15th > April > 2011 Archive

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Intel to pay OEMs to build Atom-Android tablets?

Intel is said to be preparing an incentive plan that will subsidize OEMs that put Chipzilla's processors into tablets running Android 3.0, aka "Honeycomb".
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FCC launches AT&T T-Mobile review

The US Federal Communications Commission has begun the formal process of reviewing the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T.
Sonim XP3300 Force

Sonim XP3300 Force rugged mobile phone

Review California-based phone manufacturer Sonim may not be an instantly recognisable name but it’s no stranger to making robust mobile phones. It was behind the first JCB phone and currently builds the S1 for Land Rover. The XP3300 Force is Sonim’s latest and greatest, the toughest of the tough, the bravest of the brave, the Marshal Ney of mobile phones.
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Brazilian fingers wife in venomous vagina murder plot

A Brazilian man has claimed his wife attempted to kill him by putting poison into her vagina and inviting him to drink from the furry cup.
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Gmail mystery solved: Google went to Sun for backup

Google's lost emails were apparently restored from Oracle StreamLine 8500 tape libraries using LTO drives.
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Menorcan politician flashes substantial chesticles

NSFW A Menorcan political candidate has caused a bit of a rumpus ahead of Spain's forthcoming municipal elections with a seriously in-your-face advert in the local press.
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White iPhone 4 'in production'

A claim that the white Apple iPhone 4 will be out by the end of the month have been corroborated - sort of - by presumably different moles who say the handset has now gone into production.
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Intel and Micron reach flash frontier

Intel and Micron have claimed the flash high ground, or low ground really, with a 20nm process which is ready now.
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Microsoft data centre guru skips over to cloud-flirty Apple

Apple has poached Microsoft's data centre general manager Kevin Timmons, as Jobs' outfit gets serious about clouds.
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1000s of websites vanish as TalkTalk lets domain slip

Updated TalkTalk has apparently let the ukgateway.net domain slip from its DNS servers, knocking thousands of small business and clubs off the internet.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Wii 2 announcement in June

File this one under 'bloody obvious if you think about'. Nintendo's next Wii will be capable of HD output, it has been claimed with such a high level of likelihood, it'll only be wrong if the console pioneer's managers have gone seriously round the twist.
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Measuring the basics of supplier management

Workshop How a system such as ERP is configured to get the best from suppliers depends on the sophistication of the system, but some fundamentals apply to pretty much everyone.
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New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

US government boffins have come up with a cunning plan to use diesel fuel for two purposes – both conventionally to generate power, then afterwards as drinking water. The technology to be used will also be of interest to airship enthusiasts, as it could be used in one of the major problems facing helium-filled dirigibles.
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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

Those of you unfortunate enough to have spent money seeing The Last Airbender will doubtless be only too willing to blow one more dollar to send M Night Shyamalan back to film school.
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Emerging nations built bit bypass round Europe

The internet packets flowing between the emerging economic powerhouses of the New World will soon bypass Europe entirely. This week the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to build a 12.8Tbit/s undersea link between Brazil and South Africa and Angola.
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EU and US agree to run joint cyberwar exercise in 2011

The EU and the US have agreed to work more closely on the fight against cyber-crime and in the promotion of cyber-security.

FTP celebrates ruby anniversary

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) marks its 40th anniversary on Saturday (April 16).
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Reviewers slam BlackBerry PlayBook software

Research in Motion launched the BlackBerry PlayBook in the States last night, and with it reviewers' non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have expired. What they are saying does not inspire confidence.
Hard Reg, 15 2011
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Wading through the software licensing minefield

Desktop Efficient licence management is crucial for a number of reasons, but they boil down to two: cost containment and legality.
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YouView mandates Linux, HD content encryption

YouView has posted the technical specifications set-top box and TV makers will need to follow in order to support the would-be standard IPTV platform.
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Apple spits out increment iOS version

Apple has shot out iOS version 4.3.2, fixing a couple of FaceTime bugs, and providing better connectivity when roaming, while giving itself another opportunity to close up opened handsets.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Gaddafi's missus joins Lads from Lagos

The news yesterday that the Lads from Lagos had surfaced in Libya came as no surprise to the El Reg African affairs bureau, although the righteous shoeing Suleiman Evaristo Mohammed administered to the English language did have us reaching for the medicinal brandy.
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Creative set to follow Cisco out of camcorders

Creative may be about to follow Cisco's lead and withdraw from the pocket camcorder biz.
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Plane or train? Tape or disk? Reg readers speak

You the expert Plane or train? We asked four Reg-readers with storage smarts to say where and when we should use disk-based data protection and where we should cross the line and use tape. Three did just that. The fourth identified a fourth use-case for tape and added a salutary reminder that it has to be managed; it is absolutely not a start-backup-run-and-forget option. The consensus was that neither disk nor tape on their own are sufficient.
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

Review Just how can a new racing game carve out a niche in a saturated genre? How can you improve on the intensity of Race Driver Grid, the visuals of F1 2010, or the driving physics of Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 3?
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RAF Eurofighters make devastating attack – on Parliament

The RAF has blown up two apparently abandoned Libyan tanks using a Eurofighter Typhoon jet in a move which appears to have been motivated more by Whitehall infighting than by any attempt to battle the forces of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
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Optimising IT isn’t all about the cloud

Are you sick of cloud computing being shoved down your throat as the answer to all IT delivery problems? Or perhaps you are a convert and can't get enough of the 'C' word.
Dale Vile, 15 2011
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UK.gov signals weary welcome to Brussels' web cookies law

A European Union directive on web cookies that comes into force next month was today endorsed by the UK government, with some caveats attached.
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Google counterattacks MS in US.gov cloud contract row

Google has fired back at Microsoft allegations that its cloud-based service aren't fit for government.
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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Note: Nominations are now closed. Thanks for the stampede of sugestions. We're now ploughing through the lot to make the final selection for the poll. Watch this space...
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Ericsson to offshore hundreds of contract positions

Ericsson is cutting back on its contract roster to the tune of "several hundred" UK staff, with the roles going out to India and Romania in the interests of lower costs.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Google whacked with another monopoly moan

Google has been hit with yet another competition complaint - this one accusing the search and ad giant of abusing its dominant position for mobile operating systems.
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Stitch in time saves 900 support calls

Centralising the desktop has upsides and downsides for support staff. The upside is that, done correctly, the IT department gets more control over the desktop, enabling them both to prevent potential problems before they happen, and also to analyse any anomalies more easily from a central point.
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Sony ships 50m PS3s

Sony has shipped more than 50m machines. It has also shipped 8m Move accessories.
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Google donates a billion cores to boffins

Universities, government labs, and sometimes IT vendors donate their excess supercomputing capacity through grants to academics to help advance various sciences. Now Google is letting boffins loose on its systems.
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New Obama-style missile defence scores test goal

The US missile-defence programme has announced a successful test in which a theatre-range ballistic missile of the type possessed by various rogue nations was destroyed above the atmosphere by an interceptor launched from a warship in the Pacific.
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Hertz offers Londoners e-cars for hire

Hertz is to give the chance to hoon around London Town in an e-car for just four quid an hour.
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Google unleashes toon squirrel on freetard uploaders

Copyright scofflaw Google has launched a new campaign - to educate people about respecting copyright. And as you might imagine, it has all the sincerity you could expect from David Irving's guide to the Torah.

NFC Forum touts phone-sniffable poster ploy

The NFC Forum is extolling the benefits of Smart Posters: objects in or on which readable NFC tags have been placed. The business model, however, remains obscure to everyone except Google.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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OpenStack 'floating Linux kernel' rides VMware hypervisor

OpenStack – the open source "infrastructure cloud" project founded by Rackspace and NASA – has released a third version of its platform, offering support for all major hypervisors.
Cade Metz, 15 2011
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Firefox needs heavy hitter Linux power

Open...and Shut In the past 20 years Linux has moved from Linus Torvalds' personal hobby to an industry-dominating force, reshaping the server, embedded, and mobile markets. Linux's growth wasn't fueled on the fumes of peace, love, and late-night pizza orders. It has been driven by the collective efforts of many corporations, each intending to bludgeon each other by co-creating a rock-solid operating system.
Matt Asay, 15 2011
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Wireless devices to break one-billion barrier in 2011

This year, devices with embedded wireless local area networking (WLAN) capability will top one billion for the first time. By 2015, that number will double – and some people are terrified that their ubiquity will spark an electromagnetic apocalypse.
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Perverted Justice vigilante sentenced for DDoS attacks

A computer programmer was sentenced to two years in prison for unleashing crippling attacks on rollingstone.com and other news websites that published humiliating accounts of an adulterous online affair he pursued with a fictitious woman.
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Red Hat muscles in on Ellison's Java fluffing gig

Red Hat is chipping in on Oracle's plan to fluff server-side Java - reported exclusively by The Reg - so Larry Ellison's database giant can't claim all the credit for moving the platform forward.
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Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice

Oracle is turning OpenOffice into a purely community project, and no longer plans to offer a commercial version of the collaboration suite loved by many.
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IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears

The provider of IP addresses to the Asia Pacific region has activated a major change in the way it allocates them after becoming the first registry to deplete its number of older addresses to fewer than 17 million.

Forget China and India, Sweden is tech's superpower

Sweden has, again, beaten all other countries at what the World Economic Forum describes as "fully integrating new technologies in...competitiveness strategies and using them as a crucial lever for long-term growth."
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Skype for Android is vulnerable

According to a post at Android Police, confirmed by Skype, the Android version of the popular VoIP app exposes extensive user data.