16th > September > 2013 Archive
Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls
Microsoft has posted and then pulled several videos in which it mocks Apple's new iPhones.
In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android
Reports have emerged over the weekend that Nokia had run up research lab versions of its Lumia phones running Android, and that this was somehow linked to Microsoft's decision to finesse the Finns.
Sloppy call data gets Telstra an ACMA wrist-slap
Telstra is on notice that its data roaming billing isn't up to scratch, courtesy the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi
Google has jumped aboard the Raspberry Pi badwagon, releasing an operating system called “Coder” designed to get kids into web development.
Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid
An IT bloke hoping to fly across the Atlantic in a small boat suspended Up-style beneath a cluster of multicoloured balloons has had his dream dashed, according to reports.
Australian pub to serve beers for bitcoin
A 107-year-old Australian pub has decided to accept the world's newest currency: Bitcoin.
How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House
Behold: The RaZberry is a daughter board which snaps onto a Raspberry Pi, turning it into a Z-Wave controller capable of integrating, and controlling, a home automation network though a web, or JSON, interface.
Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app
Apple has been summoned to court in Thailand for approving an app which streams UK Premier League football games to an iPhone, in breach of the exclusive contract signed by local telly firm Cable Thai Holding.
Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding
Paypal is considering its policy on crowdfund payments after freezing transactions on a number of mob-monetised projects.
Exploring our way to the source of EMC's mighty VNX Nile
Blocks and FilesEMC, we have a problem. Your Project Nile has exabyte-plus capacity and is built from EMC's ViPR control/data plane software and VNX arrays. Yet, the biggest VNX is the 8000 at 4.5PB capacity, about 223 times too small. What gives?
From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers
FeatureWe all know that many 20th century prophecies of life in the new millennium never came to pass. Among them were flying cars, meals-in-a-pill and annihilation by Skynet, to name but a few. However, taking the crown of unfulfilled expectations has to be private spaceflight for business or pleasure.
LOHAN Spanish team touches down... to prepare for lift-off
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team members touched down in Madrid last Thursday night, and after a few beers and some refreshing kip, were ready to pose for the camera before getting down to spaceplane business.
Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano
Este lunes 16 de septiembre a las 2 de la tarde el equipo LOHAN (Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator) lanzará un globo meteorológico cerca de Piedrahita (Avila).
OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?
OpinionOne of the pains of running a business is billing and cash collection, especially if your customers are big. It really doesn’t matter what you put on the quote or the invoice, they pretty much pay you when they feel like it, and 60 days is usually the quickest if you’re lucky. In effect, SMBs act in aggregate as an unwilling source of free cash for large enterprises, and there’s very little you can do about it.
Nokia quiz: Do you know what a phablet is?
Gadget blogs and tech specialists may know what "phablet" means, but Nokia isn’t whether civilians do.
LOHAN test flight LIVE: All the launch action
As you read this, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is preparing the test flight of our all-new custom rocket motor igniter.
South American with a dumb phone? Think Facebook can't get to you? THINK AGAIN
Digital security outfit Gemalto has extended its SIM-based Facebook client to include Facebook Messenger, so dumbphone users can chat directly to each other as well as update each other's walls.
City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts
Windows XP users in Germany’s third largest city are being offered free upgrades to Ubuntu ahead of termination of Microsoft support for the OS next Spring.
How the internet turned ram-raiders into sophisticated fraudsters
OpinionFraud and theft has always been as much of a part of the technology channel scene as fast cars and bonus time excess. But it seems the shift to electronic communications has handed the bad guys a more subtle arsenal.
London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on
Cleaners working on the London Underground will resort to industrial action this week in protest against the introduction of a controversial biometric clocking-in system.
ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition
UK telcos are continuing to work towards flicking the switch on network-level filters that will allow subscribers to block "harmful" content by the end of this year.
Apple's liquid-crystal screen pusher mulls $2bn IPO – report
Tokyo-based Apple supplier Japan Display is reportedly considering an initial public offering which could raise up to $2bn.
Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims
VideoA Russian-speaking man casually shows on camera how he can download a punter's bank-card details and PIN from a hacked card reader.
Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man
National Security Agency director Keith Alexander apparently sold the concept of surveillance to members of Congress using an operations centre styled on the bridge of the starship Enterprise from much-loved sci-fi series Star Trek.
Juniper open sources Contrail SDN software stack
Switch and router maker Juniper Networks snapped up Contrail Systems, a startup maker of software-defined networking (SDN) software, back in December 2012 for $176m just before Contrail was to uncloak from stealth mode. Juniper outlined its SDN plans a month later, and in May released the code for beta testing. Now, the code is ready for prime time, and Juniper is announcing that it will also release the code under an open source license.
VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot
The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners.
Box morphs into Google Docs competitor
Document management startup Box has added a collaborative document editing technology to its product suite, taking on Microsoft's Office 365, Google Docs, and others.
'British Bill Gates' Lynch laments HP's Autonomy 'botch-up'
Mike Lynch, once billed as Britain’s Bill Gates, has lamented the handling of his former company Autonomy, saying Hewlett-Packard fumbled the acquisition.
Tokyo Apple Store staff rescue iPhone-queueing fanbois from typhoon
Japan is being lashed by a deadly typhoon that has forced a half-million people from their homes in advance of its torrential rains, but there are a handful of lucky fanbois who are riding it out in the Apple Store in Tokyo's tony Ginza district.
Dev delays push ship date of Metro-ized Firefox to January 2014
The Mozilla Foundation has quietly delayed the release of the version of its Firefox browser for Windows 8's Start Screen yet again, citing slower-than-expected development.
Apple to uncloak new iPads, iMacs at October 15 event?
If you're a follower of Apple product rumors you know that the slimmest of evidence is enough to get the grapevine a-buzzing – and Monday's report that Apple is planning to hold an event on October 15 to announce new iPads, iMacs, and maybe more is as anorexic a bit of speculation as they come.
Box spreads platform over enterprises
Cloudy document-sharing service Box wants its customers to slather its offering across as much of their data as possible, so the company has upgraded its technology to better embrace mobile devices and enterprise file management.
Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor
After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation.
Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year
Bill Gates has regained his title as World's Richest Human, and has also been named the US's wealthiest person for the 20th consecutive year.
iiNet getting ready for 802.11ac
While there might be political controversy surrounding the question of how much broadband is enough, iiNet is preparing for a near-term future in which consumer kit has to cope with multiple high-definition TV streams being distributed around a single household.