11th > February > 2010 Archive
News Corp boots MySpace CEO
After less than a year at the helm of MySpace, Owen Van Natta is stepping down as the social network's CEO, effective immediately.
Intel finds cure for CPU old age
ISSCCIntel has developed a research microprocessor that it claims can improve throughput of degraded chips or chip environments by over 40 per cent. Such degradation might involve variations in supply voltage, temperature changes, or simply aging transistors.
Can Sun's GlassFish turn on master Oracle?
In Hand of Orlac, a plastic surgeon replaces the crushed hands of a pianist with those of an executed murder. What at first is a godsend for the ruined musician may in truth be an agent of its former owner's insidious will, compelling its inheritor to murder his own father.
Red Hat projects to seed cloudy IT
Let's get one thing straight. We don't like the term cloud computing any more than you do
Chip makers set for 'fab-lite' future?
ISSCCBy 2025, vertically integrated megacorps such as Intel will be endangered species. Or not.
Unisys parts with server chief
Unisys has parted ways with senior vice president Rich Marcello, the man who ran its Technology, Consulting, and Integration Solutions business unit.
BT revenues down
BT revenues for the three months ended 31 December 2009 were down four per cent on the same period last year.
HP, 3Com deal gets approval
HP's takeover of 3Com is likely to get the nod from European regulators this week.
MEPs slam Nokia Siemens for aiding Iranian censors
UpdatedMEPs singled out Nokia Siemens for criticism over selling censorship and surveillance systems to Iran on Wednesday, charges the networking firm said are unfounded.
Drayson locks Forces chiefs out of Defence budget carve-up
Lord Drayson, the British arms industry's man inside the Ministry of Defence, has moved to lock the heads of the armed services out of the room in which the Forces' future is to be settled. This is being billed as an attempt to prevent interservice bickering, but it will leave the rapacious UK arms business facing almost no uniformed opposition in its bid to pocket more government cash.
Social networking sites slack on secreting kids' details
More than half of social networking sites assessed by the European Commission fail to hide the personal details of under-18s by default, the EU body has warned. It said that 50 per cent of teenagers display personal information on the internet.
Licensing in virtual systems still making us ill
LabWe know from extensive research carried out with readers of The Register that in the server arena, virtualisation is moving into the mainstream.
Isilon flashes up NAS clusters
Isilon, which makes scale-out NAS clusters up to 10PB in size, is turbo-charging them by adding NAND flash to speed metadata operations.
Prisoners chucked off Facebook
The Home Secretary reports he's successfully asked Facebook to pull 30 pages owned by prison inmates, but promises that better cavity searches will address the problem in future.
Mozilla admits Firefox add-on malware false alarm
UpdatedMozilla has admitted it erred in labelling one of the two Firefox add-ons offered for download from its official add-on site as malign last week.
'Electronic fags' are useless - US prof's startling claim
An American professor has called for urgent regulation of so-called "electronic cigarettes", devices which are supposed to give a nicotine addict a hit of their drug without falling foul of smoking bans.
Apple, Microsoft fingered for patent infringement by Emblaze
Microsoft and Apple were hit with an infringement claim yesterday from Emblaze, after the Israeli tech outfit accused the companies of violating its streaming media US patent.
Aging telco calls DWP, gets £237m payout
The Department for Work and Pensions has added another three years to its contract with BT for networked IT services
Researchers rip iPad apart to reveal Apple's profits
Apple stands to make a profit of up to $483 per unit on its iPad according to a very literal breakdown by industry analysts iSuppli.
EU commissioner warms up for body scanner probe
The European Commissioner for Transport, vice-presendent Siim Kallas, is preparing a report on body scanners for the European Parliament.
Netgear ReadyNas NVX Pioneer Edition
ReviewReviewing the RNDX400E was difficult from start to finish, not least because we were sent the RNDX4210 instead first. It’s an easy mistake to make though, since both the RNDX400 and RNDX4000 (notice the extra zero) series share pretty much identical hardware.
US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas
United States judges are squaring up for an almighty battle over the proper standards to apply to internet published material.
Apple tablet profits could hit £309 per iPad
Apple's iPad could cost the company as little as $229 (£147) to make. Not a bad margin, that, for a machine that will retail for $499 (£320).
Newborn Firefox gets first glimpse of life
Mozilla may have officially dropped the Firefox 3.7 name in December, but that hasn’t stopped the open source web troupe pushing out a first alpha of the browser for brave testers to tinker with.
Intel says warranties evaporate when kit resold
If you're thinking of buying second-hand computer equipment off eBay, you'd better make sure it doesn't have "Intel inside" because – and this is official – Intel regards re-selling its equipment as voiding any warranty.
Surplus astronaut right-sizing imminent at NASA?
There is concern at NASA regarding how to find work for all its astronauts following the demise of the space shuttle fleet and President Obama's bid to axe the shuttles' planned manned spaceflight successor, the Constellation programme.
Home Office to secure mobile phones
The UK's Design Council has been working with the Home Office to create technologies designed to prevent mobile phone theft - which is rampant, or not, depending on when you ask.
Promise ventures into Jasper Forest
Promise Technology is going to use Intel's Jasper Forest processors in forthcoming storage array products.
Navigon adds Twitter, Facebook to satnav iPhone app
A Twittering satnav - what could possibly go wrong? The next version of Navigon's MobileNavigator iPhone app, 1.5.0, will feature both Twitter and Facebook integration, allowing you to alert you friends, family and millions of fans with your whereabouts, destination and estimated time of arrival.
IBM plants Power 7 on Smarter Planet pitch
The chip story coming out of Monday’s Power7 unveiling from IBM is bigger than usual. Naturally it is doing plenty of the requisite feeds-and-speeds chest-beating, but there is a broader message directed at a wider audience.
John Mayer tweets remorse over Playboy interview
US muso John Mayer has taken to Twitter to express regret over an interview in the March issue of Playboy in which he ill-advisedly used the N-word, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Google Buzz leaves privacy concerns ringing in ears
CommentWhat’s that really annoying humming sound bothering your lugholes? Oh yes, Google Buzz. Bah.
Aussie anti-censor attacks strafe gov websites
The Anonymous denial of service campaign against Australian government websites on Wednesday in protest against mandatory net filtering plans was a relatively modest affair, but still managed to disrupt the access to targeted websites.
Toshiba's second Blu-ray player nears Blighty
Toshiba's second Blu-ray Disc player will hit the UK in May, the company has confirmed.
Toshiba to tap out touchscreen laptop line
Toshiba's Satellite U500-1EX has become the latest notebook to hop onto the touchscreen bandwagon. The laptop's 13.3in display is multi-touch capable.
MEPs to US: Hands off our bank accounts
The European Parliament has rejected a proposed interim agreement on SWIFT - under which the US gets access to European bank transactions.
New airlock mini-sub for US Navy SEAL 'operations'
The US Navy SEALs, America's secretive frogman-commando elite, are to get a new and enlarged pocket submarine which will allow them to travel most of the way to an objective inside in the dry and then exit through an airlock before swimming on for their final approach.
Opera beta burns Chrome for top spot
Sun-gazing sat heads for the heavens
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) blasted off today at 15:23 GMT from Cape Canaveral following an aborted launch yesterday due to unfavourable wind conditions.
Big Blue eye glares at UK workforce
IBM has confirmed it is considering making more UK staff redundant, although no final decision has been made.
Red Dwarf's Kryten exposes iPhone number
Red Dwarf thesp Robert Llewellyn has been left a tad red-faced after exposing his mobile phone number to the interwebs.
MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen
Applying the latest patches from Microsoft can cause Windows XP machines to crash with the infamous blue screen of death.
SGI spins up Cyclone HPC cloud
Try it, then rent it or buy it. That's the new mantra from supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics this morning as it launches its own supercomputing on demand offering, dubbed Cyclone.
Street View catches Finn with his pants down
The Finnish authorities have launched an enquiry into what they consider a serious breach of privacy on Street View, after a snooping spymobile captured a chap wearing less clothes than is advisable when Google comes a-calling.
Google extends Chrome for Fanbois
Google has released a new beta of its Mac-ified Chrome browser that accepts extensions and provides bookmarking syncing across disparate devices.
Juniper pays $169m to settle backdating suit
Juniper Networks has agreed to pay a massive $169 million fee to settle a class-action lawsuit with New York Clity pension funds and other investors over a backdated stock options scandal.
Opera plays chicken with Apple iPhone police
Opera's Jesus Phone play is more clever than you think.
Google's 'Musicblogocide' - blame the DMCA
The world is calling it "Musicblogocide 2010." We call it yet another demonstration that the DMCA takedown is a ridiculously blunt instrument.