14th > December > 2011 Archive
Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on driving while using what it calls "personal electronic devices" – PEDs – by which they mean mobile phones and, to a lesser extent, fondleslabs.
CERN: 'New physics starts now'
AnalysisIf people still wore as many hats as formerly, CERN would have seen plenty of caps in the air when the latest Higgs boson results were announced.
SCADA vuln imperils critical infrastructure, feds warn
An electronic device used to control machinery in water plants and other industrial facilities contains serious weaknesses that allow attackers to take it over remotely, the US agency that safeguards the nation's critical infrastructure has warned.
Dead trees not dying out
Fondleslabs, Facebook and smartphones may be marketers’ toys de jour, but the first wave of digital toys and associated marketing didn’t make a dent in the amount of business for Australia’s printing industry, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
NBN Co awards transit tender to Visionstream
Network service provider, Visionstream, has secured a $AU19 million contract to supply NBN Co’s first stage transit network.
Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook
ReviewAs the name might suggest, Acer’s TravelMate family of notebooks are aimed at the mobile users, with an eye on business bods after something a little more stylish than the standard issue grey slab. A new addition to the range is the Timeline X TM8481T with just a couple of variants at present.
Enterprise flash: The good, the bad and the cloudy
As flash tech firms face up to each other like gunslingers in a Wild West shoot-out, El Reg presents these suppliers or supplier groups developing NAND products for, hopefully, appreciative customers.
Hitachi GST enters itty-bitty server disk fray against Seagate
Hitachi GST has announced a 900GB small form-factor drive, thus catching up with Seagate's Savvio.
'NHS bosses must master Twitter, Facebook to halt staff antics'
The author of recent guidance on using social media for nurses and midwives says NHS managers should be able to actively respond to issues around how their staff use social media.
UK is biggest nation of web shopaholics - Euro poll
UK shoppers order more stuff online than their European neighbours - and worry the least about how their personal data is used on social networking sites even though seven out of ten Brits admit having concerns about privacy.
Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012
Buy one of Apple's next MacBook Pro notebooks and you'll get yourself a - glossy, no doubt - 2880 x 1800 resolution display.
The Dark Meadow
iGamerI've just been to see the Guillermo del Toro produced cinematic update of Don’t be Afraid of the Dark and it was all shades of Pan's Labyrinth, dark basements and flesh-eating homunculi. The Dark Meadow steals this striking vision and mélanges together mechanisms of FPS combat, role-playing and exploration.
I have you now! Top 10 Star Wars Xmas presents
With the shops jammed and checkout lines up the wazoo, it would be forgivable to buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray from Amazon for The Wars fan in your life, and think "job done".
OCZ wheels out lower octane SSD for Sunday drives
OCZ has a new SSD product and brand, Petrol, which uses cheaper asynchronous NAND than last month's Octane with its synchronous NAND.
Brits turned off by Smart TVs
Brits may not be as keen on internet-connected tellies as previously thought. A new survey conducted by pollster YouGov shows we own fewer Smart TVs than folk in other major European economies do.
Hot Xmas treat for WinPho punters - Office doc sharing
Microsoft's communications platform Lync has gone mobile with a Windows Phone client, but we're still waiting for the promised iPhone and Android clients billed as "coming soon".
Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart
And the most popular net-connected set-top box is… the Apple TV.
2011's Best... HD TVs
Xmas Gift GuideIf there’s one thing we’re not short of for this annual review, it’s good TVs. Large and small, thin and thinner, the things are legion.
Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION
Apple's founding documents have sold for ten times their estimated price at a Sotheby's auction, fetching $1.59 million.
Amateur balloonists conquer Atlantic
A group of US balloonists have achieved the first amateur transatlantic meteorological balloon crossing, with an epic three-day flight from California to the Mediterranean.
HDS unwraps 'data ingestor'
Hitachi Data Systems has revved its cloud object storage on-ramp, the file data-gulping HDI, to share data, restore old versions of files, and continuously migrate new files into a Hitachi-based cloud.
Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO
Star Wars: The Old Republic fans are getting hot under the collar after it emerged that they may not be able to continue playing the game with pre-release "Early Access" code once the title hits shop shelves.
Microsoft adds iPhones to SkyDrive party guest list
Microsoft's cloud has partially descended on the iPhone with SkyDrive now available for Apple's super-soaraway mobile.
Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul G Allen has set foot down a path trailblazed generations ago by another eccentric business kingpin: he intends to build the biggest aircraft ever flown. However unlike Howard Hughes' monster "Spruce Goose" 1940s flying boat, Allen's plan appears at least feasible and he has some big names on board.
Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work
Singapore is far too strait-laced, says Apple co-founder and engineering hero Steve Wozniak, and employers should let their workers wear T-shirts.
No BEAST fix from Microsoft in December patch batch
Microsoft released 13 security bulletins addressing 19 vulnerabilities overnight, as part of a bumper final Patch Tuesday of the year.
iPhone users get iJustHadAShag bedpost-notch boast app
iOS users who fondle more than a slab now have an app to help them report the fact instantly, without having to compose the previously-requisite 140-character double entendre.
York CompSci student pleads guilty to Facebook hack
A computer enthusiast from York has admitted hacking into Facebook.
UN, IMF join opposition to ICANN top-level domain plans
Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund have joined the ranks of the opposition to ICANN's proposed expansion of domain names.
Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again
The US International Trade Commission's decision on stopping HTC products from entering the country has been delayed for a second time.
Google promises 0.001 of revenue to free the slaves
Google is on course to smash the £30bn annual revenue barrier by the end of this year, so - in time-honoured fashion with it be Christmas 'n' all - the company has plonked just over 0.1 per cent of this cash on the philanthropic pile.
Forecasting logon storms with desktop virtualisation
You the ExpertFor an IT manager, desktop virtualization is no bad thing, if only because it limits how badly a user can mess up his or her own settings. So if you are thinking that you could slim down your desktop hardware requirements and maybe keep track of everyone’s software upgrades more simply are there any downsides consequences it would pay to be aware of?
Facebook 'HipHop VM' juices PHP speed pill
Facebook hopes to shave seconds off of its PHP web pages loads and juice its servers' performance with an execution engine for the C++ code transformer it cooked up last year.
Microsoft gives up on proprietary 2D barcode, accepts NFC
Microsoft is embracing wireless web bookmarking by allowing its Tag app to pick up URLs using NFC - as well reading industry-standard QR codes and Redmond's own barcode standard, also called Tag.
Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog
Wikipedia is developing an easy-to-use visual editor to make it easier to muck up emend, revise, and polish pages of "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit".
Newfangled graphics engine for browsers fosters data theft
Software developers at Google, Apple, Adobe, and elsewhere are grappling with the security risks posed by an emerging graphics technology, which in its current form could expose millions of web users' sensitive data to attackers.
Ericsson's Erikkson heading Down Under
Ericsson Australia has been an international executive coup, with global Chief Technology Officer, Hakan Eriksson, taking the role of Head of Ericsson in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, effective February 1, 2012.
Comm Bank in four hour network wipeout
Commonwealth Bank customers suffered a four hour outage during pre-Christmas shopping on Wednesday evening, reporting incorrect balances and sparking customer meltdowns on Facebook.
Aussie group buying platform goes shopping in HK
Dealised, the Australian developed technology platform behind group buyer Spreets, has made its first international acquisition with the purchase of Hong Kong start-up, Lokaly Network Limited.