13th > April > 2011 Archive

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Microsoft struck by HTML5 commitment phobia

Back during the era of certainty, the time of proprietary source code and software product roadmaps, Microsoft was a company you could bank on.
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H2O water-powered shower radio

Review Produced by Vivian Blick, a man who helped launch the wind-up radio, this shower-powered version is due to become the new must-have amongst ‘eco-trendies’ everywhere. The fact that shower-radios probably make you spend more time in the shower – thereby using more clean water and power – is an eco-flaw we’ll just have to ignore for the moment.
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Report reveals patchy ICT provision in schools

The standard of technology provision in schools varies widely, despite spending of £487m on ICT equipment and services last year, according to the findings of independent review commissioned by the education secretary Michael Gove.
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Vodafone, Three to offer hyped-up HTC handset

HTC's latest Android phone, the modestly named Sensation, will be coming to Vodafone first, but that didn't stop Three chipping in to say it will be offering the video-centric handset too.
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iPad maker goes Brazilian

iPad and iPhone maker Foxconn is considering a big investment in Brazil.
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On VDI and storage architectures

One of the most complex aspects of desktop virtualisation is working out what to do with all the users' data. Sizing and planning storage infrastructures to support hundreds or thousands of remotely-hosted desktops is a daunting prospect, especially to those who have relied heavily on local PC hard drives in the past. What is the best approach?
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NASA hands out second-hand shuttles

NASA administrator Charles Bolden yesterday announced just where the four remaining space shuttles will find a final home, as the agency celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first orbiter launch on 12 April, 1981*.
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Paramount to recount The Martian Chronicles

Paramount is ambitiously eyeing a film version of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, the collection of classic sci-fi short stories describing human efforts to colonise the Red Planet.
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DARPA aims to make renewable power practical at last

Pentagon boffinry bureau DARPA, which deals with established technology paradigms in much the same way as Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore dealt with clay in their 1990 supernatural romanta-flick outing - that is as material for squidging into improbable shapes so as to satisfy the squidger's raging occult lusts - has done it again.
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Libyan network hijacked for rebel cause

A Libyan mobile network has been hijacked by the rebels, who had been reduced to communicating by semaphore, but can now get interrupted by an incoming call like the rest of us.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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Russian Vostok capsule sells for $2.9m

A Vostok capsule identical to the one in which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space sold at auction yesterday for $2.9m.
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The Royal Mail moves to the cloud

Broadcast When you're an organisation the size of the Royal Mail, there comes a point when you really have to stop and take stock of the IT operations. Reg reader Adrian Steel, from the Royal Mail, did this in 2008 and noted the state of their infrastructure.
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UK still to ratify Euro Cybercrime pact ten years on

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is celebrating the ten year birthday of the Budapest Convention against cybercrime.
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Fujitsu promises rural UK 1Gbit/s - if it gets 'fair deal' from BT

Fujitsu is planning a joint venture with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to roll out 1Gbit/s fibre technology to five million homes in the UK, but the project hinges on BT's Openreach division providing access to its underground ducts and telegraph poles.
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Wii price cut coming

Nintendo may be about to slash the price of the Wii by as much as 25 per cent.
Hard Reg, 13 2011
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M&S whips out carbon-neutral bra

Marks and Spencer has whipped out what it claims is the world's first carbon-neutral bra.
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Open source and the sluggish UK public sector

Workshop Confronting their rapidly shrinking budgets, public sector bean counters must imagine that someone somewhere has been casting Chinese curses about living in interesting times. Because when money gets tight, things sure do get interesting.
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LG Optimus 2X dual core Android smartphone

Review There was much talk of dual core handsets at this year’s Mobile World Congress – devices which effectively double the processing power available on smart phones. Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Atrix are coming soon, but the LG Optimus 2X is first out of the traps, and also includes Android 2.2, an 8Mp camera and an HDMI connection.
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UK is 15th best place in the world to do IT

Blighty has been ranked as the 15th best country in the world in which to try to make use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Sweden is top, just barely pipping Singapore to the post, and other Nordic and Asian Tiger nations dominated the top 10.
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BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

Recent experiments carried out by the BBC demonstrate how power-line networking can interfere with FM radio and knock out DAB entirely, but only for those who get a decent data rate.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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TrustDefender debuts web-page fingerprinting in bank fraud fight

Australian security firm TrustDefender is expanding into fraud detection with the release of software designed to spot banking Trojans that manipulate web sessions.
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Facebook fixes Hotmail reset bug

Facebook has plugged a password reset glitch involving users who linked their social network profiles to Hotmail webmail address.
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RadioShack gun giveaway: A clarification

Our piece last week on the US RadioShack franchises who are handing out free guns with satellite TV packages prompted an email from the provider in question, Dish Network.
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Elgato outs Wi-Fi TV tuner for iDevices

TV tuner specialist Elgato has released an own-brand version of the Tizi Wi-Fi-linked Freeview receiver for iOS devices.
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Video in the workplace: stuff that works

Webcast Video collaboration has seen plenty of false dawns. Companies have all bought videoconferencing systems for the board that didn't get used, struggled to find a use for the video cameras on our laptops and waited for the promise of video phones to be delivered.
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Cloud on a chip: Sometimes the best hypervisor is none at all  

Cloud We have come a long way, from data processing to systems to servers, and maybe so far we are essentially getting back to where we started.
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STONERS are DESTROYING the PLANET

"Let's find out what everybody is doing – and stop them doing it" – A P Herbert
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Framework flotilla tackles VDI

The desktop has traditionally been an under-managed area of IT. Many businesses, especially smaller ones, may not have the expertise or the resource to manage physical desktops as well as they could.
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MYSTERY of huge Canadian chicken-shed EXPLOSION

The Mounties have confessed themselves baffled after a Canadian chicken shed blew up in a huge, devastating explosion whose shockwaves were "felt across southern Manitoba", according to reports.
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Motorola and Huawei hug and make up

Motorola Solutions and Huawei have dropped unrelated cases between them in a deal lubricated with some Motorola cash.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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Web2.0rhea browser axed

Flock, the browser with built-in Web2.0rhea, is to be discontinued. The project burned through $30m of capital investment, a rather expensive way of acquiring 9 million non-paying users, and became an early emblem of slack-jawed social networking hype.
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Help! I'm in an abusive relationship with my supplier

Workshop In a previous article we highlighted the various ways in which sales and service functions can be broken. If you are on the receiving end, then you have a legitimate right to protest and demand that things be made better.
Dale Vile, 13 2011
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Project Ceylon – Red Hat builds Java killer replacement

Red Hat is developing a new Java Virtual Machine-based programming language intended to overcome the limitations of Java itself. Unveiled earlier this week by lead developer Gavin King at a conference in China, the effort is known as Project Ceylon.
Cade Metz, 13 2011
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Schooner beefs MySQL appliance with active clusters

MySQL database clustering needs some help, and Schooner Information Technology thinks it has cooked up the code to help companies that rely on MySQL do a better job scaling out their databases.
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Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense

Microsoft has a wonderfully amusing talent for undoing its own good work.
Cade Metz, 13 2011
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WordPress.com hack exposes confidential code

The company that maintains the WordPress.com blogging platform said hackers gained root access to its servers and made off with sensitive code belonging to it and its partners.
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Microsoft Phone man offers guarantee-free glitch pledge

MIX 2011 Microsoft will try to avoid the mistakes that bedeviled the NoDo update to handsets but Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore has stopped short of issuing a guarantee.
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Middle East questions get under RIM boss’s skin

Research In Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has terminated an interview with the BBC's Click programme when questioned about Blackberry security in the Middle East.
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Earthquake emergency drives Kiwi copyright bill

The New Zealand government has outraged internet users by rushing through a new anti-P2P copyright bill under cover of an emergency session of Parliament.
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Microsoft reveals WinPhone 7 'Mango' details

The next version of Windows Phone is getting faster, opening up and - Microsoft has promised - won't suck your battery dry.
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Intel on Itanium: 'It's all about the OS'

The Big Statement from Intel on Itanium didn't happen at the company's Developer Forum, as many expected, but Intel did make a few more concrete statements about the processor in an effort to put Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, OpenVMS, and NonStop customers at ease after Oracle's announcement that it will cease development its database, middleware, and applications on Itanium machines.
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Feds commandeer botnet, issue 'stop' command

For the first time ever, the US government has attempted to take down a botnet by setting up a substitute control channel that temporarily disables the underlying malware running on hundreds of thousands of infected end user computers.