23rd > October > 2012 Archive

Telerik uncloaks Icenium cloudy mobile app dev suite

Tools vendor Telerik has unveiled a new, cloud-enhanced development environment aimed at making it possible for coders to build cross-platform mobile apps without juggling multiple software development kits (SDKs) and build environments.
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2012

Mayer wants Yahoo! to be the world's mobile portal of habit

Marissa Mayer gave a confident performance at her first full quarterly results call, laying out her plan to make Yahoo! the site of habit for tomorrow's internet users.
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2012
Sham Shui Po market Hong Kong mobile phone numbers

Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

It takes just a few minutes and a handful of metro stops to travel from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon neighbourhood Sham Shui Po (SSP), but the journey takes you to a different world.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Oct 2012

AMD uncloaks 4GHz-and-up FX Series 'enthusiast' chippery

AMD has unveiled its latest FX Series processers, aimed squarely at the enthusiasts' market – the hardcore gamers and other speed demons who want the snappiest possible performance but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on their systems.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012

Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

A new apparatus called the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) System for Ancient Documentary Artefacts developed by the University of Southampton has brought Oxford boffins closer to deciphering the world's oldest unreadable alphabet.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2012
Electronic waste dumped in developing world

Man rummaging for lost laptop in skip gets tipped into garbage truck

A man in Perth, the capital of West Australia, has survived a spell in the back of a garbage truck after trying to find his laptop in a bin.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2012

LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

Mercedes vs BMW, Boeing vs Airbus, Asda vs Tesco: the world is full of directly competing commercial entities locked in a bitter struggle for market share. In Korea, Samsung and LG go head-to-head in much the same way, so it's no surprise that LG has cooked up a rival to Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
Alun Taylor, 23 Oct 2012

A hundred Brit IT bods' jobs under threat at Direct Line

ExclusiveInsurance group Direct Line is considering cutting up to 100 IT jobs in its plan to save £100m a year, some of which may go to outsourced employees.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012

Brazilians strip Google News bare: News barons decide to pull out

Members of the National Association of Newspapers in Brazil (ANJ) have decided to stop Google from displaying snippets of their content on the internet giant's 'News' service.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Oct 2012

'Looming menace' of evil browser extensions to be demo'd this week

A security researcher has developed a proof-of-concept browser botnet extension to illustrate the perils of what he describes as a "looming menace".
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2012
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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

AnalysisMore than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8.
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2012
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BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

Ceefax, the BBC’s Teletext service, is no more.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

Western Digital's disk sales slumped in its last quarter, leading to lower revenue and profit than in the previous three months. Its next quarter is going to be even worse.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2012
Arduino Due

Arduino barebones board upgraded with 32-bit ARM

Arduino, the microcontroller-based board for DIY electronics fans, has become dipped its finger into the ARM Pi.
Hard Reg, 23 Oct 2012

Five go wild with the Administration Tools Pack

StobAs you have surely heard, it’s Alan Turing’s centenary this year, and the Bletchley Park museum is celebrating by releasing a game of Monopoly themed on the life of that mathematical genius. I’ll pause for a sentence or two here, while you let your boggle levels equalise, because, given Turing’s life story, this is a quite a bizarre concept to digest. For example, what are the Chance cards going to be like?
Verity Stob, 23 Oct 2012

Natwest biz banking service goes titsup overnight

Natwest's business banking site Bankline went down last night after undergoing "maintenance" for a little longer than expected. The service that helps businesses manage their finances bobbed back up circa 10.20am this morning. The consumer facing side of the site displayed this message:
Anna Leach, 23 Oct 2012
Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Everything Everywhere has announced what it will charge for 4G mobile broadband today. Prices for the snappy connection starting at £36 a month.
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012

Music streaming service Rara slips off cloak, jumps into ring with Spotify

Stealth streaming service Rara is slightly less stealthy today. The Omnifone-backed brand launched 10 months ago and operates in 20 countries. Today it’s adding iPhone, iPad and Windows 8 MetroNotro apps, and beginning to market itself in the UK and Europe, as well as expanding into Latin America. Mexico and Brazil will get Rara shortly, as will Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2012
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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on 20 November, 1985, a year later than first promised. Now, nearly 27 years on, Windows 8 is on the shelves. The operating system was chugging away full-steam ahead as Windows XP established itself - then it jumped the tracks at Vista.
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2012

Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

A heroic police robot has returned to duty with a Nebraska force after being put out of action by an "unstable man" who blasted it repeatedly with a 12-bore* shotgun at point blank range during a tense siege this summer.
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2012

Big labels try for ISP blocking on 3 more 'pirate' sites

Blighty's internet providers have been asked to voluntarily block another three sites accused of piracy by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012

Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech.
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012
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MapR simplifies and extends HBase for Hadoop

Hadoop WorldBack before the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) came out of stealth mode in May 2011, Hadoop distie MapR Technologies didn't like the way it worked, so it rejigged it to look more like a Unix file system from the outside and beefed up its availability.
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Mighty Acer still weaving after 2011's knockdown punch

The once unstoppable sales juggernaut Acer still hasn't regained the momentum that carried it close to the top of the PC market, certainly if its Q3 prelims are anything to go by.
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2012

WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

A young Beluga whale spent four years apparently trying to speak English recently, according to scientists in California. The cetacean's enunciation was apparently clear enough that it was actually discovered when the creature ordered a startled diver to get out of the water.
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2012

Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

Whoops. Ubisoft has shipped a number of European copies of Rocksmith for PC without activation codes.
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012

Riverbed Cascade appliances peek into VDI, SDN, CIFS

Riverbed Technology's Cascade network monitoring appliances, which come in physical and virtual form, have been flying a bit blind on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and software-defined networks (SDN), but with the Cascade 10.0 software stack, the network busybody is being tweaked so it can peer inside of the protocols that underlying VDI and SDN to help network admins prove that whatever the performance issue might be affecting virty desktops or networks, it's the server admin's fault.

'Deceptive' web tracker settles with FTC over personal data slurp

Web analytics firm Compete has settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it was slurping users' personal data without permission and wasn't adequately protecting that information.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012

Black hole spews out 2-million-light-year-long stream of WTF

Astronomers have spotted a supersonic cosmic jet blasting two million light years from the centre of a distant galaxy's supermassive black hole.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012

iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

AnalysisIt's a small, cheap plastic device that people use to download Jane Austen and spanking porn. Why would Apple be scared of it?
Anna Leach, 23 Oct 2012
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BBC's Incurious George vows to 'calibrate systems' after Savile affair

The BBC's new director general provoked derision from MPs today after spending most of two hours explaining why he had failed to follow up information, as well as having to answer questions about BBC decisions. Entwistle came across a polite man, but no leader, and the picture of the BBC that emerged was more surreally bureaucratic and inert than a TwentyTwelve-style parody.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2012
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

'Petrified' insurers slam wallets shut as more resellers go titsup

The small sequential rise in reseller insolvencies in Q3 - in line with seasonality - will do nothing to calm credit insurers' general uneasiness about the IT sector.
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2012

Save hefty Dr Who and Bond girl 'Flossie', pleads vintage computer man

Engineer and vintage computer enthusiast Ron Brown is struggling to save Flossie, one of the world's oldest working computer mainframes and a bonafide movie star, from extinction.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012
The Soyuz TMA-06M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 6:51 a.m. EDT. NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin now are safely in orbit. credit: NASA

FISH IN SPAAACE: New 'nauts and piscine pals head for Xmas on ISS

The latest crew of 'nauts are on their way to join their crewmates on the International Space Station after the Soyuz TMA-06M blasted off safely this morning.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Oct 2012

US patent office prepares to kill off Apple's bounce-back patent

The US Patent Office (USPTO) appears to have provisionally invalidated one of the major patents that Apple was using against Samsung... And it's possible that large parts of the case will go “kablooie” as a result.
Tim Worstall, 23 Oct 2012

Apple to live-stream Tuesday's 'a little more' event

In a break with recent practice, Apple will provide a live video stream of its "a little more" event to be held Tuesday morning at 10am Pacific Time at San José's California Theater.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012
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Greenplum opens up Big Data control freak: Chorus for all of us

Hadoop WorldAs promised, the Greenplum Big Data subsidiary of IT conglomerate EMC is opening up the Chorus control freak that it created to span the Greenplum data warehousing database and its two implementations of the Hadoop Big Data muncher.

Cisco: Data centers are getting their cloudy acts together

When you are trying to take over the data center moving out from the switch and into servers, as Cisco Systems is trying to do, you have to try to figure out the lay of the land so you can pick your targets and start shooting. That, in a nutshell, is why Cisco has put together its latest Global Cloud Index, complete with lots of data mashups and prognostications.
Invitation to Apple's October 23rd 'iPad mini' event

Apple adds Fusion Drive IO to iMac

Apple's new and thinner iMac has a Fusion Drive combining flash speed and disk capacity.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2012

Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

Yes, it's called the iPad mini – and that was one of the few heretofore unknown facts about the new iPad that Apple rolled out at its "a lttle more" event on Tuesday in San José, California.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012
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Rackspace to ride Hortonworks elephant into the clouds

Hadoop WorldRackspace Hosting has spent the past two years helping craft the OpenStack cloud control freak and getting it running its public and private cloud services. And now, to get more of the IT wallet, Rackspace wants to peddle more services atop OpenStack, whether it is humming in your shop or in its own glass houses. And one of the first services that Rackspace wants to plunk on top of OpenStack with a price tag on it is, not surprisingly, the Hadoop big data muncher.
Apple iPad Mini

Apple's iPad Mini mishap: scratching out the retina screen

AnalysisApple will undoubtedly sell more than enough iPad Minis to keep its shareholders happy. Its fans might be less impressed with the diminutive tablet.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2012

Windows RT OEMs unveil pricing for Surface wannabes

AnalysisWith the ARM-based version of Microsoft's Surface tablets due to launch in less than three days, rival PC makers are only now beginning to unveil details of their own Windows RT devices. If you were hoping Microsoft's partner OEMs would rise to the occasion and beat Redmond at its own game, prepare to be disappointed.
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2012

Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

The new 7.85 7.9-inch iPad mini and the upgraded fourth-generation iPad weren't the only bits of kit featured during Apple's "a little more" event this Tuesday in San José, California. Also announced was Apple's new eighth-generation iMac lineup.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012

New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

Remember the Mac mini? That cute li'l system that found its way into everything from server closets to DeLoreans? Well, Apple remembers it as well, and at Tuesday's "a little more" event, Cupertino gave the little fellow its first upgrade in well over a year.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012

Judge says PSN hack can't spark class action

The notorious Sony PlayStation Network hack, which saw millions of accounts compromised in May 2011, doesn’t give grounds for a class action, according to a US judge.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Oct 2012

FTC issues guidelines on facial recognition technology

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a staff report on best practices for companies using facial recognition technology in their businesses.
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2012
VMware's monster VM

VMware profits pinched in Q3, but not as pinchy as expected

Despite the fact that the economic conditions in Europe and Australia weakened in the third quarter and that the company didn't launch its updated virtualization and cloud software until late August, VMware turned in numbers that more or less met expectations.

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