13th > April > 2012 Archive

ICANN top shelf domain rush derailed by tech glitch

The closing submission to register for ICANN’s elite and pricey brand-centric generic top level domains (gTLDs ) has been extended, due to a software snafu.
Natalie Apostolou, 13 Apr 2012

Vevo comes to Australia

The joint venture music video service devised by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, Vevo, has entered the Australian market in partnership with local player MCM Media.
Natalie Apostolou, 13 Apr 2012

India orders 7.5 million Microsoft cloud services

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has just handed Microsoft it's biggest order for cloudy wares, in the form of a deal that will see seven million students and half a million staff hook up to the Redmond cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2012
Draytek Vigor 2820

Soup up your home network

Gizmo Week
Nigel Whitfield, 13 Apr 2012

Life on Mars found – in 1976

The USA’s Viking mission found life on Mars, says a new paper that has re-analysed data collected by the two probes.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2012

Chinese whispers point to Huawei bid for Motorola

Huawei remained tight lipped today on rumours that the Chinese handset giant is set to sign a deal for ailing mobile biz Motorola just eight months after Google splashed $12.5bn on acquiring the firm.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Apr 2012

New fake anti-virus shakes down frightened file-sharers

Security researchers have discovered a strain of fake anti-virus software that tries to intimidate supposed file-sharers into paying for worthless software.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012

ICANN flubs new domain deadline after site snafu

ICANN has extended the deadline for companies to apply for new generic top-level domains after "unusual behaviour" forced it to shut down its online application system.
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2012

'Real time' PAYE pilot goes live at HMRC

HMRC has launched a pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE.

Hitachi spins up 'leccy fan motor sans rare earths

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has unveiled what it claims to be a highly efficient mid-sized electric motor built without using the rare earth minerals which have become essential to the production of much of modern technology.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Apr 2012

Appeals court cracks open Google AdWords v Rosetta Stone case

Google may be liable for direct and contributory trade mark infringement as well as trade mark dilution because of the way it allowed a language learning software company's trademarks to be bought as "keyword advertising" terms by others, a US court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Apr 2012
Pasce Minirig

Pasce Minirig micro speaker

Accessory of the Week
Kenny Hemphill, 13 Apr 2012

'Selling your citizens to foreigner is not acceptable!'

QuotWThis was the week when flagging Finnish phone firm Nokia had a few fumbles.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Apr 2012

Intel penetrates PCIe flash biz with long-lasting hardness

A little while after its competitors, Intel has come up with its own PCIe flash card, the SSD 910. It is not a speed king, but boy, does it last: five years at 10 full writes a day.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2012

Sharp starts punching out IGZO LCDs for retina screens

They came too late for the iPad 3, but Sharp has now begun producing ultra-high resolution LCD panels based on its IGZO technology.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2012

Australia OKs iOS for classified comms

Australia's Defence Signals Directorate, an agency charged with collecting signals intelligence and educating the rest of the government about security, has green-lit Apple's iOS for use in “classified Australian government communications”.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2012

ICANN: Privates leaked in top-level domain land grab blunder

ICANN has revealed that it took down its top-level domain application system yesterday after discovering a potentially serious data leakage vulnerability.
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2012

Valve seeks geek to design 'platform hardware'

Valve has hinted it is building its own hardware platform, possibly to tie in with its Steam online games service, after reaching out for an experienced electronics engineer to help with the project.
Caleb Cox, 13 Apr 2012

Star sacrifices 2,000 comets a DAY to cloak twin planets in dust

PicAstroboffins using a new multinational observatory have spotted evidence of two planets orbiting nearby star Fomalhaut – which is just 25 light years away and cloaked in a comet graveyard.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Apr 2012

Laptop computers are crap

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Occasionally, the crumbs scavenged by the Dabbs clan are supplemented with purchases from a local food emporium, the expenditure being partly funded by product reviews that I submit to El Reg.
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Apr 2012

Two teens cuffed after Blighty's anti-terror hotline hacked

Two teenagers have been arrested after hackers attacked Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline, eavesdropped on a conversation between officials and uploaded a recording to the internet.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Kinect gives Skyrim fans something to shout about

The Elder Scrolls V is set to support Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360, meaning Dragonborn fans can take control of their Skyrim experience through voice and gesture control.
Caleb Cox, 13 Apr 2012

So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

CompetitionOur hunt for the worst movie ever proved highly popular with you, our beloved cinema-going readers, and the list of nominees makes such chilling reading that we began to wonder if it would be possible to shoot a film so atrocious that it would prompt audiences to run screaming from the cinema vowing never again to badmouth Battlefield Earth.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2012

Fate of punters' Megaupload files to be thrashed out in court

A court in the US could decide today whether or not to dump the files of Megaupload users, seized in the case against founder Kim Dotcom.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Apr 2012

Euro climate probe Envisat silenced, boffins baffled

Engineers at the European Space Agency have lost contact with their environment-studying satellite Envisat, which stopped sending data five days ago.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Apr 2012

Printers SMASHED to bits in Office Space copycat revenge vid

VidOf all the devices making our working lives harder, printers take top billing. Never mind computers that crash mid-PowerPoint or smartphones that inexplicably can’t find the network – these, at least, are complicated, multi-function devices with a lot going on.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2012

Texas judge lets Apple duel patent sabre-rattler Lodsys

A Texas judge has decided Apple will be allowed into the trenches to fight patent-holding firm Lodsys, on behalf of iOS developers, almost a year after Cupertino made the request.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2012

MIT's mind-reading Mosh pits itself against SSH daemons

Researchers at MIT have refined the Secure Shell network protocol and boasted their replacement system overcomes some of SSH's more annoying drawbacks.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012

Google boss points to low-end tablet for fight with Amazon

Google has hinted that it's rumoured forthcoming tablet will compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire rather than high-end slates such as Apple's iPad 3.
Caleb Cox, 13 Apr 2012
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Daisy Group blows £28m on VoIP blower biz

Acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has coughed £28m to acquire audio-conferencing and call-handling player Worldwide Group Holdings (WGH).
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2012

Apple finally deploys Mac Flashback Trojan terminator

Apple has released a tool that removes the infamous Flashback Trojan from infected Macs.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012

Ultrabook price vice prised open by flash-disk half-breeds

Hybrid disk drives are on their way to becoming a fixture in computing: Seagate has had design wins at Dell and other OEMs.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2012

Microsoft UK boss Frazer takes slow boat to China HQ

Microsoft UK boss Gordon Frazier is heading east to the COO office in the Greater China Region (GCR), swapping roles with Michel van der Bel.
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2012

CAPITALISM without PROFITS - Welcome to the Instagram Era!

¡Bong!Doubters, shut your mouths now - and nail them shut. Two great pieces of news from the US have validated Silicon Roundabout as the pulsating heart of a new British economy. And a whole new way of doing capitalism.
Steve Bong, 13 Apr 2012

It's all in the wrist: E-ink smartwatch Pebble bags $2m

A group of people who designed an e-ink watch and were looking for $100,000 to fund its production raised that in a couple of hours – and they're now well on their way to having $2m to spend.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2012

Cloud WAR! Open season on Amazon for cloudy rivals

Open... and ShutThe industry's most promising cloud platforms have one thing in common: none of them are winning. At least, not if we equate "winning" with "lots of users" and "lots of revenue" or, more simply put, with "displacing Amazon Web Services."
Matt Asay, 13 Apr 2012

Thais trample over Chinese to snatch Asia's e-shopping crown

Thailand has emerged as the surprise leader in online shopping in Asia thanks to its strength in the mobile space although it is China which will run away with the global e-commerce crown by 2015, according to two new reports out this week.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Apr 2012

Gartner snips 2012 IT spending forecast – again

The prognosticators at market research firm Gartner are polishing their crystal balls again and have gazed into 2012 to see what the IT spending picture looks like, and it's a bit worse than they expected only a few months ago. And thus they have taken a little more off the top of their IT spending projections for the current year, after doing so a bunch of times already.

FBI track alleged Anon from unsanitised busty babe pic

An alleged member of Anonymous has been tracked down after he posted a picture of his scantily clad girlfriend in an image bragging about his hacking exploits.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012

Starck brewing 'fairly, if not very, revolutionary' Apple THING

Gallic product design hotshot Philippe Starck says he's working on a "fairly, if not very, revolutionary" project with Apple that will be out in time for Christmas.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Apr 2012

Balsillie planned to bust open BlackBerry network before leaving

Ousted RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie spent his last few months at the helm developing a radical strategy to transform the fortunes of the trouble Canadian company by opening up its network to provide basic data plans to non-smartphone users.
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2012

NASA brainstorms with John Q Public for 2018 Mars mission

NASA is asking for ideas from the general public for probes and tools to send to Mars in 2018, as part of its longer term plan to have humans visit the Red Planet in decades to come.
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2012

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