6th > September > 2012 Archive
Google to rent Chromebooks for $30 per month
Google must have a lot of unsold Chrome OS devices lying around, because it has launched an unusual new scheme to get them into customers' hands. Beginning on Wednesday, customers can rent the boot-to-browser machines on a month-to-month basis for as long as three years or as little as a single month.
Anonymous considering another tilt at Australia
Anonymous is not at all pleased with the speech Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon gave earlier this week, and is considering another round of action to make its point that data retention is an unacceptable erosion of personal liberty.
Intel's 'Mobile Etiquette' survey uncovers global peevishness
Intel has published its annual "Mobile Etiquette" study, an effort that makes two things abundantly clear: first, that worldwide online information sharing is ubiquitous; and second, that Intel and its survey partner Ipsos Observer certainly know how to compress a shedload of data into a whiz-bang interactive presentation.
Canberra set to host solar farm
Spanish renewables firm FRV has won a “reverse auction” for a feed-in tariff entitlement that will support the construction of a 20 MW solar farm for the Australian Capital Territory.
Apple land-grabs iThingy feature management patent
The world’s change-rooms and fitness clubs might get that little bit more private, if Apple actually implements its latest patent, to enforce a shut-down of a phone’s camera in “a sensitive area”.
Raspberry Pi 2.0 ready to ship
A new version of the Raspberry Pi has made its way into distribution channels.
China and Japan face off over Pacific Ocean rare earth rights
Japan and China’s maritime stand-off is set to extend to the Pacific Ocean after both submitted applications to sweep vast swathes of the seabed for copper, cobalt and the rare earths so beloved of hi-tech manufacturers.
CIOs' most likely job move is a sideways shift
CIOs have a great opportunity to boss innovation in their organisation, but they’re not valued as strategic advisors by their CEOs, most of whom think they’ll be out of the door soon, according to analysts and IT leaders.
Build a bonkers home cinema
Product Round-upIt’s a curious fact that when you ascend into the rarefied atmosphere of specialist hi-fi, products transform into creations of often astounding beauty. Do the same with home cinema, and they usually mutate into the unapologetically hideous. This is doubtless a consequence of hi-tech Darwinism. Top class AV gear sits unseen in darkened rooms, often swaddled in acoustically transparent cloth. So be warned: what follows isn’t necessarily pretty – but it is jaw-droppingly beautiful in flight. Time to build a totally bonkers AV system…
Apple urged to defy China's one child policy
Chinese activist and exiled dissident Chen Guangchen has waded into the controversy surrounding working conditions at the Chinese suppliers of big name tech brands by calling on Apple and others to stand up against his country’s infamous one child policy.
New crime-busting Sherlock Holmes app sought for Brit cops
The Home Office has indicated it plans to tender for a replacement for the Holmes 2 crime investigation system used by police forces.
UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains
AnalysisA 10-week public consultation on blocking online pornography to "protect" children browsing the web ends today. And unsurprisingly many of those for and against such a plan have been lobbying hard as the deadline for opinions on the matter closes.
Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live
Jimmy Wales, talking in a purely personal capacity, has lambasted Britain's Home Office for its plans to massively increase online surveillance of all UK citizens. The Maximum Leader says that such a draconian measure would prevent him from plonking Wikipedia servers on Blighty's soil.
Blighty's National Museum of Computing names first director
The National Museum of Computing has appointed its first director just after celebrating its fifth birthday.
Arqiva swallows IPTV-on-Freeview upstart
Not content with a virtual monopoly on broadcast, UK giant Arqiva has bought Connect TV, the outfit that has been slipping IPTV channels into the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide for the last year.
Online bank punters tricked into approving theft of their OWN CASH
Security researchers have discovered a malware-based attack against the chipTAN system used by bank customers in Germany to authorise transactions online.
Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model
Amazon rival Kobo has revamped its e-book reader line ahead of an anticipated Kindle relaunch from the online retail giant.
Thecus chucks 2 new NAS boxes at SOHO punters
Desktop and low-end rackmount NAS boxes keep on getting more powerful and Thecus has just introduced a brace of new ones, together with directly attached storage box that can be daisy-chained to a master unit.
Dawn probe slips Vesta's grip, heads for icy dwarf planet
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has left the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta behind after over a year of study and is rocketing towards the dwarf planet Ceres.
Skype inks deal to tack payments onto your mobile bill
Microsoft's VoIP operation Skype has signed a deal with MACH linking customers' Skype accounts and their mobile bills, allowing them to bypass credit card firms and PayPal when they cough up their payments.
Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza
Does anyone feel umbrage that Apple will be the only supplier of adaptors to bridge its new, nine-pin and old, 30-pin dock connectors at the outset?
SpectraLogic smacks back at Overland for 'unwarranted' lawsuit
Tape library vendor SpectraLogic has filed its response to on-the-ropes storage biz Overland's lawsuit, which accused Spectra of patent infringements.
Motorola outs Jelly Bean friendly phones
While Nokia was showing off its new Windows Phone 8-based Lumias, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility was unwrapping three Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones from its Razr line.
New Nokia Lumia mobes fail to inspire investors
Nokia failed to excite any investors with its new WinPhones yesterday, its stock slumped 15.9 per cent as the Lumia 920 and 820 were launched.
Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October
A timetable has finally been set for the next phase of NASA hacker Gary McKinnon's long-running fight against extradition to the US.
Dixons: We had a good summer, though southern Europe was a drag
Dixons Retail says a "busy summer of events" helped maintain momentum in its UK and Irish operations as sales climbed 7 per cent, but it's not yet ready to crack open the bubbly.
Tape makers strap on skis, glide down slope to oblivion
Figures from number-crunchers at Santa Clara Consulting Group show a tape market with no bottom in sight - yet. Increasingly, storage standard Linear Tape-Open (LTO) is the tape market.
Investors toss $5m to UK firm: Just keep making that White Space kit
Cambridge-based developer of White Space kit Neul has raised another $5m to keep it operational while hardware improves, and Ofcom gets round to making its devices legal.
LinkedIn adds nagging notifications to social-network-for-suits
Social-network-for-biz-types LinkedIn has begun offering a Facebook-like feature that notifies a user when another member connected to their network views that person's profile, accepts an invitation or carries out other creepy stalking habits as is de rigueur in the Web2.0 world.
Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers
Steve Ballmer's back in the numbers game, this time predicting sales of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 kit to draw in application developers.
It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs
AnalysisFreesat's redesigned user interface for its set-top boxes is a welcome improvement even if it is aping YouView. But the way in which we command and control our TVs will remain locked in the last century until everyone knows just what a modern telly set can do these days.
South Korea probes 'mobe patent bully-boy' Samsung
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Samsung abused its position as a wireless patent hoarder following a complaint by Apple.
Apple Java update fails to address mega-flaw – researcher
Apple released a Java update on Wednesday but it does not tackle a high-profile flaw that has become the target of attacks over recent weeks.
AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers
AVG launched a revamped range of its security products on Thursday that it said offered faster scanning and support for the latest touchscreen Windows 8 devices through an updated user interface.
GSMA politely asks Uzbekistan to free locked-up telco bods
Mobile industry body GSMA has written to Uzbekistan's president in hope of resolving the country's tiff with Russian-owned operator MTS, a dispute that cut off punters and led to the "interrogation" of staff.
Dell makes unexpected grab for the PAYG storage cloud
Dell quietly released an announcement a few days ago that it was offering a cloud storage service in partnership with Nirvanix. There was no press release, neither from Dell nor Nirvanix, no video, no PR blast, no nothing, just a single tweet, which was promptly retweeted by Nirvanix.
Raspberry Pi production back in Blighty
The Raspberry Pi is to be manufactured in the UK - possibly the first time a microcomputer has been produced here, as opposed to simply being assembled, for a number of decades.
No Apple TV this year: Media moguls still won't cough up content
Media execs unwilling to sign a deal with the suits at Cupertino HQ have scotched hopes for an Apple TV in 2012, Bloomberg reports. Wrangles for control in such areas as the user interface have kicked Apple's TV plans into the long grass, and we won't see a TV of any sort in Apple's 12 September reveal, according to the site.
WD touts slimline external HDDs
"Skinny external hard drives for all!" shouted Western Digital today while launching an 11mm-thick USB 3 unit.
QLogic drops veil on new flashy adapter technology
QLogic is adding flash caching capability to its storage network adapter cards in a project called Mount Rainier.
Microsoft hires 1,000 more workers in China
Microsoft will hire 1,000 extra employees in China over the next year, adding to the 4,500 it already has in the country.
DARPA builds faster-than-Usain-Bolt Cheetah robot
A terrifying legged robot has beaten its own speed record and bagged a world first by reaching 28.3 mph (45.5km/h) over 20 metres in a lab trial. The beast is currently locked up in the DARPA research facility.
Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad
Nokia has issued an apology over charges that it sexed up the qualities of its new Lumia 920 handsets in an ad intended to show off its new image stabilization system, dubbed "PureView".
NEC, Egenera tag team on cloudy infrastructure freakage
Japanese server maker NEC has teamed up with automation and management software company Egenera of Boxborough, Massachusetts, to make the latter's PAN Manager physical and virtual server control freak the preferred – though by no means exclusive – tool for managing the former's SigmaBlade blade servers.
Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches
A team of scientists have developed a microchip backpack that allows them to control the movements of a cockroach by stimulating its nerve endings.
Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers
Amazon has announced a refresh of its entire Kindle line, including updated models of its basic e-readers and fondleslabs, plus a new family of upscale tablets designed for viewing high-definition content.
ENCODE’s ‘junk DNA’ claims spark biological bunfight
An overly-promotional – or perhaps merely badly-written – abstract in Nature has spawned a biology boffins’ bunfight.
Assange movie debuts this weekend
VideoJulian Assange continues to insist that Australia's government has done him no favours, but his nation of birth has supported his cause in one, indirect, way.
Photos of 'iPad mini' body stir rumor pot
Photos have surfaced of what's said to be the metal back of Apple's oft-rumored "iPad mini" – and, yes, despite what the late Steve Jobs said about the deficiencies of small-sized fondleslabs, it's of the about-seven-inch variety.