23rd > April > 2012 Archive


Higher ground: plants seeking colder temperatures

A study conducted by the University of Vienna and published in Science has found that all across Europe, plants are moving to higher altitudes.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Apr 2012

US okays release of bird flu research

US authorities have recommended that two controversial papers describing a genetically-engineerd form of the H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, can be published.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012

Microsoft automates Office 365 installs

Microsoft has updated its automated software development tools to the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012, and in a sign it wants to push its cloudy productivity has added the ability to automate Office 365 deployments.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012

Megaupload case near collapse: report

An American district court judge has cast doubt over the whole Megaupload trial, telling the FBI the criminal charges against Kim Dotcom may never make it to trial.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Apr 2012

Google Street View comes to Israel

Google has launched its Street View product in Israel, after what the Jerusalem Post describes as “meetings with Israeli security officials” that ensured “Street View only shows public areas.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012

China hits back at US cyber snooping allegations

The war of words between the US and China escalated at the weekend after the People’s Republic vigorously denied allegations from the Pentagon that its rapid rise as a space superpower has been made possible in part thanks to “successful spying”.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2012

Vodafone agrees to Cable and Wireless buy

After many weeks of negotiations, Vodafone Europe has agreed to acquire Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for a sum that values the latter company at £1,044m, or £0.38 per share.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012

Sony and Nokia still a hit with Asian consumers

Nokia and Sony remain two of the most powerful brands in Asia despite high profile problems affecting both companies which have sent their market share, revenues and global reputation plummeting in recent months, according to a new piece of research.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2012

Woman cuffed for smuggling iPhones in beer bottles

A Chinese woman has been stopped at the border after trying to smuggle more than 200 iPhone 4S devices from Hong Kong into the Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2012

Online criminal records checks to save Surrey council £300k

Surrey county council has launched a new system to conduct Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in an effort to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed

Blighty's communications eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has issued two papers written by superboffin Alan Turing on the maths behind code-breaking.
Anna Leach, 23 Apr 2012

EU-US name-swap deal actually gives passengers MORE privacy

The European Parliament has approved a controversial new agreement allowing the EU to exchange airline passenger information with the US, it has announced.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Apr 2012

Plumbers of the interwebs vow to kill IP hijacking

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) aims to strengthen the basic protocols of the internet, with a way to stop route, or IP, hijacking. IETF experts say the proposed fix is simpler to implement than previous suggestions.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2012
Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

ArchaeologicThe Sinclair ZX Spectrum was launched 30 years ago today. At the Churchill Hotel, Clive - now Sir Clive - Sinclair stood before reporters and a barrage of camera flashbulbs to unveil the machine, the successor to the popular ZX81, on 23 April 1982.
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2012
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus: Ice Cream Sandwich Transformer Pad out in May

Asus UK has confirmed that the Transformer Pad TF300T - farewell, Eee branding… - will be out over here late next month, though not on widespread availability until the end of June.
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2012

From the Department of WTF: New USB tampon flash drive

There's not much to say about this one. It's a flash drive... and it looks like a tampon.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2012
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HP, Microsoft hop into bed for VS3 private cloud kit romp

System integrators had better polish up their resumes, because every IT vendor wants to sell preconfigured systems with servers, storage, networking, and management software – all pre-integrated and ready to have software poured onto their virtual machines to start doing real work in hours.
Taxan Meopad Aqua

Taxan touts tablet for bathing beauties

Thanks to Japan's Kaga Hightech Co., better known for its Taxan brand, we can now enjoy our tablets in the bath. Step forward the Méopad Aqua, a 7in, 1-024 x 600 fondleslab with all the usual accoutrements and an unusual one: it's waterproof.
Hard Reg, 23 Apr 2012

LG 3D phone revamp hits Europe

LG continued to push glasses-free 3D tech onto European punters - but not Brits, apparently - today with the Optimus 3D Max, a slimmer, enhanced version of the company's first-gen 3D smartphone.
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012

Adobe Cloud offers leg up over Creative Suite's price wall

Adobe has launched its mighty Creative Suite in to the cloud, potentially giving designers and illustrators a slightly more affordable way to access its reassuringly expensive tools.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2012

CSC axes another 640 UK IT workers

Bungling IT services firm CSC is to lay off a further 640 IT workers in the UK on top of the 500 bods it is shaving from its NHS account.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Apr 2012

IBM fires Power-powered Penguins at x86's weak spots

Big Blue has not made any huge proclamations to date, but it is not exactly a secret that the people in charge of IBM's Systems and Software Group want the Power7 processor and its follow-ons to grab a larger share of the systems racket.
Adonit Jot Flip stylus

Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus

Geek Treat of the Week"If you see a stylus, they blew it," Steve Jobs famously said. He was referring to the fact that the iPad’s multi-touch display and UI is designed to be used with fingers rather than an input device and that, in his view, a stylus is superfluous.
Kenny Hemphill, 23 Apr 2012

Microsoft lobs out first Skype for Windows Phone

Microsoft has delivered the first version of Skype for Windows Phone.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2012

Martha Lane Fox hits caps lock, yells at small biz websites

Martha Lane Fox, known affectionately as the "Government Digital Champion", has announced (another) initiative to get Brits online: "an exciting vision" called Go ON UK.
Anna Leach, 23 Apr 2012
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Lovefilm, Netflix 'no competitive constraint' on Sky Movies

Sky has too much money and subscribers to be threatened by the likes of Lovefilm and Netflix, the telecoms and media watchdog Ofcom has said.
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2012

Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

Microsoft has considered mobiles with multiple screens. A recently granted patent shows plans for an additional low-power display on the rear of our devices.
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012

Northamber coughs £6.35m to snap up its warehouse

Veteran distie Northamber is a lot less cash rich after stumping up £6.35m to buy the freehold of its warehouse in Weybridge, Surrey.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2012

Ofcom probes Sky News over Canoe man email hacks

Broadcaster Sky News is being investigated by Ofcom over its admission that it hacked into emails for a story in 2008.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Apr 2012

Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod

There's some lively debate going on down at the Reg forums LOHAN mosh pit regarding whether using a metal rod launch system for our Vulture 2 spaceplane really is the way to go.
Lester Haines, 23 Apr 2012
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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

The websites of Dixons Retail Group electronics stores have gone down today - knocking over Currys, PC World and Dixons.co.uk.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Apr 2012

Telegraph website falls over in outage riddle

UpdatedThe website for UK daily newspaper The Telegraph has gone titsup today, and had been out for about an hour at the time of writing.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Apr 2012

Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

Almost no apps cover their development costs and software services only make money in "extremely unusual" cases, some proper engineers have told MPs.
Anna Leach, 23 Apr 2012

Security bug stalls new dot-word TLD land grab AGAIN

Domain name overlord ICANN has been forced to delay its new top-level domain (TLD) expansion by another week as its techies attempt to analyse the fallout of an embarrassing security vulnerability.
Kevin Murphy, 23 Apr 2012

How to wrestle storage in virtual server bear pits

Deep DiveServer virtualisation is no longer just a topic for server admins; it also affects the management of storage and networking equipment. And the introduction of server virtualisation means that all of a sudden server operations people have to learn how to deal with storage.
Frank Reichart, 23 Apr 2012
Amazon Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early

Amazon's Kindle Touch has gone on sale a week ahead of schedule, with the second of the company's latest-gen Kindles now available from select retailers.
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012

Enterprise apps to bring bespoke BACK FROM THE DEAD

Sysadmin blogThe '90s saw a boom in the development and acceptance of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software. Ever since, various analysts and pundits have predicted the marginalisation of custom software development. In the SME space, it has been hard to argue; the past two decades have seen COTS software dominate. But with the emergence of Platform as a Service (PaaS), I am seeing this change.
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2012

Facebook beds silent-bonking mobe coupon biz Tagtile

While the world was watching the Instagram deal, Facebook was also buying up a rather more innovative startup which hopes to provide all the profitable bits of NFC without the fluff.
Bill Ray, 23 Apr 2012

Sony updates iPod docks with Bluetooth playback

Sony has unveiled two new iPod docks, one with wireless Bluetooth capabilities and the other with a USB port for MP3 playback.
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012

Solaris shops bunged cash to upgrade old duffers

If you have an old Sparc-based system from Sun Microsystems or Fujitsu in production, Oracle wants to pay you some cash to trade in that old box for more modern Sparc Enterprise T or M gear.

DARPA overjoyed that its hypersonic glider came apart, blew up

Maverick Pentagon crazytech agency DARPA has awarded itself a firm pat on the back after a detailed examination of its second HTV-2 test flight last year, in which the high-tech Mach 20 glider was destroyed 9 minutes into the trial and crashed into the Pacific.
Lewis Page, 23 Apr 2012

LightSquared pays off $56m debt with Brit biz Inmarsat

Troubled wannabe mobile broadband operator LightSquared has settled with its only significant debtor Inmarsat, although it still lacks any plan to pay back its own investors.
Bill Ray, 23 Apr 2012
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EMC 'poised' to gobble flashy upstart Xtremio

EMC is apparently closer to buying Herzliya, Israel headquartered Xtremio, with NetApp sniffing around as well, according to Israeli financial news site Globes.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2012

VC Horowitz: 'Why we only made $78m on $1bn Instagram sale'

Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen's high-tech venture fund Andreessen Horowitz has made out handsomely on Facebook's $1bn purchase of Instagram.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2012

Chinese web tat bazaar takes profit hit, 'invests in quality'

Chinese e-commerce biz Alibaba (1688.HK) has taken a hammering in the last three months as profits fell 25 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Anna Leach, 23 Apr 2012

Microsoft and Facebook in $1bn pass the IP parcel play

Microsoft and Facebook concluded a significant round of pass the patent parcel today as the soon-to-IPO social network gained rights to a bundle of IP formerly belonging to AOL.
Joe Fay, 23 Apr 2012

Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club

A mix-up at a freight forwarding firm meant a dead woman's torso was diverted from a research facility in Florida and shipped to a wholesale shopping club in Massachusetts instead.
Joe Fay, 23 Apr 2012
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Intel lets loose with 3rd gen Ivy Bridge tri-gate chips

Intel has released its first chips using tri-gate memory technology with the Core i5 and i7 series, dubbed Ivy Bridge, which it claims puts it years ahead of "the competition" – the chip giant's traditional name for AMD.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2012
Dell Xeon E5 Precision workstations

Dell fuels up Precision workstations with Xeon E5s

Intel has got its Xeon E5 processors out the door for boxes with one or two sockets and is getting ready to start the "Ivy Bridge" generation of desktop processors, and so it's no surprise Dell is revamping its Precision workstation lineup.

Facebook prospectus shows jump in users, fall in profits

Facebook's latest pre-IPO filing shows the social network giant ramped up to 901 million users, who produce 3.2 billion likes and comments a day.
Joe Fay, 23 Apr 2012
DVD it in many colours

Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

A Pennsylvania professor is gunning for a slice of all of Apple's touch-based product revenues, after claiming they infringe a patent for a museum screen technology he developed 15 years ago.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2012
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Teradata gets partly cloudy to rein in big data

Capacity planning on data warehouses is every bit as much of a nightmare as it is for other kinds of servers and their workloads. That's why Teradata is taking a page out of the cloudy infrastructure sales manual and offering customers the ability to buy capacity on their data warehouse appliances on a utility basis.

Google farewells apps in spring clean

Mac users, it seems, haven’t embraced the ability to sync to Picasa to any great degree, with Google removing the platform from its Picasa service in its latest round of app spring cleaning.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Apr 2012

Arctic Ocean may be releasing its methane

A group of researchers has expressed concern that the Arctic may contribute more methane to the atmosphere than previously estimated.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Apr 2012

Gore, Bush, and Berners-Lee rock into 'net Hall of Fame

The Internet Society has begun its own hall of fame for the bad boys and girls of the information superhighway.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2012

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