2nd > April > 2009 Archive

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Intel trades ownership for popularity on mobile Linux project

Intel is handing over its mobile Linux effort to the Linux Foundation to stimulate broader interest.
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'Freakishly fast' Ruby coming to the Mac

Mac developers intrigued by Ruby's ease of use and simple maintainability but deterred by its turgid performance will be happy to hear that MacRuby 0.5 - aka its "experimental branch" - is remarkably snappy.
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Microsoft plays coy over iPhone Office

Web 2.0 Expo Redmond has hinted it soon may bring Microsoft Office to the iPhone.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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Google admits data center podification

Google has admitted that its data centers are pieced together using intermodal shipping containers pre-packed with servers and cooling equipment.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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What if IBM doesn't buy Sun?

Opinion Are we witnessing Sun's death rattle with both CEO and chairman of the board poised to walk the plank? That is highly likely to be the outcome if IBM does not buy Sun.
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DARPA wants 'clandestine' 3D building-interior mapping kit

Pentagon bizarro-tech chiefs have issued a requirement for mysterious sensor systems which would be able to peer through concrete walls to produce a complete internal picture of a building. US Forces would use such kit for "overseas urban building interior awareness".
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We read WiReD, so you don't have to

There was a surprise in the goodie bag for attendees of WiReD UK's launch party. Alongside a copy of the launch issue and a Windows game, was a small bottle of Thunderbird - the fortified wine beloved of students and park bench alcoholics.
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Apple Mac Pro

Review The recent updates to Apple’s iMac and Mac Mini desktop systems rather suggested that the company was treading water. Both machines sported new graphics chips and faster system buses, but their processor speeds had barely changed and there was a steady trend towards higher prices that suggested Apple was planning to weather the recession by padding its profit margins as much as possible.
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Playmobil Bible faces wrath of lawyers

A German evangelical pastor who's recreated biblical scenes from Playmobil figures has been given until 6 April to pull his website, or face the wrath of the company's lawyers.
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AMD, Nvidia introduce new GPUs

AMD has taken the wraps off its latest 'world's most powerful' graphics card - a claim curiously absent from Nvidia's announcement, made just hours before, of a new GPU of its own.
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Sony unveils 'world's smallest' HD camcorder

Sony has crafted a camcorder that it claims is the smallest and lightest of its kind. It also has on-board GPS.
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Conficker suspect brought to book in Beavertown?

While the rest of the world bit its nails in terror that the Conficker worm would somehow rise up and swamp the internet on 1 April, Russian wags seized on the opportunity to craft a subtle April Fool joke.

Subsidized netbook model could sweep away 20 years of PC history

While many stories this week rest on whether or not Apple will bother with a netbook (Steve Jobs has said the iPhone does everything a netbook does anyway, and was reported as saying “We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk”), the issue really is whether or not you belong to the school of thought which says every network needs to have specialist operator supplied equipment or whether instead, you are a believer in open networks.
Faultline, 02 2009
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YouTube yanks music videos from German site

YouTube has blocked thousands of music videos in Germany, after a contract between Google and the country’s royalties’ collector, GEMA, expired on Tuesday.
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Most undergraduates 'show fear when asked to do maths'

Six out of every ten university students are afraid of mathematics to the point where it deters them from studying technical subjects, according to new research. The proportion of students who "show symptoms of anxiety" regarding maths is also significantly higher among females than males.
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PS3 firmware update to add text chat

The PlayStation 3’s latest firmware update – version 2.70 - will be crammed with some juicy features for gamers, including “Text Chat” and a video backup option.
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Palm opens up, and goes back in time

Palm has launched its developer program for the as-yet-unreleased Pre device as a free download, but developers will have to justify their existence if they want a fast track to WebOS.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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EMC extends EmailXtender to SourceOne

EMC today announces its SourceOne product for archiving e-mails. This will be the foundation for a general content archiving services platform along the lines that Mimosa and Mimecast are currently developing.
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The Cloud, Virtualization, and all that

This is the first in a series of webcasts featuring interesting (or deadly dull) conversations about industry news and trends. These webcasts are hosted by Dan Olds, the principal analyst for Gabriel Consulting Group, a boutique IT industry analyst firm located in the US. Dan is a reasonably smart guy, has been around the industry for quite a while, and, more importantly, seems to have a viewpoint and attitude that fits in well around here.
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TomTom brings high-end features to low-end models

TomTom has designed two satnavs for cheapskates, both featuring technologies previously found only on the firm’s higher spec Go gadgets.
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What would you pay for 400,000 new green jobs?

Good news emerged from the recent Low Carbon Summit hosted by bailed-out £10bn loss-making bank, RBS. Peter Mandelson got covered in custard, and the government announced a new industrial strategy.
Ben Pile, 02 2009
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UK.gov to get power to force ISPs to block child porn

The European Union wants new laws that would grant national governments the power to force ISPs to block child pornography.
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Aussies backtrack on firewall plans

The Aussie communications minister Stephen Conroy seems to be moving away from his planned test of a compulsory internet filter.
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Apple cracks down on rogue app stores

Apple has launched a pre-emptive strike on stores selling unauthorised iPhone applications, by changing the terms and conditions of the iPhone SDK to make authoring content for such sites against the rules.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Swedish web traffic tumbles as IPRED arrives

Internet usage in Sweden took a dramatic 30 per cent dip on Wednesday, as the country’s new anti-file sharing law came into effect.
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PS3 players prefer gaming to bonking

A survey has discovered that almost three-quarters of PlayStation 3 owners would happily swap a night of passion with their partner for time to try a newly released game.
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Nokia E75

Review The E75 is the first Nokia smartphone to feature a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and style-wise it would appear to be a sort of cross between the conventionally sliding E66 and the E90 Communicator – the latest incarnation of Nokia's long-established hinged Qwerty-keyboard business phones.
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The security expert's armoury

Episode 5 In part five of our Regcast series assessing the state of the IT Security market, the panel tackle what is required in the Security expert’s armoury.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office plans biometrics bonanza

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office plans to buy biometric systems for security use in British embassies.
Kablenet, 02 2009
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Microsoft focuses on 3D camera company

Microsoft is reported to be buying 3D digital camera company 3DV Systems for $34m, giving it remote gesture recognition technology.
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Unauthorised Wolverine claws his way onto interwebs

The forthcoming superhero movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine has tipped up on a number of BitTorrent websites ahead of its 1 May release.
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Carbon capture would create fizzy underground oceans

New research has possibly given a boost to the idea of carbon capture, indicating that CO2 is sometimes held dissolved in underground water for millions of years. However, it is acknowledged that CO2 contained in subterranean water is prone to bubble out again, and often does so - famously at naturally-sparkling springs, for instance.
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EU gets real in fight against counterfeiters

The European Commission's Counterfeiting and Piracy Observatory was launched today to find better ways to fight fake goods and illegal downloads.
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Fulton imbues protection with power

Fulton Innovation has signed a deal with Case-Mate, the protective case manufacturer, to embed charging circuits into their products.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Jabra reveals 'world's first' dual-mic Bluetooth headset

Jabra has launched a Bluetooth headset with two embedded microphones to help drown out noisy neighbours.
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MSI names UK date, price for 'hybrid' netbook

MSI has finally announced when its netbook incorporating both a solid-state drive and hard disk will arrive in Blighty.
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Brits build e-car friendly solar parking bay

'Leccy Tech British manufacturer of laminated photovoltaic solar panels Romag thinks it has the answer to all those people who can't help but bang on about electric cars not really being environmentally friendly because the power they use probably comes from a monstrous CO2 belching, Gia-strangling coal-fired power station.
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MEPs urge govs: Set up surveillance register

Governments should create a list of all organisations that track internet use and produce an annual report on internet surveillance, the European Parliament has said.
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ClaraNet email falls over

ClaraNet customers have been without email access all day, after the business ISP's POP3 system took a lie down this morning.
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Bigger Indigo - shades of AT&T's NCR grab

Comment Rumor has it that IBM will acquire Sun Microsystems on Friday morning.
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Intel, GE partner on healthcare gadgetry

Chipmaker Intel and manufacturing giant General Electric are pooling their efforts to computerize home-based healthcare.
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UK operation patents DVD lockdown

Liquid11, better known for phone-number aggregation service SwitchboardFree, has got a patent on a DVD lockdown technology that enables pay-to-play without mucking about with proprietary hardware or risking internet sharing of security codes.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Amazon puts stuffed elephant in sky

Amazon has floated a new data-crunching cloud based on Hadoop, the stuffed elephant open-source phenomenon that attempts to mimic the distributed computing platform driving Google's online infrastructure.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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US states may seek Microsoft anti-trust extension

Some US states may ask for continued supervision of Microsoft, to ensure the software giant isn't breaching the government's 2001 anti-trust agreement.
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China restricts online video after YouTube police beating

The Chinese government has issued strict rules on "harmful" internet videos, after blocking access to YouTube over a clip purportedly showing police beating Tibetan independence protesters.
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Apple seeks to patent movement, vibration and pleasure

Apple is investigating new user-interface ideas, including motion-based function selection and multi-layered interface elements that change their appearance during use.
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Short bursts of The Reg at work increase your productivity

Sneaking a little web surfing into the work day increases our concentration and productivity overall, according to a University of Melbourne study.
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Microsoft's latest open-source release catches a wrinkle

Microsoft has published its .NET architectural pattern under an OSI-approved open-source license to a mixed reception.
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RIM profits jump in Q4

In a global recession, let them eat smartphones.

AT&T mistakes netbook for phone, sells with service plan

AT&T, America's largest land-line phone company and second-largest mobile service provider, is launching a trial program of subsidized netbooks with two-year contracts for wireless and wired internet access, with initial buy-in starting at fifty bucks.
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Next-gen SQL injection opens server door

A vulnerability estimated to affect more than 1 in 10 websites could go lethal with the finding that it can be used to reliably take complete control of the site's underlying server.