30th > November > 2011 Archive
Microsoft prepping Office for iPad?
Microsoft is said to be preparing a version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's überpopular fondleslab, the "magical and revolutionary" iPad.
Ubuntu team questions Distrowatch share slide figures
Ubuntu developer Michael Hall has questioned the latest data from Distrowatch, which suggests that it is slipping in popularity when compared to rivals such as Linux Mint.
Google, VMware, Cisco stuff Puppet with $8.5m
Puppet Labs, the upstart system administration toolmaker founded in 2005 by CEO Luke Kanies "out of fear and desperation" has some influential friends in high places – and with deep pockets. To be specific, Google, VMware, and Cisco Systems have just signed up to kick in a portion of the $8.5m in Series C financing that Puppet Labs has bagged.
Yelp lands in Aus with some help from Telstra
Yelp has officially opened shop in Australia www.yelp.com.au, with a little help from Telstra, as part of its progressive international expansion plans.
Samsung gets a win in Oz patent battle
Friday deadline for CupertinoSamsung has been handed a rare win in its patent battle with Apple, with Australia's Federal Court deciding to overturn the injunction that prevents it from selling its Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia.
Developers get new IE10 for Windows 8 preview
Microsoft has released a new developer preview of the tenth version of Internet Explorer, which is designed to run on only on Windows 8.
BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps
An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.
The BBC Micro turns 30
ArchaeologicThe BBC Micro – the machine which, along with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s – was launched 30 years ago tomorrow.
We need IT to stop NHS flushing away cash - ex-Health Sec
When the Audit Commission published its review of England's NHS this summer and warned of growing financial pressures, trusts already knew that achieving savings equivalent to about 5 per cent of their budgets each year until 2015 meant doing things differently and more efficiently.
UK space radar satellite project gets funding kickstart
A portion of the promised science budget in yesterday's Autumn Statement will go on a new British-built satellite constellation, the Minister for Universities and Science said.
ESA tests greenhouse gas-measuring lasers
Residents of the Canaries could be forgiven for thinking they were under attack from an alien race over the last two weeks, as the islands played host to a European Space Agency test of a laser tracking system for greenhouse gases.
Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks
Anonymous and other hacktivists have joined together to launch an attack on banks in response to recent crackdowns against the Occupy protest movement.
Orange contract price hike angers subscribers
Orange has announced a price hike on UK pay monthly contracts, with fees rising by 4.34 per cent. Customers are not impressed.
Red Hat's sales architect exits on Linux high
Open... and ShutWhile his name won't be familiar to most, Alex Pinchev has been one of the primary architects of Red Hat's stunning, consistent growth over the past decade as its head of global sales.
iGamerWith its heavy arsenal and cover-to-cover, pop-and-shoot gunplay, Epoch looks every inch the Gears of War clone. But look a little closer and you'll discover Uppercut Games' shooter has a great deal more in common with Infinity Blade than Epic's testicular trilogy.
HP storage biz ready for battle again
It's HP Discover in Vienna. Florence and the Machine's You've Got the Love is blasting out as the key-note session hall fills up with around 7,000 people. HP is bursting with energy and the message is: HP is back.
Gov asks disabled users how it can make web easier
The government has asked for views on what problems disabled people face when using the web and other technologies and whether laws and regulations should be changed to improve accessibility.
LOHAN's concrete derrière dubbed WIDDECOMBE
We recently decided that the forthcoming Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) rocket motor test would benefit from a concrete block wall behind which Special Projects Bureau operatives can tremble as the big red ignition button is pressed.
Zuckerberg submits privacy mea culpa after FTC ruling
"We've made a bunch of mistakes" on privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted.
Wi-Fi may damage sperm, boffins warn
A team of scientists has suggested that Wi-Fi-connected laptops sited too close to chaps' gonads could damage their sperm.
Acer joins NFC party with mid-range blower
Acer has boosted its Liquid range of smartphones with its first handset to boast touch-to-pay NFC capabilities.
The TARDIS through the ages
The TT Type 40, Mark 3 – it sounds like a motorbike made by BSA. But it is, as any fan will tell you, it is the model of the Doctor’s TARDIS, in which he departed without permission from Time Lord homeworld Gallifrey between 700 and 900 years ago – though we space-and-science-fiction nerks only got to start tuning in in 1963.
British garbage worms survive in space without human help
A worm family that originated in a rubbish dump in Bristol has successfully returned from a space mission, proving for the first time that worms can survive untended in space.
Woman cuffed by phone-hack probe plods
Scotland Yard arrested a 31-year-old woman just before dawn today on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages.
HP shows off filer and dedupe monsters in Vienna
HP used its Discover event in Vienna to both broaden and deepen its core storage portfolio, strengthening its file and deduplication offerings to compete better with EMC and NetApp.
Attention, mallrats: Google maps floor plans for Android users
Google is helping users of its Android handset navigate their way around buildings such as airports, shopping malls and retail stores in the US and Japan.
Microsoft tempts with WinPho demo on... iPhone
Microsoft has pieced together an HTML 5-based demo of its Windows Phone OS' Metro user interface, giving iOS and Android users a taste of what life's like on the other side.
Former Apple subsidiary loses patent spat with HTC
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that HTC does not infringe on patents held by former Apple subsidiary FlashPoint Technology.
UN's lax security exposed by password-slurping hacktivists
Hacktivist group TeaMp0isoN has hacked into the website of the United Nations Development Programme, making off with hundreds of email addresses, usernames and plain-text passwords that were later dumped onto Pastebin.
Toshiba shuts down three chip factories
Toshiba has announced it is closing three of its six chip factories in Japan and focusing on certain semiconductors over others, in order to cut costs in the face of falling demand.
Sony officially rolls-out fresh PlayStation firmware
Sony has officially unveiled its latest PlayStation update, which, as expected, introduces PS Vita support.
HP douses firebomb printer hack threat
Researchers claim to have discovered a security flaw in HP LaserJet printers that permits the installation of malicious firmware that might be capable of disabling safety controls.
Ofcom boss threatens nuclear option on 4G squabble
The head of the UK's communications regulator has threatened to bring in the politicians if network operators continue to squabble over next year's mega-auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
The End of Free: Web 2.0 will squeeze punters rotten
ExclusiveThere's no such thing as a free lunch in business - and despite what internet utopians wish for, the web is no exception.
Google rejigs search bar (again)
Google is scrapping its short-lived black search navigation bar in favour of a new design that falls into line with the company's increasingly uniformed social network platform brand.
BT, EE's mobe broadband trial jump-starts Cornish village
Halfway through their Cornish next-gen mobile broadband trial, BT and Everything Everywhere have demonstrated that sharing LTE infrastructure and radio spectrum works - and that they might even be able to make it pay.
Nokia flogs off WiMAX biz
Nokia Siemens Networks has sold its WiMAX business to NewNet Communications, handing 300 staff and the WiMAX portfolio to the company, which is a division of Skyview Capital.
Samsung outs 'retina display' ARM chippery
World+Dog is drooling over Samsung's latest ARM chip, the dual-core Exynos 5250, announced this week.
HP: We are NOT channel's services enemy
HP claims a slew of cloud computing initiatives launched today proves that it has been "unfairly" branded a services threat to the channel.
Virtual Instruments gets physical SAN Performance Probe
Here's a rich mine for innuendo lovers: fancy a well-engineered Virtual Instruments probe?
Judge orders search giants: Delist Chanel rip-off merchants
UpdatedA US court has ordered the de-listing of more than 200 sites selling counterfeit Chanel goods from the search engines of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and – er – anybody else.
Squeezed Spotify to unveil APIs & App Store
Spotify is expected to reveal an app store and developer APIs at an event later today.
Ravens' secret sign code probed
A conspiracy of ravens may be conspiring more than we ever thought, as researchers have discovered that the carrion-scoffing birds use their beaks to gesture and communicate.
Hasselblad H4D-200MS medium format multishot camera
ReviewHaving an enviable reputation for excellence in the medium format film world, digital photography presented a whole new range of challenges for Hasselblad to maintain its position among commercial photographers. Yet after establishing its H-System digital cameras in 2002, the company has continued to innovate and adapt the system to every viable photographic sector.
NASA wants space washing machine for ISS, Mars bases
NASA have moved at last to tackle the problem of dirty astronauts by commissioning a microwave with air-jets to clean underwear in space.
eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook
eBuyer is facing a mini customer revolt on Facebook over the collapse of its website during the £1 sale on Cyber Monday.
Gov's e-petition service cost £80k to develop
MPs might be trying their hardest to snub the government's e-petition website, but the Cabinet Office plans to keep the service running for at least the next three years.
Smut sirens violate YouTube with saucy .XXX hot dog
YouTube has yanked offline an advert for .xxx domain names which featured two porn stars performing a sexually suggestive act on a hot dog.
Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic
First LookSo I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally the gaming world is flooded with Star Wars: The Old Republic beta keys.
FCC slams AT&T and T-Mobile union
The US Federal Communications Commission has issued a damning staff report on the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, despite the companies' protests.
James Bond savages the Kardashians
James Bond thesp Daniel Craig has savaged the highly talented and decorative Kardashian clan, branding the celebutard minx pack "fu*king idiots".
Sage warns of bumpy ride ahead
Unstoppable accountancy software juggernaut Sage kept its foot on the gas in fiscal 2011 to record decent top- and bottom-line gains but warned of some danger signs on the road ahead.
Man uses CAT scanner to copy Stradivarius
Attempts to recreate the renowned Stradivarius violin continued this week with boffins proposing an all-new approach using CAT scans and CAD software.
Microsoft's uphill battle to push Win8 tabs into punters' paws
AnalysisMicrosoft has its work cut out thanks to its entry into a tablet arena revived by Apple's iPad, according to analysts. Just as the company approaches the finish line clutching Windows 8 for fondleslabs, panting away like Steve Ballmer at a developer conference, punters have already lost interest.
HP plays Violin to whip Itanium beasts into flash frenzy
HP has signed a deal with Violin Memory to flog shared flash memory arrays to its Itanium customers, El Reg has learned.
NASA mini-sat parachutes to a halt in space, prangs into atmos
NASA has successfully tested an extraterrestrial rubbish collector that could sweep up the star system's space debris.
Malcolm Gladwell, tipping points and Climategate
CommentBest-selling author Malcolm Gladwell had a powerful impact on the way climate change was marketed to the public, without even knowing it. Gladwell's marketing book, published in 2000, embedded the phrase "tipping point" into the public's imagination, and this in turn was used to raise the urgency of climate change.
Adobe slated over channel compo cockup
Adobe appears to have made a real hash of the move to a new rebate structure, with resellers claiming they are still unable to measure progress made on sales targets.
Hollywood siren invented key phone tech TRUE
Here's a fascinating notion: that sultry Hollywood sex goddess Hedy Lamarr invented radio technology employed by every mobile phone in use today.
HP CEO to reveal fate of WebOS in two weeks
HP is to confirm the fate of its WebOS operation in the next fortnight, CEO Meg Whitman told French daily Le Figaro.
DBMS pioneer Bachman: 'Engineers have more fun than academics'
Fifty years ago this month a young engineer at mega corp General Electric was on the verge of completing a project that would change technology.
Microsoft! among! suitors! hungry! for! small! bite! of! Yahoo!
Yahoo! has taken bids for a less than 20 per cent stake in the firm, to supply the ailing web company with cash while avoiding a shareholder vote.
Veeam stretches VM backup to Hyper-V
Veeam Software, one of myriad vendors of archiving and disaster recovery software vendors that has sprung up to tame virtual server environments, has revved up its aptly named Veeam Backup & Replication tool to v6, and expanded out beyond the safe bet of coping with VMware ESX Server and ESXi hypervisors to wrestling with VMs running atop Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.
PROVEN: Violent video games mess with your head
In the never-ending battle over whether violent video games incite impressionable gamers to commit unspeakable acts – or, at minimum, become obnoxious – hardware-wielding brain boffins have pried into young men's heads and discovered that, yes, digital mayhem alters your brain.
Engineer, criminologist join forces to CRUSH black hats
An engineer and a criminologist are teaming up in a research project that aims to get a better idea of how cybercriminals operate and how to best thwart their mendacious activities.
Ultrabook prices to fall as manufacturers slash margins
Manufacturers are cutting their margins to the bone, and getting a subsidy from Intel, in an effort to make ultrabooks more affordable.
Netlist puffs HyperCloud DDR3 memory to 32GB
Boutique server memory maker Netlist has embiggened its HyperCloud DDR3 memory sticks to 32GB, ganging up cheap and low-capacity DDR3 memory chips with a register and virtual memory controller that allows the HyperCloud memory to break out of server memory constraints and do so with cheaper chips.
Fahrenheit 451 published as Bradbury finally succumbs to ebooks
Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury has overcome his objections to ebooks and will start releasing some of his works in electronic form.
Android glitch allows hackers to bug phone calls
Computer scientists have discovered a weakness in smartphones running Google's Android operating system that allows attackers to secretly record phone conversations, monitor geographic location data, and access other sensitive resources without permission.
PayPal founder helps steer super geek cruiser
Floating, visa-free, start-up incubator, Blueseed, has welcomed PayPal founder and VC rock star Peter Thiel on board to lead the project’s seed financing round.
Xen hypervisor ported to ARM chips
The Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor that VMware sells for smartphones and fondleslabs running the Android variant of Linux on ARM RISC processors is getting some competition.
NBN sets up telemed trial for war veterans
The National Broadband Network will be used in an $AU8 million telemonitoring healthcare trial for chronically ill war veterans.