16th > December > 2010 Archive
UK Man cops to £500,000 iTunes royalty scam
A UK man has admitted involvement in crime ring that generated £500,000 in royalties by using stolen credit cards to buy his own songs on iTunes and Amazon, according to published reports.
Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia
Google's utopian vision of a uniquely democratic and completely objective web search engine is dead. It died about three years ago. While no one was looking, Google killed it.
Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live
Head-to-HeadThe online functionality of games consoles has come a long way. Unrecognisable from the 14.4Kb/s modem sideshow curios on the SNES and Megadrive, and a quantum leap over Sega's iconoclastic Dreamcast, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's online services can alone inform purchasing decisions. So if you're contemplating buying either for Christmas - or if you're daring to swap allegiance - here's a handy guide to their respective offerings.
Fanboys: updated OS X Lion MacBooks, iMacs in H1 '11
Apple will update its iMac and MacBook Pro lines during the first half of 2011, moles from Taiwan say.
Cisco and NetApp are all loved up
Opinion:The twitterverse is swimming with tweets from NetAppers full of suppressed excitement about a deepening Cisco and NetApp relationship and also about Data ONTAP-v. Could an OEM deal be coming?
UK start-up pitches touch-to-sync tech for watches
Hoptroff, a London-based technology developer, today announced a chip for timepieces that, it claimed, "end the era of ‘dumb’ watches".
Greek police cuff Anonymous spokesman suspect
Greek police have reportedly arrested a web designer whose name appeared in a press release issued by online hacktivists Anonymous last week.
Hitachi GST delivers storage bounty on a platter
Hitachi GST has developed a single-platter 2.5-inch drive holding 500GB, a record density at this form factor in a production disk drive.
LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone
Say hello to LG's latest Android handset: the world's first - the company claims - smartphone with a dual-core CPU.
eBay takes the Critical Path
Critical Path Software, the company that developed eBay's iPhone app, has been acquired by the online auction house which has also seen fit to coin the term "moppers" to describe mobile users.
Boeing wins MoD logistics deal
The Ministry of Defence has awarded the contract for the Future Logistics Information Services (Flis) project to Boeing Defence UK.
Patents do not protect small firms, says trade body
Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said.
Police probe British Anonymous activists
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is investigating the activities of Anonymous, the online activism movement recently under the spotlight for its DDoS attacks in support of WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks mirror site rails against malware warning
A site that provides a list of Wikileaks mirrors has cried foul over its classification as potentially dangerous to visit.
Blighty Yahoo! workers could see jobs go overseas in 2011
UK-based Yahoo! workers face a tough 2011, with the company undergoing a consultation process about job cuts in the products wing of the flailing web portal’s business.
Three-quarters of downloads are illegal – BPI
Seventy-six per cent of music downloaded this year was downloaded illegally, the BPI reckons in its annual survey of digital trends. The British record industry group estimates there are 8 million people, or 23 per cent of the UK online population, using P2P software.
MPs shocked at Taser supplier overlap
A parliamentary committee challenged the Home Office's choice of Taser provider to the UK Police, questioning whether the new supplier was a little too closely linked to the previous one.
Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles
ReviewBeing more a mountaineer than a skier I tend to the view that snowboarders and their ilk are a pretty self-obsessed bunch. Winter-sports eyewear maker Zeal appears to take a similar view, given its new Transcend goggles have GPS built-in to let snowboarders and skiers show anyone who is interested where they have been and how fast they got there.
HipLogic tries to fan mobile spark
HipLogic's latest shell replacement, Spark, is trying to bring a consistent experience to Symbian and Android handsets, paid for through sponsored content and harvesting of user's data.
New spaceplane proposed for NASA station crew contract
Another candidate to replace NASA's space shuttle in the task of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) has come forward. Unlike most of the other contenders, it is a winged space plane rather than a capsule.
Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs
Internet-connected HDTVs could be used by hackers to infiltrate home networks, according to a firm that markets device security software for smartphones, VoIP devices and TVs.
Assange to be released
A High Court judge has rejected a call to keep Julian Assange in jail while the courts consider Sweden's extradition request.
AOL buys Pictela's HD content marketing platform
Ailing internet outfit AOL has flung some cash at advertising technology today, with the acquisition of Pictela.
Ofcom sets out airport fees
Airports are going to have to pay more more for their radio frequencies, with some rates jumping by almost 10 times as the cost of a safe landing goes up.
Catfish: A fanfare for Facebook fakery
Film review - contains spoilersFacebook is brimful of hot girls who are usually neither of those things: scammers, hustlers and freelance scumbags who don lovely online masks to get close to you and take you for all you're worth, or if you're lucky, just make you look really stupid. Not all of the masks hide your standard con-people, however – some of them are the finely-crafted work of lonely fantasists who might gain access not to your bank account, but to your head, your heart and your life.
Apple Mac App Store to go live January
Apple's Mac Store software download shop will go live on 6 January - the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), no less.
MP queries Hargreaves review
An MP has tabled a parliamentary question to find out how BIS arrived at its panel of advisors for the Hargreaves Review. Five experts are advising the former FT journalist with his six-month review into "IP and Growth". But two in particular – campaigning professor James Boyle and former web monkey Tom Loosemore – have raised concerns as they lack business experience, and have a history of hostility to creator's rights.
Rackspace in heavenly marriage with server admin kit
Rackspace has acquired Cloudkick, the San Francisco-based startup that offers a web-based service for monitoring and managing sky-high virtual servers, earthbound physical servers, and – if you're so inclined – turkey smokers.
Google questions tests that praise IE's bad website blocker
The methodology of tests that found IE is tops for blocking a particular type of malware attack have come under fire from Google.
Facebook trains self to recognize your face
Facebook is adding face recognition, working to automatically provide tags for the photos you upload to Mark Zuckerberg's own private internet.
Apple, EMC, and Oracle in Novell patent play
The holding company that acquired 882 Novell patent last month is a front not only for Microsoft but also Apple, EMC, and Oracle.