12th > May > 2010 Archive

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Intel: Social netizens conquering the earth

Even during the depths of the Meltdown, consumers kept buying PCs. And increasingly the "killer app" for desktop, notebook, and netbook users was social networking.
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2010
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Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed

Early next year, Yahoo! intends to open source its internal "cloud serving" platform, described as something halfway between Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Google's App Engine.
Cade Metz, 12 May 2010
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Scroogle scrapes back to life

Scroogle is back, once again serving up privacy-friendly Google search results, a day after a sudden change to google.com shut down the swashbuckling service.
Cade Metz, 12 May 2010
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Cowon iAudio V5 HD media player

Review As regular readers will know, I have a fondness for Cowon PMPs. The combination of comprehensive codec support and excellent playback found in devices like the A3, S9 and O2 has convinced me that if top notch audio and video quality is your chief desire, Cowon is the place to spend your money.
Alun Taylor, 12 May 2010
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High Court rules software liability clause not 'reasonable'

A software company's stipulation that customers could not take action against it for the poor performance of its software was unfair and could not be enforced, the High Court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 May 2010
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Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps

If businesses want to run Microsoft Office's new web-based apps on Linux machines, they'll need a buy a full Office license for each user - even though the suite's desktop apps don't run on Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2010
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Did LibCon alliance bring down O2 network?

Updated O2 suffered a widespread voice and data network outage last night just before 8pm.
John Oates, 12 May 2010
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Iomega sneaks Avamar onto ix12 array

Iomega is showing its new ix12 unified storage array at EMC World and it has an Avamar agent loaded on it.
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2010
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The impact of virtualisation on securing systems

Workshop Virtualisation has become an established trend in the x86 server market and is moving into the desktop and notebook space too. It's a great tool for providing flexibility, recoverability and consolidation.
Andrew Buss, 12 May 2010
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NSA head confirmed as chief of US cyber command

The US government, after some delay, has formally confirmed in post the head of its now-forming military Cyber Command. Keith B Alexander, head of the NSA, has been promoted to four-star general* and will now head the new cyber forces as well as his current agency.
Lewis Page, 12 May 2010
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Herschel 'scope peers into 'truly empty' space hole

The Herschel Space Observatory has spotted a gaping hole in space - a "truly empty" void which appears to have be formed by jets of gas from nascent stars.
Lester Haines, 12 May 2010
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Swiss watch auctioned for £3.76m

A private Swiss museum has stumped a cool 6.26m Swiss francs (£3.76m) for a "unique" Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph watch, which now has the honour of being the most expensive yellow gold watch ever to sell at auction.
Lester Haines, 12 May 2010
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Suffering from IT innovation constipation?

If you are pushing and pushing the IT department and nothing is happening, then Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise Business - the IT services and hardware half of the company that's not PCs and printers - has just the prescription for you. Spend money with HP on lots of amorphous services and very solid and shiny new hardware.
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Dell upgrades tough netbook

Dell has upgraded its 'take the rough'n'tumble' Latitude 2100 netbook, upping the machine's model number to 2110 and giving it a top-of-the-range Atom CPU.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Office and Mail bugs star in May Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft released just two updates on Tuesday as part of a light patch Tuesday, especially in comparison with April's 11 bulletins.
John Leyden, 12 May 2010
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Sharp claims mobile 3D, HD cam 'first'

Sharp has claimed an industry first: a wee camera module capable of grabbing stereoscopic 3D images at 1280 x 720p HD resolution. The best bit: it's for mobile phones.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

The iPad won't be mass market in the UK, according to a market research firm which took to the streets to see what British consumers think about Apple's tablet.
Drew Cullen, 12 May 2010
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Sony flavours Walkman line with MGS

Sony is preparing a limited edition of its "wearable" Walkman music player, the W252, to celebrate the release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Hard Reg, 12 May 2010
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Software piracy rates fall

Software piracy rates have stayed static in the UK and fallen in many countries around the world despite the recession.
John Oates, 12 May 2010
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Biometric passport 2.0 scrapped alongside ID cards, NIR

Second-generation biometric passports will be scrapped alongside ID cards and the National Identity Register by the new Tory-LibDem government, probably as part of a merger between the LibDem Freedom Bill, and the Great Repeal Bill advocated by some sections of the Tory party. It isn't as yet entirely clear what will be in this Bill, but there is sufficient common ground between the two parties for it to be one of the easier tasks for the new government.
John Lettice, 12 May 2010
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Osborne to 'get Britain working' - except for ID contractors

George Osborne arrived at 11 Downing St today with little more than Vince Cable and stack of good wishes from business lobbyists to help him grapple with the UK’s enormous economic problems.
Joe Fay, 12 May 2010
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Mozilla boss John Lilly quits outfit for venture capital role

Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly is leaving the open source browser maker after five years.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2010
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Come to Swindon - and play Human Pac-Man

Saturday 22 May is the 30th anniversary* of Pac-Man, the seminal arcade video game from Namco Games, and the Museum of Computing at Swindon has cooked up three events to celebrate.
Drew Cullen, 12 May 2010
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Scots killer posted Bebo updates from behind bars

A killer has been caught posting updates on his life behind bars onto a social networking site.
John Leyden, 12 May 2010
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Toshiba shows off widescreen Pro notebooks

Toshiba revamped its consumer-oriented Satellite-branded laptop line last month, and now it has introduced almost identical models bearing the Satellite Pro moniker.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Alan Wake

Review It’s the dead of night, and you’re driving along a deserted and gloomy mountain pass with only the low drone of your engine for company. Out of the corner of your eye you spot a rickety old timber shack at the side of the road. You pull over and the engine goes quiet. All around you, a dark, insidious mist gathers, creeping through the tall pines from every direction.
Andrew Bailey, 12 May 2010
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ZeusRAM is STEC's next SSD

STEC is developing a ZeusRAM non-volatile cache product and a PCIe-connected solid state drive (SSD).
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2010
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Latest iPhone 4G leak reveals A4 CPU

Apple's ARM-based A4 processor, the CPU that powers the iPad, will also power the next iPhone.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Trident, nuke energy looking poorly under LibCons

Updated Details on the new Conservative/Liberal coalition government are now emerging, as are those of the policy deal struck between the allied parties. On first look, it would appear that the replacement of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system like-for-like and the planned new generation of nuclear power stations have been thrown into doubt.
Lewis Page, 12 May 2010
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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

A-level computer science students will no longer be taught C, C# or PHP from next year following a decision to withdraw the languages by the largest exam board.
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Salesforce extends 'sympathy' to Microsoft on Office launch

A senior EMEA director at Salesforce.com has claimed Microsoft Office "sucks productivity" just as the software giant gears up for the launch of its latest version this afternoon.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2010
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Find out all about Office 2010 and Sharepoint 2010

Team Register, 12 May 2010
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Acer Timeline X 4820TG

Review A year ago Acer’s Aspire Timeline 4810T notched up a ground-breaking eight hours of battery life thanks to the careful use of low power Core 2 hardware. The new Acer Aspire Timeline X ups the ante with claims that it can deliver up to 12 hours from the optional nine-cell battery – the standard six-cell is another story.
Leo Waldock, 12 May 2010
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Samsung confirms e-book reader's UK debut

Samsung will release its SNE-60 e-book reader in the "coming months", the consumer electronics giant said today.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Nokia reorganizes for second time in six months

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has announced his second reorganization in six months, indicating the intense pressure he is under to get the firm's smartphone strategy right. The new structure, effective from July 1, is heavily focused on tight integration between software and hardware, especially at the high end but also in emerging market devices. While the main goal is clearly to take on the vertically integrated players like Apple more effectively, the hiring of former Sun software chief Rich Green also points to new impetus behind a longer term, but hugely significant, strategy to create an industry leading cross-platform software framework dominated by Nokia.
Wireless Watch, 12 May 2010
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Server-based zombies power souped-up DDoS assault

Hackers have begun using compromised servers instead of client PCs to launch more powerful denial of service attacks.
John Leyden, 12 May 2010
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Identity & Passport Service in suicide bid?

All is not well - as we suggested might be the case this morning - at the Identity and Passport Service. Matter of fact, it may have just killed itself.
John Lettice, 12 May 2010
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US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup

Radical plans by the US Navy to equip its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-drivers for launching aircraft instead of the traditional steam catapults have hit technical snags.
Lewis Page, 12 May 2010
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The Cameregg plan: Who got what?

The people have spoken – and party leaders Nick Clegg and David Cameron, henceforth to be known as Dick Clameron, have filled in the details.
Jane Fae , 12 May 2010
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Outsourcing goes inside

An Indian outsourcing firm is working with prison authorities to set up a 200 man unit to handle back office and data entry functions for businesses worldwide.
John Oates, 12 May 2010
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Lexar Echo ZE ultra-compact backup drive

Review Solid-state storage specialist Lexar, aware that computer users tend not to be very good at maintaining regular backups of their data, has introduced a product line, called Echo, to take the task off users' shoulders.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2010
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Biometric cash machine lands in Europe

A Polish bank has become the first in Europe to offer the use of biometrics instead of PINs at cash machines.
John Leyden, 12 May 2010
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MS hopes biz punters will guzzle Office 2010

Microsoft has launched the business version of its Office 2010 productivity suite, alongside its all-important sidekick SharePoint 2010.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2010
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German net crippled by top level glitch

Updated Vast portions of the German internet were unavailable for more than an hour on Wednesday, after a snafu with the country's top level .de domain.
Cade Metz, 12 May 2010
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Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier

Yet another employee of the world's largest electronics assembler - Foxconn, maker of products for Apple, HP, and others - has has killed herself.
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2010
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Microsoft U-turns on WebKit extension for Mobile IE

The Microsoft team building Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 7 has U-turned on plans to add an extension from WebKit to their browser.
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2010
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Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?

Microsoft Office earned $4.2 billion revenue in the first three months of 2010, only a little behind the Windows client at $4.4 billion, according to the company's most recent earnings release.
Tim Anderson, 12 May 2010
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Citrix previews bare-metal virt

Citrix Systems shelled out $500m to buy XenSource and get its hands on the Xen open source hypervisor, and it looks like 2010 is shaping up to be the year that the Xen family of products starts to pay back some of that dough.
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What can Google's tablet deliver?

Google is in cahoots with Verizon developing a tablet device, reports the WSJ. But with the world and his dog also developing copycat iPads, it's hard to see what Google in particular can bring to the market.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2010
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Intel: best days are ahead for servers

As it comes off yet another global recession, and with a severe freeze in IT spending starting to thaw, Intel's server-chip lineup is perhaps the best Chipzilla The Continuum has ever put into the field - including its much-delayed and much-maligned quad-core Itanium 9300s.
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IBM: 'We'll double profits by 2015'

IBM expects to double its earnings per share by 2015.
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Steam rushes from Valve onto Macs

The online gaming megaservice and gamers' community Steam has introduced Mac support, as it promised on Tuesday.
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2010
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Cisco earnings beat the Street

Cisco might not be ready to call an end to the economic meltdown, but Wall Street is probably going to read it that way - despite words of caution from the networking giant's chairman and CEO, John Chambers.
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'Tamper evident' CPU warns of malicious backdoors

Scientists have devised a chip design to ensure microprocessors haven't been surreptitiously equipped with malicious backdoors that could be used to siphon sensitive information or receive instructions from adversaries.
Dan Goodin, 12 May 2010