3rd July 2012 Archive

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Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

For all those customers who can’t wait to enjoy Windows 8’s Metro UI, Microsoft has announced pricing and availability of an upgrade package for users of previous versions of Windows.
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Microsoft names Zeus ringleaders and notifies FBI

Microsoft has named two individuals who it says are the leaders behind the Zeus botnet and has passed on its dossier on them to the FBI.
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Telstra invests in IPscape

Telstra’s Applications & Ventures GMD Deena Shiff is rolling out the acquisitions, revealing that the carrier has taken a stake in Australian contact centre application start up IPscape.
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China's internet wunderkind in the dock over alleged fraud

Chinese internet darling Qihoo 360 Technology has been accused by the research arm of hacktivist group Anonymous of deliberately overstating the volume of traffic to its site in order to attract advertisers, allegations which if true could see it kicked off the New York Stock Exchange.
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NEC Australia buys local ICT biz

NEC Australia has significantly bolstered up its local ICT presence after completing the acquisition of local IT solutions provider CSG’s Technology Solutions business.
LG 55LM960V Cinema 3D LED Smart TV

LG 55LM960V 55in Smart TV

Review The 55-inch LM960V is nothing if not formidable. LG has packed its new flagship LED with every digital doodah it can muster, and at £2,700, has priced it uncharacteristically high. This, the brand is clearly saying, is a telly to challenge the best there is – it’s worth paying through the nose for. In some ways, it’s right.
Steve May, 03 2012
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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

A third of IT professionals say their jobs appear geeky and boring, according to a study into why tech careers are not particularly popular with da yoof.
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Doctors must be trained to avoid web blab blunders, says group

A stray tweet could bring the whole medical profession into disrepute, a body that advises doctors on legal and ethical issues has warned.
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Ofcom: PhonepayPlus to regulate PayForIt but not operator billing

Payments made using the mobile PayForIt platform will henceforth be regulated by PhonepayPlus, but only a little bit, the governing regulator has decided.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
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RBS customers still suffering tech issues at Virgin One Account

Customers of the Virgin One Account's online bank service may be shocked to see that they have paid all their bills twice this month. But they shouldn't worry say RBS group - owners of the One Account brand - bank balances are still correct and the transactions are just showing up duplicate on online statements.
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Brummie popstrels crowdsource their visual appearance

A pop group that doesn't know what it should look like has asked the Hive Mind™ for help.
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Indian navy computers stormed by malware-ridden USBs

The Indian navy has been left licking its wounds after suspected Chinese hackers managed to lift classified data from maximum security, non-internet connected PCs via malware hidden on USB drives.
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ISP CAN cut off pirates with 'three strike' rule, says Irish beak

Four music record companies have won a court order in Ireland overturning a ban placed on an anti-piracy policy operated by the country's largest internet service provider (ISP).
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NHS trust spunks £67m on e-patient records, Twitter, Facebook

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust is planning to invest £67m in an information management and technology (IM&T) strategy over the next five years.

Forget internet fridges and Big Data. Where's my internet fish tank?

Sysadmin blog The Cloud is a great new way to store and access data, and Big Data is all about leafing through this stuff so you can figure out how to "target your audience" more accurately, almost always with advertising. These are the buzzwords of the now. Lost in all the hype is why we advertise stuff in the first place: we have something to sell that we believe others wish to buy.
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Google Chrome serves up only emptiness, for many users

The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser is firing duds by serving up blank search results pages.
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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

The US particle collider Tevatron has jumped in just ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's results announcement this week to say that their machine has found the "strongest indication to date" of the God particle.
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Samsung fails to get Galaxy Tab ban in US lifted pending appeal

Samsung has been denied a stay on the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US.
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ICANN's overlordship of the internet confirmed again by US gov

ICANN has had its powers over internet domain names, IP addresses and protocol numbers renewed by the US Department of Commerce.
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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

While Apple's iPhone 4S is still the UK's most popular smartphone, accounting for one in five of all those sold last month - sales are slipping.

Microsoft takes a $6.2bn bath with aQuantive web ads write-down

Microsoft has taken a $6.2bn hit by writing down the value of aQuantive - the mega acquisition Steve Ballmer boasted would transform his company into an online advertising biz.
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US federal boffins insist that mermaids DON'T exist

The US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been obliged to issue a statement clarifying that "no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found", in the face of a tidal wave of citizens calling to demand the truth about mermaids.
Apple iPad Mini

CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales

Apple's much-rumoured 'iPad Mini' will eat into sales of the larger model, but it's still going to lead to a massive increase in sales of the platform - if Apple releases such a gadget at all.
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ITC denies Apple an emergency ban on ALL HTC PHONES

US regulator the International Trade Commission has denied Apple's attempt to get an emergency ban on all HTC mobes.
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What is the Nokia Secret Plan if Windows 8 isn't Windows gr8?

Nokia’s new chairman says the company has an alternative strategy prepared, in case Microsoft’s new version of Windows Phone doesn’t live up to expectations. Except he won’t say what it is.
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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

A teenage computer crook faces prison after admitting hacking offences, including breaking into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's electronic address and phone book.

Analyst fears iPhone 5 power pack to prompt launch postponement

Apple's handset battery supplier is struggling to produce the high volume of units required for an iPhone 5 launch, moles claim. The issue could see the smartphone's debut delayed.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

The RBS computer fiasco gives me an excuse to write about a sideline I have in interrogating IT professionals who are suspected of doing bad things.

Capita publicity to show only UK staff - some of whom are being let go

Capita IT Services is forging ahead with immortalising redundancy-threatened UK staff in a series of publicity photos. But there is one department the company isn't sending a lensman along to: its service desk in India.
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Google+ takes on a location element as it pushes deeper into iPhone

Google has pushed its social network Google Plus deeper into the iPhone and given it a location element, launching the Google + Local app yesterday. Google is wriggling itself into more crevices on the iPhone before the axe falls on Google Maps in September, when Apple will introduce their own maps app in iOS 6.
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Avnet fears possible $73m bill as US Customs probe deeper

Avnet has warned it may be liable to cough $73m for duties, interest or fines arising from a US Customs and Border Protection probe into unpaid import tax owed by the previously acquired Bell Microproducts operation.
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Chinese toothpaste biz wants £50k from Apple over 'Snow Leopard'

Apple may have finally settled its long-running IPAD beef with Proview, but the shiny toy maker is heading for yet another trademark showdown with a Chinese firm, this time over the Snow Leopard name.
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD tablet

Tablets to outship laptops in 2016 SHOCK

More tablet market bullishness, this time from research company NPD DisplaySearch. World+Dog will buy more tablets than notebooks from 2016 onwards.
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VMware snatches cloud-furtling biz from the very jaws of Dell

It looks like Dell was too distracted with its acquisition of Quest Software in the past several months to notice VMware sniffing around one of its key software partners. The server virtualization juggernaut and cloud plumbing wannabe has snapped up DynamicOps, a maker of management software for clouds and virtual desktop infrastructure.
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Dying Kodak doesn't have to leave its jewels to Apple, says court

Failed camera biz Eastman Kodak says it has been given permission by the bankruptcy court to sell patents that Apple claims it owns.
Pim Dale, Systemax EMEA CEO

Systemax CEO: We want to be Number One in five years

Systemax EMEA CEO Pim Dale is plotting an expansion strategy to become the largest reseller in the region within five years.
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Twitter exposes Gov't requests for user data

The US government demands more data from Twitter than any other nation, the micro-blogging website has revealed.

iPhone spontaneously combusts on CCTV

We all know iPhones are hot property - as their owners generally tell you. However, when one blows up in your pocket, you know its probably time to stop bragging.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

Google has reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit from a New York-based startup that claimed a video sharing feature added to YouTube and Google+ was similar to the one it pitched to the company in 2011.
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EU rejects Oracle secondhand software licence grab

An attempt by Oracle to stop the sale of secondhand licences on software downloaded over the internet was rejected today by the community's highest court.
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Intel comes out swinging against $1.3bn European fine

Intel is petitioning the EU's General Court to overthrow the massive fine imposed upon it by the European Commission back in 2009, saying that the case against it was fatally flawed from the get-go.

Bad generator and bugs take out Amazon cloud

Amazon Web Services battened down the hatches and called in extra troops ahead of the vicious thunderstorms that ripped through the Ohio valley and across Virginia and Maryland on Friday night.
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Activists unite, declare 'Internet Freedom'

Anticipating the American Independence Day on July 4, a group of organizations and individuals have banded together in support of a manifesto they're calling the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

RIM boss denies cratering Canucks are in 'a death spiral'

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has insisted that the troubled phone maker is not in "a death spiral" and will emerge successfully from its current travails.

Take a look at atom’s shadow

This image is special, according to Griffith University: it’s the first time anyone’s captured the shadow of a single ytterbium atom, at optical wavelengths (images of single atoms are much easier to capture using scanning electron microscopes).
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Google ditches the bits in the bottom of the box

The sun is setting on another bunch of unloved, forgotten, or obsolete Google services in the Chocolate Factory’s rolling sweep of stuff that doesn’t warrant even minimal support.
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IBM snuggles up BigInsights Hadoop with Cloudera

Like all of the other Hadoop disties, Big Blue is upgrading its big data muncher to the most recent Apache modules and integrating it with its own add-ons. And with its InfoSphere BigInsights Enterprise Edition V1.4, IBM is also doing something else interesting: It is letting customers slide in the Cloudera CDH distribution and slide out its own variant of the core Apache Hadoop stack.