12th > January > 2012 Archive

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Apple to stage New York education event next week

Apple has sent out media invitations to a launch event in New York on January 19 that will announce a new initiative aimed at the education sector.
Lindy WPS-1 Wireless VGA Extender & Projector Server Pro

Lindy wireless extender and projection server

Review Review With the demise of the traditional overhead projector, conference rooms and the like are typically found equipped with a multitude of easily accessible and switchable AV inputs for hassle-free presentations. Yet not all facilities offer cabling contentment and for the poorly-wired projectionist, the Lindy Wireless …
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Go Daddy not liable for cybersquatting, US court rules

Go Daddy was not liable for a form of trademark infringement when a system that the domain name registrar operates was used to redirect visitors from allegedly 'cybersquatting' web domain names to a pornographic website, a US court has ruled.
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French get unlimited mobile for €20

Disruptive French broadband provider Free Mobile has announced pricing for its new mobile venture, and it's cheap, really cheap, thanks to lots of Wi-Fi and femtocell offloading.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Davos report: Cyber-attack risk to global stability is real

Cyber-attacks against governments and businesses are among the top five risks in the world in terms of likelihood, according to the startlingly obvious World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risks for 2012 report.
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Bomb threat lobbed at Finnish anti-piracy squad

A Finnish anti-piracy group said yesterday that it had received a bomb threat for its role in blocking The Pirate Bay in Finland.
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Vauxhall prices up Ampera e-car for Blighty

Detroit Motor Show Detroit Motor Show Vauxhall has priced up the Ampera, the e-car it'll be putting in showrooms later this year.
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IK caters for mobile musicians with iOS peripherals

CES 2012 CES 2012 Smartphone accessories are ten a penny at CES 2012 this week, so it comes as little surprise that iOS peripheral specialist IK Multimedia has a few newbies up its sleeve too.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Samsung Remote

iOS App of the Week iOS App of the Week We’ve reviewed a number of gadgets, such as the Gear4 Unity Remote, that allow you to use an iOS device as a universal remote for your TV and other AV kit. iDevices don’t have IR transmitters built into them so the Unity and its rivals all have to encompass both an app and a separate piece of hardware that …
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Xerox CEO's cure for US educational woes: 'Cool' and cash

CES 2012 The Chairman and CEO of Xerox believes that one way to fix the US educational system is to make science, technology, engineering, and math "cool". Another is money.
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Honda NSX reborn as a hybrid

Detroit Motor Show Detroit Motor Show Don't let the Acura badges fool you, what you are looking at here is the new Honda NSX, the long overdue replacement for what many people regard as the finest handling road car ever made.
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Hubble probes star death blast clue to universe riddle

Pic Astronomers have photographed the faint embers of a star explosion that happened 9 billion years ago.
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Ofcom sides with Orange over price hikes

Ofcom has ruled that it will not investigate Orange's controversial 2011 price-hike as the carrier's move is unlikely to have breached legislation.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Acorn King Moir: BBC Micros, Ataris and 'BS' marketing

One company you'll be familiar with, and the other less so, yet both were successful pioneers in the personal computing revolution of the 1980s and both were founded by ferociously talented geeks.
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Toyota teases next-gen Prius styling

Detroit Motor Show Detroit Motor Show Toyota has offered a glimpse of its next-generation Prius at the North American International Motor Show in the form of the NS4 plug-in hybrid concept.
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Republican pol rips online piracy bill, defends Google

CES 2012 At least one powerful Republican member of the US House of Representatives takes a dim view of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) wending it way through the House.
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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

The control of US military spy drones appears to have shifted from Windows to Linux following an embarrassing malware infection.

LG touts tellies with cloud-gaming capabilities

CES 2012 CES 2012 LG is to build the Gaikai cloud gaming platform into future LG smart TVs.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Banana war: Velvet Underground shoots holes in Apple bag

Legendary New York band The Velvet Underground has filed a lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation, after the deceased artist's company agreed to a licensing deal with a case- and sleeve-maker for Apple products.
Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold Ambilight TV

Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV

Review Review You’ve got to hand it to the guys at Philips – they’re plucky. They introduce Ambilight, the strange but effective backlighting effect which plays coloured lights on the wall behind your telly for a more relaxing, more immersive experience. Then they create a TV that’s super-wide, perfect for film aficionados. No major …

Compellent co-founder dismounts disk biz

Compellent co-founder and CEO Phil Soran has announced he is retiring on 1 March, the integration of Compellent into Dell having been more or less completed.
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Fujifilm unveils X-Pro1 APS-C compact system camera

CES 2012 CES 2012 Fujifilm's main focus has been on the X-Pro1 at CES this week, the latest addition to its X-range of cameras. Equipped with an APS-C sensor the X-Pro1 offers interchangeable lenses for the first time.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012

Samsung loads Netflix onto smart TVs

CES 2012 CES 2012 Samsung has added Netflix to its SmartTV connected telly UI.
Hard Reg, 12 2012
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Google's social search mash gets EPIC FAIL

Building an internet within the internet isn't as easy for Google as it once was - and critics of Mountain View's latest efforts to make its search estate more "social" are becoming increasingly vocal.
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Best-selling games of 2011 revealed

With World+Dog's attention focused on the new gadgets on show at CES this week, games trade organisation UKIE decided the time was right to reveal which were the UK's top selling games of 2011. It should come as no surprise who shot to first place.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Scammers punt bogus pink Facebook makeover

The latest survey scam doing the rounds on Facebook works by falsely offering to change the profile of prospective marks from blue to red, black or shocking pink.
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Judge bans stolen student sex pics sharing on BitTorrent

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has welcomed a landmark ruling in an internet bullying case as an advance for individual liberty.
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Nuclear Mars tank thrusts hard into perfect position

Unlike the broken-down Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory is on track for touching down on the Red Planet after smoothly pulling off some well-choreographed thrusts.
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Ofcom sets out spectrum mega-auction, again

Ofcom is proposing greater coverage requirements, but fewer ownership caps and simpler lot sizes, in its latest round of proposals for the forthcoming mega-auction.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Footie club sacks striker for homophobic tweet

Oxford City have sacked ageing striker Lee Steele after he posted a homophobic tweet.

Microsoft postpones plans for web telly service

Microsoft has postponed plans to launch an online subscription service for TV shows and movies because new content costs too much to license.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

Another year and another shake-up is coming to Microsoft. A restructuring of the team responsible for how Redmond is perceived and sells itself will be announced in the next 30 days, Bloomberg reports.

Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

The global PC market contracted in the last three months of 2011 and Ultrabooks failed to take off, Gartner's preliminary results showed yesterday.
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Germany lifts Computacenter out of UK slump

Computacenter saw UK revenues plunge 13 per cent last year, but says growth in Germany and France more than offset its home-turf woes.

Bookies set odds on Apple NYC launch

With so many flooding the interweb on a daily basis, it can be rather difficult to assess the legitimacy of Apple rumours. But you can always trust a bookie, right?
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Activist hedge fund Taconic ups CA stake

New York-based hedge fund Taconic Capital Advisors has upped its stake in systems software maker CA Technologies in an effort to convince the company to wring more profits from its books.
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Stratfor slaps website back online after Anon mega-hack

Stratfor has restored its website to normal operation on Wednesday, more than two weeks after a hack attack by Anonymous that made the global intelligence analyst firm a byword for information insecurity.
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Oracle punts carrier-grade Sparc T4 servers

Sun Microsystems used to be the dot in dot-com, and sold billions and billions of dollars of Sparc/Solaris gear during the first waves of the commercial Internet build out.
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Cryptome releases list of social sites monitored by DHS

Venerable internet repository Cryptome has released a list of social media web sites that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) monitors to gauge the mood of the online populace.
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NBN Co unclogs sign-up pipeline

The drawn-out negotiations over the National Broadband Network’s wholesale contract offering have concluded with a rush of ISPs agreeing to an amended contract announced yesterday.
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SMS emergency management goes national

Location-based warnings via SMS will become a feature of Australia’s emergency management system this year, with Telstra the first carrier to commit to a system on a national basis.
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Aussie fraud buster seized by global rival

Cybercrime buster ThreatMetrix has added Australian malware protector TrustDefender to its global fold.
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Oz skeptic offers prize if Rossi’s E-cat works

Australian entrepreneur, philanthropist, skeptic, aviator and eccentric Dick Smith has offered $AU200,000 for proof that the Andrea Rossi “energy catalyzer” actually works.
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Ron Paul’s web campaign mired in pokey pages

An analysis of the web-page performance of candidates in the 2012 US presidential elections shows disappointing results for Ron Paul, supposedly one of the more internet-savvy candidates in the race.
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Imagination uncloaks 'over 20X faster' smartphone GPU

CES 2012 Imagination Technologies has revealed a pair of new GPU IP cores that it claims will supply new heights of performance to the likes of Apple, TI, Samsung and others who use the UK company's low-power graphics cores.