2nd > December > 2009 Archive
Windows 7 soars while Mac OS X trips online
Windows 7 saw healthy growth in web-tracked usage in its first full month of release while Mac OS X found itself moving in a direction Cupertino is not used to: downward.
Google: We avoid hiring too many smart people...
SupernovaGoogle vice president Bradley Horowitz has indicated the web giant avoids hiring too many talented minds in an effort to keep the rest of the tech world from going to ruin.
Midrange, big iron take the Q3 hits
The server market has been declining sharply for the past five quarters, and everyone is looking for a little good news since spending on iron is a bellwether of sorts for the IT industry as a whole. Echoing comments from rival Gartner earlier this week, the box counters at IDC want you to know that the glass is stabilizing somewhere around four-fifths full.
Stealth: Dell's other server business
How could server and PC maker Dell see its revenue decline less than those of its rivals in x64 servers in the third quarter?
Beeb iPlayer blocked by Xbox velvet rope
Xbox 360 owners in the UK must wait "indefinitely" for the BBC iPlayer on their game consoles because Microsoft insists that only paying subscribers can have access to online extras.
UK mulls extension of McKinnon judicial review period
Alan Johnson said he may grant Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon extra time to apply for judicial review of his US extradition case, but the home secretary insisted he was powerless to stop the forced transfer.
Malicious PDFs can commandeer BlackBerry Servers, RIM warns
Attackers can commandeer your BlackBerry servers by attaching maliciously formed PDF files to emails, Research in Motion warned Tuesday.
Q-Waves Wireless USB AV Kit
ReviewIt’s often useful to be able to connect your PC to an HDTV, perhaps to play the latest Call of Duty epic on a large screen or give a presentation at work. It’s not that difficult either, as long as you’ve got a suitable cable or adaptor. But if you’re the sort of leading-edge gadget fiend who prefers to do away with wires altogether, then you might want to look at Q-Waves’ new Wireless USB AV Kit.
LHC knocked out by ANOTHER power failure
ExclusiveThe Large Hadron Collider - most puissant particle-punisher ever assembled by the human race - has suffered another major power failure, knocking not only the atomsmasher itself but even its associated websites offline. The machine remains unserviceable at present. However its crucial cryogenics seem to have been unaffected, and no catastrophic damage is thought to have occurred.
Server Virtualisation for Hard-Nosed People
WebcastThe cost-benefits of virtualisation for discrete workloads is reasonably clear and straightforward to articulate. But where can organisations look, and how do the economics stack up, once virtualisation takes more of a centre-stage role in the data centre?
Sony Ericsson ships Satio patch
Sony Ericsson's Satio 12Mp cameraphone has received a firmware update that appears to fix the touchscreen issues that prompted the company to pull the handset from shop shelves.
Acer to be 'first' with Chrome OS netbook
Not satisfied with Android - added to its Aspire One D250 netbook last month - Acer is to roll out a mini-laptop based on Google's Chrome OS in less than a year's time.
Twitter founder signs up to iPhone mag-stripe reader
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, has launched a mag-stripe reader for the iPhone, proving you don't need a good idea to garner VC dollars.
Hacked climate Prof stands aside
Professor Phil Jones - the man at the centre of the "climategate" controversy over emails and other sensitive data published by hackers - has agreed to stand aside as director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU).
Centrino logo a no show for next-gen Intel-based laptops
Intel said in June 2009 that it was going to reposition its hugely successful Centrino brand from laptops to its wireless add-in cards. It now seems that next year this will actually happen.
Universal to bond Blu-ray Discs to DVDs
Nearly three years after Warner proposed combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Discs as a way to end the format war, Universal Studios is trying out the notion, this time bonding Blu-ray with DVD.
Sage strikes subdued note in near term forecast
Sage software issued a subdued forecast this morning, as it unveiled full year results which showed underlying revenues slipped 4 per cent in the year to September 30.
High Court: Software dev agreement did not transfer copyright
A company has failed in its attempt to declare itself the owner of software that it paid another company to develop. The High Court has refused to declare that copyright in the software passed to Infection Control Enterprises Ltd (ICEL).
2009's Top Android Smartphones
Kit of the YearFrom one handset in 2008, Google's Android has become one of 2009's fastest-growing smartphone platforms. HTC continued to support Android with some good new handsets, and Samsung made a good start, but we were particularly taken with offerings from the newer entrants, Motorola and Huawei.
PrevX U-turn on Windows update Black screen of Death claim
UpdatedPrevX has backtracked on earlier claims that a Windows update caused Windows machines to lock up with a so-called "Black Screen of Death".
Sex with Taoist truck driver leaves woman fully satisfied
The Hong Kong truck driver who persuaded an aspiring model he was a Taoist Mao Shan master, with the power to grant her career success in return for sex, really was able to boost his clients' careers, according to a satisfied customer.
Samsung shines up Omnia HD camphone
We can't say this blingy item is coming to the UK, so anyone who take a shine to the gold-inlayed special edition Samsung Omnia HD will have to travel to Germany, Singapore or the Middle East to get one.
Jobs jumps in to free private APIs
Steve Jobs personally intervened to approve a video streaming application for the iPhone, leading to approval for other applications that also make use of private APIs.
Google shrinks its door to free WSJ stories, slightly
In a possibly meaningless response to Rupert Murdoch's War on Free, Google is to allow publishers to limit the number of free pages users of Google News can read on their sites.
HDS wants to be the Toyota of storage
CommentHitachi has claimed that it is number one in storage virtualisation and has voiced its intent to be the leading shogun in the storage world.
Wireless widget gadget comes to Blighty's bedsides
Would anyone here pay £140 for a bedside alarm clock? What if it were linked to your Wi-Fi network and able to pull down useful info and display it through a set of on-screen widgets?
Cameroon leapfrogs Hong Kong in malware hosting blocklist
Cameroon (.cm) web domains supplanted those in Hong Kong as most likely to harbour malware, with more than one in three (36.7 per cent) of domains registered in the West African country hosting viruses or malicious code.
EMC aggregates Centera clusters
EMC will announce the federation of separate Centera archive store clusters to form a single virtual archive later today.
Blackberry Storm 2 9520 touchscreen smartphone
ReviewThe original BlackBerry Storm launched around this time last year as Research-in-Motion’s premier handset and quickly lost no time in dividing opinion along Marmite-style lines. Mostly, people either loved or hated its innovative SurePress 'floating' touch screen, which made crystal clear the distinction between a brush a press by requiring you to depress the glass screen cover for it to make contact and access functions. For some, it just felt wrong, like something had come loose, but to others, it made perfect sense.
Internet and journos fertilise scrotum-ripping drug panic
CommentDurham police are finding out the hard way about the power of the internet to mislead, distort and amplify, as a relatively measured warning about a legal high gallops towards Snopesian urban myth status as the tale of a drug that makes you rip your bollocks off with your bare hands.
Squeezing more out of ERP and CRM
Mini PollOne of the most common complaints at board level to do with IT is the amount of money thrown at ERP and CRM application deployments over the years. Some question the perceived returns that have been delivered in terms of value to the business.
Nokia maps out next 12 months
Nokia has laid out its plans for the next year, expecting to maintain its market share in handsets and infrastructure while the industry grows slightly.
Muswell Hillbillies force BT to move broadband boxes
BT has been ordered to move 20 of the bulkier new streetside cabinets planned to power its trial of faster broadband, after they offended aesthetic sensibilities in leafy Muswell Hill, north London.
Navy's £1bn+ destroyers set to remain unarmed for years
The "Sea Viper" missile system for the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers looks set to suffer further setbacks following a reported failure during test firings. The weapons are already so late that the first £1bn+ Type 45 has been in naval service for nearly a year - almost completely unarmed.
Virgin Media smites TV software patents
A little-reported High Court decision last week has reaffirmed the difficulty of defending software programs.
McKinnon team granted extra week to file extradition appeal
Government solicitors have granted an extra week for solicitors acting for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, to lodge a judicial review on the Home Secretary's recent decision to allow extradition proceedings against Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to proceed.
Use Web 2.0 magic to sprinkle democracy on science
ClimategateIn response to the Climategate scandal, one of Britain's most senior climate officials has called for science to be made more "democratic". Mike Hulme has repeated his earlier calls for what he calls "post-normal", postmodern science - but has dusted the appeal with the magic pixie dust of Web 2.0.
Govt promises unemployed free laptops, net access, websites
The government will give jobless workers PCs and personalised websites as part of an overhaul of its unemployment strategy that will make being out of work a more virtual experience.
EDS HP staff vote to strike
Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) at the division of HP formerly known as EDS have voted by a more than three-quarters majority to go on strike over jobs and pay.
Nissan super-battery to 'double' e-car range
Leccy TechNissan is only five years away from the commercial launch of an e-car battery with twice the energy storage capacity per unit weight of current batteries, the company has claimed.
ESRB unloads US game ratings iPhone app
Want to know if Ace Hooker Blood Bath Baby Shaker III is the right game for an eight-year-old nephew while you're making a mad dash to the mall?
Wikisupremes eject UK Wikispokesman from inner circle
The world's greatest online comedy has returned for an encore performance.
HP shows smallest pod in the world, talks HPC
Now that every vendor has a shipping container (pod) computing solution, how do you differentiate your offering? You can’t go bigger and stick to the form factor. But wait a minute: you can go smaller… hmmm...
Yahoo! to juice Facebook fusion
Yahoo! will begin sucking down more Facebook user data across its stable of websites in a bid to keep overlapping audiences clicking on its pages longer.
Sequoia opens kimono with e-voting code handout
Sequoia Voting Systems has become the first electronic voting machine maker to publish the source code used in one of its systems, a move that computer scientists have praised.
Why probe Google for antitrust? It 'does no evil'
SupernovaFor Eric Clemons, Google's oft-echoed claim that it doesn't believe in doing evil is reason enough to investigate the web-dominating search giant for antitrust violations.