4th > November > 2009 Archive
Newfangled cookie attack steals/poisons website creds
A security researcher has discovered a weakness in a core browser protocol that compromises the security of Google, Facebook, and other websites by allowing an attacker to tamper with the cookies they set.
Data-gobbling, dollar-munching iPhone bug unearthed
The reason why you found an enormous but unexpected iPhone data-connection charge on your phone bill may have been discovered in Estonia.
PayPal to embed X apps in self
PayPal X InnovateIn Facebook-like fashion, PayPal will open its own website to third-party applications as it continues its quest to "power all of ecommerce."
(Galway) Baywatch - IBM monitors Ireland's beaches
IBM and Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency are helping Irish bathers avoid floundering into a warm pool of industrial sludge with a website that tracks water quality and conditions across more than 130 beaches and lakes in the country.
Hacker frees iPhone from Jobsian tyranny (again)
Would-be iPhone jailbreakers and unlockers around the globe can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not only has the latest iPhone baseband update been unlocked, but the hack's young developer is determined that it can be accessed for free.
Coming soon: Freetard, The Movie
You've read all about music labels screwing the pooch. Now see the motion picture!
Dell schools net 'dolphins' in ways of Microsoft 'whale'
Cloud computing has helped Dell carve out a healthy business building customized servers for the biggest and most fashionable web properties.
New EU rules force telcos to 'fess up for data breaches
The European Council has approved a data breach notification rule for Europe's telecoms firms. The amendment to an EU Directive will force telcos to tell customers if they lose their data.
Bookeen Cybook Opus
ReviewWhile the Amazon Kindle’s appearance in the UK may help nudge the e-book reader closer to the mainstream, there are plenty of other devices to measure it against. Sony’s Reader variants are the best know, but Interead's oddly named Cool-er and iRex's DR1000S are also in the running. To that list we can now add Bookeen's latest, the Cybook Opus.
Open University talks clouds with MS and Google
The Open University is in negotiations with Microsoft and Google about cloud computing services for students and staff.
The x-texting Metrotextual comes out of the closet
It's time for the chaps out there who commonly end their text messages to chums with an affectionate "x" to come out of the closet - because demonstrating your "metrotextuality" is apparently nothing to be ashamed of.
USB 3.0 thumb drive pops up
Flash vendor Super Talent is leading the pack again and has come up with a USB 3.0 thumb drive.
Messenger beams back colour snap of Mercury
NASA has released a fetching composite colour snap of Mercury, captured by the Messenger spacecraft on its third and final fly-by of the planet prior to orbital insertion in 2011:
Brussels readies full investigation of Oracle Sun
Oracle has resigned itself to the likelihood of a full European competition investigation into its takeover of Sun Microsystems.
Hands on with Asus' redesigned Eee Keyboard
Despite promising to launch its Eee keyboard last month, Asus has demoed a revised version of the computer-in-a-keyboard, which is now due to ship early next year.
Nvidia taps Transmeta team for x86 chip, claims analyst
Nvidia has taken on staff from one-time star of low-power processor design Transmeta, an analyst has claimed, to drive its own x86 core development programme.
STRONG REAL SEX? That's not porn, rules ASA
British parents can be reassured that a newspaper picture of a man and woman having sex at the base of tree to advertise a film which "CONTAINS STRONG REAL SEX, BLOODY VIOLENCE AND SELF-MUTILATION" is not pornographic.
Conservatives promise 'lights on, lights off' IT policy
Government systems spend is about to be seriously slashed, with future emphasis being on small, open source, user-friendly projects. That was the message from key speakers at the Conservative Technology Forum on Monday, with a warning to consultancies and major systems developers grown fat on over-complex and excessive IT contracts that they are soon going to have to tighten their belts.
Number of local council snoopers clipped
The number of local officials who can authorise access to communications records and order surveillance operations will be cut under changes to snooping regulations announced today.
Wallace and Gromit get the Google doodle treatment
Google's UK search tentacle has decided to ignore the fact that 4 November marks the day in 1890 that Edward, Prince of Wales, inaugurated the City & South London Railway* and instead is currently flourishing a Wallace and Gromit "doodle" to celebrate the pair's 20th anniversary.
AMD dual-Radeon HD 5870 card spied on web
AMD is no stranger to banging a couple of its high-end GPUs onto a single graphics card, connecting them in CrossFire mode, and offering the result as a top-of-the-line gaming card. World+Dog expects it do the same with its Radeon HD 5870 chip - reviewed here - and here it is.
Orange coughs up cash for old kit
Orange is offering to value any mobile tech you've got lying around, and will send a cheque within seven days if you leave it with them.
PrevX piles in against bank Trojans, phishing
The fight against banking Trojans and phishing attacks has stepped up a gear with the launch of a new product on Wednesday targeted at securing online transactions.
Parallels 5 skins Windows
Parallels' annual update to its eponymous virtual machine software is out today, looking a bit smarter, and promising to be even more seamless than before.
Lords want help on cyber attacks
A Lords Committee is investigating European Union policy on cyber attacks and is calling for evidence from industry and other interested parties.
You can't sack me, I'm with Gaia
Sacked employees can play the 'Green Card', and make wrongful dismissal claims against their former employers on grounds of their belief, a judge has ruled.
Chinese store exposes iPhone 4's midriff
Parts supplier China Ontrade has posted what appears to be the middle of the next-generation iPhone, revealing almost nothing about the product beyond its existence.
BAE mounts the Last Charge of the Light Cavalry
Global arms multinational BAE Systems has announced its bid to squeeze a last bit of cash out of the Ministry of Defence before next year's probable change of government and certain major reorganisation of MoD procurement plans.
X-rays beat computer as best invention ever
As part of its centenary celebrations the Science Museum's curators chose ten objects from its collection and asked the public to vote on their favourite.
US start-up punts family friendly netbook appliance
It's not a tablet, it's something new, claims manufactuer Litl, developer of the Webbook, a 12in machine designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a touch-operated all-on-one desktop.
Whitehall plans 'White Noise' phone network collapse
The government will simulate a shutdown of the national phone network next week in an exercise involving hundreds of government and industry players.
Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500 200Hz 46in LCD TV
ReviewRemember how flatscreen TVs used to look: dominated by huge side- or bottom-mounted speakers and with large silver or grey bezel frames? The latest models are positively anorexic in comparison, shaving centimetres off every dimension except the display itself.
HP launches Acadia counterattack
Just one day after Cisco and EMC's love-in with VMware, HP is going to answer that blast with one of its own, one with integrated components from just one company and not three.
Naked Win 7 still vulnerable to most viruses
Out-of-the-box Windows 7 machines are still vulnerable to eight out of ten viruses, according to a test by security firm Sophos.
BBC iPlayer to hit Freesat boxes by month's end
The BBC's iPlayer will be coming to Freesat later this month, finally giving free-to-air satellite television set-top boxes' Ethernet ports something to do.
STEC booms but shares are falling
A twenty-fold profit increase for solid state drive supplier STEC in its third 2009 quarter was followed by a share price drop on worries that its golden growth years are coming to a close.
Blade servers are hot!
Whitepapers Against a backdrop of awful server revenues and shipments, Blade server sales continue to grow, accounting for 20 per cent of server shipments today, according to the industry body Blade.org.
BT squares up to Google Voice with Ribbit Mobile
Industry commentCarriers may be watching Google Voice with trepidation, especially as it goes mobile, but one unlikely telco is determined to make sure the search giant does not have it all its own way. British Telecom has extended its Ribbit internet telephony platform to cellphones (despite having no mobile network of its own) with the unveiling of Ribbit Mobile.
The Beatles go digital, sort of
The Beatles are releasing their whole back catalogue on a USB stick.
T-Mobile back up after US outage
T-Mobile's US network is back on its feet after yesterday's five-hour outage that left customers disconnected.
Feds bust cable modem modder kit maker
An Oregon man faces up to to 20 years in prison for allegedly selling modding tools that allowed his customers to swipe high-speed internet access without paying.
Google opens up OAuth to tackle password chores
Google has opened up a technology designed to cut back on the number of passwords users need to access multiple websites to web developers, effectively moving the technology into the mainstream after a restricted beta lasting almost a year.
Sacked drugs advisor pledges new expert body
Professor David Nutt, sacked last week by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for disagreeing with government policy, is considering setting up a new drugs advisory body.
Woman rings cops to decry daughter's superior BJ skills
The local paper covering Findlay, Ohio, has secured its place in journalistic history by printing a brief report of a woman who rang cops to complain that her daughter boasted superior oral relief skills.
HP to throw Matrix tech beyond x64 blades
Like the rest of the IT industry, Hewlett-Packard was apparently expecting Cisco Systems and EMC to announce their Acadia joint venture and Vblock virtualized data center infrastructure on Wednesday.
Asus talks up turbo-charged thin'n'light laptops
Asus has outlined the main benefits of Turbo 33 - an overclocking technology it has installed on its new UL netbook series.
Asus waves farewell to (laptop) fans
Asus may launch a laptop able to cool its technical innards without a fan, if the firm’s latest concept is anything to go by.
Mac art project game destroys
A Mac game that deletes users' files has sparked a debate about whether it's malware or not.
New York's top lawman slaps Intel with lawsuit
Intel's ongoing legal troubles increased markedly Wednesday morning when New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit alleging that the world's largest microprocessor manufacturer conducted "an illegal campaign to deprive AMD of distribution channels."
Twitter fanatic glimpses dark side of OAuth
A mobile enthusiast and professional internet strategist got a glimpse of OAuth's dark side recently when he received an urgent advisory from Twitter.
Ericsson calls on carriers to out-app-store Google
OpenMobileSummitEricsson senior vp Jan Uddenfeldt has called on the wireless industry to build its own "horizontal" mobile app stores that span operating systems and devices.
Google embraces Wave's permission chaos
Enterprise 2.0Google is embracing complete user-access anarchy in its new-age collaboration tool, Google Wave, so that early testers won't be tempted to fall into their old emailing habits.
Microsoft axes another 800 jobs
The bloodletting at Microsoft continues, as the software behemoth said Wednesday it would eliminate 800 jobs in addition to the 5,000 positions it has already pared this year.
iPhone apps top 100,000
Less than six weeks after announcing that downloads from its iTunes App store had topped two billion, Apple on Wednesday let it be known that its online collection has now topped one hundred thousand apps.
ScaleMP cuts InfiniBand out of virtual SMP clusters
ScaleMP, a maker of virtualization and aggregation software that allows a cluster of x64 servers to look like a big, bad, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) shared-memory system to operating systems and selected classes of applications, is going downstream to target SMBs and upstream to chase cloud infrastructure providers.
SGI-Rackable combo posts big revenue gains
On the revenue front, the acquisition of the carcass of supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics by niche hyperscale server maker Rackable Systems looks like it was a good idea as the combination, now known as Silicon Graphics, closed out its first quarter of fiscal 2010. But in terms of profits - or the lack thereof - it doesn't look like such a good idea at all.
Apple not plotting to slay netbook hackintoshes after all
Remember how a report recently zipped around the blogosphere about Apple disabling support for Intel's Atom processor in its most recent build of the soon-to-be-released Mac OS 10.6.2? Well, fuggedaboutit.