World+dog discovers hi-res aerial maps, thanks to Google and Apple
While I’m happy to join in the general outrage about intrusions on our privacy, the metaphorical 72-point front-page headlines about Google and Apple display a deep ignorance about the existing, common, mundane uses of aerial imaging.
Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore
Oracle is red-faced in the Asia-Pacific, as one of its staffers has been accused of trading sex for favourable treatment by Singapore’s narcotics agency.
Exploit posted for vulnerable F5 kit
A vulnerability in F5 kit first announced in February may be in the wild, with code posted to Github purporting to be an exploit.
BYOD will cost a packet, warn experts
Enterprise mobility experts have warned IT managers not to enter bring your own device (BYOD) programs with cost reduction in mind, arguing that application development and support costs can quickly get out of hand if not strictly controlled from the start.
China fingered as lappie disappears from Taiwanese boat
Taiwanese military types are trying to allay fears that a laptop which went missing from a high-speed missile boat last month could pose a risk to national security after concerns that the device was stolen by Chinese spies.
Media moguls urged to go mobile in Asia
Around a third of the world’s mobile internet users will come from China by 2016, driving a boom in the digital entertainment and media market, although concerns persist over digital piracy across some Asian countries, according to a new report.
Asus Transformer Pad TF300
ReviewIt’s no secret that I like the Asus Transformer Prime a lot. Still, £500 is a lot for a tablet even if it does go like the clappers, is made of aluminium and has a cracking keyboard dock with a built-in extra battery.
Foreign Office commercial chief: Suppliers, don't be liars
The commercial director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has argued that if the government is to achieve its goal of procurements taking 120 days, both Whitehall and suppliers have to understand what they are procuring and the risks associated with it.
W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!
New technology that stops websites gathering information about users should not be switched on by default, but should require an explicit instruction to begin working, an internet standards body has said.
Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?
AnalysisApple loves to be ahead of the competition on the technology curve, but has it shuffled up that curve a little too far? The new retina MacBook is causing angst among Apple's most loyal professional users.
UK.gov cloud is 'biggest breakthrough' - UK.gov cloud CIO
CCWF2012The UK public sector's IT bazaar Cloudstore sold about £500,000 of services between February and April this year, government CIO Andy Nelson said.
Cisco vs TiVo DVR smackdown: Whose patent is it anyway?
AnalysisIt‘s hard to read a "TiVo is sued by someone" headline these days and get excited about it. Multiple courts, going up to the highest in the US, have backed TiVo‘s claims to its Time Warp and other patents, dating back to 2001, so how can it get its patents re-examined once again?
Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech
Apple has changed the MacBook Air's SSD connector - again.
Newbie German team 3-to-1 fave in cluster building compo
HPC BlogEarly money makes Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) a heavy favorite to win both the LINPACK and Overall number-crunching benchmark competitions at next week’s Student Cluster Challenge in Hamburg, Germany.
Three touts 'unlimited' Euro data roaming for a fiver a day
Three has promised its contract-bound punters unlimited internet access in the rest of Europe for just a fiver a day.
CSC UK touts jobs at RIVALS to techies facing chop
Outsourcing biz CSC has allowed rivals to advertise job vacancies on its intranet as hundreds of workers face redundancy.
Xperia Tipo tips up as two-Sim Sony
Sony today signalled a few fresh Xperias, including a low-end social smartphone and a handset with dual-Sim capabilities.
Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good
AnalysisWe used to draw a distinct line between what was acceptable business conduct here at home and what we did abroad with Johnny Foreigner.
Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions
Nine out of 10 execs think Big Data - the hoarding of information from server logs to social networking posts - is the fourth most important input to a business. The execs questioned in a survey published yesterday described data sets as the fourth factor of production after land, labour and capital.
Dell global channel boss talks up dealer training
Dell is talking up the importance of training to resellers despite upping the revenue requirement for those wanting to cling onto the Premier Partner badge.
Watch Smarter: video guide to... memory cards
Smarter MemoryMemory cards come in a dozen different shapes and sizes. And speeds too. Selecting the best card match to the gear that uses them isn't as simple as it might seem.
All of Europe's data in US servers? We're OK with that - EC bod
CCWF2012A European Commission director has said that it shouldn’t really matter where Europe’s data is stored, as long as it’s secure and protected.
Red Bull races gamers for Grand Prix prize
Red Bull has launched a videogame competition to find the UK's best virtual racer, who will then be taken to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to hang out with its F1 team.
'You don't have to take Prozac to work at Capita - but it helps'
Capita IT Services' morale-zapping redundancy programme is not running to schedule nor playing out smoothly, say company insiders.
Music SEVEN times more valuable to UK plc than first thought
Government statisticians and economists have revised their estimates of the value of copyright investment in the UK economy - and found it's worth £3.2bn more than they previously reckoned.
Nokia eyes private equity buyer for bling-phone firm
Private equity firm EQT appears to be back in the running as a potential buyer of Vertu, Nokia's wholly owned maker of bling-phones for the extremely well-heeled.
Watch out, world! Ofcom is off the leash to bite radio jammers
The UK radio regulator will start regulating the use of radio spectrum, but only at Olympic venues and only for the duration of the Games, despite calls for Ofcom to be given longer-lasting clout.
Trust lawyers, not techies, when it comes to the cloud
CCWF2012CIOs thinking of shifting to the cloud or kicking off a flagship big data project would be better off talking to their lawyers than their techies before starting to leaf through glossy corporate presentations.
That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it
Exam board AQA's head of accreditation Mary Jane Newman has revealed a few more details about the so-called "Microsoft GCSE", which will be taught in Britain from September.
Apple silences mute kids' speech app in patent blowup
Apple is accused of silencing children after its App Store pulled an iPad speech synthesiser that gave mute youngsters a voice.
Finally a use for quantum computers: Finding LOL-cats faster
Boffins at the University of Southern California have been looking at applications for quantum computing, and discovered that it's going to make for some serious search engine tech.
Torvalds splits 2012 Millennium Technology Prize with gene scientist
Linus Torvalds picked up his share of the world's largest technology award, the Millennium Prize, along with a check for €600,000 ($752,000) at a ceremony in Finland.
AMD to plunk ARM core onto Fusion, Opteron chips
In February, when the new management team at Advanced Micro Devices presented revised roadmaps for PC and server processors that were a bit more conservative than what the old AMD might have drawn up, the company's top techies hinted that they were interested in integrating other intellectual property into Fusion and Opteron processors. And now we find out that one of those things is an ARM core.
AU domains on security alert
Australia’s self-regulatory domain name registration regime is set for a shake up, following a proposal from governing body auDA that calls for the introduction of a mandatory information security standard (ISS) for all existing and potential registrars.
Serengeti corrals Hadoop with VMware hypervisors
Hadoop World 2012It is a wonder why VMware has not rolled up its own Hadoop stack yet and made it part of its Cloud Foundry project, but perhaps a new project called Serengeti, the virtualization juggernaut that wants to rule the cloudy world is taking another step in that direction.
Pegasus rocket lofts NuSTAR X-ray telescope into orbit
NASA has confirmed the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) X-Ray telescope has successfully made it into orbit after an airborne launch over the Pacific Ocean.
No API in spec for new Sydney traffic model
The State government of New South Wales has invited interested parties to build a new “Mesoscopic traffic model of Sydney road network,” but seems to have made a policy backflip by leaving out a requirement for a public API, or even public access, to the model.
Teradata hitches Aster hybrid database to Hadoop
Hadoop World 2012Like everyone else in the business analytics racket, Teradata has to come up with ways to integrate its products with batch-style Hadoop data munchers.
Skype launches in-call ads
In the kind of emetic doubletalk that can only be produced by highly-trained university professionals, Skype has justified its launch of in-call advertising by saying the move will let people “have meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment”.
SAP smashes HANA forecasts, adds big iron benchmark
Next week will see the one year anniversary of SAP's launch of HANA in-memory database processing, and the company is preparing to push the boat out in the wake of better than expected sales.
Counting the cost of cloud computing
Among the benefits of cloud computing are lower infrastructure costs, reduced time to market and greater flexibility, with no need for enterprises to buy, install and maintain IT infrastructure and software.