23rd > February > 2012 Archive
HP insists Whitman is new broom to clean up execution
With HP’s latest quarterly earnings looking so poor, you’d expect the traditional financial analyst’s call to be dominated by concerns on the minutiae of performance. But every question was on leadership.
Innovation aborted in South Australia
One of Australia’ more progressive government initiatives for start-ups and tech entrepreneurs Innovate SA has been dumped by the South Australian state government, which has pulled essential funding.
Aus visual search start-up goes global
Adelaide based start-up Thereitis.com has raised the funds to commercialise its patented user interface technology.
Unknown fault darkens Australia’s Internet
Customers of major Australian ISPs are stranded with no connection to the outside world this afternoon, taken out of action by an as-yet-undiagnosed routing fault.
Heatmiser PRT-TS Wi-Fi RF thermostat
ReviewWith fuel bills ever rising, keeping an eye on your heating makes good sense, and Heatmiser’s Wi-Fi thermostat is intended to help you do just that. It’s based around a large, 3 x 2.5in touchscreen, which controls a timer/thermostat with its wireless features enabling configuration from an iOS device.
Daniel Craig like Connery, Skyfall helmsman suggests
The director of forthcoming 007 romp Skyfall has provocatively suggested a certain similarity between Daniel Craig and Sean Connery - something which will no doubt give "Best Bond" pub bores something to bang on about all week.
Grooveshark blocked in Denmark by copyright warriors
UpdatedA Danish copyright group has won a court order to block music streaming site Grooveshark from the nation's pastry-munching pirates.
Hitachi GST waggles nippy 2.5-incher at Ultrabooks
Remember Hitachi GST's 500GB single-platter Travelstar? Well, now it spins faster and jets out data quicker, possibly having been accelerated for the Ultrabook market.
Cabinet Office 'fesses up to Cloud Store gremlins
IT and comms suppliers are unable to tweak their entries in the government's Cloud Store because the only mechanism to do this is not working properly.
Blighty's PC biz braces for another rocky ride
IDC has more than halved UK PC shipment forecasts for 2012 on the back of falling demand across much of the commercial space, particularly in public sector.
iOS App of the WeekGrid Lens is a fun little photography app that allows you to combine multiple images within a single shot.
Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru
Wales is to get two new top-level internet domains – one for Welsh speakers and one for the rest of us – under a deal announced yesterday between the Welsh government and .uk registry Nominet.
MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar
The freetards' second-favourite MP, Eric Joyce (sample quote: "It's highly debatable that downloading is theft") has allegedly been arrested following a fight in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons.
China cuffs 905 suspects in online black market purge
The Chinese authorities have gone on yet another web crackdown, shutting close to 8,000 websites, although this time the target appears to have been genuine criminal ventures rather than sites spouting politically incorrect sentiments or peddling smut.
Govt warns 4G may make Freeview UNWATCHABLE
Britain's 4G mobile phone networks will mess up Freeview reception for rather a lot of folk, it has has been claimed.
LG touts Tegra 3 talker
LG has revealed what it has in store for next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC): specifically its Nvidia Tegra 3-based smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD.
UK.gov vows to purify TV with £180m from mobile networks
Bored of waiting for Ofcom's consultation on the possible interference between 4G telephony and Freeview TV, the Ministry of Fun has said it will spend £180m of operators' money mitigating the problem.
Juniper buys Mykonos to beat off web app attacks
Juniper has bought web application security firm Mykonos Software in a deal valued at around $80m (£51m) in cash.
Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband
The UK government will have a tough time fulfilling its superfast broadband promises for the country with a third of British postcodes still stuck at sloth-like speeds.
Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors
UpdatedApple faces increased pressure today after its manufacturing partner Foxconn was accused of using forced student labour and hiding underage workers during high-profile independent inspections last week. Foxconn also makes components for other manufacturers, but Apple is its most prominent customer.
Microsoft apes Google social search master plan
Every now and again Microsoft comes along to remind us of two things: it's still a big name in online search and remains very cosy with the world's biggest social network, Facebook.
Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot
A Spanish divorcée's purse is somewhat lighter after she posted photos on Facebook of herself wearing a t-shirt declaring "My ex-husband's an arsehole" - and was ordered to pay €1,000 damages for her trouble.
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook
ReviewThe last time I tested a Toshiba laptop, it had a glowing orange screen and the keyboard rattled like a box of Lego. Come to think of it, newspapers at the time were scaring readers about ‘house parties’, so it was quite a while ago. So perhaps you can imagine how utterly charming the pretentiously named Portégé Z830-10N appeared to me when it arrived.
RIP: Peak Oil - we won't be running out any time soon
AnalysisThe idea that seized the imaginations of the bien pensant chattering classes in the Noughties – "Peak Oil" – is no longer relevant. So says the commodities team at Citigroup, and policy-makers would be wise to examine the trends they've identified.
LinkedIn scoops up browser plugin Rapportive: 'We fell in love'
LinkedIn has bought browser plugin outfit Rapportive for an undisclosed sum.
Moles say Sony eyeing AMD for PlayStation 4 chips
Sony seems set to switch graphical allegiances for its PlayStation 4 console after erstwhile AMD staffers hinted that the processor designer may be heavily involved in the next-generation console's development.
Apple, Google, RIM plaster privacy warnings on prying apps
Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement agreed by all major app sellers.
Whitman says HP turnaround will not happen overnight
Five months into the role as HP CEO, Meg Whitman is finally detailing the tech titan's turnaround plan that involves "fixing execution" and cutting costs to save cash before it ups investments in R&D.
iPad lifts Apple to top of mobile PC maker chart
Apple has again been named the world's biggest seller of mobile computers, but it wouldn't even make the top five were it not for the iPad.
Xeroxiraptor: Boffins to print 3D robot dinosaur
Dino-loving boffins in the US have embarked on their very own Jurassic Park-esque experiment to bring the actions of Earth's favourite prehistoric lizards to life.
Obama pushes 'bill of rights' for punters' privates
US President Obama has proposed a "bill of rights" for online privacy that could give the US government greater powers to wallop the likes of Google and Facebook for fumbling sensitive data.
Capita gets fat slower as government slims down
The government's austerity program has meant tightened belts at Capita, with the services giant citing reduced public sector revenues as a key reason for subdued revenue growth and a slight dip in pre-tax profits in 2011.
Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?
PollLast month a Reg reader contacted us via our Twitter account to complain about the use of the word "freetard", on the grounds that, as an analogue of "retard", the word was derogatory to people with mental handicaps.
LOHAN's fantastical flying truss cleared for lift-off
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator experimental flying truss is just about poised for lift-off, but before it leaves the ground we thought we'd update LOHAN fans on the proposed test rigs.
Virgin Media boards the 4G train
ExclusiveVirgin Media is planning trials of 4G telephony in several UK cities, dropping fibre-connected LTE Small Cells into urban areas, to see how easily decent coverage could be established.
Apple vs Bank of China in iPad Shanghai showdown
Apple's IPAD trademark fight in China has taken on a whole new dimension: its opponent isn't merely defunct monitor biz Proview, but the state-backed Bank of China.
Brits guard Facebook passwords more than work logins – survey
A survey of UK consumers revealed many are far more careful with their social network login credentials than passwords that grant access to corporate systems.
Samsung warms up smartphone operated oven
And it's over to Samsung for the latest in kitchen kit for lazy-arse cooks: a smartphone-controlled, app-operated oven.
Dimension Data takes on all cloud comers
South Africa–based systems integrator Dimension Data is launching a mashup of its IT services and the cloudy infrastructure it acquired last year along with OpSource, in a new offering it calls Cloud Solutions.
Smart has high IOPS for super-fast, smarter SSDs
A super-fast random reading SSD has been launched by Smart Modular Technlogies' spun-off business unit.
Everything Everywhere pushes towards 4G, wants to show off its wad
Everything Everywhere is planning to deploy 4G into the UK by the end of 2012, but mostly just to remind everyone how much it is investing in UK infrastructure.
Telcos, mobile pushers muck in to trial 'clever' Wi-Fi
Fourteen of the largest telecommunications companies around the world have participated in successful trials of Hotspot 2.0, which made it easier for them to use Wi-Fi.
White Spaces squeak though US Payroll Tax Bill
Both houses of the US government have now approved bills to auction off $22bn worth of radio spectrum, but white spaces will remain licence-free – much to the delight of the industry.
Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix
With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec.
Feds apply for DNSChanger safety net extension
Federal authorities have applied for permission to extend the operation of a safety net that allows machines infected by the DNSChanger Trojan to surf the net as normal beyond a 8 March deadline.
Brocade's profits collapse is over
Fibre Channel networking giant Brocade has kissed its profits collapse goodbye with a roaring first fiscal 2012 quarter.
Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard
Apple has filed a patent application for a key-travel design that it claims will allow for a "thin profile, aesthetically pleasing keyboard."
Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice
Intel has begun distributing the open source LibreOffice suite via its online AppUp Store, and has joined the board of The Document Foundation (TDF) – a decision that will have many of the Redmond old-guard fuming.
Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe
When you next tell a friend what time tomorrow’s sunrise is expected, you can do so without worrying whether you need to field a lawsuit. US horoscope software company Astrolabe has withdrawn the lawsuit which last year saw the Unix timezone database shuttered.
Oracle extends Linux support to 10 years
Oracle has reaffirmed that it's in the Linux business to stay by extending the support lifecycle of its own-brand build to ten years, and tempting Red Hat users with a trial offer of its Ksplice patching system.
Cloud altitude changing with climate: NZ study
A University of Auckland analysis of ten years’ worth of NASA satellite data suggests that changing atmospheric temperatures are impacting cloud formation, with fewer clouds forming at the highest altitudes.
Aus business learns to love the NBN
Australian businesses claim that resource gaps are hindering their participation in the digital economy, specifically broadband.