23rd > March > 2011 Archive


Media luvvin' tech analysts contract patent fever

Number crunchers Nielsen and ComSore have gotten too close to the tech sector. They've hit each other with patent-infringement claims.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2011

Intel's Atom chip chief goes mobile

Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, has left the company.

Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP

For a short time on Tuesday, internet traffic sent between Facebook and subscribers to AT&T's internet service passed through hardware belonging to the state-owned China Telecom before reaching its final destination, a security researcher said.
Dan Goodin, 23 Mar 2011
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iStunt 2 on the iPhone 4

iGamerThat's it, hands, you deserve a break. You've worked tirelessly these past few weeks and proved your mettle.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Mar 2011

4G: What does the auction mean for the incumbents?

CommentThe UK's 4G auctions won't shake up the country's mobile industry, but there's enough there to annoy the incumbents equally - and perhaps make space for a local player or two.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011

South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters

South West Trains stands accused of attempting to provide more seating on its service between London and Portsmouth by simply reducing the width of seats to such a degree that they're suitable only for commuters without elbows.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2011

Osborne promises 'Budget for growth'

Chancellor George Osborne is promising this afternoon's Budget will be a strategy for growth when set against big cuts in public spending, which seem likely to push the UK in the opposite direction.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011

Brian May stands up for Welsh badgers

Queen guitarist Brian May has mobilised against a proposed cull of badgers in Wales, something he describes as an "inhuman act of vandalism".
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2011

LG backs wireless charging for smartphones

LG has given its thumbs-up to wireless charging.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2011

BT, TalkTalk in court seeking axe for Digital Economy Act

Two of the UK's largest internet service providers are appearing in the High Court later today to try to overturn the government's Digital Economy Act.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011

Samsung dismisses too few tablets sold claim

How well is Samsung's Android tablet line actually selling? Not so good, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2011

Facebook tells privacy advocates not to 'shoot the messenger'

Facebook insisted yesterday that it is heavily focused on tightening privacy controls for its users, even if information posted on its platform is re-published elsewhere by people accessing the site.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Mar 2011

Fake Japan blackout alerts cloak Flash malware

Scumbags are taking advantage of the desperate situation in Japan by distributing malware that poses as information about a rolling electricity blackout programme.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2011

Wi-Fi body wants hotspots to override 3G

The Wi-Fi Alliance has proposed to develop a standard that would allow mobile gadgets to automatically log on to public wireless hotspots.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2011

New movie gives Yuri Gagarin's view of historic 1961 mission

A documentary filmmaker will celebrate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first space flight by giving viewers the chance to experience what the cosmonaut saw from his Vostok 1 capsule.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2011

What it takes to get your desktop back up and running

DesktopMachines fail. Hardware has a lifespan, and hard disks have a shorter life than most. Heads crash, bearings wear out, and motors fail – and data gets lost. The resulting downtime is lost productivity, information workers away from their data and their applications.
Simon Bisson, 23 Mar 2011

Tribunal rules Digifone paid bung for Irish GSM licence

An investigation into payments made to two Irish politicians has, for the last four years, focused on the GSM licence awarded in 1996, resulting in a decision that improper payments were made.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011

LSE media studies lecturers call for end to copyright enforcement

The music business should provide "user-friendly, hassle-free solutions to enable users to download music legally at a reasonable price" says a new report from a media studies department at London's LSE.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2011
Viewsonic 3DV5

Viewsonic 3DV5 HD 3D camera

ReviewIf Christmas or even the World Cup had you taking the plunge an investing in a 3D TV, then you’re probably a bit weary of watching Avatar now and if you haven’t got any kids, Alice in Wonderland may have been entertaining once, but…
Bob Dormon, 23 Mar 2011

Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

Three researchers have come up with a technique they claim will allow laptop and smartphone batteries to be recharged in two minutes.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2011

Samsung unwraps first DVR

Samsung has introduced its first DVR, a set-top box capable of grabbing and recording Freesat HD programmes.
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2011

Out of shape? Not had sex for years? Watch out

Bad news today for idle crisp-scoffing lardos who seldom get much attention from the opposite/desired sex: when you finally do achieve some boudoir action, there is a measurable chance that the excitement will kill you.
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2011

Nokia C7 'Astound' in US debut - all ready for touchless payment

The Nokia C7 has got its American launch, exclusive to T-Mobile and branded the "Astound", but it also got functioning NFC software – unlike its European incarnation.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011
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Budget Day: First dump from Osborne

Budget '11Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne told the House of Commons that today's Budget was about reforming the UK economy and helping families deal with rising living costs.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011
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RUSTOCK TAKEDOWN: How the world's worst botnet was KO'd

AnalysisThe unidentified criminals behind the infamous Rustock botnet were paying at least $10,000 a month for US-based command and control servers prior to a successful takedown operation last week.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2011
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Channel Islands VAT loophole shut, petrol prices cut

Budget '11Osborne said he was accepting Lord Hutton's pension recommendations as the basis for future discussion to reform complex rules and taxation.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011

Capitalism killed the Martians, suggests Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan supremo Hugo Chavez has provocatively suggested that Martian civilisation may have been wiped out by the arrival of capitalism.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2011

Windows Phone 7 gets cut'n'paste, other tweaks in update

VidWindows Phone 7 users can finally cut and paste text, thanks to the "NoDo" update which is gradually being rolled out now.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011
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Nvidia rushes to ARMs

Nvidia’s Analyst Day at its Santa Clara, CA headquarters on March 8 gave me new insight into the company and how it see the markets.
Dan Olds, 23 Mar 2011
Synology DS411slim

Synology DS411slim Nas box

ReviewAs technology progresses further into the twenty-first century, the most obvious trend is the miniaturisation of just about everything. While these changes have taken most aspects of new technology by storm, conventional storage however, has been left wanting.
Shaun Dormon, 23 Mar 2011

Paramount buries Dune remake

The planned Paramount Pictures movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune has been cancelled.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2011
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Digesting the Budget: First-belch reactions

Budget '11Responding to George Osborne's Budget, Labour leader Ed Miliband said growth is down, employment is down and living standards are falling.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011

Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

HP vs OracleOracle has announced that it has stopped development for all its software on Intel's high-end Itanium server processor.

Project managers do it with diagrams

WorkshopProject managers usually opt for Microsoft Project, OmniGroup’s OmniPlan or one of many other specialist software products, but some also make use of the ready-made templates included in diagramming software.
Ken Young, 23 Mar 2011
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Channel VAT loophole shrunk, not shut

Budget '11George Osborne is cutting the value of goods which can be sold without VAT, but he is not ending the system which allows retailers with warehouses in the Channel Islands to ship goods VAT-free to the UK.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011

Mac OS X daddy quits Apple

Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac software engineering and the man who played a lead role in the development of Mac OS X, is leaving the company.
Cade Metz, 23 Mar 2011

ZeuS cybercrime cookbook on sale in underground forums

Cybercrooks are offering what purports to be source code for the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit through underground forums.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2011

Grid storage - crafted for SMBs

Small and medium businesses generally want reliable, cheap and simple to use storage; not pushing-the-envelope stuff like grid storage. Gridstore hopes to turn that situation around with its $499 1TB filer box which can grow by adding more boxes.
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2011

LightSquared inks deal with Best Buy

Audacious wannabe network wholesaler LightSquared has inked a deal with Best Buy to provide connectivity for the retailer's MVNO offering, with testing to start early next year.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011

Radioactive Tokyo tapwater HARMS BABIES ... if drunk for a year

The Japanese government has announced that radioactive iodine from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant has been found in tapwater, and that infants should not drink it. However there is little reason for concern once the facts are understood.
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2011

The Brangelina of Big Data: Cassandra mates with Hadoop

Think of it as the Brangelina of Big Data.
Cade Metz, 23 Mar 2011

Rackspace accused of 'controlling' open source cloud project

Rackspace's chief OpenStacker has quit the company, saying the 'Linux-of-the-cloud' initiative is not functioning properly as a community project and that it deserves full independence from Rackspace.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2011

'Iranian' attackers forge Google's Gmail credentials

Extremely sophisticated hackers, possibly from the Iranian government or another state-sponsored actor, broke into the servers of a web authentication authority and counterfeited certificates for Google mail and six other sensitive addresses, the CEO of Comodo said.
Dan Goodin, 23 Mar 2011

Kiwi ultra-fast net gets retail suitors

New Zealand's NZ$1.5bn Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network-in-waiting has attracted the interest of 13 telecommunications service providers according to Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), the government agency managing the project.
Natalie Apostolou, 23 Mar 2011

IBM wants to relieve Aussie traffic pain

IBM is attempting to fix Australia's transport infrastructure woes investing in a Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Natalie Apostolou, 23 Mar 2011

Auditor to Oz PM&C: Don’t use Webmail for leaks

Australian cloud computing chauvinists are prepping the “#GovDoesn’tGetIt” hashtag after the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), with a bit of help from the spooks in the Defence Signals Directorate, identified services like Hotmail and Gmail as key vulnerabilities in government information security.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Mar 2011

Yahoo! answers Google Instant with streaming web search

Yahoo! has unveiled its answer to Google Instant, rolling out a "streaming" search service that it claims is significantly faster than the technology Google debuted last fall. Like Google Instant, it serves up search results as you type. But unlike Mountain View's service, it does not provide results from a relatively complete index of the web. It taps a separate and much smaller index of Yahoo!-curated data designed to serve up "answers not web links".
Cade Metz, 23 Mar 2011

Ex-Sun man hails Java renaissance under Ellison

EclipseConJava is entering a renaissance following a period of darkness under Sun Microsystems, according to Oracle and computing giant IBM.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2011

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