22nd > May > 2009 Archive

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Mozilla to breed prepubescent add-on developers

Mozilla has unfurled a new API designed to expand the worldwide population of Firefox add-on developers.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Sony eyes smile, smirk-controlled music phone

Do you weep during Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven or grin from ear-to-ear when your hear The Monkees? If so then you should be using a device that changes tracks according to your facial expressions, at least according to Sony Ericsson.
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Kelway buys Repton

Kelway has bought fellow London reseller Repton Holdings Plc for an undisclosed sum.
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IR35 tax is a huge failure

Opinion Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Professional Contractors Group has been able to find out how much tax the British government has raised from IR35.
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E-cars are a dangerous myth, says top boffin

Politicians' obsession with electric cars is a waste of time - and costing British science and research dear. So says Richard Pike, head of the Royal Chemistry Society, in a hard-hitting contribution to Research Fortnight (pdf).
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Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS

Review “EasyShare” is a lovely name, isn’t it? It’s all soft and cuddly and suggests that your camera is friendly little thing that will let you share your images with all and sundry. Well, top marks to Kodak’s marketing bods for the name, but does the EasyShare M1093 IS deliver in terms of features, performance and ease of use?
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Microsoft bails out of European competition hearing

Microsoft has turned down the chance to give oral evidence to the European Competition Commission - because the date clashes with a big beanfeast for regulators in Switzerland.
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Atlantis home today, storms permitting

Space shuttle Atlantis will today return to terra firma at the end of its successful STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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YouTube flooded with porn

YouTube has been hit with an avalanche of smut, uploaded by users of various messageboards apparently protesting at the site's removal of music videos.
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Women coppers eager to drop trousers

Blighty's female coppers are none too happy with their current standard-issue police strides, which they claim makes them look like a “a sack of potatoes” and, worse still, sport a Simon Cowell-style high waistband.
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BT rejects wholesale price changes

BT is not happy with Ofcom's changes to wholesale prices, and is complaining it will effectively make a loss on each connection.
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DHS to field Star Trek 'Tricorder' medscanner

US federal boffins say they are well on the way to developing a Star Trek style "tricorder", able to monitor a person's medical condition from 40 feet away.
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Oz man fined for drink-drive rumpy-pumpy

A Darwin man's wallet is AU$1,400 lighter after police collared him "engaged in a sexual romp with his female passenger" while under the influence, ABC News reports.
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When rip and replace is not an option

Comment Today’s brochures about data centre design show pictures of row upon row of rack-mounted devices, and come with the clear message that in networking, servers and storage, conformity is the answer, efficiency is the goal and value is the inevitable result.
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London to become Europe's e-car capital, says Mayor

Leccy Tech London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans that he hopes will make the city the electric vehicle capital of Europe.
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Fusion-io bubbles away but will it erupt?

Comment Market seismometers are detecting moves from Fusion-io, the server-attach solid state disk startup. Is it about to erupt and deliver on its potential?
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E-trade scammer pleads guilty to Office Space scam

A Californian man who raked in $50,000 after opening thousands of bogus accounts with online brokers, sometimes in the name of cartoon characters, has pleaded guilty to fraud.
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Street View prowls the Emerald Isle

It's official: Ireland is about to fall to Street View's all-seeing eye, as this photograph from Tramore, County Waterford, proves:
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Russians offer hackintosh netbook

Want an Asus Eee PC 1000H to run Mac OS X? New Russian hackintosh supplier RussianMac is now offering just that.
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32GB iPhone confirmed by T-Mobile?

A 32GB iPhone category was recently added to a T-Mobile website – further fuelling speculation that an updated model is inbound.
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Government procurement now wrapped with training red tape

The UK government will demand that IT services suppliers have a staff development plan, if they want a slice of its £14bn annual spending on IT services.
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Microsoft set to reveal Windows 7 pricing mid-June

Microsoft is expected to cough up Windows 7 price details next month.
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Virgin space mothership test details posted online

The firm building jet "motherships" and suborbital rocketplanes for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space joyride operation has begun posting flight-test results online. The move is perhaps an acknowledgement that the SpaceShipTwo programme and Virgin Galactic can only survive by maintaining high public visibility and engagement.
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Paris loses her BlackBerry in Cannes hotel

The cream of Hollywood is living in fear of crank phonecalls and other virtual assaults after Paris Hilton lost her BlackBerry while cavorting at the Cannes film festival in the early hours of this morning.
Joe Fay, 22 2009
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Fellers at Dell ditch Della?

Updated PC giant Dell is no longer in touch with its feminine side, it seems. It has taken its female-friendly sub-site, Della, offline less than ten days after launching it online.
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Police chief tilts at windmills in 'porn' disk case

Avon and Somerset police chief's claims that he would rather risk prison than return alleged indecent images to a computer forensic expert appear to put him at odds with his own legal team which agreed to a consent order to return the material.
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Sony Ericsson baking Donut Android phones

Sony Ericsson has a sweet treat in store for Android fans – confirmation that it'll launch several Android phones based on the Google OS’ Donut edition.
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Sony Bravia KDL-37S5500

Review Sony’s S-series HD TVs are described as "entertainment for everyone" – which is about as close as Sony ever gets to the word ‘cheap’. Priced at £829 when bought direct from Sony’s online store, the KDL-37S5500 is the cheapest 37in set currently available from the Japanese giant, so it’s worth taking a look at if you’re interested in a good entry-level LCD TV.
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Police wrong to spy on peace campaigner

Photographs of a peace campaigner taken during a surveillance operation by the Metropolitan Police should be destroyed, because the images were a disproportionate infringement of his human rights.
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'Thieving' sperm whale caught on CCTV

Boffins working with Alaskan fishermen have used CCTV to capture unique video of a sperm whale attempting to scoff cod off fishing gear. Such behaviour is referred to as "thieving" by the fishermen.
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Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

Google has souped up Chrome by updating the web browser’s JavaScript engine.
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Atlantis landing postponed

NASA has postponed until tomorrow the scheduled landing of space shuttle Atlantis at the end of its STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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FBI and US Marshals laid low by mystery virus

A mystery viral infection forced the FBI and US Marshals Service to pull the plug on parts of their respective computer networks on Thursday, AP reports.
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Boffins identify inherited 'werewolf' mutation

Chinese boffins believe that they may have discovered the gene for "werewolf syndrome", and say that there are at least thirty people with the inherited disorder among the population of the People's Republic.
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British court backs eBay piracy stance

The British High Court has backed eBay in a case brought by L'Oreal, which accused the online tat bazaar of failing to take adequate action to prevent fake items being sold on its site.
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Details of Sky's music download service leak

Exclusive Details of BSkyB's long awaited music collaboration with Vivendi-owned Universal Music are circulating, and have seeped into our inbox. The joint venture, between the world's biggest record label and the powerful media company which was announced with much fanfare last summer, will be branded "Sky Songs".
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Dodgy McAfee update slaps viral warning on Spotify

Security software from McAfee wrongly identified the Spotify application as a virus, following a misfiring update published on Thursday.
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HDS' puzzling clustered storage controller launch

Highlight May 27 in your diaries: Hitachi data Systems is making what chief scientist Claus Mikkelson calls "a big announcement" then.
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Tasmanian devil whirling onto endangered list

The luckless Tasmanian devil is to be added to the official list of endangered species in a move intended to save it from extinction, The Times reports.
Sarah Bee, 22 2009
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iTunes store Kama Sutra gives Apple warm cheeks

Apple has rejected an e-book reader from the iTunes store on the grounds that users might download a copy of the Kama Sutra - despite the same content being available in half a dozen other applications including Safari.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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Radio whingers find little Ofcom love

Ed Richards cocked a sympathetic ear to the troubles of the commercial radio business yesterday - but the Ofcom chief could offer little in the way of instant pain relief.
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IBM ships SSDs for Power Systems

IBM today begins selling its first solid state disks for its Power Systems boxes, the machines it uses to attack the Unix, Linux, and OS/400 installed bases.
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Would-be Jacqui whacker told to try his hand with the Met

A London man who is trying to bring a private prosecution against the Home Secretary for fraud has been told to go and have a chat with the Metropolitan Police first.
Joe Fay, 22 2009
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Analyst forecasts Apple Kindle-killer for 2010

Apple may have a downer on netbooks, but that won't stop it releasing a 7-10in tablet in the coming months, one analyst has forecast. It's some way off, though.
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Apple Schmucki to sue over fake iPods

International financial heavyweights attending an economic conference in Switzerland were treated in their swag bags to a bright shiny iPod shuffle. One problem: It was a Chinese counterfeit.
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US military shows off hack-by-numbers battlefield gadget

As the US military strives to boost its ability to wage cyber warfare, it's looking for ways to make it easier for non-expert soldiers on the front lines to wreak havoc on enemy networks.
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Apple 'Kindle killer' rumor gets touch-screen

More evidence has surfaced that the long-rumored Apple tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever is on its way to a fanboi near you. Or to you yourself, if you swing that way.
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Wikipedia lets Creative Commons into its heart

Yes, Wikipedia is moving to a Creative Commons license.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Amazon joins with TuneCore for on-demand CD pressing

Amazon.com is striking a deal with independent music-licensing startup TuneCore to offer artists CD-pressing on demand.
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SP2 glitch renders SharePoint trial ware

Microsoft has disclosed a bug in the Service Pack 2 update to SharePoint Server 2007 that causes the application to expire after 180 days.
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Federal judge muzzles Craigslist-threatening AG

A federal judge has ruled South Carolina's attorney general must keep his mouth shut about threatening to prosecute Craigslist over ads for prostitution.
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Amazon cloud welcomes airplanes of data

Amazon's cloud is infinitely large. At least in theory. But bandwidth to the cloud is not. If you like, you could upload a full terabyte of data to that data center in the sky. But even over a T1 connection, it would take you a good 80 days.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Ex-BBC science man slams corp: 'Evangelical, shallow and sparse'

The BBC's environmental coverage has come under fire from a former science correspondent. Award-winning author and journalist David Whitehouse says the corporation risks public ridicule - or worse - with what he calls "an evangelical, inconsistent climate change reporting and its narrow, shallow and sparse reporting on other scientific issues."
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Brocade loses $63.1m on record revenues

Storage networking vendor Brocade announced record half billion dollar plus revenues for its second fiscal 2009 quarter but nonetheless made a $63.1m loss. Analyst revenue expectations were comfortably exceeded.
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Boffins teach football bots how to fall

Boffins are teaching football-playing robots how to fall properly.
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Boston dorm computer raid ruled illegal

A justice from Massachusetts's highest court has ordered police to return a laptop and other gear seized from a Boston student's dorm room after rejecting prosecutors' arguments that hoax emails he was suspected of sending might be illegal under a computer crime statute.