9th > February > 2011 Archive
Google Translate for iPhone: hits and misses
First lookGoogle has released an iOS version of its free Translate app, and my first couple of hours of using it has shown it to be worth every penny.
Employer settles with Facebooker who called boss 'dick'
An ambulance company in Connecticut has agreed to settle a case that challenged its decision to fire an employee for posting comments on Facebook that referred to her boss as a “dick” and a “scumbag.”
Mac Tel subsidiary launches cloud service
It turns out that Macquarie Telecom wasn’t just supporting its IntelliCenter services when it released research last year citing jurisdictional risk as a problem for cloud computing customers.
Samsung and IBM in patent pact
The two companies that give the US Patent and Trademark Office the most headaches and paperwork - that would be IT giant IBM and consumer electronics and chip maker Samsung Electronics - have inked a patent cross-licensing deal.
Novell and HP wave SUSE x64 cluster deal
Systems software maker Novell has announced today a special deal for customers building clusters with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. If you cluster servers with the company's High Availability Extensions, you get those extensions for free.
Creative Ziio 7in Android tablet
ReviewThe Android tablets that have appeared lately seem to suffer an identity crisis, often unable to decide whether they’re simply big smartphones or genuine tablet-computing devices. Creative Labs has taken a different approach with its new Ziio, producing an ‘entertainment tablet’ that is essentially a larger version of its existing Zen portable media player.
Credit crunch pushes US ID fraud to 8 year low
US identity fraud losses fell sharply last year, bucking a long-running trend.
Delete all you like, but it won't free up space
Comment:Networker blog author Preston de Guise has pointed out a simple and inescapable fact: deleting files on a deduplicated storage volume may not free up any space.
Microsoft re-org: more code, less death by PowerPoint?
Before we get too excited about reports of a major shuffle among Microsoft's top ranks, let's remember one thing.
CSC faces lockout over Indian 'slave' row
CSC Denmark is facing angry union action over the company's use of temporary Indian workers paid a fraction of normal Danish wages.
iPad TWO: What, already?
The Wall Street Journal reckons production of the iPad 2 is already ramping up, concurring with the majority of rumours surrounding the device.
EMC races to catch up with NetApp
In a webcast for financial analysts yesterday, EMC admitted it was racing to catch up with NetApp in storage for virtualised servers by adding primary block-level deduplication.
Teleca sucks up SurfKitchen
Swedish conglomerate Teleca has bought UK mobile shell developer SurfKitchen, promising to keep it as an independent unit.
Converged stacks will retard storage innovation
It's open season in storage right now, but the door is starting to close. If you have something that works with filer or block access protocols then develop away. Servers can use it. The product can work with storage area networks (SANs) or filers and you are free to sell it to customers with servers that use SANS or filers.
Council dives into crematorium-heated pool
Redditch Borough Council has agreed to proceed with its plan to use waste energy from a crematorium to heat a municipal swimming pool.
EC parades common phone charger
Been a long time coming, but yesterday the European Commission got its mitts on the first sample of a universal phone charger for member countries.
Labour forum leaks email addresses
Basic design flaws on a Labour party members forum exposed the email addresses of users to harvesting.
Dell junks Adamo ultra-skinny
Last month, the PC press reported big price cuts for the Dell Adamo, an ultra-thin Macbook Air lookalike.
The Meeks shall inherit the Office ...
FOSDEM 2011Oracle. Hmm. Maybe not the favourite word in F/OSS right now ... Unlike Java/OpenJDK/etc – where Oracle has not (yet) dropped the ball – in the LibreOffice camp the cats have left the bags, coops have been vacated, and the code has forked right off ...
Patent judge hits out at legal tactics used against file-sharers
A senior patent court judge has heavily criticised a law firm that pursued online file-sharers with threatening letters and then ditched its cases against 26 defendants.
RealNetworks unhooks 130 employees in jobs cull
RealNetworks confirmed yesterday that it is to reduce its workforce by 10 per cent by axeing 130 jobs at the internet media company.
YouView ship date slips to 2012: official
YouView has confirmed that its set-top box won't now ship until early 2012. A roadmap agreed upon last year, after the start-up had received approval from the BBC Trust, envisaged boxes appearing on the market this spring. A second iteration was scheduled for 2012 ready for the Olympics - the traditional consumer upgrade season for home cinema. (Or "TV", as we used to call it).
Man, 54, accused of sex with girl he wed in RuneScape
A 54 year-old man is accused of underage sex with a young teenager, who he had "married" in the online fantasy game RuneScape.
ZDI spills beans on 22 zero-day bugs
The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) has discussed the existence of unpatched flaws in 22 software applications from vendors including Microsoft, CA, EMC, HP and IBM.
Japan wants in on NFC
Japan's DoCoMo is going to work with South Korea's KT to create a cross-border payment infrastructure, coming in from the cold to embrace and extend the NFC standard.
Lexmark Genesis multifunction printer
ReviewThe Genesis S815 is the latest all-in-one (AIO) printer-scanner-copier-fax from Lexmark that brings a radically different form-factor to the product class.
Fort Wayne officials refuse to slap Harry Baals on public building
Officials in Fort Wayne Indianna have balked at naming the city's latest civic building after its most successful mayor – Harry Baals.
London Underground hands £10m to Capgemini
Capgemini has won a £10.5m contract with Tube Lines – the engineering company behind London Underground.
Don’t Look Now hailed top Brit movie
A Time Out poll of 150 film movie industry experts has declared Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now the best British film ever.
Walmart joins Verizon iPhone 4 stampede
Walmart, America's biggest retailer, is to sell Verizon flavor iPhone 4s in 600 US stores from tomorrow.
Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card
An 11-year-old boy has landed his mother in debt , after splashing more than £1000 on Xbox Live, without her knowledge.
TERRORISTS IN SUBMARINES menace the Free World!
US security officials are reportedly worried that a new generation of drug-smuggling submarines - able, unlike their predecessor semi-submersibles, to travel completely submerged beneath the waves - might be used to carry out terrorist operations.
Devs gather for beer and burgers in Belgium
FOSDEM 2011This was my first FOSDEM, in Brussels, and it was a goodie.
Linux vulnerable to Windows-style autorun exploits
A security researcher has demonstrated how it might be possible to perform autorun-style attacks against weakly secured Linux PCs.
First WACy handset goes widget mad
The Wireless Application Community won't be properly launched until Monday lunchtime, but Filipino operator SMART couldn't wait and has jumped the gun with the first WAC-compatible handset.
GAME sells Xbox DLC content over the counter
GAME, the British retailer, is selling downloadable Xbox content over the counter in a six-month trial at 40 stores.
iControlPad: The answer to mobile gaming control 'mares?
In response to our iOS game reviews, many readers highlight how on-screen controls for such titles are considerably impractical. Behold the iControlPad, which went on sale today and could be the solution we've all been waiting for.
Alabama sex shop owner swaps 'Guns for Toys'
An Alabama sex shop owner has decided to do her bit for peace and luuurv this Valentine's Day, and is offering customers the chance to trade "Guns for Toys".
Unions and small biz doubt Osborne's bank promises
The Trades Union Congress and small business groups are doubtful that George Osborne has tamed the British banks or extracted a meaningful promise on business lending.
Superphone system-CRACKING cable of DOOM ... is quite handy
It used to be that a large part of owning a cellphone, using it a lot, and being on the road involved hauling around a massive charging unit. When your plan expired, you got a new phone – and along with that came a new car charger, a new brick to plug in at home and a second one to be wrapped up in a ball and shoved in your briefcase or purse.
Windows 7 service pack to land this month
UpdatedMicrosoft's first service pack for Windows 7 will, according to speculative reports, reach the company's MSDN and TechNet subscribers this time next week.
More heads roll at AMD
Two more executives are being shown the door at chip maker Advanced Micro Devices – but two others will be getting juicy bonuses.
Starbucks' iPhone barcode app easily scammed by screengrab
Someone has noticed that the Starbucks' iPhone application can be copied with a screen grab from a neglected handset, enabling the thief to gorge themselves on free coffee*.
Microsoft names Satya Nadella to replace Bob Muglia
Microsoft has found a replacement for Bob Muglia – the company's server and tools biz president who was pushed out by MS boss Steve Ballmer last month.
Oracle and Fujitsu hook up on Sparc servers
Software giant and server newbie Oracle and IT conglomerate and long-time Sparc partner Fujitsu said late Tuesday that they have extended their collaboration on Sparc platforms.
HP reveals inaugural Palm webOS tablet
HP has unveiled a trio of new webOS devices, including a pint-sized smartphone known as the Veer, a beefier business phone dubbed the Pre3, and, yes, the first Palm tablet: the HP TouchPad.
Oracle patches decade-old 'Mark-of-the-Beast' bug in Java
Oracle has squashed a decade-old bug in its Java programming framework that allows attackers to bring down sensitive servers by feeding them numerical values with large numbers of decimal places.
Ballmer's Bing man to 'define' Microsoft's server future
CommentMicrosoft's promotion of Satya Nadella puts an engineer who's been championing – and coding – Bing against Google in charge of the company's earth-bound server and tools business.
Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case
An official Sony Twitter account has leaked the PlayStation 3 master signing key at the heart of the company's legal offensive against a group of hackers being sued for showing how to jailbreak the popular game console.
Australia’s NBN too expensive: EIU
The headlines say all you need to know, surely? As reported all over the place, Australia’s NBN (National Broadband Network) has been rated as too expensive and relying too much on government support, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Google, antitrust, and the 'Copygate' hypocrisy
CommentGoogle built a multi-billion-dollar advertising empire atop a service that does little more than copy information from other sources. And yet it chastises others when they do the copying.