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Nasa rocketeers probe aurora borealis solar interference

A NASA-funded team has shot a sensor package, dubbed the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Alfvén resonator (MICA), into the heart of a form of aurora borealis to seek clues that could minimize electronic interference from solar storms.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2012
Motorola Motoluxe Android smartphone

Motorola Motoluxe Android smartphone

ReviewDon’t be confused by the name: it may be seem classy and good-looking but this is a mid-range handset, not a deluxe one. It’s also quite distinctive, which is good at a time when Android handsets are numerous and often me-too copies or unimaginative derivatives.
David Phelan, 21 Feb 2012

SMS compo firms fined £200k for typosquatting, misleading punters

PhonepayPlus said R&D Media Europe (R&D) and Unavalley BV (Unavalley) misled consumers into entering the competitions through the practice of typosquatting and that those consumers were then charged for receiving text messages in connection with the competitions being run.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Feb 2012

British Medical Association calls for long, slow rollout of NHS 111

The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to health secretary Andrew Lansley over concerns about the implementation of the NHS 111 24-hour non-emergency phone service.

Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

Sir Richard Branson has wrestled a .xxx domain off a cybersquatter in a challenge over richardbranson.xxx.
Kevin Murphy, 21 Feb 2012

Proview wins new Chinese IPAD ruling as Apple threatens to sue

Apple’s ongoing tussle with failed monitor biz Proview took another turn this week when another Chinese court declared that shops in the country should stop selling iPads.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2012

CRACK made by quakes FOUND ON MOON

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped shots showing that the Moon's crust has been stretched and pulled fairly recently to form tiny valleys on its surfaces.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Feb 2012

Zerowait feeds hungry NetApp punters tasty NASAGNA

NetApp support outfit Zerowait says its customers should not bother to buy new NetApp filers, when it can accelerate the old ones with its caching appliance.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2012
AppAware Android app icon


Android App of the WeekDeveloped mobile ecosystems are all well and good but a marketplace with over a third of a million apps raises one significant problem – how to discover new and worthwhile stuff.
Alun Taylor, 21 Feb 2012
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Smart telly trends make Apple 'iTV' a certainty

It's no longer a question of whether Apple will produce a TV - the so-called 'iTV' - but when. That's the clear conclusion to be drawn from an analysis of TV technology trends provided by DisplaySearch, a market watcher, at Panasonic's 2012 Convention today.
Tony Smith in Hamburg, 21 Feb 2012

Blighty's first IT wholesaler swaps Henry for Henry

Veteran distributor Northamber's long-sufferingserving managing director Henry Matthews has hung up his boots some 30 years after helping to set up the UK's first IT wholesaler.
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012

Sony Xperia U slips out ahead of launch

Sony is set to launch a shrunken version of its Xperia S handset at MWC 2012, after images of the Xperia U leaked online.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012

RIM's backdoor sniffed by BBM-snooping Indian spooks

Research In Motion is finally set to offer the Indian authorities a permanent system for access to its consumer-focused messaging services with the installation of new Mumbai-based servers.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2012

China Telecom ramps up iPhone 4S fanboi fever

State-run mobile operator China Telecom has finally won the right to sell one of the most sought-after smartphones in the country, Apple’s iPhone 4S, from 9 March.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2012
Angry Birds

Rovio launches Angry Birds into space

Angry Birds has covered the Earth several times over, so Rovio has taken the next logical step in its development and sent the franchise into space.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012

Home Sec splits Border Agency after passport checks fiasco

Blighty's Border Force is to be divorced from the UKBA following a series of embarrassing passport check gaffes last summer, the Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2012

Met Office wants better supercomputer to predict extreme weather

The UK's Met Office needs bigger and better supercomputers if it is to confidently and accurately predict the weather and give emergency services a longer lead time for extreme weather conditions, a government group said today.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Feb 2012
Dell Latitude E6220 Core i7 notebook

Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

ReviewDell's Latitude E6220 is a typical workhorse, designed to be solid, dependable and ever so slightly boring. However, Dell is aiming this compact model more at small businesses rather than large organisations. And the increasing numbers of people who, like myself, are self-employed. A touch of style and being just 1in thin and with a 12.5in display are the giveaways here.
Lynley Oram, 21 Feb 2012

Bogus Pokemon evolves into iTunes smash hit

An obviously infringing Pokemon iOS port briefly found its way to number two in the iTunes paid app chart, in the USA, despite having nothing to do with Nintendo and garnering buckets of negative reviews.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2012

Samsung refreshes budget Galaxy blowers

Samsung cast light on a couple of budget handsets this week and revealed both the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012

Flash DOOMED to drive itself off a cliff - boffins

Microsoft and University of California San Diego researchers have said flash has a bleak future because smaller and more densely packed circuits on the chips' silicon will make it too slow and unreliable. Enterprise flash cost/bit will stagnate and the cutting edge that is flash will become a blunted blade.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2012

RIM rolls out PlayBook OS2 update

Research in Motion launched its refreshed tablet operating system today, with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS2 now available for download.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

PlayStation Vita price dips below £200

With Sony's PlayStation Vita set to touchdown on UK shelves at midnight, supermarket mogul Asda has become the first outlet to offer the console for less than £200. Let the price wars begin.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012
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Computacenter veteran O'Hara exits stage left

The exit of Computacenter veteran Julie O'Hara has resulted in a rejig of the UK sales leadership team, The Register understands.
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012

Russian search biz grabs Twitter's fire hose, sprays everywhere

Russian search engine Yandex has laid hands on Twitter's firehouse, adding its stream of data to its search results.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Feb 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook OS gets RIM spit 'n' polish

UpdatedOwners of a BlackBerry PlayBook can now download version, finally providing a native email client and some integrated social networking, but not a lot of either.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2012

LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

The roll-out yesterday of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) fantastical flying truss prompted a flurry of comments from readers unimpressed with our twin-globe proposal.
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2012

Mellanox: Just jump straight to 40GE networks

Network adapter and switch maker Mellanox Technologies is riding the wave of upgrades to 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and is excited about boosting sales of 10GE adapter cards when Intel launches its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors sometime this quarter. But Mellanox CEO and chairman Eyal Waldman has his eye on a bigger prize: peddling 40GE switches and network interface cards.

Mobile telcos bleed $13.9bn as IM apps chomp on SMS

Industry analysts at Ovum reckon mobile network operators lost more than $13bn in 2011 as SMS finally gets replaced - a staggering estimate backed by stats from Allot.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2012

Google gobbles kaput search robot Cuil's patents

Patents for a crappy, short-lived muffin-, strawberry- and porn-fuelled search engine created by three ex-Googlers have been scooped up by the Chocolate Factory.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2012

Scroogle unplugged for good this time

Scroogle - a not-for-profit search engine that offered users something of a pro-privacy antidote to Google - has been killed off by its creator.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2012

Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

MWC 2012Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop might be remembered as the Thomas Watson of our time, based on his remark you don't need quad-core processors for smartphones.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Feb 2012

Experts: RSA weak keys flaw restricted to network devices

AnalysisFlaws in the way some of EMC's RSA security division encryption keys are generated are down to a weakness in generating random numbers that's restricted to network devices rather than digital certificates on websites, according to both RSA and cryptographic researchers.
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2012

Sugar-daddy love runs out for hard-up Valley firms

Open ... and ShutFor many startups, getting Series A funding isn't the problem. The problem is using that cash to clear the increasingly high hurdles investors are imposing on early stage startups for the Series B round.
Matt Asay, 21 Feb 2012

Apple slaps mega-solar panel field on new ENORMO data centre

Apple has dropped a few more details about its huge new data centre in Maiden, North Carolina in an update to its environmental policy published yesterday.
Anna Leach, 21 Feb 2012

Apache releases first upgrade to HTTP Server in six years

The Apache Software Foundation has issued the first upgrade to its popular HTTP server platform in six years.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2012

ScaleXtreme adds patch management to cloudy utility belt

ScaleXtreme, the upstart cloud-based systems management tool maker that is taking on heavyweights like IBM, CA, HP, and BMC, is adding patch management to its utility belt.

Teradata grabs Hortonworks by trunk

Teradata doesn't want to be an elephant, it wants to ride them.

Kiwi open sourcers invade Aus

New Zealand open source digital media company SilverStripe is ramping up its presence in Australia, selecting Victoria as its Australian headquarters and hiring 50 new staff.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Feb 2012
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An iPad in every pot, says Anna Bligh

Queensland’s apparently-outgoing premier Anna Bligh has launched an IT auction to replace the law-and-order auctions more familiar to voters in Australian state elections.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Feb 2012

Megaupload honcho sprung from slammer (for now)

Reports are emerging from the Land of the Long White Cloud that Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) has been sprung from prison after being granted bail.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Feb 2012

Aussies learn to love downloading

ABC’s iView has emerged as the leading site for legal on demand video downloads, followed by iTunes, Foxtel and on demand BigPond TV, according to new research from Ericsson.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Feb 2012

Microsoft denies report of Office coming to iPad

Microsoft has denied a report which claims to have photographic evidence that Redmond has developed a version of Office to run on the iPad.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2012

Researchers propose ‘overclock’ scheme for mobiles

It’s getting increasingly difficult to pack enough processing power into mobile phone form factors, so US researchers are proposing a new scheme: seriously over-spec the processors, but only use their power when it’s needed.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Feb 2012

News of the World hacker named after court block lifted

A man accused of hacking into the computers of a former British Army intelligence officer on behalf of a News of the World editor has been named as Philip Campbell Smith, also a former British Army intelligence officer.
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2012

Australia to make health research open access

While America seriously considers the insane Research Works Act (banning the open publication of publicly-funded research), Australia is moving in the other direction. Its National Health and Medical Research Council has announced that all funded research will be made available to the public starting July.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Feb 2012

File sharing arrests move to Germany

German-language news sites and blogs are reporting that file locker site Skyload.net has been shut down and its operators arrested.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Feb 2012

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