3rd > February > 2012 Archive
AMD doubles down on existing Opteron server sockets
As El Reg anticipated earlier this week, the new upper management at AMD has come to its senses and figured out that moving to a new core and two new sockets for its Opteron line in 2012 was not a particularly good idea for its own finances, or those of the server makers who it wants to peddle Opteron-based iron. And so, that plan has been scrapped.
Riverbed virtualizes Cascade network monitor appliance
Riverbed Technology upgraded a whole bunch of its appliances this week, including its Cascade Shark network-monitoring products and its Steelhead WAN optimizers.
SpaceX successfully tests SuperDraco rescue rockets
SpaceX has confirmed the successful test of its SuperDraco rocket engine, which will form the backbone of safety and landing systems for its Dragon spacecraft.
Judges retire to consider Assange’s last chance on extradition
The UK Supreme Court judges have retired to consider their verdict in Julian Assange’s last shot at escaping extradition to Sweden, with a final verdict possible within weeks.
Orange San Francisco 2
ReviewThe Orange San Francisco was the smartphone bargain of 2011. For £99 you got a solid little handset with a 3.5in 480 x 800 screen, Android 2.1 and a 3.2Mp camera. The fact it was falling-off-a-wet-log easy to root and change ROMs – even I managed it – was the icing on the cake.
BT Vision throws Microsoft Mediaroom under a bus for Linux
UK hybrid TV service BT Vision plans to be the first customer to discard Microsoft's Mediaroom software, almost imminently, after at least a year-long effort to put in completely new software building blocks to rejuvenate the service.
Facebook's Googly IPO delivers on Sun man's vision
History may record Scott McNealy as a straight-dealing leader of a major Silicon Valley tech company.
Second 'Blue Marble' NASA sat pic apes Apollo 17's stunner
After popular demand NASA's Suomi NPP satellite has beamed down another "Blue Marble" vision of the Earth in high definition.
'We're totally in LA pissing people off'
QuotwThis was the week when Facebook finally filed for its IPO.
Fujitsu out bog standard 7in tab for big biz
Fujitsu has outed a non-descript 7in Android tablet that it'll be pitching at big business when the gadget goes on sale later this month.
Brit space agency sends up 1st satellite
So far, the UK space agency hasn't gone in for any of that headline-grabbing stuff like landing people on the Moon or launching Martian probes that get stranded in orbit before plummeting back to Earth – it leaves that sort of stuff to NASA and Roscosmos.
100 MEEELLION .com domains now registered
There are now over 100 million .com domain names on the internet.
Next-gen Asus Eee Pad Transformer spied
A previously unseen Asus tablet has surfaced on the web prompting speculation that the Taiwanese company is working on the successor to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
RIM tempts tablet coders with free PlayBooks
RIM is offering software coders free tablets if they'll make their Android apps available through its PlayBook app store.
Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 DNA splice is on - report
Windows 8 and Microsoft's next major phone operating system will merge, if reports are correct.
Samsung 'Galaxy 4S' pic posted
The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus, the smartphone the South Korean giant is said to be unveiling at this month's Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in place of the Galaxy S III, will be a skinny white boy.
Apple Europe poaches Xbox PR mastermind
Apple has poached Microsoft's top product marketing bod in the UK to front up its app store in Europe.
TV tuner maker intros mobile Freeview pick-up
TV tuner maker Hauppauge has introduced a mobile gadget that streams Freeview content to you phone, tablet or computer over its own wireless network.
RIM shot at Android: Free PlayBooks for devs
RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who submit an Android application to RIM's App World before Valentine's Day, though the T&Cs have yet to be revealed.
Toshiba Regza 40RL858 40in LED TV
ReviewToshiba is a bit of a wild card when it comes to TVs. While some of its screens are genuinely exciting, others are merely bargain bin fillers. Buying a cheaper Tosh is a classic case of caveat emptor.
Satellite phones lift skirt, flash cipher secrets at boffins
Researchers at the Ruhr-University Bochum have managed to extract the secret encryption algorithmns used by satellite phones, and discovered that it's a lot less secure than one might hope.
Apple iPad beats Amazon Kindle Fire in satisfaction survey
iPad owners are happier with their tablets than folk with other fondleslabs are with theirs, recent research reveals.
Euro watchdog asks Google to HALT privacy tweak
Fibre-gobbling punters help BT deposit solid profit
BT reported this morning that its sales had fallen 5 per cent for the three months ended 31 December, however earnings and cash generation remained steady, the company added.
Pentax pushes APS-C mirrorless camera with DSLR lens compatibility
Pentax has officially lifted the veil on its latest mirrorless camera, the K-01. It's the first of its kind to support DSLR lenses.
Boffins crack superconducting graphene's melting mystery
Scientists in Manchester appear to have solved a problem with graphene that has plagued the super-material's fans since it was sliced into being in 2004.
Nokia pours oil on burning Symbian
ExclusiveNokia is said to be hastening the demise of its legacy Symbian platform, cancelling the development of all but one new Symbian-based device. Although Nokia Belle updates will continue to ship to existing customers, only one new model – a successor to the N8 high-end camera phone – will reach the market, the Register understands.
Apple FileVault cracked in under an hour by forensics biz
Apple's FileVault disk encryption can be circumvented in less than an hour, according to a computer forensics firm.
BT reveals ultra-fast cable blowing plan for homes, biz
BT is talking up plans to bring its ultra-fast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network to more of its customers in early 2013.
iPhones yanked from German shelves in Motorola patent war
Apple has removed the iPhone 4 and 3Gs from its stores in Germany, almost certainly in response to Motorola's December action rather than today's patent win.
Troubled Game wins reprieve on debt, mulls axing more stores
Game Group has been given a reprieve by its lenders, but the retailer may have to sell its overseas stores to secure it.
Sony throws smartphone party with Billabong
Sony has gone surf-tastic, announcing a partnership with Aussie outdoors outfitter Billabong, which sees its Xperia Active handset branded with the extreme-sports logo and pitched towards the cool-dude generation.
IBM bit-twiddlers want point releases for big iron
The bit-twiddlers took over IBM's server business a year and a half ago, and it appears that they are starting to think about systems as if they were code, as if they could do dot releases in a nearly steady stream and keep their revenues from spiking up and crashing down all the time.
ARM rains on x86 as smartphones outship PCs
Netbooks are so yesterday's technology. Shipments of the small, not-so-cheap computers plunged during 2011 by 25 per cent, figures from market watcher Canalys show.
Sysadmins: Don't get in your own way
Sysadmin blogI remember the first time I saw these automated supermarket tills. They intrigued me. Yet I was also afraid of the things. I was afraid that despite all of my knowledge and training I wouldn't be able to figure it out and I would end up looking like a fool. I avoided them for three years; the basis of this avoidance nothing more than irrational fear of that which I might not understand.
Gun controlled lamp hits the spotlight
One Taiwanese manufacturer took aim at traditional light switches this week and unveiled a lamp that can be turned on and off with the shot of a gun-shaped remote.
US tweet deportation: Chilling behind-the-scenes photos
The story earlier this week on the deportation from the US of A of two Brits who ill-advisedly tweeted they were off to "destroy America" left a few readers pretty shaken up at the way the Department of Homeland Security handles potential terrorist threats.
IBM snatches back SPC-1 benchmark crown
IBM's SAN Volume Controller has done the benchmark business, again, and passed the half million SPC-1 IOPS mark using Storwize V7000 storage.
Anonymous hackers leak Scotland Yard-FBI conference call
Members of Anonymous have released an intercept of a conference call between investigators at the FBI and Scotland Yard during which operations against hacktivist group were discussed.
Steve Jobs sighted in Taiwan flogging Android tablets
In the cut-throat tablet market, a Taiwanese company has found one way to make its product stand out: paying an actor to dress up as Steve Jobs and make tasteless jokes about how he's dead.
Mother charged with selling fake Facebook stock
A Wisconsin woman has been charged over claims she tried to sell $1m worth of Facebook shares that she didn't own.
Dead gamer sat unnoticed for nine hours in net cafe
A Taiwanese gamer sat dead in a chair at an Internet cafe for up to nine hours before fellow players noticed the poor guy had popped his clogs.
Biz urged to blast DNSChanger Trojans before safety net comes down
Half of all Fortune 500 companies still contain computers infected with the DNSChanger Trojan, weeks after a FBI-led takedown operations targeting the botnet's command-and-control infrastructure.
Apple iPhones, iPad back in German online store
A German court has suspended the injunction that required Apple to remove its iPhone 4 and 3Gs, and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G from its online store in that country.
US adds more jobs than expected in January
The US economy added 243,000 net new jobs in January and the unemployment rate has ticked down two-tenths of a point, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
European revolt over ACTA treaty gains ground
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty, signed by most European countries last week, may not be a done deal after all, as governments across the continent face a storm of protest.
Facebook post-IPO: Free not fee will make Zuck a buck
Open ... and ShutNo sooner did Facebook file its S-1 in preparation for an IPO than speculation kicked into high gear on how Facebook could possibly sustain its $75bn to $100bn valuation. After all, despite its hugely impressive revenue and profit numbers, key components of its revenue model – like advertising revenue – are decelerating. So should we expect Facebook to impose a paywall on some or all of its users, as MyLife.com chief executive Jeff Tinsley suggests it could?
Opinion poll: Anti-regulatory 'hype' unwarranted
One advocacy group has published a survey it says proves that US small-business owners aren't unduly concerned with government regulations. Another group says that the first group's opinion poll is tainted by bogosity.
Micron CEO Appleton dies in plane crash
Steven Appleton, the long-time CEO at memory chip maker Micron Technology, died this morning in a crash of an experimental plane in the company's hometown of Boise, Idaho. He was 51 years old and one of the youngest CEOs and chairman in the Fortune 500.