15th > March > 2012 Archive

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Submarine cables get simpler, faster

Submarine cables and other long distance data connections may now be simpler and cheaper to deploy and operate, thanks to a new set of products from Ciena.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2012
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Microsoft slashes Office 365 prices

Microsoft has taken an axe to Office 365 prices, cutting enterprise charges and giving special discounts to educational users, claiming "economies of scale" in the service.
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2012
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Hong Kong Apple store repels fanbois, scalpers

Signs have started springing up around Apple’s flagship store in Hong Kong telling people not to bother queuing for the shiny new fondleslab when it launches on Friday, in an apparent attempt to stop ill-informed fanbois and mainland scalpers from crowding the streets around the building.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Thai Police shutter 5,000+ sites insulting royals

The monarchy-loving Thai authorities have deleted over 5,000 web pages in the past three months in a continued crack down on content deemed insulting to the royal family, although critics argue it’s just an excuse to exercise ever more hardline censorship controls.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Rising China costs get manufacturers moving

Several key notebook ODMs are apparently reconsidering their plans to locate factories in western China because of rising costs in the region which could hit profits.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e tablet

Review ‘Budget tablet’ is a phrase that tends to crop up in reviews that only ever reach one conclusion: the product is pretty awful. But the new Viewsonic Viewpad 10e may be the exception that proves the rule, because this £200 Argos-exclusive ain’t half bad.
Alun Taylor, 15 Mar 2012
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NHS trusts beg IT suppliers to manage eHospital plan

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS foundation trust and Papworth Hospital NHS foundation trust are seeking suppliers to provide project management and IT consultancy services for the pair's eHospital programme.

Bring your backups out of the closet! It's time for 'Tape Pride'

Comment The tape industry should stop making excuses and instead raise its head with pride. Tape is great for archiving and nothing else comes close. In fact the gap with disk competition is going to widen in tape's favour.
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Groupon's 'Botox' voucher push breached ad rules – watchdog

Groupon breached UK advertising rules when it promoted a cosmetics treatment on its site, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Mar 2012
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Oz anti-gang law hits email, maybe torrents too

The Australian State of New South Wales has amended its Crimes Act with a new definition of ‘consorting’ that makes electronic communications evidence of participation in criminal groups.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2012
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Flintstones was (sort of) true: Mammals did well alongside dinosaurs

Everyone knows that The Flintstones was wrong: not only did humans and dinosaurs not exist at the same time, even our earliest mammalian ancestors had barely come upon the world stage at the time when the great lizards departed it.
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2012
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Mobile banking security bypassed in fiendish malware blag

Cyber-crooks are blagging SIM cards that allow them to circumvent mobile-based banking security measures and swipe cash from punters' accounts.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2012
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Adobe Photoshop Touch

iOS App of the Week Annoyingly for us iOS fans, Photoshop Touch actually made its debut on Android, late last year. You can download it from Google Play. However, it has now arrived on the iPad 2 and the ‘new iPad’ – but not the first-generation iPad or any other iOS device – just in time to bump pixels with Apple’s own iPhoto.
Cliff Joseph, 15 Mar 2012
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Virgin Media snags London Underground Wi-Fi monopoly

Virgin Media will be fitting 120 London tube stations with Wi-Fi, but once the Olympic summer is over the service will no longer be free and the firm will begin charging by the minute.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2012
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Virgin to touch up Tube with wireless

Transport for London (TfL) has picked the broadband provider who will equip the Underground with wireless networking. The winner is… Virgin Media.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

Brit thesp Sir Ian McKellen has joined the campaign to protect Southampton boozer The Hobbit from the forces of darkness - Californian attack lawyers who claim the pub has infringed their client's trademark.
Lester Haines, 15 Mar 2012
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NASA postpones five-rocket launch spectacular

NASA scrubbed its attempts to paint the sky cloudy last night due to an internal radio frequency interference issue with one of the rockets.
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BBC boss confirms iTunes alternative in store

The BBC is working on a digital content store as an alternative to Apple's iTunes.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
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Datatec hits $5bn sales milestone, profits rise

Preliminary numbers from channel behemoth Datatec – parent of distie Westcon and integrator Logicalis – show it has broken the $5bn sales barrier, but they also reveal that IT spending in the UK remains "very weak".
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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Samsung's Apple ban bid tossed out by Dutch court

A Dutch court has rejected Samsung's bid to get bans on iPhones and iPads, saying that the Korean company can't seek an injunction based on standards-essential patents until licensing talks have been exhausted.
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Nokia design chief ayes tablet plan

Nokia has revealed it has started work on a tablet, adding weight to rumours that the firm is set to launch an iPad challenger when Microsoft's Windows 8 software is released later this year.
Caleb Cox, 15 Mar 2012
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US gov tells Apple chief Tim Cook: Send us a minion to grill

The US Congress has asked Apple to send a representative to Washington to face a grilling over iPhone privacy, after Cupertino's initial response to questioning was unsatisfactory and late.
Anna Leach, 15 Mar 2012
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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

If you're one of those folks who favour smartphones with supersize screens, you're not alone. Nearly 90 per cent of your fellow phone owners want handsets to have bigger displays.
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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Cisco vows to give 4,000 Brit kids a proper IT schooling

Digital London Networking giant Cisco has pledged to leave the UK a technology “investment legacy” after the Olympics that’ll deliver thousands of skilled workers for IT.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2012
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TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

Britons now spend more time watching TV programmes after they have been broadcast. And more than a quarter of us watch TV on mobile devices, TV Licensing, the organisation that collects the Licence Fee, a television tax, said this week.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
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PhD pimp's mobe lock screen outwits Feds - Google told to help

A judge has backed a request from the FBI from Google for assistance in obtaining the secrets held on the Android smartphone of a hustler described as a founding member of the "Pimpin' Hoes Daily" (PhD) gang in San Diego.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2012
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Gamers pledge almost a million dollars for Wasteland sequel

Gamers have rallied behind plans to bring back classic post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland in one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels to date.
Caleb Cox, 15 Mar 2012
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CAE profit growth stalls but sales near £50m barrier

Hertfordshire-based reseller CAE Technology Services edged towards a £50m sales milestone in financial year 2011 against a bleak economic backdrop – but no such progress was made on the bottom line.
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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HPC battle royale: Exotic models vs Frankenstein monsters

HPC blog My article comparing supercomputer performance and price/performance to common computers generated quite a few comments. For those who didn’t see the initial story, the Fujitsu K computer is a 10 petaflop monster that’s currently the fastest computer in the world. It’s roughly 4x faster than the second place Tianhe-1A Chinese system that topped the chart at the end of 2010.
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Comet and Walmart battle for Game

Walmart and Comet have emerged as bidders for troubled high street games retailer Game.
Caleb Cox, 15 Mar 2012

Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

Analysis "Tiles to the right of them, Tiles to left of them, Tiles in front of them"   - Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Metro Brigade (1854)
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2012
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Roll up to the great Register Private Cloud survey

Research The Register has constructed a lovely survey about Private Cloud, which will form the basis of a number of research-based articles to be published in coming weeks. The survey is a one-pager and will take a few minutes of your time. Please take part!
Dale Vile, 15 Mar 2012
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Euro antitrust watchdog sniffs telcos' back-door hot air

Antitrust officials in Brussels are gathering evidence from five telcos operating in the European Union to determine whether the companies have been in cahoots.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2012
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Everything Everywhere's 4G party bus could run Three off a cliff

Ofcom's proposal to give Everything Everywhere a year's monopoly on 4G raised the eyebrows of MPs, and the hackles of the competition, who can't see how it could possibly be fair.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2012
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'Seas will rise, flood millions of homes' warns Eric Schmidt ecologist

Millions of American homes face the peril of flooding due to sea level rises caused by human-driven global warming, according to an ecologist funded by Google boss Eric Schmidt.
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2012
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AOL: No plans to bin instant messager

AOL will continue to support and evolve its instant messaging software AIM, its PR team said today, contradicting a rumour that AOL was about to pull the plug on the service.
Anna Leach, 15 Mar 2012
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UPDATE: GAGA team hunts down grass-smoking ROBOT

Poor weather has played havoc with our blade-testing, so the Genuinely Autonomous Garden Assistant (GAGA) team has been focusing on location-tracking technologies, with near-uniformly disappointing results.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2012
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Flash DRAM wallop! Now Hynix fab cranks out NAND

Hynix is switching production at a memory plant in China to churn out NAND flash instead of DRAM chips.
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Readers suggest LOHAN mount single mighty rod

We've enjoyed reading your comments over the past day regarding the possible launch system for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Lester Haines, 15 Mar 2012
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Xbox 360 video cable boasts NOISE VIRUS protection

Are noisy computer viruses interfering with your enjoyment of playing games on your Xbox 360?
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2012
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WD releases Thunderbolt drive

Mac users: WD's Thunderbolt-connectable 6TB hard drive, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, can be yours for a mere €699/£580.
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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HP unzips, dangles fat wedge over PC dealers

HP is dangling a sizeable "discretionary funding" carrot in front of resellers to make them come up with business plans to lure small biz, schools and corporations into buying PCs.
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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New iPad: The only review roundup you'll ever need

So the new iPad is out tomorrow (indeed today if you live near the Date Line) and all the world's media is aflame with non-stop fondleslab coverage. So many reviews and analyses of the world-shaking new information portaportal have been published that many top media outlets are now issuing roundups of the reviews, seeking to simplify matters for their readers: but such is the volume of stuff needing to be rounded up that in fact it would take all day merely to read the roundups.
Team Register, 15 Mar 2012
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O2 confirms HTC Tegra 3 phone for April

O2 has revealed it will be offering the HTC One X, the Taiwanese phone maker's polycarbonate-clad handset based on Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor.
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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Cisco slurps News Corp's telly software biz for $5bn

Networking giant Cisco Systems has announced its plans to snap up TV software firm NDS for a cool $5bn.
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Pillow purveyor sews up Steve Jobs doll for fans

Fanboys! Now you too can take Steve Jobs to bed.
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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Dell channel chief gives SonicWALL partners a cuddle

Dell's global channel chief has moved to soothe any "anxiety" among SonicWALL's 15,000 resellers worldwide about the acquisition.
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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x86 chips squeeze out a growth in Q4

The PC market might have stalled as 2011 came to an end, but chip makers peddling x86 chips for PCs, workstations, and servers still managed to eke out some growth in the fourth quarter and for the full year, according to the latest stats from market-watcher IDC.
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Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard

Blizzard will release Diablo III on 15 May. Honest. No, really, it will. No more delays this time.

LSI thrusts PCIe flash kit even harder

LSI will soon launch third-generation PCIe flash products, which are expected to be faster and hold more data than its existing WarpDrive.
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Apple iPad 3 packs LAPTOP battery

The iPad 3 contains an 11,560mAh battery, the first take-apart of the third-generation Apple tablet has revealed.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
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Russell Brand 'threw small voice-enabled iPad through window'

Comedian Russell Brand is reportedly wanted by police for allegedly grabbing a small iPad-like device from a photographer in New Orleans and hurling it through a window.
Anna Leach, 15 Mar 2012
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UK's Guardian prints 'Assad family' emails leaked by activists

Syrian activists have leaked a cache of files that purport to represent the private emails of Bashar al-Assad and his closest associates, sent during the bloody clampdown against opposition activists. Ongoing violence in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people as the government seeks to crush an Arab Spring-inspired uprising.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2012

Vendors smack Thunderbolt punters with massive pricing markup

There's expensive and then there's Thunderbolt device pricing... and that will make you gulp.
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

A panic-inducing asteroid, catchily named 2012 DA14, will not obliterate all life on Earth when it swings very close by in early 2013 - BUT it might do the next time it pops round.

'Cheap' Oracle box bashes NetApp benchmark

An Oracle mid-range ZFS storage array has beaten a NetApp filer on a SPEC benchmark, despite costing just one-fifth of the NetApp price.
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Cloud consultancy Appirio scores $60m VC wad

If cloud computing and SaaS applications were supposed to be so much easier than managing on-premise applications, how come we need a cloud consultancy like Appirio? The answer is simple: Integration, or the lack thereof. And that is why Appirio has been able to score $60m in its fourth round of venture capital funding.
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Moore's Law savior EUV faces uncertain future

CPTF 2012 The optical lithography that etches the chips in your digital devices is reaching its limits, but exactly when its oft-touted replacement – extreme ultraviolet lithography, commonly known as EUV – will be ready for prime time remains unclear.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Mar 2012
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IBM boasts of Power-AIX win at E-Trade Korea

Big Blue is bragging once again about its ability to unseat its Unix-racket competitors from customer accounts after a big win at online stock trading company E-Trade Korea.
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iPhone/PS3 hacker Hotz arrested in pot bust

George Hotz, aka geohot, has been arrested by Texas police on drugs charges while on his way to give a talk to the annual SXSW festival in Austin.
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2012
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Spotify marks Australian launch

The long anticipated Australian launch details for music streaming service Spotify are poised to be unveiled as soon as next week as high profile digital executives begin to reveal their involvement.
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Australia and Korea link in super satellite hook-up

Australian and Korean radio telescopes have hooked up for the first time to target a galaxy that is 3.5 billion light years away.
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Clock ticking on NASA’s low-cost X-ray stargazer

NASA has set March 18 as the soonest revised date for the launch of its NuSTAR X-ray satellite observatory, after delaying the “flight readiness review” it had scheduled for March 13.
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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents

Last year mobile phone radiation was elevated by the WHO to a “possible” cause of cancer (in line with other carcinogens like pickled vegetables and coffee), frightening easily panicked punters everywhere... Now there's some more cheery news – it also induces hyperactivity in unborn rodents.
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Boffins build cyborg snails to generate electricity

A team of scientists have successfully implanted a bioelectronic fuel cell into a living organism and used its blood sugar to charge a battery.
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2012
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Cisco, NetApp, cook 100,000-user SharePoint rig

Cisco has published a new Validated Design for SharePoint at rather large scale – up to 100,000 users – thanks to the signature FlexPod and vSphere 5 products from buddies partners NetApp and VMware.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2012