2nd > June > 2011 Archive

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Spear phishers target gov, military officials' Gmail accounts

Google has detected a targeted campaign to collect hundreds of personal Gmail passwords, many of them belonging to senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, military personnel, and journalists.
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NBN Co taps Ericsson, Silcar for billion dollar tenders

Carrier vendor Ericsson and construction company Silcar have been awarded two highly coveted and long anticipated National Broadband Network (NBN) tenders, signifying a turning point for the project.
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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 8

Microsoft has joined Hewlett-Packard in trying to drum up enthusiasm for their Apple-battling tablet operating systems at a fashionable West Coast tech event.
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Angry Birds creators swoop on animation studio

The creator of casual gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, Rovio Mobile, has swooped on fellow Finnish animation studio Kombo, for an undisclosed mix of cash and stock.
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Dell digital guru escapes to Aussie bank

Australia's Commonwealth Bank is looking to social media to help patch up its reputation in a year in which Australian banks have suffered IT failures, network crashes and security scares, and has tapped senior Dell executive Andy Lark as its new chief marketing officer.
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Here comes the zettabyte, says Cisco

There will be more of them than us: Cisco has joined the clamour of voices predicting an explosion in machine-to-machine comms, saying that by 2015, there will be more than two Internet-connected devices for every person on Earth.
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Livescribe Echo Smartpen

Review We all do it. Business meetings, lectures, interviews, whatever. As a TV writer and IT journalist I've spent a lifetime taking notes. But while you're scribbling, you're not listening. At best, you're missing nuances. Add an audio recorder and you can probably take fewer notes and listen better. But when you play back that audio you need somehow to co-ordinate it with your notes.
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Sinking Sun scuppers Oracle server figures

Oracle's standing in the EMEA server space took another battering during Q1 as sales collapsed in a market that posted double-digit growth, underpinned by high-end and mid-range shipments supporting virtualisation and cloud deployments.
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Micron streaks away with PCIe flash

There's fast PCIe flash and then there's Micron's just-announced P320h PCIe flash.
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Pain free Windows 7 roll outs? We show you how

Live broadcast At 11:00 BST today we have a studio full of experts discussing how to do a successful Windows 7 roll out.
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Singing Duke set to Nukem dead

In the build up to the game's release, we've seen all sorts of Duke Nukem hype, from videos of turds being slung around, to flash games with stripping page 3 models. Now, less than two weeks before launch, it turns out the Dukester may drop his hard-man look in favour of a melodic croon.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
Napster for iOS

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iOS App of the Week I’ve been a keen user of Spotify’s free, ad-supported music streaming service ever since it first launched. However, Spotify is now starting to restrict its free service, and with big names like Apple, Google and Amazon lining up their own cloud-based services it looks as though subscriptions are the way forward – whether we like it or not.
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Russian computer programmer buries himself alive

A Russian computer programmer who believed that spending the night buried alive would bring him good luck didn't survive the subterranean ritual.
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Tragedy nurse's boyf fined over medical records abuse

A man who worked for a firm of ambulance-chasers must pay more than £2000 in fines and costs after being convicted of illegally obtaining NHS patients' personal information and using it for commercial gain.
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Tesco pricing cock-up provokes beer stampede

Scots with an eye for a bargain and a healthy thirst mobilised en masse yesterday to storm several Tesco stores after a pricing error offered boxes of beer at irresistable prices.
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Qualcomm confirms Windows 8 on ARM

Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to get Windows 8 working on its ARM-based processors.
Bill Ray, 02 2011
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Francis Maude goes back 110 years for cybersecurity strategy

Francis Maude kicked off his tenure as the UK's lead on Cyberspace Security by recalling the early days of motoring in the UK.
Joe Fay, 02 2011
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Sony lets slip NGP name change

Sony's next-gen handheld console, codenamed NGP, is to be launched as the PS Vita.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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Britain mounted secret 2010 cyberwarfare attack on al-Q

British intelligence corrupted the debut issue of a glossy Jihadist magazine last year, creating confusion in the ranks of would-be mujahideen who tried to download a PDF copy of Inspire in the process, the Washington Post reports.
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BPI works out how to put PG stickers on downloads

The BPI has invoked the spirit of Tipper Gore in its effort to warn parents and kids when downloads might be offensive to young ears and eyes.
Joe Fay, 02 2011
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Government spending freeze kills off spring server sales

The UK server market is back in the doldrums with revenues tumbling 10 per cent in the first quarter and worryingly for resellers the short-term prognosis is anything but rosy, according to market researcher IDC.
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CaseBuddy case-friendly iPhone dock

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Gov 'skunkworks' to develop e-petitions system

The government "skunkworks" team is aiming to develop an e-petitions system over the next few weeks as the first of its initial round projects.
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How to detect heart disease with a smartphone

Scientists are touting a self-service heart monitor which transforms a smartphone into medical equipment, helping to diagnose cardio problems, while easing the fears of countless hypochondriacs.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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China goes on attack over Google phishing claims

China has angrily denounced Google's claims that it has uncovered a sophisticated spear phishing attack on key US individuals which originated from the heavily firewalled country.
Joe Fay, 02 2011
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4G interference will knock out Freeview

760,000 households risk losing Freeview when 4G telephony comes online, and even with mitigating techniques Ofcom reckons 30,000 households face a future without terrestrial broadcasting.
Bill Ray, 02 2011
HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation dual core Android smartphone

Review HTC’s latest high-ender is the first dual core device from the Taiwanese company and offers a huge screen, improved 8Mp camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest HTC Sense user interface. The HTC Sensation is available from Vodafone only to begin with though, and the big red one isn’t saying for how long…
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Gamers celebrate full return of PlayStation network

The PlayStation network is back in business, hip hip hooray.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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NATO members warned over Anonymous threat

NATO leaders have been warned that the Anonymous "hacktivist" collective might have the capability to threaten member states' security.
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Data encryption and the Cloud

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Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

Pundits this week are describing Nokia's fall from grace as one of the greatest corporate car-crashes of all time. But here's an unfashionable view. Nokia's problem is not Stephen Elop, or his strategy. Its problem is it didn't have Stephen Elop, or his strategy, in place two years ago.
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WW2 naval dazzle-camo 'could beat Taliban RPGs'

Biologists and trick-cyclists at Bristol uni say they have performed experiments indicating that if British troops were to use the "dazzle camouflage" favoured for warships in the World Wars on their vehicles in Afghanistan, this would make them harder to hit with RPG anti-armour rockets, a favourite Taliban weapon.
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Chinese teen flogs kidney to buy iPad

A Chinese teenager desperate to get his hands on an iPad allegedly sold a kidney to raise some fondleslab funding.
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Rapid TMS product revamp continues

TMS is hurrying along flash product refresh road, and it's the turn of its mid-range to get a product using its new seventh generation controller, first seen in the PCIe-format RamSan-70.
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Friendster password emails spark site hack fears

Multiple users have reported receiving spam emails containing their Friendster password in plain text.

Asus revamp adds tablet-phone dock

Asus has debuted of pile products at Computex this week. Highlights include a 3D tablet and the Padfone – a device which unites smartphones and tablets through a unique docking system.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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Xperia Play gets new games boost

Bored of your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play already? Not to worry, there's an influx of games heading this way soon.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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Super Micro says MicroClouds will rain down in July

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro is showing off its first entry into the so-called micro server segment, called the MicroCloud, at the Computex 2011 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan this week. The company had been hinting back in April that the MicroClouds were in the works.
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Brit rubbish-dump worms in space station science triumph

An international boffinry alliance, by means of sending a huge colony of worms found scoffing rotting vegetables in a Bristol rubbish dump on a trip to the International Space Station, has found a cure for the muscle wasting suffered by astronauts living in zero/micro gravity.
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Apple strikes back with update blocking new scareware

Apple has updated Mac OS X to detect a piece of scareware that managed to bypass its malware-blocking measures.
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Microsoft eyes Ubuntu and Debian love on Hyper-V

Microsoft says that its Hyper-V virtualization stack may soon support the Ubuntu and Debian Linux distros as well as CentOS, Red Hat, and SuSE.
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US state bans Netflix, Napster password sharing

It's now illegal in Tennessee to share passwords for online content-subscription services such as Netflix, Napster, and SuperPass.
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California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

A California bill that would require Amazon and other online retailers to pay taxes to a state reeling in financial crisis took another step towards passage this week when it was approved by the state Assembly.
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Rustock botnet suspect fancies job at Google

A Rustock botnet suspect has aspirations to work at Google, according to a nice piece of cyber-sleuthing by ex-Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs.
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Groupon follows LinkedIn with IPO

Six months after it rejected a $6bn takeover offer from Google, Groupon has filed for an IPO. The Chicago-based company – which sells coupons for discounted goods and services from local merchants – hopes to raise $750m.
Cade Metz, 02 2011
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Microsoft becoming Apple with Windows 8 control freakery?

Microsoft is becoming more like Apple by bringing some hardware discipline to Windows 8 tablets, to the annoyance of OEMs who've had decades of freedom.
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Heroku Ruby fluffer embraces Node.JS

Amazon cloud-sitter Heroku, owned by Salesforce.com, has updated its Ruby service and embraced the Node.JS framework.