Roman roads get the web maps treatment
Classical scholars at Stanford University have created a “Geospatial network model of the Roman world” which offers the chance to calculate journey times along Roman roads in much the same way as is possible on Google Maps and other online mapping services.
Vixie warns: DNS Changer ‘blackouts’ inevitable
Ridding the world of the DNS Changer is proving a long, slow process that won’t be accomplished by July 9, when the court orders granted to the FBI expire and infected users suffer their inevitable blackout.
AWS CISO needs permission to visit his data centres
Amazon Web Services' General Manager and Chief Information Security Officer Stephen E. Schmidt is not allowed to make unannounced visits to the company's data centres.
Asia leads global BYOD race
Asian IT professionals are racing ahead of their global rivals when it comes to implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in their organisations, according to new research from BT.
GPS rival Beidou will cover Asia Pac by end of the year
China will expand its home grown GPS rival Beidou by launching three global positioning satellites that it hopes will make it possible to have the service up and running in Asia Pacific by the end of the year.
Sony NEX-7 24.3Mp APS-C compact system camera
ReviewSony’s NEX-7 is its flagship Compact System Camera that’s been graced with advanced features to justify the high-end price tag for a pocketable interchangeable lens model. Indeed this 24.3Mp APS-C shooter with a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder plus tilting LCD and full manual control, is certainly going to give some DSLRs a run for their money.
Hong Kong CERT wants bigger team to tackle cyber threats
Hong Kong’s Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT) has called for more resources to help it step up attempts to proactively monitor and deal with attacks on organisations in the special administrative region (SAR) of China.
Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook
Problems with IT systems at the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) have left it unable to report payment arrears properly, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Dell to cut UK workforce
Dell has threatened staff in the UK with redundancy, Channel Register can reveal.
Google offers up new mobile usage interface to attract ad loot
The Mobile Marketing Association and Google have again gathered smartphone usage, from 40 countries this time, and provided a snazzy interface capable of generating comparison charts of XLS files on demand.
Boffins smash 3Gbps speed barrier with 542GHz T-Rays
Japanese geniuses have maintained a 3Gbit/s radio link at 542GHz, opening up more of the electromagnetic spectrum to the voracious appetite of wireless data.
Mobile net filters block legit content too – campaign group
Mobile operators currently provide filter systems that enable parents to stop children accessing websites deemed to contain content suitable for individuals aged 18 or over. However, the Open Rights Group (ORG) said there are "a number of serious problems" with how those systems work.
LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure
As the design of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane continues apace, we've been considering just how to fire the aircraft's solid rocket motor at a predetermined altitude.
Soyuz hooks up with Space Station, delivers new 'nauts
VidThe Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new members of Expedition 31 hooked up with the International Space Station this morning without a hitch at 4.36am GMT.
Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones
Greater Manchester police are appealing for help after a number of people who thought they were laying hands on a shiny new iPhone ended up with a sack of spuds instead.
Compare The Market can't touch web filth extension - simples
Price comparison biz Compare The Market has lost its bid to seize the domain name comparethemarket.xxx.
Off-the-shelf forensics tool slurps iPhone data via iCloud
ElcomSoft has updated its mobile forensics software to include the ability to retrieve online backups from Apple iCloud storage.
UK.gov IT slasher axes himself - after 5 months in new job
Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.
iOS App of the WeekAfter happily tapping away with Figure just recently, I decided to try and find some other simple apps that might be fun for musically challenged people like me. SoundBrush is well named, as its clever interface allows you to doodle with sound in the same way that you would sketch with a simple painting app.
Distie business: Lines get blurry for channel big boys
In the early '70s to mid-'80s, Rank Audio Visual – a division of the Rank Organisation – was a large distributor of audio visual and photographic equipment, theatre lighting and 8, 16 and 35mm film. It later progressed to the distribution of pre-recorded video cassettes. But what does a man with a gong have to do with the distribution business?
HP frogmarches new Xeon, Opteron chips into ProLiants
In the wake of Intel's launch of the entry Xeon E5-2400 processors for two-socket servers earlier this week, X86 server juggernaut Hewlett-Packard wants to keep its name in the mind of customers who might be shopping for systems from rivals Dell, IBM or Fujitsu.
Microsoft books stall at Appule - the Mac expo stiffed by Apple
Microsoft has signed up for the Appule Personal and Professional User Live Expo, which Apple has so far snubbed.
UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack
A British man has been jailed for a year after hacking into the Facebook account of a US citizen.
Steve Jobs' death clears way for rumoured 4in 'iPhone 5' screen
The next Apple iPhone will have an enlarged 4-inch screen, according to well-placed anonymous sources.
Pinterest valued at $1.5 BILLION, bags $100m in funding
Cupcake and kitten-laden photo site Pinterest has bagged $100m in funding from a bunch of investors led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten.
Team up or miss out: Why the channel needs partners
Cloud computing is growing at a stratospheric rate. IDC Enterprise recently reported that businesses are earmarking as much as one-third of their IT budgets for cloud computing products and services.
Council fined £70k after burglars nick vulnerable kids' files
The UK's privacy watchdog has fined the London Borough of Barnet £70k ($111k) after the local authority lost extremely sensitive information about young children for the second time in two years.
Adobe sucks on Oracle brain drain for HTML5 game gain
Adobe seems to be juicing its software gaming credentials against HTML5 by grabbing some hard-core Sun Microsystems talent as they slip out Oracle's back door.
Google, French watchdog to hook up over privacy
Google Knowledge Graph straddles semantic web and Star Trek
Google’s battle to retain search supremacy is seeing it roll something it claims will take us closer to the "computers of Star Trek".
Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay
Readers, you now have 12 hours or so to bid for a slice of computing history: a Kim-1 single-board computer, released some 36 years ago by the company that would become a key part of Commodore.
Nvidia drops veil on game-changing might of VGX
HPC blogWhat’s a “holy crap” moment? For me, it’s when I see or hear (or do) something that has far-reaching and previously unforeseen consequences. I’ve had at least two of these moments (so far) at the GTC 2012 conference. The first was when Jen-Hsun Huang, in his keynote presentation, tossed up a slide about Kepler and this new thing they’re calling VGX.
BBC shrinks Red Button: Loses 8 channels after the Olympics
The BBC will be dropping eight of its Red Button channels after an Olympic splurge, focusing on IPTV content instead of the alternative electronic programme guide that the Red Button had become.
Finally a real use for NFC: Heart monitor in a credit card
VidWe've seen heart monitors built into mobile phones and puck-sized Bluetooth kit, but now iMPak Health has got one down to the size of a credit card and used wireless technology to transfer the data.
SGI skips future Xeon E7s, lobs E5-4600s into UV2 supers
Supercomputer and cluster maker Silicon Graphics has fallen hard for Intel's new "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-4600 processors for four-socket servers.
Acronis creates new roles for biz and M&A hotshots
Data protection software supplier Acronis has created two new roles on its executive team: senior vice president in corporate development and SVP in global business development. The move suggests the firm is anticipating a spike in growth and is preparing itself to make a few acquisitions, or even positioning itself to be acquired.
Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected
Surfers who see ads when they visit Wikipedia are likely infected with malware, the online encyclopedia warns.
Mutant number-crunchers win cluster popularity contest
HPC blogHybrid computing has come a very long way in a relatively short period of time. My first exposure to hybrids came at SC08 in the lovely city of Austin, Texas. Earlier that year, the Roadrunner system at Los Alamos National Lab had achieved two milestones: 1) It was the first system to break through the petabyte barrier; and 2) It was the first high-profile hybrid system.
You can feed 800 VMs off 1 of our boxes, startup brags
Apparently, just adding a tincture of Tintri to your virtualised server-storage array pathway gets those VMs running like super-charged rockets. The firm says a European customer is running 800 virtual machines off one Tintri box, leaving a NetApp array chastened in the background.
Seagate, WD need to get a firm grip on solid disks
Blocks and FilesSTEC is touting its great CellCare flash endurance, and it is great, reinforcing a view that it and OCZ make natural flash market buy-in points for Seagate and Western Digital.
Dell forges GPU-enriched virty rack workstation
Like everyone else on the planet, you want a rocketsled to do your work. The faster, the better. But if Dell has its way, it may not be on top of or underneath your desk, but sitting in a rack in a data center. And it may not be a rocketsled as much as a rocketbus, with multiple people using it at the same time.
Whitman said to be planning massive HP job cuts
New(ish) HP CEO Meg Whitman has been at the helm for long enough to come up with a longer-term plan for the company, and according to various rumors, her plan will look eerily familiar to HPers who remember the early years of ex-CEO Mark Hurd: job cuts, predominantly in services.
Symantec releases software as Amazon Machine Image
Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine.
Hybrid computing just like FLESH-EATING bacteria
HPC blogHybrid computing (using CPUs plus GPUs to accelerate processing speed/throughput) and necrotizing faciitis (a flesh-eating bacterial* infection) have more in common than is typically thought. Both exhibit high growth rates, and both are incredibly difficult to stop once they get started.
Governments may hit social networks with cyber attacks
Social networking operators like Facebook and Twitter need to consider themselves much more vulnerable to attacks – not because they are more vulnerable or more attractive to criminals than previously, but because states are now actors in security threats.