5th > September > 2011 Archive
Infomedia buys UK rival for $AU4.8m
ASX listed automotive software developer Infomedi, has snapped up UK based Different Aspect Software for $AU4.8 million (£3,174,000).
Four depart in Internode reorganization
High-profile challenger ISP Internode has made four managers redundant, in a move that has sparked online speculation that the company might be looking for a buyer.
Teen tags disintegrating comet
It started as a work experience project, and ended with congratulations from the International Astronomical Society: an 18-year-old Cardiff high school student has discovered an unusual fragmenting comet.
DNS hijack hits The Register: All well
UpdateOn early Sunday evening, UK time, The DNS records of many websites, including those of The Register and The Telegraph, were hijacked and redirected to a third party webpage controlled by Turkish hackers.
London Olympics journey planner crash effort launched
Transport for London (TfL) is running a high-speed procurement of a freight journey planner for the Olympic Games, with a tender in the Official Journal of the European Union, marked as an accelerated procedure and deemed "time-critical".
Google does a mean spring clean
Google has taken the broom to ten of its experimental services as part a self described “fail fall spring-clean".
Nobody has any idea about new pension thing happening
More than half of workers are "totally unaware" that they will be auto-enrolled into a pension plan when changes to the law come into force next year, according to a survey.
Orange juggles broadband price plans
Orange has tweaked its set of broadband packages, claiming the move makes it the cheapest ISP in the UK.
OCZ plays its joker in the hybrid drive card game
OCZ has put its hybrid drive cards on the table in the shape of the RevoDrive Hybrid, with 1TB of spinning disk and 100GB of flash, gambling that punters will go for that combination of flash speed and disk capacity at a 45¢/GB price.
Facebook deletes hacked Pages, destroying years of work
Businesses and individuals using Facebook Pages are getting booted off their fanpage with no way back on, and it's costing some of them money.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves
IFA 2011Barely one day after the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin opened its doors to the general public, Samsung had to pull its unreleased Galaxy Tab 7.7 from its booth, including all posters and promotional materials.
Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive
Geek Treat of the WeekZalman's external hard drive case is a bit different from most. Yes, it works like a standard drive case - slip in a 2.5in hard drive or SSD, and hook up the extra storage to your computer over USB 2.0 or eSata - the ZM-VE200 supports both.
Low blow: Phishers target student loan applicants
Phishers are targeting UK student loan applicants in a new scam campaign.
IDC numbers show chink in NetApp wall
IDC's second quarter disk storage revenue numbers show NetApp and Dell both losing ground.
Amazon's cloudy vid-tablet breaks cover: Not an iClone
Early reports are emerging on the new Android-based Amazon Kindle, and the indications are that the bookstore has done well in forking Google's baby into its own likeness.
Freeview to get fifth HD channel
Britain is to get a fifth HD channel on Freeview, regulator Ofcom confirmed today, you lucky, lucky people.
China mulls further social-network controls
Communist Party officials in Beijing have flagged up concerns about the growth of micro-blogging websites in China.
London bus timings mobile beta site spotted
Londoners will soon be able to use their phones to check when the next bus is coming, thanks to a new feed of data opened up by Transport For London and available on a mobile-optimised website. The Live Bus Departures Countdown service will be useful for passengers lingering, fretful and uninformed, at the 17,000 London bus stops without road-side countdown tickers.
'Missing heat' climate paper: Journal editor resigns
Wolfgang Wagner, the editor of new open access science journal Remote Sensing has resigned, re-opening the debate about the politicisation of science publishing.
MPs to grill ex-NotW editor as Met cuffs another man
Scotland Yard brought the total number of arrests so far in its ongoing phone hacking allegations investigation at the now-defunct News of the World to 16 last Friday.
HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone
ReviewSo it’s come to this. After a potentially brand-saving buyout by HP and the launch of a well-received – at least critically, if not commercially – operating system with webOS, Palm is finally on the way out.
Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank
Engineers in Sweden have announced the development of a prototype tank which is covered in "pixels" that enable it to disappear from thermal images – or to disguise itself as something else.
Spamhaus victorious after 5-year fight with mass mailer
Spamhaus has finally prevailed in a long-running US court action against it by e360 Insight, a firm it blacklisted for spamming.
Hurry up with webcams in courts, says Sky News boss
Streaming trials on the internet will help people have confidence in the British justice system, Sky News boss John Ryley claimed in an open letter to the Justice Secretary today.
Diplomats questioned Microsoft deal with Tunisian regime
Microsoft sold software and training to the armed forces of Tunisia's repressive former regime six years ago, a leaked WikiLeaks cable has revealed. The deal alarmed even the normally flag-waving trade patriots in the US government, according to the cable.
Ex US internal-security overlord bigs up cyber menace
Cyberattacks are the top threat to future national security, according to the former head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Michael Chertoff.
How are we going to search our hard disks now?
Regular readers will know my occasional whinges about the sad state of the market for email clients – these generate hundreds of emails and comments. But there is another product category that is looking decidedly shabby these days. It is one which every so often becomes fashionable for a few weeks, and then goes on to suffer years of neglect.
IT services market down by 40 per cent, says Ovum
Disappearing mega-deals saw the global IT services market slump to an eight-year low in the second quarter, according to Ovum.
HP plucks webOS team out of departing PC division
HP evidently sees a brighter future for its webOS platform after moving the team into the Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T) as it figures out what to do with the software.
Dell channel boss heads to HDS
Dell UK channel boss Paul Harrison is set to leave at the end of the week to join Hitachi Data Systems, The Register can reveal.
Google in freetard-friendly copyright infringement update
The Friday before a public holiday is traditionally a great time to bury bad news. Google chose the Labor Day Lull to give the world an update on its copyright infringement measures. Funny, that.
Telstra hauls in wholesale IPv6
Aussie telco Telstra has opened the gates to IPv6, offering enterprise, government and wholesale customers access to the next generation of internet addresses.
Oz bookseller fires back in online battle
Australian bookseller Dymocks, practically the “last man standing” as the combination of online competition, inept management and a rising currency decimates the local publishing industry, is firing back with what it calls an “end to end” online service for local authors.