17th > May > 2011 Archive

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Internode boss details NBN interconnect complaint

Simon Hackett, head of Adelaide-based ISP Internode and Tesla enthusiast, has called for fair and enforceable peering arrangements for Australia’s National Broadband Network.
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AT&T moots consumer mobile security service

In an attempt to counter rising security threats to mobile devices, AT&T has announced it will launch a consumer wireless security service next year.
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Amazon-Android rumor: A family of devices

Amazon has long been readying Android tablets, but rumours have emerged that the e-book giant is readying an “entire family” of Android devices for America’s upcoming holiday shopping season.
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Winklevoss twins aim Zuckerberg case at Supreme Court

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the square-jawed Ivy League twins who were dope-slapped by mean li'l Zucky in the movie The Social Network – oh, and allegedly in real life, as well – have announced that they will take their lawsuit against Zuckerberg to the US Supreme Court.
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HP tightens financial belt for 'tough' Q3

Move over beleaguered Cisco Systems, here comes Hewlett-Packard. Newly minted Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker is looking for HPers to tighten the belt and use good judgment aimed at generating profits as they pursue sales in the company's third fiscal quarter of 2011, which began on May 1.
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Netgear XAV5001 500Mb/s powerline Ethernet adaptor

Review The quest for faster home networks continues, and with 802.11n Wi-Fi failing to deliver promised 300-450Mb/s peak speeds to a lot of people - blame sneaky manufacturers slipping cheap, single-antenna, 72Mb/s adaptors into their devices - some punters, even those without wireless blackspots in their homes, are looking to technologies like powerline networking.
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Geek.com visitors attacked by DIY exploit kit

Technology news and reviews site Geek.com was recently hit by an attack that redirected visitors to malicious websites that attempted to install malware on their computers, researchers from zScaler said.
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Carbonite moves to IPO

Comment Public cloud backup service provider Carbonite is preparing for an IPO and looking to raise $100m, while public cloud storage provider Nirvanix is not. Why is the time ripe for one but not the other?
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My Tracks travel tracker

Android App of the Week My Tracks is a GPS tracker app and a must-have for any Android user who wants to record where they have been, how fast they got there and just about any other details of their trips, walks, bike rides and assorted wanderings.
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TMS launches RamSan-70 Gorilla

TMS has doubled the capacity of its PCIe flash card and almost tripled its performance.
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Israeli couple dub sprog 'Like'

An Israeli couple inspired by the spawn of Zuckerberg have dubbed their unfortunate daughter "Like", the BBC reports.
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Vodafone chuffed with pleasing figures

Vodafone shares are up two per cent this morning on a solid set of figures for the year.
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Ofcom: Luvvies, TV signals can share spectrum

Come the end of 2012, the Programme Makers and Special Events (PMSE) industry won't be restricted to spectrum white spaces in using their wireless microphones; Ofcom reckons wireless mikes and television signals can happily share the same frequencies.
Bill Ray, 17 2011
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So many users, so many devices, so many problems

Mobile users are different to the home worker and they're all different to a branch worker, so how do you find out what they need and give it to them effectively.
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CATS to be saved by BLASPHEMERS after the RAPTURE

In case you hadn't heard, Judgment Day is pencilled in for 21 May and any Christians among you who hadn't made provision for your pets' wellbeing after the Rapture had better pull your fingers out before you take your place at God's right hand and your poor moggy is left stuck here on Earth staring at an empty bowl.
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BlackBerry PlayBook Blighty debut date announced

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will hit our shores on 16 June, almost every UK retailer under the sun is emailing, blogging and Tweeting this morning.
Hard Reg, 17 2011
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BAE coughs another $79m over US war-tech violations

US-centred but UK-controlled weapons globocorp BAE Systems plc has reached a civil settlement with the US State Department regarding violations of American arms-technology export laws. Under the deal announced today the firm will pay a fine of $79m, up to $10m of which may be spent internally on enhanced compliance measures.
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O2 struggles for breath in widespread outages

O2's network is suffering outages around the capital and the southeast, with customers unable to make calls, or connect to data services, since just after midnight.
Bill Ray, 17 2011
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Microsoft volume licensing to let you swap iron for clouds

Microsoft is relaxing its volume licensing rules to allow customers to move existing servers to the clouds without paying extra.
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BMW tests laser-guided car junction buddy

BMW has developed a laser-guided accident avoidance system to safely guide drivers out of junctions where they cross a traffic lane.

Firmware sings of second HTC tablet

Deep digging into HTC's firmware has revealed a thus far unknown device, Puccini, said to be a 10in tablet.
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Google enters bond market, flogs $3bn-worth

Google has made its first venture into the bond market - raising $3bn from big investors.
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Counter-Strike gamers explore bin Laden bag site

While the US enthusiastically celebrated the execution of Osama bin Laden, one advantageous coder began building a Counter-Strike map based on the bearded bomber's compound. It has been causing quite a stir since its release last week.
Caleb Cox, 17 2011
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Border Agency monitors migrant ITers with inadequate IT

MPs say the UK Border Agency needs better IT to provide data about its points-based system for non-EU workers.
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HP pets network-connected mouse

What's worse: HP launching a mouse that connects over Wi-Fi, or that the company hosts a show dedicated to add-ons - the HP Personal Computing Accessories Forum 2011, held in Cannes, no less - to do so?
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Phone, slab location data 'is personal' - EU watchdogs

Data identifying mobile phone users' locations should count as personal data and receive a high level of protection, the EU's data protection watchdogs will tell the European Commission, according to a newspaper report.
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CA antivirus unit sold: Will become 'Total Defense'

CA has sold its antivirus division to venture capital firm Updata Partners.
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Popular gamers 'should play for free' – Valve boss

Yesterday I wrote about the desperate need for new ideas to flog digital music. The suppliers need to experiment, and not stand by the bean-counting, unit-sales mentality that's a hangover from the physical world. Valve boss Gabe Newell wants to get away from the subscription straightjacket – and has floated an interesting idea. Popular gamers, he says, should pay less – or even be able to pay for free.
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Aussie cops grab journo for reporting Facebook vuln demo

A tech writer attending the AusCERT conference in Queensland says he has been arrested and released by Queensland Police over a story written at the conference.
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Death of laptop reports greatly exaggerated

Research Our thanks as always to Reg readers, some 644 IT pros, who took time out to complete our recent survey into mobile computing in business.
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VMware boots up Horizon cloudy app manager

IT managers don't dislike apps, cloud computing, or virtualization, but they need to rein them in and make employees use them in consistent, secure, and responsible ways. And that is what VMware's "Project Horizon" App Manager is all about.
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GCHQ man: Powerline networks do interfere with radio

D Notice A document prepared by the spectrum manager of secret UK listening agency GCHQ, though disavowed by the organisation, has drawn more attention to the interference kicked out by powerline networking kit.
Bill Ray, 17 2011
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Crooks haul Vodafone NZ's ENTIRE Xperia Play stock

New Zealanders will not be getting Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play - aka the PlayStation phone - at least not from Vodafone.
Hard Reg, 17 2011
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Brink

Review “Save the Ark, or escape it?” The choice initially offered to players upon loading up Brink, Splash Damage’s latest first-person shooter. What’s the Ark you ask? A last bastion of humanity, following worldwide flooding caused by the rising of the oceans – darned global warming!
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Clouds and biz intel are top CIO priorities

Chief Information Officers are embracing the move to the clouds, or at least 60 per cent of them are.
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Public: Whack freetards harder (most 'pirates' agree)

Wiggin's annual gigantic digital entertainment survey is upon us, and shows attitudes against online copyright infringers have hardened even further than a year ago.
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Tumblr bloggrs ensnared in chain-spam scam

Tumblr has become the target of a chain letter-style spam that spread rapidly over the micro-blogging service.
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Nvidia snaps out snappier Tesla GPU coprocessors

GPU chipmaker Nvidia knows that it has to do more to grow its Tesla biz than slap some passive heat sinks on a fanless GPU card and talk up its CUDA parallel-programming tools. It has to keep delivering price/performance improvements, as well.
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O2's southeastern crash caused by 'well-organised theft'

Updated O2's ongoing outage was down to a well-organised theft of networking kit, which engineers are struggling to replace while promising to connect customers by close of play.
Bill Ray, 17 2011
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Getting data in and out of a cloud service

Two problems with getting data in and out of a cloud service: the technology, meaning bandwidth and networking protocols, and contractual obligations.
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EXPLODING MELONS terrify Chinese

The Chinese authorities are probing a sudden and alarming outbreak of exploding melons, amid suspicions that a 'growth promoter' may be to blame for huge numbers of juicy fruits unexpectedly going bang.
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Council of Europe wants to maintain net neutrality

Internet service providers (ISPs) should not alter online traffic to serve faster access to content produced by companies that have helped to pay for better connectivity, draft principles into the governance of internet freedoms say.
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When is a database not so relational?

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Bing to offer Facebook-slurping 'friend search'

Microsoft poked its search engine users again yesterday, to remind them that it now offers personalised results based on the opinions of friends on Facebook.
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Boffin quests for, finds 'earphone Holy Grail'

Whenever I try to wear earphones, I spend more time attempting to fit their rubbery tips snugly in my lugs than I do untangling the ever-knotted spaghetti junction of cable. Designers have battled for years to tackle the issue, but with a "Diaphonic Lens" they may finally have the solution.
Caleb Cox, 17 2011
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Chinese telly to get iPlayer technology

KIT digital – the owner of ioko, which provides video management software for the BBC's iPlayer* – has signed up to offer a similar service in China.
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Think carefully before you chuck out your desktops

Desktop Virtualisation Desktop virtualisation has its benefits but it is also an important structural shift. This is compounded by other changes likely to take place at the same time, such as a move to Windows 7 or an office move.
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Planet with British weather found 20 light years away

A group of boffins claims to have spied the "first discovered terrestrial-mass exoplanet in the habitable zone", the BBC reports.
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DARPA wants weapons-grade military cloud computing

Got your doubts about how resilient and secure cloud services might be? You're not alone: legendary Pentagon tech bureau DARPA has launched a push to toughen cloud tech up and make it fighting fit for the cyber wars of tomorrow.
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HP's Q2 beats targets, but Q3 and Q4 look tight

It is a tough day for new CEO Leo Apotheker, who had to move up Hewlett-Packard's reporting of its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 by 32 hours because someone leaked a memo about belt-tightening and looming layoffs that Apotheker sent to his top brass two weeks ago.
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Sky-high web app performance gauge reaches into browsers

New Relic has long offered an online service for gauging the performance of web applications on the back-end. And now, its eponymous service can monitor your application on the front-end as well.
Cade Metz, 17 2011
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Otellini: 'Intel won't build ARM chips'

If there were any lingering questions as to whether Intel would use its 22-nanometer Tri-Gate process technology to bake chips based on the ARM architecture, the company's CEO has put them to rest.
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France's official P2P monitoring firm hacked

The French government has temporarily suspended its reliance on the company designated to monitor file-sharing networks for copyright scofflaws following reports that a hack on its servers may have leaked sensitive information.
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Hack attacks on US could spark military action

The Obama Administration has put the world on notice that hack attacks directed against US assets could be met with military action.
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Facebook simulated entire data center prior to launch

Before turning on its new custom-built data center in Prineville, Oregon, Facebook simulated the facility inside one of its two existing data center regions. Known as Project Triforce, the simulation was designed to pinpoint places where engineers had unknowingly fashioned the company's back-end services under the assumption that it would run across only two regions, not three or more.
Cade Metz, 17 2011
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Intel, IBM, and HP back open source against VMware

Some of tech's biggest names are standing up to VMware, creating an industry group meant to accelerate the adoption of an open-source virtualization stack built atop the KVM hypervisor.
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Infosmack and geeks on film

Episode 99 A mixed bag this week from the Infosmack guys, presenters of the world's best podcast about Enterprise Tech.
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Dell carves profit from slim revenue growth

Dell didn't dive as much as HP. Dell had lower sales than expected during the its first quarter of fiscal 2011, but it boasted a big profit boost, raising its expectations for revenues and earnings for the full year. HP, by contrast, is tightening its belt, while shaving $1bn to $1.5bn off of its revenue projections for the year.
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Microsoft waves CentOS club at Red Hat

Open...and Shut Red Hat is perhaps one of the most understated success stories in the software industry. Each quarter, the company registers roughly 20-percent year-over-year growth, fueled by partners that increasingly cement Red Hat's place at the center of the enterprise data center.
Matt Asay, 17 2011