4th > December > 2012 Archive
Halfbrick takes gaming to another level
Australian game developer Halfbrick Studios has partnered with mobile analytics outfit OtherLevels to accelerate its global mobile gaming strategy across 13 languages and markets.
MySQL gains new batch of vulns
A series of posts on ExploitDB by an author signing as “King Cope” reveal a new set of MySQL vulnerabilities – along with one issue that could just be a configuration issue.
Facebook invites users to vote away voting rights, some privacy
Voting has officially opened for users of Facebook to decide if they agree with the proposed changes Zuckerberg and his crew want to make to the site's terms and conditions.
Autonomy founder attacks HP fraud charges with new website
British software entrepreneur and Autonomy founder Mike Lynch has launched a new website dedicated to airing his ongoing grievances with HP, which has accused him and other former Autonomy execs of misrepresenting the company's finances.
Internet shut-down easier, in more countries, than you think
Given Syria’s recent “have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?” Internet experience, analysing what other countries this might happen to is a good idea.
Assange: Google, Facebook run 'side projects' for US spooks
WikiMartyr-in-waiting Julian Assange has emitted another screed in which he shares his belief that democracy is being dangerously undermined by government monitoring of the internet, and that Facebook and Google are helping those efforts.
China Mobile squares up to Siri with voice portal
China Mobile, is set to launch its own Siri-like voice assistant service on Wednesday, a move which will provide more unwelcome local competition for Apple in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’
Venerable spacecraft Voyager 1 has arrived in the most distant part of space that can be considered part of the solar system.
Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone
An incensed university student in China’s Jilin province has taken to the web to vent his frustration at being rejected during a job interview after his interviewer spotted that he owned an iPhone.
UK.gov: 'Foreign cyber reconnaissance' underway in UK
Foreign states may already have used malware to map the networks that support the UK's critical infrastructure systems, the government admitted.
LG ramps up fabless chip plans - report
LG could be set to take its first major leap towards carving out a new role as a fabless chipmaker next month when it debuts its H13 processor inside a smart TV at CES in Las Vegas.
Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home
The ten-year-old girl accused of piracy in Finland will probably still find it hard to stay off Santa’s naughty list, but has at least cost her family only €300 after attempting to pinch a Finnish pop song.
Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case
Google-owned Motorola won't be granted an injunction against Microsoft's Xbox games console, but only on the grounds that Redmond will cough up the readies if necessary.
Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind
FeatureI'm not a very good liar, I haven't got the memory for it, which is why it always pricks my conscience whenever I tick the yes box to the prompt "I have read and understood…" when installing software. I am, of course, fibbing. I never read a word. In fact, even though we all tick yes to these agreements every day, unless you're a legal bod, I doubt you could find anyone you know who could quote a single line from any of them.
AMD finishes its 'Piledriver' Opteron server chip rollout
AMD has had a wrenching couple of years, and its executives are wrestling with so many transitions in the processor market and inside AMD that they are just punting out the new Opteron 4300 and 3300 CPUs for entry servers without making a fuss with the press or analyst communities.
Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel
It's with heavy hearts that we report the loss of the Special Project Bureau's heroic playmonaut, after the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) balloon launch on Saturday ended in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.
Nutanix server-storage half-bloods armed with Xeon E5s
Nutanix, which uncloaked last year peddling a virtualisation-driven all-in-one compute-and-storage appliance, is updating its server iron to keep pace with the rest of the tier-one players while also tweaking its underlying systems software.
Lovefilm does a Wii after rival gets loaded on new Nintendo
Britain’s eight million Nintendo Wii owners now have a reason to blow the dust off their console and power it up once more. Well, at least those of them who also happen to be Lovefilm subscribers do.
Is it all over for UK.gov's G-Cloud 3.0? A footnote in history awaits
The clock is ticking on G-Cloud, the UK government's IT shopping catalogue for the public sector. A year in, those running the programme are already dreaming of life after the project and admit significant cultural hurdles stand in the way of their success.
Rumble in the Tumblr: Troll-worm infected thousands of blogs
A worm spread like wildfire across Tumblr on Monday, defacing pages on the blogging website with an abusive message penned by a notorious trolling crew.
WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest
A Russian tech website has revealed what appears to be Western Digital's roadmap for 5TB desktop and NAS drives.
Oracle suffers premature remuneration: Spaffs $900m on shareholders
Oracle is paying shareholders $867m in quarterly dividends early to beat a possible 2013 US tax hike.
Irish data-cops 'fooled' by Facebook, claims Austrian privacy group
Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review
I like Motörheadphönes’ cans, but when I’m out and about I’d prefer a pair of ‘phones that are a little more discreet and, yes, easier to stash when not in use. Enter the band’s in-canal cans: Overkill.
Quantum axes one in ten workers, insists it was not investor's idea
Troubled tape'n'disk biz Quantum has laid off roughly 10 per cent of its workforce.
Qualcomm throws Sharp a $120m bone for IGZO display tech
US chip designer Qualcomm will take a bite out of Sharp for up to 9.9bn yen ($121m), and plug its mobile display subsidiary Pixtronix into the Japanese telly biz.
Operation Hunt the Hunter: Anonymous targets 'revenge porn' man
Hacktivist collective Anonymous has set its sights on the former owner of a "revenge porn" website.
The Times offers subsidised Nexus 7s to get subscribers
One day on from the announced closure of The Daily - which was Rupert Murdoch's first attempt at a fondleslab-only newspaper - his British broadsheet the Times is flogging cheap Nexus 7 tablets to those who subscribe to the paper.
Yahoo! comes! out! guns! blazing! to! end! $2.7bn! Mexican! standoff!
Yahoo! isn't worrying about a Mexico City civil court's $2.7bn preliminary judgment against it because it has loads of grounds for appeal, a source insisted.
Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz
IHS iSuppli, a market watcher, has admitted that its expects world PC sales to fall this year even further than it previously thought they would. Whatever the degree of decline, it will mark the first time global personal computer shipments have fallen in 11 years.
Wi-Fi routers able to manage bandwidth by app are offered
The latest wi-fi routers know which applications are asking for wireless connectivity and can prioritise those that matter while still letting data trickle to those which don't.
Brr, feeling cold? Galaxy is home to plenty of WARMER Earth twins
Boffins believe terrestrial planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the galaxy are probably more hospitable to life than Earth, thanks to their balmy subsurface temperatures.
Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying
Open ... and ShutEven as traditional enterprise IT vendors come under pressure from modern cloud and open-source applications, these old-school businesses have one strategy that is the gift that keeps on giving: Enterprise licence agreements.
EMC mashes up big data, clouds, coders into SECRET crack team
The rumor mill has been buzzing that EMC and its virtualization and cloud minion VMware and its much smaller big data and programming sidekick Greenplum would be mashed up into some kind of new company group. And it turns out the rumors were right.
HP salivates over the future brontobyte digital universe
Discover 2012The amount of digital data that the world is creating and passing around is swelling a lot faster than revenues and profits at Hewlett-Packard and its peers in the traditional IT racket, but you can't blame them for getting excited about trying to capitalize on that data explosion. You can, however, blame them for overdoing it a bit. Or maybe a megabit.
US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak
The Swiss intelligence agency (NDB) has been warning its US and UK counterparts that it may have lost terabytes of their secret information, thanks to one of its IT administrators pulling an inside job.
Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers
Apple's App Store and the Google Play store each claim to offer over 700,000 apps to choose from, but only a tiny fraction of them bring in significant revenue for their developers, according to research from analyst firm Canalys.
Pioneering spidernaut snuffs it after short Smithsonian stay
America's first spacefaring jumping spider has died, three days after being delivered for display in her new home at the Smithsonian Museum’s Insect Zoo.
Whitman: HP '100 per cent committed' to Autonomy
Discover 2012Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the Discover 2012 customer and partner event today in Frankfurt with a keynote address meant to calm everyone down about HP and its future. And she trotted out her lieutenants in the enterprise hardware and software groups to help make her case.
Removing the irrational from application rationalisation
Are you hoping to forklift some of your applications over to the cloud, to take advantage of cost savings? By all means evaluate it, but understand all of the implications for the applications and the business processes that they support.
Court slaps down Verizon, upholds FCC data roaming rule
A US federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that required wireless carriers to offer roaming data service at "reasonable" rates, rejecting a challenge by leading mobile telco Verizon Wireless.