9th > February > 2012 Archive
Loral set to build NBN Co satellites
NBN Co has awarded Space Systems/Loral an $AU620 million contract to build, deliver and deploy two next-generation Ka-band satellites to cover regional Australia.
Huawei gets more UFB kiwi action
Huawei has secured another key government win in New Zealand to provide fibre services to the Christchurch UFB with Enable Services Limited.
Thodey chimes in on TV Now decision
Telstra CEO David Thodey has told journalists and analysts that the telecommunications industry “needs clarity” following the Federal Court decision which clearly and simply said “Optus TV Now is legal”.
Robot surgery gets virtual at Euro Space Agency
The European Space Agency is showing off an augmented-reality kit which it says will ultimately pave the way for diagnosis and even surgery for astronauts.
Apple Stores getting petitions on ethical conduct for breakfast
Breakfast at Apple retail outlets in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore will come with a side order of protest on Thursday morning, as “concerned Apple customers” will be dropping off 250,000-signature petitions calling out Apple on supplier working practices.
Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook
ReviewHaving already reviewed the slightly larger Asus UX31E Zenbook for El Reg, and quite liking it, I whinged that sending me the UX21E model would be a waste of time. It wasn’t, obviously, because you’re reading this. I loved it. In fact, I preferred it.
NHS hands out 3G slabs and phones to roving nurses
The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is piloting mobile devices for its community care nurses and therapists to enable them to access files, capture data and update back office systems remotely.
IBM stuffs XIV array with flash tech
IBM has pressed the gas pedal to the floor with its third generation XIV array and given it up to 6TB of solid state drive cache storage.
Licked RIM has a lifeline: a social network in a box
AnalysisRIM's fortunes have taken a catastrophic, Nokia-style nosedive in the past year - but it has a chance of pulling up. Admittedly, the odds are long, but this week the Canadian company began its fightback.
Hackers claim to have penetrated Foxconn backdoor
It had to happen eventually. Controversial hardware manufacturer Foxconn was reportedly hacked late on Wednesday and a heap of staff email log-ins and intranet credentials posted online which could allow third parties to lodge fraudulent orders.
MongoDB straps SQL to Google's MapReduce
To NoSQLers he's the Devil who flames their work. Bring up his name while interviewing the CEO or founder of any NoSQL start-up, as I have, and the interviewee withers to a tight smile.
British Red Cross First Aid
iOS App of the WeekThe Red Cross was in the news recently when it issued new guidelines for performing CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - and it has followed this up with a free First Aid app that's worth downloading in case of emergencies.
Lenovo slates Ice Cream Sandwich for ThinkPad tablet
Lenovo will update its ThinkPad Android-based tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich in May, the PC giant said last night.
Privacy warriors sue FTC over Google's policy tweak
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is suing the US Federal Trade Commission for failing to take action against Google's plans to change its terms of service on 1 March.
Now Siri brushes up on Russian, Japanese languages
Apple is already testing Chinese, Japanese and Russian language support for its voice-activated personal assistant technology Siri - and will roll out the new functionality next month as its efforts to cosy up to customers in these lucrative markets gathers pace.
HP hands in-house Android code to TouchPad tablet hackers
Top marks to HP for handing over an Android kernel it once coded for its TouchPad tablet to fondleslab hackers.
Trustwave admits crafting SSL snooping certificate
Certificate Authority Trustwave has revoked a digital certificate that allowed one of its clients to issue valid certificates for any server, thereby allowing one of its customers to intercept their employees' private email communication.
Life-size Portal gun to shoot onto shelves soon
Despite the fact they generally sit on the mantlepiece as a decorative reminder of where one's interest lies, replica weapons are a big business and gaming enthusiasts are an eager audience to target.
Japan enlists foreign bloggers to revive tsunami-hit tourist biz
The Japanese government is trying to get foreign bloggers to do PR for it by inviting them to earthquake- and tsunami-hit areas to write compassionately about the progress being made in reconstructing the ravaged north-east of the country.
Asus posts patch for Prime random reboot bug
Asus UK has posted a firmware update for its Android tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade
Never one to miss out on an up-and-coming tech trend, Google is all set to launch its very own cloud storage service, competing with the likes of Dropbox, Microsoft and Apple.
iPad 3 shell shots spied on web
Snaps are circulating Apple and iPad fansites revealing that the upcoming iPad 3 will hold a larger battery than its predecessor… probably.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
ReviewLike a mage's potion, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is based on a tried and tested formula: the essence of Fable II, a dash of Oblivion, the gizzards of God of War. And let's not forget the vital binding agent, of course: a liberal dose of Tolkien's legendarium.
Royal astro-boffin to MPs: Stop thinking about headlines
"In politics the urgent seems to trump the important," venerable astro-boffin Lord Martin Rees told a committee of MPs yesterday, saying that it there needed to be "bipartisan consensus on long-term issues" such as energy and the environment if Britain is to haul its sorry ass into the next century.
Google Wallet PIN security cracked in seconds
UpdateA researcher at website categoriser zvelo has discovered Google Wallet's PIN protection is open to a brute-force attack that takes seconds to complete. And Google is powerless to fix the problem, it seems.
UK cops set up new £30m bases to nail cybercrooks
The UK is to establish three regional policing e-crime hubs as part of efforts to boost the capability of British police to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime.
Groupon loses $42.7m in Q4, shares tumble
Groupon (GRPN) has posted a net loss of $42.7m for the last three months of 2011, disappointing Wall Street's expectation that the coupon-pushers would make a small profit. Groupon stocks closed the day at $24.58 but in after-hours trading stocks tumbled 15 per cent to $20.75 – suggesting that Groupon shareholders might want to brace themselves for a rocky ride when Thursday trading opens in New York.
Ingram Micro CEO outlines growth plan as 2011 profits falter
Ingram Micro's new chief exec has set out three strategic priorities as he gets to grips with the challenges facing the world's largest distributor and looks to bolster bottom line goodness.
Ethernet standards for hyper-scale cloud networking
What if the largest Ethernet networks we see today are just precursors, initial steps on the path to what's been called hyper-scale cloud networking?
Pentax pushes super sturdy snapper
Pentax pushed rugged photography into new terrains this week, launching a pair of 16Mp compact cameras that promise to perform under the most demanding of outdoor conditions.
How Zuck wields power over Facebook for a few hundred bucks
Mark Zuckerberg's effortless swagger into the business world got an airing in public yesterday when Facebook filed more documents to the US Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of the company going public in a few months' time.
Microsoft sets date for Windows 8 preview - at mobile shindig
Microsoft will unveil Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress, says an invitation sent out today.
Alibaba! suspends! shares! amid! Yahoo! stake! buzz!
Alibaba.com has suspended its shares on the Hong Kong market, pending news from its parent company Alibaba Group, which reportedly wants to buy back Yahoo!'s stake in the company.
Ofcom: Make it easier for punters to switch ISPs
Broadband and landline customers could soon find it a lot simpler to ditch one telco in favour of another, after Ofcom published its proposals on cutting the hassle out of switching providers for punters in the UK.
What downturn? Lenovo stuffs pockets with 54% extra profit
Lenovo Group is one of the few PC makers still in the pink, beating market expectations with a fat third-quarter net profit.
Vodafone squirrels cash into Blighty nightly as Europe falters
Vodafone's numbers for the tail-end of 2011 show the network doing pretty well, though it admitted husbanding cash back to the UK nightly just to be on the safe side.
IBM UK's channel queen abdicates, long live the king
IBM has crowned popular channel figure Richard Potts as veep of business partner and mid-market sales for the UK and Ireland, and named Mark Hennessey as worldwide partner boss.
Airport bomb Twitter joker in second fine appeal bid
Paul Chambers, the Twitter joker turned misdemeanour conviction martyr, returned to court on Wednesday to launch a second appeal against a conviction over a "threatening message" to blow Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport "sky high".
Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy
Google has revealed exactly how little cash it thinks a user who is willing to "sell" their data to the search giant is actually worth.
Appcelerator adds Titanium backend with Cocoafish buy
Mobile platform developer Appcelerator has completed its second purchase of the last year, snapping up Cocoafish to gets its APIs and server backend system.
Timico Technology Group gobbles Redwood
ISP Timico Technology Group (TTG) has devoured unified comms minnow Redwood Telecommunication for an undisclosed sum.
Hitachi GST pushes out boosted SSD
Hitachi GST has birthed a boosted Ultrastar SSD using Intel's latest 25nm NAND. Intel launched its own 520 just a few days ago.
Kodak to kill off digital cameras
Kodak is knocking its line of budget digital cameras on the head, part of its plan to revive the fortunes of the troubled firm.
Googorola's desire for iPhone royalties will upset Apple cart
AnalysisGoogle's outline of how it will use Motorola Mobility's intellectual property – should regulators allow the buyout – has sparked fierce debate as pundits worry about how the smartphone patent wars will pan out.
AON: Give us cash, we'll emit 10TB holographic cube
Access Optical Networks says it has developed a 1.2TB holographic storage cube that can transfer data at 155MB/sec and last longer than 50 years. Oh, and it's done using mirrors – but no smoke.
What's in the box, Windows sysadmin?
Sysadmin blogWindows is a powerful and complex Operating System (OS). As with any modern OS, it comes equipped with numerous features, utilities, and applications. But Windows' default tools are not always the best widget for the job at hand.
FBI investigated Steve Jobs' reality distortion field, LSD use
Steve Jobs' drug use, court cases and personality flaws were all investigated by the FBI, as a file released on Thursday reveals.
Oracle inhales Taleo for $1.9bn
Only two months ago, Taleo, the seller of online talent management software, was saying that it intended to remain independent despite the cloud software feeding frenzy. But today, Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle, made Taleo CEO Mike Gregoire an offer he couldn't refuse: $1.9bn.
Hackett bookish after Internet sale
Internode founder Simon Hackett is behind the launch of Australia’s newest cross-platform book publishing house, MidnightSun Publishing.
Coming to a continent near you: America
It’s going to be a heck of a reunion: the Pangea supercontinent that broke up to create the atlas we know today will one day reform in the Northern hemisphere.
Eolas falls at first hurdle in bid to tax browser apps
A jury in Texas has ruled against Eolas Technologies in its patent battle to lay claim to the concept of in-browser applications and most plug-ins.
Teradata surfs big data wave in Q4
Data warehousing pioneer and big data playa Teradata has just turned in the best fourth quarter and full year in the company's 33 year history, thanks to the big data wave and a number of key acquisitions that the company that have moved it beyond its core data warehousing biz.
Elon Musk helps AsiaSat with new regional satellites
Hong Kong satellite operator AsiaSat and space launch company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will launch two new communications satellites in 2014 servicing the Asia Pacific region.
IBM does financing deals for Power, storage kit
It's a new year and a new first quarter and a new and somewhat challenging economy in North America, and therefore IBM is offering financing deals in the United States and Canada.