Apple iCloud: Same old cage, new height
Open...and ShutRedmonk analyst Michael Cote argues that the cloud is all about speed, at least in the enterprise. For many others, however, the cloud has promised much more: it has become shorthand for freedom from vendor lock-in at the device level, so that data is free to roam between devices without the chokeholds of operating systems or browsers getting in the way.
EMC forges secret VMAXe arrray
EMC's VMAXe box – an affordable and self-tuning entry-level VMAX, providing tier one storage features – has been stealthily released inside EMC, with a public unveiling planned for mid-July. Today, we had a peek behind the curtain.
Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud
Microsoft isn't the only company denying equal online footing to Windows XP users.
CommentA recent discussion with a friend about the origins of Microsoft's .NET runtime prompted a little research. How did it come about?
Judge rules against firm that lost $345k to bank trojan
A federal magistrate judge has ruled against a small business that lost $345,000 in an online bank heist, arguing that the theft largely resulted from its own failure to secure its account credentials, according to published news reports.
Oracle whips out private cloud with blades
Everybody wants to sell preconfigured virtualized servers with integrated management. Otherwise known a private infrastructure cloud. Now Oracle does too, only it calls them Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure. Presumably, this is not meant to be abbreviated to OOSFECI.
HTC Flyer 7in Android tablet
ReviewThe arrival of a tablet from HTC, the company that has run the furthest and fastest since picking up the Android ball was always going to be something of a Big Deal but in some ways the new Flyer is a surprisingly odd fish.
Whitehall fraud pilots save £12m
The Cabinet Office says data-matching has helped its anti-fraud initiatives to stem huge losses from government funds.
Violin scoops $40m, eyes global domination
CommentViolin Memory, the flash array start-up, has snagged $40m in C-round funding, just three months after a $35m B-round, signalling an acceleration of its development activities: it's going to add more flash strings to its bow.
Citibank hack lifted 200,000 names, emails, acct numbers
Citigroup has admitted that hackers could have grabbed thousands of account details for its credit card customers.
Mind the GAP: Alert system saves lives
Case studySome time in the not-too-distant future, a brave, if chilly, soul will send the following tweet: “on #K2 summit. v tired. awesome view. cu @ basecamp”. You will have the UK firm Active Web Solutions (AWS) to thank for it.
Amsterdam internet hub gets ready for 4G mobile VoIP
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange will soon offer Service Level Agreements (SLAs) across its infrastructure - providing the guaranteed bandwidth needed if IP is going to conquer the world.
Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows
A study in America has found that taking a degree in Psychology condemns you to a lifetime of being lower paid than those who study proper sciences, and lower paid than the average among university graduates.
Blu-ray sales to overtake DVD... next year
Blu-ray Disc sales will finally surpass those of DVDs next year.
Cloud tuning: getting the network up to speed
Many problems in IT can be put down to the simple but flawed assumption that resources are infinite.
James Sherwood 1983-2011
Former Reg Hardware reporter James Sherwood died this weekend after suffering an epileptic seizure during his sleep. He was 28.
Creators: EU cares about turnips more than copyright
World Copyright SummitIf someone had given me a pound in Brussels this week for every time I heard the phrase "we don't want to make the same mistakes as the music industry", I'd be a richer man. Not by much, but enough for a round of drinks.
PlayStation Vita priced up for UK punters
Prices are up for the PlayStation Vita, with Amazon UK now accepting advance orders.
Another Groupon ad complaint upheld
Online voucher service Groupon has been whacked with yet another Advertising Standards Authority judgement.
iOS App of the WeekThere are dozens of equalisers, visualisers and similar audio apps available for iOS devices, but I have to tip my hat to Reg reader Danny Mann for bringing EQu to my attention, as it’s one of the best audio apps I’ve seen of late.
Unique imagery of Shuttle docked to ISS released
Vid+PicThere's been something of a wait for it, but unique imagery showing the International Space Station with a Space Shuttle docked has now been released.
Sony restores online VoD shop Qriocity
Sony will reactivate its Qriocity video- and music-on-demand services today following their post PSN-hack 20 April shutdown.
HP assigns $2bn of finance in CIO cloud investment prod
Hewlett-Packard's financial services arm has set aside $2bn (£1.2bn) for customers to buy its cloud technologies.
Dell: 10in Android dual-core tablet for China, not West
Dell has confirmed it is developing 10in Windows and Android tablets - and that it plans to use them to conquer China.
Apple purges drunk-driving apps
Apple has changed the T&C for its iTunes app store to specifically exclude applications that warn of approaching police check-points.
Sony Ericsson reveals handsets for TwitBookers
Sony Ericsson has unveiled a pair of handsets today, the Mix Walkman and txt pro, both aimed at social networkers.
Boris-Bike firm penalised by £5m over system hiccups
Transport for London is witholding £5m in payments to Serco, the company behind the capital's bike rental scheme.
MP claims NotW sleuths targeted royals, politicians, Blair
Private detectives working for the News of the World targeted Tony Blair, the royal family and senior politicians, including a former Home Secretary, an MP claimed in the House of Commons Wednesday.
Hunted: The Demon's Forge
ReviewLet's get one thing straight, Hunted: The Demon's Forge is not an RPG.
Netherlands first European nation to adopt net neutrality
The Dutch Parliament yesterday agreed to make the Netherlands the first nation in Europe to officially put net neutrality principles into law. The law will force ISPs and telecom operators to ensure access to all types of content, services or applications available on the network.
British music collects 10 per cent more royalties
British musicians saw a 10.7 per cent increase from the public performance of recorded music last year despite the recession.
London Ambulance Service downed by upgrade cockup
Operators at the London Ambulance Service (LAS) were forced to use pen and paper when fielding emergency 999 calls yesterday, after a computer system upgrade went horribly wrong.
HTC does the ChaCha with Three and Vodafone
The HTC ChaCha has danced its way onto the UK telco scene, with Vodafone and Three now offering the handset on monthly plans.
BP world energy review: Chinese coal drives up CO2
Last year saw the highest surge in energy demand for almost 40 years, according to BP's 60th annual review* of energy. Despite record renewable energy production – with hydroelectric energy use rising 6.5 per cent – fossil fuel consumption surged to the highest level ever.
Two new Ofcom board members appointed
The government's culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has appointed two non-executive members to Ofcom's board.
Cybercrime figures 'as true as sexual-conquest scores'
Microsoft researchers have rubbished figures from cyber-crime surveys, deeming them subject to the types of distortions that have long bedevilled sex surveys.
Dell's dedupe story still unfolding
CommentDell's spreading of Ocarina dedupe goodness across its storage platforms has to overcome several obstacles, none of which are show-stoppers.
IBM to commercialize chip-design cluster tools
IBM is to commercialize the management software behind the chip design cluster used by more than 3,000 engineers to create its homegrown server processors.
HP WebOS tablet to ship early July
HP's WebOS-based tablet - the TouchPad, as it's officially known - hits Blighty's shores early next month following its 1 July arrival in the US.
Nokia CTO replaced by Professor of Karma
Rich Green is no longer Nokia's Chief Technology Officer, and is taking a leave of absence from the troubled Finnish company. The company has confirmed that Henry Tirri, a distinguished academic and research fellow at Nokia Research, will step into his shoes. Nokia said Green was on leave for personal reasons.
BioWare blows brains with intro cinematics for Star Wars MMO
BioWare has bowled over E3 with a taste of its highly-anticipated MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Cornish cow plucked from jaws of death by Navy chopper
A Cornish cow, trapped on steep cliffs near Port Isaac, was hoisted to safety recently slung beneath a Royal Navy rescue helicopter.
Storage DEATHMATCH: Permabit v Isilon
OpinionsPermabit has taken issue with our Isilon and a question of Big Data story, insisting that its Albireo deduplication technology can be applied to scale-out file data storage, and deliver a tenfold reduction in storage costs with no performance penalty.
World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet
World IPv6 Day was the non-event everybody hoped it would be.
Apple backs down (a bit) on iOS subscription rules
Apple has backed down from its requirement that content and subscription providers who offer their wares through the Jobsian App Store must charge the same or less for that content when it's offered from a provider's own website.
Microsoft loses Supreme patent fight over Word
America's top court has rejected Microsoft's appeal against a ruling that Microsoft Word infringed on patents owned by a tiny Canadian software maker..
A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center
At the very end of his keynote address at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs flashed up some photos of the exterior and interior of the new $1bn data center the company has built in Maiden, North Carolina to support its new iCloud storage cloud.
Intel invests in 'personal robot' future
Intel Capital has made its first-ever investment in robotics, becoming the lead investor in a $13m funding round for Aldebaran Robotics, a Paris-based designer of humanoid robots.
Feds seize $15m from scareware monger's Swiss account
Federal authorities have seized $15m from a fugitive accused of bilking millions of people in scareware and counterfeit antivirus software scams.
Peeping Tom Mac spyware suspect cuffed
A PC repair technician has been charged with planting spyware on the machines of clients as part of a ruse designed to capture pictures of them in various states of undress.
Australian banks start replacing RSA tokens
The ongoing fallout in Australia from the RSA security hack continues, with both Westpac and ANZ Bank announcing they will replace customers’ tokens. Another of Australia’s “big four”, the Commonwealth Bank, is yet to decide its course of action, while there’s been no word yet from the National Australia Bank.