8th > February > 2013 Archive
Teradata rides big data wave in Q4, does better than expected
Systems vendor Teradata is riding the twin waves of traditional data warehousing and new-fangled big data munching, and is doing a pretty good job positioning itself to stay relevant in an increasingly Hadoopy world.
LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks
The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 4.0, the latest version of the free software competitor to Microsoft Office that spun off from the OpenOffice.org effort in 2010, describing it as nothing less than "the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001."
Google Drives into web hosting
Google Drive has turned on a feature that lets the cloud storage service become a limited web host.
Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February
Ubuntu main man Mark Shuttleworth says plans are on track to produce smartphones running a mobile variant of the Ubuntu Linux OS by October 2013, but developers should be able to start working with the platform even sooner.
Motorola complaint against Microsoft narrowed
Google-owned Motorola has had its patent portfolio trimmed by a US judge in its ongoing battle with Microsoft.
Facebook glitch briefly crashes several sites
Facebook Connect, the single sign-on tool Facebook uses to allow its accounts to serve as logins to other online services, has experienced a glitch that froze users out of many popular websites and sent them to an error message.
Shatners talks space, acting with fellow Canuck on ISS
William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, has been chatting with fellow Canadian Chris Hadfield, who is about to take over as the commander of the International Space Station.
TDD LTE gaining momentum in 4G push, says ZTE
The Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) flavour of LTE will face increasing competition in favour of Time Division Duplexing (TDD), according to Chinese telecoms infrastructure giant ZTE.
Electric cars stall in USA, Australia
Better Place, the electric car outfit founded by spurned SAP CEO aspirant Shai Agassi, has walked away from projects in the USA and Australia, to “focus on delivering on its strategy in Denmark and Israel, where the complete infrastructure is in place and commercial operations are fully underway,”
Taiwan's Polytron promises see-through phones
Taiwanese manufacturer Polytron has showed a prototype of a transparent smartphone and thinks they could reach the market by year's end.
Good news! UK IT jobs up. Bad news? They're with a bunch of bankers
Cockle-warming stats from the UK jobs market show that job openings for techies went up at the end of 2012 and that opportunities in the well-paying financial IT sector rose for the first time in six months.
EU: We'll force power plants, Apple and pals to admit hack attacks
Power stations, banks, online shops, cloud providers, search engines, app stores, social networks and governments may soon be required by law to disclose ALL major security breaches.
Quantum backs up 156TB backup box over EMC's back lawn
Quantum has introduced its second-largest deduplicating hard-drive array the DXi6800, and refreshed its top-end tape library.
Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price
BT's latest phone, the BT6500, can prevent spammers from getting through to the harassed householder, forwarding them to an integrated answerphone - so BT still gets paid, of course.
NetApp fattens up FAS array beasts to flog to data ranchers
The storage desk at El Reg has learnt NetApp has a high-end FAS6200/V6200 array refresh coming.
'You get burned out on Facebook after a while'
QuotwThis was the week when Americans came right out and told Pew Research Center what we've all been thinking about Facebook: that sh*t gets old.
Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip
A Tennessee born-again Christian has quit his job after receiving a wage slip marked "666" despite previously warning his employers of a serious aversion to the Number of the Beast.
Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday
Microsoft has lined up a bumper Patch Tuesday this month to snap shut a backbreaking 57 security vulnerabilities in its products.
JBoss is juicy, but Vert.x could bring sexy back to Red Hat
Seven years after Red Hat snatched JBoss out from under Larry Ellison’s nose, the enterprise Linux distributor is continuing to squeeze the juice from the open-source application server.
Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I love it when I read or hear the phrase “Print is dead”. Idiocy is so enthralling. I am fascinated by people who can shamelessly proclaim their own ignorance in public with such determination.
Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies
The good burghers of the Japanese town of Okuizumo have suggested a giant replica of Michelangelo's David might do well to slip on some underpants, lest kiddies are left traumatised by an eyeful of the "big and unexpected" statue.
About to outsource your IT? Read this first
Whenever a major service provider runs into financial difficulties it is undoubtedly an extremely unsettling period, not least for the workforce, customers and management.
Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity
Game TheoryThe first few months of the year are, as ever, a time for the public and publishers alike to draw breath after the Christmas frenzy. Only a handful of full-price games launch, giving gamers time to catch a breath and ponder what they’ll spend their money on in the year to come. That said, this period is already clocking up casualties and controversies. And no more so than at the now defunct THQ.
Adobe muzzles TWO zero-day wild things with emergency Flash patches
UpdatedAdobe published a critical Flash Player update on Thursday that fixes not just one but two zero-day flaws, both under active attack by hackers.
Blighty evades Fujitsu's staff-slashing samurai sword
Fujitsu's workers in UK and Ireland will be spared the axe after the global tech corp prepared to lay off 5,000 employees. British and Irish staff will avoid the redundancies because they met sales and profits expectations.
Eyes in the sky: UK.gov's CCTV code to IGNORE MILLIONS of cameras
The coalition government, keen to avoid being seen in the same light as the database and snooping-obsessed previous Labour administration, has issued a draft code of practice that it claims "introduces a philosophy of surveillance by consent".
'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout
According to reports, Dell's largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, is not keen on the $24.4bn buyout bid, and it's not the only one.
El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa
As regular readers know, we at the SPB are tireless in our pursuit of culinary excellence, and many of you share our penchant for gourmet grub, including the pinnacle of pork perfection that is the bacon sarnie.
11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks
A Trojan that promises RuneScape players gold but instead steals their passwords was developed by an 11-year-old, researchers claim.
'Depression-era grandma' Apple responds to bolshy investor
Apple has taken the unusual step of publicly responding to a complaint from a shareholder who compared the company to his cash-hoarding grandmother.
Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app
Elfin Icelandic singer and educator Björk has had to cancel a Kickstarter project to get her music and science app suite Biophilia ported from iOS to Android and Windows 8.
2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'
NHS trusts and other customers of IT giant 2e2 are stuck between a "rock and a hard place" after their worst nightmares of cloud computing came true.
Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch
Microsoft’s super-select, invitation-only Surface Pro launch event in New York has been cancelled thanks to a big fish.
Boffins find RAT-SIZED bug-muncher links man to beast
The missing link between man and beast is a ancient rat-like creature that preceded all placental mammals - a group that encompasses both whales and humans.
The business mullet: Cool or tool?
Open ... and ShutSilicon Valley is notoriously casual in its dress and business demeanor. In a culture that celebrates every day as Casual Friday, it's hard to get the tech crowd to dress up.
BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed
The BBC Trust has approved a year-long trial project to show all programmes on iPlayer first. Some 40 hours of content across all genres will be made available online ahead of its TV broadcast, technically making every transmission a repeat.
George Bush's family emails, pics ransacked - and spewed online
A hacker put personal photos of George H W Bush online this week after reportedly breaking into the former US president's family email accounts.
Atomic Weapons Establishment ditches 2e2 in funding row
Stricken integrator 2e2's administrator has confirmed in a letter to staff that the Atomic Weapons Establishment, one of its data centre customers, walked after it was asked to pay thousands of pounds to keep the server farm up and running.
Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on
EBooks published by Macmillan will become cheaper as of today, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ), announcing that the publisher has agreed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.
LinkedIn proves not all social IPOs were bubbly
While IPO investors in Facebook, Groupon, and Zynga are still losing money on their investments, shares in LinkedIn rose nearly 20 per cent in trading after the company released good fourth quarter and year-end results.
Google to splurge $82m for exclusive airport exec enclave
A plan by Google and British partner Signature Aviation to build a private airport terminal for the executive jet-set has received strong backing from local officials and looks likely to get approval.
Google exec defends search snooping, location tracking
Google may store your search history and know where you are, but unless you've been searching for tips on how to suffocate someone, your privacy is secure. How do we know? Because according to Google's Chief Technology Advocate Michael Jones, "We're nice people as well as business people."
Intel stuffs more dough down Big Switch Network's trousers
Intel has come in late in the Series B round of funding for SDN upstart Big Switch Networks, and has crammed another $6.5m into its pockets.
HP clamps down on student labor in Chinese factories
HP has issued new employment guidelines for its supply chain partners in China, in response to what it describes as "the significant increase in the use of student and dispatch workers" in manufacturing facilities across the country.
Remember that Xeon E7-Itanium convergence? FUHGEDDABOUDIT
If you are an Itanium shop and you were hoping for a big upgrade in performance with the future "Kittson" Itanium processors around two years from now, it looks like you can forget it. It ain't gonna happen – and you can also delete from your memory the idea of a common socket for Xeons and Itaniums.