24th > November > 2009 Archive
HP floats Q4 profit on services biz
Hewlett-Packard's profits grew 14 per cent in the fiscal fourth quarter, boosted by corporate cost-cutting and solid performance by its enormous services unit.
Cray previews XT6 Opteron nodes
SC09The SC09 supercomputing trade show finished up late last week, but El Reg still has a bunch of things to tell you about. One of them is a preview of the Opteron blade server for the upcoming high-end XT6 and midrange XT6m supercomputers from Cray.
Adaptec sacks sales chief, boots CEO from board
Adaptec has suddenly fired John Noellert, its worldwide sales boss, and Adaptec's CEO has been voted off the board.
Government ICT spending heads for plateau
Public sector spending on ICT is set to stabilise over the next five years.
iPhone conquers half the (smartphone) world
Apple's iPhone now accounts for 50 per cent of worldwide smartphone usage, according to a new report. But off in the distance, there's an Android approaching.
Imation notebook flash upgrade as easy as pi to 30 places
You now have the option of pepping up your sorry notebook by using an Imation solid state drive (SSD) upgrade kit, but only if you are happy getting inside its casing and swapping out its hard drive for the SSD.
Samsung X520 notebook
ReviewWith smooth, curved edges and an eye-pleasing design, the 15.6in X520 slips into Samsung’s new X-series range. There are two other X-series models: the 11.6in X120 and 14in X420. The focus is on mobility here and, as such, all feature so-called CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processors and integrated graphics from Intel.
Combat games disrespect war laws, report claims
Videogames should respect the real-world rules governing wars, a report has concluded, following research into how many videogames break them.
Record company exec cuffed for failure to twitter
Long Island police last week cuffed Island Def Jam Records vice prez James Roppo for failing to disperse a crowd of hysterical teenagers with the social networking equivalent of the water cannon - a tweet.
Google grabs another ad company
Google has bought another display ad company - the second this month.
'Google Earth for the Iraq insurgency' gets $115m
Pentagon boffinry chiefs have decided to spend more than a hundred million dollars on a new military database/map system which will let troops in the field collect, share and organise intelligence more effectively.
Vodafone Spain puts intelligence into fair use
Vodafone is trialling tiered data services to Spain, priority data for business customers and more intelligent application of fair use capping.
Gov advisers slate Home Office over innocents' DNA retention
The Human Genetics Commission has slammed the government over the rampant expansion of the UK's DNA database.
Opera update plugs heap big buffer overflow bug
Opera has fixed three potentially nasty security vulnerabilities with the release of a major new version of its web browser software.
First Nokia X-series phone priced up, release scheduled
The launch of Nokia’s first X-series handset is just days away, the Finnish phone giant has confirmed.
Collisions at LHC! Tevatron record to be broken soon?
Forging ahead much faster than had been expected, particle-smashing boffins at the Large Hadron Collider have now carried out actual collisions - blasting beams of protons into one another at a healthy 450 giga-electron-volts each for total whack of 900 GeV.
Microsoft hit with lawsuit over Xbox memory card ban
A UK-based manufacturer of Xbox 360 memory cards has begun legal action against Microsoft over the software giant's efforts to prevent so-called “unauthorised” memory cards being used with the console.
Your wish list for packaged applications
Mini PollFollowing our discussions this week on the importance of evaluating application packages from a technology perspective, we're interested in gathering some more information from you on the things that really matter.
HP storage looking limp
CommentHP's fourth quarter storage results show that NetApp is catching it up on a revenue basis.
Hard drives cop flak from .50 cal incendiary round
Our piece last week on keepgoing.biz, which deployed an arsenal of weaponry to shoot the shit out of an innocent server, prompted HardOCP.com's Kyle Bennett to drop us a line suggesting he was better endowed in the firepower department.
Is server virtualization ready for production?
LabThe adoption of server virtualization technology follows several trajectories. We could consider the breadth of its penetration in terms of the number of organisations using it today, or we could consider the depth of its use in individual organisations, in terms of what they actually do with it.
Corel begs for survival by giving takeover thumbs up
WordPerfect maker Corel Corp confirmed yesterday that its majority investor, Vector Capital, planned to take the software vendor private in an effort to prevent a default on loans.
UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files
ExclusiveThe first person jailed under draconian UK police powers that Ministers said were vital to battle terrorism and serious crime has been identified by The Register as a schizophrenic science hobbyist with no previous criminal record.
Spain warned on filesharing cut-offs
Communications Commissioner Viviane Reding has warned Spain to look carefully at proposals to cut off alleged illegal filesharers.
EU stops haranguing Qualcomm
The European Commission has shut down its investigation into Qualcomm's alleged abuse of monopoly, as the complainants got bored and wandered off.
Ralsky jailed for four years over stock fraud spam scam
Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky has been jailed for more than four years over his role in a masterminding a stock fraud spam campaign that made him an estimated $2.7m.
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 2TB HDD
ReviewBack in August 2009, Hitachi announced that it was “shipping the industry’s first 2TB 7200rpm desktop hard disk drive” in the shape of the Deskstar 7K2000.
Phone cloners eye 3G upgrade
Nokia is a status symbol in Asia, but as Prada and Gucci have found out to their cost, even when it comes to status symbols, punters will make do with a knock-off.
LinkedIn wedges open API door
LinkedIn has opened its platform to developers who are prepared to try and pass a rigorous application process.
NASA plans robot rocket aeroplane to fly above Mars
NASA intends to build a robot rocketplane the size of a light aircraft and send it across space to fly the skies of Mars: and the space agency wants help in building it.
SuperSpeed adaptor goes on sale
Keen to leap into the SuperSpeed era? There may not be many USB 3.0 devices you can use, but at least you can now prep your notebook for the new bus standard. Accessory supplier Brando has begun selling an ExpressCard 34 add-in with a pair of SuperSpeed ports built in.
Spectrum goes liberal at EU level
While anti-piracy measures may have grabbed the headlines, the EU's Telecoms Package also endorses Ofcom-style spectrum liberalisation across Europe - to a point.
Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds
The put-upon people of Manchester got the chance to quiz Home Office minister Meg Hillier on ID cards yesterday, while Parliament got an update on the national identity register - the database at the heart of the project.
eBay offers compo for search failure
eBay is offering customers hit by the failure of its search engine last weekend the chance to relist items, rather than sell them at lower prices. They are also offering discount vouchers to buyers who are disappointed to have lost out.
Twitter finds its voice
A new service offers to post voice files to Twitter, enabling those who can't even type 140 characters to contribute to their valuable insight to the blogosphere.
Emblaze demos Else handset
If you are bored of the same old smartphones, then an Israeli design firm claims to have designed a handset that offers something Else.
Dragon Age: Origins game in gay sex scene shock
A secret scene in the fantasy game Dragon Age: Origins shows a male character getting down to some hot same-sex action with an elf, The Telegraph titters today.
Google herds coders into Chrome extensions gallery
Google is corralling developers into uploading their Chrome browser extensions to a new gallery that hasn’t been opened up to testers yet.
Sony Ericsson suspends Satio sales
Sony Ericsson has withdrawn its new 12Mp cameraphone, Satio, from sale after only a few weeks of UK availability.
Sony to publish James Patterson e-book reader
Are thrillers more up your alley than slushy Mills & Boon romances? If so, take a gander at the latest version of Sony’s Reader Pocket Edition: a tribute to author James Patterson.
MS unleashes legal attack dogs to lick up COFEE spill
Microsoft unleashed its legal attack dogs to remove its leaked forensics tool from a respected security site, it has emerged.
Dodgy wheel thwarts Mars rover rescue
NASA's attempts to rescue its stuck rover Spirit from a Martian sand trap has hit another snag in the form of a dawdling wheel.
Fasthosts in day-long email FAIL
Customers of Fasthosts - the UK-based webhost - have been without both POP and web-based email for much of the day, complaining that such outages have become, shall we say, far too prevalent in recent months.
Bug puts net's most popular DNS app in Bind
Makers of Bind have warned of a security vulnerability in versions of the domain name resolution application that could allow attackers to trick servers into returning unauthorized results.
Opera plugs hole in Great Firewall of China
Opera has sealed the hole its Mini browser tunneled through the Great Firewall of China.
Fanbois Apple buyers howl over crocked iMacs
Apple customers are howling over a pair of recurring flaws in the company's new iMac desktops.
Amazon instaboosts Kindle battery life
Amazon is boosting the Kindle's battery life and adding native support for PDF documents with a free firmware upgrade for the e-reader.