28th > February > 2013 Archive
SGI rejigs financing ahead of possible asset sale
Supercomputer and dense-pack server maker Silicon Graphics has rejiggered its credit facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance ahead of a possible sale of intellectual property or other assets.
Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'
One of the duties of a modern CEO is to offer as little detail as possible during investors' meetings, and Apple's headman Tim Cook has proved himself a Jedi master of snooze-inducing vapidity.
Big Data tools cost too much, do too little
Strata 2013Hadoop and NoSQL are the technologies of choice among the web cognoscenti, but one developer and technical author says they are being adopted too enthusiastically by some companies when good 'ol SQL approaches could work just as well.
Super-fast super-massive black hole spins at nearly light-speed
NuStar – the X-ray telescope launched by NASA last year – is turning in its first science with measurements revealing that the outer edges of the NGC 1365 black hole are spinning at 84 percent of light-speed or more.
German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp
Hydrogen is one of the cleanest-burning fuels known, but storing and transporting it can be a problem – as anyone who's seen footage of the Hindenburg disaster knows. But researchers at Germany's University of Rostock say they've come up with a solution that could make hydrogen fuel safe and practical, by storing it as liquid methanol.
Larry Ellison buys airline
Oracle boss Larry Ellison's passion for investing in Hawaii has seen him acquire local airline Island Air.
Jimmy Wales: 'I'm Wikipedia's monarch'
RSA 2013The RSA conference usually has some off-topic keynotes at the end of the day and this year was no exception, with Jimbo Wales popping in to explain how the UK's Royal Family aren't the only Wales' to wear a crown.
NetApp's FlashRay to zap Symmetrix with fibre channel
What if an enterprise storage vendor launched a new array and didn't tell anyone how it would connect to the outside world?
Intel beckons SMBs aboard Big Data bandwagon
Cutting edge Big Data projects might seem the sole preserve of big name multinationals and government organisations but the democratisation of these next gen analytics capabilities is coming soon to an SMB near you, according to Intel.
Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62
In yet another sign of the continued supremacy - for the moment at least - of humanity over its machines, reports are coming in that a duo of powerful police robots has been bested in combat by an elderly American man who was "heavily intoxicated" at the time after the "strategic" enforcement machines attempted to storm his dwelling.
Google builds web games using Chrome on mobes as controller
Google has released a Chrome Experiment, titled Chrome Super Sync Sports, that turns mobile devices into controllers for games in which the action takes place on a PC’s screen.
First, servers were DEEP-FRIED... now, boffins bring you WET ones
We've seen quite a few innovative engineers who have tried to bring down data centre cooling costs, including this mad crowd who dunked theirs in a deep fryer... Now boffins at Leeds University and British start-up Icetope have invented a super cooling liquid that could create a new generation of "wet servers". They say it could cut the cooling costs of the world's server farms by 97 per cent.
GSMA: Help us, OneAPI proxy, you're our only hope
Continuing the fight against OTT players, mobile operators' group the GSMA has launched the OneAPI Exchange, a moderated proxy providing access to OneAPI functions across operators that are too lazy and uninterested to implement the standard properly.
Emulex eats 87% of Endace for Ethernet examinations
Emulex has acquired ownership of 89 per cent of New Zealand-based Ethernet network traffic analysis company Endace. One of the 11 per cent holdouts is an Elliott Management subsidiary which also holds Emulex shares. It wants Emulex to stop spending on acquisitions and slip a few greenbacks into shareholders' wallets.
So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone
MWC 2013I came to Barcelona to take the pulse of Windows Phone - which I’ll confess I've grown to like quite a bit - I came away trying to make sense of the following paradox.
EMC intros self-service VMAX CE for cloud-slingers
In May last year EMC rolled out a VMAX for service providers, the VMAX SP. Now we have its successor, VMAX Cloud Edition, which provides tenant self-service provisioning and pre-organised storage service classes to make life easier for cloud storage slingers. The upgrade provides a new payment model, too.
4G, quad-core, pah. Now connect the next billion bods to mobile web
MWC 2013Phones are here, there and everywhere - but there is a need to drive down costs to connect the next billion or so people to the world of mobile internet.
Apple assimilates France, Sweden and pals into iCloud
Finnish, Belgian and Cypriot fanbois are among a group of European and Nordic Apple users who woke up today to find themselves able to share films with iCloud. The cloudy service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your Apple kit, allows users to access their previously purchased movies and music. If they purchased it from the fruity Store, of course.
Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade
Year-on-year sales of recorded music have risen for the first time since 1999, albeit by a smidgen, according to industry stats.
Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars
A new organisation led by Dennis Tito - the world's first space tourist - wants to send an older couple on an all-expenses-paid 501-day trip to Mars.
Upstart Aerospoke flings NoSQL ninja star into data-centre rings
A NoSQL startup is upping its game with a feature update allowing biz types to share data across multiple data centres.
25% of Groupon share value WIPED OUT after rates slashed
Groupon lost a quarter of its market value yesterday after it admitted it was taking a smaller cut of revenue on its coupons to keep retailers interested.
Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware
Malware has infected a Russian police computer network, knackering speed cameras in and around Moscow, according to reports.
Air-to-ground rocket men flog top-secret mobe-crypto to Brad in accounts
MWC 2013Don’t believe what you see at the cinema - James Bond doesn’t use a Sony mobile. Today’s British spies are kitted out with a BlackBerry for email and a Motorola for voice. The Motorolas use a protocol called Sectéra for scrambling which comes from General Dynamics, which does stuff for the US military, including system integration.
HP: We will never sell 100 per cent through the channel
HP's EMEA boss Peter Ryan can't foresee a time when it will sell entirely through the channel but has "no problem" if the level of business transacted directly with the customer shrinks considerably.
Spectra: Tape is dead? We installed 550PB of the stuff in 6 months
Tape library vendor SpectraLogic says it installed 550PB of tape library capacity in the second half of 2012 and reports that its revenues, led by rising T-Finity library sales, for that six months were up 9 per cent compared to a year ago.
Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)
Dot-uk registry Nominet has rejected its plan to offer shorter domain names - such as theregister.uk - to British businesses after a three-month consultation process ended in utter confusion.
Mobile tech bods beg devs: C'mon, where's that KILLER app?
MWC 2013The overriding theme among technologies being showcased at Mobile World Congress this year was their reliance on you lot - developers young and old - to create the killer applications they need to achieve commercial success.
Mobe networks test-drive punter-tracking kit to sling 'better' ads
MWC 2013Mobile network operators are already storing your browsing data for a year to better target advertising and optimise the network. But is that any worse than Google harvesting the same thing?
Stargazers spot first-ever planet forming in dusty disc
An international team of astronomers has spotted what appears to be the first sighting of a planet being born from stellar debris, possibly confirming theories about the origins of the Solar System
Not so fast with the bubbly, Capita: IT Services has bad economic wind
Capita IT Services unit continues to face an economic headwind with top-line growth stalling in calendar 2012.
Micron whips out new SSD, runs to data centre, yells: I'm GOING IN
Micron is going deeper into enterprise data centre SSD arena with its launch of a SAS version of its P400M SATA interface solid state disk. The mixture is pretty much as before - apart from the 6-gig SAS interface.
Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites
A High Court judge ruled today that Britain's six biggest telecoms providers should block three BitTorrent tracker websites - one of which is allegedly fronted by Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Swartholm Warg.
ParAccel plugs SQL queries into its analytics engine
Strata 2013Amazon-blessed database company ParAccel has layered an analysis suite for SQL users on top of its technology.
Chinese Army: US hacks us so much, I'm amazed you can read this
Two Chinese military websites - including the Defence Ministry - are routinely subjected to thousands of hacking attacks every month, the majority of which can be traced based to the US, Chinese authorities alleged this week.
Wikileaker Bradley Manning pleads not guilty to 'aiding the enemy'
After over 1,000 days of solitary confinement in a military prison, Private First Class Bradley Manning finally got his day in court, and he pleaded not guilty to the most serious charge brought against him.
CloudBees in PaaS THREESOME with Cloud Foundry tie-up
Promiscuous Java-lover CloudBees has integrated its platform-as-a-service with VMware's Cloud Foundry, giving developers a simple way to use Jenkins continuous integration with VMware's well-developed PaaS.
Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5
A slip-up in the implementation of HTML5 on Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer can be exploited to fill users’ hard drives, according to a 22-year-old Web developer from Stanford.
SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay
Shell companies that threaten legal action over patent infringement without actually producing anything themselves could be driven out of business if the newly proposed and risibly backronymed Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act becomes law.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology apps to map future rain
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) will this month start to place third-party advertising on its websites and is also on track to produce its own apps later in 2013 and appears set to equip them with technology that maps future rainfall.