28th > February > 2012 Archive
AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill
AT&T is developing a plan that would allow mobile-application developers and content providers to pay for the wireless bandwidth required to use their apps or downlload their content.
Cray ekes out profit in diminished Q4
Supercomputer maker Cray took a bit of a hit in 2011 thanks to AMD's delay in shipping its "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors, which had a cascading effect on shipments and acceptances of Cray's XE6 and XK6 machines in the fourth quarter.
Cisco to push threat intelligence to all devices
RSA 2012Cisco plans to push security intelligence into its entire firewall line in an attempt to make its hardware a lot smarter and ease the load on IT managers.
UK.gov to double number of biometric chips for immigrants
The government is to double the number of people required to have a biometric residence permit (BRP) to stay in the UK, raising the number to 400,000 a year.
Cyber-security startup to flash major Android soft spots at RSA
Three big-hitters in the world of cyber security have launched a firm that intends to unmask hackers and their motives, and they've scooped up $26m to get it started. As one of its first acts, CrowdStrike plans to unveil an overview of Android's weak spots in a demo at the RSA on 29 Feb.
EC: 'Friends-only' natter not subject to 'right to be forgotten'
The operators of social networking sites, such as Facebook, would not be obliged to delete every piece of information about individuals that they host under proposed new EU 'right to be forgotten' laws, the European Commission has said.
Euro banks slam dot-bank plan
European banking regulators have slammed an American-led plan to create a new ".bank" top-level domain, saying it could give way to "a more dangerous form of phishing".
Dixons preps movie download service
Dixons Retail - better known these days as Currys and PC World - will launch an online movie service on Thursday.
Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX
Failed Asian monitor biz Proview has filed an amended complaint to a US court against Apple, implicating a company registered in the UK and seeking to regain worldwide rights to the IPAD trademark.
Reading this? You're probably planning to skill up on HTML5 in 2012
Hoary old coders are skilling up on mobile says a survey from CWJobs, revealing that 81 per cent of UK IT pros are planning to refresh their skill sets by sitting down and swotting up on some HTML5 in 2012.
Hungry Dell iron monsters FEAST on your puny apps
Dell is adding Micron-based Express Flash to its servers and will feed the server flash beast from Compellent arrays.
Silicon Valley's assault on Mobile's Gated Kingdom
Part oneThe Gated Kingdom guarded by the mobile industry is the last great frontier for Silicon Valley to crack.
Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies
British cinema chain Cineworld has announced it will branch out beyond mere 3D offerings - 'Pah!' - into a fourth dimension, with vibrating seats (ahem) that synchronise their shaking to the action on screen.
Bone-bothering boffins build GIANT penguin from fossils
Bone-bothering boffins have reconstructed a giant prehistoric penguin species from fossils that were first found in New Zealand in 1977.
China raked in £184bn from IT outsourcing in 2011
China’s software and IT outsourcing industry is booming, rising by a third in 2011 to reach a whopping 1.84 trillion yuan (£184.33bn), according to new government figures released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped
Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.
Telcos gang up to snatch in-app cash from Google, Apple
Updated*: MWC 2012Nine operators have implemented an in-application API for the Wholesale Applications Community, so AJAX apps will soon be able to empty your pockets just like the competition can.
Microsoft 'fesses credit cards exposed by Indian store hack
Microsoft India has warned customers of its online store that their financial details may have been compromised, backtracking on a previous statement to the contrary.
Yahoo! threatens! Facebook! with! patent! spanking!
Like certain other tech companies that have failed to keep up with rivals' innovations, Yahoo! is resorting to a patent battle to top up its revenues.
Windows Phone armed with 'military-grade' email upgrade
Microsoft is bullet-proofing email on Windows Phone in an effort to follow Apple and Google into the workplace.
Samsung admits Android tablet cash haul is disappointing
Samsung has 'fessed up to something that the industry already knew: punters are still not falling for the charms of its fondleslabs.
Storage players pitch DRM tech for downloads
Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox have said they are working on yet another DRM technology for HD video, this time with the support of storage companies WD and SanDisk.
Quantum computing in our lifetime - IBM breakthrough
IBM boffins reckon their research has catapulted quantum computing forward a few decades, making it possible within our lifetime.
Nicked sensitive Avnet server disks sparks ICO probe
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating a potential data breach at Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) following the break-in prior to Christmas.
Dell: 'Now they see they HAVE to consider working with us'
Dell is relying on its EMEA channel to take it into enterprise data centres as the big biz becomes a bigger and bigger focus for Round Rock.
Apple tells Siri rival Evi: Get a facelift and you can stay
A British voice-recognition app that works like Siri may be allowed to stay in Apple's App Store, if it makes some changes, says a report in The Verge.
Price-comparison site: OCZ reviews 'questionable'
Austrian price comparison site Geizhals has flagged up reviews of OCZ's flash products on its site as suspicious.
Cops cuff premium-rate SMS Android malware suspects
French police have arrested two men over an Android malware scam that netted an estimated €100,000, according to L'Informaticien.
Sumlock Electronics faces liquidation
North East-based family-run reseller Sumlock Electronics is to be liquidated, according to a filing to Companies House.
Mobile net kingpins v the world: 'Why should we pay the 4G tab?'
MWC 2012Life’s tough for a mobile operator. The regulators treat you like a cash cow and the over-the-top services are leeching all the money. And unless we get back to the good old days of the 1990s, they "won’t be able to make the investments necessary for 4G".
Wii workouts unlikely to improve fitness
Trying to keep your nippers in trim with a Nintendo Wii workout may be pointless. Research suggests motion-controlled videogame systems do very little to help kids fulfill their daily exercise requirements.
Top Rambus attack dog Harold Hughes to retire
Rambus CEO Harold Hughes is stepping down - causing grief, devastation and woe in intellectual property lawyers' offices across the USA.
Texas flash: TMS Ramsan-820 born in the USA
TMS latest RamSan-820 is a high-availability box that the Texans say packs more terabytes into its 1U rack case than that of any other vendor.
Hacking breach made us stronger says RSA
RSA 2012RSA president Art Coviello has said the hacking attack that breached its servers ended up making the company stronger and more effective.
Cisco CEO: Mobile cloud threat for service providers
MWC 2012Network pitchman John Chambers has cautioned service providers that they risk being stranded by the mobile cloud.
Apple pledges 'something to see' at iPad 3 launch
Apple has mailed out invitations to its eagerly awaited iPad 3 launch on 7 March, telling World+Dog it has "something you really have to see".
Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out
Apple has issued invitations for a March 7 event that will presumably – based on the iPad image that graces the email invite – introduce the oft-rumored iPad 3 with a "retina display", possibly with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 pixels.
AppSense pushes out Dropbox encryption app for iOS
Virtualisation software maker AppSense has moved into Apple kit with the release of its first iOS app ever – DataLocker – a security layer for Dropbox apps.
Hackers chop down UN eco-agency, release rare data into wild
Hacktivists claim to have raided the website of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and extracted sensitive internal information.
Stratfor leak: US 'has secret indictment' of Julian Assange
US prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a leaked internal email extracted from private US intelligence firm Stratfor and obtained by the whistleblower site.
Disk shortages stall Q4 server sales (a bit)
Considering the challenges that the server biz has faced in recent months, global server shipments have remained relatively healthy, with revenues impacted mostly by declining IBM mainframe sales.
Now Samsung supremo sued by sister in inheritance spat
The eldest sister of Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee has joined that exec's brother in filing suit against him over an inheritance from their father.
Banking Trojan hijacks live chat to run real-time fraud
A new strain of financial malware is hijacking live chat sessions in a bid to hoodwink business banking customers into handing over their banking login credentials or into authorising fraudulent transactions.
Younger generation taking 'sledgehammer' to security
RSA 2012The new generation of "digital natives" coming into the workplace is going to blow apart existing security practices, Symantec's CEO Enrique Salem warns.
Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android
Open ... and ShutThere are a million ways to over-analyse iOS versus Android market share, but one thing is often overlooked: Apple's high-margin strategy depends upon buying customers through subsidies, and may not be able to keep pace with Android's low-cost model over time.
Apple's German win was really our victory, honest, says Motorola
Motorola Mobility (MMI) says it has been 'vindicated' in Monday's ruling by a German appeals court, which permitted Apple to continue selling the iPhone and iPad in that country during Cupertino's appeal of a December legal victory in an Apple-MMI patent tussle.
SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2
SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor owned by software conglomerate Attachmate, is moving up to the Linux 3.0 kernel and also taking the btrfs file system mainstream alongside Linux container virtual private servers.
Telstra gets ready for the split
In a landmark move, the Australian regulator has accepted Telstra’s structural separation undertaking (SSU) to be implemented via the migration to the National Broadband Network.
Optus fails to silence AFL boss
After winning the first round of its TV Now court case, Optus has had a minor loss when it asked an Australian court to stop Australian Football League boss Andrew Demetriou.
M2 Telecoms buys some Time
M2 Telecommunications continues its acquisition drive, snapping up Time Telecom via subsidiary Southern Cross Telco for $AU18.5 million.
The problem with Telstra’s NBN plans
Regulatory rules have helped put Telstra in the uncomfortable position of launching the most expensive National Broadband Network fibre-based plans in the Australian market.
Virgin Galactic announces test flight plans
Virgin Galactic has announced that it expects to go ex-atmospheric in a test flight this year.