14th > February > 2012 Archive
EU, US sign off on Googorola merger
As expected, EU competition authorities and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) have cleared Google’s proposed $12.5bn merger with Motorola Mobility.
Mars, Europe losers in Obama's 2013 NASA budget
President Obama has revealed his proposed 2013 budget, and buried inside the $3.8-trillion wish list – along with tax credits for students, tax increases for the wealthy, cuts to the military, and other Republican bait – is $17.7bn for NASA that brings good news to some and bad news to others.
HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers
You can look at HP's new ProLiant Gen8 servers, but you can't touch. At the company's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas this week, HP previewed some of the forthcoming machines' capabilities, but – much to the chagrin of hardware enthusiasts – didn't talk about the processors, system boards, and other "slots and watts" stats of the Gen8 iron.
Prada Phone by LG 3.0
ReviewWhy is black and white classier than colour? And should we want our phones, with their increasingly glorious screens, to mute their rainbow hues? It’s the arrival of LG’s third collaboration with Prada that’s raised these questions – a handset that favours an interface dressed mostly in black and white.
FIVE more councils say soz for exposing people's privates
The Information Commissioner's Office has found that five local authorities have breached the Data Protection Act by failing to protect personal information about citizens.
Sepaton plans to crush mid-range boxes
Sepaton, the large enterprise deduping storage vendor, reckons its big boxes can replace lots of those pesky, seemingly continuously accumulating Data Domain mid-range boxes with a single system that does the job properly.
Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance
FOSDEMThe recent FOSDEM was great this year, and Belgium still had beer left before, during and after. Still lots of people, though with an extra building open – it was a little less crowded. There were over 400 sessions on themes from Mozilla, Java, cross-distro and embedded to Ada and law.
Trustwave to escape 'death penalty' for SSL skeleton key
AnalysisTrustwave's admission that it issued a digital "skeleton key" that allowed an unnamed private biz to spy on SSL-encrypted connections within its corporate network has sparked a fiery debate about trust on the internet.
Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT
Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound.
Microsoft probes IE8 dll AWOL hell
Microsoft has said it is investigating a niggling problem with an Internet Explorer 8 update that's disabling a number of Windows XP machines.
iPad spanks Galaxy Tab in its own backyard
There was some welcome news for Apple in Asia this week after new figures revealed that the iPad is absolutely trouncing its rivals in the South Korean market, notably local hero Samsung and its Galaxy Tab device.
Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'
Asian moles have once again claimed Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, but this time the diminutive gadget is said to sport an 8in rather than 7in screen.
Veteran launches storage torpedo among competing startups
The founder and CEO of the second most successful iSCSI array startup, LeftHand Networks1, is trying to do it again. He's chairing the board of another iSCSI startup: Starboard Storage, which is joining the hybrid SSD-HDD array party today. What's wacky about this is that ex-colleagues of his at LeftHand have also started up NexGen Storage, which is trying to pull off the same same trick. Starboard is aiming at the SME market, claiming it has optimised both for performance and cost per GB.
Microsoft mulls touchscreen controller for next-gen Xbox
Microsoft appears set to follow Nintendo and equip its next-gen games console with a touchscreen-equipped controller, along the lines of the one that will ship with the Wii U.
5,000 Virgin Media workers unchained to slog away remotely
Thousands of Virgin Media employees will soon be able to work from their beds a variety of locations after the telco asked network kit biz Cisco to deploy its Quad, WebEx and Unified Comms products.
Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China
Chinese monitor biz Proview, which says it owns the iPad trademark, now hopes to block the import and export of Apple's trendy tablets in the country.
Cryptome.org hacked to dish out malware
Cybercrooks have planted malicious scripts on top of whistle-blowing nerve centre Cryptome.org.
MySpace no longer crying a river with 1 MILLION new punters
MySpace may have been dumped by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch but today its star investor - aged pop prince-turned-actor Justin Timberlake - has something to smile about: the site has gained 1 million users since December.
Samsung boss sued by his brother over stock inheritance
Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee is being sued by his brother over stocks inherited from their father, the Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull.
SPRAY-ON antennas waved about at Google's techfest
Presenting at the new Google-backed talk fest "Solve for X", ChamTech Operations showed its nano tech-based antenna in a spray can, turning trees into antennas and connecting submarines by radio.
Twitter finally grabs wheel, drives all twits into HTTPS
Twitter has finally bedded down secure browsing on its site for all users after previously offering HTTPS as an optional feature.
HP gives sysadmins a little mobility
HP is embracing mobility with apps to allow sysadmins to receive alerts, manage systems and even shut down servers, all from the comfort of their booth seats at the pub.
Black Ops has best videogame ending ever
Guinness World Records has confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops has the greatest game conclusion of all time, after over 13,000 gamers cast their votes in favour of 2010's best-selling FPS.
Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users
Inspired by the tweaks of Ubuntu-using IT departments, Canonical has released a Business Desktop Remix of Ubuntu.
Hong Kong operators fudge unlimited tariff conundrum
Hong Kong mobile operators reacted to the introduction of new regulations on data tariffs on Monday by introducing a 5GB cap on fair usage and threatening to de-prioritise users who go over that limit.
Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection
Lego has confirmed it will bring Frodo and co. to its block party this year, with a Lego Lord of the Rings collection set to launch this summer. A Lego The Hobbit range is also earmarked for late 2012 to coincide with the film's cinema release.
China clamps down on foreign telly on its channels
First it blocked the web, now it's going after TV. China has introduced tough new restrictions on channels broadcasting foreign-made telly and warned regulators to step up fines for any companies breaking the rules.
Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal
The Pope's top PR man has declared that the Vatican is in the midst of its own "WikiLeaks" scandal after a flurry of confidential Papal documents were fed to the media by apparently disgruntled cardinals.
Insight exits 2011 on a high as sales and profits rise
Insight Enterprises ground out a decent set of Q4 numbers in spite of the global economic meltdown and a decline in underlying profits across EMEA.
Teen hacker claims smut site hack
A teenage hacker claims to have broken into the Brazzers, the hardcore porn portal, before making off with hundreds of thousands of user login details.
HELLISH LOVE INFERNO TO SWEEP LONDON
The London Fire Brigade have taken it upon themselves to warn the romantically inclined that a Valentine's date could end with death in a burning hell blaze.
Shakira attacked by sea lion who mistook BlackBerry for a 'fish'
Latin pop singer Shakira was "paralysed with fear" after a sea lion lunged for her BlackBerry, she recounted on Facebook.
Nimbula stretches Director to VMware ESXi clouds
Thus far, Amazon's EC2 compute cloud is the standard for virty server infrastructure running on what amounts to a public utility. But there are two problems with it: you can't run your own EC2, and Amazon doesn't support VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which is the hypervisor of choice for x86 servers in corporate data centers. But that's OK. Nimbula is perfectly happy to clone EC2 for you.
Ultra-high resolution laptop, tablet screens to revive display biz
Market success is a product of two factors: supply and demand. Only when both are growing and, at the same time, closely matched will a market perform well.
Mozilla throws 'freedom' at Microsoft, Google, Apple tanks
The Mozilla Foundation is coming to the rescue of Tim Berners-Lee's sanity.
Scroogle: Dear Google, we're not bots, we're HUMAN
A not-for-profit search engine that serves up a privacy-friendly version of Google has been out of action for much of today.
EMC Greenplum Hadoop elephant straddles Cisco iron
Well, that took long enough. Cisco Systems and the Greenplum big data unit of server partner EMC have finally gotten together and put the Greenplum wares on Cisco's Unified Computing System servers.
Cloudy bigshots eclipse open source
Open... and ShutOpen source seems to have waned in importance over the past few years as cloud computing and mobile have taken centre stage.
OCZ out-flashes EMC's Lightning
OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram.
Chip boffins demo 22-nanometer maskless wafer-baking
An international consortium of chip boffins has demonstrated a maskless wafer-baking technology that they say "meets the industry requirement" for next-generation 14- and 10-nanometer process nodes.
ACCC pins ADSL wholesale price
The ACCC has settled another piece of unfinished business in the broadband market, announcing yesterday that it has issued a “service declaration” for Telstra’s wholesale ADSL service.
LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5
The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice 3.5, which it modestly describes as “the best free office suite ever.”
Damn it, where’s our NBN scandal?
In a simmering scandal that’s showing every sign of completely failing to fester as a good scandal should, it has emerged that NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley’s legal bills associated with the “Alcatel affair” amounted to almost nothing.
Canonical takes the Ubuntu Server pulse
Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has released its third annual survey of the Ubuntu Server installed base to show what is going on out there among the Shuttleworth faithful. The survey comes just as Canonical is getting ready to put its next big server release into the field in April.
UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet
The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has moved on a popular hip-hop news and track-exchange site, RnB Xclusive, and is threatening those trying to access the site with criminal investigation.
Qld council gets crafty with mobile data mining
South East Queensland’s Logan City Council has implemented a mobile strategy that assists the local council in data collection and deployment of business services.
Japanese robot mirrors master’s movements
The Avatar headlines were inevitable, weren’t they? Japanese researchers have unveiled a master-slave robot that moves in synch with kit worn by the robot’s controllers.
Apple CEO defends fixes to suppliers' working conditions
CEO Tim Cook wants you to know – really wants you to know – that despite what you may have heard, Apple takes working conditions at its Asian contract manufacturers quite seriously and is working to improve them.