16th > August > 2011 Archive

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

Open...and Shut Mergers and acquisitions used to be how a company bought revenue, customers, or cool technology. In the mobile world, it's increasingly a way to buy defensive patents.
Matt Asay, 16 2011
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AFL boss: NBN could let us bypass broadcasters

It’s probably an ambit claim, a negotiating position, but remarks about selling direct to viewers from Australian Football League boss Andrew Demetriou are, to the country’s broadcasters, a shiver looking for a spine to run up.
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Man reveals secret recipe behind undeletable cookies

A privacy researcher has revealed the evil genius behind a for-profit web analytics service capable of following users across more than 500 sites, even when all cookie storage was disabled and sites were viewed using a browser's privacy mode.
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ScaleBase shatters MySQL for scalability

For both performance and capacity reasons, companies running large transaction processing systems, whether they are tickled directly by Web users or just end users working behind the company firewall, sometimes have to partition their production relational databases. This practice, called sharding, is a pain in the neck. Actually, it is several pains in the neck. And ScaleBase has some software unguents to cope with it.
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Apple delays 'retina display' iPad 3 to 2012

Don't expect an iPad 3 with a "retina display" this year: Apple's screen supplier(s) - LG and Samsung - can't make enough 9.7in, 2048 x 1536 panels to ship the tablet before 2012, it has been claimed.
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Acer Aspire 5755G 15in Core i7 laptop

Review The Aspire 5755G is a fairly winsome system, combining sober, executive-class slate grey with a glossy black lid adding a touch of glamour. When it’s closed it’s a good looking slice of plastic, measuring just 35mm thick.
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Smartphones rain on Sony PS Vita parade

Analysts have predicted grim times for the PlayStation Vita, with Sony set to lose money on every unit it sells.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Permabit goes into dedupe hyperdrive

Permabit has upped up its Albireo technology's deduplication speed by 250 per cent, reaching 400GB/sec. This is compared to the 77GB/sec recorded in late 2010.
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£4.4m gov wad to get all Northern Ireland up to 2 Mbit/s

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt slapped £4.4m on Northern Ireland's broadband pile today in a move to roll out the tech to the entire country.
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Mag bitchslapped in Duchess Kate digi-slimming case

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has forced a magazine to apologise for printing an altered photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Rights Commish warns of creeping gov data menace

The government's approach to the collection and use of personal data is "deeply flawed", according to a report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
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BT wholesale boss bails out, cites personal reasons

BT's wholesale boss is leaving after four years heading up the fixed and mobile network services wing of the telecom giant's biz.
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UN ICT agency asks world yoof, geeks for great tech ideas

As part of its revamp, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is asking yoof and geeks to submit world-changing ideas, 60 of which will earn their entrants a trip to Geneva to pitch them to "industry leaders".
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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DeskSMS

Android App of the Week I don’t usually include apps in active beta in this column but DeskSMS is so darned useful I’ve decided to break my own rule.
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Motorola beefs up rugged Android smartphone

Despite obvious distraction in the form of a rather large Google takeover yesterday, Motorola still found time to announce a Defy refresh, upping the speed of the rugged smartphone by 25 per cent.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Recovery-ware startup Zerto uncloaks, scoops $15m

Secretive recovery software start-up Zerto has closed a $15m financing round just weeks after emerging from stealth mode.
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RIM emits 100-BlackBerry cloud for small biz

Research In Motion (RIM) is releasing a cloud service for small firms to manage up to 100 BlackBerry smartphones and secure biz data stored locally on the device.
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Just 0.2% of Facebook flogged for $133m

Ad firm Interpublic has sold half its stake in Facebook for $133m.
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Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

Apple's court submission, which led to an EU ban on Samsung's sale of its rival Galaxy Tab device, contains one comparison which seems to warp reality to make its point.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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Hunt empties broadband funding pot across Blighty

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt ambitiously declared earlier this year that he wanted Britain to be gifted with the fastest broadband network in Europe by 2015. But as of today that plan remains a huge challenge, given that its success is heavily reliant on endorsement and big financial subsidies from local authorities and the private sector.
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HARRY POTTER CHAINED to new Sony reader

Updated Sony will bundle its next generation e-reader with the entire series of Harry Potter stories from November, The Register has learnt.
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Vodafone signals low-cost Facebook ringer

Vodafone is tapping into the social network generation by offering its own-brand budget Facecrack blower for Pay As You Go customers.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Microsoft begins cagey Windows 8 disclosures

Microsoft has promised to start sharing technical information about Windows 8 – just don't get too excited or expect too much.
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Chinese giant figures to muscle into UK mobe market

Not content with supplying network infrastructure and making handsets for other people, Huawei is aggressively pushing into the UK's handset market with Android handsets for all.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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Intel says no to massive ultrabook CPU price cut

Intel has apparently rejected demands from notebook makers that it slash the cost of its ultrabook chips.
Hard Reg, 16 2011
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Office 365 in a private cloud

Interview When Microsoft launched Office 365 it knew that not everyone would want its Henry Ford-style, one-size-fits-all service. Even cloud enthusiasts are constrained by a service with one type of security, one service level and one place to store your customer data, if that place is Dublin.
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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

Analysis There are some subjects on which giant media companies need to be ultra tippy-toe cautious. When, say, the majority owner of a satellite broadcaster uses its newspapers to lobby for a change the law, we should remember it is not a disinterested party. It may have an agenda. Similarly when the BBC covers copyright, or "net neutrality", it is not a disinterested party either; it is in the BBC's interests to seek changes that lower its costs, and add to its convenience, at the expense of other groups in society. These are political issues in which the BBC is a major player. Corporate responsibility demands that its coverage be squeaky clean.
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Google gets UK OK on privacy in slurping probe

Google's privacy policy has been gently applauded by Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, who came under sharp criticism for his initial "lily-livered" handling of the company's Street View Wi-Fi data-slurping operation.
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Europe's PC mountain barely dented in price slash bloodbath

Tit-for-tat price-cutting from notebook vendors pummelled the value of the PC market in Europe during July but failed to make more than a dent in inventory levels that have been building up since the Christmas quarter last year.
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PETA to launch .xxx smut site 'to help animals'

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reportedly plans to launch a porn site.
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Sage looking to mind Mind Your Own Business' business

Geordie accountancy specialist Sage is in the race to buy Australian firm MYOB (from Mind Your Own Business) which offers similar services down under.
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Injunction suspended: EU can buy Galaxy Tabs again

The German court which imposed an EU-wide ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has suspended it, on the grounds that it may not have the authority to impose such a decision, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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News International mail server password FAIL exposed

A letter from News International chairman James Murdoch to the Commons Culture Select Committee has let slip details of how to gain full access to the company's MS Exchange email system – albeit the information is from four years ago.
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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

You can now purchase Apple's Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, on a flash drive for $69 – and, yes, it's the exact same operating system that's available at the online Mac Store for $29.99.
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Giant iPhone 4 brings Mac OS X to the table

Check out this giant iPhone 4, a tabletop LCD system that runs OS X and Windows 7. It's a PS3 too.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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AutoCAD LT arrives on the Mac

AutoCAD LT is now available for the Mac.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Cloud box does virtualization sans SAN

Cloud-computing appliance maker Nutanix is tackling a problem that has dogged the deployment of virtual servers and desktops: all the key hypervisors require storage area networks and centralized storage.
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Malware mints virtual currency using victim's GPU

Security researchers have unearthed a piece of malware that mints a digital currency known as Bitcoins by harnessing the immense power of an infected machine's graphical processing units.
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HTC hurls more patent spew on Apple

HTC has filed a new patent-infringement suit against Apple, setting in motion yet another round of patent litigation between Cupertino and the Taiwanese manufacturer of Android-based smartphones and tablets.
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Mac OS X Lion gets bug-squashing update

Apple has released an update for its new Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, that promises to fix a number of vexing bugs that have been burbling into view in discussions on Apple's user forums.
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MacTel, Verizon score AGIMO gig

Enterprise grade telecommunications companies Macquarie Telecom and Verizon have secured coveted spots on the Australian Government Information Management Office's (AGIMO) Telecommunications Internet Based Network Connections (IBNC) Panel.
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Mozilla strokes coders with Firefox 6

Mozilla has officially released Firefox 6, offering a new JavaScript editor and several other tools aimed at web developers.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Popular Android modder takes job with Samsung Mobile

The creator of one of the most popular Android modification kits has taken a job as a software engineer with Samsung's mobile device unit.
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Australia Institute: we’re all mindless sheep

Search dominates how we shop on the Web, Google dominates search, big names dominate Google results, and most people don’t bother looking beyond the first page of search results.