25th > February > 2009 Archive
Microsoft woos open sourcers with Visual Studio 2010
VSLiveMicrosoft has invited the open-source community to build plug-ins for Visual Studio 2010, and has improved database support to help build partner backing for its planned integrated development environment (IDE).
Google punts unlimited cloud sitting
The Mountain View Chocolate Factory is now offering (theoretically) unlimited access to Google App Engine, charging a fee for resources above and beyond the no-charge quotas on its fledgling developer cloud.
Samsung unsheathes screaming phone
Samsung has released a mobile phone with the ability to scream as loud as a snowmobile or motorcycle.
The internet is for violent jerks, study finds
Does the internet change folks into assholes? Or do assholes just naturally gravitate to using the internet?
Apple iPhone poised for China touchdown
It appears that Apple's plan to introduce its iPhone to 1.3 billion potential Chinese customers may have taken one more step towards reality.
Banking app vuln surfaces 18 months after discovery
As a security auditor for 11 years, Adriel Desautels has written his share of vulnerability advisories, but never one like the one he issued Tuesday for a software package made by a small Vermont company called Cambium Group.
Server sales cratered in Q4, says IDC
Someone has turned the volume knob on the x64 server market from 11 down to 9. And that someone is the economic meltdown.
Beware the dazzle of Microsoft's Azure lure
When it comes to Microsoft's Azure Services Platform, it pays to be cautious.
Home Office plans to force CCTV on shops and pubs
If you’re planning to buy alcohol in the near future, and prefer not to have your mugshot made available to the local police, best to stock up now. Because, buried deep within the debate around the s.31 of the Policing and Crime Bill are provisions that will allow the Secretary of State to instruct your local corner shop - or pub - to instal CCTV and retain pictures of anyone buying alcohol for at least 60 days. Said pics will, of course, be available to the police on request.
OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
ReviewFrom the outside, the 120GB OCZ Apex solid-state drive looks very similar to every other 2.5in SSD on the market, including the 80GB Intel X25-M that we reviewed last year.
Straw slaps ban on Iraq debate docs
When the government decided not to appeal the Information Tribunal's order to release Cabinet minutes related to the invasion of Iraq it seemed like a victory for open, transparent government. It wasn't.
Snowstorm swallows GPS skiing gizmo's creator
In a cruel twist of fate, an Australian man behind the development of a GPS gadget for tracking skiers has himself gone missing in a heavy snowstorm.
Government promotes open source for public sector
The government has published a new policy aimed at promoting the use of open source software in the public sector.
E-tailers can't claim on returned goods
Online retailers cannot reclaim some of the purchase price of goods even if they are returned after a long time and have given the user some benefit, an advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
Cheery Chinese car maker makes splash with EV hatchback
'Leccy TechChinese electric cars may not be pushing back the boundaries of technology or styling, but they do have the edge when it comes to affordability, practicality and actually - or rather probably - making it into mass production.
Ryanair trades blows with 'idiot blogger'
Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with "idiot blogger" Jason Roe and in the process demonstrated exactly how airlines should deal with bothersome self-loading cargo.
PlayStation Network members top 20m
Sony has announced that over 20m accounts have been registered with the PlayStation Network since the free online service launched back in late 2006.
Obama says his new chopper is 'procurement gone amuck'
It looks as though the new US President may soon join the Queen and switch to purchasing his official helicopters in America. Speculation is rife over the future of the planned buy of modified British/Italian copters, after Barack Obama made negative remarks regarding the project.
Excel Trojan targets unpatched flaws
Virus authors have reportedly created a Trojan that exploits an unpatched vulnerability in a range of versions of Excel.
Qualcomm UK engineers under threat
Mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm is considering laying off up to 40 engineers at its Cambridge labs, an insider has revealed.
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse
Google has apologised for yesterday’s major Gmail meltdown after some of its data centres in Europe failed to cope with a routine maintenance event.
Intel sues Psion over 'netbook' trademark
Intel has followed Dell and launched legal action against Psion to recover 'netbook' as a generic term for little laptops. And it accuses the PDA pioneer of fibbing to US trademark overseers.
Cheeky NetApp does it better than biggies
In a cheeky move NetApp is guaranteeing that customers using EMC, HDS, HP and IBM storage will save 35 per cent of the capacity on these systems by front-ending them with a NetApp V-Series product.
Super-sensitive MS mouse goes on sale
Microsoft’s mouse department has been pretty quiet since unveiling BlueTrack last year, but the firm’s now confirmed availability of a gaming mouse based on the blue-laser technology.
What are the security threats?
"Security", as the first article in this series points out, can always be found near the top of the list of concerns of every IT manager and IT director. Unfortunately the same subject can also manage to not quite make it onto the more important list of things to do something about now.
Texting peer gets prison
Lord Ahmed, charged with dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before hitting a car on the M1, has been jailed for 12 weeks.
UK kiddies cop a righteous tasering
The Liberal Democrats are a tad worried that the UK is sliding inexorably into a US-style law enforcement pit where the merest hint of insurrection is countered by a robust tasering - even if it means delivering electro-justice to wide-eyed kiddies.
Japan's boffins: Global warming isn't man-made
ExclusiveJapanese scientists have made a dramatic break with the UN and Western-backed hypothesis of climate change in a new report from its Energy Commission.
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage
Gmail users, still swooning from the extended outage on Tuesday, were hit with a widespread phishing attack hours after the blackout.
Canadian prof: Green IT is a waste of time
A prominent Canadian academic in the tech-policy field has said that "Green IT" initiatives don't work.
Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider
The Australian government is already planning to block legal internet content when its "great firewall" eventually goes live. That is the fear expressed by some of the most trenchant critics of this scheme, including Senators Simon Birmingham (for the Liberal Party) and Scott Ludlam (for the Greens) following another shift in emphasis by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in evidence to the Environment, Communications and the Arts committee on Monday.
Earthworm blamed for laptop crash
When Mark Taylor's laptop computer crashed, he thought a computer worm might be the cause. Attempted repairs revealed that he was quite right, though not in the way he suspected.
UK censors revolt against 'pornalone' ordeal
Staff from the British Board of Film Classification are inexplicably up in arms about a management move to force them to endure hardcore rumpy-pumpy alone, the Guardian reports.
NASA releases moon return globo-projection movie
NASA has announced the imminent debut of a promotional film entitled Return to the Moon, made for the radical new "spherical film-making" projection system.
Dell delivers gargantuan gaming beast
Dell has quietly revealed the latest addition to its XPS gaming PC line, with the online launch of its slick-looking Studio XPS 435.
Multi-coloured DSi models emerge
Nintendo’s updated DS handheld console, the DSi, isn’t even out here yet, but those pesky Japanese gamers have already been rewarded with a resprayed line.
Sharp UK intros 108in monster telly
If a 32in LCD just won’t do for your modern living room then how about a 108in beast from Sharp?
Small ISPs reject call to filter out child abuse sites
ISPs have rejected a call by childrens' charities to implement the government's approved blocklist for images of child sexual abuse, because the list does not stop anyone who wants to accessing such material.
Pirate Bay prosecutors get jiggy with charge sheet - again
Prosecutors in the entertainment industry versus The Pirate Bay trial have made further amendments to the charge sheet in the hope of nailing a conviction against the defendants.
Report names LG's phones as least reliable
LG, Sony Ericsson and Samsung mobile phones have been fingered as some of the most problematic handsets available, according to a poll of users.
MS warns testers to activate Windows 7 beta
Microsoft is nagging Windows 7 beta testers to activate their copies of the incomplete OS or else face a blackout after the 30-day grace period expires.
Fraud linked to US payment processor breach
US credit unions are reporting a security breach affecting credit and debit card numbers involving a payment processor firm. Neither the name of the company at the centre of the snafu nor how many records might be involved has been disclosed.
Sony shows off wacky fuel cell designs
Sony has demoed three odd fuel-cell designs on the opening day of the fifth International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo in Japan.
Google eats social bookmarking sideline
As it continues to cut costs, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory will soon shutter Google Shared Stuff, an attempt at so-called social bookmarking.
HP and Sun in Solaris bear hug
HP and Sun Microsystems have entered into an agreement designed to simplify sales, service, and support for customers who run - or can be coaxed to run - Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on HP's x86 hardware.
Microsoft aims 'non-security' update at gaping security hole
Microsoft is delivering a Windows software update designed to quash once and for all the difficulty of disabling Autorun, a feature that allows the spread of malware through CDs, USB, and other removable media.
Microsoft plays with small, sleepy servers
The Cloud Computing Futures (CCF) research unit at Microsoft, officially launched this week at the TechFest event in Redmond but secretly in existence for more than a year, showed off a number of projects at the event, two of which relate to servers.
Music industry's Irish ISP shakedown letter leaked
An internet hosting company has published a copy of the nasty-gram Ireland's music industry lawyers bulk-mailed to that country's internet service providers, demanding they begin blocking access to any website accused of piracy or else.
AMD lifts veil on six-core
AMD has demoed its upcoming six-core server processor, code-named Istanbul, claiming that it remains on track for release in the second half of this year.