7th > December > 2009 Archive
Chocolate Factory buys AppJet for Google Wave
Google has acquired AppJet, makers of a real-time document-sharing service known as EtherPad. And it would appear Google merely wants the company for its talent.
Fanboi site squeaks on crocked iMacs
A grassroots fanboi site has sprung up to document what would appear to be widespread hardware problems with Apple's latest iMac desktops.
Voiis Bluetooth music streamer
ReviewWe've seen Bluetooth audio accessories that will stream the output from your telly or hi-fi to a pair of wireless headphones, and we've tried devices that will pick up streamed stereo and feed through to a pair of ordinary cabled cans. But we haven't seen many gadgets that do both.
Webmasters fume as Google profiles signed-out searchers
Google is now "personalizing" results even when users have not logged into its web-dominating search site. And SEO types aren't too happy about it.
2009's Top Netbooks
Kit of the Year2009 was the year the netbook really took off, with vendors rushing to release model after model after model, and few of them ending the year with the same selection of machines that they were offering at the start. We looked at dozens of them, all largely matched on performance, but with very different battery lives, prices and builds.
Exanet exit-bound despite Dell's efforts
Exanet, a clustered NAS systems vendor, appears to be heading for the off-ramp after a Dell-led rescue deal foundered.
Balancing user and business expectations
WorkshopNobody wants to go back to the early days of packaged applications when green screens were the norm and users got what they were given and had to come to IT if they wanted anything different. But should we really be going to the other extreme, as some would argue, and let users take control?
NHS IT spree faces cutbacks
UpdateThe chancellor Alistair Darling this weekend appeared to signal the pre-Budget report will include some major cuts to the £12.7bn NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Acer buys into Nvidia's Ion 2?
Some pundits may not see the point of putting a discrete GPU into a power-tight platform like a netbook, but Acer possibly does - if the latest whispers from Taiwan are to be trusted.
MIT win DARPA's flashcrowd balloon-hunt compo
An MIT-organised crowdsourced network of spotters was the first to locate ten large red balloons placed around the USA on Saturday, winning a $40k prize from DARPA. Most of the cash will be distributed among the network's members according to a simple formula whose design lay behind the MIT team's success.
HTC's next-gen Android flagship phone to debut Feb 2010
The head of HTC's Swedish operations has said the company will unveil the 'Hero 2' smartphone in February 2010 and ship the Android-based handset soon after.
Dodgy Avast update classifies multiple legit files as malign
Popular free of charge anti-virus scanner Avast went berserk late last week and began classifying legitimate files as infected.
IDC numbers show Dell server storage booming
IDC quarterly disk storage revenue numbers have shown Dell booming in direct-attach drives (DAS) and NetApp fumbling the ball in network-attached storage (NAS).
The return of the Psion-sized PC
The Psion-sized PC is back, in the form of an Atom-based pocket computer.
Microsoft grinches W7 Family Pack in US
Microsoft has left children across the US tearful and upset after pulling the Windows 7 Family Pack offer that promised the whole family could enjoy the upgrade from Vista.
Nokia N900 Linux smartphone
ReviewOnce the unequalled leader among mobile phone manufacturers, Nokia still returns impressive sales, but ceded its dominance of the smartphone market with the arrival of the iPhone. It's been playing catch-up ever since, sticking rigidly to a Symbian OS that only seemed to grow older looking with each new device.
Hacker scalps NASA-run websites
Miscreants took advantage of weak security to hack into two NASA-run websites over the weekend.
Gordon Brown declares another new era in gov IT
The government plans further back office integration and a national introduction of the Tell Us Once service as part of its streamlining programme.
Novell to mashup management tools
It seems that most of the IT industry is trying to figure out how to make money by vertically integrating some aspects of the data centre and selling a complete solution that addresses the whole stack. Novell - known predominantly for its NetWare and SUSE Linux operating systems - is no exception.
Combat walker machines: $3m for new studies
The US military's famous walker robot, aka "BigDog" or the "Legged Squad Support System", has received a further $3m in funding. However, the machine doesn't yet seem very close to seeing frontline military service.
IFPI aims legal broadside at single filesharer
The IFPI has made its first request to the Swedish courts to force an ISP to hand over details of an alleged file sharer.
Sprint and Hearst launch Skiff ereader
If touchscreen phones were the new buzz gadgets of 2008, this has certainly been the year of the ereader. This is especially true in the US, where operators have spotted the opportunity to adopt the integrated device/content model beloved of Apple, and build a new revenue stream.
FIA to oversee first e-car 'grand prix' series
Leccy TechA new racing series solely devoted to electric vehicles looks set to begin in 2011 if the plans of a British racing concern come to fruition.
Dongles pricey and pointless, says Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group reckons you can save 40 per cent on your phone bill by ditching your 3G dongle and using a Bluetooth connection instead.
Medion prices up Windows 7 netbook
Medion has unwrapped another 10in netbook in time for Christmas, this one preloaded with Windows 7 Starter Edition in place of XP.
Ministers lick problem of pan-EU patents - almost
European ministers have reached agreement on a new EU-wide patent structure after lengthy negotiations but have failed to find a way past the biggest obstacle to an EU-wide patent: the cost of translation.
Spook firm readies Virgin Media filesharing probes
The corridors at Detica's central London "Nerve Centre" are lined with portraits of the heroes of Bletchley Park, Britain's World War Two code-breaking powerhouse.
TSA, HSBC in secret doc redaction oopsie
The Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the US arm of bank HSBC have both failed to properly redact documents they published online.
Google slaps barcodey stickers on Favourite Places
Google has sent out 100,000 window stickers to US businesses, proclaiming them to be Favourite Places and providing a QR Code for a quick link to information and reviews.
No more UFO reports please, says MoD
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to close down its UFO reporting service, saying that it is an "inappropriate use of defence resources". The Ministry has closed down the voicemail and email addresses formerly available for reporting sightings.
Google boss tracks Carly, Arianna, all three Dixie Chicks
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has apparently joined Twitter, giving the world a peek into what he thinks and who he thinks is thinking things worth thinking about.
IBM thinks outside the box with containerized data centres
The idea of putting servers, storage, and networking gear into metal shipping containers and linking them together into a data centre cluster is not a new idea - Sun Microsystems was the first to propose the idea back in October 2006 - but it is catching on enough that IBM is endorsing the concept and shipping a product.
TTXGP e-bike race dates announced, goes international
Leccy TechThe first, provisional dates for the 2010 TTxGP Championship leccy bike racing series have been released. And two new teams have signed up for 2010 race series.
Muggers plundering gig bootleggers' booty
Gangs are watching gigs to see who's filming the stage on a nice smartphone, then nicking it from their pocket in the ensuing crowds, according to a Metropolitan Police warning.
One in 200 success rate keeps phishing economy ticking over
Phishers only need to land a minute percentage of victims to make scams worthwhile.
Apple said to snub Intel's next-gen mobile chip
Intel's Arrandale mobile CPU remains on schedule for an early January debut, but the word on the street is that one of Chipzilla's flagship customers will take a pass on that integrated-graphics part.
eBay wanted to buy Craigslist, Whitman tells judge
eBay wanted to buy Craigslist whole hog when it scooped up a minority stake in the classifieds website in 2004, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman told a judge on Monday.
Red Hat revs real-time MRG Linux to 1.2
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat today kicked out the 1.2 release of its Enterprise MRG Linux variant for real-time, messaging, and grid computing.
Google chief: Only miscreants worry about net privacy
If you're concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn't be doing. At least that's the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Webmasters targeted in cPanel look-alike phish
Fraudsters are targeting webmasters in a massive phishing campaign that attempts to trick marks into giving up credentials needed to administer their sites.
Microsoft and EU close on browser settlement?
Changes to a Microsoft proposal to let PC users in Europe chose the browser they want with Windows may have won over European regulators.
Google equips self for 'real-time' search
Last week, Microsoft unveiled all sorts of new stuff on the search engine known as Bing. Which means the Redmond obsessives at Google have spent the ensuing days desperately announcing as many of their own search thingys as they possible can.
Service cracks wireless passwords from the cloud
A security researcher has unveiled a low-cost service for penetration testers that checks the security of wireless networks by running passwords against a 135-million-word dictionary.