29th > July > 2009 Archive

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Google open sources Wave gravy

As it strives to replace email, Google has open sourced two chunks of its new-age communications platform, Google Wave.
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2009
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Unisys pulls profit from 16% sales drop

Thanks to cost cutting, server and services provider Unisys has pulled out some profits in the second quarter even as its sales continue to fall.
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Sun tripling RAID protection

Comment The RAID industry standard for storage is RAID-6, with recovery from a double drive failure. But it's not going to be good enough as disk capacities increase, prolonging failed disk rebuild times and so lengthening the window of unrecoverable failure if a third disk fails before the recovery from a double drive failure is complete.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Zend squeezes PHP into business suit

Zend Technologies has announced the latest version of its open-source framework for PHP, offering improved support for Microsoft and Novell environments.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2009
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Cowon D2+ DAB

Review The portable media player market ranges from the cheapest, smallest screen players, aimed primarily for playing music, to palm-sized, PDA-style pads, more than suitable for watching films and time-shifted TV. The Cowon D2+ DAB is definitely at the smaller end of the scale, but still offers a good range of programme sources including, as you’ll have guessed from the name, DAB radio.
Simon Williams, 29 Jul 2009
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Cisco and IBM come together over SAN WAN links

Cisco and IBM have partnered to improve wide area communications for mainframe SAN users with a specialised Cisco WAN acceleration offering.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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AST raises Plasmon technology from the grave

Alliance Storage Technologies, which bought the UDO (Ultra Density Optical) technology from defunct optical storage company Plasmon, is now making, distributing and supporting UDO and related Plasmon products.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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HMRC can't corral non-EU counterfeits

Customs authorities do not have the power to seize goods that enter the UK in transit from a non-European Union country to another non-EU country even if they know they are counterfeit, the High Court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Jul 2009
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IT's recession could be bottoming out

The information and communication industry could have hit the bottom and it is software which will lead us out of the trough.
John Oates, 29 Jul 2009
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Kodak intros 1080p pocket camcorder

Kodak already has two 720p-capable pocket camcorders under its belt, but now the firm’s upped its game with the unveiling of a full HD model.
James Sherwood, 29 Jul 2009
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UK space programme suffers serious setback

The UK's space programme suffered a serious setback yesterday when its most ambitious project since Beagle 2 ended in the loss of a 300g lump of Somerset farmhouse cheddar somewhere over the south of England.
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2009
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Ingres challenges Microsoft's DataAllegro warehouse steal

Memo to Microsoft: A year after you blocked its foray into fast and affordable data warehousing on mass-market Intel hardware, Ingres is back.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2009
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Xiotech gearing up for big announcement

Comment Xiotech made a big splash last year with its self-healing ISEs: Integrated Storage Elements that repaired failed disk drives in place and cut maintenance budgets. The firm looks like it getting ready to make another splash with generation 2 ISEs.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Cameron condemns Tweeters as tw*ts

David Cameron risked alienating the UK's Twitterocracy and the Civil Service alike this morning when he suggested the microblogging service was for "twats".
Joe Fay, 29 Jul 2009
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IBM piles on security pounds with Ounce Labs buy

IBM has announced a deal to buy privately-held code security review firm Ounce Labs. The terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2009
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Wireless gaming wings way onto BlackBerry

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, apparently. So BlackBerry owners will be pleased to hear that their smartphones are now compatible with the Zeemote JS1 wireless gaming controller.
James Sherwood, 29 Jul 2009
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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

Aboxalypse now It is with heavy hearts that we today report that HP has shattered its own excessive packaging world record - set last year when it managed to expend 17 cardboard boxes in dispatching 32 sheets of A4 paper to a shaken customer.
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2009
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Recession ending for Western Digital

Western Digital results for its fourth fiscal 2009 quarter are signalling the possible end of the recession in the hard disk drive market, and it is poised to overtake Seagate in unit drive shipments.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Want Gmail? Best have your mobile handy

Users signing up for a Gmail account are now being asked to provide a mobile-phone number in the continuing war against spam, though Google will keep it handy just in case anything else turns up.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2009
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SAP spins out optimistic outlook as Q2 sales fall 10%

German business management software maker SAP saw its second quarter total revenues drop 10 per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2009
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Dongle surfers unaware of limits

Blighty’s mobile web users are unaware of the low download limits normally applied to dongle-based tariffs, and risk incurring surprise costs if they exceed them - new research has concluded.
James Sherwood, 29 Jul 2009
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Live Now: Making IT work in the real world

Regcast Join experts from The Register, Microsoft, Novell & Freeform Dynamics from 2pm BST today as they look at the benefits, costs and risks of proprietary, open source and hybrid environments - all in glorious interactive video.
Team Register, 29 Jul 2009
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Elgato EyeTV Sat

Review Last year we reviewed Elgato’s EyeTV 310 satellite TV tuner for Macs. It wasn’t a brand new product, but the launch of the Freesat service here in the UK meant that we were curious to see how the device would handle the new service – especially the HD broadcasts on the free-to-air BBC HD channel.
Cliff Joseph, 29 Jul 2009
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British Council faces legal action for offshoring

The British Council is facing legal action by unions, who are angry at its failure to consult with staff before announcing an offshoring project.
John Oates, 29 Jul 2009
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From tracking sex performance to tracking sex offenders...

iPhone users can now track sexual offenders, and rate their own sexual performance having become aroused playing iWet T-Shirts, but if they want to use Google Voice they'll have to jailbreak their handset.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2009
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Irish charity gets millions from Gates Foundation

Irish charity Concern Worldwide has received a $41m (£25m) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
John Oates, 29 Jul 2009
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BIND crash bug prompts urgent update call

A vulnerability in BIND creates a means for miscreants to crash vulnerable Domain Name System servers, posing a threat to overall internet stability as a result.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2009
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Microsoft! and! Yahoo! finally! sign! search! deal!

It's all over - Microsoft and Yahoo! have finally signed a search deal which means the end of Yahoo!'s long-developed independent search engine.
John Oates, 29 Jul 2009
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Privacy watchdog bashes UK.gov net snoop plan

Whitehall plans to order ISPs and mobile operators to gather massive quantities of data on every customer's internet use are vague, misleading, risky and possibly unnecessary, according to the Information Commissioner.
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Ads watchdog bows to iPhone's might

The UK's ad standards quango has rejected Google phone fans' claims that Apple ads had overstated just how messianically wonderful the iPhone is.
Joe Fay, 29 Jul 2009
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SpinVox: The Inside Story

In a statement issued on Sunday, SpinVox admits it needs call centres staffed by human agents to transcribe voice messages and has begun to back away from its earlier claims that most of the translation is performed by AI-based machine translation software, without human intervention.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2009
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AOL's pulse slows as Q2 revs slip 24%

Internet old guard AOL might be grateful the world is looking in the other direction today, after its parent company Time Warner reported less than rosy second quarter results for the tech firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2009
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Translation services used to pump out polyglot spam

Spammers are making greater use of automated translation services and templates to create multiple language junk mail runs.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2009
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Last chance to vote to cut phone termination rates

Updated The Terminate The Rate campaign launched by BT and 3 is approaching 70,000 signatures, on the last day for those who want to put their name to the campaign to reduce the amount their operator charges for incoming mobile calls.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2009
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Virtualization payback, now and in the future

Reader Workshop Most people arguably get the point of virtualisation in terms of server consolidation, and the potential reduction in costs and overheads associated with that.
Dale Vile, 29 Jul 2009
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Late 2010 launch for Project Natal, states gaming exec

Microsoft’s motion-controlled gaming peripheral - Project Natal - will arrive “late next year”, the CEO of a major videogames publisher has stated.
James Sherwood, 29 Jul 2009
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Windows 7 Ultimate product activation hacked?

Updated You could get a free (and illegal) copy of Windows 7 Ultimate if reports of a leaked OEM product activation key are accurate.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2009
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Opera chief: history will silence Unite doubters

Undeterred by the media backlash against Opera Unite - the web-browser-meets-web-server contraption unveiled last month - Opera chief executive Jon von Tetzchner says that ten years on, the world will look back on its debut as a seminal moment in the history of the web.
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2009
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IBM outs BAO box speeds and feeds

Yesterday, IBM launched the first of a number of integrated and optimized Smart Systems, this one aimed at data warehousing and predictive analytics. But the company said precious little about the feeds and speeds of what is inside this system, aimed at the business analytics and optimization (BAO) market.
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Apple says jailbroken iPhones endanger cell towers

Apple has told the US Copyright Office that jailbroken iPhones could lead to crashed cell phone towers and drug dealers freely making anonymous phone calls.
Austin Modine, 29 Jul 2009
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Security elite pwned on Black Hat eve

On the eve of the Black Hat security conference, malicious hackers posted a 29,000-line file detailing embarrassing attacks that took complete control of servers and websites run by several high-profile security researchers, including Dan Kaminsky and Kevin Mitnick.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jul 2009
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Microsoft-Yahoo! pact hit with anti-trust question

Microsoft's chief executive has championed his company's search and advertising marriage with Yahoo! as healthy for individuals and advertisers because it delivers "more credible" competition to Google.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2009
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Space freighter flipped to manual for ISS dock

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka took control of an unmanned supply capsule docking at the International Space Station this morning after the spacecraft's automated docking system botched its final approach.
Austin Modine, 29 Jul 2009
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Windows 7 finds home at Intel

Good news for Microsoft: Intel is looking forward to installing Windows 7 on the computers of its own employees.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jul 2009