11th > October > 2012 Archive

Electronic waste dumped in developing world

HP says Gartner's wrong, IDC's right, on PC sales data

HP has taken the very unusual step of issuing commentary on IDC's latest PC sales data, which says the PC market is now nearly a tie between HP and Lenovo.
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Ubuntu goes fishing for donations with new download page

From now on, for every download of the popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, parent company Canonical will be passing the hat.

Parliamentary report details German police snoop-spend

Blogger Anna Roth has accused German police of monitoring Skype, Facebook chat and Google Mail, following an examination of expenditures by the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
London buses, photo: Transport for London

It’s official: Google shrinks the world!

An anonymous reader has pointed us to this slip in Google Calculator: someone – or something – picked the wrong units for Earth’s escape velocity.
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Microsoft really is watching us from above

Microsoft really is watching us all from above and even has a new way of doing so, thanks to this week's release of the UltraCam Falcon, a camera dedicated to aerial photography.
Great Wall of China

China wants more hi-tech importers

The wobbly global economy is set to further stunt growth in China’s domestic technology market, leading Beijing to offer even greater financial incentives to encourage more hi-tech imports to the country.
Jaws on Blu-ray disc

Jaws restored Blu-ray disc set review

Jaws is back, and the old shark’s gnashers are looking sharper than ever thanks to a painstaking remastering job by Universal’s backroom boffins. The title is being released as part of the studio’s centenary classics program for Blu-ray, which also includes E.T The Extra Terrestrial, The Birds and Frankenstein. The timing couldn’t be better. As Spielberg himself says in the disc’s explanatory featurette, “the negative of Jaws was pretty crummy, it was pretty bad.”
Steve May, 11 2012

Reds in the Routers is routine, not rare

Critics of a recent report by US lawmakers highlighting serious national security concerns with Huawei and ZTE have argued that their internal Communist Party committees, which are slammed in the report, are actually a feature of most foreign firms in China.

ICO tries to justify hefty NHS data breach fines

The UK's data protection watchdog has defended its civil monetary penalty regime after it was criticised for the amounts of fines levied on public health bodies.
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Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo

Apple has been criticised before - but never for promoting original sin.
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Skype worm chats up victims - then holds PCs to ransom

A worm that locks Windows PC users out of their computers unless they pay a $200 ransom is rapidly spreading via Skype.
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Stick punters' mugs on e-banking pages, that'll end fraud - Schneier

RSA Europe Cryptography guru Bruce Schneier called for more creative thinking and a broader perspective as a means to tackle security problems.
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November election sends chill down Valley shareholders' necks

Open... and Shut Across Silicon Valley, internet biz stocks are taking a beating as the market reacts to serious challenges at Zynga and elsewhere. Unfortunately, it may well get worse.
Matt Asay, 11 2012
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Teachers get earful of racy XXX chat in Capita IT cock-up

Capita's school IT wing is on the naughty step after putting teachers and administrators through to advertisements for adult chat lines.

New broom at OCZ: But can Schmitt sweep up this dirtpile?

After having pre-announced a revenue shortfall OCZ has now pre-announced an even worse revenue shortfall - and has got a new CEO to drag itself out of the hole in which it currently resides.
Light Emitting Diode

World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

The Light Emitting Diode (LED) is 50 years old. Well, kind of...
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Serenading mice can sing along if you hum a few bars

Neuroboffins are claiming that mice can not only sing, serenading at ultrasonic melodies high above soprano, but they can also change their tune.
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Schmidt: Google deathmatch with Apple is 'defining' for the tech biz

Google and Apple are in the "defining fight" of the tech industry today, the advertising firm's chief modestly reckons.

Tintri's VDI flash disk mix: The kit that booted 1,000 virtual desktops

VMWorld Barcelona Tintri and VMware showed the virtualisation players how it's done at VMWorld today when they tested a Tintri hybrid storage array booting 1,000 virtual desktops in two-and-a-half hours – nine seconds per desktop.
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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

Facebook's UK operation plunged to a £13.9m pre-tax loss in 2011, compared with a £1.1m profit a year earlier, accounts filed with Companies House revealed.
Ken Hovanes waterlogged iPhone

Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

If you submerged a phone in two metres of water for any serious period of time, you'd never expect to see it work again, right? So imagine the surprise when one iPhone owner recovered his handset from a lake six months after it fell in - only to find it still works.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012

HP's PC boss caught napping by Lenovo raid

Channel Forum HP knew Lenovo was coming up quickly from behind, but its EMEA PC chief clearly thought HP had a little more breathing space at the top of the PC market.

Siemens expected to announce job cuts, closures

Siemens chief Peter Loescher will outline a plan today on how the industrial tech giant will attempt to save up to €4bn ($5.2bn, £3.2bn), one that is widely expected to include jobs cuts and office closures.

Government Digital Service to live in 'multi-tenanted' cloud from SCC

Reseller-cum-integrator SCC has bagged a G-Cloud contract to provide hosting and IT services to the Government Digital Service (GDS).
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Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16

A hole in Firefox 16 makes it possible for a malicious site to access a user's browsing history, Mozilla security chief Michael Coates revealed in a blog yesterday.
An original member of the System/360 family announced in 1964, the Model 50 was the most powerful unit in the medium price range.

Big Blue: Future of our sales - and the channel - lies in ... MSPs

Channels Forum IBM’s mid-market boss told the Canalys Channels Forum this week that the share of the vendor's business going through the channel will increase by a quarter in the next couple of years as companies move their IT spending to managed services.
Joe Fay, 11 2012
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O2 overlord looking to push payments-via-mobile-bill model

Telefonica is gunning for carrier billing, publicly declaring that its UK operation, O2, will give merchants a bigger cut, and signing a deal integrating its BlueVia API with Telenor for cross-operating billing.
Bill Ray, 11 2012

Avnet 'evaluating resource commitments' as times stay tough

Avnet is looking to cut up to $50m off its expenses bill and reduce the workforce after releasing preliminary results for fiscal Q1 that show a near double digit sales slide.
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Steelie Neelie: Settle your Do-No-Track squabbles or else

Regulators may impose a Do-Not-Track standard on squabbling tech vendors and web businesses after they missed a deadline to develop their own proposal.
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony pops pastries as PS3 sales pass 5m

Sony sent us baked goodies today in celebration of selling five million PlayStation 3s here in the UK.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012

Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

Open ... and Shut Citing "slower than planned progress" at Microsoft's online services division and a 3 per cent decline in Windows revenue, Microsoft's board cut chief executive Steve Ballmer's pay to 91 per cent of his plan, or $1.3m. But that's the least of his concerns.
Matt Asay, 11 2012

Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

The PC industry needs YOUR help!

How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

Special Report Nokia's strategy to revive its fortunes with its home-grown Linux was derailed by academic theory, bureaucratic in-fighting and a misguided partnership with Intel, a new report reveals.
Entry-level FlexPod

NetApp and Cisco waggle shrunken ExpressPod at Hitachi and friends

VMworld It looks like the vendors are sizing each other up for battle in the converged systems world at VMworld: NetApp and Cisco have announced ExpressPod, a pre-packed and tested and downsized FlexPod. Storage clustering has been added into the FlexPod mix and Oracle has announced an RAC/VMware FlexPod.

Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has called Apple "arrogant" and wishes the Cupertino firm would produce bigger phones.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

iDevice-maker Foxconn has confirmed to the media that it has been pushing for a Chinese worker with brain damage caused by a factory accident to leave the hospital.
Archos G9 Android tablet

Archos Android update said to brick G9 slates

An Archos firmware update - supposed to take the company's budget G9 Android tablet up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - has been pulled after users complained that it bricks their hardware.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
Violin array flash cards

TLC NAND could penetrate biz with flash-to-flash backup

VMworld Barcelona Violin co-founder and CTO Jon Bennett identified a potential enterprise role for three-level cell (TLC) flash at VMworld Barcelona today: flash-to-flash backup. TLC is currently seen as pure consumer technology.
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Compuware puffs up Outage Analyzer to fight performance anxiety

Compuware is taking another stab at making the data gathered from users of its Gomez performance monitoring network available on a freebie basis in a bid to get IT shops hooked on using the more sophisticated and definitely not free tools.

Experts split over regulation for bounty-hunting bug sniffers

RSA Europe Security researchers attending the RSA Europe conference are split over regulating the controversial exploit vulnerability marketplace.
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Sprint confirms buyout offer from Japan's Softbank

Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US mobile carrier, has confirmed that it is in talks that could result in its takeover by Japanese mobile carrier Softbank.
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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

Apple has filed a patent application for the ability to hide some of a device's components – such as its camera, biometric sensors, or even its entire display – until they are needed.
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Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

Google has released its biggest-ever update to Street View, adding 250,000 miles of updated photography and double the number of image collections from notable spots around the world.

Facebook, Twitter, ordered not to spoil MURDER trial

The Deputy Chief Magistrate in the Australian State of Victoria, Felicity Broughton, has ordered Facebook and Twitter must remove material that may prejudice a murder trial.
A lacuna in Cisco's submission to Infrastructure New South Wales

Reg hack spares blushes at Infrastructure NSW, Cisco

Here at Vulture South we're always trying to cook up story ideas, and this week one that wormed its way into our cerebellum was whether the recently-released 'First Things First' plan from Infrastructure New South Wales included any thinking on technology's role in infrastructure planning.

AMD lowers revenue expectations in run up to Q3 report

AMD has announced lowered expectations for its third-quarter financial results, with revenues declining 10 per cent from the previous quarter, down from the 1 per cent – give or take 3 per cent – that it had previously projected.

Yale finds second diamond planet

Astronomy has turned up a second diamond planet, and it’s a relative neighbor to the solar system – a mere 40 light-years distant, circling 55 Cancri.

Galaxy Nexus cleared for sale by US court

The patent pendulum has taken a small swing in Samsung’s direction, with a US court clearing the company’s ageing Galaxy Nexus phone for sale in the US.
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Apple bags chippery guru from rival Samsung

There's already no love lost between Seoul and Cupertino, but that rivalry has surely racheted up another notch now that Apple has reportedly bagged one of the Korean electronics giant's top chip designers.
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Curiosity finds . . . wait for it . . . a ROCK on MARS!

NASA reports that the first Martian rock it has examined with the Curiosity's arm-mounted Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) shows curious similarities to a rare form of mineral found on Earth.
Huawei campus Shenzhen

Cisco lobbied telco customers to steer clear of Huawei

Lawmakers aren't the only ones who have been pushing to block Chinese networking companies, including Huawei and ZTE, from bidding on US telecom contracts. According to The Washington Post, some of the strongest pressure has come from the Chinese firms' US-based competitors, in particular Cisco.
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Cloud company foraged for hard drives to stay afloat

When floods hit Thailand last year and crimped the global supply of hard drives, US-based cloud storage company Backblaze feared it would run out of storage.