28th > September > 2010 Archive
BlackBerry tablet boots from 'floppy disk OS'
BlackBerry DevConThe BlackBerry Playbook – RIM's answer to the Apple iPad — is sure to have a certain cachet among aging techies. The 7-inch tablet is based on QNX, the UNIX-esque microkernel operating system that famously booted — graphical user interface, networking, and all — from a single 1.44MB floppy drive.
Apple iAds soar as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! sink
Apple's iAd mobile-advertising platform is tearing hefty chunks out of Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft's mobile-ad market share — and it has only been up and running for less than three months.
New regulator takes over video-on-demand content supervision
Regulation of television and video content delivered over the internet has now passed to the Association for Television On-Demand, or ATVOD, a former trade body turned regulator.
Olympus LS-5 linear PCM recorder
ReviewThe Olympus LS-5 is a solid-state stereo audio recorder with 2GB internal storage and support for SDHC card expansion up to 32GB. About the size of a domestic phone, it looks the business and also looks strikingly similar to the LS-10 Reg Hardware reviewed a couple of years ago. Indeed, the blue hue of the LS-5 is really the only giveaway here.
OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers
Open sourcers have seized control of the OpenOffice project and product and declared their independence from database giant Oracle.
Logica salvages gov contracts
Logica has signed an agreement with the coalition government which should save its existing contracts, although it has agreed to some cuts - or "efficiency savings".
Virgin Media launches 3D movie rentals
Virgin Media is to join Sky and launch a channel of 3D content for the one bloke who bought a 3D TV.
Battle of the US super-soldier robot suits hots up with XOS 2.0
VidTwo rival firms in the USA are vying to develop military exoskeletons - powerful motorised robotic suits intended to endow soldiers of the future with superhuman strength and other abilities. The XOS inventors from Utah, generally seen as running second to California's HULC*, have now rolled out a new "second generation" version of their powered suit.
French cops take down mobile phone hacking ring
French police have arrested nine people, including mobile telco employees, suspected of running a multi-million Euro telecom charges fraud that may have been going for almost a decade.
HP won't license WebOS, says exec
HP will not license WebOS to rival smartphone and tablet vendors, the head of the company's PCs and gadgets division has said.
Facebook staff get stuck into NFC
Facebook staff are getting NFC stickers to attach to their phones as the company joins PayPal in trialling Bling Nation's proximity payment system.
LG launches almost full HD 3D laptop
So near - and yet so far. LG today cheerfully announced the "world's first premium notebook" capable of "offering cinematic 3D experience at near Full HD quality".
Sony Ericsson screens wireless display for phones
Sony Ericsson is to answer everyone who wants a second, separate mini display for their mobile phone.
Larry wants triple money back from Micron
"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose.
Spamhaus debuts whitelist service
Anti-spam researchers at the Spamhaus Project have introduced a whitelist of known benign internet mail servers.
iPhone fanbois run off road in CoolBrand race
Fanbois will be crying tears of frustration over their iPhones today at the revelation they no longer possess the UK's most coveted product.
MS-backed CodePlex Foundation morphs into Outercurve
A Microsoft-sponsored not-for-profit organisation that champions open source projects between the FOSS community and software coders has rebranded itself apart from Redmond’s Codeplex.com platform.
Iowa police mugshot exposes world's worst tattoo
Spare a thought if you will today for David Jonathan Winkelman, a 48-year-old Iowa man whose arrest last week for failing to appear in court to answer a minor misdemeanor charge prompted his rapid elevation to net celebrity.
RIM CEO says lawful intercept is not his problem
RIM would be happy to help companies hand encryption keys to national governments, according to CEO Jim Balsillie who reckons that's the ideal solution to the lawful-intercept problem.
RBS swings axe at another 500
State-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting another 500 jobs from its investment banking division.
PARIS launch go for 23 Oct
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is delighted to announce today that the launch of our Vulture 1 aircraft will take place on Saturday, 23 October.
Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates
The Baby Boomers - the generation born after the Second World War, who were hippies and flower children in the 1960s and 70s, corporate greedheads in the 1980s, who controlled western civilisation through the 90s and noughties and are now reaching retirement age - are committing suicide in unprecedented numbers.
Palin webmail hacker conviction upheld
The conviction of a former University of Tennessee student for breaking into Sarah Palin's webmail account during the 2008 presidential election campaign has been upheld.
Copper prices push cable thefts to new high
Network Rail is suffering its highest ever levels of copper theft - mostly signalling cables running alongside tracks.
WD Livewire four-port powerline Ethernet adaptor
ReviewAs more and more set-top boxes, TVs and Blu-ray players gain the ability to reach out to the internet for content, your average one-port powerline Ethernet adaptor just won't cut it any longer.
Dell gets busy with GPUs
GTC Video BlogOkay, let’s put it on the table: when the conversation turns to cutting-edge x86 server design and innovation, the name “Dell” doesn’t come up all that often. Their reputation was made on delivering decent products quickly at a low cost. I see that opinion in all of our x86 customer-based research - it’s even something that Dell employees will cop to.
Coming soon: Mark Zuckerberg the comic-book hero
Fans of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg will be delighted to learn that the gazillionaire internet genius and philanthropist will shortly be getting the comic book treatment in Bluewater Productions' snappily-titled Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook.
Vodafone's 360 man walks
Pieter Knook, Vodafone's Director of Internet Services, has walked, after tweeting his anticipation of his "freedom" last week and leaving the operator with little in the way of internet services.
Viking Modular busts SAS SSD price premium
CommentViking Modular wants to sell a heck of a lot more SAS interface solid state drives (SSD) by cutting what it says is the artificially high price premium they enjoy over SATA SSDs.
But it said so in the manual
Sysadmin blogWorking with 60 million files pushes the boundaries of any storage. Windows underpins most of my storage and so the theoretical and practical limitations of NTFS and Distributed File System Replication (DFSR), and the difference between theoretical and practical limits on the number and size of files they handle, are important in my life.
ICO lets police maintain ANPR location secrecy
The Information Commissioner's Office has decided against forcing police to disclose the locations of vehicle tracking cameras.
No cassette required: ZX Spectrum games on the iPhone
Mobile games publisher Elite Systems today announced a bundled release of Sinclair ZX Spectrum games for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Monkey squad sent in to secure Commonwealth Games
Indian authorities have drafted in a crack troop of monkeys to guard foreign athletes amidst the ongoing carnage of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
ACS:Law's mocking of 4chan could cost it £500k
Off-the-cuff bravado aimed at internet pranksters has led to what must already rank as one of the worst ever data leaks, by the anti-filesharing solicitors ACS:Law.
Pirate Bay appeal begins without full defence line-up
The Pirate Bay appeal in Sweden got underway this morning, but only three of the four men found guilty in April 2009 of being accessories to breaching copyright laws turned up in court.
Nortel flogs switch biz to Ericsson
Nortel has sold its multi-service switching business to Ericsson for $65m.
Sony Ericsson confirms Symbian spurning
Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it has no plans to make more handsets based on Symbian, which shouldn't surprise anyone but is still bad news for the dominant smartphone OS.
Sky talks up 3D channel attractions
Hot on the heels of rival telly transmitter Virgin Media, Sky has announced what its 3D channel, which launches later this week, will offer.
Microsoft to hug fanbois on 26 October with Office 2011 for Mac
Microsoft will release Office for Mac 2011 on 26 October, after shipping the software to manufacturers earlier this month.
App steers cyclists away from traffic, upward inclines
Bicycle trade organisations have commissioned a satnav app that, they claim, steers cyclists away from busy roads and shortens journey times.
IBM back in networking
IBM is buying Ethernet switching company Blade Networking Technologies and so returning to the networking business. Why?
Apple COO Cook to take the HP helm?
UpdatedWhat kind of fool would leave Apple's second-in-command job to run Hewlett-Packard? Probably not chief operating officer Tim Cook, but that is the rumor running around the Intertubes right now, and it has spooked Wall Street.
Stuxnet worm can reinfect PCs even after disinfection
A security researcher has found yet another way the Stuxnet worm infiltrates computers used in nuclear plants and other industrial facilities, a technique that has the ability to reinfect machines even after they've been cleaned of the malware.
Amazon browserizes Kindle book samples
Amazon is calling upon its army of Kindle-based authors to help it in its battle for the eyeballs of the reading public. Its new weapon: Kindle for the Web.
CA Tech snaps up Hyperformix
Tuesday, CA Technologies snapped up Hyperformix, a server virtualization capacity management tool maker based in Austin, Texas.
NetApp and TMS involved in Virgin Blue outage
Virgin Blue has fingered Texas Memory Systems as the cause of its 21-hour airline reservation system crash in Australia.
Google Voice embraced by Apple?
We may be about to witness the final chapter of that interminable Russian novel War and Peace and Apple and AT&T and Google Voice. Reports have surfaced that Mountain View's native iPhone app for its telephony service might finally be accepted into the sacred confines of the iTunes App Store.
Researchers up evilness ante with GPU-assisted malware
Computer scientists have developed proof-of-concept malware that evades traditional security defenses by running on a PC's graphics processor.
Schmidt answers Google antitrust claims
Google boss Eric Schmidt has said that antitrust investigations targeting the company in the EU and Texas are "stimulated" by interested competitors and that — contrary to one of the complaints filed in the EU — the company's "Universal Search" setup does not unfairly drive traffic to Google services at the expense of rivals.
Apple's Cook not jumping to HP
Tuesday morning, a rumor popped up that Apple COO Tim Cook was to become HP's CEO. Apple's stock took a beating. And Tuesday afternoon, the rumor was denied.