27th > September > 2011 Archive
Apple vs Samsung: on and on and on
Samsung looks like having to delay the Australian launch of its Galaxy 10.1 even longer, with a federal court judge saying she needs more time to consider the case.
World takes notice as SSL-chewing BEAST is unleashed
With the decrypting of a protected PayPal browser cookie at a security conference Friday, it became official: the internet's foundation of trust has suffered yet another serious fracture that will require the attention of the industry's best minds.
Oracle rises for Unix server push
Oracle is taking the fight to Unix market leader IBM with its eight-core SPARC T4 processor and systems with rack, blade, and clustered systems – a full data center press.
Whitehall: 'Don't bin whole NHS IT programme... yet'
A team from the Cabinet Office has recommended that the Department of Health (DH) gives more time to two elements of England's NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) dealing with the provision of key information systems.
FalconStor founder found dead
ObituaryReiJane Huai, the founder and ousted CEO of FalconStor, has been found dead after a suspected suicide.
Sonos Play:3 network music player
ReviewSonos wireless music systems have always been deeply desirable but they have also always been rather expensive. Now Sonos has released a one-box player aimed at those of us who don’t own our own Caribbean island.
Samsung welcomes WinPho 7.5 with Omnia W
Samsung has thrown the first of its Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' hats in the ring, announcing a fresh Omnia to join its WinPho range.
Apple Thunderbolt Macs have chips for optical links
Got a new Mac with a Thunderbolt port? Then it is compatible with upcoming optical cables, Intel has revealed.
Ex-NASA man stuffs OpenStack with Paxos
One of the NASA brains behind the project that became OpenStack is taking the wraps off a start-up that promises an enterprise-grade cloud using open source.
Taxmen extend biz record check pilot
More small and medium businesses (SMB) will have their records scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as its record-checking programme has been extended.
HeyTell voice messenger
Android App of the WeekLike the mutant offspring of the text message and the walkie-talkie, HeyTell is perfect for anyone who wants to relay vocal messages but who doesn’t want the palaver of having an actual conversation.
Cumulo Ethernet: Building Ethernet cloud fabrics
Expert ClinicScaling up Ethernet for the cloud means longer wires and many more of them, plus many more switches. What are the effects of linking all this gear together? Do new risks emerge? Can we get economies of scale? What about security with multiple users of network links? Is ordinary Ethernet good enough?
Microsoft mulls OEM distie shake-up
Microsoft has pushed its OEM software franchise out to tender among new and existing distributors amid a consumer market meltdown.
Plex flexes media server pecs
Watching some of the world’s largest companies - Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix, etc - duke it out in a digital media distribution Battle Royale is fun. It forms a not insignificant portion of my weekly entertainment. But every so often, it is worth taking the time to look at up-and-coming companies.
Android outsells Apple 2:1
New numbers from market tracker Nielsen show that more than half of smartphone punters who acquired their handset in the past three months opted for Android.
Ed Miliband signs up for another hour of insults from Twitter
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has signed himself up for another hour of pasting and personal insults from the Twittersphere by agreeing to answer questions on the #askEdM hashtag for an hour on Wednesday afternoon.
Amazon to kindle Fire tablet tomorrow
Amazon's Kindle tablet will be called the Fire and be based on the same core technology as RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, it has been claimed a day ahead of the retailer's big announcement.
Lewd voicemail hack on MP prompts probe
A prankster hacked into an MP's parliamentary voicemail and left a sexually offensive message for callers, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Google+ chases MySpace for second place
Google+ unsurprisingly saw a spike in visitors after Mountain View opened the new social network to all-comers last week.
Three offers UNLIMITED data to all its customers
Network Three has extended its all-you-can-eat data offer to every mobile customer - for an extra £3 a month.
Interference-dodging app sidesteps Wi-Fi band-hoggers
Airshark is an experimental application bringing detect-and-avoid frequency-hopping to previously dumb Wi-Fi cards, without the addition of any new hardware.
Sonex calls in administrators
Sonex Communications has called in the administrators to seek a way forward for its 15 ailing Sony Centres.
Spotify tethers future to Facebook
This is a story with huge implications for the future of the web. Even if you don't use Facebook or Spotify - I don't - and couldn't care less, you can nevertheless start to see how business relationships will develop.
David Caminer, creator of the first business computer
Unsung Heroes of TechBusiness without computers would be unthinkable today. Spare a thought then for those who first made the connection; who not only realised that a computer could be used to run a company, but who also knuckled down to build a system from the ground up and put it to use driving a huge commercial enterprise.
YouView to adopt Freeview channel list rules
Would-be standard IPTV platform YouView wants to order channels in its electronic programme guide (EPG) according to rules used by Freeview, an approach that puts the UK's main terrestrial channels at the top of the list.
Should your system offer Mr, Ms ... and Mx?
AnalysisLast week the Australian government announced new rules for declaring a gender on passports. This week UK authorities revealed they are conducting their own review of gender on passports. What are the implications for systems design and management?
Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK
A team of ex-Microsoft staffers have set up shop in Blighty to finally wean British netizens off IE6.
Second-hand E-m@iler spews old emails, passwords
A Mac developer was surprised to discover both emails and stored passwords on a second-hand Amstrad E-m@iler Plus he picked up at a charity store.
Brit web firms tweet way out of slump
Tweeting and faffing with Facebook are helping British internet businesses avoid the economic slump, according to a survey by Sage Pay.
'Delayed' Facebook iPad app claims lead coder casualty
The release of a Facebook iPad app remains in stasis despite the fact that it has been worked on for the best part of a year. Now a lead developer at the social network has quit the firm and vented his frustrations about the delay.
Tosh puts 1TB in the palm of your hand
Toshiba has slimmed down its handheld external drives by using a thinner two-platter spinner inside.
Clouds overshadow 'shrinking' UK server market
The UK server market is forecast to shrink next year as the corporate refresh nears it end of cycle and more SMEs turn to cloud computing instead of buying hardware.
B&W connects iOS devices through collaborative playlist app
Bowers & Wilkins has shown its eye for social scenarios, after unveiling an iOS app for building playlists with content streamed from multiple devices.
Violin strings out fresh flash trio
Shared flash array supplier Violin Memory is announcing three new products, beefing up both the capacity and performance of its products.
Power cut knocks Miliband off-air mid-speech
A live broadcast of Ed Miliband's Labour party conference speech fell off the airwaves when a power failure cut him off mid-sentence.
Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket
SpaceX, the upstart start-up rocket company founded by famous techwealth kingpin Elon Musk, is to build and test-fly a "Grasshopper" hover rocket based on the massive first-stage fuel tank of the company's Falcon 9 vehicle, capable of carrying ten tonnes of cargo or seven people into orbit.
Lenovo, Compal snuggle up to build notebook plant
Lenovo has moved to beef up its manufacturing base by forming a joint venture with Chinese ODM Compal Electronics to build notebooks and all-in-one desktops.
Rich List tech baron heads home as Itopia reseller biz enters administration
Troubled London-based VAR Itopia Group has gone into administration, The Reg can confirm.
2009 game footage appears in ITV show as 1988 IRA vid
An ITV documentary rehashing well-known links between terrorist/freedom-fighter organisation the Provisional IRA (PIRA) and one-time Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has drawn fire for seemingly presenting a sequence of game video masquerading as real footage.
Facebook's complexity will be its doom
Open...and ShutFacebook released some impressive updates to its ubiquitous social platform at last week's F8 developer conference. It also managed to scare the pants off even the most ardent Facebook admirers. Like me.
Apple confirms iPhone event on 4 October
Apple has started to send out invites for an announcement on 4 October and, judging by the familiar app icons in the email artwork, accompanied with the tagline "Let's talk iPhone", the event will be all about unveiling the next Apple handset.
WikiLeaks memoir races to 537th on bestseller chart
A moist Jemima Khan once described WikiLeaks' Líder Máximo as "the new Jason Bourne" – but Julian Assange just isn't selling like the Robert Ludlum hero.
Axiom to boot out NetApp at Oracle
AnalysisIt's surely axiomatic: Oracle will replace the NetApp E Series-sourced 6000 line of storage arrays with the Pillar Axiom.
Ellison rides SPARC T4 SuperCluster into data centers
Just putting out four new entry and midrange servers based on its new eight-core SPARC T4 processor is not sufficient to get SPARC/Solaris customers fired up about buying gear from and paying system maintenance to Oracle. Every CIO wants to know – in fact needs to know – that there is headroom in their systems in case their workloads grow.
Cray ships Mongolian cluster...
Yak yak yak. Supercomputer maker Cray has landed an XE6m minicluster deal in Mongolia.
Zombie mobile Linuxes mate
The two leading mobile Linux flops are merging, according to a reputable source: LiMo and MeeGo are throwing their lot in together to produce one unified mobile Linux flop – or perhaps there is an afterlife, after all.
New flash RAM tech promises 99% energy drop
Nanotechnology boffins are exploring a new type of nonvolatile memory that not only has the potential of being faster than today's flash RAM, but also requires 99 per cent less energy.
Microsoft’s Mango update falls from tech tree
Microsoft as begun rolling out the version 7.5 "Mango" update to its Phone 7 OS – but only 10 per cent of the user base will be getting it at first.
Facebook wants to poke politicians 'who share our goals'
Facebook is looking to get a firmer grip on Washington by bankrolling its own Polticical Action Committee, which will back politicians it wants to be friends with.
New York drops $400m to lure next-gen wafer bakers
New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make his state a high tech employer – and taxpayer – and has now primed the political pump with $400m in investments to go along with the $4.4bn that five chip companies plan to spend in the state over the next five years as they research 450mm wafer technology.
Mac security update leaves users open to ugly Flashback
Apple has updated the malware protection built into its Mac operating system to flag a recently discovered trojan that hijacks users' machines by masquerading as a benign document. Malware disguised as an Adobe Flash installer, meanwhile, remained unchecked.
HPC 2.0: The Monster Mash-up
Pt 1.Blog IBM recently invited a handful of really smart HPC-centric industry analysts (and me too, for no apparent reason) to spend the day talking about where the market is going and how IBM intends to address it.
Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'
The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's appeal to obtain a trademark for the term "multi-touch".
Turnbull storms Paris with NBN’s doom
In the midst of a blitzkrieg tour through Germany, Paris and the UK seeking tête-à-tête meetings with some of Europe’s leading telco brains trust including Ofcom, Australia’s shadow communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered a typically caustic attack on Australia’s NBN project to a packed Broadband World Forum in Paris, yesterday.
Revolution speeds stats on Hadoop clusters
Revolution Analytics, the company that is extending R, the open source statistical programming language, with proprietary extensions, is making available a free set of extensions that allow its R engine to run atop Hadoop clusters.
Wales says no to outing Wikipedia users on Facebook
Wikipedia is not planning to link into the new Facebook Open Graph, network co-founder James Wales says, since it is “slightly weird and creepy.”
iPad maker Foxconn catches fire, claims no casualties
A dramatic fire that billowed black smoke from the roof of Chinese gadget-assembler Foxconn has been extinguished without casualties or interruption in service.