16th > February > 2010 Archive
Updated Legalized SlingPlayer 3G TV joins App Store ranks
MWCAs expected, a 3G-enabled version of Sling Media's TV player for the iPhone has found its place among the 150,000-or-so apps in Apple's App Store.
US lab births flexy, stingy solar cells
A team of US research scientists have made a startling breakthrough in solar-cell development, creating flexible wire-based cell substrates that use just one per cent of the silicon needed for brittle and comparatively heavy conventional cells.
Cisco cuts and runs on Dell blade partnership
It was only a few months ago that Dell gave Cisco a powerful smack to the face by publicly denouncing the network giants' big Unified Computing System pitch as a vendor lock-in scheme when unveiling a set of servers, storage systems, and third-party network technologies it called an "open" alternative.*
HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180
ReviewThe Pavilion Elite HPE-180 stands at the pinnacle of the HP's home PC line-up and sports spec to match. It has a 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-860 processor, 8GB of DDR 3 memory, a Blu-ray combo drive and, to make use of all that memory, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly
The Government must provide more detail on exactly how alleged copyright infringers will be cut off from the internet before a file-sharing disconnection law is passed, according to a parliamentary committee.
Fujitsu grabs billion pound HP contract
The Department of Work and Pensions has picked Fujitsu to sort out its desktop computers, even though the company faces a ballot of union members to end its long-running dispute with the Unite union.
Overland Snaps into iSCSI
Oveland Storage is adding a SnapServer SAN product alongside the SnapServer filer product, and hoping it will be the business growth engine it sorely needs.
LG to bring over-the-air phone sync to all
MWCLG has claimed it is the first phone maker to bring over-the-air synchronisation out of the smartphone handset category and into the mid-range market.
Virtualisation and packaged applications
LabTo the outsider, suggesting that such workloads as SAP, Siebel and so on should be candidates for virtualisation feels like a bit of an anathema.
Sony backs away from OLED TV future
Sony is to exit the OLED TV market in Japan, almost two years after the launch of its ground-breaking 11in Xel-1 telly.
MoJ and police discipline Twitter sinners
The Ministry of Justice and the Metropolitan Police have acknowledged disciplining staff for misusing online social networks.
Cyclist Floyd Landis accused of hacking into doping lab
French authorities have issued an arrest warrant against US cyclist Floyd Landis over allegations he hacked into an anti-doping lab computer.
HP puts mid-range storage on steroids
HP is updating its MSA and LeftHand storage arrays and bringing in a new naming scheme.
Another annoying cloud pitch
I just sat through another cloud consulting services pitch from a major IT vendor. Some of it was under NDA so can’t talk about specifics, but that’s not really relevant to the point that has prompted me to write this.
Microsoft made a phone, and I hate it already
OpinionMicrosoft's next mobile platform will probably make for nice mobile phones, but for those of us hankering after a mobile computer it's just going to be annoying.
Scorsese and De Niro planning Taxi Driver II?
The word on the street at the Berlin Film festival is that Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese may be planning to "revisit" 1976 classic Taxi Driver - either as a sequel or a remake.
Freeview HD EPG debuts on iPhone
Freeview has released its 14-day electronic programme guide on the iPhone.
Apple bans iPhone hackers from App Store
Apple has banned at least two prominent iPhone hackers from accessing its App Store.
Windows Phone 7 Series website collapses under weight of traffic
The Windows Phone 7 Series website is currently titsup less than a day since Microsoft launched its iPhone-competing gadget.
Apple to stick padlocks on books for iPad
Apple is dusting off FairPlay - the digital rights management used by iTunes - to protect electronic copies of books sold to iPad users.
Firm punts USB 3 SSD
OK, so you may not have a USB 3.0 equipped PC just yet, but if you do, or you're planning to buy one, you may be after some external storage capable of making the most of the new bus' available bandwidth.
Raygun 747 missile-zapping test video released
VidThe US Missile Defence Agency has released video of last week's test of the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) - the huge, jumbo-jet-mounted laser cannon built to blast hostile ballistic missiles out of the sky as they boost upward from their launch sites.
NFC gains Wi-Fi connection, loses name
MWCWith Wi-Fi-connected toggles and single-wire-protocol SIMs, everyone seems to be trying to make NFC work, even if it's not going to be called that any more.
EMI puts Abbey Road under the silver hammer?
EMI has reportedly put its iconic Abbey Road recording studio up for sale in an effort to pay off some of its hefty debts.
Samsung shows off 4G netbook
MWCSamsung has shown off a set of netbooks equipped with Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband connectivity - a world first, the South Korean giant claimed.
Miniskirt outrage Brazilian becomes Carnival queen
The 20-year-old Brazilian lass who was expelled from São Paulo's Bandeirante University for wearing a miniskirt has strutted her stuff as a Rio Carnival queen.
Orange teases with HTC Desire debut
MWCOrange will release HTC's upcoming Android-based smartphone, Desire, in April.
Small firms say UK taxes are strangling growth
The Federation of Small Business has found that its members would happily take on more staff if they weren't groaning under the financial burden of keeping the British government ticking over.
Plantronics Voyager Pro UC
ReviewJudging from the photos on Plantronics’ website, the system requirements for its Voyager Pro headset include a goatee (recommended) or some carefully cultivated designer stubble (minimum). Fortunately, we were in unshaven mode when the box landed on our desk and it seemed to work just fine with a basic two-day growth.
Steve Jobs anoints official biographer
Steve Jobs has put himself on a par with Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin in anointing the man he would like to write his official biography. Maybe.
Labour MP denies calling Tories 'scum-sucking pigs' on Twitter
A Labour minister has claimed his Twitter account was hacked, after a tweet went out under his name that brandished the Tories as "Scum-sucking pigs".
Echelon computers can't cope with bad lines
Who remembers Echelon, the top-secret telecommunications spy network said to be run by the US and allied Anglophone nations, and to be triggered as soon as certain key words or phrases are spoken on the phone?
Royal hack police worker avoids jail
A civilian police worker who hacked into force computers to steal data on a royal visit to Wales has avoided prison for crimes his lawyers claim were motivated by idle curiosity.
My mother-in-law wants this! (For her birthday, you understand)
My 79-year-old mother-in-law recently started computer lessons, mostly to help her go Googling and maybe, just maybe to send emails to fellow members of her bowls club. After many years as a computer-denier, she now sees the point – but computer mice will remain ever horrible to her.
EMC adds awesome to Atmos
EMC has upgraded the hardware and protection attributes of its cloud storage Atmos product so it can store, process and protect more data faster.
Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests
Google and Yahoo! have joined a pressure group which seeks to stop Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's doomed attempt to filter Aussie web traffic.
HP helps customers go cloudwards
HP is offering a Cloud Design Service to get customers using cloud IT faster.
Only Apple can get away with App Stores
There are certain words I try and avoid when writing, because they confuse more than they enlighten. Terms such as "Business model", "Sustainability" and "Platform" are not just self-serving jargon - the real meaning is the opposite of what is intended. Well, even before this week, I expected the term "Mobile App Store" to be heading the same way.
Scots unleash world's strongest beer
A Scottish brewer appears to have torpedoed a German rival's claim to the world's strongest beer, by bottling a "quadruple IPA" weighing in at a liver-bashing 41 per cent ABV.
Vodafone chief gripes at Google dominance in online ad market
Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao today bitched to his peers about Google's growing power in the online ad and search market, claiming such dominance could stymie the flow of cash through the mobile telecoms system.
Life's a BONDI beach for widgets
MWCEvery year, widgets almost happen on mobile phones, and this year widget fans can show handsets and a route to market... nearly.
Vodafone lets Androiders in on 360
MWCVodafone has extended its 360 service to Android users, providing a Vodafone People application that even non-Vodafone customers are welcome to use.
Nokia patches N900 firmware
Nokia has updated the Maemo-based - or should that be MeeGo-based - Nokia N900 smartphone/mobile computer* with fresh firmware.
IBM consumes network kit automation firm
IBM has scooped up network automation software maker Intelliden.
RIM unveils free BlackBerry server
MWCResearch in Motion is offering a tasty incentive for small and medium businesses to standardize on BlackBerries with the introduction of new - and free - server software.
Contest offers $100,000 for smartphone, browser hacks
An annual hacking contest that has made mincemeat of security on both Mac and Windows computers will set its sights on smartphones and browsers with as much as $100,000 in awards next month.
Google Buzz bug exposes user geo location
UpdatedAlready besieged by complaints of shoddy user privacy, Google Buzz is was susceptible to exploits that allow an attacker to commandeer accounts and even learn where victims are located, a security researcher said Tuesday.
Yahoo! looks beyond Google's data cruncher
Nowadays, when it comes to crunching epic amounts of web data, Google's MapReduce credo is all the rage. The Mountain View method of distributing back-end compute tasks across a sea of commodity machines has given rise to the open source Hadoop platform, which now underpins Yahoo!, Facebook, and even a chunk of Microsoft Bing.
Facebook goes lighter than Lite
MWCFacebook is introducing a lower-than-low-bandwidth way to get aboard its überpopular social-networking service.