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Mellanox FDR InfiniBand pushes PCI-Express 3.0 to the limits

ISC 2012If you want to try to choke a PCI-Express 3.0 peripheral slot, you have to bring a fire hose. And that is precisely what InfiniBand and Ethernet switch and adapter card maker Mellanox Technology has done with a new Connect-IB server adapter.
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Australia sanguine on Assange-to-Ecuador, would fight US extradition

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Julian Assange’s decision to seek political asylum in Ecuador is a matter for Assange and not something Australia needs to comment on.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012
Improved fast Fourier transform from MIT

Australian 4G spectrum sale to kick off in April 2013

Australia will reap its Digital Dividend in April 2013, after Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, that month as the time when a spectrum auction will be conducted.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012

Phishing up, malware down, says Google

Google has revealed a new analysis of five years’ worth of data gathered by its Safe Browsing service.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012

Post-quake Japan warms to foreign tie-ups

The massive earthquake and tsunami which struck north-east Japan in 2011 has had an unintended impact on corporate strategy which could give foreign tech firms unprecedented opportunities to grow their business in the country, according to BT.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
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Hongers and Singers top for tablets

Tech-mad Hong Kong and Singapore have the highest percentage of tablet and smartphone users in the world, according to a sweeping new global study from telcoms equipment vendor Ericsson.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
Sony Xperia P Android smartphone

Sony Xperia P mid-range Android

ReviewLittle brother to the Xperia S, the Xperia P is the second Sony Ericsson handset to arrive in the UK. The company's flagship S model prompted a slightly lukewarm response when launched but the Xperia S sets its sights lower as a mid-range handset on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance and HTC One V.
Alun Taylor, 20 Jun 2012

Japanese boffins plumb darknet for cyber attack alerts

Japanese boffins at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have been showing off a new real-time alert system designed to help security teams spot and visualise cyber attacks more effectively.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012

When buying an air ticket on your mobe - what makes you give up?

Thirty-four per cent of Chinese flyers have booked a ticket on a mobile phone in the last year, compared to 6 per cent globally, but that's ramping up as customers expect to manage all their transactions on the move.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2012

EU boffins ponder robot copters that carry people but no pilots

Automation is supposed to make life easier: allowing us to loll around eating doughnuts while the machine does its thing. But when the machine stops working, humans have to throw their half-eaten baked goods to one side and deal with the screw-up. And while that's one thing on a factory production line, it's another when you're 200ft in the air in a miniature helicopter.
Anna Leach, 20 Jun 2012

SolidFire gets out all-Flash carton of thin provisions

All-flash array startup Solidfire has doubled the capacity of its array but left performance untouched.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012

You want the Cloud? You can't have proper copyright, then

UK law makers and the judiciary should take note of new research that has claimed that a narrow reading of copyright law exceptions can result in an erosion of investment in new technologies, an expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Jun 2012

Serco ate our IT supplier: Now what? – London boroughs

IT services relationships at the London tri-borough group of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea are likely to become more complex following the acquisition of Westminster's IT supplier Vertex by Serco.
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Sun dying on its arse behind the Oracle walls

AnalysisPlaying with the annual revenue numbers Oracle has just released indicates Sun HW-related revenues fell by $1.4 billion from 2011 to 2012.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012

Daisy Group plans to keep buying up biz, despite hole in purse

Acquisition-hungry business comms provider Daisy Group plans to continue hoovering up firms despite posting significant operating losses for the third consecutive year.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012

EMC confesses burning Lustre lust

ISC 2012 no-show EMC launched a high-performance computing version of its generic mid-range VNX array today.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012
Viviane Reding

Does the existence of Facebook really merit a rewrite of data law?

CommentThe British government is keen for more public data and private transactions with taxpayers to be pushed online at precisely the same time as the Home Secretary demands more powers for security services to effectively snoop on communications traffic with the help of telcos and social networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012

Holographic storage: We're going to do it this time. No, really

Holo-disc start-up hVault, which slurped the blueprints for InPhase Technologies' holographic storage technology, has vowed to breathe life into the technology, with product promised for next year. Of course, we've already passed the spring of 2012, when hVault originally said it would be shipping the kit.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012
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Vendors have second stab at smart TV standard

Major TV manufacturers are making another stab at persuading their competitors to jointly develop and support a standard platform for smart TV apps.
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2012
Locked-in by Frits, hikingartist.com

CIOs should fear the IP police ... have your get-out-of-jail files ready

OpinionThe powers that be in the copyright world continually push for ever-stricter copyright with longer terms. They seek to externalise the cost of enforcement onto society at large. Society at large, on the other hand, wants easier, quicker access to content with fewer restrictions. Regular businesses can easily be caught in the crossfire.
Trevor Pott, 20 Jun 2012
id Software Doom

Reloaded Doom 3 shoots onto shelves this autumn

iD Software's Doom 3 is to be rereleased as an "enhanced version" this autumn, bringing the classic first-person shooter to PS3 "for the first time", and once again to the Xbox 360 and PC.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2012

Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

BT has glued shut conventional access to The Pirate Bay in the UK, which means all the major ISPs in Blighty have now complied with a High Court judge's order to block thepiratebay.se from their networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012

Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

Isle of Man based space tourism firm Excalibur Almaz has said that it will be ready to rocket the rich to the Moon by 2015.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note Android tablet and phone specs

'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5

Samsung will launch a Galaxy Note successor with an "unbreakable" screen this autumn.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2012

ASA: Rooney tweet was advert, not written expression of his thoughts

Nike UK has been slapped for slipping a marketing tweet into Wayne Rooney's Twitter account without clearly marking it as an advert. In the ruling today, The Advertising Standards Agency banned Nike from doing it again.
Anna Leach, 20 Jun 2012
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AWS adds Australian edge location

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added an Australian edge location, as foreshadowed* by The Register last week.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012

Kodak says Apple patent moves prevent any end to its misery

Bankrupt photography veteran Eastman Kodak is suing Apple in the US, claiming the fruity firm is trying to interfere with its plans to sell its patent portfolio.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Jun 2012
Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

Antique Code ShowI know it’s not 2095 yet but with Boris back in power and the Olympics imminent, I am preparing myself to witness London fall into terminal decline due to sports related overspending and aggressive austerity measures. Indeed, I can envisage an appetite for a Rollerball-style games event; entertaining the galleries of corporate sponsors. A spectacle probably quite similar to a game I used to play, Speedball 2.
Lucy Orr, 20 Jun 2012

William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

William Shatner has apologised to the burghers of Ilfracombe for claiming, on national TV, that the Devon seaside town is a hotbed of prostitution.
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2012

Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange™ – who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London - has breached his UK bail conditions, Scotland Yard confirmed this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012

Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

You read it here first, courtesy of our top Shoreditch-'til-I-die columnist Steve Bong: Tory chick-lit MP Louise Mensch - a serial user of Twitter - has now launched her own chatroom-cum-microblogging service.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012
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Flame was scout ahead of Stuxnet attack on Iran nukes - US spooks

Flame was created by the US and Israel in order to collect intelligence on Iranian computer networks as part of the same covert operation that spawned Stuxnet.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2012

Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown

Live chatPC makers’ slipups have forced Microsoft into designing its Surface tablet, but can a software company succeed where the HPs and Dells of the world have failed... can it become more like Apple?
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2012

Magirus claims 'head start' from EMC on VSPEX private cloud

EMC is promoting Magirus as the go-to distributor for VSPEX after it certified 14 configurations that can be assembled at its Euro facility.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
Broken TV

LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

TV makers are desperate for the Next Big Thing. It's not hard to see why: even LCD TV sales are now falling. Year-on-year LCD shipments fell for the first time ever during Q1, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch said today.
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2012
Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4

World+Dog goes ape for smartphone cases, add-ons

Sales of smartphone accessories will generate a staggering $20bn (£13bn) this year, a figure set to rise to $38bn (£24bn) by 2017.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2012
Great Wall of China

IT pro or manager? Go East, young man. But don't expect servants

AnalysisAmbitious Britishers have long looked abroad to make their fortunes, and the rise of China and its satellites is drawing a new generation ready to swap family ties and predictable working hours for a slice of the new Wild East.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
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Mcafee gets fierce about resellers (but in a good way)

To Marbella, for sun, sea and the McAfee EMEA partner summit.
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2012

ISC cluster smackdown: Students whip out their tools

HPC blogThe final system configurations for the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Challenge have been locked down and can now be revealed. For the ISC inaugural event, we’re seeing a lot of sameness but a few key differences.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

ISC Klusterkamph: Meet the home squad, Team KIT

Germany's cluster-competition entry, team KIT, is defending their home turf at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Challenge this week in Hamburg. We spent a few minutes chatting with them as the competition was beginning. They were all smiles, but it was clear that they are serious about winning the competition.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

Student HPC whizzkids in unusual competition start

HPC blogThe ISC Student Cluster Challenge kicked off last night in a unique manner. Rather than a simple shouted “Go!” or a loud tone sent over a bullhorn, the organisers confronted the university teams with a physical challenge, along the lines of the old Le Mans auto races.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

US veterans Stony Brook face cluster compo crunch

HPC blogThe Stony Brook Seawolves are one of two US teams competing in the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Challenge in Hamburg this week. This isn’t the first time the school has participated in a contest like this, but it’s probably their longest road trip in terms of distance and culture (although NYC to Portland, Oregon is a close second).
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

Meet China's cluster Pop Idol winners, Team Tsinghua on video

HPC blogChina universities have gone student cluster crazy over the past year. When China was allotted two team slots at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition, more than 300 universities expressed interest in participating.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

What do we know about GPUs? Tianhe-1A lives at our school

HPC blogChina’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) was the first Chinese team to compete at a Student Cluster Competition, making the trek to SC in Seattle in 2010. They came very close to winning the whole competition, finishing a very close second to Taiwan’s Tsinghua University.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

Team America, take two: Meet Colorado's cluster kids

HPC blogThe other US-based team in the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Challenge is the University of Colorado, whose members hail from Boulder. Colorado is by far the most experienced team in the ISC version of this competition, having sent teams to all six SC cluster competitions.
Dan Olds, 20 Jun 2012

Speaking in Tech: NASA dumps OpenStack... for Amazon cloud

Team Register, 20 Jun 2012
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Ten... pieces of tat for Apple fanboys

Product round-upApple fans are known to take their obsession to extremes. While that often means queuing outside the Apple store for days ahead of a new product release, some push the boat out further with accessories, clothes, and even tattoos.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2012

Mounties, flics, cops snap on bracelets after Québec hacktivism

Six alleged hacktivists have been arrested in Canada following a series of attacks on Quebec government websites.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2012

Adobe feeling drained by new model, but hopes things will improve

Adobe's second quarter net income eased on poor European demand as well as its move to take Creative Suite into the cloud.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Jun 2012

Syrian rebels targeted using commercial Skype trojan

Syrian activists are coming under attack from a new Trojan, based on a commercial spyware application.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2012

HP rolls up virty desktop system bundles for SMBs

HP has refreshed its server lineup with the myriad Xeon E5 processors in its ProLiant Gen8 machines, so small and medium businesses now have lots of options from which to choose. But these days, SMBs are not just interested in buying raw iron. Sometimes they want to plunk in a new stack, appliance style, that solves a specific problem – and HP is now bundling some new help for them.
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Storage company promises INFINITE IMMORTALITY

NetApp has announced a major minor release of its data ONTAP storage operating system, promising data immortality and infinity.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012

Microsoft's uncloaks Phone 8 developer preview

Microsoft held its developer preview of the Windows Phone 8 operating system on Wednesday, and revealed that it is shifting the platform to share core kernel features with Windows 8 for better integration.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2012

Foxconn daddy: 'Don't buy Galaxy S III, wait for iPhone 5'

Samsung's highly anticipated Android-based Galaxy S III smartphone may be basking in attention that it's receiving during its official launch on Wednesday, but there's at least one top tech exec who's snubbing it.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2012
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No cookie-cutter laws for Australia

The European Union's directive that website operators must not use cookies to gather visitors' personal information won't be adopted in Australia, but the idea behind the directive may yet be offered as advice to local businesses and government agencies.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012
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Bromium twists chip virty circuits to secure PCs and servers

Bromium, the security startup launched a year ago by the techies behind the open source Xen server virtualization hypervisor, are lifting the veil a bit on the software that they are cooking up, while at the same time announcing a big new bag of cash to pay for the ongoing development of what the company is calling a microvisor.

Pegatron named as Microsoft Surface fondleslab foundry

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron has been awarded the contract to build Microsoft's Surface tablet, and sources suggest Redmond's got a twin strategy for tablets.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2012
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NBN Co preps revised access undertaking

NBN Co, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, will revisit the rules and pricing for access to its network in response to feedback from access seekers.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jun 2012

Red Hat hits the top and bottom numbers in fiscal Q1

Everybody seems to be a bit jumpy about the global economy these days, and Red Hat will be giving Wall Street a case of the jitters when the market opens on Thursday even though it exceeded its revenue and profit targets in its first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Consumer Affairs Victoria drops App Store malware claim

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has taken down a page on which it alleged Apple's App Store contains "counterfeit or 'cloned' apps" that "look like real apps but don't have the same kind of security as those made by established software programmers" and "can expose personal data to malware or predatory, virus-like software.”
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012

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