17th > November > 2010 Archive
Yahoo! preps build-your-own-dynamic-website service
Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has indicated that her company is developing a service that will allow third-party websites to dynamically optimize their content using Yahoo!'s recently-revamped back-end infrastructure.
NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s
Who says the press is useless? Not Fei Lam, a New York teenager who sells conversion kits that transform iPhone 4s from black to white.
Convey upgrades hybrid core supercomputer
SC10Not all of the talk at the SC10 supercomputing extravaganza in New Orleans is about GPU co-processors. Convey Computer – which burst into the HPC scene two years ago with a hybrid supercomputer that employs x64 processors and field programmable gate array (FPGA) accelerators – is upgrading its HC-1 supercomputer with a new generation of FPGAs.
Zuckerberg admits fallibility over Gmail block
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't sure that Facebook is "100 per cent right" in preventing Google's Gmail and other third-party apps from automatically importing email addresses from the social-networking service. He says that the company is still weighing the possibilities — and that it believes in openness.
Synology DiskStation DS411+ Nas box
ReviewFrom the outside, the Synology DiskStation DS411+ appears pretty much identical to the DS410n – a fairly heavy duty home and small business four-bay Nas box, reviewed recently. However, internally, the DS411+ is is quite a different beast, aimed at the small and medium business sector.
British children gorge on Net diet
British children are spending too much time online and admit it - to researchers, if not to their parents.
DiData stares down the recession
Dimension Data grew revenue by 19.4 per cent in 2010, although this was flattered by moves in its main currencies - especially the South African Rand and the Aussie dollar.
Sony teases with lens-switch camcorder prototype
Sony has told World+Dog that its labs are working on an entry-level pro camcorder with interchangeable lenses.
Google Voice gets going on iPhone
Google Voice has finally become available for the iPhone after 18 months of bickering and an FCC investigation. It's also offering free calls within America and discounted calls elsewhere.
Easynet network goes titsup
UpdatedEasynet's core network is down this morning, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without internet access.
iPod accessories incoming
Folks getting an iPod for Xmas have a couple of interesting accessories to look forward to.
UK weakens supervision of Data Protection Act
OpinionI have concluded that proposals published by the government in relation to “the bonfire of the quangos” (the Public Bodies Bill) and in relation to reform of parliament (the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill) can both serve to weaken the effectiveness of the supervision of the Data Protection Act.
Indies walk out on eMusic
Heavyweight independent labels including Beggars Group, Domino and Merge are pulling their catalogues from eMusic at short notice, in a major blow to the download service.
Panasonic pitches monster 3D plasma TV at monster price
103in plasma 3D TV, anyone? Yours if you have £75,000 ($120,000) and a Japanese bank account handy, says Panasonic, which introduced the monster set this morning in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Blogger faces terror charges for 'naming MPs'
A West Midlands blogger has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly using a blog to list members of parliament who voted in favour of the Iraq war.
Facebook bug sin-bins female users
Facebook users found themselves challenged to prove their identity on Tuesday as the social network's system for detecting fake accounts went awry.
DVD, BD retailers warn punters off non-DVD, BD Xmas gifts
Do not buy your loved one a digital photo frame or a digital radio if you want Christmas Day to go off smoothly.
Speak geek: The world of made-up language
The world of invented language is a difficult place to succeed and those who have the patience to create their own tend to have a hard time gathering followers.
Linux servers for Windows folk: go on, give it a bash
Despite all the hullabaloo about Ubuntu and other desktop offerings, for most organisations, the main use of Linux is on servers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet
ReviewThe buzz surrounding Apple’s iPad has prompted a rush of me-too tablets hoping to combine its up-to-the-minute spec, with practicality and usability. Unlike the iPad, Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy Tab also has the advantage of being a phone, and a 3G Android smartphone at that, with huge potential for add-on functionality. It’s also got 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.2Mp camera.
Hackers hop onto royal engagement search results
Knaves, scoundrels and traitors to the crown took only minutes to leap onto yesterday's news of the royal engagement in a bid to expose sentimentally patriotic surfers to malware.
A Linux server OS that's had 11 years to improve
Review:SME Server is pretty much the original ready-rolled server distribution. Although it has changed hands – and names – a few times, it's been around since 1999, when it was known as e-Smith, a name you'll still see in a few places.
Isis joins battle for control of your wallet
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have teamed up to create Isis - a pay-by-NFC architecture that places the network operators at its centre, though it may already be too late.
Virgin opens kimono, flashes box
There are no more details to add to what Virgin Media announced earlier this month, but the cableco this week posted a tease snap of its upcoming 1TB Tivo-designed DVR.
Ballmer, Gates won't slice up Microsoft
Microsoft held its annual shareholders' meeting in Redmond yesterday, where the company’s boss Steve Ballmer once again rejected the idea – first touted by Goldman Sachs – to split the software vendor up.
i365 needles VAR channel
Giving the VAR channel a "poke with a hot needle" is i365's idea of an attractive offer giving small and medium enterprise resellers a way into the cloud backup service business.
What will Google do with NFC?
Yesterday Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, demonstrated an Android handset with integrated NFC. And while conventional wisdom says that's not enough to kick-start proximity payments, Google has never followed convention before.
UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners
ISPs will be allowed to charge content providers to prioritise their traffic, the government indicated today.
Royal Wedding: Prince Charles is a ZX81, Wills is an iPad
Back in 1981, two major events occurred in the UK. An awkward, troublesome, difficult-to-get-on-with contender captured the heart of an inexperienced young virgin: and in the same year, Prince Charles married Lady Di in the last major royal wedding to hit the UK.
Chinese ISP hijacked US military, gov web traffic
Eight months after traffic to as much as 15 percent of the world's internet destinations was mysteriously diverted through China, investigators for a US Congressional committee remain wary of the Asian superpower, even as they're quick to say they have no evidence it's the work of the Chinese government.
Google chucks personal ratings to the Hotpot
Google has launched Hotpot, a surprisingly Yelp-like service for collecting ratings of places, which will then use those ratings to personalise your search results.
Adobe update tackles PDF peril
Adobe released an unscheduled update to Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday that addresses a variety of security bugs in its PDF software, including an unpatched flaw that has become the subject of hacking attacks over recent weeks.
Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?
Well, you lovely people, it's time to wrap the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project following our astounding Vulture 1 triumph.
HMV offers 80-quid colour e-book reader
HMV has followed John Lewis to pitch what is essentially a 5in media tablet as a colour e-book reader.
Police-baiting website Fitwatch returns
The British website briefly removed from the sight of some web surfers by the Met Police's e-crime unit is back in full effect.
Microsoft spooks software customers about dangerous pirates
One in four people surveyed by Microsoft think that pirated versions of software are as “safe” to use as the legit copy.
Adaptive Computing speaks better GPU with Moab 6
SC10Supercomputer clusters are getting larger every year, and now they are getting math help from adjunct devices such as GPU co-processors.
PopDrive and Bantam have a pop at RDX
Two upstarts - Idealstore's Bantam and DHK's PopDrive - want to challenge ProStor, the king of removable hard drive storage with its RDX technology.
Apple adds ex-Northrop exec to board
Apple announced on Wednesday that a new director has been added to its governing board: Ronald Sugar, recently retired chairman and CEO of defense contractor Northrop Grumman and former CFO of TRW.
Oracle Java submission hastens Apache showdown
Oracle is not altering course on its Java roadmap, hastening a final showdown with open sourcers at Apache.
Microsoft has a BLAST with Azure clouds
SC10Microsoft is a wannabe in the supercomputing arena, but the software giant is making steady progress among quants and life sciences techies with its Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and now its Azure cloud services.
FBI top-brass ask Google, Facebook to expand wiretaps
Top officials from the FBI traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to persuade Facebook and Google executives to support a proposal that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the companies' users.
Na'vi on your sat-navatar
Na'vi – the constructed language, or conlang, of those big blue dudes with the tails in Avatar – has tipped up on Garmin satnavs, or sat-Na'vis, as we must now call them.
Will Facebook target ads across the interwebs?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is downplaying the possibility of the social networking giant rolling out a web-wide advertising network that targets ads based on your behavior and the behavior of your Facebook friends.
Oracle sues partner after multiple break-ins
Oracle has sued a remanufacturing partner for contract violations and losses after a warehouse operated by that unfortunate company was robbed of Oracle equipment not once, not twice, but three times.
US may disable all in-car mobile phones
The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers.