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Schmidt: Google Chrome OS 'a few months away'
Google boss Eric Schmidt has said that Chrome OS will be available "in the next few months" — which may be an indication that the company's browser-based operating system has been delayed.
Stony Brook in action at the Student Cluster Competition
SC10Sunday at the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at SC10 in New Orleans. We stop in at the Stony Brook booth to meet the team and see what they've brought with them. In this SCC video, they introduce us to their cluster, dubbed the "Bear-O-Dactyl".
Florida A & M show up. Their hardware doesn't
SC10This is the first Student Cluster Competition for the Florida A & M (FAMU) team and it couldn't have started much worse.
Colorado: Is the fourth time the charm?
SC10On the Sunday before the Student Cluster Competition kicks off, we went around and visited the various teams. The Colorado team (SCC video) is no stranger to these competitions, they've been here before - four times before. While they've seen some success, winning the LINPACK crown (no actual crown), they've never won the big trophy (there isn't any trophy of any size).
LSU Tigers defend home bayou
SC10Louisiana State University (LSU) is another first time competitor in the SC10 Student Cluster Competition.
Purdue Shhh....Boilermakers coding
SC10The quiet was the first thing that struck me when I came upon the Purdue booth at the Student Cluster Competition. In the other booths, students were talking, tweaking systems, eating and doing the typical stuff you'd associate with this kind of event.
SC10Polite, subdued, with an air of confidence and competence, the NTHU (National Tsing Hua University) team from Taiwan quietly went about their business during the Student Cluster Competition prep time on Sunday.
HPC clustering: A new spectator sport in Lone Star state?
SC10Texas is at SCC with the most elaborate booth of the competition - certainly in terms of artwork and theme.
GPUs go crazy at SCC
SC10The Russian team from the Nizhni Novgorod National State University (NNSU) exuded a quiet confidence as they prepared for the Student Cluster Competition at SC10 in New Orleans, on Sunday.
World's most advanced rootkit penetrates 64-bit Windows
A notorious rootkit that for years has ravaged 32-bit versions of Windows has begun claiming 64-bit versions of the Microsoft operating system as well.
Calxeda gears up for server ARM race
SC10The secretive ARM server startup formerly known as Smooth-Stone and now called Calxeda is coming out a bit today at the SC10 supercomputer trade show in New Orleans. But don't get too excited. The company is not talking about specific chip or server designs based on the ARM RISC architecture, but rather giving potential customers in the HPC world and in the general purpose server racket the design goals it has set for its initial products.
Apache strikes back in Oracle Java standoff
Positions are hardening between Oracle or Apache in a battle over licenses and the future of Java.
Baidu boss: Google don't know China
Robin Li — the chairman and CEO of China's mega–search engine Baidu — says his service is now used by 99 per cent of his country's internet users. That's nearly 420 million people, or about one third of the country's population.
Ten... budget Android smartphones
Product Round-upIn barely two years, Google's Android operating system has established itself as a serious contender in the smartphone biz. It's different from Apple's iOS not just in its open source nature, but also in its use for both high-end premium handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy S and HTC’s Desire HD, but also in a raft of budget devices, effectively make the smartphone a handset choice for just about everyone.
Farming subsidy database 'breaches privacy rights'
European rules forcing the publication of details of the people who received farming subsidies and how much they received breached those people's rights to privacy, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
Hitachi GST ends STEC's monopoly
Hitachi GST flash drives are hitting the streets and, at last, ending STEC's monopoly in the supply of Fibre Channel interface SSDs.
Cyber cops crush plod-snapper site following Millbank riot
The Metropolitan Police have tried to ban an anti-police website in the wake of the student protests against spending cuts last week.
Coraid lands $25m funding whopper
Venture capital funds have bet big on storage underdog Coraid, gambling – to the tune of $25,000,000 – that its new management can build a successful business out of its low-cost and simple Ethernet access storage. That is a huge bet.
Acoustic gunshot locators get UK military field trials
The UK Ministry of Defence has turned to famed techsploration firm BBN - which among other things gave the world the "@" symbol in email - to provide a shoulder-mounted gunshot detector able to backtrack bullets in flight and locate enemy gunmen firing at British troops.
Hitachi quietly slips in new, big hardness
Has the 3TB drive cookie crumbled with Hitachi GST's stealthy product, or will Samsung bring out its own 3TB EcoGreen drive?
TalkTalk posts jolly six months
Carphone Warehouse spin-off TalkTalk is reporting a profitable six months, with more unbundled exchanges in preparation for its planned assault on TV next year.
Dell tablet-netbook combo PC out next week
Dell will begin selling its Inspiron Duo laptop-cum-tablet next week, it has been claimed.
Spy app firm charges £1.86 to remove its software
Google may have "Don't be evil" as its motto, but DLP Mobile seems to be embracing the dark side in charging £1.86 for an app to remove its own spyware.
IRC botnets dying off
Web-controlled botnets now outnumber those controlled by the traditional method of IRC channel by a factor of five, according to the latest research from Team Cymru.
Samsung readies Google TV tellies
Samsung will take the wraps of Google TV-equipped televisions next year, almost certainly at January's Consumer Electronics Shows (CES).
'Spacetime cloak' could act as 'Star Trek transporter'
Top boffins at Imperial College in London, an institution famed for its pioneering research into invisible sheds, have outdone themselves this time. They say they have applied the undetectable garden sanctum theory of metamaterials to produce a still cunninger concept - a type of "space-time cloak" which would produce the "illusion of a Star Trek transporter".
LightSquared lights up first bird
LightSquared has its first satellite in the air, SkyTerra 1, enabling national coverage almost instantly - though it will need a ground component before it can make any money.
Apple readies iTunes for Beatles juice, says report
Apple is making an announcement about its iTunes music service later today, which has led to frenzied speculation about what fanbois can expect to hear from the Jobsian outfit.
Head of UK.gov IT quits
John Suffolk, the official in charge of the government's overall IT strategy, has resigned.
Royal Family engagement creates scareware opportunity
The British Royal Family launched the biggest scareware marketing opportunity for months on Tuesday when Prince William announced plans to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year.
ACTA draft falls from skies
The EU has published a final draft of the international counterfeiting treaty on behalf of the WTO. The process has been underway since 2007, and this version will become final, pending legal review.
Giffgaff says some subscribers yakked for 9 days a month
It was harsh economics, not popularity, that put the kibosh on the unlimited tariff from giffgaff, as some customers were costing the company £500 a month.
Second arrest for Phones4U robbery
Staffordshire Police have arrested a second man in connection with the aggravated burglary at Broughton Hall - home to Phones4U millionaire John Caudwell.
Aussie outfit offers Brits rock-bottom price tellies
All hail the People's Republic of China! Without the PRC churning out electronic goods for next to nowt, how could operations like Australian business Kogan, newly set up in the UK, pledge to "end 'rip-off Britain' prices"?
Those govt cuts - slasher horror or history-changing brilliance?
OpinionSo, these Tories and Lib Dems, eh? Baby-eating bastards or careful correctors of a drunken sailor's spending spree? The most painful cuts since Abraham's circumcision or a mild trimming of the fiscal sails? You can read it all either way and depending upon your pre-existent political prejudices you probably have done.
Europe questions move to block child sex abuse images
Members of the European Parliament have cast doubt on plans to move to community-wide blocking of child sexual abuse images.
Intel to unveil Sandy Bridge CPU line-up at CES
Intel took the wraps off its next-gen 32nm CPU architecture, 'Sandy Bridge', at last September's Intel Developer Forum (IDF), but it will spec up the first Sandy Bridge chips themselves in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
50m-year-old mystery space object doesn't look a day over 30
NASA and a crew of international boffins have electrified the world of astronomy by announcing that they have discovered a '30 year old' black hole, the youngest known.
Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'
FoxNews.com has got its knickers in a twist about the birthplace of some pop band called the Beatles.
Data Robotics SuperSpeeds storage appliance
Data Robotics has added SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to its line up of expandable storage boxes, courtesy of a new model, the Drobo S.
Student Cluster Competition: And they're off!
SC10Here I am in rainy New Orleans covering the Student Cluster Competition at SC10.
DNS provider decked by DDoS dastards
DNS provider sitelutions was floored by a particularly severe denial of service on Tuesday.
Facebook: Privatising the internet, one Poke at a time
CommentThe world has been pretty slow to wake up to the power of Facebook and Google, web services with the power to make internet standards disappear faster than a Poke. But maybe people will sit up now. Mark Zuckerberg's embrace and extend attitude doesn't just encompass your data - but email protocols too. And there's very little you're going to be able to do about it.
NFS smackdown: NetApp knocks EMC out
EMC blew NetApp and others away with a CIFS benchmark in January. Now NetApp has returned that favour with interest, blowing EMC away in an NFS benchmark.
Steve Jobs no longer Eggman as Beatles hits iTunes
It's official: Apple has finally added the Beatles' back catalogue to its iTunes music service.
Alleged bad Appler should pay back $1m
The Apple supply manager accused of taking bribes in exchange for approving suppliers for iPhone and iPod headphone parts should pay back the $1m he is alleged to have pocketed for dodgy dealing.
Juniper blows small wad on Trapeze
Switch colossus Juniper will acquire enterprise wireless networking specialist Trapeze Networks for $152m cash, it announced today.
Yahoo! hooks self into Twitter
Yahoo! has unveiled a wide range of new additions to its sweeping online portal, including a handful of search tools, hooks into the micro-blogging service known as Twitter, and games from the "social" gaming giant Zynga.
OpenSSL updated to kill code-execution bug
The OpenSSL server has been updated to fix a security bug that could be remotely exploited to potentially install malware on vulnerable systems.
North Carolina to raise army of Microsofties
Thousands of students in the state of North Carolina are set to get a skoolin' in Microsoft technologies thanks to a state-wide deal with the software giant.
Exposed: leaked body scans published online
Casting doubt on government assurances that full-body scanners don't violate air travelers' privacy, Gizmodo has published 100 photographs saved in violation of stated policy, taken by one such machine deployed in a federal courthouse in Florida.
Prof to drill camera into own skull
An assistant professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts will embed a digicam into the back of his head as part of a year-long art piece — and some of his fellow faculty aren't too happy about it.
Flashy Anobit is on fiscal fire
Multi-level cell flash controller technology is hot, providing the keys to the kingdom of affordable and reliable flash storage that could start kicking serious storage butt. Israeli start-up Anobit is at the heart of this development, and Intel Capital has just led a group giving it a $32m slug of development money.
Intel melds football helmets and supers
SC10Chip maker Intel is working with American-football helmet maker Riddell and a number of universities around the United States to create a real-time telemetry and simulation system that will monitor collisions on the gridiron* to help coaches keep their players from doing serious, long-term damage to themselves.
Moshe Yanai: critic accused of 'sour grapes'
A few months ago Pete Gerr, a senior Hitachi Data Systems exec, launched an astonishing attack on the storage guru Moshe Yanai.
Ex-Google duo open wallets of angels and Ashton Kutcher
A pair of ex-Googlers working to simplify rapid-fire testing of website design have secured some power funding from Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs
Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie has renewed his attack on the Jobsian way, once again pitching the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as a much-needed alternative to the Apple iPad.