8th > February > 2012 Archive
Hong Kongers protest over end to all-you-can-eat tariffs
Hong Kong dwellers have staged a mini-protest outside one of the stores of SmarTone against the cellco's response to new rules from the local regulator which will force all network operators to scrap unlimited data tariffs.
Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec
A team of scientists have published a new way of using heat to store data magnetically, which could increase the speed of hard drives over a hundredfold.
'App Economy' has created 466,000 US jobs
Although Apple may be facing mounting criticism for outsourcing its manufacturing beyond US shores, creating 700,000 jobs in China and elsewhere, one tech-industry advocacy group claims that Apple, the Android ecosystem, Facebook, and lesser lights account for roughly 466,000 US jobs in what it calls the "App Economy".
SGI to restructure (again) after fiscal Q2 loss
It is becoming more apparent why supercomputer and server maker Silicon Graphics' former president and CEO Mark Barrenechea decided to exit stage left back in December. While the company was growing gear sales, it was heading deeper into the red ink as old machines came off maintenance and new machines await their ramps this year.
Australian sports get busy with copyright special pleading
Australia’s sports administrators, usually busy trying to steal each others’ audiences, have discovered the spirit of cooperation in the face of the Optus TV Now Federal Court decision.
Ten... Freesat TV receivers
Product round-upWhether you’ve cut the cord and churned away from Sky, or need to survive the digital switch-over without recourse to Pay-TV or aerial, it’s worth considering Freesat. The gratis satellite TV service matches Freeview for SD channels, and offers a smattering of high-def plus the BBC iPlayer, hardware permitting. It’s a good bet for both the cash-strapped and the locationally challenged.
Apple won't rule out all singing, all dancing iBooks on Kindle
Apple has come under fire for keeping all products of its new interactive book-making tool within its walled garden. According to a tough End User License Agreement, any iBooks created by the iBooks Author software can only be sold through the iBookstore so Apple can help itself to a 30 per cent cut.
Move over cybercrims, DDoS now protesters' weapon of choice
Ideological hacktivism has replaced cybercrime as the main motivatation behind DDoS attacks, according to a study by Arbor Networks.
Heathrow facial recognition tech stalled by borders fiasco
Heathrow airport may now not get facial recognition technology at all five of its terminals in time for the Olympics as planned, according to the Financial Times.
Coke-snorting cop bots to replace sniffer dogs
Sniffer dogs can get tired, but fibre-optic sniffer robots don't have the same problem. And they are just as good at detecting cocaine, says Tong Sun, a professor of sensor engineering at City University London.
Nokia axes 4,000, shifts smartphone manufacturing East
Having reviewed operations at its manufacturing facilities in Hungary, Mexico and Finland, Nokia has decided to halt its assembly lines there. Smartphones will still be customised at the three sites, but the gear itself will be built in Asia.
NFC leader Inside Secure to IPO this month
Inside Secure has filed for an initial public offering, looking to raise almost €80m a day after it celebrated shipping 20 million chips, and signed up a major handset manufacturer.
Logitech rolls out touch-sensitive mouse
Logitech will next week release its answer to Apple's Magic Mouse: an input doohickey with a touch-sensitive skin.
HP may be going the server flash route
HP's new G8 servers will sport lots of flash, according to a knowledgeable HP fan.
Huawei's Ascend P1 headed to China in March
Update:Chinese electronics giant Huawei could be set to launch its P1 as early as next month, according to reports.
T-Mobile's Full Monty speed 'capped at 1Mb/s'
T-Mobile's unlimited tariff, The Full Monty, has come under scrutiny after reports surfaced that the cellco may have placed a speed limit of just 1Mb/s on the package.
Amazon 'rolling out a retail store in Seattle'
Amazon could be about to open a bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle aimed at selling the Kindle - according to rumours on blog goodereader.
Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake
Russian scientists have drilled through to a 20-million-year-old lake under Antarctica, which, depending on who you listen to, could harbour alien life forms, prehistoric microbes or Hitler's secret hideout.
Samsung reveals Tocco Lite 2 release details
Samsung revealed it will launch the successor to its popular Tocco Lite handset this March, with the budget blower targeting the social network generation. No surprise there, then.
Virgin Media finally turns an annual profit
Virgin Media pulled in annual revenue that was just shy of £4bn, the company reported this morning.
Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor
ReviewIt sounds like a great idea: a 14in LCD monitor that connects using USB. Perfect for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones, right? Well no, because it doesn’t work with them.
Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office
Prototypes of the hotly anticipated Apple TV are sitting in the offices of telcos in Canada, reports newspaper The Globe and Mail. The report adds that the new TVs will feature voice-control through Siri, gesture control and video chat.
Yahoo! chairman! falls! on! his! sword!
Yahoo!'s chairman and three other board members are stepping down as the once-mighty web firm continues its drawn-out internal shake-up.
Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone
Citing better application support, oilfield services giant Halliburton will be handing out iPhones in future - despite RIM's claims that its app developers have never had it so good.
Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating
Google may have got its Chrome browser running on Android, but Adobe is standing by its decision not to port Flash to any new mobile browsers, not even Chrome.
Nokia: No Belle download for Apple users
Nokia has told Mac-using owners of handsets capable of being upgraded to its Belle operating system they need to switch to a PC to apply the update themselves.
Marlinspike asks browser vendors to back SSL-validator
AnalysisMoxie Marlinspike is encouraging browser developers to support an experimental project to shake up the security of website authentication by moving beyond blind faith in secure sockets layer (SSL) credentials.
Olympus goes retro with µFT snapper
Olympus extended its array of Micro Four Thirds cameras today, launching the E-M5, a retro-style snapper based on the classic design of the company's OM range of 35mm SLRs.
LinkedIn offers MORE SECURE hobnobbing option
LinkedIn is now gradually rolling out secure browsing for its social-networking-for-suits service.
Now HDS joins server flash party
Hitachi Data Systems intends to join the server flash storage party, throwing its NAND hat into the ring to speed application I/O and increase the virtual machine population.
Glad to be hybrid: Office 365 flits from cloud to cloud
Interview“The hybrid cloud environment is a great place for Office 365,” evangelises Simon May, appropriately enough a tech evangelist at Microsoft UK.
Indonesian train roof fare-dodgers given the brush off
Indonesian train operators have come up with yet another ingeniously cruel system designed to discourage fare-dodging commuters from blagging a free ride on the roof of their carriages - this time involving brooms covered in putrid gunk.
Virident flasher claims Oracle database streak record
Exit Exadata, Fusion-io and Violin Memory - so to speak: the Oracle database random IO speed record has been smashed by an 80-core NEC server fitted with eight Virident flash drives.
Mozilla explains user-tracking proposal for Firefox
In a story published yesterday your humble Reg writer wrongly confused Mozilla's Telemetry project with the open-source outfit's so-called Metrics Data Ping proposal. Mozilla has been in touch to clear things up.
Revealed: Apple's plea for fairness in mobile patent war
In November Apple wrote to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute suggesting an overhaul of the whole FRAND system of licensing patents fairly and reasonably.
Quarter of Wolfram Alpha brainteasers come from Siri
A quarter of traffic to the intelligent computational engine Wolfram Alpha comes from Siri, Stephen Wolfram said in a New York Times article.
Resellers: Microsoft price hike was 'demanded by Euro country bosses'
Microsoft's planned overhaul of volume-licensing prices was in response to cries of frustration from its European country managers unhappy their UK counterpart were benefiting from the regional disparity to win biz on the continent, channel sources claim.
New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums
The idea has been hovering in the ether for some time, but TomTom is the first satnav firm to sign on the dotted line and bring insurance to drivers through their GPS.
Cray puts super stake in the big data ground
Big data may or may not pan out for the users, but it is a bit of a boom for IT vendors, who are scrambling to prove their data analytics chops and go for the easiest money in the market these days. And to that end, supercomputer maker Cray is setting up a dedicated division to chase big data biz.
Apple's Hong Kong store rolls out iPhone 'reservation' system
Apple has been forced to restrict iPhone sales in its Hong Kong store to discourage the recent epidemic of scalpers.
Sony posts PlayStation firmware patch
Sony's latest PlayStation firmware - version 4.10 - is now available for download, with the Sony Entertainment Network ready for PS3s from here on.
Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle
Nearly 500GB of data from the DNA of an ancient girl has been published for the first time. The genetic information - made available for wider analysis by intrigued boffins - was extracted from her finger bone and tooth, which were unearthed in the Denisova Cave in Siberia in 2008.
Chrome to weed out dodgy website SSL certificates by itself
Google will drop online checks for revoked website encryption certificates in future versions of its Chrome browser after it decided that the process no longer offers any tangible benefits.
Sir Paul McBeatle to offer free iTunes concert
Sir Paul McCartney, late of Wings, will celebrate the release of his latest album with a live concert streamed over Apple's iTunes this Thursday at 7pm, Pacific Time.
Toshiba may be getting excess WD disk biz
We are hearing that Toshiba is buying Western Digital's "excess" 3.5-inch disk drive business, clearing the way to the completion of the WD's acquisition of Hitachi GST .
Path runs screaming from privacy snafu
After sparking an outcry – and arguably putting itself on the wrong side of privacy laws outside America – ex-Facebooker and now CEO of Path, Dave Morin, has blogged an apology.
Telcos to shape up under new code
Australian carriers, voice services and ISPs will be forced to take their obligations to the rights of consumers seriously under a new revised consumer code from industry group, the Communications Alliance.
Solarflare turns network adapters into servers
Solarflare, a maker of 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapter cards for performance-obsessed companies like stock exchanges, hedge funds, and supercomputer centers, is turning its network interface cards into servers, more or less.
US Navy preps railgun for tests
The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research is preparing to test a prototype railgun delivered by BAE Systems under a $US21 million contract signed in 2010.
Eolas claims royalties for browser apps and plug-ins
iRobot Warrior-bot goes on sale this Spring
iRobot has confirmed it’s ready to start manufacture and sale of its Warrior 710 robot early this year.