14th > March > 2012 Archive

Telstra straps onto James Cameron’s deep sea ride

Telstra will provide the technology behind director James Cameron's bid to capture what lies at the deepest point of the ocean.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Mar 2012

Indian web censorship court date moved to May

The controversial Indian legal imbroglio over censorship of web content and involving twenty companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft has been deferred until May 23.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Mar 2012

NASA orders study for all astronauts over vision concerns

NASA has ordered a baseline study for all of its future astronauts after research showed that exposure to zero gravity can cause eyesight distortion.
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2012
Cat 5 cable

Chip forecast upped by Gartner

The market watching wizards at Gartner have taken another gaze in the crystal ball, and after some buffing and polishing have decided that the outlook for the semiconductor industry in 2012 is a bit better than they had expected as 2011 came to a close.

AU Optronics convicted of price-fixing

Federal jurors in San Francisco have written the latest chapter in the ongoing AU Optronics LCD price-fixing case, delivering a guilty verdict on the company and two of its executives.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Mar 2012

Optus hits LTE switch in Newcastle

Huawei Australia is inching closer to securing the national tender for Optus’ LTE rollout following its placement as technology partner for the commercial rollout of an LTE network in Newcastle and surrounding areas.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Mar 2012

Three millionth Aussie LinkedIn today

LinkedIn has emailed its Australian members to let them know that, as of today, they are one of three million local users.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2012

Galaxies to get the Pluto treatment?

Science has no standard definition of a galaxy, and a good one is needed because recent observations have found objects in space that “challenge traditional notions of both galaxies and star clusters.”
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2012
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Apple slams hard-up Proview for conning the courts

Apple has decided to up the ante on trademark dispute foe and failed Asian monitor vendor Proview, accusing the firm of misleading the courts and of trying to milk the iPad maker for more money in order to pay off its creditors.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Mar 2012

Lav-less Indians can't get enough of their mobiles

India’s rapid technological ascent in the 21st century appears to have left the nation wanting in a few basic areas after the country’s newly released 2011 Census revealed that more households own a mobile phone than an indoor toilet.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Mar 2012

EU runs to WTO again over China's mineral hoarding

The European Union has joined the United States and Japan in complaining to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over China’s continued export restrictions on a range of rare earths which are vital to the production of hi-tech kit.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Mar 2012
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Euro wonks lay SMACKDOWN on draft data protection rules

DAPIX is the Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection, where delegations of civil servants from the European Union's member states discuss the Commission’s Data Protection Regulation.
Amberhawk Training, 14 Mar 2012

Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

AnalysisThe pub landlady who was fined for screening FA Premier League (FAPL) football matches using a foreign satellite decoder has had her criminal conviction overturned by the High Court.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Mar 2012
A flashmob at SXSW 2011, credit SXSW

4G hobonet stunt was riddled with flaws, doomed to ridicule

People have criticised the the Homeless Hotspots concept for reducing homeless people to moving bits of network infrastructure, but the idea has some practical flaws too.
Anna Leach, 14 Mar 2012

Underwater Greek volcano brewing Lara Croft style earthquake

Angelina-Jolie-inna-wetsuit related news on the science wires this morning, as boffins in America announce that the underwater volcano off the shore of the famous, beautiful Greek island of Santorini is showing signs of trouble coming.
Lewis Page, 14 Mar 2012
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HP UK veep tells gov: Soothe economic woes with IT balm

HP UK boss Nick Wilson told resellers at its Gold Partner 2012 event yesterday that he'd given the government his prescription for curing the ailing UK economy: spend more on tech.
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2012
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Waking Mars

iGamerAn exquisitely mature and thought-provoking iOS adventure, Waking Mars is a love letter to late-1970s and early-1980s sci-fi films such as Silent Running, Solaris and Alien.
Andrew Bailey, 14 Mar 2012

LOHAN's fantastical flying truss takes to the air

VideoWe're pleased to report that last weekend the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) fantastical flying truss finally got off the ground, and we've got some video of the test for your viewing pleasure.
Lester Haines, 14 Mar 2012
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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

US retail giant Walmart is to offer punters digital copies of each of their DVDs and Blu-rays for $2 (£1.27) a pop.
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012

Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

The Sunday Times' use of a Call of Duty character to illustrate an article about a real-life military operation has left bloggers up in arms. Some claim the use of such an image is not ethically right.
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012

Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

VidKeen-eyed skywatchers have spotted a mysterious object emerging from the Sun that, according to the tinfoil-hatted YouTube majority, can only be a UFO, a small black hole, a world-destroying weapon or maybe a new planet.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Mar 2012
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Samsung staffer says 7.85in 'iPad Mini' in the works

Apple is indeed making a 7.85in 'iPad Mini' an executive from Samsung - of all companies - has claimed.
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012

UK kids' art project is 'biggest copyright blag ever' – photographer

UpdatedA nationwide school arts project that commercialises children's artwork has been branded "the biggest blag in the history of the UK".
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Mar 2012
Xbox Live: Summer of Football

Xbox Live glitch resets players' scores

Microsoft is investigating grumbles from across the Xbox community that players' Achievements and Gamerscores have been wiped.
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012

Ex-Google man laments Larry Page's 'single corporate-mandated focus'

A software engineer who has bounced between Microsoft and Google over the past few years is very disappointed indeed with his one-time boss Larry Page.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012
Inside Apple's Thunderbolt cable

Thunderbolt to go optical in 2012, says Intel

Optical Thunderbolt cabling will become available this year, Intel, the chip maker behind the high-speed bus technology, has said.
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012
Toshiba Exceria SDXC card

Toshiba outs 'world's fastest' SDXC card

Toshiba will release what it claims is the world's fastest SD card this summer.
Hard Reg, 14 Mar 2012
Ten FireWire External Hard Drives

Ten... FireWire 800 hard drives

Product round-upFireWire interfacing has been around since the mid-1990s and, as far as Apple is concerned, looks set to be ousted by its new Thunderbolt technology in due course. However, it still features on most new Macs, is available for PCs and remains popular in desktop audio and video environments. It's also a convenient option for shifting data around with legacy kit too. Indeed, FireWire's sustained data rates are better than USB 2.0 making it ideal for backups and file transfers.
Shaun Dormon, 14 Mar 2012

Cameron denies personal Trident missile firing iPad app

Prime Minister David Cameron has denied that he will be getting a personalised iPad app for firing Trident missiles styled after his beloved Angry Birds game.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Mar 2012

FTC subpoenas Apple in Google antitrust case

Apple has reportedly been subpoenaed by the US Federal Trade Commission, which has asked Cupertino to explain how the Chocolate Factory's search engine is slotted into the iPhone and iPad.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012

Android clobbers Siri in Japanese... and English

Apple's attempts to get its natural-language assistant to speak Japanese haven't gone down well locally, getting itself trounced by the Android-based Syabette Concier.
Bill Ray, 14 Mar 2012

TV market stalls as LCD sales slow

World TV shipments slipped last year - for the first time since 2004, said market watcher NPD DisplaySearch - presenting a picture of a business that's stalling.
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica nukes print edition, goes digital-only

Encyclopaedia Britannica is ending its hefty 32-volume print run after 244 years as it shifts its business entirely over to the digital publishing market.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012
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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

Tesco tantalised online shoppers yesterday after a pricing error left punters thinking they'd snapped up Apple's latest iPad for just £50.
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012

EC: Apple claimed Motorola demanded ALL ITS PATENTS

Motorola Mobility said it would only hand over licences for its standards-essential patents to Apple if the fruity firm licensed all of its patent portfolio in return, Apple apparently revealed to the European Commission.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Mar 2012

Apple hands iPad screen contract to rival Samsung

Apple has handed the manufacturing deal for iPad screens to its patent spat rival – Samsung – after LG Display and Sharp failed to deliver on the ultra-high-res screens needed for the new tablet.
Anna Leach, 14 Mar 2012

Layoffs at Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems over... for now

T-Systems claims to have concluded its voluntary redundancy (VR) programme and has initiated some compulsory lay-offs under a cost-cutting programme.
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2012

Euro Android devs: Google's hanging on to our pay

Android developers across Europe are up in arms as Google hasn't processed their March payments, which should have arrived more than a week ago.
Bill Ray, 14 Mar 2012
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Why Windows 8 server is a game-changer

Sysadmin blogWindows Server "8" beta is out, and everyone reading this should sit up and take notice. This isn't a boring iteration on a previous server operating system wherein a few tweaks have been achieved and nothing really changes. Server 8 - along with the suite of associated 2012-ish server applications - is nothing short of a complete redefinition of the server landscape.
Trevor Pott, 14 Mar 2012

BBC links Iran to cyber-war against Persian telly service

The BBC is linking a "sophisticated cyber-attack" against its Persian service to intimidation from the Iranian authorities.
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2012

Competition officials snap on fresh glove after 4-year Sky Movies probe

The UK Competition Commission's four-year probe into Sky Movies has shifted gear, with the agency acknowledging that the market has changed significantly since it produced its interim judgment last summer.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Mar 2012
Amazon Kindle Fire e-book tablet

Android to pwn iPad market share by 2016

Android isn't going to overtake iOS until 2015, but at least Apple doesn't have to worry about Microsoft, RIM and others.
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012

NASA's 5-rocket mission to blast off tonight

Tonight's the night for NASA's five rockets in five minutes plan, providing the skies stay clear, with the first launch scheduled for sometime between midnight and 1.30am EST (5am to 6.30am on 15 March GMT).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Mar 2012

Cisco partners: Services programme revamp will hit us in the wallet

Cisco is to overhaul the Shared Support programme from October in a move that is expected to strike a blow to the cash flow of incumbent partners.
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2012

Lightsquared cries dyslexic Havoc, unleashes 'gods of law'

LightSquared has hired two top litigators in what appears to be a prelude to a all out war over the FCC's decision to block deployment of its 4G network.
Bill Ray, 14 Mar 2012
For Sale sign detail

EMC climbs software storage cash mountain, taunts rivals below

IDC reports that storage software sales boomed in Q4 2011, reaching an all-time record of almost $3.8bn. Full-year revenue hit a record high of $14.16bn.
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2012

American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

Today in the US, home of the crazily backward (if you're not American) date arrangement, it's Pi day because its March 14 or 3.14.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Mar 2012
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Apple iPad sales slip as cheap Android tablet tsunami looms

Apple's iPad share of the fondleslab market slipped slightly in the last quarter from 61.5 per cent to 54.6 per cent. But with the demand for tablets booming and Apple selling 15.4 million units in the last quarter of 2011, it's unlikely anyone will shed tears over these results in Cupertino.
Anna Leach, 14 Mar 2012

HTC slaps Ice Cream Sandwich on 16 handsets

HTC has started updating its devices with the next wave of Android - version 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich - but only sixteen devices are in line for the upgrade.
Anna Leach, 14 Mar 2012

Seafaring robots shatter unmanned crossing record

Four ocean-going robots from James Gosling’s employer Liquid Robotics have succeeded in securing a Guinness world record.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2012
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HP revamps server support for Gen8 iron

Twenty-first century cloudy infrastructure doesn't require the traditional break-fix maintenance of 20th century server and storage infrastructure. And so Hewlett-Packard's Technology Services division is rejigging its support services to reflect what customers actually need – and will pay for.

Super-boffin Stephen Hawking to star in Big Bang Theory

British boffinry supremo Stephen Hawking will guest star in US hit comedy show The Big Bang Theory next month.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012

Shuttleworth: Ubuntu rockets up at enterprises

If data presented in a in a blog post by Ubuntu project founder and "benevolent dictator" Mark Shuttleworth is any indication, then Canonical's Ubuntu variant of the Debian strain of Linux is waxing on public web services while Red Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is waning.

Cambridge boffins build laser 'unprinter' to burn pages clean

A team of scientists from the University of Cambridge has published plans for a laser "unprinter", which vaporizes toner used in printing to leave a clean sheet of paper.
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2012

90% of AU net users want 'do not track'

Australian Internet users are turned off by overly-intrusive personal data collection, according to a study conducted by Queensland University, and we want more information about how information is collected and used.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Mar 2012

Cheeky SalesCrunch flips Cisco $1 for WebEx biz

A serial entrepreneur with a penchant for sales has made Cisco Systems an offer that it most certainly can refuse and also snicker at: $1, plus a 15 per cent equity stake, in rival SalesCrunch if Cisco hands over its WebEx online meeting biz.

Boffins render fibre obsolete

Even if they don’t travel faster than light, neutrinos have one killer advantage over other physical layer transmission systems: you don’t need to lay fibre or wires to carry messages.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Mar 2012

Chinese fossil analysis suggests new hominid species

Details on what could be a new species of human based in East Asia have been discovered by archeologists, and could alter our understanding of the spread of humanity across the planet.
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2012

Voice prints at risk from impostors

Ten to twenty per cent of utterances collected by voice biometrics systems are not strong identifiers of the individual that spoke them, according to Dr. Clive Summerfield, the founder of Australian voice biometrics outfit Armorvox. Voice biometrics systems could therefore wrongly identify users under some circumstances.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2012

iPad queue hog doesn’t want it, won’t be first

The man who queued in the hope of becoming the first person on earth to buy a New iPad doesn't want a new fondleslab and has spent days pavement-surfing in vain.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2012

Startup slices solar panels using ion gun

After keeping a low profile for some years, a startup called Twin Creeks Technologies has gone public with an interesting approach to making solar panels: it uses an ion gun to slice ultra-thin leaves from a wafer.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Mar 2012

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