13th > December > 2012 Archive
Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%
Windows might still be the dominant desktop computing OS by a large margin, but Microsoft is in danger of becoming a small player in today's global computing market, according to a new report from financial bigwigs Goldman Sachs.
John McAfee on a plane to America
Antiviral fugitive John McAfee is on his way to the USA, after Guatemala booted him out.
Hubble takes furthest peep back into universe's history
The Hubble space telescope has taken its longest look back into the beginnings of the universe and found seven galaxies formed less than 600 million years after the Big Bang, including one that may be the earlest ever seen.
Juniper snaps up SDN startup before it even uncloaks
Struggling switch and router supplier Juniper Networks, smacked around in the hardware business by a recovering Cisco Systems and surrounded by a bunch of upstarts who want to virtualize networks and thereby suck all the profits out of hardware, is fighting back by acquiring Contrail Systems.
Andromeda home to micro-quasar
The National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory has spotted an X-ray source in Andromeda, 2.5 million light-years distant, that it’s tagged as a “micro-quasar” and says is the first discovered beyond the Milky Way.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'
Jobs and career community website Glassdoor has named Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer its "most improved tech CEO" for 2012, though judging by the numbers it's a dubious honor, to say the least.
Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY
Ticket machines on London buses are set to accept pay-by-tap credit and debit cards from today, it has been announced. The capital's Underground system is expected to follow suit sometime later, wirelessly siphoning cash from commuters and bypassing the Oyster card system.
Australian State launches IBM probe
IBM's dealings with the Australian state of Queensland will be the subject of an inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission, after an SAP-based payroll system implemented in part by big blue failed so badly returning it to working order is expected to cost $AUD245m, with the whole project costing $AUD1.25bn.
Pure Storage to VDI players: Flash array trounces the platter
Pure Storage has announced its FlashArray is ready and waiting to accelerate virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) applications at scale, ready to support thousands of skinny and full-fat desktops. It also join the rest of the flash start-up brigade - Greenbytes, Nimble Storage, Tintri, Tegile, Violin Memory and Whiptail - in saying flash acceleration makes VDI at scale possible, desirable, and compelling. What are you waiting for? Rip and replace those horrible desktop PCs with virtual ones.
2012: A generation-spanning year for gaming
This year has been arguably the most important year for the videogames industry in a long time. Not only did we see Sony take a final punt at the handheld market with the PS Vita - a move it may well now be regretting - but 2012 also saw Nintendo usher in the next generation of gaming with the Wii U. Sure, the Wii U may not be a graphical leap forward, but in terms of function - and definition - it certainly is.
LOHAN fabricates full-fat fantastical flying truss
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has bounced back from the recent loss of our heroic playmonaut and the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, and is busy advancing our audacious spaceplane project on various fronts.
Atmos: Give us your tired, your poor... Heck, our cloud will even take that S3 app
EMC has launched a hat-trick of Atmos updates: new hardware, new software and new interfaces. The system holds 33 per cent more data, chews through it more quickly and provides more and faster ways of getting to it. Potential customers can try Atmos software out using a virtual edition running on any VMware-certified storage.
Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby
C++ 11 is “far better than previous versions”, says the inventor of the language Bjarne Stroustrup. He was speaking at an online event marking the launch of Embarcadero's C++ Builder XE3, a rapid application tool targeting Windows and Mac OS X.
Hacking bazaar ExploitHub gets hacked, database leaked
Online boutique ExploitHub, which sells code to attack software security holes, has been plundered by hackers. A database snaffled from the marketplace was dumped online as proof of the raid.
Delegates launch dawn spitball raid in battle for INTERNET DOMINATION
WCIT2012As night turned into morning, events took a turn for the strange at the ITU conference, with a vote which wasn't a vote, a resolution which wasn't resolved and an indecent proposal from Russia wielded as a threat.
Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death
Google's maps app for iPhones, iPads and iPods is back less than three months after Apple booted it out of the iOS platform.
Free HPC cluster to good home
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Punters rate Apple, Samsung more highly than ever
Are we all becoming fanboys? If you broaden the term beyond those who favour Apple products to encompass folk keen on Samsung kit, the answer appears to be yes.
Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has dismissed criticism over how little corporation tax his company pays, saying it's just capitalism.
It pays to study the habits of your email users
How many email messages do you receive in the average working day: 20? 30? 50? More? And what volume of email have you accumulated over the past year: half a gig, a gig, two gigs?
BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish
Some of the telcos which depend on BT's network to offer broadband services to their customers have been reporting a major outage affecting thousands of people in the North of England, Northern Ireland and the two biggest cities in Scotland.
In a mobile data eating contest, Brits would win - Ofcom
Brits like to splurge more on the internet than any other major country, according to regulator Ofcom.
Apple and Samsung mobile monsters: 'We only eat RAW CASH'
Open ... and ShutFor years, Apple dominated mobile industry profits, charging a premium for tightly integrated hardware-to-software-to-data centre mobile solutions. It turns out, however, that this magical formula for industry profits can be replicated, as Samsung is showing. It's also increasingly clear that it isn't cheap.
Big Data storage of the future: Fat spinning tubs smothered in NVRAM gravy
Jean-Luc Chatelain, EVP of one of the major high capacity storage firms, says he sees storage tiers collapsing, leaving only server non volatile memory (NVRAM) and massively fat spinning data tubs of up to 64TB and rendering tape irrelevant. But how do we get to this point?
UK taxpayers spunk £8m on lubing civil servants for data release
Millions of pounds in taxpayers' cash will be spent on encouraging civil servants to reveal more facts and figures about the government's activities to the private sector.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK
A pal of mine suggested a short while back that it might be fun to obtain the blueprints for Sinclair Research’s ZX Spectrum and have a batch built up to sell to fans of retro computing. It’s a good job this plan never made it out of the pub: the dear old Speccy would have immediately fallen foul of modern electromagnetic radiation interference regulations.
Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre
After a long delay, the Ministry of Fun has finally signed off the first BT broadband cabinet - supported by BDUK funds - to deliver download speeds of up to 80Mbit/s to residents in a North Yorkshire village.
Avnet Technology Solutions in UK revamp
Avnet Technology Solutions is proposing to work with fewer channel customers which buy opportunistically, and throw its support instead behind those that want a "strategic relationship".
Win7 hotspot hackers kick-funded - now they're network bondage pros
Having raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter, the Windows network bonding application has gone professional, with a professional price which will only appeal to those desperate to combine internet connections.
Shiny new UK.gov stats website a 'disaster' - MPs
The official website designed to give the British public access to government statistics has been branded a "disaster" by MPs.
FCC: Kids, here's 100MHz of radio spectrum - but you have to share
US regulator the FCC will hand over another 100MHz of radio spectrum to unlicensed wireless users, just as long as they let someone know they're using it, as the White Space expands to fill every gap.
Dixons and Microsoft haggling over Surface RT Ts&Cs
Dixons Retail is currently thrashing out the terms and conditions to flog Microsoft's seemingly little loved Surface RT slab.
Three little words stall UN's 'bid for INTERNET DOMINATION'
WCIT2012Time is running out for the world to agree on a new ITU treaty, which will define how countries communicate electronically with each other. The daylight is failing and three words still present immovable barriers to consensus - unless the chairman can magic them away. Meanwhile, voting guidelines are starting to circulate.
Flash makes servers go with a Bang, benchmarks show
Flash arrays have enabled Dell and Fujitsu server iron to boast brilliant VMmark results.
Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit
A jury in the US District Court in Delaware has ruled that Apple infringed on three patents owned by MobileMedia Ideas LLC of Chevy Chase, MD.
US sides with UK, walks away from sticky WCIT treaty
America has stated that it won't be signing the new ITU treaty after the text was pushed though on a forced vote, with the UK being the first of many to agree that the final text is not acceptable.
Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app
Less than a day after its release, Google's Maps app has become the most popular download in the iTunes store.
TPC kicks out quick-and-dirty virty server test
For the past two and a half years, the members of the Transaction Processing Council consortium, which creates and audits transaction processing and data warehousing benchmarks for systems, has been working on a virtualization benchmark. The new test, called TPC-VMS, has finally made it out of committee and is ready for use.
Couchbase adds JSON docs, geo replication to NoSQL
Couchbase, one of the emerging providers of NoSQL databases (or data stores) for modern web applications, is cranking up and pushing out a new release, taking on rival 10gen's MongoDB for the hearts, minds, and money of web startups looking for ways to hold, dice, and slice large amounts of data.
Facebook ditches mobile HTML with native Android app
UpdatedFour months after Facebook infamously switched its iOS mobile app from an HTML-based app to a native one, the social network has followed suit with a native app for Android, completing its transition away from web-based mobile development.
Cassini spots Titan ‘mini-Nile’
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of what the space agency says is “the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth”.
File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota mother of four facing a $220,000 fine for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs, has petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear her case.
Yet another eavesdrop vulnerability in Cisco phones
A university student presenting at the Amphion Forum has demonstrated turning a Cisco VoIP phone into a listening device, even when it’s on the hook.
Apple debuts detailed failure gauge page
Apple has quietly unveiled a more detailed way for users to check on the health of its various and sundry iServices.
US Immigration service won't drop BlackBerry after all
In a surprising about-face, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it will test-drive Research in Motion's new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January, having earlier said that it planned to drop RIM's platform in favor of iOS.