20th > February > 2012 Archive
IBM, Actifio to help wannabe providers take on cloud giants
There's thin provisioning and there's thin copying, which Actifio provides. IBM likes what it sees and is partnering Actifio with a get-you-into-the-cloud offer for wannabe service providers. The pitch is that you need far less disk storage and fewer storage-specific applications so that you can offer out cloud services while not paying existing storage hardware and software prices.
70 London 999 calls lost due to clock-change IT glitch
The London Ambulance Service trust has confirmed that more than 70 emergency calls were not visible to staff due to a technical fault caused by a switch from British Summer Time last year.
Don't reform copyright yet, begs publishers' body
The government should not change UK copyright laws until supposed problems with the current framework can be assessed in light of how a new 'digital copyright exchange' (DCE) works, the Publishers Association has said.
Upstart startup STT punts big on universal memory
VCs are funding resistive RAM startup Spin Transfer Technologies to the tune of 36 million greenbacks so it can start creating its universal memory – combining DRAM speed, flash non-volatility, and breaking NAND scaling limits.
Gov CloudStore opens for business
The Cabinet Office has anointed 257 IT and comms suppliers of all shapes and sizes to sell their wares to public sector punters via the CloudStore – an online catalogue of services.
Geek Treat of the WeekAs far a tech goes, my encounter with the Lantronix xPrintServer was somewhat unusual. This fag packet of a device plumbs into your network and enables an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch to access the local printers, assuming there’s a Wi-Fi access point on the same subnet. There’s no need to track down an AirPrint compatible printer, as the xPrintServer lets you use grown-up printers in the office or home.
Insight hands UK ops baby to Griffiths – temporarily
Insight Direct is handing temporary control of the UK operation to company veteran Justin Griffiths as current incumbent Emma de Sousa goes on maternity leave.
Samsung spins off loss-making LCD biz
Samsung Electronics has decided to split off its LCD division into a separate company in the hopes of turning the loss-making business around.
HP's ProLiant Gen8 control freakery
Look out system administrators: Hewlett-Packard wants to give you more time to play video games or polish up your resumes – or both – with the forthcoming launch of its ProLiant Gen8 servers. .
Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance
A child died after a faulty satnav caused an ambulance to arrive late, a coroner heard last week.
Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack
A British computer science student was jailed for eight months on Friday for hacking into the internal network at Facebook.
FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe
Google is once again under fire after a Stanford researcher discovered that the search giant and other advertising outfits have circumnavigated the privacy settings of millions of Apple Safari users.
Chinese smut site boss gets 10 years in the slammer
A man in China has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for running a US-hosted porn site as the Communist Party continues its crackdown on illegal content.
Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone
ReviewWhen Nokia announced its three new Asha budget phones in October they didn’t attract much attention alongside the WinPho 7 handsets that were punted by the company at the same time.
iPad 3 chip leak squeaks dual-core tweaks
Apple's next tablet offering will feature a dual-core A5X system-on-a-chip, if snaps of a supposed iPad 3 logic board that surfaced on-line are anything to go by.
Foursquare ousted? Google sneaks out Latitude leader boards
Over the weekend Google has tweaked its location-sharing Latitude product to enable checking in, following the trend which has failed to make money for Foursquare or Facebook.
Huawei pumps $6bn sweetener into US biz trio
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has taken its turn at cementing US-Sino relations by announcing contracts worth $6bn with California OEMs Qualcomm, Broadcom and Avago - and reckons this will create tens of thousands of job “opportunities” in the States.
Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics
Brazilian website Gemind has revealed screenshots claimed to show a desktop version for MAC OS and Windows of Microsoft's SkyDrive.
Eric Schmidt to cash in $1.45bn Google shares
Google chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell off $1.45bn (£914m) shares in the company - a move that represents his biggest annual disposal in the company.
UK mobile networks start to phase out Sony Ericsson handsets
British mobile networks have been quietly dropping Sony Ericsson handsets, a sign that the brand is en route to a swift exit from the market. The buyout and forthcoming rebrand as Sony could rekindle demand for the phones, but in the meantime, the Sony phones made during its marriage with Swedish company Ericsson are off the shelves.
LOHAN flashes fantastical flying truss
It's taken us a while, and a not inconsiderable amount of head-scratching, but we've finally come up with a design for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) launch platform.
Google plots Chrome web password maker
Google is developing a password-generating tool that will bolt into its Chrome browser.
Brit sat biz Inmarsat owed $56m by ailing LightSquared
Failed cellular disrupter LightSquared owes $56.25m (£35.46m) to UK operation Inmarsat for 10MHz of radio spectrum that the FCC won't let LS use.
Apple goes to European Commission with complaint about Motorola
Apple has lodged a complaint with the European Commission over Motorola Mobility's use of standards-essential patents in lawsuits with the fruity firm.
Microsoft holds peace talks after Hyper-V booted from OpenStack
Microsoft is in talks for its Windows hypervisor to be readmitted to the Linux-for-the-cloud project OpenStack.
Toner slurping biz Lasertech runs out of ink
Toner recycling firm Lasertech UK has called a creditors meeting after shutting up shop.
Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge
A High Court judge has ruled that notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay and its users violated the copyrights of nine record labels based in the UK.
Unions: MoD 'mad to fire staff while increasing consultant spending'
AnalysisUK public-sector unions say that revelations of what the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spends on specialist consultants show that current plans to fire tens of thousands of staff will lead to increased expenditure. Could they be right?
Valve responds to Half-Life 3 grumbles
Valve has responded to demand for Half-Life 3 information, claiming to have its games more "baked" before any announcements are made.
Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper
Security watchers are expressing reservations about whitelisting security that Apple plans to integrate with OS X Mountain Lion this summer.
Fujitsu tempts Europe to splash cash on waterproof mobes
MWC 2012Japanese firm Fujitsu is gearing up to launch its smartphones and tablets in Europe, taking on incumbents Apple and Samsung.
Panasonic outs dual-core Euro-centric Android phone
Panasonic today showed off its upcoming smartphone - it's first for Europe - the Android-based Eluga.
French National Front woos internet pirates
The leader of the French National Front party, Marine Le Pen, wants Hadopi scrapped and replaced with a blanket licence to compensate creative industries. The extreme right party's freetard-friendly gambit has caused the Socialists, who also oppose Hadopi, to rethink their policies.
Panasonic to include trackpad remotes with top-end TVs
Panasonic was keen to tout its updated smartphone remote control for its new Viera TVs at its annual European Convention today but it was its touchpad-equipped remote units that caught our eye.
SmarTone lets users cancel all-you-can-eat contracts
Hong Kong network giant SmarTone has decided to allow customers who signed up to new mobile contracts before 13 February to have them rescinded, as the fallout of its handling of new regulations governing unlimited contracts continues.
Panasonic to take on LG with passive 3D TV
Panasonic is to launch a passive 3D TV in a bid to compete with LG's punter pulling models.
Exascale by 2018: Crazy ...or possible?
HPC blogI recently saw some estimates that show we should hit exascale supercomputer performance by around 2018. That seems a bit ambitious – if not stunningly optimistic – and the search to get some perspective led me on an hours-long meander through supercomputing history, plus what I like to call “Fun With Spreadsheets.”
Pakistani military building PAC-PAD fondleslab
The Pakistani military has been using spare manufacturing capacity to build an Android fondleslab to go up against Apple’s dominant tablet.
Australians like the NBN: poll
The campaign against Australia’s National Broadband Network appears to be losing ground, with a poll by Essential Research showing growing support for the government’s infrastructure project.
Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter
About 30,000 years ago, a squirrel saved some fruits in a burrow that was frozen over, and stayed that way ever since. Now, Russian scientists have not only recovered the seeds – they’ve grown viable plants from them.
Microsoft claims Google bypassed its browser privacy too
UpdatedMicrosoft has released data showing that Google has been bypassing the user-defined privacy settings in Internet Explorer by using incorrect P3P identification terms.
Digital Realty gets real in Victoria
Digital Realty has unveiled plans to invest in two new data centres in Melbourne's west, ramping up its existing presence in Australia.