13th > November > 2009 Archive
Apple pen-tablet plan revives Newtonian handwriting
An Apple patent filing may point to pen-based handwriting recognition in Cupertino's oft-rumored tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever.
Will HP 3PAR high-end storage arrays?
CommentWhat is the future for HP's high-end XP storage arrays? Which way will incoming HP server-networking-storage boss David Donatelli jump?
NASA preps Mars rover rescue plan
NASA has come up with a plan to extricate their stuck rover Spirit that's been bogged down in a Martian sand trap since April.
EU 'optimistic' Oracle will see reason on MySQL
The European Union's competition chief has said she's "optimistic" a settlement can be reached with Oracle over its proposed $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Europe clamours for data centre capacity
Data centre outsourcing in Europe is booming, with market revenues forecast to more than double from 2010's €3.3bn to €7.2bn in 2015.
Google gives Voice to 'open standard Skype'
Google has acquired VoIP startup Gizmo5, intending to roll the company's engineers into the team that develops the telephony application/controversy magnet known as Google Voice.
Lite-on ETDU108 slim DVD drive
ReviewSo ubiquitous has DVD burning become that when Lite-on sent us its ETDU108 slimline external optical drive, we naturally assumed it could write DVD±R/RW discs. It was only when we tried unsuccessfully to burn one that we realised our assumption was incorrect.
Corel receives bigger buyout offer
Corel has told regulators in Canada that it has received an improved offer to buy the firm, and the board has not yet decided what to do.
Tax regime fails to help UK technology sector, says PwC
Despite the wide range of tax relief available, over two thirds of UK technology companies do not believe the current tax regime fuels enterprise in the UK, according to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
3UK shapeshifts on traffic shaping
UK mobile operator 3 has insisted hardly anyone will be affected by the traffic shaping regime it will bring in on Monday.
German boffins produce sim of 'invisibility carpet' in action
Remorseless German boffins have developed a simulator which can show how so-called "invisibility carpets" fashioned of metamaterials (in fact more likely to appear in the form of invisible sheds, according to top boffins) would actually appear to the human eye. According to the simulation, the invisible sheds would produce curious ripples and distortions, fairly easily spotted.
Activision leaps into Modern Warfare 2 sales figure fight
The publisher of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has waded into the conflict surrounding the game’s day-one sales, claiming that 4.2m copies of the videogame were shifted within 24 hours.
Samsung retracts Symbian support snub
Samsung has denied its plans to drop support for the Symbian platform, proving only that the Korean company is getting better at western politics.
Dirty, dirty PCs: The X-rated picture guide
VentblockersOur shock picture last Friday of a Quatermass-style lifeform lurking inside a PC prompted a flurry of snaps forwarded by readers who had similarly confronted unspeakable horrors.
Police sitting on forensic backlog risk, says top e-cop
The UK's top e-cop believes the forensic backlog in seized IT kit poses a serious risk to ongoing criminal investigations.
Novell targets netbooks with latest OS
Novell has released openSUSE 11.2, just a few short weeks after Ubuntu 9.10 - aka Karmic Koala - landed.
Atlantis crew gears up for Monday launch
The crew of space shuttle Atlantis has arrived at Kennedy Space Center ahead of Monday's slated launch of mission STS-129 to the International Space Station.
Microsoft defends Hotmail's cookie requirement
Microsoft has said its new policy of requiring users to accept third party cookies to log out of Hotmail improves security.
Swiss roll Street View into court
Switzerland's head of federal data protection has announced that he's taking Google to court after the search monolith refused to comply with several privacy requests regarding its Swiss Street View service.
Bishop calls for Priests 2.0 to evangelise on the net
A French Bishop has called for the Vatican to unleash a cadre of crack Web 2.0 trained priests to push the Church of Rome's message on the internet.
Wii to receive dedicated iPlayer feed
The UK's Wii owners will get a dedicated BBC iPlayer channel on their connected consoles next week, it has been confirmed.
Sophisticated parcel mule scam unpicked
Details of a sophisticated re-shipping scam that tricked US residents into working as freight-forwarding middlemen for eastern European crooks, have been exposed by security researchers at RSA.
Windows Mobe Marketplace sets its stall out
Windows Phone Marketplace is now available on the web, and has new DRM too, allowing everyone to see the impoverished selection of apps that are now harder to steal.
'F-22 Raptor stealth coatings are crap' case goes to court
UpdatedA former Lockheed stealth-tech engineer has alleged that radar-invisibility coatings on the USA's F-22 "Raptor" ultrasuperfighter are "defective", and that Lockheed supplied them knowing that this was the case. It has now been confirmed that Darrol Olsen's whistleblower lawsuit will be heard in federal court.
Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera
ReviewNostalgia isn’t what it used to be. We used to looked back at past technologies with fond memories, but be grateful that we lived in the modern world. Now, it seems, some of us want a piece of both the past and the present, with gadgets combining an old exterior with a modern interior.
US judge rules quadriplegic can bear arms
A US judge has ruled that a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic, who is "physically unable to hold a gun or pull a trigger", can have a firearms permit allowing him to bear arms.
Office 2010 beta sneaks onto wild wild web
A beta version of Microsoft’s Office 2010 software package has unsurprisingly tipped up on some BitTorrent sites ahead of its expected official release next week.
Michael Jackson planned 'robot duplicate' of himself
Famous dead pop legend Michael Jackson intended to construct an eerily-lifelike robotic duplicate of himself, according to reports. Detailed three-dimensional scans of the deceased globo-celeb's body were made, and the super-accurate body maps are now said to be on sale for a million dollars.
Play.com leaves Modern Warfare 2 buyers empty handed
UpdatedOnline retailer Play.com has failed to reach out to many Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 buyers it left in the lurch after failing to live up to its guaranteed launch-day delivery promise.
Border guards get first dozen ID card readers
The Home Office has introduced a dozen identity card readers as part of a pilot scheme, having had none earlier this year.
Morgan Computers: Your memories
Last week's coverage of the shuttering of Morgan Computers, the mini-chain of cheap computer dealers, sparked memories of first computers and other odd bits of kits from you lot.
Revealed: The amazing premise behind Ridley Scott's Monopoly
The man who apparently persuaded Ridley Scott to helm a film based on Monopoly has described the amazing premise which reeled in the director.
Overland languishes in intensive care
There were signs of hope for the ailing Overland Storage last quarter, but these have been comprehensively dashed by the latest results. Can it still be saved?
Casio designs camera for golfers
If you're looking to improve your golf swing, then ditch Fujitsu’s mobile phone app and consider Casio’s latest compact camera.
Quickening satellite quickens pulses at ESA
Baffled Boffins at the European Space Agency (ESA) are hoping that today's Earth fly-by of the Rosetta satellite will shed light on a problem of significant gravity.
Adobe Flash attack vector exploits insecure web design
An unpatched security risk involving Adobe Flash creates a possible mechanism for hackers to load exploits onto websites.
Spanish region teaches kids how to crack one off
Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has sparked a bit of a rumpus by issuing an educational leaflet entitled Pleasure is in your hands, detailing the best way to achieve solo satisfaction.
HP: Q4 will be better than expected
In the wake of Hewlett-Packard's $2.7bn deal to take over networking player 3Com earlier this week, HP's top brass announced preliminary results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, ended in October. The numbers are better than expected - in large measure because of an business upswing in China.
To horse! It's Comment of the Week
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Feds pinch two Madoff geeks
The FBI has arrested two programmers in connection with falsifying records at Bernie Madoff's investment firm.
Taser gang targets 'high value' Heathrow computer consignment
A gang of robbers targeted a delivery van carrying "high value computer equipment" near Heathrow Airport on Monday night by setting up a fake police checkpoint.
Mantis Reaper-clone drone flies
UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems has announced completion of initial flight trials by its large, twin-engined "Mantis" unmanned aircraft above Australia.
ISS piss recycler packs up again on eve of Atlantis visit
The International Space Station's buggy urine-recycling unit has packed up again, according to reports. With the shuttle Atlantis due to visit shortly, temporarily boosting the number of people at the orbiting outpost to 12, it's feared that areas of the station may begin to fill up with containers of astronaut piss awaiting treatment.
Dell confirms first Android-based smartphone
Dell has officially announced its first branded smartphone – the Mini 3i.
iPhone worm hacker gets death threats, job offers
The creator of the rickrolling iPhone worm has spoken of possible job offers and death threats since the release of the Jesus Phone malware last weekend.
Google Chrome OS due next week, says someone
Google will offer downloads of its Chrome operating system any day now, according to an internet rumor.
Microsoft opens Windows 7 to advertisers
Microsoft has cracked open Windows 7 to commercial sponsorship with desktop themes from advertisers.
NASA: the Moon is a hydrated mistress
NASA's LCROSS probe has confirmed the presence of water on the lunar surface, including buckets of the stuff in a shadowed crater near the moon's south pole.
Apple snuffs iPhone app for too much Appleness
A longtime Mac developer has walked away from the iPhone App Store after Apple's app police spent three months deciding to reject the developer's application for using Apple images meant specifically for developers.
Boffins fight pacemaker hacks with ultrasound security
Researchers are looking to ultrasound waves as a way to prevent attacks on radio-controlled pacemakers.
HPcom spells 'IT disaster,' says UK firm
A UK-based IT service company is warning that HP's acquisition of 3com could "spell IT disaster" for existing 3com customers.
Google Docs set for 'get rid of' Office moment
By next year, Google says, its web-happy word processor will be so effective, most enterprises will be able to "get rid of [Microsoft] Office."