21st > February > 2012 Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BlackBerry PlayBook OS gets RIM spit 'n' polish
UpdatedOwners of a BlackBerry PlayBook can now download version 188.8.131.5219, finally providing a native email client and some integrated social networking, but not a lot of either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.