2nd > July > 2012 Archive


Qantas gets rocked by Amadeus

Airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia went into temporary meltdown on Sunday morning (EST) when the Amadeus ALTEA platform which they both use was affected by unspecified technical issues.
Natalie Apostolou, 02 Jul 2012

Australia's Copyright Act gets digital upgrade

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released the final terms of reference of its review of copyright.
Natalie Apostolou, 02 Jul 2012

Sussex bobbies get undisclosed tablets in networked-copper trials

Sussex Police is to issue neighbourhood officers with tablet devices on a trial basis from 2 July, as part of a mobile policing project.

Gah! EU data protection will STIFLE business, moans gov.UK

The European Commission has not calculated the full costs to businesses of changes to the EU data protection regime, the Government has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Jul 2012

Google.eggfaced: Chocolate Factory spaffs cash in dot-word bungle

Google may have applied to ICANN for 101 new generic top-level domains, but at least three of the applications are doomed to fail because somebody forgot to read the manual.
Kevin Murphy, 02 Jul 2012

Overland Storage looses off fusillade of patent suits into tape crowds

On-the-ropes tape, disk protection and NAS vendor Overland Storage is suing seven tape product vendors for patent busting, including SpectraLogic.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is the curse of Windows. Not just its appearance, mid way through some serious game play or spreadsheeting, but the messages themselves - digital monologues on the existence of a problem, its possible causes and how you can fix it.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2012
Newbury Labs/Grundy NewBrain

The Grundy NewBrain is 30

ArchaeologicThe NewBrain was launched 30 years ago this month, but its arrival, in July 1982, was a long time coming. The genesis of the computer that might have been the BBC Micro - that might, even, have been Sinclair's first home computer - goes back more than four years to 1978.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2012

Google Drives its pot-o-cloud onto the iPhone, tangles with Dropbox

Google's iPhone/iPad G Drive app tries to take on Dropbox. It does its basic job reaosnably well, despite a crappy captcha.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

One day soon, maybe: Mobile health apps that are actually useful

Future of WirelessYou don't have to stick sensors inside people to see what's killing them - but just how much can you find out with nothing more than a breath of air and a teardrop or two?
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2012

Naked Scarlett Johansson pic snatch 'is worth 6 years' porridge'

Prosecutors have called for tough penalties and mid-level fines against the self-confessed Scarlett Johansson nude photo hacker.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2012
Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro crams BrightPoint down gullet for $840m

Broadline behemoth Ingram Micro has coughed $840m (£535.7m) for specialist wireless device and services distie BrightPoint, the companies confirmed this morning.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012

Bluetooth gizmo lets you take card payments via smartphone

Retailers who've been waiting for Square to jump the pond can now sign up with startup mPowa, and start using a Bluetooth reader capable of processing Chip 'n PIN cards.
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2012
BBC TV's Porridge

Apple makes Cocoa with Porridge

Never let it be said: Apple employees have no sense of humour.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2012

Squabbling EU heads force Council to split patent court in 3

The UK, France and Germany have removed the last obstacle to the formation of a unified European patent system by divvying up the court between them.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jul 2012

Trio of 'nauts plonk down after six-month space station stint

VidThree International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the orbiting platform.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jul 2012

Microsoft silently kills silent, automatic Skype install via Updates

Microsoft has pulled the plug on a Windows update that snuck Skype onto business PCs.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2012

Apple lobs pocket change to Proview, ending Chinese IPAD name row

Apple has forked out $60m to settle the row over the name IPAD with Chinese firm Proview Technology.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jul 2012

Sony grabs cloud-gaming group Gaikai

Sony has acquired cloud-gaming company Gaikai for $380m (£240m) with a view to using the streaming service set to strengthen its online offering.
Caleb Cox, 02 Jul 2012

Sozzled Americans nagged by talking urinal cake

Michigan males intent on celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with a few liveners are advised that when the time comes to send the booze back to the brewers, it'll be the urinal, rather than the beer, that's doing the talking.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2012

Microsoft gets its hypervisor war face on, squares up to VMware

Microsoft has enlisted X-IO and others as its proxies alongside Hyper-V and SMB in a war against VMware and NFS.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

Plans for special police-run ICT firm to firm up this month

Home Office Minister Theresa May is set to finally add some colour to the plans she sketched out last year over the creation of a police ICT company, the department has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012

Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

Samsung has filed an appeal against the US ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone that will take the Google mobe off the market for nearly two years.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 Jul 2012
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Avnet gobbles Magirus, aiming to deliver swollen offerings

Avnet Inc is consuming pan-European distributor Magirus Group for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012

Overland patent broadside: Targeted firms vow to fight

Quantum and other vendors being sued by Overland Storage for allegedly infringing its patents are in more of a mood to fight than settle.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

LinkedIn inked out: Twitter cuts off jabberhose to suits

Twitter has tightened the screws on its application programming interface (API), cutting dead syndication with LinkedIn and promising a more "consistent" network for its users.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2012

Micron's Elpida buy is GO for $2.5bn - and then there were three

Confirming previous reports, Micron is spending $2.5 billion to buy bankrupt and debt-ridden Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida and so double its DRAM market share to 24 per cent, second only to Samsung.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012

Users enraged by Cisco's cloudy 'upgrade' to Linksys routers

Cisco was forced into reverse ferret mode late last week, after it automatically updated some of its Linksys routers in such a way as to make use of its Cloud-based management console obligatory.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2012

YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

Radio hams with a downer on powerline Ethernet are set to be even more upset by the debut of YouView. The IPTV platform is recommending the networking-over-the-mains technology.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2012

Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

The leap second inserted at the weekend crippled Linux-powered servers running one of the world’s largest airline reservation systems - delaying and cancelling flights.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2012
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Fujitsu phones to guide the blind through homes

Fujitsu has helped develop an indoor support system that utilises impulse radio ultrawideband (UWB) tech to guide blind and partially sighted people around their homes.
Caleb Cox, 02 Jul 2012

Dell finally nabs Quest for $2.4bn

UpdatedAfter a minor bidding war with Insight Venture Partners, Michael Dell has prevailed with a bag of cash stuffed with $2.4bn (£1.5bn) to take over Quest Software - a peddler of a hodge-podge of systems, database, performance and access management tools as well as data archiving software.
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... optical disc drives

Buyer's GuideOptical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers.
Simon Williams, 02 Jul 2012
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Misery ending? UK reseller insolvencies may have bottomed out

Insolvency rates in the UK channel were back to pre-recession levels in Q2, according to official stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012

UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

AnalysisPhotographers, illustrators and authors will be amongst those to lose their digital rights under radical new proposals published by the Government today. New legislation is proposed that would effectively introduce a compulsory purchase order, but without compensation, across an unlimited range of creative works, for commercial use.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2012

Baltic cyber bank burglars cop hefty porridge spell

A trio of cybercrooks that used malware to carry out electronic banking fraud have been jailed.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2012

Microsoft runs price-hike Lite promo for Open Value licenses

Microsoft distributor Westcoast is trying to "ease the pain" for customers facing a price hike on Open Value Volume (OVV) licenses by pushing out a three-month promo.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012

Google nixes extra wireless attachments to its new Kansas fibres

Google has rejected overtures from a Kansas non-profit to integrate their wireless solution for the digitally challenged, saying that it didn't fit into their licensing model.
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2012

Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

Facebook has found an innovative way to encourage use of its email service: reach into users' mobile phone address books and change the email addresses stored against each contact to their Facebook email account.
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2012

Google makes 'proposal' to Europe on antitrust concerns

Google has submitted what it described as a "proposal" to antitrust officials in Brussels that the search giant said addresses the "abuse of dominance" claims outlined by competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia in May this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2012
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More revelers amp up hybrid memory cube party

A bunch more IT vendors have picked up shiny new Hybrid Memory Cube sledgehammers and are working with Micron Technology and Samsung Electronics to smash the memory barrier.
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Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

Apple is facing a shutdown of its Italian operations by competition authorities over repeated flouting of that country's consumer-protection laws.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2012

Web stat WTF: iOS beats Android 3 to 1, iOS and Android tied

Apple's iOS devices account for 65 per cent of mobile web traffic versus Android's 20 per cent, or the two operating systems are neck-and-neck at about a quarter of all mobile web traffic apiece.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2012
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BAE proposes GPS-less location

Whether or not Iran used GPS spoofing to down a US drone last year, there’s no doubt that GPS spoofing is both real and easier than the military would like. Now, BAE Systems is proposing a positioning technology that works without GPS.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Jul 2012

Fermilab scientists give their data one last squeeze

Just ahead of this week’s scheduled press conference by CERN, at which LHC researchers are due to announce the result of their latest data analysis, Fermilab scientists have put a narrower value on the possible Higgs Boson mass.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Jul 2012

Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' morphs into Firefox OS

Mozilla has announced details of its forthcoming mobile OS built on web technologies, henceforth to be known as Firefox OS and aimed at the "billions of users" who will soon flood the shallow end of the feature pool.
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2012

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