23rd > July > 2012 Archive


Japanese publisher, staff arrested over backup software offer

Those software-laden DVDs that adorn the covers of newsstand computer magazines can get you into serious trouble in Japan, where four staff at a book publisher have been arrested because of naught software included in the popular 'onserts'.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jul 2012
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HTML 5 gets forked up

Splitters! That's the cry which may well be echoing out across the web in coming days, as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) have decided to pursue their common agenda of a marvellous new standard for the web by doing things differently.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012

Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

Analyst firm Gartner has chosen just one word to describe Windows 8 for desktop users: “Bad”.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012

USB charges up to 100 watts

The USB Promoter Group has a new ambition: using the ubiquitous connectivity standard to power your laptop while saving the planet eliminating the need for proprietary power bricks along the way.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012
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Coles signs up for Office 365

Insistently non-rapacious supermarket chain Coles has become the latest company to sign off on a press release declaring it has adopted Microsoft's cloudy productivity suite Office 365.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012

Now IPAD victor Proview is sued by its OWN law firm

Proview, the tech firm which recently forced Apple to part with $60 million to use the IPAD trademark in China, is now being sued by its own law firm after failing to pay its fees for the case.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jul 2012
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China's broadband population is SHRINKING

China’s internet population reached a whopping 530 million over the past six months, but its broadband subscriber base actually shrank as mobile became the most popular way for users to get online for the first time.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jul 2012
DVD it in many colours

Cisco blends server with a twist of flash, tastes benchmark glory

A server's job is to run applications as fast as it can, and it looks like flash memory is becoming an essential ingredient in the race for speed. Server-maker Cisco has just bagged a VMmark benchmark for doing just that – in its case using networked Violin Memory flash storage – paving the way to all performance-focused servers getting a flash kick.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012

Huawei and ZTE scrap for mid-range UK market share

Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE each announced the UK rollout of their respective mid-range handsets last week, the Ascend P1 and the Grand X.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012
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Fear not, Linux admins: There are TOOLS to help you

Sysadmin blogMost Linux distributions have a significant focus on security. This does not mean they are necessarily ready for production out of the box. Tools like SELinux, excellent firewall options, and robust access controls can make Linux exceptionally secure. Despite this, actually deploying a Linux system into production still requires that the systems administrator have some idea what they are doing.
Trevor Pott, 23 Jul 2012

Capita inks another local council deal, pockets £154m

West Sussex County council has awarded Capita a 10-year deal for the outsourcing of various support services, including telecommunications and pension fund administration, worth £154m.
Government Computing, 23 Jul 2012

Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb

The government should legislate rather than wait for the UK or the European courts to rule on whether internet users have to pay to browse websites, a UK media monitoring business has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2012

Is running IT for the Olympics the worst job in the world?

It's going to be the Worst Tech Job in the world ... or the best. It all depends on how the Olympics IT works this summer.
Dominic Connor, 23 Jul 2012

Techie accused of snooping wife's email cleared of wrongdoing

A computer technician accused of hacking into his wife's webmail account to search for evidence of an affair has been cleared of all wrongdoing.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012
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Scottish cloud abacus gobbled by control freak RightScale

If you think keeping track of the technical differences between cloud systems is hard, try figuring out what compute, storage, and network capacity on various platforms can cost. It's enough to give you migraine, which is why cloud control freak RightScale, which spans multiple public and private systems, has acquired small Scottish startup ShopForCloud.

Rupert Murdoch legs it from British newspaper boards

Rupert Murdoch has quit the boards of his once beloved British newspaper business, paving the way for the tycoon's News Corp empire to be split in two.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2012

JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

Boffins have fashioned an artificial bio-engineered jellyfish from rat cells that could one day fix up badly damaged human heart tissue.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Jul 2012
Nike+ Fuelband activity monitor

Nike+ Fuelband activity monitor review

I’m on a roll. Well, a streak, actually. That’s what Nike calls it when you hit your activity target for three days on the trot. The Nike+ FuelBand aims to get you fitter by scrutinising what you do.
David Phelan, 23 Jul 2012

Why DOES Google lobby so much?

Special reportLast month we reported how Google was astroturfing British politics by chivvying "citizen groups" to show spontaneous support for policies that benefit Google. Here's another example.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2012

Facebook, Last.fm and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu

Websites will be able to hook into the Ubuntu desktop in the Linux distro's next release - allowing, for example, users to receive "new message" pings from webmail services.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2012

Brit holidaymakers forced to surf in the sea, not online

Holidaymakers hoping to surreptitiously surf the net from the beach with their Three mobiles were stranded when an outage killed their signal.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Jul 2012

Canon debuts EOS M compact system camera

Seemingly bowing to peer pressure, Canon has finally unveiled its own compact system camera, the EOS M. A mirrorless interchangeable-lens snapper that features its new EF-M lens mount and an 18Mp APS-C CMOS sensor.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012
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Marvell marvels at WiGig, licenses Wilocity silicon

Chip maker Marvell has licensed WiGig silicon designer Wilocity's 60GHz tech for future high-speed wireless networking and cable-killing kit.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2012

Google plucks Gmail app maker Sparrow from the sky

Google has bought email application maker Sparrow for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2012
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Samsung flogs 10 million Galaxy S IIIs in 7 weeks

Samsung has sold more than 10 million of its flagship Galaxy S III phones worldwide in seven weeks, according to Shin Jong-kyun, the company's mobile tech top dog.
Anna Leach, 23 Jul 2012

Nokia woos networks with 'exclusive Windows 8 mobe deals'

Nokia is keeping schtum amid claims it hopes to sign exclusive deals with European mobile operators for its planned Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2012

Amazon erects 'digital hub' near Silicon Roundabout

Amazon is opening a new eight-storey office in London just west of Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout to house design teams, software devs and engineers from its July 2011 acquisition Pushbutton and its video-on-demand subsidiary LoveFilm.
Anna Leach, 23 Jul 2012

EMC's creepy challenge: Give Big Data a 'human face'

EMC is sponsoring a photo-journalism project called "The Human Face of Big Data", which will spread 100 "leading photographers" across 30 countries to document the collection and use of data.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012

ITC was wrong: Apple, RIM owe us $1bn for that patent – Kodak

Bankrupt camera firm Kodak is going to appeal a US regulator's decision that neither Apple nor RIM had infringed on one of its patents.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Jul 2012

Self-pwned: Black Hat says soz for phishing attack scare

Black Hat conferenceOrganisers of the annual Black Hat conference have apologised after an estimated 7,500 conference delegates received a suspicious email yesterday resembling a phishing attack.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012
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Greenbytes crunches up ex-Apple man's Zevo ZFS

Networked flash array vendor Greenbytes has bought Zevo ZFS for Mac from developer Tens Complement, and gained itself a new chairman, storage industry veteran Stephen O'Donnell.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012

Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders

Google suspended orders of its 16GB Nexus 7 tablet this week, after underestimating demand for the 7in Jelly Bean slate.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012

Amazon to bash down Google, Apple with SIX new tablets - report

Undeterred by the stumbling of Kindle Fire, Amazon is reported to be preparing even more tablets.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2012

Amazon.com hacking suspect 'cuffed in Cyprus

A Russian man thought to be connected to a series of denial-of-service attacks against Amazon in 2008 has been arrested in Cyprus.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012

ARM grabs TSMC's 3D FinFETs for future 64-bit PC brains

ARM says its 64-bit ARMv8 processor architecture is a real contender for servers and PCs. But without an appropriate process from major fab partners to etch the chips, the design doesn't matter all that much.

Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

Iran's military will establish a cyber-defence headquarters, the country's official news agency IRNA reports - just in time to sort out an alleged heavy-metal infection at its nuclear labs.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012

Next-gen Enyo 2.0 framework rises from ruins of Web OS

Devs at HP's Enyo project – the framework that once powered the applications on HP's discarded WebOS TouchPad tablet – have just released a stable version of the second major iteration, Enyo 2.0.
Anna Leach, 23 Jul 2012

Oracle lowers the flag on Fortress language project

Oracle is shuttering the long-running Fortress programming language research project, in the database giant's latest move to divest itself of the less-profitable pieces of Sun Microsystems' software portfolio.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2012

Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 5 – or whatever the marketeers at Cupertino choose to call it – will be released on September 21, according to the iPhone rumor du jour. In addition, a new survey shows the pent-up demand for it to be "unprecedented."
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2012
Larry Ellison

Oracle readies Exalogic 2.0 'engineered systems'

Software giant Oracle is not so much in the server business as it is in the stack business, and it has made no pretense about it whatsoever. In fact, the company has gone out of its way to remind Wall Street and customers alike that it has no desire to be in the volume x86 server business, but rather bought Sun Microsystems two and a half years ago (yes, it has been that long since the $7.4bn deal closed) to create what it calls "engineered systems" – and there's a new one in the Exalogic family, designed to run middleware, coming out this week.

Cisco to axe 1,300 (more) employees worldwide

Networking megacorp and server wannabe Cisco Systems plans to lay off 1,300 workers – about 2 per cent of its global workforce.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2012

Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

A new survey commissioned by Skype reveals that 40 per cent of adults do not always update their software when prompted to do so, and that 25 per cent skip software updates because they think they offer no real benefit.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2012
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VMware shells out $1.26bn for virtual networker Nicira

The networking business just got a wake-up call from server virtualizer VMware in the guise of a $1.26bn acquisition of virty networker Nicira.

Time for Victoria to adapt, says Climate Commission

Climate change is already affecting rainfall in the Australian state of Victoria, according to Australia's Climate Commission which is therefore advocating a range of mitigation and adaptation measures. Among the suggestions contained in the Climate Commission's report, Victorian climate impacts and opportunities is the suggestion that the state could already supply all of its energy needs with solar energy.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jul 2012
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Australians receive SMS death threats

Hundreds of Australians have received unsolicited TXT messages in which their imminent demise is predicted, along with an offer to avoid a hitman's gunsights if they fork over some hard-earned.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012

‘Printed boat’ places second in novelty race

A student club from the University of Washington has not only used 3D printing to build a boat – it’s taken the boat to second place in the university’s annual Milk Carton Derby at Seattle’s Green Lake.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 Jul 2012

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