3rd > December > 2009 Archive
Space butterflies invade ISS
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are now hopelessly outnumbered by orbital butterflies as part of a student education project dubbed, "Butterflies in Space."
EFF seeks answers from Facebook police
As law enforcement agents increase their reliance on Facebook and MySpace to nab suspects, legal watchdogs are demanding that officials disclose exactly how they use social networking sites.
Microsoft promises 'open' Bing strategy
Microsoft is committed to an open online strategy to include partners and developers and build market share, while unveiling updates to Bing with a decidedly Microsoft flavor.
Twitter mulls open protocol Web2.0rhea
SupernovaWill Twitter turn itself into an email-like open protocol? It's thinking about it.
Freeview HD goes live
With the launch today of the Freeview HD service, the UK can claim to be at the forefront of digital television - though most punters won't be able to receive the service until spring 2010.
Acer beTouch E101 touchscreen smartphone
ReviewAcer has been successful in the laptop market by building low-cost, efficient computers that deliver the goods for less dosh than many of its big-brand brethren. When it first began manufacturing smart phones earlier this year, we had high hopes that they'd be able to pull of the same trick. Yet, Acer’s first four Windows Mobile smartphones seemed out-of-date almost as soon as they hit the shelves, and there was the feeling that they were old Glofish models with a new badge.
BONDI is all beachy with W3C
The OMTP's widget framework BONDI now complies with the W3C's definition of the term, paving the way to properly-cross-platforms applications.
Europe's ISPs object to secret copyright treaty talks
Secret trade talks on counterfeiting and copyright threaten to undermine citizens' rights without giving them a voice in negotiations, European internet service providers (ISPs) have warned.
Proto-mammals survived ancient global warming in Antarctica
Fossil-probing boffins say they have found evidence that early mammal-like creatures survived a severe episode of global warming 252 million years ago by moving to Antarctica. Most other species then living were wiped out.
Micron lights touchpaper on flash rocket
Micron has announced what looks like a blazingly fast multi-level cell solid state drive (SSD), which supports the 6Gbit/s SATA interface.
Virgin Media network goes titsup in Brum
Virgin Media customers across the west Midlands are this morning cut off from broadband, cable phone and digital TV.
Wikipedia to disclose user's IP address in blackmail case
The High Court has ordered the publishers of the Wikipedia user-generated encyclopaedia to reveal information which could identify a contributor in a blackmail case involving an unnamed famous businesswoman.
Micron takes wraps off 'fastest' desktop SSD
Memory maker Micron has introduced what may be the first solid-state drive fitted with a 6Gb/s Sata 3.0 connector.
LHC back after temporary unexistence
The Large Hadron Collider - mightiest particle-smasher ever built, and possible portal to other dimensions - came back online late last night following a power cut which not only shut down the Collider but also caused it to vanish off the internet for a time.
UK Wii sales surpass 6m
You can question the platform's longevity, but there's no doubting the Nintendo Wii is a sales success. Especially now market data shows it to be the UK's fastest-selling console.
Setting application data free
WorkshopThe best time to sell someone pain relief is when they are hurting, and so it was back in the 90s, when the first wave of ERP software was offered to customers to ease their suffering from point solution chaos and broken automation. The next best time to sell medication, of course, is when someone is looking forward to some future hurt, and the second wave of ERP was sold on this basis as a way of avoiding the pain of Y2K.
Mozilla fixes memory-hogging bug in Thunderbird 3
Mozilla has fixed a serious instability in an almost-ready version of its Thunderbird email client, as well as tackling a variety of lesser stability flaws and adding some enhancements.
Intel fixes 'bricked SSD' firmware bug
Intel has quietly released new firmware and an updated firmware loader that, it claims, fixes the problems 64-bit Windows 7 users had been experiencing with its second-generation, 34nm X25-M SSDs.
Time pops tablets to take magazines electronic
Time Inc. has seen the future, and it's electronic magazines rendered on an Apple tablet, assuming Apple ever makes one.
Google moves tanks onto property market's lawns
Google's latest target for freeing to death is, says the Financial Times, the UK property market. According to the paper, the company intends to launch a service offering estate agents free property listings early next year, and to bankroll it through advertising.
SD cards to get 300MB/s bus
The guardians of the SD memory card specification announced version 3.0 of the technology less than a year ago, but that hasn't stopped them talking up version 4.0 already.
2009's Top Solid-State Drives
Kit of the YearSolid-state drives have yet to truly challenge magnetic media when it comes to storage capacity and the price you pay for it. But 2009 saw a bumper crop of SSDs as Flash and storage specialists really tried to drive performance.
Swedish lactating bloke's dream turns sour
The Swedish dad who's spent the last few months attempting to squeeze milk from his breasts has thrown in the towel, with nothing more than "sore breasts" to show for his efforts.
Gov confirms plans for Sky box in charge of your house
The government has announced the results of its consultation with the public and other interested parties on plans for "smart" energy meters to be installed in all British homes and businesses. The most controversial aspects of the devices - the fact that they will effectively allow remote control of a home by energy companies and/or the grid authority - have apparently passed unchallenged.
Has your iPhone been involved in an accident?
Solicitors Bott & Co have launched an iPhone application for recording accident details, along with a link to their dedicated hotline for those seeking injury compensation.
Manchester journo gets first ID card - late
A Manchester Evening News hack claims to be the first member of the public to get an ID card in the government's pilot, despite her application almost being scuppered by an accident with a roast potato.
Optoma HD20 budget full HD projector
ReviewBilled as the first 1080p projector available for under £900, Optoma has taken a no-frills approach to cram maximum HD goodness into its HD20 home cinema projector. Compact at 324 x 234 x 97mm, it houses a full HD 1080p DLP device to satisfy film buffs and big screen HD gamers.
Malware derails Indian business school admission tests
A malware infection has screwed up plans for Indian business schools to run admission tests online for the first time.
Catholics slam PETA nude adopt-a-mutt poster
The Catholic League has fired a broadside against animal rights outfit PETA after the campaigning organisation decided to ask Playboy model and Dancing With The Stars contestant Joanna Krupa to whip off her kit in defence of homeless mutts:
Footie fans flock to clock 'Miss of the Century'
Football fans worldwide have flocked to YouTube to catch what has been dubbed "The Miss of the Century" - a open-goal howler by Harrow Borough's Rocky Baptiste:
Crooks 'too lazy' for crypto
The widespread use of encryption by criminals - long feared by intelligence and law enforcement agencies - has yet to materialise, according to the man in charge of the country's largest digital forensics unit.
Microsoft backs away from Murdoch love-in
Microsoft does not want to get into bed with Rupert Murdoch after all, with a senior exec telling the FT that Redmond is not interested in securing the Aussie mogul's content for its Bing search engine.
Murdoch takes aim at streaming pretenders
Fresh from signing up the indies, News Corp's MySpace Music is launching an ambitious streaming competitor - in theory - to Spotify, We7 and Last.fm in the UK.
UK police take down fake designer goods sites
UK police have completed a massive take-down operation, after targeting scam websites selling fake designer goods.
MS kills 'Bing buys the news' furore, but Google could still lose it
Microsoft has firmly ruled out the notion of paying news publishers to de-index their content from Google. But you knew that already. Speaking at the unveiling of new Bing features in San Francisco yesterday, senior online services VP Satya Nadella said that Microsoft was not focused on getting exclusive content, and that "there is no real intent here that is focused on getting a whole bunch of content that is de-indexed from Google".
Honda goes NUTs for future micro-car
Leccy TechHonda has whipped the dust covers of its vision of the small, urban coupé of tomorrow at the LA Auto Show.
Taliban attack Brit troops with explosive donkey
British troops in Afghanistan's Helmand Province will in future eye donkeys with suspicion after the Taliban strapped an improvised explosive device to an unfortunate beast of burden and sent it "galloping" towards a military camp.
HP hit with another strike
More industrial unrest is threatening HP, where another union today announced that its members will strike.
Antitrust incoming? A view of Google from 30,000 ft
InterviewAttorney Chris Castle has worked for the original Napster ("one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century"), Snocap and in digital licensing for Sony and A&M, and his "View of the Music Wars from 30,000 ft" was one of the most popular features of last year. In the first installment of our annual catch-up, he wonders whether Google may have annoyed so many rights holders that it's rethinking its strategy.
MS honeypot research sheds light on brute-force hacks
Microsoft's honeypot-based research has highlighted common password mistakes, as well as shedding light on automated hacking techniques.
SC09: Infiniband expands, Mellanox thrives
Mellanox was a big presence at SC09. It had a good-sized booth of its own, and its products were featured or referred to at a significant number of other booths.
World Cup to be shown in 3D
The 2010 World Cup will be the first global soccer event shot in 3D, Fifa - the Fédération Internationale de Football Association - said today.
Microsoft acted on Opera's modified browser proposal?
Windows PC users in Europe could get to pick their browser without going through Internet Explorer.
Comcast promises not to lock Hulu behind paywall
Comcast doesn't plan on locking Hulu behind a paywall once it's given the keys to NBC Universal.
Google dodges Googlephone question
SupernovaGoogle has declined to discuss the possibility of a Google-branded IP-based cell phone handset, the subject of much speculation in recent weeks.
Linux kernel cured of remote panic-attack bug
Developers of the Linux kernel have patched a bug that allowed attackers to remotely crash a machine by sending it malicious Wi-Fi signals.
Microsoft's Silverlight 4 - Flash developers need not apply
ReviewMicrosoft's Silverlight 4 shows remarkable progress since version 3, released in July. The pace of development shows Microsoft is serious about making this work - but is it delivering something developers can use?
Apple's App Store police relent on hardware images
Apple's App Store police have again exhibited a brush with common sense, and allowed another iPhone app to display previously forbidden images of Cupertino hardware.
Google expands plan to run own internet
Google has entered the domain name resolution business, part of its ongoing effort to control just about everything you do on the net.
YouTube strips page clutter with 'Feather'
One problem with small, cheap computers is that even the internet staple YouTube can slow such a machine to a crawl. And what's the point of a $300 computer if you can't watch a dog riding a skateboard immediately?