2nd > September > 2010 Archive
New iPod crew: 'Phoney, futuristic, retro, doomed'
Apple has revamped three quarters of its iPod line. Or, more accurately, it upgraded one quarter, redesigned another, took a step back in time with a third, and left the final, not-even-mentioned quarter alone.
MokaFive outs bare-metal PC hypervisor
Disappointed with the ridiculously skinny PC coverage offered by the XenClient bare-metal hypervisor just announced by Citrix Systems? Annoyed that VMware took its Client Virtualization Platform, also a so-called type 1 hypervisor for PCs, out behind the barn and gave it the Old Yeller? Then MokaFive is cooking up something you might find useful.
D-Link DHP-306AV powerline Ethernet adaptor
ReviewI use a couple of Devolo dLAN AVplus powerline Ethernet adaptors at home, to hook up my wired-only Sony Bravia connected telly to my router. They're great adaptors, but with a pass-through three-pin power socket, they're bulky. D-Link's latest adaptor, the DHP-306AV, offers a more compact alternative.
Large companies ignore data centre advice - survey
Large companies across the UK increasingly turn to independent consultants when they want advice on the design and specification of a data centre. Almost all of them then ignore some or all of that advice, according to research released today.
Boffins explain greatest ever free kick
Scientists have agreeably concluded that Roberto Carlos's 1997 free kick against France - a seemingly impossible blast into the back of the net from 115ft - was not the fluke some have claimed.
Dixons sales ain't all that
DSGi shares fell very slightly this morning after the company said trading had held steady in the three months ended 24 July.
Cyber-jihadists deface home of teddy bears' picnic
Geographically mixed-up Algerian hackers made themselves look rather silly by defacing the website of an English stately home instead of Belvoir Fortress in Israel, their intended target.
How much aircraft fatigue is too much?
Here’s another “How HPC saves your worthless hide” type of story - our pals at InsideHPC publicized a collaboration between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) that should increase air safety for people riding on planes and for the people standing around underneath them.
UK.gov fishes for ID ideas
Directgov has asked IT suppliers to come up with new thinking on identity verification.
Sony updates e-book readers
Sony has updated its line of E Ink e-book readers, adding brighter screens, touch technology and reducing the devices' physical sizes.
Symantec and Snoop Dogg launch cybercrime rap contest
Symantec has teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest.
Nokia blows Ovi Files out of the sky
Nokia has pulled the plug on Ovi Files, its cloud-based storage system, and told users they've got a month before the the system gets wiped.
Samsung specs up 7in Android tablet
Samsung has posted the spec for its upcoming Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. And Vodafone has announced availability.
If HP gets 3PAR, does Donatelli get HP?
Opinion3Par has not issued a statement recommending HP's $2bn bid for the company, despite the ending of a three-day period for Dell to mount a counter-offer.
Hands on with Motorola's Milestone 2 and Defy
VideoTom Satchwell, Director of Marketing, Motorola Europe demonstrates the company's latest Android offerings, the Milestone 2 and the Defy.
NASA seeks inflatable popup roof for camper vans on Mars
NASA says it has selected finalists in an engineering competition to design an "inflatable loft", reminiscent of the extending roofs often fitted to camper vans, but in this case intended to deploy from the roof of a "hard-shell prototype habitat" for use by astronauts on the Moon or Mars.
Philips unwraps cinemascope-ratio 3D TV
Philips has introduced a 3D version of its Cinema 21:9 movie theatre aspect ratio telly.
My Exchange conversion
Sysadmin blogRecently I had the opportunity to walk through complete installs of Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2010. Although I have used Exchange Server 2007 for the past two years, as with Vista, I prefer to pretend it never happened.
Punters still puzzled by broadband ads
It will come as no surprise to regular readers that 90 per cent of UK consumers are confused by broadband advertising - we'd have to assume the missing ten per cent are marketing bods for ISPs.
Virgin claims broadband speeds 92% of 'up to' peak
Virgin Media is attempting to gain the moral high ground by publishing what it claims are the real speeds its broadband customers experience.
RFID patent pool prices up wireless
The RFID Consortium has opened for business after five years of negotiations, providing a one-stop shop for all the patents needed to manufacture RFID tags and readers.
StreetView passed by Kiwi cops
Police in New Zealand have bounced a complaint about Google's StreetView service back to the country's Privacy Commissioner.
Verbatim InSight 500GB external hard drive
ReviewVerbatim's InSight external hard drive is an unusual-looking offering, but that odd wave-like curve at the front is home to the unit's status readout screen.
General Motors bitchslaps Tesla with Range Anxiety™
As US motor mammoth GM gears up for the launch of its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, it has applied to trademark the term "range anxiety" - meaning the fear suffered by battery-car owners regarding their ability to get home again after a given journey. Upstart battery car maker Tesla Motors has issued a panicky and unconvincing statement in response.
Apple inks Ping trademark deal with golf gear maker
Apple cleared the use of the word Ping with golf company PING before using the name for its new Web2.0 music look-up feature in iTunes.
Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations
Google and Apple's bush war flared up again as Steve Jobs apparently cast aspersions over Android's activation numbers as he unveiled Apple's latest iPod and TV scrub-up yesterday.
Apple states tax take on UK iPod pricing
Apple has made it explicitly clear how much more its charging UK consumers for its kit than US-based buyers.
TomTom unveils 'super' satnav
TomTom has launched what it claims are the first of the "super satnavs".
HP bids $2.4bn for 3PAR
HP has raised its bid for 3PAR to $33 a share, around $2.4bn, beating a revised Dell offer made earlier today.
Boris bikes for tourists delayed till year end
Visitors to London, and anyone else without a full account, will not be able to hire Boris bikes until the end of the year.
iTunes update plugs WebKit flaw
The latest version of iTunes for Windows addresses 13 security vulnerabilities, as well as adding much-publicised social networking functionality.
AOL goes soul-searching with Google in 5-year deal
AOL has signed a deal with Google to make it the sole provider for paid text-based search and contextual ads on the company's US websites for the next five years.
US loses last chance for free wireless
An audacious plan to provide free wireless internet access across the US has finally been killed off by the FCC, much to the delight of the cellular industry.
Toshiba touts £329 Folio Android tablet
Do computer companies never learn from history? Clearly not, if Toshiba is anything to go by. Today, it launched its Android tablet, revealing the gadget is called Folio.
HMRC issues CD-rom alert to employers
HM Revenue and Customs has warned employers who use its Employer CD-rom to update it immediately to avoid miscalculations.
Toshiba launches telly-connected media drive
Toshiba has at long last launched the TV-connected hard drive it showed us in a backroom way back in February.
HyTrust takes auditing, monitoring to the clouds
VMworldVirtual security appliance maker HyTrust is revving up its wares with a new 2.1 release and positioning itself as the go-to partner for auditing and compliance for VMware's new vCloud Director.
LaCie catches ultra-small USB Flash drive bug
Ordinary USB Flash drives too darn big for you? LaCie's new MosKeyto protrudes a mere 6mm from the USB port it's connected to.
Wikileaks founder blasts reopening of rape probe
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has blasted Sweden's investigation into allegations against him for sexual misconduct after prosecutors reopened a probe into charges he raped a woman last month.
Twitter tightens grip on own firehose
Twitter is on a mission to regain control of its own firehose.
Microsoft buffs Silverlight for HTML5 video contest
Microsoft has tried to justify its Silverlight media player in the age of HTML5.
Jobs moves to the heavens with Apple TV
AnalysisWith its Apple TV revamp announced Wednesday, Apple dipped its toes into the entertainment cloud — if you'll forgive a muddled metaphor. It's a tentative baby step, but expect more cloudy offerings from Cupertino if the experiment is a success.
Microsoft freshens retro code lock-down tool
Microsoft has released a new version of a software tool that developers and administrators can use to harden older applications against common vulnerabilities.
Semi biz starts to cool off
While chip makers are not white-knuckled with fear as they were during the economic meltdown of late 2008 and early 2009, they were hoping that the recent boom in chip sales would hold for a couple of quarters — and it probably won't.
Chrome celebrates second b-day with sixth release
Google is celebrating Chrome's second birthday by releasing a new stable version of its rapidly evolving browser, offering a slightly simpler user interface, an automatic form filler, and the ability to synchronize extensions and form data across machines.