21st > December > 2010 Archive
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
ReviewWorld of Warcraft actually bears more than a passing resemblance to it’s new - or old, depending on your perspective - villain Deathwing. Since its launch in 2004, it has trampled through the lives of millions, wreaking havock and destruction while altering the landscape of massively multiplayer online role-playing games forever.
Cabinet Office signs MoU with Vertex
Customer management outsourcing company Vertex has become the latest to sign a memorandum of understanding on efficiencies with the Cabinet Office.
Adobe forgets to thank Apple as it hits $1bn per quarter
Adobe put a troublesome year behind it yesterday, announcing its first ever billion-dollar quarter and jacking up its forecasts for next year.
Xiotech could be leaving the prairie
Revived storage startup Xiotech has issued a denial that it is planning to move its headquarters from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
SEC probes whether Hurd leaked EDS buy info
The SEC has gotten on Mark Hurd's case, with an investigation that will look into whether the former HP boss passed on information about the acquisition of EDS to his nemesis, Jodie Fisher.
Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game
NSFWGetting down for some 'hot coffee' action isn't going to happen on the Xbox 360, at least not with the Kinect motion control system and not with Microsoft's say-so.
Secunia intros auto-update to patch management tool
Security notification firm Secunia took the wraps off a new version of its patch management tool on Monday.
Commission outlines how EU govts could standardise admin
The European Commission has published documents which it hopes will result in governments across Europe standardising the way they run their administrations. The Commission said the documents would help make government services interoperable.
NEC teases with two-screen Android tablet
There are no pictures of the gadget yet, but NEC is promising to show off a dual-screen "cloud communicator tablet" running Android - a "world first", the company claims.
China net filtering overlord gets pwned
The microblog of the brains behind China's infamous net filtering systems has been taken offline following a wave of criticism from net users.
Sluggish economy means hard times for US executioners
Economic turmoil has wreaked havoc on the US execution industry, latest figures show, with the total number of prisoners put to death well down on last year.
Govt asks businesses for views on intellectual property
The Government has asked businesses how it can help them to make more use of intellectual property (IP) assets. It has also published details of the review it will hold into IP growth.
Asus, Acer to take on MacBook AIr
Expect MacBook Air clones from Acer and Asus early next year. Lenovo too.
US Navy's electric plane-thrower successfully launches an F-18
The US Navy says it has successfully launched a jet fighter into flight using a radical new electromagnetically powered catapult. The feat is important for the Americans, whose next supercarrier will be a disastrous botch without the new tech: it is even more critical for the future of the Royal Navy.
Senior Guardian hacks turn on Assange
An intriguing mini-drama has emerged from backstage at the WikiLeaks theatre.
Daily Express social network pwned by slew of smut
The Daily Express MyExpress web service has been swamped by masses of sex spam text in a mighty pwn which may have begun two years ago.
Christmas shoppers hit by BT fire
A flood and fire in one of BT's major exchanges in London's west end has left stores on Oxford Street and Regent Street unable to process card payments in the last few shopping days before Christmas.
Queen set to outlaw ID cards today
The bill abolishing the National Identity Scheme is expected to gain royal assent later today.
Samsung hops onto MLC roundabout
Samsung is sampling its first enterprise multi-level cell (MLC) flash, with a pretty high performance solid state drive, and hopping onto a roundabout already crowded with other suppliers such as Anobit, OCZ, Pliant and STEC.
BP taps HP for IT ops
Oil giant BP looks likely to make cuts in its European and US IT departments to help allay the costs of the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Duke of Edinburgh gives spintronics researchers a pile of cash
The Duke of Edinburgh is funding research into spintronics that has demonstrated the reading and writing of data from the spin of the nuclei of phosphorous atoms.
Open source FTP app fixes fiery backdoor bug
ProFTPD has updated its popular open source file transfer application to close a zero-day bug that hackers used to attack the developers' own website and plant a backdoored version of the software late last month.
BAA accused of banning passengers from filming travel chaos
It seems that UK airport bosses are not content with keeping passengers in the dark as to when they will ever leave the ground. Angry passengers who'd rather be swilling their eggnog in foreign climes have told El Reg that British Airports Authority (BAA) staff are stopping passengers stranded at Heathrow – and other airports – from filming the ensuing chaos on their mobiles.
Worthless iPhone 'Wikileaks App' removed from Apple Store
An iOS app designed to provide access to Wikileaks has been removed from the Apple App Store.
Sony Ericsson to brand PlayStation phone 'Xperia Play'?
Will the PlayStation phone be called the PlayStation Phone? A search of Sony trademarks suggests it might not.
Vblock clouds moisten the data center
Michael Capellas, the former CEO at Compaq and since May of this year the CEO heading up the Acadia cloudy infrastructure partnership between Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware, has been making the rounds, talking up the partnership and its Vblock virtualized server and storage stacks.
Microsoft's year in review: Hits, misses, and maybes
Radio RegThis year saw Microsoft return to mobile with Windows Phone 7, deliver its answer to Google Apps, and silence web skeptics with an HTML5-compliant IE9 beta.
Microsoft opens playpen for 'unstable' web standards
Microsoft has unveiled an online sandbox where developers can experiment with unfinished web standards you won't find in its Internet Explorer browser.
HP tempts Cisco shops with networking discounts
In September, Hewlett-Packard dumped Cisco-branded LAN and WAN switches from its data centers, and now, it wants Cisco shops to do the same thing.