1st > November > 2011 Archive
Victorian government moves to mollify IT channel
The Victorian government has announced an expanded eServices panel of IT suppliers, in a move that should relieve the industry’s fury at cuts to the industry panel announced in July.
Perth music app developers score $1.1m
Australian-made iOS app darling Filter Squad has hit one million downloads for its Discovr app and has promptly closed $1.1m in seed funding.
Researchers propose simple fix to thwart e-voting attack
Researchers have devised a simple procedure that can be added to many electronic voting machine routines to reduce the success of insider attacks that attempt to alter results.
HP systems group honcho bails after Meg flip-flops
HP has lost the CTO from its PC division after Phil McKinney announced he was leaving the company for semi-retirement.
Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'
Pete Townshend, noted windmill guitarist and child pornography investigator, has called Apple's iTunes a "digital vampire", likened it to big-bucks bailout beneficiary Northern Rock, and admitted that yes, he did once want to cut Steve Jobs' balls off.
SCC team profileBoston University is another first-time SC11 Student Cluster Challenge competitor. The application submitted by the BU Terriers made me laugh out loud – it was very well written and genuinely funny. This team has personality, and it’ll be great to have them in Seattle.
University of Colorado
SCC Team ProfileThe Colorado Buffaloes are one of five teams returning to the fifth annual Student Cluster Challenge in Seattle next month during SC11. Like Purdue, Colorado has participated in every challenge but has yet to take home the gold medal. (There aren’t any gold medals awarded. Pity.)
SCC team profileIn five years of Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) action at the annual Supercomputing Conference, Purdue has yet to hoist the championship trophy over their collective heads. (There isn’t a championship trophy, but there should be.) They’ve had an impact, winning the Green Award for most flops/watt in 2008 and 2009, but they haven’t taken either the LINPACK or the overall crown. (There should be a crown too.)
Nizhny Novgorod State University
SCC team profileThis year’s SC11 Student Cluster Challenge will see five returning teams and three teams that are new to the competition (that’s eight total for those keeping track). One of the returning teams is the pride of Russia, the team from Nizhny Novgorod State University (NNSU).
University of Texas
SCC team profileThis is the second year the University of Texas Longhorns will compete in the Student Cluster Challenge at the annual Supercomputing Conference. They brought a lot of personality to the competition last year with a “TACC to the Future” theme combining one of their sponsors (University of Texas Advanced Computing Center) with the series of increasingly crappy “Back to the Future” movies.
Sony Tablet S
ReviewSony may be late to the Android tablet party but it has turned up with something rather unusual and hopefully different enough from the iPad to not suffer the attentions of Apple’s hyperactive legal department.
Computer 2000 taps Widget UK boss to run retail biz
Computer 2000 has lured Widget UK boss Jo-Anne Foreman to head up its retail biz in the UK.
97% of Three's network traffic is data
Ninety-seven per cent of the traffic carried on the Three network is data, according to a company blog posted this afternoon. Do people even make phone calls anymore?
UK.gov threatens to 'pull plug' on smart meter rollout
Concerns were raised during a committee hearing in Parliament yesterday over the government's £12bn plan to rapidly roll out smart energy meters in the UK by 2019.
World heading for massive jobs slump
The early signs of another jobs slump are already apparent, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Return of the SALTY DISK BOFFINS
Micron is getting into a spin over STT-MRAM and getting into bed with a Singaporean research institute to develop it.
Wooden Mars ark voyagers set to step out on Earth
A group of six men who have spent the past 17 months sealed up inside a spaceship simulator near Moscow - in order to investigate the problems which might arise on a mission to Mars - are about to regain their liberty.
Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner
Having made its first commercial flight on October 26, with a chartered promotional flight to Hong Kong, the new 787 Dreamliner enters regular airline service today. This is of course a great excuse for us to talk about the competition between the differing technologies and market visions favoured by rival aerospace colossi Airbus and Boeing.
Behold: The Gecko-robot wall-climbing tank!
VidBoffins have taken their inspiration from the gecko to develop a tank robot that can scale completely smooth walls and shuffle along ceilings.
Beeb measures Blighty in doormats
The BBC's improbable units department was in fine form last week when it decided to quantify the land area of the United Kingdom in doormats.
Asus eyes Android, Windows 8 tablets in 2012
An interesting snippet emerges from Asus' latest financial results presentation: it expects to sell rather fewer tablets in the Christmas period that it did during Q3.
Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire
Dixons Retail is turning to the dark side this Christmas by hiring jackbooted camp war mongerer Darth Vader to star in a marketing campaign.
Android voice assistant shootout
Android App of the Week SpecialIn the absence of anything shiny, the hoi polloi and the media focused on Siri as the The Big Idea at the iPhone 4S launch. Android has supported basic voice commands for ages, but there are now a number of Siri-wannabes in the Market. But are they of any use other than as a bit of mild amusement?
Too many states are crushing net rights, says Foreign Sec
LCCToo many countries are interfering in their citizens’ right to internet freedom, the Foreign Secretary told the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC).
Don't lose sleep over cloud crypto hole, says Amazon
Amazon has played down the significance of a recently discovered vulnerability affecting its flagship Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform.
Half of Britain now owns a smartphone
Almost half of the UK population now owns a smartphone, and Google's OS, Android, is leading the race.
Fasthosts downed by dicky Dell switch
A number of websites were taken offline yesterday, and remained down this morning, after a load of servers run by Gloucester-based hosters Fasthosts fell over. Services on the hosting side are back up now, but the outage provoked angry responses.
Canada founded on 'relentless pursuit of beaver'
A Canadian politician has rather deliciously insisted that vast tracts of his nation were opened by "the relentless pursuit of beaver", an agreeable concept that for some reason conjures an image of Silvio Berlusconi furiously paddling a kayak through white water rapids in pursuit of a fleeing supermodel.
Archiving and the cloud
Deep diveCloud is everywhere. Every day we read news about new cloud applications and new cloud providers. But will it really solve all our problems?
HTC Sensation XL hip-hops onto UK shelves
HTC's supersize Sensation has landed in Three stores across the UK today.
Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world
All change on the Barracuda front: despite the disastrous floods in Thailand, Seagate will ship its terabyte-per-platter Barracuda desktop drives this month. At the same time it's phasing out its slower rotating Barracuda Green drives and says it will transition the Barracuda XT to hybrid flash and hard disk technology.
Flooded fabs to ship 48m fewer disks in Q4
Disk drive shipments are set to plummet by nearly 28 per cent in Q4 – 48 million fewer units than a year ago – in the wake of the devastating flooding in Thailand, says beancounter iSuppli.
ITU showcases protoboffins, hands them £6k each
ITU Telecom WorldThe ITU's Youth Challenge flew 45 young people to Geneva to pitch their innovative ideas, with six of them pocketing around £6,000 each to develop those ideas into products.
Blogger freaks after airport lackey fondles checked-in vibrator
Air travellers in the US can rest easy that they can happily pack sex toys in their luggage after the Transportation Safety Administration began a "removal" action on an errant employee.
Hague: Web risks turning into city of ghettos
LCCThe UK seems to be hoping for some sort of lasting agreement from its gathering of governments and businesses at the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC).
Activists tell gov to shove its net censorship plans
LCCAs various bods gather in London for a conference on cyber-security, leading online rights campaigners have penned a letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging the government to maintain freedom and privacy while promoting security.
The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)
It has been a year since I have talked about securing browsers against privacy invasion. In that time, things have got worse, not better. In addition to the threat of malware and malicious scripts, we have the frightening new evercookie.
ReviewEven the staunchest opponent of all things games would have been hard pushed to avoid the determined advertising campaign waged on us by EA of late. TV spots, billboards, websites, magazines, sides of buses, newspapers, even logos on tanks in one recent London stunt, all liberally displaying brand Battlefield.
Ofcom tarts up telco report with pretty coverage maps
Ofcom has published the first of its triennial reports on the UK's communications infrastructure, but more importantly there are pretty maps too.
Lovely electric car breaks out of Oz
It’s the kind of thing that a conference organiser dreams about: a product launch that goes around the world. That’s what last week’s Electric Vehicle Conference in Brisbane got when a local collaboration launched an Australian-built e-sportster.
Netflix, Amazon ink video streaming deals with Disney
Netflix and Amazon have extended existing content deals with Walt Disney Company in a clear sign that the meeja world wants online video streaming to become big business Stateside and, presumably, beyond.
Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?
Butter-fingered civil servants are continuing to hurl away their personal tech devices, figures released to the House of Commons yesterday show, with BlackBerrys particularly prone to going walkies.
French nuke biz slapped in mystery cyberattack
French nuclear power group Areva may have fallen victim to an operating system-level electronic attack, which was first detected in September.
Cops should help us slay trolls, says Facebook wonk
LCCPolice forces need to be better equipped to deal cybercrime and online misbehaviour, a couple of web grandees have declared.
Calyx owner Better Capital stages reseller roll-up
Private equity house Better Capital has merged seven specialist mid-market software resellers under the m-hance brand with a single management team.
£2.8m bank Trojan slurp ringleaders jailed
The two ringleaders of a gang that siphoned more than £2.8m from bank accounts were jailed on Monday following an investigation by the Met's Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU).
Google explains 'why' ads target user's Gmail
Google has begun telling users of its Gmail service exactly why it is serving up specific ads that creepily refer to the content detailed in individual email correspondence.
Facebook, Twitter just tools in Arab Spring
LCCTwitter and Facebook didn’t start the revolutions in the Middle East, but they did accelerate them, according to Yemeni activist Atiaf Alwazir.
Yahoo! beds! down! with! cookie! sniffing! Interclick!
Yahoo! is buying advertising network Interclick, which is best known in these pages, at least, for winning a lawsuit brought against its cookie respawning and history sniffing techniques.
Hyperscale networks need holistic management
If large-scale storage networks were managed in the same way as city road traffic systems the result would be catastrophic, with traffic jams, delayed delivery and lost messages. Network Fabric management, unlike road traffic management systems, has both real-time traffic management and an end-to-end view to find faults fast and fix them.
Nokia sets release date for Lumia 800
Nokia's Lumia 800 has been given an official launch date here the UK, with punters able to pick one up from 16 November.
Battlefield 3 is EA's fastest selling videogame. Ever
Battlefield 3 has become the fastest-selling videogame in EA's history, with ten million units leaving the publisher's distribution centres since last week's release. Half of those were picked up by gamers in the space of a few days.
Miley Cyrus hacker let off with probation
Josh Holly, the self-confessed Miley Cyrus hacker, has avoided jail for unrelated computer crimes, receiving three years' probation at a sentencing hearing on Monday.
Chip sales shrink a bit in September
The semiconductor supply chain is bracing for impacts from the flooding in Thailand, but sales were good through the end of September, according to statistics compiled by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Global semiconductor sales hit $25.8bn, up 2.7 per cent sequentially from August. That's the positive spin. The negative spin is that on a year-on-year basis, the SIA reckons that chip sales slipped 1.7 per cent.
Cameron loves net freedom – as long as no one's rioting
LCCUK Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that government “doesn’t own the internet, run the internet or shape the internet”, despite having said that he was considering shutting down social media during the London riots.
Calxeda hurls EnergyCore ARM at server chip Goliaths
Calxeda, formerly known as Smooth-Stone in reference to the river rock that the mythical David used in his sling to slay Goliath, doesn't think the server racket can wait for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture (announced late last week) to be designed and tested in the next few years.
HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens
Hewlett-Packard might have been wrestling with a lot of issues as CEOs and their strategies come and go, but the company's server gurus know a potentially explosive business opportunity when they see it.
Open Rights Group denies Netflix is coming to the UK
Parliament's Business Select Committee heard some interesting news today, as they mulled the Hargreaves Report’s recommendations. Executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock told MPs that the UK’s copyright laws were deterring investors and new businesses. Alas, he could have picked a better example.
Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?
The word on the street is that a Gmail app for iOS is about to hit Apple's App Store. If true, not only would iPhone and iPad Gmailers benefit, but Android device makers would lose one of their advantages over Apple's iDevices.
The Silicon Valley mirror-tocracy
Open ... And ShutIn the latest round of Silicon Valley navel-gazing, CNN's recent airing of Black in America gets technology prophet and pundit Michael Arrington on the record as not "know[ing] a single black entrepreneur."
Asian countries dominate global spam deluge
Asian countries collectively relayed more than half (50.1 per cent) of the world's spam last quarter.
Activision banned me from Call of Duty gig, says exotic performer
Dutch adult entertainment star and - apparently - avid gamer Kim Holland was uninvited from a VIP Call of Duty bash after Activision discovered what she does for a living.
Biden: The internet ain't broke, let's not fix it
LCCUS Vice President Joe Biden has made it clear that America is not interested in the sort of global internet rules that China and Russia have been calling for.
Chinese orbital docking starts long march to space station
China has successfully launched an unmanned capsule into orbit and is beginning to maneuver it into place for the nation’s first orbital docking.
Samsung demands iPhone 4S source code in Aussie row
Samsung is demanding the source code of the iPhone 4S firmware, while Apple wants copies of Samsung's contract with Qualcomm and both companies are looking to France in their Australian case.
Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'
New details have emerged about who, why, and how Microsoft killed off its Courier dual-display tablet 18 months ago. The simple answers: Bill Gates, Windows, and abruptly.
Critical Windows zero-day bug exploited by Duqu
The Duqu malware used to steal sensitive data from manufacturers of industrial systems exploits at least one previously unknown vulnerability in the kernel of Microsoft Windows, Hungarian researchers said.
AT&T to offer first LTE phones this Sunday
AT&T has announced that the first two phones for its nascent LTE network – the HTC Vivid and the verbosely monikered Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket – will be available this Sunday, November 6.
Adobe buys Auditude
Adobe continues to spend up expanding its advertising business with the acquisition of Auditude, an online video ad management platform.
OpenBSD 5.0 reveals MAD-themed release
The OpenBSD Foundation has released version 5.0 of the popular operating system and has made it available for download – or for purchase via CD if you want the bonus party pack.
Curtin Uni inks instrument contract for WA radiotelescope
Curtin University has awarded a $AU1.3 million contract to Fremantle-based Poseidon Scientific Instruments to supply electronics packages for the Murchison Wide-field Array telescope.
NZ ISP piracy law kicks in
New Zealand’s first crop of internet content stealers will soon receive copyright infringement notices under the recently introduced ‘Skynet’ law.
Canberra ATM cracker refused bail
A chronic gambler from the ACT has been denied bail over charges that he stole money from ATMs in late October.
Cray results suffer from AMD delays
Advanced Micro Devices has made business tough for supercomputer maker Cray once again. But it won't get a third chance.
Riverbed joins OpenStack gang
Riverbed has become the latest vendor to take formal membership of the OpenStack community.