11th > May > 2012 Archive


Office 365 hard enough to penetrate US government

Microsoft’s cloud productivity pack Office 365 has won an important certification from the US government, by ticking off all the to-do’s on the list to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

Habitual viewers of smut often mess up their lives, according to preliminary analysis of a new study conducted by University of Sydney academics, who believe the problem is caused in part by the ubiquitous availability of online video nasties that viewers can watch anywhere, with many devices.

Citrix snaps up Virtual Computer for VDI

It has been a busy week for desktop, server, and application virtualization juggernaut Citrix Systems, which is hosting its Synergy user conference in San Francisco this week.
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Shy Venus in rare Sun crossing next month

Venus will pass across the face of the Sun just four weeks, the last chance for more than a century to observe our nearest planetary neighbour crossing our star’s fiery surface.

Twin-track development plan for Intel's expansion into smartphones

Intel is planning a two-pronged attack on the smartphone and tablet markets, with dual Atom lines going down to 14 nanometers and Android providing the special sauce to spur sales.

Tonga gets hitched to Southern Cross

A new US$18 million undersea cable project connecting the Kingdom of Tonga and Fiji to Australia and the US is under construction following the awarding of the contract to Alcatel-Lucent.

Megacorps accuse Chinese fab workers of pilfering designs

Multinationals based in China are increasingly worried about their local workforce stealing valuable intellectual property but many are failing to act in a timely and proactive manner to combat information security threats, according to a panel of security experts.
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NBN Co keeps Aus unemployment down

Corning Cable Systems has unveiled a new manufacturing plant in Victoria which will create 400 new jobs as a result of securing a key National Broadband Network Co contract.
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Government pledges tougher games sales law

The government is to toughen videogame sales regulations and introduce a legally enforceable 12 rating.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
Ten free apps for new PCs

Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Product round-up Product round-up If you’ve just purchased a spanking new Windows PC, what to slap on there often leaves pause for thought. The trial bloatware that inevitably came with your machine might keep you busy for a while until the payment nag screens start. Yet those costs and curses aside, there are plenty of free apps out there to …

Foxconn moves into e-distribution

Apple’s controversial Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is moving into e-commerce distribution and opening new headquarters in Shanghai.
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe welcomes Chinese tech investment

China’s technology industry received an unexpected, and possibly unwelcome, piece of publicity on Thursday when Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe hailed the success of the “technology transfer” between the two countries.
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North Korean GPS blocking sparks cyber war fears

South Korea will lodge an official complaint with the UN over its reclusive neighbour after GPS-blocking by the North for over a week disrupted hundreds of flights, in what some officials are worried could be the first signs of a looming cyber war.

MoJ opens wallet, offers £300m for desktop services

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is planning to spend up to £300m on end user computing and desktop services as part of a future IT sourcing plan.

Facebook tests paid post promotion

Facebook has been spotted trialling a service that allows users to pay a small fee, said to be US$2 dollars, to highlight posts to “Make sure friends see this.”
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Europe must shift R&D from car gizmos to infrastructure, honks wonk

Europe needs to focus on infrastructure and intelligent transport systems, one of the EU's top transport policy wonks said today, introducing the 13th EU Hitachi Science & Technology Forum in London.
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Battle continues over LOHAN's mighty rod

The fierce debate continues down at the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mosh pit as to whether our proposed launch system for the Vulture 2 spaceplane will actually work.
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Disabled can't 'Go Compare' on price comparison websites

Disabled visitors to five of the UK's most popular price comparison websites are not being provided with sufficient tools to successfully use the sites, which is a breach of laws on discrimination, a charity has said.
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Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

Classic proto first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D is now free to play, courtesy of developer Bethesda.
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Knomo Folio iPad 3 case

Accessory of the Week Apple’s magnetic Smart Cover is very clever, but it’s far from perfect. For one thing, it doesn't protect the back of the iPad. And if you’re anything like me and habitually leave your iPad on a kitchen counter or table, you’ll have found that its not as immune from scratching as you might have thought.
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Ubuntu will hit the big time on Amazon: Here's how

Open ... and Shut The cloud is the new operating system, and Amazon owns the cloud. Big iron vendors like IBM and HP are feeling the heat as workloads itch to move off expensive mainframes into Amazon's public cloud. Even Microsoft, the once undisputed king of the operating system, is under siege as its Seattle neighbor embraces and extends .NET and SQL Server, making Amazon, not Microsoft, the one-stop shop for enterprise computing needs.
Matt Asay, 11 2012
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ISP kills off country-ban dodge after just 48 hours

A new ISP has withdrawn its "global mode" that allowed punters to evade country-based blocking of web content - just 48 hours after switching on the service.

BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

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'Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!!'

Quotw This was the week when the Oracle v Google trial over the Chocolate Factory's use of Java in the Android OS rumbled on, and the jury didn't help matters much.

Leica goes all out B&W for M-Monochrom camera

Leica unveiled several camera models today, including the world's first digital rangefinder camera with a dedicated black and white sensor for monochrome photography, as well as a compact with a 20x optical zoom.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012

Logica's UK order book crashes by 80 per cent

Logica's UK outsourcing ordering book took a hammering in Q1, falling 80 per cent year-on-year – albeit against a strong 2011.
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Colour Kindle incoming says mole

Colour Kindle, anyone? Yes, we thought that would mean the arrival of the Kindle Fire over here, but the inevitable Taiwanese contract-manufacturer moles say, no, it's a colour e-ink device with a multi-touch sensor overlaying the display.
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Review Round and round we go the video format bush. First you recorded it off the telly. Then you bought it on VHS. Finally, you acquired a perfectly brilliant version on DVD. And now, finally again, Sony Pictures has found yet another way for you to part with your money for the love of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Is HP's printer-and-PC mashup good for channel?

Euro channel insight An admission to start with. As some of you will know I have a soft spot for HP, this is based on being a former employee at the company. I joined when the LaserJet One was in full swing and the LaserJet Two was just starting to be sold.
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Third teen TeamPoison hack suspect quizzed by cyber-cops

British cyber-cops have arrested a third suspected member of the infamous TeaMp0isoN hacker crew.
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7.85in 'iPad Mini' said to sport retina screen

The 7.85in iPad will sport a "retina" display after all, it has been claimed, but will still come in at $200-250 retail.
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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

Far from being a mere staple of science fiction, plenty of flying cars really do exist, we're told. But there's one problem: hardly anyone knows how to fly them.
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Swarm of investors crave 'more shares than Facebook is selling'

Facebook's IPO is already oversubscribed with too many investors eyeing up more shares than those available, according to a well-placed source.

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Poll The moment has arrived for you, our beloved cinemagoing readers, to vote for the worst movie never made.

Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

Sony shares dropped to a 30-year low on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today after reporting a record loss of $5.7bn.

HP Software goes back to drawing board with MSP scheme

HP Software is taking its global managed service provider programme back to the drawing board after admitting that it is unworkable at a country level.
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Yahoo! CEO! didn't! even! read! his! own! CV!

Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson has said that the fuss over his CV and the computer science degree that never was is totally not his fault - because he never gave the web firm his résumé or told them what qualifications he had.
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UK court rules Nokia infringed patent, Finns party on anyway

A top UK court has ruled that Nokia's old 3G handsets infringed a telecoms patent owned by technology warehouse IPCom, which wants a ban on every mobile made by the Finns.
Bill Ray, 11 2012

RM dumps cash-bleeding ISIS Concepts onto ex-owner

RM has offloaded its loss-making classroom furniture biz ISIS Concepts to its former owner and current managing director Nick Topliss for £205,000.

Samsung sheds light on low-cost WinPho blower

Samsung announced its latest offering based on the Windows Phone platform today, the Omnia M, a low-end alternative for those who want Microsoft's tile UI, but don't fancy one of Nokia's budget Lumia.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Using a Lenovo All-In-One? Grab a fire extinguisher!

Lenovo is recalling another 15,000 All-In-One desktops due to concerns about over-heating and potential fire hazards, taking the tally to 188,000.

Whiptail flashes new kit, launches 72TB storage monster

Whiptail, the flash array startup from Whippany, New Jersey, has boosted and renamed its XLR8r flash array, and launched a 72TB flash storage monster called INVICTA.
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Rovio flies away from Angry Birds for all-new puzzler

With Rovio's Angry Birds hitting the billion-download mark recently, the Finnish developer has turned its attention to its next mobile game, revealed this week as Amazing Alex.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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BeyondTrust gobbles Code Red vuln firm eEye

Access control biz BeyondTrust has acquired vulnerability management vendor eEye Digital Security. The financial terms of the deal, announced on Thursday, were not disclosed.
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Xyratex jumps out of drive drawers... onto converged racks

Following a slump in sales of its disk drive array drawers, Xyratex is moving into clustered and converged compute, storage and networking HPC racks, with Cray as a lead customer.
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Amnesty International UK site flung Gh0st RAT at surfers after hack

Amnesty International UK's website was hacked early this week in an assault ultimately geared towards planting malware onto the PCs of visiting surfers.

AppSense revs up user virt tools to 8.4

AppSense figured out that managing users was a headache long before virtual desktop infrastructure became a possibility for enterprises. The company has spent the last decade evolving user management tools that spanned many different kinds of systems and application virtualization layers, such as the Citrix Presentation Server (now XenApp) and Microsoft App-V, as well as physical Windows servers. But as is the case with all software; it can always be made easier to use and faster to deploy as well as expanded into new areas of relevancy.
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GTC 2012: Not your average vendo-loveathon

HPC blog One of my very favorite industry events is coming up next week: the NVIDIA-organised GPU Technology Conference, aka GTC 2012. I’ve been in the tech industry for almost 20 years; roughly half that time was spent working for The Man in vendor firms, and the other half at my own boutique industry analyst firm. Not surprisingly, I’ve been to a lot of vendor-sponsored conferences. I’ve helped organise some and have had speaking slots at quite a few, so I know the drill.
Dan Olds, 11 2012
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Egenera runs virty tools on IBM BladeCenters

Egenera, the virtualized server infrastructure pioneer, has certified its PAN Manager control freakery to run on IBM's BladeCenter blade servers.
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SpaceX and Bigelow sign deal for inflatable space stations in orbit

SpaceX has signed a partnership deal with Bigelow Aerospace (BA) to offer a taxi service to and from the inflatable habitats BA intends to put into orbit.

Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship pre-IPO

Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook, has abandoned his American citizenship ahead of the social networking company's possibly oversubscribed IPO in May.