26th > November > 2009 Archive
Locust Storage unveils Ethernet-powered disk array
Start-up Locust Storage is combining drive spin-down with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to provide what it reckons is the greenest storage array yet designed.
UK equality laws 'fall short of EU requirements', says Commission
The UK's equality laws are inadequate, according to the European Commission which has announced that it has begun legal action against the UK. The Government claims that new equality legislation will settle the dispute.
iFarter begs Apple for rational App Store
First Apple came for the fart apps, and I did not speak out because I was not an insufferable twat.
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700
ReviewThe original BlackBerry Bold 9000 cut quite a dash when it debuted last year, signalling clearly to any doubters that Research in Motion was moving the BlackBerry out of the boardroom and into the pockets and handbags of consumers who had need for its exemplary e-mail service in their day-to-day lives.
EU gifts Ireland €14.8m after Dell Limerick shutdown
The European Parliament has sent €14.8 million to the Mid-West of Ireland following the shutdown of Dell's factory in Limerick.
Google flirts with new-look home page
Google is testing out a new look for its iconic search page, featuring cleaner, bolder graphics and a default side bar.
Windows 7 saves Dixons
Dixons Store Group International credited the launch of Windows 7 with reducing its losses for the first half of the year - ahead of the all-important Christmas sales beano.
NASA to develop haptic air-typing spacesuit gloves
NASA is considering plans to integrate haptic vibro feedback and Halting State style air-writing accelerometer capability into spacesuit gloves.
Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7
The Sugababes may be clumsily plodding along without any original members left in their line-up, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from enlisting Heidi, Amelle and Jade (who they?) to big up Windows 7.
Virgin Media to trial filesharing monitoring system
Virgin Media will trial deep packet inspection technology to measure the level of illegal filesharing on its network, but plans not to tell the customers whose traffic will be examined.
Afghanistan disappears from Planet Apple
iPhone owners with mates in Afghanistan will have a hard time keeping track of them, as the handset doesn't admit the existence of the country in its contacts application.
Sun doubles Open Storage high-end performance
Sun has pimped up its high-end Storage 7000 product with processor, cache and hard drive upgrades.
Sennheiser parades "world's best Bluetooth headset"
Claiming your Bluetooth headset as the “world’s best” is a dangerous statement to make, but one that manufacturer Sennheiser believes its latest cans are worthy of.
Modern Warfare 2 update confirmed
Don’t fret if you are growing tired of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or have already completed all the levels - it has emerged that more content is on the way.
US Military cyber forces on the defensive in network battle
The US 24th Air Force - the first dedicated American military cyber force to go operational - is "not yet a warfighting organisation" and needs to "create an awareness of the battlespace", according to its commander.
iPhone developer hires worm author
An Australian mobile application developer has hired the creator of the first iPhone worm, Ashley Towns, as a software developer.
Computacenter beefs up in Germany
British PC mega reseller Computacenter has hoovered up German outfit becom Informationssysteme GmbH.
Crowdsourced maps take inspiration from Pac-Man
Free mapping service Waze is hoping to fill gaps by providing users with virtual rewards for real work.
Asus unboxes latest Eee Box
Asus has broadened its Eee Box range with the addition of a dual-core Atom-based mini-desktop.
London's stock exchange crashes again
UpdatedThe London Stock Exchange has suffered yet another systems crash, leaving brokers high and dry since 9.30 this morning.
'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin
A boffin at the Bulgarian national Space Research Institute has stated that not only are aliens living among us, but that they object strongly to "immoral behaviour" by humanity - such as causing global warming. "Unnatural" acts such as use of cosmetics and "artificial insemination" are also frowned upon by the extraterrestrial visitors.
Italian prosecutors seek jail time for Google execs
Italian prosecutors are pushing for Google execs to be jailed in a case over an internet video that showed the bullying of a teenager with Down's Syndrome.
TomTom iPhone Car Kit
ReviewYes, the iPhone incarnation of TomTom's GPS navigation system is a bit on the pricey side. But if you're a fan, you're used to paying a pretty penny for flashy tech. And this TomTom actually gets the job done.
Kent Police exceeded powers in too-tall photographer case
Police in Kent have at last acknowledged that arresting people for being too tall might not be a very good idea.
Nokia limits N900 shipments to pre-order customers
Nokia fans hoping to pick up one of its N900 Linux-based smartphone-cum-tablets on the high street may finally be able to do so on 4 December.
Facebook swipes user's vanity URL
AnalysisFacebook's recently introduced vanity URLs may be a handy function for many, but the offer to distinguish users' profiles with names rather than numbers is not unconditional.
Mobile industry excludes self from filesharing regulation
Mobile operators have kicked off the PR war against identifying those sharing files by revealing themselves as the ideal conduit for any kind of online crime.
SpinVox puts spin on layoff rumours
ExclusiveSpinVox insiders say the controversial voice-to-text company has made layoffs at its Marlow office today.
Replace Bulldog gridiron mascot with robot, PETA demands
Animal-rights protesters in Georgia, America have asked a local football* team - the "Georgia Bulldogs" - to replace their recently-deceased bulldog mascot with a robot. The protesters say that far from being tough, bulldogs are actually weakly genetic freaks and shouldn't be allowed to breed.
Police smoke out 300-pound frozen turkey thief
Police in Michigan are hunting an enormous homeless burglar who swiped a family's Thanksgiving turkey.
How to network at a supercomputing show
SC09There was plenty of noise coming out of the networking vendors, who glue supercomputing nodes and their storage to each other at last week's SC09 supercomputing trade show in Portland, Oregon.
IT buyers will keep purses shut till New Year
IT spending will likely return to growth next year, although it will be modest - about four per cent worldwide for the whole year.
Aus gov dredges up cuter panic-button for kids online
Salvation for children who feel threatened, harassed or bullied on the internet may be close at hand, in the shape of a user-friendly dolphin-shaped "panic button".
Apple ramps up share of US retail PC sales takings
Apple accounted for just under half - 48 per cent - of all the money spent on desktop computers in US retailers during October 2009, market watcher NPD has revealed.
Christmas debut for Rock Band Network?
Gamers uninspired by Rock Band’s 1000-strong track catalogue could be strumming along to their personal music collections by Christmas, MTV Games has said.
EU agency runs rule over ID cards for online banking logins
A study by an EU cybersecurity agency into the use of electronic identity cards for online banking has highlighted seven types of vulnerability and 15 possible threats.
McNealy's inflatable 'blimp' pleasure-dome angers neighbours
Sun boss Scott McNealy has installed a giant, blimp-like inflatable dome in his garden, where he entertains companions. Angry neighbours have complained about loud cries and the noise of muffled "slapshots" which "ring out across the valley".
Corel Holdings scoops up cash-strapped Corel Corp
Struggling software vendor Corel Corporation has been bailed out by Corel Holdings, a limited partnership controlled by the company's majority investor Vector Capital.
'World's largest' BitTorrent tracker Mininova kneecapped
Popular BitTorrent site Mininova has been forced to delist virtually all its trackers, after a legal defeat by a Dutch rights holder organisation.
Mozilla dishes up fourth Firefox 3.6 beta alongside deep-fried turkey
Praise be - Mozilla has spun out yet another beta for Firefox 3.6, the next iteration of the outfit's popular browser, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Big Blue murders Cell blade servers
IBM's QSZ2 Cell-based blade server received nary a mention at last week's SC09 supercomputing trade show in Oregon. And for good reason.
Icon design for
Mac SecretsThis month, we broaden the bailiwick of the Mac Secrets column. From now on, I’ll cover not only undocumented Apple APIs and programming techniques, but also other topics of Mac developer interest. This time around, I examine the thorny issue of application icon design.