30th > September > 2011 Archive
Apotheker severance outrage: $2.4m 'bonus'
The rich are different from the rest of us not just because they have more money, but also because they get multimillion-dollar bonuses even when they run a company onto the rocks, as did former HP CEO Léo Apotheker.
Sony was a victim as well: Australian privacy watchdog
Victims of the Sony Playstation Network hack included Sony, according to Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.
Qualys endorses alternative to crappy SSL system
San Francisco-based security firm Qualys is throwing its support behind an experimental project designed to improve the security and privacy of website authentication by reducing reliance on certificate authorities that issue secure sockets layer credentials.
Toshiba Regza 47VL863 passive 3D TV
ReviewAlthough ostensibly an aperitif to Toshiba’s incoming flagship LED TV models, this modestly priced 47-incher is a headline maker in its own right. Not only is it the first flatscreen from the brand to offer access to the newly-opened Toshiba Places portal, it’s also Toshiba's first passive 3D panel.
Euro beaks mull copyright of software features
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) should apply copyright protection to the functions of computer programs, a software company has told it, according to media reports.
Bank emails punters asking for their, er, email address
A number of Cahoot customers were left mildly confused this week when they received an email from the bank asking them to confirm their, er, email address.
We7 morphs from jukebox into a radio station
Is there anyone in the world who needs to know the difference between "on demand" and "non-interactive" music? We use the words "jukebox" and "radio" as shorthand – but really, no one should care.
Netscape founder's web BI investment targets IPO float
Roman Stanek has backed the "right thing" at the right time twice during his career in tech. Is he now onto his third?
007's car outdrives iPhone in battle of the brands
The annual CoolBrands survey has returned this year, and Apple has again failed to claw back the top spot that its much coveted iPhone held just a couple of years before.
Fire burns away the Kindle dream of interactivity
Amazon's new Kindles don't have keyboards, an omission which says more about how the Kindle has evolved than any of the shiny new capabilities which have been added.
Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct
Old-time egalitarian societies were just too stable to survive in a dog-eat-dog world, according to Stanford University researchers, a situation which led to them being overrun by the stratified societies which dominate humanity today.
Logitech AV Stand
Accessory of the WeekIt's well known that the iPad's speaker is, well, a bit weedy. While there are a million and one low cost stands out there, if you really want to use your iPad as a movie screen, you need one that incorporates a decent speaker too.
GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update
The GNOME Project has updated its desktop barely six months after the controversial introduction of version 3.0.
Prang finder site reveals accident blackspots
Web coders have plotted a map of UK road crashes using data pulled via the Department of Transport's API.
Adapt swallowed by Lyceum Capital
VC player Lyceum Capital has coughed £30m for a majority stake in London-based managed services firm Adapt to fuel a 'buy and build' strategy.
Maguro+ zombie resurrected as Oracle beast
The genesis of Oracle's mini-Exadata – its new Database Appliance – was quite involved.
Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros
Learning to code in your bedroom will prepare you for the IT job market just as well as a three-year degree costing £27,000, professionals said in a survey published today by CWJobs.co.uk.
Facebook spurns privacy probe as 'routine audit'
Facebook's international headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, where the company just so happens to face a regulatory probe into the handling of personal data on the social network.
Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
ReviewCan games be ahead of their time? I’ve heard it said of musicians, film directors, even comedians but rarely attributed to any person, or any particular release, within the games industry. Perhaps it’s time we started? Take Ico, for example, originally released for PS2 in Europe in 2001 to critical praise but scant commercial success.
Air traffic control data found on eBayed network gear
A switch formerly used by the UK's air-traffic service which still held networking configurations and passwords has been sold on eBay, raising security concerns.
Feds probe triggers Chinese tech stock tumble
Chinese tech companies' stock has been sliding on the NASDAQ today, after a report that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating accounting irregularities at US-listed Chinese firms.
Mobes to slurp messages, links over NFC
NFC devices are to get an optional open mailbox into which messages and requests can be dropped by other NFC devices, hopefully leading to cross-platform P2P applications.
Samsung shows second second-gen 7in Galaxy Tab
Here's another one for Apple's lawyers to sink their teeth into: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Mighty trash-bag balloon cluster soars above Nevada
It's a tip of the hat this morning to Las Vegas high school student Manuja Gunaratne, who for just $50 managed to launch a helium balloon mission and return some impressive snaps of Nevada.
Fifa 12 kicks off with £2 HMV deal
With this season of the FA Premier League long underway, the annual refresh of football-related videogames is now upon us. EA returns today with its kick-about Fifa 12, which can be picked up for a generous £1.99 at HMV.
Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered
When your alarm clock doesn't go off, you can thank a humble enzyme for getting you out of bed, scientists at the Salk Institute reveal in research published today.
Beer bottle shagging beetles with HUGE MEMBERS win prize
Aussie beetles who mistake the brown bobbly bit round the rim of beer bottles for an alluring female have landed two entomologists this year's Ig Nobel prize for biology.
Telcos cough mobe tracking habits
The American Civil Liberties Union has compiled 381 information requests to establish who is slurping information from phone networks and what they're finding out.
Quattrone blasts Ellison, says Autonomy is right
CommentInvestment banker Frank Quattrone has said Autonomy's Mike Lynch is right and Oracle is wrong: Mike Lynch did not shop Autonomy to Oracle - he did.
Nominet suspends fake pharma domains
Nominet, the .uk address registry, has suspended hundreds of internet domain names as part of a global police crackdown on crime gangs peddling fake pharmaceuticals.
Apple turns the screws on reseller channel
Channel bully boy Apple is halving the early settlement discount for resellers across Europe in a phased rollout.
Huawei inks distie deals in enterprise push
Huawei has inked a distie deal with Micro P in the UK and is understood to have inked a deal with TD Azlan across Europe as it steps up efforts to give rivals a bloody nose in the enterprise space.
MS names Nokia WinPho models in compo blunder
Microsoft has inadvertently leaked the names of forthcoming Nokia Windows Phone handsets by including them in the terms and conditions of a competition.
Avaya and Azlan split, end UK distie pact
TD Azlan has confirmed it is splitting with Avaya in the UK but will continue the distie agreement in other parts of EMEA.
500 jobs threatened as Virgin Media shutters Liverpool call centre
Virgin Media is closing its outsourced call centre in Albert Dock, Liverpool, and "consolidating" its operations by shifting to an existing site in Swansea.
Electric plane-flinger for US and Royal navies doing well
The electromagnetic mass-driver catapults that will equip the next generation of aircraft carriers in the British and US navies are doing well in tests. This is important to both services, as their next carriers will be effectively useless without the new technology.
Life-size Lego assault rifle really works
We've seen all sorts of gadgets built from Lego and this wouldn't be the first piece of artillery either. However, this life-sized Gears of War assault rifle replica is far too impressive to ignore.
Nokia punts cheapo NFC dev kit
Desperate to spur interest in Near Field Communications, Nokia is flogging an NFC development kit with a C7 and two dozen tags for €180, or about half the cost of a C7.
Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags
A Japanese developer has augmented what is, arguably, the only thing worth augmenting: virtual breast enhancements with real physics, courtesy of Microsoft Kinect.
Microsoft takes the Android profit, the Wonkas take the pain
Google’s troubles with Android aren’t just financial. They’re actually much, much worse than that, which all seriously throws the company’s golden reputation for perspicacity into doubt. Why buy into Google’s vision of the future when its own estimation of the present is so deeply flawed?
Provider: Anti-piracy ruling has 'killed Usenet'
Europe’s biggest Usenet provider News-Service Europe (NSE) says anti-piracy organisation BREIN has "killed Usenet". The Dutch organisation this week lost a landmark case in which it was ordered to remove all pirated content or risk fine of €50,000 per day.
Bo Peep insures jubs for $1m
NSFWHolly Madison, the US "reality TV star and model", has insured her D-cup jubs for $1m, lest they suffer a mishap during her Las Vegas extravaganza Peepshow.
Final insult for Full Tilt as Channel Islands kill its licence
The Channel Islands have revoked the gambling licence of Full Tilt Poker, the online gambling firm US prosecutors have accused of being a global Ponzi scheme.
Android's scariest nightmare: resurgently sexy Microsoft
Open...and ShutMicrosoft, lost in the mobile woods for so long, may have finally found a way back.
Samsung offers Apple TOP-SECRET peace deal in Australia
Samsung has held out the olive branch to Apple to end their patent dispute in Australia, a Sydney court was told today.
Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser
Users of Google's Chrome browser are in an uproar after antivirus software from Microsoft classified it as virulent piece of malware that should be deleted immediately.
Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss
At $199, Amazon may be selling its new Kindle Fire at a loss, emulating King Gillette's marketing brainstorm: sell razors dirt cheap and make money on the blades.
Microsoft, IBM tussle for tech value runner-up
IBM appears on the verge of passing Microsoft in market capitalization for the first time in 15 years, as the two duke it out for the number-two tech company slot, behind Apple.
NASA: 'Asteroid armageddon less likely than we feared'
First the good news: there are fewer Earth-threatening asteroids than previously thought. The bad news: there are still plenty of dinosaur extinction–sized globe crushers out there, awaiting their turn.
Oracle in stiff competition with SF smut merchants
OpenWorldSan Francisco is bracing itself for an influx of around 50,000 technologists as the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne conferences kick off next week, and the city’s smut merchants – or gentlemen’s clubs as they prefer to be known – are making a play for attendees' attention.