19th > December > 2011 Archive


Shoppers love fondling iPads to fill out sex health survey

A survey conducted using iPads has helped an NHS cluster reach out more people in quicker time for their views on local health services.

Somerset buses bin paper tickets, sniff journey-logging chips

Somerset county council is to introduce smartcard electronic ticket reading machines for bus passengers with free passes issued by the authority.

Whitehall: Govt-related private email, texts will be uncloaked

Messages in private email accounts, text messages and other messaging systems can be disclosed under freedom of information (FOI) laws if they relate to public business, the FOI regulator has confirmed.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Dec 2011
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Oracle, Cisco crow new database flash dash record

Oracle claims a world-record TPC-C result with its database running on a Cisco server and not an Exadata system, although doesn't mention that two Violin memory flash arrays were needed.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2011

Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

Novell's reanimated antitrust case against Microsoft's Word is reported to have hit "hopeless" deadlock, with Novell pushing for a fresh trial.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2011

BT's gift to Google: A patent war over ads and Android

It's open season now. BT is the latest company to sue Google, alleging patent infringement, but this latest barrage extends beyond Google's Android software - it touches to other Google services too. These include maps, music, social networking and its advertising services, including Adwords, claims BT.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2011
Sony bio battery

Sony creates paper battery

Sony boffins have built a battery out of paper.
Hard Reg, 19 Dec 2011
Belkin LiveAction Camera Grip

Belkin LiveAction Camera Grip

Geek Treat of the WeekHats off to Belkin for coming up with some really neat iOS-oriented gadgets just lately. Following on from its kitchen stands for the iPad, it has now come up with some handy little photographic accessories for the iPhone. The first one to arrive is the LiveAction Camera Grip, with an external microphone and remote control unit on the way as well.
Cliff Joseph, 19 Dec 2011

Blast at Apple gear factory hurts 61

An explosion at an Apple supplier's factory injured 61 workers and put 23 of them in hospital.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Dec 2011
Ally Capellino 11in Canvas Satchel

Laptop bags: netbooks and tablets

Xmas Gift GuideFed up of lugging your laptop around in a tatty old backpack? Fancy something a little more stylish? Feel your other half ought to carry a pack that's more chic? Here are five of the best laptop bags for tablets, netbooks and Ultrabooks that Reg Hardware saw during 2011.
Sue Hanlon, 19 Dec 2011
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Cops seek clues to $1.7m tablet snatch

Thieves made away with $1.7m worth of RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablets last week in Chesterfield, Indiana.
Hard Reg, 19 Dec 2011

Ailing HMV sees tech sales' bright spot among dire music biz

Struggling music retailer HMV has reported that its technology sales jumped 42 per cent, after it refitted more than half of its stores to focus on punting fondleslabs.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2011

Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

Some Virgin Media telly customers attempting to tune in to various programmes over the weekend were greeted with ludicrous censoring of well-known names, such as Charles D**kens and Jarvis C**ker.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2011

Comet Lovejoy survives brush with fiery solar death

Suicidal comet Lovejoy has survived its brush with death in the furnace of the Sun, emerging from behind the star in one (smaller) piece.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Dec 2011

AT&T gives up on T-Mobile pre-merge purge

Talks to sell off some of AT&T's assets to make its merger with T-Mobile USA seem a little less anticompetitive have reportedly stalled.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Dec 2011

Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

Samsung has opened a new offensive in its ongoing patent dispute with smartphone arch-rival Apple.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2011

Creepy photo-tagging tech slotted into Google+

Eric Schmidt may have been creeped out by the idea of using huge facial databases to identify individuals online, but that hasn't stopped Google from debuting its own version of the technology.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2011

Parody is illegal, say barmy bureaucrats

The IPO chose Office Party Friday last week to unveil 15 more proposals on intellectual property reform. This is traditionally the most alcoholic workday of the year - and ministers might need another stiff drink as they digest the surprises that ideologically fanatical bureaucrats have been preparing for them. Among the proposals is the suggestion to make copyright opt-in, which means the UK will be breaching European and international law, and the strange notion that parody and satire are illegal in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2011

iPad scammers pwn Lady Gaga's Facebook page

Fraudsters have hit gold after they managed to successfully plant an iPad-themed scam on the Facebook fan page of Lady Gaga.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2011

US gov split over new domain explosion

ICANN is receiving mixed messages from the US government over its plans to dramatically expand the number of top-level domains available on the internet.
Kevin Murphy, 19 Dec 2011
Little climbers move up a "stack" of coloured blocks. Pic by SHutterstock

OpenText lures new CEO from SGI

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics has lost its president and CEO, Mark Barrenechea – a longtime executive with a specialty in the software business – to enterprise content management software provider OpenText.

Fusion-io board gets ex-HP hotshot

Shane Robison, the ex-HP chief technology officer, has joined the board of server flash seller Fusion-io.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2011

Saudi prince buys $300m sliver of Twitter

A Saudi prince whose investment company claims to have a fondness for free speech has plopped $300m into the coffers of Twitter, the 140-characters-at-a-time social networking service widely touted as an enabler of this year's Arab Spring.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Dec 2011

Android gets 'flashy', 'social' holiday treats

The final major update of Adobe's Flash Player for mobile devices, version 11.1, has appeared for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
Rik Myslewski, 19 Dec 2011

Virgin Oz plans onboard WiFi rollout

Virgin Australia passengers could soon enjoy the wonders of airborne WiFi under a joint development project with Lufthansa Systems.
Natalie Apostolou, 19 Dec 2011

Oracle gooses Studio compilers for Solaris, Linux

Having cranked Solaris Unix up to 11, software giant Oracle has now revved up a new companion set of compilers that work with the new operating system as well as the current Oracle Linux clone of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux.

Channel Seven cleared by ACMA for use of RIP Facebook pics

The Seven Network has been cleared of violating privacy provisions of the television code, after the network broadcast pictures and messages sourced from a memorial Facebook tribute page for a murdered woman.
Natalie Apostolou, 19 Dec 2011

IT'S OFFICIAL: AT&T, T-Mobile deal is dead

AT&T's planned $39bn acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom is dead – and it's costing AT&T $4bn to kill it.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Dec 2011

Plastic semiconductor makes solar cells more efficient

It sounds paradoxical, but reducing the amount of energy captured in a silicon solar cell can make it more efficient, according to University of Texas researchers.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Dec 2011

Voda Oz to trial NBN Services

Vodafone Australia has announced its first trial customer connections on Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), hooking up households in Armidale.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Dec 2011

Red Hat grabs gobs o' green in Q3

Linux operating system and middleware software distributor Red Hat continues to power through its fiscal quarters, even while the European economy is choppy and several key industries – government and financial services being two important ones – are under pressure.

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