18th > April > 2012 Archive

Aus mobile stalwart sets up HQ in US

Australian mobile enterprise services provider Retriever Communications has expanded to the US, setting up a HQ in Sugar Land, Texas.
Natalie Apostolou, 18 Apr 2012

Prince of Persia author releases 1980s source code

Retro games fans will be heading over to Github, where Jordan Mechner has posted the source code to his original classic, Prince of Persia.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2012

Twitter poses patent non-aggression treaty to unblock industry

Twitter is trying a new tactic to slow or stop the increasing use of legal action over patents as a tactic in the technology industry.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2012

Oracle considered entering smartphone market

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has told the US Federal Court that his company assembled a team to contemplate entering the smartphone market, as he wanted to compete with Apple and Androind. The team formed in 2009, as Oracle was in the process of acquiring Sun.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2012

Amazon Web services revamps partner program

Amazon Web Services' has built a new base camp on its route into the heart of enterprise IT, in the form of a new Partner Network the company says provides “technical information and sales and marketing support they need to accelerate their business on AWS.”
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2012

Google updates Chrome for Android

Google has upgraded Chrome for Android. The browser is now available in 31 languages, all of which lack Flash support.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2012
SGI logo hardware close-up

Notebook makers hit hard in pre-Ivy Bridge lull

Taiwanese ODMs which produce notebooks for some of the world’s biggest brands including Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo are set to see shipments fall by up to 20 per cent in April as the transition to Intel’s much anticipated Ivy Bridge platform takes hold.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II

Ten... smartphone survival accessories

Product round-upAs the weather starts to improve and the knobbly knees of British sun seekers start gracing the public eye, weekends away untangling guy-ropes and blowing up inflatable mattresses draws close. But the organic world of planet Earth is no safe place for a man of modern comfort, and taking a survival kit with you specifically for your gadgets isn't such a bad idea.
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

Singapore most 'liveable' Asian city for ex-pat IT pros

Ex-pat IT professionals looking for a better quality of life abroad could do worse than try Singapore, the Japanese city of Kobe or Hong Kong – the top three most liveable cities in Asia according to new research from HR information provider ECA International.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2012

French perfume house bottles 'Eau de new MacBook'

The scent of an unopened MacBook has been captured by a French perfume house which claims to have created a fragrance reminiscent of that accompanying the unboxing of an Apple gadget.
Anna Leach, 18 Apr 2012

Indonesian ID card will deduct fines from bank accounts

Indonesians are being asked to adopt two identity cards, both of which will store their personal details in government-controlled databases, after the nation's National Police Criminal Investigation Division announce a sign-up drive for the Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (INAFIS).
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2012

Quantum brandishes LTFS tool for cheap-as-chips tape

Quantum has launched an LTFS tape file system appliance and hopes to popularise low-cost, high-capacity tape use for accessing large video files.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

Tosh UK rewards competition hopefuls by exposing their privates

Toshiba Information Systems UK breached the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ruled.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012

Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

CommentThe writer Toby Young tells a story about how the modern 100m race is run in primary schools. At the starting pistol, everyone runs like mad. At the 50m point, the fastest children stop and wait for the heavier kids to catch up. Then all the youngsters walk across the finishing line together, holding hands.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2012

Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

The United States and Chinese military have been locking horns in secret cyber warfare exercises designed to help prevent the outbreak of real war between the two.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2012

Microsoft bigs up open source, then stuffs it under the sofa

Open ... and ShutMicrosoft's new Open Technologies subsidiary may be many things, but one thing it's not is "further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities", as Microsoft has positioned it.
Matt Asay, 18 Apr 2012

Computacenter UK biz hit by spending 'freeze' in banks

Computacenter's UK profits and kit sales were dampened by a capital expenditure "freeze" among banking customers, but this was more than offset at group level by a stronger turnout in Europe.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012

Tunbridge Wells' car park bonking offered new NFC logo

The NFC Forum is hoping a more laid-back approach to licensing will encourage use of its N-Mark logo, but those deploying NFC are still playing fast and loose with branding.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Microsoft, Intel reportedly partner to crush Apple

We don't need "industry sources" to tell us Intel and Microsoft are actively encouraging computer makers to offer Windows 8 tablets - or that there will be a host of these machines announced before the year is up.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2012

Gmail goes titsup for 30 MILLION PUNTERS

Google admitted that an outage last night to its Gmail service affected around 10 per cent of its userbase - in other words, around 30 million people were unable to access their email online.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012
Freeview HD TVs

10x power boost for Freeview as London analogue signal cut

London's analogue TV signal was silenced at midnight yesterday, paving the way for 4G mobile data networks in the nation's capital.
Hard Reg, 18 Apr 2012

O2 declares 4G trial success... with 1000 users

London is switching off analogue TV today, so O2 is crowing about how marvellously its 4G trials have gone, despite the two things being at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012
Wasteland 2

Wasteland sequel given $3m green light

Plans to bring back the post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland will go ahead after a Kickstarter project mustered more than enough funds to give the project the green light.
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

Vodafone fights India's retrospective tax grab

Vodafone is asking for international arbitration on its claim that the Indian government's attempt to retrospectively apply changes in tax law is illegal.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012
JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart

JCB builds Android blower for brickies

JCB has dabbled with mobile phones before, generally offering rugged handsets with limited capabilities. But with the world cementing interest in smartphones, the company has finally chiselled its first Android blower, the Toughphone Pro-Smart.
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left his board out of the loop as he personally hammered out a $1bn deal with Instagram for its colour-changing photo software in three days of negotiations in his house in Palo Alto, culminating in the deal on Sunday 8 April, a report in the Wall Street Journal claims.
Anna Leach, 18 Apr 2012
Hunters 2 iOS game icon

Hunters 2

iGamerTurn-based tactical role-playing games seem ideally suited to touchscreens. Their top-down or isometric graphics go easy on mobile processors, their measured, methodical gameplay never asks too much of limited control inputs and, perhaps most importantly, their short challenge and reward cycles provide instant dopamine gratification during short train commutes and sneaky five-minute bog breaks.
Andrew Bailey, 18 Apr 2012

BT's 'unbeatable' Infinity broadband ads banned by ASA

BT has been collared by Blighty's advertising regulator, the ASA, which upheld four complaints brought against the telco giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012

Dell recruits storage guru to get cozy with resellers

Dell has hauled in a storage veteran Mark Hiley as UK channel development manager in a bid to drive reseller sales of infrastructure kit.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012

Rare! Yahoo! revenue! growth! spotted! in! Q1!

Yahoo! has reported a slight uptick in revenue and income in the first quarter of this year - the first time it's had any sales growth in the last three years.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Apr 2012

Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

Blighty's public sector IT bean counters face a bewildering mess of overlapping tech purchasing bureaucracy, channel sources have warned.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012

Canon suspends EOS 5D Mk III shipments

Canon has temporarily halted shipping of its latest DSLR, the 5D Mark III, after customers reported a fault with the LCD display that leads to exposure issues.
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

US judge orders Apple, Samsung CEOs to get a room

A US court has sent Apple and Samsung CEOs into settlement talks to sort out their patent disputes or at least limit the number of wrangles.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Apr 2012

PLANET-SWAP shock: Stars grabbed dirtballs from other clusters

Space boffins have suggested that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured roaming rogue planets as they tootle through the cosmos.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Apr 2012

NAO: Gov open data policy disorganised and costly

The government’s open-data policy has no proven benefits and could actually be costing taxpayers more than it’s worth.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2012

Berners-Lee: Net snoop law tosses human rights into the shredder

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned the Tory-led Coalition not to push through a bill to legislate plans to massively increase surveillance of the internet.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012

Oakley: 'smart' sunglasses ready to shine

Sunglasses manufacturer Oakley reckons the time is ripe for 'smart glasses', and has revealed its own R&D efforts in specs technology, which could see it compete with Google's Project Glass in the not-too-distant future.
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

Channel wild-child Cisco vows to be more predictable partner

Cisco is trying to fire up resellers' engines by doing what it does best: launching a bunch of channel programmes.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
Children playing outside, lie barefoot on grass. Photo by Shutterstock

Unemployed offered money to watch grass grow

Those among you who believe it's your human right to be paid to "read, tweet, surf the internet, check your email and sunbathe" should get your lazy arses into this job, which is offering hard cash to someone to do just that.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2012

Phone-hack saga: Prosecutors mull charges for 11 suspects

Four journalists and one cop have been pinpointed by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service over alleged offences relating to phone hacking, it emerged today.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012

RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

Over a decade ago the majority of UK holidays were booked by TV, but today London lost Ceefax – and by the end of the year teletext as we know it will disappear entirely.
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012

Reg readers tell us why implementing change is so hard

Reg ResearchReaders have provided some great feedback during our latest workshop on a topic that has turned out to be close to many of your hearts – how best to manage an increasingly virtualised IT infrastructure. As part of the exercise, we ran one of our famous Freeform Dynamics polls so you could tell us how things currently stand in your organisation, and the results are in.
Andrew Buss, 18 Apr 2012

Sony whips out new optical mass storage format

Sony has seen commercial optical data archiving systems fail one after the other: from Blu-ray to DVD and HD DVD. But the firm is either learning from its mistakes or readying itself to make new ones as it launches yet another new proprietary optical disk archiving product and format.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

PR mag: Let promoters edit clients' Wikipedia entries

PRs feel that they are excluded from making edits to Wikipedia even when they are trying to correct factual errors, a survey by the journal of the Public Relations Society of America has found.
Anna Leach, 18 Apr 2012

Spy tech exports from Europe face tighter scrutiny

The EU could soon introduce rules to monitor the deployment of internet censorship technology in autocratic regimes including China and Saudi Arabia.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 18 Apr 2012

NHS IT fiasco workers threaten lunch-hour revolt over job cuts

UpdatedIT bods working on the car-crash NHS patient records project will stage a protest during Thursday lunchtime over compulsory redundancies at their employer, CSC.
Anna Leach, 18 Apr 2012

Morphlabs forges OpenStack cloud rack

Morphlabs has been moving into physical hardware over the past two years and is now rolling out a converged system called mCloud Rack Enterprise. The system welds together Dell cloudy servers packed with solid state storage, Nexenta storage software, Arista Networks switches, and the new "Essex" commercial-grade OpenStack cloud fabric into a ready-to-go "cloud in a box".

Sergey Brin REALLY ADMIRES Apple, Facebook

Open is a word so overused and abused that it is now impossible not to switch off when yet another tech titan or politico comes along with their very own interpretation of what the term should actually mean.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2012

Caringo greases up CAStor product, slips out VM versions

Object storage startup Caringo has introduced virtual machine editions of its CAStor object storage product along with standard file protocol access to CAStor, broaching the question whether object storage will just become file storage under another name.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

Techie stages 'strip down' protest at TSA 'harassment'

An Oregon man who "does something with the internet" stripped stark naked at Portland airport on Tuesday in a protest at TSA screening policies.
Joe Fay, 18 Apr 2012

Microsoft retunes Intune for full Android, iOS app integration

Microsoft has been showing off updates to Intune and System Center Config Manager which allow BYOD users to download and manage company-approved iOS and Android applications or run them via VDI.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2012
Broken CD with wrench

HDS to launch unified storage systems

Hitachi Data Systems is replacing its mid-range AMS storage arrays with a new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) array.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

White House issues privacy warning on CISPA-style laws

The White House has struck a pro-privacy stance on online security legislation such as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which comes up for vote in the US House of Representatives next week.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2012
VMware Monster VM

VMware still shines in a Facebook world

It's tough for VMware to compete for mindshare in a world where Facebook is getting ready to go public and social media is so much more graspable for the masses compared to the virtual infrastructure that VMware sells.

CSIRO orders 2,144 core, 174,720 GPU upgrade

The CSIRO has announced an upgrade to its GPU cluster to a hefty 134 nodes powered by 268 Intel E5-2650 processors and 390 NVidia Tesla 2050 GPU cards.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2012

Boffins tout solar efficiency boost

A joint project between Sydney University and Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy claims to offer a low-cost boost to solar cell efficiency.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2012

Larry Page has painful day on stand in Oracle Java case

Google CEO Larry Page has had an uncomfortable day in court facing allegations that he knew the company was infringing on Java's intellectual property when Android was being developed.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2012

Intel: Chinese server market second only to US

Intel's earnings call yesterday left server watchers wondering when China will outstrip the US as the world's biggest consumer of server chips.

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