Opera CTO still sour on Google native code plugin
Google I/OOfficially, Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie was at Google's developer conference to discuss WebP – Mountain View's open source effort to replace the aging JPEG image compression format – but he'd rather talk about WebM, the video format he calls the last missing piece in the standard web platform.
Sod-all for tech in Australian federal budget
Australia’s IT sector is once again disappointed at a federal budget that provides few big-ticket tech items.
Apple and Google wriggle on US Senate hot seat
When questioned by US senators at a hearing on digital privacy, Apple and Google execs spent most of their time successfully bobbing and weaving, but were thrown off-balance when asked about location-grabbing patents and drunk-driving apps.
Anobit flash can take a pounding for 5 years
EMC WorldIsraeli startup Anobit has introduced a Genesis SSD which lasts for five years when writing 4TB of data a day.
Pre-NBN, Telstra upgrades to ADSL2+ in Tasmania
Telstra has upgraded its copper broadband network in Tasmania ahead of the deployment of the National Broadband Network.
New graphics engine imperils users of Firefox and Chrome
The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is advising users of the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers to disable a recently added graphics engine that can be exploited to steal data or crash end user computers.
Google misses Russian trick with Opera snubs
Google I/OOpera CTO Håkon Wium Lie believes Google is missing a serious opportunity in failing to support Opera as a "top tier" browser, especially in Russia, where Opera is the leading browser with 30 to 40 per cent of the market.
Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar
ReviewTV manufacturers are keen to push the merits of picture quality on the latest sets, but unfortunately sound quality seems to have been lost somewhere along the way due to the tiny speakers manufacturers cram into their slender frames. It seems as if most expect you to twin their sets with surround sound systems. If you haven’t got space for a full home theatre set-up, a soundbar may be more suitable audio upgrade.
Trevor Pott's guide to pricing up the cloud
As a sysadmin for a small-ish business, I lack the resources to keep an in-house expert who is intimately familiar with the intricacies of each technology on my network. There are so many technologies from so many vendors: it is simply overwhelming for two sysadmins to try to know everything between them.
Alpha.gov.uk – it's nearly a beta
The government has chucked £261,000 at a post-Directgov website that could, if disliked by taxpayers, be ditched before the site hits beta stage.
NASA restores Pluto to league of planets
NASA has rather cheekily joined the campaign to restore Pluto to the solar system's league of planets, following the distant body's demotion to dwarf status back in 2006.
Google infringes copyright by displaying and linking to news site content
A Belgian appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that Google infringes on newspapers' copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper websites, according to press reports.
David Cameron wants to push all of Blighty online
Reconditioned computers that cost less than £100 a pop have gone on sale today as part of the government's strategy to get more British people online.
Canadian kid uses supercomputing to cure cystic fibrosis
A Canadian teenager has scooped a CAN$5,000 prize and deserved glory after successfully wielding the power of a scientific supercomputing network to develop a mix of drugs which could be used to fight cystic fibrosis.
IP firm claims ownership of DVD video-menus
A Texas-based intellectual property holder is suing a host of major home entertainment companies - think all the big names - for daring to sell DVDs with clickable videos in their menus.
Steven Moffat fumes over Doctor Who plot leak
Steven Moffat is none too pleased that "crucial plot lines" of the opening two episodes of the new Doctor Who series were made public before the programmes aired last month.
UK security minister steps down
UK security and counter-terrorism minister Baroness Neville-Jones steps down after a year in the job.
Linutop feeds mini-PC fans tiny Tux box
French firm Linutop has launched its latest micro desktop: the model 4.
EMC winds up new file-mover
EMC WorldEMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover.
Google stashes $500m for fines
Google has set aside $500m to settle the investigation into its advertising practices by US regulators.
Snap shows next-gen iPod Nano to sport camera
The next iPod Nano - Apple's small, square music player line - will get a rear-facing video camera, it seems.
Samsung to plug Five On Demand into IPTVs
Samsung is to add telly channel Five's catch-up service to its new HDTV-hosted IPTV platform, Smart TV.
Use of Weapons declared best sci-fi film never made
Our poll to name the best sci-fi film never made has returned Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks as the book Reg readers would most like to see projected on the silver screen.
Mentally ill file-sharer had 'low self-esteem'
CommentA file-sharer made mitigating pleas of mental illness when she pleaded guilty to copyright infringement in a Scottish Court this week.
Swiss jetwing backpack-birdman flies the Grand Canyon
VidSwiss aerial daredevil Yves Rossy, aka "Jetman" has completed his latest feat successfully, leaping from a helicopter to hurtle across the Grand Canyon using his unique strap-on, jet-powered personal aeroplane before descending to land by parachute.
What Carthage tells us about Amazon, Fukushima and the cloud
CommentSometimes, the Anglo Saxon parts of our language, rich though they are in epithets, insults and methods of swearing, simply aren't enough to allow one to express the complete and total lunacy of some people out there.
Plague of US preachers falsely claim to be Navy SEALs
Yet another curious effect of the modern internet media world became apparent this week: the syndrome – particularly common among American clergymen – of falsely claiming to be a former US Navy SEAL has risen to prominence, as the risk of being exposed as such a liar has risen severely.
Microsoft to turn your flat into a control pad
Microsoft is developing technology that turns wall surfaces in every room of a house into control panels for videogames and appliances.
What happened when Huawei called in the makeover consultants
Chinese kit supplier Huawei is working hard to gain acceptance in the west, employing the best in the business to give it a western look that's more than skin-deep.
ASA upholds a brace of ads gripes against Groupon
The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has admonished Groupon for misleading web surfers about online sales promotions.
Modest Patch Tuesday batch tackles Windows and Office issues
Microsoft released two patches on Tuesday, one of them critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Operation Flashpoint 2: Red River
ReviewHightailing it across the vast, open countryside in the middle of the night. Fighting a desperate rearguard action against an indomitable force. Squinting through the claustrophobic green murk of nightvision for enemies hidden among trees and rocky outcrops.
ICO offers new code of practice
The Information Commissioner's Office has written a code of practice that offers organisations practical advice on sharing data.
Munro report: Child protection staff hindered by IT
A number of social workers interviewed for a government-commissioned review (177-page PDF/2.1MB) of child protection in England said that their locally procured computer systems were "substantial obstacles" to good practice. The workers were participating in an online conversation as part of the report by Professor Eileen Munro.
Boy George promises to cut employment rights
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is asking employers to get in touch over plans to reform employment law.
Comet cuts jobs as sales fall
Kesa Electrical – the owner of Comet – said today it is shutting distribution centres and laying off 150 staff after a quarter of falling sales.
Portal 2 maker punts Portal 2 making pack
Game developer Valve has launched the Portal 2 Authoring Tools beta, so avid designers can get their hands dirty creating their own custom maps of the game.
Northants cops blow up suspicious school play prop
Northamptonshire Police have advised anyone disposing of school play props to do so "responsibly", after a discarded piece of theatrical material caused a major bomb alert.
Coalition signs up to passenger info slurp
The Coalition government has enthusiastically signed up to a draft European directive on exchange data on airline passengers, even though UK and European data watchdogs have already said the directive goes too far.
Newly emerged banking Trojan challenges ZeuS-SpyEye duopoly
A new banking Trojan with infection rates similar to SpyEye and Zeus in some regions has emerged.
Shuttle mission: SPAWNING of the SPACE KRAKEN
In a sinister development it has emerged that when Shuttle Endeavour lifts off for her final flight she will be carrying not only her crew and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station but a contingent of spacegoing squid.
German finance ministry tags fraudsters’ phishing form
The German Ministry of Finance has applied some lateral thinking in order to warn potential victims of a new phishing campaign.
Galleon hedge fund founder convicted on all 14 counts
Loose lips sink ships – and billionaire hedge fund tycoons that engage in insider trading.
Fags flash butts in nightclubs
Wireless networking is everywhere these days, from laptops and phones to games consoles and cameras, but perhaps the trend is now getting out of hand. Because eCigarette manufacturer Blu, has made a tab that lets users know when other eSmokers are nearby.
VMAX is becoming an app engine
EMC WorldVMAX could become a server resource with a set of X86 engines controlled by ESX and running EMC software assets inside virtual machine containers, connecting to direct-attached VMAX storage resources.
Lenovo shows ThinkPad X1 ahead of time
Lenovo has begun teasing techies ahead of Tuesday, 17 May's ThinkPad X1 launch - or the day after, if you live in the UK.
MicroSkype: Andreessen settles accounts with Ballmer
Computer history was turned on its head in Silicon Valley yesterday.
What’s with WAN optimisation?
The data centre is no longer alone. It's not a facility that occasionally releases data sporadically, on special occasions for particular jobs. As IT functions become increasingly centralised within the data centre, it's hammered constantly for both input and output by all parts of the business.
Google opens Chrome Web Store to world+dog
Google I/OGoogle has announced that its Chrome Web store is now available globally in over 41 languages.
Google floats monthly subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks
Google I/OGoogle will offer Chrome OS notebooks to business and students for a monthly subscription fee beginning June 15. The subscription will include both hardware and software updates.
Huawei draws blood in ZTE patent tussle
Telecom-equipment maker Huawei Technologies has been awarded an injunction against its Chinese rival, ZTE Technologies, the target of a flurry of patent and trademark lawsuits Huawei filed in Germany, France, and Hungary.
Sergey Brin mum on $500m DoJ settlement stash
Google I/OGoogle has set aside $500 million to prepare for a possible settlement with the US Department of Justice, according to an SEC filing. But Sergey Brin says he knows nothing about it.
Microsoft stops ID-ing phones in jab at Google
Microsoft will stop identifying specific mobile devices that use its location-tracking services, a change that differentiates its Windows Phone 7 from Google's competing Android operating system.
Sergey Brin: Only 20% of Googlers still on Windows
Google I/OGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin has said that only about 20 per cent of Google's employees are still using Microsoft Windows, and that all of those users are on Windows 7.
Intel juices cash dividend (again)
Intel is rolling in cash, and like all mature companies, it pays a dividend to reward its shareholders and to help boost its share price in a positive feedback loop that, in turn, helps it make more money. Intel has so much cash – even after shelling out a fortune to invest in its future 22-nanometer chip fabs – that on Wednesday it raised its dividend for the third time in five months.
Oracle: Quit messin' and marry Hadoop!
Open...and ShutOracle isn't the biggest enterprise software vendor, but in 2010 it grew faster than its big-enterprise peers, including Microsoft and IBM, to claim third place. Being ever so ambitious, it's unlikely that Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison will be content to take the bronze. But it's equally unlikely that relational databases will be enough to power Oracle to the top of the enterprise heap.
Aussie iPad mag developer wins new investors
The iPhone/iPad/Android revolution may or may not be the saviour of big publishers, but it's given an Australian-based publishing platform developer a handy leg-up.
AT&T spars with rivals over T-Mobile merger
During the $39bn squabble in a US Senate hearing room about whether AT&T's proposed acqusition of T-Mobile should pass antitrust muster, it was no easy feat to sift fact from fiction – although it was easy to discern that the stakes were high and the arguments passionate.
Yes, the new Android movie rentals use Adobe Flash
Google I/OGoogle believes online video should be delivered with the HTML5 video tag and open source WebM media format. And yet it just introduced a new movie-rental service that uses Adobe Flash and the royalty-encumbered H.264 codec.
Cisco dollars pinched by cheap switches, vanishing cameras
Cisco Systems' third-quarter numbers for its current fiscal year reveal a company that has run its switching business aground and has become too dependent on the public sector for its revenues.