13th > June > 2012 Archive

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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

Asus Transformer Pad TF300

Review It’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.
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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.
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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.
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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

Analysis Apple 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.
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UK.gov cloud is 'biggest breakthrough' - UK.gov cloud CIO

CCWF2012 The UK public sector's IT bazaar Cloudstore sold about £500,000 of services between February and April this year, government CIO Andy Nelson said.
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Cisco vs TiVo DVR smackdown: Whose patent is it anyway?

Analysis It‘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?
Faultline, 13 2012
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Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

Apple has changed the MacBook Air's SSD connector - again.
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Newbie German team 3-to-1 fave in cluster building compo

HPC Blog Early 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.
Dan Olds, 13 2012
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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.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

Analysis We used to draw a distinct line between what was acceptable business conduct here at home and what we did abroad with Johnny Foreigner.
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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.
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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.
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... memory cards

Smarter Memory Memory 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.
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All of Europe's data in US servers? We're OK with that - EC bod

CCWF2012 A 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.
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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.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Dell loves acquired firms like 'adopted kids'

Podcast Podcast The crew at our enterprise tech-cast pushed past the storage crowds yesterday at the Dell Storage Forum in Boston to bring Reg readers a special recording of Speaking in Tech. Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela recorded the podcast LIVE at the forum mere hours ago, where …

'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Trust lawyers, not techies, when it comes to the cloud

CCWF2012 CIOs 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.
Joe Fay, 13 2012
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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.
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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.
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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.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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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.
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Serengeti corrals Hadoop with VMware hypervisors

Hadoop World 2012 It 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.
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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.
Hadoop in the enterprise

Teradata hitches Aster hybrid database to Hadoop

Hadoop World 2012 Like 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.
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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.
Androids on skateboards

Purdue researchers add ‘wakelock’ cleanup to phone power research

The Purdue University team which in March published a paper identifying how rogue apps and user-tracking can sap Android batteries has followed up with research into detecting and fixing the “wakelock” bugs.