Fri, 08:39 Vor der Ausschreibung von Energie Wasser Bern (ewb) bestand der Gerätepark aus einer Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Geräten von verschiedenen Lieferanten. Da war schnell klar, das geht einfacher und vor allem schlanker. Lesen Sie hier den Referenzbericht von RICOH.
Tue, 06:00 Da sich die Computerworld.ch-Redaktion in Zürich befindet und der 1. Mai hier ein kantonaler Feiertag ist, bleiben News für heute aus.
Mon, 17:41 300 Millionen Dollar investiert Microsoft in die US-Buchhandelskette Barnes & Nobles. Dafür hat man nun einen Fuss in den boomenden Markt der elektronischen Bücher gesetzt.
Mon, 16:59 Apple-Mitgründer und Technik-Koryphäe Steve Wozniak hat sich zum Design von Windows Phone geäussert. Seiner Ansicht nach ist das mobile Microsoft-Betriebssystem wesentlich schöner als Android und sogar iOS.
Mon, 16:42 Bei der Schweizer Jugend sind Handys nicht mehr wegzudenken. Laut einer Studie der ZHAW sind Zehntausende Jugendliche gar süchtig nach ihren Mobiltelefonen.
Mon, 16:12 Ein Forschungsprojekt zur Schatten-IT der Hochschule Konstanz soll das Thema sprichwörtlich beleuchten.
Mon, 15:30 Die «Hochschule Luzern – Technik & Architektur» (HLTA) und IBM Schweiz haben dieser Tage die «Swiss Enterprise Computing Association» gegründet. Der Verein verfolgt das Ziel, die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Partner im Umfeld Unternehmens-IT auszubauen.
Mon, 14:07 Ein Hacker hat sich eine Sicherheitslücke in Skype zunutze gemacht, um ein Tool zu schreiben, das die IP-Adressen der Anwender enttarnt - auch die internen.
Mon, 12:22 Wie aus einem von Google veröffentlichten Dokument hervorgeht, hatte der zuständige Programmierer durchaus absichtlich den Datenverkehr von offenen WLAN-Netzen aufgezeichnet.
Mon, 12:01 350 St. Galler Lehrpersonen haben an einem Kickoff-Event zweier Berufsfachschulen teilgenommen, welcher das Ziel hat, einen kompetenteren Umgang mit moderner ICT zu vermitteln.
Wed, 00:12 Displays auf der Windschutzscheibe - sogenannte "Head-ups" - finden in Autos der gehobenen Preisklasse zunehmend Verwendung. Für das noch ungelöste Problem der geringen Kontrastschärfe bei Tageslicht liefert der japanische Hersteller Pioneer nun eine Lösung: 2012 kommt ein Produkt auf den Markt, bei dem RGB-Laser die bisher übliche LED-Technik ersetzen.
Wed, 00:08 Die Löhne von Beschäftigten in Luzerner Privatunternehmen zeigen massive Unterschiede. Die besten Löhne erhalten Angestellte in der Informations- und Kommunikationsbranche, am wenigsten die Angestellten im Gastgewerbe. Frauen verdienen immer noch deutlich schlechter als Männer.
Tue, 21:39 Das soziale Online-Netzwerk Facebook will seine Nutzer zu Organspenden bewegen. Facebook-Gründer Mark Zuckerberg stellte am 1. Main eine neue Funktion vor, bei der Mitglieder auf ihrem Profil anzeigen können, ob sie Organspender sind. Ausserdem verlinkt Facebook zu Organisationen, bei denen sich Nutzer als Organspender offiziell registrieren lassen können.
Tue, 18:34 Mit Daniel Henry und Robert Bass hat Groupon zwei Bilanzexperten in das oberste Firmengremium einberufen. Das von Andrew Mason geführte Internetunternehmen hatte seine Geschäftszahlen gleich mehrfach korrigieren müssen, zuletzt die für das Schlussquartal.
Tue, 18:25 In der jüngeren Vergangenheit sind verschiedene etablierte und von den Browser-Herstellern als vertrauenswürdig anerkannte Zertifizierungsdiensteanbieter (CSPs) angegriffen und in mindestens zwei Fällen (Comodo und Diginotar) auch kompromittiert worden. Dabei ist es den Angreifern gelungen, falsche SSL/TLS-Server-Zertifikate auszustellen, mit denen z.B. in grossem Stil Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) Angriffe durchgeführt werden können.
Tue, 12:47 Die Hochschule Luzern für Technik & Architektur und IBM Schweiz haben mit der „Swiss Enterprise Computing Association“ einen Verein gegründet, mit dem die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Partner im Umfeld der Unternehmens-IT ausgeweitet werden soll.
Tue, 09:46 Der in Deutschland ansässige Steinmetz Timothy Vincent bietet neuerdings Grabsteine mit eingearbeitetem QR-Code an, wie "Der Westen" berichtet. Die quadratischen Embleme können, ähnlich wie Barcodes, mithilfe eines modernen Mobiltelefons eingescannt werden.
Tue, 09:41 Für das erste Quartal des laufenden Geschäftsjahres, das am 31. März endete, muss der chinesische Suchmaschinenbetreiber Sohu.com mit Hauptsitz in Peking zwar einen deutlichen Gewinnrückgang zur Kenntnis nehmen, dafür konnte er aber immerhin beim Umsatz um einiges zulegen.
Tue, 09:09 Jenen, die in neuen Technologien investieren wollen, empfiehlt der Aktien- und Fondsexperte Mark Hawtin auf der Plattform Finews.ch, nicht dem allgemeinen Social-Media-Trend zu folgen, sondern die "Zulieferer" von Facebook, Apple und Co ins Auge zu fassen.
Tue, 00:30 Branchenkenner schätzen laut „Audio Video Foto Bild“, dass 20 bis 30 Prozent der Produktbewertungen im Internet gefälscht seien. Laut dem Magazin für Unterhaltungselektronik werden spezielle Agenturen beauftragt, massenweise gute Bewertungen bei Onlineshops wie Amazon abzugeben.
Tue, 23:37 judgecorp writes "The British Government has announced its plans to handle solar storms. The idea is to improve the resilience of infrastructure, including satellite communications — which the government says will also be useful against the future possibility of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. From the report: 'National Grid and DECC are building on the work of the Space Environment Impacts Evaluation Group and E3C to analyse the range of impacts of extreme space weather events, with the Carrington Event being adopted as the reasonable worst case. These scientific assessments have enabled National Grid to change the design requirements for its Supergrid transformers, and to increase its reserve holding of transformers. National Grid is currently developing improved monitoring tools with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and installing or reinstalling Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) monitoring devices into its Strategic Asset Management program. The next steps will be for National Grid, in association with BGS and working with E3C, to develop more detailed modelling of severe space weather events including impacts on generator transformers. This will extend and strengthen its analysis on the electricity transmission system completed so far.'"
Tue, 22:54 An anonymous reader writes "MIT's The Tech published an article with technical details behind the Tetris hack they did on the Green Building earlier this year. The article includes photographs of the LED modules, as well as a link to some of the source code used in the hack. The hackers have released some of the source code on GitHub, and are looking for people to contribute code that could run on the system."
Tue, 22:12 Earlier today, Tizen, Intel's post-MeeGo mobile OS, announced the availability of their first stable release. The H has a summary of the new features: "The source code for Tizen's Larkspur release has seen a number of new features added. The Web capabilities have now got full W3C/HTML5 specification support with 'key' WebRTC features incorporated and APIs to access the local camera and vibration. ... Tizen's graphics are based on X11 with a compositing window manager based on Enlightenment Foundation Libraries ... The SDK's IDE includes a new browser based tool which offers support for the Tizen APIs within a browser; this should allow developers to run and debug Tizen 'web applications' and see how those applications run with various device profiles. The alpha release of the browser based simulator should reduce the need to work with the emulator for many applications." The SDK release notes and source release notes have the gritty details. A new community wiki has been created, and source is available via git. This release comes just before the first Tizen developer conference, May 7-9th in San Francisco.
Tue, 20:04 An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 Report yesterday, unsurprisingly including Canada on the Priority Watch list. While inclusion on the list is designed to generate embarrassment on target countries, Michael Geist explains why this year's report should elicit outrage. Not only is the report lacking in objective analysis, it targets some of the world's poorest countries with no evidence of legal inadequacies and picks fights with any country that dare adopt a contrary view on intellectual property issues."
Tue, 19:22 hessian sends this excerpt from Medical Xpress "Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results. The reason for this is that autism is influenced by many different genes, and different genes are involved in different individuals, making it hard to find the common genetic ground between patients. Now, research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that despite this fact, the different genes involved in autism tend to be involved in specific processes in the brain. This can explain, on the one hand, similarities in the behavioral symptoms of different autistics, but also the large spectrum of behaviors observed in different autistic individuals."
Tue, 18:52 mask.of.sanity writes "An online search portal has been launched that reveals the IP addresses of any Skype user. The portal needs only a Skype username entered in a search bar for it to produce the IP address of a target user. It then uses IP addresses to geo-locate users on a map and reveal their ISP information."
Tue, 18:36 mcmadman writes "The multi-zone audio player I'm working with uses an almost decade old card/software combo that is prone to crashes and other anomalies. I would like to know if there are open source (read 'free') or other alternatives that would allow multiple simultaneous playlists played through the myriad of audio interfaces out there. The line outs are then plugged into a CobraNet matrix, which handles the distribution of the music/sound to their respective areas. I'm looking at eight channels minimum, timed playlist start/stops, and triggered announcements. So far the only software and hardware I've found are proprietary broadcasting solutions which tend to be a bit heavy on the wallet or meant for home use."
Tue, 17:55 New submitter Lasrick writes "Skip past the dry abstract to Jan Beyea's main article for a thorough exploration of what's wrong with current 'safe' levels of low-level radiation exposure. The Bulletin is just releasing its 'Radiation Issue,' which is available for free for two weeks. It explores how the NRC may be changing recommended safe dosages, and how the studies for prolonged exposure have, until recently, been based on one-time exposures (Hiroshima, etc.). New epidemiological studies on prolonged exposure (medical exposures, worker exposures, etc.) are more accurate and tell a different tale. This is a long article, but reads well." Here's the free, downloadable PDF version, too.
Tue, 17:33 MatthewVD writes "Pluto may have been downgraded to a dwarf planet, but researchers modeling its wisp of an atmosphere continue to find that it is a surprisingly complex world, particularly when it comes to weather patterns. Howling winds that sweep clockwise around the planet at up to 225 mph — though the atmosphere is so thin, it would only feel like 1 mph on Earth. The algorithms used to model the atmosphere will be helpful in studying far more complex atmospheres, like Earth's."
Tue, 17:13 According to CNN, which credits Hamburg-based newspaper Die Zeit, German investigators have uncovered a trove of more than 100 Al Qaeda documents recovered from a "digital storage device" (and memory cards) which were found hidden in the underpants of Austrian citizen Maqsood Lodin, who had recently traveled to Pakistan. The documents "included an inside track on some of the terror group's most audacious plots and a road map for future operations." Among these future plots: "[S]eizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008." The documents were reportedly neither in plain view nor simply encrypted, but instead steganographically embedded in a pornographic video.
Tue, 16:32 judgecorp writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has praised the user interface of Microsoft's Windows Phone, saying that aspects of its user interface are more 'beautiful' than comparable sides to the iPhone. The comments, in a New Domain, follow on from a comment by Forrester boss George Colony who blogged that Apple would decline in the post-Jobs era. Both pieces have kicked off the kind of online argument you would expect."
Tue, 15:50 darthcamaro writes "A strange thing happened at the end of 2011. For the first time in years, global broadband adoption and speeds dropped. According to Akamai, broadband adoption declined by 4.6 percent and average speeds declined by 14 percent. In a somewhat strange twist, New Jersey now also dominates the top 5 list of fastest broadband cities in the U.S, though Boston is the fastest overall at 8.4 Mbps."
Tue, 23:36 The team of MIT tinkerers who turned a campus building into a giant Tetris game just released the code for you to enjoy. Hooray!
Tue, 23:28 Team Mobile Eye wins challenge with an app which describes surroundings to the blind.
Tue, 23:19 The last couple of years have obviously not been kind to Research in Motion, which is why the company has been hoping to generate some much-needed positive buzz by unveiling portions of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system this week.
Tue, 23:10 Disrupting mobile phone service is a legitimate tool for law enforcement authorities working against terrorism or other dangerous situations, a mass transit...
Tue, 22:46 Dell's XPS 13 is selling better than expected, the company says.
Tue, 22:30 I'm a fan of cloud storage and syncing services, but I think it's important to pick one and stick with it.
Tue, 22:29 Some users are complaining that iTunes' new security questions are too difficult, while others are too easy.
Tue, 21:56 This freebie just keeps getting better, with features like Comparative Traffic and One-Tap Reporting. Plus, it's now available for BlackBerry.
Tue, 21:23 RIM seems optimistic that BlackBerry 10 will give it an edge and help it regain its lost mojo in the mobile market.
Tue, 20:36 Any self-respecting fan of NASA would love to cuddle up to one of these space shuttle stuffed toys, right?
Tue, 20:22 Originally known as the 'Spark,' this fully open $265 device will soon ship with a full 1GB of RAM.
Tue, 20:20 Barnes & Noble cuts prices on its basic e-readers by up to 20% as Mother's Day approaches.
Tue, 20:13 Close examination finds that some of the beliefs that CIOs hold dearest about their role in the enterprise may not stand up in the real world.
Tue, 20:00 The deal with the maker of the popular Nook ebook reader shows that Microsoft, like Apple, understands that ecosystems are the key to success.
Tue, 19:30 French company Eole Water reinvents the wind turbine to harvest wind energy and fresh water out of thin air.
Tue, 19:28 Hulu may be switching to an authentication model, requiring users have a cable/satellite subscription in order to access the company's streaming content.
Tue, 19:25 4 billion MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensor devices will be in circulation by 2016.
Tue, 19:16 With businesses trusting third-party cloud providers with little scrutiny, the onus is on the providers to be transparent about risk
Tue, 19:05 Microsoft won't say if Barnes and Noble's Nook app for Metro will be embedded into Windows 8 or Windows RT.
Tue, 18:58 The e-reader is one of those rare niche gadgets that can and should have a place in our tech lives.
Tue, 18:50 SAP's technology chief has given a strong rebuttal to a recent presentation by an Oracle executive that was critical of SAP's HANA in-memory database, saying it...
Tue, 18:44 Printstagram prints your Instagram photos, including on mini-stickers suitable for decorating, well, everything.
Tue, 18:35 Research in Motion released a video during its BlackBerry World conference that shows a device and software that are an extreme departure from RIM's lineup.
Tue, 18:00 Developers behind a video game called 'Mythic:The Story of Gods and Men' wanted $80,000 to get the project rolling.
Tue, 17:24 The Times says it uncovered Marius Milner's identity through a former state investigator who was involved in a separate inquiry into Street View.
Tue, 16:43 Facebook adds organ donor to your Timeline and helps you link to local organ donation resources.
Tue, 16:13 Apple claims that it is 'among the top payers of U.S. income tax' and also that it is among the top creators of American jobs.
Tue, 15:56 Oracle sued Google about two years ago, arguing that its Android software infringes Java patents and copyrights that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.
Tue, 15:24 Symantec spells out the malware's money-making mechanism: click fraud.
Tue, 15:06 The BlackBerry Music Gateway can be hooked up to your home stereo or car audio system via a 3.5mm auxiliary input or RCA connectors.
Tue, 14:50 Facebook on Tuesday announced an initiative to inspire members of the social network to post their organ donor status, offering a new Health and Wellness...
Tue, 14:37 Samsung overtook Apple for the smartphone leadership position, according to estimates by IDC.
Tue, 14:37 Skype said Tuesday it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address, a potential privacy-compromising issue.
Tue, 14:31 Microsoft will from now on be paying more attention to the icons, titles, and content of apps on Marketplace, and expects them to get more subtle and modest in the imagery used.
Tue, 12:56 Net Applications data for the month of April shows back-to-back months of growth for IE, wiping out nearly half a year of decline.
Tue, 12:10 Western Digital company HGST on Tuesday announced what it claimed to be the first 12 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) SAS solid state drive for use in enterprise...
Tue, 09:10 India's Telecom Commission has asked the country's telecom regulator to clarify on proposed reserve prices for an auction of mobile spectrum, following protests...
Tue, 03:30 Symantec said on Tuesday the Flashback malware that attacked Apple Mac computers could have netted its authors up to US$10,000 a day.
Tue, 03:19 When these ten guys pull the power strings of the Internet, everyone jumps.
Tue, 02:16 What do you get when you cross ancient Chinese art with Lego? You get this Kickstarter project.
Tue, 01:20 Microsoft is sticking to its plan to shut down its Office Live Small Business (OLSB) suite of cloud-based services on Monday, even though it seems many customers...
Tue, 00:29 When it comes to technology dependency and risk of legal compliance, the cloud is just like everything else.
Tue, 00:15 Sound advice against the use of bad passwords has been around for decades. Yet I still find people electing to use passwords like pa55w0rd and login123 as if they'd never heard about password cracking programs.
Tue, 00:00 The latest Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec finds that targeted attacks are becoming more common and are going beyond the public sector and large enterprises to smaller, less well defended companies in the supply chain and partner ecosystem.
Mon, 23:42 Google admits it knowingly gathered sensitive data from unprotected Wi-Fi networks with Street View and did nothing to stop it. The FCC fine: Pocket change.
Mon, 23:30 Lenders to would-be mobile data carrier LightSquared have given the company another week to meet its debt obligations while talks continue on a longer reprieve...
Mon, 23:25 Crowdsourcing is becoming an important way for government to gather information and get work done.
Mon, 23:23 The incredibly useful GDocsDrive bridges the gap between your Docs account and your PC. It's a must-have utility for anyone who uses Docs daily.
Mon, 23:05 I use Dropbox to sync files across my Macs, but also to collaborate with others using shared folders.
Mon, 23:04 A TacoCopter prototype makes a short flight, and raises questions about the commercial use of robot drones.