16th > April > 2012 Archive

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NBN essential for faster mobility: Vodafone

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) believes the NBN's fibre to the premises is essential if mobile networks are to meet mobile device owners' expectations.
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AWS bids for cloudy SharePoint

Amazon Web Services wants your SharePoint rig in its cloud and has released a white paper telling you how to do it, fast, with Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008.
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Intel shows Apple how to win a trademark dispute in China

Chip giant Intel has shown Apple how to deal with an irksome trademark dispute in China by claiming a legal victory over Shenzhen-based printing peripherals firm Inteljet over the weekend.
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Telstra says it could work with Libs NBN FTTN policy

Telstra could work to implement a policy change to the federal opposition's current alternative NBN plan, a fibre-to-the-node network, representatives of the carrier today told a public hearing of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network.
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Google's Brin admits he under-estimated Chinese censorship

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has admitted he was wrong to question China’s long-term ability to restrict the free flow of information online, as the Communist Party’s crack down on internet rumours following suggestions of a failed coup continues.
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Android Trojan distracts Japanese with anime and porn

Security experts are warning of yet more malicious applications found on Google’s official online apps market Play, this time designed to steal personal data in the background while promising to show trailers for Japanese anime, video games and porn.
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NHS trust loses personal data of 600 maternity patients, kids

South London healthcare trust has admitted to losing two unencrypted memory sticks containing sensitive personal data about patients.

Is Dropbox good enough to be called 'good enough'?

Blocks and Files Dropbox is popular for syncing and sharing files across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop PCs. I use it myself in my all-Apple computing universe of iMac, MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone, and I use it in preference to Apple's iCloud.
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UK server-makers weather Q4 sales droop

UK server sales hit the skids in Q4 due to HDD shortages, weak customer demand and delayed purchases as buyers waited for next-gen Intel architectures to launch.
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If Google's only taking a COPY of your personality, why worry?

Mailbag My tale about how digital privacy needs to be protected by strong property rights caused heated discussion here and over the web - I'll summarise the best points here. The idea that you ultimately own your data is pretty fundamental to creating effective privacy legislation. If you're the sovereign "owner" of your data, then everyone from the spooks to Facebook must come to you and seek your permission - and justify using it. But if you don't "own" anything, then you have nothing to assert. If you don't "own" your data, then you are the product.
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Mobee Magic Numpad

Geek Treat of the Week Mobee has built a niche for itself building accessories for Apple’s Magic line of input devices. This one might just be the cleverest of the lot. The package consists of three film overlays, each printed with a different arrangement of buttons, which allow you to use the Magic Trackpad for tapping in digits.
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Sony: UK ebook shop open for business

Sony UK has rolled out an e-book shop it hopes will tempt buyers away from Amazon and Apple's iTunes, the company said today.
Hard Reg, 16 2012
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UK.gov: Firms can't fondle your smart meter privates...

Third-party companies will not be able to access data recorded in consumers' smart meters unless consumers choose to let them see it, the Government has said.
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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

Anyone promised broadband speeds of "up to" an amount should be free to pay a monthly fee of "up to" what's asked, according to the firebrand lobbying consultancy wispa Limited.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Samsung S III to enter Galaxy next month

Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, appears set for launch early next month, with the company now inviting folk to "come meet the next Galaxy" at a London event on 3 May.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012
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Google fined for stalling Street View cars' Wi-Fi slurp probe

Google has been fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for impeding its investigation of the search giant's Street View cars, which inadvertently collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
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Larry vs Larry: Oracle and Google in courtroom smackdown

One of the big patent cases in tech will finally come to trial this week, as Oracle takes on Google in court over its use of Java software in its Android operating system.
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HP ships hack-friendly all-in-one

HP has begun shipping its easy-to-upgrade all-in-one desktop PC, the Z1, worldwide, the computer giant said today.
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How EMC stuffs channel cakeholes with VSPEX recipes

Analysis No server maker of any appreciable size – now including the famously direct Dell – has been able to sell machines without the help of the reseller channel. Ironically, EMC is not even a server maker, but its aspirations in the IT sector make it just as dependent on the channel as rivals Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and IBM.

Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

The credit card-sized ARM-powered Raspberry Pi is finally shipping, at £30, allowing thousands of middle-aged dads to achieve their adolescent dreams of computing nirvana.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

Review Well, at least we can get the hardware over and done with quickly. The latest Apple TV looks exactly like the old one, and it's innards aren't really any different either.
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BT blows fibre into 'multiple biz units' for first time

BT's biz wing has completed what it claimed to be the first fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) install to multiple buildings in the UK.
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How far can you shift the shape of cloud software?

Deep in the bowels of the EU academics, businesspeople and bureaucrats are putting the finishing touches to a set of specifications that could change the way we handle software as a service (SaaS).
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Himalayan glaciers actually GAINING ice, space scans show

A new study of survey data gleaned from space has shown a vast region of Himalayan glaciers is actually gaining ice steadily, mystifying climate scientists who had thought the planet's "third pole" to be melting.
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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

Apple's talks with Australia's competition authority today over the little advertising snafu where Cupertino wrongly announced that 4G would work in the country have failed to come to any resolution.
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Brits get red PlayStation 3 next month

Sony reckons British punters will warm to a red version of the PlayStation 3, which ends its Japan-only exclusivity with a UK launch early next month.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012
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MI5 stinks up website with dead SSL certificate

Blighty's intelligence agency MI5 forgot to replace the expired digital certificate for its website over the weekend.
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Hacker jailed for 32 months for attack on abortion-provider site

A self-identified member of Anonymous was jailed for two years and eight months on Friday over a hacking attack against Britain's biggest abortion provider in March.
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Bulletproof iPhone case set to survive shootouts

We've seen some odd smartphone cases over our time, but this bullet-proof beast, heavy enough to crush a chap's toes, is a fine contender for the crown.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012
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Local gov buying group inks £50m software framework

The Pro5 buying consortium has confirmed that 12 suppliers have made it onto the next generation software and services framework agreement. The framework is worth tens of millions over a 36-month period.
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Gov: New G-Cloud chief is no 'part-timer'

The government’s promised G-Cloud is on track, despite in-coming director Denise McDonagh having to juggle her new role with her existing job as Home Office head of IT.
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Bytes' NHS deal loss hits revs – but biz margins rise

Bytes Technology Group's (BTG) top line took a hammering in fiscal 2012 ended February from the loss of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement with the NHS – but efforts to push up gross margins boosted the bottom line.
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Rackspace eats own OpenStack heavenly dog food

Rackspace Hosting, one of the contenders in the fight to take on Amazon's eponymous Web Services division as the dominant public cloud, is finally confident enough in the OpenStack wares to start its internal rollout of the software underpinning its Cloud Servers, Cloud Files, and other services.
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RIP wind power: Minister blows away plans for more turbines

It looks as though the wind energy boom is over. UK energy minister Greg Barker has hinted at a significant change in government strategy - cutting subsidies for the deployment and operation of environmentalists’ favoured technologies.
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EU boots UK phone cash bonk threesome out of bed

The EU thinks O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere's combined approach to pushing pay-by-wave phones could stifle competition - so the triumvirate will have to wait another three months to find out if they'll be allowed to team up.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Apple fights off ebook suit with anti-Amazon defence

Apple is a liberator, not an oppressor – that’s according to Apple, at least. The Mac-maker turned device-and-content shop has dismissed the US government’s decision to prosecute on the grounds that it rigged ebook prices by claiming the iBookstore has freed consumers and publishers from the tyranny of Amazon.
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Google's top female cheese nominated to serve on Walmart board

Google veteran Marissa Mayer has been nominated to serve on the board of the world's biggest retailer Walmart.
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Fanboys frolic on recyled rumours of Q3 iPad Mini debut

Take care with fresh claims that Apple will have an 'iPad Mini' out in Q3: they seem to be simply repeating a similar claim made back in March.
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Peeling back the skins on IBM's Flex System iron

Analysis IBM announced the PureSystems converged systems last week, mashing up servers, storage, networking, and systems software into a ball of self-managing cloudiness. What the launch did not talk a lot about is the underlying Flex System hardware which is at the heart of the PureFlex and PureApplication machines.
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EA confirms Crysis 3 release

Electronic Arts officially confirmed Crysis 3 today and revealed the "sandbox shooter" will explode onto shop shelves in spring 2013.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012
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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

Sysadmin blog The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment Big Content is seeing.

VMware buys up benchmarketeer tools

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware doesn't just want to own the lion's share of the cloudy infrastructure inside data centers. It wants to convince all data centers to virtualize all workloads, and use the best virtualization tools available to do so. But to do that, the company has to prove that real-world workloads in your shop can be virtualized and not adversely impact performance, and so VMware has snapped up "certain assets" of a small company called InfoTech Health Check – a provider of online benchmarking tools – for an undisclosed sum.
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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

Ratings agency Moody's has lowered its debt rating for Nokia to near junk status, and warned that the company is facing even tougher times ahead.
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'Not guilty' plea in Utah cop site hacking case

An Ohio man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he hacked into a pair of police websites in Salt Lake City, Utah in January.
Joe Fay, 16 2012
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IBM ringing up retail system biz sale to Toshiba?

Is IBM fixing to sell its point of sale hardware and software business to Japanese conglomerate and sometime IT partner Toshiba?
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SATELLITE SMACKDOWN: Turnbull vs. Quigley

At about 3:30 PM yesterday, during a Public Hearing of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network, several NBNCo staffers suddenly became quite agitated.
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German software giant plucks London software outfit

Software AG has hoovered up a UK-based messaging software developer founded by a bunch of Deutsche Bank alumni.
Joe Fay, 16 2012
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Microsoft sharpens Azure media tools ahead of Olympics

Microsoft has announced the "preview" of Windows Azure Media Services, a set of tools to let media companies host, stream and encode content.
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Pew study finds one in five Americans still won't go online

A hardcore 20 per cent of Americans ain't using the internet and don’t want to neither, according to the latest survey data from the Pew Internet and American Life project.