11th > November > 2009 Archive
Adobe slips good-bye note to 10% of stafff
Adobe Systems, reckoned to be one of the best US employers to work for by business suck-up mag Fortune, is cutting 10 per cent of its staff.
Google 'experiment' crossbreeds Python with C++
Google has open-sourced an experimental programming language that attempts to crossbreed a dynamic web-happy language like Python with a compiled language like C++.
Ericsson R&D pulls out of Coventry
Ericsson is pulling out of its R&D facility at Ansty Park, jeopardising 700 jobs in the process, despite only moving in six months ago.
NASA: the world will not end in 2012
The apocalypse is not scheduled for December 21, 2012, according to NASA.
Three more quit over Nutt sacking
Three more scientists have resigned from the UK drug advisory body after the home secretary sacked of its chief advisor, Professor David Nutt, for disagreeing with government policy on marijuana.
Boffins boast newfangled rootkit blocker
Scientists are set to unveil a lightweight system they say makes an operating system significantly more resistant to rootkits without degrading its performance.
Archos 5 Internet Tablet Android-based PMP
ReviewAt first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking we were re-running a review from last year - we originally put the Archos 5 through its paces in October 2008. The addition of two extra words to the end of the name may not sound that exciting initially, but while the Archos 5 Internet Tablet may look very similar to its predecessor there is one very significant change: it now runs Google Android.
ASA turns beady eye on web content
An industry rule-book for marketing communications in the UK is being amended to cover website content for the first time.
Cisco's Norwegian buy looking dodgy
Cisco's takeover plans for Norwegian video conferencing firm Tandberg are looking increasingly shaky - less than ten per cent of shareholders have so far voted in favour of the deal.
SandForce gets another $21m funding
Solid state drive (SSD) controller start-up SandForce has landed $21m of C-round funding, just eight months after a $20m-plus B-round. Why does a fabless silicon startup need that much cash?
DARPA in bid for shark-portable laser rayguns
DARPA, the Pentagon tech bureau which has conferred upon a suffering human race such boons as the internet, the stealth bomber and the night-vision goggle, has finally made a bid to achieve that which humanity has yearned for above all other things. We refer, of course, to a laser weapon sufficiently portable to be carried on the head of a shark.
Libel reform campaigners seek £10k damages cap
English libel law imposes disproportionate restrictions on free speech, according to an independent report that recommends 10 changes to the laws. The Ministry of Justice said today that it will launch a consultation on defamation and the internet.
Police to keep innocents' DNA despite human rights ruling
The government is today expected to announce police will retain DNA profiles from innocent people for up to six years, following a court defeat.
Fungal invader bites Spanish ham
Spain's ham producers are eyeing with alarm the spread of a fungus which is threatening the food supply essential to the production of the country's famous leg of pig.
Election makes net snooping a pariah policy
AnalysisWith a general election looming, it's a brave politician that includes unpopular laws in his department's final legislative programme.
IBM uses mirrors to pretty up XIV arrays
IBM has improved the efficiency of its XIV arrays with instant deleted file space reclamation and added long-distance asynchronous mirroring to better protect and distribute XIV data.
Matrox makes eight-screen graphics card
Matrox has introduced what it claims is the world's first single-slot graphics card capable of driving eight monitors simultaneously. A boon for gamers? Maybe, but the business-oriented M9188 card is going to cost 'em.
DCSF claims good reception for ContactPoint
Trials of the ContactPoint children's database have shown the majority of users find the system helpful, according to the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Samsung plans Symbian-free future
Samsung's roadmap includes Windows mobile, Android and its new Bada platform, but there's no sign of Symbian in the plan.
Lighter Patch Tuesday focuses on Windows flaws
Microsoft released six patches on Tuesday night - three critical - as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Europe welcomes Dell's
Mac Mini Zino HD
Watch out Mac Mini, because Dell has launched its rival Inspiron Zino range of cute and colourful mini PCs into Europe.
Docs press for probe into 'designer vaginas'
Doctors have warned that nip-and-tuck labiaplasty operations aimed at creating "designer vaginas" could have adverse affects on long-term sexual function.
China heralds success of iPhone TV
The Chinese regulator is trumpeting the success of the state broadcaster's iPhone application, claiming 2000 new users daily and half a million signed up in the month since launch.
Astronaut love-dustup mace space ace Nowak cops plea
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak - world-famous for gassing a rival over the extramarital affections of a space shuttle pilot - pled guilty yesterday to reduced charges, in a bargain with prosecutors that will see her avoid any further jail time.
Malware cleans out jailbroken iPhones
UpdatedMiscreants have developed a hacking tool that attacks jailbroken iPhones.
MPs prepare to beat off phantom Olympic hooker invasion
The UK Government is preparing to repel an invasion by an army of prostitutes, which it believes is likely to descend on the Olympic Games in 2012.
Manchester Uni looks into mobile health nannying
Industry body, the GSMA, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Manchester to set up an Innovation Centre devoted towards health on the move.
Sony Ericsson Satio 12.1Mp cameraphone
ReviewBusiness has never been harder for touchscreen mobile phones. Not only is the iPhone 3GSso far ahead it’s little more than a speck on a distant horizon, but HTC has the geek market neatly sewn up with its Android-based Hero.
Brussels agrees pan-European ID standard
The planned universal electronic identity for all European citizens has moved a step closer - the technical interoperability standard has been agreed.
Health sector spews out much more carbon than airlines or IT
American researchers have estimated that the US health care sector is responsible for "nearly a tenth" of the nation's carbon emissions. This is almost triple the amount emitted by aviation and around four times that emitted by the IT industry, suggesting that green groups should shift the focus of their advocacy.
MS' Project Natal launch date revealed
Xbox 360 gamers must wait another 12 months before they can lay their hands on Microsoft’s Project Natal, it has been revealed.
Suppliers fall over themselves to support Exchange 2010
Microsoft has shot Exchange Server 2010 worldwide spurring storage suppliers to instantly announce their support for the application.
MS home server users hit by Windows Live Custom Domains snafu
Many Windows Home Server customers have been unable to access Microsoft's Windows Live Custom Domains service since the weekend.
Dell adds One to Inspiron line
Dell has broadened its One series of all-in-one PCs beyond its business-centric Vostro range by launching the Inspiron One 19 desktop.
Google smothers stranded US holiday travellers with Wi-Fi
US travellers forced to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in airport lounges will be able to send apologetic emails to their families for free, after Google declared it will sponsor free Wi-Fi at the nation's airports.
Qualcomm proffers first smartbook platform
At the Computek show in Taiwan six months ago, Qualcomm and Freescale coined a new phrase, 'smartbook', to describe a mobile internet device that would come somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook. Now the chip giant says it will show its first commercial design at its analyst day to be held in New York on Thursday.
Microsoft boots modders off Xbox Live
One year after it warned that Xbox 360 owners who've modified their consoles would be kicked off Xbox Live, Microsoft today confirmed that a percentage of subscribers have indeed been given the boot.
The Prisoner set for Sunday release
The remake of classic 1960s Brit TV series The Prisoner will hit US screens on Sunday, when viewers of AMC will be able to enjoy writer Bill Gallagher's six-part "reimagining of themes and characters", as the New York Times ominously puts it.
Mouse maker spends big on video conferencing
Mouse and peripherals maker Logitech is splashing out $405m in cold, hard cash to buy Texan video conference company LifeSize.
McKinnon’s mum 'snubbed' by Home Secretary
Gary McKinnon's mum was unable to put a personal plea to the Home Secretary when the two met in Parliament on Wednesday.
Google backs enormous load of balls for Olympics
Architect WatchA group of architects, in an apparent bid to win a commission for 120m towers topped by a cluster of giant plastic balls at the London Olympics site, has turned to Google for help.
Butterflies In Spaaaace!
NASA boffins have announced plans to fly a suitcase full of live butterflies up to the International Space Station, in a project appropriately named "Butterflies In Space".
GNOME 3.0 release hits six-month buffer
The next major iteration of the GNOME desktop has been delayed by six months.
Urinating Spaniard soaks Street View's Canaries
Google Maps' UK tentacle is today inviting eager virtual travellers to "take a holiday to the Canary Islands" with its all-seeing Street View, and has provided this handy link so you can fly straight to Playa de las Teresitas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife:
Fujitsu strike cancelled
Unionised Fujitsu workers have dropped their threat of a three-day strike that was scheduled to begin tomorrow, after bosses agreed to extend talks on pension cuts and delay compulsory redundancies.
Platform clusters Windows HPC with Linux
Platform Computing has taken the beta off its Infrastructure Sharing Facility, a way of greasing the adoption of Windows HPC Server 2008 among the supercomputing folk.
IBM plugs WebSphere ecommerce kit into mobiles
IBM has unwrapped the newest version of its WebSphere e-commerce software platform, exhibiting a fresh focus on sales and order processing atop handheld devices and an ability to mix user-generated content into retail sites.
Netlist goes virtual and dense with server memory
Netlist, a publicly traded company based in Irvine, California that was founded in 2000 and that you have probably never heard of, will probably make a big splash at the SC09 supercomputing trade show next week. Netlist, which makes memory modules on an OEM basis for various companies, said Wednesday that in December it will roll out a virtualized, dense memory DDR3 module that will be able to trick servers into having more main memory than they are supposed to.
Mozilla brews browserless iPhone apps
Mozilla is tinkering with multiple applications for the Apple iPhone. And no, that doesn't include a Firefox browser.
US Supremes prod software patent law
The long-running battle to redefine what is patentable reached the US Supreme Court on Monday, and the back-and-forth between the Justices and competing counsel hinted that their decision will result in relatively minor changes to existing law - not the sweeping overhaul feared by the software and medical technology industries.
YouTube tests skippable pre-roll ads
Google has begun testing pre-roll advertisements that users can freely skip in a select number of videos on YouTube.
Apple passes Nokia, scares Nintendo
Apple has passed Nokia to become the world's most profitable phone maker, and prompted Nintendo's president to note that if his company can't differentiate its games from those on the iPhone, "then our future is dark."
Oracle Sun's control of Java
SAP has criticized Sun Microsystems for its control of the group that drives Java, just as rival Oracle is poised to take full control of the body.
Facebook scoffs at hacktivist stunt
Hacktivists took over control of almost 300 Facebook community groups in a bid to highlight concerns over how easy it might be for miscreants to hijack a shared interest group on the social networking site. Facebook said no hacking was involved in the attack, which it dismisses as a stunt.
AMD unmasks Opterons of servers future
It's financial analyst day at chip designer and seller (but no longer wafer baker) Advanced Micro Devices, and that's reason enough for the company to divulge a few more details about its future Opteron processors and related chipsets and platforms, due early next year.
HP buys 3Com for $2.7bn cash
Hewlett-Packard is taking a swing at Cisco Systems by acquiring networking equipment maker 3Com for $2.7bn cash.
Acer and Apple prove recession-proof for Brits
PC sales continue to shrink in the UK - but not for Acer and Apple.