22nd > November > 2011 Archive
Microsoft tempts Kinect developers with bacon
Microsoft has been seeking to recruit developers to the Kinect platform using one of the most potent bribes in the book: bacon.
HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble
New HP CEO Meg Whitman sure does have her work cut out for her, but she managed to notch up a quarter that was slightly better than Wall Street expected on the revenue and profit fronts.
Tor launches DIY relays in Amazon cloud
The Tor Project is tapping Amazon's EC2 cloud service to make it easier for volunteers to donate bandwidth to the anonymity network.
Jamo S 426 HCS 3 home cinema speakers
ReviewThere is no shortage of home cinema speaker packages priced at around the £300 mark. It is less common to find one incorporating a large floorstanding pair but that’s exactly what long-established Danish brand Jamo is offering with this bundle. It seems too good to be true, yet somehow it is.
Ofcom denies privacy to drunk-dial-and-drive trucker
The BBC was justified in broadcasting the unblurred face of a trucker who was pulled for being on the phone, and subsequently arrested for being drunk at the wheel, despite his right to privacy, Ofcom has ruled.
Chief Rabbi: I admire Jobs and Apple and use my iPad daily
Despite suggesting that Steve Jobs was a Moses of consumerism who had brought sadness to the world, Britain's Chief Rabbi uses an iPad every day and has no criticism at all to make of Apple's contribution to technology, said the Office of the Chief Rabbi.
Bed-hopping Big Blue pops up in sack with DataDirect
A couple of months after rejecting DataDirect in favour of NetApp E-Series kit, IBM has included DataDirect SFA10K storage in a cluster config.
Huge US command-&-control airship gets quantum optics
Pentagon boffinry powerhouse DARPA has announced plans to fit a giant new US military command and control airship - known as "Blue Devil Block 2" - with through-the-air optical links offering bandwidth normally achievable only by fibre cables. This is to be done using newly-applied technology developed in the 1990s for use in astronomical telescopes.
UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style
Britain's sad bid to ape American traditions - trick or treat, I ask you… - continues this month as retailers launch Black Friday sales even though we have no Thanksgiving Day holiday to precede it.
Tablets mean tubby HDDs must get thinner - A*STAR
Tablet computers need skinnier hard drives to provide more capacity than flash, with flash caches adding speed to the single spinning platter mix.
Successful space station shift change by Russian rocket
The three returning crew members of the International Space Station touched down safely last night, marking another success for Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.
Lapse It Pro
Android App of the WeekWhen it comes to photography apps, iOS still has an advantage over Android. But the little green robot is catching up. The latest iOS-standard photography tool to hit the Market is a rather tasty time-lapse app.
ePlods charge man, 60, with chick-lit MP Twitter threats
A man, arrested in August on suspicion of menacing Tory MP Louise Mensch via Twitter and threatening emails, has been charged under section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act.
Security takes a backseat on Android in update shambles
The majority of Android smartphone users are walking around with insecure devices running out-of-date OS builds, leaving personal and business data at greater risk of attack.
US trade body rejects S3 'Apple nicked our IP' claim
Apple has not ridden roughshod over 3S Graphics' intellectual property rights, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided.
We're searching for life, Jim, but not as we know it
Some of the world's top space boffins have proposed a new way to figure out the odds of finding life - but not as we know it - on another planet.
Man faces prison after enormous red chopper panics woman
An Ohio man could face six months in the slammer after his enormous red chopper induced panic in a woman.
Coders are creatives too: Where's our love?...
OpinionDevelopers conjure something from nothing, all day, every day; to my mind this is creation in its purest sense. Okay, we’re not knocking up a universe in seven days or putting the final touches to The Scream – although it may often feel like that – but building order, fun, even beauty, from a tapestry of ones and noughts is surely a creative endeavor. But are coders considered creatives? Nope. My experience of business sees that title handed to graphic designers above all else; a troupe of ne’r do wells who pinch from a Google image search and spend the rest of their day colouring-in.
Fake doc cuffed in concrete arse shocker
Miami cops last week slapped the cuffs on a transgendered woman accused of performing a buttock enhancement with "cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant".
Apple boots MacBook Air wannabes out of slim case fabs
MacBook Air competitors may have to be made out of plastic, rather than aluminium, because Apple has first dibs on the factories that make the light metal cases.
Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision
Boffins have come a step closer to creating a Terminator-style field of vision with contact lenses that give hands-free info updates.
Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters
Open ... And ShutAmazon's new Kindle Fire is almost certain to be a financial success for Amazon, and may finally make a name for Google's Android in tablets. If only the success and acclaim were deserved.
Facebook 'shrinks' six degrees of separation theory
Researchers at Facebook and the University of Milan reckon that the degrees of separation between any two people in the world have been reduced to 4.7 from social psychologist Stanley Milgram's "small world experiment" of six back in the '60s.
No Xbox Live hack say insiders
Microsoft sources have denied a claim that Xbox Live has been hacked, stating instead that gamers said to have had up to £100 lifted from their accounts were victims of phishing scams.
Nimble Storage gets a little clustered
Flash-enhanced iSCSI array startup Nimble Storage is going to add scale-out clustering to its boxes.
Hideous orchid that just wants a one-night stand found
A flower that only opens in the hours of darkness has been found in the primeval forest of the New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea.
Market watcher ayes claim iPad 3 to sport 1536 x 2048 screen
Another analyst has claimed Apple's iPad display makers have started punching out 2048 x 1536 panels for the tablet's next incarnation.
UK nuclear: Walking into darkness with eyes screwed shut
CommentSo the House of Lords Science and Technology committee has reported on the state of the UK's nuclear industry and government plans for carrying it forward: and, as anyone who follows these matters would expect, the noble lords have reported on a situation of total, shambolic chaos.
Ten... Monster tellies
Product Round-upBack in the day you had to resort to a cabinet-sized rear projection TV if you wanted to watch Dallas on anything larger than a 37in CRT. Thankfully times have changed. Technically advanced, visually stunning super-screens are now the order of the day from every major brand. You need only oust some living room essentials – sofa, coffee table, partner and cat – to make room for one. It’s a sacrifice well worth making, so bring on the mega-TV monsters…
Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect
Hard work and the competition's ineptitude saw Microsoft Word thump WordPerfect, Bill Gates told a US court hearing the $1bn anti-competition case brought by Novell.
Superhero oil-burping algae will save the world
"Rely on the sun and the other eco-friendly things that Mother Earth has given us. We need to stop being dependent on the corrupting effect that is oil now!" – HuffPost Super User "ProgressivePicon86"
Netflix raises $400m to steady its global expansion
Video rental firm Netflix, soon to be hitting the UK shores, has raised $400m in fresh capital from long-time investors to try to boost the firm after a tough few months.
When geeks turn Green: Performance tune your energy bills
Part 2A few years ago I suddenly saw my energy bills as another performance metric that I could tweak just like optimising Lehman Brothers' derivatives calculations that I was nominally paid squillions to do.
Facebook phone rises from the dead, again
Facebook is working on a phone, and has called it "Buffy" in tribute to the impossibly-hard-to-kill vampire slayer of the same name, but don't expect to see it until 2014.
Russian diplomat caught driving while 15 TIMES over booze limit
A Russian diplomat was an epic 15 times over the drink-driving limit when he was collared by Polish cops on Sunday.
Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile
A dodgy survey of surveys by online pawnbrokers CashGenerator.co.uk has compiled a list of bad phone habits that are stopping the world's smartphone owners sleeping, socialising and having sex.
Acer eyes 'untapped' rural China as West snaps purse shut
World number four PC-maker Acer is focusing on the folk still buying computers and hoping to grow its China sales by 20 to 25 per cent next year.
Russian Mars probe heads into space WITHOUT ENGINES
Boffins from the Russian space agency are baffled by the odd behaviour of the Phobos-Grunt probe, which seems to be flying all on its own without the aid of its non-firing engines.
Solar-powered data centre won't get IBM very far...
IBM is rolling out a solar-powered data centre in India that will, it says, be one of the first data centres that don't need the electricity grid – but 80 per cent of the time the sun isn't shining brightly enough.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
ReviewLook who it is. Just when you thought that the dust-gathering ornament you used to call a Nintendo games console was in permanent retirement, back it bounds. Why? Because there’s a new Legend of Zelda in town - a game most will have played before in one guise or another, and one that Nintendo always finds a way to freshen up.
Cyber-cop Trojan used iTunes flaw to spy on crims
A law enforcement Trojan takes advantage of the same recently patched iTunes flaw also used by Ghost Click botnet, according to a demo at a recent German trade show.
Got a few minutes to help LOHAN suck?
As we recently reported, El Reg's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has taken delivery of an AeroTech RC 32/60-100NS rocket motor – the proposed power plant for our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes
Security biz Websense has drawn up a list of the five most common spam subject lines.
SCC11: final results banquet, winners feted
The official results of the Student Cluster Competition were revealed at the lavish SC11 Awards Gala, a luncheon held at the Seattle Sheraton. I was a little put out that I wasn’t invited for the lunch, but felt better after I got a good whiff of it.
Samsung jumps into bed with Google TV
South Korean electronics giant Samsung is next in line to jump into the sack with Google on its TV services, ignoring the lacklustre uptake.
Council not fined after 7,200 sensitive files dumped in skip
Southwark council breached the Data Protection Act after it left an unencrypted computer and papers containing sensitive information on 7,200 people in one of its buildings when it was vacated, which were then disposed of by the building's new tenant, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
World population's appetite TO DOUBLE by 2050, boffin warns
In just 40 years from now, global food demand could double with potentially devastating consequences for planet Earth, a top eco professor has warned.
Cutting-edge Mirasol display finally comes to e-reader
The much-awaited Mirasol display has made its debut in an South Korean e-reader, offering the colour of LCD combined with the clarity, and power consumption, of electronic ink.
'Nervous' London bankers run mock cyberattack exercise
London banks are taking part in a simulated cyberattack exercise on Tuesday designed to test the resilience of the UK's financial service industry to a collapse of telecoms systems and Olympics-related transport disruption.
MS and Samsung tout interactive table
Microsoft announced this week that the Surface 2.0 table it built with Samsung is now available to order, with an expected delivery date of next year.
Penguin pulls its e-books off library shelves
A new "security concern" has forced the British book publisher Penguin to stop making electronic editions of its new books available to American libraries. Penguin has also banned the libraries from loaning existing Penguin e-books on their shelves to Kindle owners.
Microsoft pockets VideoSurf to create big search waves
Microsoft has bought San Mateo, California-based VideoSurf for an undisclosed sum.
EU: Apple-Samsung row could be stifling competition
The EU has said it is concerned about the Great Patent Wars being a cover for unfair competition practices by IT firms.
Nuclear power will let NASA Mars rover beat 1970s Soviet record
Everyone knows the famous NASA Mars rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity": but not everyone knows that for all their renowned longevity they do not hold the record for robot rover distance rolled on an extraterrestrial body.
Samsung strokes big bulb that'll keep going for decades
While we're waiting for flexible, flat, multi-cavity plasma array light bulbs to hit the market, Samsung has started selling advanced LED bulbs in the US that could last years.
Pure Storage attacks EMC heartland
No VC is going to fund a start-up intent on attacking EMC's SAN array heartland with a disk drive array - who would be that foolish - but a flash array which outperforms VMAX/VNX and costs less? Now you're talking - if it's for real.
US broadcasters team up to make Facebook for TV
Something big is cooking in portable TV in the US. It's possibly the equivalent of a Hulu (in that it is owned by content owners), but from a group of broadcasters who have already identified themselves as being behind the ATSC M/H Mobile DTV services: but this time the subject is both social TV and over the top (OTT) content.
Cray takes Oak Ridge super to Titan
Peg Williams, Cray SVP of High Performance Computing, is working on the biggest computer upgrade in history – transforming the 200-cabinet, 42,000-processor Oak Ridge Jaguar supercomputer into its new Titan form.
Despite Android lead, iOS devs slurp scads more mazuma
If you're a developer who wants the largest target market for your smartphone and tablet apps, write for Android devices. But if you want to make money, write for the iPhone and iPad.
Groupon offer burns cupcake baker’s profits
A British baker has seen her entire annual profits wiped out after a Groupon deal went horribly awry.
Convirture revs up cloudy control freak
Convirture is revving up its ConVirt family of server virtualization and cloud management tools to the 3.0.1 level, supporting more operating systems and public clouds, and also including a free trial of its Enterprise Cloud edition.
Apple sucks porn domain names from squatters
Apple has succeeded in prying loose a gaggle of iPhone-related domain names that were being used by a porn purveyor to redirect to its digital rumpy-pumpy wares.
HP to forge x86 Integrity and Superdome servers
HP will forge Integrity and Superdome machines based on Intel's Xeon processors in addition to the Itanium machines it currently is selling, and plans to upgrade through at least two more processor generations.
Amazon set to build Aus data centre
Amazon is ramping up its activity down under, confirming that it is investing in an Australian data centre via a job advertisement.
Google mail crypto tweak makes eavesdropping harder
Google engineers have enhanced the encryption offered in Gmail, Google Docs, and other services to protect users against retroactive attacks that allow hackers to decrypt communications months or years after they were sent.
Engineers seek funds for world’s largest Tesla coil
A team of engineers is seeking $348,000 in funding on Kickstarter to build the world’s largest Tesla coils, capable of spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet.
Cracked emails again deployed against climate researchers
More University of East Anglia emails from the “Climategate” era have been posted online ahead of the upcoming Durban climate talks.
Oz Post taps telco luminary for new strategy
When Australia Post tapped former banker Ahmed Fahour as its CEO, speculation ran riot that the government-owned enterprise would head into retail banking. Now, it’s added a high-profile telco executive to its ranks, with Optus’ current head of regulatory affairs, Maha Krishnapillai, to join Aus Post in January.
Attachmate checks into Melbourne for regional HQ
The Attachmate Group, the new owner of Novell, has selected South Yarra in Melbourne as it Asia Pacific headquarters.
Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz
Vendors vs consumersWith retailers in Australia getting shafted by vendors and consumers alike, it’s hardly surprising that the "Iron Curtain" of channel control is starting to fall.