2nd > November > 2011 Archive
Invasion of the radio snatchers
Global digital music subscription players Spotify and Rdio will be rocking their way to Australian shores in coming months.
NASA funds laser tractor beam research
NASA has awarded a $100,000 grant to three boffins who are investigating a tractor beam trifecta.
CloudSigma invites Solaris to frolic on its cloud
CloudSigma, an infrastructure cloud operator based in Zurich, is letting customers run Solaris and the ZFS file system on its cloud, giving it full peer status with Linux and Windows operating systems.
HTC Titan WinPho 7.5 smartphone
ReviewThe HTC Titan is big, really big and yet the Taiwanese manufacturer has managed to make this sizeable WinPho 7.5 smartphone look manageable. Much of that is down to the thinness of the handset, making it feel less massive than it actually is.
IT pros not lacking for employment, but may need to move
The government is cutting back on IT recruitment and so are communications companies, but job prospects across the IT industry as a whole rose on the back of a recruitment boom in software houses, says a report from CWJobs.
Koreans get touchless gesture-controlled Android phone
Pantech, Korea's third handset manufacturer, has taken the jump into gesture-based recognition with its latest handset, which incorporates technology from eyeSight.
It's time to end the Windows Wait
Blocks and FilesFlash memory is going to turn back time - in a good way.
Nokia dips toe in free Wi-Fi waters, again
Nokia is paying for free Wi-Fi access at 26 sites across London, with a view to rolling out a capital-wide service next year in conjunction with Spectrum Interactive.
NetApp punches Isilon right in the scaled-out clusters
NetApp doesn't do scale-out clustering, everyone knows that. Oh but it does, and it has whacked Isilon firmly in its scaled-out cluster with a SPECSfs2008 benchmark that is 36 per cent faster using half the disks and 116 fewer nodes.
The Olympics mobile network clampdown that wasn't
The Telegraph has reported that O2 has struck a deal requiring all corporate hospitality at the London Olympics to have an O2 contract, which would be very serious if it wasn't cobblers.
UK biz: Fax us and explain what this cloud thing is
Forty per cent of workers in Britain's small businesses still use fax machines on a daily basis, a report into the IT habits of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has found. The paper was published today by Intel.
Assange loses High Court appeal against extradition to Sweden
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange™ has been ordered by a High Court judge to return to Sweden to face rape and sexual molestation allegations brought against him by two women.
Is Auto-tiering storage really as good as it sounds?
Storage arrays are getting so good at managing data that they can now move it between different types of drives in the array so you don't store low-value data on expensive drives. Is it really as easy as this?
Logitech outs Bluetooth boombox
Here's Logitech's Mini Boombox, a Bluetooth-connected speaker and amp combo it wants you to be rocking out to when it goes on sale later this month.
UK cops must justify using new mobile interception tech
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has bought technology that will allow it to intercept and shut off communications without the help of telecoms companies, according to media reports.
Buffalo intros Pogoplug-powered personal cloud drive
Storage specialist Buffalo has hopped onto the "personal cloud" bandwagon, launching a big, black box you can use to create your own answer to Dropbox.
Motorola to launch 8in Xoom 2 for Xmas
Details of the Motorola Xoom 2 have been leaked ahead of launch.
Five... great games for the Xperia Play
iGamerTouchscreen gaming on a small screen has two inherent problems. Firstly, the very act of controlling the game involves obscuring the view with your fingers and, secondly, with no physical controls you can sometimes end up pressing furiously at entirely the wrong part of the screen as you get cut down like a dog, squashed flat, crash in a fireball or fall off a cliff.
Cops cuff London Apple Store 'scooter raiders'
The Met has attempted to smash a network of suspected young burglars who are accused of hitting 48 retail premises in London over a seven-month period - including last month's raid on the Apple Store in Covent Garden.
Systemax blows £250k on ex-CEO legal probe bills
Rising biz sales fuelled Systemax's third quarter even though the consumer spending freeze showed no signs of thawing.
Is your old hardware made of gold, or just DIRT?
So you want the money to pay for the office Christmas party, naturally. We're all told endlessly that all those piles of old electronics and high tech'n'stuff are denuding the planet of valuable metals, so you should be bundling up your kit and sending it off to people like me who will melt it down for the dosh, yes? I'll send back a brown envelope or two of cash and it's trebles all round!
Assange brings down British justice system
The Judiciary.gov.uk website went spectacularly titsup this morning, minutes after WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange lost his appeal against being extradited to Sweden.
Palestine fingers Israel for blasting Gaza off the net
A Palestinian minister is blaming foreign hackers for taking out internet services and servers in the West Bank and Gaza.
Voda to plug not-spots with mini-masts in boozers
Vodafone hopes to improve coverage in 12 communities by popping small base stations into pubs, clubs and telephone boxes or nailing them to telegraph poles.
Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D BD Freeview HD DVR
ReviewIn the Twilight Zone between Blu-ray players and DVRs you’ll find Panasonic’s DMR-PWT500 that boasts a combination disc spinner and digital TV timeshifter. Space-saving convenience is main USP of this hybrid, so if you want one box that can do it all, it’s certainly worth an audition.
Experts: Firms need to come clean about cyber attacks
LCCBusinesses need to ‘fess up when they’ve been the victims of cyber attacks, experts at the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC) said today.
Acquisitive reseller plots 'buy and build' trajectory
The boss at acquisitive software reseller and managed service provider m-hance claims the Microsoft mid-market channel is ripe for consolidation.
Broadcast television is 75 years old today
Television celebrates a monumental anniversary today: it has been exactly 75 years since the first public service broadcast was transmitted.
Civil servants cough up more lost BlackBerrys
Further evidence of civil servants' apparent inability to hold onto their BlackBerrys emerged yesterday as ministers' revealed further losses of the smart devices.
Three touts dongle-sharing DIY hotspot box
Yes, you can use your Android or iOS 5 smartphone as a hotspot, but that hasn't stopped Three buying in a stack of ZTE-made 3G dongle-sharing Wi-Fi boxes anyway.
Gadget Shop kingpin cuffed in nightclub 'toilet sex' incident
Police in Orlando have confirmed they arrested Scottish technology entrepreneur Chris Gorman and his wife following an alleged tryst in the toilets of Roxy Club in Orlando, Florida.
UK.gov needs fresh law to protect taxpayers' ID
ExclusiveThe Cabinet Office's grand plan to farm out the handling of taxpayers' online identities to the private sector will almost certainly be subjected to primary legislation, The Register can reveal.
India uncloaks new thorium nuke plants
India has revealed its plan for a new nuclear reactor design using the thorium fuel cycle.
Record flight is step toward HYPERSONIC SPACE AIRSHIP
Inventors in America are claiming an altitude record for airships after a recent test flight in which an unmanned electrically-propelled helium dirigible successfully manoeuvred under power at 95,085 feet above the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The "Tandem" craft is intended to demonstrate the first stage of radical plans which would see enormous, permanently inhabited "Dark Sky Stations" floating high in the atmosphere at the edge of space - to act as bases for radical hypersonic airships which would slowly fly themselves into orbit over a period of days using hybrid ion drive propulsion.
Hard-up Big Biz's docs lobbed into cheap cloud
EMC has countered claims that the price of its enterprise-grade document handling software exceeds business value – by offering them as on-demand cloud services.
Opera updates Jesus phone, BlackBerry browser versions
After what seems like an eternity, iPhone users can download a new version of Opera. Two weeks ago the Norwegian web company updated its Mobile and Mini versions just for Android, but now it has brought those updates to other platforms – including the Jesus Phone.
Supersleuthing BOFHs could help crack cybercrimes
LCCSystem administrators should be the detectives in cyber investigations, a top Microsoft security bod said.
BlackBerry nicks iPhone's UK smartphone crown
Smartphone sales went backwards in the UK during Q3 as customers abandoned Nokia and Apple. The figures don't look good when compared to last year's storming sales, and it's clear shoppers held off buying new gear during the build up to the latest iPhone launch.
Eggheads use Twitter to work out if it's raining
Maths boffins of the University of Bristol's Intelligent Systems Lab have found another great use for Twitter – to work out if it's raining. They can also use the social network to monitor the prevalence of flu, according to freshly published research.
Fondleslabs are next on Lenovo chief's hit list
The unstoppable force that is Lenovo recorded double-digit sales and profit gains in fiscal Q2 as its operation in mature markets outweighed its homeland market in China for the first time.
PlayStation 3 sales catch up with Xbox 360 total
Almost five years since it was first launched, Sony's PlayStation 3 has nearly caught up with Microsoft's Xbox 360 - when it comes to sales figures.
Report: Popular CAPTCHAs easily defeated
Security researchers have discovered the vast majority of text-based anti-spam tests are easily defeated.
What is wrong with the Data Protection Act?
Bad news guys! I have just received my Tribunal Decision which throws out my attempt to find out what is wrong with the UK’s Data Protection Act. The decision means that 60 million data subjects and one-third of a million data controllers will not fully understand why the European Commission thinks that the UK’s implementation of Data Protection Act has been deficient since 2004. I think this is a shocking state of affairs.
Catholic Bishops: 'Would you mind not bringing guns to church?'
Wisconsin's Catholic hierarchy have told the faithful that they'd really prefer them not to pack heat when they go to Mass, after the state enacted a new law authorising the carrying of concealed weapons.
Fujitsu busts K super through 10 petaflops
The massive Sparc64-based K supercomputer built by Fujitsu for the Japanese government has been fully deployed and has, as hoped, broken through 10 petaflops of sustained performance, the first such machine to do so.
Mars probe crippled by buggy SSD successfully jury-rigged
ExclusiveA space probe in orbit above Mars, crippled by a fault in its solid-state memory, has been brought back on line and is now once again handling scientific data.
Let's build some better HPC benchmarks
SC11As part of our preview of the upcoming SC11 event, I had a conversation last week with Jim Costa and Bill Kramer, the co-chairs of the SC11 Technical Committee. Conveniently, I recorded this conversation and even ran up some slides to guide us through various topics. The resulting webcast covers a lot of ground and shows the range of what you can see at SC in Seattle (or online if you can’t make the trip).
Virtualisation turns PCs into personal clouds
If IT managers had had it their way decades ago, we would have never been allowed our own personal computers.
Grand Theft Auto V trailer drives onto interweb
The trailer for GTA V has finally arrived, confirming rumours that the game will be set in a modern-day Los Angeles-like setting.
Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court
Spanish computer maker NT-K had its Android tablets impounded, at Apple's request, but has been vindicated by a local court and is seeking damages from Cupertino for lost earnings and reputation.
Appro goes to extremes with new Xtreme-X supers
Boutique supercomputer maker Appro International is previewing its third generation of Xtreme-X blade-based supercomputers – but "previewing" is just about all it can do without some help from Intel and AMD.
Symantec looks steady as biz spends on security
Services revenues prevented software giant Symantec recording excellent results across the board in its second fiscal 2012 quarter.
US Navy in new electromagnetic railgun milestone
US Navy boffins are chuffed to announce that they have managed to fire their thousandth shot from a test electromagnetic railgun, addressing one of the most serious weaknesses of such weapons: that they tend to damage or wreck themselves after only a few shots.
Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever
Who has been most influential person in gaming history? The late Steve Jobs. What is the product that has most influenced game development? The iPhone.
All change at top of HP storage biz
HP is trying to find an heir to its StorageWorks division (SD) in the UK and Ireland following an internal move from boss man Richard Masterson to become sales director of global accounts.
Fujitsu makes biggest Eternus even bigger
Fujitsu is taking on EMC's VMAX, saying its series 2 DX8700 storage array extends modular array technology into the monolithic array space.
iPad 2 made from T-Rex fossils costs £5m
We've seen hardware go so overboard with gem-encrusted bling, that it was difficult to imagine it getting any more expensive. Insert some dinosaur fossils though and - hey presto! - you can sell an iPad for £5,000,000.
Spectra builds MONSTER TRUCK of tape libraries
SpectraLogic has built the biggest, baddest mother of a tape library you can imagine, a 400,000 slot T-Finity monster with a 3.6 exabyte capacity.
Tech Data sues LCD panel makers over price-fixing
Tech Data is suing several LCD panel makers, alleging that they formed an international cartel to fix prices over at least a decade.
Thousands of WordPress sites commandeered by Black Hole
Mass attacks that exploit a known vulnerability in the WordPress publishing platform have continued to bear fruit for hackers, with thousands of websites claimed in the past few weeks, a researcher said.
Anonymous confusion in clash with Mexican drug cartel
Plans by Anonymous to expose members and associates of a Mexican drug cartel have reportedly been abandoned, at least locally, amid doubts whether a member of the hacking collective was ever really kidnapped by the group.
AOL foresees long-spooned rush to sup with 'Project Devil'
AOL still believes there's money to be made in local journalism, while revealing that they are shelling out big bucks - $40.9million projected for this year - to keep on names from the media outfits they've bought up including Huffington Post and Techcrunch.
LightSquared CEO wants industry's 'dumbest' wireless pipe
Open Mobile SummitThe CEO of LightSquared has said telecommunications firms are making a mistake in trying to build intelligence into their networks, and should instead go dumb.
Americans to get five-year wireless tax freeze
The US House of Representatives has imposed a five-year freeze on new wireless taxes, forbidding states or municipal authorities from imposing any new taxes until 2016.
AMD pins exascale vision on Fusion APUs
Because Advanced Micro Devices has not yet announced its 16-core "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors, it has to talk about something, and in situations like that, it is best to talk about the far-off future. And so AMD rounded up a bunch of its partners on Wednesday in San Francisco for a shindig to talk about the challenges of exascale computing.
Accused Hollywood hacker does about face, pleads not guilty
A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to charges he broke into the email accounts of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and as many as 50 other celebrities, and made off with nude photos and personal information.
NSW plods’ bugs jump
The Attorney-General’s Department has reported increases in the use of listening devices and telecommunications interception warrants in the year to June 2011, with NSW leading the way, according to reports tabled in parliament.
Negroponte plans tablet airdrops to teach kids to read
Open Mobile SummitNicholas Negroponte, the brains behind the One Laptop Per Child initiative, is detailing a new plan to inspire the world’s poorest children to teach themselves to read using tablet computers.
Telstra wins fixed Indian licences
Telstra has secured three new telecommunications licences in India via a joint venture with Microland.
Dick Smith faces tricky times
Australia's iconic high street gadget, TV and computer retailer Dick Smith faces an uncertain future, following the announcement that parent company Woolworths will be conducting strategic review of the underperforming electronics chain.
Yahoo! apps! showcase! makes! social! media! moves!
Yahoo!’s annual Project Runway new-product event has seen the introduction of several skinny bits of software and one plus-size model: Livestand – an iPad app designed to present you with content based on your personal whims.
Secunia jumps on vuln reward bandwagon
Secunia has launched yet another vulnerability rewards program, the Secunia Vulnerability Coordination Reward Program, which it says is designed to operate independently of particular software vendors.