18th > November > 2009 Archive
Xiotech in spin transplant
CommentIncoming Xiotech CEO Alan Atkinson has replaced Xiotech's head marketeer with an IBM recruit.
Ofcom preps for World Radiocommunication
Ofcom has laid out its plans for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, and it's seeking input from anyone who cares enough to comment.
GooHooSoft bear-hugs 'Apache for web specs'
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, and other web-happy types have embraced a new effort to promote the use of free and open specifications across the net.
NASA maps Mars with
child labor web games
NASA is outsourcing laborious Martian cartography to Earth children with a website that entices users to make a game out of sorting through the space agency's hundreds of thousands images of the Red Planet.
Isilon doubles capacity
Isilon has doubled the capacity of its largest clusterable network-attached storage (NAS) system by using 2TB drives.
Man charged in $111k domain name theft
A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing the p2p.com domain name and selling it to a professional basketball player for more than $111,000 in the first US indictment for domain name theft.
IDC Ecco Personal
ReviewForgotten where you parked your car? Lost your hotel, tent or even family and friends? For the terminally disorientated, the Ecco Personal Pocket GPS Locator is designed to put you back on track. Indeed, this hi-tech key fob proves to be more than just the novelty item that it first appears.
Quantum's small tape libraries get big
Quantum has entered the small tape library market with products that provide more than the everyday 2 and 4U boxes offered by everybody else.
Microsoft feeds Excel to supercomputer
SC09If the quants in financial services get tools for running their models more quickly, will the economy get better or worse? Who knows? But thanks to Microsoft, we're all going to find out.
The great ‘build versus buy’ debate
Mini PollFollowing our discussions earlier in the week on the pros and cons of packaged applications, the ‘build versus buy’ debate rolls on. Whether it’s ERP, CRM or other solutions for dealing with core business requirements, we’d be interested in gathering a bit more information on where you are today and how this is changing.
OCZ unveils 1TB SSD Colossus
Memory and storage specialist OCZ has unwrapped its latest SSD and it's a biggie: the Colossus packs in 1TB of solid-state storage.
Mellanox pushes InfiniBand to 120Gb/s
SC09If 40 Gb/sec InfiniBand is not enough for you, then you'll be happy to hear that InfiniBand switch maker Mellanox Technologies is going to crank its switches past 11 to deliver 120 Gb/sec ports in its MTS and IS switch families.
Macs not all that for reliability
A survey of 30,000 laptops has found one in three machines die within three years and netbooks do even worse, suffering 20 per cent more hardware failures than larger laptop machines.
AMD intros dual-GPU monster graphics card
AMD has whipped out its latest top-of-the-line dual-GPU graphics card, as expected.
MS store staff in spontaneous electric boogie
VideoThose of you who object to a) Microsoft, b) California and c) effusive Yanks gushing complete and utter cobblers are advised to look away now, because what follows is really going to put a downer on your day.
NetApp and Fujitsu to integrate products
NetApp and Fujitsu are partnering to integrate some of their products, enable faster data centre server system deployment, and develop a joint go-to-market strategy.
T-Mobile coughs to data theft
T-Mobile has admitted it was the operator whose staff sold customer data to competitors, but can't understand why the Information Commissioner decided to share the information.
Xbox bigwig pooh-poohs Natal's November 2010 launch
Project Natal won’t launch in November 2010, despite recent claims to the contrary, a UK Microsoft executive has stated.
iPhone to become Blighty's favourite smartphone
Canalys Mobility ForumApple's iPhone could become Britain's best-selling smartphone, market watcher Canalys has claimed - and it's all due to the end of O2's exclusive on the handset.
How the Dunning-Kruger effect will stop techies buying houses
By Jove, I think we've finally got an explanation for the unremitting horrors of so much of modern life - the way in which anything touched by politics, bureaucracy or officialdom simply turns to shite.
Fortinet launches rare net security IPO
Fortinet has set a price of $12.50 a share for its initial public offering on Wednesday. If all goes to plan, the security appliance firm and its investors stand to rake in a more than $156m through the offer.
High-tech 'blade runner' legs better than real ones - profs
The argument over the use of artificial legs to gain better results in athletics has taken a new turn. Following lengthy legal debates, it had been accepted that prosthetic legs confer no substantial advantage, but now the very scientists who argued that case have changed their minds.
Nokia N-series smartphones to lose Symbian by 2012
Reports that Nokia smartphones could one day all use the Linux-based Maemo OS instead of Symbian just won’t die - especially now that Maemo representatives have allegedly confirmed that N-series Nokias will soon lose Symbian.
New Zealand rated least corrupt country
New Zealand has been rated the world's least corrupt country for 2009, topping Transparency International's "Corruption Perceptions Index" (CPI) with a squeaky-clean 9.4 out of 10 in the league table of just how corrupt, or otherwise, nations are reckoned to be.
Facebook battles attack by child protection chief
Facebook has defended itself against criticism from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) that it has refused to join a reporting scheme.
Windows Phones get to play Opera too
The new version of Opera Mobile, available for Symbian since the beginning of the month, is now available for Windows Phones too.
Universities saving skint students still waiting for loans
Three out of four English universities have had to make emergency payments to students who are still waiting for their loans to come through.
Massive net surveillance programme on schedule
A £2bn scheme to monitor all electronic communications remains within the Home Office's financial plans, despite the government postponing the relevant legislation.
Android 2.0 debuts on touchscreen tablet
Manufacturer Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) has released the specifications for a sleek and sexy touchscreen tablet onto which it plans to install the Eclair edition of Google’s Android OS.
Google to pop Chrome OS cherry tomorrow?
Google plans to steal some attention away from Microsoft’s annual developer shindig by unveiling more details about its Chrome OS tomorrow.
Netbooks 'not just a consumer fad'
Canalys Mobility ForumNetbooks are just a fad. Punters are only buying them because they're cheap. According to market watcher Canalys, neither of these statements are true.
Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR
ReviewThe Finepix F200EXR is the replacement for the Finepix F100fd, which we looked at last January. Although there are a number of similarities between the two cameras – they have the same sized image sensor, optical zoom and camera body – there are some differences too, not least the Finepix F200EXR’s new EXR image sensor.
US Navy electromagnetic mass-driver commences tests
A prototype electromagnetic mass-driver, intended to hurl jet aircraft into the sky from the decks of aircraft carriers, has gone into operation at a former airship base in New Jersey. The new kit could be even more important to the Royal Navy than it will be to the US fleet.
Queen promises to make poverty and budget deficits illegal
The Queen today delivered her annual speech to the combined Houses of Parliament, setting out her government’s plans for legislation over the next six months.
Intel offers non-Jewish Saturday workforce in Israel plant row
Intel has offered to field an entirely non-Jewish Saturday workforce at its Jerusalem chip plant, after unruly demonstrations by ultra-Orthodox Jews there at the weekend.
Anti-filesharing laws are go
The government will press ahead with plans to restrict internet access for illegal filesharers, it was confirmed in the Queen's Speech today.
Cosmic Vampire sheds light on dark energy
Astronomers have taken time-lapse images of a "Vampire Star" that is causing them to excitedly quiver about possible insights into the Universe's expansion.
Gene testing firm goes titsup
The company that all but started the industry of selling gene tests to individuals to predict their likelihood of getting certain diseases has gone bust.
Touch controls floated by Infragistics for Microsoft's Surface
A trial set of controls to build touch-based applications with input from different users on Microsoft's Surface have been released by interface specialist Infragistics.
Wall-punching Brit gamer foams (milk) at the mouth
NSFWWe don't know what the gamers among you make of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but here's one young Brit's analysis of it after an evidently intense 17 hour session at the console (NSFW):
LHC starts beaming Saturday: Collisions Dec 3
ExclusiveAs all the world knows, the Large Hadron Collider - the mightiest particle-punisher in the world and possible portal to other dimensions - is shortly to fire up again, following last year's catastrophic liquid helium superfluid explosion.
E-car driven from Dover to Calais
Leccy TechVeteran racing driver John Surtees has become the first man to drive from Britain to France in an electric car.
Yahoo! Go! Going! Nowhere!
Yahoo is shutting down its Go! service early next year, saying that it's easier to do things in mobile browsers these days.
UK cybercops cuff ZeuS Trojan suspect pair
A Manchester couple have been arrested on suspicion of using the notorious ZeuS Trojan horse to commit banking fraud.
Mozilla kicks rebel coders to kerb with Firefox 3.6 'lockdown'
Mozilla plans to debut a "lockdown" feature in Firefox 3.6 to force third party application developers to toe the line by preventing them from adding their own code into the browser's components directory.
Ombudsman slams EC Intel probe
Intel, hit by the largest ever fine by the European Commission, can find a little solace today as its complaint about how the investigation was carried out has been upheld.
Sony wireless e-book Reader priced, dated
The UK’s e-book lovers are panting with anticipation that Sony’s 3G-connected Reader Daily Edition will arrive here by Christmas, following the firm’s creation of a pre-order page for the gagdet in North America.
Acer, Asus dominate Euro netbook biz
Canalys Mobility ForumWho rules the European netbook market? Acer, by a long chalk, despite the positive write-up given to rival machines from Samsung and Dell.
US data firm blows s**t out of server
This will cheer up those backroom boys among you who've ever had a strong desire to let a server have it with an arsenal of weapons, but didn't have a Springfield Armory M14, Heckler & Koch MP5 or IMI Uzi to hand:
Renegade weatherman forecast today's storm weeks ago
Piers Corbyn's renegade weather outfit has comprehensively trumped the taxpayer funded Met Office. Back in August, Corbyn's WeatherAction forecast storms for 17-19 November. Or more accurately, WA made this prediction, upgrading it to 85 per cent accuracy:
Windows 7's dirty secrets revealed
PDCWhile chief technology officer Ray Ozzie was away in the clouds at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference, technical fellow Mark Russinovich got down and dirty with the true heart of Windows - the kernel.
Microsoft squirts out Office 2010 public beta
Microsoft plans to punt five different flavours of its Office 2010 suite when it lands in the first half of next year.
Sony Ericsson slashes US presence
Sony Ericsson, bowing to the pressures of a Meltdown-induced decline in worldwide handset sales, has announced more layoffs in conjunction with a wide-ranging restructuring.
Second-hand ATM trade opens up fraud risk
Second-hand ATM machines containing sensitive transaction data are easily available for purchase on eBay or even Craiglist, according to an investigation by a US-based security consultant.
IBM lab builds computerized cat brain
ROTMMad scientists at IBM say they've made "significant progress" towards creating a computer chip that can emulate the human brain's ability to sense, perceive, comprehend, and interact with the real world*.
Office 2010 fights Google with SharePoint bloat
ReviewOffice is in a curious competitive position. On the desktop, Office is untouchable - even the free OpenOffice.org has done little to shift its hold, especially in business.
Intel cash pays down AMD debt
Less than a week after accepting $1.25bn from Intel in exchange for dropping its legal actions against Chipzilla, AMD has announced how it plans to use that windfall.
Microsoft unleashes Silverlight 4 beta
PDCMicrosoft has unveiled major and long-awaited basic features in the next version of Silverlight, hoping to take on AJAX and Adobe Systems' Flash.
Egyptian telecom counts cost of football riot
Police in North Africa were braced for further trouble on Wednesday night after Algeria secured a 1-0 win to advance to the World-cup finals next year at the expense of arch-rivals Egypt.
Google and the myth of the open cloud
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if Google offers the world a web service, large numbers of people will convince themselves that it's superior to anything else they can get their hands on - and less likely to condemn them to some sort of Redmondian future in which a single corporation has them in a metaphorical vice grip.