28th > September > 2012 Archive
RIM reports more losses, lower sales, lots of cash
Research in Motion saw its shares continue the climb that began earlier this week after it posted a Q2 earnings report that beat analyst expectations, but the struggling BlackBerry maker's revenue disappointed once again and its losses continue.
Event Horizon Telescope spots source of black hole jets
A set of linked radio-telescopes across Hawaii, Arizona and California has given scientists a close-up of the accretion disk of a distant supermassive black hole
WTF is... NFC
FeatureNear Field Communications (NFC) has been around for almost a decade, but only recently become a smartphone feature because, simply, no one knows what it's for.
Last of the indie dedupe firms: We CAN fight off backup giants
InterviewBill Andrews, Exagrid's CEO, is a driven man, even though he's been at Exagrid for seven years. But Andrews still has a job of work ahead of him bringing Exagrid out from under Data Domain's massive market shadow.
Salt marshes will suck CO2 from air faster and faster as seas rise
Salt marshes and similar types of coastal terrain could act naturally to fight global warming by absorbing increasing amounts of carbon in a warming world, scientists have found. Even better, salt marshes' carbon-sequestering effects would actually be increased sea-level rise.
ICO: Data blunders by your cloud provider still YOUR fault
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned businesses that they are still responsible for the safety of the data they own - even when that data is in the cloud.
Draft UK libel law forces websites to axe mudslinging comments
Courts would have the power to order website operators to remove comments that have already been ruled to be defamatory even if those website operators did not post the comments themselves, according to the latest revisions to the Defamation Bill.
'What was Google going to do, force Apple to change its mind?'
QuotWThis was the week when complaints about Apple's latest Jesus-mobe continued - but that didn't stop upwards of five million people forking out for it or queues forming in Blighty and elsewhere on launch day.
Mozilla's Persona single sign-on service enters beta
The Mozilla Foundation has announced a public beta of Persona, its browser-based website login system aimed at doing away with traditional usernames and passwords.
Google's disco-dancing uncle Schmidt trashes Apple's patent war
VideoGoogle executive chairman Eric Schmidt launched a thinly veiled attack on Apple on Thursday but declared the iPhone maker a “very good partner” - and then proceeded to dance like an uncle at a particularly awful wedding.
Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE
PollRight, you lovely people, the moment has arrived to settle once and for all that matter of most monumentous moment: just what constitutes the ultimate bacon sarnie.
Intel outs initial Windows 8 Atom tablet line-up
Hot on the heels of yesterday's Atom Z2760 launch - the designed-for-Windows 8 system-on-a-chip formerly known as Clover Trail - Intel has named the first tablets and convertibles that will ship with the new chip when the new Microsoft OS launches next month.
Dissolving silk electronics melt in your body, not in the hand
When it comes to electronics, boffins are usually going one way - how to make them smaller, faster and longer lasting, but a few researchers are going against the tide - looking for electronics that can last just a moment and then disappear.
Purpose of RFID finally discovered: It's for pairing up socks!
The dream of 21st-century man, socks that pair themselves, is almost upon us with special hosiery which can find its mate using only an iPhone, an embedded tag and an RFID reader.
HMRC becomes first gov tentacle to buy cloud through G-Cloud
HMRC has become the first government department to sign a cloud contract through the G-Cloud, the government's online IT services catalogue.
iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I have decided that the iPhone 5 is fantastic. Not that I own one, mind you. It’s just that the commentators slagging it off probably don’t own one either, so my ignorant opinion is just as valid as theirs.
Facebook's latest brain wave: Flogging REAL fluffy tat
Facebook has finally realised it needs to start touting actual stuff if it is to ever please Wall Street's moneymen.
Suffering Sharp gets a whopping bailout from the banks
Struggling electronics firm Sharp has announced that it signed a ¥360bn (£2.9bn, $4.6bn) bailout deal with banks including Mizuho Corporate Bank and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.
Icelandic town demands vulva museum
The good burghers of the Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær are unimpressed with local council plans to build a wild animal museum, and instead favour opening a vulva attraction.
Intel: Behold the TABLETS of our partners, proof of Win8's MIGHT
Windows 8 is ready, and to prove it Intel just listed PC chip partners who are putting Microsoft’s touchy operating system on its silicon.
Alibaba pushes on with mobile OS plans despite Android setback
Chinese web giant Alibaba is pushing ahead with plans to get its mobile operating system Aliyun onto more handsets in the country despite a recent clash with Google which saw Acer forced to pull a new handset based on the OS.
Tablet and laptop sales neck and neck
Brits bought as many tablets as laptops in August, market watcher GfK said today.
Graun Aid: Don't They Know It's Christmas 2.0?
CompetitionEarlier this week we reported Guardian veteran David Leigh's big idea to save his job the British newspaper industry.
Yet another exec dashes out Groupon's door
Groupon has lost yet another top executive, this time the chief of its international business, as its weensy second quarter profit fails to impress investors.
JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL
JK Rowling's first novel not to feature young bespectacled wizard Harry Potter was released on Wednesday, following a massive marketing campaign that effectively shrouded The Casual Vacancy in mystery before its debut on bookstore shelves. But it didn't all go according to plan, after the ebook version of the 506-page tome was delivered to US customers with glitches galore.
Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans
Time-rich psychologists in the USA say they have discovered that female Democratic politicians are significantly less feminine in appearance than Republican ones - so much so that it's often possible to tell which party a woman politico belongs to just by looking at her.
Mosley thrash'n'tickle vid case against Google opens in Hamburg
Google is being sued in a Hamburg court by Max Mosley, who is claiming that the company has broken German privacy laws by continuing to host a video online which shows the erstwhile Formula One chief engaging in a sordid sex pantomime.
Firefox's birthday present to us: Teaching tech titans about DIY upstarts
Open ... and ShutIt's hard to believe it now, but not too long ago the web was dangerously close to being owned by one vendor: Microsoft.
Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones
Nokia has reportedly cut up to 15 per cent off the price of its Lumia handsets in a bid to flog off Window Phone 7 kit before Windows 8 appears in its next-gen smartphones.
Google axes YouTube attack vid after Brazilian fuzz uncuff chief
Google's chief in Brazil has been forced to take down the YouTube video that got him arrested on Wednesday.
Zombies are attacking America – researchers
Hackers responsible for an ongoing series of attacks against US banks over the past week may be tapping into botnets to power their assaults, according to security researchers. Meanwhile, the Financial Services ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) continues to advise banks to be prepared for attack.
World's power-grid cyber breach traced to notorious Chinese crew
An espionage attack on Telvent - the maker of power-grid control systems and smart meters - has been linked to a prolific Chinese hacking crew.
US gov on track to miss its own IPv6 deadline
US government websites will miss the deadline for transition to IPv6 on a huge scale, predicts a watchdog. Only 12 per cent of federal website domains are currently compatible with new internet protocol IPv6 according to the National institute of Standards and Technology. There are just two days to go before the deadline for compliance hits on Sunday.
US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state
The US military has allegedly classified Julian Assange as an "enemy", a desigation that could make any member of those forces who communicates with him or WikiLeaks to be liable for the death penalty.
Network boffins say Terabit Ethernet is TOO FAST
The IEEE consensus group in charge of developing future networking standards has some words for anyone who was hoping to see Terabit Ethernet in the next few years: not so fast.
Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'
Microsoft has entered the US immigration debate with a novel proposal for expanding the number of visas available for foreign techies: have companies pay the government a good chunk of change for an expanded number of them.
AMD launches Android app store for Windows PCs
AMD has launched a new web portal designed to connect users with applications and games to run on their AMD-powered Windows PCs – including some 675,000 Android apps, thanks to a partnership with virty Android vendor BlueStacks.
OpenStack gets 'Folsom' release out on time
The OpenStack project has delivered the promised "Folsom" release of its cloud controller on time – ahead of the OpenStack Design Summit in the middle of next month – and delivering a much-improved implementation of OpenStack that sports many features that cloud builders need.