28th > April > 2010 Archive

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Intel's Wind River quintuples telecom throughput

Wind River has introduced what it calls an "ultra-fast" packet-forwarding platform for overburdened telecom providers.
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Apple, the iPhone 4G, the cops and the click-tart

Impressive. A not insignificant section of the intertubes is holding Apple entirely responsible for a brutal, paramilitary-style dawn raid by heavily-armed cops (we exaggerate, before they do) on the lovely home of peaceful citizen and Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. And all we actually know that Apple has done is first, ask Gizmodo for its missing prototype back, and second, advise San Mateo County police that there had been a theft.
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Doro ProSound HS1910 Dect

Review The Doro Prosound HS1910 may look like your average wireless headset, but this one stands out from the crowd. Not merely a headset, it's a cordless Dect phone in its own right.
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Software makers fall in behind Lucid Lynx

Thursday is D-Day - meaning Download Day - for the new Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support release from commercial Linux distributor Canonical. And this release is shaping up to be a watershed event for the upstart distro.
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Red Hat goes commercial on Amazon's cloud

For the past several years, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has been dabbling in public cloud computing, putting out beta releases of its Enterprise Linux on Amazon's EC2 compute utility. The Fedora community also put its eponymous Linux development releases out there. But if you wanted to run real RHEL on EC2 and get handholding for it, forget it.
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Palin email witness decries 'dog and pony' prosecution

A witness who testified against the man accused of breaching Sarah Palin's Yahoo! Mail account has criticized federal prosecutors for distorting the facts in an attempt to score legal points.
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Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

HTC has agreed to pay Microsoft a royalty when it sells a mobile phone running Google's Android operating system.
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Hulu scraps UK plans

So Hulu, America's answer to iPlayer (or to be more precise the as yet un-hatched Project Canvas) is not opening up in the UK after all.
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Jesus descends to Google Earth

Long-term readers will be aware that the Son of God chooses some pretty offbeat places to manifest his supreme being, including Peruvian sand dunes, Ugandan mobile phone masts, Mount Sinai and Romanian wardrobe doors.
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EU pours €9.5m into cutting operator ‘leccy bills

Fifteen companies have joined forces to spend the EU’s money to try to reduce the power consumption of 4G technologies, in a project with the fanciful acronym EARTH.
Bill Ray, 28 2010
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Hackers crack Ubisoft always-online DRM controls

Hackers have overcome Ubisoft's controversial DRM system that relied on constant connection to the internet for games to function.
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No penis pumping for Papuan plod

Papuans whose todgers have been unnaturally enhanced are as of right now barred from joining the police on the grounds that such members are a "hindrance during training".
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Google exec privacy convictions 'based on legal error'

The Italian court which sentenced three Google executives to a suspended jail term made a legal error, according to an Italian legal expert who has studied the judgment (pdf, in Italian). Elvira Berlingieri told OUT-LAW that Google was likely to win any appeal.
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Vodafone preps own-brand Android 'andset

Not content with offering the Android-based HTC phones Legend and Desire, Sony Ericsson's X10, and Google's own Nexus One, Vodafone today announced an own-brand smartphone running the much-promoted OS.
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LaCie readies rugged USB 3.0 HDD

External storage specialist LaCie has become the latest of its ilk to implement SuperSpeed USB 3.0 in a hard drive.
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WD buys Hoya sputtering operation

Western Digital is buying Hoya's glass media sputtering operation to secure and expand its 2.5-inch media supply as demand for these small disk drives ramps up and up.
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LGA and Socitm call for open election data

The Local Government Association and the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) are calling for local authorities to publish election information and results in an open format.
Kable, 28 2010
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EMC's Mozy saunters into the UK

EMC's Mozy cloud backup service has arrived in the UK.
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Lord of the Rings man made a Knight

Peter Jackson, the director behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy has been knighted in New Zealand.
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Pirate Bay suitor returns with strange bid to buy website

A mysterious press release popped up on Business Wire yesterday that claimed Hans Pandeya, who last summer failed to buy The Pirate Bay, has returned with another bid to acquire the infamous site.
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Virgin Media boasts more subscribers and more losses

More households than ever before switched to Virgin Media in the last quarter, as the company reaped the benefits of network upgrades.
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Panasonic hits the road to preach 3D TV gospel

Panasonic will next month embark on a nine-week tour of the UK with the goal of turning Brits onto the joys of 3D TV.
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Yahoo! scores Premier League highlights package deal

Yahoo! has bought the exclusive rights to screen English Premier League games highlights online for the next three seasons.
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JooJoo tablet offered to Brits

Fusion Garage has made its 12in Atom-based tablet, the JooJoo, available to buyers outside the US.
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NHS accused of politicising health records

Figures from Connecting for Health reveal that dozens of primary care trusts took money to tell patients about summary care records, even though they had no intention of actually moving to such records.
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Infosec surfs in on self-propagating scaremongering

Opinion Infosec, the annual IT security trade show, has always been a place to do deals rather than to unveil new research or make significant product announcements.
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Samsung R580 15.6in notebook

Review Such is the pressure on PC makers to come up with ever more compelling designs - let alone exciting internals - that they must get so absorbed in their work that they forget to check on what their rivals are up to.
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SAP profit rises on SME sales boost

Business management software maker SAP saw first quarter net profit nearly double to €387m on total revenues up 5 per cent to €2.5bn for the period ended 31 March 2010.
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Web politics: The honeymoon is over

Parallel moves in Canada and the US may signal the end of the honeymoon for web-based political campaigning - or change it beyond recognition.
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Organisational change and IT

Lab It is great to theorise about all the good things IT can bring. Indeed, a fortunate few have that as their jobs. Just imagine what life would be like, for example, if it were possible to provision virtual servers on the fly, or provide real-time business intelligence tools to everyone who needed them, or implement management systems that really did know about everything in the IT environment. How easy everything could be.
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ITC investigates claims against Apple

The US trade watchdog confirmed this week that it would investigate patent infringement allegations made by Elan Microelectronics against Apple last month.
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San Francisco's rogue BOFH is guilty

Terry Childs - the sysadmin who refused to hand back passwords to San Francisco's network - has been found guilty of computer tampering.
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Codeweavers CrossOver Mac

Review Like many Mac users, I use Apple’s Boot Camp to switch between the Mac OS and Windows as required. However, I also use virtualisation tools - Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion - which have the added convenience of allowing you to run Mac and Windows programs side-by-side.
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California's 'Zero Energy House' is actually massive fossil hog

In startling enviro-technology news, it has been reported that an ordinary 1950s house in California has been given a "green renovation" which has apparently made it a "Zero Energy House" and won its builders an award from the state government.
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3PAR adds offices serving five Apac countries

3PAR has added five Far Eastern countries to its sales geography in one month, and is gaining customers in Norway and South Africa.
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NPfIT ignored NHS culture, says Halligan

One of the founders of the NHS National Programme for IT has told HC2010 that it failed to understand that "culture eats strategy for breakfast".
Kable, 28 2010
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Lexar releases 600x CompactFlash cards

Still using CompactFlash? Lexar now has a 600x card that'll deliver a minimum sustained write speed of 90MB/s - and that's guaranteed, the company said.
Hard Reg, 28 2010
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Packard Bell rings up Facebook-friendly laptop

Acer subsidiary Packard Bell has its eye on TwitBook buffs. Next month it will release a 15.6in notebook - the EasyNote TM - which sports a special Social Networks key.
Hard Reg, 28 2010
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ICQ chatted up by Russian billionaires

Russian investors have bought ICQ, the venerable instant messenger service, from AOL for $187.5m.
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Mozilla spits out 'pre-alpha' Fennec for Android

Mozilla has released a "pre-alpha" version of its mobile Firefox browser for Google's Android operating system.
Cade Metz, 28 2010
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Man's MySpace page torpedoes personal injury suit

A computer animator's $2.5m personal injury lawsuit suffered a near-fatal blow thanks in part to MySpace postings that undermined claims his life had become "hell on earth."
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'World's largest' IT catalog open to view

An IT asset management firm is providing access to what it claims is the world's largest catalogue of hardware, software, and networking equipment.
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Red Hat bags NTT as cloud partner

Server virtualization wannabe Red Hat has notched up another cloud computing win with its commercial-grade KVM hypervisor. Japanese telco and service provider NTT Communications has said it is building its new cloud and Web hosting facilities using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
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AMD ships low-cost six-core Phenom IIs

AMD's six-core Phenom II X6 processors have hit the streets, and the company claims that since they work with existing AM3 and AM2+ socket motherboards "with proper BIOS support," the move to six cores is "an easy upgrade."
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NASA's Nebula cloud descends on Washington

NASA's Nebula infrastructure cloud - which will likely host websites across the federal government - is expanding from the agency's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley to a data center at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Cade Metz, 28 2010
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HP agrees to buy Palm for $1.2bn

HP has agreed to buy beleaguered handheld maker Palm for $1.2bn.
Cade Metz, 28 2010
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Online anonymity fueled 'Web War' on Estonia

The attacks that paralyzed Estonian internet traffic for three days in 2007 were fueled by online anonymity and a phenomenon known as contagion, according to a report by three academics.
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Texas man cops to botnet-for-hire charges

A Texas man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he trained a botnet on a popular internet service provider so he could demonstrate custom-made malware to a potential customer.
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HP eyes webOS iPad rival

In purchasing Palm, HP intends to build and sell not only a new collection of phones based on Palm's critically-acclaimed webOS, but a line of webOS tablets as well.
Cade Metz, 28 2010