29th > September > 2011 Archive
Aussie parrots hit the sauce and hit the deck
Spring is sprung, the grass is rizz, and the little birdies is dropping out of the sky, drunk.
Stars say relativity still works
The Special Theory of Relativity may be under re-evaluation following CERN’s astonishing neutrino observations, but over in the world of astronomy, general relativity has had another reconfirmation from the Neils Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
Google cries foul, Feds dump Microsoft cloud monopoly
Google is dropping its case against the US Department of the Interior over that organization’s refusal to consider any cloud-applications provider apart from Microsoft.
Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attacks
Firefox developers searching for a way to protect users against a new attack that decrypts sensitive web traffic are seriously considering an update that stops the open-source browser from working with Oracle's Java software framework.
If Google builds it, will the applications come?
Forget the public vs private infrastructure debate, when Google need a high-speed broadband network, Google just builds it.
Acer Timeline X 5830T
ReviewAcer has ploughed itself a nice furrow over the last few years, building nice-looking, well-made laptops. The 5830T might lack the instant recognition and wow-factor of the Apple MacBook Pro, but there’s no arguing that it’s a nice-looking system.
Leatherman style multifunctional network device offered
QLogic has a new FlexSuite adapter that can function as either 10 gig Ethernet or 16 gig Fibre Channel.
PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices
RIM has started to slash prices for its little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the US amid channel talk on this side of the pond that the fondleslabs are shifting more slowly than expected and inventory levels are out of control.
China's patent EXPLOSION could leave West behind
AnalysisNo one should be in any doubt that patents are a key part - if not the key part - of any strategy to gain or hold market share in tech industry.
Lovefilm debuts movie streaming app
Disc rental and streaming service Lovefilm has uploaded a fresh iPad app that will play streamed movies.
Murdoch organ intrudes into readers' private places
It's been a few short months since Murdoch rag-for-suits the Wall Street Journal perplexed the world by releasing a flawed whistle-blower website for people wanting to leak tasty secrets to the newspaper.
Does Gove’s webmail policy breach Data Protection Act too?
Does the use of Gmail or Hotmail by a Minister's Private Office (in order to evade Freedom of Information (FOI) obligations) also lead to breaches in the Data Protection Act? Well, I can see how this could be the case.
Faustian descent into backup hell: A play in two acts
A laptop user wanting to remove the backup software Acronis True Image found himself in a Kafkaesque world: the vendor's own clean-up software could potentially render his laptop unbootable. But then a Ghost came to the rescue.
Slab-fondling e-shoppers spend more
The Wall Street Journal has found proof that e-shoppers on tablets are more likely to buy the things they see on their shiny touch screens than people looking at the same sites on traditional computers.
Android tablet growth outpaces market down under
The iPad commands three-quarters of the Australia and New Zealand tablet market, so Apple doesn't have to worry about Android growth rates just yet.
Star Trek TNG revamped for Blu-ray in 2012
Captain's log 65209.2, CBS has officially confirmed Star Trek: The Next Generation will be heading to Blu-Ray in 2012.
iOS App of the WeekWith energy prices going through the roof, I recently decided that it was time to pay a bit more attention to my meter readings.
Oracle accuses Autonomy chief of telling 'whopper'
Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has continued to deny trying to flog his company to Oracle before the recent controversial deal with HP - despite the database giant's blunt claims that he is telling "whoppers".
Googorola deal stalled by Feds
The US Department of Justice has asked for more time to consider Google's $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility, putting paid to any hopes of closing out the deal before the end of the year.
ISPs get flimsy self-help leaflet on net speed ads
A so-called "Help Note" has been published this morning that offers guidance to advertisers when flogging broadband based on attractive speed claims.
Firms are RUBBISH at payment security
Most retailers and other businesses are continuing to struggle with payment card industry standards, placing confidential customer data at a heightened risk of exposure as a result.
Ultrabooks vs tablets: tablet demise greatly exaggerated
If you read stories on the interweb, almost all of them sourced from a DigiTimes article, that tablet sales will be whammed next year by Ultrabooks, consider.
HP recruits Goldman Sachs to grapple activist investors
HP has rented the services of Goldman Sachs Group to fend off any potential activist investors seeking to rock the boat.
Boffins prove Queen ballad 'world's most catchy song'
Enterprising "music scientists" have declared Queen's 1977 cheesy power ballad We are the Champions as the world's catchiest song after thoroughly analysing it.
Rise of Nightmares
ReviewA spine-tingling unease, an oppressive sense of dread, an irrepressible fear – dusting off and firing up the Kinect sensor can fill any self respecting gamer with a profound foreboding. Since its release almost a year ago, Child of Eden stands as the only hardcore game to shine its - admittedly brilliant - light through the gloom of casual, throwaway motion-controlled titles.
T-Mobile: Samsung ban really not in the public interest
T-Mobile USA has joined Verizon Wireless on the Samsung side of the Apple patent suit in the US, which at the moment is looking for a preliminary injunction on selected devices from the Korean firm's factories.
RM flogging or axing units in painful shake-up
Education supplier RM - faced with no uplift in market conditions on the horizon - is laying off staff, and flogging or shuttering some of its loss-making subsidiaries. The move plunged its share price by nearly a quarter.
Anonymous hacktivists turn rapper on YouTube, iTunes
Hacktivist groups TeaMp0isoN and Anonymous have teamed up with an independent artist to release a rap song which they hope will storm the music charts.
Nokia axes another 3,500 jobs
Nokia is cutting a further 3,500 jobs in Europe as part of its restructuring plan to save the company €1bn in operating expenses by 2013.
Microsoft woos open-sourcers to float Hyper-V clouds
Microsoft is working with an Apache-licensed open-source project to make Hyper-V and Windows Servers an integral part of cloud-computing infrastructure.
HTC sprouts smartphone for shoppers on a shoe-string
HTC has confirmed the launch of its latest budget smartphone, the HTC Explorer, set to hit the UK in the coming months.
Crazy pot smokers get high on wireless power
The Wireless Power Consortium is promising to demonstrate more than 60 new products next week, heralding a new wave of battery charging for people too stoned to plug in their phones.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab bicycle could be dangerous
Samsung has taken its Galaxy Tab on the road, promoting its fondleslab through a custom-built road bike with built-in slate holder.
Journo register gaffe a boon for media overlords
OpinionNew Labour showed both its technological illiteracy and authoritarian streak by floating plans to establish an official register of journalists from which miscreants might be struck off.
Amazon accepts Kindle Fire will be rooted
Amazon has confirmed that its Kindle Fire 7in Android tablet can be rooted - and that it expects it will be soon enough.
Brands stiffed by .xxx briefs' cock-ups
Half of all attempts to protect trademarks from the new .xxx internet extension could be failing due to lawyers' inability to RTFM*.
Autonomy slams Oracle's 'Lynch tells whoppers' claim
Autonomy has firmly rejected Oracle's claims it really was shopping itself to Oracle, saying Oracle needs help with its unstructured data, and Autonomy could help.
Go Daddy flogs 50 MILLION domains
Go Daddy's installed base of domain name registrations has swollen to 50 million, dwarfing all of its closest competitors.
Groupon moves into online retailing in US
Groupon has launched a retail unit in the US, putting the daily deals website in competition with etailing leaders like Amazon.
Dead FalconStor CEO 'was set to plead guilty'
Newsday is alleging that FalconStor CEO Reijane Huai was going to plead guilty to a multi-million dollar bribery scheme.
Defence firm Ultra goes cyber with AEP buy
UK-based defence conglomerate Ultra Electronics has acquired security appliance firm AEP Networks in a deal valued at up to $75m. Ultra Electronics agreed to pay $57.5m plus a further $17.5m, depending on sales figures, for the remote appliance firm.
Spotify adds 'temporary' private listening mode after Facebook backlash
Spotify tried to placate its unhappy users today after they were herded into Facebook's reservation in a deal between the two companies.
HTC reckons 'WinPho will give Android a run for its money'
HTC has expressed its love for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, stating it believes the OS will "eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money".
Be steps back from fibre broadband in 2011 pledge
Be Broadband will not be implementing fibre optic connectivity any time soon, the ISP admitted yesterday, it's plans taking "longer than hoped" to put in place.
NetApp perks up FAS2000, bigs up Vegas gig
NetApp is set to refresh its FAS 2000 line with a FAS 2240 system – needing the much-anticipated Data ONTAP 8.1 software.
Gibson revisits Firebird range with robotic refresh
Gibson Guitar has taken its classic 1960s Firebird axe into the 21st Century with the launch of a limited edition hi-tech guitar system, the Firebird X.
Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze
Biology boffins have turned their hand to something useful: a pill to stop you acting drunk no matter how many pints you put away.
iPhone 5 to support 21Mb/s HSPA+ not LTE
A China Unicom executive has let slip that the iPhone 5 - or, at least, the 2011 edition of the Apple handset - will support HSPA+ 3G technology with download speeds of up to 21Mb/s.
Logitech fined for bogus bug-busting keyboard ad
Misleading adverts for a biological bug killing keyboard violated federal law and earned its maker a six-figure fine.
Cops probe £500k hole in reseller's books
Police are investigating financial irregularities that Accumuli management discovered in the books of Boxing Orange, a managed security services provider it acquired for £5.48m last spring.
Man who blasted five million text spams gets wrist slap
Federal authorities have issued a token wrist slap to a California man for sending at least 5 million text-message spams and harvesting the personal information of recipients against their wishes.
Oracle revs up Sparc, speeds up roadmap
How long will it be until Oracle stops selling systems that are based on Intel's Xeon processors? Or servers that use Fujitsu's Sparc64 line of processors, for that matter?
Microsoft's Android patent ransom to 'total $444m' next year
A report from the technology analysis team at Goldman Sachs estimates that Microsoft will suck up $444 million in Android royalties over the coming financial year.
Heroku floats heavenly Python into platform cloud
The polyglotting of platform clouds continues apace, with the Heroku platform-as-a-service cloud, owned by Salesforce.com, announcing support for PHP, and with PaaS competitor Engine Yard adding support for JRuby.
Apple victorious: Courts deny hackintosher's final plea
The long-running legal imbroglio between Apple and hackintosh-maker Psystar has – almost – been brought to an end: a federal appeals court has affirmed Apple's 2009 injunction of death that prevents Psystar from selling Mac products from now until eternity.
Apple to Oz court: ‘Our products are lame, really’
Lawyers, it seems, don’t have to clear the things they say to judges with the corporate PR department. So it is that in the Apple vs Samsung hearing in the Federal Court in Sydney yesterday, Apple in effect told the court its iPad is too lame to withstand competition.
RIM defends PlayBook as more execs bail
Research in Motion is fighting back against rumors that it's abandoning its PlayBook tablet effort, just as word arrives that two more execs have jumped ship from the Canadian Titanic-emulator.