3rd > February > 2011 Archive
Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net
It has to be the most ironic twist ever to befall Julian Assange, crusader for a cause he calls “radical transparency.” A hundred pages of official documents in an investigation that the WikiLeaks founder sexually molested two Swedish women have been leaked onto the net.
HTC Mozart WinPho 7 smartphone
ReviewOf the three models from HTC for the launch of Windows Phone 7, the Mozart is the one with the 8Mp camera – a step up from the 5Mp snappers embedded in its brethren.
Paxo in second c-word shocker
Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman was in trouble for adding a consonant to "cuts" during Monday's show, now he's used another c-word to describe the programme's daily email.
Hack spies 'iPad 2' at mag launch
A gadget that may be the next iPad was seen at the launch of decorative, coffee table-friendly newsmagazine The Daily yesterday.
BT profits from services
BT almost doubled profits in the last quarter of 2010, even though total turnover was slightly down.
Freeview HD audience up 179% in four months
Nine months after launch, Freeview HD is being watched by some 642,000 homes, the terrestrially broadcast digital TV brand said yesterday.
MySpace seeks music-loving buyer with GSOH
Recent lay-offs at MySpace were costly for its disgruntled parent News Corp, which said in its Q2 earnings that it was officially seeking a buyer to offload the failing social network entertainment portal.
Vodafone txt loses revenue crown to data
Vodafone ended 2010 on a high note, with an end-of-year profit prediction pushed to £12bn by growth in India and Turkey.
Flickr thinks again about 4,000 pix loss
Flickr has managed to retrieve the 4,000 pix it deleted yesterday and given the aggrieved photoblogger 25 years of free Flickr membership.
Virgin pitches PAYG BlackBerry packs
If you're a pay-as-you-goer and you fancy a BlackBerry, you can now consider Virgin Media as a possible network.
Sony touts Cyber-shot snappers with saucy specs
Sony has zoomed into focus, with two high-spec additions to its H series, as well as a fresh Cyber-shot to boost its collection of point and click snappers.
IWF chief steps down
Peter Robbins has stepped down as Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation after almost nine years heading up the occasionally controversial organisation.
Post-a-puppy woman hit with cruelty charges
A Minneapolis woman has been hit with animal cruelty charges after she tried to relocate a puppy to Atlanta, via airmail.
Sky loses pub footy case
Sky has no legal right to stop people using cheaper non-UK decoders, according to a European legal opinion.
Mobile spectrum gets more mobile
Ofcom has detailed how existing mobile spectrum will be traded between companies, and how the 3G licences will be extended, both necessary precursors to its proposals for next year's mega-auction.
EU Commission proposes new directive on storing air passenger details
Details of passengers on every flight within the European Union will be passed to destination countries under European Commission proposals published today.
UK's Supreme Court greenlights Twitter usage
Text-based communications such as tweeting on micro-blogging service Twitter will be allowed in Blighty's Supreme Court for some cases.
NASA hails 'amazing' exoplanetary system
NASA's Kepler space observatory has spotted an "amazing" exoplanetary system - six planets orbiting a sun-like star some 2,000 light-years from Earth.
New auto-crowd tech writes better articles than pro writers TRUE
Crowdsourced teams can write informational articles better than what single individual journalist writers can, say scientists at Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science Human-Computer Interaction Institute (CMUSCSHCII) which is a top institution of human-computer interactions science.
Top Rated... Laptops
Which netbooks and notebooks have we rated most highly over the past few months? The table below will tell you.
Top Rated... Smartphones
Which smartphones - whether they run iOS, Android, Symbian or Windows Phone 7 - have we rated most highly over the past few months? The table below will tell you.
Acer Revo RL100 media centre
ReviewIt’s been a long time since PC makers started trying to get PCs into people’s living rooms. Originally it was all about games, but consoles soon became a cheaper and better-supported option. Now, it’s about TV and disc playing, in particular 3D, HD viewing and Blu-ray too. Acer seems keen to revive the lounge PC and with the Revo 100 it endeavours to address all these content choices.
Secret Service, NY DA bust Apple Store 'ID scam' ring
Authorities in Manhattan have issued indictments against 27 alleged members of a gang which used filched credit card details to order piles of Apple kit.
Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4
Mozilla is bracing itself for yet more beta releases and possibly another delay of its Firefox 4 browser.
Diary of a Not-spot – the final chapter
Following seven years of dogged pursuit, the not-spot is now not-a-not-spot, sustaining connectivity a shade under 4Mb/sec: fast enough to finally join the 21st century.
Consumers urged to step up wireless security
Consumers are once again being urged to use the latest (WPA2) encryption technology and apply strong passwords to protect home networks from snooping and other attacks.
Big Biz keep Cloud thoughts private
Tech client polls all point in the same direction: 2011 is the year that cloud computing goes mainstream.
Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass
A Mexican woman has instructed lawyers to take action against the BBC's Top Gear over unflattering remarks made by the show's presenters about her native land.
Vodafone says sorry for pro-Mubarak messages
As protests continue both for and against the continued rule of Hosni Mubarak, Vodafone Egypt has apologised to its subscribers who have received a stream of pro-government text messages.
UK nobbles nukes with hefty clean-up bill
Energy and Climate Change minister Christopher Huhne last week made nuclear energy a whole lot less attractive. The liability for clean-up in case of a nuclear accident is currently limited to £140m. The EU has proposed increasing this to €600m (£507m). But Huhne wants to raise it to £1bn (€1.2bn).
'You don't even know what change management is'
FoTWA reader isn't impressed with El Reg making fun of the job that requires applicants to be "responsible for shaping and managing the execution of the change ambition". It surfaced in this story, about how the BBC's Digital Media Initiative cost £38.2m, instead of making savings, and how it managed to be 21 months behind schedule after only 24 months.
Sepaton replaces marketing veep
Sepaton has appointed a new marketing boss after parting company with Jay Kramer, appointed just 18 months ago.
Twenty-tonne space truck poised for ISS trip
The European Space Agency's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is poised for lift-off at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, and if its 20-tonne bulk makes it off the pad on 15 February, it'll be "the heaviest payload ever launched by Europe".
Imation's new buying spree strategy
Okay, we've stopped draining cash and stabilised the business – now let's buy into growth storage markets. That is Imation's new strategy in a nutshell.
Liverpudlians headbutt Cameron's 'big society'
Liverpool City Council has withdrawn from David Cameron's "big society" - the radical restructuring of the administrative paradigm which was meant to see real people running their own local services.
Sony PS3 rootkit rumours rubbished
Suggestions that Sony has added a rootkit with the latest firmware update to its PS3 console have been denounced as bunkum by a leading gaming security expert.
ICO pays through the nose for 'website development'
Is £585 a reasonable amount to pay out for a favicon? Apparently so, if you are the Information Commissioner (ICO), whose office recently owned up to spending just this sum – mostly from data protection notification fees – on the design and creation of such a beast.
Crocodile keyboard becomes top Android app
The Crocodile Keyboard - an application for easier touchscreen typing - is now a successful app for Android.
SGI plunks Windows on big Altix UV supers
High-end cluster and shared-memory supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics radically and quietly expanded its addressable market on Wednesday, announcing that it has certified Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system on its line of Altix UV systems.
Mac App Store: Developer godsend or Evil Empire?
Ken Case, the CEO of longtime Mac app developer The Omni Group, loves the new Mac App Store.
Microsoft lands big handbag on Google's copy kisser
Microsoft's swung its biggest handbag yet in denying that Bing copies Google results, while adding that Bing has the internet's number-one search engine wetting its algorithms.
Canonical embraces LAMP stack of the heavens
Strata ConOpenStack – the open source "infrastructure cloud" project founded by Rackspace and NASA – has released a second version of its platform codenamed Bexar.
Data centre season down under
As Asia Pacific data centres hit 90 per cent capacity, a new crop of data hubs is blooming across Australia.
Scanner snares senior servant
A Federal public servant in Australia's Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has learned the hard way that a policy against using departmental computers to access pornography goes home with the laptop.
SGI swings to a profit on sales jump
Surprise, surprise. Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics did more business than expected in its second quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended on December 24, 2010. And in an even bigger and more pleasant surprise, the company turned an honest-to-goodness profit.
Newbie CEO Apotheker rakes in big HP bucks
As El Reg reported two weeks ago, Ray Lane, the non-executive chairman of IT giant HP, has shaken up the board of directors ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting on March 23. And as part of the proxy filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of that meeting, HP has detailed how much it's paying Leo Apotheker to take the helm at HP in the wake of Mark Hurd's departure. Odds are it's more than you and me put together.