1st > November > 2012 Archive
Vodafone Oz taken to court by dealer
UpdateVodafone Australia has something else to worry about besides its dwindling customer base and fragile network, as dealer BD Mobile suing the carrier for unpaid commissions.
NASA's long shot shows Titan glows in the dark
A series of long-exposure photos taken of Titan have shown the solar system's second biggest moon glows in the dark of Saturn's shadow.
Appro adds water-cooling to Xtreme supercomputers
It's time to install the hot tub, sauna, and heated swimming pool next to the supercomputer centers of the world and open them up to the public as modern-day baths. If you can think of a better use for waste heat generated by petafloppers, so be it.
HP to partners: sew your way to vertical Win 8 success
Canalys APACMastery of a sewing machine may help the channel cash in on Windows 8, HP representatives have told the APAC Canalys Channels Forum.
World's tallest tower in massive broadcast FAIL
The world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower has a slight problem – it can’t broadcast very well.
Cupertino man jailed for exporting tech to China
The founder of a Cupertino tech firm has become the latest to fall foul of tough US laws restricting the sale of military technology to China, after he was banged up for over a year.
Snooper's-charter plans are just misunderstood, sniffles tearful May
Home Secretary Theresa May appeared before peers and MPs in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon to face questions about her proposed communications data bill, which has been almost universally rejected by people outside the security services bubble.
Seagate: Oh no, is my enterprise disk sales slip showing?
Seagate saw a 9.3 per cent slip in enterprise disk drive sales in its first fiscal 2013 quarter and revenues fell to $3.732bn compared to the previous quarter's $4.482bn.
Big cell towers now outnumbered by briefcase-sized jobs
There are now more small cells than bigger 'macro' base stations, with the vast majority located in users' homes but an increasing number rented out to network operators wanting coverage.
Halo 4 game review
If you’re a Halo fan, it’s a no-brainer of course. You’ll buy Halo 4 whatever I or anyone else says. You’ll enjoy it too, no question, especially if you’re after its upgraded multiplayer experience. But if you’re hoping the game's solo campaign will let you relive the magic of the original Combat Evolved, you may be a little disappointed with the return of the Master Chief in this the first of a new trilogy of Halo games.
El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)
Once a year, El Reg's Special Projects Bureau compiles a hardware/office supplies acquisition list for the coming 12 months, which is ceremoniously laid before management in the hope the Vulture Central coffers are particularly cornucopious.
Meet the photographer who brings Google Street View INDOORS
InterviewGoogle Streetview will now venture into your business, at a price, and the Chocolate Factory has been busy signing up local shutterbugs, so El Reg caught up with one of them to find out what it takes to get one's shelves added to Streetview.
Big Data to battle fraud, cyber crime: EMC guard dog gets a Silver Tail
EMC has signed a deal to acquire web fraud detection specialists Silver Tail Systems. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'
Actress Lindsay Lohan has blamed hackers for posting a frankly-odd Hitler themed Twitter update to her profile.
EE 4G LTE review
EE’s LTE network went live this week, opening its 1800MHz band to the public and becoming the first, and currently only, one of the major operators to offer a 4G service.
Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air
Beleaguered bricks and mortar retailer Comet is lurching toward administration with Deloite understood to be waiting in the wings.
Samsung states sales date for Galaxy S III Mini
Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini hits UK shelves next week with a couple of free games and 50GB of Dropbox space.
Dell Latitude 6430u set to be first Ultrabook with gigabit wireless
Dell’s upcoming Windows 8 Ultrabook, the Latitude 6430u, look set to be one of the first - if not the very first - notebook computer to incorporate high-speed WiGig wireless networking technology.
Samsung reveals Galaxy Premier smartphone
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier this week, another member of its smartphone family which looks to be a trimmed-down marginally more affordable version of the Galaxy S III.
Huawei reaches out to critical German hacker over router flaws
Huawei’s efforts to improve its information security credentials have appeared to receive a boost after CISO John Suffolk revealed the Chinese tech giant is engaging with a researcher who exposed flaws in some of its routers.
WiMAX Forum runs up white flag, concedes 4G battle to LTE
The WiMAX forum, on the losing side in the race to 4G, has given up on WiMAX 2.0 and is instead promoting integration with LTE - or "the competition" as it used to be known.
Somebody give BT a brolly: National telco blames RAIN for its pain
BT took a revenues pummeling during its second quarter ended 30 September by posting a 9 per cent decline to £4.47bn this morning.
SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS
Teens with internet-enabled phones will have more sex with fewer condoms, research at the University of Southern California has found. And the mobe-inspired jigjig was more likely to be with a stranger they met on the internet.
Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase
Android-based games console Ouya has entered the Engineering Verification Testing phase, which essentially means the team is evaluating how the box runs ahead of the planned shipment of developer kits this coming December.
Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads
Microsoft's Internet Explorer clawed back some of its share of the desktop web-browser market in October, as it stood accused of costing rival Firefox valuable downloads by Windows users.
A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1
ArchaeologicPersonal computing. Personal. Computing. We take both aspects so completely for granted these days, it's almost impossible to think of a time when computing wasn't personal - or when there was no electronic or mechanical computing.
Cisco stretches UCS uber-control-freak across larger clouds
Cisco's software engineers have cooked up an uber-control-freak called UCS Central to manage server profiles, templates, and settings for up to 10,000 rack or blade machines.
Arrow Electric CEO: Sales dip, profits fall but it's no 'overall disaster'
Arrow Electronics stopped well short of saying the recession has bottomed out as its components arm continues to wrestle with a tough biz climate, but an air of optimism hung over senior management.
Uh-oh! Kim Dotcom is back with a brand new Megaupload site
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced that he will launch a new file-sharing website called Mega in January.
BlackBerry 10: Dozens of networks probe the final RIM shot
RIM reckons more than 50 network operators are testing its BlackBerry 10 handsets, which sounds impressive until one remembers that testing is just a first step on the long journey to market.
Hardware hacker proves Apple Fusion Drive works on older Macs
Top marks to hardware hacker Patrick Stein who has discovered that Apple’s Fusion Drive technology, which combines separate SSD and HDD storage into a single volume, can be added to old Macs. And he’s added one to his own Mac Pro.
Sky squeezes even more money from customers, gets fewer new ones
BSkyB attracted fewer new subscribers to its TV, broadband and phone products in its last quarter even though the company enjoyed a healthy increase in sales.
AMD, Samsung must be ARMed to the teeth to oust Intel servers
AnalysisLet's start with the obvious. Everyone is spoiling for a fight to end Intel's hegemony in the server processor racket. But two decades ago we backed Intel to oust that arena's ruling silicon families kicking - and the chip giant successfully invaded servers around the world. The question we now face is this: can ARM do to Intel what Intel did to the likes of Cray and the high-performance RISC processor players of yesteryear?
O2 touts OTT tariffs for Nexus 4 exclusive
O2 has upped the price of Google's anticipated LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone - for which the UK operator has a month-long exclusive - and customers have raised their eyebrows in disgust.
Apple axed Brit retail boss for doing his job well - TOO well, perhaps
CommentJohn Browett must be pinching himself after his stint as Apple's retail veep came to an abrupt and unceremonious end this week, despite stellar numbers from his division of the firm.
MPs slam Europe's plan for rejig of data protection law
A proposal to overhaul data protection law in Europe came under attack today from a panel of British MPs. The politicians have urged Brussels' justice commissioner Viviane Reding to rewrite her plan.
5 Tokyo devs cuffed over 'The Movie' Android app scam
Japanese cops have arrested five developers accused of planting malware in smartphone applications.
JDA Software finds a RedPrairie home companion
JDA Software is selling itself to RedPrairie, a privately equity-backed enterprise software firm, for $1.9bn in cash.
Google stiffs Samsung on price, now wireless charging too
Not content with undercutting Samsung's Galaxy S III mobile by two hundred quid, Google's Nexus 4 handset is using the Qi charging standard to provide the wireless charging Samsung still can't offer.
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8 support for Mac
Microsoft has refreshed its Windows Phone application for Macs, which now enables data transfer between Apple computers and Redmond's latest mobile platform.
Sony admits PSPs will not fly off shelves, says phones and PS3s will
Sony has said that it doesn't think it will be able to sell as many of its portable game devices - PSP and Vita - as it had hoped.
Flash slash at OCZ: New CEO cuts nearly 200 jobs, 150 products
OCZ, the flash storage start-up that over-extended itself by pumping out new SSDs before securing a reliable flash NAND chip supplier, has had excess products - and 198 staffers - dumped by incoming CEO Ralph Schmitt.
Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera
Freebie mobile applications come with a higher privacy and security risk, according to an 18-month long study by Juniper Networks.
Orange data network recovers after Monday morning titsuppening
A number of Orange UK customers lost connectivity this morning - mobile data access was knackered for at least an hour until the network struggled back to its feet.
Qualcomm chip puts 60GHz wireless gigabit into Dell Ultrabook
Wireless chip maker Wilocity has confirmed not only that Dell’s Latitude 6430u Ultrabook will incorporate WiGig, the 60GHz gigabit wireless spec, but that the machine uses its tri-band tech courtesy of a chipset from Qualcomm’s Atheros subsidiary.
iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies
Japanese electronics firm Sharp has warned that it might not be able to keep going as a company, a situation that could put pressure on supply of iPhone 5s.
Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL
CommentHow disappointing. Felix Baumgartner, the steely-sphered Austrian who recently supplied us all with much quality entertainment by leaping out of a balloon 128,000 feet above New Mexico to break the all-time world altitude skydiving record, turns out to be a blinkered fool.
ISS 'nauts pop out to fix a radiator... in SPACE
International Space Station crew members are currently spacewalking around outside the cosmic laboratory to configure one of its solar arrays.
British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it
Apple was told to apologise properly to Samsung by three British judges at the UK Court of Appeals this morning. Judge Robin Jacob reprimanded Apple for putting up an "incorrect" and "non-compliant" statement about the patent lawsuit and said it had 48 hours to publish a better one.
Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label
Sony has metaphorically given the US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) the finger, saying it will continue to brand its 3840 x 2160 TVs ‘4K’, thank you very much.
Windows Server 2012: Microsoft's other Big Push
In 1985, Commodore held the UK launch of the Amiga 1000 at the World of Commodore Show at the Novotel in Hammersmith. Twenty-seven years later, Microsoft used the same venue to host the Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012.
Analyst slams Apple innovation FAIL
One Wall Street analyst has lashed out at Apple, claiming the Mac maker's innovation is "sputtering" on the back of its failure to introduce touchscreen notebooks and desktop all-in-ones.
Windows 8 'penetrated' says firm which sells to world's spy agencies
French security researcher firm Vupen claim to have already developed a reliable windows 8 exploit, just days after the launch of latest edition of Microsoft's flagship operating system.
Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN
Sony has begun advertising the PlayStation Vita in French magazines by comparing the device to a woman with four breasts.
Microsoft price hikes start to bite down on EMEA partners
Microsoft's UK price rise at the start of the summer is starting to dampen the financials of partners on this side of the Atlantic, certainly if Insight Enterprise's EMEA results are a metric.
Teradata customers plead: 'Stop, we can't buy any more stuff!'
Data warehousing pioneer Teradata has grown in leaps and bounds during the past two and a half years. However the database biz took a little pause for breath in the third quarter of 2012, causing it to come up at the low end of its guidance range for revenues and profits - and coming in shy of Wall Street's expectations.
Daily Telegraph punishes expats with paywall
There'll be grumbling in Costa del Sol tonight after the Daily Telegraph started charging expats and other folk overseas to read its website.
Comet confesses: The receivers are among us even now
Comet has finally confirmed that administrative receivers will be landing on its door step early next week.
Tokyo court says Micron can wed Elpida, birth world No.2 chipmaker
White knight Micron is close to winning the hand of its damsel in distress, Japanese chipmaker Elpida Technology: a Tokyo court has approved Micron's acquisition of Elpida and thrown out a rival proposal from a squad of Elpida bondholders.
Oldest town of the Old World found in Bulgaria
The earliest Europeans spent hours making salt bricks behind huge stone walls, archaeologists reckon after excavating the oldest known town in Europe.
Russia launches internet blacklist to protect the kiddies
The Russian government has opened a blacklist of websites that will be blocked from domestic internet users to avoid them harming themselves with too much information.
Big Switch Networks stuffs $25m more down its trousers
Quasi-stealth virtual networking startup Big Switch Networks has bagged its second pile of cash from venture capitalists, who hope to rake in the big bucks from the software-defined networks (SDN) craze – particularly after they missed the money train that was Nicira, which server-virtualization juggernaut VMware shelled out $1.26bn to acquire back in July.
Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one
TeardownIt's no wonder why the iPad mini assemblers at Foxconn rioted – its innards are fiendishly complex and tightly packed.
Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists
Apple funnelled an extra billion dollars into research and development in 2012, but as a percentage of its takings in the last year, the spend on R&D actually went down.
Apple enables 'Superstorm Sandy' donations in iTunes Store
Apple has added a button to the home page of its iTunes Store that clicks through to a page where you can use your iTunes account to donate money to "Help Superstorm Sandy survivors."
FTC shuts down five US robocall operations
The Federal Trade Commission has successfully shut down five US robocall operations in Arizona and Florida that bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from people desperate to cut down on their credit card repayments.
US court dumps on “browserwrap” T&Cs
A Nevada court ruling against Zappos has reiterated what companies the world over should have worked out for themselves: “browserwrap” terms and conditions aren’t worth the paper they’re not written on.
Facebook’s “anti-bullying pledge” lands in Oz
Following a string of high-profile cases that have seen The Social NetworkTM roundly criticised by politicians, police and punters, Facebook has brought its “Be Bold, Stop Bullying” campaign to Australia.
Hobbits enlisted to make punters look at the air-safety vid
Air New Zealand is trying to overcome passengers’ near-universal zone-out during the mandatory safety video by enlisting hobbits, elves and orcs.
African kids learn to read, hack Android on OLPC fondleslab
One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte has said children are not only teaching themselves to read without teachers by using fondleslabs he provided, but they are learning how to hack Android as well.
Businessweek: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid'
Bloomberg Businessweek threw a few litres of petrol on the blazing climate-change debate with this week's cover story, less-than-subtly entitled: "It's Global Warming, Stupid."