26th > April > 2011 Archive

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Hulu eyes Down Under (again)

Periodic and breathless speculation about when Hulu is going to jump into the Australian market has re-emerged, for the umpteenth time since 2009.
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Boffins devise way to hide secret data on hard drives

Computer scientists have developed software that hides sensitive data on hard drive, without the use of encryption, by controlling the precise disk locations containing the file's data fragments.
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2011
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Itanium's future: Users believe Intel, not Oracle

Who do you believe? Oracle, when it says that Intel will eventually replace the Itanium processor with Xeons, or Intel and its Itanium co-developer HP, when they say there are two more generations of Itaniums coming, and that those processors will be supported for at least a decade.
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Android App of the Week Google’s increasingly powerful translation tools are starting to make the Babel Fish a technical possibility and Communicate is the latest app to make use of them to offer real-time speech translation.
Alun Taylor, 26 Apr 2011
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Mellanox uncloaks SwitchX network switch-hitter

Servers have been virtualized, storage has been virtualized, and now it's the network's turn, thanks to Mellanox Technologies, a maker of chips and switches running the InfiniBand and Ethernet protocols.
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App-stores-in-the-enterprise kit spans Apple iOS and Android

AppCentral – a startup based in San Francisco – has released a new incarnation of its platform for operating private mobile app stores within the enterprise. Version 2.0 of the platform can be used with both Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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Coder Android tablet love on (a bit of a) wane

Developer interest in Android phones and tablets is on the wane – at least a bit – according to a new study.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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Sony unwraps Android 3.0 tablet pair

Sony has come clean with its tablet plans: it will launch a pair of of them, but it's waiting until the autumn to do so. Previously, it pointed to a summer release.
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2011
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MS now issuing security advisories about third-party Windows bugs

Microsoft has expanded its vulnerability disclosure program to include security bulletins about third-party Windows software as well as its own applications.
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2011
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Yahoo! buys! TV-sharing! startup! IntoNow!

Yahoo! has bought television 'check-in' startup IntoNow for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2011
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Man arrested wearing hair scrunchie on short and curlies

A Californian man staged a dirty protest in a police cell after he was arrested half-naked in a cemetery.
Team Register, 26 Apr 2011
Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition 1TB

Iomega Home Media Network Cloud Edition 1TB drive

Review I must confess that I do have have an extraordinary fondness for network attached storage. And when terms like ‘home media’ and ‘cloud edition’ appear on the box, then it certainly gets my attention.
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Apple Square sallies forth from stores

Square is now in the Apple stores, both physical and virtual, putting the banking revolution in a plastic cube in front of a lot more eyes than its competitors.
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2011
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Oracle chief bean-counter mysteriously quits database giant

Software maker Oracle has let go of its chief finance officer, Jeff Epstein, without revealing why the exec had resigned from the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2011

Five amazing computers for under £100

Many men are facing a dilemma in the coming days. Thanks to the Royals, a great, great, yawning maw of consecutive weekly Bank Holidays looms large. With enforced downtime, this means a stark choice: either face the family, or retreat to the Garden Shed. To help you make this choice, here are some suggestions.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2011
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Motorola pushes laptop-dock Android phone at Brits

Orange has the UK exclusive on Motorola's netbook-powering Atrix Android smartphone, the US phone maker has confirmed.
Hard Reg, 26 Apr 2011
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Computer glitch opens un-staffed supermarket to happy Kiwis

Canny Kiwis were given a Good Friday bonus when a computer system automatically opened a supermarket to all comers.
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2011
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Dell waves its Boomi at large back-ends

Boomi – the Pennsylvania-based startup acquired by Dell last year – has released a new version of its flagship AtomSphere service, a so-called "integration cloud" that lets businesses connect various back-end applications running in their own data centers as well as those in the proverbial data-center heavens.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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2011 Ford Focus

Review With Ford’s consumer research showing that drivers regard its cars as fun to drive and reliable to own but not particularly hi-tech, it’s playing the technology card heavily with the third-generation Focus. The new car comes loaded with sort of driver assistance kit that just a few years ago would only have been found on a high-end Mercedes.
Alun Taylor, 26 Apr 2011
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Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package

Network operator Three has added the iPhone 4 to the list of pay-as-you-go smartphones it offers with "all-you-can-eat" mobile broadband.
Hard Reg, 26 Apr 2011
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Chinese mapping hotline stays cold

China's new hotline for reporting of dodgy cartographers has remained silent, with not a single call since being switched on last week.
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2011
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End of the line for mechanical typewriters

The death of the mechanical typewriter is upon us, after Godrej & Boyce recently confirmed that the firm's remaining inventory at its production plant in Shirwal, near Pune, had significantly dwindled to just 500 machines.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2011
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Pillar pillages SPC-1 benchmark

Pillar has announced a sparkling SPC-1 benchmark, bettering IBM's Storwize V7000. Oddly EMC is not present in SPC-1 results and NetApp's results are 2008 vintage. What's going on?
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2011
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Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

Analysis In news which will send a cold chill down the necks of fast-jet pilots and air forces around the world, it has been announced that an unmanned "Predator" drone has destroyed a heavy Libyan surface-to-air missile in Tripoli on Sunday.
Lewis Page, 26 Apr 2011
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Vintage flying car offered at auction

She may not be full of gizmos like Bond's DB5, nor does she talk like Knight Rider's KITT, yet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains one of the most loveable motors in the history of cinema. Which is why collectors will be chuffed to know she's going under the hammer next month.
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2011

Windows 7 takes PC upgrade for a cycle

Interview Since Windows 7 stabilised its service packs big organisations are moving into upgrade mode.
Tim Phillips, 26 Apr 2011
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Golden Gate swallows up Lawson Software

Veteran ERP vendor Lawson software is being swallowed by acquisitive VC house Golden Gate Capital, the firms announced this morning.
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2011
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US smartphone market goes Google

Android is now the most popular smartphone operating system in the US, on the basis of the number of folk using it, at least.
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2011
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Homer talks TomTom through iPhone app

If satnav instructions from Darth Vader were beginning to tire, why not opt for some Homer Simpson instead?
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2011
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Google and Facebook tool up for coupons fight

Google has chosen Oregon as its initial theatre of operations for its long-awaited response to Groupon.
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Force10 cranks Ethernet switches to 40 Gigabits

The race to sell 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for data center backbones and high-speed networks has begun, and Force10 Networks is getting out there early to stake its claims.
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Infosmack and the Storage Brain

Episode 96 Oh Hello. Tune into some podcast magic from the Infosmack team, with hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil.
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2011
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China gently chides Baidu over deep-linking MP3 naughtiness

China's most popular search engine has had its wrist slapped by Beijing officials for allegedly providing illegal music downloads via its MP3 service.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2011
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'Anti alpha' mirror-matter made from gold in atomsmasher

Allied international boffins are exceedingly chuffed this week to announce a recordbreaking reverse-alchemy triumph: gold has been turned into extra hefty nega-helium antimatter by using an enormously powerful atom smasher.
Lewis Page, 26 Apr 2011
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Amazon algorithms price bio book at over $23m

An algorithmically induced pricing spiral drove up the price for a popular biology reference work on Amazon.com to an astronomical $23.7m.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Apr 2011
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IBM bumps up dividend – again

IBM, the original IT darling of the New York Stock Exchange, has once again boosted its cash dividend and piled up billions more cash to run down to the exchange to buy back its own shares.
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Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

The SETI Institute has put its renowned Allen Telescope Array into hibernation because it doesn't have the money to run the giant cluster of radio dishes that search the heavens for extraterrestrial life.
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2011
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Dropbox snuffs open code that bypassed file-sharing controls

Dropbox – the San Francisco startup that offers a free service for sharing files over the net – has suppressed a fledgling open source project that lets anyone use the service outside of its control, saying the project exposed Dropbox's proprietary protocol and could be used for piracy.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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NASA Nebula cloud spans nine space centers

NASA's Nebula project – an Amazon-like "infrastructure cloud" for use within the federal government – is now being used across nine NASA centers, including the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its headquarters in Washington.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

A man recently found a swarm of armed federal agents descending on his Buffalo, New York, home after a neighbor accessed his open Wi-Fi network and used it to download child pornography.
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2011
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Amazon: Some data won't be recovered after cloud outage

Amazon says that about 0.07 per cent of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its infrastructure cloud are not "fully recoverable" following the extended outage that hit the service last Thursday.
Cade Metz, 26 Apr 2011
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Freebie SMS day for suffering Vodafone customers

Vodafone has offered beleaguered Australian customers 12 hours of free text messaging as compensation for a network outage over Easter, the latest in a series of service outages.
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User data stolen in Sony PlayStation Network hack attack

Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network (PSN) users to watch out for identity-theft scams after hackers breached its security and plundered the user names, passwords, addresses, birth dates, and other information used to register accounts.
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2011
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Feds finger China in wire fraud

The FBI has issued an alert warning that money obtained by phishing is being transferred to trade companies in China.
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Amazon refudiates Apple 'app store' trademark suit

Amazon is fighting back against an Apple lawsuit that charged the mega-etailer with using the term "App Store" without proper Cupertinian consent.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Apr 2011
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Note to Mozilla: We don't get the Firefox billboards

Open...and Shut Although people often contribute to charities because "it's the right thing to do," they rarely give to businesses on this basis. That's why it's strange to see industries turn to "guilt trips as business models," as GigaOm's Matthew Ingram terms newspapers' recent business-model experiments.
Matt Asay, 26 Apr 2011
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Super Micro preps hopes for 'Sandy Bridge' Xeons

Business was not as smooth as it could have been in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 for Super Micro, a supplier of both motherboards and complete systems, and a bellwether of sorts for the server racket.