16th > May > 2013 Archive


Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

No sooner has Microsoft managed to get a full-featured YouTube app running on Windows Phone 8 – something it long maintained was impossible – than an irate Google has asked it to immediately remove the app from the Windows Phone Store.
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2013

Google forges BigTable-based NoSQL datastore

Google I/OIf you're Google, building cloud services for the public must be frustrating – after spending a decade crafting and stitching together software systems for use internally, when you try and sell them to the outside world you need to unpick them from one another.
Jack Clark, 16 May 2013

Tech startups, Silicon Valley, not all they're cracked up to be

Technology startups are not quite the growth engine they're assumed to be, according to a 30-year study by economic think-tank the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2013

Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

A group of scientists from the University of Alberta have created a process that makes graphene-like nanomaterials out of hemp waste, suitable for use in supercapacitors.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 May 2013

TUANZ: don't risk mobile competition

New Zealand has kicked off the consultation period for its planned 700 MHz spectrum auction, to take place in 2013.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 May 2013

My god, what's that STENCH belching from your iPhone?

A new prototype iPhone peripheral pumps out smells based on user interaction, allowing devs to add an aromatic dimension to games and messaging as long as users keep their reservoir stocked.
Bill Ray, 16 May 2013
VMware Horizon block diagram

Verizon starts selling VMware's split personality phones

VMware has notched up a significant achievement in its quest to reduce its dependence on server virtualisation - by striking a partnership with Verizon Enterprise that gives its BYOD-ware Horizon Suite a better chance of finding its way into users' hands.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2013

Australian Gartner chap slams gov-funded IT education boost

Government spending to develop folks with the IT skills business wants is a waste of time and money, according to Gartner analyst Rolf Jester.
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2013

Telly apocalypse foretold for 4G arrival fails to hit London: Brighton next

Freeview-watching Londoners are safe from 4G interference, with trials failing to elicit even a single complaint - thanks to the capital's comprehensive coverage and its use of a Freeview band well clear of invading 4G signals.
Bill Ray, 16 May 2013

Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

Acorn co-founder Hermann Hauser has claimed the world is entering a new "sixth wave" of computing, driven by the arrival of omnipresent computers and machine-learning.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

It was a conflict that didn't take place in a galaxy far, far away, but a little known corner of Norwich University.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013
Starboard Value

Quantum lurches Starboard: Vigorous investor comes aboard

Blocks and FilesStruggling storage biz Quantum has been in a quandary about how to react to aggressive shareholder Starboard Value.
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2013

Wannabe hacker, you're hired: Brit bosses mull cyber-apprenticeships

Britain's biggest businesses are draughting up cyber-security apprenticeships to train the online samurais of the future.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

Fusion-io turns up wick on its product development cycle

Take note competitors; under new management Fusion-io is going to introduce major product developments every 12-14 months with mid-life kickers every 6-7 months.
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2013

Dixons feasts on corpse of Comet, chortles over 'slab bonanza

PC World and Currys helped steer sales growth at Dixons Retail in fiscal '13 ended 28 April against the background of a land grab for fallen Comet's trade and a boom in slablets.
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2013

'Momentous year' for TalkTalk as it surges from 3rd place to, er, 4th

TalkTalk has reported a slight fall in revenue and pre-tax profit for the full financial year.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2013
Google's Mountain View headquarters

Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

Google has greater access to No. 10 Downing Street than the government's own ministers, one such minister has admitted.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2013

Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

Farmers are often heard singing about their desire for a brand new combine harvester, but they might not even need one if they fancy going to Mars.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

So it's official - the lifelong battle of legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs is finally won, now that he has toppled the PC platform from beyond the grave: well, in the UK, at least.
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2013

Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

Apple head honcho Tim Cook looks set to be hauled in front of a Senate committee to explain why his firm dodges taxes by keeping its cash overseas.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Biz email slinger Mimecast tumbles over

Mimecast, which touts webmail for businesses, has toppled over in Blighty, leaving its customers unable to send or receive emails.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 May 2013
Bond on train Patrice Skyfall

Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

CommentFinally people seem to be waking up to the dog's breakfast which is the economic case for the proposed High Speed Two London-Birmingham rail link.
Tim Worstall, 16 May 2013

Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are way more fun

A coffee date with Tim Cook has sold for the whopping price of $610,000 to an anonymous bidder.
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Software AG attempts to barge aboard crowded Cloud bandwagon

Software AG is late to the cloud computing party - but Europe’s second largest maker of on-premises enterprise software has vowed to “get it right”.
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2013

Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

Even as its I/O shindig in San Francisco dominated the headlines, Google was today accused of lying over its claims last year that it makes no sales in the UK - in order to justify its tiny UK corporation tax bill.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 May 2013

British LulzSec hackers hear jail doors slam shut for years

Three British members of the notorious LulzSec hacktivist crew and a hacker affiliate were sentenced today for a series of attacks against targets including Sony, News International, the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency. The youngest of the four accused avoided jail with a suspended sentence while the other three were jailed for terms ranging from 24 to 32 months.
John Leyden, 16 May 2013

BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

AnalysisBlackBerry announced this week that its flagship messenger service, BBM, will no longer be tied to its proprietary handsets, potentially opening up a lucrative licensing stream which could rescue the beleaguered mobe-maker.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2013

HP preps Project Kraken for monster HANA in-memory jobs

HP has revealed a little more about its "Project Kraken" in-memory system that it is cooking up in conjunction with the engineers at SAP. It's talking about a future in which there are lots of scale-out servers like its Project Moonshot systems and big-memory systems like Kraken on the other end of the spectrum – with not as much plain-vanilla, general-purpose iron in between.

London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

Flamboyant London mayor Boris Johnson has formally inked a deal which will see the enormous press centre built for the 2012 Olympics turned into a "colossal super hangar" crammed with thousands of "digital and creative" workers who won't have needed to be "brilliant at school".
Jasper Hamill, 16 May 2013

Amazon slashes DynamoDB cost to counter Google Datastore

Amazon has overhauled its DynamoDB NoSQL datastore following Google's unveiling of a price-competitive service.
Jack Clark, 16 May 2013

NASA and Google team up to buy into quantumish computing

A consortium of researchers from Google and NASA are planning to crack the issue of machine learning with a $15m quantum computer that will form the basis of a new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2013

Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

Peter Sunde, one of four cofounders of notorious BitTorrent search site The Pirate Bay, says he plans to run in next year's European Parliament elections, despite his impending incarceration for copyright violation.
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2013

Dell uncloaks novel workstation trio, plops one into cloud

Dell has filled out its workstation line with three new machines: a versatile, virtualizable 2U rack-mountable big boy, an entry-level minitower, and the minitower's little brother – which, if a workstation could ever be called "cute", would be a leading candidate for that designation.
Rik Myslewski, 16 May 2013

Google may chuck Spanner into Datastore

Google I/OGoogle may make its globally-distributed Spanner database available as a cloud service as the company tries to let developers fiddle with its innards.
Jack Clark, 16 May 2013

Boffins find world's oldest virgin water trapped in Earth's crust

A team of British and Canadian scientists think they've found the oldest water sealed off from the Earth's atmosphere hidden deep in the Earth's crust, and estimate it is between 1.5 and 2.67 billion years old.
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Dell's server, net bizzes do well, but PCs slammed as expected

If Michael Dell and his partners had hoped to turn in a bad quarter to help justify the relatively low price the Dell & Friends consortium wants to pay to take the IT giant private, Dell's sales force in the enterprise server, networking, and services units did not do their part to help. The PC business did – but not as much as many might have expected.

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