17th > November > 2010 Archive


Yahoo! preps build-your-own-dynamic-website service

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has indicated that her company is developing a service that will allow third-party websites to dynamically optimize their content using Yahoo!'s recently-revamped back-end infrastructure.
Cade Metz, 17 Nov 2010

NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s

Who says the press is useless? Not Fei Lam, a New York teenager who sells conversion kits that transform iPhone 4s from black to white.
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010

Convey upgrades hybrid core supercomputer

SC10Not all of the talk at the SC10 supercomputing extravaganza in New Orleans is about GPU co-processors. Convey Computer – which burst into the HPC scene two years ago with a hybrid supercomputer that employs x64 processors and field programmable gate array (FPGA) accelerators – is upgrading its HC-1 supercomputer with a new generation of FPGAs.

Zuckerberg admits fallibility over Gmail block

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't sure that Facebook is "100 per cent right" in preventing Google's Gmail and other third-party apps from automatically importing email addresses from the social-networking service. He says that the company is still weighing the possibilities — and that it believes in openness.
Cade Metz, 17 Nov 2010
Synology DS411+ with DSM Beta 3

Synology DiskStation DS411+ Nas box

ReviewFrom the outside, the Synology DiskStation DS411+ appears pretty much identical to the DS410n – a fairly heavy duty home and small business four-bay Nas box, reviewed recently. However, internally, the DS411+ is is quite a different beast, aimed at the small and medium business sector.
Shaun Dormon, 17 Nov 2010

British children gorge on Net diet

British children are spending too much time online and admit it - to researchers, if not to their parents.
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010

DiData stares down the recession

Dimension Data grew revenue by 19.4 per cent in 2010, although this was flattered by moves in its main currencies - especially the South African Rand and the Aussie dollar.
John Oates, 17 Nov 2010

Sony teases with lens-switch camcorder prototype

Sony has told World+Dog that its labs are working on an entry-level pro camcorder with interchangeable lenses.
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2010

Google Voice gets going on iPhone

Google Voice has finally become available for the iPhone after 18 months of bickering and an FCC investigation. It's also offering free calls within America and discounted calls elsewhere.
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2010

Easynet network goes titsup

UpdatedEasynet's core network is down this morning, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without internet access.
Christopher Williams, 17 Nov 2010

iPod accessories incoming

Folks getting an iPod for Xmas have a couple of interesting accessories to look forward to.
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2010

UK weakens supervision of Data Protection Act

OpinionI have concluded that proposals published by the government in relation to “the bonfire of the quangos” (the Public Bodies Bill) and in relation to reform of parliament (the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill) can both serve to weaken the effectiveness of the supervision of the Data Protection Act.
Amberhawk Training, 17 Nov 2010

Indies walk out on eMusic

Heavyweight independent labels including Beggars Group, Domino and Merge are pulling their catalogues from eMusic at short notice, in a major blow to the download service.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2010

Panasonic pitches monster 3D plasma TV at monster price

103in plasma 3D TV, anyone? Yours if you have £75,000 ($120,000) and a Japanese bank account handy, says Panasonic, which introduced the monster set this morning in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2010

Blogger faces terror charges for 'naming MPs'

A West Midlands blogger has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly using a blog to list members of parliament who voted in favour of the Iraq war.
John Oates, 17 Nov 2010

Facebook bug sin-bins female users

Facebook users found themselves challenged to prove their identity on Tuesday as the social network's system for detecting fake accounts went awry.
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2010

DVD, BD retailers warn punters off non-DVD, BD Xmas gifts

Do not buy your loved one a digital photo frame or a digital radio if you want Christmas Day to go off smoothly.
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2010

Speak geek: The world of made-up language

The world of invented language is a difficult place to succeed and those who have the patience to create their own tend to have a hard time gathering followers.
Caleb Cox, 17 Nov 2010

Linux servers for Windows folk: go on, give it a bash

Despite all the hullabaloo about Ubuntu and other desktop offerings, for most organisations, the main use of Linux is on servers.
Liam Proven, 17 Nov 2010
Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

ReviewThe buzz surrounding Apple’s iPad has prompted a rush of me-too tablets hoping to combine its up-to-the-minute spec, with practicality and usability. Unlike the iPad, Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy Tab also has the advantage of being a phone, and a 3G Android smartphone at that, with huge potential for add-on functionality. It’s also got 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.2Mp camera.
Dave Oliver, 17 Nov 2010

Hackers hop onto royal engagement search results

Knaves, scoundrels and traitors to the crown took only minutes to leap onto yesterday's news of the royal engagement in a bid to expose sentimentally patriotic surfers to malware.
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2010

A Linux server OS that's had 11 years to improve

Review:SME Server is pretty much the original ready-rolled server distribution. Although it has changed hands – and names – a few times, it's been around since 1999, when it was known as e-Smith, a name you'll still see in a few places.
Liam Proven, 17 Nov 2010

Isis joins battle for control of your wallet

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have teamed up to create Isis - a pay-by-NFC architecture that places the network operators at its centre, though it may already be too late.
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2010

Virgin opens kimono, flashes box

There are no more details to add to what Virgin Media announced earlier this month, but the cableco this week posted a tease snap of its upcoming 1TB Tivo-designed DVR.
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2010

Ballmer, Gates won't slice up Microsoft

Microsoft held its annual shareholders' meeting in Redmond yesterday, where the company’s boss Steve Ballmer once again rejected the idea – first touted by Goldman Sachs – to split the software vendor up.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2010

i365 needles VAR channel

Giving the VAR channel a "poke with a hot needle" is i365's idea of an attractive offer giving small and medium enterprise resellers a way into the cloud backup service business.
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2010

What will Google do with NFC?

Yesterday Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, demonstrated an Android handset with integrated NFC. And while conventional wisdom says that's not enough to kick-start proximity payments, Google has never followed convention before.
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2010

UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

ISPs will be allowed to charge content providers to prioritise their traffic, the government indicated today.
Christopher Williams, 17 Nov 2010
DVD it in many colours

Royal Wedding: Prince Charles is a ZX81, Wills is an iPad

Back in 1981, two major events occurred in the UK. An awkward, troublesome, difficult-to-get-on-with contender captured the heart of an inexperienced young virgin: and in the same year, Prince Charles married Lady Di in the last major royal wedding to hit the UK.

Chinese ISP hijacked US military, gov web traffic

Eight months after traffic to as much as 15 percent of the world's internet destinations was mysteriously diverted through China, investigators for a US Congressional committee remain wary of the Asian superpower, even as they're quick to say they have no evidence it's the work of the Chinese government.
Dan Goodin, 17 Nov 2010

Google chucks personal ratings to the Hotpot

Google has launched Hotpot, a surprisingly Yelp-like service for collecting ratings of places, which will then use those ratings to personalise your search results.
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2010

Adobe update tackles PDF peril

Adobe released an unscheduled update to Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday that addresses a variety of security bugs in its PDF software, including an unpatched flaw that has become the subject of hacking attacks over recent weeks.
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2010

Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?

Well, you lovely people, it's time to wrap the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project following our astounding Vulture 1 triumph.
Lester Haines, 17 Nov 2010

HMV offers 80-quid colour e-book reader

HMV has followed John Lewis to pitch what is essentially a 5in media tablet as a colour e-book reader.
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2010

Police-baiting website Fitwatch returns

The British website briefly removed from the sight of some web surfers by the Met Police's e-crime unit is back in full effect.
John Oates, 17 Nov 2010
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Microsoft spooks software customers about dangerous pirates

One in four people surveyed by Microsoft think that pirated versions of software are as “safe” to use as the legit copy.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2010

Adaptive Computing speaks better GPU with Moab 6

SC10Supercomputer clusters are getting larger every year, and now they are getting math help from adjunct devices such as GPU co-processors.
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PopDrive and Bantam have a pop at RDX

Two upstarts - Idealstore's Bantam and DHK's PopDrive - want to challenge ProStor, the king of removable hard drive storage with its RDX technology.
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2010

Apple adds ex-Northrop exec to board

Apple announced on Wednesday that a new director has been added to its governing board: Ronald Sugar, recently retired chairman and CEO of defense contractor Northrop Grumman and former CFO of TRW.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Nov 2010

Oracle Java submission hastens Apache showdown

Oracle is not altering course on its Java roadmap, hastening a final showdown with open sourcers at Apache.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2010

Microsoft has a BLAST with Azure clouds

SC10Microsoft is a wannabe in the supercomputing arena, but the software giant is making steady progress among quants and life sciences techies with its Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and now its Azure cloud services.

FBI top-brass ask Google, Facebook to expand wiretaps

Top officials from the FBI traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to persuade Facebook and Google executives to support a proposal that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the companies' users.
Dan Goodin, 17 Nov 2010

Na'vi on your sat-navatar

Na'vi – the constructed language, or conlang, of those big blue dudes with the tails in Avatar – has tipped up on Garmin satnavs, or sat-Na'vis, as we must now call them.
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010

Will Facebook target ads across the interwebs?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is downplaying the possibility of the social networking giant rolling out a web-wide advertising network that targets ads based on your behavior and the behavior of your Facebook friends.
Cade Metz, 17 Nov 2010

Oracle sues partner after multiple break-ins

Oracle has sued a remanufacturing partner for contract violations and losses after a warehouse operated by that unfortunate company was robbed of Oracle equipment not once, not twice, but three times.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Nov 2010

US may disable all in-car mobile phones

The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Nov 2010

Oracle ships Solaris 11 Express

If you can't wait to get your hands on Solaris 11 when Oracle makes it available next year — like Oracle itself can't wait in its Exadata and Exalogic clustered systems — then you'll be happy to know that Oracle has started shipping Solaris 11 Express.

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