16th > January > 2012 Archive


Hospital gopher fined for prying into ex's family records

A former healthcare assistant at Royal Liverpool university hospital has been fined £500 and been ordered to pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs after she unlawfully accessed the medical records of five members of her ex-husband's family.

Flash drive meltdown fingered in Swedish IT blackout

Tieto's five-day outage disaster started with multiple failures of its EMC VNX5700 array's FAST Cache, according to a Finnish source close to the matter.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2012

Golden booty-shakin' bug named after pop diva Beyoncé

Hot picAmerican popular music luminary Beyoncé has had a species of horse fly named after her in honour of the one-time Destiny Child singer's celebrated bottom.
Team Register, 16 Jan 2012
Windows 8

MS, Intel challenged over Windows 8 tablet prices

The message from Taiwan's computer manufacturers: lower the price of Windows 8 tablet components and software or the devices will be so expensive that consumers won't want them.
Tony Smith, 16 Jan 2012

Zappos coughs to HUGE data breach

Online shoe and apparel outlet Zappos.com has apologised over a massive data breach that exposed the personal details of millions.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2012

Apple touts touch-free perspective-powered 3D tech

Apple patents aren't always an indicator of the tech just around the corner, but it doesn't stop the rumour mill latching onto them as evidence of such.
Caleb Cox, 16 Jan 2012

Pollution-gobbling molecules in global warming SMACKDOWN

Elusive pollution-busting molecules are scrubbing our planet's atmosphere at a much faster rate than first imagined, according to gas-bothering boffins.
Chris Williams, 16 Jan 2012

Google MORTIFIED by Mocality's 'scalped data' claims

Google issued an apology to Mocality late on Friday after the startup's CEO uncovered evidence that employees working for Mountain View had lied about their biz relationship with the Kenyan biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2012

Big Data in Context

Big Data is an ‘umbrella’ term that is commonly used to refer to a number of advanced data storage, access and analytics technologies aimed at handling high volume and/or fast moving data in a variety of scenarios. These typically involve low signal-to-noise ratios, such as social media sentiment monitoring, or log file analysis, to mention just a couple. If you listen to the PR folks, it’s the next ‘big thing’ in IT, but does it really warrant the relatively high level of media attention and coverage it is currently receiving?
Colin Beveridge, 16 Jan 2012
iPad 2

Apple iPad 3 to sport LTE '4G'

Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will incorporate LTE connectivity, it has been claimed.
Hard Reg, 16 Jan 2012

Five things that knocked CES 2012 for six

And now, after worn-out CES 2012 attendees and exhibitors have stumbled off home in a daze, Wireless Watch presents the five themes that stood out at the week-long celebration of consumerism that you ought to know about.
Wireless Watch, 16 Jan 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony reveals old hardware still sells well

Sony announced sales figures for the Christmas period last week, and while the PS3 console was a popular choice among consumers, the PS Vita continued its sluggish start, shifting three times fewer units than its predecessor, the PSP.
Caleb Cox, 16 Jan 2012

Angry Brides lob stilettos in dowry shakedown takedown

Indian matchmaking service Shaadi.com has launched a new game based on the immensely popular Angry Birds that aims to highlight the unfair and illegal practice of demanding dowries in South Asian countries.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Jan 2012

Flog secondhand MP3s at your peril - law guru

OpinionRedigi, an American startup company, has found itself in trouble for selling legally downloaded digital music tracks secondhand. Last week it was on the receiving end of a copyright infringement suit in the US.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Jan 2012
HTC Explorer Android smartphone

HTC Explorer budget smartphone

ReviewThe latest from startlingly prolific smart phone manufacturer HTC won’t be top of the list for mobile aficionados. It’s a basic entry-level Android with middling specs though these are still probably a cut above its bog-standard price. But for smartphone newbies, what it offers may prove to be more than enough.
Dave Oliver, 16 Jan 2012
For Sale sign detail

Skype is coming to Windows Phone - really

Skype has again promised to slip its eponymous telephony application into Windows Phone handsets real soon - while integrating with Facebook and working out what people might actually pay for.
Bill Ray, 16 Jan 2012

Lovefilm lengthens UK content collection

Amazon struck a deal with Disney this week that'll see ABC TV content available on demand to Lovefilm subscribers.
Caleb Cox, 16 Jan 2012

Virgin Media takes itself in hand after punter-package tickle whoopsie

UpdatedAn email that arrived in the inboxes of an unspecified number of Virgin Media customers on Friday that promised "faster broadband, for less" was embarrassingly pulled by the telco just hours later.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2012

The Sons of Khan and the Pascal Spring

Stob[We last heard from the Sons of Khan in 2010. The scriptures continue - Ed.]
Verity Stob, 16 Jan 2012

Stop this energy smart meter 'fiasco', UK.gov urged

So-called 'smart meters' are under renewed attack – this time from MPs and Which? magazine, which has recommended a halt to the programme.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2012

Formula 1 revs engines through Virgin Media

Virgin Media has announced that Sky Sports' new Formula 1 channel will be available this March for those subscribed to the Sky Sports package already offered.
Caleb Cox, 16 Jan 2012

Groupon: IPO rumble mutated us into Wolverine

VidGroupon's 31-year-old CEO and founder Andrew Mason went on CBS chat show 60 Minutes to explain why Groupon misreported its profits in the months before its flotation on the stock exchange.
Anna Leach, 16 Jan 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Nokia flogs 350 vital mobile phone patents

Patent licensing outfit Sisvel has acquired 450 patents from Nokia, 350 of which are essential for mobile telephony, but despite appearances this is no desperate attempt to borrow cash from the future.
Bill Ray, 16 Jan 2012

Amazon floats free Windows Server clouds

Amazon is giving Windows shops a taste of Microsoft's Windows server for free in the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2012

Sony teases DotSwitch multi-screen tech

Sony left fans drooling today with a video-clip that teases an upcoming feature called "Dot Switch".
Caleb Cox, 16 Jan 2012

Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

Late last year IBM reckoned biometrics would finally replace the password within the next five years. The prediction was part of a series that also speculated that the digital divide would cease to exist and that mind-reading technology would become a possibility. But, at least on the subject of passwords, new research from Microsoft's Cormac Herley and computer science professor Paul van Oorschot explains why, despite the tech industry's best attempts, this is not the case.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2012

SOPA bins DNS blocking after White House wades in

The sponsor of the anti-piracy bill SOPA has agreed to drop DNS blocking of websites from the proposed legislation after a joint statement from leading White House officials.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2012
fingers pointing at man

Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

Apple has for the first time released a complete list of its suppliers [PDF], publishing the names of 156 companies who make the parts for everything from Macbook screens to iPad covers.
Anna Leach, 16 Jan 2012
For Sale sign detail

Tape lives on: Sony to squeeze out LTO-6

CES 2012Tape is not dead: Sony, which has stopped developing its proprietary AIT/Super AIT tape media, has signed up for an LTO-6 licence agreement.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2012
graph up

Israel's stock exchange site knackered by hackers

The website of Israel's main stock exchange was floored by a denial-of-service attack on Monday. Israeli airline El Al has also come under attack by hackers, but its website remains running despite the assault.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2012
DVD it in many colours

Motorola repels US import ban bid by Apple

The US International Trade Commission has been unable to find evidence that Motorola is infringing Apple's patents, so has declined Cupertino's filing for an import ban, though the fight continues.
Bill Ray, 16 Jan 2012

Former US CIO Kundra joins Salesforce.com

Cloudy CRM software supplier Salesforce.com has hired Vivek Kundra, the first CIO for the US government, to be its executive vice president of emerging markets.

Data-digesting cloud colossus touted by Fujitsu

Being online to serve your customers is not enough anymore. You have to spy on your customers and prospective clients, as well as anyone else you can get data on, and mash it all up to do big data analytics to drive more revenues and profits.

Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has announced that the "encyclopedia anyone can edit" will go dark this Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, aka SOPA, that's dividing Washington DC – not to mention pitting online content providers against ISPs, search-engine sites, civil libertarians, and others.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jan 2012

News Ltd gets deeper into Arabia

News Corp has further embedded itself in the Middle East media market taking a strategic stake in Dubai-based media, content and technology player, the Moby Group.
Natalie Apostolou, 16 Jan 2012
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Red Hat RHEV 3.0 to launch this Wednesday?

Commercial Linux and Java development tool distributor Red Hat has big aspirations in the server virtualization and cloud computing arenas, and it looks like the company is getting ready to bust out the 3.0 version of its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor – RHEV for short.

Crossley cops two-year suspension

Andrew Crossley of bankrupt practice ACS:Law has received a two-year suspension from the Solicitors’ Regulatory Tribunal over the techniques he used to pursue alleged file-sharers.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2012

Telstra Int adds a German PoP, gets closer to Asia

Telstra International has invested in a new low latency telecommunications route from Europe to Asia in addition to provisioning a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Frankfurt.
Natalie Apostolou, 16 Jan 2012

NASA study identifies the ‘low hanging fruit’ in climate change

A group led by NASA and Columbia University has published a study claiming that an immediate focus on two non-CO2 pollutants – soot and methane – will help address climate change in the short term while international geopolitics wends its way through the Byzantine politics needed to get a global agreement.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2012

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