14th > February > 2014 Archive
Verizon jumps into wireless discount punch-fest with 'More Everything'
Verizon Wireless has become the latest US telco to roll out an aggressive price-cutting campaign for its subscribers.
China's smartphone market slows down
The juggernaut that is the Chinese smartphone market slipped a gear for the first time in 27 months in 2013's fourth quarter, declining 4.3 per cent from the previous three months, according to IDC.
Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else
The merger of the two biggest cable companies in the US has set the markets aflutter, but the government has the final say on whether to allow the deal, and regulators will now be taking a long, stern look at how the deal with change the US TV and broadband market.
Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space
Plan 9, a successor to Unix developed during the 1980s by Bell Labs, is now available under the GNU Public Licence.
Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds
The latest incarnation of the Silk Road underground market says it lost all of its Bitcoin reserves (estimated to be worth two to three million dollars) in a fraud attack.
Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX
This week's technology topic everyone knows something about, Flappy Bird, has risen like a Phoenix in a new, massively multiplayer version.
VMware cuts price of hybrid cloud management tool to $0
VMware has released version 2.6 of its vCloud Connector tool, and dropped its price to $0. At current exchange rates that's £0 and $AUD0, for UK and Australian readers.
China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux
China’s homegrown answer to Windows has gone the way of the dodo after failing to make an impact on the domestic market for operating systems.
No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth
A couple of lawyers are calling for the US government not to fund any further research at one of its premier heavy-ion colliders, the RHIC, because of a discredited 15-year-old “doomsday scenario” debate.
Your personal data is worth a measly eight bucks a month
You've heard it a zillion times by now: if an online service is free, you are the product.
Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly
Facebook has introduced more than 50 gender options its users can select when choosing how they wish to identify themselves.
Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices
Tizen, the mobile operating system driven by the Linux Foundation, has added 15 new members including Chinese smartphone maker ZTE and Japanese operator Softbank Mobile.
NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST
NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range.
Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror
Toshiba, the newest third 3.5-inch disk drive manufacturer, has announced a 5TB drive, beating other suppliers except HGST.
Micro Men: The story of the syntax era
Monitoris an occasional column written at the crossroads where the arts, popular culture and technology intersect. Here we look back at the BBC TV movie Micro Men, a retro-tech fan favourite which tells the story of the rivalry between former colleagues Sir Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry, and how the two men kickstarted the British home computer boom of the early 1980s.
Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN
Fake SSL certificates in the wild for Facebook, Google and Apple's iTunes store create a grave risk of fraud for people who bank online using their smartphones.
HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'
ExclusiveHewlett Packard is auditing ProLiant Server customers to stamp out “misuse” of its firmware intellectual property in a wide-ranging clampdown on who can support its servers.
EC officials voice doubts about Almunia's planned Google settlement deal
Brussels' competition chief is facing a challenge from some of his colleagues in the European Commission who may yet derail his efforts to strike a settlement deal with Google over its alleged abuse of dominance in the search market.
I want SDN and I want it now!
Sysadmin BlogA recent demonstration of Juniper's Software Defined Networking (SDN) showed a level of automation that makes me loathe the mundanity of my day job all the more.
Smart getaway drivers would yell at Officer Glasshole: 'SafeSearch off, Horse porn'
QuotwRedundancies at big tech firms, including both HP and Dell, were big news this week. At HP, the company has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and then shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower.
THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online
Thousands of Tesco customers have had their emails and passwords posted online after hackers got their hands on the login details.
Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Your Spam Manager is holding 4 messages.
A high profile UK government cyber security campaign aimed at changing attitudes to online security has come under criticism for the poor quality of its expensive website.
Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?
ReviewWe all got a sneak preview last summer and many were miffed when the scheduled arrival time at the close of 2013 came and went. However, it appears that the new Mac Pro did ship in small numbers in January of this year.
My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare
A number of key ingredients used in perfume brands could soon be banned or restricted in the European Union, following health concerns about some of the compounds used in well-known fragrances including Chanel No 5.
Ingram Micro's layer cake is about to get a bit flatter
Ingram Micro is toasting better trading conditions in Europe that helped it report record revenues for calendar '13 by sharpening the axe to "de-layer" and "align" the business and save up to $100m in overheads.
LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is methodically working its way through the installation of the Vulture 2 spaceplane's electronic systems, and having got the Pixhawk autopilot up and running, we were able to turn our attention this week to the onboard Raspberry Pi.
Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way
Strategy Analytics, a market watcher, has provided an object lesson in how statistics can give a potentially skewed picture of the evolution of a new product category.
Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year
Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet during its final quarter, compared with the same three-month period a year earlier.
'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'
OpinionI was finishing up a few things in the office well after 6.00pm when I got a call from one of our clients, a well-known OEM and off-the-page seller whom I visited twice a year and who readily accepted and acted on advice and ideas.
FAS flash biz boxen refresher: New boxes fit WHERE exactly?
More FAS info has percolated out through the walls of NetApp's community and we can have a stab at positioning the coming FAS8000s against the existing range - and there's a surprise.
Google moves to silence critics - whips out EC search settlement deal
Google has gone public with details of its revised search biz settlement offer, after it successfully bagged a deal from Brussels' competition chief last week - despite disappointment from rivals in the case who had pushed for tough sanctions.
Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber
Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination.
A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM
CommentThe government's "Year of Code" scheme, chaired by former Tory advisor Rohan Silva, has generated more comments from you than anything else this week. Here's a bite-sized timeline to put the whole story in context.
Misco set to snap up Phoenix's network ops centre AND its staff
Phoenix IT Group is set to offload its network operations centre in High Wycombe to Misco, TUPEing across staff in the process.
Capita closing in on public WAN player Updata
Top brass at Surrey-based broadband network services player Updata Infrastructure UK are understood to be mulling over a leading offer from Capita, sources have told us.
Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States
Sony has claimed an early victory in the next generation console wars after saying it had sold twice as many consoles in the US during January than its arch-rival Microsoft.
Fiendish Internet Explorer 10 zero-day targets US soldiers
Cyberspies have used an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10 in an exploit which appears to target US military personnel.
IBM handing pink slips to Israel-based Diligent devs - reports
Israeli media outlets are reporting that IBM is laying off product developers at its Diligent operation but leaving support staff roles untouched.
'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC
After apologizing for his comments comparing increased taxation on the rich to the Nazi pogrom of Kristallnacht, you might have expected Tom Perkins – the pioneering venture capitalist who backed firms such as Netscape, Genentech, AOL, and Google – to moderate his tone. Not a bit of it: on Thursday night he suggested that if you don't pay income or property tax, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE
Researchers at Harvard University have developed a small robot designed to work in large groups to build structures.
US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones
All mobile phones sold in the US will have to include free software that can remotely wipe and disable the device if it is stolen, should a new bill introduced in the Senate becomes law.
PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least
It seems businesses will be able to order new PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled, rather than Windows 8, for a bit longer than we previously thought – although we don't yet know for just how long.
Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit
A US judge has absolved Apple of charges that the company misled users with its Siri advertising campaigns.
Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms
Google Fiber is the fastest broadband internet provider in the US, but according to the Chocolate Factory's CFO Patrick Pichette, its 1Gbps connection speeds are going to increase ten-fold.