15th > February > 2011 Archive
Groupon tweets first Aus media release
Proving that coupon shopping – that strange internet creature that uses social media to add spice to an activity so old and dull that your grandmother would recognize it – has become the next Internet bubble, Groupon used Twitter to announce its first Australian press release.
Lead Firefox developer exits Mozilla
Mike Beltzner – the man who oversees development of Mozilla's Firefox browser – will leave the organization after the release of Firefox 4, the latest version of the browser due for official release later this quarter.
Adobe open source code backs – gasp! – HTML5
Adobe believes in Flash on mobiles. But it believes in HTML5 too, and it would like the world to know that these two beliefs are not mutually exclusive.
Man matches machine in Jeopardy! showdown
Man has drawn with machine in round one of the much-hyped showdown between two wetware Jeopardy! champions and IBM's Watson supercomputer.
Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides
During 2010, Apple audited the facilities and management practices of 127 of its worldwide suppliers, and found instances of underage labor, unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety devices, lack of first-aid supplies, improper handling of hazardous chemicals, excessive recruitment fees, and more. Much more.
Pacnet opens Sydney data centre
Pacnet has opened a new data centre in the Sydney CBD, to be fully operational in March.
Iomega SuperHero iPhone back-up gadget
ReviewThe cost of losing a smartphone goes further than the hardware: don't forget all the data - contacts, apps, pictures, music and so on - you keep on it.
UK opposes EU plans for '28th regime' for contract law
There is no need to reform European consumer contract law and no evidence to suggest that the European Commission's preferred solution would work, the UK Government has said.
Qualcomm paints Gobi as WiMAX successor
Chip giant Qualcomm reckons its new Gobi chip will provide the standard connectivity that Intel planned, and failed to deliver, with WiMAX.
Computacenter splashes out on French reseller
Computacenter's French tentacle is paying €21m for Paris-based reseller Top Info SAS.
Spanish police hold alleged Nintendo blackmailer
Spanish police have arrested an alleged cyber-extortionist accused of using stolen personal details of 4,000 users to blackmail Nintendo.
Hardware keyloggers found in Manchester library PCs
Hardware keyloggers have been discovered in public libraries in Greater Manchester.
Tax tribunal finds contractor wasn't employee
The Tax Tribunal has found that a contractor was not an employee in a case involving controversial tax avoidance law IR35.
Twitter wants mobile industry followers
MWCFirst day at Mobile World Congress sees Twitter, that well-known mobile phone company, secure the second keynote. So ... not a carrier, not a handset manufacturer, and with no way of making money for the mobile industry beyond providing more traffic (and lots of things, like X-factor voting do that), the only thing that merits the first day billing is fashion.
SaaS security: it comes down to knowing what you are doing
In this workshop on Software as a Service (SaaS), we’ve been having a good look at the issues of risk, trust and security in the cloud. A lot of things have happened recently that may cause us to think twice about SaaS and risk – Flickr showed just how absurd things can get if policies and processes are not properly thought through and managed. It also brings into sharp focus once again the importance of supplier selection and contract terms.
Where to now for the data robot?
CommentData Robotics has the great mass of business data centre computing closed off but the small business market is wide open and waiting for Drobo-isation.
Pandora to spark music IPO goldrush?
Internet streaming site Pandora has filed for an IPO – a rare event in the tech world and even rarer for music companies. The flotation values the company at $100m.
Supermarket blows £70m on kid-commerce site
Supermarket Morrisons is spending £70m on buying Kiddicare.com - a UK-based website which flogs stuff for kids and babies.
Dissenting Nokia shareholders: Bring us the head of Stephen Elop
A group of purported Nokia shareholders and former employees has vowed to challenge the new company's strategy at the next AGM in May.
Julian Assange gets helping hand from OJ Simpson's briefs
Julian Assange has a new member of his defence team – Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who once served as an adviser on OJ Simpson's legal counsel.
Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers
Today the Royal Society, Blighty's pre-eminent boffinry institution, has issued its "state of the nation" report into science education in the UK – and it doesn't make encouraging reading.
Telstra dropkicks femtocell business model
MWCAustralia's biggest network operator has rejected the business model behind domestic femtocells, claiming the technology is already redundant, though not everyone agrees.
HTC takes a flyer on tablets
MWC 2011HTC has entered the tablet game, announcing at Mobile World Congress a 7in, 1024 x 600 Android slate that will arrive in Q2.
Dell Venue Pro WinPho 7 smartphone
ReviewWhen the first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets washed up on our shores back in October one handset was noticeable by both its absence and its form factor - the Dell Venue Pro. Now however it's finally made it to Blighty if only through third-party suppliers rather than from Dell itself.
EMC joins Storage Performance Council
In a few days' time, EMC will sign up and join the Storage Performance Council, notwithstanding how much it has dissed benchmarks in the past.
'Vacuous' - Twitterati hail Eric Schmidt's midnight tweet
Google boss Eric Schmidt has commented on the goings on in Egypt - vaguely, very quietly, and, possibly, in the middle of the night.
DARPA to pay hackers and hobbyists for help
Internet grandfather DARPA (US-based Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) is throwing open its doors and wallet in an attempt to solicit unconventional security solutions.
BlackBerry OS 6 – Red Star Rising
It would be both right and wrong to describe the new BlackBerry Operating System as just eye-candy on the existing java based system.
Visa's chip-and-PIN exemption rules given cautious welcome
Visa has relaxed its regulatory rules so that European high street merchants who capture at least three-quarters of their take through EMV-enabled chip-and-PIN terminals will no longer have to pass Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audits every year. The programme, which will help high street shops to reduce compliance cost, kicks in from 31 March 2011.
OFT waves through UK.gov's national addressing database
The government's national addressing database venture with the Ordnance Survey was cleared by the Office of Fair Trading today.
European child abuse image law a step closer
The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has passed a draft law to remove all child sex abuse images hosted in EU countries.
Clinton demands net freedom for all... 'cept Wikileaks
Hillary Clinton will bang the drum for internet access as a human right today when she outlines the US vision for the net in the wake of recent political turmoil in the middle east, and its own savaging in the wake of the Wikileaks disclosures.
May promises £63m for cybercrime fight
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a £63m boost to police budgets for combatting cyber crime.
Toshiba £300 'entry level' Froyo tablet back on sale next month
Toshiba will not be canning its Folio 100 10.1in Android tablet when its 10.1in Android Tablet arrives on the scene.
Old folks' phones set to take over from nurses
MWCDoro, the other mobile phone company from Lund, Sweden, has announced a couple of deals at Mobile World Congress that less grown-up companies would tout with words like "ecosystem", and "partnerships".
UK.gov asks developers for views on Public Data Corporation
The UK government wants to know what British taxpayers think about its newly created Public Data Corporation, which was greeted with a slow hand clap by some openistas when it was announced last month.
Toshiba previews TV UI for cloud content
Toshiba today gave a sneak peek of the internet-TV-and-then-some user interface it plans to build into a number of its HDTVs later this year.
Ecstasy doesn't make rave-goers any stupider - official
Using ecstasy appears to have no effects on "cognitive performance", according to a new study which controls for other factors such as repeated sleep deprivation, dehydration and the possibility of being drunk or drugged while taking intelligence tests.
Opera Mini BREWs up
Opera Mini, the proxy-served edition of the third browser, is now available on BREW MP, the OS that used to be a platform, and still claims to be relevant.
Samsung readies Android-based iPod Touch killer
Samsung has launched its latest media player, and it's a clear case of 'iPod Touch meets Android'.
Intel updates Xeon six-shooters for servers
Advanced Micro Devices was not the only server chip maker in the x64 racket that updated its chips for Valentine's Day. Yesterday evening, chip giant Intel slipped out a blog posting announcing that it too had tweaked its server chip lineup.
Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything
Apple finally unveiled the shape of its new subscription model for the App store today, confirming that it will force magazine and newspaper publishers to hand over 30 per cent of their cover price.
TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops
Long-time UK TiVo owners are up in arms because the company is to effectively stop their boxes from working to the full.
UK, Oz won't get latest AMD ThinkPad
Lenovo has given its European and Australian ThinkPad fans the finger by refusing to allow them to buy its upcoming AMD-based ThinkPad X120e sub-notebook.
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers
Apple has opened a new chapter in its campaign against hackers with a feature that prevents jailbroken iDevices from accessing iBooks.
Hacked BBC streaming websites serve up malware
Streaming sites operated by the BBC were hacked on Tuesday so they silently served visitors with malware, researchers from security firm Websense said.
'Unlimited' misleading on throttled broadband: Federal Court
Australia's Federal Court has handed the ACCC a win over the misleading use of the word “unlimited” in broadband advertisements.
Australian group buying soars
The Australian group buying market is set to grow by 284 per cent in 2011, generating A$242m and capturing 0.1 per cent of Australia’s A$200bn retail market.
Money gone, people gone: Oracle's open-source blowback
Oracle loves open-source projects and technologies – it's just not crazy about other people running them.
Twitter off-limits for cricketers
Cricketers at this year’s World Cup one-day tournament have been told to keep their fingers off the Tweet button by the International Cricket Council.
Mozilla: 'Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern browser'
Mozilla has taken a right swipe at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, telling the world that the latest incarnation of IE is not a "modern browser."
iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped
The latest round of iPhone rumors point in multiple directions at once: a larger screen, a smaller phone, a slide-out keyboard, and cloud-only operation à la Google's still-gestating Chrome OS.