25th > February > 2013 Archive
Mobile operators look to Firefox to beat back Google, Apple
MWC 2013Jumping into bed with Apple was a mistake for the mobile operators. Firefox is their second attempt at a solution.
Quantum computer one step closer after ‘true’ quantum calculation
An international group of physicists has had an important “first” acknowledged by the journal Nature Photonics: they built the first complete single-qubit system to implement a key algorithm in quantum computing.
Firefox to spit out third-party cookies
The Mozilla Foundation has set up camp alongside Apple in the “cookies are bad” section of the Internet, decreeing that three versions hence its flagship Firefox browser won't accept cookies from anyone other than the publisher of websites it visits.
Wikipedia to TXT articles to the developing world
Wikipedia will shortly become available to readers in the developing world as text messages.
Toshiba boffins claim battery life boost with SRAM tweaks
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba claims to have found a technology solution to the perennial problem of mobile device battery life, offering a reduction in standby power consumption of up to 85 per cent.
Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack
Microsoft appears to be the latest big tech firm to have been hit by cyber attackers targeting Macs with a zero-day Java vulnerability, following a sophisticated campaign which has already infected developers at Facebook and Apple.
Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG
The Chocolate Factory has the technology for its Google Glass locked down in a patent but it has to collaborate with fashion retailer Warby Parker to make its artificial eye tech look cool, says the New York Times. The augmented reality spectacles are supposed to change the world, but currently they look too dorky to catch on with today's Apple-loving hipsters, so Google knows it needs help with that.
Bouncing into Norks any time soon? At least you'll get 3G
Foreigners and tourists visiting North Korea will soon take advantage of wireless data connectivity closed to those who actually live there.
Itsy-bitsy Wi-Fi brings pay-by-bonk to all
Desperate to pay-by-bonk but bored of waiting for the hardware? Then Podifi can help by providing a tiny Wi-Fi access point which turns any smartphone into a bonking wallet.
Yahoo! and! Microsoft! have! long! way! to! go! in! account! hijack! fight!
Microsoft and Yahoo! are way behind Google in fighting account hijacking, according to security experts.
Review: Britain's 4G smartphones
Product Round-upIt’s been a good few months since the first 4G LTE network fired up in the UK, and wiser men than I have already tossed their orbs about the what and the how of EE’s monopoly 4G network. Time then to consider the 4G handsets now available for use in Blighty, and in the process cast a beady eye on speeds and coverage outside the hallowed boundary of the M25.
HP's ElitePad 900 now so elite, you've probably not heard of it
HP has taken a cautious step back into the world of slab computing: its ElitePad 900 has finally landed in the UK distribution channel albeit in relatively low volumes.
You've made an app for Android, iOS, Windows - what about the user interface?
Cross-platform development is a big deal, and will continue to be so until a day comes when everyone uses the same platform. Android? HTML? WebKit? iOS? Windows?
Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?
Sysadmin blogServer 2012 is the Microsoft operating system that, in my opinion, makes cloud computing a reality. As far as I am concerned it is as big a leap over Server 2008 R2 as that OS was over Server 2003. With it you can build anything from a small cluster to a service as big as Microsoft's own Azure platform.
Drilling into a half-decent gigabit small-biz switch... from D-Link
ReviewI have a confession to make, dear readers. While I'm aware that this admission opens me up to virtually unlimited heckling from the Cisco-indoctrinated crowd, the truth of the matter is that D-Link switches have served me in good stead for over a decade. After having spent the past month reviewing D-Link's DGS-3420-28TC, I've decided its maker stands an excellent chance of remaining a staple vendor for my SMB clients for another decade.
Microsoft coughs up compensation for Azure cloud cock-up
Microsoft has vowed to compensate users of its Azure cloud after an expired SSL certificate took the service offline.
BT argues Ofcom is 'mistaken' on Ethernet price capping plan
BT has hit out at Ofcom over its plans to tighten control of pricing of the national telco's wholesale Ethernet services outside London and Hull by describing the decision to regulate high speed data links as a "mistake".
Hadoop Hive stung into action, swarms around SQL
Hortonworks has unveiled the Stinger Initiative, a project to make Hadoop’s Hive data warehouse friendlier with SQL and faster.
Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight
The 33rd Razzie Awards honoured Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 over the weekend with no less than seven statuettes for outrages against the cinematic art, with the final installment of the teen vampire franchise picking up Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart) Worst Supporting Actor (Taylor Lautner), Worst Screen Couple (Lautner and Mackenzie Foy) and Worst Screen Ensemble (the entire cast), Worst Remake/Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Director (Bill Condon).
Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone
MWC 2013A Linux phone running Mozilla OS can be found on Nokia’s stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week – but it’s not a "Plan B". It’s more a statement of intent from the Finnish handset company about its Maps platform, which Nokia is opening up and licensing more aggressively to non-Nokia mobile devices.
UK distie boss: My brush with death in rapper's drive-by killing
A twist of fate saved the boss of a UK IT distributor from a hail of bullets that killed rapper Kenny Clutch on the Las Vegas Strip.
Unisys re-ups $650m deal to look after US taxman's big iron
National tax collection agencies were among the first organizations in the world to use IBM, Sperry, Burroughs, and other mainframes, and despite all the grumbling and grousing over the high costs of these venerable box, they have invested a fortune in COBOL applications and it is not so easy to ditch the mainframe as it might seem. And it looks like the mainframe will be sticking around the US Internal Revenue Service for quite a bit longer, if a new support contract won by Unisys, worth a potential $650m over the next decade, is any indication.
Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price
Best Buy will slash $100 off the price of touchscreen Windows 8 PCs.
IBM skips BladeCenter chassis with Power7+ rollout
Even before IBM launched its Power7+ entry and midrange servers in early February, El Reg told you that it was suspicious, although not yet alarming, that no rumors were going around that Big Blue was working on Power7+ kickers to its PS7XX series of blade servers for its BladeCenter enclosures.
Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet
MWC 2013Dell has updated its Windows 8 tablet line, and in doing so has juiced the industry's increasing realization that fondleslabs are here to stay, belong in the enterprise, require enterprise-level security features, and are not just for playing Angry Birds.
Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach
Fragments of an ancient microcontinent lie beneath holiday destinations Mauritius and Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, experts say.
Mobile TV is BACK: Ericsson launches broadcast video for 4G
MWC 2013Broadcast mobile TV is back again, this time on Verizon's 4G network with better quality than ever, because it's obviously merely inferior technology which has prevented the success of mobile broadcasting in the past.
Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report
As Barnes & Noble prepare investors for disappointing quarterly results on Thursday, the company will move away from making hardware and put more emphasis on shifting digital books, a New York Times source says.
Not so fast, BlackBerry. Now Samsung wants your tasty biz mobe pie
MWC 2013Samsung is touting a new package called KNOX that attempts to split an Android device in two separate halves, one for business and the other for personal use.
Mellanox pumps up channel for InfiniBand, Ethernet pushes
Switch and server adapter maker Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a shock with some cable issues and a big revenue shortfall in its most recent quarter and a projected one for the current quarter after one of its OEM customers bought more product in the latter part of 2012 than they could sell even into the first quarter.
Wages frozen, jobs at risk. Now Capita ITS shifts pay reviews to 1 April
Workers at Capita IT Services (CITS) have been warned their annual reviews could be moved to the same date... April Fool's Day.
Muscles-from-Brussels Vanhamme crams into Dell EMEA role
The IT channel's very own muscles from Brussels Dominique Vanhamme has pitched up at Dell to run its networking business across EMEA.
Obama cybersecurity order mandates better information sharing
RSA 2013President Obama's executive order on cybersecurity means security officers at critical infrastructure companies will get greater clearances from the government to access its information, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho.
Telecom bigwigs: 'We're all friends – really'
MWC 2013A gaggle of the world's top telecom grandees put on a show of smiling unanimity as the Mobile World Congress got underway in a kumbaya-fest that masked the intense competition among them.
Open source port-a-thon brings Ubuntu to more phones, tablets
Curious to try out Ubuntu Touch but don't have any Nexus kit to install it on? You may soon be in luck, thanks to the efforts of the Ubuntu open source community.
It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US
Five of the biggest US internet service providers will begin rolling out a Copyright Alert System (CAS) this week as part of a new six-strikes policy of restricting internet access designed to "educate rather than punish."
Poor leadership, tech, hold back Australian open government
Australian Information Commissioner Professor John McMillan has released the results of a survey into government attitudes towards, and adoption of, open government and found more needs to be done to embrace the content.
LG acquires webOS from HP – but not for mobile kit
Foster-child operating system webOS has been placed in yet another home – but not one in which it will be used for its original smartphone raison d'être.
Elon Musk: 'Fudged' NYT article cost Tesla $100m
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk says a recent negative review of his company's Model S electric car by The New York Times may have cost his company as much as $100m.
Skyhigh Networks lets bosses snoop on employee cloud use
RSA 2013People have a tendency to skirt corporate IT policy and use their own applications on the network, and Skyhigh Networks thinks it has a way for IT admins to stop this from happening.
EMC morphs Hadoop elephant into SQL database Hawq
EMC has accomplished a remarkable bit of inter-species husbandry, marrying the Hadoop elephant to a Greenplum to birth an SQL-speaking Hawq.
Australian supercomputer to use geothermal cooling
As Australia’s Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope takes shape, CSIRO has begun drilling in an unusual approach to cooling supercomputers.