7th > November > 2011 Archive
Data-matching won't help much with electoral registration
Data-matching will be of limited use to the government in introducing individual electoral registration, especially in identifying potential electors, says a report by Parliament's political and constitutional reform committee.
HP to pipe dole queue data into clouds
A records management system is being developed for the Department of Work and Pensions that could be used by other government agencies.
OMG - It's raining raw fish in tasty little packages
Fast fishy food chain YO Sushi! plans to buy servers no more as it heads into the cloud, according to IT manager Billy Waters.
iPhone gets NFC tap-cash tech
Discover is to run trials of pay-by-wave for iPhones in Chicago and Salt Lake City, despite having to strap the requisite radios to the outside of the Jesus mobes' cases.
Iceberg DEATHMATCH: Berlin vs Manhattan
The BBC has challenged ScienceDaily's Manhattan as the unit of measurement for icebergs – presenting the Berlin as an alternative quantifying the surface area of whopping pieces of ice.
'Insatiable' Brits gobble Blu-Ray, deserve reward
Britain's appetite for buying movies makes it a lively laboratory for Hollywood's marketing experiments. One of these is the "triple play" bundling of a Blu-Ray disc, regular DVD and digital file in the same package - a practice now standard here. Unfortunately, however, we won't be at the forefront of UltraViolet just yet, billed as the second generation of triple play.
Colossal dead black neo-sphere approaching Earth
A gigantic, spinning, dead black spherical object dubbed YU55 and approximately of the same bulk as a nuclear aircraft carrier is expected to make a close pass by planet Earth on Tuesday night, coming well inside the orbit of the Moon.
If thine brown eye offend thee, blast it with a laser
Those who wish they'd been born with blue eyes may shortly have access to a innovative laser technique that will burn the melanin off the front of their irises and turn them blue.
Ex-IBM CEO John Opel dies aged 86
ObitJohn Opel, one of the most successful leaders of IBM, died on 3 November at the age of 86. Opel climbed through the executive ranks as Big Blue transitioned from a peddler of tabulating machines and typewriters to the mainframe giant most people still perceive it to be today, and he took the helm of the company when the PC started storming the glass house.
Shale gas: If we've got it, flaunt it
The shale gas revolution was given a guarded welcome by Parliament yesterday, with the economic and security benefits to the UK judged to outweigh environmental reservations.
Kaspersky defends 'unworkable' web passports
Flamboyant anti-virus guru Eugene Kaspersky has defended his controversial internet passport plans.
IBM: record web sales by phones, tablets this month
As many as 15 per cent of web purchases may be made using a mobile device this month - three times the percentage a year ago.
Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores
Best Buy's big box experiment in Europe is over: the US retailer is set to close its megastores and retreat into Carphone Warehouse (CPW) shops.
Panasonic outs world's smallest 3D camera
Panasonic today launched what it claims is the world's smallest 3D snapper with video capabilities. It also outed its latest micro four thirds camera, kitted-out with impressive specs.
Elgato EyeTV Mobile
Geek Treat of the WeekThe sooner 2012 has been and gone, the better. By the time next year is out, Britain will no longer be transmitting terrestrial telly signals in analogue, and products like Elgato's EyeTV Mobile will be considerably more useful than they are now.
Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'
Boffins here in Blighty say that a brain parasite which is carried by up to 20 per cent of the population is capable of affecting its host's actions for its own benefit – but against the interests of the host.
HTC to release first Ice Cream Sandwich updates 'early 2012'
HTC will be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to four of its handsets early next year in what it described today as "the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades".
Anonymous backs off in clash with Mexican drug cartel
On-again-off-again plans by the Anonymous collective to publish details of the infamous Zetas drug cartel and their associates were finally cancelled over the weekend, following the supposed release of a kidnapped member of the hacktivist collective.
HTC confirms Ice Cream Sandwich tablet for 2012
HTC has confirmed it plans to take another stab at the tablet market in 2012 after officially announcing a new fondleslab with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich early next year.
Boffins spy on iPhone screens from 200ft away
VidNorth Carolina boffins have been watching text entered into iPhones from 60 meters (197ft) behind the shoulders of users – or from the front, by reading the reflections in the users' glasses.
Drug cops log Nigerian star's 24 bowel movements
Nigerian authorities have been forced to release an actor they suspected of drug smuggling after he produced no less than 24 narco-free bowel movements.
HP offers devs £130 32GB TouchPad tablets
Want a cheap HP TouchPad? The computer giant is offering "for a limited time" the 32GB version of its WebOS-based fondleslab for £130. The catch: you have to be a registered WebOS developer.
Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera
ReviewSony’s Alpha SLT-35 expands on its translucent mirror camera models that offer similar handling to a DSLR and compatibility with its A mount Alpha range of lenses. The catch with this magic mirror tech is that to keep things compact, you end up with an electronic viewfinder, rather than an optical one. The gains are fast AF and continuous shooting on more affordable and entry-level models.
Samsung offers Galaxy Nexus pre-orders through Phones4U
Samsung has begun taking advance orders for its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Billions on mobe broadband in Ericsson's dystopian future
In the grim, urban future, over half of the planet will have a mobile broadband subscription, according to a report from Ericsson.
Adventures in Tech: Dive on in, the IPv6 is lovely
Part 2In the previous part I explored why you should limber up to IPv6 sooner rather than later, and now here's my experience actually walking the talk.
US.gov: We aren't hiding any space aliens
The American government is not in contact with aliens and is not aware of any living on Earth, the White House revealed today in response to 12,000 American citizens who told the government "they could handle the truth".
Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods
Flooding in Thailand is causing disk drive supplies to dry up and prices to rise.
China's web biz bosses crank up gossip crackdown
Chinese tech firms have agreed to add more bricks to the Great Firewall of China at the end of a summit hosted by the country's government.
Robbers steal £1m worth of Modern Warfare 3 packs
Just one day before it launches, Activision's Modern Warfare 3 has already got people pulling out real weapons and committing crimes.
Apple faces Germany ban after court no-show
Sales of iPhones and iPads are on the brink of being banned in Germany as a result of a court battle over Apple's alleged infringement of Motorola patents - but the fruity fondleslab maker reckons it can get the injunction suspended even though it failed to turn up.
Japan develops powered armour suit for nuke workers
A splendid Japanese professor has offered his "HAL" powered exoskeleton suit for use by nuclear powerplant workers at Fukushima, pointing out that the suit's motorised limbs would allow users to lift radiation-proof armour which would otherwise be prohibitively heavy.
Google: We're not pushing our gear over rivals
Eric Schmidt claimed in a letter to the US Senate's antitrust subcommittee that Google's huge array of web properties are not "separate products and services" offered by the company.
Gallery mulls 'damage' after cleaner scrubs modern art
A German museum is continuing to show a controversial $1.1m modern art installation after one of its cleaners deciding what the piece really needed was a good going over with some Cilit Bang.
Drive chip biz warns of flash-disk hybrid boom
Marvell, the main supplier of disk drive controller system chips, says most disk drive vendors will have hybrid flash-disk products in a few months.
Goldeneye 007: Reloaded
ReviewHere we go again. Back to bungie jumping from the dam at Arkhangelsk. Back to sneaking across the snowy fields around the Severnaya satellite installation. And back to dodging fierce crossfire on the gantries of an antenna cradle.
Greens threaten to sue over solar power cash slash
While there's been growing discussion of a "Robin Hood Tax" recently, its very antithesis was quietly introduced last year: a Reverse Robin Hood Tax. This entails a wealth transfer from the poor to the middle classes – and the means is a market-rigging mechanism that ensures that the energy we use is much more expensive than it needs to be. Via a feed-in tariff (FiT), the government guarantees to buy the domestically-produced output of solar photovoltaic cells at a huge markup over the market rate.
Anonymous runs amock in Israel, Finland, Portugal
Anonymous activists marked the 5 November anniversary of the Gunpowder Treason Plot to get up to all sorts of mischief over the weekend.
Gartner: Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending
Enterprise IT spending will stagger and fall this year but may back on one leg in 2012 despite swingeing public sector cuts and the looming Eurozone financial catastrophe.
Longhorns on top in kid cluster compo
SC11There have been some big changes in the odds since we opened up the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) 2011 betting pool to the public. (For details on the SCC and the teams, click here.) The betting has tightened up the field as SCC fans pick their favorites to win both the Overall Prize and the LINPACK portions of the fight.
Adidas pulls down sites hit in 'sophisticated' hack
Adidas has taken some of its websites offline as a precaution following the discovery of a "sophisticated, criminal cyber-attack".
Compact Disc death foretold for 2012
The major record labels are planning to kill off the CD format by the end of next year to make way for digital downloads only.
B&N fans fondleslab flames following Kindle Fire
US bookseller Barnes and Noble has caught fondleslab fever, unveiling its Nook Tablet today to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Barnes & Noble launches 7in tablet e-book reader
US bookseller Barnes & Noble has caught fondleslab fever, introducing its Nook Tablet today to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Google's legal boss is fed up with patent warfare
Legal tangles over patents are stifling innovation and will lead to stagnation in the tech industry, said Google's chief patent lawyer in a newspaper interview in the San Francisco Chronicle.
VIP Computer Centre swallows CMS Computers
PC and components distie VIP Computer Centre has acquired system assembler CMS Computers in a move that takes it into competition with trade clients.
NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength
Voyager 2 is conserving energy by using its back-up thrusters as it continues to boldly go where no spaceship has gone before.
US IT sector gains jobs
The job situation in the United States has improved in the past three months, but the growth in the workforce is still not sufficient to keep up with population growth, much less make much of a dent in the unemployment rate, which remains stubbornly at high levels.
UK Home Sec: 'I authorised biometric bypass pilot'
Home Secretary Theresa May fought for her political life in Parliament on Monday after it was revealed that immigration border guards were told to ignore biometric chips on the passports of non-eurozone citizens.
Goodyear introduces new concept of 'Blimpworthiness'
US tyre company and former airship builder Goodyear has come up with a new word as part of a marketing ploy. The firm, introducing online polls to determine which sporting events its iconic airships should attend, has framed the question: is a given event "blimpworthy"?
Fujitsu readies 23 petaflops Sparc FX10 super beast
Ahead of the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle next week, Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu says it's not only going to commercialize the K supercomputer that just busted through the 10 petaflops barrier, but that early next year it will double-stuff the design with a new Sparc64 chip, and sell it to entities other than the Japanese government.
AT&T survey: Cloud computing saves cash, planet
Putting your data in the cloud could save carbon as well as cash, says a new survey (PDF) on the advantages of the cloud from the Carbon Disclosure Project, funded by US telco AT&T. The report concluded that a large US company that made the switch now could be achieving annual savings of $12.3bn and annual carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil by 2020.
US pols sack Santa Claus in cost-cutting drive
A local government in New York state has cut Father Christmas from the county payroll as part of a vicious cost-cutting program.
Router glitch causes widespread net outages
Internet services throughout North America and Europe saw widespread outages and slowdowns on Monday after backbone provider Level 3 Communications suffered a global failure, network providers said.
White space database trial points to 2011 launch
The first trial of a live white space database has completed, and demonstrated that the technology works – even if the people using it need a little more work.
Google launches Google+ Pages for businesses
Google has unveiled some enhancements to Google+ aimed at expanding that people-to-people social networking service to people-to-businesses and people-to-organizations.
Linux Mint moves to Gnome 3, keeps Gnome 2 MATEy
The forthcoming release of Linux Mint will see it shift to the Gnome 3 desktop for the first time, but it will continue to support Gnome 2 users with a separate root, and has a shell to ease the transition between the platforms.
Apple shovels $400m in stock grants to top execs
UpdatedApple CEO Tim Cook and his board of directors appear keen on keeping their executive brain trust intact – so much so that they have just shelled out around $400m worth of stock options* to their top talent.
DNS cache poisonings foist malware attacks on Brazilians
An attack on several Brazilian ISPs has exposed large numbers of their subscribers to malware attacks when they attempt to visit Hotmail, Gmail, and other trusted websites, security researchers have warned.
Microsoft gives Phone 7 Mango jailbreak its blessing
Microsoft has shifted its stance on the jailbreaking of its Phone 7 operating system, and seems to be embracing – rather than trying to crush – such developments.
BlackRock takes $NZ250m taste of Telecom NZ
New York investment giant BlackRock Inc has stepped into the New Zealand telecos market taking a five per cent stake in Telecom New Zealand.
Australia Network tender shut down
The Australian government has terminated the protracted and controversial tender process for the $AU223 million Australia Network broadcasting contract.
Internode adds Darwin POP
The expansion of Australia’s backhaul networks is paying off for Darwin residents, with ISP Internode announcing that it’s going to add its own POP in the country’s northernmost state capital.
Can 24/7 porn rescue Google TV?
Google TV has not exactly set the world on fire, but a time-tested treat that catapulted such technologies as DVD, VHS, and even Super 8 into millions of homes is now available on the sputtering service.
Killer smart meters torch Aussie homes!
Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade has announced an investigation whether smart meters are responsible for three fires that started in switchboards.