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Dell, HP badmouth Apple's iPad

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 23:03
'Just absurd' (much like Dell's math)

A top Dell marketeer says that Apple's "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab is doomed to enterprise irrelevancy, and an HP senior vice president blasted Apple's partner policies as being "just absurd."…

Is Samsung imitating Sony?

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 22:57
Researcher's claim: 'I logged your logger' Updated: denied by Samsung

If this is true, it could be the stupidest thing any laptop manufacturer has ever done: NetworkWorld is reporting the discovery of keyloggers on brand-new Samsung laptops.…

Google to NASA: Open source will not kill you

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 22:02
'Time to blow up some robots'

Google open source guru Chris DiBona has called on NASA to use more open source code in its aerospace program, urging the government agency to test free software in unmanned flights and "blow-up some robots."…

Gloves off on Australia's NBN: Turnbull articulates policy

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 21:00
Clarity at last, we think

Telecommunications policy-watchers in Australia have a clear articulation of the federal opposition’s position and plans, after communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull addressed a Sydney conference on Wednesday.…

Verizon boosts 'selected' US backbones to 100G

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 19:32
Drops E, bE, b/s, b/sec overhead from its Gigabit

Verizon has announced that it will be the first service provider to pump "selected segments" of its US long-haul backbone to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds, using Juniper Networks routers and Ciena coherent optical-processing gear.…

Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 19:29
Have ye heard o' the interwebs, laddie?

With Internet Explorer 9 having lost the early download PR war to Firefox 4.0, Microsoft now claims the numbers are unimportant and that it's the "long game" that counts.…

Mobile ads wither in January

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 18:37
iPhone still the best bet

Australian smartphone adoption is booming, yet the mobile ad market took a serious dive in January. According to a report from global ad network InMobi, Australian mobile ad impressions dropped by 18% in January compared to October 2010.…

Harvey Norman warms to e-tail

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 18:36
Worries about digital pennies- still not making much sense

Australian retail Luddite Gerry Harvey has reversed his anti e-tailing stance conceding that he will launch an online retail store.…

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Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 18:00
Testing, testing

Canada is gearing up for another federal election and The CBC – Canada’s state-owned broadcaster – has released an online tool to help the undecided.…

Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 17:56
In money as in code: unforgiving

St. Bill Gates, latter-day savior of philanthropy, has been recast as an alpha geek in a memoir penned by fellow Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.…

VMware corks hypervisor security hole

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 17:21
ESXi, ESX, and vCenter not affected

Server and PC virtualization juggernaut VMware has issued a patch for the Workstation hypervisor that plugs a privilege-escalation hole on machines that use Linux as the host environment for the hypervisor.…

Carrier-sold iPad 2 Sim locks snag unwary buyers

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:59
Caveat bites emptor

Buying an iPad 2 from a network operator - or one of its third-party resellers - comes at a price beyond the cost of the data contract and the hardware, it seems: the 'magical... again' gadgets are Sim-locked.…

Google gets biennial privacy audit after Buzz blunder

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:35
Mountain View Chocolate Factory in settlement with FTC

Google has agreed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to undergo regular privacy audits for the next 20 years, after bolting its ill-conceived Buzz social network on to Gmail in early 2010 without first seeking the consent of its users.…

Gartner raises 2011 IT spending prognostications

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:26
Falling US dollar, fondleslabs save the day!

The wizards at market researcher Gartner have spent the past few weeks polishing their crystal balls, and now think the IT spending environment will be a bit better than they had originally expected.…

Cloud music lockers: who fricking cares?

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:22
Amazon launches solution looking for a problem

I have seen amazing music services that never launched because of music company collywobbles. No one would call Amazon's Cloud Drive locker, launched yesterday, an amazing music service. Or even a quite good one. To be honest, it barely deserves to be called a "service" – it's really more of an afterthought.…

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:06
Ex New gov CIO lashes Labour's tech wastage

The man in charge of the government's IT efficiency drive has told MPs that Whitehall should use more Apple Macs while castigating the previous government for trying to sex-up IT projects.…

Oracle and the Attack of the Killer Stack

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:50
The gravitational pull of convergence

Comment Oracle will have to look more like HP and HP will have to look more like Oracle.…

Comodo admits 2 more resellers pwned in SSL cert hack

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:27
How deep does the rabbit hole go?

Comodo has admitted a further two registration authorities tied to the digital certificates firm were hit by a high-profile forged digital certificate attack earlier this month.…

Handspring Puppet Co.: The genius puppetry behind War Horse

TED.com - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:22
"Puppets always have to try to be alive," says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena's subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage.

Tesla Motors sues BBC for defamation

The Register - Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:06
Petrolhead pundit sparks electric storm

Tesla Motors has filed libel a suit against the BBC, accusing Top Gear of defamation.…