5th > December > 2011 Archive
BroadcastOrganisations of all shapes and sizes know they can no longer just spend money on new technology, especially in the light of today's economic travails.
The government is to invest £158m in IT infrastructure, including data storage, networks and high performance computing, to support research institutions and industry.
The European Commission has proposed a free online dispute resolution platform through which traders and consumers could resolve disputes over online purchases.
The bankrupt bookseller Borders wants to sell its stash of 65,536 IP addresses to healthcare software vendor Cerner for $12 per address.
This is a rare event indeed: a data subject has taken successful action for compensation under section 13 of the Data Protection Act. Normally what happens if a data controller has caused damage is that there is an out-of-court settlement with a gagging (sorry "confidentiality") clause so no-one is the wiser.
Geek Treat of the WeekNever mind all my boasting about training for a helicopter pilot licence to help me survive the zombie apocalypse, it's been a long time since I had a go at flying anything. Looking back, that was a mistake because this Spy Cam 'copter is fun, fun, fun.
Looking to try to size up the workloads running on your physical servers and see what it would take to move them onto public clouds? There's an app for that.
ReviewWith Android tablets starting at seven inches and phones now reaching just under five, something was bound to come along to occupy what little middle ground remains and blur the distinction between phone and tablet irrecoverably. That something is the Galaxy Note.
Mozilla has denied that the death of Firefox on OS X Leopard, released just four years ago, is coming.
Flash chip prices are falling thanks to over-supply and slow markets in Europe and the USA.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Dashboard update this week will introduce a smart phone application that turns your Windows Phone handset into an Xbox system remote.
Banana sales in Mozambican capital Maputo have taken a serious hit as a result of email and text message warnings of the dire consequences of contact with killer plantains.
The GCHQ-set code-breaking puzzle was solved over the weekend.
Samsung has taken the wraps off a dinky mSata SSD for notebooks.
Julian Assange can request a final appeal against his extradition to Sweden, judges ruled this morning.
Samsung is shipping mini-Serial ATA interface solid state drives for ultrabooks, the attempt by Intel to spark a Windows equivalent of MacBook Air thin notebooks into being.
Intel may be hoping that 40 per cent of the notebooks that ship in 2012 will be Ultrabooks, but independent research suggests the chip giant will have to wait until 2015.
PromotionNeverfail, the business continuity software specialist, is offering Reg readers in the UK the chance to enter a lucky dip which will see the winner take away a shiny new iPad 2. Oh yes.
Japanese and Russian boffins are planning to impregnate an elephant with a mammoth embryo cloned from viable fossil DNA discovered frozen beneath the icy Siberian tundra, according to reports.
Xmas Gift GuideWorld+Dog might fancy a glossy, colour tablet, but for the more literary inclined an e-book reader will likely prove a more suitable option. Yes, they're not as flash as fondleslabs, but their screens are legible both indoors and out, and their batteries last an age between charges. And, to please the canny gift buyer, they're relatively cheap too.
International boffins, poring over the results from mighty telescopes both spacegoing and ground-bound, say they have identified at least 16 potentially habitable Earth-like planets orbiting other stars: and at least 30 potentially habitable moons along the lines of the scientifictional Endor and Pandora, orbiting planets in other solar systems.
An Alaskan man who ill-advisedly went for a drive without adequate emergency supplies and got stuck in a snow drift was obliged to subsist for three days on nothing more than frozen cans of beer.
The PlayStation Vita will be region-locked for digital content, Sony has confirmed. It said the device requires a factory reset to jump between different PlayStation Network accounts.
A US court has rejected Apple's bid to get an early ban on Samsung products in the country.
The UK boss at credit insurer Euler Hermes reckons that although channel insolvencies may edge up again next year, B2B resellers are in comparatively rude health.
Websites publicising doubts about the fairness of the Russian parliamentary election last weekend have become the victim of denial of service attacks.
Initial virtual machine backup and replication over a wide area network can be up to 80 per cent faster with v3.0 of InMage's vContinuum software, says the company. V3.0 was developed to back up and restore virtual machines better in large VMware environments.
Google must work closely with the fondleslab makers to slash prices if it is to loosen Apple's strangehold on the market.
The Mexican government has shut down a secret mobile network reckoned to be run by one of the country's drug cartels, possibly the ruthless Zetas.
The Swiss government has ruled that downloading pirated copies of films, music and videogames for personal use will remain legal because it is of not detrimental to copyright owners.
A NASA probe came closer to Pluto than any other vessel in the history of space travel on 2 December.
Indonesian police have said they may charge the outgoing Research in Motion chief in the country with negligence in connection to the stampede last month at a BlackBerry event in a mall in Jakarta.
UpdateNapster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany.
Reg Hardware Awards 2011Ladies and gentlemen, the annual Reg Hardware Awards are here and, once again, we need your help finding the best - and the worst - consumer electronics and infotech products of 2011.
Beggars will still be with us in the future, according to a futuristic video by Microsoft's Office Labs team - but at least technology will be able to keep our distance from them.
Asus' tablet-docking smartphone, the Padfone, will make its debut at Mobile World Congress 2012 and sport an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.
The ICO’s deputy commissioner has denied ever saying that the press was “too big” for the commission to take on.
NASA’s Kepler mission has spotted the first possibility for a planet to escape to if it turns out the Mayans were right about 2012.
Storage software sales for the third 2011 quarter were the second highest ever, with Hitachi recording the highest annual growth followed by market leader EMC. NetApp, Symantec and IBM grew less than the average though, with NetApp nearly flat at 0.3 per cent.
If you work for IBM and you get the sack, it may be Big Blue that administers your unemployment or welfare payments from your local government.
Apple is reported to be planning a massive data center just a quarter-mile south of Facebook's facility in Prineville, Oregon.
Microsoft has released the second service pack for Exchange 2010, including a tweak for mobile Outlook Web App (OWA) and better support for Exchange in hybrid cloud systems.
HP has done a deal with online storage firm Box to offer reduced cost – or free – services to buyers of the Compaq 6200 and 6005 Pro series and Compaq 8200 Elite series PCs.
The Australian government has scrapped all future intentions for a competitive tender for the Australia Network broadcasting contract and has instead handed national public broadcaster the ABC with a permanent contract.
Australian speech–to-text streaming technology Ai-Live has been awarded a $AU1.7 million dollar government development grant to accelerate global commercialisation of its platform.
Here’s a genuine record-breaker: a black hole with nearly ten billion times the mass of our Sun, an event horizon that would stretch five times further than the orbit of Pluto if we had the misfortune to have it drop in, and a gravitational sphere of 4,000 light-years.
ObituaryPatricia Dunn, former chairman of HP, died on Sunday at the age of 58 after a long fight with cancer.
Late Friday, Oracle filed a countersuit against HP, which sued Oracle back in June because Oracle said in March that it would not be developing future releases of its database, middleware, and application software on future Itanium processors.
A Google researcher has resurrected an attack that allows website operators to steal the browsing history of visitors almost a year after all major browser makers introduced changes to close the gaping privacy hole.