Avere gets more funding
Avere, the maker of the multi-tiered filer accelerator FTX products, has picked up another $17m in funding. It aims to "rapidly expand production and distribution of its FXT Series appliances that accelerate the performance and reduce the costs of NAS environments."
Customers' big-iron hedge hits Cray's quarter
Supercomputermaker Cray narrowly missed its projected revenue targets for the second quarter, but is revving up to bring home the bacon in the second half of the year as it delivers its new XT6 and XE6 massively parallel supers.
Seagate's flash cache drive rocket
A user of the flash cache-enabled Seagate Momentus XT drive reports a tenfold improvement in PhotoShop application load time and three times faster startup.
Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail
Features in the four major browsers designed to cloak users' browser history often don't work as billed, according to a research paper that warns that users may get a false sense of security when using the built-in privacy settings.
Panasonic DMR-XW380 Freeview HD DVR
ReviewUnlike the current wave of Freeview HD recorders coming on stream right now, the Panasonic DMR-XW380 is not just a twin tuner hard drive recorder, but a DVD recorder too. Pay a fair bit extra and you can have opt for DMR-BW880, the Blu-ray version Reg Hardware reviewed recently.
NASA bumps ISS spacewalk to Saturday
NASA has postponed today's planned spacewalk to replace a failed ammonia pump assembly on the International Space Station, and Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Doug Wheelock will now exit the orbiting outpost tomorrow at 10:55 GMT.
Octopus-gate chief exec resigns over private data sale
The sale of private data by Hong Kong transport payments firm Octopus Holdings has forced the resignation of chief exec Prudence Chan.
Ditch the malware magnet
Sysadmin blogIt is no secret that I have little use for endpoint anti-malware protection apps. In my experience they are all, regardless of vendor, virtually worthless. A well written piece of modern endpoint anti-malware will briefly inform you that you have been infected right before it commits seppuku and vanishes, leaving you to deal with the malware and all the little friends it downloaded.
Extreme porn law on the ropes
A stunning reversal for police and prosecution in North Wales may herald the beginning of the end for controversial legislation on possession of extreme porn.
Naked German women evade Swedish chopper
Keen Swedish cops deployed a helicopter and sniffer dogs last weekend after three clothes-light German women got lost in the woods.
Three Strikes Bill too wet and woolly, say Kiwi lawyers
New Zealand's Parliament met to discuss the pending Three Strikes legislation this week, with the Law Society chipping in. The amendment is too vague, onerous on the ISPs, and too gentle on serial freetards, the Society's government liaison Clive Elliott says.
Clinton barrels in to BlackBerry brouhaha
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reckons there is a "right to free use and access" that could be infringed by countries banning BlackBerrys.
eBay photocopier data risk ignored
AnalysisThe security threat from carelessly ditched computers increasingly applies to a much wider range of office equipment, as sophisticated storage technology finds its way into humble devices such as fax machines and printers.
The Great Beast's shag pad: Yours for €1.5m
Those with a taste for the occult and a more than a few quid to spare might be interested in viewing the Sicilian cottage where "wickedest man in the world" Aleister Crowley once held court.
Eagles singer wins case against US politico
Eagles frontman Don Henley has won a lawsuit against a Republican politician who was found to have violated the copyrights of two of the singer’s songs.
Firefox 4 beta crack ruse spreads Trojan to total idiots
Scammers are trying to con gullible marks into getting infected via a fake Firefox 4.0 beta download scam.
Apple tweaks store to show trial versions
Apple has tweaked its application store to separate out trial versions of applications, so they don't clutter up the freebies section.
NHS trust axes 600 jobs, IT staff up for chop
A hospital trust is to slash up to 600 jobs – some of which will be IT and back office staff – as part of a £60m cost saving plan.
'Poo-powered' Volkswagen astounds world+dog
UpdatedThe UK and green media is alive with reports of a "poo powered" car, dubbed the "Bio-Bug", developed to encourage sustainable motoring. But what's the real story?
Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes
An Atlanta woman who was tied to her bed by an armed robber managed to alert her boyfriend by instant messenger - no mean feat since she was obliged to type with her toes.
Solar storms, BlackPads and killer mice
CommentsThe Sun went mad this week, belching an especially huge quantity of superhot plasma straight at the Earth. The plasma cloud struck the Earth's magnetic field last night, causing the Northern Lights to go haywire. You lot were all about beauty and doomsaying.
Hoax Facebook virus makes more trouble than a real virus
A hoax Facebook virus is spreading rapidly across the social network.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
ReviewStarcraft II has been a long time coming and regardless of whether you’re a real-time strategy fanboy or not, Blizzard’s newest release for PC and Mac has generated quite a buzz. It promises to fill a void that has been sorely felt in the console-based wars of recent years.
Elon Musk plans new Mars rockets bigger than Saturn Vs
SpaceX, the rocket company founded and bankrolled by famous PayPal nerdwealth icon Elon Musk, has revealed radical plans for a colossal launcher as big as the Saturn Vs which sent men to the Moon - and has also proposed nuclear-powered spaceships to carry astronauts to Mars.
O2 blamed for iPhone's data sucking
O2's Pay & Go customers are up in arms as the iPhone's simplicity and capability sees unwitting users' credit disappear into O2's hands.
LG Cookie breaks into UK
LG Electronics has launched the Cookie Series, a range of brightly coloured phones aimed at the youf generation.
Inflated billions hide cloud’s cash potential
Open...and ShutGartner thinks the cloud computing market will top $68bn in 2010. If so, it's probably a good idea that someone, somewhere in the industry starts to make money from the much-hyped cloud trend.
Google faces trial on ageism claims
Google has been ordered by the California Supreme Court to stand trial in a lawsuit brought by a 54-year-old man, who was dubbed a “fuddy-duddy” by his Mountain View colleagues.
700,000 Saudi BlackBerrys go
UpdatedSaudi Arabia has carried out its threat to cut off BlackBerry users in the country, with 700,000 addicts reduced to talking on the phone and perhaps even doing some work.
Pentagon demands WikiLeaks stuff genie back in bottle
The US Defense Department has formally asked WikiLeaks to delete all copies of military documents it has received and return any documents not yet published.
Apple rumoured to be mulling Chinese web gamer buy
Apple is reportedly looking to buy a Chinese internet game maker, according to an exec at the Handseeing Information Technology company.
Nokia betas Craigslist for the third world
Nokia has started testing Nokia Listings in India - a service much like Craigslist, only without the internet.
Beatles on iTunes? 'Don't hold your breath' says Yoko
John Lennon's widow has put the kibosh on rumors that Apple Corps' Beatles catalog might arrive on Apple Inc's iTunes online music store anytime soon.
Beefy 2010 chip forecast get steroids blast
Chip market researcher iSuppli says in its latest forecast for 2010 that semiconductor sales are "already pumped up by bulging demand" but that this year it has "been injected with a powerful dose of growth steroids." And thus, iSuppli is raising its chip revenue forecast for the year.
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a 'security nightmare'
The internet's next-generation addressing scheme is so radically different from the current one that its adoption is likely to cause severe security headaches for those who adopt it, a researcher said last week.
Novell to plow new-age Wave minus Google
Novell has committed to keep surfing Google's Wave despite the search giant stopping development of its new-age collaboration tool.
US appeals court bashes warrantless GPS tracking
A federal appeals court has roundly rejected US government claims that it doesn't need a search warrant to surveil suspects using global positioning system location-tracking devices.
HP's Hurd quits quickly on sexual harassment probe
HP boss Mark Hurd has resigned suddenly following allegations of sexual harassment.
Apple iPhone app patent claim 'doesn't feel right'
Apple has apparently lifted the look-and-feel of an iPhone app from German developer FutureTap and used it in a software patent application, putting that developer in a sticky situation.
Unpatched kernel-level vuln affects all Windows versions
Researchers have identified a kernel-level vulnerability in Windows that allows attackers to gain escalated privileges and may also allow them to remotely execute malicious code. All versions of the Microsoft OS are affected, including the heavily fortified Windows 7.