7th > February > 2012 Archive
Oracle wins round in Java patent lawsuit against Google
A three-judge US Court of Appeals panel has denied Google's request to toss out another judge's decision to allow an incriminating email from being used as evidence in Oracle's Java-patent lawsuit against Mountain View.
Google limits Android support for CDMA phones
Google is dropping full support for CDMA handsets running Android, leaving millions of customers wondering if their phones and tablets will be able to cope.
Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox
Adobe has released beta code for sandboxing its heavily hacked Flash code within Firefox, in a similar fashion to the Chrome security protections added to its Reader software and Google’s Chrome browser.
Czechs, Slovaks stall on ACTA
The fragile European consensus over the ACTA treaty is fraying at the fringes: the Czech Republic and Slovakia have decided to suspend the ratification process, while Romania’s support for the treaty could stall on a change of government.
Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4
ReviewThe true audiophile is likely to have many questions concerning the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi, but chief among them is likely to be ‘How f*%&ing much??!?’ At £549 this Chinese-made high fidelity portable music player is nobody’s idea of a bargain, but if you’re one of those brave souls who still cares about sound quality, who appreciates the convenience of digital but feels cheated by the compressed sound, Colorfly might just have something here.
Suppliers get a shot at £4bn worth of gov hardware deals
The Government Procurement Service has advertised for suppliers to join a wide-ranging £4bn ICT framework.
Inside the mind of EMC: Is storage just a launchpad?
Blocks and Files:It's a vision thing: EMC was a storage company and is an information company, but in the next decade it looks like it will be a data centre infrastructure company.
Prehistoric cricket love songs recreated for your listening pleasure
An international team of top boffins has quite literally left no stone unturned in its efforts to answer a highly unusual question: Just what did the love songs of the Jurassic era really sound like?
Google-hosted blogs to be censored on country-by-country basis
Google will remove content posted on its blogging platform on a country-by-country basis after altering the way the service organises blog posts.
N Korea mobile phone subscribers top 1 million
Axis of evil North Korea now has a whopping one million mobile phone users some four years after the technology was first introduced in the repressive state.
Mac demand helps Apple business bloom in Blighty
Apple was the only major computer maker to increase its shipments into the UK PC market during the final three months of 2011.
Avast! Mobile Security
Android App of the WeekThe security or lack thereof of the Android platform - real or imagined - is a common topic of conversation at the moment so it seems like a good time to take a look for a comprehensive security app. My preferred choice is Avast!.
Chilli crab scoffing boffins build anti-cancer claw robot
The fight against cancer reached a weird new level after Singapore’s centuries-old chilli crab dish inspired boffins to build a tumour-removing robot.
Beware Freedom of Info law 'privacy folktale' - ICO chief
Is Blighty's Freedom of Information (FOI) law working?
HTC wants a hug after glum Q1 estimates
HTC could be in for a spot of bother in 2012 after its Q1 outlook missed analysts’ estimates. Commentators suggest the firm may struggle to compete with Apple, Samsung and the wealth of handset manufacturers crowding this increasingly competitive space.
TalkTalk loses 43,000 customers, chunk o' revenue in Q3
TalkTalk lost 43,000 broadband customers during the company's third quarter and reported that revenue in that area of the business had fallen year-on-year.
Google unleashes 'Solve for X' confabs to save the world
Internet giant Google is once more trying to save the world, this time with its TED-rip-off "Solve for X" project.
Parliament ponders £400,000 iPads-for-MPs plan
Members of Parliament may soon be issued with an iPad each in a scheme that could cost the tax payer over £400,000.
Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?
Microsoft is reportedly killing the Start button in Windows, a staple of Redmond's PC operating system since the landmark Windows 95.
Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet
Toshiba's 'world's thinnest, lightest' tablet, the AT200 - aka the Excite in the US - goes on sale over here next week.
High Street chains vow to play fair on warranties
UK retailers have offered a number of concessions after the Office of Fair Trading had a word about their extended warranties on electrical goods.
ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone
ReviewEvery now and again, a brand new product comes along that seems to hark back to days of yore, to a time when things were different. One of those things would be the steam-powered PC, another is the ViewSonic V350 – a smartphone that can work on two networks simultaneously.
Nikon unveils mammoth megapixel DSLR
Nikon unveiled its much-anticipated FX-format D800 digital SLR camera this morning.
Mac OS X ARM port by Apple work experience kid revealed
A Dutch computer science student's homework has stirred the old rumour that Apple may ditch the Intel platform and power its Macbooks with ARM processors.
Nokia posts 'major' Sym... er... smartphone OS update
Nokia may be obsessed with Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, but that hasn't stopped it rolling out the latest version of its other OS, Belle, to a seven handsets.
Brazil sues Twitter over police checkpoint tweets
Twitter should be more proactive in blocking tweets about police checkpoints, according to the Brazilian Attorney, who reckons a daily fine of R$500,000 ($290,000) will get the company moving.
YouView will launch this Spring, says TalkTalk
ISP TalkTalk has reiterated its expectation that YouView, the would-be UK standard IPTV platform, will launch this coming Spring.
Hackers spunk 'pcAnywhere source' after negotiation breakdown
Hacktivists affiliated with Anonymous uploaded what they claim is the source code of Symantec's pcAnywhere software early on Tuesday, following the breakdown of negotiations between the hacking group and "a federal agent posing as a Symantec employee".
UK.gov's mega-cloud VIP biz list kept under wraps
Scores of IT suppliers and consultancy firms have made it onto the G-Cloud framework, but government officials are keeping schtum about the names and numbers until a two-week cooling off period passes.
Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'
Google is actually working on twitch-responsive sci-fi-style head-up display glasses, according to a report by 9TO5Google. And the new tech apparently includes a cursor that responds to head movements.
Raspberry Pi ship date slips
Raspberry Pi won't make it into buyers' hands before 20 February and perhaps not until the end of the month, the organisation behind the $25 microcomputer has admitted.
Canon focuses on low-end with PowerShot snappers
Canon snapped into focus today with the launch of six 16Mp A-series PowerShots to slot into its lower-end range of compact cameras.
UK's digital policy seized by fanatical bureaucrats, say MPs
AnalysisThe UK government's digital policy has been captured by ideological fanatics at the IPO, Parliament heard today.
Blighty's PC market fell to its knees in Q4
The UK PC market shrank by nearly one fifth in the Christmas quarter, suffering the worst decline in half a decade.
O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity
O2 has quietly dropped The Cloud from the list of Wi-Fi hotspot aggregators it grants its mobile customers free access to.
Oracle demands retrial in SAP slurp spat
Oracle has filed for a retrial in its SAP spat over illegal file downloading, moaning that the reduced damages awarded just aren't enough.
Acer sues ex-boss Lanci for shacking up with Lenovo
UpdateAcer has sued former president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci amid claims that he breached a non-compete clause by joining rival Lenovo.
2020: A Press Odyssey – reporter licensing explained
SketchIt's 2020, and a schoolgirl is doing her homework.
Channel body count hits dotcom implosion high
The channel body count in 2011 reached a high not seen since the dotcom bubble burst, stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK reveal.
Apple eyes ISPs to sell 'iTV'
AnalysisWhat are we to make of the claims from moles within Canada's two key telcos that both companies have Apple HD TVs in their labs?
Google's whack-a-mole Marketplace cleans house again
Google's reactive policy over content on the Android Marketplace saw dozens of applications popping up overnight with names close enough to the real thing to reel in a mark or two.
TRENDnet home security camera flaw exposes thousands
TRENDnet has acknowledged a flaw that meant that live feeds from its home security cameras were accessible online without needing a password.
Cloud proves that OldSQL is still cool
Open... and ShutAs the IT world scrambles pell mell into the cloud, veteran vendors like Oracle are having to figure out how to make money in an IT market that is increasingly turning its back on traditional software licensing. While Oracle has faced down challenges to its core database business before from open source, the cloud presents an even thornier problem. If the world wants NoSQL and its ilk, will Oracle be forced to capitulate?
Canonical kicks Kubuntu to the kerb
Ubuntu shop Canonical has withdrawn support from development of the KDE-based Kubuntu Linux desktop after seven years for commercial reasons.
Chinese company demands $38m, 'apology' from Apple
A Chinese trademark-infringement case against Apple's right to use the name "iPad" that has been rumbling along since October 2010 has taken another turn: the Shenzhen company involved in the imbroglio now wants Cupertino to be levied a $38m fine – and it wants an apology.
6,300 wannabe astronauts flood NASA inbox
NASA has received the second-highest number of astronaut applications ever for the 21st astronaut class when more than 6,300 people signed up to be space invaders.
Xeround's cloudy MySQL database goes freemium
Xeround, a startup with experience in making scalable database management systems for telcos and service providers, vaulted itself into the cloudy database business last June with the launch of its eponymous database service running atop Amazon's EC2 service. Now it is tweaking the product's packaging and pricing to make it more appealing to a larger number of customers.
Rambus drops $35m for Unity Semiconductor
Rambus is spending $35m (£22.13m) in cash to buy Unity Semiconductor and get into the post-NAND memory business.
NetApp slaps down Lightning with multi-card flash flush
NetApp is developing a server flash storage offering that will include beefy NetApp steak and not just EMC Lightning sizzle, according to insiders in the company.
Google adds Chrome finish to Android
Google has announced a beta version of its increasingly popular Chrome browser for Android users, but only if you’re on the most current build, version 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.
HP readies next-gen servers for launch
Server juggernaut Hewlett-Packard is hosting a shindig in Las Vegas next week with the bigwigs in its server unit, and the speculation is that the company will preview its forthcoming ProLiant G8 servers sporting Intel's "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors.
Stratus ruggedizes VMware clouds
Clouds have a single point of failure, and Stratus Technologies thinks it can make it some dough fixing it.
Spacemen urge NASA to build nuke ship for Mars trip
Mars has given nuclear spacecraft engines a new lease on life, with nuke ships being named as a top priority – along with electrical propulsion – in a new report that recommends what NASA should focus on in coming years.
VMware crafts mega-controller for public clouds
If VMware wants service providers to dump Xen and KVM hypervisors, it has to make the job of using the VMware stack easier than the hodgepodge of usually hand-crafted tools that service providers employ and that, to a certain extent, give them their competitive advantage. Or, perhaps in some cases, a competitive disadvantage. So VMware has cooked up a special uber-controller aimed specifically at service providers, called vCloud Integration Manager.
Will Apple set up shop in Walmart warehouses?
The contrast between Apple's prestige city-centre stores and the Sam's Club warehouse chain – where budget goods are sold straight from the pallet – is sharp. But that's where Apple wants to set up mini stores to sell its gadgets.
Global digirati head to Sydney
New South Wales has attracted two more international digital developers to its burgeoning “Silicon Valley” styled digital economy.
Koala food may power US Defence force
Koalas might soon face a food shortage if the US Department of Defence pursues its interest in Australian research for the creation of biofuels from local flora.