20th > September > 2011 Archive
Google opens digital Wallet on Nexus S phones
Google and Sprint have officially unveiled Google Wallet, an Android "digital wallet" that enables payments with a smartphone in much the same way people use credit cards today.
Mellanox goes to Wall Street for cash
UpdatedInfiniBand and Ethernet networking chip and equipment maker Mellanox Technologies announced after the market closed in New York on Monday that it would be issuing up to 3 million shiny new shares to raise some cash for working capital and strategic investments.
Games review site goes titsup at launch
A pair of adult industry personalities who also happen to like games are set to combine their interests with a site offering topless game review videos and walkthroughs.
Yes, there's a Tech Bubble. But that's OK
Open...and ShutEven as Silicon Valley sages Marc Andreesen and Peter Thiel pooh-pooh the notion of a tech bubble, there are clear signs that tech is frothier than may be sustainable.
EA shutters another Oz studio
Visceral, contributor to games like Dead Space and Dante’s Inferno, has followed Team Bondi and two THQ studios into the void with the loss of 21 jobs.
Arduino to add ARM board this year
The DIY hardware enthusiast’s platform of choice, Arduino, will be shipping a new ARM-based platform this year.
ScaleMP (finally) glues together 128 Opteron servers
Servers are going virtual these days, so maybe it is time for server chipsets and interconnects to do the same.
Cisco's virtual switching comes to Hyper-V 3.0 next year
It looks like Microsoft's Hyper-V server virtualization hypervisor is maturing enough at the jump to Windows 8 Server next year that Cisco Systems needs to make it a full peer to VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which has been the preferred virtualization layer on the "California" Unified Computing System servers from Cisco for the past two years.
More high-tech firms 'will merge to escape financial risk'
Nearly half of high-tech firms are still at risk of financial distress after the recession, prompting the latest spate of mergers, acquisitions and downsizing, according to AlixPartners.
Skype for iPhone makes stealing address books a snap
If you use Skype on an iPhone or iPod touch, Phil Purviance can steal your device's address book simply by sending you a chat message.
Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP
ReviewAny portable media player has to contend with the entire smartphone market. If you don’t mind running down the battery, mobiles can be as good as dedicated players. New PMPs need extra frills to stand out. With its third-generation GoGear Muse, Philips has added some interesting tweaks. But are they enough?
EU recording copyright extension 'will cost €1bn'
Extending the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years will cost the general public more than €1bn, an intellectual property academic has claimed.
NHS loses CD of 1.6 MILLION patients' records
An NHS trust has told patients that it is acting to improve its data handling practices after a rebuke from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing a CD containing details on 1.6 million people.
Mobile voice revenue slowdown predicted from 2013
Ovum reckons revenue from voice will start dipping within two years, and the increasing data revenues won't be enough to replace it either.
'iPhone 5' chippery captured on camera
Another week, another influx of next-gen iPhone rumours and speculation. This time, though, we have images of what appears to be the chipset that'll be used within Apple's upcoming handset.
Android App of the WeekIt’s hard to know where to begin with the Elixir 2 toolkit because it does so many different things. It’s part user interface, part system status indicator and part control panel.
Reseller Insight gobbles consultancy biz
Reseller giant Insight Enterprises has swallowed US-based professional services outfit Ensynch.
US Matrix-style Cyberwar firing range moves forward
The US military's plans to create a cyberwarfare firing range in which to test cyber weapons and train the cyber warriors of tomorrow is to continue, with a further $10.77m of funding just announced.
Getting to grips with SSD performance
Deep diveEver been annoyed that solid-state disk (SSD) performance can drop off precipitately once the wretched thing has gone through a few writes, erases and re-writes? That's because the fresh-out-of-the-box (FOB) performance can bear no relation to the steady state performance – none at all. This deep dive explains what's going on and how this tetchy problem can be fixed.
Motorola seven-inch slate snapped
Motorola has suggested in the past that the 10in Xoom won't remain its only tablet, so it was only a matter of time before some daring mortal went all MI5 with a spy camera and uploaded some shots of the bloomin' thing.
Hunt for long-lost Apollo 10 moon lander adrift in space
Kids have been invited to join the hunt for a NASA mooncraft that has been lost in space for more than 40 years.
f8: Facebook Zucks in video and music for content king crown
f8:Facebook wants its social network to become a platform churning out video, music and news feeds – and the company is expected to reveal just how much it wants to be the content king of the interwebs later this week at its f8 developer conference.
Microsoft delays LAR deal registration programme
Microsoft has delayed implementation of its deal registration programme for Large Account Resellers (LARs) until March as the systems required to make it work are not ready.
MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m
Failure to understand IT was one of the core reasons for what the Public Accounts Committee has called "one of the worst cases of project failure in many years".
Windows 8 fondleslabs rock up on eBay
Can't wait to touch and poke a Windows 8 fondleslab? Well now you can, but it'll cost you big bucks.
Gears of War 3
ReviewWhen it comes to goodbyes, Gears of War 3 proves that parting truly is the sweetest of sorrows. A swansong of bewildering scope and ambition, it's a near-flawless conclusion to Epic's highly acclaimed series.
Crooks push fake anti-virus via Skype calls
Scareware pushers have turned to Skype with automated messages to pressure marks into buying worthless 'security' software.
Round two for Larry vs Larry Java face-off
The two Larrys will be back in mediation tomorrow, after a day of talks failed to come to any resolution in the Oracle versus Google case over Java patents.
Amazon's app store spotted outside US
Amazon users around the world are reporting that the retailer's Android store is now selling apps worldwide, despite the company's denials and our own failure to buy anything.
DfE probed over Gmail use for official business
Education Secretary Michael Gove was under fire this morning after it was revealed that his department used private email systems for official business that – it is claimed – included sensitive information.
Baltimore 'toilet bomber' acquitted
The mysterious "toilet bomb case" which has held the city of Baltimore gripped since February has reached its close, as a jury found Duane Gerald Davis Senior not guilty of leaving a fake exploding toilet outside a courthouse.
Google Wallet pockets Visa
Visa will be joining MasterCard in Google Wallet, making the Chocolate Factory's service acceptable just about everywhere - if you have the right app installed.
HP axes up to 525 webOS hardware staff
HP is laying off up to 525 staff from its global webOS hardware biz, according to reports.
Antitrust settlement over Big Blue's big iron nears
Big Blue has almost settled its differences with the European Commission over the supply of mainframe spare parts to third-party maintainers.
Why was Duke Nukem Forever s**t?
Game developer Gearbox has put together an online survey asking for feedback on its widely-panned game Duke Nukem Forever.
DigiNotar goes titsup: Disgraced certificate firm is sunk
Disgraced digital certificate firm DigiNotar has filed for bankruptcy in The Netherlands.
Hitachi GST flashes HP 3PAR OEM deal
HP 3PAR has picked Hitachi GST flash drives to speed array data access.
US survey: 1 in 5 telecommuters work an hour or less a day
Almost one in five Americans who work from home only clock in for an hour or less a day, according to a survey, while a third stay in their pyjamas.
SAP gobbles Facebook-for-biz firm
A Munich-based company that provides secure "social networking" for business has just been snapped up by German enterprise software giant SAP.
Lib Dems vote for pirate-friendly 'one-speed net'
Liberal Democrats yesterday passed a motion approving the party's radical new internet policy – including a technically-challenged proposal to make all internet traffic flow at one speed.
Adobe tosses more big deals dosh at resellers
A shakeup of deal registration payments by Adobe could help its links with hard-pressed resellers.
Off-the-shelf servers spar with million-dollar storage arrays
VMworld 2011Cheap and cheerful storage from Nexenta matched EMC and NetApp's multi-million-dollar systems in VMworld 2011's Hands On Lab, and took up some of the slack from its rivals when difficulties arose on the first day. EMC and NetApp have cooly brushed off Nexenta's claims it outperformed them.
Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux
In the latest news from the tech world's ongoing global hunt to find someone to sue over/deal with on patents, Microsoft has signed a licensing agreement with Casio.
Google+ opened to world+dog
Google has allowed world+dog onto Google+, its latest attempt to turn itself into Facebook.
Stallman: Android evil, Apple and Microsoft worse
Android isn't free software but the mobile operating system is better for developers than Microsoft's Windows Phone and Apple's iOS.
Microsoft faces fresh antitrust probes in Ireland and Spain
Microsoft is facing more antitrust scrutiny as Spanish competition authorities announced an 18-month review of Redmond’s licensing practices in Spain and Ireland.
America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put the cart before the horse to some degree when purchasing a new supercomputer to track hurricanes.
Samsung bakes lower-voltage server memory
Those hyperscale data centers that are trying to cram 10 pounds of servers into a 5-pound rack have gotten a little more help from Korean memory maker Samsung Electronics.
Android bug lets attackers install malware without warning
It's been more than a month since researchers reported two serious security vulnerabilities in Android, but so far there's no indication when they will be purged from the Google-spawned operating system that's the world's most popular smartphone platform.
Google defends itself before Senate antitrust hearing
Just ahead of its grilling in front of the Senate in Washington, Google has set up a blog page answering some of the anti-competition allegations against it.
Dell shrinks vStart cloud boxes
Dell has put its vStart cloudy infrastructure bundles in the marketing dryer and shrunk them down to a size more suitable for a small and midsized businesses.
Dimension Data opens big digs in Sydney
Dimension Data has invested in a global service centre worth $AU107 million in Sydney.
On-net customers drive TPG growth
Junior telco TPG is the latest in the sector to announce strong customer and profit growth in an Australian economy constantly being warned about downturn, with after-tax net profit growing to $AU78.2 million.
Prosecutor calls poker site 'global Ponzi scheme'
Directors of one of the internet's biggest gambling sites have been accused of running a massive Ponzi scheme that bilked players out of about $330 million.