12th > September > 2011 Archive
More job losses on the way as Tata picks up Telstra back office
In a multi-year, $US50 million deal, Indian giant Tata Consultancy Services is to expand its footprint in Telstra’s back office processing.
Righthaven may have to file for bankruptcy
Righthaven’s woes continue to mount: after last week denying that its business model was in trouble, the litigation outsourcing outfit has asked a judge to stay an order granting legal fees to one of its targets.
Google Native Client: The web of the future - or the past?
Chad Austin believes in Google's Native Client because he believes in the web.
Coraid delivers flash-in-an-Ethernet-box
You can now use Coraid's simpler-than-iSCSI Ethernet protocol with a networked flash storage array.
Printable mini-display tech draws power from NFC devices
Cambridge-based PragmatIC has produced an NFC-enabled label with a built-in screen picking up power from the device reading the tag, surely worth £600,000 of anyone's money.
BT channel overlord ponders still-bigger empire
The CEO of BT's newly integrated reseller firm is aiming to build a £1bn operation in the next three to five years, but said he does not expect organic growth alone to help it get there – acquisitions may be on the cards.
Rubbing an iPhone on your face won't cure acne - FTC
The Federal Trade Commission has fined two developers who claimed their mobile apps could cure acne with flashing colour, but there's still plenty of snake-oil on sale.
HP to refund full-price Touchpad and Pre3 buyers
HP is coughing up cash for cheesed-off customers that bought its Touchpad or Pre3 at the full price before they were heavily discounted en route to the gadget graveyard.
BT trying for fibre 'monopoly', claims TalkTalk chief
TalkTalk's commercial boss David Goldie has claimed that BT is trying to regain "the monopoly position that it lost many years ago" courtesy of its provision of fibre optic broadband.
Dole-office civil servants allowed Twitter but no Facebook
Twitter is fine for civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions but Facebook is strictly banned, the Minister for Employment Chris Grayling ruled in a response to a written question by Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson.
Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600
Geek Treat of the WeekOK, so if you're having trouble balancing your notebook on your knees, sitting the machine on a large book or a serving tray is free, but Logitech's Touch Lapdesk N600 is rather better.
Microsoft inadvertently offers early peep at September patches
Microsoft inadvertently published details of the patches it plans to publish on Tuesday following a slip-up by its security gnomes last week.
Netflix: Not interested in cloud 'heavy lifting'
If you're thinking that you might be able to sell Netflix an alternative cloud to Amazon Web Services, or better still, convince the online TV show and movie distributor to go back to building its own infrastructure using an open source cloud stack such as OpenStack in the hopes of saving money, just forget it.
LOHAN eyes hardcore partner's impressive girth
The dust has settled on our recent trip to International Rocket Week (IRW) and the dramatic launch of the Negligible Altitude Obstreperous Model Initiative (NAOMI) rocket, so it's time to reveal just what the assembled experts thought would be the best power plant for the Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Guardian pratfall swaps homepage for US insurance firm
The Guardian accidentally directed readers of its site to an American life insurance website this morning for about an hour - a mistake first spotted at about 10am.
Two Larrys to go head-to-head in Google-Oracle case
It's on: Ellison versus Page. The top executives of Oracle and Google have been ordered to get in a room together and try to resolve their multi-billion-dollar Java patent clash like grown-ups, face to face.
Man City boss quits over cancer email
Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has resigned over allegations he sent an offensive email that made light of a cancer sufferer's plight.
Laptop batteries made of jelly invented
Jelly could be the answer to the problem of cheaper batteries for electronics, according to some boffins over at Leeds University.
Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'
A security breach has left several sites including the Irish Catholic defaced.
Four terabytes (but five platters)
Hard drive vendors are having a tough time in getting 4-platter, 4TB drives to market.
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Windows 7 tablet
ReviewFujitsu is pitching its latest Windows 7 tablet directly at the enterprise and business markets. That’s a wise move because Windows in its current form is never going to hold a candle to iOS and Android Honeycomb in terms of consumer usability. It also means Fujitsu can load the Q550 down with tricks and treats and not worry too much about the impact on the price.
Crooks rent out TDSS/TDL-4 botnet to the clueless
Cybercrooks have set up a web store that offers rented access to compromised machines on the TDSS/TDL-4 botnet.
Glow-in-the-dark kittens to help produce cure for AIDS
Glow-in-the-dark kittens are science's latest weapon in the war against HIV. The cats, bred at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, are resistant to feline AIDS, glow unearthly green under UV light and are an important step towards disrupting the mechanism by which HIV destroys the human immune system.
Unlikely contender tops rankings in Nokia ringtone quest
Many of those entering the competition to create Nokia's next ringtone have pulled out all the stops, but the current front-runner has limited himself to the one marked Vox Humana.
Leader of Cisco counterfeit ring jailed for 60 months
The US ringleader of a China-based counterfeit ring that flogged fake Cisco kit stateside has been sent down for 60 months, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed.
HP to bring 6,000 more TouchPads to UK - for staff only
HP is shipping a final batch of 6,000 HP Touchpads to the UK but only employees will be able to nab them, The Register can confirm.
'Amazon Tax' California decision pushed back a year
Amazon's bosses have their fingers crossed in hope that the US government will come round to their way of thinking on sales tax for online retailers after winning a year's reprieve from legislators in California.
Sparc T4 chips: Oracle makes stealthy spec change
Oracle is putting its money where its mouth is on the single-threaded performance of the future Sparc T4 processors. Or more precisely, it is putting Sparc customers' money where its mouth is.
HP shelves plans to offshore DWP support roles
HP has abandoned plans to offshore the jobs of IT support staff working on the Adams 2 contract for the Department of Work and Pensions.
Team HP: Cloud Police
When HP announced it was exploring options for its PC business, the company said it'd move into the more profitable arena of enterprise solutions. From a speech given at HP's yearly Security conference yesterday, the titan is eyeing up cloud security as a big growth area.
Linux.com pwned in fresh round of cyber break-ins
Just a month after kernel.org - the nerve centre of Linux kernel development - fell victim to a malware attack, the Penguinista community is reeling from another bout of security breaches.
LightSquared offers low-power olive branch to GPS
LightSquared, the firm which so upset GPS users with their 4G-at-satellite-frequencies plan, has offered to reduce the interference by dialling back the transmission power and clear an exclusive band for precision GPS.
Tech Data gobbles Man And Machine distie biz
Broadline IT distie Tech Data (TD) is acquiring Man and Machine's (M2M) wholesaling business for an undisclosed sum to bolster its Autodesk operation.
PostgreSQL revs to 9.1, aims for enterprise
The drumbeat of improvements keep coming from the PostgreSQL community that hopes to make that database an enterprise-class alternative to the MySQL and 11g databases controlled by Oracle, the three DB2 databases sold by IBM, and the SQL Server database from Microsoft.
French officials: 'Don't worry about fatal nuclear explosion'
After one person was killed and four injured in an explosion at a French nuclear waste-processing plant, the French government rushed to reassure a citizenry increasingly edgy about nuclear safety.
GlobalSign says 'isolated' webserver was hacked
Web authentication authority GlobalSign, which voluntarily suspended operations last week while it investigated claims its security was breached, said it has uncovered evidence that one of its servers has been compromised.
HTC mulls mobile OS buy – but won’t be rushed
HTC is actively looking at buying its own mobile operating system, such as HP’s WebOS, but isn’t in any hurry.
MongoDB 2.0 debuts with shrunken indexes
The MongoDB community and its 10gen overseers have released version 2.0 of the distributed "NoSQL" database, saying the new incarnation improves concurrency while reducing the size and boosting the speed of indexes.
Apple's new Lion beta bakes in iCloud
Apple's iCloud has floated a bit closer with the release of a new beta of Mac OS X Lion version 10.7.2 that integrates the cloudy services package into the OS itself.
Broadcom breaks piggy bank for $3.7bn NetLogic buy
It's crunch time in the networking and communications chip biz, with Broadcom whipping out $3.7bn to acquire chip maker NetLogic Microsystems to fill a hole in its line.
Optus and NICTA look for Android apps
Optus has partnered with innovation hub NICTA in an open call for undergraduate mobile app developers.
Gravity wave detector gets more sensitive
One characteristic of quantum physics is being used to defeat another, with the aim of making more sensitive gravity wave detectors, in an international project with contributions from the University of Western Australia, the Australian National University, and the GEO600 Gravitational Wave Observatory in Germany.
LibreOffice uncloaks online extension cache beta
LibreOffice has opened a new online storage facility to house extensions and templates for its open source productivity-software suite, as well as for OpenOffice software and compatible applications.