26th > July > 2011 Archive


Adobe InMarket out of market

If anybody had the reach and brand needed to carve out a place in apps markets in competition with Apple and Google, Adobe would have looked like a good candidate. Instead, it’s abandoning the field of battle, announcing that it will close down both the Air Marketplace and InMarket. Instead, the company says it will help developers publish to multiple platforms and application markets.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jul 2011
Time Lord with Daleks in Doctor Who – The Witch's Familiar. Pic credit: BBC

Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

Time to start crying in your beer, people: according to researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, not only is it impossible to break the speed of light, it will always be that way.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jul 2011

Crypto shocker: 'Perfect cipher' dates back to telegraphs

A computer scientist has unearthed evidence that a theoretically unbreakable form of cryptography was in use by telegraph operators as early as 1882, 35 years before its supposed invention by a duo from Bell Labs and the US Army.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jul 2011
HTC Salsa

HTC Salsa Android smartphone

ReviewHTC has released two 'Facebook phones' of late – the Qwerty-packing ChaCha and the Salsa, the latter being a compact bundle of fun, which wears its dedicated Facebook button just beneath its screen.
Dave Oliver, 26 Jul 2011

Why should storage arrays manage server flash?

EMC's Project Lightning has a storage array managing flash cache in servers networked to the storage array. Dell is thinking along similar lines. This is supposed to provide better storage service to the servers. Really? How?
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2011

Hague promises Foreign Office cyber confab in London

Foreign Secretary Wee Willie Hague is hosting a cybersecurity conference later this year.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2011

Utah cops baffled in case of mysterious anonymous cuffee

Utah cops are attempting to identify a man who's unnecessarily spent over three weeks in jail on three minor misdemeanor charges because he refuses to reveal his name.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2011

Mystery data centre snag floors LiveJournal

Community and blogging site LiveJournal is continuing to suffer a prolonged outage.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2011
hands waving dollar bills in the air

EMC boss Tucci in lucky escape from poverty

EMC boss Joe Tucci has managed to escape poverty by the skin of 8.2 million teeth; he has just cashed in his stock options for a cool $8.2m.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2011

Lost 1967 spacecraft found crashed on the Moon

NASA scientists believe they may have found the final resting place of a 1960s space probe which took "the picture of the [last] century" before crashlanding on the far side of the Moon.
Lewis Page, 26 Jul 2011


Android App of the WeekIf you’ve ever wondered what your environment looked like in the past, or just like looking at old photographs of places you know, then Historypin is well worth a download.
Alun Taylor, 26 Jul 2011
3G HSDA modem dongle

Ofcom told to use 4G auctions to complete UK coverage

Ofcom should look beyond revenue generation for the government and seek firm commitments to the extension of mobile coverage into today's "not-spots" when it holds the 4G spectrum auctions next year.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2011
Beautiful geometric lattices inside mobile mast/antenna

Ofcom extends deadline for interferers, those who fear them

Ofcom is extending the deadline for feedback on potential interference from, and to, 4G services ahead of next year's mega auction.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2011
mozilla foundation

Mozilla moots open source web OS for mobiles

Mozilla has revealed plans to create an open-source web-centric operating system along the lines of Google's Chrome OS but designed to compete with Android on phones and tablets.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jul 2011

Songwriters bite Grooveshark

Partially licensed music site Grooveshark has now been sued by composers, including the author of Rhinestone Cowboy, Mark Weiss, for copyright infringement, CNet reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2011

Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

A 94-year-old Queensland woman came off worst in an encounter with a rogue kangaroo which piled into her in the garden of her Queensland home.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2011

OS X Lion paves way for "Retina Display" monitors

Mac OS X Lion incorporates support for displays packing four times as many pixels as they do today.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2011
Lawnmower Man

Tactile feedback suit interacts with Kinect

With Sony testing VR goggles and augmented reality technology improving at an ever-increasing rate, the world is forever finding new ways to tap into our senses and improve the virtual reality experience. Interactive clothing was therefore somewhat inevitable, and has now started to appear with the help of a certain Johnny-5 like camera sensor: Microsoft's Xbox Kinect.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jul 2011

IT boss jailed for plundering Scottish library

The technology boss of the National Library of Scotland has been jailed for two years for embezzling money.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2011

Dead bloke reanimates in mortuary

A 50-year-old South African man, whose relatives had prematurely packed him off to the local mortuary, proved very much alive when he woke up screaming, prompting two terrified attendants to take to their heels.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2011

PC mountain accumulates in Blighty

PC vendors' shipments into the UK channel slid by more than a fifth in Q2 as distributors wrestled with high inventory levels, particularly on Acer.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2011

Dongling P2P downloaders 2nd-biggest mobe data users

Almost 90 per cent of operators now charge for data by volume, but billing by content is growing, with free access to social networking and partner sites becoming commonplace.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2011

Phishers go after your Google AdWords account

Cybercrooks have launched a "Google AdWords" phishing campaign in an attempt to trick marks into handing over sensitive login credentials to a bogus, newly registered, website.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2011

Ex-Microsoft bigwig Bob Muglia joins Juniper Networks

Erstwhile Microsoft server and tools biz boss Bob Muglia has taken a job at Juniper Networks – a company headed up by Redmond's one-time platforms and services division Kevin Johnson.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2011

ARM scooping in cash but remains cautious

ARM has outperformed estimates for the second quarter, increasing revenue by 18 per cent as its chips continue to be embedded in everything from mobile phones to washing machines.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2011

Hacking scandal starts to spread beyond News Corp

Trinity Mirror Group Plc – owner of the Daily Mirror, Daily Record and The People, is opening an internal investigation into ethics and editorial procedures.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2011

Space scope spies soggy, stupendous Saturnian doughnut

The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered just where the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere comes from: a giant aqueous doughnut surrounding the planet, formed by H2O hosing from the moon Enceladus.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2011

Legal expert: Letters can be evidence, so can Facebook

OpinionPrivate things turn up in court cases. This has always been the case, and there are many people in jail, paying fines or out of a job because of what they have said or done in private.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Jul 2011
For Sale sign detail

Departing Acer chief Lanci will not go to Samsung

Talk of former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci joining Samsung to head up its channel business or notebook biz is wide of the mark, The Register understands.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2011

BET24 warns over data breach – 19 months later

UpdateBET24.com warned customers on Monday that their personal data may have been exposed by a breach that took place in December 2009.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2011
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Apple MacBook Air 13in Core i5 laptop

ReviewThe lightweight, streamlined design of the MacBook Air is undeniably attractive, and still leaves most of its ultraportable PC rivals looking like a chaotic collision metal and plastic. However, that sleek design has always come with something of a premium price – especially given the relatively modest specification of its processor and other components.
Stephen Dean, 26 Jul 2011

Amazon recruiting for Indian conquest campaign

Amazon is gearing up to launch an Indian version of its site.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2011

NAB digs in to fight Congressional land grab

The National Association of Broadcasters is calling upon its members – US television channels – to warn the public that the White House, and Senate, are eyeing up television's most-valuable asset.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2011

Xbox update sets Avatar Kinect in motion

Microsoft has released Avatar Kinect, an add-on to the Kinect Fun Labs that lets users record videos as their avatar and share them with the online community.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jul 2011

UK Govt refuses to ban shale gas 'fracking'

The UK government has welcomed new developments in "unconventional" gas resources. It is largely a let's-wait-and-see response, which acknowledges the economic, environmental and security benefits of shale gas. Calls from environmentalist campaigners to freeze exploration in the UK have been given the bum's rush.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2011

Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

Open...and ShutDespite challenges from Google Android, the Apple train continues to roar forward at an incredible pace. The Cupertino company smashed analyst estimates in its most recent quarter, with revenue up 82 per cent to $28.57bn and profits up 125 per cent. Apple is minting money.
Matt Asay, 26 Jul 2011

Kit steals Mac login passwords through FireWire port

A California software maker has released a program that quickly recovers login passwords from Macs, even when running Apple's completely overhauled OS X Lion, that have been locked, put into sleep mode, or have FileVault disk encryption turned on.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jul 2011

One-third of US consumers will buy an iPhone 5

According to a new survey, over one third of US consumers plan to buy an iPhone 5, and a new rumor suggests that they'll only need to wait until the first week of September to assuage their aching desire.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2011

Suspects in PayPal web attack not so anonymous after all

Some of the suspects accused of participating in a December attack organized by the Anonymous hacker collective that caused numerous service disruptions on PayPal were shocked to learn that the net isn't all that anonymous, or that it's illegal to impair other people's computers.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jul 2011

'Evil' truckie charged with NBN provider attack

A 25 year old self-taught hacker has been arrested by federal police in Australia over 50 malicious attacks on Platform Networks, a trial service provider for NBN Co.
Natalie Apostolou, 26 Jul 2011

Dell puffs up OpenStack clouds

Dell has announced an OpenStack-based suite of hardware, software, and services as the core of its new cloud-in-a-box strategy, and released a software tool, appropriately called Crowbar, to help its customers pry their way into their cloudy futures.

WorldTradeCenter.com on the block

The owner of the internet domain name WorldTradeCenter.com is planning to sell it, just weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Kevin Murphy, 26 Jul 2011

Aussie online shoppers take $AU6 billion offshore

Australia shopper’s enchantment with offshore online purchases is expected to rise by $AU1.2 billion to $AU6 billion this year, according to new research from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Natalie Apostolou, 26 Jul 2011

Juniper profits pinched by economy, product transitions

The choppiness in the network equipment racket continues, with Juniper Networks barely hitting the low end of its profit guidance for the second quarter of 2011.

Intel gives former CFO Bryant the chair

Chip giant Intel has named Andy Bryant – its former CFO and current executive vice president in charge of its technology, manufacturing, and services operation – as vice chairman, and tapped him to become chairman of the board next May.

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