24th > November > 2011 Archive
Victorian Ombudsman whacks state’s IT spending
Ten out of ten ICT projects examined by the Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, were flops.
‘We know where dark matter is hiding’ claim boffins
Physicists from Brown University are claiming to have set a lower limit for the mass of dark matter.
Software maker sorry for trying to silence security researcher
A Silicon Valley software maker has withdrawn legal threats against an Android developer who claimed the company's diagnostic application amounted to a rootkit that posed a privacy threat to millions of handset owners.
Cisco to HP: 'Stop suing former staffers'
Cisco’s chief legal officer Mark Chandler has publicly admonished HP for using legal action to stop former staff from working for the competition.
Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop
ReviewGuilty, your honour. In mitigation, I would like to assure the jury that I do not automatically adore everything with Apple branding on it, nor have I any intention of jacking off over a Steve Jobs biography. I just happen to like the current range of Apple MacBook Pro notebook computers, that’s all. Is it such a crime?
Groupon BUSTED for bulging breasts bargain boob
A Groupon advert for cut-price breast enlargement must not appear again, The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled today.
NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people
UK health minister Simon Burns has provoked fury from anti-cuts campaigners by comparing the people who email him to zombies.
Bare gums couldn't chew up storage rivals, says Hitachi biz
Hitachi Data Systems has admitted its channel organisation lacked the "teeth" to take on the lions of the storage plains but plans are afoot to give it more bite.
Brocade gives Wall Street the finger
The SANs are okay... Brocade beat pessimistic Wall St estimates about its fourth quarter (Q4) earnings and outlook for the next quarter, showing that there is more life in the Fibre Channel and Ethernet vendor than analysts gave it credit for.
WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half
One swallow doesn’t make a summer – and week’s worth of phone sales doesn’t make a comeback.
iOS App of the WeekBack in my student days, I used to work late-night shifts on a taxi service called ComputaCab. It was really hi-tech for the time, with a control room full of computer screens and a bunch of scruffy kids answering the phone lines and booking the cabs. Ah, the good old days…
Irish biz rife with fake sites slurping victims' privates
Irish websites have become a prime target for phishing fraudsters over recent months with multiple incidents of fraudsters setting up counterfeit banking sites on compromised but otherwise legitimate websites.
Watch crim crackdowns on live Plod blog
Durham constabulary is planning to use social media to enable people to follow what is happening in their immediate neighbourhood in real time.
Exoplanet ranking suggests INTERSTELLAR WAR imminent
An international team of boffins has ranked the various extra-terrestrial planets and moons known to humanity in order of ability to sustain life. It's bad news for the human race, as the planets of the Gliese 581 star system are near the top of the list: and if an intelligent race is present there, we have already mortally offended it.
Server makers start pushing Opteron 6200 tin
The 16-core "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors marched into the x86 server chip war nearly two weeks ago, and Advanced Micro devices made its sales pitch against Intel's Xeon server lineup. The question now is: who is actually making servers selling Opteron 6200 processors?
Rampaging Brit looters cost Dixons £4m
Dixons Retail has fared relatively better than High Street rivals after trading results today showed that its fiscal half-year losses narrowed substantially in the UK.
US gov spunks $200K on busted weather app
The US Department of Labor spent more than $200,000 (£129,000) creating a mobile application telling people to drink four cups of water every hour, and didn't even manage to get a BlackBerry version working.
EA retreats, offers free Battlefield 1943 after all
EA has changed its tune and pledged to give all PlayStation 3 Battlefield 3 customers a free copy of Battlefield 1943, all to avoid embarrassing legal entanglements.
2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last
Forrester research reckons 2016 will be the year when electronic cash takes off, thanks to PayPal, but over at ABI they're saying 2014 will see Google Wallet filling virtual pockets.
Obama steps in as Britney Spears wrestles Page on Google+
Pop princess Britney Spears now has the most followers on Google+, which President Barack Obama's team just signed up to.
LG runs up third-gen Prada phone
Fashionistas, take note: LG will be releasing a third-generation Prada-branded smartphone early in 2012.
Fujifilm announces 'new breed' of bridge camera
Fujifilm has announced an addition to its premium X series of snappers with what the company calls "a new breed of bridge camera".
UK's first stealth jumpjet rolls off line – but we don't want it
The first ever supersonic stealth jumpjet to be built for the British armed forces has rolled off the assembly line. There's just one snag: Britain decided last year that it would no longer have jumpjets, meaning that the aircraft will never serve with the Royal Navy or RAF.
Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes
Apple overtook Tesco, Argos and M&S this year to become the second most popular online retail site in the UK. Only Amazon UK beat them for hits in the latest quarterly figures published by IMRG HitsWise.
HTC forecasts stormy future, laments Apple S3 defeat
Taiwan smartphone maker HTC has written off any hopes for sales growth this quarter citing cooling demand in a weakened global economy and fierce competition from rivals.
Ten... top PlayStation Network game downloads
Product Round-upGames are expensive these days, with contemporary titles often commanding in excess of £50. Some people even paid thousands for an early copy of Modern Warfare 3.
Levelling the EMC Lightning playing field
OpinionHere's a blogger saying an open industry standard will not be the best way to level the storage array/server flash card playing field and prevent EMC locking in Project Lightning customers, writes Chris Mellor
Actual computer hacking by UK media: Suspect cuffed
An inquiry into computer hacking by the UK media resulted in the arrest of its first suspect, a 52-year-old from Milton Keynes.
Punters go postal with erratic Royal Mail site
UpdateThe Royal Mail's electronic redirection website was finally restored on Thursday, days after problems affected the postal service's website on Sunday.
Bloke pays inked tribute to Top Gear
There's a long tradition of fans getting their idols etched into their flesh, but Top Gear presenter James May hasn't until now featured heavily on the list of hero-worship tattoos.
Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley
Americans struggling home from Thanksgiving have yet another etiquette nightmare to deal with: what to do when the gargantuan passenger next to you spills over and annexes most of your seat.
Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever
The penguins are on the march: they are leaving Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu and migrating towards other Linux distros, fresh data suggests.
Rogue Russian Mars probe communicates - but in gibberish
The European Space Agency managed to get telemetry data from lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt last night, but hasn’t been able to decode the messages.
Sweeping net filters trample ISPs' rights, says Euro beak
Europe’s Court of Justice has affirmed that blanket monitoring of internet communications breaches fundamental rights. The Court of Justice of the European Union was adjudicating a complaint by a Belgian ISP and copyright royalty collecting society SABEM.
We talk to Moon designer about ULTIMATE sci-fi ship
Gavin Rothery was visual effects supervisor on the British sci-fi smash Moon, and has been a creative force on a welter of hit video games, and so has a lot to say on the subject of spacecraft design.
Apple pulls games subs app DAYS after approving it
Days after ushering Big Fish into the iTunes store, opening the way to subscription gaming on the iPad, Apple has yanked out its app without a hint of explanation.
San Diego woman strips to bikini to look for her chihuahua
A San Diego woman has done absolutely nothing for her hopes of finding her beloved chihuahua after pledging to strip and stay stripped until the mislaid canine is found.
Cheshire councils to axe 70 IT jobs
Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East councils are to launch a consultation on the future structure of their shared ICT service in December. The councils estimate that this could lead to about 70 of their combined 217 IT staff members being made redundant.
Fake Steve Jobs tells kids: 'Do what you want to do'
The Chinese have been counterfeiting iPhones, iPads and even Apple stores for years, but now an enterprising Taipei publisher has gone one further and attempted to make a quick dollar in China and Taiwan by leeching off the greatest Apple asset of all: Steve Jobs.
Struggling tech resellers face winter of annihilation
Reseller insolvencies are predicted to remain at record highs during the December quarter as the UK economy hangs on the edge of a second recession.
Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please
UK regulator Ofcom won't force operators into net neutrality pacts, being happy to rely on competitive pressure to keep the web open, but it does want transparency for customers.
Terry Pratchett computer sniper-scope: Spec-ops mini version
Famous Pentagon boffinry powerhouse DARPA has made a new announcement on its "One Shot" programme, which ensures that a million-to-one shot will – as on Terry Pratchett's Discworld* – hit the target nine (well, six) times out of 10.
Apple eyes set on Sharp IGZO tech for iPad 3 screen
Apple's iPad 3 may not be thicker than its predecessor after all, thanks to a smart display tech from screen partner Sharp.
HMV plays catch up with video on-demand service
HMV has modernised its content delivery efforts, launching a video-on-demand rental service for PC and Mac.
Thanksgiving menaced by virus-laden fake iTunes vouchers
Supposed iTunes gift certificates doing the rounds in the run-up to Thanksgiving are actually loaded with malware.
Richard Branson plans submarine tours of dead whale corpse
San Diego's dead beached whale was towed offshore last night, with the help of billionaire Richard Branson.
How digital audio ate itself and the music industry
Special ReportDigital audio began life with high ideals and worthy engineering feats, with its extended dynamic range came the promise of noise-free recording. This is a story of how it first charmed and then choked the industry it was designed to enhance.
SHARKS tempted by BIKINI CLAD Thanksgiving BABES
Half-naked women will swim with great white sharks in an experiment conducted by a marine biologist to understand the fish's hunting patterns.
Scientists probe Earth's core, make mystifying discovery
Scientists carrying out extreme boffinry into the makeup of the Earth's liquid core have announced that they are very puzzled to find it is not made of what they had thought it was.
Hybrid clouds 2012: the private cloud myth lives
Hybrid clouds are all the rage in cloud computing today, with Gartner naming them "a major focus for 2012", even as hybrid clouds constitute fully 20 per cent of enterprise clouds today. But are they really anything more than a new face on private clouds? Marten Mickos, chief executive of private cloud company, Eucalyptus Systems, doesn't think so.
Dell fastens shrink ray tech onto new file vault
Dell appears to have a new disk backup array in development, with a launch likely in the first half of 2012.
Jew or not Jew app withdrawn from iTunes
Apple has pulled an app that asked users to judge how Jewish they were after a lawsuit was brought against it in Paris.
Huawei builds channel red army in Europe
Huawei has penned a distribution deal with SDG to punt its enterprise kit to resellers in the UK, France and the Netherlands.
Nokia promises not one but two Lumia 800 power fix patches
Nokia has pledged to release a software update early next month that will begin to fix the rapidly depleting battery woes some Lumia 800 owners have experienced.
Apache developers scramble to fix proxy flaw
Apache developers are working on a fix of a flaw in its web server software that creates a possible mechanism to access internal systems.
Microsoft pitching Kinect control tech to telly makers
Microsoft has contacted television manufacturers to discuss integrating Kinect's motion control tech into future tellies.
Dyson sinks £1.4m into Cambridge engineering chair
Vacuum-maker James Dyson has plunged over a million pounds into funding engineering research at Cambridge University.
'Rebel' biologist and neo-Darwinian skeptic Lynn Margulis dies
ObituaryBiologist Lynn Margulis has died, aged 73, at her home in Massachusetts.
Three labs, one (big) cluster
We spent a few minutes at an Intel SC11 hospitality event in Seattle talking with Matt Leininger, Lawrence Livermore National Lab Deputy of Advanced Technology Projects, about the U.S. DOE National Nuclear Security Administration’s Tri-Lab procurement.
1,000 Chinese workers strike at Apple and IBM supplier
Around 1,000 workers at a Chinese plant that manufactures components for Apple and IBM downed tools this week in protest against enforced overtime, a rights group has claimed.
Westpac unchiefs the information officer
CommentIn a move that will send a thousand chills running down a thousand spines, the Australian bank Westpac has sent the janitor down the hall to the office marked “CIO” with a screwdriver and removed the brass plate.
Graphene circuits from an inkjet printer
Long gone are the days when the inkjet printer was the consumable that people bought for school projects and family photographs: a group of researchers from Cambridge University has added graphene-based transistors to the list of things that you can take from the output tray.