19th > January > 2011 Archive

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Australian companies don’t trust their backups

Australian businesses – particularly SMBs – have little confidence in their disaster recovery strategies, according to research detailed to the media yesterday by Acronis.
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Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

The iPad is now being used or evaluated in "80 per cent of the largest companies", according to recently elevated day-to-day Apple chieftain Tim Cook.
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Microsoft refreshes secure developer software tools

Microsoft has released a new software tool to help developers write secure applications by highlighting the system changes created when their wares are installed on Windows machines.
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W3C tackles HTML5 confusion with, um, more confusion

The Worldwide Web Consortium has unveiled its HTML5 logo. And much like Apple, Google, and Microsoft before it, the organization that oversees HTML5 has confused it with all sorts of other web standards.
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HBase: Shops swap MySQL for open source Google mimic

Facebook isn't the only one swapping MySQL for HBase, the open source distributed database platform based on Google's BigTable. The Hadoopian HBase is now in play at several of the web's most recognizable names – including Adobe, Yahoo!, Mozilla, and StumbleUpon – as well as smaller operations looking to climb their way to such online prominence.
Cade Metz, 19 2011
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Nokia C7 smartphone

Review Nokia’s smart phone offering has been not so much off the boil as distinctly lukewarm for the last few years with a series of capable handsets that offer some decent specs, but fall behind the competition for usability and, well, fun. Unfortunately, that looks unlikely to change with the Nokia C7. While it includes brick outhouse build quality and exemplary battery life along with an 8Mp camera among its broad range of features, it remains hamstrung by its clunky operating system.
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Eyeball camera zooms into focus

Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin's bionic eye could become reality thanks to the development of a "curvilinear camera" that mimics the human eye, has added zoom capabilities and is the size of a one pence piece.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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ContactPoint may be cannibalised for parts

ContactPoint may be dead, but the government could yet find a use for some parts of the old system when its new national signposting service finally surfaces, some time in the next couple of years.
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Carbon trading registry suspends ops following hack attack

A carbon emissions trading registry in Austria has suspended operations until at least 21 January following a hacking attack earlier this month.
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YouView launch date questioned

YouView may have been forced to put back the release of its IPTV platform by six months, it has been claimed.
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Heathrow Express treats iPhones as tickets

Travellers on the Heathrow Express can now use their iPhones as tickets.
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Playboy on iPad will be 'uncensored', says Hefner

Hugh Hefner has promised that not only is Playboy coming to the iPad, but it will be "uncensored".
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South Yorks police leads UK in use of ANPR cameras

Figures released by the government show large variations in the use of automatic numberplate recognition cameras by police forces. Home Office minister James Brokenshire released the figures in response to a parliamentary question from Labour MP Brian Donohoe.
Kable, 19 2011
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BBC iPlayer boss quits for job with Intel

Erik Huggers has quit his new media and technology role at the BBC for a job with chip maker Intel.
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Angry Birds to catapult onto TV

A few years ago, if you turned the telly on to a programme called Angry Birds, you'd probably be watching a Five Shameless rip-off about single mums on a council estate. Soon though, it's going top be a show based on the massively successful mobile game.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Police DNA test plan to put off prostitutes' punters

West Yorkshire Police have sought to clarify a senior officer's remarks after she called for a database of all men who use prostitutes, irrespective of whether or not a crime has been committed.
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Overloaded drug-smuggling pigeon nabbed by Colombian cops

Colombian plods got an unexpected break in their struggle to prevent drugs being smuggled into the country's prisons: crims using a specially trained pigeon to carry narcotics to their chums doing porridge overloaded the bird, causing it to come down early and wind up in the hands of the local Old Bill.
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Boeing customers spy distant Dreamliner

Boeing has announced that the first delivery of its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner will finally take place in "in the third quarter of this year".
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More privacy for the Queen, less for everyone else

The coalition government has detailed the changes it wishes to make to the Freedom of Information Act - reducing the 30-year rule and increasing the number of bodies which must obey the law.
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ASA goes online to swing stick at new media advertisers

From 1 March 2011 the Advertising Standards Agency will be taking over responsibility for the regulation of online marketing communications, and this week they launched a cross-media ad campaign (outdoor, radio, press, online) to make sure you know about the change.
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UK doctor loses unencrypted laptop containing patient data

A UK doctor faces a disciplinary inquiry after an unencrypted laptop containing confidential patient data was stolen from his home.
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HP WebOS tablets won't ship until September?

No sooner had images of HP's upcoming WebOS-based tablet appeared on line, the computer giant immediately popped up to say it'll have something better to show at its "exciting WebOS announcement" next month.
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UK short 100K tech recruits this year

Demand for technology recruits is set to grow five times faster than the national average over the next 10 years.
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Google plonks downloads on Iran after US lifts sanctions

Google is bringing software downloads of some of its products to Iran, after the US government relaxed export restrictions in the country.
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Arqiva seeks Dragon for SeeSaw

Arqiva, the owner of the UK's terrestrial transmitter infrastructure and YouView consortium member, wants to sell some or all of SeeSaw, the online TV service it launched in February 2010.
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Bolle BP-10 iPhone photo printer

Review Here’s a home photo-print ‘toaster’ with a difference: it can’t be plugged into a computer, nor does it support Wi-Fi. Instead, it comes with a built-in dock for an Apple iPhone. As such, the Bolle BP-10 is promoted as the world’s first dedicated iPhone printer. In other words, it won’t print from anything else.
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German docs develop remote-control stomach submarine

Boffins in Germany were chuffed indeed yesterday, as they announced successful trials of the latest medi-tech development: swallowable, remote controlled video-cam "capsule" submarines, able to probe a patient's guts without the need for an intrusive umbilical cable running down the throat or up the bottom.
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Italian regulator asks for copyright reform after Google settlement

Italy's competition regulator has asked the Italian parliament to reform copyright law after accepting Google's settlement of a dispute with newspapers. It does not have the power to solve the problem of the exploitation of newspaper content, it said.
Kable, 19 2011
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How to... restore Twitter for Mac icons

Don't like the new, 3D-look Twitter for Mac icon? Here's how to get the old one back.
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Official: music is a brain stimulating drug

We all know our favourite tunes are pleasurable, but scientists have dug deep and discovered music can actually be a drug that stimulates the release of pleasure chemicals in our brain.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Lame Stuxnet worm 'full of errors', says security consultant

Far from being cyber-spy geniuses with ninja-like black-hat coding skills, the developers of Stuxnet made a number of mistakes that exposed their malware to earlier detection and meant the worm spread more widely than intended.
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Shaun the Sheep shorts to lure kids to Nintendo 3DS

Eurosport, Sky TV and Wallace and Gromit studio Aardman Animations will be streaming 3D video content to Nintendo's 3DS handheld, the Japanese giant said today, as it attempts to pitch the handheld gadget as something more than a portable games console.
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Ex-DWP tech boss calls out former colleagues

James Gardner has left his job at chief technology officer at the Department of Work and Pensions to join a start-up, and left the world a rather catty leaving note.
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New Taser made to take down angry bears, moose

Electric stungun manufacturer Taser International has brought out yet another new weapon, one which could perhaps eclipse even its existing technologies in terms of controversy and media brouhaha.
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Sony TVs, Blu-ray boxes to get web browser

Sony is to equip its tellies and Blu-ray Disc players with a web browser, Opera Software cheerfully said today. As well it might - its browser is the one Sony has selected.
Hard Reg, 19 2011
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EU antitrust probe fishes for Google secrets

The EU Competition Commission has shown it means business in its probe into Google by issuing a hard-hitting and wide-ranging set of confidential questions for customers, rivals and clients of the Californian web giant.
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WD broadens attack on Seagate

Western Digital has doubled the capacity of its 2.5-inch enterprise SAS drive and introduced a full size, 3.5-inch version with up to 2TB of capacity.
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Acer backpedals from 'phasing out netbooks' claim

Acer won't be phasing out netbooks after all, the company said today, despite claims from one its staff that its upcoming tablets will put the squeeze on mini laptops.
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Nintendo details 3DS roll-out

Nintendo says gamers will be able to get its forthcoming handheld console - sorry, "personal entertainment system" - the 3DS, on 25 March. Today it revealed a bunch of features to whet appetites while they wait.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

A noted Google-watcher has assembled a convincing argument that the site's search results highly favor Google-owned services, despite repeated company claims that they are algorithmically generated and never manipulated.
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Amazon plants Microsoft and Salesforce blocking Beanstalk

Amazon is hiding the complexity of deploying web applications to its vast cloud – a complexity that's letting rivals catch up.
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Microsoft and HP Frontline marriage births appliance iron

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have started rolling out server appliances configured for specific jobs while also lifting the veil on future appliances due later this year.
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'NBN is like a bathroom' says opposition, BCA agrees

Following the political dictum not to waste a good crisis, Australia’s government-in-exile opposition Liberal Party has chosen the country’s floods as the current opportunity to attack the government’s NBN.
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Dell hooks server tools into VMware vCenter

Dell did a lot of work last year to make its PowerEdge servers, their service processors, and its OpenManage system administration tools integrate with Microsoft's System Center tools for managing Windows and software higher up the stack. Today Dell is hooking its servers and tools into the vCenter console from server virtualization powerhouse VMware to let system admins work a little easier.
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Kiwis Demand: Talk TPPA turkey to us, Prime Minister

New Zealand unions are demanding that the country’s government tell people what is being proposed under the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations.
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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

From the department of cosmic justice comes this gem, spotted by researchers from Symantec: a trojan that targets Windows, Mac, and Linux computers contains gaping security vulnerabilities that allow rival criminal gangs to commandeer the infected machines.