12th > March > 2012 Archive

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The seven types of commentard

Throw out your old definition of online communities as comprised only of lurkers and contributors commentards. A team of academics has come up with seven categories of people who hang out online, and the same number of post types.
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Cyber snoopers target NATO commander in Facebook attack

NATO’s most senior military official has come under a concerted cyber attack from hackers believed to be operating from the People’s Republic of China.
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China's 4G licenses still years away

It might have close to one billion mobile subscribers but China’s 4G network infrastructure won’t be ready for another two or three years, according to a government official.
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NHS claws back £1.8bn from IT project fiasco

The government has reached an agreement for a reduction in its contract with CSC, the largest supplier to the now-defunct National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The total saving for the Department of Health (DH) from NPfIT will now be approximately £1.8bn.
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That steady diet of EastEnders IS turning her into a shrew

Just as the viewing of violent movies or videogames can turn people nasty, so it seems that hours spent watching angry fictional drama protagonists cheating, bullying, deceiving and shouting at one another will also have evil effects.
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Rub Facebook pals in your wealth with 'social' credit card

Those who don't feel they're sharing enough can now sign up for a Citibank Clear.24.7 card, linked to their Facebook account and earning awesome badges of recognition.
Bill Ray, 12 2012

Brocade brags about EASILY bedding campus LAN biz

Brocade is baking new campus LAN products with its HyperEdge technology providing mix-'n'-match edge switch stacking and single point management.
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Kogeto Dot 360° video lens

Geek Treat of the Week If you’ve ever dabbled in the world of panoramic photography and tried to stitch images together so that they form a virtual reality movie, you’ll know, frankly, what a pain in the backside it can be.
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Council spunks '£100k on how to wash your hands' vid

West Sussex County Council is taking a bit of a shoeing down at the Telegraph for allegedly spending £100,000 on a video showing people how to wash their hands.
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Jupiter and Venus get cozy in revealing late-night display

Be prepared to hear a lot of irritating New Age chatter about the planets being in alignment over the next few days, because some of them actually will be.
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1,600 pubs and bars to get free Wi-Fi

Yes, Mitchells & Butlers does sound like a comedy duo or a brand up up-market smokes, but it's actually the owner of a string of eateries that O2 will be equipping with gratis Wi-Fi.
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Mozilla to drop Windows 8 Firefox bomb on IE 10

The Mozilla Foundation has started work on a Firefox port that will run in the Windows 8 classic desktop and the tablet-friendly Metro user interfaces.
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Dell working on cloudy analytics apps

If you have a multi-billion dollar business selling servers and PCs directly to small and medium businesses, what happens when companies start shifting some of their computing needs to the cloud? You shift from being a manufacturer of IT gear to being a maker of cloudy systems and applications and a reseller of cloudy wares where you don't have products.
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Apple iPad 3 'retina display' uses Sharp super-high aperture tech

What's the secret behind squeezing four times as many pixels into the same iPad screen area as Apple's display suppliers managed with the previous model and making it look better? A technology called "Super High Aperture", apparently.
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Cambridge student wins 'Hack Idol'

Updated A 19-year-old computer science student has been named the UK's Cyber Security Champion following months of competition.
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Game Group shares slide under a penny

High street retailer Game has put itself up for sale after shares plunged to a penny this morning amid concern over the company's future.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Picture this: Photo-fiddling app Instagram on Google Android

iPhone photo tinting app Instagram has bagged 27 million users and will release an Android app "very soon", CEO-founder Kevin Systrom said at SXSW.
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iPad 3 ship times slip back

Order an iPad 3 now and you're not going to get one when the new tablet officially goes on sale, on Friday, 16 March.
Hard Reg, 12 2012
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Network security spending lifted by DoS attacks and BYOD

Organisations' efforts to safeguard against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and to manage the rise in BYOD fuelled Q4 market expansion, said Canalys.
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WTF is... White Space radio networking?

Feature 2012 will be the year White Space radio starts delivering networks of unprecedented speed and range, but if it works then White Space will also change how radio is used across the spectrum.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Marvel to animate comic action with AR app

Marvel has jumped on the augmented reality bandwagon with an app that brings panels in its paper comics to life on a handset's screen.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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UK cybercops cuff abortion clinic web hack suspect

Cybercrime cops have arrested a bloke suspected of hacking into and defacing the website of Britain's largest abortion provider.

Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

Apple has run out of iPads stocks worldwide, before the third-generation slab of fondling loveliness has even hit store shelves.
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Jimbo Wales 'to advise Whitehall on transparency'

In what may prove to be a political gift to Labour, Wikipedia's spiritual leader Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has been hired to advise Whitehall on openness and transparency.
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Nokia Money shot: Mobile banking service axed

Nokia is axing its banking service in India, the only place it was ever launched, as the company continues to scale back to focus on selling mobile phones.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Nanocapacitor slab to boost car batteries

Australian company CAP-XX has announced a supercapacitor module for cars that it hopes will take a load off chemical batteries.
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iPhone tethering app uses HTML5 to defeat Apple's censors

A Wi-Fi tethering application for the iPhone has managed to bypass Apple's restrictions on such apps by doing the whole thing in HTML5 - and charging for it too.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Samsung spanks Apple in world's biggest mobile market

Apple’s efforts to dominate the largest mobile market in the world are being frustrated by old foe Samsung and its own stubborn refusal to bring out a 3G device compatible with market-leading network China Mobile.
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Take your pics: Facebook shuts down Gowalla

SXSW Facebook have shuttered the check-in location service Gowalla three months after acquiring it. The Gowalla site is displaying a notice thanking users for "going out" with the service – and offering users the option to download their photos and check-ins.

Legendary artist Moebius dies

The world of sci-fi is in mourning after legendary French cult artist 'Moebius' died following a long battle with cancer.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Human 4G masts assemble roaming hobonet for pennies

SXSW An advertising agency has broken boundaries by attaching 4G gear to homeless people and encouraging them to roam around the SXSW festival while radiating data packets.

Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

Sysadmin blog Does Windows 8 improve upon Windows 7 for the use cases that my real world customers and users demonstrate? After a week of tinkering with the consumer preview, the answer is far from simple.
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EU antitrust bigwig offers Apple, publishers ebook truce

The EU is willing to consider settling its differences with ebook publishers and Apple if they're willing to make some sacrifices, the European Commission's antitrust chief said.
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High Court asked to keep 'cheap DVD' VAT loophole open

The English High Court will tomorrow begin an investigation to determine whether online retailers should be allowed to avoid paying VAT on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.
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Thousands of Brits bombarded in caller spoofing riddle

Thousands of Brits were tormented by nuisance calls after West Midlands businesses were caught up in a caller ID spoofing blitz.
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SafeNet swallows cloud-based authentication firm

SafeNet has bought UK-based cloud-based authentication firm Cryptocard.  Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed.
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Hackers penetrate smut site, claim to have slurped users' privates

Hackers claim to have made off credit card records and other personal information after mounting a smash-and-grab raid on porn site Digital Playground.
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Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime

Asus has not placed the Eee Pad Transformer Prime on the scrap-heap just yet, but availability has been so poor that channel folk can be forgiven for thinking it had been killed off, the vendor has admitted.

if year > 2013 then PC != Personal Computer

The abbreviation 'PC' will soon no longer stand for 'Personal Computer', but 'Personal Cloud'. Come 2014, the latter will be where consumers keep their digital content, not the former.

New iPads to hit Apple stores on Friday

Staff at Apple's Covent Garden store confirmed that they will have the new iPads in the shop first thing on Friday morning, despite pre-orders clearing out piles of the slabs.

IDC: Big data biz worth $16.9 BILLION by 2015

How big is the big data business? That depends on how you dice and slice it.
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Nokia readying Win8 tablet for 2012 release?

The long-rumored Nokia Windows 8 tablet is set to debut in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Taiwanese market-watchers at DigiTimes.

How a tiny leap-day miscalculation trashed Microsoft Azure

As soon as Microsoft's cloudy platform Azure crashed to Earth, and stayed there for eight hours, on 29 February, every developer who has ever had to handle dates immediately figured it was a leap-day bug.
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Oracle starts peddling Exalytics in-memory appliance

Analysis Oracle has begun shipping its Exalytics in-memory appliance, and if you are thinking about using one of these devices, you had better brace yourself for an intense negotiation about deep price cuts, as well as writing a big check to Oracle even after you get a good deal. Exalytics ain't cheap.
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Megaupload boss: Site popular among US government users

The boss of the recently shut-down Megaupload file-sharing site claims that his records show plenty of US government users, including members of the Senate and the Department of Justice.
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Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster

Scientists at the Vienna Institute of Technology have demonstrated a polymer and laser etching technique that promises to dramatically speed up the printing of tiny 3D objects.

Big Blue goes terabit with opto transducer

With the growth of terabit optical systems, the race has been on to shrink their components, so it’s no surprise that IBM has attracted attention with its demonstration of the ‘Holey Optochip’, a single-chip transceiver with terabit per second transfer speeds.
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Commbank bakes Kaching into NetBank

Weeks after using free beer and food to promote its Kaching wireless payments app, the Commonwealth Bank has baked it into its iOS banking app.
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PayPal slaps down Dr Who ‘charity book’

This can only end in tears: a PayPal processing ban has stalled production of a charity book based on celebrity’s memoirs of Dr Who.
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Yahoo! fires! patent! lawsuit! at! Facebook!

As rumored late last month, Yahoo! has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging – what else? – patent infringement.
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40,000 XO PCs destroyed in Peru fire

40,000 XO computers, the model used in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, have gone up in flames in Peru.
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Oldest skeleton found in South Australia

Researchers from the University of California Riverside and the South Australian Museum have turned up a surprising creature more than half a billion years old, showing signs of a skeleton.
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HP readies public cloud for May launch

After three CEOs and several years, it looks like server juggernaut HP is finally getting ready to launch its public cloud.
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Twitter buys microblogging service Posterous

Twitter has bought the microblogging service Posterous and will be running it as an adjunct to its main client – for the time being, at least.