12th > May > 2011 Archive

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CERT warns of critical industrial control bug

A group collaborating with the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning oil refineries, power plants, and other industrial facilities of a bug in a popular piece of software that could allow attackers to take control of their computer systems.
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Singtel announces iPad 2 ship date as customers pass 400 mil

Singtel has ridden the Asian frenzy for mobiles to add more than 110 million customers across its mobile businesses in the last year.
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FCC commish to lobby for Comcast-NBC giant she OK'd

An FCC commissioner who argued for and voted to approve Comcast's $6.5bn borging of NBC Universal is quitting her government position to become a lobbyist for the communications and media giant she helped to bring into existence.
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Google hooks Native Client into Visual Studio, Eclipse

Google I/O Google is building an interactive Native Client debugger that will integrate with various popular IDEs. According to Google engineer David Springer, the company will begin with Visual Studio before moving on to Eclipse and others.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Facebook pulls plugs on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile

Oh the pain: a consumer bankruptcy and home foreclosure attorney in Indianapolis is adjusting to life without Facebook, after an identity clash led to his account being disabled.
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Crucial M4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

Review Following on from its impressive debut in last month’s SSD roundup, it seems in order to look further into Crucial’s M4 SSD, specifically the 256GB version of this Sata 3 capable device.
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Qik Video Connect Plus

iOS App of the Week I suppose we could have had Qik as the Android App of the week too, since the main change that Skype has made to this video-chat app since acquiring it from the original developer earlier this year is to make it cross-platform.
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Dixons warns it's getting worse

The UK's favourite electrical retailer Dixons said this morning that sales are still crap, and getting crapper.
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Samsung prices up Chrome OS netbook for Blighty

Twelve-inch Chrome OS netbook, anyone? Samsung will be bringing just such a machine to the UK late next month for £349.
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Police ordered to disclose ANPR camera sites

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is contesting a judgment ordering it to release the location of its fixed automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras, following a successful Freedom of Information appeal by Guardian Government Computing.
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Life after merger: data better together or apart?

As companies expand they restructure, start new initiatives, acquire competitors, and in times of hardship they ditch unprofitable business lines and cut staff.
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Slovakian cannibal's dinner calls in cops

A Slovakian would-be cannibal was shot and cuffed after his intended dinner alerted cops.
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iPad not stopping PC sales, says analyst

The iPad is not pulling sales away from PCs, US-based market watcher NPD has claimed.
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Broadband leads to drug abuse, say US boffins

Greater internet access leads to an increase in drug abuse, according to docboffins in the US. The researchers consider that this is due to the fact that the internet offers the opportunity to illegally purchase prescription drugs from rogue online pharmacies.
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The future of VMAX is flash and SASy

EMC World NetApp's Tom Georgens was right. You only need two storage array tiers and EMC is going that way, to a VMAX with Flash and SAS disks.
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Nintendo knocks back 3DS software update

Nintendo has pushed back the date for its first major 3DS firmware update. Owners keen to try out the console's promised eShop feature will now have to wait until June.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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BT sales down, pre-tax profit up in telco's Q4

BT's total revenues fell 6 per cent in the company's final quarter though pre-tax profit nearly doubled in the period ended 31 March.
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NASA's asteroid hunter creeps up on Vesta

NASA's Dawn has sent back its first photo of asteroid belt giant Vesta, snapped at a distance of 1.21 million kilometres (752,000 miles), and offering a teaser of what we can expect when the spacecraft goes into orbit around the distant body on 16 July.
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Northamber sees 'confusing picture' in Q1

Northamber remains confused, it told shareholders this morning, but turnover is up 0.7 per cent on the year.
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Train firm offers phone-based ticketing across UK

Train passengers can now buy a ticket for any UK train journey from a mobile phone, without paying any additional commission and with the ticket displayed as an on-screen bar code.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Play prices up HTC 'superphone'

Want HTC's "superphone", the Android-running Sensation? Put your order in now and you can have it for 500 quid Sim-free.
Hard Reg, 12 2011
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Facebook spam prevention scam spreading like wildfire

The growing prevalence of junk messages on Facebook is been used to bait a new scam doing the rounds on the social network.
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Google lobbying to make driverless cars legal in Nevada

Google is lobbying to get self-driving cars made legal, according to reports. It appears that the colossal information company is manoeuvring to get its driverless-vehicle technology cleared for ordinary consumer use in Nevada, the US state where many things which would be illegal elsewhere are OK.
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CSC locked out of new NHS contracts

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday CSC had been suspended from new NHS contracts while the future of the £4.7bn patient record programme is assessed.
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Home Office appoints Brokenshire as security minister

James Brokenshire has taken over as the UK's security and counter-terrorism minister following the resignation of Baroness Neville-Jones on Monday.
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French publisher starts second round against Google

Google has incurred the wrath of the French publishing industry yet again, with book publishers Albin Michel, Flammarion and Gallimard unleashing a €9.8 million law suit for unlawfully scanning 9,797 books.
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Sony joins car-smartphone tech team

Sony has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium - a band of phone and car companies dedicated to connecting phones to cars.
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Apple's Dutch store plan leaves locals seeing orange red

Apple's plan to open a flagship store in Amsterdam have run into trouble after local authorities decided to gut the vendor's plan to gut an iconic building in the Dutch city.

Official: phones sting bees

Britain's honeybee population is in decline and some scientists now believe the blame lies with mobile phones.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
Fiat 500 Twin Air

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Review As a rule, I loathe retro car design. The people responsible for VW’s re-imagining of the Beetle, and BMW’s not-that-mini Mini should have passed water on the graves of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and Sir Alec Issigonis, and had done with it. Such is the intellectual perfidy of this despicable and lazy philosophy of car design.
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Elon Musk prepares SpaceX rocket firm for IPO

Famous upstart startup firm SpaceX, soon to deploy the biggest rocket seen since the days of the Apollo programme, will shortly go public. However its founder, colourful nerdwealth geek-icon biz kingpin Elon Musk, seems likely to retain a controlling interest.
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BPI: Music sales drop further, but digital on upward trend

Despite lower prices than ever, punters spent less on recorded music in the UK last year according to the BPI's annual survey.
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Microsoft searches for crypto boffin to steer U-Prove tech

Exclusive Microsoft has quietly been rejigging its identity access group by shunting some of its key engineers out of the way in favour of fresh blood at Redmond's cryptography division, The Register has learned.
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Femtocells, not 4G, will solve spectrum crisis

4G will improve capacity by only 1.2 times, according to the latest research, so better network topologies will be needed if we're going to get the bandwidth it seems we'll need.
Bill Ray, 12 2011

Data visualisation through the cloud

Video If a picture tells a thousand words then data visualisation should be just the gig for the digital dirge of data clogging up your systems. It should give you an idea about what your data is telling you, and it should tell you things you didn’t even know you could know.
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Three to supply UK Chromebooks' 3G access

Three will be offering 3G-connected Chromebooks when they debut in the UK next month.
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Scammers take advantage of ticket allocation to craft Olympics scams

Fraudsters have begun ramping up the production of scams ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London next July.
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X-Prize offers $10m for working Trek tricorder

Fancy getting your hands on $10 million? Of course you do. Then just grab a tool kit and build a working Star Trek-style medical tricorder. Simples.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Nothing to lose but your desktop PCs

Desktop Virtualisation Interest in desktop virtualisation is driven by frustration with desktop PCs and laptops. Maintenance, security, regulatory compliance – all are managed more easily with desktops that live on the server or in the data centre.
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Give the Met Office £10m, says Transport Committee

The Transport Committee is backing calls to hand £10m to the Met Office to spend on hardware to improve its long-term forecasting ability.
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US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile

US military boffins have added cheap "fire and forget" autonomous seeker heads to basic, lightweight dumb rockets of a type which can be fired in large numbers. By seriously reducing the size and cost of smart weapons, this development is yet another big step towards changing the way wars are fought.
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EA reloads, aims at Activision, goes for headshot

Publishing giant EA has continued its battle with Activision over who makes the best 'real world' first-person shooter game by releasing its next title at the same time as its arch nemesis' next offering is out.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Student accused of posting bogus coupons to 4chan

A computer science student has been charged with fraud and counterfeiting for allegedly posting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bogus coupons on 4chan and other websites.
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Scala daddy wraps his Java baby in Red Hat-ness

Martin Odersky – the man who created Scala, the Java-based programming language that now drives such big name web services as Twitter, Foursquare, and LinkedIn – has launched a company that provides service and support around an extensive open source application stack for the language.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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FBI fights to protect ISPs that snoop on their customers

The FBI has finally come clean on the real reason it doesn't want to name phone and internet service providers that participate in a sweeping surveillance program that taps international communications without a warrant: Customers would get mad and dump or sue the providers.
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Amazon's 1-click hit with patent loss in Oz

Australia’s Patent Office has decided that some aspects of Amazon’s notorious “1-click” patent lack either “novelty” or “an inventive step”, in a decision handed down on May 9th.
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Microsoft claims Windows Azure appliances exist

Microsoft remains enthusiastic about the idea of selling a cloud-in-a-box, but it has conceded that its Windows Azure Appliances, unveiled nearly a year back, are few and far between.
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Cybercrooks set up shop in Canada

Canada is on its way to becoming an unlikely hotbed of cybercrime.
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How bin Laden thwarted US electronic surveillance

Osama bin Laden didn't have a phone or internet connection, but for years he was a prolific user of email who frustrated Western efforts to track him by saving messages to a thumb drive and having them sent from a distant internet cafe, the Associated Press reports.