14th > November > 2008 Archive
Sun pimps out OpenOffice as Microsoft 'clarifies' Office for web
OpenOffice is being pimped out by Sun Microsystems, just as Microsoft takes Office online, if Sun's chief executive latest blog entry is anything to go by.
Time to reject traditional database techniques?
Mainstream database management system (DBMS) technology faces a challenge from new approaches that reject the relational model. The battleground is set to be the market for business intelligence based on very large databases.
Google crowbars search money machine into YouTube
In its ongoing struggle to actually make money from YouTube, Google has shoehorned its ridiculously-successful search advertising setup into the popular post-your-own-video site.
eBay bans sale of Obama inauguration tickets
eBay has agreed to ban ticket sales for US President-elect Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration ceremony on its websites.
Watchdogs decry Kentucky's 141-site net casino land grab
Three civil liberties groups urged a Kentucky appeals court to overturn the seizure of domain names for some of the world's most popular gambling sites, arguing the move is based on "incorrect factual assumptions" and violates Free Speech guarantees and other provisions of the US Constitution.
Nuke plant reborn as 'green' data center
1&1 Internet - one of the world's largest web hosts - will build its next European data center inside an abandoned nuclear fuel facility.
3 pledges 14.4Mb/s HSDPA in 2010
Faster HSDPA and HSUPA 3G speeds will be rolled out in the UK’s big cities in 2010, network operator 3 has promised.
Ofcom's pilot starts seeing signs
We're one month into a four-month trial attempting to map radio spectrum usage in the UK and the companies involved are already turning up some interesting and occasionally downright odd results.
Samsung ML-1630W wireless network mono laser printer
ReviewLaser printers aren’t the most photogenic of kit and you’d usually want to relegate one to an office or workroom. Samsung has given its latest offering a makeover, though.
Capita gets £60m deal to merge NHS websites
Capita has launched the bundled-together NHS websites - NHS Direct and NHS Choices. It was named as preferred supplier in July.
DoS and distributed hacking tools finally criminalised
A law criminalising denial of service attacks and the supply of hacking tools has been brought into force in England and Wales after a number of delays. The law was already in force in Scotland.
Logica jacks ups full year estimates
Anglo-Dutch services firm Logica is upping estimates for the full year on the back of unaudited results for the third quarter ended 30 September.
AMD readies 'Yukon' for netbook gold rush
AMD has, as expected, announced its plan to tackle arch-rival Intel's dominance of the netbook arena. But its efforts will centre on a new CPU: a 45nm dual-core part dubbed 'Conesus'.
Guns N' Roses blogger to walk
The US blogger arrested for uploading tracks from Chinese Democracy, the long-awaited Guns N'Roses/Axl Rose album, is not likely to serve prison time.
Google to launch iPhone voice search app
Google is set to launch an iPhone application that’ll let you search the web using the power of speech.
MoD seeks 'budding Qs' in SME engagement push
The UK Ministry of Defence says it is keen to hear from "budding Qs who think they could supply the armed forces of the future with high-tech gadgets and gizmos". To that end, the MoD has organised an "innovation day" at Glasgow University.
AMD 'Fusion' CPUs slip to 2011, roadmap reveals
AMD's first quad-core processor for notebooks will arrive in 2010 before being superseded a year later by a four-core part aimed at both laptops and desktops - and AMD's first, late 'Fusion' chip.
Tens of thousands of kids need to be protected from ContactPoint users
Data on about 55,000 children will need to be protected from estranged and abusive family members, or because they are under police protection, according to figures from local authorities.
Judge says tech-addled jurors undermine justice
CommentAfter years of complaints that judges may not always be in touch with the modern world, one judge hit back last week by suggesting that younger jury members may be too conditioned by technology to give defendants a fair trial. Worse, they are so used to doing their own research online that they have wrecked several major trials.
Shoden takes lego approach to de-duped mainframe VTL
Better mousetraps selling for less money seem a good idea in straightened times. That's what a South African system integrator has built and is using to expand into the UK. The product is QuickRecover, a de-duplicating mainframe virtual tape library (VTL).
Piaggio MP3 to beat Chevy Volt to plug-on mass production
'Leccy TechLooks like the Chevy Volt may be pipped to the post as the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid by, well, a motor scooter.
Tory MP smacks Labour about the balls
A Tory MP from Surrey has exposed Labour's efforts to curry favour with international businessmen by showering them with branded premium golf balls.
India draws up own Google Earth plan
India is planning to create its own version of Google Earth on the back of its successful moon mission.
Half Life hacker refused FBI sting bait
Games developer Valve worked with the FBI to set up a sting operation to capture a suspected hacker soon after source code for Half Life 2 leaked onto P2P networks in 2003.
Sweden judges back Pirate Hunter Act
Resistance to a new anti-file sharing law dubbed by some as the Pirate Hunter Act is mounting in Sweden. More than 22,000 members have joined a group called Stoppa IPRED ('Stop IPRED') on Facebook, which has bombarded Swedish parliament members with protest mails. Youth organisations and all of the centre-right political parties have condemned the law as well.
HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile smartphone
ReviewHas the discussion about what might be the ‘iPhone killer’ become irrelevant yet? Yes, the iPhone is a great multimedia device, but it's easily beaten in other, now traditional, phone feature categories.
NASA's CO2-scan sat arrives at launch site
NASA's first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide has arrived at its launch site. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory will take off from Vandenberg airforce base in January.
Warrington first to get Virgin Media 50Mb/s
Virgin Media has invited 200 customers in Warrington in Cheshire to be the first to try its forthcoming 50Mb/s broadband package at no extra cost for two months.
IQstor claims highest-density drive array
Here's a new storage array for channel players looking for an edge, a more-for-less product. It's a 52TB, 4U box with SAN software that can scale up past a petabyte and comes from a supplier - IQstor - most of us have never heard of, as it supplies smaller OEMs.
FTC sues internet 'loan sharks' for deceptive lending
Alleged internet payday loan sharks are being sued for failing to disclose loan terms and strong-arm collection tactics by US consumers watchdogs.
Auntie Beeb's amazing, evolving, ID card stories
On the 6th of November the BBC announced to an astonished world that "People 'can't wait for ID cards'. Breathlessly repeating the words of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's speech that morning, Auntie reported: "I believe there is a demand, now, for cards - and as I go round the country I regularly have people coming up to me and saying they don't want to wait that long."
'Ruggedised, weaponised' raygun modules now on sale
US killtech behemoth Northrop Grumman has has said that it is ready to take orders for the "world's first ruggedised, weaponised high energy solid state laser designed for battlefield applications". The raygun module is dubbed FIRESTRIKE™.
Sony unveils 12Mp cameraphone sensor
Sony has developed a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor for use in mobile phones, which will become available to mobile makers early next year.
Sun slashes up to 6,000 jobs
Before the markets opened on Wall Street this morning, Sun Microsystems did what most of us expected it would soon do after years of flatline revenues and a lack of profits or losses in many quarters: slash the employee headcount again, and this time a little deeper to appease investors and to get back to profitability.
Nominet top brass reject resignation call
The executives in charge of Nominet, the not-for-profit company responsible for the .uk web address registry, have rejected calls from elected directors to resign and face a vote of confidence from members.
Hubble snaps planet orbiting distant star
The Hubble space telescope has captured the first visible-light image of an exoplanet orbiting a star - a body no greater than three Jupiter masses, gravitationally-bound to Fomalhaut in the constellation Piscis Australis.
US Dept of Agriculture rubbishes Amish anti-RFID push
Amish farmers attempts to prevent RFID tags being used in cattle have been attacked by the US Department of Agriculture on the grounds that it's not mandatory, and therefore can't be considered a breach of religious rights.
Obama names techies to transition squad
President-elect Barack Obama has named his agency review team, which checks on the work of individual government departments and offers strategic advice before Obama is sworn in at the end of January.
Yes! It's the GPS game!
GPS-enabled phones are great if you’ve got places to go and things to do. But what if you’ve no friends and nowhere to go? Well, simply download the game that turns GPS navigation into a solo pastime.
Northamber confirms channel of misery
Hardware distie Northamber confirmed tough times in an interim statement to the Stock Exchange today.
India plants flag on Moon
India has become the fourth nation to join the stuff-on-the-Moon club, after the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit successfully launched an impact probe at the lunar surface this afternoon. The 35-kg impactor was blazoned with the Indian flag.
Lenovo pitches passcode-protected external hard drive
Lenovo has launched a portable hard drive with an integrated numerical security pad, designed to divert would-be data thieves.
Adobe proposes open access to app stores
Despite its co-dependent relationship with the iPhone, O2 UK plans to launch its own developer community and app store next year, which could put non-Apple handsets in a better position to compete with the iPhone and its App Store.
AVG slaps Trojan label on Adobe Flash
AVG, the popular anti-virus package, has falsely identified Adobe Flash as potentially malicious. The snafu comes just days after AVG slapped a bogus Trojan warning on a core Windows component.
Clearwire looks to white space for savings
While the white space vote might have got all the attention last week - along with that other vote - the FCC also approved the creation of "New Clearwire" and it turns out that the two votes could well prove complementary.
Spare Backup signs Carphone Warehouse
You will soon be able to backup content on your Carphone Warehouse laptop to a data centre in the cloud, as Carphone W has signed a deal with Spare Backup.
Still sending naked email? Get your protection here
Security How-toIn this age of brazen, warrantless wiretaps and never-ending data breaches, you'd think email encryption would be considered de rigueur. Alas, even among the digerati it's rarely given the time of day because encryption is seen as an exotic undertaking that brings more hassle than benefit.
Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel
High-ranking Microsoft and Intel executives were involved in a plan to re-write the Windows Vista Capable program to save both companies - and OEMs - millions of dollars, according to unsealed court documents.
Obama inaugurates YouTube-side chats
US President-elect Barack Obama plans to use YouTube to modernize the traditional White House weekly radio address.