5th > March > 2013 Archive

Samsung's next smartphone to scroll by watching your eyes

Samsung's next Next Big Thing, the Galaxy S IV smartphone, will scroll text by watching your eyeballs.
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NoSQL Cassandra gets SQL overlay

Another day brings another plucky company pitching a way to let a NoSQL system talk SQL.
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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

Canonical has announced plans to develop new, open source Linux display-server software called Mir, in a move that it says will help further its goal of offering a unified Ubuntu user experience across PCs, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
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Report: Danish government hits Microsoft with $1bn tax bill

The Danish government is reportedly chasing down Microsoft for nearly a billion dollars in missing tax revenue, stemming from its purchase of Viking accountancy software firm Navision.
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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Updated A Washington state representative has uncovered a previously under-reported source of greenhouse gas: huffing and puffing cyclists.
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Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

Oracle has issued a rare emergency patch to address two vulnerabilities in the Java plugin for web browsers that the company says are being actively exploited.
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Microsoft acquires cloud monitor MetricsHub

Microsoft has bought a cloud monitoring and automation company and made its technology free on Windows Azure.
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Military-industrial patent troll demands BEEELLIONS from Cisco

Emboldened by a win against Apple that was upheld last February, VirnetX – inventor of key VPN technologies or a patent troll, depending on your point of view and understanding of its patents – has now taken up cudgels against Cisco.
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Open Virtualisation Format 2.0 lands, world+dog yawns

Anyone contemplating a move to the cloud has, by now, paused for a moment to wonder how to escape from their chosen provider of numinous computing.
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LHC spots mesons flipping between matter and antimatter

The LHC might be inactive at the moment, but the science goes on: a group of researchers trawling the instrument's vats of data has spotted a matter-antimatter oscillation that completes their “zoo” of meson “flips”.
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Anonymous becomes peacemaker as hacktivists battle

Anonymous has assumed the unlikely role of peacemaker in a growing dispute between Malaysian and Filipino hacktivists that has seen scores of web sites on both sides defaced over a territorial tussle.
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Chinese search giant Baidu launches free AV

Chinese search giant Baidu has been quietly testing the waters in the security space, with the launch of a free English language AV product for Windows.
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Lynch and his Autonomy inner circle depict selves as crime kingpins

Vid The brash sales culture at Brit software biz Autonomy, since controversially sold to HP, was portrayed by co-founder Mike Lynch and his inner circle as being similar to organised crime in a prank corporate video which surfaced recently.
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Plextor flash gobbles blue pill, promises some long-lasting TLC

Plextor is going to reveal a triple-level cell (TLC) solid-state drive, the world's second TLC SSD, at CeBIT 2013.
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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

With a £64bn turnover and £3.9bn operating profit, Tesco was always going to make a big splash when it dived into the online media delivery market. We're just going to have to wait a bit longer to find out what it will be doing.

Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

An independent Brit movie has become the first to be debuted exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox games console.
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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

Three Welsh civil servants were slapped down last year for giving out their opinions on social media, a Freedom of Information request from the BBC has revealed.

Wannabe infosec kiddies put Enigma Bombe machine to the test

GCHQ historians will this month put the team that rebuilt the British code-cracking Bombe machine to the test in a third Enigma Challenge.

Don't believe the IT hype: Ye cannae change the laws of physics

It's fun to be on the receiving end of IT advertising. The vendor's ads start by promising to solve your business problems better than the competition can, and then the superlatives begin to snowball until an answer to global warming and a solution for war in Iraq are both in there among the plug-ins you can buy to make your purchase extra-worthy.
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Virgin Mobile coughs to choking its customers

Virgin Mobile UK has admitted it is capping mobile data at 2Mb/sec - claiming it is for the benefit of customers - as it tries to keep everyone connected.
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Sparkfun takes roadtrip across US in campervan full of electronics

Component retailer Sparkfun has bought an RV and will be touring all 50 US states to take electronics into the classroom, though the company's motivation is notably suspect.
Bill Ray, 05 2013

MI5 test for Mandarin-speaking snoops 'just too easy'

British intelligence nerve-centre MI5 is recruiting fluent Chinese speakers to eavesdrop on phone calls - but it got more than it bargained for when its Mandarin comprehension test was ridiculed by Redditors.

One day later: EMC declares war on all-flash array, server flash card rivals

EMC is announcing its XtremIO all-flash array and, just 24 hours after Violin Memory's PCIe card launch, a line of XtremSF server flash cards with XtremSW Cache software that effectively expands and renames the VFCache server flash card product line.

What's the point of owning an SMB if you can't travel?

It was obvious that the guy in the airport queue behind me was attempting to describe the whereabouts of a document, without much success. The directions being given were not being understood and after several minutes of "click this folder, then that folder" shenanigans, the gentleman gave up and tried a different tack. "Don’t worry, I’ll find it, edit it and send it to you," he told his frustrated caller.
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Twenty classic arcade games

I’d better say it from the outset: picking 20 all-time arcade game classics is a nightmarish task, not simply because of the almost endless array of titles available to choose from, but because of all the really good ones you have to omit.
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Cyber-007 MiniDuke stalked Europe for at least 21 MONTHS

MiniDuke, the recently discovered cyber-spy malware aimed at governments and their agencies in Europe and elsewhere, has been operating for at least 21 months.
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Review: Toshiba Satellite U920T Ultrabook

Whatever you might think about Windows 8, when it comes to taking the top down on the new ranges of convertible laptops, it’s certainly not boring. Every single one I’ve encountered so far has a different take on how to make the laptop-tablet duo dance work and Toshiba’s Satellite U920T Ultrabook offers yet another approach.

WE CAN still be BETTER than Germany on broadband, says Ofcom

Comment Britain's communication watchdog has published a pathetic "scorecard" that compares this country's broadband prowess with that of only four other nations in Europe.
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Plastic Logic shows off bendy 'leccy posters: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Still searching for an application for its innovative printed-on-plastic screen technology, Plastic Logic has teamed up with TOPPAN to showcase a 42-inch screen built for posters and displays.
Bill Ray, 05 2013
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Google blats bugs in Chrome - days before $560k hacking contest

Pwn2Own 2013 Google patched 10 security vulnerabilities in its web browser Chrome on Monday - two days before the start of Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest in which experts race to compromise software to win prizes.
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UK injects £88m into Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

The UK will bung £88m towards the European Southern Observatory's £1bn project to build the world's largest telescope. The cash injection is on top of Blighty's annual £18m contribution to the ESO.
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Flash-card shuffler SanDisk might shimmy up the storage stack

Blocks and Files Tech news blog Silicon Valley Confidential has reported on rumours that SanDisk, the maker of flash camera cards, Lightning brand PCIe flash cards and SSDs, is moving up the stack.
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Dell pours Fluid Cache into PowerEdge servers

RNA Networks got its start doing memory clustering across multiple server nodes, but since buying the company nearly two years ago Dell has been tweaking the memory-caching engine to speed up disk accesses. Specifically, the Fluid Cache software for PowerEdge servers that Dell is finally delivering converts Express Cache solid state disk modules into a peppy caching front-end for internal disks and JDOD arrays attached to servers.

Logicalis CEO reveals blueprint for gobbled 2e2 Euro biz

Logicalis CEO Ian Cook says his biz will use the IT Service Management (ITSM) unit in the Dutch operation acquired from 2e2 as a consulting "centre of excellence" for the entire group.
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Amazon CTO: Big Data? An unfortunate, 'catchy phrase'

Technology Frontiers “I love that the world is data intensive... unfortunately, it’s called 'Big Data',” says Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels, who went on to describe BD as "a nice catchy phrase".

Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

Microsoft has axed rebates paid to its distribution channel partners that flog Redmond's server and communications software.
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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

Seagate is developing an internal desktop hybrid hard drive with a flash cache to speed PC boot and application load times to near-SSD levels at little more than plain ordinary disk prices. It's also rebranding its Momentus XT notebook drives as Laptop SSHDs and introducing a single platter laptop Thin SSHD.

Corporates! Bring in all-purpose filler for IT skills gap, thunders Steelie Neelie

Brussels' unelected digital czar warned on Monday that the European Union's competitive strength in the media and technology markets could be weakened if people fail to continue to develop the right IT skills.

Amazon chops EC2 virty server prices – again

The dance of Cloudy Server Limbo continues, with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of e-tailing giant Amazon.com, lowering the broomstick a little closer to the floor and dancing under it with lower EC2 compute-cloud prices.
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Malware linked to Chinese hackers aims at Japanese government

Malware researchers at Seculert say they've found two more cases of highly targeted malware coming out of China, and claim to have back-traced it to the same geographical region that was fingered as the source of the Project Aurora attacks.
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Android 4.2.2 finally coming to Verizon's Galaxy Nexus

Owners of Verizon's 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset may soon receive an update to the latest version of Android, weeks after other Galaxy Nexus devices received it and fully six months after the Verizon model got its last official update.

iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

The next iteration of the iPhone – likely called the iPhone 5S, according to rumor-mongers – will be released this summer and will include a fingerprint sensor, improved camera, and more-powerful processor. It will also be joined by a lower-cost, less spiffy sibling.
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Chinese officials wring hands over Google's Android dominance

The Chinese government is unnerved by the success of Android, and wants local firms to become more independent of Google, quelle surprise!
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TI fuels up KeyStone II ARM for HP Moonshot hyperscale servers

Hewlett-Packard is putting more ARM server processor options into its next-generation of "Project Moonshot" hyperscale servers - the latest one coming from Texas Instruments, which has been relatively quiet on the server front but plenty active in the ARM chip market at large.
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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

Object-watchers are keenly catching observations of the orbit of an object discovered by Rob McNaught of Australia's Siding Spring Observatory, which is set for a very close Mars fly-by in October 2014.
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Google offers limited data on National Security Letters

Google has expanded its semiannual Transparency Report to include data about National Security Letters (NSLs) – albeit only a very small amount of data, given the strict secrecy that continues to surround the controversial documents.
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Java malware spotted using stolen certificate

If you haven't already run in the latest Java patch (issued yesterday), here's another good reason to do so: someone has turned up an exploit that uses signed code.
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Microsoft embraces Android with Azure Mobile Services update

Microsoft has added support for Android apps into Windows Azure Mobile Services, letting developers programmatically add authentication and push notifications.
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Ex-Exel president found guilty of hacking former employers

The former president of transportation logistics firm Exel has been found guilty of hacking into the servers of his former employer to glean secrets for his new business.
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Torvalds asks 'Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?'

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds is thinking about making Google's Chromebook Pixel his main computer – once he installs a proper Linux distribution on the machine, that is.