18th > November > 2009 Archive
Comment Incoming Xiotech CEO Alan Atkinson has replaced Xiotech's head marketeer with an IBM recruit.
Ofcom has laid out its plans for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, and it's seeking input from anyone who cares enough to comment.
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 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 has doubled the capacity of its largest clusterable network-attached storage (NAS) system by using 2TB drives.
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.
Review Forgotten 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 has entered the small tape library market with products that provide more than the everyday 2 and 4U boxes offered by everybody else.
SC09 If 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.
Mini Poll Following 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.
Memory and storage specialist OCZ has unwrapped its latest SSD and it's a biggie: the Colossus packs in 1TB of solid-state storage.
SC09 If 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.
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 has whipped out its latest top-of-the-line dual-GPU graphics card, as expected.
Video Those 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 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 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.
Project Natal won’t launch in November 2010, despite recent claims to the contrary, a UK Microsoft executive has stated.
Canalys Mobility Forum Apple'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.
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.
Workshop You know what happens: everyone in marketing focuses on the processor speeds, the cache size, the go faster stripes and the other fancy new features of the server and its component parts. You also know that the real challenges of any system only start with the business case and getting it installed.
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.
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.
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 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 has defended itself against criticism from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) that it has refused to join a reporting scheme.
The new version of Opera Mobile, available for Symbian since the beginning of the month, is now available for Windows Phones too.
You the Expert We set you a challenge to join our expert panel and answer questions from our readers on how to deal with your server challenges.
Three out of four English universities have had to make emergency payments to students who are still waiting for their loans to come through.
A £2bn scheme to monitor all electronic communications remains within the Home Office's financial plans, despite the government postponing the relevant legislation.
Nokia says it will replace Symbian with its Maemo Linux by 2012.
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 plans to steal some attention away from Microsoft’s annual developer shindig by unveiling more details about its Chrome OS tomorrow.
Canalys Mobility Forum Netbooks are just a fad. Punters are only buying them because they're cheap. According to market watcher Canalys, neither of these statements are true.
Review The 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.
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.
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 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.
The government will press ahead with plans to restrict internet access for illegal filesharers, it was confirmed in the Queen's Speech today.
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.
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.
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.
NSFW We 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):
Exclusive As 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.
Leccy Tech Veteran racing driver John Surtees has become the first man to drive from Britain to France in an electric car.
Yahoo is shutting down its Go! service early next year, saying that it's easier to do things in mobile browsers these days.
A Manchester couple have been arrested on suspicion of using the notorious ZeuS Trojan horse to commit banking fraud.
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.
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.
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.
Canalys Mobility Forum Who rules the European netbook market? Acer, by a long chalk, despite the positive write-up given to rival machines from Samsung and Dell.
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:
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:
PDC While 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 plans to punt five different flavours of its Office 2010 suite when it lands in the first half of next year.
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 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.
ROTM Mad 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*.
Review Office 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.
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.
PDC Microsoft has unveiled major and long-awaited basic features in the next version of Silverlight, hoping to take on AJAX and Adobe Systems' Flash.
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.
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.
Dreamforce 09 Tired of the Facebook hype and metaphors stretched to breaking point? Well, now you've got "Facebook for the enterprise" from Salesforce.com, trying to stake out its place in enterprise collaboration.