28th > March > 2012 Archive

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Fujitsu gets cloudy with home-grown logistics apps

Japanese conglomerate Fujitsu Group is once again turning some internal applications it has created to run its own business into a cloudy application that companies can pay to use to run their operations.
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Google I/O conference sells out in 20 minutes

Tickets for Google's annual I/O developer conference have sold out in less than 20 minutes, and scalpers have already taken to eBay to cash in on the show's popularity.
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Zuckerberg flies to Shanghai for Apple Store visit

China is apparently the place to be this week as first Apple CEO Tim Cook and now Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg were spotted in the People’s Republic.
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ZTE winds down Iran biz after espionage claims

Chinese handset giant ZTE has been forced to clarify that it’s no longer touting for new business in Iran, but remained vague about allegations that it sold the country’s largest telecoms firm a nationwide internet and phone surveillance system.
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Australia urges miners to become data miners

Australia is offering mining companies new data sources they can use to find mineral deposits that cannot be detected by prospecting on the surface of the earth.
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Motorola Motoactv GPS fitness tracker

Review Motorola may be pitching its "world's first" GPS fitness tracker as the ultimate fusion between exercise and music, but I reserve that accolade for mosh pits. In fact, I'm more inclined to agree with Henry Ford who once said “Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.”
Caleb Cox, 28 2012

Apple Oz offers refunds for confused 4G iPad owners

Apple Australia will offer a refund to those who purchased the New iPad under the misapprehension it could hook up to 4G networks in Australia.
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F1 team wins CAD copyright war, wakes up to £700k hangover

The High Court said Aerolab had breached the confidence of team Force India and that team Caterham (previously Lotus) had infringed its rival's copyright. The judge rejected claims from Force India that Caterham/Lotus and its chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne, were liable for breach of confidence. Gascoyne previously worked in the same role for Force India.
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Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

A German spacecraft featuring an angular design and active cooling of the heat shield looks set to launch in April.
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China wants global ecommerce crown

China has revealed ambitious growth plans to lead the word in e-commerce, quadrupling web sales to reach 18 trillion (£1.4tr) by 2015, but laid out a strict new set of policy measures to get there.
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London wage slaves face hour of Cloud discharge a day - official

Passengers travelling on London Overground are to get free internet access after the body that runs the train network, London Overground Rail Operations Limited, signed a deal with The Cloud to roll out Wi-Fi at its stations.

Scality shoves sparkling file system into its RING

Scality has added a file system in the fourth major release of its object storage RING, and it is planning to add NFS heads down the road, the object storage company says.
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Oxford Uni chucks big brains at ivy-covered cybersecurity hub

Oxford University boffins launched an interdisciplinary Cyber Security Centre on Monday. The new research hub aims to boost academic research into infosecurity.
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'Thermal cloak' designed, could solve major chip, spacecraft issues

Top boffins in France have come up with a radical new take on the "cloaking" and invisible-shed physics breakthroughs of recent years. They have designed a technology which instead of bending microwaves or light can shield an object from heat - or concentrate heat upon it.
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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

Comment After 25 years of watching the Murdoch TV empire unfold, the battle plan to beat him should be fairly obvious. You buy the best content - the most popular sport and movies - and raise lots of capital, and make watching it easy. Then you dig in for a very long fight.
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Microsoft to upgrade Windows Kinect kit

Microsoft announced a second Kinect for Windows release this week, adding more advanced skeletal tracking, localised speech recognition and a new video suite application.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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Amazon sets date for Kindle Touch UK touchdown

The Kindle Touch will be out in the UK from 27 April, and is available to pre-order on Amazon from today. At a cost of £109 (with free delivery), the Wi-Fi Kindle Touch has a multi-touch E Ink display – making it a step-up from the button-clicking vanilla Kindle.
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Novatech pushes affordable Ultrabook

UK system builder Novatech has hopped on the Ultrabook bandwagon with a new range of 14in skinny notebooks dubbed the nFinity series.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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Whitehall's G-Cloud: Hype or hope?

Special report According to the British government, the cloud will make everything better. The UK gov is rolling out something called G-Cloud, which according to No 10 means faster and more flexible IT procurement based on a list of open systems and approved standards. The punchline for the British taxpayer is that services will be delivered faster, at a reduced and a competitive rate.
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Hasbro fails to win Asus Transformer Prime ban

Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet-cum-netbook has not ridden roughshod over toy giant Hasbro's intellectual property rights, a US court has suggested.
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HTC One X priced up for UK punters

HTC's upcoming Tegra 3-based smartphone, the One X, was made available for pre-order this week as networks revealed their tariffs in a bid to pull in the punters.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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That latest student craze sweeping China: Supercomputing wars

HPC blog In a Wall Street Journal article last Friday, a bit of light was shone on China’s entry into the upper echelon of supercomputing nations over the past few years. In 2007 China had only 10 systems on the Top500 list. But like TV’s George Jefferson adding dry cleaning stores, China has been movin’ on up - it now has 74 of the top boxes.
Dan Olds, 28 2012
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FBI nabs AWOL soldier for stealing Paul Allen's debit card

An alleged US Army deserter has been charged with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to run a bank fraud scam.
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UK copyright exchange man: Nontrepreneurs are just stingy

More can be done to streamline digital copyright licensing, says Richard Hooper, who has been appointed by the government to investigate it. However, in a sharp rebuke to the Shoreditch nontrepreneurs – and by implication the government – he said many of the whinges the study has so far heard from webtastic startups about the difficulties of licensing were unjustified – and many simply reflected their unwillingness to pay for stuff.
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Dell pulls Magirus out of the trenches for data centre assault

Magirus has finally penned a distie deal with Dell in the UK more than a year after landing a similar contract on the continent.
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Angry Birds Space

iGamer Such was the original's stellar success it's no wonder resisting the pull of Angry Birds Space is proving more difficult than escaping an event horizon. Ask the ten million or so folk who've apparently downloaded it since last Friday, and they'll tell you. You simply can't mess with universal laws - you're going to get sucked in, no matter what.
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'Special relationship': Oracle bags UK.gov contract renewal

Database giant Oracle has bagged a renewed contract to supply its technology to Whitehall in a deal that the Cabinet Office claimed would save £75m for taxpayers by 2015.
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Terrifying TV chimera born from Sharp, Foxconn lords' fling

Foxconn owner Hon Hai Group has given limping Sharp a crutch by buying a stake in the Japanese electronics maker and pouring a few billion yen into its LCD business.
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What system builders need to know about solid state drives

If you are building systems using solid state drives (SSDs), you need rock-solid reliability and performance – and you won't get it from consumer-grade flash.
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Adobe reels in game coders with a quick free Flash

Adobe is allowing programmers to use "premium features" in Flash Player 11.2 for free to kickstart take up among games makers.
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Sony pushes PlayMemories picture suite to PS3

Sony will launch PlayMemories Studio for PlayStation 3 this week, an app that allows users to edit photos and video clips on their console.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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FTC, RockYou settle after 32 MILLION passwords pillaged

An online gaming biz has been left with a $250,000 bill in a settlement with the US government over a hack that exposed 32 million email addresses and passwords.
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Apple IP details tech for 'iTV' innards

Apple was granted a further 19 US patents to its colossal archive of intellectual property this week, with the standout blueprint sure to be related to its rumoured 'iTV' product.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop

US House representatives from the Republican party have shot down a Democrat effort to pass a law stopping companies from demanding access to jobseekers' and employees' Facebook accounts.
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ONS: Growth forecast for Blighty worse than expected

A week after the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget statement to Parliament, the Office for National Statistics has confirmed that the British economy shrank more than expected in the last quarter of 2011.
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UK public sector IT jobs rebound - for permies

A quick note on the UK tech jobs scene in February, sourced from Computer People. The recruitment firm's IT Monitor service reports 13,024 permanent IT vacancies advertised during the month - slightly up on January.
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Dotcom hike will net MEEELLIONS of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

The cost of a .com domain name is expected to rise by at least 31 per cent over the next six years, due to new price-increasing powers granted to registry operator Verisign by industry overseer ICANN.
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Sarkozy hails 'success' of Hadopi's pirate cops

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has hailed the success of the Hadopi copyright police. In a new report, Hadopi says its "soft stick" of a graduated response regime is working, and has released some statistics to support its claim.
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No conclusions on EU's Google probe for weeks

The European Commission's antitrust chief has said that the body won't be pressured into an early decision on its investigation into Google over web search dominance.
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Staggering Kelihos zombie army smacked down AGAIN

A resurrected incarnation of the infamous Kelihos botnet has been taken out.
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100 EARTH-LIKE PLANETS orbit stars WITHIN 30 LIGHT-YEARS!

In an announcement with massive consequences for the human race, astronomers say there are "probably about one hundred" planets within just 30 light-years of our solar system which could support life along Earthly lines. By their calculations, there are tens of billions of such worlds in our galaxy, suggesting that even if life is very rare it is bound to have arisen elsewhere.
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Europe to assemble crack cyber-intelligence nerve centre

Brussels hopes to establish a European Cybercrime Centre within the continent's police agency Europol by the start of January.
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Egenera bags new OEM agreement with Fujitsu

Blade server and virtualization pioneer Egenera, which has transformed itself from a system-maker to a system management software vendor, has inked another reseller agreement with long-time partner Fujitsu, this time peddling its PAN Manager tools instead of the BladeFrame systems that put Egenera on the map more than a decade ago.
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HDS channel boss: We must become relevant to resellers

Hitachi Data Systems wants to make itself relevant to the channel by working deeply with fewer partners on specific biz plans.
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Nimbus flashes flash cache cash at NetApp stars

Shipping flash array vendor Nimbus Data has recruited three NetApp execs to strengthen its engineering and build out its sales reach - as competing flash array startups get ready to ship product.
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EU mobile biz barons agree to slash roaming charges

Mobile phone operators in Europe will be forced to cap prices for roaming charges when customers use their devices abroad, Brussels' officials confirmed today.
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Plan ahead to make virtualisation work

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions, and never more so than when it comes to virtualisation.
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Nokia threatens to elbow Apple's rival nano-SIM off a cliff

Nokia will refuse to license its SIM patents if telecoms body ETSI approves Apple's alternative tiny design, upping the stakes in the battle for the next-generation itty-bitty SIM.
Bill Ray, 28 2012
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MIT's building-block dev kit goes NFC

MIT's App Inventor, the drag 'n' drop development kit spun out from the Googleplex, will be demonstrating its NFC credentials next week, with a new tool to be released soon afterwards.
Bill Ray, 28 2012
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China passes the US in free iPad app downloads

It's official: China has more cheapskate iPad fanbois than any other country on earth.
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Sality botnet takedown plans posted online

Updated A self-describer "law-abiding citizen" has posted attack plans against the Sality botnet on the Full Disclosure security mailing list, along with a tongue-in-cheek warning not to enact them since that would be illegal.
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Speaking in Tech: Enterprise... but with clothes on

Podcast Podcast Host Greg Knieriemen and his trusty sidekicks – storage and virtualisation Hoosier Ed Saipetch and new media strategist Sarah Vela – are back with a hilarious and brand spanking-new podcast that brings all the latest in enterprise tech all wrapped up in an easy-to-digest chat. This week Greg and his cohorts rock out …
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Cisco snarfs ClearAccess for remote broadband apps

Networking giant Cisco Systems has added another arrow to its quiver and is aiming at the service provider market with the acquisition of ClearAccess, a maker of what is called TR-069 software.
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Google offers Oracle slice of Android profits for patents

Google has proposed terms its on-going patent spat with Oracle over Java's contribution to Android by offering Ellison's crew a payment for past infractions and a miniscule slice of further revenues from the operating system, should Google be found to be in violation.
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Funding deal saves Australian synchrotron

A funding package worth $AU100 million was announced yesterday to keep the Australian Synchrotron operational.
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Multi-color laser created by UCSB scientists

A group of University of California Santa Barbara researchers is touting a new technique to create multi-coloured lasers.
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Microsoft to open source ASP.NET Web API and Web Pages

Microsoft has announced it will release the source code for ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages, and will also invite third-party developers to contribute code to the products.
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Red Hat accelerates through $1bn in sales

"We think of Linux as a competitor in the student and hobbyist market but I really don't think in the commercial market we'll see it in any significant way." Bill Gates, 2001
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ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016

Windows might be on the rise in the world of embedded systems, but if IDC's prognostications are right, then Windows is about to get its kernel handed to it with the rise of Android on what the market researcher dubs "smart connected devices."