15th > May > 2012 Archive


Yellow Pages targets zombie survivalist market

Australia’s Yellow Pages will hand out A$2500 to the developer whose app best assists users to survive a zombie invasion and/or apocalypse … with the aid of the popular business directory.

iCloud blows away 15 million users for 90 minutes

Apple’s iCloud service crashed for ninety minutes on Monday, US time, leaving 12% of users – about 15 million people - possibly “unable to access iCloud mail.”
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Indian government to buy in tech for social good

The Indian government has revealed ambitious plans to set-up a Technology Acquisition Fund designed to facilitate the purchase of technologies from across the globe in order that they may be modified and commercialised domestically to benefit the whole of Indian society.
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ESA seeks doctor for Antarctic spaceflight sim

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to interview “doctors who are not afraid of the dark” for a spaceflight research gig at one of the coldest, darkest places on earth.

Thailand dries off and ramps up IT spending

Thailand is back on the scene and spending like there’s no tomorrow, according to new IDC stats which show the country is set to complete its rehabilitation from the devastating floods last year and jump to number two spot in IT spending in Southeast Asia.
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Game goes titsup in Australia

Competition from online retailers has claimed another casualty in the high street with the demise of the australian incarnation of chain store retailer, Game.

125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers.
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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

Laptop manufacturers hoping to flog ultrabooks – or, as Intel has trademarked them, Ultrabooks™ – may be able to shave their prices a bit now that AMD has released its second-generation A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), code-named "Trinity".
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HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

Review The test unit I reviewed was forwarded on to me from the Harrods press office. That alone should tell you a lot about the HP Envy 14 Spectre. For you, Harrods may conjure images of oil sheiks browsing bling, affectatious middle classes buying ham and feeble-minded tourists ogling Saint Diana's soiled crockery, but Harrods makes a point of not selling crap.
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West Midlands plods get mobile fingerprint tech

West Midlands police is to introduce fingerprint scanning devices, which allow officers to find out if a person is wanted by police or the courts.

Flashy mutant Ultrabooks to shove pure SSD chaps off cliff

Storage industry research firm TrendFocus says Ultrabooks will increasingly use hybrid disk drives for their near-SSD speed, HDD capacity and ability to undercut pure SSD Ultrabook prices. Seagate thinks hybrid drives will eventually enter every part of its product portfolio.
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Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

A publisher of adult photos can no longer raise claims that Google infringed its copyright in the US following a stipulation by a district court in California.
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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

Technology that allows cars to snoop on motorists and tell insurers about their bad driving will form a worldwide market worth $14.4bn (£8.95bn) by 2016, analysts reckon.
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Fastest-ever hydrocarb scramjet hits Mach 8, doesn't explode

The successful test launch of the hydrocarbon-fuelled scramjet HIFire 2 by the US brings mankind a step closer to practical travel at over five times the speed of sound.
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IBM smashes Flash out of Wimbledon, serves up HTML5 app

Next month’s Wimbledon tennis championship in London will serve up more player data than ever before and, for the first time, deliver live video to game fans over the web.
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US-Russian trio blast off to space station in Soyuz launch

Three new crew members blasted off in the wee hours of this morning for a two-day flight aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.
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Sony to add full HD display to 15in Ivy Bridge laptop

Two laptop lines were refreshed by Sony this morning: the Vaio E and S.
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Nokia outs budget phone pair

Nokia has unwrapped a couple of budget phones this morning, pitching the 110 and 112 as internet devices despite their - by modern standards - tiny 1.8in, 128 x 160 screens.
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London's Oyster card website still down after 12-hour outage

Transport for London's Oyster card website jumped the tracks and fell offline for 12 hours, leaving anyone wanting to top-up, cancel or renew their card online unable to do so.

NHS 'pays up to THREE times over the odds' for IT gear

The NHS is paying double or even triple normal prices for trivial tech gear including printer parts, cables and optical mice, according to a poll of IT bosses.
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Steve Jobs' death could clear way for more open Apple - Woz

Apple could be more open and just as successful - but don’t take it from us. That’s from company co-founder and computing idealist Steve Wozniak.
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HTC fires up latest Desire

HTC would like you to know about the Desire C, a Beats Audio-equipped phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

HP plonks newcomer into hot seat for EMEA Enterprise Group

HP has shuffled the management deck in EMEA in a restructure that's bagged big cheese Peter Ryan the top job at the Enterprise Group.
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Apple's Siri nominates Nokia as best phone maker

Who'd've thunk it? Apple's voice-assistant, Siri, has suggested Nokia's Lumia 900 as the lead candidate to be the best cell phone ever.
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Android App of the Week If you're a fan of the movies then this app should be right up your aisle. Not only can IMDb tell you just about everything you could ever wish to know about just about every film ever made, but it has all the information you need to plan your movie-going night out too.
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Apple scrubs old Leopards of Flashback Trojan infections

Apple has released patches that defend users of its older Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system against security threats.
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Virgin straps on phone masts for the flying upper classes

Flyers heading to New York on Virgin Atlantic will be able to make calls from the plane, thanks to a mobile mobile base station and a satellite uplink, but expect to pay through the nose for a service which hasn't proved popular elsewhere.
Bill Ray, 15 2012
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World+Dog as likely to view vids on PC as TV

Folks, you're as likely to watch video content on your computer as your TV, if stats collated by asking tens of thousands of web-surfing consumers around the world is anything to go by.
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IT products give energy giant DCC relief from icy hot patch

DCC gained some cheer from its IT distribution business over the last year, after an unusually mild winter put a chill on its energy distribution business.
Joe Fay, 15 2012
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Inside the Skynet ghost town built by bunker-based boffins

Analysis It's an empty city in the middle of the New Mexico desert ringed by a security perimeter. The wind will blow down barren streets, whisper through a vacant school, round high-rise offices cleared of commuters and out through lonely houses in suburbia. Unseen boffins will beaver away in underground bunkers.
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Facebook ups IPO shares to $38, edges towards $104bn value

Facebook has reportedly raised the price range on its IPO shares from the $28-$35 range to $34-$38 each, as the growing interest of investors has boosted the valuation of the firm to up to an eye-watering $104bn.
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VMware puts on new vFabric suite, takes your database on a date

VMware pretty much owns the virtualization layer on X86 iron inside of enterprises, but it has a long way to go to get the same kind of uptake for its vFabric application framework.
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Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

Conspiracy theorists and Apple haters, rejoice! Siri, Cupertino's iPhone 4S voice assistant, is no longer suggesting the Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho handset might be the best cellphone.
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Red Hat hits 10-year, $1bn Enterprise Linux birthday

Making a Linux distribution is easy, and lots of people have done it and continue to do it. All you have to do is get the source code and integrate the pieces you like and slap your logo on it.
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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

It's ThinkPads a-go-go at Lenovo, with dozens of the black-clad laptops announced today in four families: the T, X, L and W series.
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UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

The BSA is again bemoaning the lack of deterrents for software piracy after the commercial worth of unlicensed programs in the UK for 2011 remained at £1.2bn, unchanged on the previous year.

'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

Texan tech titan Dell has been forced to assert its commitment to equal rights in the workplace after a Danish funnyman hosting its channel event in Copenhagen rattled off a string of sexist jokes.
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ICO blasted offline by DDoS cannon in Leveson protest

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office website has been blown offline by a distributed-denial-of-service attack that appears to be a hacktivist protest over the Leveson Inquiry.
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Bitcoin bank Bitcoinica still titsup after cyberheist

Bitcoin exchange Bitcoinica remains offline following a hack against its systems last week that resulted in the theft of digital currency valued at approximately $90,000 (£56k).
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Coupon-spaffer Groupon starts to sniff actual profits

Groupon significantly reduced the amount of money it lost in the first quarter of this year, only ending up with a net loss of $11.7m compared to a loss of $146.5m in the same quarter of 2011.

The key questions you must ask to save your virty desktop dream

Sysadmin blog What is required for a successful stateless desktop deployment? Planning. Every implementation will be different, and experience has taught me that there are very few hard and fast rules.
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Mole sheds light on incoming illuminated Amazon Kindle

The E Ink display in Amazon's Kindles may be great for reading in bright sunshine, but it's pants on gloomy days and totally useless in the dark. But that may soon change: Amazon is said to be preparing a front-lit version of the popular e-book reader.

Kepler chip drought leaves Nvidia gasping for moolah

Supply shortages for 28 nanometer GPUs from fab partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp adversely impacted GPU chip and coprocessor maker Nvidia once again in its most recent quarter.
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Bubble 2.0 startups will crash out before they cash out

Open ... and Shut It's possible your next startup idea will earn you $1bn, but don't count on it.
Matt Asay, 15 2012
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US dope farmer in Walmart rattlesnake chomp shock

A Walmart customer required the urgent administration of "six bags of anti-venom" after a rattlesnake sank its fangs into him at a Washington state tentacle of the retail monolith.
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Scammers exploit wannabe demon-slayers hyped by Diablo III

Cybercrooks latched onto the release of Diablo III on Monday with a run of scams themed around the widely anticipated video game.
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EMC rolls new VMAX bundle for cloud pushers

It just sits there and rakes in money for you as users get provisioned, use the space and get billed: that's the message EMC is pushing to cloud service providers with a new VMAX bundle of array, software and services.
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US Supremes hammer final nail into Psystar coffin

The long and sordid Psystar saga creaked to its anti-climactic close on Monday: the US Supreme Court has refused to hear the hackintosher's request to review an appeals court's September 2011 decision not to overturn a December 2009 permanent injunction preventing the Florida company from selling Mac OS X–based clones.

Nvidia's Kepler pushes parallelism up to eleven

GTC 2012 When Nvidia did a preview of its next-generation "Kepler" GPU chips back in March, the company's top brass said that they were saving some of the goodies in the Kepler design for the big event at Nvidia's GPU Technical Conference in San Jose, which runs this week. And true to its word, the Kepler GPUs do have some goodies that will make them considerably more useful for graphics and HPC compute workloads.
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Cheques not checking out just yet

Electronic payments surging, but cheques not about to bounce Electronic payments are replacing the humble cheque, but not so fast that the descendants of the promisory note are irrelevant or should be hustled towards a hastened retirement.
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Greenpeace targets Apple with 10-foot Pod stunt

Silicon Valley cops arrested two Greenpeace activists who sealed themselves into a huge (i)Pod outside Apple HQ today, but chose not to cuff another bunch of activists who were dressed as giant iPhones.
Joe Fay, 15 2012
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Baidu touts mobe with 100GB web drive

Baidu, the company which dominates China's search business as Google dominates elsewhere, has launched a smartphone using the company's cloud platform to reduce the price and keep the users loyal.
Bill Ray, 15 2012
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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

The US Patent and Trademark Office has handed Apple's legal team what may turn out to be a powerful weapon in their ongoing battles against anyone with the temerity to launch products competitive with the iPhone and iPad: a patent on soft keyboards that modify their keys with the tap of an on-screen button.