Cray to upgrade UK's Hector super, buff bottom line
Supercomputer maker Cray's business softened in the first quarter of 2011 because of international government-budget issues, but it did have a bit of good news to lessen the disappointment of investors thanks to a Scottish super named for a Trojan warrior.
Australia cuts solar subsidies, and not before time
Before anybody denounces me as being “anti-solar” I want to put this on the record: I own 16 solar panels, a largish inverter, and because the system was built in the days before grid-connect arrived in Australia, a decent-sized bank of batteries.
Nvidia snags fast-rising mobile chip maker
Nvidia has made yet another move that proves it's dead serious about the mobile market, announcing plans to fork over $367m to acquire baseband-processor developer Icera of Bristol in the UK.
Do-Not-Track bill introduced in US Senate
A US senator has introduced a privacy bill that would prevent websites from following the online behavior of users who want to opt out of such tracking.
Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple
In desperate need for something – anything – to stop the advance of the iPad and Android, Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that the PC is as modern a computing device as any tablet.
Mellanox cranks 1U switches to 40GE
Two weeks after unveiling its switch-hitting, two-timing SwitchX ASIC for InfiniBand and Ethernet switches and routers, Mellanox has rolled out the first switches that make use of the chip. In this case, the SwitchX chip is being used to make a line of 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches aimed at bandwidth and low-latency freaks like the ones who hammer the world's stock and commodity trading systems.
How to make Azure more appealing to Java and Open Source developers
CommentMicrosoft has been reaching out to developers who use third-party languages and applications with a raft of initiatives and announcements.
Tilera preps 100-core chips for network gear
Upstart multicore chip maker Tilera is using the Interop networking trade show as the coming out party for its long-awaited Tile-Gx series of processors, which top out at 100 cores on a single die.
Android App of the WeekThree years after Android first stuck its head over the parapet, Google has at long last graced its smartphone OS with an official app for Documents, the third leg of the Google Trinity after Gmail and Maps.
Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype
Microsoft is close to buying VoIP service Skype for about $8.5bn.
EMC redefines its flash future
EMC WorldEMC is starting to bet its primary data farm on flash, announcing multi-level cell flash SSDs for its arrays, all-flash arrays and, in a surprise move, server-side flash integrated with array side flash, code-named Project Lightning.
Steady as she goes at Capita
Capita reckons the outsourcing market is picking up after a quiet 2009 and 2010.
Garmin intros roadcam-fed satnavs
Garmin has pushed its latest satnav out of the garage, adding a novel feature to the list of satnav regulars: live traffic cam pictures.
DWP's poor IT systems threaten back-to-work scheme
IT issues threaten the effectiveness of the government's single welfare-to-work scheme, according to the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) IT training and software provider.
Space shuttle Endeavour finally off next Monday
NASA has announced that space shuttle Endeavour will finally blast off on its 25th and final mission at 12:56 GMT on 16 May.
Isilon bigs up up data capacity
EMC WorldIsilon has increased the capacity of its NL nearline archival system to 108TB by using 3TB drives.
Archos Windows tablet gets CPU upgrade
Archos has updated its Archos 9 Windows 7 tablet with a faster Intel Atom CPU - 1.2GHz this time, up from 1.1GHz - and a 32GB SSD in place of the previous model's HDD.
IPCC report: Renewables can never meet energy demand
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued teasers ahead of an upcoming report into renewable energy.
WTF is... IPv6?
On the 8 June, it’ll be World IPv6 Day – a coordinated effort by major services on the internet, including Google and Facebook, to provide their services using the new version of the Internet Protocol. It’s part of the plans to cope with internet addresses ‘running out'. But just what is IPv6 - and what does it mean for most users?
Would Microsoft's Skype buy strengthen Lync or push it off a cliff?
AnalysisIs Microsoft preparing to school Skype in technology that it recently described as the "next generation of unified comms", or has the company spotted a hole in its VoIP strategy that can only be filled by an expensive acquisition?
Spotify's music manager makeover - does it work?
Last week, Spotify announced perhaps the biggest overhaul to its service since its launch. It has taken several days to roll out and is very interesting.
Israeli hover-jeep returns to flight testing
The "AirMule" robot hover-jeep being developed in Israel is back in flight tests following modifications: but the radical ducted-fan VTOL craft still has yet to fly untethered.
Google will throw open lid on music locker service today
Google is expected to barge into the music industry this afternoon with the launch of its own music locker service, without prior approval from record labels.
Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year
Copper thieves are costing Network Rail £15m a year and causing 6,000 hours of delays.
Toshiba delays Android 3.0 tablet
Toshiba's second Android tablet, the follow-up to last year's Froyo-based Folio 100, has been pushed back.
Honey, I shrunk the micro server
CloudVirtualisation is all the rage in data centres, but sometimes, you need to" realise" a server. Some companies with modest computing requirements will pay a premium for dedicated server hosting, rather than virtual server slices.
EMC's second-generation Atmos goes five times faster
EMC WorldEMC has announced its second generation Atmos cloud storage platform that can take in objects five times faster and will have API access to Amazon's S3 service.
YouTube comes clean: Content rental is king
The Chocolate Factory's worst-kept secret is out: YouTube today confirmed that it is launching an online movie rental service with a 3,000-strong catalogue streaming to PCs and mobile devices.
Super-injunction Twitter user in contempt of court if tweets were true
A Twitter user who claims to have posted information that is banned from publication by the UK courts on the social network site could be found in contempt of court, a media law expert has said.
Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn
Microsoft confirmed today that it has indeed bought Skype from an investor group led by Silver Lake for $8.5bn.
Finnish police close case on phishing Trojan gang
UpdatedFinnish police closed on investigation on Tuesday after arresting 17 people suspected of involvement in a banking Trojan scam used to siphon off hundreds of thousands of euros held in accounts with Nordea Bank.
Scrabble friends Facebook, innit
Aficionados of Scrabble can as of right now deploy "Facebook", "blook", "wiki", "webzine" and "inbox" without fear of their opponent calling foul, following the incorporation of the terms into the list of Collins Official Scrabble Words.
Important breakthrough in mole-cruiser technology
Good news for mole-cruiser fanciers today, as boffins reveal important new developments in the technology of burrowing subterranean machines.
ACS:Law fined for data breach
ACS:Law has been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to follow data protection law.
Cisco taps ex-Sun chip guru for servers
In the wake of its corporate restructuring last week, assaulted networking juggernaut and server wannabe Cisco Systems has tapped ex-Sun Microsystems executive David Yen to take over its Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, which is responsible for its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and its Nexus converged server-storage switches.
DIY kit computer goes Forth against Braben's RaspberryPi
Elite developer David Braben's RaspberryPi may have generated headlines aplenty, but it's not the first 1980s-style teach-yourself-programming gadget, one Reg reader insists.
EMC cloud weds big data in temporary temple in Vegas
EMC WorldEMC is seeing the cloud IT trend meet big data and be a marriage made in heaven for a storage supplier with a server virtualisation business. Let the good times roll.
White van men swipe British black bees
Tayside police are asking the public to keep an eye out for four hives containing thousands of British black bees which were lifted from the Centre for Neurosciences at Dundee Uni's medical school.
Supposed Anonymous hack 'unmasks members'
IP addresses, chat logs and plain text passwords purporting to belong to members of Anonymous have been posted online.
Clouds puff up Rackspace in Q1
The shift from traditional hosting to cloud computing is puffing up Rackspace Hosting, boosting both its top and bottom lines in the first quarter and making it likely that the company will soon pass through $1bn in annual sales.
TMS flash array blows Big Blue away
Texas Memory Systems has absolutely creamed the SPC-1 storage benchmark with a system that comfortably exceeds the current record-holding IBM system at a cost per transaction of 95 per cent less.
Tomorrow's tech demoed with free pizza and beer
It's not often that you can experience that magic moment when the future opens up in front of you – but when it happens, chances are it will be in Silicon Valley.
Ubuntu eats OpenStack for clouds
Ubuntu Linux and cloud fabric enthusiasts, say goodbye to Eucalyptus and say hello to OpenStack.
Google unveils Android 'Honeycomb' update for fondleslabs
Google I/OGoogle has announced an upgrade to the tablet-centric Honeycomb version of Android. Version 3.1 will soon be pushed out to Motorola Xoom tablets running on Verizon's network.
Google hoists Python-C++ crossbreed onto dev cloud
Google I/OGoogle has announced a new version of Google App Engine – the "developer cloud" that lets you build applications atop the company's famously distributed infrastructure – offering an "experimental" runtime for its Go programming language.
Google officially unveils 'cloud' music beta
Google I/OGoogle has officially launched its online service for storing your digital music on its servers, following closely in Amazon's footsteps.
Google won't open source fondleslab Android before 'year end'
Google I/OGoogle has said that the next version of Android, dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich", will be open sourced "by the end of the year," and that it will not open source the current Android incarnation, the tablet-centric Honeycomb, before that time.
Facebook caught exposing millions of user credentials
Facebook has leaked access to millions of users' photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said.
Akamai, Riverbed join forces to juice clouds
There's gold in them thar clouds – which is why Akamai Technologies and its global content-delivery network, and Riverbed Technology, the top dog in the WAN-optimization appliance racket, are teaming up to converge their respective products into a cloud optimizer, hoping to snag some of that cloudy gelt by accelerating application performance.
Leighton to build 100G bps cable to Asia
Infrastructure heavyweight Leighton Contractors has inked a deal with Alcatel-Lucent to build and deploy a 4,800-kilometre multi-terabit submarine cable system linking Perth to Singapore.
Microsoft Skype: How the VCs won and Ballmer overpaid
AnalysisA trio of Silicon Valley venture capitalists have made out handsomely from Microsoft's $8.5bn purchase of Web 2.0 carrier Skype. The money men have earned themselves $6.6bn in cash selling the unwanted web-telco company that they bought a $1.9bn stake in from eBay, while dodging the pain, paperwork, and inevitable disappointment of an IPO.
Source code leaked for pricey ZeuS crimeware kit
Source code for the latest version of the ZeuS crimeware kit has been leaked on the internet, giving anyone who knows where to look free access to a potent set of malware-generation tools that normally sell for as much as $10,000.
Unisys revs up big ClearPath mainframes
If you want to make money in the mainframe racket, you have to keep building ever more capacious machines. And if you really want to make money, then you port your code from CMOS mainframe engines to Intel-based machinery and stop making homegrown processors and system boards.