17th > August > 2011 Archive

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iiNet nears million-customer mark

Even in the relatively flat fixed broadband market, it seems there’s still room for growth: iiNet, the ISP claiming Australia's number two position in DSL services, managed to add more than 48,000 new customers in the 2010 financial year, taking total services to 960,000 at the end of the year.
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Dell retools for the midmarket

Consumers and governments in the United States and Europe are crimping their spending, but businesses of all sizes are still refreshing their servers, storage, and PCs. As a result, Dell was able to come close to meeting Wall Street's revenue expectations in its second quarter.
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Chic USB drive leads double life as personal vibrator

A San Francisco design firm has produced one of the most provocative human-machine interfaces we've seen in some time: a USB drive that doubles as a personal vibrator.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2011
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IT admin cops to crippling ex-employer's network

A Georgia IT administrator has pleaded guilty to crippling the computer system of a Japanese pharmaceutical company's US subsidiary several months after his employment there ended.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2011
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Google's Android Dev Kit for Dummies™ sent home

Google and MIT have built a new home for App Inventor, the Android-programming-kit-for-non-programmers that was just jettisoned from the Mountain View mothership.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2011
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Box o' Flashy virtual machines offered

Startup Astute Networks stores VMware virtual machines on its dedicated ViSX G3 flash SAN – leaving bulk data to be stored on standard drive arrays.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2011
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id Software Wolfenstein 3D

Antique Code Show With the EDL taking the opportunity to whip up support after the latest riots, it seems a fitting time to resurrect the memory of shooting fascists. Indeed, it must be heartwarming for id Software to know it invented the gaming genre that is now outselling porn: Wolfenstein 3D was the definitive first-person shooter.
Lucy Orr, 17 Aug 2011
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Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops

Lothian and Borders police has launched a new initiative that allows the public to report suspected criminals, anonymously if they wish, "using facebook or via Bluetooth" or using the Crimestoppers website.
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App developer slurped kids' data without consent

A mobile applications developer will be fined $50,000 for allegedly collecting and disclosing children's personal information without parental consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Aug 2011
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Startup reveals own dominance in flash data caching

VeloBit is a software startup with unique caching software algorithms technology that appears to be better than that of any of its rivals.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2011
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Three touts 21.1Mb/s mobile broadband dongle

Three UK is pitching a new 802.11n Wi-Fi enabled mobile broadband dongle, this one with HSPA+ technology on board capable of delivering download speeds of up to 21.1Mb/s.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2011
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US robochopper cargo skyhook gets another $47m

The US Army and Marines' ongoing effort to get unmanned robot supply helicopters into service continues, with a further $47m contract award announced yesterday.
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2011
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Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat

Blue Coat boss Michael Borman has fallen on his sword following declining sales and profits in fiscal first quarter 2012.
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Sony slashes PlayStation 3 prices

Sony today cut the cost of the PlayStation 3, saving precious gaming pennies in the build up to the Chrimble season.
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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Facebook wannabe rioters cop large helpings of porridge

Two men have been banged up for four years apiece, after unsuccessfully inciting violent disorder on Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2011

German tap-to-pay telco allies don't need no stinkin' banks

The German arms of Telefonica and Vodafone, along with Deutsche Telekom, have signed an agreement to take their virtual mpass payment platform physical, without the help of the banks.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2011

Angry S Koreans mass-sue Apple over iPhone tracking

Apple is facing legal action from thousands of iPhone users for tracking their movements via their phones' location – and it has already been forced to make one payment on the same issue.
John Oates, 17 Aug 2011
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Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout

The Scottish government isn't happy about the trifling amount of cash UK.gov's culture secretary splashed on the rollout of broadband in that country yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2011
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iPHONE 5 SHOCK! US Apple store 4G kit-fit snapped

A photograph of LTE equipment being fitted in a US Apple store has reinvigorated rumours that the next iPhone will come with 4G technology built in, for AT&T at least.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2011
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Sony ballyhoos budget PSP

While the PS Vita lingers on the horizon, Sony is readying a refreshed PlayStation Portable - model E-1000 - for a penny short of £100.
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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UK sales rankings: HP, Dell up, Acer down, Apple at No. 4

Acer has been knocked further down the rankings of the shrinking UK PC market as it continued to juggle efforts to clear inventory overload with sluggish consumer demand.
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Facebook flashplodder to appeal against 4-yr cooler stint

One of the men sentenced to four years in jail for attempting to incite disorder on Facebook is to appeal against the decision.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2011
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Range Rover Evoque Si4

First Look By the time the Range Rover Evoque is launched in September, Land Rover expects to be producing one every seven seconds from its Halewood factory, which should leave you in no doubt as to how important Range Rover views its first step into true mainstream motoring.
Dave Stevenson, 17 Aug 2011
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Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK

Sony has put a price to its PlayStation TV and confirmed it will come to Blighty this autumn.
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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Amazon deploys true-blue US gov cloud for secret arms data

Amazon is upping the pressure on both Microsoft and Google in the battle to scoop up cash-strapped government customers into the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Aug 2011
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Museum gets free NFC phone-tap exhibit cards from Nokia

The Museum Of London has gone NFC, with tags beside the exhibits providing links to more information as Nokia continues trying to convince us that NFC is something we really want.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2011
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ICANN chief Beckstrom says he will go in July 2012

Rod Beckstrom, the president and CEO of domain name industry overseer ICANN, has announced that he will leave the job when his contract expires in July next year.
Kevin Murphy, 17 Aug 2011
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Scotland Yard Four cleared - on phone-hacking

Erstwhile Met Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his one-time colleagues – John Yates, Andy Hayman and Peter Clarke – have all been cleared of misconduct during an inquiry by the cop watchdog into the phone-hacking scandal at News International.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2011
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Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic

Analysis Debate rages on about whether Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility is good for Android, or an expensive mistake for Google, made in a moment of irrational panic. Our columnist Matt Asay thinks it "spells iPhone doom", and he's not alone. John C Dvorak thinks it's "pure genius". This supposes that Google performed a cost-benefit analysis and calculated that the cost of not buying Motorola's phone and set-top box division was greater than $12.5bn.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2011
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2nd-hand Popemobile, also used by Neil Armstrong, for sale

A remarkable car which was used by Pope Paul VI during visits to New York and Bogotá and which carried Apollo moon astronauts including Neil Armstrong is to go on sale later this week.
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2011
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Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order.
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Red Hat beta revs KVM hypervisor to 3.0

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is kicking out the first beta of its Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 hypervisors for servers and desktops. This brings the free-standing hypervisor up to par with the KVM hypervisor that was embedded in the company's Enterprise Linux 6.1 distro for servers , which came out in May.
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Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus

Supporters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organisation may have embraced new measures in the fight for animal rights, allegedly releasing a malware-infected version of a dog-fighting app PETA wants banned.
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

OMFG Rather worryingly, US space agency NASA has out of the blue issued a strident denial that an approaching comet poses any threat to planet Earth.
Team Register, 17 Aug 2011
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Nintendo aims to fill stockings with Wii slim

The Nintendo Wii is set for a revamp this Christmas, with an all-new streamlined design.
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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Android app logs keystrokes using phone movements

Computer scientists have developed an Android app that logs keystrokes using a smartphone's sensors to measure the locations a user taps on the touch screen.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2011
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Google Apache mod speeds into outside world

Though Google is loath to open source the foundations of its massive online infrastructure, it does share code for tools at the edge of its network, tools designed to accelerate the actual delivery of web stuff. Mountain View doesn't want Facebook rebuilding the Googlenet. But it is intent on accelerating the web as a whole. Ultimately, this juices the Google bottom line.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2011
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Ubuntu erects stairway to VMware code cloud

Ubuntu 11.10 will ship with both the client and server components of Cloud Foundry, the "platform cloud" VMware open sourced this spring.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2011
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TelstraClear slams new kiwi download laws

The chief executive of TelstraClear, Allan Freeth, has lashed out against the pending introduction of new file sharing laws in New Zealand, which come into effect September 1.
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Hackers breach website for SF transit agency police

Hackers breached the website belonging to a police union and posted sensitive personal information for more than 100 officers who work for a San Francisco regional transit authority.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2011
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Google squashes Google Analytics bug

Google has released a fix for Google Analytics that corrects a traffic reporting bug introduced by an update to the service last week.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2011
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Amcom grows profits with cloud demand

Perth based fibre-optic carrier Amcom Telecommunications has boosted annual profits by 31 percent, forecasting similar growth for the year ahead bolstered by cloud services.