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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(
Samsung has opened a new offensive in its ongoing patent dispute with smartphone arch-rival Apple.
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.
Benchmarks are $%#&@!!
At SC11 I ran into Henry Newman, CEO of HPC consulting firm Instrumental Inc. After exchanging the usual pleasantries and deeply offensive personal insults, we got to talking about some of the recently released benchmark results – and how irrelevant most of them are to the real world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.