30th > September > 2010 Archive
Everyone but Oracle demands Java independence
ExclusiveLast week, at its mega OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle laid out its roadmap for the future of Java. But there's a catch: Oracle's plan stands little chance of succeeding.
Wireless USB rides again
The Wireless USB 1.1 specification – just released by the USB Implementers Forum – promises near-field communication (NFC) and battery-life improvements.
2 out of 3 Android apps use private data 'suspiciously'
Google's Android operating system doesn't provide controls to adequately protect users' sensitive data, according to a study that found two-thirds of applications monitored used phone numbers, geolocation, and other information “suspiciously.”
Amazon one-upped in RIM tablet ebook duel
Although online bookstores Amazon and Kobo both announced support for the BlackBerry PlayBook when it was unveiled on Monday, Kobo one-upped its competitor on Wednesday when it said that its ereader app will come preloaded on RIM's challenger to the Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, et al.
Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans
Best of LinuxWhen it comes to video editing platforms, Windows and Mac own the field. They run the software from Adobe, Apple, and Avid that's preferred by professionals, and most –including all Windows machines – come with free, basic editing software for everybody else.
Pay rises up thanks to recovery and inflation
Pay rises in the private sector are on the increase again as firms start to feel the benefit of economic recovery.
Apple TV stripdown reveals mystery solder pads
PhotosApple's new second-generation Apple TV is easy to take apart, easy to repair, and its guts may be poised for significant upgrades – or even double duty.
Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook
ReviewIf you’re after a well-crafted machine, adorned with a range of features from a media controlling touch panel to the old favourites eSATA and ExpressCard/54, then Acer’s Aspire 5940G could well fit the bill. There’s even a fingerprint reader, a 4-pin FireWire 400 port and a whopping sub-woofer.
Jaguar celebrates 75th year with e-supercar concept
Jaguar has takan the wraps off a range-extended two-seater e-supercar capable of a top speed of 205mph and a 0-60mph sprint of 3.4s.
Stereo 3D best on mobiles, says chipmaker
Expect a raft of handheld devices with glasses-free 3D screens to debut in the new year alongside the Nintendo 3DS, Irish chip maker Movidius has forecast.
Nokia: N8 shipping
That Nokia feels the need to tell World+Dog that it has begun shipping its N8 smartphone speaks volumes.
FalconStor loses its head
Storage software company FalconStor has lost ReiJane Huai, its co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, due to alleged improper payments. It looks as if he has been ousted.
OCZ plays bottleneck card with new SSD interface
Flash storage maker OCZ wants us to use its proprietary High Speed Data Link (HSDL) instead of standard SATA and SAS interfaces for solid state drives (SSDs).
Whitman accused of hypocrisy over servants
The most expensive election in history hit another snag this week with news that would-be California governor, and ex-eBay boss, Meg Whitman employed a Mexican woman without permission to work in the US as her maid for nine years.
Kia POPs out see-through OLED dash readout
Kia's POP may be an all-electric, but it's yet another blobby concept car of the kind that will never appear on the nation's roads, and as such we considered ignoring its Paris Motor Show appearance.
Police charge 11 over Zeus cybercrime scam
UK police investigating a suspected Zeus Trojan e-banking fraud ring have charged 11 people with a variety of fraud and money laundering offences.
Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration
Samsung may only recently dismissed Windows Phone 7 as a minority interest smartphone OS, but that hasn't stopped it today announcing its "long-term commitment" to the platform.
HP says P9500 is bullet-proof
CommentSimon Brassington, strategist at HP StorageWorks UK & Ireland, took issue with our reporting of HP's new P9500 array. This is based on Hitachi's VSP, technology, and using solid state drives and 2.5-inch but not 3.5-inch disk drives.
Downloads are not performances, rules US court
A music download is not a performance of a work and therefore does not demand an additional licence and fee, a US court has ruled. A stream of a file is a performance, though, the court said.
Microsoft fits SQL Server 2008 with roomy second service pack
Microsoft released a second service pack for its ageing SQL Server 2008 product yesterday.
PayPal plugs mobile site phishing risk
PayPal has fixed a cross-site scripting problem on its mobile payments site that, left unaddressed, had the potential for misuse in phishing attacks.
Trek fans served Enterprise-grade pastry slicer
Captains log. Stardate 100929.5. Gadget specialist ThinkGeek has announced the Star Trek Pizza Cutter.
Virgin Media introduces P2P throttling
Virgin Media will for the first time target peer-to-peer traffic for throttling on its cable network, joining most DSL broadband providers.
Amazon plots Android store
Leaked documents purport to detail the terms and conditions for Amazon's rumoured Android app store, and it seems the former bookseller is taking mobile applications very seriously indeed.
UK.gov refines pub sector software code, database re-use licence
UK public sector workers have been handed a new Open Government licence this morning from The National Archives office that allows easier re-use of some gov data.
T-Platforms: Russian Big Iron
GTC Video BlogOne of the most interesting hardware designs at the 2010 GPU Tech Conference came out of Russia – Moscow, to be specific. T-Platforms has engineered the traditional blade and associated heat dissipation hardware in a way that allows far more gear to be placed in a standard rack.
HABITABLE ALIEN WORLD discovered 20 light-years away!
Stargazing boffins say they have discovered evidence of a potentially habitable world orbiting a star just 20 light-years from Earth. They add that the circumstances of the discovery suggest that the galaxy may be "teeming with potentially habitable planets".
HP eager to replace brittle IT
AnalysisThe top brass at Hewlett-Packard – which became the largest IT company in the world two years ago and will likely stay there because IBM no longer cares for the title – want a bigger piece of the ever-changing IT pie. And they think they have a plan to not only do that, but also to grow the pie over the next several years.
Facebook security team zeroes in on Koobface hackers
A Facebook security boss says police are closing in on the authors of the infamous Koobface worm.
EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials
The European Commission is suing the UK government over authorities' failure to take any action in response to BT's secret trials of Phorm's behavioural advertising technology.
Video vigilante site emerges from legal battles
Internet Eyes, a controversial service that invites web users to provide low-cost monitoring of CCTV cameras in exchange for prizes, will finally launch next week.
Seagate stuffs 3TB drives in NAS box
Seagate has added its 3TB drive to the 2- and 4-slot BlackArmor NAS boxes, taking capacity up to 12TB.
Samsung E60 e-book reader
ReviewI once took possession of an Apple Newton MessagePad. I still have it, and occasionally waste a pack of four AAs for old times' sake to remind myself what handheld computing was like back in the mid-1990s. I get the same sense of nostalgia using Samsung's e-book reader, the E60.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick
Tobe Hooper's 1974 gorefest The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been voted the top horror film ever by a veritable bloodbath of luminaries of the genre including John Carpenter, George Romero and Robert Englund.
BT promises biggest ever rural broadband project
BT, with a large slice of help from the European Union, is promising the largest ever superfast broadband programme for Cornwall.
Next fashions budget 10in Android tablet
UK clothing retailer Next has quietly begun offering a 10in Android 2.1 tablet.
Skype and Facebook sitting in a tree?
All Things Digital reports that Facebook and Skype are on the verge of announcing an integration of their services, allowing Facebook users to talk to each other.
High-flying! Yahoo! trio! look! for! purple! door! marked! exit!
Yahoo!’s US operations boss Hilary Schneider has reportedly quit the Carol Bartz-run internet firm.
US demands right to snoop the world
No sooner does the world agree to one request from US law enforcers for the right to snoop on its citizens than they are back with yet more demands. This week, however, the US may finally have pushed too far: the EU is not happy – and it is pushing back.
Tablets in, netbooks out, forecasts analyst
Apple will have shipped 4.2m iPads during Q3, rising to 5m in Q4, market watcher DisplaySearch has forecast.
QNX to power BlackBerry handsets too
RIM has plans for QNX to replace its existing handset operating system, though there will be one more version before the company adopts a single-OS strategy.
BIS will name'n'shame Scrooge bosses
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is to name and shame businesses which fail to pay the minimum wage.
TomTom pledges to tackle traffic
TomTom wants to ease UK traffic congestion, but it didn't go so far as to hand out free satnavs to make it happen.
Microsoft assembles unlikely band of brothers against patent trolls
Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Dell, Intel, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard have all come out in support of Microsoft’s efforts to upend a patent infringement verdict that ordered the software giant to pay $290m in damages.
US military Cyber Command won't go operational as planned
The US military's central Cyber Command will not become operational as had been planned tomorrow, according to Pentagon spokesmen. Issues responsible for the delay include difficulties finding suitably qualified staff among America's uniformed legions, and also the fact that it isn't even clear what "operational" means for a cyberforce.
The Navitaire cock-up, filleted
The Register has found out more about the Navitaire data centre responsible for the 21-hour Virgin Blue outage on Sunday and the second outage on Tuesday. It makes the prolonged first outage even more puzzling.
Smartphone buyers want Apple, Android
The iPhone's appeal may be settling down - at least in the US - and it's almost entirely due to the rise of Android, according to a survey conducted by market watcher ChangeWave.
Buy your own Batmobile
The original 1960s Batmobile was the dream car for a generation of superhero fans. Now for $150,000, American company Fiberglass Freaks will build you one.
Google revives dead Nexus One store as Android 'gallery'
Google has reanimated its dead Nexus One webstore as a place where you can comparison-shop for partner Android phones.
Open-source Sugar rips open partner pack
SugarCRM is taking on Salesforce.com with a version of its service and software package that can be customized by partners.
Feds accuse 37 of being Zeus 'money mules'
Federal prosecutors in New York City have charged 37 low-level crime-gang members with participating in a scheme that defrauded banks out of more than $3m using the Zeus Trojan.
Verizon courts Star Wars set with Droid R2-D2
Beginning Thursday, stateside Star Wars fanbois with $249 to spare can arm themselves with "the highly anticipated limited edition Droid R2-D2 by Motorola," with service from wireless carrier Verizon.
Google menaces penguins with Street View Antarctica
Google has trained its all-seeing Street View eye on the penguins of Antarctica.
HP names SAP vet as chief exec
HP's board has elected ex-SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as their company's new CEO and president, and provided him with a seat on the board.
Google open sources JPEG assassin
Google has open sourced a new "lossy" image format known as WebP — pronounced "weppy" — claiming it can cut the size of current web images by almost 40 per cent.