23rd > February > 2012 Archive


HP insists Whitman is new broom to clean up execution

With HP’s latest quarterly earnings looking so poor, you’d expect the traditional financial analyst’s call to be dominated by concerns on the minutiae of performance. But every question was on leadership.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2012

Innovation aborted in South Australia

One of Australia’ more progressive government initiatives for start-ups and tech entrepreneurs Innovate SA has been dumped by the South Australian state government, which has pulled essential funding.
Natalie Apostolou, 23 Feb 2012

Aus visual search start-up goes global

Adelaide based start-up Thereitis.com has raised the funds to commercialise its patented user interface technology.
Natalie Apostolou, 23 Feb 2012

Unknown fault darkens Australia’s Internet

Customers of major Australian ISPs are stranded with no connection to the outside world this afternoon, taken out of action by an as-yet-undiagnosed routing fault.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2012
Heatmiser PRS-TS WiFi RF Thermostat

Heatmiser PRT-TS Wi-Fi RF thermostat

ReviewWith fuel bills ever rising, keeping an eye on your heating makes good sense, and Heatmiser’s Wi-Fi thermostat is intended to help you do just that. It’s based around a large, 3 x 2.5in touchscreen, which controls a timer/thermostat with its wireless features enabling configuration from an iOS device.
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Feb 2012

Daniel Craig like Connery, Skyfall helmsman suggests

The director of forthcoming 007 romp Skyfall has provocatively suggested a certain similarity between Daniel Craig and Sean Connery - something which will no doubt give "Best Bond" pub bores something to bang on about all week.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2012

Grooveshark blocked in Denmark by copyright warriors

UpdatedA Danish copyright group has won a court order to block music streaming site Grooveshark from the nation's pastry-munching pirates.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2012

Hitachi GST waggles nippy 2.5-incher at Ultrabooks

Remember Hitachi GST's 500GB single-platter Travelstar? Well, now it spins faster and jets out data quicker, possibly having been accelerated for the Ultrabook market.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012
homeless man with sign

Cabinet Office 'fesses up to Cloud Store gremlins

IT and comms suppliers are unable to tweak their entries in the government's Cloud Store because the only mechanism to do this is not working properly.
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2012

Blighty's PC biz braces for another rocky ride

IDC has more than halved UK PC shipment forecasts for 2012 on the back of falling demand across much of the commercial space, particularly in public sector.
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2012
Grid Lens iOS app icon

Grid Lens

iOS App of the WeekGrid Lens is a fun little photography app that allows you to combine multiple images within a single shot.
Cliff Joseph, 23 Feb 2012

Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

Wales is to get two new top-level internet domains – one for Welsh speakers and one for the rest of us – under a deal announced yesterday between the Welsh government and .uk registry Nominet.
Kevin Murphy, 23 Feb 2012

MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar

The freetards' second-favourite MP, Eric Joyce (sample quote: "It's highly debatable that downloading is theft") has allegedly been arrested following a fight in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2012

China cuffs 905 suspects in online black market purge

The Chinese authorities have gone on yet another web crackdown, shutting close to 8,000 websites, although this time the target appears to have been genuine criminal ventures rather than sites spouting politically incorrect sentiments or peddling smut.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Feb 2012
Cell tower

Govt warns 4G may make Freeview UNWATCHABLE

Britain's 4G mobile phone networks will mess up Freeview reception for rather a lot of folk, it has has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2012

LG touts Tegra 3 talker

LG has revealed what it has in store for next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC): specifically its Nvidia Tegra 3-based smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD.
Caleb Cox, 23 Feb 2012

UK.gov vows to purify TV with £180m from mobile networks

Bored of waiting for Ofcom's consultation on the possible interference between 4G telephony and Freeview TV, the Ministry of Fun has said it will spend £180m of operators' money mitigating the problem.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2012

Juniper buys Mykonos to beat off web app attacks

Juniper has bought web application security firm Mykonos Software in a deal valued at around $80m (£51m) in cash.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2012

Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband

The UK government will have a tough time fulfilling its superfast broadband promises for the country with a third of British postcodes still stuck at sloth-like speeds.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Feb 2012

Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

UpdatedApple faces increased pressure today after its manufacturing partner Foxconn was accused of using forced student labour and hiding underage workers during high-profile independent inspections last week. Foxconn also makes components for other manufacturers, but Apple is its most prominent customer.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Feb 2012

Microsoft apes Google social search master plan

Every now and again Microsoft comes along to remind us of two things: it's still a big name in online search and remains very cosy with the world's biggest social network, Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2012

Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

A Spanish divorcée's purse is somewhat lighter after she posted photos on Facebook of herself wearing a t-shirt declaring "My ex-husband's an arsehole" - and was ordered to pay €1,000 damages for her trouble.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2012
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N Ultrabook

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

ReviewThe last time I tested a Toshiba laptop, it had a glowing orange screen and the keyboard rattled like a box of Lego. Come to think of it, newspapers at the time were scaring readers about ‘house parties’, so it was quite a while ago. So perhaps you can imagine how utterly charming the pretentiously named Portégé Z830-10N appeared to me when it arrived.
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Feb 2012

RIP: Peak Oil - we won't be running out any time soon

AnalysisThe idea that seized the imaginations of the bien pensant chattering classes in the Noughties – "Peak Oil" – is no longer relevant. So says the commodities team at Citigroup, and policy-makers would be wise to examine the trends they've identified.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2012

LinkedIn scoops up browser plugin Rapportive: 'We fell in love'

LinkedIn has bought browser plugin outfit Rapportive for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2012

Moles say Sony eyeing AMD for PlayStation 4 chips

Sony seems set to switch graphical allegiances for its PlayStation 4 console after erstwhile AMD staffers hinted that the processor designer may be heavily involved in the next-generation console's development.
Caleb Cox, 23 Feb 2012

Apple, Google, RIM plaster privacy warnings on prying apps

Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement agreed by all major app sellers.
Anna Leach, 23 Feb 2012
For Sale sign detail

Whitman says HP turnaround will not happen overnight

Five months into the role as HP CEO, Meg Whitman is finally detailing the tech titan's turnaround plan that involves "fixing execution" and cutting costs to save cash before it ups investments in R&D.
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2012
Apple iPad 2

iPad lifts Apple to top of mobile PC maker chart

Apple has again been named the world's biggest seller of mobile computers, but it wouldn't even make the top five were it not for the iPad.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2012

Xeroxiraptor: Boffins to print 3D robot dinosaur

Dino-loving boffins in the US have embarked on their very own Jurassic Park-esque experiment to bring the actions of Earth's favourite prehistoric lizards to life.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Feb 2012

Obama pushes 'bill of rights' for punters' privates

US President Obama has proposed a "bill of rights" for online privacy that could give the US government greater powers to wallop the likes of Google and Facebook for fumbling sensitive data.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Feb 2012

Capita gets fat slower as government slims down

The government's austerity program has meant tightened belts at Capita, with the services giant citing reduced public sector revenues as a key reason for subdued revenue growth and a slight dip in pre-tax profits in 2011.
Joe Fay, 23 Feb 2012

Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

PollLast month a Reg reader contacted us via our Twitter account to complain about the use of the word "freetard", on the grounds that, as an analogue of "retard", the word was derogatory to people with mental handicaps.
Drew Cullen, 23 Feb 2012

LOHAN's fantastical flying truss cleared for lift-off

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator experimental flying truss is just about poised for lift-off, but before it leaves the ground we thought we'd update LOHAN fans on the proposed test rigs.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2012

Virgin Media boards the 4G train

ExclusiveVirgin Media is planning trials of 4G telephony in several UK cities, dropping fibre-connected LTE Small Cells into urban areas, to see how easily decent coverage could be established.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2012
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Apple vs Bank of China in iPad Shanghai showdown

Apple's IPAD trademark fight in China has taken on a whole new dimension: its opponent isn't merely defunct monitor biz Proview, but the state-backed Bank of China.
Anna Leach, 23 Feb 2012

Brits guard Facebook passwords more than work logins – survey

A survey of UK consumers revealed many are far more careful with their social network login credentials than passwords that grant access to corporate systems.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2012
Samsung Zipel app-operated oven

Samsung warms up smartphone operated oven

And it's over to Samsung for the latest in kitchen kit for lazy-arse cooks: a smartphone-controlled, app-operated oven.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2012
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Dimension Data takes on all cloud comers

South Africa–based systems integrator Dimension Data is launching a mashup of its IT services and the cloudy infrastructure it acquired last year along with OpSource, in a new offering it calls Cloud Solutions.
DVD it in many colours

Smart has high IOPS for super-fast, smarter SSDs

A super-fast random reading SSD has been launched by Smart Modular Technlogies' spun-off business unit.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012

Everything Everywhere pushes towards 4G, wants to show off its wad

Everything Everywhere is planning to deploy 4G into the UK by the end of 2012, but mostly just to remind everyone how much it is investing in UK infrastructure.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2012

Telcos, mobile pushers muck in to trial 'clever' Wi-Fi

Fourteen of the largest telecommunications companies around the world have participated in successful trials of Hotspot 2.0, which made it easier for them to use Wi-Fi.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2012

White Spaces squeak though US Payroll Tax Bill

Both houses of the US government have now approved bills to auction off $22bn worth of radio spectrum, but white spaces will remain licence-free – much to the delight of the industry.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2012

Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2012

Feds apply for DNSChanger safety net extension

Federal authorities have applied for permission to extend the operation of a safety net that allows machines infected by the DNSChanger Trojan to surf the net as normal beyond a 8 March deadline.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2012

Brocade's profits collapse is over

Fibre Channel networking giant Brocade has kissed its profits collapse goodbye with a roaring first fiscal 2012 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012

Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

Apple has filed a patent application for a key-travel design that it claims will allow for a "thin profile, aesthetically pleasing keyboard."
Rik Myslewski, 23 Feb 2012

Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice

Intel has begun distributing the open source LibreOffice suite via its online AppUp Store, and has joined the board of The Document Foundation (TDF) – a decision that will have many of the Redmond old-guard fuming.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2012

Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe

When you next tell a friend what time tomorrow’s sunrise is expected, you can do so without worrying whether you need to field a lawsuit. US horoscope software company Astrolabe has withdrawn the lawsuit which last year saw the Unix timezone database shuttered.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2012

Oracle extends Linux support to 10 years

Oracle has reaffirmed that it's in the Linux business to stay by extending the support lifecycle of its own-brand build to ten years, and tempting Red Hat users with a trial offer of its Ksplice patching system.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2012

Cloud altitude changing with climate: NZ study

A University of Auckland analysis of ten years’ worth of NASA satellite data suggests that changing atmospheric temperatures are impacting cloud formation, with fewer clouds forming at the highest altitudes.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Feb 2012

Aus business learns to love the NBN

Australian businesses claim that resource gaps are hindering their participation in the digital economy, specifically broadband.
Natalie Apostolou, 23 Feb 2012

Schmidt's $1.45bn Google stock sale compelled by adultery?

Eric Schmidt's recent sale of over $1.45bn (£914m) in Google stock raised eyebrows on Wall Street, but a report now suggests he needs the liquidity to pay off his wife for a divorce.
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2012

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