29th > January > 2013 Archive

VMware's monster VM

VMware's growth stalls – layoffs coming, but so are new hires

VMware will lay off a little less than 7 per cent of its workforce and perform a bit of a restructuring in light of the fact that it expects some headwinds in the first half of 2013.

Pentagon plans massive surge in Cyber Command staff

The US military is planning a massive increase in the capabilities of its Cyber Command online-warfare department as it seeks to exert dominance over the digital battlefield.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013

UK's 2e2 goes titsup

Troubled integrator 2e2 Group has left a potentially devastating trail of debts in its wake after calling in the administrators to its UK ops.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013

Bipartisan Senate group proposes green cards for tech grads

Pigs were sighted flying over Washington DC on Sunday when a bipartisan group of eight US senators released an immigration reform plan that would, among other things, grant permanent-resident status to foreign nationals who receive advanced tech degrees from US universities.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2013

Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

Google has announced the target for its third Pwnium hacking contest, to be held at this year's CanSecWest security conference, with $3.14159m in prize money for the researchers who can successfully crack its Chrome OS operating system.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013

ITU signs off on H.265 video standard

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has signed off on High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), a video compression standard expected to succeed the wildly popular H.264.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2013

PayPal crawls after messaging glitches

PayPal has been hit by glitches that have in some cases confused users of the service so much they paid for the same item twice.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2013
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

Iran’s first monkey astronaut successfully completed its debut mission into space on Monday in what the Islamic republic said is a prelude to manned expeditions within the next few years.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Jan 2013

Berners-Lee says snoop law could see spies blackmail soldiers

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has declared government collection of data on citizens web surfing and telephony activities “a very bad idea” after outlining a scenario in which he feels national security could be compromised by caches of armed forces' members online activities.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2013

Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

Foreigners wishing to obtain a British passport will henceforth face a revamped citizenship test which "focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British".
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2013

Chinese Apple pirate Kuaiyong sets sail for rest of WORLD

Bad news for iOS application developers – Chinese language service Kuaiyong, which allows users to install pirated apps on their iDevices without jailbreaking them, is set to expand overseas with the launch of an English language version.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Jan 2013
North Korea map on Google Maps

Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

Google has announced comprehensive new mapping data on North Korea, enlisting a team of citizen cartographers to chart the country's gulags, nuclear facilities and golf courses.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Jan 2013

Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

The days of signing off an IT contract then kicking back and scoffing peanuts for the next three years are over.
Anna Leach, 29 Jan 2013

RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

RIM's once little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has outsold the latest iPad in Blighty's IT distribution channel, according to an analyst.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013

Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

New local TV services will be launching later this year, and Comux - the non-profit cooperative which promised to plough profits back into local TV - will manage the broadcasting.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2013

Oracle partners drool over juicy £750m ERP framework

Oracle channel partners are gearing up for a mega software and shared services framework worth up to £750m over three years via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013

Just too damn lazy to reach your phone? Pick up the remote

VidHTC's latest handset has a truly innovative feature, a remote control for those too lazy to reach out and pick up their increasingly oversized handset.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2013
Stanford's jet-noise simulation needed a milliion cores

Researchers break records with MILLION-CORE calculation

HPC blogStanford’s Engineering Center for Turbulence Research (SECTR) has claimed a new record in computer science by running a fluid dynamics problem using a code named CharLES that utilised more than one million cores in the hulking great IBM Sequoia at once.
Dan Olds, 29 Jan 2013

STEC this out: Flash biz bakes 2TB solid-state drives

Enterprise-grade flash maker STEC is bringing out two 2TB whoppers: an SAS SSD and a PCIe flash card.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2013

Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

Do you want your home broadband to work at the speed advertised by your ISP? Then set your alarm and log on at 4am, according to a new survey that tested connections speeds across the UK at different times.
Anna Leach, 29 Jan 2013

Nokia chucks another $250m at its mobile VC biz

Nokia is setting up a third investment fund, putting $250m on the table for its VC business to invest in mobile-related ventures. It has also announced the appointment of a new MD and principal in its brand-new offices in China, where it is looking to expand operations.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2013

Who ate all the Pis?

Verity Stob, 29 Jan 2013
Intel 335 240GB SSD

Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

Intel’s 520 and 330 range of 2.5in consumer SSDs are the product of its relationship with LSI SandForce. It's practically unheard of for Intel not to have a controller of its own but its reliance on SandForce has left it in the same boat as every other drive manufacturer using these controllers. Namely, they are all eagerly awaiting the next generation SF3xxx controller due sometime next year. For now, all these companies can do is tinker about with the firmware – if it’s custom written – or bring out drives using different NAND chips or chop prices as much as possible in relation to the latest drives.
Simon Crisp, 29 Jan 2013

Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

Troubled integrator 2e2 Group has let go 319 UK sales and admin staff and, to add insult to injury, their pay for last month is being withheld, sources claim.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013

Big biz, expensive beancounters write UK tax law, says senior MP

Corporate giants and accountancy firms hold too much sway over UK's tax law, according to the chairwoman of an influential parliamentary panel.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Jan 2013

Hackers squeeze through DVR hole, break into CCTV cameras

The digital video recorders of several CCTV video cameras are vulnerable to attacks that create a means for hackers to watch, copy or delete video streams, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2013

Seagate stuffs $40m into flash card shuffler Virident

Number two disk drive manufacturer Seagate reported adequate results for its second quarter and also 'fessed up to making a $40m investment in PCIe flash card maker Virident.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2013

Microsoft builds observatory to spy on Earthlings' spectrum

Microsoft has launched its first European Spectrum Observatory, joining research efforts in Redmond, Seattle and Washington to work out which airwaves might be empty enough to exploit better.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2013

Feds slurping your private data? But that's OUR job, says Google

Google has renewed calls for tougher safeguards to protect people's privacy online as the Feds come knocking for more emails and cloud-hosted files.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Jan 2013

Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

When Apple rolled out iOS 6.1, its first major update to iOS 6, yesterday, it introduced a series of bug fixes, software tweaks for iTunes and Siri and also added LTE support - but none of that was any use to the disconnected and discontented sufferers of a particular iPhone software flaw: greyed-out Wi-Fi.
Anna Leach, 29 Jan 2013

Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

ExclusiveFacebook is squirrelling away search results about its users' public events that could once be easily found through Google, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2013

Cisco unwraps Unified Access boxes in East London

Cisco took its life in its hands today by choosing the heart of East London to take the wraps off two shiny boxes to be sold under its Unified Access architecture banner.
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2013

United States of Dell: Biz follows HP's lead, parcels out power to regions

Dell has made a number of senior management changes as it devolves power from the centre of the European organisation back to country level, insiders have told The Channel.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
Disgo 9104 9.7in Android tablet

Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

Bow down before the might of the tablet. If you were unsure who is the master now, look no further than numbers from the UK wing of GfK, a market watcher which tracks over-the-counter sales.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2013

They didn't predict that: Astrologers! blamed! after! Yahoo! hack!

Weaknesses in cloud security and third-party code allowed a hacker to compromise Yahoo! systems last month, according to an analysis of the purported breach.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2013

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

UpdatedMicrosoft has unveiled its first attempt to seduce consumers into paying subscription pricing for its Office 365 package.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
Apple iPad with Retina Display

Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

Apple has slapped an extra 64GB - and a $100 price increase - on its fondleslab range to create the 128GB iPad. An announcement today from Cupertino confirms the device's existence after references to the hardware were found in the newly released iOS 6.1.
Anna Leach, 29 Jan 2013
Some network cables

NEC uncloaks freebie virtual switch for Hyper-V

Japanese server and switch provider NEC jumped out in front of other players in the market with an OpenFlow controller for managing forwarding tables and network workflow in virtualized switches, and now it has coded up its own virtual switch that runs inside of Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.

Apple regains 'el numero uno' market-value crown

Just a few short days ago, Apple slipped from its position as the world's most valuable company when oil giant ExxonMobil passed it in market capitalization. Well, it's back on top.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2013

UPnP scan shows 50 million network devices open to packet attack

Exploit research has found over 6,900 networked devices from 1,500 manufacturers that are open to attack because of a flawed use of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol, and IT managers and home users are being warned to check their networks for three major holes.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
Oracle Ellison Sparc T4 launch

Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?

AnalysisIt is hard to believe that three whole years have passed since software giant Oracle instantly became a systems player by snapping up beleaguered Sun Microsystems for a cool $7.4bn – about $5.6bn net of Sun's cash hoard.
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell buyout stalled by Microsoft, low takeover price?

The word making its way around Wall Street is that Michael Dell's plan to take the company that bears his name private through a leveraged buyout has stalled because of the competing interests of private equity firm Silver Lake, which is ponying up a big piece of the cash to do the deal, and current Dell shareholders who want more money.

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