17th > February > 2011 Archive
Nvidia is facing some inconvenient market transitions and business shifts, but luckily, it has a $1.5bn patent settlement from Intel to help smooth the ride.
Sony has threatened to permanently banish all PlayStation 3 users from the its online game network if they use jailbroken consoles. Customers who don't want to lose access to the PlayStation Network “must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices,” Sony Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein blogged on Wednesday. “By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.
A team of researchers has developed a technology that has the potential to double the speed of wireless radios – such as those used by Wi-Fi – by allowing signals to be received and transmitted simultaneously.
If you've been watching the first two days of the Jeopardy! game show pitting two of humanity's trivia champs against IBM's Watson question-and-answer machine, you probably had a sinking feeling – mixed with a sense of awe.
Australian number three telco iiNet has partnered with Microsoft to offer virtual private server (VPS) hosting services.
A West Australian man has been sentenced to 12 months' jail and fined $1,500 for taking part in an EFTPOS card skimming scam which netted the bandits $270,000.
One-third of adult Australians have practiced piracy in the last 12 months, a study has estimated.
Concerned about Facebook, Google, and other companies that make billions brokering sensitive information, free-software champion Eben Moglen has unveiled a plan to populate the internet with tiny, low-cost boxes that are designed to preserve individuals' personal privacy. The Freedom Box, as the chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center has christened it, would be no bigger than power adapters for electronic appliances. The inexpensive devices would be deployed in a peer-to-peer fashion in homes and offices to process email, voice-over-IP communications, and the sharing of pictures, among other things. The decentralized structure of the devices is in stark contrast to today's biggest internet providers, which offer the same services in exchange for users turning over some of their most trusted secrets.
MWC 2011MWC 2011 The mobile industry has got its confidence back, and it's spending money again while drawing up the ranks to take on Apple.
ReviewReview In designing the much-anticipated EOS 60D, Canon decided against a simple upgrade of the previous model, the EOS 50D. Instead, the company opted for a redefinition of its range to create a middle ground between the semi-pro EOS 7D and the entry level EOS 550D.
The London Stock Exchange suffered a second day of problems yesterday as its new trading platform struggled to function again.
MWC 2011MWC 2011 Once the condition of offspring has been established, and the second round is on the table, conversation in Barcelona quickly turns to what everyone expects of Nokia's deal with Redmond.
Parliament's finance watchdog has said that stronger information strategies and more transparent government data will be key to the 'big society' agenda.
Boffins in California who were trying to deal with problems of stress in combat veterans say they may have accidentally found a cure for baldness. For now, the miracle drug is known to work only on experimental mice genetically engineered to go bald early, but there is apparently every prospect it will benefit humans too.
Malware writers are trying to infect Chinese users of Android smartphones with a Trojan that poses as a wallpaper for the smartphone's screen or other legitimate applications, such as the popular game RoboDefense.
NetApp carried on steamrollering EMC and other competitors by growing faster than the market in its third fiscal 2011 quarter, with a 25 per cent jump in revenues and a 60 per cent hike in profits.
The Detroit RoboCop statue looks to be a goer after an online fundraising campaign reached the $50k target well ahead of the deadline.
You'd have thought it would be easier to build memory card slots in, but Sony has chosen instead to offer a USB adaptor to allow you to view content on SD cards on your Bravia telly.
Virgin Media credited Britons' thirst for data for boosting its revenues by 6.6 per cent after it hauled in over £1bn in the fourth quarter.
MWC 2011MWC 2011 Want a phone with the longest possible talk time? Sonim, a phone maker which specialises in rugged handsets, announced just such a device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.
The European Space Agency's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) yesterday blasted off en route to the International Space Station.
UpdatedUpdated Chinese hackers have been blamed for looting sensitive Canadian government documents, forcing two government departments off the internet as a response.
Carphone Warehouse has the UK exclusive on Motorola's Xoom tablet.
French president Nicholas Sarkozy delivered a profound judgement on Microsoft yesterday, declaring that the company personifies the values of France and Europe.
The average UK business is losing £10,000 a year thanks to cyber espionage, extortion and other forms of online fraud.
One-time Russian secret agent Anna Chapman, globally famous for being the only one of the deep-cover spy ring unmasked by the US last year who is even mildly attractive, will now assist the Russian space agency in designing a stylish new uniform for its personnel.
ReviewReview Since the revival of Doctor Who almost six years ago, the BBC’s marketing machinery has been in full flow, with the programme spawning action figures, DVD box sets, plenty of other merchandise, alongside Proms concerts and exhibitions.
Panasonic has added dimensions to its HD TV range, introducing its first 3D sets with LED backlighting, and focusing on a new cloud-based service Viera Connect.
UK copyright law needs an overhaul to bring it into line with pre-industrial cultures, says a top legal academic. It may strike you as the Most Imaginative Use of Politically-Correct Rhetoric you've ever heard, but the joke is ultimately on you: the project has won funding from the Department of Business.
Upcoming World Cup and Euro football tournaments will not be shown in the UK by pay-to-view services like Sky, the European Union's General Court has effectively ruled.
An obscure EU Committee has slammed the introduction of body scanners, raising concerns over the health and human rights risks of the technology.
An Oz morning TV team has out-innuendoed itself with an exchange worthy of the best (or worst) of Carry On.
Orange has launched a prepaid credit card in the UK, branded Orange Cash and backed by MasterCard, while from today the Irish can get hold of an O2 Money card.
Elopocalypse, Day Six: The Nokia-Microsoft deal has by now been thoroughly flogged to death analysed from every quarter, with much of the emphasis on the risks and the negatives. Yet there are some positives. Here is a selection, ranging from the flippant to the frivolous.
Avere tried selling its FXT filer accelerator boxes in the UK through Shoden, only to see that effort crash and burn. Now the storage vendor is trying again with value-added distributor VADition.
More than 1,000 Peruvian potato varieties are destined for entombment in the Arctic's Svalbard Global Seed Vault amid fears they may be threatened in their traditional home.
Amazing news from the world of tiny robot spy ornithopters today, as developers have announced successful flight trials of the tiny robot spy ornithopter "Hummingbird" prototype – so named perhaps because it is roughly the size of a hummingbird, weighs as much as a hummingbird and looks like a horse ... no, sorry, like a hummingbird.
An attack by Anonymous on security firm HBGary used a combination of software vulnerabilities and social engineering to pull off a highly sophisticated hack, it has emerged.
InterviewInterview It was a Google ad. But not the kind you've come to expect. Last month, inside The Economist, a magazine in the old fashioned, physical sense of the word, Google ran a four-page ad touting its own Google Apps suite, that all-web-all-the-time challenger to Microsoft Office. "Each day, over 3,000 businesses go Google," the ad read, hailing the more than three million outfits who have adopted the suite since its debut in 2007, and listing more than a dozen by name.
Supercomputer maker Cray has turned in one of the best years in its history, nailing the high end of its revenue targets for both the fourth quarter and for the full 2010 year, and turning a profit as it had promised to.
Dell's Round Rock, Texas headquarters was stormed by a police SWAT team on Monday after multiple 911 calls reported that a masked gunman was ordering employees into a building lobby.
The collapsing New South Wales state government has launched a pitch for the geek vote, announcing it will provide free Wi-Fi on Sydney's bus and train network if re-elected next month.
NBN Co will buy regional satellite television provider Austar’s stash of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum licences for $120m.
After Part 1 was published last week, someone asked “how many of these companies will still be around two years from now?”
Some open-source apps for Windows Phone and Xbox have been banned from Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace. And there's uncertainty hanging over the rest.
Part 2Part 2 What went wrong with Borders? The story so far is that a mouse is eating an elephant.
Oracle this week pushed an updated version of its Java runtime environment that fixes 21 security vulnerabilities, 19 of which allow attackers to remotely install malicious software on end-user machines. The company recommends users install Java 6 Update 24 as soon as possible, but before readers follow though, allow us to offer this modest proposal: Try uninstalling Java altogether. This will dramatically shrink the attack surface of your machine, and unless you use a handful of specific applications, you'll never notice the difference.
Google has asked the US patent office to reexamine four of the Java patents that Oracle is using to sue the company over the design of the Android operating system, according to a blog post from an American law firm.
President Obama will sit down with a pack of Silicon Valley tech titans on Thursday evening in San Francisco. Among the attendees: Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google soon-to-be-ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.
The shareholders of beleaguered systems software supplier Novell has approved the $2.2bn takeover of the company by Attachmate.