2nd > September > 2011 Archive
Coders howl over Google's App Engine price hike (natch)
Google's decision to increase the price of its App Engine has sparked the inevitable.
LA Noire developer goes titsup
Australia’s international gaming success story, Team Bondi, the developer behind LA Noire, has been placed into administration.
Hulu aims hot streams at Japan
Hulu, the popular US online TV service, is launching in Japan - its first venture outside home territory.
Two UK suspects cuffed in Anonymous manhunt
British police have arrested two men as part of a continuing investigation with the FBI into computer attacks carried out under the flags of the Anonymous and Lulz Security hacking crews.
HTC outs 'Mango' WinPho 7 smartphones
UpdatedHTC has unwrapped its 'Mango' Windows Phone 7 handsets, now dubbed Titan and Radar.
Intel love bombs US.gov for supercomputing tax dollars
Intel is getting more focused on the challenges in the supercomputing market and has established a new business unit, called Intel Federal, to pursue the contracts with the US government that fund the majority of cutting-edge supercomputing research and development in the country.
Deezer launches stunningly original music idea in the UK
French internet outfit Deezer is bringing its YASMS (or Yet Another Streaming Music Service) to the UK. It's FFU-compliant (Far From Unique).
No Ultrabook from Dell - yet
IFA 2011Dell unwrapped a pair of "thin" laptops at IFA today, though it didn't go so far as to follow Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba into the Ultrabook market.
IFA 2011 Complete Coverage
IFA 2011Europe's largest consumer electronics show, held every year in Berlin, brought a bumper crop of cool kit this year. Read all about it.
HP plays tune on the flash Violin
HP is offering server-connected flash memory arrays OEMed from Violin Memory to break I/O app bottlenecks.
'New laws not needed' to block / censor Twitter et al
Comment One of the unanswered questions arising from the August riots is whether the government needs new powers to block the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media which were used to organise the disturbances.
Bury council defends iPads for binmen
Bury council has defended its decision to spend £9,000 on iPads for its fleet of refuse trucks, saying the devices will allow it to provide a real time bin collection service.
Solwise Net-3G-A10 HSPA Wi-Fi router
Accessory of the WeekSo the Solwise-sold, made by HameTech A10 isn't a sexy looking as Three's MiFi, but it's the same proposition: a 3G modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router.
Debt-management biz may be barred from Facebook etc.
Debt management companies could be prevented from contacting consumers through social media after a regulator review revealed "widespread problems with misleading advertising".
Acer claims first Core-i7 Ultrabook
IFA 2011At IFA in Berlin today, Acer took the wraps off its first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3. At 1.3kg and 13mm thick it falls well within Intel’s 18mm max to claim this slimline performance computing marque.
Ohio man cuffed for shagging inflatable pool raft
The grandmother of an Ohio man with a serious penchant for plastic has suggested her grandson needs urgent help after he was cuffed earlier this week for engaging in "sexual activity" with a pink inflatable swimming pool raft.
Apple's iCloud runs on Microsoft and Amazon services
Apple has selected Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS to jointly host its iCloud service, The Reg has learned.
El Reg's NAOMI rocket throws launch-pad strop
We at the El Reg Special Projects Bureau have just about recovered from our trip last weekend to International Rocket Week (IRW), in the somewhat rain-lashed and chilly outskirts of Glasgow.
LG shows two-picture TV for gamers
IFA 2011Remember Sony's PlayStation TV? It's a set capable of displaying two entirely separate images effectively simultaneously using the alternating left-eye, right-eye technique that makes 3D displays work. Well, LG is doing one too.
Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own
Satellites and spacecraft face the growing risk of damage and failure thanks to the expanding volume of small pieces of junk hurtling around the Earth's orbit.
London Philharmonic to give videogame music concert
Angry Birds, Super Mario Bros and Tetris are about to go classical in a new concert and recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
TechCrunch Arrington to helm $20m VC fund for startups
Nontreprenuers, rejoice! Memorably described by Nick Carr as the "Madame of the Web 2.0 Brothel", TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is launching a $20m VC fund to invest in the kind of frivolous built-to-flip web startups pimped by the blog.
Pogoplug maker intros nano Nas for smartphones
IFA 2011Cloud Engines, the build-your-own-cloud-storage company, has unveiled a junior member of its Pogoplug device family: the Pogoplug Mobile.
Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook
ReviewLast year, Dell added to its Alienware laptop family and simultaneously expanded the definition of ultra-portables with the tiny-beefcake M11x. This year's new addition, the flagship M18x, now expands the other end of the spectrum.
Baidu produces cloned Android, web apps etc
Baidu has forked Android, launching a mobile OS at its annual shindig which also saw the Chinese search outfit slotting web apps into its home page to go with its Chrome-alike browser.
Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order
Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet.
Diebold demos cloud-based ATM
Diebold has taken the wraps off a prototype for a bank ATM that uses virtualisation technology.
Ubuntu deploys cloud-ready Ocelot beta
A year that started with radical and controversial changes to prepare Ubuntu for touch-based consumer computing is finishing up with a big push into the cloud on servers.
Sony Tablet S in pictures
IFA 2011Sony used IFA 2011 to show off its new Tablet S, due out later this month in a Wi-Fi only Android 3.1 version. It had a host of them spread around its hall at the show, and I had a number of plays with it.
EMC morphs storage arrays into servers
Comment EMC is extending its storage arrays into application engines.
Sony Tablet P in pictures
IFA 2011Sony's Android 3.2-based Tablet P won't be going on sale until November, but it was still much in evidence at IFA.
Amazon refuses Touchpad refunds after price slash frenzy
Seemingly alone among UK retailers, Amazon is refusing to refund people who bought an HP Touchpad just before the price dropped, instead referring them directly to HP.
T-Mobile shows off Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
IFA 2011Samsung didn't show off its Galaxy Tab 8.9 9in Android tablet at IFA, but T-Mobile did - and in an LTE-enabled form.
Webcam sextortion perve gets 6 years
A Peeping Tom webcam sextortionist has been jailed for six years after targeting several young women.
Medion hides Android 3.2 tablet behind closed doors
IFA 2011Medion joined the throng of vendors touting an Android 3.2-based tablet at IFA, though it kept its offering, the LifeTab P9514 behind closed doors.
Google abandons tradition to bring you this Important Voucher
Google's reputation for sound judgement took a serious knock last year when it emerged it was mulling a $6bn bid for Groupon. The web voucher sensation is running on exhaust, and racing towards an IPO before faith and cash reserves expire. Legal issues lurk beneath the surface, and Groupon needs merchant partners to keep buying into the idea – and that depends on long-term conversion rates. Many are unhappy.
WikiLeaks releases full searchable US secret cable files
WikiLeaks published its full cache of unredacted US diplomatic cables on Friday.
Official: Samsung spurns WebOS
Samsung will "never" bid for HP's orphaned smartphone OS, WebOS, according to the company's CEO.
Domino's to serve pizzas on the Moon, apparently
Despite the fact that man has stopped going to the Moon, Domino's Japan reckons this is a good time to plan an outlet there.
US tech-sector job stats flattened by Verizon strike
A strike by 45,000 workers at telecom giant Verizon helped flatten job creation in the US economy in August – literally. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued its monthly jobs report, and says that not only did the US economy fail to add any net-new workers last month, it also revised the number of jobs created in June and July downwards.
Google might shun Dutch gov certificates from DigiNotar
UpdatedIn the wake of hundreds of fraudulent secure sockets layer certificates issued by DigiNotar, Google developers are preparing a version of the Chrome browser that rejects some web credentials sanctioned by the Dutch government's official certificate authority.
Microsoft: Our clouds are cheaper than VMware clouds
Who is the Microsoft of corporate private clouds? Microsoft, right? Wrong. It's VMware, with its vSphere virtualization stack and vCloud extensions.
Boffin melds quantum processor with quantum RAM
A California physicist has created a quantum-computing chip based on the CPU/RAM combo known as the von Neumann architecture, opening the door, he argues, to commercial quantum-computing development.