15th > September > 2011 Archive
Microsoft previews new Visual Studio, .NET
BUILDMicrosoft has given MSDN subscribers access to a preview version of Visual Studio 11 and a new version of .NET as well as developer version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
Deep inside Intel's 'Ivy Bridge' chip
IDF 2011Intel's next-generation "Ivy Bridge" chips will include a host of improvements, including integrated graphics that the company claims will narrow the lead now held by AMD's Fusion APUs.
Professors slam Oz HFC wholesale shutdown
Two regular contributors to Australia’s industry regulation debates have penned a paper slamming the proposed “Telstra-NBN” deal.
Facebook's Open Compute friends ODCA IT union
IDF 2011What do you get when you cross a consortium of big data center customers and IT suppliers (the Open Data Center Alliance started by Intel last October) with an open source server and data center design project started by a hyperscale Web company (the Open Compute Project founded by Facebook)?
VMware links Workstation 8 hypervisor to ESXi
VMware has spruced up its two virtualization hypervisors for client computers: Workstation 8 for x64 PCs and Fusion 4 for x64 machines with an Apple brand on them.
Microsoft demos creepy car stalking system
BUILDWindows Phone 7.5 and Azure are letting one Microsoft director stalk his kids while they’re on the road.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set
ReviewCards on the table: I’m not a Star Wars obsessive. I have precious little interest in the prequel trilogy. Indeed, I prefer the high velocity chutzpah of the Clone Wars animated series. And I don’t own any Hayden Christensen action figures either, although there may be a Slave Leia in my sock drawer.
Joyent arms cloud for death match with Amazon
A month after open-sourcing what it calls "the first major hypervisor" to arrive in half a decade, cloud computing pioneer Joyent has added this hypervisor to its flagship service, allowing Linux and Windows applications onto the Joyent Cloud for the first time.
Storage array update breaks up data and app conflicts
Oracle has released new Pillar Axiom software with better management, replication and physically separated domains of data.
Coraid mates with Caringo, producing cheap objects
Caringo is mating its technology with that of Coraid. The object is to pair its object storage system with Coraid arrays, accessible by AoE, said to be the simplest storage network in the world.
Google offers opt-out from Wi-Fi router location database
Google has given the owners of Wi-Fi routers around the world the right to opt out of a registry that the search giant uses to locate mobile phone users.
Science, engineering PhDs to drop by a third
The number of government-funded science and engineering PhDs will be reduced by a third by 2013 as cuts eat into scientific research.
Security firms: Android malware set to skyrocket
Android malware threats could increase by a factor of 60 over the next six months, according to Romanian security pros.
Did Bahraini activists closet anti-gay bus baron?
A theory has emerged as to just how the personal website of controversial bus millionaire Brian Souter came to be stuffed deep into Google's closet of invisibility. It appears that the (probably inadvertent) culprits may have been a group of Bahraini freedom fighters.
Newsnight presenter pwned by snarky hack
Nothing like hacking the official profile of a BBC presenter and filling it with snide comments about how he's crap at maths, for a quick laugh.
iOS App of the WeekFollowing my inaugural experience with one of London’s ‘Boris bikes’ I considered reviewing the slick Barclays Bikes app – the bank is the main sponsor of the cycle scheme in the capital. Yet apart from being too London-centric I didn’t want to find myself saying anything complimentary about the banking industry. So I checked out a few other apps before settling on Bike Hub.
QLogic warms to flash
QLogic, one of the two main suppliers of storage networking adapters, is thinking of applying its expertise to building PCIe flash cards, according to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers.
Kick! Bostock! out! too! demands! Yahoo! shareholder!
Outspoken hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb has discharged another strongly-worded letter to Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang and the board, urging changes at the top to bring the company back from the brink.
Network interface cards are coming up trumps
Network interface cards (NICs) are often overlooked in server design. Their sheer ubiquity, combined with the ability to deal with most networking problems in software, can make them a component whose exact specifications are ignored.
Hunt blasts progress on BT infrastructure-share plans
Jeremy Hunt is fed up with BT's slow response to pressure from communications watchdog Ofcom and ISP rivals over the telco giant's pole and duct pricing plans that are expected to be revealed later this month.
Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler
Procter & Gamble, owner of the Duracell brand, has announced a joint venture with induction-charging effort Powermat, with P&G having the controlling interest in the new Duracell Powermat.
Groupon IPO back on the cards
Groupon's IPO is back on track for late October or early November after a short-lived delay earlier this month.
Dyson spouts hot air
Dyson unveiled another household appliance with a space-age twist this week, tweaking its range of Air Multipliers to include a heating element.
Place your data centre in a handy container
Data centres are a big capital expense. A 10,000 sq ft data centre designed to last 15 or 20 years costs about $33m, so you have to think about it a lot more carefully than you do about buying a server or a piece of software.
Android Tablet Firefox betas ready for trial fondling
Android tablets can now play with a beta version of mobile Firefox, complete with desktop synchronisation, proper tabbed browsing and all the other UI goodies promised.
LOHAN checks into REHAB
Following an emergency all-night sitting of the Special Projects Bureau Celebrity Backronym Perusal Soviet (the agreeably palindromic SPBCBPS, as it's known at Vulture Central), we can announce that our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) hypobaric rocket motor test chamber will henceforth be known as the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator, or REHAB.
Feds probe naked Scarlett Johansson outrage
The FBI is probing hack attacks on celebs after nude photos of Scarlett Johansson were leaked onto the web last night.
Kensington secures fondleslabs and phones
Kensington extended its range of security devices to tablets and smartphones this week, with a collection of protective kit for iPhones and iPads.
Hunt: Online file-sharing is a 'direct assault on freedoms'
Search engines and internet service providers (ISPs) could be forced to make it harder for users to access copyright infringing content online under new UK communications laws, the Culture Secretary has said.
Ballmer: Windows Phone can win third place in mobile!
Sales of Microsoft's smartphone operating system are lagging and Redmond needs to step things up to win third place, Steve Ballmer has said.
Boundaries Commission slammed over mega map dump
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has defended its decision to release more than 500 PDF maps of proposed Parliamentary constituencies, stating that they believe they provided "an appropriate level of detail".
Acer restructure continues as another honcho heads out
Restructuring at Acer continues with another high level director exiting the business in the wake of its inventory woes and declining sales.
Comet can't sell anything, including itself
Kesa Electricals has vowed to determine the future ownership of UK subsidiary Comet before Christmas, having failed so far to flog the business to interested parties.
PayPal to move into the shop - without cards or NFC
PayPal is consigning the shop till to the dustbin in a way that could completely wipe Visa and MasterCard out of the shopping equation.
Facebook IPO slated for September 2012
Facebook is planning its much-publicised IPO for late 2012, so employees can concentrate on product developments for now.
MPs probe social networks' position following riots
Policy wonks from Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry faced MPs on the Home Affairs committee today who were carrying out a postmortem of the disorder across England last month.
Google crams arsenal with 1,000 IBM patents
Google has added to its ammo dump in the patent hostilities, buying over a thousand more of IBM's patents.
Calyx gives up reselling, axes jobs
Calyx has disbanded its reselling team with the loss of some jobs as it pins future growth ambitions on managed services and cloud computing.
BT Tower becomes giant lightsabre tonight
Fox Home Entertainment has celebrated the release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set, by holding events all week, climaxing with a party tonight in London that'll see the BT Tower become a giant lightsabre.
PC World throws in free Bravia telly with Sony fondleslabs
Early-bird customers who purchase the Sony Tablet S when it is launched this Friday will be given a free Sony Bravia TV.
NASA unveils its chosen Shuttle successor
NASA has announced plans for a massive rocket based on recycled space shuttle technology, intended to launch manned missions beyond Earth orbit in decades to come.
Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10
Windows 8 will include a version of Internet Explorer 10 that uses Microsoft's "Metro" touch interface, and this new-age browser will not allow plugins – at all. The move is yet another blow to Adobe Flash, which is famously banned from Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Gartner karate chops 2011 chip forecast
With demand for PCs cooling and chip inventories piling high, the prognosticators at Gartner now predict that chip sales will fall slightly this year.
Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off
Scientists have discovered a planet that orbits two suns, like Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in Star Wars. Two hundred light-years away from Earth, gaseous Kepler-16b is similar to Saturn in both size and mass and – like the desert planet that nurtured the young Skywalker – enjoys a double sunset.
Canonical woos developers with Ubuntu app prep portal
Canonical has set up a site to help developers package and sell the code they produce. The site is designed to help to popularize the operating system, encourage new popular apps, and create more commission revenue for the open source organization.
PCI recast for supercomputing future
The next generation of the PCI interconnect standard will be aimed squarely at high-performance computing, and it will be developed using a different scheme than were previous generations.
Intel shows linear scaling with MIC coprocessor
IDF 2011The chip world is moving from multicore to many-core, says Intel chief technology office Justin Rattner. In certain circles, such talk makes sense – a many-core chip includes many more cores than a multicore chip – and according to Rattner, the transition to a many-core world won't be as difficult as expected.
Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM support for x86 apps
Despite prior hints – and a Redmond developer conference that was all about app compatibility – Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has said that software for x86 Windows 8 systems will not run on ARM architecture.
Australia to issue passports for males, females and... X
Australians will be allowed to mark X as their gender on passports in a move to help curb discrimination against transgendered and intersex people.
Aussie rules on cloud PVR test laws
A service launched by Optus in July is going to be the first high-profile test for the legality of cloud-style PVR services in Australia.
Optus gets first licence to penetrate 700MHz band
Optus has became the first Australian carrier to be awarded a licence to trial LTE services in the 700MHz spectrum band, a former analogue TV frequency.