1st > December > 2011 Archive
Ciena picks up AAPT network build
TNZ-owned AAPT has announced that it will be deploying kit from Ciena to support an upgrade to its carrier Ethernet services.
Duqu attackers: master coders, Linux rookies
The Duqu malware that targeted industrial manufacturers around the world may have been spawned by a well-funded team of competent coders, but their command of Linux led to some highly amateur mistakes.
Barnes & Noble hires Microsoft’s legal nemesis
Barnes & Noble has hired David Boies to join its legal team in a fight with Microsoft at the US International Trade Commission over alleged Android patent infringements.
Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector
ReviewSome pieces of kit take a long time to review. Particularly if they're very nice pieces of kit that you're reluctant to return to the PR agency. The Viewsonic PLED-W500 is just such a piece of kit.
Letting GPUs run free
BlogOne of the most interesting things I saw at SC11 was a joint Mellanox and University of Valencia demonstration of rCUDA over Infiniband. With rCUDA, applications can access a GPU (or multiple GPUs) on any other node in the cluster. It makes GPUs a sharable resource and is a big step towards making them as virtualisable (I don’t think that’s a word, but going to go with it anyway) as any other compute resource.
Technology v support: Amazon's premium challenge
In order to compete in the public cloud with the Amazon juggernaut, rivals like Rackspace and Alcatel-Lucent are turning to value-added services to try to turn commoditised cloud computing into premium offerings.
DWP cuts spending with top IT supplier HP by 4%
The Department for Work and Pensions has cut spending in 2010-11 with HP and BT, but increased it with Atos Origin.
Fuel taxes don't hurt the world's poor - they don't have cars
People with lots of cash in their pockets are much harder hit by a hike in petrol taxes then those living in poorer countries, a professor of environmental economics and his team of international researchers have argued.
Printed-out dissolving bones, teeth work well in rats
Scientists have developed a way to make bones and teeth using an inkjet printer. The printed bones are doing well in rats and rabbits and the engineering team at the Washington State University predict that their bony print-outs could be in mainstream use in human medicine in as little as 10 years.
iOS App of the WeekI’d heard about apps and programs that could be used to look up alternatives to premium-rate 08 numbers, but had never really bothered with them before as – apart from my bank – I didn’t really think that I made all that many calls to premium numbers.
STEC thrusts fat solid disk with godlike stamina
STEC has launched a super long-life SSD capable of having 33PB written to it over a five-year period.
Acer: $499 Ultrabooks in 2013
Acer says it's going to cut Ultrabook prices. But you're going to have to wait until Q2 2012 for the skinny notebooks to become cheaper - and a year for them to get really low-cost.
BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?
Blogger and iPhone hacker Chpwn believes that the controversial Carrier IQ software isn’t confined to Android devices.
Inside the shadow world of commercialised spook spyware
ExclusiveWestern and Chinese high-tech companies are competing aggressively to sell, install and manage intrusive and dangerous internet surveillance and communications control equipment for the world’s most brutal regimes, a six-month investigation has found.
Skyrim update makes dragons FLY BACKWARDS
The highly anticipated The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim update rolled out this week and while it has fixed a number of known bugs, players are still reporting major setbacks with the game.
Crack GCHQ's code and become the next James Bond
GCHQ has launched a code-breaker challenge as part of its attempts to unearth fresh talent from unconventional sources.
Official: Lenovo adopts Windows Phone
Lenovo has confirmed rumours that it plans to enter the Windows Phone business, with handsets due in the latter half of next year.
Kepler spots Earth-sized exoplanet ideal for barbecues
The Kepler mission has turned up yet another catch for the exoplanet zoo: a planet with an orbit a little over one-tenth that of our Mercury, that zips around its star in 2.8 Earth days.
Acer UK disties expect big things of new boss
Distributors have backed incoming Acer UK boss Neil Marshall to turn the ailing operation around and confine the channel-stuffing saga to history.
Christmas gamma burst stupendo-explosion DEATHMATCH
Dramatic news from the world of astro-boffinry today as two theories go head to head in the quest to explain a cosmic explosion of unparallelled power sighted in the skies last Christmas.
Samsung, Google release Galaxy Nexus bug fix
The official fix for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' annoying spontaneous volume drop bug is being beamed out to owners of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone.
HTC Sensation XE
HTC’s original Sensation hit the ground running in the spring, bringing with it a dual-core processor - the first time HTC had used one - and one of the firm's best ever cameras. This new version beefs up the processor and adds Beats Audio technology to improve the sound.
Apple: Siri isn't anti-abortion
Apple is not using its voice search app Siri to save unborn foetuses, a spokeswoman told the New York Times yesterday, flatly denying rumours that the service had a political agenda.
Tesco: buy a DVD, get the download free
Buy a DVD or Blu-ray Disc from Tesco tomorrow, and it will give you free access to the downloadable version hosted by Tesco-owned online movie service Blinkbox.
Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight
Lovefilm has sensationally ditched Flash in favour of Microsoft's Silverlight technology, in a move that snubs Linux users and appeases film studios.
Nokia is past its best-by date, warns analyst
Nokia shareholders hoping for the golden days to return are waiting in vain, a gloomy prognosis from analyst research from Standard & Poor's concludes. ‘Nokia glory days are unlikely to return,’ say the analysts.
Clandestine US 'space warplane' extends orbital mission
The second of the US Air Force's mysteriously-missioned X-37B spaceplanes is going to continue its clandestine operations in orbit past its intended nine months.
iPhone 4S owners love Siri, hate the battery life
Apple, do more with Siri but for feck's sake sort out the iPhone 4S' battery life.
Northern Ireland's top cops 'hacked by NotW' - new claim
Senior police officers and a Cabinet minister may have been targeted for computer hacking by unscrupulous journalists at News International.
Vodafone Android app babysits lazy parents' kids
Vodafone has launched an app to help middle-class parents who've equipped their offspring with Android handsets to control what their ankle-biters see and hear.
Geek seeks cash for Top Trumps-style CPU game
Nowadays, Top Trumps packs are filled with licensed brand tat, but readers keen to re-live the days when TT's decks were full of real stuff, like supercars, jet fighters, locomotives, missiles and such, will be able to do so with a new tech-inspired set, if one Harry Mylonadis gets his way.
Alibaba! and! friends! offer! to! swallow! Yahoo! whole!
China's Alibaba Group is mulling over a total slurp of Yahoo! for about $25bn, along with private equity partners and Japanese mobile carrier Softbank.
Zynga lowers valuation to a bargain $10bn
Social network gaming firm Zynga may seek a lower price than expected for shares in its initial public offering, valuing the company at $10bn.
Parallels bags Microsoft .NET brainiac to float clouds
Parallels, the virtualization shop putting Windows desktop apps on Macs, has dipped into Microsoft's brain bank for a new chief technology officer.
Smartphone-shot movie guns for cinema release
The majority of films shot on cameraphones end up in YouTube's vaults, lost forever among grainy videos of gigs and scenes of animals doing stupid things. However, if amateur filmmakers took things more seriously, their footage could end up in cinemas across the country.
Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'
Surveillance companies can use your iPhone to take photos of you and your surroundings without your knowledge, said a representative from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at a panel chaired by Julian Assange™ today.
ICO 'too scared' to clobber press for data breaches
A senior investigator for the Information Commissioner's Office has told the Leveson inquiry he was warned off pursuing the press for data breaches by his bosses.
Ranting Iranian TV fined £100k for shoddy interview
Despite ranting for months that it was going to be pulled off the air, Press TV has actually been hit with a fine of £100,000 for shoddy reporting, as expected.
Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'
The creator of the popular Ultima RPG series has forecast that the games console is heading for extinction.
Toads predict earthquakes: Official
Scientists believe they have a plausible explanation for Italian toads' apparent ability to sense the imminent earthquake that struck the city of L'Aquila on 6 April 2009.
More than $60bn spunked on cyber-security in 2011
Global cyber-security spending is on track to exceed $60bn for 2011, according to a study by management consultants PwC.
Consumers go console crazy for Crimbo
Shoppers are splashing the cash in advance of Christmas and manufacturers of games consoles have been laughing all the way to the bank, with both Nintendo and Microsoft reporting record sales.
AT&T hits back: 'T-Mobile USA merger will be great, actually'
AT&T have hit back at a staff analysis from the FCC slamming its proposed merger with T-Mobile USA, saying the regulator "cherry-picked" facts to support its views.
IBM, Micron tag team on 3D memory breakthrough
The Hybrid Memory Cube consortium formed by Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology this October is leveraging IBM Microelectronics' 3D wafer-baking expertise to get HMC memory to market in two years.
US Senator demands answers from Carrier IQ
Senator and former late-night funnyman Al Franken has called on Carrier IQ to explain why its diagnostic software, buried in the bowels of 141 million smartphones, isn't a massive violation of US wiretap laws.
Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill
A team at MIT has developed a computer algorithm that claims to predict which cars will run a red light at traffic intersections.
Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents
Apple has applied for a pair of patents that describe creating digital avatars based on photos of a user's face, and then embuing those avatars with changeable elements that users can choose to express different emotions.
Adobe takes on Efficient Frontiers
Adobe is building up its anti-Google fire power with the inclusion of advertising services outfit Efficient Frontier into its armoury.
Chrome passes Firefox in global browser share
The latest data from internet-monitoring firm StatCounter shows that Chrome overtook Firefox in November as the world’s second-favorite web browser. Number one? Still Internet Explorer.
Copyright Act could defang infringement notices: iiNet
Yesterday’s proceedings in the ongoing “iiTrial” High Court appeal turned up an interesting problem in the copyright holders’ wish to turn ISPs into their enforcers: a savvy and funded user group could use Australia’s copyright law to prevent ISPs from issuing notices against them.
Cudo still dealing daily to Kiwis
Australian group buying site Cudo has poured cold water on claims that its operation across the Tasman is in peril.
Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here
The roster of confirmed smartphone manufacturers and network providers using the controversial Carrier IQ tracking software has grown to include Apple, AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung. Verizon, Nokia, and Research in Motion, meanwhile, have denied reports saying they employ it.