2nd > December > 2011 Archive
High Court reinstates Oz Galaxy 10.1 ban
Samsung, which was hoping that it could kick of Australian sales of its Galaxy 10.1 Tab next week, has again been thwarted – this time by Australia’s High Court.
Apple Thunderbolt Display 27in monitor
ReviewAfter Apple’s hoo-ha about the Thunderbolt port on its newest Macs and MacBook Pros, it’s great to finally have something to plug into it. But I began testing this monitor with tainted expectations: less ‘OK show me what you can do’ and more ‘oh lordy, yet another locked-in connectivity standard’.
Software copied functions, but didn't infringe copyright
A computer program does not infringe the copyright of another one just because it performs the same function as it, but it could do if it copies the means by which the other program works, an advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
Dell cooks up new HPC strategy
HPC blogAs I trudged toward a swanky hotel for a meeting with Dell, the Seattle sky was spitting cold rain like an old man realising the soup in his mouth is way too hot. (Adding more drama to these intros, nice, right?)
Top beak: Ignorant lawyers fumble electronic evidence
Lawyers and judges must be properly trained on how best to examine electronic documents and email evidence or risk wasting vast sums of money in legal costs, a senior judge has warned.
College sticks cloud into geothermal igloo data centre
It's cold, it's bleak, and it's best known economically for its fisheries industry and the 2008 banking crisis, but Iceland is also the source of a radical solution in managing data centres that has led an English further education college to do a deal that will be available for the education sector throughout the UK.
UK lays carbon plan before Earth Goddess
The planet is a little safer today after Britain's envoy to Gaia (and energy minister) Chris Huhne confirmed that the UK is on course to meet its CO2 emissions target.
WD My Passport Studio 1TB external hard drive
Accessory of the WeekDespite the prevalence of online sync'n'store services like Dropbox, and of cheap USB thumb drives, fast, high-capacity hard drives are still favoured by those who need to store photographs, video or large graphics files.
Vodafone releases Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone
Confirmation - if it was really needed - that Vodafone was holding back the Samsung Galaxy Nexus because of the infamous volume drop glitch: the day after Google and Samsung fix the bug, Vodafone starts selling the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset.
Dutch delay wireless wallets: T-Mobile waves, doesn't pay
The Dutch consortium which promised to deliver NFC payments to the Netherlands in 2012 will now deliver in 2013, and without T-Mobile, but it's the EU's fault.
Facebook now has 1,000 times the referrals of Google+
The amount of activity on Google+ is falling, according to the latest data from web monitoring firm NetApplications, with Facebook massively ahead of the competition.
Supercomputer helps boffins crack 3D material sims...
SC11So who cares about dendrites and dendrite solidification? If you’re an auto manufacturer facing a mandate to radically increase the fuel economy of your cars, you care a lot. Or if you’re working on new jet engines and need to cut some pounds while increasing durability. Actually, if you rely on any alloy that has to have those ‘just right’ properties, then dendrite solidification is crucially important to you.
Man's phone burns, toasts trouser region
It's not just iPhones that have their incendiary moments - some fellow's Samsung Galaxy S II went up in smoke too. In his trouser pocket.
WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks
WD has partially restored hard disk production at one of its flood-hit fabs in Thailand and expects to start pumping water from its second facility within ten days.
Cyber-war law would expose customer privates to spies
US lawmakers are backing a bill that will let spy agencies share top-secret information on cyber threats with certain pre-approved companies, and allow firms to give out data on their customers to the spies.
Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman
An Irishwoman from the picturesque village of Effin is a bit put out that Facebook has unkindly dubbed her place of birth "offensive".
Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime
Apple's multimedia foundation, QuickTime, was released to the public 20 years ago today.
Brussels' statement of objections against Google is MEATY
Google will be hit with a statement of objections document from the antitrust wing of the European Commission that is reportedly more than 400 pages in length.
Couldn't be there? Our conference vids for you
Last week The Register teamed up with Intel to put on an all-day conference in Millbank, central London. We had a great line-up of speakers, which included Professor Brian Cox and security God Bruce Schneier - for me a stand-out.
Greatest ever first-person shooter* brought back to life
Bungie's Marathon series was ground-breaking. Not the first ever first-person shooter, not even on the Mac, but certainly the game that showed there's more to the genre than the 'kill monsters, open doors' gameplay of Doom and its followers.
OpRobinHood more likely to stiff punters than bankers
Charities are unlikely to benefit from an Anonymous-led operation attempting to use stolen credit card details to make donations to worthwhile causes.
Acer releases second-gen Android tablet
UpdatedAcer has taken the wraps off its next-gen Android tablet, the 10.1in Iconia Tab A200, oddly numbered successor to the Iconia Tab A500.
Quantum computing comes closer as diamonds get spooky
International boffins are chuffed today to publish cunning research in which they demonstrate quantum entanglement - the "spooky action at a distance" so disliked by Einstein - between a pair of small synthetic diamonds: and, this is the clever bit, at room temperature rather than in a cryogenic chamber or similar, so bringing the long hoped-for quantum computer hardware that bit nearer.
Germany gloomy over AT&T merger
The German government, the largest shareholder in Deutsche Telekom, is not sharing the telco's optimism that the deal to merge its US mobile operations – T-Mobile USA – with AT&T will go through.
'I'm the first to admit that we've made a bunch of mistakes'
QuotwThis was the week when an Android app developer claimed he had conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly logging key presses, locations and even messages.
YouTube morphs into TV-wannabe with a splat of social goo
Identity farmer Google has redesigned its YouTube product to bring it more into line with the rest of the company's online estate.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook rooted
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has been rooted, just like the Amazon Kindle Fire and other fondleslabs before it, in a development that promises tech enthusiasts the ability to install apps of their choosing, rather than being stuck with those already pre-loaded onto the device.
TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie
TV writer Steven Moffat has dismissed rumours of a Doctor Who movie coming soon, despite comments from director David Yates, supposedly in the driving seat for the adaptation.
UK cops seek boffins to build handheld DNA sniffer kit
The National Policing Improvement Agency wants to hear from companies that can supply Blighty's cops with mobile tech that spots DNA.
Just who are you and why does it matter?
Book reviewAfter a year spent watching people use the internet, and questioning more than 5,000 of them, two Alcatel Lucent staff have distilled into a modest-sized book their conclusions on how we balance online privacy with web identities.
Azlan inserts temporary head at HP biz unit
Azlan has made John Ward the caretaker of its HP business unit as a search for a permanent head continues.
Micron's glass memory monster chews up slowcoach flash
Micron has demonstrated Phase-Change Memory (PCM), enabling an app to run around 50 times faster than it would on NOR memory.
Capita signs £560m deal with BBC
The Beeb has signed a £560m eight-year deal with Capita to manage TV licences, deploying tech and analytics in a bid to cut costs and boost revenues.
RIM swallows $485m charge to clear PlayBook tablet mountain
A troubled RIM has written down the value of its little loved PlayBook tablet, taking a $485m charge on the nose in a bid to clear inventory.
Yahoo! 0-day! exploit! hijacks! status! updates!
Security researchers have discovered an unpatched flaw in Yahoo! Messenger that allows miscreants to change any user's status message.
Distie Stordis plans to steer clear of Acer server biz
Stordis, distributor of the soon to be murdered Gateway brand wants to play no part in Acer's server business when it relaunches early next year.
Groupon grotty grotto rage forces Santa's chief elf to quit
Santa Claus won't have to look too hard to fill out his naughty list this year: seriously irate parents have been yelling abuse at his staff in a Christmas grotto in York over a dodgy Groupon deal.
Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft
Patch up warmly this winter if you’re running Java. That’s the advice from .NET shop Microsoft, which reckons Oracle’s platform is the single biggest target for hackers.
Cloudy servers find their niches
The cookie-sheet servers created by Google for its own use – recently commercialized by all the top-tier vendors in one form or another as hybrid rack-blade boxes – have become a sizeable and important part of the server business.
Apache: Old, out of touch, but worth it...
Open ... and ShutThe Apache Software Foundation has come under withering attacks lately, with accusations of its politics and bureaucracy getting in the way of its ability to foster open-source software.
NetApp loses ground again in IDC's Storage Tracker
NetApp has lost ground for the second quarter in succession, Dell is pretty flat and HP growing steadily. These are the headlines from IDC's quarterly storage tracker for external disk storage.
ESA gives up on duff Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt
The European Space Agency has abandoned attempts to revive dud Martian probe Phobos-Grunt after days of trying to contact the clapped-out craft with no success.
Baby-kissers battle over what to do with White Spaces
Two bills before the US government lay out plans for selling off broadcast TV channels, but one grabs the cash to pay for emergency services, while the other preserves licence-free options.
NoSQL hopeful cozies up to Hadoop data-muncher
NoSQL data store CouchDB has become Hadoop’s latest convert with delivery of a connector tying together the two big-data architectures.
iPhone banned in Steve Jobs' ancestral home
There may be a fine line between "administration" and "regime", but Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has definitely crossed it. His government's latest repressive move? Banning the iPhone.
Feds clear Google, AdMeld melding
After nearly six months of deliberation, the US Department of Justice has cleared Google’s acquisition of online advertising firm AdMeld, saying that the market is still competitive.
Verizon slips $3.6bn shiv into AT&T, T-Mobile ribs
In a surprise move that sent shivers through its competitors, Verizon announced on Friday that it will pay $3.6bn to acquire a broad swath of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum from SpectrumCo, a consortium composed of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks.
Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk
More than 48 hours after a software developer posted evidence Carrier IQ monitored the key taps on more than 141 million smartphones, a company official has come forward to rebut the disturbing allegations. And he's provided enough technical detail to convince The Register the diagnostics software doesn't represent a privacy threat to handset owners.