3rd > December > 2012 Archive
‘Hyperspectral’ camera surprises aurora researchers
Astronomers from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory at Svalbard have released the first images from the NORUSCA II camera, showing the Northern Lights captured across 41 spectral bands.
IETF bakes Google's SPDY protocol into HTTP 2.0
Google's SPDY (speedy) protocol has been adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for use in the forthcoming HTTP 2.0 standard.
Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat
Taiwanese flash memory non-volatile memory manufacturer Macronix is set to reveal technologies is says will make it possible for flash memory to survive 100 million read/write cycles.
Xero gets $NZ60m to account for
Kiwi tech entrepreneur Rod Drury’s accounting software company Xero has attracted a further $NZ60m from existing backers Matrix Capital and Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures.
Speak2Tweet resurrected after Syria goes offline
Google and Twitter have resurrected their Speak2Tweet service, in order to help Syrian web users have their voices heard despite the Assad regime’s decision to halt the country’s internet services.
Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China
Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements.
Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under
Disney's acquisition of all things Star Wars has some fans in a lather at the prospect of new films set in the Lucasverse.
Don't worry, Apple: iPad still dominant in China
Apple may be struggling to maintain its huge market share in the tablet space globally, but it remains top dog by some margin in China, where the latest stats show it on 71.4 per cent.
Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5
Open ... and ShutDespite significant investments from Microsoft, Google, and others, HTML5 remains not quite good enough for a range of apps. So says Mark Zuckerberg, but I also heard that this week from the chief technology officer of a large media company. Rather than gloat over HTML5's long road to native app parity, though, he fretted about how much money is being wasted rebuilding the same app multiple times for disparate platforms.
Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging
Apple is trying to patent wireless charging, claiming its magnetic resonance tech is new and that it can do it better than anyone else. This would be cool if its assertions were true.
British biz gets one in five of its pounds from the INTERNET
Almost one in five pounds pulled in by UK business came through an online sale, the Office of National Statistics has found.
EU joins Google, hippies, Uncle T Cobbleigh in fight against ITU
The EU is now set to fight for internet freedoms, voicing its concerns that the ITU plans to restrict the international flow of data despite the way the body keeps denying any such intent.
China Mobile to reveal how 10 MILLION people will BONK
The world's largest mobile operator, China Mobile, will launch its NFC platform on 5 December, showing the technology it plans to push into 10 million Chinese palms next year.
Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?
Sysadmin blogWe've hit an inflection point in computing this year; one where which company makes your widget, operating system or office package finally matters less than it did the year before. Windows 8, Android, the latest iWidget and so forth are becoming interchangeable for an increasing number of people.
Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas
Google has acquired Canadian startup Bufferbox for an undisclosed sum.
Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs
New laws and prosecutions could be necessary to force Amazon, Google and other multinationals pay a fairer amount of corporation tax in the UK, according to MPs.
Piracy haven Newzbin2 gives up, can't pay the bills
Downloads search engine Newzbin2, formerly Newzbin, has thrown in the towel. The Usenet-scouring website was the centre of a landmark legal judgment brought by Hollywood studios against BT, which resulted in the website being blocked by UK ISPs for copyright infringement.
News International big boss flings himself overboard
News International boss Tom Mockridge resigned on Sunday less than two years after taking the chief exec role following the departure of Rebekah Brooks. Her exit in July 2011 marked the height of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed the Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper biz.
TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review
A TomTom satnav app has been available for iOS since 2009 and its success has not just been due to the software but also to the bespoke iPhone windshield mount. Android users have now been let in on the deal thanks to the launch of an Android app and a generic smartphone version of the screen mount.
Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS
The first SMS text message was sent twenty years ago, when Neil Papworth sent a Merry Christmas to a mobile phone, an innovation which went almost unnoticed for the next half-decade.
Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU
A study to find the top 25 leaked passwords of 2012 has revealed too many people are still using "password", "123456" and "12345678" for their login credentials.
Children increasingly named after Apple products
Not only are the kids desperately keen to get Apple products, their parents are also naming them after Apple products - we learn from the latest yearly analysis of baby names.
Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE
Home Secretary Theresa May today claimed in The Sun that her draft law to massively ramp up online surveillance of Brits will "save lives".
HP lunges at EMC's midrange with new 3PAR StoreServ 7000s
Discover 2012The Autonomy acquisition a year ago left Hewlett-Packard with a hangover, but buying storage suppliers 3PAR and IBRIX seems to have worked out without many hitches - and it's revitalized HP's storage biz.
NetApp's dangerous dance with the killer brontosaurus - Amazon
Blocks+FilesWhat is NetApp up to, partnering with a cloud IT provider, Amazon, that's positioned long-term to try and annihilate NetApp's business?
EMC mixes database upstart into its Greenplum pudding
EMC has snapped up Israeli database control and monitoring software MoreVRP, and will integrate it into its Greenplum big data offering.
Hold the front page for ETERNITY: Murdoch kills The Daily
Rupert Murdoch is closing The Daily, the world's first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after its grand launch. The press baron's News Corp worked closely with Apple to develop the title, which went on sale in February 2011 some nine months after the iPad itself made its debut.
Ericsson asks for unlikely ITC import ban on raft of Samsung stuff
Ericsson has asked for a ban on Samsung imports to the USA, following last week's patent filing which claimed just about every Samsung device with a radio was infringing.
Stone Group: Beancounter Harbridge to replace flown Bird as CEO
Stone Group has named its chief bean counter Simon Harbridge as CEO to try to fill the hole left by predecessor James Bird.
VMware ships embiggened vCloud Suite after price brouhaha
VMware suffered a cacophony of complaints over its pricing for its software in 2011, and as part of the latest round of product launches this summer the company moved away from per-VM or VRAM capacity pricing as customers wanted. But to get the more attractive pricing, you have to buy a whole bundle of cloudy tools, called the vCloud Suite. If you buy tools piecemeal, then you get whacked by the old pricing model.
Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars
NASA says that no, it hasn't found definite proof that Mars has its own organic compounds, but that it has found some very interesting indications that need to be checked.
World's largest miner spooked by climate change
BHP Billiton – the mining giant with massive coal interests – is laying out its own cash rebuilding a coastal facility to cope with climate change.
Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair
PhotosApple's 21.5-inch iMac, which went on sale in the US last Friday, has revealed two of its secrets: first, that it's a collosal pain to get inside should you want to upgrade its RAM or its hard drives; and second, that at least some of the units currently on store shelves are labeled as being "Assembled in USA".
Australian telco in $20m robot moon shot bid
Australian telecommunications and satellite communications company PlusComms has emerged as a key partner in a space consortium planning to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.
John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize
Reports of John McAfee arrest on the Mexico-Belize border have turned out to be a false positive.
His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock
The leader of the Catholic Church has communicated with his followers using various media over the years, including radio and television, but come December 12, Pope Benedict XVI will be the first to voice the Church's message in 140 characters or fewer, when he inaugurates the official papal Twitter account.
Office 2013 now on sale for business customers
Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop productivity suite, is now available for purchase by business customers, even though individual users won't be able to order it until next year.