17th > February > 2012 Archive
You gotta fight for your right ... to net neutrality
Beastie Boys chief protagonist Mike D has put his weighty beats into the net neutrality debate, forcing US wireless carriers to allow shareholders to vote on the issue.
Oracle claims 70X speed-up with MySQL Cluster 7.2
Oracle has released its latest GPL update to its MySQL cluster, with huge speed boosts promised, better support for web users added, and new support for NoSQL integration.
Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued its first-ever guidelines designed to curb driver-distracting dashboards stuffed with electronic gadgets, gimcrackery, and gee-gaws
Texan TSA crew accused of nude scanner ogling scheme
An investigation into the actions of TSA staff has uncovered a series of complaints from self-described “semi-attractive” female travelers who claim they were targeted for scanning based on their figures, and not on the likelihood of them being terrorists.
Vocus doubles revenue and data centre space
Dark fibre and data centre provider Vocus Communications has doubled its revenue in the first half of 2012 reflecting the company’s shift from a niche provider of wholesale Internet into a core provider of infrastructure based telecommunications services.
Twitter gets hit with defamation suit downunder
Twitter has been hit with a potentially ground breaking defamation suit from wrongfully accused Australian Twitter ‘stalker’ Joshua Meggitt.
Steelseries SRW-S1 PC gaming steering wheel
ReviewAdmittedly, until recently my idea of a racing game was Super Mario Kart as I don't play too many driving games. However, the Steelseries SRW-S1 steering wheel certainly had me intrigued enough to want to take it for a spin.
Philips intros dual-view telly tech
Philips went tellytastic today and revealed a vast range of TV sets, several of which include the dual-view display mode that essentially makes splitscreen gaming redundant.
Southwest One gets £10m IBM loan amid 'staggering' losses
The leader of Somerset county council, Ken Maddock, has said that Southwest One is failing to deliver, that its accounts show "staggering losses" of £31.5m and "failures to hit modest savings targets".
Netherlands plans to make 'copyrighted material easier to use'
The Dutch Government is proposing to make it easier to use copyrighted material without infringing copyright owners' rights and plans to do this "unilaterally" of the EU, according to media in the Netherlands.
Revealed: Inside Apple-bothering Proview's crumbling factory
New pictures have emerged of the Shenzhen manufacturing base of Proview, the Taiwanese monitor maker currently winning an iPad trademark battle with Apple, and they don’t look good.
Freecom Mobile Drive Sq 500GB external HDD
Accessory of the WeekThis stylish mobile hard drive from Freecom is described by its manufacturer as "almost square", which is another way of saying it’s rectangular.
Apple lands slide-to-unlock patent blow on Motorola
Motorola's Android handsets are infringing Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, in Germany at least, though an appeal may be lodged.
Russian cosmonauts take six-hour stroll in space
VidTwo cosmonauts successfully completed a six-hour spacewalk around the International Space Station (ISS), captured on their helmet cams, at 22.46 GMT last night.
'The full harm to Apple cannot be calculated'
QuotwThis was the week when MySpace, which some of you may remember as once being a social network, came back from the dead thanks to its reinvention as a "meaningful social entertainment experience around content" with a million new users signing on since December last year.
Ageing Mario blamed for Nintendo's woes
Mario has been blamed for Nintendo's less-than satisfactory turnaround in 2011, after a Japanese newspaper claimed the mascot hampers the company's ability to evolve into the digital age.
Node.js Native breakthrough: cloudy C++ on steroids
Cancer or not, Node.js is attracting plenty of interest, and just like smoking cigarettes at school Node.js is seen as the cool thing to do.
Baidu plunges into mobile: First China, then THE WORLD
Baidu rounded off a busy week on Friday with the Chinese search giant promising to ramp up its mobile search and social media offerings, after decent fourth quarter financials.
Intel pushes Ivy Bridge out a little further
Intel is set to delay the launch of its next-gen processor, Ivy Bridge.
Two thirds of Brits crippled by mobile phone loss terror
Nomophobia is on the rise in the UK, with 66 per cent of the population suffering from a fear of being without their mobile phones.
'Exploitative' Proview slammed by trademark judge ... in 2010
Taiwanese monitor maker Proview’s refusal to honour a deal to sell Apple the IPAD trademark in China smacks of a conspiracy driven by greed, according to a Hong Kong judge who ruled in Apple’s favour back in 2010.
PARIS soars to Guinness World Record
Fans of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) mission will doubtless want to join us in raising a glass today to our Vulture 1 aircraft – now officially the holder of the record for the highest launch of a paper plane in the history of aviation.
Spotify v. Pure Music
ReviewSpotify began as the cool on-line portal that set a high benchmark for music streaming services. It’s now a fast growing, song spewing giant but it is not alone, as entertainment corps and smaller contenders want a piece of the action too.
Google swings new mobile unlock patent punch at Apple
UpdatedHere's a potential way out for Google after Apple's recent win on its slide-to-unlock patent in Germany. A patent application for unlocking mobile devices that Google filed in August 2010 was published earlier this month – which means it will now form full prior art for other patent applications worldwide.
Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners
The UK Border Agency's multi-million-pound hi-tech eye-scanner programme is in danger of being scrapped, with two airports ditching the service and registration now closed.
Anglo-French nuke pact blesses 4th-gen reactors
The UK is borrowing heavily on French nuclear energy know-how in a pact signed today. France and the UK will extend co-operation to R&D and training in several areas, but the most interesting is the commitment to develop 4th Generation (Gen IV) nuclear reactors on the French ASTRID prototype.
Big Blue wrings hands over channel cloud skills gulf
IBM UK's latest channel chief says the readiness sell to cloud services among its reseller network remains incredibly varied.
Modern Warfare 3 shoots onto Steam for free
Activision is offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 completely free on Steam this weekend, with access to the full range of multiplayer features on show.
EU shoves telly signals aside for next-gen mobile broadband
Every country in Europe will be required to clear TV transmissions out of the 800MHz band by the end of 2012 in the hope of enabling cross-europe roaming for LTE phones.
FTC tears into Apple, Google over kids' privacy - or lack of
US regulators have told smartphone software makers to do more to protect the privacy of kids using their apps - or face the watchdogs' wrath.
Chinese woman sparks net craze with virgin website
A 38-year-old virgin has become the talk of the web in China this week after she set up a site devoted to her near four decades of abstinence - and urged the nation’s youth to join her in saying no to hanky-panky before marriage.
Apple's Messages beta will self-destruct on Mountain Lion launch
The beta build of Apple's new Messages app for Macs, released as a free download yesterday, will self-terminate unless you buy Mac OS X Mountain Lion when it comes out in the summer.
T-Mobile clams up over Full Monty 'speed-cap' claims
T-Mobile has rejected claims that its Full Monty tariff has a 1Mb/s speed cap, but has refused to discuss whether there is a higher limit on the plan.
Elonex to set up tech fab in Coleshill, create 400 jobs
Elonex is importing manufacturing equipment from China to a facility based in Coleshill, just outside Birmingham, in order to assemble tech products locally.
Yelp values itself at a modest $840m
Online reviews site Yelp priced itself up yesterday for an upcoming, but as yet unspecified, IPO date, modestly telling the markets that its worth up to $840m.
Oracle v SAP has to take June retrial or wait till next year
A US court has told Oracle and SAP that they can have their retrial in the last two weeks of June or wait until next year.
Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit
Filmmakers lit up the world of extreme sports this week with footage of a pro snowboarder in an LED light suit, gliding through snow in the dead of night.
IBM puts AIX 5.3 on extended life support
Two of IBM's oldest and most popular operating systems for its Power-based servers are being put out to pasture after years of service.
Telcos in Canada: Ethics, monopolies and regulation
Sysadmin blogTelecommunications Politics in Canada is pretty standard. There are people worried that our regulator – the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) – has succumbed to regulatory capture. There is the common burden of institutional inertia and there are the usual sorts of shenanigans involving various levels of upper government.
NetApp rides stiff rise in sales but profits droop
NetApp saw off its last quarter's major account weakness and grew third quarter revenues to $1.57bn, though profits dropped 35.5 percent.
Is HP's Gen8 good news for HPC?
HPC blogHP trotted out its newest line of x86-based Proliant systems this week. These new boxes, fueled by Intel Sandy Bridge processors, will sport speedy PCIe 3.0 slots, custom HP disk controllers (for tri-mirroring and error correction), and provide a wide range of features aimed at improving system flexibility and manageability. Our pal Timothy Prickett Morgan outlines the systems here.
Apple antagonist Proview unveils its own iPad
Chinese shell-of-a-company Proview Shenzhen, embroiled in a trademark dispute with Apple over the name "iPad", held a press conference in Beijing to plead their case and to show the assembled journos an assortment of marketing materials for their own iPAD.
Anonymous knocks FTC site offline
At least two US government websites were knocked off the web earlier today by Anonymous, claims the group's "official" Twitter account AnonymousIRC.
Ex-Akamai man: Stop being faithful to your CDN
Open ... and ShutMany of the benefits of cloud computing are lost in translation as enterprises attempt to force the "new wine" of cloud's flexibility into the "old bottles" of traditional data centers. By running a cloud environment within one's data center, the full benefits of infinitely scalable and flexible infrastructure fade, as Amazon has argued and as Cedexis, a French company with a growing roster of big-name customers, aims to prove.
CloudOn brings Office to UK iPad users
After a rocky start, CloudOn is now opening its free application, which allows limited use of Microsoft’s Office suite on an iPad, to UK users.
Last year's iOS sales surpassed all Macs ever sold
Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than the total number of Macs sold in all 28 years since the original Macintosh 128k first hit store shelves in late January 1984.
Embattled Foxconn raises wage slaves' salaries
China's Foxconn contract-manufacturing group, which for years has come under fire for alleged workforce abuses, has responded in part by giving its workers raises of from 16 to 25 per cent.