19th > February > 2010 Archive
CrackBerry mimics Jesus Phone with WebKit browser
Research in Motion has uncloaked a WebKit-based browser for the BlackBerry, tapping the same open-source rendering engine that underpins browsers on the Apple iPhone, Google Android mobile operating system, Palm webOS, and the Symbian OS.
Dell's profits shrink as revenue grows
Profits for Dell - the world's third-largest computer seller by shipments - declined 4.8 per cent during its fiscal fourth quarter despite an increase in sales for each of its business units.
Engineers sweat Oracle's Sun-Java integration promise
Oracle's top brass might have committed to merging its Java technology with that of Sun Microsystems but the specifics are still being worked out.
IBM betas click-recording Firefox add-on
IBM Labs has squeezed out a beta version of a Firefox add-on that records a user's online activities so they can be repeated automatically or be printed out for others as step-by-step instructions.
Microsoft chucks bargain bin at world's youth
How does Microsoft tempt students into its development tools bandwagon? By parking it outside the school yard and promising free love and software to the tiny tots.
ReviewEver since Samsung released its first netbook in 2008 - it was the NC10 - it’s been churning out new models like there’s no tomorrow. And with the recent arrival of Intel’s second-gen Atom 'Pine Trail' platform, it’s no surprise Samsung has taken the opportunity to get some new netbooks to market.
No quick decision on Google books deal
Judge Denny Chin, best known for overseeing the Bernie Madoff trial, said yesterday he would not be rushing into judgement in the Google books hearing.
3 gets Desire
It's not just Orange - mobile phone network 3 is to offer HTC's Android-based Desire smartphone too. So is O2, we understand, though the cellco hasn't yet formally announced as much.
T-Mobile intros compact Android smartphone
T-Mobile is gearing up to release its second pay-as-you-go Android smartphone: the Huawei-made Pulse Mini.
HP stacks up QLogic
HP is to OEM QLogic's stackable 5800 Fibre Channel switch, which is making QLogic quite excited.
1.3 million phones found down back of the sofa in UK
More than half of mobiles reported stolen in the UK later turn up down the back of the sofa or somewhere similar, according to the UK Home Office.
NetApp says tiering is dying
CommentNetApp CEO Tom Georgens thinks 3PAR, Dell, EMC, Compellent and others are wrong - automated tiering of data across different levels of drives is a dying concept.
Cisco ejects HP from privileged partner camp
UpdatedHP is being booted out from the circle of Cisco's confidantes receiving confidential Cisco product roadmap details, as the competitive war between the two gets fiercer.
Apple squashes wobbly jub app
Apple has decided to pull the jubtastic Wobble iBoobs from its App Store as part of an alleged puritanical clamp-down on "overtly sexual content".
TomTom touts second iPhone GPS-boost car cradle
TomTom has introduced its second iPhone accessory: a new cradle that fits onto a special dashboard fixture.
US Army moves rocket-buster raygun from lab to firing range
The US Army says it's time to move battle rayguns out of the lab and onto the firing range: and it is doing so. According to the Space and Missile Defence Command, a prototype electrically powered war-blaster which has shown combat-worthy power levels of 100+ kilowatts is even now being set up on a test range in New Mexico.
Sex.com goes titsup
Sex.com, arguably the web's most valuable address, is up for sale after its owner went bust.
Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen
Microsoft has unveiled its EU-mandated Web browser choice screen, and will start rolling it out next week.
Eco computer game cost taxpayers £47 per play
In what may be the most expensive "spontaneous" outburst of grassroots political expression since Mao's Cultural Revolution, the old farming ministry DEFRA paid more than £8m over two years to civic society groups if they spread the correct message about Global Warming.
Two Chinese schools implicated in Google Aurora attacks
Two Chinese schools with links to the armed forces have become implicated as suspects in the ongoing Operations Aurora attacks against Google and at least 33 other western conglomerates last December.
Desktop evolution offers alternative admin options
LabLove them or loathe them, desktops are integral to IT service delivery. They are the most common point of access for users, and their performance has a disproportionately high bearing on user satisfaction and the perception of IT generally.
Google Energy gets OK
Google has been granted a license to trade energy on the wholesale market, as well as retail it to the consumer market. The approval comes from the US Federal energy regulator FERC.
Government drops jail for data thieves... again
The government has quietly dropped plans to jail personal data thieves, frustrating the Information Commissioner and arousing criticism of the Data Protection Act as toothless.
BT settles multi-million spat with cost-cutting consultants
BT has settled an £88m dispute with a consultancy it asked to find cost savings at its troubled Global Services division.
Aussies cane cane toads with cat food
Researchers from the University of Sydney have joined the battle to rid the Lucky Country of cane toads by suggesting cat food might be a useful tool in seeing off the invasive amphibian.
Lost Nazi nuke-project uranium found in Dutch scrapyard
EU nuke boffins say that mysterious bits of uranium found last year in a Dutch scrapyard originated in the Nazi nuclear-weapons programme of the 1940s.
Sony seeks 'universal console controller' patent
It's perhaps a step too far to say that just because Sony has applied for a US patent that covers a "universal game console controller" that it's actually developing one with a view to bringing such a product to market.
Motorola Droid - the not quite iPhone killer
ReviewMotorola's Google-happy Droid handset can be summed up in three words - and a bit of punctuation: "Nice phone, but..."
The Not-Invented-Anywhere Syndrome
A teenage literary sensation who lifted large parts of her debut hit novel from the Web, without giving credit, says she's justified because "there's no such thing as originality".
Interpol issues arrest warrant for fake passport hit team
International police agency Interpol has out put stop and detain notices for 11 suspects reckoned to have used fake passports to enter the UAE before taking part in the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month.
UK manufacturing getting worse more slowly
UK manufacturing is showing some signs of improvement in export orders, thanks to the weak pound, but total orders remain low.
US school comes out fighting over webcam spy claim
The UK agency in charge of IT in UK schools has insisted there is no chance of the government's free laptops program exposing the bedroom activities of British students.
First Freeview HD TV goes on sale
Eager to get watching Freeview HD? Retailer Comet has begun taking orders for Panasonic's TX-P42G20B 42in plasma TV with a built-in DVB-T2 tuner.
iPad pitch to the Wall Street Journal laid bare
Steve Jobs took the iPad to the Wall Street Journal to explain why the paper should drop Adobe's Flash, to a cool reception.
Crims jailed for hiding 'e-detonators' in robot camel jockey
A man and a boy have been found guilty by courts in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of concealing "electric detonators" in robotic camel jockeys, according to reports. The crooks' plan was to get racing dromedaries to run faster, in defiance of good sportsmanship and local laws.
Archaeologists nail Bosworth Field
Historians have finally revealed what they reckon is the definitive site of the Battle of Bosworth - the 22 August 1485 scrap in which Henry Tudor's army defeated Richard III's forces.
Symbian needs your help. Please
Symbian won't run unless a lot of volunteers get their hands dirty, with internal sources confirming it's most likely to be three months before the code can compile.
Nokia pulls the plug on wireless payment handset
Nokia has scrapped its third NFC handset, the 6216, which never got launched despite being scheduled for last year and despite China Unicom's plans for an NFC launch.
Open sourcers fortify Ubuntu's Koala food
With Eucalyptus - the open source platform that put the Koala in Ubuntu's Karmic Koala - you can mimic Amazon's so-called infrastructure cloud inside your very own data center. At least up to a point.
Cisco and HP - the gloves come off
The pretense of friendship is officially over between Hewlett-Packard and Cisco, though the two giants have been rallying their banners for war since the launch of Cisco's Unified Computing System last year.