University of Minnesota demos light-powered nano-relay
The “light sail” – a spacecraft powered by the pressure of photons streaming from a handy star – might still be science fiction, but researchers in the US have demonstrated that photons can flip switches at the nano scale.
HP previews OpenFlow virty network controller
Everybody has their own twist and take on software-defined networks, or SDN, these days as virtualization moves on from servers and storage and into the still crufty world of networking. Server vendors who bought into networking to bolster themselves are now scrambling to be players in virtual networks when all they thought they needed to do was sell switches along with their servers and storage. Hewlett-Packard is one of them, and now it finds itself in the position of having to create an OpenFlow controller.
Ellison says Oracle eats own dogfood for cloud apps
OpenWorld 2012Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says one of the top advantages of his company's newly announced cloudy application suite is that Oracle uses all of its own technology to build and deploy its cloud apps, and it allows its customers to do the same.
Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries
A technology invented to use chilled air as a power source for engines has been put forward by Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers as a possible solution for storing electricity generated by renewables, such as solar and wind power.
Power7+ chips debut in fat IBM midrange systems
IBM has taken the wraps off the first of its Power Systems machinery to make use of its cache-heavy Power7+ processors, and as El Reg anticipated from the hints in the announcement invitation put out two weeks ago, Big Blue is starting near the top of the line as it upgrades systems that run AIX, IBM i (formerly known as OS/400), and Linux.
China domain name land grab about to start
Domain names ending with .中国 – the Chinese characters for China – will become available in mid-October and China is gearing up for the rush of expected applications.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review
I’ve no idea what the Korean is for “let’s stuff everything we can into a phone and ram it up Apple’s jacksie” but it’s a fair bet the phrase was used at the inception of the Galaxy Note 2. This Android handset is the feature-packed successor to the surprisingly successful Galaxy Note that I was quite taken with late last year.
HMRC: Moving our data to the cloud will make it MORE secure
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to move data it currently stores in local offices to a new centralised government cloud computing depository in a move it says will save it £1m a year and improve on the security of its IT services.
'Leaked' doc shock: BT denies inflating prices for rural broadband rollout
The government has declined to comment on the alleged leaking of a Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) document that reportedly suggests BT has been inflating prices for the deployment of its fibre network to rural areas, which needs taxpayer-derived funds.
Zombie-animating malnets increase 200% in just 6 months
Crybercrooks are beefing up the infrastructure behind the delivery of botnets, a move that is leading towards more potent and numerous threats, say researchers.
Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner
A couple of voracious Brighton blokes have been banned for life from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue chow-house - after repeated attacks on the restaurant's buffet station threatened to eat the owner out of business.
Momentum builds for iPad Mini launch
Apple’s Taiwanese and Chinese component manufacturers have begun punching out iPad Minis, according to folk the Wall Street Journal insists are in a position to know.
Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE
Ofcom will clear radio frequencies allowing UK network operators to launch 4G mobile broadband months ahead of schedule - even though it hasn't moved the 4G licence auction.
Google, Microsoft spar to be tech's also-ran behind King Apple
On Monday, for the first time ever, Google pushed past Microsoft to become the world's second-most valuable tech firm. Now it has fallen back to the number three spot, but with a difference of just over $1bn in market cap between the two, it may be just a matter of time before the Chocolate Factory grabs second place from Microsoft once again. Apple remains the world's most valuable tech firm.
Now Space Station forced to DODGE flying Japanese junk
The International Space Station is due to swerve tomorrow morning to avoid a debris cloud from a Japanese satellite, the Russian Flight Control Centre said.
Sony PS3 sales soar on slimmer system
Punters may be peeved that Sony didn’t cut its prices when it pruned the fat from the PlayStation and released the PlayStation even-slimmer, but the decision doesn’t appear to have hindered sales.
Googorola mysteriously pulls plug on ITC Apple patent probe
Googorola has mysteriously dropped the patent infringement allegations it made against Apple at the US International Trade Commission.
Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN
For the second time this year Virgin Media has been berated by Britain's advertising watchdog for making unsubstantiated and misleading claims about its fibre-optic broadband network. The claims in question relate to a TV ad that suggests VM's customers would not be beset by buffering delays.
Cash in the asset: Nokia may flog global headquarters in Espoo
Nokia is planning to sell off its global headquarters in Espoo, Finland, to plug its $1.8bn financial losses.
Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10
Microsoft is in hot water with big-brand advertisers over its implementation of Do-Not-Track by default in the latest iteration of its Internet Explorer browser. The ad-slingers say Internet Explorer 10’s Do-Not-Track feature will hurt advertisers, consumers and competition.
SCH Group prepares for life after distribution
Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March.
Skype touts FREE* Wi-Fi across the UK
For a tenner a month Skype will let a business share its Wi-Fi network with Skype customers, but the biz will get window stickers and porn filtering too, so what's not to love?
NIST crowns next-gen hash algorithm Keccak as official SHA-3
A US government agency has selected cryptographic hash function Keccak as the new official SHA-3 algorithm.
US data show slump in Apple tablet share
It’s no great surprise, perhaps, that Google’s Android is taking tablet share from Apple, but new figures suggest the rate of catch-up has accelerated this year.
Turkish officials reach for YouTube's joystick
Google has given in to demands from Turkey to operate YouTube under a Turkish web domain, thus allowing the country's officials to patrol its content and the country's courts to throw out whatever is deemed objectionable.
Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars
Britain's Intellectual Property Office will "promote the understanding of IP" in developing countries after signing a deal with the head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation.
EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network
Mobile operator EE will launch its UK 4G service on 30 October. Switching on its next-gen mobile broadband network will no doubt cheer Apple iPhone 5 fanbois for whom 3G's 8Mb/sec just isn't fast enough.
Will Elpida be gobbled by a rival or get a multi-billion cash jab?
A court in Tokyo has once again postponed the decision on whether to allow US firm Micron to slurp bankrupt DRAMmurai warrior Elpida Memory.
Gather round, EMC's ol' man Tucci knows Big Data's 'killer app'
Oracle OpenWorldJoe Tucci, EMC boss and non-Oracle oracle speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, said that predictive real-time analysis would be the killer Big Data application.
VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year
Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year.
OpenStack certification up for grabs - if you pass its Kobayashi Maru
You know a software technology has come of age when some vendor starts trying to make some coin selling certifications for it. And thus we know that the OpenStack cloud fluffer and puffer has finally come of age now that Rackspace Hosting, which founded the OpenStack project with NASA two summers ago, wants to help you get certified.
Punch-drunk Xyratex takes another beating, expects Q4 loss
UK data-storage company Xyratex can't seem to catch a break. Yesterday it copped to a quarterly revenues slump of 24 per cent year-on-year – due to product and equipment quality issues, and weakened enterprise demand – and it also reckons that disk drive sales are heading for a fall.
Riverbed plunks ESXi hypervisor in Steelhead WAN optimizers
Riverbed Technology's Steelhead WAN optimization appliances are growing up to be proper server citizens now that they can run VMware's ESXi bare-metal hypervisor. Riverbed is also kicking out two new Steelhead CX appliances and upgrading its RIOS operating system with some nips and tucks to help it do a better job of optimizing traffic for remote desktops fed by VMware's View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) broker over the wide area network.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS mobile minnows merge
After failing to flog off T-Mobile USA to AT&T last year, Deutsche Telecom has gone another route, opting to absorb its smaller rival MetroPCS in a reverse-takeover.
Oracle nudges Sparc T5s back out to 2013
OpenWorld 2012This time last year at Oracle's OpenWorld extravaganza, John Fowler, Oracle's executive vice president of hardware, revealed a faster-paced roadmap for Sparc processors that showed the Sparc T5 chip being pulled into late 2012 from its original early 2013 delivery date. It now looks like Oracle needs a little more time to put the spit and polish on the Sparc T5.
Cloud storage exempt from Ninefold's uptime boost
Australian public cloud company Ninefold is claiming new levels of reliability and availability but still runs its cloud storage service from a single data centre.
Pirate Bay back online as PRQ raid target confirmed
The Pirate Bay is back online after nearly two days of downtime, which it blamed on power problems, not the raid against the Swedish hosting company PRQ that was set up by some of its founding members.
John Key accused of Dotcom ‘brain fade’
New Zealand opposition politicians believe they have a sniff of prime ministerial blood in the Kim Dotcom case, after PM John Key released the results of a review by that country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Oz gov to test ‘all renewable’ options
If you happen to be a data geek with an interest in renewable energy, it’s time to get busy on the download button: Australia’s federal government has released a raft of data that will form the basis of “100 percent renewable energy” scenario planning to be conducted by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).