3rd September 2012 Archive

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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure.
Five gallon barrel of WD40

Space Jam: stripped bolt bugs spacewalkers

If you messed up a do-it-yourself job around your home over the weekend, you're in good company: a new power switching unit at the International Space Station has had to be tethered and left partly-fitted, after a jammed bolt led to the spacewalking electricians abandoning their installation attempt.
Mars Rover, credit NASA

Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

Wall•E wannabe Curiosity has driven another 21 metres, then given itself a day off to admire the view.
WD Scorpio Blue and Jaws

AWS adds some CORS blimey to S3

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added support for cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) to its simple storage service (S3), an inclusion that should get web developers a teensy bit excited because CORS lets a web page access resources from another domain.
Bionic Eye

‘Pre-bionic’ eye implanted in blind patient

Australian researchers have claimed a world’s first by successfully implanting a ‘pre-bionic eye’ in a blind patient.
ABL doing its bit in the Missile Defence Agency's vision of tomorrow

North Korea and Iran sign 'Axis of Tech Evil' deal

Everyone’s favourite naughty nations Iran and North Korea have taken another step closer to each other by signing an agreement on future co-operation in various science and information technology fields.
Amygdala activity in heterosexual men and women (HeM and HeW) and homosexual and women

Chinese boffins build brain-powered camera 'copter

The evolution of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology appears to have taken another leap forward thanks to a group of Chinese boffins who’ve invented a toy quadracopter that can be controlled by human thought alone.
The modified Raspberry Pi board

Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

Cambridge University has joined the ranks of terribly prestigious universities giving computer science classes away online, releasing a 12-step course teaching how to create what it calls a "basic terminal Operating System" for the Raspberry Pi.
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War-Droid: Smartphone app 'that could CALL IN drone strikes'

Engineering boffins in Missouri say they have come up with a new Android app which allows any modern smartphone - potentially - to call in a devastating precision airstrike by simply snapping a picture of the target to be struck.
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TripAdvisor didn't defame hotel by putting it on 'top 10 dirtiest' list

Website operators that base their rankings of goods or services on the "unverified" views of online users cannot be sued for defamation, a US judge has said.
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Dodgy audio connections conceal more than just words

Researchers at BT, working with UCL, have been looking at voices to see what's stopping the machines from working out how you feel as well as what you're saying.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
The Hulk

Boffins create super-muscular 'Hulk' mice: Humans next

Topflight biology brains say they have identified a key protein, the furtling of which could allow massively increased muscular development and strength in human beings. Genetic manipulation of the "Grb10" compound has already been tried out in mice, producing "hyper-muscular" rodents capable of almost super-murine feats.

X-IO vows to end hot-swap disk pops with next-gen arrays

X-IO has halved the number of SSDs in its Hyper ISE hybrid flash-disk arrays, increased overall performance by 50 per cent and cut prices by 20 per cent. It has also vowed to spare users the horror of popping a failed disk.
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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

Andrew's Mailbag My piece on patents on Tuesday received a record number of votes of disapproval for a Reg article. I'm not in the least bit surprised.

IBM and Somerset council in tiff over South West One venture

IBM and Somerset County council are currently in a dispute over their joint venture outsourcing company South West One.
Computer 2000

Computer 2000 hands Hayward keys to marketing kingdom

Computer 2000 has lured Stewart Hayward, former head of UK marketing at rival Ingram Micro's as GM for its marketing function.
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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

Engineering boffins in the States have announced details of a new method of wireless power transmission which can reach inside a human body to power tiny implanted devices, so removing the need for repeated surgery in order to change batteries - or movie-style options such as the chest-socket "arc reactor" or hand-carried car battery as favoured by Tony Stark in Iron Man.

PCs get touchy ahead of Windows 8 launch

IFA 2012 PC manufacturers have been busy unveiling their touchscreen laptops at IFA this week in hot anticipation of Microsoft's Windows 8 release.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Former Russian officer sentenced for part in Kaspersky kidnapping

A former captain in the Russian Federal Security Guard Service* has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of involvement in the kidnapping Ivan Kaspersky, son of Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene, the Moscow Times reports.
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O2: no Ice Cream Sandwich for some Sony Xperia owners

O2 won't be certifying Android 4.0 for Sony's Xperia Neo, Arc and Ray handsets, the network operator has said, after testing the OS on these devices and finding it "didn’t meet our requirements".
Hard Reg, 03 2012
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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

Apple has now claimed Samsung's flagship gadgets the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note infringe its mobile phone patents in a SECOND lawsuit in the US.
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Microsoft awards itself Google-esque power over Hotmail, SkyDrive etc

Microsoft has tweaked its fine print so it can reuse its users' photos, emails and chat messages to polish its online services.
Asus Eee PC X101CH

Asus CEO sounds netbook death knell

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has apparently called time on the company's pioneering Eee PC family of netbooks.

Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

Sysadmin blog Right on cue, Java has responded to my hatred in kind. Shortly after I awoke to discover my previous article denouncing the language had been published, a client called to inform me his computer had contracted some malware. Java has, if you'll forgive the anthropomorphization of a bytecode virtualization engine, decided to exact its revenge.
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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

Updated Hollywood actor Bruce Willis could reportedly take Apple to court over a massive digital music library that he wants to pass on to his kids when he dies.
Philips Fidelio AS851 speaker dock for Android devices

Apple iDevice dock port to drive wireless streaming

Will Apple's new dock connector, expected to debut on the iPhone 5, signal the end of low-cost audio docks? The makers of such kit seem to think so.
Red pen

Phoenix IT Group fesses up to 'accounting irregularities'

Phoenix IT Group has suspended a business manager amid a probe into accounting irregularities that the firm reckons will result in £14m being wiped from net assets.
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Vodafone inks deal with Zain to fly its flag across Middle East

Roaming in the Middle East should get easier as local mobile operator Zain will carry Vodafone's traffic and sport Voda's brand across the region.
Bill Ray, 03 2012

Cleversafe: Our mad rig can gobble A TERABYTE in A SECOND

Cleversafe claims it has the biggest mouth for objects on the planet, gulping them in at a terabyte a second.
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Samsung: We can't find any child labour at our Chinese contractor

Samsung insists there were no child workers at the factory of its supplier HEG - and that student interns at the plant were above board because they were over the age of 16.
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

3G Google Nexus 7 inbound

Asus is ramping up production of a 3G-enabled Google Nexus 7, it has been claimed.
Hard Reg, 03 2012
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Markets to remain glutted with rapidly-depreciating Facebook shares

Facebook's stock continued to slide south late last week, hitting an all-time low of $18.02 a share on Nasdaq.
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Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

Commodity markets worldwide and pancake-gobbling North Americans have been left reeling by the news of an audacious theft which may have seen as much as five thousand tons of maple syrup burgled from planet Earth's "global strategic reserve" of the sticky gunge.
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Elon Musk says he's planning a 'supersonic, electric hover jetplane'

Hecamillionaire space cowboy Elon Musk has revealed new and ambitious plans for the future - among them the idea of a "supersonic electric jet" able to make hovering landings and takeoffs.
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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

A shortcoming in browsers including Firefox and Opera allows crooks to easily hide an entire malicious web page in a clickable link - ideal for fooling victims into handing over passwords and other sensitive info.
Sony Vaio 11 Duo hybrid PC Ultrabook

Sony Vaio 11 Duo hybrid PC hands on review

IFA 2012 Examples of Windows 8 tablet plus detachable keyboard combo devices were all over IFA like a rash. However, Sony’s Vaio Duo 11 has a different approach that keeps the two components together. There are advantages and disadvantages to this arrangement, whichever way you look at it. Great, I’ll never lose that keyboard... mmmh, this tablet is a bit heavy.
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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

Two aging Windows operating systems slipped a ranking each in the market share race this August, with Windows 7 overtaking Windows XP as the world's most popular desktop operating system, and Apple's OS X overtaking the late, lamented Windows Vista.
Micro SIM Card

India restricts SIM sales

India's telecoms regulator, the Department of Telecom (DoT), will try to put a crimp on mobile cybercrime by keeping a tight leash on visiting foreigners and their SIM cards.
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Baidu launches mobile browser, tosses currency into clouds

China’s search-and-plenty-more giant Baidu has flagged a $US1.6 billion cloud investment. The investment, announced with a minimum of detail by CFO Li Xinzhe, will go towards building data centres and hiring staff.
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Optus turns on 4G, but has no phones until Sept 20

Optus has decided its 4G network is ready for action, flicking the switch to turn it on in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle as of today. Melbourne's turn comes on September 15th.
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Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

According to Sun Microsystems cofounder and serial entrepreneur Vinod Khosla, 80 per cent of doctors could be replaced by machines – computing devices backed by imense data sets.

Sci-Fi fans blow stacks at copybot attacks

Ustream has rained on the science fiction world’s big event, with its copyright enforcement bots unplugging the Hugo awards for showing winners’ clips.

Global warming GOOD for biodiversity, say boffins

A study led by the University of York reveals that geologically warm periods are a biodiversity plus – but only on long time-scales.