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.
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.
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.
Phishing up, malware down, says Google
Google has revealed a new analysis of five years’ worth of data gathered by its Safe Browsing service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EMC confesses burning Lustre lust
ISC 2012 no-show EMC launched a high-performance computing version of its generic mid-range VNX array today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5
Samsung will launch a Galaxy Note successor with an "unbreakable" screen this autumn.
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.
AWS adds Australian edge location
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added an Australian edge location, as foreshadowed* by The Register last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mcafee gets fierce about resellers (but in a good way)
To Marbella, for sun, sea and the McAfee EMEA partner summit.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Syrian rebels targeted using commercial Skype trojan
Syrian activists are coming under attack from a new Trojan, based on a commercial spyware application.
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.
Storage company promises INFINITE IMMORTALITY
NetApp has announced a major minor release of its data ONTAP storage operating system, promising data immortality and infinity.
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.
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.
No cookie-cutter laws for Australia
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.
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.
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.”