11th > February > 2011 Archive
Rackspace nears $1bn run rate
Rackspace Hosting is growing its cloud business like crazy. It's a key player in the development of the open source OpenStack cloud plarform. And it has a large installed base of managed hosting customers. But the company isn't satisfied. It wants more.
Microsoft sends IE9 'do-not-track' tech to W3C
Microsoft has submitted its "do not track" browser technology to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for adoption as a industry standard.
PS3 jailbreak judge refuses to rescind GeoHot order
The federal judge hearing Sony's copyright suit against PlayStation 3 jailbreakers declined to vacate a ruling that hacker George Hotz turn over his computer gear to the console maker, Wired.com reported.
Enough with the Apple App Store apathy
Open...and ShutMicrosoft used to be the bête noire of open-source advocates, riling freedom-loving software developers with its sometimes anti-competitive behavior.
RIM PlayBook fondleslab to 'run Google Android apps'
Research in Motion – maker of the BlackBerry and the upcoming PlayBook tablet – is building software that will allow the PlayBook to run Google Android applications, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Geeky gifts for Valentine's Day
Product Round-upValentine's Day is almost here, which unfortunately means delving into pockets for the first time since Christmas in a bid to keep our other halves interested.
It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones
Nokia will adopt Windows Mobile as its main smartphone platform in a wide-ranging agreement with Microsoft. But it's not as wide-ranging as it might have been: the two giants won't formalise the relationship by forming a joint venture or spin-out, and there's no mention of exclusivity on any of the many areas touched on by the announcement.
Rare metals found in Cornish tin mine
A Cornish tin mine hopes to be producing hundreds of kilos of valuable indium – used in iPads and other devices and costing up to £500 a kilo.
Overland's top tech guy: Great things ahead
We had the chance to talk to Geoff Barrall, the founder of BlueArc and Data Robotics, about his work at Overland Storage, where he is charge of product engineering.
Street View to invade Israel?
An Israeli ministerial task force will next week begin to consider whether it's a good idea to allow Google's Street View spymobiles to prowl the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Bluetooth Special Interest Group hands out cups
Bluetooth's Low Energy variant has been the subject of its annual developers' Innovation Cup, with three winners selected, though it is hard to say which will be the killer application for the technology.
Facebook tagged with $60bn valuation
Facebook is considering allowing its staff to sell up to $1bn of their shares to institutional investors, after the company got slapped with a $60bn valuation.
Apple 'iPhone Nano' back in the game, says mole
Apple is preparing a $200 compact iPhone in a bid to beat Android at the budget smartphone game, it has been claimed.
World of StarCraft renamed
The fan-made MMO World of Starcraft has a new name - Starcraft Universe, and it won't cause friction over trademark issues this time, apparently.
Detroit citizens demand RoboCop statue
Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic RoboCop have launched an online campaign to erect a statue in honour of their crimebusting hero.
Your mind's '.brain' jpeg-like picture file format probed
Top boffins say they have gained insights into one of the most amazing capabilities of the human brain – its ability to store and recognise visual images. They say that the noggin compresses pictures in a process roughly as efficient in terms of storage space as turning photos into jpegs – but one much superior for the purpose of using the data subsequently.
Evil grain-speculating OVERLORDS will starve us ALL
Darn those evil speculators in food! You know, them, those men in offices playing with futures and derivatives in wheat and corn: they're starving the poor you know! For there is evil in the marketplace and we know where evil comes from: men in offices playing with money. Therefore the evil must be caused by said playing with commodity derivatives, right?
Three touts tablets
UK mobile operator Three will sell you Dell's Inspiron Duo netbook-cum-tablet for 50 quid - if you take out a two-year, £41.52-a-month contract.
Protection of Freedoms Bill is released
The long-awaited Protection of Freedoms Bill – aka "the great Repeal Bill" – has been published, to much trumpeting of liberties restored by the Coalition, and a sharp intake of breath from everyone else, who is rapidly reading the small print.
Vodafone squeezes internet into TV
Vodafone believes the time is right for an internet-on-TV box, undaunted by the fact that everyone else has been trying to do the same thing for decades.
Malware endemic even on protected PCs
Many users remain infected with computer malware – despite the fact that the vast majority are running machines protected by anti-virus software.
Card surcharges face super-complaint
Consumer lobby group Which? is making a so called super-complaint about the extra money charged to consumers who pay by card.
Albuquerque shopper samples free man oysters
A customer at a Sunflower Farmers Market store in Albuquerque got a real taste of healthy eating when an employee offered her a free sample of Greek yoghurt and semen.
ReviewThere's something obvious missing from Nail'd. For grammarians, it will be the title's unnecessary contraction of a perfectly acceptable transitive verb. For Newtonians, it will be the game's flagrant disuse of the laws of motion. For everyone else, it will surely just be the total lack of challenge on offer in developer Techland's off-road arcade racer.
O2 to raise broadband prices by up to 27%
UpdatedO2 is putting up its broadband prices again, just a month after increasing them in line with the rise in VAT. Existing customers are particularly hard hit.
UK.gov's axing of school building plan 'unlawful'
The government's decision to dump England's school building programme has been overthrown in the High Court, with a judge describing education Secretary Michael Gove's plans as "unlawful".
Mysterious crypto-book dated to 15th century
A mysterious book written in a language or code that no cryptographer has ever managed to crack has been verified as being written in the early 15th century, which has upset some of the theories on its origin.
Should Apple enter the flat TV market?
CommentIn February 2009, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said what we were all thinking: that if Apple is a part of the consumer electronics market, why doesn’t it produce a TV with Apple TV (and a DVR) incorporated?
America spared Top Gear Mexican quips
The BBC has announced that the episode of Top Gear featuring witty analysis of Mexicans will be diplomatically edited before its stateside broadcast next week.
Kournikova worm marks 10th anniversary
Friday, 11 February, marks the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of the Anna Kournikova worm.
Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution
AnalysisThere are times when you don't want to intrude on public grief, but Nokia has spent 15 years (or more) trying to avoid this day.
English Defence League site pulled offline after defacement
The website of the far right English Defence League remained unavailable on Friday following a hack attack on Wednesday.
DEC: The best of systems, the worst of systems
OpinionWhich were the greatest DEC computers and why? Which were the worst - and why?
Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment
It's Friday, so before heading off to the boozer for the traditional end-of-week "editorial meeting", we at the El Reg Bootnotes department thought we'd sign out by pointing our beloved readers at this entertaining miniature interpretation of Joy Division's Transmission ...
Locking antlers with a network Nazi
Some contracting jobs are fun. I love the sexy ones that task me with rolling my own data center or spending a week’s worth of off hours poking holes in someone else’s network.
Coalition rejigs gov procurement to give SMEs an in
The government launched a new website this afternoon for contractors looking to win public sector jobs that cost over £10,000.
Now, Nokia, what about the hardware?
CommentIf Symbian is Nokia's "burning platform", has the Finnish phone giant thrown itself into the frying pan to escape the fire?
The repeal bill: what's left in, what's left out
AnalysisToday’s Repeal Bill is likely to receive an enthusiastic welcome from Big Brother Watch and a lukewarm endorsement from the Lib Dems. But as the proposal is more closely analysed, a fair few of those cheering now may soon be a good deal more gloomy; in respect of what has been left out and the fine detail of how freedoms are to be enacted.
Dutch develop world's largest touchscreen
Behold the largest touchscreen the world has ever seen, probably. Here's a video of it in action.
eHarmony plays down data breach on dating advice site
Online dating site eHarmony is asking some of its users to change their passwords following the discovery of a security breach.
Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs inbound
Apple will update its MacBook Air family of ultra-skinny laptops with Intel's second-generation Core i chips in Q2.
Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft
AnalysisIf you want to understand the existentialist despair of many Nokia staff today, then you need to understand how thoroughly its entire business has been about avoiding Microsoft.
Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec
UpdatedMPEG LA – the patent pool organization that handles licensing for the H.264 video codec – is collecting patents for what can only be described as an attack on the competing VP8 codec. Last year, Google open sourced VP8 under a royalty-free license, hoping to create a completely free and open standard for HTML5 web video.
Microsoft says exec took secret 'trove' to Salesforce
Microsoft is claiming a CRM executive who defected to Salesforce.com took hundreds sensitive documents to its cloudy competitor.
Intel defends MeeGo after Nokia defection
Nokia may have run off with Microsoft, but Intel remains married to MeeGo.