13th > September > 2011 Archive
Miranda Kerr suffers digital deletion
Australia’s domain name authority auDA has shut down and deleted the domain mirandakerr.com.au in a public stand against cybersquatting.
Why Android houses should give Google the 'fork you'
Open...and ShutAs details leak about just how closed Google's Android development can be, the billion-dollar question is why mobile handset manufacturers bother to play ball with Mountain View at all.
Out of the diamond planet, a research group emerges
Sydney University is leading a research collaboration that inverts the familiar approach to astronomy: instead of more powerful telescopes looking at smaller parts of the sky, CAASTRO (Centre for All-sky Astrophysics) will be concentrating on whole-of-sky astronomy.
AppFog dev cloud envelops Ruby, Node
This summer, PHP Fog changed its name to AppFog, vowing to expanded its "platform cloud" beyond PHP. And now it has.
State-sponsored spies collaborate with crimeware gang
Hackers sponsored by the Chinese government and other nations are collaborating with profit-driven malware gangs to infiltrate corporate networks storing government secrets and other sensitive data, researchers say.
iRobot Roomba 780 automated vacuum cleaner
ReviewThe Roomba is the most widely known of the robot cleaners, and with competition mounting, the company, iRobot, has not been sitting on its laurels. The Roomba 780 is the latest model, and boasts a larger collecting bin, built in scheduling and HEPA filters.
Seagate adding flash embulgement to Thins
Seagate is thinking of fattening up its single platter Momentus Thin drive with flash, making a Hybrid Thin.
Big Music trumpets ‘Cliff Richard’ term extension
There’s quiet satisfaction across large parts of the music industry as Europe formally extends the copyright term on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The music business fought off a rearguard action from Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstrom – whose raging against the corruption of the European Parliament may have eased the passage of the controversial measure. Not everyone loves a Pirate.
More details on HP's OpenStack cloud coming
Hewlett-Packard Co plans to share more details of its OpenStack-based cloud service at the end of September, The Reg understands.
Minister seeks to rip 'Like' buttons off German gov web
Germany's consumer protection minister Ilse Aigner is once again calling on her peers to ditch the use of Facebook by government officials, citing what she believes are valid "justified legal doubts" raised about the social network.
Dolby wins licensing fees on BlackBerry, PlayBook
Dolby Laboratories has scored in the patent wars, winning "standard terms" from Research in Motion in two lawsuits over use of audio technologies.
Lincs bloke fined in deceased hedgehog outrage
A Lincolnshire man who decided to take a dump on a dead hedgehog on a roadside verge in broad daylight has been fined £100 for the cable-laying outrage.
Pentax launches superzoom snapper
Pentax has announced an addition to its Optio RZ camera series, with a fresh compact snapper that packs a powerful zoom.
Android App of the WeekWith so many connected devices now carrying a DLNA or UPnP sticker, shunting media from or through your phone – to a Wi-Fi enabled music player, telly or gaming console – is fast becoming an everyday requirement.
MPs blast dole-office-online plans
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to get 80 per cent of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants transacting online by September 2013, but has no clear plan of how to achieve this, says the public accounts committee.
Momentary Micron skirt-lift reveals big flashy box
Micron is dropping heavy hints about a new enterprise solid-state storage system next Monday.
Ofcom begins crackdown on auto-renew telco contracts
Telcos have until the end of this year to lock landline and broadband customers into automatically renewed contracts after Ofcom kiboshed the practice.
AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative
The matter of whether existing Windows applications will run on Windows 8 on ARM – putting them on tablets – has been kicked back and forth a lot this year.
Is Cisco's 16-year CEO Chambers ready to go?
Rumours that Cisco CEO and chairman John Chambers may be considering his resignation have gathered pace. Chambers has spent 16 years at the head of the firm.
HP extends deadline as Autonomy shareholders drag feet
HP has extended the acceptance deadline for its Autonomy bid as fewer than half the UK software developers' shareholders approved the £7bn deal.
BT to fibre-up another 114 exchanges
BT is upgrading a further 114 exchanges – the majority of which will receive fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology.
Mainframe shops (a little) more optimistic about System z
There are only about 4,000 IBM mainframe shops in the world, but they sure do spend a lot of money. And according to a new survey, they are going to keep on spending it for the foreseeable future.
Cloud startup's business model defies laws of physics
Start-up Bitcasa invites you to shove all your data into the cloud and use your hard drive as a cache. It's offering infinite storage capacity, it says, for 10 bucks a month. Really.
ReviewSweaty locals and voodoo always remind me of Angel Heart and I was as confused as Mickey Rourke after watching Dead Island's appalling intro. Seriously, who says "git" these days? Must be all those red pills and JD. This may explain the reverse time trailer I saw a few months back, which mislead me into thinking there might be some semblance of a plot to get to grips with here.
Nintendo 3DS gets more stick
Nintendo is touting an attachment to the 3DS, which plonks an additional slide pad to the right of the button set and readies the handheld machine for dual-stick gaming action. This extra functionality puts it on a par with more conventional console controllers.
Murdoch to reappear before MPs in phone-hack case
MPs are expected to grill James Murdoch for a second time, but no date has been set by the media, culture and sports committee yet.
Facebook music dashboard: Revenue at last?
AnalysisWe all know why Facebook has such astronomical valuations. It is already as ubiquitous as Tesco. It is a place a billion people go to: whereas they only ever leave Google search, to go somewhere else. But people hanging around, poking, throwing cows, ignoring the adverts and goofing around doesn’t pay the rent. To increase revenue, Facebook needs to sell more stuff: products and services.
Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo
Around 3.62 million Britons are fondling slabs, 73 per cent of which are an Apple iPad, according to new research.
Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet
The founder of Stagecoach is accusing Google of censoring him by dumping his personal website from their search engine results. Sir Brian Souter is a Scottish businessman who controversially funded a campaign in 2000 to keep the anti-gay legislation of Section 28 in the Local Government and Finance Act.
AMD snags Guinness World Record for clockiest chip
IDFThe overclocking scamps of "Team AMD FX" are celebrating the Intel Developer Forum's opening day in their own special way: by accepting a fastest-chip-ever award at an event a mere block away from Intel's geekfest.
Maxima sale talks with 'interested parties' are over
Maxima has ended discussions with potential suitors over a sale of the business, the IT reseller and managed services outfit confirmed today.
Hunt: We'll slightly inconvenience pirate sites
In August the government said it wouldn't implement the Digital Economy Act's web-blocking powers. But it still thinks pirate websites hurt British business and wants something to make accessing them more more difficult, and to make sanctions against them less expensive.
SAP coughs $20m to feds in Oracle slurp spat
SAP will cough up $20m to resolve the criminal side of its spat with rival Oracle over illegal software downloading by SAP's subsidiary TomorrowNow.
Belgians aim to be third neutral-net nation
Belgium could be the second European country after the Netherlands to adopt net neutrality for both fixed and mobile networks. Three political parties have joined forces to launch a proposed law (in Dutch), which they hope will be approved early next year.
DRAM, Flash in same box named after killer mountain
You can now buy a tiered solid state device with both DRAM and flash because Kaminario has added Fusion-io flash to its DRAM-based K2 storage box.
Windows 8: First contact with Microsoft Touch
PreviewMicrosoft is facing up to the million-dollar question: how does it compete with Apple's iPad and Google's Android when Windows was designed for keyboard and mouse rather than touch control?
NASA offers space shuttle food and tiles to schools
Food and heat-resistant tiles once destined for orbit will soon end up in the grubby little hands of schoolchildren, in a scheme aimed at inspiring a future generation of astronauts and space engineers.
Intel pushes Ultrabooks for Xmas
IDF 2011Intel may be keen for World+Dog to buy an Ultrabook this Christmas - it's "working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products beginning this holiday season" - but smart buyers may choose to wait until 2012.
Intel, Google 'optimize' chips for Android
IDF 2011Intel will add another layer to its ongoing partnership with Google, announcing that the two companies will work together to optimize all future releases of Android for Intel-architecture processors.
Stonebraker's VoltDB adds catastrophe protection
VoltDB – the new-age database outfit founded by industry high priest Mike Stonebraker – has unveiled version 2.0 of its flagship distributed database, offering new logging tools designed to protect users from catastrophic system failures.
Intel wireless display tech coming to netbooks, tablets, phones
IDF 2011Intel's Wireless Display - aka WiDi - technology is set to expand into music streaming and to a broader array of devices.
Intel promises '20X' power reduction with 'Haswell' chips
IDC 2011Intel claims that platforms built around its Haswell microarchitecture – the successor to the today's Sandy Bridge, scheduled for 2013 – will use one-twentieth the power of today's stingiest low-power platforms.
Bittorrent.com's software download hacked to serve malware
Attackers hijacked two popular Bittorrent websites and tampered with their download mechanisms, causing visitors trying to obtain file-sharing software to instead receive malware.
Health Services Union boss accused of IT tender badness
The national president of the Health Services Union (HSU), Michael Williamson, is at the centre of a New South Wales police investigation over allegations of secret commissions and serious conflicts of interest.
Microsoft touts Windows 8 fondleslabness
BUILDSteven Sinofsky has touted Windows 8 as one Microsoft's most significant redesigns since the arrival of Windows 95 more than 15 years ago.