11th > September > 2012 Archive
Firefox support extended to older Android mobiles
The Mozilla Foundation would like to see its Firefox browser running on more mobile phones. But since almost no handsets ship with Firefox pre-installed, that means getting the software onto more of the phones that are already out there – even if they use older hardware.
Hacker uses Kindle as Raspberry Pi screen
A hacker named Gef has rigged up his Raspberry Pi to use a Kindle e-reader as its monitor.
McAfee: Emma Watson riskiest celebrity search
In McAfee's latest survey of the celebrity searches most likely to lead to malware infection, Emma Watson – perhaps best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films – has taken the top spot, knocking off model Heidi Klum from last year's most-likely-to-infect honors.
AMD previews Piledriver, Ivy Bridge SeaMicro microservers
SeaMicro is not longer an independent company, but you would not have guessed that if you were dropped in from outer space to attend the launch of the new SM15000 microserver in San Francisco on Monday afternoon.
UK's loyalty set for £1.2bn Huawei reward
The UK economy is set to get a much needed boost on Tuesday when Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei announces an expected £1.2bn investment including hundreds of jobs.
iPad no flight risk says Federal Aviation Authority
Being asked to switch off your electronic devices during the takeoff and landing phases of a flight now looks even more anachronistic, after American Airlines announced it has been given permission to let its pilots use iPads in the cockpit “in all phases of flight”.
Oz court to test AdWords' WHOLE BUSINESS MODEL
Australia's High Court, from which no appeal is possible, will this week hear a case in which Google stands accused of intentionally deceiving and misleading consumers by automatically placing ads according to advertisers' requested keywords.
Samsung accused of sex discrimination in China plant
South Korean electronics behemoth Samsung has been hit by fresh allegations of impropriety at one of its manufacturing plants in China, this time involving purported sexual discrimination in its hiring policy.
Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review
Archos has built a decent business making budget Android tablets, so I suspect the word 'merde' echoed loudly around the Igny HQ when Google pulled the rug asunder with its low Nexus 7 pricing. Archos hasn’t given up though and has now released a new device pitched as a budget alternative to the Asus Transformer Pad.
Microsoft urges devs to 'lead Windows 8 app land grab'
Microsoft has urged developers to “lead the land grab” by developing Windows 8 apps ASAP.
Ambitious Alibaba wants to take on Android
Not content with dominating the massive Chinese e-commerce market, local hero Alibaba now wants to chase Android into the sea by making its cloud-based Aliyun mobile operating system China's preferred smartphone OS.
Apple's soon-to-be-slurped securo firm shrugs off crypto warning
AuthenTec, the security firm that's the target of an $356m acquisition by Apple, has denied reports that possible cryptographic weaknesses in its fingerprint scanner software pose a risk to the security of laptops.
WD to parade flash-disk mutant for Wall St moneybags this week
Western Digital will face investors on Thursday and tell them what the world's new number-one disk drive supplier is going to do to stay at the top.
Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time
UK businesses should actively involve themselves in the debate over changes to EU law if they want to avoid problems stemming from the way those laws are drafted, an expert has advised.
Gov IT bods must shield their budgets from gov's knife – Socitm
A report from the public sector IT directors' group Socitm has identified four ongoing priorities for ICT managers in the wake of continuing austerity.
Array biz Nimble: Quick, lob us $40m before storage giants wallop us
Hybrid flash and disk drive array start-up Nimble Storage has been given $40.7m in venture capital funding to boost sales, marketing and engineering.
Kelway Holdings sales shoot up despite recession
Kelway Holdings sales shot up in fiscal year ended 31 March - no mean feat in he dire economy - but the acquisition of ISC caused costs to swell and working capital ratios were hit.
Blighty battles Oz for stratospheric supremacy
PicsThe friendly rivalry between Brit and Oz amateur High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) enthusiasts hit new heights over the weekend when the two nations went head-to-head in a stratospheric clash of high-altitude titans.
Acer racks up Xeon E5s, picks fight with US server bad boys
It has been a while since Taiwanese server and PC maker Acer has made some noise in the server racket, but the company is plodding along after planting its seeds on United States soil in February 2011 with a revamping of its Xeon-based servers.
Trams crashes through £20m sales barrier
London-based reseller Trams breached the £20m sales barrier for the first time in its calendar 2011, a filing at Companies House shows.
What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set
He may not have made it onto the £10 banknote, but the face of WWII code-breaking hero Alan Turing now adorns the back of the silly money that's boxed into a new custom Monopoly set.
More 'iPad Mini' tat pics leak ahead of Apple's big unzip
Rumours that Apple will launch an "iPad mini" at its unveiling event tomorrow intensified today after more pictures of cases leaked online and retailers started advertising screen protectors for a 7in slab.
Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami
Everything Everywhere is no more: long live EE and 4G. The mobile operator now gets to watch its children, Orange and T-Mobile, starve to death as they're denied access to the 4G feast.
Phone-hack saga: Prison officer cuffed in cop bung probe
A 31-year-old prison officer was arrested at his home in Northampton this morning as part of Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged bungs to cops. The probe is related to the Met's ongoing phone-hacking inquiry.
Laugh all you want at 'the cloud' - it'll be worth '$100bn by 2016'
Some $100bn will be slurped up by public IT cloud services by 2016, according to the crystal-ball gazers at IDC.
Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear
Open ... and ShutWindows Phone 8 might spell the beginning of a climb to relevance for a desktop vendor breaking out its latest PC operating system at almost the same time.
Backroom music streamer Omnifone palms first profit
Privately owned music services pioneer Omnifone boasted its first ever annual profit this morning. The company provides a platform for streaming services including that of Sony (Music Unlimited) and RIM (BBM Music) and operates in 28 markets. Omnifone was founded in 2003 and launched its first service, MusicStation, in 2007. It has notched up several firsts, including the first cloud streaming service and the first licensed scan-and-match service.
Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn
Google is now offering to compare car insurance prices for Brits following the company's acquisition of BeatThatQuote.
Shuttleworth drops one million cluster bucks on Ceph upstart
Billionaire Linux kingpin Mark Shuttleworth has injected $1m into storage startup Inktank to bring the team's distributed file system Ceph to cloud computing.
Cable offers to shower UK biz in taxpayer gold to stimulate growth
Blighty's Business Secretary Vince Cable pulled back the curtains on his new biz investment bank this morning.
There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button
CommentThe disappearance of the Start button in Microsoft’s new Windows has proved unsettling for users. “I want Start. Start I say,” said an early tester in a post entitled "Worst 60 minutes in my entire life".
Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed
Reports are filtering in that some Google Nexus 7 tablets slow to a crawl once the memory starts filling up, and require a hard reset to bring them back to the admirable speed expected of Google's flagship hardware.
Zombie PC herders issue commands from Tor hideout
Security researchers have discovered a botnet that uses the Tor anonymiser network to hide its command nodes.
Who'll save the 100 most endangered species? Microsoft, apparently
Microsoft has pledged software and expertise in a battle to save the world's most endangered species - and we don't mean Nokia engineers.
Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review
First lookThere was birthday cake aplenty at Viewsonic’s 25th anniversary event in London today that also saw the introduction of three new products covering an innovative range of display options.
Pirate Bay co-founder named in probe into Logica, tax office hacks
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of download haven The Pirate Bay, is back in Sweden - and now faces allegations of playing a role in an attack on the country's taxmen and IT consultancy biz Logica.
UK.gov blacklists Fujitsu from future contracts - report
Japanese IT group Fujitsu is among several companies that have been "blacklisted" by the UK Government, claims the Financial Times.
Al-Jazeera's mobe news feed hijacked by pro-Assad hacktivists
Pro-Syrian government hacktivists have cracked the mobile update service of al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite news network.
Day-long outage 'not a hack,' claims GoDaddy
Domain registrar GoDaddy has commented on the daylong DNS outage that downed many of its customers' websites on Monday, saying that not only was a hacker not responsible, but that the service interruption wasn't the result of a DDoS attack at all.
Channel legend Howard Strowman dies
Howard Strowman, the colourful channel veteran and CEO at Westcoast Asset Management (WAM), has died from injuries sustained in a motorbike crash.
Microsoft betas System Center service pack for unified control
Redmond's been talking about how System Center will be at the heart of its reboot of the Windows franchise for months now, and now it has released the beta of its first service pack.
iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection
Strange, terrible, yet curiously inevitable news today - the day before iPhone 5 day. Analysis based on figures from hefty Wall Street brains appears to show that the Jesus Phone is set to account for a large chunk - perhaps the majority - of US economic activity within a matter of decades.
Touch tech firms tap Intel for factory cash
IDF 2012Intel has been pumping money into the touchscreen component business in order to encourage the production of panels of 13in and up to make sure there are enough of them for vendors to build all the touch-enabled Windows 8 notebooks Intel hopes World+Dog will want.
Intel demos next-generation voice and gesture interfaces
IDF 2012Intel wants computers to be as smart as humans in how they understand voices and gestures – and it's offering $1m to the best idea that can help achieve that goal.
Intel to turn Ultrabooks, all-in-one desktops into giant tablets
IDF 2012Intel wants to turn laptops and even desktops into tablets in order to reverse the decline in the personal computer market. To that end, it unwrapped two form-factors it will be promoting to get tablet-hungry consumers back buying PCs.
Thomas-Rasset faces $220,000 file-sharing bill after losing appeal
Nearly five years after being found guilty of file-sharing in the media industry's first jury trial on the issue, Minnesotan mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset is back where she started after the appeals court upheld the original verdict.
GNOME hacker: Culture isn't holding desktop Linux back
Open source bigwigs like Alan Cox, Miguel De Icaza, and Linus Torvalds can bicker all they want, says GNOME hacker Michael Meeks, but changing developer culture won't do a thing to attract more consumers to the Linux desktop.
Fuel VFX goes up in smoke
Australian visual effects company Fuel VFX looks set to be sold, just weeks after being placed into voluntary administration less than a fortnight ago.
Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni
The success of the ABC’s decision to offer an iView stream of the new Dr Who in step with its broadcast in the UK suggests how content owners could squeeze out P2P – and it comes at a time when new research suggests that P2P usage is already starting to decline in Australia.
NASA reports first sighting of dry ice Martian snowfalls
Scientists using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found definitive proof that flurries of carbon-dioxide snow are falling on the Martian South Pole.
More cloudy goodness in NeCTAR funding round
The University of Tasmania is among the latest institutions to get cloud funding, announcing that it’s won two projects worth more than $AU2 million under the federal government’s NeCTAR program.
Reviewers say ‘yes’ to Higgs boson data
Two months ago, CERN set the physics world a-fire with its Higgs boson announcement: the particle exists, they said, we’ve seen it, and it has a mass of between 122 and 131 GeV.