17th > April > 2012 Archive


Google-backed research fights review spam

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are taking aim at fake reviews, which they say can seriously damage online businesses.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2012
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TV sports rights survive Optus’ TV Now win

Back when Optus won its first-round court battle with a Federal Court finding that TV Now does not breach copyright, the warnings were dire: Australia’s broadcasters would not pay a cent for rights with Optus streaming games to mobiles.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2012

Telstra to launch MOG streaming music service

Telstra has announced it will soon launch the MOG streaming music service on antipodean shores.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2012

Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will come in three versions.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2012

Google finally secures gmail.de domain

After an eight year fight, Google has secured the domain gmail.de.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2012

China warns domestic mobile phone makers of IP dangers

China’s IT ministry has warned domestic handset makers to beware of getting sucked into the escalating number of intellectual property disputes currently disrupting the smartphone industry.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2012

ATA CEO resigns

The ATA, the peak body for call centre industry, has lost its CEO Michael Meredith, who held the position for 12 years, has resigned to pursue other business activities.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2012

China's bullet trains to get face-invading cameras

Chinese police will soon be able to use face recognition technology to catch crims, with cameras to be installed at several stations on the Beijing to Shanghai high speed railway.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2012

Twitter gets all aggressive with Japan expansion

Japan beware – micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter has stated its intent to expand “aggressively” in the land of the rising sun.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2012
Toshiba Regza 46YL863 TV

Toshiba Regza 46YL863 46in Smart TV

ReviewPowered by a multitasking image processor and dressed by Danish design house Jacob Jensen, Toshiba’s 46YL863 is not your run-of-the-mill 3D TV. Indeed, its maker’s herald it as one of the most sophisticated TVs ever. But can it really justify such hyperbole?
Steve May, 17 Apr 2012

Global chocolate crisis looms

The world's chocolate supply is at risk, according to Professor David Guest of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2012

Nordic region, Ireland adopt new 'connected telly' standard

Nordig, the parent broadcasting organisation for the Nordic countries, plus Ireland, has issued a new specification for broadcasting. It has dropped MHP as its interactive primary broadcasting protocol and adopting Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV). The standard is already taking off in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain, and to this we can now add most of the Nordic countries. This leaves the UK, which has instead chosen its own YouView standard, more and more isolated.
Faultline, 17 Apr 2012
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Hold on, Booker prize judges - Stob's penned a steampunk hit

StobSomewhere on the hard drive of every programmer-wannabe-writer’s laptop there is the first chapter of an unfinished steam punk novel. Here’s mine.
Verity Stob, 17 Apr 2012
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HP loses MoD payroll and pensions deal to CSC

HP has lost the contract to supply pay, HR and pensions administration to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) for the UK armed forces.

Google G-drive app leak sparks 5GB file vault riddle

Scads of rumours are belting through the internet regarding Google's supposed entry into online file storage and sharing next week - giving the likes of Dropbox a heart attack in the process.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012
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Android App of the WeekAt last, the much vaunted iPhone picture blogging app has arrived on Android and, judging by the one million downloads it saw on the day of release, it’s been eagerly awaited.
Alun Taylor, 17 Apr 2012

Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

AnalysisComputer languages and software interfaces may fall under copyright protection if Oracle succeeds in its Java lawsuit against Google. Amazingly, "copyfighters" appear to have paid little or no notice to this rare extension of copyright into new realms. But the consequences and costs for the software industry could be enormous.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2012

SpaceX Dragon gets green-light for launch to Space Station

PicElon Musk's SpaceX is getting ready to make history after its Dragon spacecraft was given the go-ahead for a 30 April launch for its resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2012

Hitachi's flexible servers sport homegrown LPAR virtualization

Sometimes Hitachi and IBM are bitter enemies, as they were in the peak days of the mainframe market, and sometimes they are partners, as they have been with Hitachi making some entry mainframes for Big Blue in recent years while also reselling IBM's Power-based AIX servers in Japan. It looks like the two are working together on their new converged systems, too.

Paddy Power website fell at Grand National first fence

Irish betting behemoth Paddy Power is giving out a free bet to customers after its website crashed for 20 minutes just before the Grand National horse race on Saturday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2012

Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

CommentThe Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2010 was, overall, a total cockup: but there was one major decision in it which made good sense for British servicemen and taxpayers. It now seems more and more likely that Prime Minister David Cameron, prompted by arms mammoth BAE Systems and by the RAF, intends to reverse that move and continue the destruction of British combat power which has been underway now for more than a decade.
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2012
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Oracle biz-pusher Paul Young leaves Avnet TS

Avnet has commenced the search for a successor to Oracle business unit director Paul Young, who is moving to Hamilton Rentals as UK sales director.
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2012

Cellco execs lay into Nokia's Lumia

Major European mobile phone network operators reckon Nokia's Lumia smartphones simply aren't good enough to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.
Caleb Cox, 17 Apr 2012
Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Panasonic PT-AT5000E LCD projector

ReviewPanasonic has notched up some memorable firsts when it comes to home cinema projection. Not only was it the first brand to introduce a native 16:9 widescreen model, it led the way with Full HD too.
Steve May, 17 Apr 2012

BT wants to poke fingers in EVERY broadband cash pie

Broadband minister Ed Vaizey confirmed to MPs yesterday that BT was bidding for all eight cabling projects currently in procurement.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2012

Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

Ikea, the Swedish flat-pack furniture giant, is to offer its design-conscious punters consumer electronics equipment, it said today.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2012

Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

Apple neglected the channel when divvying up stocks of the latest iPad, but disties that laid hands on the device found the margins were slightly more generous than on previous generations.
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2012

RIM mulls pimping BlackBerry OS to Samsung – report

RIM is seeking a financial consultant to help it with its recent money woes and is considering licensing out its mobile operating system, according to a report in Bloomberg.
Anna Leach, 17 Apr 2012

Telefonica recruits EA to lure punters with games, deals

Telefonica Digital, the service branch of O2's owner, has signed a content deal with Electronic Arts in the hope of cementing customer relationships with bundled deals.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2012

ICANN battled dot-word TLD registration leak bug for WEEKS

Red-faced ICANN has delayed its new generic top-level domains programme again as it struggles to deal with the fallout of a security bug that exposed confidential data about applicants.
Kevin Murphy, 17 Apr 2012

Mystery hologram disc upstart gobbles InPhase blueprints

3D holographic storage upstart hVault has bought assets of crashed rival InPhase and announced it will ship systems in the spring.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012

POWERFUL solar flare belched at Mars rover Curiosity

VidNASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite has spotted a giant eruption off the surface of the Sun that will hit rover Curiosity on its way to Mars.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2012

Samsung boss vows siblings won't see a penny of inheritance

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee has vowed that his siblings won't see a penny more of his father's inheritance than they already have – and said that he'd sue them right back.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2012

Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

Microsoft has put Windows marketing on a diet, cutting the number of packaged editions from six under Windows 7 to just three main versions for its latest OS, which is due later this year.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2012

Adapt swallows eLINIA for £13m, plans £100m sales op

Adapt, the venture cap-backed UK managed service provider, is touting ambitions to build a £100m operation inside four years and has taken a small step toward that goal by stumping up £13m for infrastructure outsourcing firm eLINIA.
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2012

Google faces WHOPPING FTC fine for Safari privacy gaffe

Google is reportedly going to be slapped with a bigger regulatory fine than the meagre one handed down to it from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2012

Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

An iPhone-owner whose daughter downloaded $200 (£125) worth of "Zombie Toxin" and "Gems" through in-app purchases on his iPhone has been allowed to pursue a class action suit against Apple for compensation of up to $5m (£3.1m).
Anna Leach, 17 Apr 2012
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Microsoft details Halo 4 release

Microsoft has said that the keenly awaited Halo 4 will be launched worldwide on 6 November 2012.
Caleb Cox, 17 Apr 2012

Speaking in Tech: Forget G-Drive hype, try Dropbox-for-Big-Biz

Team Register, 17 Apr 2012

Toshiba gobbles IBM's POS biz for $850m

As was rumored, IBM is indeed selling off its Retail Store Systems (RSS) division to competitor Toshiba. And it will be getting $850m (£530m) for it.

Austrian village considers a F**king name change

An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it.
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2012

Microsoft goes global with System Center 2012 at MMC

Microsoft announced the global release of System Center 2012 at its 10th annual Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas this morning, and has confirmed that the server version of Windows 8 will be released as Windows Server 2012.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2012

WD lets loose ferocious 1TB VelociRaptor

WD has boosted the capacity of its 10K VelociRaptor disk drive, jumping to a 1TB capacity from the current 600GB.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012

Appcelerator ties on cloudy back-end for Titanium devs

Appcelerator has updated its Titanium mobile developer platform to add scalable cloud service integration to the back-end of applications following its acquisition of Cocoafish in February.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2012
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Intel beats Q1 expectations, jacks up revenue forecast

Intel crept in over expectations with its Q1 results today, though its silicon business dipped 2 per cent on the previous year's slightly longer quarter.
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2012
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SoftLayer tailors HPC clouds with GPU lining

Hosting and cloud computing service provider SoftLayer is getting into the modern hybrid supercomputer racket with the launch of GPU-enhanced server instances.

Intel boss turns earnings call into iPhone flirt fest

Intel boss Paul Otellini used its Q1 earnings call today to continue the chip giant's flirty pitch to build chips for Apple's iOS devices.
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2012

Seagate profits from Thai flooding

Seagate made huge profits of $1.1 billion on revenue of $4.4 billion in its third fiscal 2012 quarter, following a very successful second quarter.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012

Greenpeace calls out cloud names on green claims

In spite of claims that cloud computing is getting “greener”, Greenpeace has launched a campaign calling on Apple, Amazon and Microsoft to improve their performance.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2012

IBM turns in profits bump despite server slump

IT bellwhether IBM missed Wall Street's revenue projections for Q1 by a smidgen but beat expectations for bottom line growth.

Chorus awarded bigger chunk of kiwi rural rollout

Chorus, the former utility arm of Telecom New Zealand, has secured additional contracts in the deployment of New Zealand’s rural national broadband network.
Natalie Apostolou, 17 Apr 2012

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