25th > January > 2013 Archive

Suitcase bulging with cash

China wants eight new Lenovos by 2015

Western technology companies' view of China as the biggest pool of potential customers ever is looking less accurate than ever, after the Chinese government called for the formation of up to eight super-companies through mergers and acquisition by 2015.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jan 2013
Fujitsu-Oracle Athena server logo

Fujitsu launches 'Athena' Sparc64-X servers in Japan

Japanese IT giant and long-time Sparc partner with Sun Microsystems and now Oracle has let slip the details on its "Athena" line servers based on its own sixteen-core Sparc64-X processors, which bear the same code-name inside Fujitsu. And it looks like Oracle is going to be reselling them, too.

Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming says the company is actively pursuing ways to improve its position in the mobile device market, spurring speculation that the Chinese firm may be planning to cozy up with Research in Motion – or even swallow it whole.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013
Matijevic Hill, current location of the Opportunity Rover

Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

Mean time between failure wonks take note: The Opportunity rover launched in 2003 and expected to survive 90 days on Mars today racks up nine years of continuous operations on the red planet. That's 3195 days longer than first planned.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013

NASA joins ESA dark stuff hunt

NASA has signed on for a European Space Agency project to send a telescope to the L2 earth-sun Lagrange point in 2020, to investigate dark matter and dark energy.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Jan 2013

Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

A coalition of activists, privacy organizations, journalists, and others have called upon Microsoft to be more forthright about when, why, and to whom it discloses information about Skype users and their communications.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

Cisco has found a buyer for its unwanted and unstrategic Linksys low-end networking brand, in the form of accessories and small networks player Belkin.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
Independence Day

Alien space rocks EXPLODE in fireball over Japan

Japanese star-gazers have been all a-buzz this week after a fireball lit up the night sky before crashing to earth in Saitama prefecture, a little north-west of Tokyo.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jan 2013
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Microsoft acknowledges the long and winding road ahead

Microsoft's latest quarterly results are a mixed bag; record revenues, a slight fall in profits and Windows going full steam ahead – but CFO Peter Klein was taking a cautious tone at Thursday's analyst call.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013

Fedora project may expel MySQL

The developers of Fedora Linux are pondering a slap in the face for Oracle by picking MariaDB as the database for the forthcoming Fedora 19.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl, aka iBowl

Waiter! There's a phone in my soup

Salvation is in sight for iPhone addicts who find they can't put their handsets down long enough to eat lunch, thanks to New York company Miso Soup Designs' “Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl.”
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Michael Dell and the Curse of the Exploding Batteries

Call it the curse of the exploding lithium ion battery.
Apple iPhone 4

Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

iPhone users feeling the strain from chucking wads of cash into the Apple's cavernous maw can now get a bit of relief in the form of money off potato scones and haggis spring rolls in Aberdeen.
Anna Leach, 25 Jan 2013

RoboVM stirs up another helping of Java for iPhone

The free RoboVM, timidly launched as version 0.0.1, claims to bridge Java code into Objective C - including the native iOS Cocoa Touch APIs - providing greater portability to mobile apps.
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2013

Ministry of Fun builds crack team to juice up bumpkin broadband

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has assembled a crack team of Whitehall and BT bods to speed up the deployment of broadband to rural areas.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2013

Tiny tech ZigBee harnesses puny power of the press

The ZigBee Alliance - which looks after the low-power radio comms standard - has now introduced wireless communications that are powered by the act of pressing a key.
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2013

'We are not concerned about your patents at all' - Jobs

This was the week when an ex-Microsoftie said that Steve Ballmer was not the man who could lead the company back to its former rival-crushing glory.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Jan 2013
Screen glare

Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

Something for the Weekend, Sir?For reasons too mundane to express, the location at which I have been currently working comprises two adjacent but separate open-plan areas conjoined by a small office occupied by the departmental boss.
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Jan 2013

Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones

Scientists have announced that sperm production in young chaps in south-east Spain has fallen 38 per cent in the last decade, and is heading towards the "danger level" where it might prejudice conception.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2013

LOHAN premieres intimate REHAB vid

As the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team continues to advance inexorably on various front towards the launch of our Vulture 2 spaceplane, we've taken a bit of time to look back at our REHAB experiment.
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2013

Amazon: IVONA bevy of 'all natural' blabber babes to beat Siri

Amazon bought text-to-speech company IVONA systems on Wednesday, the online book-floggers have announced. The acquisition fuelled rumours that Amazon, the quietest member of The Gang of Four, is planning a rival to Apple's talking assistant Siri.
Anna Leach, 25 Jan 2013
Nesjavellir Geothermal Plant by Gretar Ivarsson

Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 into booze

Electronics giant Panasonic is showing off its ambitious attempt to tackle global warming – with a plant-like machine that uses light to scrub CO2 from the atmosphere.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jan 2013

Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

FeatureBBC iPlayer turned five at Christmas, and the Corporation reported some pretty impressive usage statistics as it did so. While iPlayer is something of a juggernaut in the IPTV world, it’s only relatively recently made the leap from PC to living room and connected devices such as smart TVs and set-top boxes.
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Jan 2013

Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

Cisco and NetApp are drawing closer together with their FlexPod converged system effort, an attempt to grab branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructure business.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2013

Twitter must unmask racist French twits or face $1,300-a-DAY fine

Twitter has been ordered by a tribunal in France to name the anonymous twits who tweeted anti-Semitic bile.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Jan 2013

Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

Scores of programmers uploaded their private cryptographic keys to public source-code repositories on GitHub, exposing their login credentials to world+dog. The discovery was made just before the website hit the kill switch on its search engine or, more likely, the service collapsed under the weight of curious users trawling for the sensitive data.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2013

Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

A pulsar that randomly and without warning dramatically changes its pattern of radio wave and X-ray emissions has surprised a team of astronomers, who wrote that it "challenges all proposed pulsar emission theories".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Jan 2013

Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

Twitter's public spat with Facebook continued on Thursday when Mark Zuckerberg's free content ad network appeared to have cut off access to video-sharing app Vine's "find people" function - which allowed Viners to ferret out their Facebook mates. The abrupt shutoff came just hours after the micro-blogging site bought video-sharing tech from the startup.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2013
Oldies deaths rise, e-reader sales fall

Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

Don’t blame the tablet computer for the demise of the ebook reader. Instead, look no further than aged users who are inconveniently - for Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo et al - kicking the bucket.
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2013

Broadband ESSENTIAL to life, titsup ISPs must cough up - court

Home broadband isn't yet deemed a vital utility in Europe, but that hasn't stopped a German court ruling that ISPs should compensate customers who suffer from network service disruptions.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2013

Samsung posts RECORD profits, but execs drip cold sweat over 2013

Samsung urged a note of caution for the future, despite announcing bumper profits for the last three months of 2012.
Anna Leach, 25 Jan 2013
Harwell Dekatron

Brit 2.5-tonne nuke calculator is World's Oldest Working Computer

Britain's hefty Harwell Dekatron is back in the Guinness Book of World Records after being recognised - for the second time - as the world's oldest working digital computer.
Anna Leach, 25 Jan 2013

NFC Forum: We're not just about paying by bonk, you know

Five new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will promote the use of Near Field Communications as the panacea which can cure what ails ya, rather than the electronic-wallet tech it has become.
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2013

Scottish Power blows a fuse after Twitter hijacking

A Scottish Power Twitter account was hacked this morning to usher customers into the clutches of web miscreants.
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2013

Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

Apple found 106 different ongoing cases of underage workers in its suppliers in China and 70 historical cases, according to its seventh annual supplier audit.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Jan 2013

IT box'n'services floggers to learn coding as biz want apps

Companies in the IT hardware and services channel are having to bone up on programming or outsource development as big biz takes a growing interest in mobile versions of enterprise software.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2013

Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

Unlocking a phone to use it with another carrier will be illegal in America from midnight tonight unless the cellphone is already in your hands.
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2013
Boeing 787 10x

Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Boeing's flagship fleet of 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be grounded for the foreseeable future after a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the cause of two battery fires had yet to be found, and that Japanese investigators are similarly baffled.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013

Juniper carbon copies sales and profits in Q4

If you squint real hard and tilt your head a little bit, you can see the difference between this year's fourth quarter at Juniper Networks and the quarter it turned in a year ago as 2011 came to a close.

Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

In the latest chapter in the ongoing global patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, the South Korean company has asked a local court to grant it access to the source code to iOS 6, claiming that only the code will tell whether Apple infringed its patents.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013

Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

Programmers often talk about writing "beautiful code," but computer scientist Ramsey Nasser has taken that idea to new lengths by developing the first programming language that uses Arabic script for its source code.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013

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