8th > December > 2009 Archive
Say hello to Seagate's Pulsar SSD
Seagate has announced its Pulsar solid state drive (SSD) for blade and other format servers, saying it is only the first of several enterprise SSD products.
IBM beams in Tivoli monitoring from the cloud
IBM has been a busy bee floating chunks of its big, complicated, on-premise IT management software into the cloud in order to woo small- and mid-sized businesses.
Facebook forms board to lick molesters
Facebook has called on a fellowship of web safety organizations to prove that it really doesn't want your dumb kid molested online.
Symantec's bumper bonus bells and whistles
Symantec has boosted its Storage Foundation product to store less duplicate data, integrate with Hyper-V and use solid state storage better. It has also added failover to its Cluster File System
Google fits Android for visual search Goggles
Google has introduced a new visual-search technology for Android phones, giving it the inevitably cutesy name of Google Goggles.
Samsung P2370HD TV-monitor
ReviewCombo TV-monitors are not a new idea, but all too often what you get is a standard PC monitor with a TV tuner bolted on. Yet with the P2370HD, Samsung has created a fully functional 23in widescreen TV, that’s designed to work just as well as a PC monitor.
2009's Top Set-top Media Players
Kit of the YearApple's Apple TV was launched in 2007, but it has taken until 2009 for rivals to really get to grips with the notion of a device you can use to play local and network-connected content on your TV. Too many storage vendors have tried their hand, offering good content capacity but usually accessed through a slow, poor UI. Western Digital got it right by leaving out the storage - you add your own - and getting network connectivity.
EU rolls out out astroturf guide for consumer laws
Social networking sites and blogs can be governed by the European Union's Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, according to new guidance published by the European Commission.
Thinking about production scale virtualisation projects?
WebcastFrom what we can tell, most of you that want to have tried virtualisation of some kind or another – whether it’s dabbling on the desktop, super-charging your servers or apportioning activity to application delivery. But just how many of you have got virtualisation systems running on a production-scale? Our research suggests not that many of you.
Patches provided for troublesome Aino, Satio
UpdatedSony Ericsson has officially released software updates for its technically troubled Satio 12Mp cameraphone and Aino 'PlayStation' handset.
Surgery fools Japan's fingerprint checks
A Chinese woman arrested in Japan had surgery on her fingers to fool biometric border checks when entering the country.
PGP disk encrypt approved by MoD for military use
The UK MoD has certified PGP Corporation's whole disk encryption technology as suitable for use on British military computers. However, like most software-only solutions, it has been approved only for machines holding fairly low-level information.
Apple kicks prolific developer out of iTunes shop
Developer Molinker has been kicked out of the iTunes store for posting too many positive reviews, reducing the size of the store by almost one per cent.
Microsoft and NetApp find love in adversity
CommentIt wouldn't be surprising if NetApp and Microsoft started collaborating more closely, especially over cloud computing, now that VMware, EMC and Cisco are in a 3-way marriage, and Microsoft is hustling Hyper-V out onto the data centre streets, with Azure following behind.
Virgin Galactic trumpets SpaceShipTwo
Virgin Galactic yesterday unveiled its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) passenger-carrying rocketplane in a lavish* ceremony at New Mexico's "Spaceport America".
First Android 2.0 smartphone arrives in UK
Motorola's first smartphone running Android 2.0 is now available in the UK.
Apple to appeal after OPTi's $21.7m patent infringement win
Apple has been told to pay OPTi $21.7m in damages after an Eastern Texas Court issued a final judgment in the firm's long-running patent infringement case.
Stanford prof pops lid on paint-on battery tech
Boffins in America have developed a "one-dimensional" nanomaterial liquid which can be painted onto walls or pieces of paper to create working batteries.
Adware touts $1 bribe to prospective zombies
An adware distributor is offering to pay punters $1 to install their crud.
Brown launches 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' net code for children
Prime Minister Gordon Brown will today be launching a new internet safety strategy for children and young people, drawn up by an unprecedented coalition of Government, industry and charities at the first the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Summit in London today.
The Economics of Virtualisation
LabVirtualisation is clearly one of IT’s great fashions, and as such continues to attract huge amounts of interest. Unlike many technology-based fashions - and we can all remember quite a few - virtualisation solutions are being deployed in anger in many areas, especially in the world of x86 servers. As is well appreciated, getting budget approval for any project can be problematic - so just how do the economics of “virtualisation” stack up?
CrunchPad gets JooJoo eyeballed
The manufacturer of the late CrunchPad has revealed the device as it stands. It now goes under the name JooJoo and is ready for pre-ordering, despite the lack of details or launch date.
Swindon twins with Walt Disney World
The picturesque Wiltshire town of Swindon has beaten 24 less magical UK locations to become the first real-world twin of Florida's Walt Disney World.
3D BD spec due H2 2010, says AMD
The Blu-ray Disc Association's specification for incorporating stereoscopic 3D content on Blu-ray media, won't appear until the second half of 2010, AMD has said.
Nokia sinks flagship store
Nokia is to close its 'flagship' Regent Street showcase, a few yards along from Apple's premier London Store, after two years.
Bonuses all round for failing Border Agency
The UK Border Agency is paying out £295,000 in bonuses to senior staff despite its ongoing struggle with a backlog of thousands of mystery cases.
Tory peers to protect kids from anuses
Lord Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill, we're told, is about "equipping the UK to compete and lead in the global digital economy". If two Conservative peers get their way though, its also about censoring breasts, buttocks and anuses.
Walking With Dinosaurs star goes walkabout
Oz's Walking With Dinosaurs touring show is one star short today after someone made off with a 1.5m-tall remote-controlled beast as the show opened in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D 15.6in notebook
ReviewDespite its obvious appeal, 3D hasn’t really taken off as far as computers are concerned. However, things seem to be picking up pace of late, and Acer is the latest to get in on the game with what it claims is the world’s first 3D-capable laptop.
Wind River takes Android commercial
Embedded specialist Wind River has launched a validated version of Google's Android platform, bringing revenue generation to the open-source model.
FAST takes its sweet time
EMC has announced the first deliveries of its FAST (fully-automated storage tiering) technology to move lumps of storage between solid state drives (SSD) and spinning disk in its high-end, mid-range and iSCSI/filer arrays.
NASA aims for Friday WISE up
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, aka WISE, is scheduled to blast off on Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on its mission to "scan the entire sky in infrared light with a sensitivity hundreds of times greater than ever before".
Android 2.0: what to expect
You don't want to find stale donuts in your local patisserie, you want the freshest treats available. Likewise, you want the latest, most up-to-date smartphone operating system which, in the case of Android, means choosing Éclair.
China executes securities trader over $9.52m fraud
Chinese authorities have executed a securities trader found guilty of embezzlement to the tune of $9.52m.
Ruggedised botnets pushing out even more spam
Cybercrooks have adapted to the takedown of rogue ISPs by building more resilient botnets.
SecureWorks snaps up dns
Security firm SecureWorks has acquired UK-based managed security services and consulting outfit dns. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
E-Commerce defence thwarts online libel case
A newspaper publisher was not liable for user comments posted after an online article and will not have to pay out libel damages, the High Court has ruled.
'We must all stop washing to save the planet'
OpinionA "world-renowned expert on carbon emissions" has stated that Western consumers must avoid five "eco crimes" committed every day in order to save the world. Dr Dave Reay's main assertion, in fact, is that we should stop washing so much - but the national press has chosen rather to highlight his assertion that drinking instant coffee is better for the environment than filter.
Bada smartphone to debut H1 2010
The first smartphone based on Samsung’s Bada OS will arrive during the first half of 2010, the company has confirmed.
M'Lordships to save FM radio?
Two members of the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the Digital Britain bill, urging Ofcom to consider the effects of the proposed digital radio switchover on analogue listeners and community stations.
Microsoft and NetApp pledge true love, for 3 years
Microsoft and NetApp have struck a 3-year strategic alliance centred on virtualised server environments and technology integration.
Israel tests biometric database
The Israeli Knesset has voted in favour of a bill for a compulsory biometric database of all citizens.
PS3 to support data transfer
Sony has outlined the main features of its latest PlayStation firmware update, which includes a data transfer application.
Google sues alleged work-at-home scammers
Google has sued to stop what it called "a widespread internet advertising scam" being pushed by a Utah company that allegedly used the search engine's trademark when offering work-at-home opportunities.
Koobface worm dons tinsel to snag seasonally-affected marks
Festive miscreants have begun using Xmas-themed lures to push the Koobface worm.
Cisco vows return of big borging
Cisco boss John Chambers is confident the world economy has recovered enough for a renewed push into new markets.
Google betas Chrome for Mac, Linux
Google (finally) released beta versions of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux on Tuesday, along with over 300 extensions for Windows and Linux.
Intel Larrabee letdown leaves HPC to Nvidia's Fermi
CommentIntel has never been particularly precise about what its "Larrabee" graphics chips were, so it is difficult to be sure how disappointed we should all be. And considering the company's track record outside of the x86 and x64 chip racket - its failed networking business and Itanium are but two examples of its woes - it's hard to say what to expect from Intel when, and if, it finally markets discrete graphics chips that can also be used as number-crunching co-processors for servers and workstations.
Jaguar stumbles on stairway to Google cloud
In October, Google rolled out UK vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover as a corporate poster child for the much-debated switch to Google Apps, its Microsoft-battling suite of web-based businessware. But according to employees, Jaguar's initial migration from Microsoft Exchange to the so-called Google cloud didn't quite go as planned.
Media monsters float co-op ebook 'storefront'
A quintet of publishing heavyweights have come together to develop a "digital storefront" for the delivery of media to portable devices.