29th > November > 2011 Archive
Call recording cloud gets funding and ex-Telstra exec
Australian cloud based phone call recording company, 1300 Record, has secured $AU1.5 million in first tranche funding from Innovation Capital, ahead of a marketing push. 1300 Record has developed a platform that allows businesses and individuals to record and store phone calls without the need for equipment or software.
YaCy takes on Google with open source search engine
A project calling itself YaCy – pronounced "ya see" – aims to break Google’s headlock on the search market by giving away an open source search engine that can be used both online and within an intranet.
Global server sales cool a smidgen
Peddlers and pushers of server tin had a tough time in the third quarter of this year, according to statistics from Gartner, with shipments rising only 7.2 per cent to 2.37 million units and revenues rising only 5.2 per cent to just under $13bn.
CSIRO software tapped for e-health transition
CSIRO has announced that it is to supply software to Australia’s National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to support the transition to Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records.
Sth Korean gamers suffer joystick curfew shock
A ban restricting all South Korean gamers under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6am is now in full affect.
Malls suspend plan to track shoppers' cellphones
Two shopping malls have dropped plans to track shopper's movements after a US senator voiced privacy concerns about the practice, which involves monitoring individuals' cellphone signals.
Kinect 2 said to read lips, sense mood
The next version of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing platform is reportedly so advanced that it will be able to read your lips and sense your mood.
Using virtual particles to get real random numbers
number generator, by bouncing photons off empty space.
Facebook IPO said to set value at $100bn
Facebook is planning to go public sometime between April and June of next year in an IPO that would value the company at over $100bn.
Backyard astronomer snaps Beta Pictoris dust disk
Stars on webcamIn what is being hailed as a first, a New Zealand amateur backyard astronomer has produced images of the protoplanetary disk surrounding a star that’s 63.4 light-years distant - on a webcam.
Ice Cream Sandwich
ReviewNo new version of the Android mobile operating system has been quite so eagerly awaited as v4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich as it’s more colourfully known. The reason is not hard to explain: Android has streaked ahead of iOS in the bums-on-seats stakes but there is still the feeling that the user interface lacks the polish and grace of Apple’s mobile platform.
EU can't discriminate between public and private personal data
EU member states cannot generally prohibit organisations' legitimate and necessary but unauthorised processing of personal data where the information is not stored in specified public sources, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
NetApp team tags Iron Mountain for cloudy medical archiving
Iron Mountain is rebuilding its remnant cloud medical records archiving business with a dose of NetApp's StorageGRID..
Osborne to SAVE ECONOMY with help from Media 2.0 websluts
AnalysisSince the Tories came to power courtesy of a Coalition deal with the Lib Dems in May 2010, two words continue to be bounced around the walls of Whitehall: open and transparency.
Councils emailed vulnerable people's data to strangers
Two local authorities have been hit by financial penalties from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after sending highly sensitive personal information to the wrong recipients.
Strap-on thruster daredevil shows off Swiss peak formation
PicsA man strapped to small jet pack has flown over the Alps - again. It's the second time that Yves Rossy, known as the Jet Man, has propelled himself over the famous mountain range with a four-engine rig bolted onto a 6ft 6in wing.
How to stop network traffic fighting like cat and dog
Sysadmin blogBandwidth and latency are two separate but equally important network considerations. An ideal network will have high bandwidth and low latency. The real world is rarely so obliging.
Seagate embiggens hybrid drive, won't say how...
Seagate has speeded up its Momentus XT flash/disk hybrid, making it nearly 70 per cent faster than the existing model.
Android App of the Week (NSFW)My other job as the manager of a small record label frequently requires me to circulate press clippings and other bumf to everyone connected with a particular project. One option is to do this when I get back to the office but a better and faster one is to use CamScanner.
RIM server upgrade draws Android and iOS into the fold
RIM is reaching out to iOS and Android devices, dragging them into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server fold with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.
Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale
Best Buy may be retreating to its homeland with a bloody nose, but it could yet ruin Dixons Retail's margins this Christmas before it turns off the lights.
Don't buy my new £210 box set - Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello wants fans to shun a limited edition box-set of his music priced at over £200 when it goes on sale next month.
Symbian users: Prove you exist with NFC Foursquare check-ins
Symbian users who like to check in to Foursquare, but hate having to run the application, can now just tap their handset to let the world know where they are.
Web smut oglers accosted by bogus pop-up plod fines
Strathclyde Police are not levying fines on punters watching internet porn, the force has been obliged to explain.
Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job
In the midst of a weakening global economy and rampant uncertainty as to when the recession will lift from North America and Western Europe, one thing is certain: open-source technology skills may be the best hope for landing a good job. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, open source claims five of the top 10 keywords in Indeed.com's job listings, with Hadoop, Puppet, Android, and jQuery making the list, along with HTML5, a proxy for various open-source projects like ext-JS, SproutCore, etc.
Jarmageddon: Marmite spill sparks biohazard threat
A flood of yeast extract has blocked the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire after a truck containing the Marmite ingredient crashed and spilled its load.
HTC insists German 3G mobe sales ban is kaput
German patent firm IPCom has hit back at HTC's claim that an injunction granted in a Mannheim court will have no effect on its sales.
HP's fraught union with Autonomy bears first fruit
HP has announced the first offspring of its mammoth $10.24bn (£6.6bn) union with British software firm Autonomy.
British Library sprinkles digital dust on dusty newsprint
The British Library and its commercial partner brightsolid opened up a pay-per-view online archive of newspapers today, after a crack team scanned 4 million searchable pages that mainly date from out-of-copyright papers published in the 19th century.
UK's top tech startup: Glasgow's tiny circle of animation wizards
CommentTech startups that can truly be considered game-changers are rare - especially in Shoreditch. The more hype that the Silicon Roundabout "leisure startup" scene receives, the more painfully apparent it is that the emperor has no clothes – see these comments for example. Which is a pity, for less attention is paid to genuinely creative British tech startups.
Smart TV shootout
ReviewIt’s about 18 months since I last rounded up internet-connected TVs - or "Smart TVs" as they’re now being named by all the manufacturers these days. Since then, all the brands have upped their game considerably, and just about all of their offerings are much more powerful than the 2009 models I looked at last time.
Virtually indestructible robostarfish penetrates tiny cracks
A squishy robot based on a starfish has pushed the frontiers of robotic movement by proving bots can wriggle.
Toshiba readies zero Watt standby mode telly
With the price of electricity always on the rise, the juice consumed by kit kept on standby can nibble away at the pennies. Now Toshiba has addressed this issue with a new chip said to create standby modes that require no power whatsoever.
13 MILLION gamers in ID theft scare after Nexon breach
An estimated 13 million gamers have been left at greater risk of ID theft following a breach at gaming firm Nexon.
iOS 5.1 name-checks next-gen iPad, iPhone
Apple released iOS 5.1 to app developers yesterday, and already coders are poring over the update in search of references to future products.
MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!
AnalysisToday sees the release of two new reports into the UK's plans for its future aircraft carriers and their aircraft. As is common practice, a National Audit Office document is accompanied by one from the MPs of the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
Brit security biz Clearswift pockets £30m from sugar daddies
Investment house Lyceum Capital has bought UK-based content security firm Clearswift. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were imprecise but a spokeswoman said that around £30m will be ploughed into the business.
Schneier: Teens and treaties - our cyber-war saviors
We can expect at least another 10 years of unbridled and irrational fear about the threat of cyber war before things calm down.
How digital audio ate itself ... and the music biz
Special ReportIn the first part of this series, we looked at how digital audio emerged in the studio, going beyond its Compact Disc domestic debut. As Moore’s law impacted on the cost of digital audio recording, studio techniques were emerging to add colour to this transparent medium – first in hardware, then in software. Digital signal processing went beyond the studio and landed on everybody's desktop. The creative and corrosive consequences of these developments are explored in this final part.
Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping
It has been five years since Apple unveiled its TV tuner – and it increasingly looks like Cupertino missed the boat.
Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole
The "debt storm" currently circling above the Eurozone is to blame for the gloomy state of the British economy, said the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who delivered his autumn statement to the House of Commons today.
Groupon shares plunge: Drain in sight
On Cyber Monday, a day when tech firms are supposed to be doing quite well, Groupon saw its shares take another tumble on the Nasdaq, landing firmly below the IPO price at $15.24.
Lone! sugar! daddy! yearns! to! seduce! Yahoo! US!
Private equity firm Thomas H Lee Partners is looking into slurping Yahoo!'s US operations, rather than taking a minority stake or teaming up with Asian firms.
Revealed: Full specs on Mars rover's nuclear laser heat ray
The Register rayguns desk is pleased to report that we have now obtained full specifications on the powerful laser heat-ray disintegrator blaster fitted to the NASA Mars rover Curiosity, which departed planet Earth on Saturday and is even now hurtling through the void of space towards a rendezvous with destiny in the red planet's Elysium Planitia region.
Ten... top Xbox Live game downloads
Product Round-upAfter looking at ten top videogames for PlayStation Network last week, it's Microsoft's turn to step up to the table.
Distie-loving cloud kingpin beds Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro has become the first distributor to join the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the not-for-profit organisation trying to promote a Code of Code and open debate among suppliers.
Iran bans Tehran invasion first-person shooter
EA's Battlefield 3 has been outlawed in Iran, with police allegedly arresting shop owners that secretly stock the game.
Gone in a Flash: Adobe's long march to HTML5
AnalysisSurf the web and it's ubiquitous. Ask most web developers building media content what runtime stack tools set they should – or do – target. The answer is simple: Flash.
Danger worm hijacks Facebook accounts to inject banking Trojan
A dangerous worm is using Facebook to spread itself by posting malicious links on the social networking website that point to malware-tainted sites loaded with a variant of the Zeus banking Trojan as well as other nasties.
UK.gov slaps £100m on broadband investment pile for urbanites
The government will take £100m from the £5bn national infrastructure investment pot over the course of this Parliament in a move to speed up broadband networks in selected urban areas. Rural areas, meanwhile, have been passed over.
Duff Mars probe team sweats under Medvedev menaces
Lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt has gone back to its silent orbiting again, remaining unresponsive to Russian space agency attempts to contact it on Monday night.
LOHAN: Reader vacuum pump plans really suck
We at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau are, as ever, grateful to all those readers who offered suggestions for the low-cost, garden-shed vacuum pump rig we need for our Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) experiment.
Grooveshark bunged staff bonuses 'for pirating music'
Music streaming site Grooveshark paid employees by the amount of music they illegally uploaded to the site, filings in a lawsuit allege. Universal Music says Grooveshark's own staff submitted at least 100,000 sound recordings "to boost [owner] Escape's library of infringing content and to make the service more attractive to prospective users".
Consumer interest in Windows 8 tablets slumps
Punters appear to be turning away from the Windows 8 tablets Microsoft hopes will get it back into the fondleslab game.
Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now
Don't spit your coffee out, but further rumours today make it more likely that the iPhone 5 will have a 4in screen.
Acer, Samsung, Lenovo line up behind Nvidia Tegra 3
Add the names Acer, Lenovo and Samsung to that of Asus as members of the list of manufacturers who'll be offering Android tablets based on Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip.
HP invites just its best friends to 2012 partner bash
HP's worldwide partner shindig in back on the agenda for 2012 but the event is likely to be a more cosy affair with fewer resellers invited.
Apple, Google apps face smut and violence ratings
Apps could be scored on sex and violence if Apple and Google approve a voluntary rating system proposed by the American Wireless Association, the CITA, and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
US boffins unleash piezoelectric insect cyborg
Scientists from the University of Michigan's College of Engineering have developed a prototype insect cyborg with an eye to one day using electricity-generating six-legged critters to venture forth into potentially hazardous environments.
Red Hat sales chief tapped as Acronis CEO
Backup company Acronis has changed its CEO: Jason Donahue has been replaced by Alex Pinchev, who has been an Acronis board member since November 2010. Before that he had been at Red Hat for nine years, most recently as president for global sales, services and field marketing.
Mint Linux freshens up web searches
Tired of having your search habits hoarded by Microsoft and Google and want a little anonymity online? Linux Mint could be your answer.
Cisco salivates over exploding data center traffic
Switch and router powerhouse Cisco Systems has released its data center traffic forecast – the "Global Cloud Index" – which shows data center traffic growing in leaps and bounds, and set to explode in coming years.
Intel sneaks out low-power microserver chip
Intel has not made a big fuss about it, but the chip maker has kicked out a promised 15 watt processor aimed at the fledgling and sometimes cloudy microserver market.
European court advisor slams software copyrights
A senior court advisor has issued an opinion to the European Court of Justice that software functions cannot be copyrighted.
Microsoft issues first upgrade to Office 365
Microsoft has issued its first update to the Office 365 cloud portfolio, adding support for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango release and Apple’s OS X Lion operating system, and updating storage and sharing services.
Facebook, FTC settle over privacy ‘deception’
“It is ordered”, says the FTC’s proposed settlement with Facebook, that the social network “shall not misrepresent in any manner … the extent to which it maintains the privacy or security” of its users.
Oz robo-soldiers in US Marines' firing line
Sydney based robotics manufacturer Marathon Targets has delivered its first cyber troops to the US Marine Corp as part of a multi-million dollar contract.
HP confident on HPC future
BlogA quick meeting with HP at SC11 confirmed that the company is feeling good about their HPC achievements and prospects for the future. HP is the second biggest HPC vendor on the most recent Top 500 list with 141 systems (28 per cent). However, they’re still behind market leader IBM, which has a 44 per cent share with 223 total systems.
Insanely great PCIe 4.0 bit rate locked in
The PCI-SIG has settled on a bit rate for its next-generation PCIe 4.0 interconnect specification, and the winner is – insert drumroll – 16 gigatransfers per second, as expected.
Google researchers propose fix for ailing SSL system
Security researchers from Google have proposed an overhaul to improve the security of the Secure Sockets Layer encryption protocol that millions of websites use to protect communications against eavesdropping and counterfeiting.
WordPress’ Google potshot: users deserve better
WordPress is in a tie-up with Federated Media to try and offer it users something better than what it calls Google’s ‘sad’ AdSense.
Cray notches another XE6-Cascades super deal
Cray's future "Cascade" family of supercomputers, which sport a new interconnect and means of linking into processors and coprocessors, are not even fully developed yet and the company has inked another deal for one of the boxes.
Down under climate messages get more strident
Australia’s government has warned that rising global temperatures already represent a health risk – one that’s going to get worse as the country records more heatwave days.
System crash briefly grounds Qantas boarding passes
In just another workday in the perpetual crisis-management of Qantas PR, a system crash at Sydney airport had check-in staff issuing handwritten boarding passes.