14th > October > 2011 Archive

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Microsoft twists some pixels

Microsoft has swooped up game development house Twisted Pixel, in a move to bolster its incubation team for gaming and entertainment content for Microsoft Studios. The Austin, Texas-based studio has a history with Gatesville collaboration, developing award-winning Xbox Live Arcade titles since launching in 2006, Spolsion Man has featured as their biggest hit.
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Hubble snaps dark matter warping spacetime

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a 19-hour snapshot of galaxies whose images have been warped by the presence of the baffling interstellar substance known as "dark matter", residing in an intervening galactic cluster.

IBM juices I/O and memory on entry Power Systems

If you are a user of an entry or somewhat biggish Power Systems server and you are memory or I/O constrained, then IBM has some new Power7 machines it wants to sell you. If not, the company is perfectly happy to sell you the existing Power7 machines, which don't support as much main memory and which only use PCI-X and PCI-Express 1.0 peripherals.
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So where is IBM's Power7+ CPU?

As El Reg told you earlier this week, IBM was, indeed, getting ready to enhance its Power Systems line of servers. But Big Blue did not, despite evidence to the contrary, have the Power7+ processors coming "just around the corner", as it was telling customers only a few weeks ago.
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Astronomy crowd spots PLANET KILLER!

Unravelling DNA, identifying exoplanets, and now, spotting near-Earth asteroids: is there anything that science can’t outsource to an Internet crowd?
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Wannabe Obama replacement tried to hire Ballmer

Mitt Romney, one of the leading contenders for the US Republican Party’s presidential nomination, has revealed he once tried to hire Steve Ballmer.
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Financial company heavies researcher for reporting vulnerability

An Australian security researcher has found himself questioned by police and threatened by a commercial law firm – for reporting a vulnerability to a financial company.
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Apple versus Samsung: key points in the ruling

Yesterday’s (October 13) judgment granting Apple its requested injunction preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy 10.1 fondleslab in Australia has been published.
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Facebook accused of violating US wiretap law

A Mississippi woman has accused Facebook of violating federal wiretap statutes by tracking her internet browsing history even when she wasn't logged onto the social networking site.
Toyota Yaris 2011

Toyota Yaris 2011

Review It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of the first two incarnations of Toyota’s little Yaris that between them they lasted for 12 years before the third version rolled off the production line. But has Yaris 3.0 still got what it takes to cut the mustard in the super-competitive B segment?
WHSmith Kobo Touch e-book reader

WHSmith launches e-book reader rivals to Amazon Kindle

WHSmith will next week launch against Amazon's Kindle with a pair of e-book readers of its own.

Toshiba tears into enterprise drive space

Courtesy of its acquisition of Fujitsu's disk drive business, Toshiba has entered the enterprise 2.5-inch disk market with a bang: with a 300GB, 15K drive to be precise.
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O2 to trial VoIP over Wi-Fi

O2 has announced it is going to try some VoIP services, under the brand of O2 Connect, while in America T-Mobile has opened up its Bobsled service to compete with Google Voice.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Energy minister gives grudging nuke endorsement

Comment UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne has given a ringing endorsement of nuclear energy and lauded the potential of thorium reactor technology, in his speech to the Royal Society today.
Belkin Conserve Switch power saving adaptor board

Belkin Conserve

Accessory of the Week Like many folk, I tend to leave my TV, Sky box and other AV kit in their low-power standby mode when I retire to my boudoir in the evenings.
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World+Dog goes bonkers for iPhone 4S

O2 has claimed it sold more iPhone 4S handsets in the first hour the gadget has been on sale than the number of iPhone 4s it shifted in 2010.
Hard Reg, 14 2011
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Dell signals Windows 8 fondleslab range

Dell World At Dell World today Michael Dell pretty much said his company will produce a Windows 8 tablet.
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Iranian TV claims royals ordered Ofcom to ban it

Press TV, not waiting to get its official reprimand for broadcasting a dodgy interview, has accused Ofcom of being in league with the Royal Family to get it taken off the air.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
Samsung Google Ice Cream Sandwich invite

Samsung, Google to out Ice Cream Sarnie next week

Samsung and Google have rescheduled the announcement of their latest smartphone collaboration, putting a mark in the calendars on 19 October - next Wednesday.

Bandwidth restrictions can affect the memory

Every now and again, a conversation at the pub goes somewhere interesting.

Digital UK names date for end of analogue TV era

Digital UK has warned telly viewers in Britain that they have until 24 October 2012 to ditch their analogue receivers, or equip them with a digital set-top box.
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Brit cyberwarriors, your country needs you

The government is proactively addressing its failure to retain internet specialists to deal with cyber security threats, according to a document (PDF) presented to Parliament by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Dropbox rival touts 50GB free cloud storage for iOS fans

Cloud storage provider Box.net has unveiled an unmissable offer for iOS-heads, giving users heaps of free storage - ten times the amount Apple chucks in for nowt with iCloud.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Sony Ericsson stems losses with smartphone sales

Sony Ericsson had a good third quarter, turning in a respectable profit on higher-margin smartphones, but won't comment on the rumours that Sony is looking to buy out the partnership.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Europe backs changes to FOI laws

On Tuesday the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee voted to support minor amendments to Commission's proposals to alter existing EU regulations on public access to EU documents. Both the Commission and the Committee want to update the regulations to reflect new access requirements to documents agreed under the Lisbon Treaty.
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Computacenter squeezed by drop in demand

Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was squeezed in calendar Q3 by falling demand for bulky professional services deals and a continued drop in product sales.
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'A prime example of our complete failure'

QuotW This was the week when Research in Motion’s BlackBerry services, including email, BBM and internet were in, and then out and in, out and shaking all about. To many readers’ horror, the London Olympics 2012 seemed likely to run on Windows Vista, and then it wasn’t and Operation Hackerazzi bagged a suspect, allowing naked celebrities everywhere to heave a sigh of relief.
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BOFH: Where's my free fondleslab?

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OMG! Berners-Lee has an iPhone

RSA Europe Sir Tim Berners-Lee surprised assembled hacks when he turned up to a press roundtable at the RSA conference on Thursday with an iPhone.

Texan lone star Dell lassoes storage into servers

Dell World Texans have a certain swagger, and today in the Austin Convention Centre it was Dell's turn to sashay onto the stage. EMC World, Symantec Vision, Dell World, NetApp Insight - the single-vendor trade shows give corporates a catwalk on which to strut their stuff, and Michael Dell strode out to walk the walk and talk the talk as behoves the CEO of a $30-plus-billion corporation.
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Collapsing cranes and cantankerous cars

WSC It's all go here Down Under at the World Solar Challenge, as the rival teams prepare their vehicles to depart Darwin on Sunday, with nothing more than a quick 3,000km drive between them and the finishing line in Adelaide.
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Norton blocks Facebook as 'phishing site'

Symantec has withdrawn an update to its Norton consumer security software that branded Facebook a phishing site on Wednesday.

Apple's US bid to ban Samsung tabs hinges on design

A US judge has said that she won't ban Samsung tablets on functionality, but might still do so based on design, and that Cupertino has yet to demonstrate those patents are valid.
Bill Ray, 14 2011

Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week.
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Big biz told to reveal hack attacks

Publicly listed companies in the US have been asked to disclose when they've been hacked, according to new guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Forza 4

Forza 4

Review Driving simulators - you either get them or you don't. For those of you who can't tell your carburettors from your crankshafts, there's perhaps little chance that anything written here will convince you to invest. Shame, because Forza 4 is perhaps the most accessible driving sim yet designed. It has the depth demanded by the motorsport devotee, yes, but it's buried beneath presentation which keeps everything user-friendly.
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Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

Review Oneiric Ocelot, or Ubuntu 11.10 as it is known, has been delivered and refines the core of the Unity environment Canonical built at the expense of GNOME.
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If the name’s not on the whitelist it can’t come in

The poor old corporate endpoint has had a bit of a battering in the last few years. Malware is more widespread and complex than ever and it is easy to get infected simply by visiting legitimate sites that have been hacked.
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Punters to favour Smart TV over 3D TV

Telly buyers are keener on Smart TV tech than they are on 3D, but both features are going to be taken up more enthusiastically than televisions in general over the next three years.
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Huawei 'taps up' firms to form Euro operation

We hear that there are ongoing three-way talks between Sitronics (part of Sistema Holdings), Huawei and Intracom Telecom (part of Intracom Holdings).
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Hadoop: A Linux even Microsoft likes

Open... and Shut There was a time when Microsoft despised open source, because open source essentially meant "Linux," and Linux was a serious threat to Microsoft's operating system business.
Matt Asay, 14 2011
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Dutch court rejects Samsung iPhone ban bid

The Dutch court has chucked out Samsung's request that various iDevices be banned from sale in the Netherlands.
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Top Tory 'lost voters' personal info' days before ID fraud week

Just days before the start of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week on Monday, the Prime Minister's chief policy advisor Oliver Letwin has been snapped binning what appear to be documents containing personal information in a public park.

Samsung takes another hit in patent punch-up

In the third blow against Samsung this week, a Dutch court has turned down its application for an injunction against Apple's products on the basis of 3G patents.
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Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

One in every six mobiles in the UK has got traces of poo on it, according to a new study.

Winning new UK pylon design may never be used

Eco Strategy Boutique A Danish company has won a competition to design a new electricity pylon for the UK. The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the winner, Bystrup, today.

Intel mad for power, but stacked-up dies keep MELTING!

ERIC Moore's Law is going to be good for at least another decade, according to chip-maker Intel.
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Big data centers spending big bucks on big hardware

Just like the rich keep getting richer, the biggest data centers in the world keep getting bigger. And they're spending more money on servers, storage, and networking.
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Drone nerve centre malware was Mafia Wars' infostealer

More details have emerged on how systems ground systems that control US military drones came to be infected by malware.
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Mass ASP.NET attack causes websites to turn on visitors

An infection that causes poorly configured websites to silently bombard visitors with malware attacks has hit almost 614,000 webpages, Google searches show.
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Google takes buzz saw to Buzz, other appendages

Google's first stab at social networking, the failed Google Buzz, is just one of a group of projects and programs that Mountain View has cast off in a "fall sweep", the sequal to its "fall spring-clean" of last month.
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It's official: Microsoft, Skype marriage consummated

Microsoft is wrapping up the last regulatory approvals, and has formally added Skype as a new division within the company, closing the deal that cost Redmond $8.5bn.
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Apache insists OpenOffice is alive, well, and flush

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has sought to downplay fears over the future of OpenOffice, following a rather dramatic statement from original members of the team, begging for donations.
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Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

The European Brand Institute's annual brand-value survey is out, and Europe has little to boast about: not one European brand made it into the top ten.