15th > November > 2012 Archive
Facebook beats the heat in North Carolina data center
The techies at Facebook may like to "move fast and break things" as company founder Mark Zuckerberg admonished them to do three years ago before the social media juggernaut went public, but the one thing they don't want to do is break a data center and all of the servers and storage running inside of it.
Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store
Apple is reportedly sending email notices to developers of iOS games with the word "memory" in their titles, warning them that unless they change their apps' names, they will be pulled from the App Store.
Obama signs off on secret national cybersecurity plan
President Obama has signed off on Presidential Policy Directive 20, a cybersecurity plan that seeks to establish the rules of engagement for defending the US critical infrastructure against online attack.
Google Chrome app offers guided tour of known universe
Google's Data Arts team has released a new, experimental app for its Chrome web browser that offers users an interactive tour of our local stellar space.
Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs
Not content with somehow managing to proclaim ‘GIF’ the USA’s word of the year for 2012, the lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries now insist that the correct pronunciation of the word does not use a hard g, as in golf.
Sydney Uni boffin wants database to track smokers
Open access journal PLOS Medicine has staged a debate on the topic of licenses for smokers.
Apple staff call Taiwanese filmmaker an 'idiot'
A Taiwanese writer and director who flew to Hong Kong to confront Apple in person over a long-running copyright infringement saga says he was branded an "idiot" by staff and escorted off the premises by police.
Is that a truncheon in your trousers, officer, or ... an antenna, you say?
An EU project to create wearable tracking devices for cops has recruited Sofant, a mobile tech startup spun out of Edinburgh University last year. The plan is to slip Sofant's antennas into uniforms to receive Galileo satnav signals.
Equinix's new Sydney bit barn built to survive TOXIC FLOOD
Global bit barn baron Equinix has opened its newest data centre in Sydney, just 90 metres from the shores of the Alexandria Canal, a waterway that in the late 1800s was envisaged as linking Botany Bay to Sydney Harbour.
Sharp set for 30 BILLION YEN cash injection
Ailing electronics giant Sharp could be set to receive a welcome boost to its coffers after reports from Japan revealed chip giants Intel and Qualcomm are considering investments of at least ¥30 billion (£236m) in the firm.
Quantum squirts object storage filler into Big Data-hungry crevice
Quantum sees object storage as a the Big Data gap filler between overly expensive dual-controller RAID disk arrays and laggardly but cheap capacity tape archive vaults. Its Lattus products use Amplidata technology and will arrive independently this year and integrated in StorNext in 2013.
So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted
Developers have launched a sync-and-share service aimed at small businesses that adds an extra layer of encryption absent from popular services such as Dropbox and Box.
China's Danger Maps highlight health hazards
China’s many environmental hazards are well documented, as are its government’s less than transparent approach to governing. But one enterprising local start-up has managed to address both in a new app which uses publicly available information to let users check whether they’re about to move next door to a landfill.
Software sucks these days - and just maybe it's all YOUR fault
StorageBod BlogEvery now and then, I write a blog article that could probably get me sued, sacked or both; this started off as one of those, and has been heavily edited by myself to avoid naming names.
ViewSonic VSD220 22in Android mega tablet
Depending on how you might want to look at it, the ViewSonic VSD220 is either an expensive 22in monitor or an inexpensive tethered Android tablet. But then you'd be missing the point: it's actually both and neither. It's an unusual mashup for which ViewSonic deserves credit simply by giving it a go.
Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation
A week after Facebook introduced the nauseating idea of automatic couple pages, it has been rolled out to users across the globe, inducing reactions such as: "creepy and intrusive", "retch-inducing" and "smug".
'I'm a PIRATE' confessions spew from OED iPhone dictionary
Users of iOS dictionary apps from Collins, Longman and the OED have found themselves outed as pirates on Twitter, as a name-and-shame tactic used by the apps' developer backfires.
Isilon feels need for speed, unleashes swarm of 'Mavericks'
EMC has released the "Mavericks" update of its Isilon scale-out filer operating system, OneFS, aiming to be the top scale-out filer gun in the enterprise sector.
Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being
Google has quietly yet finally brought its cloud-based music service to the UK.
Sophos to axe 35 developer posts, shifts gaze to mobile, networks
ExclusiveSophos intends to shed 35 jobs from its development team as part of a company shakeup.
Adobe shuts down Connect user forum, confirms passwords raided
Adobe has admitted that its Connectusers.com forum database was compromised, exposing password information about users of its conferencing technology in the process.
Wireless boffins boost Wi-Fi hotspot performance 700%
Researchers at US college North Carolina State University claim to have worked out how to allow Wi-Fi hotspots to fling up to 700 per cent more data back and forth, freeing large-scale Wi-Fi networks from the congestion that keeps users waiting for web pages to load and, in worst cases, to think they’ve been disconnected.
Hold it! Don't back up to a cloud until you've eyed up these figures
Online data vaults are everywhere. On the small storage side, we have options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Teamdrive. My Synology NAS, the upcoming 2012 Microsoft Server Suite and any number of virtual appliances can all back up bulk data to the cloud. The software side of things may be settled, but is this all truly feasible?
UK digital terrestrial TV turns 14 today
Archaeologicis an occasional column focus on retro tech and digital archaeology. Today, a look back at the events that went into motion 14 years ago and led to the foundation of the bedrock of UK TV, Freeview.
Toshiba readies feature-pruned, profit-boosting Jelly Bean tablet
Toshiba has announced a new member of its AT300 Android tablet range, this one running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
NetApp bags CacheIQ for secret cash sum
After last quarter's disappointing fall in revenues and profits, NetApp's latest quarterly results showed annual revenue growth and a profits recovery.
New Microsoft Windows chief 'shocked' by Sinofsky defenestration
AnalysisMicrosoft’s new Windows chief Julie Larson-Green has admitted to being “shocked” at her elevation as Windows chief, casting further doubt on the idea that her predecessor Steven Sinofsky's departure has been an orderly process.
Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013
Development work on Samsung mobiles fitted with flexible OLED displays is nearing completing, with handsets set to be released in the first half of 2013, it has been claimed.
Android-loving suits boot BlackBerrys into 3rd place in the office
RIM's share of the business market continues to slide: new figures put BlackBerrys into third place behind Android and iOS as staff are increasingly allowed to use their preferred handsets for work.
Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime
The all-new Freesat recorder has arrived, after a long gestation, sporting a nifty user interface and the FreeTime system that integrates catch-up services such as the iPlayer and ITV Player into a programme guide that goes back in time, as well as ahead for planning hard disk recordings.
Lord to sue Twitter users who falsely accused him of abuse
A former Tory Party treasurer has indicated that his solicitors will pursue anyone on Twitter who wrongly linked his name to false allegations of child abuse.
Fart-buster underpants selling well among Japanese salarymen
Pairs of fart-absorbing underpants designed to contain the copious trouser cough output from Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers have proved a hit with Japanese businessmen.
Facebook stock plunge halts - despite insiders being freed to sell
Facebook stock jumped 12.59 per cent yesterday despite early investors getting the go-ahead to offload millions of shares if they so wished.
Disney plans three Lucasfilm flicks EVERY YEAR
Disney plans to recoup the $4 billion it recently spent on the Lucasfilm acquisition by producing two or three films each year.
Pollster predicts mega UK smart TV sales
Brits are rather keen on internet-connected tellies, with more than half of households owning a TV that has already been hooked up to the interweb, a survey carried out by pollster YouGov has discovered.
'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'
A six-figure fine levelled against police for losing a USB stick of drug probe suspects' details should be spent on training cops to take better care of sensitive data. That's the view of a candidate standing in today's police commissioner election in Greater Manchester.
Fujitsu: We're not blacklisted by gov, but we want private work
Fujitsu’s UK CEO says the company is continuing to bid for UK public sector contracts, but the share of its business coming from the public purse will continue to decline over the next few years.
Russia restores comms with space station after roadworks cut cable
Russia restored its communications with the International Space Station and satellites this morning after repairing a cable in Moscow that had been damaged during roadworks, Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced.
Nazi Enigma encoding machine sells in London for over £80k
A rare German WWII Enigma cipher machine has beat its auction estimate in London, selling for £85,250.
World's LEGGIEST BLONDE is super-rare millipede living in SF
VidThe world's leggiest animal has been rediscovered in California, the extremely rare millipede Illacme plenipes.
Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage
Penniless Comet's network of UK stores is on the brink of break up as staff enter a "collective consultation" over potential redundancies.
Vodafone will rent you an iPhone 5 for 69p* a day
Vodafone has tweaked its Sim-only tariffs and introduced a fresh handset rental scheme which lets customers swap their old phone for a newer model when their 12-month contract is up.
Chinese baby war-boffins bust 3Tflops, snatch student LINPACK crown
SC12Salt Lake City is abuzz with news that China's NUDT team has once again snared the LINPACK benchmark crown at a student cluster-building competition. The team's record-breaking score of 3.014 TFLOPS topped all other competitors and marked the first time a student cluster team has broken through the 3 TFLOPS barrier.
Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'
Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called the founder of McAfee antivirus software "bonkers" and "extremely paranoid", wading into discussion over internet guru's decision to first hide in the sand and then go on the run from the police in the Central American country.
HP PC chief: Microsoft's Surface is 'KLUDGEY'. There, I said it
HP's chief of personal systems has branded Microsoft's Surface "kludgey" in a broadside against the new laptop-cum-tablet hardware.
Opera site served Blackhole malvertising, says antivirus firm
Opera has suspended ad-serving on its portal as a precaution while it investigates reports that surfers were being exposed to malware simply by visiting the Norwegian browser firm's home page.
Phone users favour Wi-Fi for dataslurp
Don’t think mobile data is too expensive and too slow in the UK? Then you probably work for a network operator. Few others would agree with you, which is why smartphone users get more than 78 per cent of their data over Wi-Fi links.
HP forges hyperscale ProLiants aimed at big data
Big data doesn't fit in normal servers, and so HP's engineers have gone back to the whiteboards and designed a new line of hyperscale machines called the ProLiant SL4500s.
Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface
A lawyer is suing Microsoft for false advertising after his 32GB Surface slab turned up with 16GB of free space.
NASA 'nauts personal DATA at risk after laptop SNATCH BUNGLE
A NASA laptop containing personal records of thousands of employees and contractors was stolen two weeks ago.
Forklift fondleslab 'fellas flee with vast haul of iPad Minis at JFK
Rather than waiting minutes in an iPad-mini queue, a couple of enterprising fellas took it upon themselves to hit up the airport for easy dough.
Cisco eats Cloupia to control freak clouds
Here's a question: If Cisco Systems, storage partner EMC, and its virtualization and cloud minion VMware are all such good buddies in the Virtual Computing Environment, then why does Cisco need to by Cloupia, a maker of cloud management software?
Aus gaming industry gets AUD$20m bonus
Australia;s computer gaming sector has been handed an AUD$20 million stimulus from the federal government in the form of a three year Interactive Games Fund.
Google to devs: Fragmenting Android is AGAINST THE RULES
Android developers often complain about fragmentation of the platform, and Google apparently agrees – so much so that it's written an anti-fragmentation clause into the license terms of the latest Android SDK (software development kit).
Sinofsky denies failed putsch led to his defenestration
Ex-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has apparently denied that a power grab for Windows Phone and Microsoft’s “developer division” forced his exit.
Curiosity clears Mars radiation levels for fleeting human visits
NASA has released the first radiation readings taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars, and it looks as though astronauts should be able to stay on the planet for at least six months without significant health risks.
Broken Hill to sprout more satellite dishes
IPStar’s satellite earth station in Broken Hill will be a little less lonely, with NBN Co confirming plans to drop some dishes near the outback city.
US petitions Obama for better policing of its mega-cities
A group of Americans has turned to the Obama administration's online petition site to propose a radical reform of the US law enforcement and judicial systems.