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Google Instant – more searches, less thought
AnalysisGoogle is on a mission to make web search as fast as the human brain will allow. On Wednesday morning in San Francisco, as she unveiled Google Instant, a radical overhaul of the company's search engine that updates search results as you type, uber-Googler Marissa Mayer called it "search at the speed of thought." We can safely classify that as an exaggeration for effect, but Mayer's bon mot at least gets to the heart of Google's intentions.
Jailbreak hole in iOS 4.1 will be hard to close
Just hours after Apple released iOS 4.1 to great fanfare, hardware hackers found a way to jailbreak devices that run the new operating system. More surprising still, there doesn't appear to be anything Steve Jobs can do to stop them in the near future.
Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys
Google's "Instant" search engine includes a blacklist for words and phrases involving what the company considers "violence, hate, or pornography."
LG Optimus GT540 Android smartphone
ReviewLG's first Android phone was the InTouch Max, which impressed with its slide-out Qwerty keyboard, social networking features and low price. Dispensing with the keyboard and utilising a lower quality camera, the Optimus adds to LG’s growing range of Android handsets, and offers social networking features with a few other tricks besides.
UK agrees copyright cooperation with China
The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to coordinate policies and development of copyright law. The governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging closer working on the issue.
Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website
Red-nosed pastor Terry Jones, who plans to burn copies of the Koran and Jewish text the Talmud at the weekend, has either had his website hacked or his ISP has pulled the plug.
McKinnon family welcomes extradition treaty review
The coalition government's decision to review extradition law has been welcomed by family and supporters of Gary McKinnon, even though it's unlikely to have an immediate effect on his case.
MoD awards BT £810m contract extension
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its contract with BT to provide fixed telecommunications services.
MP urges Parliament to reform FOI laws
Ministers should not be able to block freedom of information (FOI) requests, according to amendments to FOI legislation proposed by a Liberal Democrat MP. A Labour former minister has said that the law should extend to media companies.
EMC hints at mid-range storage system
EMC has signalled that a new mid-range storage system is coming - a low-end one in the $10,000-$75,000 area. We reckon it's the Celerra NX3e, and we're spilling the beans here.
YouGov's voluntary stalkware unpicked
YouGov recently confronted survey participants with an odd offer to download software that would track users' surfing habits.
BlackBerry World hits 10K apps
BlackBerry World now has more than 10,000 applications on its shelves. This would be more impressive if Android didn't have ten times that number, and iOS more than twice what Android's got.
PARIS lifts skirt on hot CAD teaser
Hot on the heels of our recent announcement that we'd make the design of the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1-X aircraft available to the unwashed masses, we're delighted to say that our CAD rendering of the vehicle is beginning to take shape.
Child Support Agency system hit by new problems
UpdatedThe Child Support Agency's (CSA) much-criticised computer system is again struggling this week, with staff unable to access case files because it is running so slowly.
Symantec HackIsWack site still open to rickrolling
UpdatedSymantec's hapless HackIsWack cybercrime rap competition site can still be rickrolled, despite assurances to the contrary from the security giant.
Mac Office 2011 allows only 'light edits' in Windows Web apps
Microsoft will release its Office for Mac 2011 next month, so it has unsurprisingly been prepping would-be customers for the big day by dishing up more details about what the suite will contain.
Breaking the habit
Sysadmin blogPott's First Law: user inertia is the most powerful force in the universe. This is due to habits and habituation. Habits are patterns of behavior repeated with such frequency that they become subconsciously embedded. Habituation is the slow, steady acceptance of that regular stimulus input.
Police, ACPO, public set to clash on filming rights
The seizure of a film claimed as potential evidence of a violent crime may turn out to have serious implications for police, photographers and the public – though it is still too early to tell whether the eventual outcome will be good, bad or indifferent.
UK.gov finally pulls plug on National Programme for IT
The ailing National Programme for IT has been cancelled, although most of its multi-billion pound spending will go ahead.
'Internet censorship is trade barrier', says Google exec
Google's top legal man wants to see pressure applied to governments - such as China's and Turkey's - that have strict internet censorship rules in place.
Brits unleash world's hottest chilli pepper
A British firm has claimed the world's hottest chilli pepper crown, a fearsome beast clocking 1,176,182 on the Scoville scale.
ARM flexes muscles with fivefold performance boost
ARM's next-but-one processor will improve performance by five times, and the company aims to spread the architecture into the server side of the cloud too.
US raygun jumbo jet fails to beam down test missile
The USA's famed ray-cannon jumbo jet, the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB), failed to shoot down a ballistic missile in a long-delayed live test last week.
iPlayer, iTunes succumb to Web2.0rhea
Hot on the heels of Apple's poorly-received iTunes update, the BBC has released a new version of iPlayer, and it's met a chorus of criticism. In each case the culprit appears to be the same.
Google slaps malware warning on Radio 3 website
UpdatedGoogle is warning surfers visiting BBC Radio 3's website that the classical music domain is a security risk.
LaCie intros aluminium-clad USB 3.0 drives
LaCie has introduced two more USB 3.0 external hard drives, one for desktops, the other for portable computers.
Microsoft to embrace and extend HTML 5?
Microsoft watchers are poring over a series of Twitter posts from former Silverlight Product Manager Scott Barnes, a web design and user experience specialist.
World's only real flying car in price hikes, further delays
The firm behind the world's most plausible near-future flying car has pushed back delivery dates again, and suggested that vehicles may wind up costing substantially more than had been planned.
Mozilla lights up joystick, tickles developer gaming bellies
Mozilla launched a new gaming project through its Labs wing earlier this week, in a move to get coders to play with fancy browser and web technologies.
Pentax intros 'chameleon' camera
In addition to the K-r DSLR, Pentax also rolled out a couple of compacts today, both part of its Optio line.
PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'
PayPal UK has sent out an updated user agreement email to its customers that manages to violate its own tips on how to avoid phishing scams. The payments process outfit disputes the accusation.
Rioting lags demand women's tennis
Prison inmates deprived of the viewing pleasure of watching Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters mixing it up at Wimbledon earlier this year responded with a quick riot, the Telegraph reports.
Apple: third-party iOS dev tools OK after all
Apple has said is to allow software developers to create iPhone and iPad apps using tools it does not directly sanction.
Bacon thief leaves rasher on door knob
Surrey police are hunting a burglar who broke into a house in Redhill, Surrey and swiped a packet of bacon - except for a single rasher left chillingly draped over the front door handle.
Oracle and NetApp dismiss ZFS lawsuits
NetApp and Oracle have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other without prejudice. ZFS-using companies such as Coraid and Nexenta can now go ahead free of the threat of NetApp interference.
Dutch banks and operators go contactless
A trio of banks has joined three Dutch network operators in creating compatible NFC infrastructure, based on SIM security, aiming to bring contactless payment to the Netherlands by 2012.
The Celerra NX3e isn't it
Curiouser and curiouser, Alice said. The Celerra NX3e is not the new mid-range storage system that EMC CFO David Goulden said would be shipping early next year. But it is an EMC low-end Celerra and has been shipping since October 2009, according to people who should know but prefer to remain anonymous.
Rackspace claims credit for shushing Koran-burning 'pastor'
Hosting company Rackspace shut down the Dove World Outreach Center's website last night, because it broke its acceptable use policy.
Google Instant a potential bonanza for search scams
Security watchers are concerned that scareware scammers may quickly adapt to the introduction of real-time search technology from Google to develop even more potent search engine poisoning attacks.
Could Oracle buy HP?
One way for Oracle to solve HP's CEO problems is for it to buy HP and re-install Mark Hurd as CEO.
Clegg's taking away Your Freedom
The coalition government's wiki-powered loony magnet - Your Freedom website - which aims to collect the internet's very finest ideas - is shutting tomorrow, or rather "entering the next stage".
Dell launches Opteron 4100s into Boxes-o-Cloud
With a substantial portion of Dell's server business based on custom and quasi-custom designs that shrink server sizes and offer better performance per watt than the standard PowerEdge machines, the server maker cannot rest on its laurels or play favorites with Intel as it did in days gone by. Sometimes, companies want a machine that leverages processors from Advanced Micro Devices, and Dell must make such a box.
moral regulations apps dev guide
Apple has finally published some rules for applications submitted to the iTunes store, and it seems that down in Cupertino they're just as bored of flatulence-themed applications as the rest of us.
Opensourcers get personal over Ellison's Google fight
Open source advocates are asking you to write to Larry Ellison to protest about Oracle's damaging decision to prosecute Google over Java.
Ex-Sun CEO sees rosy future in health
Former Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opted for the hard life of Silicon Valley startup rather than running another Fortune 500 mega corp into the ground.
Steve Jobs lectures devs, dodges antitrust action
CommentOver two years after the debut of the iTunes App Store, Apple has finally provided developers with guidelines describing what apps are and aren't acceptable for inclusion in what Steve Jobs has called Cupertino's "curated platform."
Google search index splits with MapReduce
ExclusiveGoogle Caffeine — the remodeled search infrastructure rolled out across Google's worldwide data center network earlier this year — is not based on MapReduce, the distributed number-crunching platform that famously underpinned the company's previous indexing system. As the likes of Yahoo!, Facebook, and Microsoft work to duplicate MapReduce through the open source Hadoop project, Google is moving on.
Firefox 4 preview knocks back Jäger shot