21st > December > 2009 Archive
A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo
It was a confident - some might say complacent - Microsoft that entered the decade.
Intel's Atomic 'Pine Trail' arrives early
Intel's new-and-slightly-improved Atom processors and support chips met the waiting world Monday morning, a couple of weeks earlier than their oft-rumored rollout at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
IT recession is no more, says study
We're coming into the home stretch of 2009, and this is the time when the IT prognosticators come out of the woodwork to make their predictions and projections for the new year. The wizards at Computer Economics - which makes a business out of measuring IT spending, salaries, and other technology trends - is calling an end to the IT recession that has been underway since early 2008. In North America, at least.
Toshiba MK6465GSX 640GB laptop hard drive
ReviewToshiba is the first manufacturer to deliver a 2.5in laptop hard drive that packs more than 500GB of storage. Its new MK6465GSX sports 640GB on two platters, and while we are aware that the Western Digital Scorpio Blue and Seagate Momentus 5400.7 are also available in 640GB models we haven’t seen either drive to date.
BBC looks to grab internet TV market
The BBC Trust has given the go-ahead for the corporation to push on with providing internet access to the TV, via a set-top box.
GSMA recruits a bit of Fry and Duran Duran
Stephen Fry and Duran Duran will be headlining February's mobile industry bash, as the GSMA tries to drag some sex appeal into the increasingly-dull Barcelona proceedings.
UK retail Wi-Fi security still patchy
Wi-Fi security in UK retail environments is improving, but shops remain vulnerable to the sorts of attacks carried out as part of the infamous TJX credit card heist.
Oz anti-censorship site is censored
The Australian company that runs the .com.au domain registry has been accused of abandoning its own procedures to censor a website satirising communications minister Stephen Conroy's ISP filtering regime.
Data Robotics CEO change no big deal
The surprise CEO transition at Data Robotics shouldn't have been a surprise, according to the man who should know - the now ex-CEO Geoff Barrall.
Google: Do no evil, pay no tax
Google has been accused of swerving UK tax on the £1.6bn it makes in Britain.
Samsung tunes into musical yoof with touchphone
Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome Samsung's latest touchscreen music phone. Now please depart - you're not the favoured audience.
Panasonic releases more capacious, less explosive laptop battery
Panasonic has begun mass-producing a lithium-ion battery for laptops that's rather more capacious charge-wise than current offerings.
Faster BT broadband on starting blocks for Olympics - maybe
BT is hoping to complete roll out of its faster broadband network by June 2012, to ensure the framework is finalised in time for the London Olympic Games.
Plod to retain personal data from DNA innocents
Police will continue to retain the personal details of everyone they arrest, despite a human rights ruling meaning the DNA profiles they are linked to must be deleted.
Vodafone to start selling iPhone on 14 January
Vodafone will begin selling the iPhone on 14 January 2010
British troops to get new all-terrain camouflage kit
The British armed forces, in a bid to stop criticism regarding uniforms supplied to troops in combat, have introduced a new field camouflage pattern intended to be suitable for use in both desert and vegetated terrain.
Twitter hack linked to internal security breach
Twitter's login credentials were used to make DNS changes that redirected surfers to a protest site last Friday, according to site admins.
UK ID card project descends into muddle
Further confusion has broken out over the UK government's controversial ID scheme, after it emerged that the Home Office was announcing an extension to the scheme, days after Chancellor Alistair Darling questioned the future of the project.
O2 takes a Christmas break
O2 is again struggling to get IP addresses to its customers, leaving many of them without data connectivity since yesterday lunchtime.
Hungary mandates open standards
The Hungarian government has mandated the use of open standards in its departments in a move to help "foster" competition in the software market.
Scareware scammers exploit Brittany Murphy's death
Actress Brittany Murphy's sudden death, just like Michael Jackson's untimely demise before her, has quickly been exploited by scareware scammers.
Dan O’Bannon dies at 63
Dan O'Bannon, the man who gave the world Alien and Total Recall, has died aged 63, the New York Times reports.
DARPA scientists demand lightning on tap
Sometimes it's not so easy being a mad scientist. Narrow-minded colleagues disparage your theories using harsh terms like "crackpot" and "ethically dubious". Persons in charge of critical supplies vital to your experiments - morticians, gravediggers, the people who run the brain depositary* - refuse to cooperate. Even once these hurdles are overcome, and your creation lies ready on the slab awaiting only a lightning bolt to add the vital spark of life, you must often wait weeks or months for the necessary thunderstorm.
Privacy group sues DoJ over 'digital strip search' data
A privacy group has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice for allegedly failing to disclose information about the use of devices that capture black 'n' white images of people stripped naked.
Asus, Dell, MSI announce next-gen Atom netbooks
The 'Pine Trail' netbook announcements are coming thick and fast, following Intel's announcement of its next-gen Atom platform last night. First up, Dell, MSI and Asus.
Volvo: C30 e-car coming as fleet not one-off prototype
Leccy TechWhen Volvo first unveiled its C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) back in September 2009, it stressed that the handful of cars produced would be one-off prototypes.
France gets a fourth third generation network
The French regulator has awarded its fourth 3G licence, with Illiad-owned Free winning the beauty contest to get the spectrum at a knock-down price.
Aliens more likely to live on moons than planets, say boffins
Noted US boffins have stated that habitable conditions in far-flung star systems may be more commonly found on moons in orbit around planets than on the planets themselves. This of course suggests that space travel may be very common elsewhere in the galaxy, among aliens who are not unfortunate enough - like the human race - to live in a star system with only one habitable body.
WinAmp update fades out critical media player flaws
WinAmp users ought to upgrade following the discovery of multiple security vulns affecting the popular media player.
Secret neo-Nazi documents published
ExclusiveWikileaks is in the process of making a cache of documents and files from eleven different neo-Nazi organisations readable, and readily available, online.
Vatican awards self 'unique copyright' on Pope
The Vatican has awarded itself a "unique copyright" on the Pope's name, image, coat of arms, and any other symbol or logo related to the Holy Father.
ISS gets Soyuz visitors for the holidays
Three fresh crew members for the International Space Station blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday to staff an orbital construction team over the holidays.
Stella Artois augments iPhone reality
iPhone users looking for a lager can now find one via Stella Artois augmented reality.
The Avatar storage effect
CommentAvatar - James Cameron's 3D-enhanced sci-fi CGI space-western movie - is set to be a stunning success, and the storage industry is jumping on the bandwagon carrying its 10 feet tall, blue-skinned aliens.
Closeted lesbian sues Netflix for privacy invasion
An in-the-closet lesbian mother has sued Netflix for publishing data that she believes could be used to out her.
Harvard smarties name Steve Jobs 'world's best CEO'
The prestigious Harvard Business Review has published its ranking of the world's best-performing CEOs, and we'll give you one guess who is El Numero Uno.