19th > November > 2012 Archive
Boffins biff over ‘twisted radio’
Six months after an Italian/Swedish group set the comms world alight with a wireless technology of theoretically infinite capacity, debate over his work is becoming increasingly bitter.
'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously
Mount Ruapehu, the mountain in New Zealand used as a location for many of the Mordor scenes in the three Lord of The Rings films, is rumbling ominously.
World Bank says world likely to warm by four degrees
The World Bank has issued a report, titled Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4oC Warmer World Must Be Avoided” (PDF), in which it says the planet is on course for four-degree (celsius), anthropomorphically-induced, temperature rise that cannot be avoided with current greenhouse abatement schemes.
Drone security project to go open source
Australia’s high end tech research engine NICTA will take a pivotal role in an US$18 million US Defence project which will develop software to protect the systems in drones from cyber attack.
Chinese regulator pays to bust state internet monopoly
China’s broadcasting regulator is set to launch a new government-financed broadband and cable TV service provider with a mission to break the monopoly of the country’s three telecoms giants … all of which are also state-owned.
Georgian police chiefs cuffed in cyber spy plot
Several senior police officials and the former deputy interior minister of Georgia have been arrested on suspicion of spying on former opposition leaders and attempting to influence the result of October’s parliamentary elections.
Housewife iPhone mules on trial in China
Chinese authorities are catching up with the massive trade in Apple goods illegally smuggled into China, after 25 defendants appeared in a Shenzhen court last week accused of selling iPhone and iPads worth 500m yuan (£50m) to an online store.
Police mirth after plastic plod puts out call for 'PC World'
A plastic plod was left red faced after issuing a call to other forces to find a Police Constable World.
Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes
British retailers have been calling on overseas firms that make a profit in Blighty to pay their tax in the country as well.
AT&T relaunches walkie-talkie style service Push to Talk
Push To Talk was the talk of the telecoms town a decade ago. It never took off in Europe, but in America it soldiers on and could pick up with the launch of AT&T's next-generation service.
Freeview to be nudged down to clear 5G bands in 2018
Freeview will get bumped down the dial to make way for 5G networks around 2018, but in the meantime we'll get a bunch more HD TV and plenty of White Space to play in.
Dell gives the back of its hand to Backup Exec, cuddles AppAssure
Dell Storage ForumAt its Storage Forum in Paris this week, Dell announced its intention to eject Symantec Backup Exec from its backup appliance line, replacing it with its acquired AppAssure technology. It also plans 100 per cent faster Compellent arrays.
We CAN'T GET ENOUGH Windows 8 tablets, moan distributors
Windows 8 tablets are trickling into the UK channel but demand is still barely outstripping supply, distributors have reported.
Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical
Open ... and ShutMozilla doesn't get mentioned much in corporate earnings calls. General web interest seems to be sliding, too. Across social media the attitude toward Mozilla is generally positive, but it gets far less airtime than Google or Apple, the two companies doing more than anyone else to reshape the web in their respective images.
Dell looks around for an all-Flashy gobblement opportunity
Dell is looking to add an all-flash array to its converged infrastructure storage portfolio, with an acquisition looking likely.
How can the BBC be saved from itself without destroying it?
Special reportRegardless of your opinion of the BBC today, the loss of an independent Beeb would be a loss to British public life.
Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs
Collapsed electricals retailer Comet is to shutter 41 stores over the next fortnight, administrator Deloitte has confirmed.
Microsoft trying to lock customers into volume deals
Microsoft has drawn its knife to slice and dice the fees handed to LARs in a bid to drive up the number of signed Enterprise Agreements.
LOHAN enfolds SPEARS in passionate embrace - explicit unclad pics
It's official: the control board of our audacious Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane mission will forthwith be known as the "Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System", or SPEARS to its mates.
Judge confirms Google's miserly $22.5m Safari privacy FTC payout
A US judge has accepted Google's offer of just $22.5m to settle with the FTC over Safari cookies, despite pressure from a consumer rights group to stiffen the penalty.
Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery
Early adopters of Windows Phone 8 hardware are complaining that it reboots at random, up to several times a day, and that they're not being offered any prospect of a quick fix.
Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in
Not Rocket ScienceI hate to say it, but most of what you think about space-age technology is a total fabrication. It’s the stuff of sci-fi.
Astronauts (or other 'nauts) could find life on Mars quite healthy
Mars may be more hospitable to life - including human explorers of the future - than had been feared, according to new research using information sent back both from NASA's robot rover Curiosity and from orbiters circling the red planet.
Apple iCloud collapse forces fanbois to shower, meet face-to-face
Apple's iCloud servers conked out for roughly five hours last night, knackering online chat services iMessage and FaceTime, and iCloud storage.
Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag
Apple is said to have chosen the feline nomenclature for its next iteration of OS X, and according to the customary "reliable source," that name is to be "Lynx".
Telcos react coldly to renewed UK.gov smut-censoring push
Telcos have once again reacted frigidly to suggestions that Prime Minister David Cameron will force ISPs to proactively offer web-blocking measures to subscribers signing up for their services.
Space station 'nauts in successful plonkdown to wrap Expedition 33
Three 'nauts have made it home from the International Space Station in time for Christmas, landing in Kazakhstan early this morning.
Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy
Further evidence has emerged of the irrelevance of Windows 8 to enterprise IT – and of the irrelevance of this irrelevance.
How spreadsheets (nearly) conquered and killed the financial industry
In my first job out of college I worked at a timesharing firm. For those of you who don’t know, timesharing, whose heyday was in the late 1970s, allowed companies to use large mainframe-based systems without themselves having to purchase these huge computers and hire an army of support staff.
Can't wait for Nvidia? Try these Italian baby ARM clusters with GPU options
Nvidia has made no secret about wanting to be a player in the supercomputer racket both on the GPU and CPU sides of a hybrid system. The company launched "Project Denver" nearly two years ago to create a Nvidia-branded chip, which will see Denver ARM processors timed to market with the future "Maxwell" GPUs two years from now. But maybe you can't wait that long to get started on using a ceepie-geepie hybrid, and maybe you don't want to build your own machine from expensive CPU and GPU cards. That's where E4 Computer Engineering comes in.
Search and rescue: Why Facebook AND Yahoo! need Microsoft
CommentA surprising rumour suggesting that Yahoo! had been in talks with Facebook about a possible search deal popped up in the British Sunday press yesterday. It then quickly catapulted its way to Silicon Valley - only to be almost immediately pooh-poohed as nonsense.
Golden Leonids shower down as Earth rolls through comet's tail
VidsAmateur astronomers were out in force over the weekend to snap pics of The Leonids, an annual spectacular meteor shower.
Kelway escapes Euro gloom, goes on sales-tax-free Asian adventure
With Europe back in recession, the prospect of markets where growth in IT spending is humming along at over 7 per cent surely sound enticing to anyone in the channel.
Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review
When I recently took a quick shufti at the alternatives on offer to anyone harbouring doubts about the iPhone 5 I stuck my neck out and awarded a Recommended badge to a phone I’d only used briefly at a trade show. After using it for a week has my enthusiasm waned? Nope.
Facebook lets admen have a rummage through your shopping bags
Facebook is testing a new tool that will allow e-tailers to track purchases from users of the free-content ad network.
Sun BELCHES twice, mighty plasma loops miss Earth - NASA vid
The Sun lashed out with two plasma eruptions one after the other early on Friday morning.
John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer
John McAfee has taken time out from life on the lam to start a blog. The antivirus pioneer is wanted for questioning by Belize police in connection with the murder of one of his neighbours in the Central American country, although they maintain he is not a suspect.
DoCoMo tests blackout-proof hydrogen cell base station in Japan
Nokia Siemens Networks, working with Ballard Power Systems, has delivered a cellular base station with an integrated hydrogen cell that replaces battery- or generator-based backup during a power outage.
HDMI hitch hounds Mac Mini holders
The latest generation of Mac Mini appears to be facing HDMI hiccups, with disgruntled owners complaining about poor colours, "snow-like interference" and momentary display blackouts.
Apple falls as rivals shake green tech tree
Apple, which likes to tout its eco-credentials, has dropped to sixth place in the annual Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, after allegedly failing to organise a take-back programme in India or set targets to reduce emissions by 2020.
Big Blue hands bulging $4bn suitcase to partners to grease IT sales
In the hope of pumping up sales of hardware, software, and services over the next 12 months, IBM is taking $4bn of its own cash and giving it to its Global Financing arm to originate leases over the next year.
Cash-strapped Comet sheds ANOTHER 735 staff
Penniless Comet handed P45s to 735 workers in a second round of cuts across the business today, administrator Deloitte has confirmed.
US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft
The University of Southern Indiana's second attempt to claim PARIS's Guinness World Record for the highest launch of a paper plane ended dramatically on Saturday when the Geronimo aircraft (pictured below) disintegrated at around 107,000ft (32,612m).
Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'
US usability guru Jakob Nielsen has rubbished "disappointing" Windows 8, savaging the Microsoft OS's signature Live Tiles and its complicated gestures.
Dish flirted with MetroPCS, but went home with Google in the end
Dish offered $4bn for MetroPCS, hoping to seduce the operator with cash, but is seemingly consoling itself in the arms of Google while the former object of its affections is jumping in to bed with T-Mobile.
UPHEAVAL as Otellini retires: Will Intel look inside?
Shares in chipmaker Intel were halted before Wall Street opened up for business on Monday as the company announced that its president and CEO, Paul Otellini, 62, will step down from those roles in May of next year.
Super-thin iMacs WILL be here for Xmas, cram warehouses even NOW
Smooth white boxes carrying super-thin iMacs are already in American distribution centres, 9to5Mac reports, pouring soothing balm on the hearts of fanbois who had previously feared that the hyper-honed desktop may be delayed until 2013.
Petraeus appeal: STOP BUBBA the Love Sponge FRYING a KORAN
Socialite Jill Kelley, whose allegations of cyberstalking sparked the downfall of love-rat CIA director David Petraeus, was pressured by the spy boss and a top US general to prevent a radio DJ deep-frying a Koran.
HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 beast masters eight coprocessors
If you have decided that you want to build a grunting number-cruncher that crams a hefty number of Tesla or Xeon Phi coprocessors into a single chassis, then Hewlett-Packard wants to talk to you about the new ProLiant SL270s Gen8 server.
Intel roadmap leak shows quad-core Atoms for 2014
Intel plans to release its first 22nm quad-core Atom system on a chip at the start of 2014, according to a leaked roadmap showing the new processor's specifications.
Telework trial relying on plans hatched for IT workers
The first trials of teleworking by Australian government agencies, announced last week as part of a push to get 12 per cent of employees working from home by 2020, will not require any new security measures and will rely on guidelines drafted for remote work by IT workers.
Retailers report slow Windows 8 sales, low demand
Reports that Windows 8 hasn't been moving as briskly as the industry had hoped continue to emerge, with major retailers reporting slow sales and Microsoft insiders allegedly describing the initial numbers as "disappointing."
Kiwis demo DARPA-funded rocket project
VideoIn a program under-reported beyond its own shores, New Zealand is working on some serious rocketry.
Republicans deny Hollywood pressure to pull copyright proposal
The Republican Study Committee, an influential caucus made up of members of the US House of Representatives, has denied pulling a policy paper calling for a reform of the existing patent system under pressure from lobbyists.