14th > February > 2012 Archive
As expected, EU competition authorities and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) have cleared Google’s proposed $12.5bn merger with Motorola Mobility.
President Obama has revealed his proposed 2013 budget, and buried inside the $3.8-trillion wish list – along with tax credits for students, tax increases for the wealthy, cuts to the military, and other Republican bait – is $17.7bn for NASA that brings good news to some and bad news to others.
You can look at HP's new ProLiant Gen8 servers, but you can't touch. At the company's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas this week, HP previewed some of the forthcoming machines' capabilities, but – much to the chagrin of hardware enthusiasts – didn't talk about the processors, system boards, and other "slots and watts" stats of the Gen8 iron.
Review Why is black and white classier than colour? And should we want our phones, with their increasingly glorious screens, to mute their rainbow hues? It’s the arrival of LG’s third collaboration with Prada that’s raised these questions – a handset that favours an interface dressed mostly in black and white.
The Information Commissioner's Office has found that five local authorities have breached the Data Protection Act by failing to protect personal information about citizens.
Sepaton, the large enterprise deduping storage vendor, reckons its big boxes can replace lots of those pesky, seemingly continuously accumulating Data Domain mid-range boxes with a single system that does the job properly.
FOSDEM The recent FOSDEM was great this year, and Belgium still had beer left before, during and after. Still lots of people, though with an extra building open – it was a little less crowded. There were over 400 sessions on themes from Mozilla, Java, cross-distro and embedded to Ada and law.
Analysis Trustwave's admission that it issued a digital "skeleton key" that allowed an unnamed private biz to spy on SSL-encrypted connections within its corporate network has sparked a fiery debate about trust on the internet.
Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound.
NSFW App of the Week NSFW App of the Week The Android market is full of apps dedicated to the various positions you and your other half can tie yourselves into, but be warned: many have a terrifyingly long Permissions list.
Microsoft has said it is investigating a niggling problem with an Internet Explorer 8 update that's disabling a number of Windows XP machines.
There was some welcome news for Apple in Asia this week after new figures revealed that the iPad is absolutely trouncing its rivals in the South Korean market, notably local hero Samsung and its Galaxy Tab device.
Asian moles have once again claimed Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, but this time the diminutive gadget is said to sport an 8in rather than 7in screen.
The founder and CEO of the second most successful iSCSI array startup, LeftHand Networks1, is trying to do it again. He's chairing the board of another iSCSI startup: Starboard Storage, which is joining the hybrid SSD-HDD array party today. What's wacky about this is that ex-colleagues of his at LeftHand have also started up NexGen Storage, which is trying to pull off the same same trick. Starboard is aiming at the SME market, claiming it has optimised both for performance and cost per GB.
Microsoft appears set to follow Nintendo and equip its next-gen games console with a touchscreen-equipped controller, along the lines of the one that will ship with the Wii U.
Thousands of Virgin Media employees will soon be able to work from their beds a variety of locations after the telco asked network kit biz Cisco to deploy its Quad, WebEx and Unified Comms products.
Chinese monitor biz Proview, which says it owns the iPad trademark, now hopes to block the import and export of Apple's trendy tablets in the country.
Cybercrooks have planted malicious scripts on top of whistle-blowing nerve centre Cryptome.org.
NSFW NSFW In the 1980s, when the first HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns were launched, alongside the crashing tombstones, leaflets gave frank advice about the risks involved in digital intercourse. In those days, of course, that just meant pleasuring someone with your fingers. Concerns about computers and sex related to the …
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MySpace may have been dumped by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch but today its star investor - aged pop prince-turned-actor Justin Timberlake - has something to smile about: the site has gained 1 million users since December.
Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee is being sued by his brother over stocks inherited from their father, the Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull.
Presenting at the new Google-backed talk fest "Solve for X", ChamTech Operations showed its nano tech-based antenna in a spray can, turning trees into antennas and connecting submarines by radio.
Twitter has finally bedded down secure browsing on its site for all users after previously offering HTTPS as an optional feature.
HP is embracing mobility with apps to allow sysadmins to receive alerts, manage systems and even shut down servers, all from the comfort of their booth seats at the pub.
Guinness World Records has confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops has the greatest game conclusion of all time, after over 13,000 gamers cast their votes in favour of 2010's best-selling FPS.
Inspired by the tweaks of Ubuntu-using IT departments, Canonical has released a Business Desktop Remix of Ubuntu.
Hong Kong mobile operators reacted to the introduction of new regulations on data tariffs on Monday by introducing a 5GB cap on fair usage and threatening to de-prioritise users who go over that limit.
Lego has confirmed it will bring Frodo and co. to its block party this year, with a Lego Lord of the Rings collection set to launch this summer. A Lego The Hobbit range is also earmarked for late 2012 to coincide with the film's cinema release.
First it blocked the web, now it's going after TV. China has introduced tough new restrictions on channels broadcasting foreign-made telly and warned regulators to step up fines for any companies breaking the rules.
The Pope's top PR man has declared that the Vatican is in the midst of its own "WikiLeaks" scandal after a flurry of confidential Papal documents were fed to the media by apparently disgruntled cardinals.
Insight Enterprises ground out a decent set of Q4 numbers in spite of the global economic meltdown and a decline in underlying profits across EMEA.
A teenage hacker claims to have broken into the Brazzers, the hardcore porn portal, before making off with hundreds of thousands of user login details.
The London Fire Brigade have taken it upon themselves to warn the romantically inclined that a Valentine's date could end with death in a burning hell blaze.
Latin pop singer Shakira was "paralysed with fear" after a sea lion lunged for her BlackBerry, she recounted on Facebook.
Thus far, Amazon's EC2 compute cloud is the standard for virty server infrastructure running on what amounts to a public utility. But there are two problems with it: you can't run your own EC2, and Amazon doesn't support VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which is the hypervisor of choice for x86 servers in corporate data centers. But that's OK. Nimbula is perfectly happy to clone EC2 for you.
Market success is a product of two factors: supply and demand. Only when both are growing and, at the same time, closely matched will a market perform well.
The Mozilla Foundation is coming to the rescue of Tim Berners-Lee's sanity.
A not-for-profit search engine that serves up a privacy-friendly version of Google has been out of action for much of today.
Well, that took long enough. Cisco Systems and the Greenplum big data unit of server partner EMC have finally gotten together and put the Greenplum wares on Cisco's Unified Computing System servers.
Open... and Shut Open source seems to have waned in importance over the past few years as cloud computing and mobile have taken centre stage.
OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram.
An international consortium of chip boffins has demonstrated a maskless wafer-baking technology that they say "meets the industry requirement" for next-generation 14- and 10-nanometer process nodes.
The ACCC has settled another piece of unfinished business in the broadband market, announcing yesterday that it has issued a “service declaration” for Telstra’s wholesale ADSL service.
The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice 3.5, which it modestly describes as “the best free office suite ever.”
In a simmering scandal that’s showing every sign of completely failing to fester as a good scandal should, it has emerged that NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley’s legal bills associated with the “Alcatel affair” amounted to almost nothing.
Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has released its third annual survey of the Ubuntu Server installed base to show what is going on out there among the Shuttleworth faithful. The survey comes just as Canonical is getting ready to put its next big server release into the field in April.
The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has moved on a popular hip-hop news and track-exchange site, RnB Xclusive, and is threatening those trying to access the site with criminal investigation.
South East Queensland’s Logan City Council has implemented a mobile strategy that assists the local council in data collection and deployment of business services.
The Avatar headlines were inevitable, weren’t they? Japanese researchers have unveiled a master-slave robot that moves in synch with kit worn by the robot’s controllers.
CEO Tim Cook wants you to know – really wants you to know – that despite what you may have heard, Apple takes working conditions at its Asian contract manufacturers quite seriously and is working to improve them.
Alcatel-Lucent has joined an international patent licencing syndicate RPX Corp which will open up its portfolio of 29,000 issued patents and expects to reap a handsome fiscal return.