23rd > September > 2009 Archive
Intel pledges 'big leap' in integrated graphics performance
IDFIntel 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.
Facebook turns out light on Beacon
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.
Mellanox kicks off race to 40 Gigabit Ethernet
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.
Intel squeezes one million IOPS from desktop
IDFIntel has managed to squeeze one million IOPs out of a two-socket desktop tower.
How Muppets learned to stop licensing and love the comm
LinuxCon 2009There's no such thing as a free launch. Not even with open source.
Texas Instruments aims lawyers at calculator hackers
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.
Everything's coming up Mozy in Shanghai cloud
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.
Swedish military bras burst, melt during 'rigorous exercise'
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.
Reldata becomes subject to Murphy's law
CommentMurphy is back, and sleepy storage supplier Reldata had better get used to a new management regime.
First 'videogame census' conducted
A “virtual census” of videogame characters has concluded that the industry is unfairly biased towards white, adult males.
North Wales Police says the law is what they say it is
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.
Oz bottle shop falls for 'double your money' scam
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.
Don't trust Tories on surveillance, say LibDems
The Conservatives do not go far enough in opposing government surveillance and databases, Liberal Democrat shadow ministers have argued at their annual conference.
iPhone and Windows Mobile get the (Gmail) Push
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".
What’s important in service management?
WorkshopIn 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.
More Novell disties to go in autumn cull
Novell will axe another 10 per cent of UK distributors currently partnering with the software vendor by the start of November this year.
IP telephony: Still happy?
Reg Reader StudiesThe 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?
Dual-screen Microsoft 'booklet' uncovered
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 splurges details of 3,600 customers in billing email
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.
Hospital loses vital cancer research to thieves
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.
Average Brit shags 2.8m people
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.
MS Dynamics in ERP tech land grab
Microsoft plans to fold four new technologies into its Dynamics AX resource planning software platform, after acquiring a quartet of small companies.
Intel crams four displays into one PC
Intel has upped the ante concerning the number of displays fitted into a laptop, by powering a machine with four separate screens.
EMC offers cascading replication
Aiming to knock another nail in tape's coffin, EMC has improved its Data Domain replication capability to chip away at another tape advantage.
Bridge made of recycled plastic supports 70-ton tank
VidThe 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 sweeps in self-encryption
Seagate has extended its range of encrypting drives to cover all its enterprise products.
HP 3015d mono laser
ReviewIn 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 overtakes Numonyx in PRAM race
Samsung is starting production of 512Mbit Phase-Change Memory (PRAM) giving it a lead on rival Numonyx's 128Mbit chip.
Brocade bulks up DCX switch
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.
Talking DAB and the future of radio
InterviewDAB 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.
Avanti looks to government funding for second satellite
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 cracks on with fourth Thunderbird 3 beta
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.
USB 3.0 webcam streams 1080p video
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.
Firms still struggling with data security standard
Organisations are still struggling with data security, putting consumers at continued risk of identity theft as a result.
Euro project to arrest us for what they think we will do
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.
Lily Allen lobs blog at Wrinkly Rockers
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.
Alienware announces almighty gaming laptop
Dell has unwrapped its latest Alienware gaming laptop, which it’s punting as the world’s universe’s most powerful 15in gaming laptop.
iRex waggles ebook at US
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.
Fisker wins big US govt e-car loan
Leccy TechFisker Automotive has won a $528m (£324m/€358m) US government loan, designed to help the firm launch an affordable range-extended hybrid car by 2012.
Citrix ships virtual NetScaler accelerator
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.
Samsung i5700 launch 'pushed back'
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.
VTOL hovership in semi-successful X-Prize attempt
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.
Facebook enables apps to peek at mail
UpdatedFacebook plans to open up members' inboxes and notifications to developers have drawn fire from security experts as an unacceptable privacy risk.
France OKs Three Strikes… again
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.
Intel will sell more SoCs than mainstream CPUs, says CEO
IDFIn 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 plans to tie Firefox 3.7 pigtails in pretty Ribbon
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.
Microsoft Live Messenger in worldwide hiccup
Users across the globe are reporting that they're unable to log-in to Microsoft's Live Messenger instant messaging service.
First USB 3.0 ExpressCard adaptor spotted
IDFWe'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.
Intel pays crafty homage to netbook pioneer Psion
IDFNever 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.
Intel unfurls copper-killing optical cables
IDFIntel 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.
Email-stealing worm slithers across LiveJournal
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.
Bank sues Google for identity of Gmail user
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.
Intel powers down Xeons for microservers
IDFIntel is introducing a reference design for what it calls "a new category" of microservers, along with low-wattage Xeon processors to power them.
Dell to punt Moblin for Mini 10v netbooks
Dell will tomorrow begin offering its Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with Moblin, the Intel-favoured version of Linux that was developed for mobile devices.
Super Micro gets dense with blades
IDFMotherboard 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.
IBM and Canonical push onto African netbooks
LinuxCon 2009IBM and Canonical are buddying-up to sell a new business application bundle combining Ubuntu and Lotus for small, cheap computers in Africa.
Next-gen Atom to clock above 1GHz
IDFIntel's 'Lincroft' Atom system-on-a-chip for handheld internet devices - including high-end smartphones - will clock to more than 1GHz, it has emerged.
Red Hat mocks Meltdown in Q2
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 fits web with meta comments engine
Google has added a new contraption to its browser toolbar that lets you annotate any web page - and read annotations left by others.