21st > October > 2011 Archive

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Numara crafts SaaS offerings, preps Oz hosting

Having bedded down its acquisition of local partner Salamander Services, Numara Software is now looking at how to put forward cloud-based services suitable for its channel model.
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Microsoft betting on ultrabooks to boost Windows growth

Microsoft has some interesting areas in which it hopes to profit in the future, and in a call with reporters and analysts after announcing its most recent financial results, Redmondian execs gave strong hints as to what’s worrying it now.
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Seek may float Chinese asset

The Bassat brothers, founders of online recruitment giant Seek, may be extending their midas touch with another IPO.
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Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things'

Updated Thinfilm, a Norwegian developer of printable memory, has co-announced with California's PARC a development that takes a big step towards the day when every manufactured object will report in to the internet.
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Skype lets hackers track your BitTorrent downloads

Scientists have devised a stealthy and low-cost way to track the internet protocol addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as the sharing of specific files over BitTorrent.
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Apple's iPod: ten years old

Apple's iconic iPod digital music player will be ten years old on Sunday.
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WD: Thai flooding should speed EU decision on Hitachi

WD believes the flooding in Thailand puts greater impetus on the European Competition Commission to green-light its proposed acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
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Android grabs quarter of tablet market

World tablet sales hot up during Q3, it was revealed today. Shipments almost quadrupled year on year, from 4.4m units in Q3 2010 to 16.7m tablets in Q3 2011.
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Watchdog mauls Euro database of 'pirates'

The European Commission must explain in more detail the specifics of the operation of a database it plans to create that will hold personal data on suspected intellectual property (IP) rights infringers, an EU data protection watchdog has said.
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RIM's BBX has all the logic PlayBook should have had

RIM is a frustrating company right now. The massive outages that affected BlackBerry email users on three continents last week may have been a miracle of bad timing, just after the iPhone launch, but they were only the most publicised of a string of more avoidable mistakes which are leaving users and developers at the end of their tether.
Faultline, 21 2011
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LG LSM-100 Mouse Scanner

Accessory of the Week Building a document scanner into a mouse is one of those odd notions that seems daft at first but makes sense when you actually think about it.
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HP's chief techie departs, will not be replaced

HP's chief technical officer, Shane Robison, is out.
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Intel Ivy Bridge set for Spring 2012 debut

'Ivy Bridge', Intel's next generation of processor technology, will be unveiled toward the end of Q1 2012 rather than the early part of the year.
Hard Reg, 21 2011
Retro Space Invaders Couch

Retro couch is quite the space invader

Check this crazy piece of furniture out. Behold the Retro Space Invaders Couch from Firebox.
Caleb Cox, 21 2011
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Channel vet to steer Ingram Micro's enterprise biz

Channel veteran Jon Bunyard is to head up Ingram Micro's enterprise business unit from the end of the month after current incumbent Cathi Low steps down.
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BOFH: Hordes unleashed... by a RAM upgrade

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes up short on sub-pixels

Bad news, folks. The sexy looking Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, has an inferior OLED display.
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Crowd-pleasing study in capitalism conspiracy controversy

In what many took to be fodder for the capitalism-is-a-conspiracy theorists, boffins have claimed that about 150 companies, mostly banks, are controlling the majority of the economic power.
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Google+ slips into bed with Reader

Google is overhauling its neglected web and news aggregating tool Reader, unsurprisingly to bring it more into line with the company's newfound love for all things social.

Judge: Top Gear did not libel Tesla

BBC merchandise cash cow Top Gear did not libel e-car maker Tesla, the English High Court ruled this week.
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US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now

Reg readers are advised to get their earthly affairs in order today as the long-predicted Rapture should sweep the good sheep up to heaven sometime after lunch.
Joe Fay, 21 2011
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Hackers crack PlayStation 3 hardware, again

Sony's hacking headaches continued today with claims that a new PlayStation jailbreak USB dongle is about to flood the market.
Caleb Cox, 21 2011
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Reshaping data centre networks

On-demand We think a lot about the network that connects the client to the server room, but maybe not enough about the network inside the data centre.
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Big Dane study finds no mobe cancer link

A Danish study has found there is no increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phone usage.
Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Review Hung upside down over a vat of acid or strapped to a conveyor belt inching towards a blast furnace, Batman could always rely on technology to help him pull off an unlikely escape. That is if he... could... just... reach... his... utility belt, of course.
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Web block would 'spark arms race' against pirates

"Communications systems are inherently designed to deliver communication," stated Mita Mitra, BT's Internet Policy overseer, yesterday while debating one of the most controversial aspects of the 2010 Digital Economy Act: that BT and other ISPs should be responsible for blocking websites that infringe copyright.
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Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

During our coverage this week of the World Solar Challenge, live from Down Under's Stuart Highway from Darwin to Adelaide, some of you weren't too impressed with our account of meeting a big truck bearing an improbably large mining vehicle – some kind of monster Tonka Toy with wheels the size of a two-storey house.
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Acer cuts losses and inventory in Q3

Acer losses narrowed in its third quarter ended September but the bust consumer sector and inventory woes still weighed heavy on its bottom line.
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Smartphone black market fuels knife robberies

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) reckons demand for smartphones on the black market has in part fuelled a rise in knife robberies.
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Quote of the Week: 'Phone bills shouldn't cost more than the rent'

QuotW This was the week when neither rumours of a new smaller iPad nor the huge sales of the iPhone 4S were enough to stop Apple's fourth fiscal quarter earnings from dipping below estimates.
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Privacy blunders by UK biz soar, websites least trusted

Data security breaches within the private sector are rapidly increasing, the UK's Information Commissioner warned today.
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Get out there and take some risks, says Woz

IP Expo Steve Wozniak gave a pitch at IP Expo yesterday in which he spoke about the early days at Apple, taking risks in technology, and Fusion-io, his latest gig.

Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

Never one to pussyfoot around his deep hatred for rivals and traitors, Steve Jobs chucked some choice epithets at Google boss Eric Schmidt and his products after the Apple-Google rift opened in 2007.
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Sony's 3D VR goggles will empty your wallet

Sony's head-mounted vision goggles will hit UK shelves this December at the whopping price of £800.
Caleb Cox, 21 2011
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Toshiba demos monster hi-res tablet display

Toshiba has raised the bar for LCD quality, revealing a 6.1in panel with a pixel density of 498 pixels per inch.
Caleb Cox, 21 2011
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Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish

Britons' digital albatross, DAB radio, might be antique and sound terrible, the culture minister said this week, admitting the 2015 switchover date looked “ambitious”. It’s the first time a politician of ministerial level has acknowledged issues with DAB. But there’s no changing course, he said.
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Boffins crack e-commerce encryption

German computer scientists have cracked components of an encryption system used to securely exchange data between e-commerce and banking systems.
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Reg hack desperately seeks deeply frustrated pensioner

We enjoyed your letter of the 9th. And would love to chat further. Discretion assured. ®
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Feds: Cyberpunks spied on Nasdaq directors

The same hackers who cracked into Nasdaq's computer systems last year apparently planted malware that allowed them to spy on publicly traded companies.
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Netbook shipments slump in face of tablet rise

Tablets outshipped netbooks in Q2 2011.
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Chinese giant halts rare earth shipments to hike prices

China's largest rare-earth producer, the state-owned Baotou Iron and Steel Group, is stopping rare earth shipments for a month in an attempt to drive up prices.
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Dowler family bags £2m payout over phone-hacking saga

Updated News Corp has agreed to cough up £2m to the family of Milly Dowler after individuals working for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid the News of the World were found to have hacked into the murdered schoolgirl's phone.
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Thai floods flush storage channel clean

Distribution giant Computer 2000 has put disk drives on manual allocation to spread supply among its customer base while other distributors have completely frozen sales while they review the impact of the flooding in Thailand.
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Groupon IPO seeks $11.4bn valuation

Groupon confirmed in a regulatory filing today that it is seeking an IPO of around $11.4bn, significantly lower than the $25bn IPO the e-coupon site was pursuing in June this year.
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Zuckerberg's HTML5 Trojan horse play

Open ... And Shut Apple has become the world's most valuable company by filling us with childish wonder at (and ravenous lust to buy) its Jesus phone, but Facebook seems sure to surpass Apple's $350bn-plus market cap by providing the social fabric for all internet traffic. But first the social giant needs to figure out mobile. And fast.
Matt Asay, 21 2011
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Buy a $1m storage brute, get a free iPad app

IBM released so many system and storage announcements this week that it was difficult to zoom in on the most interesting ones: there were 55 in all. We'll focus on the high-end array and cloud file storage items in this convoy of news.
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World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover

One of the world's more advanced pieces of malware has just gotten a makeover that could make it even more resistant to takedown efforts, security researchers said.
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Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday

Professional and amateur astronomers will have their eyes on the skies this weekend, watching for the annual Orionids meteor show as our planet passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet.
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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

A massively thorough study – funded in part by a pair of US oil billionaires who are opponents of climate-disruption remediation – has come to the conclusion that the earth is, indeed, warming.
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Cloud buyers keeping storage sales strong

Analyst house IDC is predicting demand for public and private cloud architectures will means strong growth for storage sales.
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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

NSFW An Arizona man has admitted he was the one who interrupted the 2009 Superbowl broadcast to thousands of cable subscribers and replaced it with footage from an X-rated porno flick, according to published news reports.
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'Occupy Wherever' movement goes transgalactic

Although the Occupy [insert location here] anti-oligopoly movement appears to be losing a bit of its vigor, one enterprising website – Geeks Are Sexy – is attempting to breathe new life into the discriminating 99–per center's hoped-for zeitgeist.