23rd > September > 2009 Archive
IDFIDF Intel has given further insight into its attempt to build a better reputation as a provider of integrated graphics products, specifically as its takes the IGP out of the chipset and builds it into the CPU.
The light has finally gone out on Facebook Beacon, the user-data-sharing ad system that creeped out so many netizens after its launch in the fall of 2007. But Mark Zuckerberg's social networking empire has other schemes for squeezing dollars from user data.
The ramp of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for servers is just getting underway, and the use of 10GE networks for linking storage to servers is barely in its infancy. Fibre Channel over Ethernet being more a topic of conversation than a deployed technology. But why not reach for a future that's even further out? This week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Mellanox Technologies is showing off the world's first 40GE converged network adapters.
IDFIDF Intel has managed to squeeze one million IOPs out of a two-socket desktop tower.
LinuxCon 2009LinuxCon 2009 There's no such thing as a free launch. Not even with open source.
Lawyers for Texas Instruments are taking aim at a group of calculator enthusiasts who posted the cryptographic keys used to modify the devices so they run custom-designed software.
EMC's Decho unit has scored a design win with China Telecom. Its Shanghai Telecom branch will use Mozy to power its online cloud backup service.
The Swedish armed forces have been hit by a major equipment problem, according to reports. Flimsy military brassieres are unable to stand up to the strains imposed when female Swedish troops perform "rigorous exercises", routinely bursting open or even catching fire - so forcing busty young conscripts to hurriedly strip off in the field.
CommentComment Murphy is back, and sleepy storage supplier Reldata had better get used to a new management regime.
A “virtual census” of videogame characters has concluded that the industry is unfairly biased towards white, adult males.
North Wales Police are quite happy to assert that the law is what a police constable says it is – as opposed to what is written in statute. This is backed up by a polite note from their Press Department, and what appears to be a slightly less polite piece of online blogging from the Police Constable whose public behaviour raised this issue in the first place.
Three Oz businesses have been taken for a total of AU$160,000 after handing over cash to scammers in the belief a wonder chemical could double their money.
The Conservatives do not go far enough in opposing government surveillance and databases, Liberal Democrat shadow ministers have argued at their annual conference.
Google has added e-mail support to its Google Sync service, providing vital connectivity to iPhone and Windows Mobile Users who don't have the time to press "check mail".
WorkshopWorkshop In its broadest sense, service management goes beyond IT service management and looks to influence many of the processes which underpin the activities a business engages in. Previously, we asked how you thought service management had changed in your organisation in recent years. Let’s dig around a bit further.
Novell will axe another 10 per cent of UK distributors currently partnering with the software vendor by the start of November this year.
Reg Reader StudiesReg Reader Studies The benefits of IP telephony (IPT) are now increasingly understood, and as offerings proliferate, we are starting to see wider scale adoption become reality across all types of business. But has the move to IPT been all it’s cracked up to be? Are problems around service and call quality still causing major headaches? What model is proving the best for businesses?
Microsoft is developing a dual-screen tablet, sorry, booklet that could seriously shake the foundations of Apple’s rumoured tablet PC and Asus' dual-screen laptop.
Demon Internet sent thousands of business and government subscribers an email this morning telling them all about a new e-billing system, and tacked on details, including passwords, for 3,600 customers.
Police in Leeds are appealing for help tracking down a man suspected of stealing a computer containing developmental cancer research software that hadn't been backed up.
The average Brit shags 2.8m people during his or her lifetime, albeit indirectly, according to a handy "Sex Degrees of Separation" calculator from Lloyds Pharmacy.
Microsoft plans to fold four new technologies into its Dynamics AX resource planning software platform, after acquiring a quartet of small companies.
Intel has upped the ante concerning the number of displays fitted into a laptop, by powering a machine with four separate screens.
Aiming to knock another nail in tape's coffin, EMC has improved its Data Domain replication capability to chip away at another tape advantage.
VidVid The US Army, seeking to embiggen its green image, has proudly announced the building of the world's first bridge made from recycled plastic and able to support heavy loads. To test the recycloplast bridge, troops drove a monster 70-ton Abrams Main Battle Tank across it.
Seagate has extended its range of encrypting drives to cover all its enterprise products.
ReviewReview In a printing market awash with colour products, here comes HP with an A4 black-and-white business laser. But far from seeming dull, the LaserJet P3015d serves to remind us of how good HP lasers are – and how much better they can be than much of the flashier competition.
Samsung is starting production of 512Mbit Phase-Change Memory (PRAM) giving it a lead on rival Numonyx's 128Mbit chip.
Brocade has extended its DCX fabric backbone switch technology to inter-connect data centres and enable a bunch of servers to send FCoE traffic to it.
InterviewInterview DAB radio usually gets a flailing from Reg readers, and that was before this summer's "switch-off" controversy. Former FreeView chief Tony Moretta has the job of steering the DAB ship through such controversies as head of the Digital Radio Development Bureau, and here's an extended Q&A with him conducted recently.
Satellite broadband provider Avanti is expecting a chunk of government cash to pay for a second satellite, despite not having managed to launch the first one yet.
Mozilla has pushed out a big update to its Thunderbird 3 beta build, which now comes with a new search feature and improved Gmail integration.
Canadian advanced imaging firm Point Grey (PG) has demoed what it has claimed is the world’s first USB 3.0-connected webcam able to stream full HD video.
Organisations are still struggling with data security, putting consumers at continued risk of identity theft as a result.
Radical Think Tank Open Europe has this week exposed a study by the EU that could lead to the creation of a massive cross-Europe database, amassing vast amounts of personal data on every single citizen in the EU. The scope of this project also reveals a growing governmental preference for systems capable of locking people up not for what they have done, but for what they might do.
The well-off popstars' club The Featured Artists Coalition - featuring such national institutions as Pink Floyd's Nick Mason - could hardly have imagined what it started when it issued a rallying cry three weeks ago. The Coalition issued a statement calling record companies a "legacy business" and saying that artists should think about playing live and selling merchandise for future revenue. Er, yeah! But if this shameless freetard-pandering was intended to rally artists behind the Coalition, it has had quite the opposite effect.
Ross Perot's original IT services firm EDS has ceased to be.
Dell has unwrapped its latest Alienware gaming laptop, which it’s punting as the world’s universe’s most powerful 15in gaming laptop.
Digital reader manufacturer iRex is about to launch into the USA with a Verizon-connected ebook, putting more pressure on the Kindle in what could be a winning move for Adobe.
Leccy TechLeccy Tech Fisker Automotive has won a $528m (£324m/€358m) US government loan, designed to help the firm launch an affordable range-extended hybrid car by 2012.
The NetScaler VPX virtual appliance for network application acceleration and load balancing, which Citrix Systems previewed to customers back in May is now shipping. It comes with shiny new list prices that are lower than physical NetScaler MPX appliances running the same software.
UK mobile phone retailer Dial-a-Phone has announced that a smaller version of Samsung’s first Android handset – the Galaxy i7500 – has been delayed until 2010.
A Californian firm has carried out the first untethered flights of its alcohol-fuelled hover rocket, able to take off and land vertically and potentially offer ballistic flights beyond the Earth's atmosphere.
UpdatedUpdated Facebook plans to open up members' inboxes and notifications to developers have drawn fire from security experts as an unacceptable privacy risk.
The French Senate passed the revised Hadopi legislation yesterday by 251 votes to 131. The legislation creates a typically French bureaucratic infrastructure, which oversees a range of sanctions against internet copyright infringers, including €3,000 fines and ultimately disconnection.
IDFIDF In five years' time, Intel will be selling more system-on-a-chip products than mainstream microprocessors. So said CEO Paul Otellini yesterday. It's a bold claim and one that warrants closer consideration.
Mozilla is planning to radically overhaul the “dated and behind” Windows version of its browser’s user interface by considering the introduction of a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon in its Firefox 3.7 release.
Users across the globe are reporting that they're unable to log-in to Microsoft's Live Messenger instant messaging service.
IDFIDF We're not expecting to see SuperSpeed USB devices shown off in significant numbers until next year, but a few have turned up at Intel Developer Forum.
IDFIDF Never say Intel executives aren't cheeky so-and-sos. On a slide all-too-briefly shown during his 'What is Cool' presentation, Intel Executive VP Dadi Perlmutter showed a selection of netbooks including the... er.... Psion Teklogix Netbook.
IDFIDF Intel plans to replace your LAN, storage, and HD video cables with a single high-speed optical cable based on a technology it calls Light Peak.
LiveJournal's security team has disabled some media features on the blogging site after a quick-spreading worm stole user email addresses and caused entries designated as private to be available to everyone.
A US bank is suing Google for the identity of a Gmail user after a bank employee accidentally sent the user a file that included the names, addresses, tax IDs, and loan info for more than 1,300 of the bank's customers.
IDFIDF Intel is introducing a reference design for what it calls "a new category" of microservers, along with low-wattage Xeon processors to power them.
Dell will tomorrow begin offering its Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with Moblin, the Intel-favoured version of Linux that was developed for mobile devices.
IDFIDF Motherboard and server maker Super Micro Computer is showing off a new double-density blade server that's based on its Twin family of half-width (not half-wit) motherboards, and is bragging that it has industry-leading density - and that's meant to be a good thing, not the kind your boss succumbs to.
LinuxCon 2009LinuxCon 2009 IBM and Canonical are buddying-up to sell a new business application bundle combining Ubuntu and Lotus for small, cheap computers in Africa.
IDFIDF Intel's 'Lincroft' Atom system-on-a-chip for handheld internet devices - including high-end smartphones - will clock to more than 1GHz, it has emerged.
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat continues to buck the economic meltdown, reporting sales up 11.7 per cent to $183.6m in the second quarter of its fiscal 2010 and net income up 36.9 per cent to $28.9m. The sales were above the high end of Red Hat's guidance.
Google has added a new contraption to its browser toolbar that lets you annotate any web page - and read annotations left by others.
A federal judge fundamentally misinterpreted a patent asserted against Microsoft Word, an error that should require a $290m infringement penalty to be overturned, attorneys for the software giant argued Wednesday.