28th > October > 2011 Archive

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Murdoch’s Oz hacks to get special paywall discount

The News Limited paywall experiment in Australia which started on Monday has received a less-than-rapturous welcome among its journalists, who are being asked to pay to access the site.
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Catch of the Day on track for $AU250m

Investors may be turning off the group buying craze in the US – courtesy of Groupon - but in Australia the verve for online discounts continues to ka-ching.
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Asia Pac networks filled with entertainment

Asia-Pacific bandwidth is increasingly being consumed by users of ‘real-time entertainment’ according to the latest Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report.
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Hands on with Canon's EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR

First look Canon’s top-end DSLR range has long been a slightly confusing place. The EOS-5D, both Mark I and II cameras, were self evident – slower, very high-quality stills models for studio photographers on a budget. The high-end, featuring EOS-1D variants was baffling, though.
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Hackers commandeer US government satellites

Hackers interfered with two US government satellites on four separate occasions in 2007 and 2008, according to a report scheduled to be released next month by a congressional commission.
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LSI snaps up flash controller company

Flash industry consolidation took another step forward, with semiconductor company LSI buying flash controller startup SandForce to strengthen its server and storage array flash offerings for ultrabooks, notebooks, servers and storage arrays.
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We like zombies… because we are zombies

We make zombies in our own image, says Durham University social scientist Dr Nick Pearce, and he reckons that the braindead machine-gun fodder zombies of today ain't a good sign.
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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

A member of the European Parliament wants users' "traffic data", rather than the specific content of online communications, to be logged under expanded EU laws on data storage. This is according to a statement from the European People's Party (EPP) at the European Parliament.
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Surc universal remote case

Accessory of the Week I’ve looked at a number of devices, including the Gear4 Unity and the ThinkFlood RedEye, that allow you to use an iOS device as a remote control for your TV, DVD player and other AV kit. The Surc is another.
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HP has another crack at fondleslab market

HP will make another run at the fondleslab market.
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Ingram bemoans tough European retail market

Ingram Micro profits have tumbled by nearly two-thirds on the back of an ultra aggressive pricing market in Europe and the fall out from the botched ERP upgrade in Oz.
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Samsung making over half its cash from its mobes

Samsung won't be leaving the mobe sector in a hurry, as it's now making more than half its money on smartphones, according to its third quarter results.
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Nokia: The first year of the Elopcalypse

Analysis As the sun sets on Nokia World 2011, you have to pinch yourself to believe the transformation from a year ago. The last Nokia World in 2010 was addressed by an outgoing lame duck CEO, and his Number Two roared that "Nokia is Back!" before adding that he, too, was packing his suitcase and leaving. Symbian was still an unhappy independent foundation, and Meego seems like a really strange dream. Even the extraordinary "Burning Platforms" memo now seems so long ago.
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UK CB radio crowd celebrates three decades of legality

Breakers around the UK will have their ears on come 2 November, holding out for a copy to mark 30 years since Citizen's Band turned legit in the UK.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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'Social' TV app Zeebox goes live

As of this morning anyone can try Zeebox, the new interactive TV venture from Anthony Rose. Rose rescued the BBC's iPlayer and was chief techie behind YouView, formerly Project Canvas – prior to that he was Kazaa's CTO.
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Zimbabwean claims prostitute turned into donkey

A Zimbabwean man collared having sex with a donkey sensationally claimed the object of his affections was actually a prostitute who mysteriously metamorphosed into a hot piece of ass.
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Boss leaves robot in charge of office

When you manage an office of 25 staff members, working from home can be an impossible prospect. Not for entrepreneur Richard Garriott, though, chief of a games development company in Austin, Texas.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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'With great code comes great responsibility'

QuotW This was the week when hacking group Anonymous felt it was doing the world a favour by shutting down a child pornography site and outing its membership list, forgetting that the people whose actual job is dealing with this sort of thing (the police) might have liked to arrest the members and get some info out of them.
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Feds nab granny in moon rock sting

A Californian grandmother was taken down in a sting operation by government agents when she tried to sell a tiny piece of moon rock dust she claims to have owned for nearly four decades.
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Review Naughty Dog has created a monster; I remember when I first snapped up the original Uncharted, back when Sony was still looking for its first killer PS3 title. Resistance: Fall of Man had been mooted as such a title but ultimately disappointed, Motorstorm wowed us with its graphics but was limited by its genre, Heavenly Sword teased us with what Sony's console might be capable of but little more and need I even mention the name Lair? Into the void stepped one Nathan Drake; brave, indignant, and the answer to Sony's prayers.
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Internap joins OpenStack cloud race for 'first'

OpenStack's produced its second "first" of the year, with managed service provider Internap claiming commercial availability of the first OpenStack cloud compute service.
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Server, disc glitches mar Battlefield 3 launch

Battlefield 3 shot onto shelves today and multiplayer functionality was immediately slaughtered by an army of problems.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011

Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

As if Richard Stallman's first pot shot at Steve Jobs didn't cause enough outrage, the founder of the Free Software Foundation has decided to clarify his stance – with some more criticism. Apple products digitally handcuff their users, Stallman observes. And the fact that they are pretty just makes it worse.
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Boffins teach old radios new channel-hopping tricks

ITU Telecom World Alongside self-congratulatory presentations on how telecommunications is improving life on Earth, ITU Telecom World also hosts detailed technical discussions about making use of new techniques, including the developing field of cognitive radio.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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CTIA wins battle over cancer labelling on phones

A California court has ruled that forcing phone retailers to display cancer warnings infringes their first amendment rights, unless said warnings also point out the FCC's scepticism over the threat.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Quantum claws its way back to profit

Quantum returned to profit after its unexpected loss last quarter and has expanded into SME filer storage and virtual server backup and dedupe.
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Steve Jobs: the Exclusive Biography

Review If you're looking for any fresh insight into the character of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, you won't get it from Walter Isaacson's biography.
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Comment Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series.
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SeeSaw shut down

UK video-on-demand service SeeSaw has closed down.
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Nintendo reiterates plans for 2012 Wii U launch

Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata has stated again that the Wii U will be released next year, promising a final build will be on show at E3 in June 2012.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives.
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Safe as Windows: Smartphones' security nightmare

Open ... And Shut These days, smartphones are a bit like Dr Seuss' mythical "thneed," doing anything and everything – including (gasp!) making phone calls. Unless you're on AT&T, of course, with its penchant for dropping calls. Ironically, however, we're fast approaching the time when users may care far more about PC-era issues like viruses and other malware, rather than whether they can call home.
Matt Asay, 28 2011
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Dell bundles Ubuntu Linux on PCs in China

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical and PC and server maker Dell are tag teaming to peddle Linux on PCs in China.
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Demand for Ruby, Hadoop and HTML5 rockets, C devs still best paid

Demand for Ruby, Hadoop and HTML5 developers jumped this year, with jobs requiring those skills increasing 70 per cent compared to the same period in 2010, according to a survey of the tech jobs in London by recruiters Adzuna. Adzuna collated every tech job advertised for London last month, a total of 100,000. HTML coders are still the most in demand, but also the most poorly paid – both at entry and top levels.
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HP UK PC team baying for rivals' blood

HP UK's PSG team is unsurprisingly eager to put to bed the disastrous events of the past few months and go on the offensive.
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NetApp scores video benchmark wins

NetApp says its Media Content Management (MCM) system has outperformed all previously ATTO-tested storage subsystems.
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Fancy buying Brocade – again?

Fibre Channel and Ethernet networking company Brocade may be shopping itself around again, the The Wall Street Journal reports – again.
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RIM backdoor access for Indian probers

RIM has opened a monitoring centre in Mumbai to help the Indian government sip data from Blackberry users there, said the Wall Street Journal today, quoting unnamed sources.

ARM specs out first 64-bit RISC chips

The ARM RISC processor is getting true 64-bit processing and memory addressing - removing the last practical barrier to seeing an army of ARM chips take a run at the desktops and servers that give Intel and AMD their moolah.
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Apple shifts Lossless Audio Codec to open source

Cupertino has open sourced its Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), seven years after first introducing it.
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Tesla pre-sells all 2012 Model S output

If you've been dithering about whether you should pre-order Tesla Motors' Model S sedan, you've dithered too long.
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Miley Cyrus cracker: 'I'm too short for the slammer!'

A Tennessee man, found guilty of cracking the Gmail account of Miley Cyrus and posting private photos of her online, has asked the sentencing judge to spare him prison because of his diminutive stature.
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Applied Micro leaps ahead in ARM server race

Applied Micro Circuits, a company known for networking chips and for dabbling a bit in embedded PowerPC processors, has aimed a haymaker of an ARM server chip right at the cloudy jaws of Intel and AMD.
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Google TV receives (much needed) upgrade

Google has announced a major upgrade to a product that has fallen flat on its Googly face: Google TV.
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Microsoft cuts Azure storage pricing

Microsoft has announced a series of changes in the pricing of its Azure storage service, with a tiny cut for everyone and big discounts for volume customers.