28th > February > 2011 Archive
SeaMicro drops 64-bit Atom bomb server
If SeaMicro has been "awash in business" as company founder, Andrew Feldman, tells El Reg it has been in the wake of last June's launch of the 512-core, 10U Atom-based SM10000 server, then the company had better batten down the hatches and prepare for the deluge. Because today SeaMicro is shipping the second generation of its ultra-dense integrated server/switch/load balancing platform based on a 64-bit version of Intel's Atom processors.
Cabinet Office pushes suppliers on open source
The government's deputy chief information officer has told suppliers that it wants to open source technology to feature in its ICT strategy.
German data regulators move to tighten IP address laws
Passing along IP addresses of web visitors to a third party without their permission could become illegal in Germany.
Facebook flick wins three Oscars
The King's Speech beat Facebook flick The Social Network to grab the best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Vodafone's network knackered by thieves
Millions of Vodafone customers were disconnected this morning after an overnight break-in. Calls, text and data are intermittent west of London with a fix in progress.
Iron Mountain's eDiscovery made 2010 a rusty mess
Iron Mountain's 2010 business was badly affected by mismanagement of its eDiscovery business, which lead to a $284m impairment charge.
Asian soup peril menaces bionic shark
Worrying news for evil billionaires today, as pioneering research by top boffins – in which a large hammerhead shark was augmented with high technology – reveals that large, endangered elasmobranches suitable for the in-lair pool disposal of troublesome government operatives may soon be even harder to get hold of.
Toshiba sells Cell chip plant to Sony
Toshiba has effectively sold its Cell processor factory to the CPU's co-developer.
Mac Trojan uses Windows backdoor code
Miscreants have adapted a Windows Trojan in an attempt to create malware that established a backdoor on Macs, as part of an apparent bid to drum up commercial interest for their dastardly wares.
GM declares Ampera e-car 'production ready'
General Motors will show off what it calls the "production ready" Vauxhall Ampera at the Geneva Motor Show this week - even though the e-car won't actually go on sale here for another ten months.
Anon Mail commenters to stay anon
The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.
Ads overseer told to bring down 'up to' broadband speeds
UK watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority has been advised to ban the advertising of broadband speeds prefixed with the phrase 'up to'.
Nokia DC-14 bike charger
ReviewMost of us are happy to be green so long as it doesn’t put us too far out of our way. With this in mind, Nokia has released a gizmo for turning your pedal power into battery power with a bike charger for its phones.
Kinect blesses rescue robot with 3D sight
Microsoft's Kinect sensor can be used for much more than just entertainment. In fact, it's already being utilised in a device that could save lives.
Digital TV group sets 3D standard
The overseers of the DVB digital TV specification have given the thumbs up to a proposed standard for broadcasting 3D footage.
Gmail users howl in anguish at 'disappeared' accounts
Tens of thousands of Gmail users have at least temporarily lost months or years of messages and chat dialogues after Google accidentally reset their accounts on Sunday.
Bank of America retrofits BlackBerrys with NFC
Bank of America is bringing pay-by-tap to the masses, or at least a small trial group of BlackBerry users, by using a removable card and a replacement battery.
Midnight theft left Vodafone users bereft
Vodafone's Monday morning outage was caused by thieves who broke into the operator's Basingstoke exchange and lifted a load of switches.
Traffic-light plague sweeps UK: Safety culture strangles Blighty
AnalysisA massive increase in the number of traffic lights – and an un-discussed 2005 increase in the priority given to pedestrians – is gradually causing the roads to grind to a halt, according to a new report.
Faces of the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 revealed
Images of the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 faceplates have surfaced online, giving credence to rumours of a front-facing camera and a larger screen, respectively.
Cloud gaming storms into the UK
Cloud-based gaming is again in the limelight today with the announcement that game service Gaikai has gone live in the UK for all to trial.
Tainted ads punt scareware to surfers on LSE and Myvue sites
Several highly trafficked UK sites – including the website of the London Stock Exchange – served malware-tainted ads as the result of a breach of security by a third-party firm they shared in common.
Android phone to replace shop till
Alcatel-Lucent has demonstrated Google's Nexus S being used to accept a Near Field Communications (NFC) payment, showing that NFC can do more than replace a customer's wallet.
Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself
Cross-dressing, occasionally smelly man-child webmaster Julian Assange - catapulted to global fame after publishing colossal amounts of classified-yet-humdrum US government data - has applied for a UK trademark on his own name.
Nvidia revs up CUDA GPU coder toolkit
Nvidia has staked a large part of its future on the idea that GPUs and their massively parallel architectures can replace CPUs for a big chunk of computational jobs. But parallel programming on one device is tough, across two incompatible devices is very difficult, and across clusters of hybrid machines can be very tricky indeed. That's why Nvidia's CUDA parallel programming environment is probably as important as any chip or Tesla GPU co-processor that Nvidia will ever ship.
Buzzmeisters value Twitter at $4.5bn
Over the weekend, the interwebs were a-twitter about JPMorgan Chase dumping a load o' cash into Twitter – $450m for a 10 per cent stake, said the Financial Times, which as you math whizes out there have surmised, would value the micro-messaging service at $4.5bn.
British Airways IT worker found guilty of plotting terror attack
An IT expert for British Airways has been found guilty of using his position to plan a terrorist attack on behalf of the Yemen-based radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to news reports.
Microsoft inflating cloud PC-management option
Next month, Microsoft will release PC management software anchored in the cloud.
PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid
A German PlayStation 3 hacker has escalated his battle with Sony almost a week after the maker of the popular game console sued him for copyright infringement and had police seize his computer gear during a raid on his home.
Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion
Details about Apple's upcoming Mac OS X version 10.7, code-named Lion, are flooding the web despite Cupertino's ban on such information being released by developers toying with the beta that was made available to them last Thursday.
The Register and Australia-New Zealand
As some of you have already noticed, in the last few weeks The Reg has been running more locally-sourced stories in Australia-New Zealand. Our plans here are still in soft launch mode, but we think it's appropriate (possibly even overdue) that we give local readers a head up about them now.
VMware goes back for seconds on stock buybacks
Virtualization juggernaut VMware was told by its board of directors last March that it could eat $400m of its own stock last year and through the end of 2011, but the company is still hungry for its shares. Today, the board authorized the second stock repurchase program that VMware has ever done, and this time said it was setting aside $550m in cash to go out and buy even more shares on the open market through the end of 2012.