30th > May > 2008 Archive


Android to offer iPhone-like App Store

Google I/OGoogle will offer an iPhone-like app store for Android, giving developers a central means of distributing applications on its soon-to-be-open-source mobile platform. At least, it looks that way.
Cade Metz, 30 May 2008

Google brews mashier OpenSocial language

Google I/OA decision on whether to press ahead with a re-usable architecture from Google to simplify the development of applications spanning multiple social networks is due in the next few days.
Gavin Clarke, 30 May 2008

The New Order: When reading is a crime

Updated:Is this what it is going to be like? When simple possession of a proscribed document will be enough to see you clapped in irons and whisked down to the local police station?
Jane Fae , 30 May 2008

Bletchley Park rattles tin for urgent repairs

Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma codebreakers, is indulging in some light tin-rattling to raise cash for urgent repairs at the historic site.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

Dell rapped for £60 delivery charge on £200 laptop

Dell has been criticised by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear enough that a laptop would incur a £60 delivery charge. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that the charge "added significantly" to the cost of the computer.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 May 2008

British newspaper websites liable in France for privacy invasion

Two British newspaper publishers have been fined in French courts because they violated French privacy laws. The publishers were liable because the articles were viewed in France on the internet.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 May 2008

Apple to launch UK movie downloads

Apple is rumoured to be on the cusp of launching a movie downloads service through iTunes right here in the UK.
James Sherwood, 30 May 2008

Asus shows Wii-style controllers for Eee

Asus has shown off a pair of Wii-esque controllers, which it’s thought could be used to direct videogames run on the company’s popular Eee PC.
James Sherwood, 30 May 2008

9/11 an inside job, says Irish pop folkster

9/11 conspiracy theorists will be delighted to learn that they've gained some poptastic backing from Corrs guitar-botherer Jim Corr, who's declared that there's "overwhelming evidence" the Twin Towers attack was perpetrated by "rogue elements in the Bush neo-con administration".
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

Novell pulls in Q2 profit on lower costs

Novell Inc swung to a profit on lower expenses and revenue that rose a slender $4m in its fiscal second quarter.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2008

BOFH: Testing the obscenity filters

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Simon Travaglia, 30 May 2008

Download al Qaeda manuals from the DoJ, go to prison?

AnalysisIf you download "the al Qaeda manual," never share it, even if you're a scholar-in-training studying terrorism. Especially if you and the recipient go by the wrong kind of names.

Samsung retracts Safari phone claim

Despite Samsung announcing a few days ago that one of its handsets would use the Safari browser, it has since had to alter the claim because the L870 talker doesn't sport full Safari browsing.
James Sherwood, 30 May 2008

Will your mobile squeal to the police?

AnalysisIt's been 20 years since a UK drug dealer discovered too late the folly of keeping all his records on a Psion Organiser, helpfully providing police with names and addresses of customers and suppliers, as well as sales records*. Today's criminals aren't generally that stupid, but regardless, today's phones are perfectly capable of accumulating evidence without their help.
Bill Ray, 30 May 2008

ISS toilet spares stowed and good to go

Relief is at hand for the cross-legged ISS crew in the form of spares for the clapped-out Russian ASU toilet, which have been stowed aboard Space Shuttle Discovery due to blast off tomorrow.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset

Exclusive ReviewHands-free headsets are a boon for mobile users. Not only can you pretend to be Lieutenant Uhura, but you can write while you're on the blower or drive more safely. And legally.
David Phelan, 30 May 2008

Optical boffins cut the cost of quantum cryptography

Boffins at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are trialling advanced optical techniques aimed at reducing the price of quantum cryptography systems.
John Leyden, 30 May 2008

Phorm opponents to picket BT shareholders

Opponents of BT's involvement with Phorm will protest outside its annual general meeting in London in July in a bid to alert investors to alleged wiretap law-breaking.
Christopher Williams, 30 May 2008

Uncontacted rainforest tribe caught from the air

Survival International has published remarkable snaps of an uncontacted tribe on the border between Brazil and Peru to highlight the plight of such groups which are threatened by illegal logging.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

World's first Blu-ray record pressing

It’s usually pop-stars and rock bands that break musical records. But a Norwegian record label has set a new standard for audio pleasure by releasing the world’s first Blu-ray record.
James Sherwood, 30 May 2008

Economist: girls actually better than boys at maths

OpinionAn economist in America has published research stating that girls have at least as much innate mathematical ability as boys. Paola Sapienza contends that the fact of girls almost always doing worse in maths exams results mainly from sexual discrimination.
Lewis Page, 30 May 2008
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Brazil bitchslaps ratification of OOXML

Brazil has fired off a formal objection to the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) against the approval of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2008

NHS IT: what went wrong, what will go wrong

This week Fujitsu pulled out of the £12.7bn National Programme for IT - the government's enormous project to introduce national patient records for NHS patients leaving BT, CSC and iSoft still involved.
John Oates, 30 May 2008

Old Windows exploits dominate hack attack traffic

China and US are the leading sources of hacking attacks, which are overwhelmingly targeted against Windows systems.
John Leyden, 30 May 2008

Ofcom mulls BT Openreach price hike

After months of lobbying, BT has got its wish. Ofcom today announced it will formally consider letting Openreach raise the prices it charges BT's competitors for wholesale access to local exchanges.
Christopher Williams, 30 May 2008

Blu-ray Disc body grants licences to Chinese firms

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has granted licences to 11 China-based manufacturers, potentially paving the way for a wider selection of hardware based on the HD format.
James Sherwood, 30 May 2008
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Sourcefire snorts at unsolicited takeover bid

Sourcefire has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from Barracuda Networks. The firm, which develops a commercial version of Snort, the popular open source intrusion detection tool, said Barracuda's $187m bid "substantially undervalues" Sourcefire.
John Leyden, 30 May 2008

EU begins formal probe into US gambling ban

The European Commission is launching a formal investigation into the US ban on online gambling.
John Oates, 30 May 2008

Japanese woman moves into bloke's closet

A Japanese woman has been cuffed for "sneaking into a man's house and living in his closet without him knowing", the AP reports.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

Metadata ruins Google's anonymous eBay Australia protest

eBay Australia's decision to force customers from next month to use its own payment service, PayPal, has infuriated a good number of individuals and organizations steamed.
Austin Modine, 30 May 2008

Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist doomsday plot

Fear-mongering hacks at The Daily Mail have been caught mistaking footage from a popular video game series as proof of al-Qaeda's "terrifying vision" for a nuclear attack on Washington.
Dan Goodin, 30 May 2008

Low-end EMC NSX is on its way

To better compete with NetApp, EMC is to launch a low-end version of its Celerra NSX NAS gateway product.
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2008

Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game

Four teens in Palo Alto, California, say they were detained and photographed by an Apple store after they downloaded a third-party application to an iPhone demo unit.
Austin Modine, 30 May 2008
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Google defends open source from 'poisonous people'

Google I/OOnce upon a time, there was an open source project called Subversion, and it needed a new date parser.
Cade Metz, 30 May 2008

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