21st > March > 2012 Archive

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HP pushes social collaboration dev tools for mobile

HP has announced a raft of products and services aimed at speeding up application-development lifecycles, with an emphasis on mobile and cloud code.
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South Australian Department formalises Apple procurement

Apples seem to be invading the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology’s (DFEEST) colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE).
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Facebook tracking makes for non-angry birds

Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden is using Facebook to track its population of sulphur-crested cockatoos.
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New supernova pops up just over there

It probably won’t get to a point where we’ll see it with the naked eye, but even amateur astronomers should be able to get set for a fairly unusual treat: an emerging supernova.
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Optus to shed around 700 staff

Optus is poised to shed up to 700 jobs as part of a company wide restructure, according to reports. Optus officials confirmed that there would be job erosion but would not confirm the number, claiming the figure of 700 was “pure speculation.”
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Australian IT imports plunge

That grumbling you hear in channel-land and retail-land about no-one buying IT right now?
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Tree-hugging Chinese throttle rare earth production

Bad news for the technology supply chain – China has decided to cut back on its mining of the rare earth minerals essential to the production of a vast range of hi-tech kit.
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Apple scores China store patent wins

Apple has taken another small step towards protecting its intellectual property in China by successfully registering 11 design patents for the iPad display cases on show at its bricks and mortar retail stores, as well as the design for its Shanghai Apple Store.
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Samsung Series 3 NP300E5A 15in notebook

Review Samsung’s NP300E5A-A01DX is the Core i3 model in its Series 3 family of notebooks and is priced accordingly, at around £400. Unashamedly aimed at the cost conscious end of market it has plenty of company including Acer’s Aspire 5749 that Reg Hardware reviewed late last year.
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NHS trust mops up after electronic patient records mess

Oxford University hospitals NHS trust is dealing with patient contact and data quality issues following a major project to implement Cerner Millennium.
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Microsoft tosses Simpana Azure salad, feeds it to cloud punters

Microsoft is offering a CommVault Simpana data feed and access portal as an Azure cloud storage bundle. On its side CommVault is now offering its customers cloud compute and storage facilities using Redmond's Azure cloud.
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German court: Rapidshare must HUNT for dodgy pirate links

The operators of a file-hosting website must search for and pro-actively prevent material identified as copyright-infringing from being uploaded by users, a court in Germany has ruled.
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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

Top space boffins say that the latest readings from an orbiting science instrument have unlocked the secrets of mighty "Type Ia" supernovae, events in which stars blow up with such violence that they destroy solar systems and outshine entire galaxies.
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Nokia invents teeny throbbing tattoos to make your skin crawl

Nokia has filed a patent covering magnetically induced vibrating particles to be embedded in clothing or, more interestingly, under the skin in the form of a tattoo.
Bill Ray, 21 2012
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Slapdash staff blamed for third of UK's data leak balls-ups

Careless workers and sloppy contractors caused more than a third of biz data breaches last year, proving that crap staff pose the biggest risk to organisations.
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BoJo backpedals on Twitter hijack in mayoral glory bid

Boris Johnson came under fire yesterday after his minions changed the name of the official Mayor of London Twitter account – which has around 250,000 followers – to promote his campaign to win another term at City Hall.
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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

Updated A Dutch bloke has taken to the air by flapping his arms, proving that humans can fly with the right technology, plenty of time and friends to help with the build.
Bill Ray, 21 2012
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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Ever wondered what a Walking Dead-style apocalypse would be like? Well, now you have the opportunity through an immersive "zombie experience", which lets the brave take on undead in an abandoned shopping centre.
Caleb Cox, 21 2012
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Game Group shares halted, 'no value left' admits board

Retailer Game Group has inched closer to administration after requesting that its shares be suspended from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as there is "no equity" left in the business.
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iPad subsidies axed for Microsoft S&M fanbois

Microsoft’s sales and marketing people can no longer buy iPads or Macs on the company’s dollar.
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Windows 8 on ARM vs iPad: Has Microsoft lost already?

MicroBite 34 Steve Ballmer’s company has released a consumer preview of Windows 8, something Microsoft’s chief executive has called his company’s riskiest bet.
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Japan's once-proud semis learn size DOES matter

Japan’s creaking semiconductor industry is struggling to stay relevant on the world stage and may face extinction if it can’t make a name for itself in the cutting-edge sub-28 nanometer manufacturing space, according to analysts.
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Rock'n'Roll Racing

Antique Code Show Having just reviewed the Steelseries SRW-S1 steering wheel on some pretty serious racing games, I was reminded that I have had a soft spot for a certain genre of racing game but it was a long time ago and involved some particularly severe riffs.
Lucy Orr, 21 2012
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Geeks seek cubits for Battlestar flight sim

A group of students plan to build a motion-controlled flight simulator based on the Viper fighter from the TV series Battlestar Galactica, in an ambitious project to mount a real plane's fuselage on a platform capable of complete rotation.
Caleb Cox, 21 2012
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Microsoft! scoops! Yahoo!'s big! data! brain!

Microsoft has dipped into Yahoo!’s diminishing employee pool to land a big-data expert working across server and tools and the web.
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Game files for administration

High street retailer Game has officially filed for administration, although trade will continue while the process is finalised.
Caleb Cox, 21 2012
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Former fax salesman made head of Brother's UK ops

Brother has promoted former fax machine salesman Phil Jones to head of UK operations.
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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

You’re not getting paid as well as you should. I know this not only because you’re bothering to read this, but also because most techies are crap at extracting cash from their employers. It shouldn’t shock you too much to learn that I, as a City headhunter and former contractor, focus quite hard on money - so here's a few ideas that will help you even in tough times.

Cameron's 'Google Review' sparked by killer quote that never was

Special report Prime Minister David Cameron launched a sweeping review of UK intellectual property law based on an assertion – that the founders of Google believed they could "never have started their company in Britain" – he can't support, from a source nobody can find. We know this because new information released by No 10 in response to FOIA requests has ruled out private conversations as the possible source.
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Fast Forward to Big Data

Broadcast On April 19th at 12:30 BST , The Register’s Jon Collins is your host for our latest live broadcast ‘Fast Forward to Big Data - Make information fit for business’.

The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

HPC blog When I wrote this blog about how a recent research study correlated social network behavior with employee success, I speculated that we’d soon see employers trying to circumvent Facebook’s privacy policies in order to get a good look at your Facebook pages.
Dan Olds, 21 2012
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The Beatles' Yellow Submarine set to sail in 4K by 2K

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine is set to return in HD, with a digitally-restored Blu-ray Disc version of the 1968 animated classic set to hit the shelves this May.
Caleb Cox, 21 2012
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AJ Electronics goes titsup after etailers snatch punters' wallets

London-based AJ Electronics has bowed out after 28 years in business, and has called in administrator RSM Tenon due to pressure from the High Street giants.
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Public borrowing hike overshadows Osborne's tax breaks

Budget Day 2012 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his Budget statement to the House of Commons today, which he claimed was about supporting working families and helping those seeking employment.
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Devs cheer as Osborne okays game coding tax relief

Budget Day 2012 Chancellor George Osborne has heeded calls from the videogame industry and agreed to provide it with tax breaks.
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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

HP has confirmed the rumours anent the future of its Personal Systems Group - the globocorp's PC-making arm, which at one point seemed likely to be sold off - by announcing that it will merge with the company's printer tentacle.
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Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

Budget Day 2012 The Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne confirmed today exactly which cities in the UK will get their hands on a cash pile set aside to speed up broadband.
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Chancellor lands paper cuts on Blighty's small biz

Budget Day 2012 George Osborne has promised small businesses that their tax returns in 2012 will be simpler. The admin-slash is one of several measures in today's Budget speech intended to make things easier for small and medium businesses.
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Wannabe Murdochs crash Ofcom's local telly party

Ofcom's consultation on Local TV has now closed, and the responses offer a slightly worrying insight into what to expect from the new tiny telly stations.
Bill Ray, 21 2012
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Privacy worth piffling pennies to polled punters

Consumers are prepared to pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy but the difference comes down to pennies rather than pounds.
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Google locks up cloud apps and throws away the keys

Google has introduced certificate-based authentication for developers requiring secure connections to the advertising broker's cloud.
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Microsoft cuts back on Windows keys after pirates grab booty

Microsoft has blamed Windows giveaways and pirates plundering subscriptions for its decision to cut back the number of Windows activation keys it issues.
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US rent-a-room biz swallows Blighty's Crashpadder

American rent-a-room service AirBnB is hoping to grab a slice of the lucrative London Olympic-time rentals by buying out smaller British rival CrashPadder.
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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

Former Emmerdale actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has been selected to play the latest assistant to Gallifreyan Time Lord Dr Who, beginning with the 50th anniversary Christmas special at the end of the year.
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Vodafone swaps in new VHA boss, denies sellout rumours

Vodafone has moved to settle its troubled Australian joint venture with Hutchison, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, installing Bill Morrow as CEO while denying rumours that the business is for sale.
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Oz Senate signs off USO legislation

The last important legislative component of the Australian government’s National Broadband Network is in place, with the Senate yesterday passing legislation needed to put new universal service arrangements in place.
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Queensland Police go war driving

The Hi Tech Crime Investigation Unit* of Queensland's ever-vigilant Police force will shortly spend some of its valuable time driving around Brisbane, the fair tropical state's Capital, looking for open WiFi connections, the better to inform citizens about the terrible dangers that may flow from signal slurping.
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US scientists demo hydrogen-powered robo-jellyfish

If you remember Niven’s Down and Out*, then here’s a concept that will sound familiar: a machine powering itself by harvesting hydrogen from its environment.
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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

SpaceX boss Elon Musk has said that later this year or in early 2013 he will announce a plan to offer flights to Mars and back for half a million dollars, hopefully within the next decade.
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Former Yahoo! Hadoop honcho uncloaks from stealth

Structure Data 2012 Yet another big data startup has uncloaked which traces its roots in the Hadoop MapReduce project started by, and open sourced by, Yahoo!