5th > December > 2011 Archive
Blighty promised £43m prang-predicting supercomputer
The government is to invest £158m in IT infrastructure, including data storage, networks and high performance computing, to support research institutions and industry.
Cross-border shopping wars: EC proposes free online arbitration
The European Commission has proposed a free online dispute resolution platform through which traders and consumers could resolve disputes over online purchases.
Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop
The bankrupt bookseller Borders wants to sell its stash of 65,536 IP addresses to healthcare software vendor Cerner for $12 per address.
Man gets £12,500 after girlfriend probes his medical data
This is a rare event indeed: a data subject has taken successful action for compensation under section 13 of the Data Protection Act. Normally what happens if a data controller has caused damage is that there is an out-of-court settlement with a gagging (sorry "confidentiality") clause so no-one is the wiser.
Silverlit Spy Cam
Geek Treat of the WeekNever mind all my boasting about training for a helicopter pilot licence to help me survive the zombie apocalypse, it's been a long time since I had a go at flying anything. Looking back, that was a mistake because this Spy Cam 'copter is fun, fun, fun.
Ideas pits physical servers against fake ones
Looking to try to size up the workloads running on your physical servers and see what it would take to move them onto public clouds? There's an app for that.
Samsung Galaxy Note
ReviewWith Android tablets starting at seven inches and phones now reaching just under five, something was bound to come along to occupy what little middle ground remains and blur the distinction between phone and tablet irrecoverably. That something is the Galaxy Note.
Mozilla denies OS X Leopard 2012 kill
Mozilla has denied that the death of Firefox on OS X Leopard, released just four years ago, is coming.
Flash prices FALL
Flash chip prices are falling thanks to over-supply and slow markets in Europe and the USA.
Turn your WinPhone into an Xbox remote
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Dashboard update this week will introduce a smart phone application that turns your Windows Phone handset into an Xbox system remote.
Mozambique menaced by flesh-eating bananas
Banana sales in Mozambican capital Maputo have taken a serious hit as a result of email and text message warnings of the dire consequences of contact with killer plantains.
GCHQ spooks' code-breaking puzzle solved
The GCHQ-set code-breaking puzzle was solved over the weekend.
Samsung rolls out 'fastest' laptop mini SSDs
Samsung has taken the wraps off a dinky mSata SSD for notebooks.
Assange™ can request final hearing against Swedish extradition
Julian Assange can request a final appeal against his extradition to Sweden, judges ruled this morning.
Samsung brings out superskinny flash drives for ultrabooks
Samsung is shipping mini-Serial ATA interface solid state drives for ultrabooks, the attempt by Intel to spark a Windows equivalent of MacBook Air thin notebooks into being.
Tablets to outship regular notebooks by 2016
Intel may be hoping that 40 per cent of the notebooks that ship in 2012 will be Ultrabooks, but independent research suggests the chip giant will have to wait until 2015.
Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH
Japanese and Russian boffins are planning to impregnate an elephant with a mammoth embryo cloned from viable fossil DNA discovered frozen beneath the icy Siberian tundra, according to reports.
2011's Best... E-book Readers
Xmas Gift GuideWorld+Dog might fancy a glossy, colour tablet, but for the more literary inclined an e-book reader will likely prove a more suitable option. Yes, they're not as flash as fondleslabs, but their screens are legible both indoors and out, and their batteries last an age between charges. And, to please the canny gift buyer, they're relatively cheap too.
Potential ALIEN LIFE habitats FOUND ON MOONS
International boffins, poring over the results from mighty telescopes both spacegoing and ground-bound, say they have identified at least 16 potentially habitable Earth-like planets orbiting other stars: and at least 30 potentially habitable moons along the lines of the scientifictional Endor and Pandora, orbiting planets in other solar systems.
Snowbound Alaskan survives on frozen beer
An Alaskan man who ill-advisedly went for a drive without adequate emergency supplies and got stuck in a snow drift was obliged to subsist for three days on nothing more than frozen cans of beer.
Sony region-locks digital content on PS Vita
The PlayStation Vita will be region-locked for digital content, Sony has confirmed. It said the device requires a factory reset to jump between different PlayStation Network accounts.
No Samsung ban for Apple in US
A US court has rejected Apple's bid to get an early ban on Samsung products in the country.
Insurance giant: IT dealers will survive the downturn
The UK boss at credit insurer Euler Hermes reckons that although channel insolvencies may edge up again next year, B2B resellers are in comparatively rude health.
Anti-Kremlin websites complain of DDoS attacks
Websites publicising doubts about the fairness of the Russian parliamentary election last weekend have become the victim of denial of service attacks.
InMage: VMware backup can be done 80% faster
Initial virtual machine backup and replication over a wide area network can be up to 80 per cent faster with v3.0 of InMage's vContinuum software, says the company. V3.0 was developed to back up and restore virtual machines better in large VMware environments.
IDC: Google needs DEEP tablet price slash to crack Apple
Google must work closely with the fondleslab makers to slash prices if it is to loosen Apple's strangehold on the market.
Mexico shuts down drug gang's antennas, radios
The Mexican government has shut down a secret mobile network reckoned to be run by one of the country's drug cartels, possibly the ruthless Zetas.
Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders
The Swiss government has ruled that downloading pirated copies of films, music and videogames for personal use will remain legal because it is of not detrimental to copyright owners.
NASA probe now closer than ANY OTHER spacecraft to Pluto
A NASA probe came closer to Pluto than any other vessel in the history of space travel on 2 December.
Former RIM Indonesia chief faces negligence charge over stampede
Indonesian police have said they may charge the outgoing Research in Motion chief in the country with negligence in connection to the stampede last month at a BlackBerry event in a mall in Jakarta.
Napster will live on in the UK
UpdateNapster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany.
Microsoft's futurologists virtualise the poor
Beggars will still be with us in the future, according to a futuristic video by Microsoft's Office Labs team - but at least technology will be able to keep our distance from them.
Asus phone-tablet pair set for 2012 launch
Asus' tablet-docking smartphone, the Padfone, will make its debut at Mobile World Congress 2012 and sport an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.
Former ICO deputy head denies blocking press probe
The ICO’s deputy commissioner has denied ever saying that the press was “too big” for the commission to take on.
NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone
NASA’s Kepler mission has spotted the first possibility for a planet to escape to if it turns out the Mayans were right about 2012.
Storage software sales strong
Storage software sales for the third 2011 quarter were the second highest ever, with Hitachi recording the highest annual growth followed by market leader EMC. NetApp, Symantec and IBM grew less than the average though, with NetApp nearly flat at 0.3 per cent.
Big Blue buys little green partner
If you work for IBM and you get the sack, it may be Big Blue that administers your unemployment or welfare payments from your local government.
New Apple data center to snuggle with Facebook?
Apple is reported to be planning a massive data center just a quarter-mile south of Facebook's facility in Prineville, Oregon.
Redmond rolls with Exchange 2010 SP2 update
Microsoft has released the second service pack for Exchange 2010, including a tweak for mobile Outlook Web App (OWA) and better support for Exchange in hybrid cloud systems.
HP tempts Elite computer buyers with capacious Box
HP has done a deal with online storage firm Box to offer reduced cost – or free – services to buyers of the Compaq 6200 and 6005 Pro series and Compaq 8200 Elite series PCs.
Australia Network stays in Aunty's lap
The Australian government has scrapped all future intentions for a competitive tender for the Australia Network broadcasting contract and has instead handed national public broadcaster the ABC with a permanent contract.
$AU1.7 million for speech-text startup
Australian speech–to-text streaming technology Ai-Live has been awarded a $AU1.7 million dollar government development grant to accelerate global commercialisation of its platform.
Supermassive surprise: the biggest black holes EVER
Here’s a genuine record-breaker: a black hole with nearly ten billion times the mass of our Sun, an event horizon that would stretch five times further than the orbit of Pluto if we had the misfortune to have it drop in, and a gravitational sphere of 4,000 light-years.
Former HP boss Patricia Dunn dies at 58
ObituaryPatricia Dunn, former chairman of HP, died on Sunday at the age of 58 after a long fight with cancer.
Oracle fires Itanium countersuit at HP
Late Friday, Oracle filed a countersuit against HP, which sued Oracle back in June because Oracle said in March that it would not be developing future releases of its database, middleware, and application software on future Itanium processors.