13th > December > 2010 Archive
Oracle demands another $211.6m from SAP
Oracle just keeps rubbing it in with application software rival SAP over the TomorrowNow fiasco.
Gawker rooted by anonymous hackers
A band of anonymous hackers has rooted the servers of Gawker Media – turning the tables on one of the internet's most ruthless gossip rags by leaking half a gigabyte's worth of its private laundry.
'Wear levelling' - a bedroom aid for multi-layer cell Flash
CommentMulti-level cell NAND flash doesn't last as long as single-level cell flash but there are ways to increase its life, under the generic heading of wear-levelling.
IBM's blue bigness: A heftier systems bulge than you'd expect
AnalysisHow big is IBM's systems business? Based on my own model of revenues for the company, the answer is that IBM's systems sales each quarter – including servers, storage, operating systems, and maintenance – is considerably larger than its quarterly stats for server sales. A lot larger, in fact, and the business is a lot more stable than the quarterly ups and downs of the server hardware business might lead you to believe.
MSI confirms tablets to be outed at CES
No real details were mentioned, alas, but Taiwanese hardware maker MSI has confirmed that it too is hopping on the tablet bandwagon next year.
Southwest One misses savings target
Somerset CC has confirmed that it is likely to save less than anticipated from its outsourcing deal with IBM due to the "slimming down" of council services.
ITV, C4 catch-up players coming to PS3
PS3 owners willsoon be able to watch ITV and Channel 4 programming. Both stations' catch-up TV viewers are being ported to the PlayStation.
OCZ scores huge OEM client
Consumer SSD supplier OCZ has won a tier-1 OEM for its Deneva line of enterprise multi-level cell flash.
Amazon blames hardware – not hackers – for European outage
Problems with Amazon's systems in Europe over the weekend were down to hardware failure rather than hackers, the e-commerce giant said on Sunday.
Coder converts Kinect to air guitar
And now the application for which Microsoft's Kinect Xbox add-on was born to run: air guitar.
Angry Birds find new way to take your money
Addressing Android's lack of in-application billing, Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, has begun asking network operators to collect the cash when a user wants to call for an air strike.
Twitter diet spam splurge blamed on Gawker compromise
Compromised Twitter accounts are being abused to post spam messages promoting a diet website.
Samsung pitches 'luxury' Android tablet
Samsung is pitching its Galaxy Tab at the well-heeled. To that end, it is offering Europe's wealthiest citizens a Luxury Edition of the 7in Android tablet.
Google revives ‘network computer’ with dual-OS assault on MS
One of the great ironies of this year is that Google and Oracle – now owner of Sun and Java – are locked in legal combat. The irony stems from the fact that, even as they bicker, the concept they did more than anyone else to create is back in the limelight. This is what we used to call the thin client, which then morphed into the netbook and now the cloudbook.
Mark Zuckerberg's face in your inbox. Forever
Andrew's MailbagA couple of weeks ago, I pondered the implications of Facebook's embrace and extend into the world of email – see Facebook: Privatising the internet, one Poke at a time.
Boffins crack walnut-shaped Iapetus moon mystery
Space boffins studying the puzzling mystery of Iapetus, the walnut-shaped moon of Saturn, believe they may have discovered how the strange body's unique equatorial ridge was formed. The mighty ridge at some places stands 12 miles above the surface average – more than twice as high as Mount Everest's summit is above sea level.
Beeb ordered to release TV licensing contract sweeteners
The BBC is to be forced to reveal secret sweeteners contained in its licence fee collection deal with Capita within five weeks.
Paul Allen's monster patent attack hit by judge dismissal
A US district judge dropped a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a company associated with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last Friday.
US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot
The US Navy, continuing its quest for a hypervelocity cannon which might restore the big-gun dreadnought to its lost dominion over the seas, has carried out a new and record-breaking railgun test.
DUI suspect was watching porn DVD
An Indianoplis man was pulled in by cops last week for drunk driving while watching porn.
Grey marketing is great - if you're the importer...
OpinionLet's face it: those of us who are in the distribution channel (and that means the distribution channel for absolutely anything, not just tech goods) are in a bit of a bind when we start to discuss grey or parallel imports.
Dutch hacker group offers to 're-educate' teen hacktivists
A Dutch hackers collective named Revspace wants to "re-educate" Dutch teens suspected of cyberattacks against Mastercard and Visa and websites of the Dutch National Prosecutors Office – and turn them into "ethical hackers".
Xbox 360 outsells PS3 2:1
Microsoft has been selling a lot more Kinect bundles than Sony has sold PlayStation 3 and Move combos a US market watcher has claimed. And that suggests that it's selling more than twice as many consoles as its arch-rival is.
Panda did not hire VXer
Panda Security has reaffirmed its policy of not hiring hackers following incorrect reports that it had hired a infamous Chinese virus writer.
Paris Hilton meets bikers, opens up... wallet
Paris Hilton may have been keeping her head down recently, but rumours are circulating that she will be roaring back into the spotlight next year by sponsoring a motorbike team.
The deal is done: Dell is buying Compellent
The deal is on: Compellent has agreed to be bought by Dell for $27.75/share.
Men may be able to grow a new pancreas from their testicles
Topflight geneticists say they have managed to cure diabetes in mice by grafting material from dead men's testicles onto them. The development may mean that in future, human (male) diabetes sufferers can in effect grow a replacement bollock-based pancreas from such tissues.
T-Mobile tots up cost of £199 iPad 3G
T-Mobile has become the latest UK mobile phone network to subsidise Apple's iPad.
Fat NAND controllers to slim down
Micron says some flash controller jobs are going to migrate down stack towards the NAND chips, freeing up controller manufacturers from chip-dependent work they shouldn't be doing.
Kingston pitches Flash that's, you know, for kids
Storage specialist Kingston has unwrapped a new "fun" Flash drive for anyone whose taste in handy file stores tends to the infantile.
South Sudan voters get SMS election hotline
Sudanese citizens might not be able to cast their ballot by SMS, but they will be able to report intimidation and violence at polling stations by SMS short code.
Seagate takes a terabyte of the storage apple
Seagate has announced the industry's first 7200rpm internal-fit 1TB capacity 2.5-inch hard drive, the Constellation 2.
Chinese official gets suspended death sentence over anti-virus scam
A Chinese appeals court has confirmed a suspended death sentence against a corrupt official who took bribes and sent an innocent marketing executive to prison for a year in order to line his pockets.
Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding
Finnish space boffins have been awarded €1.7m and placed in charge on an international effort to build the fastest thing ever made by the human race – namely a spacecraft propelled by the pressure of sunlight striking an enormous electrical field.
Microsoft joins protest against Google web travel buy
Microsoft has joined a coalition to challenge Google's purchase of ITA Software, teaming up with a one-time critic of its Bing travel service.
Grand jury meets to decide fate of WikiLeaks founder
A federal grand jury in Virginia is meeting to decide whether to bring spying charges against Julian Assange, an attorney for the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder said over the weekend.