2nd > November > 2010 Archive
ViewSonic tablet defies death by Steve Jobs
ViewSonic made it official on Monday: their seven-inch ViewPad tablet will arrive in the US before the end of the year — despite the fact that Steve Jobs says seven-inchers are "dead on arrival."
Ruskie teacher fired for objection to Microsoft Office
A Russian school teacher says he was forced to quit his job because he complained that the Moscow school system requires students to use Microsoft Office.
Child porn victims seek multimillion-dollar payouts
In December 2008, Virginia-based deputy sheriff Arthur Weston Staples III received a visit at home from police investigating claims he had traded child pornography images online. The former Vietnam vet, who had no previous offenses, was eventually sentenced to more than 17 years in prison after investigators found 400 to 600 illegal images, according to court documents.
Dell skunkworks brews ARM server future
The ARM RISC processor owns the smartphone and handheld market that is starting to rival the traditional desktop and laptop PC in terms of functionality, and there is a very good chance that the chip will soon start making its way into the server racket.
Adobe closes Flash-based Flex to outsiders
Adobe's open source development process for the Flex SDK – the library and tools for building Flash and AIR applications – has hit a roadblock.
Facebook developers exiled for selling user IDs to brokers
Facebook is taking action against developers who flouted company rules by selling unique user IDs to a data broker.
Storage startup busts object location barrier
File system trees are inefficient and slow when locating files in a filespace occupied by billions of files and folders. Storing the data as objects in a flat storage space is becoming a recommended alternative. But, as soon as you go for object storage to defeat this file system tree traverse problem, you face a fresh problem: how do you locate your objects?
iLuv iMM747 iPad speaker dock
ReviewThere are more speaker systems available for the iPod and iPhone than I can count, but the iPad has missed out on all the fun so far because, of course, it’s far too big to fit into a docking system designed for its smaller brethren.
Overland Storage reboots with product and tech drive
Why do people leave a successful startup and, rather than join another startup, join a mature and almost failed tape storage vendor – one that's escaped Nasdaq delisting by the skin of its teeth, twice, and has a share price determined to show that gravity exerts a downward force?
Bank slapped for beating up small biz
The Aussie competition regulator has slammed Macquarie Bank for suing hundreds of small businesses caught up in a series of apparent telco-bundling frauds.
Hitachi GST SSD image sighted
Hitachi GST has posted an image on its website of the solid state drive (SSD) it is developing with Intel.
Sophos debuts freebie antivirus scanner for Macs
UpdatedSophos released a free of charge Mac anti-virus product for consumers on Tuesday in a bid to highlight the growing security risk against the platform and to shake fanbois out of their complacency.
Asda prices up Elonex 7in Android tablet
If you fancy a cheap - 2GB of storage, resistive touchscreen, poor battery life - Chinese Android-based 7in tablet, Asda has begun selling the Elonex e-Touch.
Strange, blobaceous 'alien pod' lifeform found in Virginian lake
Baffled passers-by have discovered a large, bizarre, blob-like lifeform floating in an artificial lake in Virginia. As there appeared no way in which the slow-moving, four-foot "mysterious blob" could have got into the lake naturally, the thing's discoverers - theorising that it must have come from above - have dubbed it the "alien pod".
All hail Barbie Stalker Girl!
I am the father of four daughters, aged 23-10, and have learnt a thing or two over the years about Barbie dolls. The most salient thing is the "generational split" within my family - the two older girls owned Barbies and played with Barbies - the two younger junked the hand-me downs and never played with dolls. Of any kind. Ever.
Gov may restrict unfair dismissal claim rights
The Government's new advisor on small businesses could recommend an increase in the length of time employees have to work before being allowed to bring unfair dismissal claims.
Prism provides Bocada's backup vision
Backup may be broken, as FalconStor and others argue, but it's still out there, being used every day, and has to be used as best it can. Bocada's release 2 of its Prism backup reporting tool helps large enterprises do just that.
Maude put squeeze on suppliers, says Watmore
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude put pressure on suppliers who resisted initial efficiency negotiations, according to a senior civil servant.
Panasonic bags Avatar 3D BD exclusive
Want to see Avatar in its full three-dimensional glory on that 3D TV you're planning to buy yourself for Christmas? Better make sure it's a Panasonic set, then - and that you're going to purchase a Panasonic 3D BD player.
Times celebrates disappearing readers
The Times and The Sunday Times have given a limited peek behind their respective paywalls.
iPhone to tap NFC, rumours say
More rumours are doing the rounds that Apple has NFC plans for next year's iPhone, this time with the intention of bringing the iPhone even closer to Cupertino's desktop platform.
Seagate squirts out rectal cleaning spray
If you go down to the Amazon woods today you can be sure of a big surprise: Seagate seems to have taken an unexpected product direction.
Google to release own-brand Chrome OS netbook
Expect to see the appearance of netbooks running Google's Chrome OS later this month, the first of them coming from the online advertising giant itself.
Radioactive Litvinenko poison trails now much easier to detect
Topflight British government boffins say they have at last cracked the knotty problem of cleanup following Alexander Litvinenko style radioactive-poison murders or similar incidents in which radiological contaminants are spread about the place.
Big Blue boosted by big bank deal
IBM has won a contract to supply IT services to the Bank of Ireland, services previously supplied by HP.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
ReviewThere's something magical about Star Wars, but it's not what you might think. It's not the simple yarn of good versus evil spun against a backdrop of galactic war. Nor is it the juxtaposition of blasters and hyperspace with, to quote Han Solo, “hokey religions and ancient weapons".
Rocks, hard places and Congo minerals
What should we be doing about these conflict minerals from the Congo, eh? Even MPs are raising Questions in the House on the topic.
Android kernel leaks like a colander
Security analysts at Coverity reckon the Android kernel is riddled with security holes, though they still rate it as twice as good as most open-source projects.
Microsoft tweaks Hotmail interface to read Gmail accounts
Microsoft has caved in to customers who prefer to use Google’s Gmail rather than the software vendor’s Hotmail offering, by making Mountain View’s online email available via its own web portal.
Spending cuts force police IT merger
Cash-strapped police in the East Midlands will merge IT services in an effort to protect front line spending.
Hitachi GST flash drives already in sample stage
A Reg reader pointed us to a Hitachi GST Solid State Drive (SSD) FAQ, which cast more light on the company's SSD intentions and schedule, which is more advanced than we thought.
Canadian teen charged with school board hack
A 15-year-old who allegedly broke into a school board website before exposing the passwords of 27,000 fellow schoolchildren has been charged with computer hacking offences.
Wales loses 'dot-cum' domain to tax haven
The organisation behind a bid to give the Welsh their very own top-level internet domain has been forced to rethink its plans after a rule change made its first-choice domain verboten.
Commission to revise rules on rivals' agreements
The European Commission will revise its rules on agreements between competitors to help companies to agree on technical standards, it has said. The move is designed to help encourage cross-border trade in digital goods and services.
Shuttle Discovery set for final liftoff tomorrow at 7:52pm
Space Shuttle Discovery, which had originally been meant to lift off yesterday, will now depart on its final flight tomorrow following last-minute repairs.
Bye-bye Business Systems Group, hello Advanced 365
Business Systems Group Ltd has now been rebranded Advanced 365 Ltd following its purchase in 2009.
Oracle drops $1bn on Art Technology Group buyout
Oracle has elbowed its way into the e-commerce software marketplace, having acquired Art Technology Group (ATG) Inc for around $1bn in cash this morning.
Creative turns to tablets for big-screen PMPs
Creative is to bring a pair of Android tablets to market next month.
Cops cuff nappy-wearing man who demanded sweets with menaces
A man was facing disorderly conduct charges yesterday after after swearing at trick-or-treating kids while wearing nothing but a very large nappy.
Nokia N8 smartphone
ReviewThe N8 is Nokia’s first handset to use the revamped Symbian^3, and is a beautifully designed, high specification touchscreen phone. Compared to the Nokia X6 and the N97 – its touchscreen predecessors that I have reviewed – the N8 is considerably more responsive. On many occasions in the recent past, Nokia has not provided sufficient processing and memory to do the product justice, but this is not the case here.
Info Commissioner admits 'It's going to be tough'
Information commissioner Christopher Graham says his organisation has sent out a 'shock wave' to improve FoI compliance.
Dell to make cloud computing acquisition
Reuters reports that Michael Dell will announce a cloud computing acquisition later today.
Force10 cranks rack and core switches to 40GbE
Force10 Networks said back in the spring that it wanted to be in the pole position as the Ethernet switch racket ratcheted up to 40 gigabits per second. On Tuesday, the company makes good on that promise.
Ofcom to TalkTalk, Tiscali: Stop over-billing
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has told TalkTalk and Tiscali UK to stop charging customers for services they have not received, or face a fine.
Competitors seek killer application for Bluetooth Low Energy
A wireless barbecue, a helmet that tells onlookers how hard you hit your head and a bicycle speedometer - makes one wonder how we survived without Bluetooth Low Energy.
EU taxpayer to fund Symbian
The European Commission has thrown Symbian a lifeline, with €22m of fresh investment for new embedded work, including €11m of taxpayers' money. You've heard of a "Song For Europe". Well, Symbian has been anointed (quite literally) "The Embedded Operating System for Europe", or "Symbeose".
iPad app access for US secret surveillance cloud system
Latest news on the iPad front: an app has been developed for the costly, much-hyped fondle-slab allowing users to access top-secret video and imagery from petabyte-scale databases holding the harvest from the USA's huge clandestine surveillance apparatus.
UK nuke station denies Stuxnet shutdown
A British nuclear power station suffering an "unplanned outage" has categorically denied any link to the sophisticated Stuxnet worm.
Computacenter veteran boss in surprise departure
Simon Walsh, a 17-year veteran of Computacenter, and currently a managing director, is leaving the reseller giant after Christmas.
Google seems to classify self as potentially malign
Casual observers may have concluded that Google has defined a portion of its own search page as potentially malign this morning.
OOo contributors make a dash for LibreOffice
More than 30 OpenOffice.org contributors are preparing to break free of Oracle’s code base in favour of LibreOffice.
Fedora gets nips and tucks with 14 release
The Fedora Project, the open source community that creates the Linux variant that eventually becomes Red Hat's commercial-grade Enterprise Linux distro, has kicked out the "Laughlin" Fedora 14 release. Jared Smith, who took over as Fedora Project Leader in June, has one notch on his belt now.
ZTE calls foul over senators' 'xenophobic' letter
ZTE, the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, has cried foul over a letter sent to the FCC by four US senators which suggests that Chinese companies should not be trusted with US contracts.
Dell gets SaaSy with Boomi buy
Computer maker Dell has purchased Software-as-a-Service outfit Boomi for an undisclosed sum.
Google defies Turkey, reinstates Atatürk insult videos
UpdateGoogle has reinstated the Atatürk-insulting videos that caused the Turkey's 30-month YouTube ban, setting up yet another run-in with local authorities just days after a Turkish court lifted the ban.
SAP agrees to pay Oracle $120m over 'industrial espionage'
SAP has agreed to pay Oracle $120m in connection with the intellectual property lawsuit Oracle filed against its rival over what Larry Ellison calls "industrial espionage."
Web 2.0 sites rated on FireSheep sidejacking risk
An online services security report card shows the extent to which popular web services are exposing users to account hijacking, especially in open WiFi network environments.
Twitter slips ads into user tweet streams
Twitter is now slipping ads directly into user "tweet streams," those personal "timelines" of mini-messages that have so captivated certain portions of the world population.
Hackers tap SCADA vuln search engine
A search engine that indexes servers and other internet devices is helping hackers to find industrial control systems that are vulnerable to tampering, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has warned.
Airport screeners go for the groin
US airline security staff have introduced a new pat-down technique that might be familiar to folks who request "extras" in a massage parlour.