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.
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012

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
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2012

'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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Sep 2012
Alex Outten's sarnie, shown during cooking and fully assembled


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.
Lester Haines, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Lester Haines, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Sep 2012
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Tablet and laptop sales neck and neck

Brits bought as many tablets as laptops in August, market watcher GfK said today.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2012
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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.
Matt Asay, 28 Sep 2012
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows smartphone

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.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Team Register, 28 Sep 2012

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.
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2012

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.
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2012

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.
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012
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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.

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