18th > September > 2012 Archive


Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

Microsoft has announced pricing for the next version of its Office productivity suite, and judging by its aggressive new licensing structure, it would much rather have customers sign up for the new Office 365 subscription model than buy the software outright.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2012
VMTurbo graphic

VMTurbo sucks up apps and blows them into clouds

VMTurbo, the startup that created a control freak that uses Adam Smith's invisible hand to allocate resources on public and private clouds, is now applying the same economic scheduling engine to application onboarding – the act of bringing applications from the physical world or another cloud into your own or into public capacity you acquire.
Microsoft celebrates the end of IE6 with a cake

Microsoft offers workarounds for IE bug

Microsoft has detailed a method users of Internet Explorer can use to secure their computers from the recently discovered exploit allowing malicious code to run on a PC.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2012

RIPE NCC handing out last European IPv4 addresses

The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) has started to hand out the last remaining Internet Protocol version 4 addresses in its possession.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2012
iPhone 5 hologram hoax

iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

US television station Fox 5 New York has aired a report in which it claims the iPhone 5 comes equipped with a laser keyboard and holographic projector.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2012
Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet

Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

If you're looking for a cheap 10in Tegra 3 Android tablet, I'd say buy an Acer A510. If you want one with a 1080p screen and have deep pockets, then take a look at the Asus Transformer Infinity. Now, if you want something in between, with the Infinity’s screen resolution but the A520’s relative affordability, well, that's a different question altogether.
Alun Taylor, 18 Sep 2012

Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

Shocking news from Canada over the weekend, as researchers there say that the country is in the grip of an astonishing outbreak of birds bonking against its windows.
Lewis Page, 18 Sep 2012

Twitter to UK.gov: Web super-snoop law will trample twits' rights

Twitter has said that government plans to increase the UK intelligence services' communications surveillance capabilities could cause it to breach the privacy rights of individuals based elsewhere in the world.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Sep 2012

Leeds' amazing cash-slash plan: BYOD and that cloud thing

Leeds City Council's ICT department is stepping up its efforts to help save the council money in the medium to long term. This will include the introduction of new IT asset management software and potential further development of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) options for employees and council members.
Government Computing, 18 Sep 2012

Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

Freeview viewers, prepare to retune your equipment. The terrestrial digital TV platform will require yet another channel check tomorrow to implement changes made to its electronic programme guide.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

Siri, will Apple's App Store lock out blind people on iOS 6?

A website has broken the wall of silence surrounding version 6 of Apple's mobile operating system iOS - and alleged blind people will struggle to use the App Store software in the new build.
Anna Leach, 18 Sep 2012
Sony Reader PRS-T1 e-book reader

E-books get Brits reading more

Sales of e-books are soaring in the UK, but they're not yet completely cannibalising sales of dead tree formats.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012
Xbox Live on Windows Phone

Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

Open ... and ShutDespite threats to its software hegemony from Apple and others, Microsoft's stranglehold on enterprise IT has been its saving grace. Yet this advantage has started to fade as Apple and Android increasingly invade the enterprise through smartphone adoption, with IT departments scrambling to devise security policies that plug the holes created by this bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon. While many expected Microsoft to respond by shoring up its enterprise credentials, arguing that Office will be the big driver of Windows tablet adoption, the software giant has apparently elected to take a much riskier, and gutsier, approach: turn Windows 8 into a serious gaming platform.
Matt Asay, 18 Sep 2012
Motorola Razr i

Motorola outs Razr phone with Intel Inside

UpdatedMotorola Mobility has introduced its first Intel-based smartphone: the Razr i.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

Elpida stakeholders beg US courts: Stop Micron's cheap meal deal

Elpida bondholders trying to stop the sale of the wounded DRAMurai warrior to Micron have taken the fight to the US courts, claiming that the bankrupt Japanese firm has had "unauthorised" transactions in the States.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2012
WHSmith Kobo Touch e-book reader

Booksellers club calls in Kobo to aid indies

Britain's Booksellers Association (BA) has hopped into bed with Japanese-owned Canadian e-book company Kobo in a bid to help the UK's independent bookshops fight back against Amazon.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

Mobile phones still failing to kill people – Nordic scientists

Mobile phones still aren't killing people, according to the latest research from Norway, but in contrast to previous studies the Norwegians aren't calling for more money to fund research.
Bill Ray, 18 Sep 2012
Smaller tatoo

All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

Apple's iPhone 5 uses a nano SIM, the smallest SIM ever designed and, quite possibly, the last SIM we'll see in any mobile telephone.
Bill Ray, 18 Sep 2012
Apple iPhone 5

Apple forecast to sell 8m iPhone 5s next weekend

Two long-time Apple watchers have said they are "confident" the Cupertino company can shift 8 million iPhone 5 handsets during the three days after the smartphone goes on sale.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

'How I CRASHED my bank, stole PINs with a touch-tone phone'

Miscreants can crash or infiltrate banks and help desks' touch-tone and voice-controlled phone systems with a single call, a security researcher warns.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2012

SEC bars ex-Systemax veep from director role in fraud deal

The SEC has barred former Systemax veep Gilbert Fiorentino from being a director of a PLC again after finding he "fraudulently" pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation over five years.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2012

Google+ claims 100 million 'active' users

Google has claimed that it now has 100 million active monthly users of its social networking site that it continues to insist isn't actually a social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2012
Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV

Famous thesps tread boards on smart TVs

Keen on live theatre but unable to afford West End prices? Digital Theatre has the answer. It has recorded a number of productions and made them available online. Now they're coming to Samsung Smart TVs too.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012

Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

Vexed Virgin Media customers dissatisfied with the telco's SuperHub kit are having to resort to buying their own routers to try and get the service to work adequately.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2012

New benefits website at risk of hackers, no Plan B - ministers

Fraud and identity theft are serious problems threatening Universal Credit, Blighty's soon-to-be-launched web-based benefits system, ministers said yesterday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2012

NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

A top NASA boffin has outlined ongoing lab experiments at the space agency aimed at first steps towards the building of a warp-drive spacecraft theoretically capable of travelling at 10 times the speed of light.
Lewis Page, 18 Sep 2012

Amazon cosies up to Nokia for Google Maps alternative

Amazon has unveiled a mapping API that offers an exit strategy from Google Maps for its developers. The new API is aimed at devs who want to incorporate mapping into apps on Amazon's pocket cash registers tablets such as the Kindle Fire, and uses Nokia's mapping services – Nokia Location Platform.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2012

OCZ chief dashes as flash cash stash bashed

Solid-state drive maker OCZ Technology's chief executive Ryan Petersen has jumped ship, leaving top marketing boy Alex Mei to man the tiller for now.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2012

Romanians plead guilty to credit card hack on US Subway shops

Two Romanian nationals who were extradited to the US in May have confessed their involvement in a $10m scam aimed at stealing credit and debit card data from payment terminals at hundreds of Subway restaurants and other merchants across the US, according to the United States Attorney's Office.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2012
Cheesy pic of man holding face in shame as accusatory finger emerges from display. Photo via Shutterstock

UK.gov squatting on £1bn IPv4 motherlode

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions is sitting on up to £1bn worth of IPv4 addresses that it is not using, according to an online petition.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2012

Arise Sir Kevin, king of HP's enterprise channel

HP's UK enterprise partners of all ilk now fall under the control of channel stalwart Kevin Matthews in a long awaited re-org that the tech monster says will make it more agile.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2012
Motorola Razr i hands-on

Motorola Razr i hands-on review

First lookMotorola Mobility's launched its first Intel-based smartphone today and I've been playing with it ahead of its release this October.
Caleb Cox, 18 Sep 2012

Lenovo gobbles Stoneware, joins cloud storage game

Lenovo has joined the cloud computer game by buying privately held Utah-based Stoneware for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2012
Acer Iconia Tab A110

Acer takes fight to Nexus 7 with seven-inch Iconia tablet

Acer has announced its take on the Asus-made Google Nexus 7: the Iconia Tab A110.
Hard Reg, 18 Sep 2012

K3 Business Technology Group no longer for sale

K3 Business Technology Group says it has sniffed the offers on the table from prospective buyers and didn't like the smell.
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2012

'Cloud' services to bag $109bn in 2012

Even more folks are going to be seduced by the cloud this year, making the meteorological market a hundred-billion-dollar one, according to beancounters at Gartner.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Sep 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Lightning strikes fresh iPad Mini shots

iPhone 5? Old news. It's all eyes on the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini now. And the rumour mill continues to churn stuff out for them. The latest: a trio of smartphone-shot snaps of the alleged compact slab.
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012
Square contactless reader in packaging

Wobbly swipe reader Square gulps down another $200m

Beloved son of the Twitterati Square has swallowed another $200m in VC cash, apparently pegging the company at a value of $3.25bn.
Bill Ray, 18 Sep 2012

Net neuters seek FCC relief from AT&T's FaceTime fees

A trio of public-interest groups plans to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission charging that AT&T's requirement that its subscribers move up to a higher-priced plan if they want to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing over wireless broadband is in violation of the FCC's net-neutrality rules
Rik Myslewski, 18 Sep 2012

Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

Microsoft has predicted that Windows 8 and Windows RT will usher in a new era of touch-based computing, but if leaked pricing from Asus is anything to go by, customers will have to pay a pretty penny to share in Redmond's vision.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2012
Nvidia supercomputing pipeline

Nvidia puts Tesla K20 GPU coprocessor through its paces

Back in May, when Nvidia divulged some of the new features of its top-end GK110 graphics chip, the company said that two new features of the GPU, Hyper-Q and Dynamic Parallelism, would help GPUs run more efficiently and without the CPU butting in all the time. Nvidia is now dribbling out some benchmark test results ahead of the GK110's shipment later this year inside the Tesla K20 GPU coprocessor for servers.

Microsoft, RIM ink new licensing agreement

Shares of Research in Motion spiked briefly on Tuesday on news that the struggling smartphone maker had signed a new licensing agreement with Microsoft, but investors who hoped the deal meant Redmond would bundle BlackBerry technology with its phones were in for a disappointment.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2012
Pink Floyd: The Wall

Aus curriculum consultation skips some, still pleases

Prominent vendors and industry associations are unaware of efforts to develop a new, national, IT curriculum for Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2012

Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm

Level3 has joined with Personalweb Technologies to lay complaints against another lengthy list of Internet companies.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2012

ACCC busts Bieber scamming mobile content pushers

Mobile content providers attempting to dupe vulnerable teenagers with premium content honey traps have attracted the wrath of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court.
Natalie Apostolou, 18 Sep 2012

Cisco EOLs ACE load balancer platform

Cisco is exiting the data centre load balancing market, confirming that it is ceasing development on its Application Control Engine product line.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Sep 2012

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