24th > February > 2010 Archive
Comcast - one of the largest ISPs in the US - has deployed new technology designed to protect the internet against a well-known form of attack that allows attackers to surreptitiously lure end users to impostor websites.
Cloud computing is supposed to make IT easy. But if it was easy, no one would be able to make any money on the idea.
Yahoo! has purchased direct access to the Twitter "firehose" - a gigantic stream of Web2.0rhea - providing near real-time access to public Tweets from its primary search engine.
Consumer rights advocate Consumer Focus has called on the government to fix copyright laws broken by the rise of digital technology.
Juniper Networks is dangling a $50 million venture capital carrot over startups willing to focus on building software and applications for the Junos operating system.
Data warehousing appliance–maker Netezza wants to set its TwinFins loose on data analytics, thereby doubling the usefulness of the boxes and positioning them to better compete with alternatives from IBM, Oracle, and Teradata.
Xerox has sued Google and Yahoo!, claiming that various services offered by the two web giants infringe on a pair of its patents.
ReviewReview Toshiba’s Camileo S20 is aimed at a very demanding consumer. The type of consumer who wants a highly portable pocket camcorder with HD recording, and yet, has a budget of just £120. So, the Camileo S20 seems to offer it all – price, performance and portability. But can it really deliver so much for so little?
PCs running Ubuntu will be getting more social thanks to changes that will set the popular Linux distro's look and feel for the next five years.
The European Commission is investigating Google to see if it has broken competition and anti-trust laws.
Juniper Networks is reaching into IBM's service management portfolio to add some oomph to its new Junos Space network application platform.
The battered MAID that is Copan has found a refuge inside SGI.
ExclusiveExclusive The BBC has quietly updated its hugely popular iPlayer with a verification layer that closes the door on open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming, The Register has learned.
Logica has hit financial targets for the year - revenues are down three per cent pro forma or up three per cent on an actual basis.
Australian state government ministers have accused journalists of hacking in order to get the low-down on transport plans in New South Wales.
American boffins* have carried out detailed research into movies down the decades using chaos theory, and decreed that auteurs have - by a process akin to natural selection - gravitated towards a shot rhythm which matches an underlying mathematical pulse beat found in music, economics and even engineering. However, some genres have achieved this much more closely than others.
Google has pulled out of a scheduled Android developers' conference in Beijing, allegedly as part of its ongoing shift out of China.
Anonymous comments dissing Cambridge University computer scientists for their research into security weaknesses with Chip and PIN have been traced back to a banking industry group worker who acted without the permission of his bosses.
Elgato has taken its TV tuners off the computer and added them to the network to allow any connected Mac or PC to be used to view and record HD content.
CommentComment Desktop virtualisation isn't a panacea that will slay infections and slash costs - it's a problem-filled journey that may not even solve the problems you started out wanting to fix. That's one lesson attendees at IDC's Desktop Virtualisation Conference 2010 in London learnt.
Acer has extended the duration of its International Travel Warranty - a support package intended to cover users against hardware failures that may hit its laptops used outside the country they were purchased in.
Tandberg Data has announced a deduping Atom-powered NAS/iSCSI box for its channel along with deduplication software.
Developers pawing over the latest iPhone SDK have found references to a front-facing camera, and controls to manage video calls, despite the lack of announced hardware.
Three Google executives have been given suspended sentences for breaching Italian privacy laws.
Shopping comparison site Foundem this week fired the opening shots in the coming Google antitrust battle, with a complaint to the European Commission and a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission accusing Google of posing "an immediate threat to competition and innovation." The US filing is in response to the FCC's net neutrality enquiry, and seeks to have search neutrality included in FCC rule-making.
Accessory specialist Belkin is gearing up for the SuperSpeed USB revolution with a pair of products that will add the new 5Gb/s bus to your computer.
MandybillMandybill Overnight amendments tabled by Lord Mandelson give significant concessions to critics of the Digital Economy Bill. A revised section on the appeals process for ISP subscribers accused of infringement restores the presumption of innocence, introduces fines for copyright holders who make accusations that are later shown to be false - or who otherwise cockup - and gives the administrator the right to delay and substitute penalties.
Argentinian police are hunting a 30-year-old former lingerie model accused of running an all-women cocaine-smuggling gang, Argentina's La Nación reports.
The government department responsible for climate change policy has admitted bidding against one of its own quangos for advertising on Google, forcing up the cost to taxpayers.
The lemur-obsessed Mozilla crew have this week mostly been pushing their hippy ideals in the hope of reminding people that there's more to life than Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Documents released as a result of last week's hearing into Google's book-scanning settlement reveal thousands of authors asked to be excluded from the project.
Malware on smartphones is just the first in a series of new security threats for mobile networks ushered in by the embrace of internet technologies, according to mobile phone encryption firms.
IBM mainframes can now send backed-up data to a deduping virtual tape library instead of physical tape.
To Mayfair, where at the crack of dawn we find a huddle of eBook technology companies and investors. On display were a couple of prototype readers, with next generation screen tech, and a sober assessment of the market. I'll report on this later. But in the presentations I saw a Top 10 downloads chart that's too good not to share.
AnalysisAnalysis A Silicon Valley startup backed by the rainmaker who got Google off the ground is about to formally announce a miraculous, shoebox-sized device capable of powering a house - "anywhere, with no emissions" according to the BBC.
Ofcom is to investigate the Government's notoriously emotive 'Drowning Dog' prime time TV advertisements. Ad industry self-regulator the ASA is already conducting its own investigation of the 'climate porn' campaign.
Luxury pen maker Montblanc has suspended sales of its £16k* Mahatma Gandhi fountain pen pending an Indian court decision as to whether it's legit to punt the extravagantly-priced writing device.
Fighting is ongoing in the aftermath of Cisco stripping HP of its favoured partner status. We even heard, inaccurately as it happened, that HP has discontinued the Cisco switch for the C series blade chassis.
HP today stamped its authority on day-to-day operations at the former EDS by replacing the services unit's boss Joe Eazor with its own man, Tom Iannotti.
Independent application stores are usually overshadowed by the vendor-owned ones, but two of them have merged to create a mobile storefront that is larger than any of them, except the Apple App Store and Android Market.
The US has unveiled the design of its new embassy in London - a "carbon neutral" glass cube described as a manifestation of the "core beliefs of our democracy - transparency, openness, and equality".
A new Windows-based denial of service attacks reportedly exploits a 10-year old OS flaw to crash vulnerable systems.
After Dell and Hewlett-Packard reported their financial results for their most recent fiscal quarters last week, the box counters at Gartner and IDC could tweak their models to figure out how the server makers stacked up in the final quarter of 2009. Gartner got its grading done first and handed out report cards today.
Add prominent blogger Cory Doctorow to the list of people successfully phished by a new Twitter worm that's making the rounds.
UpdatedUpdated With today's talk of application and desktop virtualization, it's easy to forget there's another, older way to deliver software in a controlled way to resource-constrained PCs: thin-clients.
PayPal has opened the virtual polls at X.com, taking votes on the new-age payment applications vying for the $50,000 top prize in its inaugural Developer Challenge.
How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch?
Supercomputer maker Cray has staked a lot of its financial 2010 on its future "Baker" massively parallel Opteron-based servers and their new "Gemini" interconnect. And today, 2010 got off to a good start as Cray announced that the US Department of Defense has forked over more than $45m in tax dollars to drop three new Baker machines into three DoD super centers.
HyTrust, a startup that came out of stealth mode last April with a security appliance to lock down and manage virtual servers running on VMware's ESX Server hypervisor, has two new best friends: server wannabe and networking giant Cisco Systems and venture capitalist Granite Ventures.
Three Bulgarian men were charged Wednesday with defrauding banks of more than $137,000 in a scheme that attached electronic skimming devices to numerous automatic teller machines in Massachusetts.
Apple's campaign to shield iPhone and iPod touch users from what it deems to be "overtly sexual content" has entered a new phase - and a strange one it is.