2nd > February > 2010 Archive
Ingres' VectorWise rises to answer Microsoft
Ingres is inviting data munchers to take a bite out of its planned software architecture targeting high-performance analytics.
Chinese tablet maven threatens iPad suit
A Chinese company is crying foul in one of the sillier "We were here first!" disputes that The Reg has seen in quite some time.
Windows 7 RC 'buy a copy' shut downs start next month
UpdatedMicrosoft will soon put the screws on those still running last year's free preview of Windows 7 by incessantly shutting down their PC.
Simpana joins the cloud crowd
CommVault has added a cloud connector to its Simpana archiving package so customers can archive data to disk or to various vaults in the sky.
Dear Google: Just how mammoth is your search share?
Just how big is Google's share of the all-important web search market?
Politicos bid to stop Microsoft's cloud migration
Politicians in Microsoft's home state of Washington are debating legislation to stop cloud data centers drifting to other parts of the country.
Web attacks cripple Russia's biggest indie newspaper
The website of Russia's highest-profile independent newspaper on Monday suffered its seventh straight day of crippling denial-of-service attacks by unknown miscreants.
Retailers fooled by fake and borrowed IDs
Kids in the UK are experts in using fake IDs bought online or using someone else's documents to get their hands on age-restricted products.
Directgov battles terrorism with report-a-website page
The Home Office has launched a page for people to report online extremism and terror-related content.
Security firms plot revamp to minimise false alarms
AnalysisIncreased incidents of false positives have encouraged anti-virus firms to re-evaluate their signature update process.
Pillar rejigs Axiom for flash
Pillar is redesigning its Axiom storage array technology to use NAND flash memory better, with disk drives used for commodity storage.
Transformers up for seven Razzies
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced its nominations for the 30th Annual Razzie Awards, which will "dis-honor The Worst of the 'Uh-Ohs'" inflicted on cinemagoers during 2009.
Most consumers reuse banking passwords on other sites
The majority of online banking customers reuse their online-banking login credentials on other websites, according to a new survey on password insecurity.
Can virtualisation reduce the management overhead?
LabServer virtualisation is quickly becoming a mainstream route by which IT services are delivered. Already much of the “low hanging fruit” has been identified, with server consolidation projects providing an entry point for virtualisation. But after such implementation projects are completed the challenge will become one of managing virtualised systems in daily operations. Does virtualisation make living with IT systems simpler or more difficult?
iPad runs Windows, Nokia runs OSX
Citrix has been demonstrating Windows 7 running on an iPad, as a dumb client at least, while a Finn has hacked OSX to the N900 for no very good reason.
ID minister promises virtual immortality for all Britons
The government has guaranteed virtual immortality for every British citizen - as long as they join the National Identity Register.
Spiderman Beetleman wall-crawl glove/boot tech invented
Boffins in the US say they have made a step upward in the quest for miracle switch-on, switch-off sticky devices that could allow people to walk on walls and ceilings in superhero crimefighter style.
Head of Stats warns politicians: 'Hands off our numbers!'
UK Party leaders were this week on the receiving end of a sharp rap to the knuckles, as a letter from the Head of the UK Statistics Authority, the aptly named Sir Michael Scholar, warned them to keep their paws off official stats for the duration of the election campaign.
Sony Ericsson preps BlackBerry-style WinMo phone
Sony Ericsson (SE) has taken another stab at Windows Mobile, launching a business-grade handset based on the Microsoft mobile OS.
FujiFilm intros 'ultimate' all-in-one camera
FujiFilm has launched a bridge camera touted simply as the “ultimate” all-in-one shooter.
Amazon Kindle DX
ReviewIt took Amazon's Kindle 2 a good while to escape from Uncle Sam's backyard but less than three months more for the international version of the Kindle DX to arrive. Before we even laid hands on the DX we knew it was both bigger and more expensive, but is it any better?
Femtocells wilt under attack
Security researchers have turned their attention to femtocells, and have discovered that gaining root on the tiny mobile base stations isn't as hard as one might hope.
eBay cans free P&P requirement
eBay is canning the requirement for sellers to offer free postage and packing on certain items, after a long-running campaign by sellers.
Anti-Internet Explorer 6 protests grow with online petition
Opposition to the UK government’s continued endorsement of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 continues to mount, after a petition was submitted to Number 10 yesterday.
Virgin Media battles privacy campaigners on P2P monitoring
Regulators are mulling assurances from Virgin Media that its planned trial system to monitor the level of illegal filesharing on its network will not harm customers' privacy.
Nokia: go straight to Symbian 3, skip Symbian 2
Nokia will ignore Symbian 2 in favour of Symbian 3, a Nokia executive has said, before rolling out Symbian 4 less than six months later.
Movea waves in free-space mouse
Consoles look set to shift to motion-based controllers - witness the Xbox 360’s Project Natal — so PC peripherals manufacturer Movea has launched a mouse that responds to “natural hand movements”.
Manchester cops clobbered by Conficker
Greater Manchester Police's computer network has been infected by the infamous Conficker worm, leaving beat cops unable to run computer checks on suspected criminals and vehicles for the last three days.
Firm grows multi-touch see-through 'skin' for gadgets
Are you ready for an iPad that's curved to fit around your forearm? Or an LCD TV that's as interactive as an iPhone?
Sony and Arsenal to stream match highlights to PSPs
Sony has released an application that will to stream live football footage to PSP-clad Arsenal fans.
Oz banker caught porn-surfing on live TV
An employee of Sydney's Macquarie Bank probably isn't in line for a fat payrise after he was caught on live TV closely analysing something a bit more scintillating than the Lucky Country's interest rates:
Nokia slashes prices to up market share ante
After a year almost in the shadows, Nokia is back in the cellphone limelight and is showing its aggressive face to those seeking its crown.
Mobile networks: It's a risky business, says 3
Three confirmed the risky nature of its infrastructure JV operation today, and dropped some hints about how 3 customers could get their hands on an iPhone later this year.
US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates
Those splendid brainboxes at DARPA - the Pentagon's in-house bazaar of the bizarre - have outdone themselves this time. They now plan an entirely uncrewed, automated ghost frigate able to cruise the oceans of the world for months or years on end without human input.
Save DAB! Send FM radios to Africa
Dumping tech is in the news again. Last week MIT's Nicholas Negroponte appealed for broken OLPC laptops to be sent to Haiti, but this will be dwarfed if the UK radio industry gets its way. Trade body Digital Radio UK wants Britons to send perfectly good working FM radios to Africa, in the hope it will accelerate our migration to DAB.
PGP buys tech to offer trusted ID from the cloud
PGP Corporation has acquired privately-held TC TrustCenter and its US parent company, ChosenSecurity, as part of plans to offer trusted identity management services from the cloud. Terms of the transaction, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed.
Avatar attracts nine Oscar nods
James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar has been nominated for nine Oscars, and will battle for the best film title with nine other titles, including the The Hurt Locker, directed by the Titanic helmsman's former wife Kathryn Bigelow, and itself up for nine statuettes.
Google mulls biz software store to punt Apps
Mountain View is reportedly building an online store to punt business software from its partners in a move to grab more Google Apps customers.
The Virtensys triple whammy
CommentVirtensys has the capability of being profoundly disruptive three times over; to network interface vendors, to switch vendors and even to server vendors. Who would have thought extending the internal PCIe bus outside servers could be like opening holes in three dikes simultaneously?
Eco Vaio netbook en route to Blighty
The UK will take delivery of an “environmentally friendly” Vaio netbook later this month, Sony has said.
First Vaio laptop with numberpad hits UK
Sony has crafted yet another good-looking, high-spec Vaio. But this one’s different from the others: it’s the first Vaio laptop to feature a full-size numerical keypad.
Council saves quarter mil' from mobile bill
Derby City Council reckons it saved £250,000 by putting its mobile phone bill up for auction, and now everyone else can get financial help to do the same thing.
Super Micro grows like crazy in fiscal Q2
If motherboard and server maker Super Micro is some kind of leading indicator - and a good argument could be made that it is - then the server and PC rackets may indeed be on the mend.
Designer pitches iPad gaming wheel
Wacky iPad accessories are slowly starting to surface, with one designer convinced that a steering wheel is what’s required if you hope to play games on the Apple tablet.
Cisco 120Gbps router rumored
Cisco is rumored to be cooking up a new carrier core router to outpace Juniper's speedy T1600. But it seems that issues with the supporting application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design may delay the Cisco's telco router rollout by up to a year.
Intel set for server chip blitz
High-end server chip rivals Intel and IBM have picked the same day - next Monday, February 8 - to launch their respective quad-core "Tukwila" Itanium and eight-core Power7 processors.
Google reveals nonexistent Chrome tablet
Google has unveiled a series of image and video mock-ups of a tablet PC based on its Chrome OS, the still-gestating operating system centered around its Chrome web browser.
Microsoft security dev tools go 'Agile'
Microsoft has expanded a key security tool to work with developers of web applications and other software that's developed over rapid and repeated stretches.
Facebook re-write takes PHP to an enterprise past
Facebook's re-written PHP to transform the dynamic language for fast performance on web-scale server farms without adding additional hardware.
JooJoo men strike back at CrunchPad suit
With Apple's latest cultware setting the world aflame over tablet PCs, it's easy to overlook another $500 couch potato media pad that made a rather spottier debut months earlier.
Google behavioral ad targeter is a Smart Ass
Google is handling its interest-based advertising behavioral ad targeting from a custom-built ad server known internally as Smart Ass, or smart ad serving system.