18th > December > 2013 Archive
XMAS SPACEWALK planned to fix ISS's dicky cooling gear
NASA has announced “a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module” on the International Space Station (ISS).
Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) says it has come up with a universal laptop charger plug and socket.
Relax, Obama! Former Microsoft exec tapped to save sick healthcare.gov
The Obama administration has apointed a former Microsoft executive to be the new head of its troubled Healthcare.gov website.
HP multiplies Meg Whitman's salary by 1.5 MEELLION
HP has multiplied chief executive officer Meg Whitman's salary by 1.5 million.
Australia puts Digital Technologies curriculum in limbo pending review
UPDATEThe Australian Standing Council for School Education and Early Childhood, a body comprising the nation's education ministers, has shelved the nation's first Digital Technologies curriculum just weeks before it was due to be signed off.
Australia rebukes Apple for 'false or misleading representations'
Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has slapped Apple and extracted an “enforceable undertaking” from the company that will result in fines – or worse – if the company continues to ignore its own warranty and return polices.
Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'
Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips.
China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban
The emperor’s-new-clothes world of Bitcoin trading suffered another major blow this week after reports emerged that China has banned all third party payment providers from offering clearing services for digital currency exchanges.
Lovers of Tor can now sprinkle Bitcoins on its developers as thanks
The folks behind web privacy tool Tor will now accept donations in Bitcoins.
Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push
Samsung has hired one of Apple’s senior store designers in a sign that the Korean electronics giant could be hoping to make a bigger splash in the US with some eye-catching retail outlets.
James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins
James Bond's famous preference for shaken martinis is probably due to the fact that his heavy drinking means that his hands tremble so much he actually lacks the coordination to stir them, according to a festive-season medical research study.
Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan
Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds.
IBM predicts glorious tech future made possible by $IBMmarketing
AnalysisIBM's latest "five in five" predictions – five things that may happen in the next five years – ignore social and economic realities to alert us to new technology that'll be prevalent (and mostly made by IBM).
Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite
Analyst firm IDC has released a study titled the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” that offers a guess at how many people are what it calls “ICT-skilled workers”.
South Korean to spaff £290 MEEELLION on 5G land grab
South Korea has become the latest Asian nation to pledge its future to fifth-generation wireless networks, aka 5G, with Seoul set to stump up 500 billion won (£292m) to build a super-ultra-mega-fast network by 2020.
Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU
Buying virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, presents a number of risks that consumers should be aware of before purchasing such assets, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has warned.
Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals
IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management.
Fair winds and following servers: The art of flight prediction
Back in September, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team sent a mighty orb aloft on a test flight of our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter.
Samsung sees RDK as route to DOMINATION of US set top market
CommentFor as long as Faultline has commented on this industry, the set-top market in the US has been dominated by the cable TV industry – which in turn has been dominated first by Motorola and secondly by Cisco.
Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing
Antique Code ShowHow bereft the coin-op arcades of yesteryear must have looked before the arrival of the audacious, muscle-flexing Out Run machine. It’s true that Hang On and Space Harrier laid the foundations a year before, but Out Run was Sega’s golden moment in sit-down, "experience" videogame machinery.
Facebook seeks WIDE EYES of sports fans to rival Twitter
Facebook is to acquire a San Francisco-based startup that sifts through mentions of sport on social media.
Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK
Expect to see Google Glassholes winking at you from across the street in the next few weeks as a new update allows users of the high-tech specs to take photos with nothing more than a blink of one eye.
Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes
CIOs need to start getting down with the kids and being mentored by their under-30 employees if they want to hold onto their jobs, a partner at a top recruitment firm has warned.
Former Tech Data bod to head up Microsoft's UK sales division
Microsoft have promoted a channel veteran with 24 years' experience to a top job within the sales team.
Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS
PicFor years, boffins have been arguing over whether our galaxy has four spiral arms or just two, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP
AnalysisThe Department of Culture, Media and Sport – also known as the Ministry of Fun – is this morning celebrating what it described as a "bumper day for rural broadband".
Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad
The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Sky to be more careful with its telly scheduling after it showed a racy condom advert just after a kids' film.
Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN
Mobile carrier Vodafone defended its financial arrangements today as it coughed to yet another legal dodge of UK corporation tax payments by asking Brits to have some sympathy over the huge debt mountain it is sitting on.
$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF
Privacy campaigner Simon Davies is offering a $1,000 bounty for the capture of the DNA and fingerprints of spy chiefs.
Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow
Apple’s cylindrical computer, the Mac Pro, will finally go in sale tomorrow, the Cupertino giant has decided.
Cleversafe stirs up dsNet with guts+software overhaul
Dispersed storage bods Cleversafe have accelerated their object storage access with a mix of faster processors, solid state storage, and memory caching in a new software release.
IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...
It's not going to be easy to pry open the death grip of IT bods on the last copies of Windows XP, according to Spiceworks, whose survey had a whopping 33 per cent of tech professionals planning to keep the OS on at least one device after its end of life.
Amazon cuddles up to Chinese public sector with AWS rollout
Amazon has sent its cloud service floating high over China for the first time after announcing a limited rollout of its AWS cloud platform, making the Middle Kingdom the 10th country to be offered the service..
EVault takes on Amazon with faster-than-Glacier cloud archive
Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. It will use Seagate Kinetic drives in the future.
BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit
The company-formerly-known-as-RIM has nabbed former SAP exec John Sims to head up its global enterprise services unit, the business it hopes will be at the centre of its turnaround.
Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids
ReviewI must admit to being rather surprised when Gran Turismo 6 was first announced. Not because yet another entry into Polyphony Digital’s driving series was a shock, but rather because it was announced for the PS3, not the the PlayStation 4.
IBM follows Microsoft, Amazon into China with new cloud doodad
IBM is launching a cloud service hosted in a Chinese data center as Big Blue tries to pursue what it reckons could be a huge market – despite NSA revelations causing paranoia among some non-US data services punters.
Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC
Chromebooks have been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise down PC market this year. Now LG is hoping that the success Google has had with its "browser in a box" laptops can carry over to the desktop, as well.