12th > August > 2011 Archive

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Equinix opens 3rd data centre in Sydney

Data centre specialist Equinix has invested $65 million in its third Sydney based data centre, SY3.
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DARPA drops another HTV-2

Whether or not the truth is out there somewhere, a couple of American hypersonic aircraft certainly are.
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University rats on Sydney suburb

Mosman Council in Sydney, along with Sydney University and Taronga Zoo, hopes to drive out rats with more rats.
Apple MacBook Air 11.6in

MacBook Pro turns to golden Apple

Bling-centric ruffians and aspiring Del Boys will be pleased to know the Apple Macbook Pro is now available in 24-carat gold.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
IBM PC

The IBM PC is 30

IBM announced its new machine, the 5150, on 12 August 1981. It was no ordinary launch: the 5150 wasn't the 'big iron' typical of Big Blue - it was a personal computer.
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Software maker fingered in Korean hackocalypse

A devastating attack that exposed the personal information of 35 million South Koreans was perpetrated after hackers breached the security of popular software provider ESTsoft and planted malicious code on one of its update servers, it was widely reported Thursday.
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Google lands patent for, um, estimating shipment time

Four months and nine days after April Fools' Day, Google was granted a patent for telling a customer when a product shipment will arrive.
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National police procurement hub goes live

The National Police Procurement Hub goes live today with coppers in Lincolnshire the first to implement the "Amazon" styled e-commerce platform.
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Traumatic scenes for car geeks as forum falls over

There were fears of further outbreaks of violence on the streets yesterday when the UK's busiest motoring forum site, PistonHeads.com, disappeared offline.
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Android respawn horror: Hacker says hackers' phones hacked

Claims that both CDMA and 4G networks were compromised at the recent Defcon security event in Las Vegas have raised little surprise, but the vulnerability of handsets is hotly debated.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Joe Public invited to hunt God particle

The atom-smashers down at CERN have invited Joe Public to lend some computing power to the search for the elusive Higgs boson – the "God particle" which theoretically gives mass to all other particles, but has to date proved elusive.
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MySpace site glitch mistaken for hack attack

An error message on once dominant but now almost defunct social networking site MySpace early on Friday has been confused with a hack.
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LinkedIn U-turns to appease peeved users

LinkedIn has admitted that it screwed up with its latest tweak to the social-network-for-suits, after the company started using names and photos in third-party advertising.
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Amazon web services back up and running

Amazon has finally resolved the lingering issues from the outage last weekend, but the root cause of the power failure has yet to be determined by energy provider ESB Networks.
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Mango release rumours leave Nokia behind

It might not be just the Japanese who get to use Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Mango, next month, as an international rollout is now being rumoured.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Apple shines light on iOS projector tech

Apple has considered including a projector as part of an iOS device, with blueprints discovered through a recent patent filing.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Neighbours cop an earful from screaming Swedish w*nker

A Malmö man with a penchant for vociferous five-knuckle shuffling may have to put a sock in it after his traumatised neighbours reported him for really giving it some stick when cracking one off.
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Jeff Bezos patents retro jets, and airbags, for telephones

A patent filed by Jeff Bezos and Amazon VP Greg Heart suggests using a phone's accelerometer to detect when it is falling, and deploying tiny airbags to cushion the impact.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
Samsung

Samsung plops out waterproof smartphone

In preparation for a wet autumn, or perhaps to cater for those escaping the Blighty weather for sandy shores, Samsung has unveiled a waterproof smartphone with touchscreen capabilities.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Hey dumbo, Facebook isn't sharing telephone numbers

Facebook has been forced to stamp out a silly rumour doing the rounds on, well, Facebook, that wrongly suggests the company will share any user's telephone list with their contacts on the social network.
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Bytes hungry for more buys

Bytes Technology group has signalled its intent to continue acquiring to fill out the holes in its portfolio.
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Twitter 'Stalker app' just a phishing scam

A "Stalkers app" doing the rounds on Twitter is actually a phishing scam, security watchers warn.

German court bans sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1, says Apple

A German court has issued a temporary ban on the sale of a Samsung digital product in every single EU member state with the exception of the Netherlands, according to media reports.
Starwars Lightsaber

Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

The force was strong at London’s O2 Arena this morning, with the first public preview of Star Wars in high definition on Blu-ray. The eagerly awaited discs, collected together as Star Wars: The Complete Saga, will go on sale September 12th, but visitors to this weekend’s Empire Big Screen film festival have a chance to see(3PO) them early. The Empire Big Screen event runs Friday through Sunday (14 - 16 August).
Steve May, 12 2011
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Icebergs measured in Manhattans: Official

It's a well-known fact that volumes of water are described in terms of Olympic-sized swimming pools, while running H2O is quantified in elephants per second, but have you ever wondered just what is the official standard for large bodies of ice?
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Gary McKinnon support website defaced

A support blog for alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon had its domain name hijacked on Friday morning.
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Essex police charge BlackBerry user over inciting violent disorder

Essex police have charged an 18-year-old woman from Clacton, after she allegedly sent a message via her BlackBerry device using its BBM service to incite others to commit thuggery during the England riots that gripped the country for four days.
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Bloody Moon stuffs the Perseids

Tonight is the night for the best view of the Perseids – the annual meteor shower caused by the debris trail of comet Swift-Tuttle.
iLuv iCK826 Pro case and Bluetooth keyboard

iLuv iPad 2 case and Bluetooth keyboard

Accessory of the Week If you have an Apple iPad, the chances are you'll have some kind of accessory to protect it. While a Jiffy bag would do, you'll probably be inclined to consider something more enduring. Typing on a piece of glass has a few shortcomings too – not only the lack of tactile responsiveness but the fact that the virtual keyboard covers half the screen. iLuv's combination of keyboard and cover is an accessory that provides a stylish approach to these issues and has been revamped for the iPad 2.
Counter-Strike map of bin Laden's compound

Counter-Strike sequel aims for 2012 target

FPS fans will no doubt be shooting off in excitement today after news broke that Valve is readying a new Counter-Strike game.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
80's Phone

iPhone 5 less than a month away

Apple fanbois and those sick of the constant updates will be pleased to know the Cupertino company is likely to end the perennial iPhone 5 speculation at its annual media event in less than a month.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Fujitsu staff vote on strikes

Unionised workers at Fujitsu are being balloted for strike action after they were refused below inflation pay rises.
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LightSquared blasts GPS naysayers in FCC letter

LightSquared, the US operator hoping to camp beside the GPS frequencies, has written to the FCC accusing the GPS industry of failing to comply with the Department of Defence standards.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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IPCC probes alleged Milly Dowler/NotW leak

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has opened an investigation into allegations that a Surrey cop leaked information about the probe into Milly Dowler's murder in 2002 to the News of the World.
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Layar gets a Vision, and a revenue stream

Augmented reality poster child Layar has found a way to make money, by recognising 3D objects and linking them to content which can be dropped into its altered version of reality.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
Cat 5 cable

IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

One of the dozen engineers who designed the original IBM PC, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, says that the reign of the personal computer is coming to an end.
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Google Chrome beta turns on native code machine

With its latest Chrome beta, Google has turned on Native Client, its rather bold effort to securely run native applications inside the browser.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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iPad accessorizer gets into Bernie Madoff's pants

Wealth and villainy are notorious aphrodisiacs, and a New York company is making it possible for you to get into the pants of one of the 21st century's highest-flying criminals.
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Man admits to running $800,000 carder ring

A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft for his role in an operation that defrauded credit card issuers of almost $800,000 in bogus charges.
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Police kill mobile phone service to squelch protest

In response to a threatened protest in its subway system, San Francisco authorities temporarily shut down mobile phone service in the underground stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, known locally as BART.
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Mozilla to auto-block unwanted Firefox add-ons

Mozilla's Firefox will soon start blocking browser add-ons installed by other programs until users explicitly approve them, a move that's designed to give people more control over their web surfing experience.
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Dell puts gun to Streak 5 tablet, pulls trigger

Dell has discontinued its five-inch Dell Streak, a neither-fish-nor-fowl item that never quite caused consumers' pulses to pound.
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Stars Wars icons join Queen Elizabeth on Pacific Island coin

In this time of economic upheaval and fiscal brinksmanship, it heartening to hear of one government that's approaching budget enhancement with fresh, creative thinking.