20th > December > 2013 Archive
Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales
Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat posted strong financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Thursday, with earnings that beat both analysts' estimates and the company's own earlier guidance.
Australian Technologies curriculum to be published but not endorsed in Jan 2014
Implementation of Australia's Technologies curriculum, including the Digital Technologies stream that represents the nation's first attempt to put computational thinking in the classroom from Kindergarten to Year 10, is almost certainly on the back burner for several months.
Rackspace roadmap preps new cloud tools to take on big-bucks giants
Rackspace has a raft of upgrades planned that could make life easier for sysadmins who work with the company's public cloud and hosted managed servers, we're told.
Ask Santa to give you our pricey certs for Christmas, says Oracle
Oracle has suggested that IT Professionals might like to suggest to Santa that popping a certification under the tree is a grand way to celebrate the festive season.
AWS imposes national borders on Cloudland
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has drawn up borders within its cloud with a new 'Geostriction' feature for its CloudFront service.
COW a-BUNG HER, dude! 'Secret Santa' Bill Gates buys lass a HEIFER
Microsoft zillionaire Bill Gates has, in short, spent $500 on a cow for a Reddit.com user in the website's annual secret Santa gift swap.
World's cheapest tablet just got CHEAPER
The world’s cheapest tablet is about to get even cheaper after Indian telecoms minister Kapil Sibal announced the subsidised Aakash 4 will eventually ship for just Rs.1,500 (£14).
Bizarre Tolkien-inspired GCHQ Xmas card CAN'T BE READ by us PLEBS
I have just received from the Dark Web, a samizdat copy of GCHQ’s Xmas card complete with cartoon from Chris Slane. The references (see below) provide a download of the complete Xmas card, which presumably can be printed out on cardboard in hard copy.
Used all your mobile data? Why not buy your mate's excess bits?
China Mobile has come up with a rather interesting way to help out customers who run out of data before the end of the month – a new trading platform which allows other customers to sell data bundles they haven’t used.
ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard
Beloved Brit microcomputer the ZX Spectrum has been resurrected, after a fashion.
It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS
Boffins have uncovered evidence pointing to the presence of huge amounts of diamonds in the frozen mountain ranges of Antarctica.
Picture this: Data-wrangling boffins say they have made JPEGs OBSOLETE
Boffins have devised a new way of squishing data which could herald the end of the trusty JPEG picture format.
Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum
Geek's Guide to BritainApproaching the museum down a bumpy single track road you start wondering if any of this makes any sense. Why is this museum in the middle of nowhere? Why are the opening hours so peculiar? Why are there bits of aircraft lying around? Why does it have two different names?
It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team
Larry Ellison has promised to bring holy price down upon the heads of cloud computing infidels.
Winklevoss: I have put my MOUTH where my MONEY IS
QuoTWIt's the week before the holidays and all through the tech world barely a mouse has been stirring: but one of the Winklevoss twins did take some time out from Christmas shopping to let everyone know that they should be buying Bitcoins.
Andrew Fentem: Why I went to quango to fund pre-iPhone touch tech
Special Report Part 2In the late '90s British inventor Andrew Fentem pioneered multitouch techniques, years before Apple brought them to market in the iPhone and later the iPad. He won backing for his technology from Britain's new innovation quango: but its incompetence meant that Apple ultimately looked elsewhere. We told the story of how the UK lost out in this special report. In this interview, Andrew speaks about the saga.
Violin investor: We could have got $1 BEELLION... W-w-w-what did you say?
Floundering flash array biz Violin says people should have faith in the company while an activist investor says the board should sell the biz before it burns all its cash. It also claimed the former CEO allegedly turned down buyout offers amounting to around $1bn.
Italy's 'Google tax law' could fall foul of EU discrimination rules
The European Commission has warned that Italy's proposed "Google tax law" would likely break European Union rules on non-discrimination, Reuters reported.
Google search biz offer BINNED by EU competition chief
Google's latest attempt to wiggle away from allegations that it abuses its dominant position in Europe's search market suffered a significant blow today - its revised offer to Brussels' competition chief has been rejected.
Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock
Just spent 50 quid on the latest iPhone dock? You'd better start saving for a new one, because the EU has set a timetable for its plans to force all phone manufacturers to use the same charger.
Google fined by Spanish data watchdog over audacious privacy tweak
Google has been fined a piddling €900,000 for three separate breaches of Spain's Data Protection Act.
Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst
Apple has failed to ink a lucrative 4G deal with humungo cellphone carrier China Mobile due to poor demand for its plastic iPhone 5C, a leading analyst has claimed.
Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has sent back its first test pics in preparation for restarting its mission to map all the nearby asteroids.
Who should be responsible for devices, apps and services?
Tech PanelAre you a user or business manager fed up with IT constantly telling you "No" when it comes to the devices and apps you need to get your job done? Are you an IT pro tired of having to deal with users wanting their latest bling connected to the network?
TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets
ReviewDuring the launch of the revamped TomTom Go series of satnavs earlier this year, the company reeled off some interesting statistics that revealed a considerable chunk of motorists don’t bother with satnavs - 39 per cent, in fact. And of those 39 per cent, only 4 per cent were considering buying into the technology in the next 12 months. The question for TomTom, was how could it get all of that 39 per cent to change its mind?
The Bong's NEXT-mas Message for 2012
¡Bong!Christmas is traditionally a time of reconciliation, love and humility. So it's in that spirit that I am reaching out to all of my readers, to say...
It's a CLUSTER-PLUCK: Nutanix uses MapReduce to polish performance
AnalysisConverged server-system startup Nutanix, which sells all of its products through the channel, says hypervisors are the virtual sheet metal of the commodity server game. You won't need separate storage arrays, instead you can get a storage pool across many servers by virtualising their directly attached storage (DAS).
Ex-Microsofties face 20 years in slammer over insider trading
A former Microsoft senior manager is facing up to 20 years in jail and millions in fines and compensation over allegations he shared confidential information about the firm with his friend and business partner.
Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case
American prosecutors have charged four people with selling crystal meth through the defunct online drugs market Silk Road.
Murdoch EYEBALLS Twitter with $25m buyout of news aggregator Storyful
A Dublin, Ireland-based company that carefully strips out news stories from other content on sites such as Twitter has been bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $25m.
MailOnline pulls recipe site after innocent young cookbook DEFILED
The Mail Online has pulled its recipes website after it was vandalised by Libyan cyber-hijackers.
BlackBerry ends write-off of a year with $4.4bn write-down
BlackBerry announced a whopping non-cash charge on its assets of $4.4bn in its earnings statement today. The company booked a loss of $354m on income of $1.2bn, the result of a continuing collapse in handset sales.
Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block
Access to sex education websites can be switched off by UK parents who don't want their children to seek advice about their sexuality online, BT has admitted to The Register.
Foxconn boss: We're CROSSING Mexican border ... to bring TV-making jobs into US
The head of Foxconn has reportedly said that he is confident that the group, which includes the Hon Hai unit busily making iPhones, will see its revenue grow by 15 per cent this year.
'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's
PicsBuses operated by Google and Apple to ferry their staff to and from work were blockaded today by Bay Area anti-gentrification protestors.
Worried OpenSSL uses NSA-tainted crypto? This BUG has got your back
As fears grow that US and UK spies have deliberately hamstrung key components in today's encryption systems, users of OpenSSL can certainly relax about one thing.
Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins
If drugs traffickers thought the anonymous online black market calling itself Silk Road 2.0 would be any safer from law enforcement than the original, it looks like they had better think again.
DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside
Spanish startup Geeksphone has announced that its next smartphone model will be its first to be powered by an Intel mobile processor.