8th > February > 2011 Archive
Credit report resellers settle charges over data breaches
Three resellers of credit information have settled federal charges they didn't do enough to prevent security breaches that exposed sensitive consumer information to hackers.
LG to carry uctv.fm
Continuing the great wrap-up of IPTV content in consumer electronics, former ISP GoConnect has announced that its uctv.fm “station” will be available on TVs from LG.
Google man open sources Chrome build system
Google Chrome developer Evan Martin has open sourced the custom-designed build system he uses to build the browser's Linux port.
Oracle and Java: Mobile dev FAIL dooms Ellison's future
Open...and ShutFor those who have built their careers coding in Java, a recent Forrester report should give them hope that Java will continue to put food on the table for a long time. Sort of.
Steve Woz: From wooden Apples to iPhone love
InterviewSteve Wozniak loves computers. He really loves computers.
Nokia C5-03 budget touchscreen smartphone
Review With touchscreen smartphones all the rage, handsets with a decent spec and a 3in or larger screen are now filtering down to PAYG packages priced at around £100. For that sort of money you don't have a huge choice - the Orange San Francisco, Samsung Europa and Sony Ericsson X10 Mini stand out as the few worth considering. The latest to join them is Nokia's C5-03.
Israel's data protection laws given EU approval
Israel has formally joined the list of seven countries whose data protection laws are considered strong enough for companies there to receive and process personal data from companies in the European Union.
DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead
ObituaryKen Olsen, the founder of minicomputer and client/server company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) died on Sunday. He was 84 years-old.
CDMA Verizon iPhone 4 contains GSM chip
The Verizon iPhone 4 contains a radio chip capable of connecting to both CDMA and to GSM networks, a detailed autopsy of the device has revealed.
Chris Mellor: Storage stock picker
Okay, they say, if you know so much about storage why ain't you making shedloads of money, or have you got sh*t for brains?
Russian hacker avoids jail over WorldPay heist
UpdatedA Russian hacker received a five-year suspended sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to playing a key part in the robbery of $10m from RBS WorldPay in November 2008.
Facebook expands in Asia
Facebook has opened a sales presence in Hong Kong, its second office in Asia in less than six months.
Microsoft set to reshuffle management pack
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is reportedly planning to bring in more senior product execs in a management reshuffle at Redmond.
Sony frees E-mount lens swap spec
Sony is to give away the specification for its E-mount lens interchange mechanism in a bid to encourage third-party lens makers to support its Nex compact cameras.
HDS first past VAAI post
Hitachi Data Systems says it's the first virtualised storage array vendor to fully integrate with VMware's vStorage API and relieve the hypervisor of storage grunt work.
BBC iPlayer iPad app out this week
The BBC's iPlayer app for the iPad will be out on Thursday, a Corporation apparatchik has Tweeted.
'Suspicious toilet' provokes Maryland bomb scare
A "suspicious toilet" left outside a government building yesterday provoked a full-scale bomb alert in Towson, Maryland.
Phone networks Tweet PlayStation handset love
O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone have all eagerly said they will offering the PlayStation phone - sorry, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - when it debuts in April.
Facebook causes eating disorders in teenage girls
A survey carried out in Israel shows that the more time young girls spend on Facebook the more likely they are to develop an eating disorder.
Jackson's Hobbit movies back on track
Shooting on Peter Jackson's two Hobbit movies will finally get underway on 21 March, Reuters reports.
Kindle update to add 'proper' page numbers
Amazon has posted a preview release of its next Kindle firmware, and it's bringing real page numbers to the platform.
Revolutionary radio comes in cubes
Alcatel-Lucent has developed a magical radio that can do 2G, 3G and 4G in a two-inch cube, remove unsightly antennas, reduce network costs enormously, and save the planet too.
Two councils hit with big fines for laptop blunder
The UK's information watchdog has slapped two London councils with hefty penalties for failing to encrypt personal data on laptops that were stolen by thieves.
NY hookers cross street from Craigslist to Facebook
New York prostitutes are increasingly plying their trade using Facebook instead of Craigslist, following the latter's exit from the adult services business last year.
Data Robotics grows up for business
Data Robotics is growing up. It has boosted its Drobo storage products for business use, adding thin provisioning, SSD support, tiered data placement, a rackmount box, and a new interface.
LG presses for PS3 US sales embargo
LG has set the legal attack dogs on Sony, over Blu-ray playback tech used in the PS3, Bravia TVs and some Sony VAIO laptops and some cameras and camcorders.
iPhone owners get walked through confessional
Hot on the heavenly heels of Pope Benedict XVI's recent invitation to young people to "embrace digital communication"* comes the iPhone "Confession: A Roman Catholic app" – designed to shepherd sinners through the sacramental process towards divine forgiveness.
Real Racing 2 for iOS
ReviewFiremint's Real Racing set the early benchmark for iOS graphics and, along with a handful of other games, confirmed these Apple iDevices' potential as serious handheld gaming platforms. A scalable career mode and blend of simulation and arcade driving styles attracted casual and hardcore gamers alike. And excellent tilt-controls and AI helped secure it a front row position on the iOS driving grid just behind Need for Speed: Shift.
Angry Birds ruffles feathers for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is almost upon us and love is in the air, as is Angry Birds, which is back with 15 fresh levels in a themed update.
Man stabbed to death by chicken
A California man has reportedly suffered a gruesome demise after an accident involving a metal-enhanced cock.
Android goes virtual
As of today, Myriad's Dalvik virtual machine can run any Android application on the Maemo-based Nokia N900, with other platforms to follow soon.
Apple under threat from ... Windows tablets
It's not just Android-based alternatives that will threaten the iPad's dominance of the new tablet market - so too will Windows machines.
Facebook's position on real names not negotiable for dissidents
Facebook's real-name-only approach is non-negotiable – despite claims that it puts political activists at risk, one of its senior policy execs said this morning.
A brief history of the BlackBerry UI
About half the people with a BlackBerry know that if you press space twice you get full-stop space. But only a few of them know that you can use space in email addresses to get full-stops and @ symbols. Tell them and their eyes light up with the thought that their little tool has just become that much more productive.
Elon Musk's rocket booked by Google X-Prize moon robot
President Obama and NASA may have abandoned Bush-era plans for a return to the Moon: but it now appears that private companies, motivated by Google money, may yet reap a bonanza of lunar "economic and scientific treasures".
Greenpeace co-founder talks biotech, nuclear and climate
InterviewCanadian environmentalist Patrick Moore describes himself as a treehugger. As a co-founder of Greenpeace, who was on board the Rainbow Warrior when it was blown up, he hardly has to prove his chops.
Of Dell, storage and stacks
Last week I spent a couple of days at a Dell event reserved for partners in Milan. It's always interesting to talk with vendors and their partners to know more about their market perception and field strategies... especially during lunches and dinners with good food and red wine.
Norway to probe Sony's PS3 Linux 'downgrade'
A government agency in Norway has reported Sony to the Consumer Ombudsman after floods of complaints over removal of "Other OS" functionality from PlayStation 3 consoles.
Facebook exploit toolkit dumbs down rogue app creation
Miscreants have begun selling a cut-price point and click Facebook rogue application generation tool, designed for script kiddies too clueless to code their own malicious application.
IBM euthanizes Power6 and Power6+ systems
If you thought it was tough to get your hands on an Power 520 or Power 550 server using one of IBM's older dual core Power6 or Power6+ processors in the fourth quarter, then you're in for a shock. It is going to get a whole lot harder to get one of these machines very soon ... This is because Big Blue has pulled the plug on these and other Power Systems machines in the same generation and will stop selling them in the coming months.
Mobile data streaming overtakes downloading
More data is now being streamed to mobile phones than downloaded.
Texting teenager plunges to his death
An Australian teenager has died after he fell from a multi-storey car park while typing a text message.
Nokia's 'Burning Platforms' memo warns of cheapies threat
One strong theme of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop's 'Burning Platforms' internal memo and its accompanying video (outed exclusively here yesterday) has been overlooked, and this deserves a bit more attention.
Doner kebab saves bloke's life
A 37-year-old Somerset man can thank fast food for saving his life, after he plugged a serious throat wound with a doner kebab.
VMware hooks up private and public clouds
Another piece in the vCloud cloudy infrastructure puzzle snaps into place today for VMware, with the delivery of a tool called vCloud Connector.
HTC buys into OnLive for game streaming on phones?
Mobile phone giant HTC is taking a $39m stake in OnLive - a sign that the cloud-based gaming platform service will show up on smartphones in the near future.
Sony expands legal offensive to more PS3 hackers
Sony has stepped up its legal offensive against customers who jailbreak its PlayStation 3 game console, filing a series of motions that seek the identity of people who did nothing more than view YouTube videos showing how the latest hack worked.
Verizon iPhone 4 jailbroken – already
Verizon's CDMA-equipped iPhone 4 won't appear in stores until this Thursday, but it has already been jailbroken.
Facebook moves into Sun Microsystems carcass
Facebook is moving into the space vacated by Sun Microsystems when it disappeared behind the Oracle Iron Curtain.
Argonne taps IBM for 10 petaflops super
The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory announced on Tuesday that it has inked a deal with IBM to build a monster BlueGene supercomputer that will weigh in at 10 petaflops of peak theoretical performance when it is operational around the middle of next year.
Assange assault accusers sought 'revenge,' attorneys say
Text messages sent by the two women who accuse Julian Assange of sexually assaulting them refer to revenge and financial gain in messages that undercut the veracity of their claims, attorneys for the WikiLeaks founder said on Tuesday.
Telstra signs hot Swedish dev for live apps
Telstra is working with Swedish IPTV apps provider Accedo Broadband to develop BigPond TV applications for multiple TV and blu-ray platforms.
Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet
Dell has unveiled a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet that it'll layer in next to its collection of Android fondleslabs.
Apple to 'boot boxed software from retail boutiques'
Now that Apple has opened its online Mac App Store, it is reportedly poised to evict boxed software from its brick-and-mortar retail stores.
Bank scorched by stupid Facebook policy
Instead of crafting a social media policy that threatens staff with termination over what they say on social media sites, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia could consider mass-sacking the claque of lawyers, human resources professionals and social media experts that brought down a media firestorm on the financial giant.
Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun
After a decade of abuse, Autorun is finally being retired in older versions of Windows.