping candid pictures also hacked into MySpace profiles of other celebrities.
Texting: Good for kids after all?
A study of 88 British kids, aged between 10 and 12, has discovered that those who regularly text have better reading skills despite the use of txt abbreviations.
Stargazers peer into the 'Eye of God'
The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, aka (mercifully) ESO, has released an impressive image of the Helix Nebula captured by La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Nokia eyes up notebook biz
Nokia’s Chief Executive has confirmed that the firm’s considering a move into the laptop market.
Sony Walkman X1000 series priced, dated
Amazon has revealed the prices and rough shipment dates for Sony’s upcoming touch-controlled Walkman X1000 portable media players.
Carphone Warehouse to axe 450 jobs
Up to 450 people will be made redundant by Carphone Warehouse in a cost-cutting exercise, the firm said today.
TechNet, MSDN subscribers get Vista SP2 release candidate
Microsoft has released a near-final version of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) for its TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
Sonim XP3 Enduro ultra-rugged mobile phone
ReviewLaunched in November, but only just available in the UK, the Sonim Enduro is hard to kill - very hard. We know - we tried.
Spectrum Bridge maps out the white spaces
While big names compete for the contract to run the white-space database, Spectrum Bridge has quietly put the information online, allowing anyone in America to discover what is in their personal white room.
Reg Reader poll on notebook quality: results are in
Our recent poll of Reg readers on their perceptions of some of the most prominent brands in the notebook PC space provided some interesting food for thought for those looking to make procurement decisions in this area. While it is tempting to focus on specs and prices, it was clear from results that there is much more to it than that.
McKinnon's UK trial bid rejected by DPP
UK prosecutors has rejected the opportunity to prosecute Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon in Britain, despite his signed confession to hacking offences.
Google shakes AdWords snowglobe again
Google has added its AdWords program to the company’s News searches in the US and quietly ditched its Adwords business pages for mobile ads service.
Nintendo unveils 'Pro' Wii controller
Pictures and specifications for a redesigned Wii Classic controller have been published on Nintendo’s Japanese website.
iPhoney nano found, tested in Asia
ReviewWhile rumours of an iPhone Nano abound, anyone knocking about China or South-East Asia with a few quid spare can buy one right now. Well, up to a point. While the 'iPhone Mini' looks and feels like a Nano-style two-thirds scale iPhone -and even comes complete with an almost-Mac icon on the back - it has absolutely sod-all to do do with the folk at Cupertino.
Panasonic readies Freesat Blu-ray pair
Panasonic this week previewed what it claimed is the world’s first pair of Blu-ray recorders with two integrated Freesat receivers and an internal hard drive.
Sky taken to task for online promo cock-up
Broadcaster Sky should have made sure its websites could handle the traffic generated by its promotional advertising, and should have made a web offer available on the phone once it ran into problems, the advertising regulator has said.
UK kids presenter gets online support
Supporters of one-armed CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell are flocking to her defence following press stories claiming her appearance was upsetting children.
Spooks told to get used to encrypted VoIP
A British security firm has urged the government not to impose heavy-handed interception regulations on VoIP providers, ahead of the forthcoming consultation on communications data.
Pirate Bay's neo-Nazi sugar daddy
The trial of the Pirate Bay operators in Sweden has generated huge amounts of media coverage. But one of the most interesting things about Pirate Bay hasn't got a mention.
Teen sacked for 'boring' job Facebook comment
A teenager from the international financial powerhouse that is Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was given her marching orders after bosses discovered she'd described her office administrator's post as "boring" on Facebook.
Cambridge security boffins slam banking card readers
Card readers for online banking are inherently insecure, according to a new study by Cambridge security researchers.
Harry Potter hangs up wand in 2011
Warner Bros has announced that its Harry Potter franchise will wind up with a 15 July 2011 release for Deathly Hallows: Part II, the BBC reports.
Yahoo! parts! ways! with! CFO!
Update: This story has been updated to include quotes from Carol Bartz's Yahoo! reorg blog post
Apple laptop ignites marketing department
Staff at a London-based marketing firm had a lucky escape recently, when one worker’s Apple laptop caused some serious issues for the IT department.
Intel preps ultra-thin notebook chips
Intel will soon release two new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processors designed for ultra-thin notebooks.
Supremes ankle AT&T DSL line-sharing suit
On AT&T's high-speed internet pipes, it's AT&T's ballgame, the US Supreme Court has ruled.
Google finally gives self Web2.0rhea
It was only a matter of time. Google has given itself Web2.0rhea.
Dell profits dive 48% in Q4
Dell's coffers took a serious licking during its fiscal fourth quarter, courtesy your friendly neighborhood massive global recession.
Cisco lays off 250 in first wave of cuts
Cisco has begun the layoff process it had announced earlier, with approximately 250 people exiting its San Jose, California headquarters this week, along with more throughout its worldwide operations.
Big Blue flaunts Meltdown-proof coating
Four more weeks of the economic meltdown has not changed IBM's tune. At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, IBM's chief financial officer, Mark Loughridge, said that January was just fine at Big Blue and affirmed the guidance the company has provided to a somewhat skeptical and skittish Wall Street.