28th > December > 2011 Archive
Facebook suggests you get out more - and it'll tell you how
In another move by Facebook to predict user behaviour, the human herding site has introduced Suggested Events: a feature that will offer bright ideas for what you should do on Friday night. Zuckerberg knows how your little mind works.
Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade
Blocks and FilesA Cisco boss fired a warning shot across Brocade's bow after the rival networking biz bragged that it had a two-year lead over Cisco in the 16Gb/s Fibre Channel arena.
Boycott forces Go Daddy U-turn on anti-piracy law backing
Hosting provider and registrar Go Daddy has done an abrupt about-face on its support for the controversial US Stop Online Piracy Act following calls for a boycott of its services.
NASA to place twin probes in Moon orbit as you snog beneath mistletoe
NASA has announced that it expects to place two formation-flying space probes into orbit around the Moon on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft are intended to map the lunar gravitational field with unprecedented accuracy, giving the boffinry community many useful facts about our largest natural satellite.
2012 Games Preview
What are you most looking forward to next year? Euro 2012 and the Olympics? Quad-core fondleslabs? The extra bank holiday? Ridley Scott's Prometheus? Sequoia blitzing 20 petaflops? Something entirely different, perhaps? Or maybe you're just too busy cramming your underground bunker full of bottled water and dried fruit ahead of 433 Eros' flyby and the end of the 13th b'ak'tun to care?
Wi-Fi desk rodents break free from oppressive cabling
A reference design for a wireless mouse has received Wi-Fi Direct certification, making it the first rodent to achieve such fame, though not, perhaps, the very first to ditch the wire.
China pumps CCTV into Freeview HD boxes
China has launched three TV channels onto Freeview HD, so now those few who are equipped with compatible, and connected, Freeview boxes can see how China sees the world.
Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'
One of Steve Jobs' final ambitions was to revolutionise television. And if supply-chain moles are telling the truth, we'll get to see what exactly the great man had in mind in a few months, when Apple's new iTVs start rolling off the production line.
It's going to be a White (Space) winter after all
The FCC has announced that the world's first White Space database will go live on 26 January 2012, allowing unlicensed devices to find unused frequencies, as long as they're in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst
Apple's patent wars will start to hurt shareholders if Apple continues to pursue its lawsuits against Samsung, HTC and Motorola, an analyst has said.
Mighty WAN pumper offered in the struggle to cope with Big Data
Companies may be excited about doing Google-style analytics on all aspects of their business with Hadoop and other "big data" tools, but big businesses are bracing for bigger phone bills as big data is starting to generate big traffic across the distributed operations of enterprises.
Mozilla isn't a charity case - and Google's $300m will do nicely
Open ... and ShutSome people seem to think Google gave Mozilla a sweetheart deal when it renewed its search agreement for Firefox. At roughly $300 million per year, it will fund quite a bit of open-source development at Mozilla, but this isn't a case of Google going soft during the Christmas season. It is, as Mozilla veteran Asa Dotzler argues, simply a case of Google paying the going market rate for traffic to its ads.
Intel gets Atoms out ahead of CES
Intel says shipments have started on its latest lines of dual-core Atom processors, formerly known as Cedar Trail, and that it’s aiming them at the netbook and healthcare markets.
Akamai seizes Cotendo for US$268m
Akamai Technologies is set to buy cloud based technology provider Cotendo for $US268 million, with the transaction expected to be closed in the first half of 2012.
Stratfor attackers prep to publish emails
Someone claiming to speak – or at least post – on behalf of Antisec has published a threat on Pastebin that they are planning to release e-mails obtained in the Stratfor Global Intelligence break-in.
Early Bell recordings live again (kind of)
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories says it has reconstructed sounds recorded in Alexander Graham Bell’s laboratory in the late 19th century.
Microsoft mum on leaked Phone OS plans
Microsoft has told The Register that it has no comment on an apparently leaked copy of upgrade plans for its mobile phone operating system.