19th > November > 2010 Archive
Yahoo! Connected TV to open paid app store
Developers can now build for-pay widgets for Yahoo!'s Connected TV platform. Yahoo! will distribute these third-party mini apps through its Yahoo! Connected TV Store, due to launch in March of next year.
Open source Drupal takes Gardens path to big business
Open..and ShutEven as we rapidly approach a future where most software lives on the web, with acronyms like HTML5 and SaaS pointing the way, it's easy to overlook a primary building blog of yesterday's web, Drupal, and its effects on the future web. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert claims that Drupal already powers one per cent of the web. Could it do more?
Platform Computing doubles up cluster management
Supercomputer clusters are getting larger and larger, and that is Platform Computing has to revamp its Load Sharing Facility to version 8 and double up the capacity of the workload scheduling software for grids and clusters. The updated LSF also supports GPU co-processors as full citizens of the cluster.
Apple files patent for iPad weight loss
Apple has applied for a patent that appears to be a tacit admission of a common complaint about its magical and revolutionary iPad: the Cupertinian slablet is just too damn heavy.
Top Ten Arcade Classics
Product Round-upWhat do you remember about being twelve? I remember spending a whole summer wishing I could hang out with the cool kids but instead nicking stuff from Woolworths and ramming coin after coin into Dragon’s Lair and Defender.
Content 'made available' in jurisdiction where server is located
A company is responsible for 'making available' internet-hosted material in the country where its host server is based, not in the country where the material is read or used, the High Court has said.
Can NetApp catch up with EMC?
NetApp has announced good but not fabulous results for its latest quarter, and has a slowing growth forecast. Can it realistically catch up with EMC?
Who could buy Compellent?
OpinionWho is likely to buy Compellent? There has been twittering about Cisco, on the basis that Cisco doesn't get enough out of VCE, its partnership with VMware and EMC, and needs to do something more.
Chinese bride sentenced to hard labour for retweet
It's not just the UK that takes action against people being nasty on Twitter - Chinese authorities have sentenced Cheng Jianping to a year's "Re-education Through Labour" for retweeting an anti-Japanese message.
Rim PlayBook to hit UK in Q2 2011
Waiting for Rim's PlayBook BlackBerry tablet? Don't hold your breath - it's not out over here until April 2011 at the earliest.
IBM's tools give Big Data a good seeing to
IBM is using Hadoop to make its General Parallel File System capable of dealing with Big Data - extremely large data sets - for cloud-based analytic computing.
Christians vs metalheads in FB flame war
If you want to start a contemporary religious war, what better place to launch it than through Facebook?
NASA's new 'Bullet' airship to fly from Moffett Field
An Alabama firm building a 235-foot airship says that the mighty craft will soon make its maiden flight from Moffett Field, the former US Navy dirigible base located at NASA's Ames campus in California. The "Bullet™ Class 580", interestingly, uses a key technology employed by America's flying aircraft carrier airships of the 1930s.
The Economist publishes iPad app
Anti-Corn Law nag rag The Economist has arrived on the iPad and iPhone in the form of a dedicated app.
DWP spreads IT spending around
Figures for May to September of this year appear to show the Department for Work and Pensions giving proportionately less work to its two largest suppliers.
Court orders naming of celeb phone hack hacks
A judge has ordered the private investigator who intercepted the voicemail messages of politicians and celebrities to name the journalists who commissioned the illicit hacks.
Street View hits 20 German cities
Twenty German cities yesterday partially surrendered to Google's Street View, as the Great Satan of Mountain View finally rolled out the results of its spymobile invasion.
Vodafone warns investors of rival spoilers
Vodafone's CEO has declared tiered data pricing, based on consumption, is inevitable while the company's US arm is already working out how to provide faster wireless to its best customers.
Foxconn hit by worker protests
Manufacturing giant Foxconn faced more worker protests this week with about 7,000 staff taking to the streets to protest against poor pay and plans to relocate some work to inland provinces.
A Linux server OS that's fiddly but tweakable
ReviewClearOS is the new name for Point Clark Network's ClarkConnect, which was a commercial server distro, released in 2000, with a limited free version. Now, though, Point Clark has restructured and the distro is managed by ClearConnect, which has made it free and open source. The result is that what was the top-of-the-range Enterprise edition is now free for everyone – with some small caveats, which we'll cover later.
Shell's London office UNDER WATER and besieged by GIANT EELS
Royal Dutch Shell's London headquarters has been shuttered since Monday (15 November) after the River Thames decided to pour into the iconic office building.
MS security tool interferes with Chrome and Adobe updates
Microsoft has updated its security protection tools following a glitch that prevented third-party applications – including Google Chrome and Adobe Reader – from updating properly.
Three 'human hotspots' hand out free Wi-Fi
Mobile phone network Three is highlighting gadget users' need for "a strong and reliable 3G connection" by... er... giving them free Wi-Fi access.
Angry Birds struggle to take on Androids
Angry Birds developer Rovio is mulling creating multiple versions for different Android handsets, as fragmentation of the platform causes headaches for anyone not using Adobe's Flash.
Dell's storage strategy has a hole to fill
CommentDell's storage strategy is in a mess. While EqualLogic booms, its other products languish. The EMC-sourced CLARiiONs and Celerras are failing to deliver the revenue goods. This is the gloomy picture implied by Dell's results since the EqualLogic purchase closed in February 2008.
PCI Express 3.0 spec sneaks out
The PCI-SIG - the organisation behind the PCI Express - quietly released the base spec for version 3.0 of the bus standard.
New RAF transport plane is 'Euro-w*nking makework project'
A peer and former defence minister has described the A400M military transport plane - which is being bought by the cash-strapped UK armed forces for a secret but outrageous amount of money - as a "Euro-wanking make-work project" in the written Parliamentary record.
Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M
OpinionToday's glut of mobile platforms is surprisingly reminiscent of their proliferation on desktops during the 1980s: an analogy which might show how things will develop over the next few decades.
Chinese retailers sell Apple-only white iPhone 4s
Chinese resellers are offering locals the near-mythological white iPhone 4, and it seems they are the genuine article.
Super Meat Boy
ReviewWhile hitting the sack early with my girlfriend has it's appeal, I've recently preferred to stay up late in the living room playing with my meat. By that I mean, of course, bashing away on the Xbox at Super Meat Boy, a simple platformer I've been unable to put down.
Anti-bullying charity demands more laws on cyber-bullying
Today is the last day of National Anti-Bullying Week, and UK charity BeatBullying has been talking up the need for new laws. But the organisation can't seem to pinpoint what precisely is needed, given that existing laws cover pretty much every aspect of the issue.
New owner slips into unwitting BoJo's domain
Boris Johnson is trying to recover the domain name backboris.com, after the London mayor's people apparently forgot to renew the registration.
Maude: Gov contracts 'made my eyes water'
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said he was shocked by things he found when renegotiating government contracts over the summer.
Wiseguy ticket scalpers used botnets to outwit Captchas
A gang of ticket touts have admitted that they hired networks of compromised PCs to defeat CAPTCHAs that would normally have thwarted their plan to automatically purchase tickets for high interest events.
Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body
A major law firm knew it sometimes had no reliable evidence of unlawful filesharing when it demanded hundreds of pounds damages from internet users, according to the solicitors' watchdog.
Google to scrub slurped UK Wi-Fi data
Google has agreed to delete the slurped Wi-Fi data its Street View spymobiles "inadvertently collected" as they prowled the UK's highways and byways.
Amazon launches book gifting service
Amazon has launched a new moneymaker service: you can now send Kindle books as gifts to anyone with an email address, whether or not they own one of Amazon's lightweight e-readers.
DHS airport spooks stalk star hacker
Last weekend, as US-based security researcher Moxie Marlinspike snoozed during a layover at the Frankfurt Airport, he awoke to a scene straight out of a Franz Kafka novel.
iPad apps: the 10 smartest and 10 stupidest
As competitors to Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad begin to appear, expect Jobs & Co. to argue that a key advantage of their tablet over the Samsung Galaxy Tab, RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, et al. is the vast collection of iPad apps available in the iOS App Store.
Oracle names date for next Java
Oracle has set a date for the completion of the next version of Java, hard on the heels of submitting its plan to Java's governing body for approval.
Apple preps CDMA-GSM 'World iPad'?
Apple is rumored to be readying a next-generation "World iPad" that works on both GSM and CDMA networks, presumably in the hope of blanketing the world with a new version of its magical and revolutionary device.