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SGI losses widen, but revenue bumps up
Hyperscale server and supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics is still chewing through a pile of ICE X cluster low-margin deals – what company top brass call LMDs, a weapon of profit destruction that their predecessors allowed – which whacked profits in the quarter ended in September.
RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi
RISC OS, the operating system with its roots in Acorn's 1987 Archimedes micro and therefore the birth of the ARM processor architecture, has been released for the Raspberry Pi.
Kim Dotcom's new Mega site barred by Gabon
The government of Gabon has thrown a wrench in internet tycoon Kim Dotcom's plans to launch a new version of his Megaupload file-sharing site by suspending his domain name registration in that country, citing intellectual property concerns.
Who needs flying cars when we can robotically sort Skittles?
VideoOne of life's most vexing chores has finally been roboticized: sorting those delectable candy pellets, Skittles, by color.
Pandora sues publishers over online music royalties
Internet radio station Pandora has gone to court to try and get a better royalty deal from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP.)
Bangor University touts 20 Gbps access tech
A UK university is claiming front-runner status in the development of next-generation optical access networks using optical OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) technology.
Rackspace sales and profits pop in Q3
The cloud computing wave and the goodwill and technical expertise that Rackspace Hosting has attained through its founding of the OpenStack cloud control freak, more than two years ago, are helping to puff up the company's finances.
Boffins foul VM sandboxes with CPU-sniffing hack
So much for your sandbox US researchers at RSA, the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina have used a malicious virtual machine to extract a cryptographic key from another virtual machine running on the same hardware.
HIV vaccine safe for Phase II human trials
Researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Canada's University of Western Ontario have issued a statement saying the first phase of clinical trials of an HIV vaccine have produced “no adverse effects observed including local reactions, signs/symptoms and laboratory toxicities”.
Optus to shutter Unwired
Optus has written to customers of fixed-wireless-only ISP Unwired, advising them the company's network will be closed as of February 28, 2013, and offering them alternatives in the form of 3G and 4G wireless broadband plans.
Kyocera boffins make on-screen buttons feel real
Japanese electronics-maker Kyocera has been showing off new touchscreen tech designed to make typing keys and other elements on a smartphone or tablet display feel like the real thing.
Google Search and Maps take a pounding in China
Google is sinking without a trace in China, according to market-watchers who now place it fourth in the domestic search market and claim its Maps service tumbled to sixth position after a near double figures percentage decline.
Torvalds: I want to be nice, and curse less, but it's just not in me
NVIDIA, gnomes and people working on Linux distro security – these are just some of those who’ve felt the wrath of kernel kingpin Linus Torvalds.
Smartphones eclipse laptops as top WiFi hogs
Two out of five devices using public Wi-Fi networks are smartphones according to new figures. Laptops nipped in just below, accounting for 39 per cent of connected computers, tablets lag behind at 17 per cent, and the rest are unidentified.
I, for one, would like to welcome our Android overlord
Open ... and ShutIn case the barrage of lawsuits didn't clue us in, IDC's recent report showcasing an avalanche of Android phones must. Android accounted for 75 per cent of all smartphones sold in the last three months. That's serious domination, but we didn't need to wait for IDC to tell us about it. All the trends point to Android's dominance.
Google's UK grip slips a bit, brutal dominance basically unshaken
Google's share of the UK search market has fallen below 90 per cent for the first time in five years, but only by 1.41 per cent.
NetApp offers middleweight refreshments
NetApp has refreshed its three mid-range FAS arrays, giving customers two models with speed and capacity increases and perhaps leaving room for a future top-end 3200.
WTF is... RF-MEMS?
FeatureSmartphones nowadays come with big screens, megapixel-packed cameras and, thanks to apps, many, many more features than anyone could have dreamed of in the early days of mobile telephony. It has even reached the stage where making telephone calls is just one small part of a modern phone. And yet the need to support all the radio technologies punters expect to be able to use, for voice and for data, ensures that wireless communications is still the hardest part of a phone’s design to get right.
Phone lacking NFC pay-by-bonk tech? It can go on a SIM
Inside Secure has finally announced the NFC SIM technology demonstrated a year ago, potentially adding ticketing and payments to any mobile phone, only without the other cool stuff NFC can do.
Prudential cops £50k ICO slap for giving customer's life savings away
Insurance firm Prudential has been slapped with a £50,000 fine for merging the accounts of two customers' accounts with the same name and date of birth and not bothering to fix the situation when the customers complained.
Intel in Flash flush, offers 'smoother' fresh jobbie to data centre bods
Intel has replaced its data centre-class 710 SSD - and its poor write performance - with a DC S3700 that reads twice as fast and writes 15 times faster.
Telefonica stirs up clouds, offers steaming mug of Instant Servers
Telefonica Digital has launched a cloud service from servers in Madrid and London, using kit from Joyent and promising faster scalability and greater reliability than the competition.
Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins
NSFWThe Polish tentacle of the Catholic church is less than impressed with a local coffin-making outfit which punts its wares by draping disrobed women across its caskets.
Fujitsu hugs SAP, says it's all about solutions now
Fujitsu Forum 2012 Fujitsu Technology Solutions insisted its integration into its parent company and parallel global expansion was on track this week as it kicked off its European user forum minus CEO Rolf Schwirz, who left the firm on Halloween.
Xbox SmartGlass comes to iOS
The iOS version of Xbox SmartGlass hit the App Store this week, bringing Microsoft's advanced remote console controllability to those with Apple devices a week after the release of the Android version.
BBC argues it is not bound by FOIA in bid to keep Climate 28 secret
AnalysisBBC lawyers are insisting the law treats the public-funded broadcaster as a private body in a battle to resist a Freedom of Information request.
GCHQ lines up BAE and pals for 'Cyber Incident Response'
Eavesdropping spook base GCHQ is drawing up a list of companies that can help power stations, banks and other crucial UK organisations fend off and recover from hacking attacks.
Theresa May DDoS case: Man cuffed by eCops
A man has been arrested in Stoke-on-Trent by police investigating a DDoS attack on Theresa May's website and the Home Office website in June.
Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen
Monitoris an occasional column written at the crossroads where the arts, popular culture and technology intersect. In this first instalment, we look back at the BBC’s IT-themed Bird of Prey, a four-part conspiracy thriller “for the electronic age” and cult geek favourite.
Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013
Microsoft’s Instant Messenger will be sacrificed for Skype by the end of March 2013, it has finally emerged.
Comet staff should be for life, not just for Christmas
Dixons Retail is throwing a lifeline to beleaguered Comet staff awaiting the arrival of their P45s by offering some of them seasonal work in its PC World and Currys stores over the peak Christmas season.
Microsoft mulls 'Xbox Surface' slate for games
Microsoft wants to release a 7in gaming tablet, with hardware planning for an "Xbox Surface" already in the works, sources claim.
The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE
Certain regulatory mechanisms in genes are all that's stopping the human race from turning into monkeys, boffins have found.
Fujitsu guru: Win 8 will triumph. And we'll have brain plugs in 2027
Fujitsu's CTO made a series of fantastical projections on Tuesday, including ditching Google Goggles for direct brain implants and the end-to-end success of Windows 8 in the enterprise.
Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told
Apple must pay software biz VirnetX $368m after a court ruled FaceTime video calls infringed VirnetX's patents.
Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming
Virgin Media has launched TV Anywhere, a service which lets its cable telly subscribers view content on a laptop, tablet or smartphone over a Wi-Fi connection.
UK prosecutors, cops ponder new probe into NASA hacker McKinnon
UK criminal prosecution lawyers will meet cops this month to decide whether or not to open a new investigation into Pentagon-hacking Brit Gary McKinnon.
2.5 million trades a DAY: How ISE admins became Puppet masters
Sysadmin blogThe International Securities Exchange (ISE) has just completed the first phase of a Puppet Enterprise deployment. Their approach and the lessons they have learned are a teaching tool for all of us. Even in the cases where two organisations seek to accomplish the same task with the same product, the rationale and methodology can be radically divergent.
Juniper in shock dump of biggest supplier
Juniper Networks has dumped its biggest manufacturer Plexus from a huge contract to make switches and network gear.
Fallen flash star STEC sputters: We're cutting our OEM losses
STEC, the once high-flying Fibre Chanel SSD start-up star, is still losing millions, although not as many as before. Its third 2012 quarter numbers show revenues up sequentially.
Adobe spurts spackle* into Flash's gaping holes
Adobe has updated its Flash Player software ahead of schedule to head off crooks exploiting critical vulnerabilities uncovered in the product. The flaws were reported by Google's security team.
Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest
Apple has moved to add Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 and, unusually, the Google-built Android OS Jelly Bean which runs on the phone to an existing patent lawsuit in the US.
President Obama declares VICTORY over JUSTIN BIEBER
President Obama beat out Justin Bieber today to become the tweeter with the most retweeted tweet in the history of the internet.
Bald? Looking old before your time? Don't panic, but you might DIE
If you look old, wrinkly, fat-eyed and bald, you might die from heart disease, doctors who spent years researching the matter have said.
Big Data and analytics: Reg survey crunches the numbers
Every IT professional understands that relational databases play an important role in most organisations. Indeed, the previous article in this series highlighted that such repositories are used to hold business critical data in many organisations. Such “traditional platforms” are not only widely deployed, they are also well understood, something that cannot be said for a number of more recent additions to information management armouries (Figure 1).
Flooded inboxes derail New Jersey vote-by-email scheme
New Jersey's well-intentioned plans to allow voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote by email or fax in the presidential elections on Tuesday predictably went awry.
Pixar names HQ after Steve Jobs
Pixar, the computer animation company founded by George Lucas and sold to Steve Jobs - who later sold his company to Disney, as George has just done with his - has renamed its main office block after its rescuer.
AT&T spaffs another $14bn on 4G cellular and fibre
AT&T will spend an additional $14bn over the next three years rolling out cellular and fibre optic infrastructure, accelerating deployment plans for both 4G and fixed internet connections.
Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report
Microsoft still hasn't made any official announcements regarding when it will be debuting Office Mobile apps for Google and Apple slabs and devices, but it has been reported that versions of the software will be released in early 2013.
Apple screen maker preps 'retina' iPad Mini panel, pants reporter
Chinese-language website Do News has claimed that screen maker AUO is even now working on a “retina” display for the next-generation iPad Mini. But the site does itself no favours by alleging the panel will have a pixel density of a massive, unprecedented 497ppi.
CSC pops its cork after slashing costs faster than expected
The CEO at lumbering integrator CSC says its turnaround strategy is ahead of schedule despite a sales blemish on an otherwise improved set of fiscal Q2 numbers.
Lenovo ships first US-designed server
Sino-American server maker Lenovo Group established its Enterprise Product Group last week to design servers for itself and for OEM partners like EMC, and now the first product designed by EPG – the ThinkServer TD330. No, it is not a funky box aimed at hyperscale data centers, but a low-cost Xeon E5 tower server aimed at SMBs.
Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m
Global financial services firm Morgan Stanley is trying to get its name removed from the securities case of a New Jersey widow who lost her life savings in the Facebook IPOcalypse.
'iPhone 5 is so easily scratched we just can't get them out the door'
Foxconn boss Terry Gou has said that the iPhone 5 is tricky to make and that he is shipping out "far fewer" than Apple has asked for.
Boffins splash fluids on special soggy biscuits in anti-flood demo
Chinese boffins from Beijing’s "Silicon Valley" are showing off innovative anti-flood technology – bricks that actually let the water in.
Sprint snags spectrum, and customers, from US Cellular
Sprint has bought 585,000 customers of US Cellular, but most of the $480m cash wad it will hand over to the wireless operator is for two chunks of radio spectrum that will enable Sprint to roll out LTE in previously unserved markets.
Hitachi offers to cram 300TB of hardness into your array tray
Hitachi Data Systems has announced a flash storage tray for Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays, utilising its own in-house developed flash controller.
Microsoft boasts of Big Data chops for in-memory SQL
Microsoft claims that new in-memory data processing capabilities in the next build of SQL will improve performance by a factor of fifty compared to current speeds.
AMD shutters German Linux lab, gives devs the axe
UpdatedStruggling chipmaker AMD has shut down its Dresden, Germany-based Operating System Research Center (OSRC), handing pink slips to most of its Linux kernel developers in the process.