10th > February > 2011 Archive
Cisco beats diminished sales targets in Q2
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers insisted that the networking giant's second quarter of fiscal 2011 played out as expected when he announced that quarter's financial numbers on Wednesday. Revenues were a little better than anticipated, rising 6 per cent to $10.4bn, but net income was slammed 17.9 per cent compared to the year-ago period, dropping to $1.52bn.
No new strings for Guitar Hero
Continued declined in the music games genre has led Activision Blizzard to do the unthinkable: development of its Guitar Hero games has been discontinued and the business unit disbanded.
Hack of Irish job site exposes user names, addresses
Employment search site RecruitIreland.com has reopened its doors following a security breach that exposed users' names and email addresses.
HP rocks Redmond with webOS PC play
When the world's largest computer maker announced that it plans to equip laptops and desktops with its own operating system, you can be sure that the squeals emanating from Redmond's corner offices were not squeals of delight. And we're guessing the denizens of Cupertino's executive suites pricked up their ears as well.
Rackspace borgs OpenStack
project cloud brains
OpenStack co-founder Rackspace is buying the brains behind the other half of the open-source cloud project, in a deal that radically alters who runs the initiative.
Google and Facebook named as Twitter suitors
Google and Facebook have emerged as possible buyers of Twitter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB
ReviewIt’s not uncommon to find an FM radio on a smart phone these days. And while the iPhone has seen fit to do without such a thing, it’s a great way to get your music and news on the move, without the need for Wi-Fi connection or any drain on your data tariff.
Three jailed for phone box thievery
Three people were jailed for three years each yesterday for their part in stealing thousands of pounds from BT phone boxes.
Discovery survives feeler gauge disintegration
NASA has proved just how seriously it takes space shuttle safety after technicians "performed a walk down" of Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A to assess the impact on Discovery of a disintegrating feeler gauge.
Subdued RM says government cuts challenge its business
IT schools supplier RM has blamed the government's allocation of education funds for what it described as "subdued" market conditions.
Mumsnet backtracks support for net filter
Cuddly, child-loving web forum, mumsnet was last night licking its wounds after a page providing fairly uncritical support for government proposals to censor the web was first mauled by geek attack – and then taken down.
First reports on XM-25 Judge Dredd smartgun in A'Stan
First reports are emerging on the performance of the futuristic, Judge Dredd style XM-25 computer smartgun, which went into combat with frontline US troops in Afghanistan in December. The hi-tech rifle - almost a portable artillery piece - is said to have been dubbed "the Punisher" by soldiers who have used it.
Wii Countdown conundrum brands family 'SH*THEADS'
An "outraged" mum has recounted how a Wii game based on Channel 4's Countdown blasted SHITHEADS into the innocent face of her wide-eyed sprog.
Amazon buys bloody big shed for Dublin data centre
Amazon has bought a 240,000 sq ft warehouse in Dublin and will build a data centre there.
100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case
Hundreds of people whose voicemails might have been intercepted in an illegal trawl for celebrity gossip by the News of the World are likely to be contacted by police as part of a re-opened investigation into the long-running scandal.
HP cans WebOS 2 updates for older Palms
WebOS fans are up in arms after HP admitted that older Palm-branded products will not gain the access to the updated operating system that will ship with the upcoming Veer and Pre 3 smartphones.
Nikon refreshes Coolpix range with serious zoom
Nikon has refreshed its Coolpix range of cameras, with focus on improvements in zoom and low-light shooting capabilities.
Everything Everywhere dips toe in retail waters
Everything Everywhere, the amalgamated Orange and T-Mobile networks, is opening five instances of a "new creative concept in communications retailing" – or shops as we used to call them.
Sony to use social network dweebery to sell 3D TVs
Sony is turning to trendy online service Foursquare in a desperate bid to interest yoof in 3D TVs.
Brocade says if FCoE doesn't happen, it will be ready
Hold the front page: Brocade told financial analysts that the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) transition may not happen. Oh, and it said it had messed up an IBM relationship.
Five essential BlackBerry apps for leisure
There’s no doubt that much of the iPhone’s success is down to Apple’s online App Store, which now offers thousands of games and entertainment offerings for the ever-growing range of iOS devices.
BSA nabs Chester MS software pirate
A label company near Chester has handed over £24,800 after it was caught by the Business Software Alliance using unlicensed copies of Microsoft Office.
Android inches nearer NFC nirvana
An incremental Android update adds APIs for writing tags as well as reading them.
Italian white van man nudges sound barrier
An Italian driver faces a €165 fine and three points off his licence for impressively nudging the speed of sound in a Fiat Doblo.
UK.gov plugs £10m into North Wales 'superfast' broadband rollout
The government is ponying up £10m to help deploy "superfast" broadband fibre in North Wales.
Roberts Stream 63i
ReviewBritish radio stalwart Roberts has been releasing a steady stream of DAB and FM models and is increasingly combining its options into various categories of music system. The Stream 63i is the latest do-it-all model offering CD player, iPod dock, FM and DAB radio, Internet radio and audio streaming using your home network too.
'Chinese cyberspies' target energy giants
Five global energy and oil firms have been the target of "coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks" by hackers based in China, according to net security firm McAfee.
WinPho 7 '1.1' set for March release
Still waiting for your first Windows Phone 7 firmware update? You'll have to wait a little longer, it seems.
Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear
In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It's also given the green light for the country's first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years.
'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON
NASA has appealed for help from the public in tracking down a plague of 'Moon trees' grown from seeds brought back from a 1971 lunar mission in an astronaut's personal kit. Space boffins say that the seeds survived in conditions of total vacuum and are thought to have been planted out at various locations on Earth, growing into trees outwardly resembling terrestrial species.
Apple's casual Xbox: Apple TV seeded for online gaming
How about this for an online gaming set-up: an 1080p HD TV for display duties, an Apple TV as your console, and an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as your controller?
MPs' IT support costs £1.122m
If you've ever wondering how much it costs to show MPs and their staff how to use their computers, the answer is in - £1.22m.
Iranian web developer faces death over porn site charges
An Iranian web developer faces the threat of execution over allegations he helped develop and promote pornographic websites in the strict Muslim country.
Net censors use UK's kid-safety frenzy to justify clampdown
An obsession with child protection in the UK and throughout the EU is encouraging a cavalier approach to law-making, which less democratic regimes are using to justify much broader repression on any speech seen as extreme or dangerous.
Russian volunteer army to fight 'dangerous content' online
The call is going out in Russia for a new volunteer army to combat the menace of "negative" content on the internet.
British e-reader readers still not stealing books
Eight per cent of UK adults have paid money for an electronic book since Christmas, with the average reader getting through 5.75 titles by the end of January.
US gov says it can't build an interstellar starship
Space enthusiasts will no doubt rejoice at the news that the wealthiest and most powerful organisation yet assembled by the human race – to wit, the US government – reports early progress in its plan to build an interstellar starship capable of carrying people to other star systems than our own.
UK.gov shreds last ID scheme hard drives
The government destroyed the final 500 hard drives that contained the national identity register today.
Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic
Computer scientists have discovered that password re-use is far more prevalent than previously thought after comparing a sample of matched passwords that spilled out at a result of the revenge attack by Anonymous against security researchers HBGary with the earlier Gawker password breach sample set.
Nominet asks what you think of police domain grab
Nominet is asking for feedback on proposals from the police which would allow them to "switch off" websites used by criminals.
Ford Focus 2011
First LookFord describes the new Focus, being launched to its dealer network today, as being its most technology packed car yet. It's not fibbing, but not every model gets the lot.
Opera uncloaks browser for Apple fondleslabs
Opera has developed a version of its Opera Mini browser for the Apple iPad, and it intends to show the thing off next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Hack reveals passwords from locked iPhones and iPads
Researchers have devised a method for stealing passwords stored on locked iPhones and iPads that doesn't require cracking of the device's passcode.
Gaming sales wilt after Australian retail orgy
Australian gaming nerds have emerged blinking into the sunlight, and it’s not good news for the country’s formerly- buoyant retail gaming sector. Sales slumped by 16 per cent in 2010 with revenues of AUS$1.7 billion.
Screen Australia and YouTube to put Oz summer in the can
Australian film makers are aiming to replicate the user-generated feature film "Life in a Day" experimental project pioneered by YouTube and producer Ridley Scott. The film that resulted from that project was recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Teradata says Ellison can't keep it down
Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison likes to make a lot of noise about his Oracle's Exadata data warehousing and online transaction processing appliances, among many other things. Mike Koehler, president and chief executive officer at Teradata, is not as brash as Ellison - who is? - but he also said in a call with Wall Street analysts today going over his company's Q4 results that there has been "no pressure" from Oracle's Exadata appliances on Teradata.
Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail
Google will allow users of Gmail and its other free online services to employ a second form of verification when logging in that uses one-time passwords transmitted over mobile or land-line phones.
Microsoft 'personalizes' Bing search results
Microsoft is now "personalizing" searches on Bing, tailoring results to the user's particular location and search history.