21st > September > 2011 Archive
Oracle defies the economy – and the curse of Sun
Declining hardware sales, a rocky global economy, and a tough compare with the prior quarter did not slow down Oracle much in its first quarter of fiscal 2012 ended August 31. But these factors did slow it down a little. However, it was not enough to keep Oracle's profits from rising nicely as the company wrings costs out of the Sun Microsystems business it acquired in early 2010 and benefits from its control over a large expanse of the software landscape.
TiVo chief downunder ejects to the US
The struggling Australian operation of TiVo, operated by Hybrid TV Services, has quietly lost its founding CEO Robbee Minicola, who has moved to a board position with the company and returned to her native USA.
Zendesk adds Melbourne
Cloud providers are continuing their game of “capture the flag” in Australia, with yet another international provider announcing a local outpost. This time, it’s Zendesk, which provides cloud-based helpdesk software.
Greenplum appliances swing both ways
The Greenplum data analytics unit of disk storage giant EMC is tweaking its Data Center Appliances, not only offering a more modular architecture and pricing scheme that lets companies start small and grow their analytics, but also allowing for the mixing of the Greenplum parallel database with Hadoop nodes within the same infrastructure and firing up either node as the workloads demand.
MySQL founder savages Oracle’s move to 'open core'
One of the key founders of the MySQL project, Ulf Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, has savaged Oracle’s decision to start selling commercially exclusive extensions to MySQL.
Nissan Micra DIG-S
ReviewNissan’s fourth-generation Micra didn’t make much of a splash when it launched in the UK last year thanks to the absence of headline-grabbing technical advances. The forgettable styling didn't help, Nissan abandoning the idiosyncratic look of the previous model in favour of something that looked decidedly plain alongside its visually challenging Juke.
Google Android Market fee favours big brands
Andrew Kerry, head of the company behind the Andy Pad cut-price Android tablet, has coughed to implementing the Android Market on his product without Google's permission.
Hynix gets out tiny NAND cell
While flash fabs are producing 20nm-class product Hynix has gone one better, planning to present a 15nm flash geometry at the next International Electron Devices Meeting.
O2 tries to one-up the Apple store with SMB lounge
The O2 Workshop is a small-business drop-in centre, carved out of the company's Tottenham Court Road store, which hopes to provide an Apple-store environment only for suits.
Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too
Samsung could try to get the iPhone 5 delayed or banned in Europe, a source has told South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper today. The Korean giant is considering a lawsuit against the next version of the Apple smartphone due in October, in the expectation that iPhone 5 will make use of some basic telecoms technology that Samsung has patented.
Why do these traders get billions to play with, unchecked?
One of the most misunderstood concepts in all of finance is that of “arbitrage”. It looks very much like speculation from afar but it isn't, it's very much the opposite. There are also a lot of people who describe what they do as arbitrage and they're damned liars: they're speculators. Ivan Boesky used to claim to be an arbitrageur but he wasn't even a speculator, he was an insider trader.
BBC website ditches modules in facelift
The BBC is the only UK website which ranks in the top 100 sites in the world, and it's getting a fresh look today. The home page is dropping its customisable “modules” in favour of a more modern navigation design, partly inspired by the iPad.
Blighty's slow-crawling broadband streets revealed
Dial-up speeds of 56Kbit/s may be a thing of the past for many UK residents, but some people throughout the land remain saddled with painfully slow internet connections, courtesy of their local broadband infrastructure.
HTC to bring souped-up Sense to handbag handset
HTC has officially unveiled the Rhyme, a sleek handset that comes with the company's freshly updated Sense platform.
Self-planting plant discovered in Brazil
Those Register readers who possess a garden yet are not fond of spending time on their knees clutching a trowel – take heart! Science has found a possible answer to your needs with the discovery of a type of plant which does not merely release its seeds, but actually bends down and buries them in the soil for you.
World's Smallest Camera gives big snappers the finger
Hammacher Schlemmer has been zapping tech with Duke Nukem's shrink ray once again, now reducing a digital camera down to the size of a gobstopper.
'Angry Bird in the Sky' spotted by astronomers
PicAstronomers peering through a mighty telescope in Chile have produced this stunning snap of the Lambda Centauri Nebula, also known as the "Running Chicken Nebula":
Sepaton recruits ex-Quantum CTO
AnalysisNo-tapes backup data storage company Sepaton (read it backwards) has recruited a new chief technology officer, who comes to it via Quantum and NetApp.
Microsoft bumps up dividend by 25 per cent
Microsoft is giving its shareholders a 25 per cent boost in its December dividends, forking out $0.20 per share from its cash stockpile.
Mathematicians slam UK.gov plans to fund statistics only
Mathematicians across the UK have written to David Cameron protesting that plans to restrict Maths research funding to Statistics and Applied Probability only is a short-sighted approach that will strip the UK of a generation of science leaders.
BT bitchslapped for misleading 'Join now' Infinity ad
The war of words between Virgin Media and BT has once again landed on the steps of the UK's advertising watchdog, which upheld one out of three complaints brought by Virgin Media against its rival ISP.
Why Samsung won't open the Bada OS box
AnalysisThe Wall Street Journal reckons Samsung is about to open-source its Bada OS, and then pitch it as a competitor to the increasingly patent-laden Android – but fails to properly explain why the South Korean giant would make such a move.
Nikon sticks it to Sony Nex with serious snappers
Nikon has revealed its answer to Sony's Nex and other competitors' system camera ranges, with a couple of its own interchangeable-lens mirrorless compacts.
Interoute Communications snaps up Quantix
Interoute Communications has devoured fellow UK cloud provider Quantix as it bids to expand beyond infrastructure services into managed applications.
Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux
Computer scientists warn that proposed changes in firmware specifications may make it impossible to run “unauthorised” operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD on PCs.
Microsoft cloud evaporated by one busted file
A corrupted file in Microsoft's DNS services brought down its cloud across the world, the software giant has revealed.
Kingston Technology HyperX 240GB SSD
ReviewFollowing OCZ’s great success with its SandForce SF2281-based Vertex 3 solid-state drive, it seems everyone is jumping on the SandForce bandwagon now. I recently tested Patriot Memory’s Wildfire SSD from, and today I have the latest addition to Kingston Technology’s HyperX product line.
Dinosaur-murdering space boulder family found innocent
The hunt for the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs is back on, after a NASA mission indicated that the current suspected space rock is not the likely culprit.
Apple to unveil white iPod Touch alongside iPhone 5
With the hype over the next-gen iPhone in full swing, all talk of an iPod Touch refresh has been pushed to the side. Well, no longer. According to insiders, the new iPod Touch will be reissued next month with a white body.
Facebook 'personal' news feed gets algorithm rejig
Facebook has updated its News Feed function and upset some users who have taken to - IRONY ALERT! - Twitter to complain about it.
GM OnStar cars will upload all data unless owners opt out
Cars fitted with OnStar's technology will be tracked even if the owners don't sign up to the service, in a change to the company's policy that will kick in come December.
Capital gets trendy address: .London on its way
London could soon get its very own top-level internet address, .london.
Amazon staff toiled in 100°F+ warehouse
Low-paid Amazon workers, many of whom were temporary agency contractors, sweated this summer in temperatures above 100°F (38°C) in a shipping warehouse, a US newspaper investigation has revealed. The internet giant laid on paramedics for staff at the Breinigsville, Pennsylvania "fulfillment center", with employees taken to hospital who couldn't "quickly cool off".
UK firm denies supplying spyware to Mubarak's secret police
A UK tech firm has denied supplying spyware technology to the former Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak.
1-in-3,200 chance* that a fiery satellite chunk will hit someone on Friday
Small fiery pieces of what was once a climate-monitoring satellite will hurtle towards the Earth's surface this Friday.
Microsoft emits WinPhone seduction pack
Microsoft has provided a selection of guides showing how easy it can be to code for Windows Phone, including API maps and help with porting existing Qt applications.
Adobe bets on Flash 11 to fend off HTML5 invasion
Adobe has announced the next version of its Flash Player, repositioning its media platform for a mobile world where it is being increasingly shunned.
Microsoft dumps Gold partner accused of scamming customers
Microsoft has removed Gold partner status from India-based support firm Comantra amid claims that the firm had been defrauding Redmond's UK customers.
Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer
A project to build British mathematician Charles Babbage's mechanical computer has won assistance from the Science Museum in London.
Booze giant's Facebook tie-up sparks ad concerns
Global alcohol retailer Diageo has announced that it is stepping up its multimillion dollar partnership with Facebook, leading to fears of booze adverts reaching young audiences.
Huawei targets UK with sub-£100 smartphone
Huawei is finally ready to launch a presence of its own in the UK, bringing its promised sub-£100 smartphone to Blighty next month.
Assange™ pens world's first unauthorised autobiography
Julian Assange's autobiography is released tomorrow – despite the objections of one Julian Assange.
Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds
Some gamers are so absorbed by their virtual arenas, that even when they have come back to reality, they continue to act like they're in a videogame, new research suggests.
Rumor: HP giving Apotheker Das Boot
It looks like Leo Apotheker's tumultuous time at the helm of IT behemoth Hewlett-Packard could be drawing to a close.
Yahoo! apologizes for blocking Wall Street protest emails
Yahoo! has admitted that its email filters were blocking news of the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by activists, which is now in its fourth day.
Google preps Chrome fix to slay SSL-attacking BEAST
Google has prepared an update for its Chrome browser that protects users against an attack that decrypts data sent between browsers and many websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol.
RBS megahack maestro sells flats to pay fine
A high-profile cybercrook who masterminded the $9m RBS Worldpay ATM heist in 2008 has sold two of his St Petersburg flats to pay off his fines.
No more tiers for flatter networks
There is a disconnect between data centre networks and modern distributed applications, and it is not a broken wire. It is a broken networking model.
Police authority loves Sprint ii buying regime
West Midlands Police Authority (WMPA) has retracted claims that the Sprint ii procurement agreement was more expensive than other options.
DataStax goes 'open core' with Facebook's Cassandra
DataStax – the outfit that commercialized the Cassandra distributed database originally open sourced by Facebook – will soon release two new software packages based on the "NoSQL" platform.
Adobe rushes out emergency fix for critical bug in Flash
Adobe Systems has issued an emergency update for its ubiquitous Flash Player that fixes a critical security vulnerability that attackers are actively exploiting to hack end user machines.
Oracle 'engineers' SMB database appliance
Larry Ellison says that he doesn't care if the company's x64 server business goes to zero. But Oracle has once again launched a database appliance based on x64 servers.
Georgia Parole Board blocks Amnesty email campaign
The Georgia Parole Board has decided that a mass email campaign counts as a denial of service campaign, and is consequently dropping traffic from Amnesty International New Zealand.