23rd > February > 2011 Archive
Microsoft offers Azure virgins 'small' VM concession
Microsoft is offering developers free access to the smallest possible compute cycles on its Azure cloud in an effort to tempt first timers.
Cellphone exposure linked to changes in brain activity
US researchers have shown that less than an hour of cellphone use can significantly speed up activity in the part of the brain closest to the handset antenna, a finding that could reignite the debate over the health effects of radiation emitted by the ubiquitous devices.
HP misses Q1 sales, revises 2011 downward
Hewlett-Packard's new president and chief executive Leo Apotheker now knows what it is like to be Carly Fiorina, who ran the company two executives ago.
Judge offs ivi.tv
Seattle Internet-TV rebroadcaster ivi.tv has had most of its channels pulled by a US District Court judge.
M2 buys up more Australian customers
Regional pay TV provider Austar has sold its mobile assets to the M2 Telecommunications Group for $2m. The transaction includes approximately 15,000 active Austar mobile customers (and associated data records), which generate annual revenue of $10m.
Go Stop, Moto!
Huawei has roadblocked – at least partially – Motorola’s planned sale of its wireless network unit to Nokia Siemens Networks. The Chinese vendor has been awarded an injunction in a US District Court blocking “the transfer of Huawei intellectual property” to Nokia Siemens.
Apple 'outstrips' all brands at box office
Apple may not sell the number-one personal computer, but it does lead in one important metric of consumer culture: movie product placement.
Plextor PX-L611U portable DVD writer
ReviewAs Blu-Ray climbs to the top of the optical storage ladder, one might assume that manufacturers of optical drives would cease production of anything that doesn’t feature this technology. However, Plextor has seen fit to launch the PX-L611U, a smart external DVD writer.
Cornish pasties awarded protected status
Aficionados of the Cornish pasty will in future be assured that their pasty is the real deal, following a European Commission ruling that only pasties prepared in Cornwall in the traditonal way can be labelled "Cornish".
Where are the next storage startup stars?
CommentHave we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been gobbled up by the majors eager to buy into technology and markets where they have limited or no presence.
Scientists tremble before 'thunder-thighs' sauropod
Scientists have identified a new species of Early Cretaceous sauropod - a six-tonne beast with a fearsome set of rear legs which have prompted paleontologists to dub it "thunder-thighs".
Compellent driven into datacentre by Dell
CommentCompellent is now formally part of Dell and it is going to develop its technology so it can go deeper into the datacentre.
Apple plots iPad 2 production reduction
Apple has allegedly reduced the number of iPad 2s it wants its contract manufacturer to churn out. If true, the claim suggests Apple may indeed see the iPad 2 simply as small-scale upgrade ahead of the introduction of the iPad 3 later this year.
Virgin considers dipping toes into 'daily deals' offering
Virgin is mulling a "daily deals" coupon service to compete with privately-held Groupon, Google and other web players that operate or have interest in that market.
Roundabouts and swings at Everything Everywhere
Everything Everywhere has lower revenues and fewer customers, though you wouldn't know it from the annual figures which show year-on-year growth of 1.5 per cent and contract numbers rising.
Doing the math on IBM's real systems biz
For the past couple of quarters, I have been refining my model of IBM's server business, and I think with the incarnation I built to analyze the company's fourth quarter and full year results for 2010, I have something that is closer to reality than I have ever put together before.
Eight years for ID fraudster
An identity thief who fraudulently claimed more than £1.3m in tax credits under false names has been imprisoned for eight-and-a-half years.
Intel to spotlight optical interconnect tomorrow
Intel is going to announce "a new technology" tomorrow, and the online buzz reckons it will release 'Light Peak', its alternative to USB.
EMC kills SPEC benchmark with all-flash VNX
EMC has topped the SPEC NFS benchmark rankings, scoring 497,632 operations/sec, using virtually all-flash VNX arrays.
UK chip design house strides across pond
So CSR is supplying the CEO, the CFO and the chairman, the headquarters stay in Blighty and the shares stay on the London markets. But really, it's a merger, honestly...
Russia blames Google for Egyptian revolt
Russian deputy prime minister and energy minister Igor Sechin has blamed Google for unrest in Egypt, accusing the search giant of "manipulations of the energy of the people".
Doctor Who co-star Nicholas Courtney dies at 81
Nicholas Courtney, who starred in Doctor Who as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart opposite no less than eight incarnations of the famous Doctor, has died aged 81.
Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official
A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that moderate drinking can help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Price war beckons for mobile payments
Square, the beloved mobile payment system set up by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has dropped its 15-cent transaction fee as it tries to compete in the real world.
ReviewTo say that Bulletstorm draws parallels with Duke Nukem 3D is to put it mildly. There’s that same cocksure attitude, same over-the-top one liners, the same penchant for violence, even a similar range of physics-defying weaponry on offer.
No showstoppers for UK nuke approval
Regulators expect to approve two reactor designs by June, they disclosed in their latest quarterly update on the UK nuclear industry. The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency say they see no showstopper delays to the approval of the proposed designs – from Areva and Westinghouse – in their joint Generic Design Assessment, which was published yesterday.
Apple shareholders demand CEO succession plan
Later today Apple's board will be asked to reveal its plans for replacing the company's absent boss Steve Jobs.
Met investigates medical school hack
UpdatedPolice are investigating a security breach at a London university medical school that resulted in users getting a stream of obscene and defamatory emails.
Apple brands Intel 'Light Peak' as Thunderbolt
Apple's take on Intel's 'Light Peak' high-speed IO technology will be call Thunderbolt, it has emerged, and it will be delivered through the new MacBook Pro's DisplayPort connector.
Gears of War 3 release date confirmed
Hardcore gamers should grab their diaries and mark down 20 September as the day Gears of War 3 is released.
Bionic leg builder makes huge step in prosthetics
Humans are now even closer to a Six Million Dollar Man bionic body, thanks to the world's first motorised prosthetic knee, which is now readily available to lower-limb amputees in parts of Europe and the US.
Council loses USB of patient records
Cambridgeshire County Council has had its wrist slapped for losing an unencrypted memory stick containing the details of vulnerable adults.
Android and iOS get a little Minecraft love
Despite never being advertised, or having a publisher, the Java game Minecraft has sold more than 1 million copies, and is now on its way into mobile phones.
Nokia flings out WinPho 7 phones
Nokia has posted snaps showing what it its first Windows Phone 7 smartphones to may look like.
Sony debuts 3D laptop
Sony has unveiled its attempt at a 3D computer with its latest Vaio F Series, a beefy laptop with a 16in stereoscopic screen.
ECJ asked to rule on re-sale of software licences
A German court has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify whether or not a company can sell second-hand versions of downloaded business software in a case involving software company Oracle.
Chemists create current-bearing plastic
Chemists have found a new way of producing plastic that conducts electricity, potentially paving the way to cheaper, more robust and er, more plasticky computers.
Oracle: 'Eight Android files are decompiled Oracle code'
Oracle has claimed that Google derived its Android code from the specifications for "hundreds" of Oracle's copyrighted Java files, and that at least eight Android files are actually decompiled Oracle object code.
New Relic climbs Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk
Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk application-management layer has drawn interest from the latest start-up of Wily Technologies' founder Lew Cirne.
Apple names iPad 2 reveal date
Apple will uncloak the next generation of its überpopular fondleslab, the iPad, on March 2 in San Francisco.
WikiLeaks' Assange 'very likely' to lose extradition fight
An expert in UK extradition law says it's “very likely” that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will lose his battle against extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning in an investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations.
Belarusian admits running site that catered to 2000+ ID thieves
A Belarusian man has copped to a charge that he ran a website which helped thousands of criminals commit identity theft by exploiting stolen financial information.
Microsoft student mail checkmates Google state grab
UpdatedMicrosoft is claiming victory in its increasingly personal battle with Google to deliver web mail and collaboration.
Google sweetens Android with full Honeycomb SDK
Google has released a full SDK for Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, Mountain View's mobile operating system targeted squarely at fondleslabs.
Australian utility evaluates EV charging kit
Queensland-based electricity utility Ergon Energy is seeking expressions of interest for companies to help it evaluate electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Apple shareholders nix disclosure of Jobs succession plan
Apple shareholders have rejected a proposal that would have required the company to disclose its CEO succession plans. So we still have no way of knowing how the company is handling the ongoing health problems facing current CEO and spiritual leader Steve Jobs.