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January, 2010


January 29, 2010  9:16 AM

iPad – is it a price checker, encrypter, tablet PC or bra?

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Apple's no doubt spent years on developing is newly unveiled iPad tablet style computing device, but obviously someone forgot to do their homework on the name.

Why choose iPad when it is already spoken for by Fujitsu, no less. But it does not stop there.

Security firm Magtek...

January 28, 2010  12:40 PM

Samaritans lift barriers to web porn

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Few websites are easily accessible to people with disabilities, but two groups of good Samaritans are ensuring that this is no longer true for some sites that carry adult content.

Driven no doubt by a deep sense of public duty, members of the pornfortheblind.org group provide links to...


January 28, 2010  12:38 PM

Send in the cyber-priests

WAshford Profile: WAshford

The Catholic Church, desperate to prove it is still relevant and moving with the times, plans to make use of new media to help priests do a better job.

Pope Benedict XVI has urged priests discover new possibilities on the internet for carrying out their ministry, such as using blogs,...


January 27, 2010  3:04 PM

Apple and seo-seo reportage

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
App store

In a superhuman effort to grab clicks off the launch of the rumoured Apple tablet or iSlate, said to be a 10-inch  netbook, the Reuters news agency reports the non-news that, by itself, the iSlate was


January 27, 2010  2:36 PM

Who loves you, baby?

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
glasgow, Manchester, mother, mum

Downtime was shocked, shocked to read that Mancunian men are still tied to mummy's apron strings, judging from whom they call most often. According to the mobile price comparison website rightmobilephone.com, nearly six out of 10 calls Manchester lads make are to their mums.
The results also...


January 27, 2010  11:50 AM

Will Steve Jobs take financial responsibility for iPhone love child?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
iPhone, pregnant, steve jobs

News that a woman got pregnant as a result of an iPhone has set legal teams across the world battling for the job of winning maintenance from the super rich Apple boss Steve Jobs.

According to reports...


January 27, 2010  9:57 AM

TechCrunch hacked

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
hacks, Techcrunch

It's always tough for media companies who get hacked. They spend their time writing about others whose security wasn't quite good enough, and then they find out theirs isn't either.

Fortunately for TechCrunch, founder Michael Arrington has a...


January 27, 2010  9:55 AM

Technical hitch delays BSkyB EDS judgement

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
bskyb, EDS

In Court Nine at the Technology and Construction Court, which is part of the High Court, were more journalists than lawyers. Two rows of seats at the back of the court were full. All were there to hear the result of a five-year legal battle.

The judge, Sir Vivian Ramsey, had already...


January 27, 2010  9:46 AM

IT workers moonlight as action heroes

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
IT staff

IT staff might be mild mannered employees during the week, but some of them get Superman Syndrome the minute they leave work.
Staff are moonlighting as action heroes in their spare time, booking active days out to provide a contrast to sedentary office-based jobs.
A study of 1,347...


January 21, 2010  10:42 AM

Learning to love Big Brother

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Cisco, deep packet inspection, DPI, Encryption, Juniper, Phorm, Virgin Media

News that Virgin Media was working with Detica on deep packet inspection (DPI) to detect illegal file-sharing on its network struck Downtime as yet another dumb approach to the problem. It will simply encourage net users, especially the bad guys, to use encryption and onion ring networks to...


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