2nd > September > 2009 Archive
EMC demos cloak of storage invisibility
VMworldEMC today demoed how its upcoming fully-automated storage tiering (FAST) technology working together with SSDs might drastically improve storage performance and efficiency.
Intel vows PC virtualization skoolin' for OEMs
Intel has vowed to keep on educating OEMs about PC virtualization, as vendors sell machines that have left customers frustrated and angry.
IDC outs the worst quarter in server history
The server market can only go up from the pitiful levels it set in the second quarter, according to the box counters at IDC, which pegged the period from April through June as the worst in the history of the systems business.
AMD to beat Nvidia in DX11 GPU release race?
AMD looks set to beat arch-rival Nvidia to the release of DirectX 11-capable graphics cards. It will ship suitable GPUs in October, around the time Windows 7 will introduce the new 3D graphics framework.
Google blames Gfail on 'availability' upgrade
Calling Tuesday's one-hour-and-forty-minute Gmail outage a "Big Deal," Google has pinned the breakdown on some recent changes to the request routers that direct queries to the service's web servers.
Arms biz: Your taxes mainly go on our fat salaries! Ha ha!
AnalysisYesterday the UK's arms industry launched its renewed pitch for more government money. Shooting themselves in the foot somewhat, assembled weapons-biz kingpins revealed that - by their own estimation - the UK taxpayer is already supporting at least twice as many well-paid British arms workers as there are (poorly-paid) soldiers in the British army.
Dixons blames PC World for falling sales
Dixons Store Group saw sales fall six per cent in the last quarter, despite good progress in sexing up its stores.
Illinois bright spark sparks car inferno
An Illinois bright spark, who decided the best way to check the level of combustible fluid in a petrol can was by using a cigarette lighter, ended up with a torched car and second-degree burns.
Nokia chucks free music phones at Spotify
Nokia announced two dedicated music phones in Stuttgart this morning, which are only available with its "free" Comes With Music service. The service bundles a year's worth of unlimited music downloads.
EMC swallows indexer Kazeon
EMC is buying eDiscovery data indexer Kazeon, thereby getting its hands on the OEM source of NetApp's Information Server 1200 appliance.
USB overseer ready to certify SuperSpeed kit
The USB Implementers Forum - the body behind the bus standard - has said it will now start testing devices to ensure they comply with the USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - standard.
NASA sat snaps LA wildfire
NASA's Terra satellite has captured a dramatic image of the Los Angeles "Station Fire" wildfire. It is one of at least seven conflagrations currently affecting California, which by yesterday had reportedly laid waste to over 133,000 acres and consumed 80 buildings.
Blu-ray body talks up, fails to detail 3D content standard
The Blu-ray Disc Association has yet again said it's looking at how it can incorporate 3D TV content into the optical disc standard - but with still no indication in which technological direction its investigation is leaning.
Toshiba touts 640GB laptop hard drive
Not to be outdone by Hitachi's new 7200rpm, 500GB 2.5in hard drive, rival disk maker Toshiba has announced a 640GB model, though it only spins at 5400rpm.
HTC tells of Touch 2
The touchscreen smartphone juggernaut that is HTC continues to roll forward - the firm has unveiled the successor to the Touch.
Brit inventor wants prison for patent crims
The inventor of the wind-up radio is calling on the UK government to toughen its stance on patent law, by making intellectual property theft a criminal offence.
Prince of Darkness scares UK mobe firms
Heads of the UK network operators met with Peter Mandelson yesterday, with the Dark One stating that issues will be resolved in days - although which issues in particular he declined to specify.
The A-to-Z of VMware suitors
Every storage player wants to be a good citizen in the VMware virtual data centre and server world. They showed up to VMworld to be seen and counted, and to demonstrate that they too can play nice in what is increasingly looking to be an EMC-owned data centre and server interface to all things networking and storage.
MS warns of forced Messenger update
Microsoft has outlined plans to push a mandatory Windows Live Messenger upgrade in order to plug a security hole related to a vulnerable code library.
BMW unveils futuristic Vision
Leccy TechBMW has released details of its Vision Efficient Dynamics plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Orange predicts death of bosses and birth of P2P offices
Orange has been studying how we'll be working over the next decade or two, and apparently we'll be dumping the CEO but not all working from home.
How much of the EU's data will the UK lose?
"Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer system to protect millions of people's private details. The action was taken after a memory stick was found in a pub car park containing confidential passcodes to the online Government Gateway system, which covers everything from tax returns to parking tickets."
Germany says 'nein' to Google book deal
The German government has come out in opposition to Google's recent book settlement, declaring it would “irrevocably alter the landscape of international copyright law.”
Nokia confirms N97 Mini
Nokia has opened its annual conference with the launch of probably its worst kept secret from recent months. No, we’re not talking about the Booklet 3G, but the N97 Mini.
Rock Xtreme X790
ReviewThe mobile version of Intel’s Core i7 processor isn’t due to arrive until early next year, so we were a little surprised to hear that UK system builder Rock was about to launch a new range of laptops based around the i7.
Panasonic slims Micro Four Thirds compact
Panasonic has launched what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest video-capable camera based on the Micro Four Thirds system.
Boffins fail to detect Moon's strangeness
Scientists hoping to sniff out elusive "strange matter", apparently detected back in 1998 on a space shuttle mission, have failed to find corroborating evidence of strangeness from the lunar surface.
Four arrested in China over net-paralysing gaming spat
Chinese police have arrested four gamers who allegedly launched denial of service attacks that disrupted internet communications across the country back in May.
Toshiba claims 2.5-inch disk leadership
Toshiba claims it has launched "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive to date", at 640GB.
Scottish gov to curb personal data collection
The Scottish Government plans to reduce the amount of information on citizens held by large public databases and curb the collection and use of personal data by public authorities.
Solid State of the union
Since VMware and virtual stuff are all the rage, here are three virtual solid state disk stories. Well, rumours. Take them at less than face value if you will, but they do come from reputable and credible sources.
Cisco's UCS needs a bra
Apparently the "California" Unified Computing Systems cannot defy gravity as a young server with generous capacity should.
Nokia bigs up innovators... kinda
Nokia has announced the winners of its innovation competition - it's one ported from Android, one old idea made new and one pre-installed slideshow, but at least the special award is interesting.
Desktop virtualization: More than a little interest
Poll Results‘Desktop virtualization’ has been an oft-heard phrase over recent years, but talk does not automatically translate into action. So what is the state of play regarding deployments of the many desktop virtualization alternatives that exist?
Azerbaijani donkey bloggers face seven years' jail
A pair of Azerbaijani bloggers, who posted a satirical YouTube vid featuring a donkey, face up to seven years' jail on what human rights organisations are calling trumped-up charges.
Men far worse than women on password security
Women are more password savvy than blokes, according to a new survey.
Sony jumps on the 3D TV gravy train
IFAOne of the most established names in home entertainment has announced plans to get behind 3D TV production.
PS3 phone out next month
The first mobile phone to boast PlayStation 3 compatibility will be available next month, Sony Ericsson has confirmed.
Secret US spontaneous human combustion beam tested
American death-tech goliath Boeing has announced a long-delayed in-flight firing for the smaller of its two aeroplane raygun-cannon prototypes, the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL). The ATL blaster, mounted in a Hercules transport aircraft, apparently "defeated" an unoccupied stationary vehicle.
Red Hat stretches Linux system management tentacle
Software maker Red Hat has announced the availability of its on-premises systems management product.
Oracle to talk Sun hardware on October 14
Oracle, which will presumably soon own Sun Microsystems, has not said much about its plans for the Sparc server business at Sun since announcing its takeover in April - but apparently the top brass at the company are going to assuage everyone's fears that Oracle will ditch Sun iron, and will do so on October 14 at the OpenWorld extravaganza hosted by Oracle.
Microsoft rejects call to fix SQL password-exposure risk
Microsoft is butting heads with a company that provides software for database security over a weakness in SQL Server that can expose user passwords to anyone with administrative access to the program.
Red Hat pumps out commercial KVM
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is hosting its annual summit in Chicago this week, and the star of the event was today's launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, which sports the first commercially supported KVM hypervisor from the company.
EU may delay Oracle's Sun acquisition
European regulators could help create a further delay in the closure of Oracle's planned $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
The internet celebrates the Big Four-O
Today, the internet celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Or at least one of them.
Microsoft confirms IIS bug gives complete server control
Microsoft has confirmed a vulnerability in its Internet Information Services webserver and spelled out the conditions under which it can be exploited to give an attacker complete control of the server on which it runs.
Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard — The poison taste test
Apple's Snow Leopard arrived during the twilight zone between the completion of Microsoft's Windows 7 and its general release.