17th > November > 2010 Archive
Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has indicated that her company is developing a service that will allow third-party websites to dynamically optimize their content using Yahoo!'s recently-revamped back-end infrastructure.
Who says the press is useless? Not Fei Lam, a New York teenager who sells conversion kits that transform iPhone 4s from black to white.
SC10SC10 Not all of the talk at the SC10 supercomputing extravaganza in New Orleans is about GPU co-processors. Convey Computer – which burst into the HPC scene two years ago with a hybrid supercomputer that employs x64 processors and field programmable gate array (FPGA) accelerators – is upgrading its HC-1 supercomputer with a new generation of FPGAs.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't sure that Facebook is "100 per cent right" in preventing Google's Gmail and other third-party apps from automatically importing email addresses from the social-networking service. He says that the company is still weighing the possibilities — and that it believes in openness.
ReviewReview From the outside, the Synology DiskStation DS411+ appears pretty much identical to the DS410n – a fairly heavy duty home and small business four-bay Nas box, reviewed recently. However, internally, the DS411+ is is quite a different beast, aimed at the small and medium business sector.
British children are spending too much time online and admit it - to researchers, if not to their parents.
Dimension Data grew revenue by 19.4 per cent in 2010, although this was flattered by moves in its main currencies - especially the South African Rand and the Aussie dollar.
Project managementProject management According to the grassroots campaigning group the Taxpayers’ Alliance, overruns in UK government IT projects have run into several billion pounds. If a similar tally were made of private sector overruns, they would most likely be of a similar order of magnitude. It is just that public sector overspends are much better publicised because taxpayers foot the bill when something goes wrong and expect to be told.
Sony has told World+Dog that its labs are working on an entry-level pro camcorder with interchangeable lenses.
Google Voice has finally become available for the iPhone after 18 months of bickering and an FCC investigation. It's also offering free calls within America and discounted calls elsewhere.
UpdatedUpdated Easynet's core network is down this morning, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without internet access.
VideoVideo We stuck a bunch of clever chaps, Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics and Richard George from Intel, in our studio and asked them to give us the low-down on the realities of cloud computing - without the hype. The Register's own Tim Phillips hosts the proceedings with his usual panache.
Folks getting an iPod for Xmas have a couple of interesting accessories to look forward to.
OpinionOpinion I have concluded that proposals published by the government in relation to “the bonfire of the quangos” (the Public Bodies Bill) and in relation to reform of parliament (the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill) can both serve to weaken the effectiveness of the supervision of the Data Protection Act.
Heavyweight independent labels including Beggars Group, Domino and Merge are pulling their catalogues from eMusic at short notice, in a major blow to the download service. Between them they own the rights to many of the most popular independent acts. eMusic subscribers received an email overnight explaining that the cataloguess would be unavailable "as of Nov.18, 2010, pending further discussions".
103in plasma 3D TV, anyone? Yours if you have £75,000 ($120,000) and a Japanese bank account handy, says Panasonic, which introduced the monster set this morning in the Land of the Rising Sun.
A West Midlands blogger has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly using a blog to list members of parliament who voted in favour of the Iraq war.
Facebook users found themselves challenged to prove their identity on Tuesday as the social network's system for detecting fake accounts went awry.
Do not buy your loved one a digital photo frame or a digital radio if you want Christmas Day to go off smoothly.
The world of invented language is a difficult place to succeed and those who have the patience to create their own tend to have a hard time gathering followers. Klingon and Elvish are notable exceptions, thanks to the huge fan bases for Star Trek and Lord of The Rings. Society tends to regard people who learn these languages as über geeky and socially-inept but we often overlook the reasons why they’re so obsessed with the fantasies they love. Until recently, expanding the speaker numbers was a challenge: conventions were the only place for enthusiasts to gather and sporadic publications the only other method of sharing their passion.
WorkshopWorkshop In the last article, we considered a number of perspectives on service delivery, top to bottom, left to right. In operational terms however, the relationship that matters the most is the one agreed between coal-face IT staff and the users they support. What’s at the heart of making this work?
Despite all the hullabaloo about Ubuntu and other desktop offerings, for most organisations, the main use of Linux is on servers. Ignore all the waffle about flashy desktops and which browser is best, because the truth is, most organisations run on Windows and tons of Windows software – perhaps with a few Macs thrown in – and they can't change OS because they need those particular apps. It's why so many organisations are still stuck with IE6.
ReviewReview The buzz surrounding Apple’s iPad has prompted a rush of me-too tablets hoping to combine its up-to-the-minute spec, with practicality and usability. Unlike the iPad, Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy Tab also has the advantage of being a phone, and a 3G Android smartphone at that, with huge potential for add-on functionality. It’s also got 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.2Mp camera.
Knaves, scoundrels and traitors to the crown took only minutes to leap onto yesterday's news of the royal engagement in a bid to expose sentimentally patriotic surfers to malware.
Review:Review: SME Server is pretty much the original ready-rolled server distribution. Although it has changed hands – and names – a few times, it's been around since 1999, when it was known as e-Smith, a name you'll still see in a few places.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have teamed up to create Isis - a pay-by-NFC architecture that places the network operators at its centre, though it may already be too late.
There are no more details to add to what Virgin Media announced earlier this month, but the cableco this week posted a tease snap of its upcoming 1TB Tivo-designed DVR.
Microsoft held its annual shareholders' meeting in Redmond yesterday, where the company’s boss Steve Ballmer once again rejected the idea – first touted by Goldman Sachs – to split the software vendor up.
WorkshopWorkshop When John Von Neumann first wrote up his notes about the logical design of the EDVAC computer on a train journey to Los Alamos in 1946, it is unlikely that he fully appreciated the impact they would have. For all their complexity, cores and threads, their caches and bus architectures, modern computers still follow which is known (no doubt to the consternation of his team mates, whose names were excluded from the report) as the von Neumann architecture. Simply put, this involves one element of the computer processor dealing with the arithmetic operations, another dealing with controlling what happens, and some memory or storage capability shared between the two.
Giving the VAR channel a "poke with a hot needle" is i365's idea of an attractive offer giving small and medium enterprise resellers a way into the cloud backup service business.
Yesterday Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, demonstrated an Android handset with integrated NFC. And while conventional wisdom says that's not enough to kick-start proximity payments, Google has never followed convention before.
ISPs will be allowed to charge content providers to prioritise their traffic, the government indicated today.
Back in 1981, two major events occurred in the UK. An awkward, troublesome, difficult-to-get-on-with contender captured the heart of an inexperienced young virgin: and in the same year, Prince Charles married Lady Di in the last major royal wedding to hit the UK.
Eight months after traffic to as much as 15 percent of the world's internet destinations was mysteriously diverted through China, investigators for a US Congressional committee remain wary of the Asian superpower, even as they're quick to say they have no evidence it's the work of the Chinese government. “Several incidents in early 2010 demonstrate that, regardless of whether Chinese actors actually intended to manipulate US and other foreign internet traffic, China’s internet engineers have the capability to do so,” they wrote in a report published on Wednesday. “Although China is by no means alone in this regard, persistent reports of that nation’s use of malicious computer activities raise questions about whether China might seek intentionally to leverage these abilities to assert some level of control over the internet, even for a brief period.”
Google has launched Hotpot, a surprisingly Yelp-like service for collecting ratings of places, which will then use those ratings to personalise your search results.
Adobe released an unscheduled update to Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday that addresses a variety of security bugs in its PDF software, including an unpatched flaw that has become the subject of hacking attacks over recent weeks.
Well, you lovely people, it's time to wrap the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project following our astounding Vulture 1 triumph.
HMV has followed John Lewis to pitch what is essentially a 5in media tablet as a colour e-book reader.
The British website briefly removed from the sight of some web surfers by the Met Police's e-crime unit is back in full effect.
One in four people surveyed by Microsoft think that pirated versions of software are as “safe” to use as the legit copy.
SC10SC10 Supercomputer clusters are getting larger every year, and now they are getting math help from adjunct devices such as GPU co-processors.
Two upstarts - Idealstore's Bantam and DHK's PopDrive - want to challenge ProStor, the king of removable hard drive storage with its RDX technology.
Apple announced on Wednesday that a new director has been added to its governing board: Ronald Sugar, recently retired chairman and CEO of defense contractor Northrop Grumman and former CFO of TRW.
Oracle is not altering course on its Java roadmap, hastening a final showdown with open sourcers at Apache.
SC10SC10 Microsoft is a wannabe in the supercomputing arena, but the software giant is making steady progress among quants and life sciences techies with its Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and now its Azure cloud services.
Top officials from the FBI traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to persuade Facebook and Google executives to support a proposal that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the companies' users. FBI Director Robert Mueller III and General Counsel Valerie Caproni were scheduled to meet with “managers of several major companies” including Facebook and Google, according to The New York Times. It wasn't clear how the companies responded.
Na'vi – the constructed language, or conlang, of those big blue dudes with the tails in Avatar – has tipped up on Garmin satnavs, or sat-Na'vis, as we must now call them.
On Demand WebcastOn Demand Webcast Small and medium-sized businesses are virtualizing servers, but at a much slower rate than larger enterprises. Some are put off by high licensing costs, some can't spare the time to make the move, and some just don't know how to get started.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is downplaying the possibility of the social networking giant rolling out a web-wide advertising network that targets ads based on your behavior and the behavior of your Facebook friends.
Oracle has sued a remanufacturing partner for contract violations and losses after a warehouse operated by that unfortunate company was robbed of Oracle equipment not once, not twice, but three times.
The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers.
If you can't wait to get your hands on Solaris 11 when Oracle makes it available next year — like Oracle itself can't wait in its Exadata and Exalogic clustered systems — then you'll be happy to know that Oracle has started shipping Solaris 11 Express.