13th > February > 2012 Archive

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Mobile customers still sprout in Aus

Despite heated competition and with an ailing third competitor in Vodafone, Australia’s dominant mobile carriers continue to cram customers onto their networks.
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TDK ST-700 High Fidelity headphones

Geek Treat of the Week These headphones from TDK owe something of their design to Beats' Solo cans. The black TDKs aren’t as stylish as the Solos but they exude class.
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The God Box: Searching for the holy grail array

It's so near we can almost smell it: the Holy Grail storage array combining server data location, solid state hardware speed, memory access speed virtualisation, and the capacity, sharability and protection capabilities of networked arrays. It's NAND, DAS, SAN and NAS combined; the God storage box – conceivable but not yet built.
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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

Officials have begun confiscating iPad devices from stores in China after a court ruled in December that Apple was guilty of infringing the trademark of Chinese monitor biz Proview.
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CSC confirms $1.5bn NHS IT write-off

CSC has confirmed it is to write off almost $1.5bn as a result of its involvement in the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

Product round-up Product round-up Valentine's Day is all about sharing, and while you can show your affection in many ways that won't cost a penny, it's also an opportunity to enhance your other half's lifestyle. Whether it's brightening up a dreary flat or indulging a passion, the choice is yours and so here are are ten treats that may …
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
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Boffins claim breakthrough in hovering robothopter experiments

Brainboxes in New York say they have made progress on one of the knottiest conundrums facing the technology of humankind today: that of constructing mechanical ornithopters able to fly – and specifically to hover – as well as insects can.
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Cheap Ultrabooks? Not before 2013

Hoping for Ultrabook prices to plummet before you take the plunge? You may have to wait a while. These skinny laptops won't hit the $599-699 (£379-442) band until 2013, notebook manufacturers reckon.
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B&W updates designer speaker rig

Speaker specialist B&W has updated its Mini Theatre line of home cinema audio sets for the well-heeled.
Hard Reg, 13 2012
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Cable thieves wreak havoc for cops, BT punters

BT customers in Hertfordshire suffered lengthy outages late last week, after the national telco's underground cabling in that area was apparently targeted by thieves.
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Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

Even in the hearts of Apple fanbois, there's room to love another human being as well as machinery. But it's better if the human receiving that love also has an iPad, say those who are presumably experts in the matter.
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Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

Even in the hearts of Apple fanboys, there's room to love another human being as well as machinery. But it's better if the human receiving that love also has an iPad, say those who are presumably experts in the matter.
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Sun hacks cuffed after being DOBBED IN by News Corp

Scotland Yard released five Sun journalists on bail at the weekend after they arrested the hacks on suspicion of corruption and aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

Apple TV stock shortage sparks new gadget rumour fever

Apple is throttling back its supply of Apple TV boxes, says 9to5Mac, suggesting that Apple is discontinuing the old product line in advance of a big launch.
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Google locks Wallets – no new customers for now

Google has suspended the provisioning of pre-paid cards into its electronic wallet, preventing the use of stolen cards but equally preventing new customers from signing up.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Microsoft India web store 'hacked by Chinese group'

Microsoft appears to have had its Indian web store broken into and user login credentials stolen by Chinese hackers.
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Freeview HD sales surge

Freeview today posted the following stats. Make of them what you will.
Hard Reg, 13 2012
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Megastar personalities are intellectual property in draft law

The Guernsey Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has opened a public consultation on draft laws that would for the first time anywhere in the world allow celebrities to register their personality rights as a form of intellectual property. A sports law expert said the chance for enhanced legal certainty over their image and potential financial benefits could lure celebrities to register their rights on the island.
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ESA's first Vega rocket blasts off without a hitch

Europe's first Vega launcher blasted off in South America today in a successful qualification flight that signals the rocket is ready for use.
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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

Apple is seeking a US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, the flagship phone for the newest iteration of Google's Android smartphone OS, in the latest battle of the ongoing patent wars.
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NASA plans manned Deep Space Moon outpost

NASA is looking at the possibility of parking a manned outpost beside the Moon as a way station for astronauts on their way to deep space missions.
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Car crash model cushioned by 38KKK Bulgarian airbags

A top-heavy model who wrapped her car round a tree is convinced her preposterous 38KKK Bulgarian airbags saved her from an appointment with the great cosmetic surgery clinic in the sky.
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Muscle pants give girls that skin-stripped look

Looking for a little something for the lady in your life ahead of V Day tomorrow? If she takes sci-tech in her stride - and as the SO of an El Reg reader, we'd hope she does - how about a pair of these anatomically oriented geeky strides?
Hard Reg, 13 2012
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Pakistan blocks 13,000 grumble flick sites

The Pakistani government has ramped up its web censorship regime, blocking access to 13,000 sites it deems “obscene” and hatching plans to filter content in a more systematic way in future.
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Samsung shows third-gen Galaxy Tab

Samsung has outed the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), its parenthesis packing new tablet fresh for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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NexGen boss: If solid hardness isn't stuck into PCIe - forget it

Using flash memory, deduplication and predictable performance the iSCSI array has been reinvented by the founders of LeftHand Networks in the shape of NexGen Storage's n5.
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Asus Transformer Prime tablet reboot fix fails to show

Asus has apologised for the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet firmware update no-show and pledge to get the code out soon.
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Anonymous reverse ferrets on CIA.gov takedown

Loosely connected hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for making the CIA's website inaccessible on Friday - but later said it was just reporting the event.
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The to-do list to make private cloud work

Broadcast Change is the hardest thing that IT has to do, but it's a fact of life. How you deal with fundamental change can have a massive impact on the overall performance of the business, on user satisfaction and on how IT is valued. This is particularly true when there are a whole bunch of complex systems in place. You've just got them working, or at least stopped people complaining too much. Suddenly there's a new big idea, and a new set of tools and change management processes to consider.
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HP boss Whitman urged to get touchy-feely with resellers

HP CEO Meg Whitman, who will step out in front of a VIP audience at the invitation-only global partner knees-up in Las Vegas this week for the first since taking over at the vendor, should take a leaf out of Michael Dell's channel management notes.
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TicketWeb coughs to email database hack

Customers of UK ticketing agency TicketWeb, a subsidiary of TicketMaster, received phishing emails from the company over the weekend after its direct email marketing system was hacked.
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Windows 8 on ARM: Microsoft bets on Office 15 and IE10

Steve Ballmer wasn't kidding when he said Windows 8 could be Microsoft's "riskiest product bet."
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Apple's secret outsource: 'Even more software to be made in India'

A visit by Apple's CIO to India in January has resulted in some hefty software deals for two Bangalore-based firms, according to The Times of India.
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Kung-fu tweeting Carl Douglas wins El Reg prize - with expert timing

Mr Carl Douglas - the computer scientist from Blighty's Lincoln, not the Kung-fu Fighting pop star - was fast as lightning to become @regvulture's 10,000th follower on Twitter.
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PlayBooks lapped up from RIM by distributors

Update RIM UK PlayBook shipments took off in Q4 as price cuts finally convinced channel folk to up their orders.
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Vodafone admits giving C&W the eye

Vodafone has admitted eyeing up Cable & Wireless Worldwide, but says the relationship is still at the coy-glances stage with talks of a quick merger being premature.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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NoSQL databases not just for the 'cool kids'

The companies peddling NoSQL databases, which are increasingly needed for web applications that have a scale that breaks relational databases, are drooling over the prospects of their products going mainstream this year.
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FCC turns auction upside down for $300m rural 3G broadband

A US regulator is proposing a reverse auction to attain national broadband, providing $300m to the company that claims to be able to do the most with the cash pot.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Apple orders PC builder to 'choose sides' in laptop battle?

Apple reportedly put pressure on a Taiwanese manufacturer of its popular MacBook Air, asking them to choose between building that Cupertinian laptop or the ASUS Zenbook.
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ScaleMP chases SGI customers with migration deal

The financial news out of Silicon Graphics last week - the company's profits falling even as revenues expand, and the contemplation of a reorganization in unprofitable European operations while looking for a new CEO – apparently has some customers looking for alternative shared-memory systems.
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Cisco resells Citrix, VMware virty desktop wares

Cisco Systems came late to the physical and virtual server rackets and that means it has to partner to get virtual server slices out there in the data center. And it thinks virtual desktop infrastructure, or what it now calls Virtual Experience Infrastructure or VXI for short, is the killer app for its "California" Unified Computing System blade servers.
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European Parliament prez slams ACTA 'in current form'

The recently elected president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has criticized the current ACTA treaty, saying it provides little protection for the rights of individual users.
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Apple sends independent inspectors into Foxconn factories

Apple has begun to send independent inspectors into its Chinese factories, a release today states.
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Packer gets into cloud shopping

Brisbane e-commerce and cloud-based logistics start-up Temando Shipping has received a cash injection from James Packer’s investment vehicle Ellerston Capital.
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Iranians get some services back

Iranians have a little more Internet access than a few days ago, but access is still highly restricted.
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Apple tops Google in 'Reputation Quotient' survey

Apple may be facing brickbats for the working conditions at its Asian contract manufacturers, but a new survey puts Cook & Co. at the top of all US corporations in overall reputation, including perceived leadership in Workplace Environment.
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Aus start-ups get in the Silicon Valley house

The NSW state government has put its weight behind a new Silicon Valley incubator targeting Australian startups that want to go global.
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CERN boffins to lift LHC beam power

CERN has announced that it’s going to boost the beam energy of the Large Hadron Collider by 0.5 TeV this year in a bid to pull more data out of the micro-universe before the machine takes a break at the end of the year.
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Rackspace breaks billion buck barrier in 2011

It took twelve years, but Rackspace Hosting has chalked up its first billion-dollar year – and it's hoping to get to $2bn in a lot less time, planning some new cloudy services to help make that happen.
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Broadcom boasts directional antennas for 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Broadcom has provided more details on the 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips it will bring to production in the second half of this year.