19th > September > 2012 Archive
Dice swallows Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode in $20m deal
Dice Holdings, which runs a number of job-listing sites including Dice.com, has acquired open source code-hosting repository SourceForge, software-index site Freecode, and tech-news discussion site Slashdot from parent company Geeknet, in a deal valued at $20m.
ABC sends lawyers after iView freeware
Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, has unleashed its legal team on the creator of an alternative frontend app for ABC’s iView, issuing a stern take down notice.
ITU suggests replaceable cables for power supplies
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has kicked off its Green Standards Week with a proposal for the world to standardise the power supply units (PSUs) provided with devices like mobile phones and laptop computers.
New European weather satellite reaches orbit
The European Space Agency (ESA) and European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) have announced the successful launch of a new weather satellite expected to provide a major source of data for weather forecasts.
Casio to enter tablet market with twin-cam scanner
Watch and calculator-purveyor Casio is set to enter the tablet space with a flourish with the launch of the Paper Writer, a 10.1in device featuring document scanning functionality which could appeal to business travellers.
Governments block YouTube over that video
Google’s YouTube service is under fire across the Muslim world after several governments blocked the site outright after the web giant refused to remove or restrict access to a video uploaded by a US filmmaker ridiculing the Prophet Muhammed.
Baidu's patriotic doodle ruffles Japanese feathers
Chinese search giant Baidu is in fire-fighting mode after releasing an ill-advised doodle on its homepage on Tuesday depicting the disputed Diaoyu Islands – a move which could harm its international operations.
Ten backpacks for tech-heads
Product Round-upWhether its kids heading back to school, businessmen smartening up for the autumn slugfest, or campers scraping out the remnants of various summer picnics, there are punters aplenty on the hunt for new travel apparel this month.
AGIMO's final cloud guidance released
The Australian Government Information Management Office has released its final Guide to Implementing Cloud Services (PDF).
EU ponders £30bn BAE-EADS mega aerospace-military borg
Questions remain over the likely outcome of a proposed £30bn merger between BAE Systems and EADS which would create the world's second-biggest aerospace and defence company.
Budget-slash fest shaves 10% off IT mercenaries' day rates
Cost-cutting at banks and a squeeze in the public sector have pushed IT contractor day rates in the UK down by £38 since 2010.
Euro watchdog: We need ONE definition of 'illegal content' across EU
The European Commission should define what is meant by "illegal content" in order enable content 'hosts' to better understand what responsibilities they have to remove or disable access to such material, an EU privacy watchdog has said.
iPass Wi-Fi hands the boss control, staff get the bill
IT departments tired of forking out to keep staff connected to the internet will be delighted by iPass Open Mobile Express: it leaves control with bosses while letting the workers pay for it.
'Stuff must be FREE, except when it's MINE! Yarr!' - top German pirate
A senior German Pirate Party executive who once described intellectual property as "disgusting" has resorted to the DMCA to thwart pirates. Executive board member Julia Schramm [bio] has written diatribes against what she calls "the content mafia". That was before she snagged a €100,000 book deal with Random House, the publisher owned by media giant Bertlesmann, a company which lobbies for stiffer online copyright enforcement.
Even slimmer PS3 out next week
Sony has introduced the expected new, slimmer, curvier PlayStation 3 and pledged to put it on sale next week.
Pushdo botnet's smokescreen traffic hits legitimate websites
Cybercrooks behind the resilient Pushdo botnet are bombarding legitimate small websites with bogus traffic in order to camouflage requests to the zombie network's command and control servers.
iPhone 5 sleuth work points to $199 component costs
Each iPhone 5 costs Apple $207 to make, it has been estimated.
Hello Miracast vid-beaming: ANOTHER thing the iPhone 5 hasn't got
The Wi-Fi Alliance has formally launched Miracast, the 5GHz peer-to-peer wireless connection for echoing a phone onto a TV, with a test suite and the first devices supporting the protocol.
Phone hack scandal: Cop, two scribes nabbed in bung brouhaha
Two journalists and one serving police officer were arrested early this morning under suspicion of corruption and allegations relating to misconduct in a public office.
Inside the guts of a fiendish Internet Explorer 0-day attack
Sysadmin blogThe latest use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer is being actively exploited in the wild.
Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless
PicsThe iPhone 5 doesn't go on sale until 8am on Friday, 21 September - yet lines of fanbois, socio-averse hipsters, campaigners and self-promoting twits awaiting the new mobe are already clogging the pavements outside Apple Stores.
ASA keelhauls Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for dodgy disk ad
Web souk Ebuyer has been scolded for misleading promos about the price and warranty options for a disk drive.
Yahoo! punts! $3.6bn! to! shareholders! after! Alibaba! deal!
Yahoo! has closed the $7.6bn stage of its sale of stock to Alibaba, bagging $4.3bn in cash after taxes and fees.
Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair
Microsoft is reportedly set to be whacked with a Statement of Objections from European Commission competition officials over the software giant's foolish browser-choice gaffe in which users of the Windows OS were steered into using the firm's IE software.
Gigantic Roman bathtime-fun mosaic found under Turkish field
Bone-bothering boffins have uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey, proving that the ancient Empire's influence reached far into the area.
GCHQ in new challenge for cyber security wannabes
GCHQ, the nerve centre for UK eavesdropping spooks, has launched a new attempt to persuade tech-savvy Brits to defend their nation rather than seek lucrative employment in private companies.
Juries: The only reason ANYONE understands patent law AT ALL
Andrew's MailbagApple's recent mobile patent trial victory over Samsung has raised the spectre of justice being done behind closed doors by self-appointed elites.
Dell sets out Win8 tablet, Ultrabook, all-in-one stall
Dell unveiled its latest business products for the upcoming Windows 8 platform this morning.
'Programming on Windows 8 just like playing bingo' - Microsoft VP
Windows developers have suffered multiple changes of direction in recent years. There is Win32, WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), Silverlight, and now WinRT (Windows Runtime), the platform formerly known as Metro.
Raspberry Pi patch adds warranty-safe overclocking
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has equipped its credit card-sized computer with an overclocking - and overvolting - mode that doesn't tear up your warranty when you activate it.
Publishers, Apple bend over for EU eBooks probe
Four of the publishers in the Europe’s antitrust ebooks price-fixing probe, along with Apple, have offered to scrap their agency model in Europe and allow retailers to set any price they want for ebooks.
Arista touts next-gen switch as malleable as a T-1000 Terminator
Nobody has had his fingers in so much of the data centre pie as Andy Bechtolsheim, founder of Sun Microsystems, Granite Systems, Kealia, and Arista Networks. When Bechtolsheim and his team of techies at Arista say they have come up with their own way of doing software-defined networks (SDN) with their switches, people will stop and listen. Well, if they are smart, anyway.
Size matters: Bromium 'microvisor' to guard PCs for big biz
Bromium, the security software company that was started by the techies who brought us the Xen open-source hypervisor out of Cambridge University, has brought vSentry, its first product, to market. But unless you are buying a new PC from a partner who is bundling the vSentry tool on a new machine, you probably won't be able to get your hands on it anytime soon.
New vicious UEFI bootkit vuln found for Windows 8
Security researchers have discovered security shortcomings in Windows 8 that create a means to infect the upcoming operating system with rootkit-style malware.
Speaking in Tech: We infiltrate Hitachi Data Systems' secret labs
PodcastIt's that time again for the Speaking in Tech podcast hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although she's taking the week off while Ed and Greg are live at the Hitachi Data Systems Day in Santa Clara, California.
Samsung's appeal gaffe keeps Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in US
Samsung has failed to persuade a US judge to lift a temporary sales ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 - even though the slab wasn't found to be infringing Apple's designs in the pair's epic patent trial.
UK.gov will struggle to avoid pain in further IT cuts, says HP bigwig
Blighty's government will be hard pushed to further slash its tech spending as it enters a second round of cost cutting. And "cross-department collaboration" will be needed if better results are to be achieved.
Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress
Google has removed a sex trade app from its Google Play marketplace – but only after pressure from Members of the US Congress.
Sleep easy, Tim Cook: Surface, Win8 tablet shipments looking poor
Microsoft's Surface and OEM Windows-based tab sales are forecast to be low this Christmas season as price and "consumer confusion" limits appeal, bean counter IDC claimed. It seems World + dog can't get enough of the slab fondling phenomena as demand has forced IDC to up its Q4 forecasts by nearly ten million boxes but Apple and the Android army look set to be the major beneficiaries.
Dell bends shiny server linings for denser clouds
You can only cram so much stuff into a chassis that is two rack units high, and so server maker Dell is shifting to a 4U chassis for its latest "Zeus" PowerEdge C8000 design. The new Zeus chassis is designed from the ground up to pack more CPUs, coprocessors, and storage into a 4U space than Dell was able to get into two 2U C6220 enclosures.
Apple iOS 6 review
ReviewOK, so when iOS 6 arrives in an hour or so, you'll rush to download it no matter what. You may as well, it's free, especially if you're not using any old apps that might warrant compatibility fears.
Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco
File this under "Problems you'll never have": Facebook headman Mark Zuckerberg lost over $8bn of his net worth due to his company's wretched IPO.
Chase joins Bank of America in possible Islamic attack outage
The consumer website of JPMorgan Chase was unavailable on Wednesday afternoon, possibly due to the same hack attack that caused Bank of America to go intermittently dark on Tuesday after threats from a group incensed by the execrable Innocence of Muslims film that has caused turmoil in the Islamic world.
OpenStack Foundation launches with $10m in funding
The OpenStack cloud controller and related projects developed under the Big Red O are finally and officially free of Rackspace Hosting, which has by and large been steering its development since July 2010, when the project was founded.
CrimTrac seeks new CIO after incumbent joins Gartner
CrimTrac, Australia's agency charged with facilitating intelligence-sharing between States, Territories and the Commonwealth, is looking for a new CIO after incumbent Darin Brumby joined analyst firm Gartner.
SUSE updates Linux control freak
SUSE Linux, the division of software conglomerate Attachmate that develops and sells the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distribution of Linux, is hosting its SUSECon user and developer conference this week in Orlando, Florida and is using the occasion to launch SUSE Manager 1.7, a substantial update to the Linux server control freak the company first put out nearly two years ago.
Did GM food cause GIANT TUMOURS IN RATS?
A French study claiming to link genetically modified crops to cancer has come under fire almost the instant it was released.
Microsoft promises two-step IE fix
Microsoft has promised it will release a fix “in the next few days” to address the recently-identified flaw in Internet Explorer. At the time of writing, it is only possible to work around the bug, or stop using Internet Explorer, if one wishes to avoid the potential effects of attacks exploiting the vulnerability.