18th > July > 2011 Archive

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TPG swoops on cloud hosting firm

TPG Telecom, the Australian ISP, is to buy cloud hosting outfit IntraPower for $12.8m, well above market price.
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Fun and games in userland

Operating-system level virtualisation As we explained in part 2 of this series, A brief history of virtualisation, in the 1960s, it was a sound move to run one OS on top of a totally different one. On the hardware of the time, full multi-user time-sharing was a big challenge, which virtualisation neatly sidestepped by splitting …
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Google gets Punchd

Punchd, a loyalty service on mobile phones, was acquired by Google last week for a speculated US$10 million. The start-up is expected to beef up Google Wallet, the search engine's mobile commerce offering.
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Is Anon ready for the social network?

The story so far is that Anonymous – or someone associated with Anonymous, or someone cynically riding on the back of Anonymous, who knows? – has set up a site that will offer some kind of social network.
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Google: The one trick pony learns a second trick

Open...and Shut Google has a nasty habit of cannibalizing others' businesses based on its own seemingly unassailable lead in search and online advertising. The problem is that each time this involves giving away free software and services to undermine competitors at the expense of growing its own. Or can Google make a business from giving competitors fits?
Matt Asay, 18 2011
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World's first turbine powered Batmobile hits roads

When it comes to customisation, some people really push the boat car out.
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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SpaceShipOne designer produces hybrid flying car

Burt Rutan, the famous engineer behind the Ansari X-Prize-winning SpaceShipOne and many other amazing aircraft, has produced a hybrid-electric aeroplane which can also be driven on roads as his final design before retirement.
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Azure: it's Windows but not as we know it

If Microsoft Azure is just Windows in the cloud, is it easy to move a Windows application from your servers to Azure?
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NASA 'nauts wrap box-shifting duties at space station

The combined crews of space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station's Expedition 28 have wrapped the unloading of the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module.
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Blighty's top cop quits over phone-hacking scandal

The phone-hacking scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch's media empire and the Metropolitan police intensified yesterday when Scotland Yard arrested ex-News International boss Rebekah Brooks and the head of the Metropolitan Police - Britain's most senior policeman - resigned after it was revealed he had hired a News of the World executive as a PR consultant.
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Tosh admits customer accounts pillaged

Toshiba says that unidentified hackers have stolen customer records belonging to 7,500 of its customers.
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Ion Audio iCade arcade-style iPad cabinet

Geek Treat of the Week Let's get the negative out of the way right from the start: the iCade is a bit on the crap side.
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Educating Verity the OU way

Stob I think I mentioned that I was doing an Open University PGDip course in software development. (For those not familiar with the institution, the Open University has rightly been described as a sort of mental gym. You join with great enthusiasm; then, after three months, having attended just twice, you can drop out and ask for the balance of your subscription back.)
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Valve strengthens Steam setup

Valve has announced an update to its Steam games shop which promises to make the download system "better, stronger and faster".
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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VeriSign to raise .com, .net prices

VeriSign has announced plans to raise the price of .com and .net domain names again.
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Ofcom ignores radio in annual report

Don't touch that dial: Ofcom's annual report devotes more space to diversity targets and the quango's own carbon emissions than it does to the state of British radio.
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AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

Chip maker AMD has hinted that the Xbox 360's successor will be able to deliver computer graphics to match those in James Cameron's movie Avatar.
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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Cost-cutting spurs PC sales in Europe: UK stuck in a rut

The European PC market remains one big bargain basement clear-out, according to Q2 stats from channel analyst Context.
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HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

Review What a difference a year makes. Had HP's TouchPad - which went on sale in the UK this past Friday - debuted 12 months ago, maybe even as few as seven, it would have stood tall alongside the competition.
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CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment

The chief of the world's leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD ("Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets") experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERN's proton synchrotron to examine nucleation.
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Everything Everywhere boss jacks it in

Tom Alexander, the boss of Everything Everywhere, has left the company for personal reasons.
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HTC loses prelim patent ruling to Apple, takes stock hit

HTC violated two patents held by Apple, the US International Trade Commission confirmed in a preliminary ruling late last week.
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MPs round on plans to offshore gov IT work

MPs are cranking up the pressure on government to safeguard the jobs of up to 200 HP IT workers amid plans to outsource the positions to India.
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SeaMicro pushes 'Atom smasher' to 768 cores in 10U box

The drumbeat of system upgrades continues apace at microserver startup SeaMicro, with the company launching its third server node for its SM10000 "Atom smasher" in the past nine months.
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Yates of the Yard quits Met over phone-hacking scandal

Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner John Yates quit his job with the Metropolitan Police this afternoon.
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UK dodgy-political-donor watch database canned

A New Labour database designed to ferret out corrupt contributions to political parties has been canned.
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Asda offloads affordable Archos fondleslabs

Supermarket chain Asda is offering a low-cost tablet so folk on a shoestring can now pick up an 8in model for less than £100.
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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Atlantis bids final farewell to space station

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis have said their farewells to the residents of the International Space Station, and closed the hatches between the shuttle and the orbiting outpost for the last time.
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Dixons Retail boss pockets £1m in face of consumer meltdown

Dixons Retail chief exec John Browett trousered over £1m in rewards during the most recent financial year, despite the group posting steep losses as it struggled to cope with the consumer meltdown.
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Toshiba Tablet 2.0 struck with 'sleep of death' bug

Toshiba's second attempt at an Android tablet seems not to be living up to its name. Some Thrive units are ailing.
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Nokia reportedly readies mass price cuts

Nokia is readying a ten per cent price cut across its entire smartphone product line this September, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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Oracle bestows Sparc T4 beta on 'select' customers

Updated "Select" customers who use Sparc-based Solaris systems are being asked to participate in a beta program for Oracle's next-generation of Sparc T4 systems. And briefly, thanks to a typo in a blog post, it also appeared that those Sparc T4 machines had slipped into 2012 – but worry not: they're still on schedule.
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Apple plans to prune iPhone 3GS price

The iPhone 3GS is set to drop in price this summer, as Apple attempts to broaden its share of the mobile market by offering a smartphone for folk on a budget.
Caleb Cox, 18 2011
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Adobe snarfs up electronic signature automator

Adobe Systems has acquired the online electronic-signature and signature-automation provider EchoSign.
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Seagate ships slim, fast Pulsar XT SSD

Seagate is shipping its Pulsar XT.2 SSD with an SPC-1C benchmark rating, and has a second slower but higher capacity SSD coming soon.

Cisco doubles Catalyst Ethernet ports to 60 watts of juicy juice

Networking giant Cisco Systems has cranked up the amount of juice its Catalyst 4500E switches can pump out over Ethernet to 60 watts – another step toward its goal of making its switches the throbbing heart of the modern office.
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Pacific Fibre signs up undersea cable supplier

Pacific Fibre has awarded TE SubCom, formerly Tyco Telecommunications, with the supply contract for its undersea cable system.
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Microsoft turns screws on bot herders with hefty reward

Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who controlled Rustock, a recently dismantled botnet that in its heyday was one of the biggest sources of illegal spam.
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Amazon tackles soaring textbook prices

Amazon is sending its Kindle ebook reader off to college, enrolling it in a program to help save students from the crushing burden of skyrocketing textbook prices.
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Cisco lays off 6,500 workers, execs

Networking giant Cisco Systems is going to get 11,500 employees smaller. After Wall Street closed today, Cisco said that it was going to cut 6,500 workers to get its costs more in line with its revenue streams, and added that it was selling off a set-top box manufacturing plant in Mexico with 5,000 employees to Chinese manufacturing Foxconn Technology Group.
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Hacked Sun site greatly exaggerates Murdoch's death

Hackers breached the security of Rupert Murdoch's Sun website and briefly redirected many visitors to a hoax article falsely claiming the tabloid media tycoon had been found dead in his garden.
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IBM profits hum along nicely in second quarter

The name is International Business Machines, and perhaps better than any other company in the corporate IT sector, 100-year-old Big Blue is able to follow growth wherever it is on the planet, and capitalize on it.
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Cellnet moves into online retail

ASX listed telecommunications accessories distributor Cellnet has taken a strategic stake in online discount grocery start-up, Off Your Trolley.