28th > June > 2011 Archive

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Facebook reveals next-gen Open Compute wares

Facebook's Open Compute Project, founded to open source the social media mogul's server and data center designs, has hosted its first meeting, previewing its next-generation server and storage iron.
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IBM to snuff last Cell blade server

IBM has announced that supporters of IBM's "Cell" family of PowerXCell multicore processors have only another six months to buy more blade servers to build up their systems.
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US IT spending surge double-times GDP

IT spending in the United States is expected to rise by 5.6 per cent in 2011 – that's nearly twice the pace of the expected growth in US gross domestic product, which is projected to grow by a measly 3 per cent this year.
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US Supremes to hear warrantless GPS tracking case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to decide if the US Constitution requires police to obtain a search warrant before secretly monitoring location-tracking devices planted on the vehicles of suspects
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Facebook fever prices social network at $70bn

Doomsayers who believe the Internet is looking like a bubble again will be out in force, following GSV Capital’s decision to tip $US6.6 million into Facebook.

Apple’s long divorce from Samsung near final

The strained relationship between Apple and Samsung has moved a step closer to fracturing completely, with a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times refreshing rumours that TSMC will become Cupertino’s new best friend.
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Anonymous claims LulzSec merger

Anonymous claims that members of the notorious (recently disbanded) prankster hacking group LulzSec have joined its group.
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Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365

Google Apps product manager Shan Sinha was once director of strategy for Microsoft SharePoint, Redmond's longstanding effort to facilitate business collaboration over the net.
Cade Metz, 28 2011
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PopBox 3D set-top media player

Review Now that playing digital files from USB keys, or streaming them over a network, is a feature built into many TVs and almost every new gadget that plugs into one, it's inevitable that standalone players will become cheaper. The PopBox sits at the bottom of Syabas Technology’s Popcorn Hour range of media players.
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Opera 11.50 debuts with Speed Dial extensions

Opera has officially released a new version of its desktop browser – Opera 11.50 – adding widget-like "extensions" to the familiar Speed Dial page that appears each time you open a new tab.
Cade Metz, 28 2011
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Arkeia bigs up sliding windows dedupe

Comment Privately-owned Arkeia thinks it's in prime position to backup to the cloud because its dedupe technology is better than anybody else's.
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Accused autistic hacker Ryan Cleary freed on bail

Ryan Cleary, the alleged hacker behind the attack on Soca's website, has been freed on bail.
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EMC regains SPEC filer crown

EMC has regained the SPEC filer benchmark crown, and it took 3,220 disk drives to do it.
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Oracle to overhaul reseller rebates

Oracle has scheduled a conference call with its stoic reseller base to outline an overhaul of the compensation structure to win over the more disillusioned element in its channel, namely former Sun Microsystems dealers.
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Liam Maxwell appointed to advise on gov ICT

Liam Maxwell has been appointed as an advisor to the Efficiency and Reform Group and the government chief information officer on new ideas for the government's use of technology.
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Apple's MobileMe has a wobble

MobileMe users are having trouble finding their mail server this morning, though as ever with Apple the scale of the problem remains obscure.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

Every year the story's the same – but every year it is stranger to report. People continue to buy pre-packaged plastic music discs – most containing as little as one album – despite the rise in digital album sales, the cheaper option of listening on demand, and the risk-free option of downloading entire discographies in one go. Barmy, but true.
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Lightbox Photos

Android App of the Week Socialising your mobile photography is all the rage these days, a picture presumably being worth at least 140 alphanumeric characters, and this is where Lightbox shines, as a simple way to share your pictures with your social network.
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Apple quietly Trims MacBook Air SSDs

Owners of second-gen MacBook Airs have gained much-requested Trim support for the SSDs in their skinny computers thanks to Apple's latest OS X update.
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US Navy invents 'Zero-Power Autonomous' ocean probe

US Navy and Marine Corps boffins are chuffed with themselves today, after inventing a crafty underwater probe podule which can be dropped into the sea, sink to a pre-programmed depth, remain there for weeks or months and then at some point rise to the surface again - all without using any electrical power.
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SEC investigates disgraced Systemax exec

The SEC has launched an investigation into the reasons behind the departure of shamed Systemax exec Gilbert Fiorentino, the company has confirmed.
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Mole maintains iPad 3, iPhone 5 out this year

Evidence continues to dribble in that Apple is planning to launch not only the iPhone 5 but also a new iPad this year.
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Freedoms Bill: Gov may U-turn on personal data and DNA retention

Following last week's U-turn on prison sentencing, I think there is a possibility that the government could change its approach to the retention of personal data on the DNA database. Ministers are clearly worried that they are being labelled as "soft on law and order", especially by the tabloid press.
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French search engine seeks multi-million euro damages from Google

A French search engine is demanding damages of €295m from Google, in a legal spat over Mountain View's dominance of the market.
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Sony goes slim with the Vaio Z laptop

Sony has dressed up its latest supermodel laptop and when it comes to the catwalk of consumer electronics, there are no moral complications in supporting the ultra-skinny.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

When it comes to selling new versions of Office, Microsoft's toughest competitor isn't IBM or Google. It's Microsoft.
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McAfee to wipe mess off .xxx pr0n sites

ICM Registry, which plans to start selling .xxx domain names later this year, has inked a deal with McAfee to provide a free daily security scan for every website at a .xxx address.

Time to lower the data centre’s temperature

At first glance the data centre power and cooling equation seems straightforward. More processing power calls for more energy, resulting in a need for costly cooling measures.
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Cloud storage survey FAIL: May have to, er, back up

Comment The self-seeking company-commissioned survey is anathema to all right-thinking people. This is especially so when journos simply repeat its assertions without examining it for bias and agenda.
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Visa pushes NFC operator bypass on French

Visa is planning trials of microSD-based NFC chips in Nice, working with French bank Groupe BPCE to put payments into the pockets of punters without reference to the network operators.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Proper scientists: Old folk should drink MORE, not less

Serious international researchers into the health effects of alcohol have uncompromisingly slammed a recent call by British trick-cyclists for severe restrictions on drinking by elderly people.
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Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud

Broadcast Holmes and Watson. Kirk and Spock. The Chuckle Brothers. And now, Steel and Knaresborough.
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Eco investors demand (even) more sweeteners for low carbon energy

When Nye Bevan created Britain's National Health Service in 1948 he faced resistance from private consultants – and famously had to "stuff their mouths with gold" to win them over. But at least there was a universal-payer health care system at the end of it. Renewable energy today is a commercial basket case*, and potential investors need yet more more public money if they're to support it, according to a new report.
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Drunken bust-up woman sprays cops with breast milk

An Ohio woman is facing a substantial rack of charges after allegedly getting drunk at a wedding reception, assaulting her husband and then spraying cops with breast milk.
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Cable & Wireless boss falls on sword

Cable & Wireless head honcho Jim Marsh has quit following the telco's third profit warning in the last year.
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The Network is the Problem: Barriers to cloud adoption

Reg Research How can cloud computing be a sensible option when it makes you so dependent on the network, and often even the public internet? If the comms slow down, the user experience takes a dive. Lose the link completely, and you’re stuffed.
Dale Vile, 28 2011
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Kim Cameron returns to Microsoft as indie ID expert

Microsoft's erstwhile chief architect of identity Kim Cameron has resurfaced as an independent adviser to... Microsoft.
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MySpace sacks more

The social network everyone used before they found Facebook is expected to sack another 150 staff tomorrow.
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Brewer bashes Beeb over anti-beer bias

A Cumbria brewer has levelled serious charges against the BBC that it is deliberately ignoring beer in favour of imported plonk.
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Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion

Psychologists in the US report that people who have suffered a serious blow to the head and who have "a sense of connection to a higher power" tend to report feelings of much greater life satisfaction.
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Smartphone security gets better: Blanket bans no longer inevitable

Built-in mobile device security is better than that of PCs, but still insufficient, according to Symantec. A new whitepaper from the net security giant, entitled A Window into Mobile Device Security: Examining the security approaches employed in Apple's iOS and Google's Android, looks at the security strategies behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
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FEAR 3

Review If you've not followed developments in the FEAR franchise of late then you might be left somewhat puzzled by FEAR 3's initial goings-on – the game plunging the player into a set-up which is never particularly embellished or explained. Waking in a prison, series protagonist 'Point Man' must not only put up with his rather mundane moniker, but also once more set out in pursuit of his apparitional mother Alma – she being the root of all evil, cause for the end of days and so forth.
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Actor Simon Pegg warns over banking Trojan Twitter hack

Zombie movie star Simon Pegg was obliged to warn his followers after his Twitter feed was hacked to post links to malware.
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Acer slides 16GB Iconia Tab A500 onto UK shelves

Acer has stocked retailer's shelves with a 16GB version of its Iconia Tab A500, available now to UK punters from £350.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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El Reg talks chips with Intel server strategist

Video Danny Bradbury from The Register heads down to Intel to talk about the new 2nd Gen chips, the E7 family of Xeon chips, with Dylan Larson, director of server technology initiatives for Intel. ®
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LightSquared faces challenge from the House

Two US Representatives have tabled an amendment which will stop box 'o frogs wireless plan LightSquared from ever building its network, at least until it can prove a negative.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Gambling companies must be extra careful with personal data

Opinion Companies have to protect the personal data they collect in proportion to its sensitivity, and gambling companies must be particularly attentive to information security.
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US court okays violent videogames for kids

The US Supreme Court has voided a Californian law which prevents the sale of violent videogames to minors, claiming it violates the nation's constitution-enshrined freedom of speech.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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ICO orders release of (mostly useless) weather station data

The Information Commissioner's Office has ordered the University of East Anglia to release a portion of a weather dataset. The University's Climatic Research Unit had shared the data with Georgia Tech but refused to release it more widely. A leading Oxford physicist, Professor Jonathan Jones, made the successful request, which the ICO has now published.
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Punters to spend $2.1 trillion on e-tat this year

World+Dog will spend $2.1 trillion (£1.3 trillion) on digital information and entertainment products and services this year, and the crazy part is most of that money will be spent on connectivity.
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Tablets for work: time for a clean slate?

There's a revolution going on in the enterprise, driven - usually - by the Apple iPad. Tablets are becoming increasingly visible at work but are they business tools or toys? Can they bring benefits to the business or are they just a security hole?
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Umbrella-wielding Steve Ballmer gets cloudy with Office 365

Prepackaged software giant Microsoft uncorked its latest online business productivity service, dubbed Office 365, today.
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MS advises drastic measures to fight hellish Trojan

Updated Microsoft is advising users to roll-back Windows if they happen to be unfortunate enough to get hit by a particularly vicious rootkit.
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Teenager tries to trade virginity for iPhone

Replace 'Dairylea' with 'iPhone' and the cheese-spread's slogan would be an accurate insight into the current state of youthful consumerism: kids will literally do anything for Apple kit.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car

Renault has price up its Fluence ZE to claim the EV will be the cheapest e-car in the UK when it arrives next year.
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Mastercard blitzed again in further DDoS attack

Updated MasterCard's website became difficult to reach on Tuesday following the launch of an apparent denial of service attack.
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ISS crew man the lifeboat

The crew of the International Space Station were obliged to take refuge in the docked Russian Soyuz capsule this afternoon, as space junk passed within 250 metres of the orbiting outpost.
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Produce purveyors create edible iPhone

The world is getting rather fruity over September's reported release of the iPhone 5, yet nobody has gone quite as far as these guys.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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Google activates half million Androids a day

Activations of Android-based devices now exceed half a million per day, and are growing by 4.4 per cent each week.
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Oracle Solaris 11 to abandon elderly servers

Oracle is putting the finishing spit and polish on its impending Solaris 11 Unix operating system, but if you're hoping to plunk it on some vintage iron – or even some machines that are really not so old at all – you're going to be disappointed.
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Groupon India publishes 300,000 user passwords

Groupon subsidiary Sosasta.com accidentally published a database containing the email addresses and clear-text passwords of 300,000 users and the cache was indexed by Google.
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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

Review Microsoft's Office 365 has come out of beta. But does it have what it takes to counter Google Apps?
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Microserver chip performance smackdown

There's been a lot of talk about how well future servers based on Atom, ARM, Tilera, and other processors might compete against workhorse Xeon or Opteron servers.
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Yahoo! seeds Hadoop startup on open source dream

Yahoo! is creating a new company with its core Hadoop engineering team, seeking to rapidly expand the scope of the open source distributed number-crunching platform and ultimately bring it to a much wider audience. In growing the Hadoop "ecosystem" through increased work on the core Apache-based open source project, the company hopes to eventually make its money by providing training and support for the platform.
Cade Metz, 28 2011
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IBM gets fat on Oracle-HP Itanium spat

With Oracle pulling the rug out from underneath Intel's Itanium processor in an effort to undermine rival HP's Unix-server business, two obvious questions arise: What makes Itanium so special that it has roused the disaffections of the software giant? And why hasn't Big Blue's Power Systems platform been tarred with the same brush?