12th > November > 2010 Archive
Yahoo! to! ax! 10%! of! product! staff! says! report!
Yahoo! is set to lay off about 10 per cent of its product staff, according to a report citing sources "close to the situation."
'Superb' Apple 1 on the block for £100k-£150K
Forgotten TechAn original Apple 1 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs parent's garage goes on the auction block in London this month.
Memo to Microsoft: don't bet against Amazon
Open...and ShutThe technology world used to be fairly easy to understand. For a time, IBM dominated the back office while Microsoft monopolized the desktop. More recently, Microsoft and Linux split the difference on servers while Oracle bought the known universe to dominate enterprise middleware and applications.
RHEL 6: how much for your package?
You know how you can tell that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a real enterprise-class operating system? No, it's not because the word "enterprise" is in its name. What makes RHEL 6 an enterprise OS is that it now has so many features and add ons - and prices for each - that it is no longer easy to describe it in one sentence. But this one will work in a pinch: RHEL 6 costs more than RHEL 5.
Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs
Users of PGP's Whole Disk Encryption for Macs got a nasty surprise when they upgraded to the latest OS X update once they discovered their systems were no longer able to reboot.
Google: Oracle doctored that 'copied Java code'
Google has accused Oracle of doctoring the code samples that allegedly prove Mountain View pilfered Oracle's copyrighted Java code in building its Android mobile operating system.
Pioneer XW-NAV1 iPod dock and AV centre
ReviewPioneer's XW-NAV1 iPod dock-cum-entertainment system is an unusual box of tricks. As well as an iPhone compliant dock, it's also a CD/DVD player with 1080p upscale output, a CD ripper, FM radio and a USB media player. There may be other devices out there that do all those things, but I've never come across this exact combination in one unit before.
Panasonic Pure Line TX-L37D28 37in LCD TV
ReviewPanasonic has been banging on about 3D TV for most of the last year, but has turned its attention to old good old-fashioned 2D telly once more with the Pure Line range. The company describes these models as ‘designer TVs’, which suggests they’ll be rather expensive. In fact, it seems more like an attempt to inject a little bit of designer style into the lower end of Panasonic’s product portfolio.
ICO insists on scrutiny for laws invading privacy
ICO boss Christopher Graham has rejected the accusation that he sent "Keystone Kops" to investigate Google and has called for more scrutiny of laws which infringe on privacy.
Location, location: Storage controller functions get moving
OpinionServer virtualisation luvvies are looking askance at expensive storage arrays and saying: "Pah! Run the storage controller functions as a system app in a virtual server and use JBODs. That's the way to use commodity hardware."
Plods scrap crap stealth spy blimp
Disappointed plods in Manchester have scrapped a cunning surveillance balloon intended to provide "eye in the sky" capability at less cost than police helicopters. The aerostat apparently could not cope with bad weather.
Apple plugs iTunes Ping into Twitter
Twitter has inked a deal with Apple to allow its service to link up to the Jobsian outfit’s Ping in iTunes.
Sky confirms UK Online closure
Sky has confirmed it will completely shut down UK Online, its second string ISP brand, in January.
Kinect hacked for OS X
The open source driver for Microsoft's Xbxo 360 Kinect add-on has been ported to Mac OS X - an irony given that Kinect developer PrimeSense originally punted the motion detection tech at Apple.
MS hits back in Security Essentials row
Microsoft has said its rivals and the media have misunderstood its plans to offer its freebie anti-virus scanner to Windows users without security protection via its Microsoft Update service.
Microsoft looks to KIN for support
A leaked Verizon product list shows Microsoft's Kin isn't dead, it's just been sleeping a while and will return as a cheapy feature-phone later this year – only without the good bits.
Dell 'Streak 2' to get 5in HD display, dual-core CPU
Dell is to up the screen resolution of its 5in Streak phone-cum-tablet to 1280 x 800, it has been claimed. It'll get a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor too.
Gov and telcos in Aussie wiretap death match
When it comes to telecomms technology, who are you going to trust? Senior executives in some of Australia’s largest telcos? Or a high-ranking bureaucrat from the Federal Attorney-General’s Department?
Google's social 'problem' doesn't involve building Facebook rival
Google has once again gone on record to deny suggestions that the company is in the process of building its own social network to rival Facebook.
Beeb to show unseen interview with Dr Who theme creator
The BBC will next week air a previously unbroadcast interview with the late Delia Derbyshire, the synthesised music whiz who first realised composer Ron Grainer's famous Doctor Who score.
IBM's cloudy object vision stoked by EU
Fancy that: European tax-payers are coughing up for a €15.7m IBM research project about storing objects in the cloud with metadata.
Elgato gadget to stream Freeview direct to iPad
TV tuner maker Elgato is to release a version of its EyeTV app for the iPhone and iPad that will allows is Netstream tuner to beam Freeview content direct to those mobile devices.
iPhone users are sad and mentally unfocused
A shock study of iPhone users has found that they spend 46.9 per cent of their time thinking about something other than what they're doing - and this febrile absentmindedness makes them deeply unhappy.
Robot wars break out on poker sites
The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites.
Airport security boss calls time on tech
The security boss of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is calling for an end to endless investment in new technology to improve airline security.
China faces million-strong zombie phone horde
More than a million mobile phones in China have been infected with the AVK.Dumx.A Trojan.
Reduced growth forces Sophos to shed 80 jobs
Tough times in the information security market have obliged UK-based information security firm Sophos to draw up plans to reduce its workforce by around 7 per cent.
Xbox Kinect costs just £35 to build
After receiving positive reviews upon its release this week, Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect has been stripped naked and assessed for manufacture costs. It turns out that the materials that make up the motion-powered peripheral amount to just £35 - considerably less than its £130 RRP.
Chicago officer beats off dildo-wielding bill-skipper
An Illinois woman allegedly launched an ill-considered assault on a cop with a “rigid female pleasure device” after an altercation over an unpaid Crab Shack bill.
MoD battles copycat hackers
The Ministry of Defence is battling a wave of copycat attacks after a hacker took down the Royal Navy's public website this week.
Nintendo readies 'limited edition' Mario Kart Wii pack
Nintendo is takling the threat from Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony's PlayStation Move with... a bundle.
Apple, Oracle air-kiss their way to OpenJDK deal for Mac OS X
Apple and Oracle signed a significant open-source deal today which welcomed the Mac OS X maker into the OpenJDK club, which IBM joined last month.
Black Ops sets record sales figures
Call of Duty: Black Ops has set a new UK record after it sold 1.4m copies on its first day of release.
Hasty legislation will make a mess of Europe's 'right to be forgotten'
OpinionThe European Commission proposal to include a 'right to be forgotten' in data protection laws risks causing legal, technical and ethical mayhem if it is not thought through more thoroughly.
Security pros fail to get a grip on meaty bot
A new variant of the Lethic botnet agent comes signed with a digital certificate from the same firm whose identity was abused by the infamous Stuxnet industrial control system worm.
Facebook joins Apple and Google in data center wonderland
Facebook has announced plans for a second custom-built data center, saying it will build a $450 million facility in western North Carolina, which is suddenly a big-name data-center hot bed.
Palin email hacker gets 366 days in custody
The former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account was sentenced on Friday to 366 days in either federal prison or a halfway house.
Samsung's Android tablet: split and eviscerated
The race to dethrone Apple's iPad as top tablet has begun in earnest, with Samsung's Galaxy Tab now available, and others such as RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook waiting in the wings.
3D printers, one-dimensional enemies
Public Knowledge has published a provocative paper on 3D printing, entitled: "It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology",
Overland secures fresh funds
Overland, the struggling data storage vendor, has secured $4.2m in fresh funds from institutional investors.
Feds may tighten privacy protections
The Obama administration is reportedly considering a stepped-up approach to enforcing privacy on the internet that includes new laws and the creation of a new post to make sure they are enforced.
Microsoft coaches NoSQL options for Azure cloud
Microsoft is working with NoSQL startups to simplify deployment of their databases on its Azure cloud.
Woman charged with stealing nude pics of baseball star
A Minnesota woman has been charged with stealing racy photos of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore from the email account of his Playboy bunny girlfriend.
Facebook set to unveil 'Gmail killer'
Facebook is hosting a press event in San Francisco on Monday, and the rumor is that the social networking giant will introduce its very own online email service.