10th > December > 2012 Archive
Iran draws veil over lolcats, launches local YouTube knock-off
Iran took another step in its plans to eradicate Western influence from its Internet, with the weekend launch of its very own, government-sanctioned, censored and monitored video-sharing site, called Mehr.
Australian Police say don't use Apple's iOS 6 Maps
Police in the Australian state of Victoria have issued a warning not to use iOS 6 maps, after “a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks.”
Telstra offers cash in flaming exchange afternath
Telstra has announced new compensation plans for beleaguered customers affected by a fire that swept through a telephone exchange in Warrnabool last month. Services in the area remain disrupted.
Telecom NZ slashes cost of unexpected journeys
Telecom New Zealand has announced flat-rate international roaming charges.
White Van Man could become a rolling radio relay
The idea that cars should share data among each other to automate some aspects of driving and make more efficient use of roads is not new.
Hitachi calls time on chip production
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has decided to stop in-house production of processors by 2014 as part of efforts to boost its competitiveness on the world stage.
Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC
What do you get when some attractive students stay up too late inside the Large Hadron Collider and aren't told about radiation leaks?
Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites
Hacktivists claiming to hail from the Pakistan Cyber Army have defaced over 400 Chinese government web sites and also hit in excess of 20 Bangladeshi government sites.
New York invites designers to invent Future of Phone Booths
The Mayor of New York has kicked off a competition for those with ideas on the future of the city's 11,000 phone boxes, with a view to deploying something new when the existing contract runs out in 2014.
Max Headroom style fake celebrity avatar plan seeks Kickfunding
A plan to create digitised people is less than a grand short of its $5K goal, and promising to create Max-Headroom-style characters from celebrities and personal friends, ready for early next year.
Hong Kong cops open £700k cyber security centre
The Hong Kong government has thrown HK$9 million (£730,000) at a new Cyber Security Centre in a bid to tackle the growing threat to critical infrastructure in the Special Administrative Region of China.
Pocket strokers will barely feel Qualcomm's new tiny bonk chip
Qualcomm's Atheros subsidiary has come up trumps again: this time in the form of a tiny NFC chip designed to use less power when transferring data over the airwaves.
That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker
Cybercrooks are putting up stickers featuring URLs embedded in Quick Response codes (QR codes) as a trick designed to drive traffic to dodgy sites.
Are you ready for the 40-zettabyte year?
An IDC study sponsored by storage giant EMC tells us that, surprise, we need to buy more storage because the digital universe will reach 40 zettabytes by 2020.
What's the way ahead for Dell storage?
Blocks+FilesWhere has Dell's storage business model gone awry? Dell storage has exhibited declining sales for about two years despite Dell buying some of the hottest storage startups around, like EqualLogic and Compellent. Why is this?
Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills
A sysadmin had his flat raided and equipment seized by police last week for hosting a Tor exit node.
This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF
If you thought Apple patenting the rectangle was a gratuitous abuse of intellectual property, you may be pained to hear that Apple has now applied to trademark a leaf.
HP still top of PC league, but trailing fourth in all-devices rankings
HP may still be clinging onto the top spot in the global PC stakes but in the world of smart connected devices it is becoming less and less of a relevant player, market stats show.
Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012
UpdateOn 10 December 2012, Apple posted the called for Mac Mini HDMI-centric firmware update, after this review was written and published. We will be testing the machine with the new code, and will report back here shortly.
Nook Video store launches, brings UltraViolet to Blighty
UK bookseller Barnes & Noble has become the first retailer in the UK to support UltraViolet, the online film library that’s the closest thing we have to a universal digital content format - and which Tesco reckons is "too complicated" for Brits.
Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC
Expect to see a Steam-brand console-style living room PC in 2013, Gabe Newell, the head of Valve, has revealed.
Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter
The joint parliamentary committee scrutinising the government’s Communications Data Bill - universally dubbed the “Snoopers' Charter” - is set to slate the draft law in its official report published tomorrow.
'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project
Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce plans for the NHS to create a massive database of patients' DNA, which experts have advised could lead to massive health benefits and advances in medical technology. However the creation of such a database has obvious and far reaching privacy implications.
RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great
OpinionRIM has seen its once dominant market position in corporate mobile plummet from a great height in the last couple of years.
LOL: Twitter faces fines for late UK financial filings
Twitter UK Ltd faces an embarrassing fine of £375 after failing to file its latest company accounts on time. Twitter-owned British subsidiary Tweetdeck is also late on turning in its financials and also faces a penalty.
Saudi Aramco: Foreign hackers tried to cork our gas output
Hackers who used the Shamoon worm to attack oil giant Saudi Aramco were bent on halting its fuel production, according to the company and Saudi government officials.
Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano
A nobleman among geeks, the great stargazer Patrick Moore passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Born in 1923, the great man racked up many geek accolades in his long career of star watching, contributing to the NASA moon landings and holding the world record for the longest running TV show with the same presenter for his 55 years presenting the Sky at Night.
John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty
Former anti-virus mogul turned fugitive John McAfee has appealed to be allowed to return to the United States rather than deported from Guatemala to Belize.
Big Blue etches silicon nanophotonics with regular chip tech
The path to exascale supercomputing computing is going to require the development of a number of technologies, and one of them is the shift from copper to optical signaling between chips in a complex of computing and memory. And IBM thinks it is going to have an edge in this effort now that it has cooked up photonics components that can be etched with normal CMOS processes and meshed with other electronic components on a silicon wafer.
Mystery X-37B robot spaceplane returns to orbit on Tuesday
The United States Air Force will mount the third mission into space by its small space-shuttle lookalikes, the X-37Bs (once memorably dubbed "secret space warplanes" by the Iranian government) on Tuesday if all goes to plan.
Google honors computing's first developer Ada Lovelace
Google has started the week with a Google Doodle offering a rather belated acknowledgement of the contribution of computing of Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first theoretical software algorithm for her friend Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
Boffin: Android's on-board malware scanner utterly FAILS
Google has added new anti-malware capabilities to Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean," but relying on them to block malicious apps might not be a good idea, says a computer science boffin from North Carolina State University.
Bear backs down: Russia soft-pedals ‘net regulation proposals
As US ambassador Terry Kramer denies having threatened any walk-out or veto of the contentious ITU WCIT meeting in Dubai, reports are emerging that controversial Internet regulation proposals have been withdrawn.
Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum
Facebook's three-year experiment with user democracy now looks doomed, with a vote over the social network's new terms and conditions coming just under 299,500,000 votes short of the total needed to block the changes.
Apple updates maps to remove Australia’s ghost-city in the desert
As Apple pushes out an update to iOS 6 maps to remove the now-notorious “desert Mildura”, I’m going to sound an unusual note of fairness to Cupertino for the mistake.
Group vows new webOS smartphone by 2016
The webOS smartphone platform may be dead at HP, but a group of volunteers hopes to see it rise from its ashes by bringing a new device using the OS to market within the next three years.