IBM socialises Notes mail to stop your yammering
IBM has released its first Big-blue-branded version of Notes, emphasising its social-media-like features and the ability to create “embedded experiences” in a new email client that aims to let you spend more time each day doing email.
Court refuses to block Aereo's personal streaming TV service
The New York Second Circuit Court of Appeals has refused a request by the big networks to shutter the TV streaming service Aereo set up by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller.
Former WinPhone exec tapped for skunkworks Amazon gig
Charlie Kindel, a former Microsoft exec who once managed developer outreach for Windows Phone, among other things, has reportedly joined Amazon to oversee a secret project in "a totally new area" for the online retailer.
IT and comms power consumption could surge in 2013
An Italian researcher has predicted that the global Internet's power demands will surge by 19 percent during 2013, compared to 2012 – and that over time, such ballooning electricity demand will become unsustainable.
OpenDNS plots expansion with new funding
OpenDNS is plotting an expansion both to its global presence and to the services it offers, with the appointment of former Juniper EVP Stefan Dyckerhoff joins as a member of the OpenDNS board, bringing with him an unspecified slab of funding under his Sutter Hill Ventures fund.
Lotsa lasers an option for the Next Big Physics
If you thought the world of big physics was drawing to a close with the confirmation that yes, the Higgs boson appears to be a boson and appears to be a Higgs, think again: CERN's boffins, along with thinkers of deep thoughts from École Polytechnique, Southampton University's Optoelectronics Centre and Jena are imagining what the world's next generation of particle accelerators may look like.
Virty network whisperer Midokura takes VC cash
Software-defined networking startup Midokura has raised $17.3m to help it hunt a rarely seen creature: a punter who actually pays for SDN.
Amazon joins Dropbox clones, hints at cloud storage margins
Amazon.com has become the latest outfit to decide copying Dropbox is a fine idea, further cloudifying its Cloud Drive with a desktop client that does the usual store 'n' synch between multiple devices while also offering some interesting insights into cloud economics.
Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match
FeatureIt's been more than 70 years since the first successful test flight of the German Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V2) - the weapon that paved the way for subsequent rocket-based efforts to escape Earth's surly bonds.
BitTorrent opens kimono, gets out one-to-many streaming tool
BitTorrent’s live streaming protocol has finally emerged into the daylight after years of development. The beta program is now public. You can try it.
Ex-NASA OpenStackers launch Nebula cloud control freak appliance
Chris Kemp, the former NASA CTO who helped build the wonking Nebula infrastructure cloud for the US space agency and the techie from the NASA side who spearheaded the development of OpenStack along with Rackspace Hosting, knows about as much about control-freaking clouds with OpenStack as anyone else on the planet – and that's why he founded a company called Nebula that seeks to make private clouds easier to build and operate.
Hi-tech horses racing: how to stay Happy down in the Valley
Hong Kongers love to gamble. It’s a serious business over here, and one that can generate at least HK$100m (£8.5m) in turnover from every race.
Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?
AnalysisWhat's going on with Oracle storage? Besides tape, which seems to be doing fine, does the IT giant have a long-term, viable external storage array product line at all?
How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects
For IT architects, one of the most important non-functional requirements to determine is the availability needs of a system’s users.
Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire
Animal Liberation Australia has acquired a drone and plans to fly over farms and film animal cruelty.
Sync'n'share specialist Egnyte signs senior staff to spark growth
Cloud storage and sync'n'share startup Egnyte is trying to ignite its growth rocket boosters by adding fresh new executives and board directors.
So, Twitter. 200m twits. How will you make your first billion? Oh, ads.
Microblogging website Twitter is all set to tweet its way into billion-dollar revenues in the next two years, apparently thanks to its growing mobile ad revenue.
Review: Jabra Revo Wireless headphones
I’ve tried a fair few wireless headphones over the past ten years, almost all of them unsatisfactory in one way or another. Many of the early ones were over-the-ear jobs with those round-the-back-of-your-head bands, but all suffered from either excessive weight - thanks to the on-board battery - or simply didn’t play for long. Even those with shorter battery lives tended to be bulky, and they all came with clunky adaptors for iPods, hi-fi and such.
Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom
Ofcom's annual plan is out, setting the regulator's priorities for the next 12 months, and while much of it is structured diagrams and aspirational statements there are some snippets worthy of greater attention.
Head of privacy at Google leaves. Yes, that's a real job
Google's top privacy wonk Alma Whitten is stepping down from her role at the company after three years in the job.
Merde! Dummkopf! Google Translate used as spam cloak
Spammers are using Google Translate to disguise links to dodgy websites.
Judge: Facebook must see Timelines Inc in court over trademark
Facebook has failed to convince a judge to toss out a trademark infringement lawsuit regarding the free content ad platform's use of the term "Timeline".
Model S selling better than expected, says Tesla
Tesla Motors has sold a few more electric cars than anticipated, prompting the Elon Musk-run biz to cautiously expect a profit in the first quarter of 2013.
Brits, Germans, French, Dutch, Spanish and Italians ALL to probe Google
Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death
Prosecutors associated with the case against the late Aaron Swartz have received "harassing and threatening communications", including postcards of disembodied heads pictured next to guillotines.
Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
Apple designed the next two versions of the iPhone while Steve Jobs was alive, it has been claimed.
ROBOT COCKROACH SWARM unleashed in Sheffield lab
VidRobot boffins have trained a swarm of mini-machines to work together, finding each other and grouping together to carry out simple tasks.
EMC chief: Why today's IT channel will soon cease to exist
If I had to suggest just one hallmark of the IT channel, I would choose stability.
Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond
EMC Ireland country manager Bob Savage is distinctly underwhelmed by Cork Airport.
Paul Allen gets out wad, plans investments in Silicon Valley firms
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is dipping into his billionaire pockets for an office in Silicon Valley to make new investments in emerging tech and internet companies.
Boardroom brouhaha brewing at Emulex after Endace buy
You win some; you lose some. Emulex has completed its acquisition of networking analytics company Endace against the opposition of activist investor Elliott Management, but had to accept the appointment of two Elliott nominees to its board.
HP fuels second-gen Moonshot servers for April 8 launch
The next-generation of HP's "Project Moonshot" super-dense servers for hyperscale data centers, code-named "Gemini", are being prepped for their long-awaited launch next Monday.
China to Apple: 'Apology accepted – but watch your step'
Proving that state-controlled media can turn on a dime when they see it to their advantage, the Chinese tabloid Global Times, a subsidiary of the Communist Party of China's People's Daily, has praised Apple CEO Tim Cook's open letter, issued Monday, in which he offered his "sincere apologies" for Apple's customer-service practices.
Newvem enlists tech support friends to squelch AWS hiccups
Newvem, which has carved a niche for itself babysitting compute and storage capacity on the Amazon Web Services cloud with its Cloud Care service, is now brokering tech-support services with third parties to help get their AWS setups correctly configured and keep them that way.
Playboy submits to Apple with nudity-free 'Pornography 2.0' app
Playboy has finally produced an iOS app that gets around Apple's rather prudish attitude to things even mildly pornographic: an online edition that excludes the long-standing grumble mag's main selling point.
Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1
Microsoft has thought long and hard about what to officially call the forthcoming Windows 8 upgrade package codenamed "Windows Blue", and the verdict is ... Windows 8.1.
VMware teaches Serengeti big-data virt new Hadoop tricks
It comes as no surprise that VMware wants companies to run everything virtually rather than on bare metal, and for several years it has pushed the idea of virtualizing the Hadoop stack to make it run better and easier to manage. The tool it created to do that, called Project Serengeti, now has some feature tweaks to try to entice more big data cluster builders give it a whirl.
ICANN under fire as Verisign warns of rushed domain-name expansion
ICANN's big generic top-level domain (gTLD) rollout, planned for April 23, needs to be delayed because the system isn't ready, Verisign and others are warning – and ICANN itself has told The Register that the first gTLD domains won't come online until at least August.
'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up
One of the fallback positions of IT vendors defending their high Australian prices has been to remind Australia that shipping and transport are expensive here.
Alcatel-Lucent uncloaks its software-defined network tech
Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary Nuage Networks has leaped into the crowded money-pit of software-defined networking (SDN) with a technology suite designed for carriers and large enterprises.