Behind iVEC’s ‘big science’ supercomputer
Each of its 96 nodes has two six-core Intel Xeon X5650s, one NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU, and 48 GB of RAM, but the SGI “Fornax” supercomputer opened late September as part of Western Australia’s Pawsey Centre project is still a test bed in some ways.
Napster boys are back with Airtime
The dynamic digital duo from Napster, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, are back with a new social video platform called Airtime. Neither will detail what Airtime does – although it was formerly known as Supyo – but some commentators have tipped it will be a less sleazy version of Chatroulette.
Can network architectures break the speed limit?
How much bandwidth is enough? The answer is almost always: how much do you have and what will it cost?
The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two
Before Steve Jobs introduced the iMac on May 6, 1998, his life – as we detailed earlier – had been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. After the iMac shipped on August 15 of that same year, however, he and the company he led traded that carnival ride for a rocket.
Scientists break card that secures homes, offices, transit
Scientists have circumvented the encryption used to protect a smartcard that's widely used to restrict access in corporate and government buildings, and to process payments in public transit systems, a feat that makes it possible to clone perfect replicas of the digital keys and steal or modify their contents.
Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough
Photo updateThe first UK-built bamboo bike has been shown off at the Cycle Show in Birmingham.
HP and Hynix to produce the memristor goods by 2013
An HP/Hynix memristor product should be here in 18 months – and PCM, MRAM and RRAM are all memristor-type technologies...
Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter
After a flurry of activity, we have gained control of @elreg, a Twitter fan feed with about 5,000 followers. Thank you, Adam Wood, for looking after that for us. We have also gained @theregister and @regsecurity after filing trademark abuse reports with Twitter. Thank you, Twitter.
Citrix pushes the pedal on NetScaler appliance metal
Citrix Systems made a lot of noise by acquiring XenSource a few years back for a half billion bucks, but it still makes a lot of money from its NetScaler line of web application acceleration appliances. These include physical implementations (MPX), virtual ones (VPX) running inside of virtual machines, and the high-end ones for service providers (SDX).
Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store
Grieving Apple Store staff arrived to work this morning to find their Covent Garden shop had been plundered overnight by a biker gang.
HP UK sales hit by PC biz uncertainty
Demand for HP PCs waned in the UK following the disastrous decision to make public its strategic review of the Personal Systems Group, analyst figures reveal.
Samsung sets back smartphone launch for Steve J
Samsung has claimed it did indeed decide to delay the announcement of its next Googlephone, dubbed the Nexus Prime, out of respect for the late Steve Jobs.
Olloclip three-in-one lens
Geek Treat of the WeekSo Apple’s surprise non-announcement last week still made your original iPhone 4 feel a bit less special? Well, before you ditch and switch, maybe this is the alternative: bling up!
BT and F1 legend punt miracle diet in Twitter hijack
BT Business and former F1 driver Nigel Mansell both fell victim to a Twitter hijack punting a well-known diet pill spam scam.
E-book maker speeds E Ink Pearl tech
French e-book reader maker Bookeen, seemingly unfazed by Amazon's new Kindles, has announced the first of "a new generation of electronic books" with a new display tech.
US rocketeer thunders to 121,000ft
A US rocketeer's mighty thruster has thundered to 121,000ft above Nevada, in the process returning some seriously impressive footage.
RIM touches BlackBerrys together to swap content
Research in Motion has brought its community of BlackBerry users closer together with a new system for connecting one another's smartphones and sharing multimedia content.
Could! Yahoo! be! sold! to! private! buyers?
Yahoo! co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang wants to take the ailing web company out of the stock market in a deal with private equity firms, if the latest speculation on the firm's future is to be believed.
RMS swallowed by Pinnacle Telecom
Bosses at Redstone Managed Security (RMS) have sold up to cloud provider Pinnacle Telecom for £468,000, less than half the value of the deal they struck in an MBO last December.
Orange and T-Mobile join hands with 3G coverage
Orange and T-Mobile have extended their joint reach by making it possible for their respective customer bases to use 3G signals from both networks.
Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space
Boffins have discovered that short hard bursts of radiation in space caused by colliding stars could be as dangerous to the world's atmosphere as longer, high-energy ones.
German hackers snare wiretap Trojan, accuse gov of writing it...
German hackers have captured and analysed a cyber-sleuth Trojan which they claim may have been used by police to tap Skype calls and IM chats of criminal or terrorist suspects.
Zombie browser with evil past returns from the grave
A rogue browser package has re-appeared online years after security researchers thought it was gone for good.
Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook
ReviewWhen Toshiba UK announced the launch of the Qosmio X770 3D – a new gaming laptop with stereoscopic 3D graphics and a 17.3in HD screen, I immediately thought: could this be an Alienware killer? Toshiba has been said to lag behind other manufacturers when it comes to high-end gaming laptops, but after spending time with the X770 I would suggest that's no longer the case.
Email and compliance: How not to blow the storage budget?
Compliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…)
Hero Ordnance Surveyors dodge bullets, tweet as they map
Surveyors for Ordnance Survey maps have taken to Twitter to help the public understand what they are doing, with a Twittermap of the UK plotting their thoughts and observations as they roam the country, looking at roads and measuring things. The OS Mastermap receives 5,000 changes every day, as houses are taken down, roads are built or streets are renamed.
Huawei bolsters UK Advisory Board
Huawei has filled out the ranks of its UK Advisory Board with a peer, an IT industry veteran and a non-exec with a finger in quite a few pies.
Android Marketplace blocked by Great Firewall of China
China appears to have tightened up its Great Firewall, interfering with Google services in what appears to be a reprisal against the Chocolate Factory playing politics.
Cornish villagers treated to 4G trial
The collaborative trial of 4G networking tech has kicked off in Cornwall, with the intention of providing internet access to 200 people around St Newlyn East, half of them mobile.
Steve Jobs: The Movie in the works
After tributes from world leaders and spontaneous commemorations at Apple stores, Steve Jobs is to be honoured as only America knows how – with a Hollywood biopic.
Think 2014 if you're waiting for 4G in the UK
CommentThe UK is trialling 4G technology, while the rest of the world is deploying it, because our regulator hasn't the resources to mediate between operators bleating about the injustice of it all.
Motorola punts Android into the enterprise
Motorola Solutions, the bit of Motorola that makes money and wasn't bought by Google, has nonetheless launched an Android tablet – but one aimed at retailers, not retail.
Netflix cans Qwikster
Netflix has canned Qwikster and will be bringing in the spun-off DVD rental operation back into the company's main business.
iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared
Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, goes on sale in Blighty at the end of the week. All the UK's major networks will offer it. So which of them have the best deals?
BlackBerry BBM, email downed in epic FAIL
BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been cut off from their online services because of a major fault at Research in Motion (RIM) in Canada.
Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing
AnalysisVeteran free software firebrand Richard Stallman has upset the apple cart by speaking out against the international canonisation of Steve Jobs
Would you trust a dot-bank site more than a dot-com?
Would an exclusive internet address for banks help prevent phishing and identity theft?
Virus infects killer US air drone fleet
Computers controlling the US Air Force's killer Predator and Reaper drones have been infected by a key-logging virus, according to a mole who spoke to Wired. And the malware is not going away despite serious efforts to nuke it.
Laptop shoots spike into owner's hand
Watching DVDs may be bad for your health - specially if the drive on your laptop decides to shoot you.
NetApp's STEALTH launch of ONTAP 8.1
If you were expecting NetApp to launch Data ONTAP 8.1 with a splash, forget it. The software is shipping already; no fuss, no muss, no splash, no bash, no nothing.
AT&T asks Apple to signal iPhone 4S is a 4G phone
US carrier AT&T wants Apple's iPhone 4S to show "4G" in the handset's status bar when the gadget connects to its HSPA+ network.
iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records
Over one million seekers of the latest shiny-shiny surrendered their credit card info to Apple on the first day of iPhone 4S pre-order availability, securing their place in line for the latest iteration of the überpopular smartphone.
Genetics and technology make Columbus Day a fraud
Monday's Columbus Day holiday may celebrate the first time a European "discovered" the Americas, but there’s an increasing amount of technical and genetic evidence that shows the Genoese navigator was very late to the party.
Hulu still flirting with suitors despite Yahoo! pull out
Yahoo! is believed to have pulled out of negotiations to acquire Hulu, leaving Dish, Google and Amazon all still vying for the asset.
Sims outlines Oz network regulation again
As the ACCC, under the hand of new chair Rod Sims, settles down to the work of sifting through submissions about NBN wholesale access, there’s probably a sense of relief at the welcome distraction provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit.