15th > March > 2011 Archive

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Apple handcuffs 'open' web apps on iPhone home screen

Exclusive Apple's iOS mobile operating system runs web applications at significantly slower speeds when they're launched from the iPhone or iPad home screen in "full-screen mode" as opposed to in the Apple Safari browser, and at the same time, the operating system hampers the performance of these apps in other ways, according to tests from multiple developers and The Register.
Cade Metz, 15 2011
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HP promises App Store and Microsoft love in webOS world

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled an imaginative cloud strategy apparently founded on the imaginative powers of its marketing people.
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Data-mining technique outs authors of anonymous email

Engineers and computer scientists say they have devised a novel method for identifying authors of anonymous emails that's reliable enough to be used in courts of law.
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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

Microsoft made IE9 available for download on Monday evening at corporate hippie fest South By South West in Austin, Texas, where it boasted that IE9 relies on Windows more than any other browser out there.
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Catch Notes

Android App of the Week Trying to keep your spur-of-the-moment scribbles and jottings synchronised twixt phone and computer can be hard enough, and with third-device tablets hoving into view the problem is only going to get worse.
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Black Ops is the best selling videogame EVER

This week, Call of Duty: Black Ops became the best-selling game of all time - in the US at least - selling 13.7m units across all platforms in the five months since release.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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TorrentFreak seeking copyright report’s mysterious author

A report that pump-primes the idea that Australia is a nation of inveterate pirates is starting to unravel, with a report on TorrentFreak questioning the bona fides of the report’s author.
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Renault security boss arrested as spying claims fall apart

Renault has apologised to the three senior executives from its electric vehicle division who were sacked and accused of spying for China.
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At the sharp end

Workshop Deploying a software application can be a balancing act between making the system work for the business and changing the business to fit the system.
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Avon and Somerset police launch online crime tracker

The Avon and Somerset police service has launched an online crime tracker to provide the public with access to information extracted from its systems.
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BT Openreach's founding father quits job

BT Openreach's boss Steve Robertson is leaving, after six years heading up BT's network access business.
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Bogus BBC Fukushima radiation texts panic the Philippines

Hoax BBC text messages are claiming that radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has begun spreading in the Philippines.
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Ofcom stamps out mobile termination fees

Ofcom has confirmed its plan to cut mobile termination rates, though not as quickly as some would like.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Microsoft calls time on Zune media player hardware

Microsoft is to pull the plug on its Zune line of media players, it has been claimed. The software giant won't be introducing any new models, insists an insider.
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European parliament loves the Tobin tax

Sometimes it seems the Gods themselves are trying to screw us over. At other times it is our own politicians who attempt to to fubar the world all on their lonesome. This seems to be the case with the European Parliament's recent decision to try and impose the Tobin Tax upon us all.
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Can telephony and IT work together?

Broadcast Over the years, fragmentation has crept upon organisations leaving communications across the company out of tune with the requirements of the business.
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Asus Eee Pad Slider

Hands On The smartbook is the great 'might have been' of mobile computing. Something thin and light, with solid-state storage, a keyboard, a day-long battery life and the ARM CPU that makes such a quality possible, and a price in keeping with the Small, Cheap Computer ethic.
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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

The story of the three quake- and tsunami-hit reactors at Japan's Fukushima plant continues, with indications that one of the three worst-hit reactors has sustained further damage. A fire also broke out at another reactor, shut down at the time of the quake and not previously thought to be a problem, but this has now been put out. None of this suggests that the reactors' crucial containment vessels could be breached, however.
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Facebook preps Groupon-like service

Facebook plans to test a Groupon-like service on its social network to link its users up to local discounts.
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DWP ditches Fujitsu and reappoints HP

The Department for Work and Pensions has ripped up its multi-million pound desktop support contract with Fujitsu before the company even started work.
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Russian republic in sex bomb alert

Police in the Russian republic of Karelia were obliged to evacuate and cordon off a post office in the capital Petrozavodsk yesterday after staff reported a "suspicious parcel".
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The 64-bit question

Desktop Strategy There's no question: 64-bit computing is here to stay - and it seems set to be the future of computing. But is it an essential element of your next desktop refresh cycle? Chances are it will be.
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WTF is... cloud gaming?

It's 3am, you can't sleep so you switch on the television. Amid the inevitable reruns and chatline ads, an advert comes on for the latest videogame. Inspired to try it out, you switch over, grab a control pad and immediately start to play. No download, no trips to Blockbuster, no waiting for the postman to arrive with a game from LoveFilm. You didn't even need to fire up your console.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Facebook poaches Google exec to go on M&A hunt

Google's corporate development director has reportedly been scooped up by Facebook, in a move to help the social network beef up its mergers and acquisitions portfolio.
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Disney torpedoes Yellow Submarine

Disney Studios has torpedoed Robert Zemekis's planned 3D remake of Yellow Submarine, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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HP will grow future on clouds and analytics

Comment Let's talk about the money first because if the corporate strategy laid out yesterday by Hewlett-Packard's new president and chief executive officer, Leo Apotheker, doesn't pan out, neither will the ever-increasing dividends that are supposed to get Wall Street all fired up.
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Network mapping: you know it makes sense

Workshop Keeping track of your network infrastructure is crucial to maintaining control, because you can’t expect to manage it without an understanding of what you have And since a picture is worth a thousand words, keeping a live map of the network makes it easier to see what’s going on when faults are detected or when change planning is underway.
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The stick, the carrot and the desktop virt project

The world would be a better place if it weren’t for all the users. Even the best laid technological plans can go awry when computer-hugging individuals decide that they don’t want to abandon their conventional systems or ways of working.
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EU copyright database could help reform the laws on orphan works

A project designed to identify the copyright status of European works will be extended to cover multimedia material and could become a vital tool in the reform of the law surrounding orphan works, European commissioner Neelie Kroes has said.
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Defence talks to forge EU cyberwar strategy

European defence ministers met last week to develop NATO's future cyber defence strategy, defence minister Nick Harvey told Parliament on Monday.
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Ten scatological jokes about storage

And so today we kick off with Infosmack Episode 90, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech bar none.
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Measuring loyalty 101: know what your customers bought

Workshop Predicting customer behaviour is an essential part of answering the vital question: will the business grow or shrink, swim or sink?
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Amazon tweaks virtual private clouds

Amazon Web Services has cut the encrypted cord on its Virtual Private Cloud.

Ubisoft reveals rock game with REAL guitars

Ubisoft has announced a guitar-based game that uses a real six-string rather than a button-bashing imitation.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Seagate extends enterprise disk and SSD lines

Seagate has extended its enterprise disk and solid state storage products in a comprehensive announcement following hard on the heels of Western Digital buying Hitachi GST.
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Avere extends FXT box for virtual stuffing

Avere has extended is its FXT multi-tiered filer accelerator box to aggregate filers together inside a single global name space.
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Three ponders big squeeze: City, duopoly, Ofcom have little sympathy

UK punters face higher prices from an oligopoly of three mobile providers unless Ofcom rethinks its spectrum policy, Three UK's CEO Kevin Russell said at a policy debate in London today.
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Google wires up for wireless payments

Google is planning to hand shopkeepers thousands of NFC-capable terminals in New York and San Francisco, to encourage proximity payments using their Nexus S handset.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Buy two tablets, stop a laptop from being shipped

Consumers are keen on tablets, but big business is positively bonkers for them, if market watcher Canalys is to be believed.
Hard Reg, 15 2011
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F-Secure Mac security scanner bug bins benign files

F-Secure has apologised about a bug in its consumer-focused Mac security software that left surfers fighting against their own browsers as clean files were wrongly classified as malign.
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London's Olympic clock claps out

The London Olympics countdown clock has clapped out after less than a day, the BBC reports.
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MS flicks the LightSwitch for Silverlight on Azure

Microsoft is inviting partners to jump on the second beta of a Visual Studio developer tool that lets you deploy your Silverlight applications to Microsoft's Azure cloud.
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Google splits Google Apps suite in two

Google has separated its Google Apps suite into two separate "release tracks": one that provides access to the latest tools as soon as they're ready, and a second that releases new tools on a regular weekly schedule.
Cade Metz, 15 2011
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EA coughs to Dragon Age II user ban 'mistake'

EA has responded to the Bioware forum user banned from installing Dragon Age II - by apologising for the "mistake" and reinstating the account.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Assange ambushes Australian Prime Minister on live TV

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard denied supplying information about WikiLeaks staff to the US government after founder Julian Assange confronted her on live television and suggested she be tried for treason.
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iPad 2, A5 chip, and Smart Cover strip-searched

Apple's iPad 2, launched last Friday, has already been subjected to teardowns by the intrepid vivisectionists at iFixit, UBM TechInsights, and Chipworks, who have discovered details of its A5 processor and other chips, a trio of "massive" battery cells, and a total of 31 magnets providing the sticktuitiveness of the tablet's Smart Cover: 10 in the iPad 2 and 21 in the cover itself.
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Google teaches Microsoft's IE9 to love open video codec

Updated: This story has been updated to show that the software offered by Google is not a browser plugin per se – though Google originally called it a plugin on its download page. It's software that installs on Windows and it can be used by other Windows applications. You can find an update here.
Cade Metz, 15 2011
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First Facebook Hacker Cup lifted by ... Google genius

Facebook's inaugural Hacker Cup was won by a Googler. And when he lifted the (rather large) trophy on Saturday at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters, he was apparently wearing his Google ID badge.
Cade Metz, 15 2011
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ISP proposes independent body to police copyright

Having survived legal action brought by content owners, ISP iiNet has proposed an independent body be established to help police illegal access to and distribution of copyright material on the Internet.
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Aussie TV production house takes on Apple

Australia’s most notorious career-and-media criminal, the earless Mark "Chopper" Read, has unwittingly sparked a David and Goliath legal wrangle between independent Australian production company Jigsaw Entertainment and Apple.
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Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

The head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) says that the concrete shell enclosing the troubled No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex is "no longer sealed," and that the disaster should now be ugraded to Level 6 on the seven-level International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), placing it one step above Three Mile Island and one step below Chernobyl.
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Twitter ad play chokes third-party devs

Open...and Shut For years people have talked up Twitter as the future of journalism, described it as a freedom-fighting platform and used other such bold phrases. As it turns out, Twitter is just an app. And not always a very good one, thanks to its increasing efforts to monetize the interface.
Matt Asay, 15 2011

Intel: 'We ate McAfee to slip security into silicon'

Chip maker and now software player Intel tried on Tuesday to explain the finer points of its $7.7bn acquisition of security software maker McAfee, which closed at the end of February after jumping some European Commission regulatory hurdles.