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Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users

Australia's electronics hawker Ruslan Kogan has decided he's had enough of tuning his eponymous website for Internet Explorer 7. Shoppers who use the venerable browser to make purchases from his store will therefore be charged an additional 6.8% for goods. IE 7 users will have the tax thrust in their faces, with the popup below.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
Sushi Bot

Super sushi-bot churns out 2,500 rolls an hour

Japanese boffins have unveiled their latest engineering masterpiece, a six speed sushi-making robot that can churn out 2,500 pieces of the stuff in just an hour.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2012

Microsoft develops mood-matching ad engine

Microsoft has filed for a technology patent which will allow advertisers to push their advertising to consumers based on their emotional states and recent behaviours and activities.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Jun 2012

HTC wants a fresh start with new HQ

HTC celebrated its 15th anniversary in style on Wednesday with the opening of a new state-of-the-art global headquarters on the outskirts of Taipei, but the firm remains mired in legal disputes with Apple and faces a tough battle to project its brand in the ultra-competitive smartphone space.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2012

CIOs must do more with mobile

Mobile analysts have urged Asia Pac IT managers to keep an open mind ro BYOD and other new technologies with the potential to transform the business.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2012

Australia 'should not be scared' of NBN cost

Australia should not be afraid of the NBN's price tag, but should be scared enough to build the network, according to Phil Ruthven, founder and chairman of research company IBISWworld.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
Vodafone UK booster brolly

Vodafone unfurls booster brolly for mobes

Vodafone UK will unfurl a “booster brolly” at summer music festivals, to give concert-goers a chance to charge their phones and shout at absent friends even at events staged in muddy fields where reception is thin.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
Salesforce.com protest at Oracle OpenWorld

Salesforce.com signs up Twitter firehose

Salesforce.com has inked a new deal with Twitter to hook up the micro-blog's “firehose” of all public tweets to its social media monitoring tool Radian6.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy S Advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance mid-range Android

ReviewThings sometimes change fast. Take the HMS Lord Nelson, a fine battleship when laid down in 1905 but almost instantly rendered obsolete by HMS Dreadnought, laid down just a few months later.
Alun Taylor, 14 Jun 2012

Hurry up, EU: CERN boffins need clouds to hunt Higgs boson

CCWF2012Physics boffinry centre extraordinaire CERN would love to be processing its reams of research data in the cloud, if only Europe would hurry up with a regulatory framework.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2012
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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

Sexism in The IT Crowd and other TV shows that chronicle of life in the tech industry is preventing women from considering a career in IT, said Sarah Lamb of women-in-tech-group Girl Geek Dinners.
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012

EU's 2020 CO2 target 'will add a year to economic slump'

The EU's effort to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent is twice as costly as it needs to be, and is likely to impact growth across the continent, according to a new study by a leading environmental economist.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2012

G-Cloud boss hopes sexy cloud expos will warm up gov bods

The G-Cloud programme is being developed to help the wider public sector transition to cloud services, according to Denise McDonagh.

You can break EU cookie rules ... if your site breaks without cookies

Website operators can only take advantage of an exemption from new cookie laws if site users specifically request a service or function and that service would not work without the serving of the cookie, EU data protection regulators have warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jun 2012

New Opera 12 hooks web apps to 3D graphics acceleration

A new version of Opera's desktop browser rolls out today, six weeks after the public beta.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2012

Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed the Mac Pro range will be updated in 2013 with "something really great".
Caleb Cox, 14 Jun 2012

Computacenter to hire 700 new bods to meet bulging service needs

Computacenter (CC) is splashing £7m on hiring hundreds of personnel and investing in systems to underpin faster than expected growth in services, the London-based reseller giant confirmed this morning.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012

McAfee enlists 2e2 for BYOD security blitz

2e2, the big UK reseller, won a tasty cloud gig this week, to supply McAfee Enterprise Mobility Manager (EMM) as a hosted service to telcos and managed service providers.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012

Foundering Nokia pushes 10,000 bods, 3 veeps overboard

Nokia will shed another 10,000 staff by the end of next year, and has shuffled its VP pack in the ongoing struggle to make money against increasing competition.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2012

Got no idea what Hadoop is, but think you need it? You're not alone

Open ... and ShutHadoop is quickly becoming essential infrastructure for enterprises hoping to glean insights from the massive quantities of data they collect. The problem is that relatively few enterprises have the necessary competence to make effective use of the still-complex open-source project. While Hadoop vendors like Cloudera, Hortonworks, EMC, and MapR are doing their parts to simplify Hadoop, the real breakthrough for Hadoop may come from the applications that run on it, and not improvements to the infrastructure, according to Cloudera CEO Mike Olson.
Matt Asay, 14 Jun 2012

Reborn UK internet super-snooper charter to be unveiled today

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed this morning that under existing UK laws her department receives half a million requests to intercept communications data in the country every year. Later today, the Home Office will unveil its plans to greatly increase the amount of internet communications information kept on file in the UK, which will grant the police, spooks and the taxman - among others - the power to access such comms information.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012

Orange: The way to a customer's heart is, well, slicing into the body

Orange's Healthcare arm has signed up to provide data management to users of implanted cardiac monitors made by device manufacturer Sorin: which is one way to ensure your broadband customers don't churn.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2012

Stephen Fry's Pushnote goes titsup

Pushnote, the startup backed by Stephen Fry that attracted a wave of publicity from his endorsement last year, has gone titsup.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2012

Cisco + OpenFlow + OpenStack = ONE software-defined network

Cisco Live 2012Everybody is talking about OpenFlow, the "Quantum" networking abstraction project that is part of the OpenStack cloud controller, and software-defined networks in general. A lot of the talk has been about removing the hegemony of Cisco Systems in switching and routing. Now it is Cisco's turn to talk, the company's top brass declared at its annual customer event in San Diego.
Apple's 27-inch iMac

Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

Online benchmark result sites have revealed the imminent arrival of new Macs before. Witness the appearance of the new MacBook Pro in Primate Labs' Geekbench site in May - a month before Apple announced the machine.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2012

Home Office spunks another £12.8m on face recog tech

The Home Office is offering £12.8m for new facial recognition technology according to a tender notice from Home Office Procurement published on 12 June.
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012
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Over 40 Magnifier

iOS App of the WeekI almost decided not to review Over 40 Magnifier, simply because of its rather insulting name. I may be over 40 but my eyeballs haven’t given up the ghost just yet. Nonetheless, this simple little app has still proven to be very useful and has taken up permanent residence on my iPhone.
Cliff Joseph, 14 Jun 2012

Cameron: A nod's not as good as a wink to a Murdoch blind bat

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed as "nonsense" claims that suggest a "nod and wink" arrangement had been struck between his Conservative Party and Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business News International.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012

Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

Investors are pulling out of Finnish social networking firm Sulake and its teen-aimed website Habbo Hotel after revelations that Habbo was hosting illicit content.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2012

£CHING: ICANN bags $357m from 1,930 dot-word domains

Companies have rushed to file for top level domain names including .wang, .ketchup and .dog. A total of 1,930 applications for the new top level domains were filed, ICANN revealed yesterday as it published the list of applications. The name registry company will have scooped in $357m from the name sale, after charging $185,000 per application.
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012

HP and SAP: What we need is a MASHED UP cloud

CCWF2012The next step in cloud computing is to mash up all the different clouds hanging about with traditional IT systems to give one big mixed-up cloud, SAP and HP both insist.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2012

Carphone Warehouse clings to buoyant fondleslab, avoids submerging

Lower handset subsidies and a lack of choice in the low end caused high-street business to drop more than 5 per cent in Europe according to Carphone Warehouse, though the retailer still managed to maintain profits within its own predictions.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2012

Microsoft's $1bn Yammer gobble gabble blabbed by insiders

Microsoft is reportedly in talks to snap up enterprise social network Yammer for over $1bn.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2012
Orbitsound T9

Orbitsound fills rooms with T9 soundbar

Orbitsound shrunk its audio offerings this week with the T9, a compact followup to its well-received speaker-dock soundbar, the T12.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jun 2012
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

Wraps come off UK super-snooper draft plans

Legislation relating to communications data will be yanked out of the existing Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and brought under a new regulatory framework if the Home Office's plans to step up the monitoring of internet traffic passes through Parliament.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012

Start to finish: Building a cloudy service in two weeks

FeatureWading through Microsoft's private cloud offerings has been a bit of a slog for me. My background is mostly VMWare and my experience of providing web services is largely Lamp-based.
Trevor Pott, 14 Jun 2012

Slippery £4bn supplier deadline flies through UK.gov's fingers AGAIN

The folks at Government Procurement Services certainly seem to like to play it fast and loose with deadlines; there has been yet another slip in the schedule for the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
George Bush in Game of Thrones

HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya

HBO has been forced to issue an apology after Game of Thrones' creators admitted a decapitated head - spotted in a scene at the end of the first series of the fantasy show - was actually a replica of ex-president George W Bush. Oops.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jun 2012
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WD beams in 802.11n Wi-Fi stations

Hard drive maker WD is extending its reach in home networking. Already a provider of powerline Ethernet kit, it's now going to offer wireless routers, including one with on-board storage.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2012

GiffGaff in data spaff, goodybag gaffe: ICO says its 'avin a laff

The people's network operator, GiffGaff, has leaked customer details to other customers and fouled up its goodybag topup scheme. Those who complained were surprised to find that GiffGaff isn't registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2012

Clouds gathering on horizon for software devs, say wise men

The software industry will dissolve into a soup of micro-detailed web services delivered over the cloud by 2022, with IT departments reduced to “guiding” users to prevent them from leaking their companies’ crown jewels onto the net.
Joe Fay, 14 Jun 2012

Supreme Court dismisses Assange bid to reopen extradition case

Supreme Court judges have rejected Julian Assange's bid to get his extradition case reopened, which means the 40-year-old WikiLeaks founder will be sent packing from Blighty in a fortnight's time.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012

Computacenter bigwig dethrones older brother to head up Camwood

Fresh from its MBO, application portfolio management firm Camwood has lured Computacenter (CC) alliances director Adrian Foxall to move across as CEO.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012

Amazon offers cut-price support to make sure your Cloud stays up

Cloud gorilla Amazon Web Services has revamped its technical support services for its various heavenly compute and storage infrastructure while at the same time tweaking the packaging of those support services.

Nokia's Great Software Cleansing scrubs off everything since the '90s

Nokia took an axe to much of its non-Windows software capacity today, leaving all but a core team working on S40, company insiders say. Among the 10,000 casualties officially announced are teams working on Meltemi, Qt and QML. The team imported via the Smarterphone acquisition will work on S40, we understand.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2012

RIPE reverse DNS broken for much of day

Reverse DNS services for subscribers to RIPE - the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia - were disrupted yesterday for over three hours.
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012
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Dell Cloud descends on Europe (by way of Slough)

Dell opens a data centre in Slough next month, to support the delivery of cloudy services to Europe.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012

Outrageously old galaxy spied birthing new stars at furious rate

Astronomers at the Max Planck institute have successfully glimpsed one of the oldest galaxies known to man, finally discovering how far away the primordial cluster is and explaining why it produces so many stars.
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012
Tomb Raider Trilogy

Tomb Raider dev denies Croft rape scene

Crystal Dynamics has denied the existence of rape scenes in the upcoming Tomb Raider refresh, after the title's Producer implied just such a threat faces Lara Croft in the new game.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jun 2012

Apple, Time Inc. ink iPad magazine subscription deal

Apple and mega-magazine publisher Time Inc. have decided to consummate their year-long digital-subscription dalliance and go, as the kids used to say, "all the way" by sealing a deal that will allow iPad users to subscribe to Time, People, Sports Illustrated, and other rags directly from their Cupertinian fondleslabs.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2012
OpenSuSE 12.1

openSUSE 12.2 release delayed, team calls for a rethink

The OpenSUSE community is engaged in an intense debate about the future of the project after the team announced that the 12.2 build won’t be ready for release on July 11 as scheduled.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2012

Dell to focus on enterprises and cut $2bn in costs

If you have Dell stock in your portfolio this week, your 401(k) is probably a little bit happier and healthier. The computer maker is to pony up some cash dividends, funded in part through aggressive cost cutting and a continuing expansion into enterprise IT and away from over-reliance on consumers.

Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, will include oh-so-cute 'n' cuddly gay and lesbian emoji couples for your texting and emailing enjoyment.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2012

PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz

Phil Zimmermann and some of the original PGP team have joined up with former US Navy SEALs to build an encrypted communications platform that should be proof against any surveillance.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2012
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Amazon slides MapR into elastic Hadoop service

Hadoop World 2012MapR Technologies, one of the main distributors of commercial-grade Hadoop data-munching software, has been tapped by Amazon Web Services to be an alternative to the open source Hadoop stack in the Elastic MapReduce service that Amazon sells to people who don't want to manage their own Hadoop clusters.

Solar power can head out of the clouds says CSIRO

The old saw about solar power is that the sun isn’t always shining – but in a country as large as Australia, good engineering and intelligent grids can go a long way to overcoming the challenge of intermittency, according to Australia’s CSIRO.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Jun 2012

Australian company claims world’s fastest switch

A new Australia company, Zeptonics, has created what it claims is the world’s fastest network switch.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012

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