22nd > February > 2011 Archive
Microsoft gives Kinect SDK to 'academics, enthusiasts'
Microsoft has announced that it will release a Kinect for Windows SDK "starter kit" this spring "to make it simpler for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces" using the motion-sensing device.
Mobile net upgrades all the rage for Oz carriers
Vodafone, criticised since last year for poor network performance, is to replace virtually all of its network base stations with Huawei kit, announcing that it will either install new equipment or replace kit at 8,000 base station sites over the next 18 months.
iTunes privacy hole shares library content with world+dog
A technology researcher has unearthed a privacy hole in Apple's iTunes Store that makes it easy for unauthorized people to learn what music, videos and apps you've acquired from the online bazaar.
ZeuS trojan attacks bank's 2-factor authentication
A variant of the ZeuS banking trojan is targeting mobile phone users who rely on their handsets to get enhanced, two-factor authentication from ING Bank Slaski in Poland, a security blogger said on Monday.
Griffin PowerDock Dual
ReviewGriffin’s latest iPad and iPhone accessory is recognition that, far from being hidden out of view in home offices and studies, owners of Apple gadgets like to show them off. You see, the Griffin PowerDock Dual has two Dock connectors, designed to charge an iPad and an iPhone or iPod simultaneously and the two objects of iEnvy perch there much like an ornamental display.
Thames Valley and Hampshire police merge IT services
Two neighbouring police authorities have signed a legal agreement to create a single IT department
Tosh shows off snazzy external drive
Toshiba has introduced a snazzy-looking but oddly named line of external drives called STOR.E ART 4, with a 1.5TB model coming.
Egyptian bloke dubs sprog 'Facebook'
A young Egyptian dad has dubbed his newborn daughter "Facebook" in honour of the role the social network played in deposing Hosni Mubarak.
The Woz speaks: Fusion-io plans IPO
Privately-owned server flash card vendor Fusion-io is planning to go public, according to its chief scientist, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
French back Google monopoly complaint
A French vertical search specialist has filed a fresh complaint against Google alleging the search and advertising behemoth is abusing its dominant position.
Site to highlight social networks' security soft spots
Security researchers have set up a site designed to prod social networking websites into practising what they preach about web security.
Northamber returns to profit for back end of 2010
Veteran distie Northamber issued a steady-as-she-goes trading statement today as it reported a turnaround profit for the six months to December 31.
Windows Phone update wallops Omnia 7
Microsoft's latest mobile OS update has locked up some Samsung Omnia 7 handsets and reportedly bricked others.
Discovery on countdown for Thursday launch
Space shuttle Discovery is on countdown for lift-off on Thursday to the International Space Station, with NASA's weather forecast predicting "80 per cent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time".
Polyglot 419 scammers target German and Welsh speakers
419 advance fee fraudsters have broadened their range of targets by sending out scam emails in German and Welsh over recent days.
Virgin Media to issue firmware update after Superhub slows to crawl
ExclusiveVirgin Media cable customers who recently upgraded to the company's Superhub router/modem combo boxes to access its 30Mbit/s and above service are complaining about stability issues and slow connections with the new kit.
Blind man excels at videogames
A blind man has stunned the gaming community by flawlessly churning through levels relying solely on sound effects.
Applied desktop virtualisation: Reg readers speak
Survey resultsIn November 2010, we polled Register readers to find out where you lot are at with desktop virtualisation.
Poynt for BlackBerry
ReviewPoynt is an app that offers local info quickly and easily on your smartphone. It’s available in Android and iPhone flavours, but looks and works best on a BlackBerry running OS6.
UK inks space research deal with Russia
The UK government signed a space science research agreement with Russia in Moscow today.
Fox promises all change at MoD
Defence Secretary Liam Fox has promised that the Ministry of Defence will end its free-spending ways, following a highly critical report from the Public Accounts Committee.
NFC is top, says GSMA, and put us in charge ... please?
The world's mobile operators are committed to mobile payments using Near Field Communications, according to the trade body that is pitching to put itself at the centre of the ecosystem.
HTC 7 Pro WinPho 7 smartphone
ReviewAny Windows Phone 7 device will give you a virtual Qwerty keyboard on its touch screen, but the HTC 7 Pro is one of the very few to offer a proper, slide-out hard key version, and the Dell Venue Pro’s vertical slider pales in comparison to this one.
Telegraph mulls cash alternative to suicide
"Calling it a paywall sounds like it's a tall impenetrable barrier that only Hercules can break down," pondered the FT's digital chief recently. "Why don't we call it paying for content, just like paying for milk or bread?"
Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn
Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has professed herself "shocked" at the availability of porn on the internet after investigating the issue for a radio documentary.
First details on EC data protection action against UK revealed
Details of the European Commission's objections to the Data Protection Act (DPA) have been revealed for the first time. A document has been published outlining why the Commission thinks the DPA fails to implement the EU's Data Protection Directive.
iPad 2 launch could be delayed by two months, analyst says
A research analyst's note has sent shudders of horror through the Applesphere by suggesting the as-yet-unannounced iPad 2 could arrive two months later than expected.
Sony refreshes Vaio series with glowing body and dual batteries
Sony has refreshed its notebook range, with a colourful collection of glowing models and lightweight dual-battery options.
Google switches on Christchurch earthquake service
Google is offering its "personfinder" database to help people in Christchurch, New Zealand find friends and family in the wake of last night's earthquake.
Slot machine serves drinks instead of money
Say hello to the BarBot, which combines alcohol and gambling to form what could be a seriously addictive bit of kit. Instead of winning money, users are rewarded with a cocktail. Things could get messy.
Oddjob Trojan keeps banking sessions open after victims log out
Miscreants have created a banking trojan that keeps victims' accounts open to plundering even after their marks log out of their accounts.
BMW says 'i' aye to EV and hybrid car
BMW showed off the much-anticipated "i" sub-brand of battery-powered cars to the world yesterday.
German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP
Openistas beware! Politicos at the German Foreign Office are reportedly ditching Linux in favour of returning their desktop PCs to Windows XP-based systems.
Windows 7 service pack 1 set to lift off today
Microsoft is imminently expected to release the first service pack for its Windows 7 operating system.
Facebook pulls naked smutty filth from NY Academy of Art page
Facebook is in the doghouse again – and this time it is none other than the New York Academy of Art taking them to task for their online censoriousness.
Three-day gaming session kills Chinese man
A Beijing man has died at the end of a three-day online gaming marathon during which "he did not sleep and barely ate".
Make your own guitar with a 3D printer
Check out this dude - jammin' on a guitar he designed using 3D modelling software.
Welcome to the Petabyte Club
Hype alert; hype alert; Big Data is coming our way. A new volcano has blasted its way above the surface of the marketing sea, spewing out "big data" messages in enormous flows of thought leader bullshit. What the heck is this big data thing?
Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff
Open...and ShutThere's a growing list of would-be iPad killers born each month, but none yet to grok the central message that made Android beat the iPhone: cheapness.
Steve Jobs clarifies 'Subscription Gate' confusion with more confusion
The increasingly convoluted morass of Apple's latest App Store Guidelines – notably whether software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps are now verboten in the sacred store – has prompted what may be a response from Steve Jobs himself.
Judge guts suit against Sony for killing Linux in PS3
A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended complaint that fixes the deficiencies.
Brisbane's sewer fibre plan goes down the pan
A broadband-via-sewer rollout in Australia's third biggest city has ended almost as soon as it began, with Brisbane Council announcing the network will not continue.
Acer launches server biz in the US
Does the server racket in the United States need another competitor? Acer and its channel partners think so.
Kogan turns consumers into working capital
When everyone is selling the same things, made in the same Chinese factories, how can a retailer manage to gain an edge? That's the problem that Kogan Technologies had: and its solution is, to be fair, pretty cute.
Facebook users subjected to more clickjacking
Facebook users have been subjected to another round of clickjacking attacks that force them to authorize actions they had no intention of approving.