18th > February > 2010 Archive
Microsoft banks Windows Phone 7 on Silverlight
Microsoft's Flash-challenging Silverlight media player could be the hidden secret driving Windows Phone 7, the Redmond mobile OS unveiled this week.
Almost 2,500 firms breached in ongoing hack attack
Criminal hackers have penetrated the networks of almost 2,500 companies and government agencies in a coordinated campaign that began 18 months ago and continues to steal email passwords, login credentials, and other sensitive data to this day, a computer security company said.
Oracle should cannibalize JavaFX Frankenstein
CommentOne of the survivors of Oracle's mammoth takeover of Sun Microsystems is JavaFX, the Flex wannabe and illegitimate son of Swing.
Toshiba Regza 26in combi TV
ReviewThe Toshiba 26DV615DB is rather big and chunky for a 26in telly, but that's because it has a DVD player built into the casing. The result is that it measures 100mm in depth, so it's by no means thin.
Founding investor still believes InPhase can fly
CommentA founding investor in defunct holographic storage developer InPhase is still hopeful of restarting the firm, even as 'For lease' signs go up on its building in Longmont, Colorado.
FriendsReunited sale cleared
The Competition Commission has cleared ITV's sale of FriendsReunited to Brightsolid - a subsidiary of DC Thomson the publisher of the Beano.
Sony swims up with slimmest, smallest sub-aqua cam
Sony has introduced its first swim-friendly Cyber-shot - a gadget, it claimed, is "the world’s thinnest and smallest waterproof digital still camera".
Google back in court for book deal
Google is in court later today New York to face critics of its agreement with US publishers to digitise the world's books.
Sony intros 10x optical zoom compact
Here's Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-H55, a chunkier snapper than the slimline TX5 also announced today.
Recession exacerbated Jobcentre computer woes
Research has revealed that IT problems hindered Jobcentre Plus in dealing with an influx of people at the beginning of the recession.
Windows Phone Classic to coexist with Windows Phone 7
Windows Mobile 6.x is to be known as "Windows Phone Classic" once its replacement launches, and apparently isn't to be taken out and shot as might have been expected.
Smoke free Nokia looks for a spark
MWCTrade shows tend to expire pretty quickly once the biggest exhibitors pull out. The small fish are there to do deals with slightly bigger fish, and if they're absent, or only present half-heartedly, there's a chain reaction down the industry.
T-Mobile announces pay monthly package revamp
T-Mobile has formally torn up its old monthly contracts and replaced them with new ones it claims "give customers greater choice and flexibility".
Northamber pares loss as revenue slips
Veteran disty Northamber highlighted a "harsh" and unsettled market today as it unveiled a fall in revenues and a reduced loss for the first six months of its financial year.
'Fat birds get laid sooner, have more one-night stands'
German boffins have carried out a groundbreaking study into the habits of fat birds as compared to thin ones. They say that the plumper subjects in their sample had more one-night stands than the slim ones, and that the chubbies in general achieved sexual congress sooner than their lightweight counterparts.
Google buys app, removes from app store
Google has bought the publisher of iPhone mail search app reMail, and promptly pulled the application from the iTunes store until further notice.
Swiss prostitutes armed with defibrillators
Prostitutes in the picturesque Swiss lakeside town of Lugano are adding defibrillation to their list of services following the death of several elderly punters whose hearts just couldn't take the pace.
CIA-linked startup touts all-seeing eye for net spooks
A security startup with close links to the CIA is touting a system to the UK government that monitors every IP address on the internet for malware, as part of its declared aim of improving cyber war capabilities.
SWaP Signature watchphone
ReviewThe Smart Watch and Phone (SWaP) Signature looks enticing. It fits on your wrist, yet packs in a touchscreen, music and video playback, a camera good for video and stills, Bluetooth with stereo audio, a Micro SD card slot, and a suite apps including an e-book reader. Telephony runs to tri-band GSM with GPRS, but not to 3G.
Industry groups leap to Chip and PIN's defence
AnalysisBanking industry suppliers have lined up to defend Chip and PIN, following the release of research last week from Cambridge University demonstrating how cybercrooks might be able to bypass security controls on credit and debit card transactions in shops.
Femtocells in spotlight as new route to LTE
MWCAs expected, femtocells are one of the big themes of this year's Mobile World Congress.
Salesforce offers collaboration beta to elite group
Salesforce.com is offering 100 companies the chance to beta test its collaboration software Chatter - a kind of Facebook for businesses.
Kodak prompts ITC to consider iPhone ban
The US International Trade Commission has launched another investigation into Apple, and RIM, this time prompted by Kodak's accusations of patent infringements.
NASA's WISE opens 'candy store of images'
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has dispatched to Earth its first full-fat photos following a calibration shot released in early January.
Twitter 'airport bomb hoax twit' charged
A man who allegedly made a joke threat to bomb a UK airport on Twitter has been charged with sending a menacing message.
Airport scanners face double exposure
A warning shot from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) suggests that yet again, the UK government may be erring on the wrong side of the law – this time over the vexed question of airport scanners.
Apple opens the iPhone to lotteries
Apple has modified the iPhone SDK terms to allow lottery-style applications, so now you can lose your shirt from anywhere.
Castleford locals storm Tickle Cock bridge
Irate locals in Castleford, West Yorkshire, have forced the council to reinstate the suggestive name of Tickle Cock bridge - a railway underpass traditionally used by courting couples to do their... courting.
Why you subsidize Google's Soviet-style Net
Google certainly likes to throw a party. Its annual, roving Zeitgeist conference sees politicians and policy-makers beating a path to the door for inspiration. As a result, Google and policy makers have got very, very cosy together. But how much are ordinary net users and taxpayers subsidising Google?
Another NHS hospital stricken with Conficker virus
AnalysisThe infamous Conficker worm has infected yet another NHS facility.
Windows Phone 7 will not translate to Win Mobile after all
Confusion over a Dutch translation has prompted Microsoft to confirm that its new mobile platform is not backwards compatible, though new documents point towards a .NET and Silverlight future.
'Optionally manned' spy plane to fly this summer
A make of spy plane known to be in use by the British forces is now confirmed to have an "optionally manned" version, allowing it to be crewed - for legal reasons, or to save bandwidth - or to fly itself, as desired.
Newspapers slam BBC iPhone app plans
Newspaper publishers are calling on the BBC Trust to rein in the broadcaster's plans to start making applications for smartphones.
Firefox update takes down three critical flaws
Mozilla pushed out a new version of Firefox on Wednesday that fixes five browser bugs, three of which present a critical risk of hacker attack.
Large Hadron Collider to fire up again next Thursday
ExclusiveThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle-smasher ever assembled by the human race and possible portal to other dimensions, is to fire up its beams following the Xmas break in a week's time.
Regulators approve Microhoo! search deal
Microsoft and Yahoo! today announced their web search deal has cleared both EU and US competition hurdles, despite complaints from Google.
Amazon spreads Kindleware to BlackBerries
Amazon has released Kindleware for BlackBerry handhelds - though it's only available to US users. At least for the moment.
Silicon Valley plane crash kills 3 Tesla employees
A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, killing the pilot and two passengers — all employees of Tesla Motors — and triggering a widespread electricity outage that cut power to thousands of homes as well as companies like Hewlett-Packard and Facebook.
Google typosquat cash pegged at $497m per year
Google may earn as much as $497m a year from typosquatters, according to a study from Harvard professor and noted Mountain View critic Ben Edelman.
OpenSolaris devs 'ignored' by Oracle
Alarm bells have started ringing inside the former Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris community over the project's potential future with database giant Oracle.
Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher
A Russian security researcher on Thursday said he has released attack code that exploits a critical vulnerability in the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser.
PayPal to feed Facebook ads, virtual goods
Facebook and PayPal have announced a partnership that will see the mega-social-networking site process both advertising and virtual goods payments through eBay's ever-expanding currency swap platform.