6th > December > 2011 Archive
Globe slowly warming, insists 'Hansen's Bulldog'
Two of the most vigorous advocates of the manmade global warming theory claim that the Earth's temperature has definitely risen even once Pacific ocean fluctuations and volcanoes are discounted, in a paper published by the Institute of Physics journal Environmental Research Letters. It just hasn't risen by very much.
Greens abandon science to tie down mobile towers
Why do the Australian Greens want to cut hospitals out of the country’s mobile phone networks?
AMD helping Android fans port to x86
A team of developers working privately to port the next version of Android to the x86 platform has been receiving a lot of support from AMD, but less from other key players.
Navy training mine washes ashore on Miami Beach
A portion of Miami Beach was evacuated on Monday following the discovery of a red and white cylinder that turned out to be a training mine belonging to the US Navy.
IBM unveils high-capacity, high-speed storage chippery
IBM has scored a blow in the high-stakes prizefight for the title of next-generation non-volatile memory technology, revealing a prototype "racetrack memory" chip baked using the same silicon fab technologies as run-of-the-mill chippery.
Motorola Xoom 2 10in Android tablet
ReviewMotorola’s Xoom was the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to hit the shelves, and now little more than six months after its April 2011 debut, a second-generation machine called - you guessed it - the Xoom 2 is upon us.
Defra gives IBM 21% MORE dosh this year
IBM has increased its dominance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) budget, after a 21 per cent increase in its income from the department. The firm now receives nearly a quarter of Defra's £398.7m spending with external suppliers.
British shoppers are doing it on the interwebs
The British are taking to online shopping faster than most other countries, according to a new study.
Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'
NASA's famous Voyager 1 space probe, sailing outwards into the interstellar void far beyond the orbit of Pluto, has entered a new and never-before-seen region of space thought to be the very edge of the "bubble" maintained around the solar system by the power of the Sun.
Facebook 'acq-hires' Gowalla brains, shuts service down
Facebook has confirmed that it is bringing the team behind Gowalla into the social network’s fold.
Tax dept staff are HM's biggest e-learners
HMRC staff took more than 615,000 e-learning courses last year...
Roberts reveals radio with raunchy recording features
Roberts has launched a fresh DAB radio that lets users record their favourite broadcasts to an SD card.
Opera spruces up email client in 11.60 browser cut
Opera has given one of its best-kept secrets - its email client - a facelift in the latest general release of its browser, available this morning.
Android App of the WeekMy knowledge of cocktails is limited to seeing how many I can drink at press launches, so for those occasions when I have guests who aren’t impressed by my endless supply of bottled real ale, this app is a lifesaver.
LG chisels wedge-shaped Ultrabook
LG has revealed its first Ultrabook offering: the Xnote Z330, a 13.3in, 1366 × 768 machine with a MacBook Air-esque wedge design.
Boffins: Japan was hit by 'double-wave' tsunami
Boffins from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was a so-called ‘merging tsunami’.
UK.gov to require you to opt out of data-sharing plan with drug firms
Plans to share confidential NHS records with private medical researchers have been revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Samsung seeks new chip factory in China
Samsung has applied to build a new flash memory chip plant in China, likely to cost around $4bn.
Microsoft researchers build spam filter for HIV
Researchers at Microsoft have discovered that tools first developed to fight email spam can be applied in helping to understand how the process by which HIV mutates to avoid attack by the immune system.
Asda knocks 20 quid off Kobo WiFi
Asda will be selling Kobo's most basic e-book reader for just 67 quid this Christmas, the retail giant wanted us to tell you.
IPO: Patent laws must change to attract Big Pharma to UK
The government is likely to change patent laws because some pharmaceutical companies are at risk of breaking patent law when carrying out clinical testing, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has said.
Samsung imagines see-through bendy tablet of the future
Yes, it'll be many a year before we're all running around the globe, unfolding our transparent OLED mobile internet devices - which will seemingly operate without batteries and circuitry - and gaining useful local knowledge through a mix of mobile broadband, augmented reality and 3D.
Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years
A contract has been awarded to keep a Royal Navy warship stored and unready for sea in dock for five years. The amount to be paid is approximately double what the ship cost to purchase in the first place.
2011's Best... DVRs and Media Streamers
Xmas Gift GuideThe days of piling shelves high with videotape recordings of shows once broadcast then forgotten are long gone. The current generation of DVRs and media streamers ensures that no TV programme remains unwatched for long, whether you snare it with a series link or stream it via a catch-up service.
Another flash array upstart attacks SAN goliaths
XtremIO is another flash array upstart aiming to wrest server networked storage away from the six SAN giants: Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM and NetApp.
China gets 64 quid Android 4.0 tablet
It's not politically correct to snigger at foreign folks' names, but we're not sure how well the Ainol tablet will play with Westerners - even if it does cost as little as $100 (£64) and come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Codebreakers find evidence for hidden puzzle in GCHQ challenge
Codebreakers are split over whether there might be a hidden challenge in the GCHQ-set code-breaking puzzle set last week.
Bumblebee boffins rediscover long-vanished species
Scientists have rediscovered an extremely rare species of bumblebee in the US, which hasn't been seen since 1956.
Windows 8 fondleslabs: Microsoft tip-toes through PC-makers' disaster
2012 should be a landmark year for Microsoft. It will be the year 2011 should have been.
US military pays SETI to check Kepler-22b for aliens
The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has announced that it is back in business checking out the new habitable exoplanets recently discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope to see if they might be home to alien civilisations. The cash needed to restart SETI's efforts has come in part from the US Air Force Space Command, who are interested in using the organisation's detection instruments for "space situational awareness".
Kindle Fire to consume half of Android tablet biz
Amazon's Kindle Fire will account for half of the Android tablets bought in 2012.
US trade commission delays decision on HTC
The US International Trade Commission seems to be having a tough time making up its mind whether HTC has violated Apple patents, postponing a decision due today until 14 December.
Cash-bloated startup takes on data protection giants
Ash Ashutosh's Actifio startup has been flooded with cash by VCs - $59.5m since its founding in 2008 - to create a virtualised data protection and availability device. Is it on fire?
More BT heads roll amid biz transformation
UpdatedBT Engage IT company insiders claim staff morale has hit rock bottom as further details of the redundancies come to light.
Apple probed by EC antitrust arm over ebooks market
Brussels opened a formal investigation into the sales of ebooks in Europe this morning to determine whether five publishers, with the help of Apple, had breached competition rules within the EU.
.xxx opens for business as smut site slings lawsuit
The .xxx top-level domain will open for registrations from the public this afternoon, over a decade after the controversial adults-only internet address was first proposed.
Google set to begin appeal against Italian guilty verdicts
Google is shortly expected to appeal against suspended sentences handed out to three of its executives accused of breaching Italian privacy laws.
Cnet slammed for wrapping Nmap downloads with cruddy toolbar
Cnet has come under fire for wrapping downloads of the popular Nmap network analysis tool and other open-source software packages with a toolbar of dubious utility.
Shift to cloud computing puts squeeze on resellers' finance
The channel's long-term shift to cloud computing and managed services will force resellers to totally rethink historic forms of finance.
Code-probing, not Angry Birds, will define cloud's success
Open ... and ShutThe cloud promises a new era of cost reduction and agility for IT, and enterprises are diving in (warning: PDF) to secure these benefits.
Sony networks boss on PlayStation, Sky and Google
InterviewTim Schaaff has one of the most interesting jobs in technology and media, as president of Sony's Network Entertainment. Under his guidance, Sony has built out the PlayStation Network and launched Music Unlimited. It's also one of the most challenging jobs, as Schaaf's vertical division spans several competing fiefdoms at the giant, which employs 168,000 people.
Last of the space shuttle commanders retires from NASA
The last astronaut to command a space shuttle mission is retiring from NASA at the age of 50, after 13 years at the agency.
India asks Facebook and friends to screen content
Indian officials have joined the many governments that are beginning to get edgy about social media and the web, asking internet firms to get rid of content it considers offensive.
Facebook security hole exposes Zuckerberg's privates
A security hole on Facebook has been exposing private pictures of countless users, including the Social Network's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Cisco wants to build your cloud
Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems put the word out on the street that it was making a big cloud announcement today, but if you were expecting the company to launch a big wonking public cloud and take a run at the Amazon compute cloud juggernaut, you can forget it.
Boffing boffins create 3D map of orgasmic female brain
A team at Rutgers University claims that women use up to 80 different points in their brain when orgasming, a discovery achieved by mapping the moment in 3D using a MRI scanner.
Motorola rolls out Australia’s biggest digital radio network
Motorola Solutions will deploy Australia’s largest integrated digital radio network as part of a state-wide emergency services network for Western Australian government.
‘Blogger not a journalist’ says Oregon court
An Oregon court has denied a blogger protection under that state’s “shield laws” because she isn’t employed by a media organization – a distinction which has cost her $2.5 million in a lost defamation suit.
‘Evil’ pleads guilty in Platform Networks case
David Noel Cecil, who earlier this year was arrested on accusations that he had hacked into computers operated by Platform Networks, has pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unauthorized modification of data.
Artists craft the ultimate iPhone fanboi holiday gift
Apparently inspired by the alpenhorn and shofar, an Italian design firm has created the ultimate in glitzy, ritzy sound support for the iPhone: the Megaphone.
Verizon denies blocking competitive Google Wallet
Verizon Wireless has denied blocking its users from Google’s Wallet system, but has admitted that that its customers won’t be able to use the payment application anytime soon.
Military contractor warns of new Adobe Reader exploit
Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat applications to hijack computers running Microsoft Windows, Adobe warned on Tuesday.
MapR cranks out updated Hadoop data muncher
There are a slew of companies that want to be the Red Hat for open source Hadoop data chewing, making money by beefing it up and selling support for the collection of programs. MapR Technologies, which came out of stealth mode in May, has some proprietary extensions to Hadoop, but all of the goodies being added with MapR Distribution Version 1.2 are available in its open source distribution.
Ericsson scores slice of Kiwi fast network
Ericsson will be rolling out one of the first commercially available GPON networks developed under the New Zealand government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.
Solar installations skyrocket in Oz
In spite of cutbacks in various government programs that subsidized home solar installations, installations in Australia passed the half-million mark during 2011, according to the Clean Energy Council.
Intel, Micron double single-chip flash capacity
Intel and Micron, through their IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) joint venture, have announced the development of what they call the world's first 20-nanometer, 128-gigabit, multilevel-cell flash-memory chip, and that they have begun "mass production" of their 20nm 64Gb chip.