3rd > November > 2010 Archive
Flash video comes to iPhone, iPad (kinda)
Beginning this Thursday, owners of iOS devices — iPhone, iPad, iPod touch — will be able to view Flash video on the devices from which Apple CEO Steve Jobs has so vociferously banned Adobe's much maligned media-enabling software.
Semi sales leap 26% from 2009
Global chip sales hit $26.5bn in September, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, a gain of 2.9 per cent compared to the prior month and up 26.2 per cent compared to a year ago.
Mac market share slips worldwide
Although Apple may seem to be riding an unending wave of success after success, a new study shows that its worldwide market share is slipping.
Nuke lab gets visual with GPU cluster
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the big nuke labs run by the US Department of Energy that is responsible for managing the American nuclear weapons stockpile and helping to design future nuclear weapons, has what amounts to a brand new frontal lobe for its myriad parallel supercomputers.
Google man slings mud at Facebooked Bing
Microsoft updated its new Facebook-powered Bing tools on Tuesday, and über-Googler Matt Cutts promptly splattered this Bingbook setup with another large handful of virtual mud.
Shut up, Spock! How Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble
InterviewNo guns firing beams of light. No photon torpedoes. And, sorry, no aliens – menacing or otherwise. The "re-imagined" Battlestar Galactica that concluded last year couldn't have been further from its 1970s namesake – or from what most of us think of as sci-fi.
CloudSleuth slaps dashboards on heavenly grids
With more and more companies deploying real applications out there on public clouds, someone is going to have to deliver sophisticated performance monitoring and modeling tools that can span multiple clouds to not only help companies using cloudy infrastructure do their comparative shopping, but also to point their fingers at their vendors when application service level agreements are not met.
Oracle kills low-priced MySQL support
Oracle has hiked up the price of MySQL, killing low-priced support options and more than doubling what it charges for the commercial versions of the database.
Philips Streamium MCi900 DVD and Wi-Fi Hi-Fi
ReviewIf you're after rather more up-market multifunction home entertainment rig, then the Streamium MCi900 from Philips is aimed at you. For £999 you get combination of upscaling DVD player with a 160GB HDD along with an 802.11n wireless media streamer, RDS FM radio, 2 x 50W RMS amplifier, a 3.5in LCD screen and a couple of the funkiest bookshelf speakers you are ever likely to see.
Volunteer biker gang foils Westminster CCTV car fleet
A band of bikers have recently taken to helping motorists in Westminster identify the London borough's fleet of CCTV smart cars.
eBay Meg bitchslapped by Governor Moonbeam
Meg Whitman's expensive bid for the governorship of California has failed: she lost out to Jerry Brown - aka "Governor Moonbeam" - who last held the job in 1975.
DWP CTO predicts the end of Windows
The Department for Work and Pensions' chief technology officer has said that the latest version of Microsoft Windows may be the last to be widely deployed.
Microsoft details small biz server release dates and prices
Microsoft confirmed yesterday that its Aurora software will, as expected, be named Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011.
Oz journo pokes PARIS
We're delighted to report that the Oz press has picked up on last week's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space triumph, albeit to suggest that the future of paper-based aeronautical endeavour would be best served by a titanic clash between Blighty and the Lucky Country to determine just who's the mutt's nuts in high-altitude tomfoolery.
Haven for life found in Mars' Syrtis Major region
Boffins sifting data from a survey craft in orbit above Mars say they have found evidence of "warm, wet spots" which would have been refuges for Martian life as the red planet changed from a hospitable world to a freezing desert billions of years ago.
Stealth Carbon 'efficiency' tax could close UK data centres
Almost half of the UK's data centre operators believe the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) efficiency scheme tax could drive UK data centre investment offshore, with one-third saying it would send UK data centres overseas as well.
Hitachi eyes Apple owners for skinny HDD
SuperSpeed USB may be here, but USB 2.0 remains the standard. Drive makers are still releasing USB 2.0 drives - the latest is Hitachi with its G-Drive Slim.
London Stock Exchange investigates IT 'sabotage'
The London Stock Exchange is investigating a suspected sabotage after a trading platform was crippled for two hours.
Virgin Media readies 1TB TiVo set-top for Brits
Virgin Media today said it is bring TiVo back to Blighty with a 1TB set-top box capable of grabbing HD and 3D content from the cable company.
First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out
The first Windows 7 handsets are flying out of shops faster than they can be supplied.
ICO U-turns on Street View
The Information Commissioner's Office has changed its mind about Google's Street View and decided that it is after all in breach of the Data Protection Act.
DARPA, NASA team on '100-Year Starship' project
Those like us here on the Reg astronautical desk who are occasionally a bit disappointed at the limited scope of humanity's space programmes may be overjoyed to learn that NASA has just begun work on an actual interstellar starship. Well, kind of.
Microsoft's IE 8 'most widely used browser', rules ASA
The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser is the most widely used web surfing tool, following an investigation of one of the company's ads.
Wi-Fi strikes alliance with mains networking tech
The Wi-Fi Alliance has inked an agreement with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance to create interoperable kit, capable of annoying radio hams as never before.
Toshiba AC100 Android smartbook
ReviewToshiba is a quarter-century-old notebook veteran, and of late has been known more for solid reliability than elegance or innovation. The AC100 comes as a surprise: a beautifully designed, ultra-lightweight netbook with a 10.1in screen you would be proud to be seen using.
Gigabit WLAN tech to shoulder Wireless DisplayPort
Vesa, the organisation behind DisplayPort, has selected the Wireless Gigabit Alliance's 60GHz networking technology as the basis for a future wireless version of the digital monitor cabling standard.
How much is Facebook worth?
CommentHow much is Facebook worth? Hundreds of billions or spit? The answer to that question depends upon who you're asking: and indeed how you're doing the asking.
Orange intros MiFi gadget, refreshes mobile data deals
Orange has rejigged its mobile broadband offerings. It has also introduced a Wi-Fi modem for punters who want to share an HSDPA 3G link among several gadgets.
Hitachi GST going for IPO
It's an IPO: Hitachi is sending its wholly-owned disk drive making subsidiary, Hitachi GST, out into independence via an Initial Public Offering (IPO).
Sexy Hustler honeys unlikely to corrupt Croydon yoof
The youth of Croydon is unlikely to be corrupted by adverts promising HUSTLER HONEYS IN THEIR STARS 'N' STRIPES GETTING ALL WET, the UK's advertising regulator has declared.
Nominet to flog short domains
More than 2,800 very short UK domain names are to be auctioned for the first time, starting next month.
Symbian's Utopia - and why it was an impossible dream
Andrew's mailbagThis is a story of how a complicated and obscure technical detail shed light on the fate of an industry. The industry here is smartphones, and we begin with a hairy technical subject - memory management. But don't worry if you don't know what a malloc and sprintf mean - and according to Dominic Connor that's most CompSci graduates - I shall provide plain English translations along the way.
BT network goes titsup up north
The BT network has failed for the second time in a few days, again cutting off users in and Scotland and northern England.
Testy Turkey re-blocks YouTube over naughty hotel romp clip
Turkey has reinstated its block on YouTube – this time because it is showing a naughty clip of an opposition politician in a hotel bedroom with a female party member.
Chinese Kindles hop firewall to freedom
Kindle users in China are able to surf the internet unimpeded by the Great Firewall, as the authorities have yet to recognise the threat the e-book reader represents.
ITC to side with Nokia against Apple
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has reportedly found that Nokia hasn't infringed the patents that Apple claimed the Finnish phone giant had trodden all over.
Oracle 7400 storage drags down cloud storage firm
Utility IT service supplier Flexiant has blamed intermittently slow service over the past two weeks on slow accesses to disks on an Oracle ZFS-based 7400 storage array.
BT shields gentle customers from Min of Sound pirate raids
Music and club brand the Ministry of Sound has had to give up chasing 25,000 alleged file sharers – because BT has deleted their details.
James Bond returns to
movie games screens
Activision has released two James Bond games, GoldenEye 007, a reworking of an earlier first-person shooter for the Wii and Nintendo DS and James Bond 007: Blood Stone, an "original, cinematic Bond experience" for XBox 360, PS3, PC and Nintendo DS.
PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps
We thought those of you who've been loyally following our "appallingly successful" Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project might enjoy a few behind-the-scenes views of our crack team and local Spanish support operatives as the historic attempt unfolded. For those of you seeking hires copies on Flickr, or video from YouTube, skip to the last page of this article and scroll down to the bottom for copious resources.
National Rail tweaks departure board API, 'orders' coder to kill site
A web and mobile apps developer has been told to stop using the live departure board (LDB) API by the UK’s Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).
Apple to triple iTunes song sample length
Apple's CD-crushing, music industry–transforming iTunes music store will triple the length of many of its song samples from 30 to 90 seconds.
Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile
The ability to use Wi-Fi and cellphones on planes may be curtailed just as it was about to take off, following an aviation threat uncovered last week.
Former Phones 4U boss injured in armed break-in
John Caudwell, formerly the boss of Phones 4U, was injured during a raid on his Staffordshire home.
Marathon adds suspenders to virty server belts
Marathon Technologies is adding disaster-recovery capability to its everRun MX fault-tolerant code.
Supremes poke Schwarzenegger's 'violent' game ban
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that pits Arnold Schwarzenegger and California lawmakers against what they call violent video games.
Facebook Phone mobile hooks
Facebook has introduced a handful of mobile tools, including single sign-on for third-party apps, a new Facebook Places location write API, and a "Deals" platform, which allows local businesses to offer e-coupons to Facebookers who are nearby.
Fedora 14: haven for Ubuntu's homeless GNOMEs
ReviewFedora 14, released Tuesday, has quite a bit of new stuff under the hood - things you probably won't notice most unless you're a systems admin or use Fedora for development.
Unpatched IE bug exploited in targeted attacks
Unknown attackers have been targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in Internet Explorer to take control of machines running the Microsoft browser, security watchers warned on Wednesday.
Group slams airport naked body scanners
An electronic privacy group has urged a federal appeals court to limit the use of full body scanners at US airports, arguing the machines are an unprecedented intrusion into the affairs of millions of Americans.
Zuckerberg: the iPad 'is not mobile'
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the Apple iPad "is not mobile."
Google open sources Apache server speed mod
Google has open sourced an Apache server module designed to speed website performance. Presumably, the module is based on the mystery Google Web Server the company uses to serve its own pages.
DDoS attacks take out Asian nation
Myanmar was severed from the internet on Tuesday following more than 10 days of distributed denial of service attacks that culminated in a massive data flood that overwhelmed the Southeast Asian country's infrastructure, a researcher said.
SGI shrinks red ink with super sales
If you are in the supercomputer business, you can't get hung up on quarterly results because it is a low-volume business with high-ticket items and that makes revenues and profits choppy. You also need to have some cash on hand to pay for parts, build systems, and ship them to customers while you await acceptance from them before you can send your invoice and get paid. This ain't like selling a $2,500 tin box through the channel.
Silicon Valley wrestles self over public safety spectrum
US public-safety officials are involved in a tug-of-war with commercial interests about who gets control over the coveted 10MHz "D-Block" — and here in The Reg's San Francisco territory, said public-safety folks are harming their own cause through bickering and infighting.