24th > August > 2011 Archive


Argentina: home of Bavarian lager

Beer has been around for millennia, but lager is more recent, invented in Germany about 600 years ago. Its secret is a particular yeast, and now American scientists believe they’ve identified an ancestor of that yeast – in Argentina.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Aug 2011

Data for 43,000 at Yale winds up in Google search results

Yale University has warned 43,000 people that their names and Social Security numbers were publicly accessible for 10 months to anyone with an internet connection.
Dan Goodin, 24 Aug 2011

Kremlin green lights Siberia-Alaska tunnel

In a couple of decades, you may be able to board a train at London's St Pancras Station, chug through the Chunnel traveling east, and – eventually – end up at New York City's Grand Central Station, having never disembarked.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Aug 2011
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NetApp throws in free Flash Cache

NetApp is providing 512GB – not 512MB – of free Flash Cache on the FAS6240 and 6280 arrays and the V6240 and 6280 controllers.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2011

99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law

Most public sector organisations do not ask internet users' consent to cookie tracking, a survey has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Aug 2011
VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

ReviewStyle, practicality, economy and sporting performance - not necessarily aspects of the car makers’ art you would expect to find all combined in a single model. But that’s what you'll get with the arrival of a new generation of rather desirable but also extremely frugal diesel coupés from the likes of Renault and Volkswagen.
Alun Taylor, 24 Aug 2011
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Misco reaps harvest of rage in Twitter Touchpad debacle

Misco has earned the wrath of the Twitterati after it screwed up an HP Touchpad offer.
John Oates, 24 Aug 2011
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TMS buckles up first MLC flash product

News from the flash front: TMS has a more affordable small flash SAN product that's higher capacity than the RamSan 710 speed rocket.
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2011
LG LSM-100 mouse scanner photo

LG to demo mouse with diddy doc scanner

Remember those handheld documents scanners that became all the rage in the late 1980s? LG is bringing them back, kind of, by building scanner tech into… a mouse.
Hard Reg, 24 Aug 2011
Sony Alpha Nex 7 compact system camera

Sony shows next Nex system cameras

Sony has unwrapped this year's additions to its Nex line of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses: the 5N and the 7.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2011

UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

AnalysisBritain could have invented the iPod – if it wasn't for a copyright law that everyone ignores. So says the UK government in a remarkable economic justification of the so-called "Google Review", the Review of IP and Growth led by Ian Hargreaves. The document was written for the government by civil servants at the IPO, part of the business department BIS.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2011
Logitech Flod-up Keyboard for iPad 2

Logitech unwraps fold-away keyboard for iPad

Logitech has introduced yet another keyboard for the iPad 2. In addition to its clip-on keyboard and its basic Bluetooth deck comes the Fold-up Keyboard into which the Qwerty layout splits then slides into a stand.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2011

Amphibious Nazi raccoons menace Sweden

Sweden is bracing for an amphibious assault by a considerable force of raccoon dogs and raccoons, poised to cross the Öresund strait which separates the country from neighbouring Denmark.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2011

Secret list of celebrity .xxx domains removed from market

Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domain.
Kevin Murphy, 24 Aug 2011
DVD it in many colours

AlertMe network power-meter kit: Suitable for techies?

ReviewSimply measuring and monitoring energy usage helps people conserve, and helps avoid unexpected high bills while 'leccy prices are rising as quickly as they are now. Consumption monitors save cash and the planet, which is why UK.gov is keen on getting smart meters in every home, although these are probably rather less polished than AlertMe's kit.
Damon Hart-Davis, 24 Aug 2011

US and Russia to give uranium to ANYONE

So the US is making more nuclear fuel. And they're willing to offer that fuel, alongside the Russians, to countries who cannot get nuclear fuel for political reasons. Recklessness carried to extremes, surely?
Tim Worstall, 24 Aug 2011
Red telephone boxes near royal opera house

Britain's iconic red phonebox turns 75

The most recognisable form of Britain's much-loved red telephone kiosk celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Caleb Cox, 24 Aug 2011

Agency sends contractors' day rates to 800 RBS staff

Recruitment agency Hays has committed a massive blunder at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
John Oates, 24 Aug 2011

BBC crowdsourced mobile map: A bit quirky, but useful

The Beeb has released its long-expected crowdsourced map of UK mobile coverage.
Bill Ray, 24 Aug 2011

Performance monitoring is Someone Else's Problem

Douglas Adams obviously knew what makes an IT shop tick. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, he identified the Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP) field, which renders some things not so much invisible as unnoticeable. For a while, the imminent collapse of the Greek economy was an SEP, until it became too big to ignore.
Danny Bradbury, 24 Aug 2011

Facebook ditches Places - but embiggens location tracking

Facebook is abandoning its Places feature after just one year since it launched the function – at the same time, location settings within the social network are being ramped up.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2011

Samsung gets alphabetical with its smartphones

Samsung has followed in Nokia's recent footsteps by launching fresh devices alongside a new labelling strategy which aims to organise its products into a more logical system.
Caleb Cox, 24 Aug 2011

Nokia accidentally unveils OS it should have had in 2009

Nokia is expected to unveil the a major refresh of its Symbian OS today, bringing it bang up to date with competitive phones from two years ago. Owners of more recent Symbian^3 models should be able to update their handsets eventually.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2011

VMware turns shrink ray on open source dev cloud

VMware has created a really tiny version of its open source developer cloud.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2011

Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off

Scientists perusing data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have spotted some really cool stars – brown dwarfs with an atmospheric temperature as low as an agreeable 25°C.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2011
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Chinese buying more PCs than Americans

China bought more PCs than the US in the second quarter this year, making it the largest computer market in the world for the first time, according to market research firm IDC.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Aug 2011

NFC phone-tap app makes money!

Touchanote is getting $50,000 of Evernote's VC cash as the winner of the company's developer competition, turning Touchanote into the most profitable NFC app ever.
Bill Ray, 24 Aug 2011

Open source cloud-builder respawn: Eucalyptus 3.0 looms

Marten Mickos and Eucalyptus have pumped new life into their build-your-own–cloud platform, revamping its approach to open source while adding new code designed to protect users from catastrophic failures.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2011

Just how will Apple restrict device-ID snooping in iOS 5?

Apple is planning to phase out unique device identifiers from iOS 5, according to documentation sent out to developers, possibly to stop people worrying about their privacy on iPhones and iPads.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Aug 2011

comScore sued over 'sinister' data collection methods

Data collection outfit comScore has rejected a lawsuit that alleges the company violates US privacy laws, by saying the claims are "without merit and full of factual inaccuracies".
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2011

How to stay out of big trouble from little devices

Here's the tricky thing about mobile security: the perfect storm of smartphone threats is always just over the horizon. Every couple of years, the vendors are up in arms about it and predict handheld apocalypse.
Danny Bradbury, 24 Aug 2011

Amazon man to shoot his pocket rocket this afternoon

Blue Origin, the private space-rocket firm founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, is to conduct a rocket test this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August).
Lewis Page, 24 Aug 2011

ASA bitchslaps Motorola on 'most powerful' Atrix boast

The UK's Advertising Standards Agency has upheld complaints about the TV ad for Motorola's Atrix, which stated that the gadget was "the world's most powerful smartphone".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Aug 2011
Motorola Fire

Motorola pitches Qwerty smartphone at FaceTweeters

Here's the Motorola Fire, the "budget-friendly" Android 2.3 smartphone the company will be bringing to Blighty in the coming months.
Hard Reg, 24 Aug 2011
appToyz appWheel iPhone gaming accessory

appToyz appWheel

iGamer“For fuck's sake, Mum. I asked for the appBlaster; not the fucking appWheel. You've totally fucked Christmas. No wonder dad's shacked up with that 26-year-old stunner. I fucking hate you!”
Andrew Bailey, 24 Aug 2011

Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia

UpdatedThe Russians have lost an unmanned Progress supply vessel which blasted off at 13:00 GMT today from Baikonur Cosmodrome en route to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2011
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Misery at Acer: 'Breaking even this year is impossible'

Acer has announced its first-ever quarterly loss as a veritable vortex of inventory backlogs, internal reshuffling, sluggish PC demand and runaway iPad popularity chewed through its profits.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Aug 2011

Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million

Google has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a US Department of Justice investigation into allegations that it allowed Canadian pharmacies to advertise on its US search engine, facilitating the illegal importation of controlled and non-controlled substances into the country.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2011

Dish eyes 4G LTE wireless network

Dish Networks is following LightSquared's lead in applying to the FCC to be relieved of its obligation to use satellite frequencies for satellite communications.
Bill Ray, 24 Aug 2011

Nervous Samsung seeks Android Plan F. Or G, H ....

Samsung has changed its mind and may join an Korean consortium producing an open alternative to Android. The strategy shift has been prompted by Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility – and reflects the vertical integration structure whereby Google both licenses Android and competes with its licensees in handsets. This is according to Korea's Deputy Minister of the Knowledge Economy, Kim Jae-hong, cited here.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2011

'Devastating' Apache bug leaves servers exposed

Maintainers of the Apache webserver are racing to patch a severe weakness that allows an attacker to use a single PC to completely crash a system and was first diagnosed 54 months ago.
Dan Goodin, 24 Aug 2011

Apple wins (another) Samsung Android injunction in EU

A Dutch court has warmed the hearts of Apple's patent Nazis, issuing a preliminary injunction against the sale of three Samsung Android phones: the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II, and the Ace.
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2011

Tech23 unearths tech innovators downunder

Australia’s leading start-up showcase Tech23 has recognized five early-stage Australian technology companies to share in a pool of $150,000 in cash prizes.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 Aug 2011

Vandal posts official's nude pic to protest cell shutdown

Online vandals protesting the recent shutdown of cellphone service at San Francisco subway stations posted a nude photo of the transit agency spokesman who took responsibility for the highly controversial move.
Dan Goodin, 24 Aug 2011

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs resigned as Apple's CEO and was replaced by Tim Cook, formerly COO of the iconic company Jobs cofounded 35 years ago.
Dan Goodin, 24 Aug 2011

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