27th > April > 2011 Archive

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VMware inhales SlideRocket for its cloudy presentationware

Server-virtualization juggernaut and cloudy-infrastructure wannabe VMware has snapped up another component that it believes will lead it to cloud domination: SlideRocket.
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Windows phones send user location to Microsoft

Add Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to the list of mobile operating systems that silently transmit the precise physical location of the device back to a central database. CNET reported the location tracking on Monday, almost a week after reports of similar tracking in Apple's iPhone and Google's Android mobile OS raised concerns that smartphones could be used by police, civil litigants, or abusive spouses to track an owner's movements over extended periods of time.
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2011
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Google moves to extract more from Apps

Hard on the heels of its disappointing earnings announcement. Google will no longer offer free Google Apps to businesses with more than 10 users.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Apr 2011
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Sony hack revives Oz disclosure debate

The Sony PlayStation network breach has revived Australia’s dormant security disclosure debate.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Apr 2011
Smartfish Whirl Mouse
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Smartfish Whirl Laser Mouse

ReviewReview Smartfish reckons our mice, and other peripherals, don't have enough life of their own, so it has successfully produced a mouse that wobbles in the interests of reducing RSI.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2011
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Teens who spend time online not dorks after all – study

News today which upsets the stereotype of teenagers who spend a lot of time online or otherwise fooling with computers: rather than being lonely dorks with poor social skills who seldom leave their bedrooms, such kids are in fact more likely to get squiffy, have sex and even to take drugs than their less tech-savvy peers.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2011
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Council forks out £160m: The last of the schools deal cash

A north-west council has awarded one of the last contracts under the BSF school building programme. The contract includes ICT services.
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MySpace bids expected this week

Rupert Murdoch is hoping for bids this week for his undead social network MySpace.
John Oates, 27 Apr 2011
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Sky to show FA Cup match in 3D

Sky will broadcast this year's FA Cup final, between Manchester City and Stoke City, live in 3D on 14 May - without ad breaks to spoil the effect, apparently.
Hard Reg, 27 Apr 2011
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Sony shows MacBook Air-like Vaio notebook

Sony's announcement that it is bringing a pair of Android 3.0 tablets to market this autumn was accompanied - quietly, on the side - by a sneak peek at how it envisages its next slimline notebooks and netbooks will look.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2011
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London Olympics ticket grab ends with website wobbles

Organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games were forced to extend their ticket application deadline by an hour last night, after last-minute demand from wannabe customers led to delays online.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2011
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Toshiba readies über-thin 7in touchscreen

Seven-inch tablets may soon become rather thinner than they currently are. Toshiba has taken the wraps off a 7in, 1024 x 600 touchscreen that's a mere millimetre thick.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2011
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Silver Lake and SMART Modular: The Privening

Publicly-owned RAM and SSD supplier SMART Modular is turning to private ownership via a $645m deal with Silver Lake.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2011
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ARM jingling with cash as its chips get everywhere

Cambridge-based ARM holdings is celebrating a fine start to 2011, with more money coming in from more markets as its chip designs continue to fill everything that is not a desktop computer.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2011
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Accounting software gets better at languages

WorkshopWorkshop Businesses have become accustomed to software products like MS Office which can be switched between languages (although Word's US English can be stickier than a handful of superglue when you want to select another language).
Andrew Charlesworth, 27 Apr 2011
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Memo gives full details of Nokia staff cull and closures

ExclusiveExclusive Nokia announced the largest cuts in the company's history today, with significant cuts in the UK and globally. Seven thousand jobs will go across the board, with 4,000 in R&D. Office closures will follow in Denmark, the UK and Finland, and 3,000 Symbian jobs will transfer to consulting firm Accenture, the first 300 this year.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2011
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Love Bug malware-inspired film gets big screen premiere

A film inspired by the infamous Love Bug computer worm is due to premiere on Friday.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2011
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Nintendo blames puzzled public for 3DS sales shortfall

Nintendo has cited public confusion as the reason why 3DS sales fell short of its expectations.
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2011
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Save the planet: Stop the Greens

CommentComment I find myself in an uncomfortable position over this climate change thing. I've no problem with the existence of man-made climate change, no problem with the idea that we ought to do something about it. But what we are actually trying to do about it seems bonkers, counter-productive even. So how did we get into this mess?
Tim Worstall, 27 Apr 2011
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US Senate weighs in on phone tracking

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the bigger phone platforms to explain their policy on tracking customers, ahead of hearings on the subject scheduled for 10 May.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2011
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Cops hunt man who befouled drugstore's cough drop stash

Florida police are hunting a man who took a slash over a drugstore's stock of cough drops before trying, unsuccessfully, to get a prescription filled.
Team Register, 27 Apr 2011
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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

Reader pollReader poll Note: This poll is now closed. Thanks to all of you who voted. You can see the final result below...
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2011
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China sets out space-station plan, asks public to name it

The People's Republic of China will go it alone to assemble a small manned space station in orbit this decade, according to plans announced by officials yesterday.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2011
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Free and subdomain hosting lets phishing sites live longer

A growing numbers of phishers are using free domains and subdomain to register net fraud sites, a move that seem to have allowed phishing sites to stay online longer.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2011
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Acer Iconia Tab W500

ReviewReview Aimed squarely at those of us who simply don’t see the point of Android or iOS, Acer’s Iconia Tab W500 is a Windows 7 Home Premium slate complete with decent graphics, a handy detachable keyboard, a sizeable chunk of storage and a realistic, if not cheap, price tag of £520.
Alun Taylor, 27 Apr 2011
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Sky in surprise duct-and-pole-sharing trial with BT

Sky has become the first major ISP to sign up to a duct-and-pole-sharing trial with telecoms giant BT.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2011
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Apple confirms white iPhone 4 on sale tomorrow

It's official: the white iPhone will be with us tomorrow, Apple said today.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2011
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VMware takes a new direction

CommentComment VMware is buying SlideRocket, a service that offers presentations-as-a-service, cloud-style. Your slide deck is held on VMware servers and you can edit it or play it from a variety of internet-accessing devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktops.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2011
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OCZ shares trashed by short seller's research note

OCZ stock went into freefall last week after serious allegations were published about its technology and its chief executive. According to a research note, the company was alleged to have hidden CEO Ryan Petersen's youthful misdeeds from investors during the recent secondary capital-raising. This was later discovered to be inaccurate. The note also alleged that the company had misrepresented its SSD growth.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2011
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MIT Media Lab appoints college drop-out, socialite

Now that's what I call "convergence". MIT has appointed a new director of its Media Lab: a blogger and networker who found computer science boring, and dropped out of higher education completely after discovering that he couldn't learn physics "intuitively". But since it's actually MIT's Media Lab we're talking about, the appointment of dot com socialite and self-confessed dilettante Joicho Ito is really the perfect, perfect choice. A happier marriage could not be imagined.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2011
T-Mobile Vairy Touch II
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Supermarkets trounce telcos on mobile services

Supermarkets have taken over the grocery industry, DVD rental services and even the car insurance business, so it should come as little surprise they now dominate the mobile phone market too. In fact, supermarkets offer a better mobile phone service than the more established telcos, it seems.
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2011
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Apple breaks location-storing silence

Apple has clarified that it does not store location data on handsets, and that it does, and that it's going to stop soon... only it isn't... and it's nothing to worry about anyway.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2011
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CenturyLink borgs Savvis for $3.2bn

CenturyLink, which only a few years back was a rural telephone service provider, is now one of the major players in cloud computing thanks to its $3.2bn acquisition of Savvis.
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Duke celebrates royal nuptials with pugnacious portrait

With the royal wedding round the corner, it's only fitting that the Duke dress in suitable attire and pose for a portrait, right?
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2011
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Amazon fine print limits potential credits for cloud outage

Amazon's EC2 contract promises its infrastructure cloud will provide 99.95 per cent "uptime" over the course of a year. But that doesn't mean the company will dish out credits in the wake of the outage that affected some users for as many as four days, if not more.
Cade Metz, 27 Apr 2011
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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

Bookseller and Nook e-reader vendor Barnes & Noble has lashed out at Microsoft in response to Redmond's recent lawsuit against the company and its Nook manufacturing partners Foxconn and Inventec.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Apr 2011
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Friendster wipes data slate clean

Social networking pioneer Friendster has been suspiciously quiet since being acquired by Malaysia's MOL Global in 2009 for around US$40 million, but users will at least be paying attention on May 31 when their data will be erased.
Natalie Apostolou, 27 Apr 2011
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Feds move to uninstall bot that hit banks, airports, cops

The notorious Coreflood botnet has penetrated a veritable who's who of sensitive organizations, including banks, state and local governments, airports, defense contractors, and a police department, an FBI agent said in sworn testimony. An executive of one compromised hospital healthcare network found that 2,000 of its 14,000 computers were infected with malware, which sniffs out banking passwords and other sensitive data and sends them to servers controlled by thieves. The agent said some 35 colleges and universities and hundreds of businesses have been hit by the decade-old Coreflood, which government investigators estimate infects more than 413,000 computers.
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2011
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Dell borgs CIT financing partnerships in Canada, Europe

Being an IT giant, as Dell wants to be, means controlling your own leasing and financing arm. And so Dell is taking control of the financing arms that it ran in conjunction with CIT Group in Canada, and of Dell-related assets for CIT Group's operations in Europe.
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Google Docs app lands on Android

Google has released a new Google Docs application for its Android mobile operating system, hoping to facilitate both the editing and sharing of documents via its online word processing service.
Cade Metz, 27 Apr 2011
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Citrix profits fluffed by XenDesktop, NetScaler

Business was better than expected at Citrix Systems in its first quarter of 2011, with revenues up 18.5 percent to $490.9m and net income rocketing up 54.9 per cent to $73.5m.
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TomTom sorry for giving customer driving data to cops

Navigation device maker TomTom has apologized for supplying driving data collected from customers to police to use in catching speeding motorists. The data, including historical speed, has been sold to local and regional governments in the Netherlands to help police set speed traps, Dutch newspaper AD reported here, with a Google translation here. As more smartphones offer GPS navigation service, TomTom has been forced to compensate for declining profit by increasing sales in other areas, including the selling of traffic data.
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2011
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Cisco aims network code at 'Linux kernel for the cloud'

Lew Tucker – Cisco's chief technology officer for cloud computing – says that the networking giant has joined the OpenStack project because "a lot" of its customers are running the open source platform and it hopes to "learn" from the project.
Cade Metz, 27 Apr 2011