10th > January > 2011 Archive

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CES wrap: let the battle of the tablets commence

CES 2011 Consumers themselves may not yet be willing to commit themselves en masse to the media tablet and set aside the netbook, but manufacturers certainly appear ready to do so.
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Final call for Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

Back in November we asked you to make your suggestions for the products most worthy of a Reg Hardware Readers Award. We got hundreds of nominations from which we drew up shortlists of the most popular - and least popular in the case of the Rusty Dodo Award - gadgets released in 2010.
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EMC employee filched $1m worth of hardware

An EMC employee stole around a million dollars' worth of kit from the company over almost ten years.
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Open source campaigners urge investigation of Novell patent sale

Open source software advocates have asked a German competition law regulator to investigate the purchase of patents owned by Novell by a consortium led by Microsoft and including Apple, Oracle and EMC.
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Android's Gingerbread finagled onto iPhone

Time-rich hackers have got Android 2.3, Gingerbread booting on an iPhone 3G, for the fanboy of divided loyalties who must have the latest of everything.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Facebook worm spread via photo album chat lure

A new worm that spreads using a photo album chat message lure began proliferating across Facebook over the weekend.
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Seagate snubbed $7.5bn bid

Seagate turned down a bid of $7.5bn when it was shopping itself around private equity buyers last year, it has emerged.
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The Girl with the NSObject Class Reference tattoo

Stob What better occupation, at this time of year, than to polish up one's IT skills with some background reading? What have the great programming publishers got lined up for our delectation in 2011?
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LG Optimus One P500 budget Android smartphone

Review Time was when smartphones were always high-end handsets. But as economies of scale help bring prices down, Android’s open option has made it appealing to a wide variety of manufacturers and it’s adding smartphone goodies to some very modestly priced handsets.
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What's in your datacentre?

At the fifty-thousand foot level, a datacentre is nothing more than a box in which IT assets are stored. While it gets more complicated, if you want a quick overview of what's in a datacentre, this is the place to look.
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Facebook boobs over breastfeeding page... again

Facebook had one of its nipple-related related brainstorms last week, banning, unbanning, then re-banning breastfeeding support group, The Leaky Boob.
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Apple shareholders call for transparent CEO 'succession plans'

Apple is advising its shareholders to vote against a proposal to reveal a “succession-planning policy” for the company’s CEO.
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Indonesia puts RIM on two-week notice

Indonesian politicians are calling for RIM to provide lawful intercept and porno blocking, within two weeks, or face losing contact with the 1.5 million BlackBerry users in the country.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Hackers mock North Korea heir-apparent birthday boy

Hackers compromised North Korean media profiles on Saturday to mock the country's heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, on his birthday.
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George Nazi assumes Alcatel 'senior execution role'

Our piece last week on the strange case of the Finnish mutt and his piss-taking Nazi salute contained the following Bootnote - a desperate attempt to justify a piece of Friday frivolity:
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Computacenter weds Brian McBride

Computacenter has hired channel veteran Brian McBride as the giant IT reseller's new senior independent director.
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Mum arrested for seducing teen on Xbox Live

A California mother of three was cuffed last Friday for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy she met in an Xbox Live chat room.
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Police reject Labour MP's call for Bristol-wide DNA test

Bristol police have pooh-poohed a Labour MP's call for all men living in Bristol to provide DNA samples in the hunt for the killer of Jo Yeates.
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Console games 'hack' reseller gets community service order

A Leicestershire-based computer reseller who modified video games consoles to run pirated games has been sentenced to a lengthy spell of community service.
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EU in Chinese garlic-crushing operation

The EU's European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is applauding the success of an anti-smuggling operation which saw 144 tonnes of fresh Chinese garlic seized in Poland.
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Nintendo disappoints over 3DS battery life

Nintendo has revealed the Japanese launch date for its 3DS gaming console, as well as system specifications, which has prompted disappointment over battery life.
Caleb Cox, 10 2011
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Apple 'cans restocking fees'

Apple is to drop re-stocking fees on products returned to its US retail stores, according to reports.
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T-Mobile imposes swingeing cuts on fair use data limits

T-Mobile UK is cutting "fair use" data limits on Feb 1 from up to 3GB to 500MB and has sparked furious complaints from customers, who were told by text today of the move.
Caleb Cox, 10 2011
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EU wants to erect opt-in hurdle for creators

A potentially incendiary EU report released today recommends making changes to the Berne Convention – and creating several new layers of bureaucracy in order to deal with the digitisation of cultural stuff. Creators would have to "opt-in" to a new database before getting their rights, which have historically been guaranteed by Berne signatories since 1886.
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Anonymous activists to hit the streets

Protestors associated with the online activism group Anonymous will hit the streets of London twice this week, in criticism of Scientology and in support of Julian Assange.
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Render farming is hot!

I recently revisited my all time favourite consulting experience; the design and construction of a mid-sized render farm. I had never done anything quite like it before; it took a full summer’s worth of research and two months to fully install and test the final design.
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Dual flash and disk desktops

Desktop users want faster boot and app load times just as much as notebook users and dual flash and hard disk drive systems could provide both.
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Cisco comes out of switch closet with Catalyst

Probably the only time when Cisco Systems doesn't see a switch as being the solution to a problem is when it thinks a router will do the trick. Or maybe a server.
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Microsoft bigs up future edition of its ERP software

Microsoft plans to release a new version of its Dynamics AX ERP software in the third quarter of this year.
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Vodafone Aus web portal credentials escape, media panic

Australian media has fallen into a bout of panic following the discovery that, in addition to cat pictures, newspaper paywall gateways, pornography and illegally-copied music and movies, the Internet is used as a business communications medium.
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Tech giants score record patent stash

The US Patent and Traedmark Office issued a record-breaking 219,614 utility patents last year, a 31 per cent increase over 2009.
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Microsoft server and tools chief heads for exit

Microsoft is losing the leader of its $15bn server and tools business unit, the operation charged with executing the company's cloud computing strategy.
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WikiLeaks lawyer dubs US subpoena on Twitter 'harassment'

US prosecutor demands that Twitter hand over data about WikiLeaks and a raft of supporters amounts to harassment, a lawyer for the whistle-blower website says.
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When one oligopoly screws another

Australia’s retailers, led by high-profile Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey, have shot themselves in the foot with a campaign demanding that the government apply its 10 per cent Goods and Services Tax to all internet purchases, and not only those over $1,000.
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AMD CEO Dirk Meyer resigns

Mere days after AMD's "Fusion era" began, the Dirk Meyer era ended. The company's president and CEO resigned Monday afternoon, effective immediately.
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Intel shells out $1.5bn for Nvidia tech

Intel and Nvidia are burying the hatchet, and it looks like it will be stuck in AMD's skull. And, perhaps equally importantly, Nvidia will be $1.5bn richer.
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Lawsuit says Oracle pilfered source code from competitor

Oracle – which recently won $1.3 billion in court damages for the theft of its trade secrets by an SAP subsidiary – faces a $100 million lawsuit alleging it engaged in similar behavior.