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Keene USB FM Transmitter
ReviewWhile we’re all being encouraged adopt to DAB and dump our FM radios, these sonic stalwarts from the analogue era may well get a second wind, at least if the likes of Keene’s USB FM Transmitter catch on.
Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve
Seventy-two per cent of developers believe that Google's Android is "best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future," whereas only 25 per cent favor Apple's iOS, according to a new study.
Customers paying more and putting up with mobes for longer
Mobile phones are lasting Americans more than 20 months these days, which is good as the average bill has risen to $78 a month, according to JD Power.
Apple escapes competition charges
The European Commission has ended its competition investigation into Apple because it is happy with changes to developer licenses and on cross-border repairs of handsets.
WTF worm makes Twitterers declare goat lust
Another malicious worm hit Twitter over the weekend, days after the micro-blogging site reached near-meltdown from a technically similar attack.
Quick and dirty file-clustering-for-idiots
Sysadmin blogDFSR was one of Server 2003 R2’s hidden gems. It is more robust in Server 2008 R2, but the fundamentals haven’t changed. You mostly use it for collecting data from shares on branch sites to a centralized site for backups. Alternately, it is a method of providing centrally published information to branches.
Google ordered to pay out for automated defamation
Google has been ordered to pay €5,000 to a Frenchman who claimed he was libelled by automatic suggestions on Google's home page.
Kindle users finally get to pay for games
Kindle users bored of the latest bonkbuster can now run up a game of scrabble on their e-ink screens, once they've shelled out $5 for the privilege.
Raising the roof on the shingled write problem
Shingled writing has a serious problem: writes take more time than current disk writes, probably ruling out enterprise use unless complex flash memory technology is used.
Facial recognition tech could hit plod smartphones
Ever have that feeling that you’ve seen a face before, but just can’t place it? Is it someone you knew in high school, or someone you saw featured on TV as a crazed serial killer? This won’t be a problem in the future, thanks to the folks at Australian think tank NICTA – with assistance from GPUs.
Sony launches net content streamer in Blighty
Sony has introduced a set-top box that will present the same Bravia Internet TV and DLNA media sharing features built into its latest tellies and Blu-ray players on other screens.
National Grid blames BT for gas explosion
National Grid is blaming dodgy building work by BT for a gas explosion in Shrewsbury that injured 12 people, according to a report.
Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack
Hackers have uploaded a leaked database of emails from anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law onto P2P networks and websites.
Three links phones to Facebook for free
Three is to offer its customers free access to Facebook, allowing them to connect to the social network without paying a penny in data transfer charges.
Vodafone throws cash at Cricket betting and loyalty card apps
Vodafone has awarded £100,000 to Cardmobili, with Roulette Cricket getting £50,000, as the most innovative mobile startups identified by the operator's Clicks competition.
Vulcan seeks further £400k refuel
The restored Avro Vulcan XH558 yesterday took to the skies on what could be its last flight.
Microsoft adopts invisible mobile pitch
Microsoft will pitch Windows Phone 7 as the handset you don't use all the time, highlighting how people disappear into their current handsets and miss out on the real world.
Sharp outs little'n'large e-mag tablets
Sharp has introduced 'Galapagos' - its 10.8in iPad-alike media tablet. The Japanese giant has also come up with a 5.5in junior version of the product.
Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real
British business interests are suggesting that it may be time to revive the idea of nuclear-powered commercial shipping. Media reports to the contrary, the Arctic is not yet open to normal merchant ships - but it might be opened up by nuclear ones, which would also offer zero emissions and freedom from high oil prices.
Apple sprays Web2.0 aftershave on Ping
Apple has updated its fenced-off social network Ping service in iTunes, after users grumbled that it wasn’t accessible via the music player.
Segway philanthropist found dead
Jimi Heselden, the multi-millionaire behind Hesco Bastion, who bought Segway Inc, was found dead on Sunday, next to one of the scooters
Zeus botnets' Achilles' Heel makes infiltration easy
A security researcher has discovered a potentially crippling vulnerability in one of the most widely used botnet toolkits, a finding that makes it easy for blackhats and whitehats alike to take control of huge networks of infected PCs.
Christian group declares jct 9 on M25 cursed
A group of Christian evangelicals has declared junction 9 of the M25 "hexed" and is staging regular prayer meetings to cleanse the benighted interchange.
HP gooses Integrity server virt with PA-RISC emulation
Hewlett-Packard is getting serious about getting customers to move off those vintage HP 9000 boxes, based on its final generation of home-grown PA-RISC processors, and onto shiny new Itanium-based Integrity blade servers.
US Navy says electric jet-flinger tech looking good
The US Navy's plan to fit its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-driver catapults instead of steam launchers is reportedly on track, with shore trials using test weights a success. The progress of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the first of its kind, is of interest to the Royal Navy as it could offer a way to massively cut the money spent on the Service's two new carriers - or, more accurately, to cut the money spent on their aeroplanes.
Wikileaks' Assange to reenter the fray
Julian Assange will step back onto the public stage this week with an appearance in London.
Toshiba Satellite A660 16in laptop
ReviewFitting a widescreen display into a laptop is all well and good, but it poses a problem: what do you do with all the empty space around the keyboard, now that the machines are so much bigger from one side to the other?
Hitachi flashes updated top end VSP
Behold VSP: Hitachi has updated its USP-V enterprise storage array to produce the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) claiming it is a single platform for managing block, file and content data.
ZeuS attacks mobiles in bank SMS bypass scam
Security researchers have warned that cybercrooks might be able to compromise online bank accounts even in cases where banks use SMS messages to authorise transactions.
HP purges Cisco gear from data centers
Hewlett-Packard announced this morning - and will no doubt be bragging tomorrow to Wall Street - that it no longer has Cisco Systems' core switches and routers in its own data centers and is now using its own 3Com and ProCurve products.
Welsh hospitals to allow mobile use
The Welsh Health Minister has said that Welsh hospitals should permit mobile phone use, which makes sense as England has allowed them since January 2009.
UN appoints alien liaison boffin
The head of the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs is poised to become first point of contact for extraterrestrials.
Windows Phone 7 launch dates leak
Amazon's German division has posted a page for LG's upcoming Windows Phone 7 offering, the Optimus 7, and given us a few sparse details about the device.
HP slaps P9500 label on HDS' VSP array
HP has announced the P95000, its OEM version of Hitachi's VSP replacement for its top-end USP-V array. Yet the P9500 is smaller than HP's shipping version of HDS' predecessor, the USP-V.
Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast
VidThose of who you who get a bit wobbly at the top of a stepladder are strongly advised to look away now, because here's a helmetcam vid of just how you get to work when your office is at the top of a 1,768ft TV mast:
Fibre broadband is good for you, Conroy tells Aussies
If anyone thought for even a moment that Australia’s beleaguered communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, would be treading more lightly after an election in which his policies came in for strong criticism, especially on the proposed internet filter, think again!
IBM eats Blade Network for switches
Sam Palmisano got out the Big Blue check book once again this morning and wrote out what was reportedly a $400m check to the owners of privately held Blade Network Technologies.
Mystery lingers over stealthy Stuxnet infection
AnalysisThe infamous Stuxnet worm infected 14,000 systems inside Iran, according to new estimates.
Feds want backdoors built into VoIP and email
Developers of email, instant-messaging and voice-over-internet-protocol applications would be forced to redesign their services so their contents can be intercepted by law enforcement agents armed with legal wiretap orders under federal legislation reported on Monday by The New York Times.
US mainstream media is Apple's bee-atch
A year-long survey has shown that Apple is the mainstream media's darling, and that coverage of the glories of the digital wonderland edged out stories about its seamy underbelly.
Unity 3 debuts (sans Jobsian code spectre)
Three weeks after it was freed from the spectre of Steve Jobs' infamous code translation ban, Unity has unveiled the long-awaited third version of its cross-platform 3D game development kit.
Prosecutor resigns over sexting spree to crime victim
A Wisconsin prosecutor who faced forced removal from office for sending sexually charged text messages to crime victims and suspects will resign instead.
Microsoft surrenders Live Spaces future to WordPress
Microsoft's killing another me-too Web 2.0 service, sinking its fledgling Live Spaces blog network and shifting 30 million users to WordPress.
Orange sells infrastructure nuageux based on Vblocks
Orange Business Services, the hosting and network operations arm of France Telecom that operates in 172 countries, has caught the cloud bug and has teamed up with the triumvirate (well, duo if you want to be honest) behind the Acadia partnership — Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware — to launch a line of private clouds it wants to sell, install, and manage on behalf of customers.
RIM unveils The
BlackPad BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry DevconUpdate: This story has been updated with additional information from RIM's DevCon keynote.
Microsoft to issue emergency patch for ASP.Net vuln
Microsoft will release an emergency patch on Tuesday that plugs a security hole in a variety of its web developer tools that has been under active attack for more than a week.
IBM Goes 'GPU-riffic' with new blade
GTC Video BlogIBM made big news on the first day of last week's GPU Technology Conference by announcing that it'll roll out an Nvidia Fermi–based expansion blade. While it's not formally announced yet (the plan is to do so in Q4), IBM had one at the show and walked me through it for the video below.