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Adobe rallies Flash and AIR mobile partners
Adobe MAXAdobe is expected to showcase tools and runtimes today with ARM and Qualcomm for Flash-powered rich internet applications (RIAs) on phones and devices.
HP fine-tunes Opteron rack box for nonexistent servers
SC08Who can tell why server makers do what they do sometimes? Instead of announcing its new Opteron-based DL385 G5p virtualization-tuned rack-mounted server last week, when Advanced Micro Devices debuted its "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors, Hewlett-Packard decided to wait and launch the box concurrent with the Supercomputing 2008 trade show going on this week down in Austin, Texas.
Top 500 supers: Big Blue Roadrunner outpaces Jaguar
SC08The Supercomputing 2008 trade show kicked off this past weekend, and the centerpiece of the annual event, which is being hosted in Austin, Texas, is the Top 500 ranking of supercomputers that comes out twice a year. This time around, Cray's Jaguar has tried to catch IBM's Roadrunner and has come up with feathers in its mouth. Maybe Cray should have nicknamed it Wile E. Coyote?
Hidden recipes for OS X charts and graphs
Mac SecretsOne of the many secrets hidden away inside OS X is a private undocumented library called GraphKit.framework. Despite being private, the name is familiar to many Mac developers - and for all the wrong reasons.
Dell Studio Hybrid mini desktop PC
ReviewFor years, laptops have relied on desktop computer technology hand-me-downs, so it's only fair that Dell's Studio Hybrid is a desktop that makes use of laptop parts.
'Meh' makes Collins English Dictionary
The interjection "meh" has beaten "frenemy", "huggles" and "jargonaut" for inclusion in the 30th anniversary edition of the Collins English Dictionary following an invitation to the unwashed masses to submit neologisms reflecting the current state of play with our beloved mother lingo.
Atos Origin suffers boardroom coup
French services firm Atos Origin suffered a boardroom coup yesterday - chief executive Phillippe Germond was ousted as chief executive and replaced by ex-finance minister Thierry Breton.
EMC's preferred cloud architecture is Art Decho
EMC is creating a new cloud services business called Decho by joining Mozy (cloud backup) and Pi (personal information) together.
BT threatens to pull plug on better broadband
Cash-strapped BT has identified a vogueish fillip in its lobbying campaign for a looser regime to regulate access to forthcoming next-generation fibre deployments: the recession.
Google voice still not on iPhone
Google's mobile application for the iPhone, which allows punters to talk to the search giant, didn’t appear on the Application Store on Friday as even the world's most successful internet company has to wait on the whim of Apple.
Hands on with the INQ1 Facebook phone
First LookYou’re a virtual nobody these days if you aren’t on Facebook, it seems. So the INQ1 phone’s been launched to give you 24x7 access to the site’s sprawling wall messages, random groups and news that 'Jessica is hammered'. Say hello to the Facebook Phone.
Unhappy people watch more telly
The University of Maryland has concluded that "unhappy people watch more TV", while those who reckon they're "very happy" tend to pass the time reading or socializing.
Leicester nursery loses memory stick with children's details
Parents concerned that new government databases might lead to their children’s data being lost or stolen were this week able to pilot the experience courtesy of a Leicester-based nursery, which appears to have "misplaced" a data stick containing details of children in their care.
Agile fraudsters prey on clueless UK surfers
British attitudes to online safety remain patchy at best, leaving surfers vulnerable to scammers who typically empty funds from compromised accounts before moving onto the next victim.
Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing
Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, has made it clear that Greater Manchester will lose £1.5bn in central government funding for public transport if local people don't agree to the use of road pricing for motorists.
China clamps down on miming musos
China's ministry of culture has announced a clampdown on miming professional musos, marking an end to lip-synching and fake guitar strumming, the Guardian reports.
Nissan: buy our electric cars... rent our batteries
'Leccy TechIn the future, we will still be buying our own cars but we'll be leasing the batteries. At least that's the vision of Nissan's Executive VP for Product Planning, Carlos Tavares.
Nokia rings warning bell
Nokia has updated its predictions on end-of-year sales, knocking 20 million handsets off its fourth quarter forecast for the industry and promising to get rid of all those expensive external contractors.
Xbox 360 nears 25m global sales mark
The Xbox 360’s global installed base will have overtaken that of its predecessor by the end of the month, a Microsoft executive has forecast.
Carphone Warehouse considers TalkTalk amputation
Carphone Warehouse will suggest to investors it might spin off its TalkTalk ISP and home phone business, according to multiple reports today.
Sun gives StarOffice ninth life
Little more than a month after the release of OpenOffice 3.0, Sun Microsystems has officially unveiled a major update to StarOffice, the OpenOffice twin that comes with a price tag.
Linux weaktops poised for death by smartphone
Fail and YouSmartphones have been around for a long time, but only recently did the laptop industry figure out that it could cut into the market funded solely by tech nerds' f*ck-you money with a compound word of its own: netbook.
Asus launches 'world's fastest' smartphone
Asus has unveiled its latest smartphone, which, it claimed, is the “fastest business PDA phone in the world”.
Safari 3.2 update leaves Mac fanboys' balls in a spin
Mac fans have given the latest version of Apple’s Safari browser a frosty reception after complaining that the update is causing frequent crashes.
Magazine faces legal action for bowing to legal action
The New Statesman faces a possible lawsuit for removing links from its website after it was threatened with legal action.
UK health records should not be flogged off
Harry Cayton was only appointed head of the health service data watchdog on 6 November, but he has wasted no time in putting the boot into how the NHS wants to treat patient data.
Adobe pinballs 64-bit Flash Player 10 alpha into Linux orbit
Adobe Systems has spun out an alpha version of its Flash Player 10 technology for 64-bit Linux software users today, to satisfy the needs of freetards everywhere.
Fujitsu boffins build 'god-view' cam rig for drivers
Fujitsu has come up with a system that will give motorists a full 360° view around their car, from an almost god-like perspective.
Slo-mo MoD budget traincrash rolls on
AnalysisA grim picture of the financial crisis in the UK Ministry of Defence was painted today, as it was revealed that an almost total freeze has been put in place on new equipment projects. In a related development, the MoD announced that it has funded a Scottish company to develop wireless camera projectiles which troops could shoot round corners or into rooms.
UK govt cuts web shoppers a break
The banks may be unwilling to pass on their tax breaks, but at least the Government has one for internet shoppers importing goodies from outside the EU.
Chinese TV suspends footie coverage
China Central TV (CCTV) has suspended coverage of a football league whose players appear to have learned their skills from their petulant European counterparts, the BBC reports.
Nintendo 'bans' second-hand WiiSpeak sales
Once you’re bored with WiiSpeak, you'll no longer be able to make a quick buck flogging it on eBay. Nintendo has designed a way of eliminating second-hand sales.
Platform fires discount cluster tools into schools
SC08It is a given in the computer industry that the things that compsci students learn at college or university has a dramatic effect on the products they use in their future careers as computer scientists, programmers, or managers.
Supercomputing past masters resurface with coder-friendly cluster
SC08The Supercomputing 2008 show in Austin is going to be the occasion for a lot of flashbacks, and not just because there are countless nerds on hand who came out of the University of California at Berkeley. The event is hosting the debut of a new supercomputer maker, Convey Computer, and the company's brain trust includes Steven Wallach, the man who co-founded vector minisupercomputer maker Convex Computer in 1982.
El Reg seeks top net neologism
It's come to our notice that you, our beloved readers, do take a close interest in the destruction evolution of the English language, as exemplified by the inclusion of "meh" in the Collins English Dictionary and the elevation of "wiki" to the OED.
US Justice Department free to track mobile phone users
The American Civil Liberties Union has revealed that the FBI no longer feels the need for judicial or operator oversight when deploying base station-faking technology to detect mobile phones.
MS explains 7-year patch delay
Microsoft has explained why it took seven years to patch a known vulnerability. Fixing the bug earlier would have taken out network applications and potential exploits alike, it explained.
One-eyed woman wants techno-vision
A one-eyed woman has appealed for some gadget guidance to help her turn her artificial eye into a camcorder.
Citibank, RBS and JP Morgan wield gilt edged axe
Citibank is cutting another 53,000 from its payroll, on top of the 22,000 job cuts it has already announced.
Three SiPort Inc bosses slain in gun rampage
A 47-year-old product test engineer was arrested yesterday on suspicion of fatally shooting three of his colleagues after being laid off from his post at Santa Clara-based SiPort Inc.
Beeb gets its rocks off in Second Life
The BBC last week more than fulfilled its public service remit by exploring just how saddos can get their ends away on Second Life.
Cybercrooks launch DDoS assault on anti-fraud site
UpdatedUnidentified miscreants have launched a denial of service attack on a UK-based anti-fraud website.
Microsoft and HP gun for Hyper-Victory with SMEs
Microsoft has sealed a virtualisation deal with Hewlett-Packard that will see the computer maker deploy systems loaded with Hyper-V.
Geek Wheels touted as the ultimate tech scooter
Take one Yamaha Vino scooter and enough gadgets to make Amazon’s shipping warehouse look bleak, and what do you get? The Geek Wheels techno-scooter.
Obama's BlackBerry to be banned?
A US law could force President-Elect Barack Obama give up his BlackBerry, it has been reported.
Fujitsu follows Seagate with svelte 6Gbps SAS drive
Solidifying the appeal of enterprise small form factor (SFF) SAS hard disk drives, Fujitsu is launching 10K and 15K rpm products, both with the 6Gbit/s SAS-II interface, twice as fast as 3Gbit/s SAS-I.
Apple sued over Jesus Phone 'hairline cracks'
A New Yorker has sued Apple over hairline cracks known to appear in the Jesus Phone.
Mark Cuban charged with insider trading
Mark Cuban, technology entrepreneur, billionaire, Dallas Mavericks owner, and ardent attention-seeker is getting a new title by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today: "defendant."
Symantec's John Thompson to retire as CEO
Symantec has announced that CEO John Thompson will retire in early April, at the end of the company's fiscal year.